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2019 Small Business Award

The Oaks Course Awarded 2019 Dick James Small Business of the Year




The Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Awards Banquet and Business meeting at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center on January 16, 2020. The evening was an opportunity to honor investment in the community by local, regional and national businesses.

This year’s winner of the 2019 Small Business award was The Oaks Course. “We are incredibly honored to receive this award and grateful to the Chamber and our fellow businesses for nominating us” remarked Dick Schulz as he accepted the award.

The Oaks Course has a storied history that dates back to the 1930s when it was first conceived by owners of the Porterdale Mill and their friend, Bobby Jones. As a recreational amenity for mill workers, the original 9 hole golf course was a favorite location for many golfers of all ages.

The current owners, The Oaks Associates, LP led by Dick and Nancy Schulz, transformed the original 9 holes into 18 holes in 1989. Thirty years later, it is still a vibrant business that is committed to serving the community.  The Oaks Course has been involved in a multitude of community activities including supporting our schools, churches, hospital and non-profit organizations. It has been the location where millions of dollars have been raised to support local and state charities. Hundreds of young people have earned their first paycheck working at The Oaks.

We want to thank our customers and most importantly our staff. John Fields, our superintendent, and his staff provide exceptional course conditions. Brad Patton and Jonathan Dean, golf professionals along with their staff greet each customer with a smile. Karen Presley, Food & Beverage Manager and her staff make certain you feel welcomed and treated like family. They are our keys to success!!!!

11240 Brown Bridge Road
Covington, GA 30014
(770) 786-3801