Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee
Article and Photos by KathleenWalls
It's always fun to know the history of a
place you visit. When you stay at Cuscowilla at Lake Oconee Golf
Resort, the story goes way back before the dawn of written
history. Native people made their home here far back into
prehistoric times. The first settlers recorded as dwelling here
were a tribe of the Creek Nation. They built their town on the
banks of a river they called the
Okoni, meaning "The Great Water." They named their
|One of the pontoon boats on Lake
Early native people settled here for much
the same reasons modern visitors come today. A river filled with
fish and lush landscape filled with wildlife. They could live in
a beautiful environment
and eat well.
These things are still part of Cuscowilla albeit in a totally
different content. Modern visitors fish the lake for fun and
view the wildlife as natural beauty not food.
Lake Oconee itself was not here when
the Creeks settled. It
was created in 1979 by Georgia Power. It is the second largest
lake in Georgia and because of its location,
less than an hour and a
half east of Atlanta and west of Augusta, it has become a
serious recreation destination. The
19,050 acre lake with its 374 miles of shoreline was created
when Georgia Power built Wallace Dam which separates Lake Oconee
from Lake Sinclair. Lake Oconee is not used for flood control
and remains stable all year. Florida power makes sure all
residents meet the requirement s
to keep the lake looking pristine.
|Cottage at Cuscowilla
Another advantage the modern visitor has is
we can stay in luxurious Cuscowilla at Lake Oconee Golf Resort.
Even if you don't play golf, you will love this place. You have
lots of choices in style of lodging. If you want the feel of a
private home, you could choose the Golf Cottages located between
the 2nd and 18th fairways. These homes are built to harmonize
with the natural surroundings and feel like they grew there
among the trees. They are
solid granite and cedar
shingles, hardwood floors and exposed yellow pine beams. All
have all the amenities of a upscale home, full kitchen with all
appliances you could wish for, comfortable living and dining
area, multi-storied for privacy, fireplace and outdoor deck help
make these cottages oh so comfy.
|The Lodge at Cuscowilla
Another good choice is the Lake Villas.
These are also large granite and cedar shake homes but are built
along the lake so each villa has a porch overlooking Lake
Oconee. They too have all the features of the cottages. If you
want the feel of a hotel style accommodation, the Lodge Villas
is for you. The lodge gives the feel of a Mediterranean holiday
resort. They offer accommodations ranging from a studio room
with two queen beds to a Villa suite with full kitchens and
living areas. The Lodge is set up so you can have either golf
course or lake views.
This is a resort so there are lots of other
goodies besides spacious quarters with a view. Naturally dining
is important on any vacation or trip. For a quick snack or light
meal, the Golf House Grill is perfect. For more elegant dining,
the Waterside Restaurant serves the finest and offers a wide
choice. See more at an earlier
Fork in the Road
|Boaters enjoying Lake Oconee
Tennis and basketball courts, state of the
art fitness center and swimming pool are available on site. You
can rent a bike or ski boat and jet ski for water fun. There are
captained boat excursion onto the lake. You can walk or bike the
many nature trails into the adjourning Oconee National Forest.
For kids, this is heaven, they have their
own clubhouse here with activities ranging on indoor supervised
play to ventures on the lake in rental boats, based on the ages.
Golf is king here. You can play on their
course designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. It was named
#20 best Residential Golf Course in the U.S. by Golf Week
magazine in 2012
Course designer, Ben Crenshaw, said
extremely proud of Cuscowilla from a natural sense, the views of
the lake, the beautiful pines, and the varied situations enabled
us to include as many different golf strokes as we could.
you may never want to venture away from Cuscowilla, it's
nice to know there are delightful small towns nearby like
Greensboro (Click here for info about Greensboro) and Eatonton.
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