ABOUT AUGUSTA

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In the sports world, the word "Augusta" itself conjures up images of tradition and charm.
We're also a vibrant, modern city alive with fine dining, shopping, cultural activities and sports venues. 
Of course, Augusta is home to the most famous golf tournament in the world - but that's not the only first class sporting event to call Augusta home.

From world class rowing to nationally recognized college football awards; from the Augusta University Half Marathon, 10K & 5K to North America's largest IRONMAN® 70.3® triathlon; from disc golf to international barrel racing, Augusta has the facilities and the expertise to make your event a success.

The Augusta Sports Council is here every step of the way in event planning. Whether it's securing facilities and accommodations, recruiting and training volunteers or marketing and publicizing your event, our team is ready to take the field for you! Find out more about the services we provide. 

Metro-Augusta is the second largest metropolitan area in Georgia after Atlanta, with a population of approximately 500,000. It is also the 116th-largest city in the United States. Augusta is the principal city of the Metro-Augusta area which includes five counties: Richmond, Columbia, Burke, McDuffie, Edgefield and Aiken.

Augusta is conveniently located along Interstate 20, 140 miles east of Atlanta and 78 miles southwest of Columbia, South Carolina. The city is located along the Savannah River with beaches and mountains a brief drive away, easily accessible by ground and air transportation.

  • Car: Interstate 20 and other state highway arteries

  • Bus: Greyhound services the Augusta area via Southeastern Stages

  • Air: Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field Airport services two major commercial airlines with over twenty flights a day. It also services private and corporate aircraft. Daniel Field Airport: Services private and corporate airplanes. 

The Metro-Augusta area has 7,200 hotel rooms in 70 hotels. 

Weather

Boasting in pleasant summers and mild winters, Augusta is an excellent year-round destination. Summers in Augusta have an average high temperature of 90.6°F (32.6°C) and an average low of 67.8°F (19.9°C). In the winter, the average high is 58.9°F (14.9°C) and the average low is 34.4°F (1.3°C). See below for a monthly breakdown of average temperatures in Augusta.

Other Facts 

  • Cost of living index for Augusta is 91 based on a US average of 100, meaning Augusta is 9% cheaper to live in than the average US city

  • The Augusta-Metro Area is 306.5 sq. miles, making it one of the biggest cities by total area in the United States

  • Founded in 1736 by General James Oglethorpe, Augusta is the second oldest city after Savannah in Georgia.

  • Augusta is only 150 miles east of Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport

    • It is the busiest airport in the world calculated by the number of takeoffs and landings

    • It has 207 domestic and international gates

    • Makes at least seven trips to the Augusta Regional Airport daily

  • The Augusta GreenJackets are Augusta's minor league baseball team​, a class

      A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants ​

  • If you're looking for unique outdoor fun, try a round of disc golf

    • We have several disc golf courses in the Augusta area​ as well as

             the headquarters for the Professional Disc Golf Association. 

  • There are more than 15 golf courses in the greater Augusta area which are

      either public or semi-private

  • Shopping in Augusta includes a major mall, several specialty centers,

      a multitude of art galleries and antique stores

  • Do you love nature?

    • ​Enjoy a nature ride through Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

    • Ride a bike down the trails along the Augusta Canal

    • The Savannah River is the perfect place to kayak, canoe, fish or enjoy a boat ride

    • Explore the Augusta Canal National Heritage area during one of their daily boat tours or weekend sunset or music cruises or rent a kayak and explore the canal at your own pace.

    • Experience first class mountain biking and hiking trails at F.A.T.S. trails

    • J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake at Clarks Hill is the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project east of the Mississippi boasting 1,200 miles of shoreline​. More than 8 million people each year visit the lake's 10 state and county parks for boating, fishing, skiing, or other recreation.

  • Augusta is home to many famous athletes 

    • Bobby Jones - Founder and designer of Augusta National Golf Club and co-founder of The Masters® Golf Tournament​

    • Ray Guy - Retired NFL punter

    • Forrest Griffin - Former UFC light heavy weight champion of the world

    • Ty Cobb's baseball career began with the Augusta Tourists in 1904

  • Augusta is home to the Ray Guy Award presented to the top NCAA collegiate punter

  • The IRONMAN® 70.3® Augusta is North America's largest half Ironman

  • Augusta is a regional center of medicine, biotechnology and military

    • Fort Gordon, formerly know as Camp Gordon, was established in 1917. It's                                                                                       home of the United States Army Signal Corps and Cyber Center of Excellence.

    • Augusta University​ is the only public health sciences graduate university

      • ​Employs over 7,000 people

    • University Hospital, The Medical District of Augusta

      • Employs over 25,000 people​

      • Has an economic impact of over $1.8 billion

  • Augusta is home to more than 300 restaurants - many winners of regional acclaim - Augusta is sure to satisfy the hungriest of visitors 

    • Savor southern comfort food such as fried chicken or catfish, collard greens, cornbread, and sweet tea​

    • Unfold your napkin and feast on tantalizing barbeque 

    • Enjoy innovative fusion cuisine

Contact the Sports Council

Physical Address

1010 Broad Street

Augusta, GA 30901

(706)722-8326

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1331

Augusta, GA 30903

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