Awards by Category

Callaway Gardens is frequently recognized for our excellence in a number of areas by a variety of organizations and publications.  We are proud to be the recipient of these honors:

RESORT/TRAVEL DESTINATION

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Readers’ Choice – Favorite Resort and Favorite Romantic Getaway

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Readers’ Choice – Favorite Getaway in Georgia

Southern Living “2005 Favorite Spots” story inclusion

10Best.com 10Best travel locations in Atlanta

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Readers’ Choice – Favorite Getaway in Georgia and Favorite Romantic Getaway

GEMC Georgia Magazine’s Best of Georgia Reader’s Choice Awards – First place for “Best Hotel or Resort”

Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Readers Choice Award “Best Weekend Getaway”

Atlanta Business Chronicle Readers’ Choice Award “Hotels & Meeting Spots: 'Weekend Getaway'”

Atlanta.Citysearch.com nominee “Best Weekend Getaway”

10Best.com 10Best travel locations in Atlanta (January 2000) Selection is based on merit.

AJC Readers Select Awards 1999 Third place for “Best Romantic Getaway Spots In Georgia

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle 1999 runner-up Favorite Day Trip from Atlanta"

Columbus Ledger Enquirer Reader’s Choice Award runner up Best Getaway in Georgia

Meeting News Magazine Planners’ Choice Award in the Resort Hotels category.  
(Recognizes locations that strive to deliver the highest levels of service, accommodations, and meeting facilities. Criteria for hotel and resort nominees:  helpfulness and efficiency of hotel and meeting service staff, quality of meeting facilities, quality of accommodations, quality of food & beverage, overall ambiance, variety and quality of recreational activities)

Best Places to Stay in the South book, published by Hougton Mifflin Company

Creative Loafing Critics’ ChoiceBest Day Trip ”

 

GARDENING

American Public Garden Association's 2013 Award Program of Excellence

Southern Living 2005 Readers’ Choice Award – Best Public Garden

Southern Living 2003 Readers’ Choice Award Best Public Garden

Southern Living 2001 Readers’ Choice Award Best Public Garden

Southern Living 1998 Reader’s Choice Award Favorite Public Gardens

Southern Living Reader’s Choice Award Favorite Public Gardens

 

 

GOLF/RECREATION

Georgia Magazine's 2013 Readers' Choice Award Top Place for Outdoor Activities/Sports

Zagat’s America's Top Golf Courses Publication, October 2006/2007 Mountain View and Lake View courses

Ranked among “Top 75 Tennis Resorts” in survey on Tennis Resorts Online

GEMC Georgia Magazine’s Best of Georgia Reader’s Choice Awards – Second place for “Favorite Place to Mountain Bike”

GEMC Georgia Magazine’s Best of Georgia Reader’s Choice Awards – Second place for “Best Golf Course” (Mountain View)

Golf Digest's 2002 Places to Play

Tennis Resorts Online - World's Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps, 2002

Southern Living 2001 Readers’ Choice Award Best Public Golf Course

Golf Digest magazine – 2000-2001edition of Places to Play
Lake View Course, 4-star winner
Gardens View Course, 3.5star-winner
Mountain View Course, 4-star winner

Golf Magazine 1999 Silver Medal - one of the finest golf resorts in America. 
(In 1999, only 50 resorts earned this distinction (note:  20 were gold).  Award is based on a comprehensive evaluation by hundreds of the magazine’s readers and Field Advisory Board members.)

The Golfer (Travel Issue 1999) –  “The Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World”

Successful Meetings Magazine ACE Award Winner 
(Callaway Gardens has won six times. Award selected by a Golf Advisory Panel based on natural beauty and course difficulty, quality of the golf professional staff, quality of the meeting facilities, accessibility, hospitality, service.)

Tennis magazine named Callaway Gardens as fourth “Best Kids’ Program” for its children’s tennis program.

Tennis magazine ranked Callaway Gardens’ tennis program overall as one of the “50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts”

Tennis magazine ranked Callaway Gardens’ tennis program fifth in “Best Bargains

Southern Living 1998 Reader’s Choice Awards Favorite Public Golf Course, Second Place

Golf Georgia magazine Callaway Gardens' Mountain View hole #16 placed #15.

Golf Magazine 1998 Silver Medal - one of the finest golf resorts in America. 
(In 1998, only 37 resorts earned this distinction.  Award is based on a comprehensive evaluation by hundreds of the magazine’s readers and Field Advisory Board members.)

Corporate & Incentive Travel Greens of Distinction” Award.
(
More than 50,000 meeting and incentive travel planners voted. Votes were cast based on golf course condition and design, tournament arrangements, golf staff assistance, location, and other criteria to effectively host our clients’ meeting and incentive travel programs.
)

Links Magazine 100 Best Golf Resorts in North America

Tennis magazine named Callaway Gardens as one of the top 10 “Best Kids’ Program” for its children’s tennis program.

Tennis magazine ranked Callaway Gardens’ tennis program overall as one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the Nation.

