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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!!!!

Coach's Corner: November 2019

When it comes to playing the right equipment, it is very important to understand how you deliver the club into the ball. In this blog, I will be using the pitch shot as an example with the pictures below. Please keep in mind the technique used is still hitting the ball then the ground, not the ground first!
Looking at these two examples of professionals, I would like to point out two different deliveries into the ball. The player on the left is shallow into and past the ball. The player on the right is a lot steeper into the ball and the club stays lower past the ball.

When it comes to equipment, these players cannot use the same clubs. Mostly, the width of the sole will need to be different. The left player can use more of a narrow sole, but the player on the right will need a slightly wider sole to reduce the digging that a steep angle creates.

Most amateurs are steep and hit the ground behind the ball. I highly recommend a wedge with a wider sole to help reduce the dig so the club will glide along the ground and more focus on hitting ball, then ground.

Everyone should be fit for clubs, especially wedges, and when the club specs match what the player naturally does, they will see immediate improvement and contact.

If you are not sure if you are using the right equipment, you can always ask me. In a few minutes I will have you dialed into what you, as an individual, will need to get better.
-Coach Brad

Coaches Corner Brad



The Coaches Corner is brought to you by our Oaks Course Golf Pro, Brad Patton. Brad is the Lead Staff Instructor and PGA Assistant Golf Professional. He has real a passion for golf and instruction, and has been part of the Oaks Course team for several years.

A 30 Year Golf Legacy

Thirty years is a long time for anything to last. In order to survive three decades, there must be a strong foundation, hard work, and ample amounts of dedication. The Golf Classic benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer has plenty of all three. Its rich history has endured and continued to grow since the first event in 1989.

Over 30 years, thousands of golfers have taken to the Oaks Golf Course in Covington, hundreds of sponsors have joined the cause, and the Golf Classic has raised more than $2 million to fight childhood cancer.

“It takes a lot of work to last this long and raise that amount,” said Joe Coleman, one of the founders of the Golf Classic and the tournament’s driving force. “This cause is critically important, and I’m so thrilled that we have loyal sponsors and players that support this tournament year after year. We raise funds for CURE because the ultimate gift to a child or a family that has experienced pediatric cancer is a cure.”

Joe’s daughter, Shannon, was diagnosed with leukemia when she was two years old. At the time, there was only a 50% chance of her survival, but Shannon beat the odds and is now a happy mother to two children. Joe joined the CURE Board of Directors during Shannon’s treatment and served more than 25 years. He currently serves on the Advisory Council.

The first tournament largely attracted the transportation industry, where Joe makes his career. Since that time, it has expanded greatly, and new friends join every year. It is the spirit of the event that brings people back. Many of the players have played for years, and some have played since the very first event. Loyal donors, sponsors, and volunteers line up to be a part of this special day year after year. While they always rave about how much fun they have, every golfer knows that finding a cure for cancer is the goal.

“Everyone knows we are playing for a great cause,” Joe said. “But we also work hard to make it fun. That’s a recipe that keeps people coming back.”

Over the years, the tournament has spawned some interesting side-stories. There are three 99-year-old golfers who join the fray every year. One is Joe’s step-father. The other two are twins: Jennings and James Watkins. This year, the twins were as excited as teenagers as they came to the green with a chance to putt for an eagle. Another foursome boasts Joe and Jessie Tallant, a married couple who met while they were in treatment for childhood cancer.

This year’s Golf Classic raised an amazing $90,000 for CURE, and Joe is very thankful for all those involved.

“We are grateful for our many sponsors, volunteers, The Oaks Golf Course for their many years of support, and to our meal sponsors – QuikTrip, Chick-fil-A, and Bradley’s BBQ,” said Joe. “I’d also like to recognize my wife, Julie who works so hard every year.”

Karen's Korner: Looking for Fall

Looking for Fall
Has anyone seen fall?  Fall clothes are on display in all of the stores. But it's hard to buy when the weather is so unseasonably warm. It's the same with food, pumpkin spice anything is on our mind. Afterall, we live in Georgia and from the looks of the forecast, fall may finally be in our grasp. Cooler temps are on their way.
We are packing away the cold towels from those 90 degree days and bringing out the outerwear for cool mornings. It's a perfect time for golf.
We are excited about the comfort foods that signal fall. The Oaks Course will be here making homemade soups and warm sandwiches served with a ready smile. We will be featuring our new menu and drink specials. Stop by for one of these scrumptous soups after your round. 
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Covington, GA 30014
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