After playing some of the most beautiful golf courses in his homeland of South Africa on the Sunshine tour and around his American home in Buckhead, professional golfer Andrew Georgiou was inspired to share his love of the links and South Africa’s astounding wine country and the riveting wildlife and safari by launching his own company called Exclusive African Travel. This is a world class travel company that takes tour groups from right here in Atlanta to South Africa. These concierge-driven tours include high end accommodation, customized excursions and rounds of golf with professionals at some of the country’s most respected and picturesque courses. “I’ve been fortunate to play golf on some of the world’s most beautiful courses but my favorites are in South Africa. And, it’s not just because that’s where I grew up and where my heart remains,” said the 30-year old enthusiast. “After taking groups of friends from the United States to play golf and explore Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, they encouraged me to share my knowledge, golf connections and passion for the land with a wider audience.”
Georgiou speaks of the coastal city of Cape Town, and his two favorite wine districts, less than an hour’s drive away. “The vineyards offer unparalleled beauty, world-class culinary experiences and of course, tastings of the region’s best reds and whites,” says Georgiou. “Cape Town is sophisticated, diverse and extremely cosmopolitan – it’s full of friendly and welcoming people who love their country and being outdoors!” His enthusiasm is infectious for the mild climate, favorable exchange rate, positive American relations and the enjoyable cost of living, “holiday makers will get a big bang for their buck.”
Georgiou has been traveling since he was 20, moving from his hometown of Cape Town to Columbus State University in Georgia to play golf on a full scholarship under his former high school coach, Mark Immelman, who continues to be a major influence today on Andrew’s career. The four-time All American turned pro in 2009 and has been a pro for seven years, playing on various tours. He has played with Ernie Els, Gary Player, Rory McIlroy and many other pros. He has played in the 2012 British Open Championship, the 2014 Canadian Open and numerous European/Canadian and Sunshine Tour events. He loves the USA and with his condo in Buckhead he returns to the states every year with dreams of making his way to the PGA Tour. This year Georgiou will play more than 25 events worldwide.
When he’s home at his Peachtree Rd. condo in the heart of Buckhead, he likes to play at Peachtree Golf Club, Cherokee, Hawks Ridge and Atlanta Athletic Club. Georgiou is not married and after his practice and play, he loves to head out to see his pals at 10 Degrees South, Yebo Beach Haus and DelFriscos. His faith is very important to him and he attends Passion City Church, where he is inspired by Pastor Louie Giglio and the congregation’s dedication to mission work and outreach initiatives in South Africa and around the globe.
Georgiou is full of life and makes the most of every opportunity, he loves his faith. He loves his homeland and outpost here in Buckhead. He loves golf and travel, and with his custom travel company, Exclusive African Travel, he is able to combine his passion with his play, sharing his infectious good nature with people who will soon be his friends and fans.