 

 

MEETINGS/GROUPS

ConventionSouth magazine 2014 New/Renovated Meeting Site Award

ConventionSouth magazine 2013 Reader's Choice Award for excellence, creativity and professionalism

Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award (Readers Choice)

Meeting & Conventions magazine – Gold Tee Award
(Subscribers, through unaided recall, vote for the top golf resorts with meeting facilities.  Decisions based on overall service, state of the art golf course, creative food and beverage services and overall spectacular meeting experience.
)

Meeting & Conventions magazine – 2001 Gold Tee Award
(Subscribers, through unaided recall, vote for the top golf resorts with meeting facilities.  Callaway Gardens was among the top 50 domestic and top 10 off-shore recipients to receive the award in 2001.
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Meeting & Conventions magazine – Gold Tee Award
(Subscribers, through unaided recall, vote for the top golf resorts with meeting facilities. There were 60 domestic and 10 off-shore/international winners)

Meeting News – 1999 Planners’ Choice Award
(This program allows Meeting News’ readers, corporate and association meeting planners, to recognize their favorite properties in each of five categories:  Convention/Commercial  Hotels, Urban Hotels, Resorts, Conference Centers, Convention Centers.  Criteria for Hotel and Resort Nominees:  helpfulness and efficiency of hotel and meeting service staff; quality of meeting facilities; quality of accommodations; quality of food and beverage; overall ambiance; variety and quality of recreational activities.
)

Meeting & Conventions magazine – Gold Tee Award
(Subscribers, through unaided recall, vote for the top golf resorts with meeting facilities.  Callaway Gardens was among the top 60 domestic and top 10 off-shore recipients.
)

Corporate Meetings & Incentives’ 1999 Paragon Awards (January 1999 issue)
(Reader award for the hotel, resort or conference center that did the best job of handling their meetings and incentive program during the past year.
)

Corporate & Incentive Travel  1998 Award of Excellence

Successful Meetings’ Ace Award (One of 50 resorts across the country to win the award.  Ace signifies that our resort is one of the best.)

Successful Meetings 1998 Pinnacle Award
(The mark of excellence for outstanding meeting facilities.  Have demonstrated to very demanding customers that you have the commitment to service that is essential for greatness.
)

Meetings & Conventions 1998 Gold Tee Award.
(One of only 60 recipients.  Voted through unaided recall by the subscribers voting for the top golf resorts with meeting facilities throughout the world.
)

Corporate Meetings & Incentives’ 1998 Paragon Awards
(Reader award for the hotel, resort or conference center that did the best job of handling their meetings and incentive program during the past year.
)

Meeting News magazine Planners’ Choice Award (resort hotels category)
(Criteria:  helpfulness and efficiency of hotel and meeting service staff; quality of meeting facilities, quality of f&b; variety and quality of recreational activities, quality of accommodations, overall ambiance)

Corporate Meetings & Incentives Golden Links Award

 

 

EVENTS/HOLIDAY

Fantasy In Lights® selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Fantasy In Lights® selected as Top 3 holiday light shows in the U. S. by AmericasBest.com

Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Summer at Callaway selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Spring 2004 at Callaway selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Fantasy In Lights® named "Top 100 Events in North America for 2003" by American Bus Association

Summer at Callaway Gardens selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Spring at Callaway Gardens selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Summer at Callaway Gardens selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Spring 2000 Spring at Callaway selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

April 2000 Celebrate The Arts! selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Summer 2000 – Summer at Callaway Gardens selected as one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Celebrate the Arts! selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

Fantasy In Lights® selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)

 

 

FAMILY

Family Fun magazine 2013 Top 10 Family Resorts in the U.S.

Our Kids Atlanta Favorite Day Trip

FamilyFun magazine Readers Choice Award Best Family Resort in the Southeast

AJC Readers Select Awards “Place for a Family Weekend” Winner

Golf Magazine, March 2000 – 2nd Best Family Resort

Family Fun Magazine, April 2000 #3 Family Resort

Callaway Gardens, specifically SFA, featured in the fifth edition (2000 printing) of the 100 Best Family Resorts in North America

Our Kids magazine Reader Poll Awards Favorite In-state Family Vacation

Golf Magazine named Callaway Gardens the Third “The Best of…Family Programs”

Our Kids magazine Reader Poll Awards Best bike path/route for children

Our Kids magazine Reader Poll Awards Favorite place for an in-state family vacation

Atlanta Parent magazine’s Reader Poll “Family Favorites Tied with Chattanooga (the Tennessee Aquarium) for “Family Day Trip” category

Atlanta Parent magazine’s Reader Poll “Family Favorites–  Runner-up for “Bike Trail” category

Creative Loafing Readers’ Choice and Critics’ Choice Best Place to Ride Bikes with the Kids

 

OTHER

“Best of Atlanta” – Callaway Gardens for “Best Attraction”

Flavors of the Gardens' recipe for Baked Fish Fillets in Lime Juice and Sour Cream was selected for the 2003 America’s Best Recipes book.

Southern Living article on a new walking book “Georgia Walks” indicates that the book names “Anywhere in Callaway Gardens near Pine Mountain” as a “Best Overall Walk”

Country Cookin’ cookbook’s recipe for Ritz Cracker Pecan Pie selected to be in the “Best of the Best Recipe Hall of Fame Quick & Easy Cookbook”

LaGrange Daily News – First Place for “Place to Impress Out-of-Towners”

Flavors of the Gardens cookbook received “Certificate of Accomplishment" in the Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards 2000
(This recognizes that a reviewable cookbook was entered into the Tabasco Community Cookbook contest.  The entry fulfilled the specified criteria and illustrated that volunteers who commit themselves through their efforts and time can generate funds and, in turn, use the funds to benefit charitable causes.)

Top 100 Website for 2000 by AnythingSouthern.com

The Country Kitchen listed in Frommer’s The Carolinas and Georgia Travel Guide

IABC Golden Flame Award for Newsletter

IABC Honorable Mention for Sales Kit

Mobil 4-Star Award