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Burn up the links Sherman spared

Located on the grounds of the former Georgia Military Institute, the Marietta Conference Center & Resort's golf course is celebrating its 85th anniversary this summer, offering visiting golfers a chance to burn up the links Sherman spared.

The complete story

The City Club of Marietta golf course is located adjacent to the popular resort just 30 minutes north of Atlanta. When golfers walk these fairways and greens, they can see and feel the deep sense of history.

Located on the grounds of GMI, the City Club first opened in 1915 as the Marietta Country Club. In 1991, the course was expanded and redesigned. During the renovation, Civil War artifacts, including bullets, metal boot plates, and pieces of rifles, were found. They're currently displayed at the Marietta Museum nearby.

During the Civil War, General William T. Sherman's army burned all the buildings on the GMI campus, saving only Brumby Hall (now called Brumby Hall & Gardens and used for receptions, dinners, and meetings). It is believed the home was spared because Sherman and GMI's superintendent, Colonel Anoldus Vanderhorst Brumby, were friends and classmates at West Point.

Built in the same 1850s Greek Revival Style as GMI, the Marietta Conference Center & Resort is the only full-service golf resort in the metro Atlanta area. Along with great golf, it offers 200 spacious guest rooms with views of Kennesaw Mountain and the Atlanta skyline, varied dining, a swimming pool, health club, tennis courts, and a billiard room

Planning a trip

To get to Marietta and the resort, use the Expedia.com Flight Wizard to book a flight to Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport (airport code: ATL) and use the Car Wizard to rent a car there. You can also use the Expedia.com Golf Travel section to reserve a tee time at the resort.