From a Farm to Gwinnett’s Downtown: Sugarloaf Community History

It’s hard to imagine Gwinnett’s downtown before it became the business and entertainment district that it is today.

The Sugarloaf area used to be Sugarloaf Farm, a horse farm owned by the Rollins Family. You can read more about the history of Sugarloaf Farm in Elliott Brack’s article in the Gwinnett Forum.

The Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center opened in 1992, featuring a 50,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall with additional meeting and break-out space. The Performing Arts Center opened not long after, adding a 702-seat theatre to the facility. The Arena was built in 2002. The Arena, Convention Center and Performing Arts Theatre were all called Gwinnett Center. Gwinnett Center was renamed the Infinite Energy Center with a naming rights agreement in 2015 and was again renamed in 2021 when Gas South acquired Infinite Energy. It is now known as the Gas South District and is currently undergoing expansion and renovation.

The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning was also built in 1992. The organization was first incorporated in 1981 as the Gwinnett Council for the Arts. They moved into the current facility in 1993. They adopted the new name The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning in 2016. Their facility includes 34,000 square feet of exhibition and education space, including the award-winning Al Weeks Sculpture Garden. Learn more here.

TPC Sugarloaf was built in 1997. It is made up of 1,200 acres inside the gated community of Sugarloaf Country Club and includes 27 holes of magnificent golf designed by Greg Norman. The course includes nine holes called “The Stables” and nine holes named “The Meadows,” a reference to the fact that it was a former horse farm. The course hosts the Mitsubishi Electric Classic (formerly the Greater Gwinnett Championship) on the PGA Tour Champions.

Our community has seen dramatic growth and change in a relatively short period of time. Today the Sugarloaf community has grown to become a major business and entertainment district – a Downtown for Gwinnett County.