Category Archives: Butternut Creek Golf Course

Blairsville Golf Guide

Looking to hit the links in Blairsville? You’re in luck! Golfers of all skill levels can play a round at one of the exceptional courses in our area surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. Set your tee time today for an unforgettable 18-hole experience!

Butternut Creek Golf Course
Located in Downtown Blairsville and owned and operated by the Union County Recreation Department, this unique course features rolling slopes and water challenges surrounded by the beauty of the mountains.

Brasstown Valley Golf Course
This beautifully maintained course located in Young Harris winds through wildlife preserves, ponds, and streams. Five sets of tees make this course welcoming for players at every skill level.

Disc Golf at Meeks Park
For those who prefer frisbees to a set of clubs, there is an amazing Disc Golf course in Meeks Park.

Ready to get out there? Contact the courses directly for more information about pricing and scheduling.

Summer Festival Guide 2016

Summer is an exciting time for Blairsville. The warm sunny weather is ideal for taking advantage of the natural beauty of this North Georgia city. It’s also festival season, a perfect time for a weekend getaway with your family to Union County. We compiled a list of all the upcoming festivals and events in and around town. Fill your summer with local artwork, good food, and fun memories.

Blairsville Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival
May 28-29
Blairsville Courthouse Square

This annual festival takes place in the historic downtown Blairsville Square. There will be over 60 vendors and live music, perfect for your family and kids of all ages.

13th Annual Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games
June 11-12, 9am-5pm
Meeks Park, 11 Pool Lane, Blairsville, GA

Discover your family clan and hang out with locals and visitors enjoying traditional games, Highland music, dancing and food with a Scottish flair. Children can compete in their own Highland games. For the “wee ones” there’s a face painting and train rides.

10th Annual Mountain Fling
June 25-26
North Georgia Technical College
121 Meeks Ave.

The Mountain Fling is a two-day juried show that features original fine art and crafts, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, soaps, gourds, leather goods, pet items, and outdoor art.

18th Annual Butternut Creek Festival
July 16-17
Meeks Park

An annual juried arts and crafts show. This two-day festival features the work of 65 artists and craftsmen as well as live music. Held at Meeks Park.

For more information about festivals and family fun this summer in Blairsville – Union County, visit the Festivals page at!

Remembering Derrick Whittle

Derrick Whittle

Derrick Whittle

At the moment I write this column, it is a beautiful Friday morning overlooking Butternut Creek Golf Course. A single ray of sunshine is illuminating the mountaintop out my window. Men and women are gathering in the pro shop and stepping outside to take a few last minute practice swings. Golf carts are winding their way around the cart path. It is the day of the Derrick Whittle Memorial Golf Tournament, and it feels like our old friend is right here with us.

Derrick, our friend who was killed in the line of duty, was known and loved by so many. As I considered writing this piece, I almost felt unworthy because truly, Derrick and I were not the best of friends nor did we spend a lot of time together. But therein lies the beauty of this man. I believe that anyone can leave a lasting mark on their family and closest friends when they are gone, but it takes someone very special to leave a lasting mark on those they encountered less. Simply put, Derrick had a big heart, a giving heart and lived life in a way that all could admire.

Jim and Sharon Whittle, Derrick’s parents, have tirelessly worked to keep the memory of Derrick alive in our community. Today’s tournament, which raises money for local scholarships, is just one of many ways they are continuing the work of their son in the place he called home. Union County is so fortunate to have been blessed with Derrick Whittle. Today we continue to be blessed with the presence and work of Jim and Sharon.

As a flock of white doves flies over the golf course, I am reminded of the love that Derrick shared with so many in this community and the peace it brings all of us in knowing that he remains in our hearts forever.

Popular Weekend Getaways in Union County North Georgia

A weekend in Union County means an opportunity to know the place even better. Walk down the lanes of history and be a part of the fun celebrations that take place almost throughout the year. A nice place to begin exploring the past is the red brick courthouse, a nineteenth century Romanesque building that stands proudly on the center of the town square in Blairsville. It has a white clock tower on its top and is visible from any part of the city. It is also home to the Union County Historical Society and Museum and offers a glimpse into some of the important events of the past.

The history of Union County is incomplete without the Pulitzer Prize nominated poet Byron Herbert Reece who lived and died in this beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains county. His achievements were many and his poetry inspired a number of things including the State of Georgia’s official drama ‘The Reach of Song’. His birthplace homestead, now listed as a registered historical site, and the Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Park located near Neel’s Gap, shed light on the life of the poet.

The Blairsville downtown adds a dash of lively entertainment to the region. Many events that can be enjoyed by the entire family take place here. During the annual Blairsville Scottish Festival, which celebrates Scottish tradition with great food, live music, and workshops, the Meeks Park transforms into a fun zone.

Bagpipes and drums hold the main essence of the festival. Kids enjoy it with a lot of activities including miniature golf and train rides. People love to watch Scottish history being brought to life by live demos and re-enactments and those who are interested in knowing about their family heritage can do so at the free genealogy tents.

The connoisseurs of art and culture can have a nice time watching some of the finest exhibitions and art events that take place throughout the year in Union County, North Georgia. The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center organizes many such events in keeping with their mission of transforming the place into an ‘art town’. The lovers of golf can take a break from every day routine and tee off some exciting time at the 18-hole Butternut Creek Golf Course.

The Union County Farmers Market is a nice place to buy not only fresh farm products but also to enjoy some ‘green’ time. Events such as the Green Bean Festival, beauty pageant, and more are organized by the association throughout the year and provide a good source of family fun.

It is difficult to point out one best thing about Union County, in North Georgia. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the fascinating festivals and the warm hospitality, everything comes together to create an experience that have won the hearts of so many people and will continue doing so in years to come.