Columbia County sees an increase in business thanks to golfers hitting the tee

Columbia County is buzzing with excitement as the fifth annual Augusta National Women’s Amateur gets underway. The two-week event, held at Champion’s Retreat, is bringing in a wave of golf enthusiasts and more attention to the area. Local businesses are feeling the benefits as they welcome an influx of visitors during the tournament.

Ironwood Tavern General Manager Daniel Rhobes is thrilled about the increase in business during the tournament. With an influx of customers over the next two weeks, employees are making more money and new faces are being welcomed at the restaurant, which is just minutes away from the course. Dessert shop Vampire Penguin is also benefiting from the surge in customers. Owner Marvin Walker enjoys introducing out-of-state visitors to their desserts.

As businesses gear up for the tournament, they are learning from past experiences to better prepare for the crowds. Ironwood Tavern orders extra food and wine to meet the demand, while Rooted Coffee sees a surge of customers looking for a morning pick-me-up before hitting

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