Traveling Golfer Discovers Great Golf and Wine At Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Georgia
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The luxury of a five-star hotel, 63 holes of championship golf, the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School and the unique charm of an award-winning winery are the components of the March episode of the Traveling Golfer television show. And they all can be found on one property … in Georgia.
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort has gained acclaim ever since the first bottles of wine were produced in 1985. The 3,500-acre winery, golf and conference destination has grown through the years. The 144-room Inn and Conference Center opened in 1993. An $11-million renovation of the Inn and Conference Center was completed in 2008, which included an expansion to 275 rooms. Award-winning winemaker Simone Burgese arrived in 2012 to take charge of the winery. The vineyards were replanted in 2013. In 2015 the outside of the magnificent French-style winery was renovated.
And all of this is wrapped around a rich tradition of golf that includes many years of association with the legendary Gene Sarazen, who was a fixture on the property.
“It really is an amazing property,” says Ed Walls, general manager at Chateau Elan. “Thirty-five hundred acres, the brainchild of Dr. Don Panoz, who originally started with just the winery. Eventually we ended up with the inn, the spa, the golf courses and the real estate that goes with a lot of the magnificent homes that are here. It really is a phenomenal place.”
The skeptic might say that the evaluation of Chateau Elan is biased … until they step on the property. Traveling Golfer host Tony Leodora was amazed by his first visit to Chateau Elan.
“There are a lot of great resorts in this country but Chateau Elan is unique. The winery adds a certain flair to the property that seems to permeate all activities … not just golf. It’s like a trip to the renowned French countryside … right here in Braselton, Georgia.”
To add to the unique quality of the property, the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School calls the golf courses at Chateau Elan home. One-day and three-day golf schools can be attended, while staying in the lap of luxury. It is one of the best golf learning experiences in America.
The March episode runs throughout the month on the Traveling Golfer network of websites … including The Golf Director Network (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com). It also will air a number of times in the Month of March on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach. The Traveling Golfer also airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. Sundays, 11 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, “Tech Talk”, hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.