Awards by Year

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:

2014

ConventionSouth magazine's 2014 New/Renovated Meeting Site Award

 

2013

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

American Public Garden Association's 2013 Award for Program of Excellence

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

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

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

 

2006-2007

Fantasy In Lights® selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) and as Top 3 holiday light shows in the U. S. by AmericasBest.com

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

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

 

2005

Southern Living 2005 Readers’ Choice Award – first place - Best Public Garden

Southern Living “2005 Favorite Spots” story inclusion

10Best travel locations in Atlanta for the 10Best.com website

 

2004

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

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

Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award (Readers Choice)

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

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

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

 

2003

Our Kids Atlanta’s Favorite Day Trip

The 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 2003 Readers’ Choice Award:  Best Public Garden

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

GEMC Georgia Magazine’s Best of Georgia Reader’s Choice Awards – Callaway won:  First place for “Best Hotel or Resort” and second place for “Favorite Place to Mountain Bike” and “Best Golf Course” (Mountain View).

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

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.

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

 

2002

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”

Golf Digest's 2002 Places to Play

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

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

 

2001

Southern Living 2001 Readers’ Choice Award:  Best Public Golf Course and Best Public Garden

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 “Place to Impress Out-of-Towners” (first place)

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 50 domestic and top 10 off-shore recipients to receive the award in 2001.

Best Family Resort in the Southeast – FamilyFun magazine readers choice award

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

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)

 

2000

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

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.” McIllhenny Company

Top 100 Website for 2000 by www.anythingsouthern.com

Atlanta.Citysearch.com nominee for “Best Weekend Getaway”

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

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).

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

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)

March - Golf Magazine – 2nd best Family resort

April – Family Fun Magazine #3 Family resort

January - Selected as a 10Best travel locations in Atlanta for the 10Best.com website.  Selection is based on merit.

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

 

1999

Golf Magazine 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.  Also won in 1998 (see below).

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

Southern Living “Readers’ Choice Award

Our Kids magazine Reader poll awards - “Favorite In-state Family Vacation

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.

AJC Readers Select Awards - third place for “Best Romantic Getaway Spots In Georgia

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle named runner-up for “favorite day trip from Atlanta

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.

 

1998

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

Meeting News Magazine - Planners’ Choice awards in the Resort Hotels category.   (give in recognition of 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)

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.)

Corporate & Incentive Travel “1998 Award of Excellence” Winner

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

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 Reader’s Choice Awards - Favorite Public Gardens   - First Place

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

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

Golf Magazine 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.

 

Additional Awards

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.

Greens of Distinction” Award - Corporate & Incentive Travel.  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.

Successful Meetings 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 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.

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

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)

Our Kids magazine Reader poll awards - “Best bike path/route for children” and “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 and runner-up for “Bike Trail” category

Southern Living - Favorite Public Gardens  - First Place

Planners’ Choice Award (resort hotels category) from Meeting News magazine. (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)

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

Creative Loafing - Readers’ Choice and Critics’ Choice “Best Place to Ride Bikes with the Kids” and Critics’ Choice “Best Day Trip ”

The Links 100 Best Golf Resorts in North America by Links Magazine.

Corporate Meetings & Incentives - Golden Links Award

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 theTop 50 tennis resorts in the nation.