Luxurious Resort near Atlanta

Donald Panoz, a self-made magnate who made millions in pharmaceuticals through his Mylan Laboratories, has shown his love for golf by financing and building several high-end resorts. His first development is the 3,200-acre Chateau Elan in Braselton, near Atlanta. This four-star venue boasts three championship courses, a winery, spa and a spectacular hotel. Unusually, the resort also features a racetrack.

Besides a lover of golf, Panoz is an automobile aficionado. Thatís really an understatement since Panoz, with help from his son Danny, designed and built his own car. The Panoz family also owns Sebring International Raceway in Florida. The Panoz Roadster is a low-slung two-seater with a 300-horsepower engine and a mere 2,600-pound curbweight.

Besides a golf facility with instructors, Chateau Elan has a driving school with instructors who show guests the ins and outs of motoring thrills on the resortís Road Atlanta Course. For those not interested in supersonic speeds, the venue offers the lower-key Panoz Subaru Performance Driving School.

The three layouts at Chateau Elan include the Chateau, Woodlands, the private Legends, and a nine-hole walking course. Panoz also owns the Diablo Grande golf ranch in Modesto, California, and the family is developing a Scottish project, St. Andrews Bay. Located on a promontory above the Old Course at St. Andrews, the Panoz property will eventually contain three 18-hole layouts.

Chateau Elan also contains upscale housing and a 277-room resort managed by the Marriott. Next to the resort is the winery. The resort community also boasts such amenities as a signature restaurant, health club, indoor pool and outdoor Olympic size pool. Just off the atrium near the hotel is a Stan Smith-designed tennis complex and European health spa. To book a vacation at Chateau Elan, call 800/233-WINE (9463).