Atlanta Golf! Must play golf courses

I'm moving to Atlanta next week! I have lived in the Chicagoland area all my life so I'm looking forward to some southern golf in the Atlanta area. Any recommendations for must plays or great value courses? I'm very excited to play golf that is more reasonably priced than Chicago.
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  • From_Parts_UnknownFrom_Parts_Unknown Members Posts: 1,801 ✭✭
    The closest public course near Atlanta worth playing is Sweetens Cove in South Pittsburg.
  • darkcm21darkcm21 Members Posts: 67
    It doesn’t have to be city limits. Within an hour of the city would be great!
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  • maga_golfermaga_golfer Members Posts: 366 ✭✭
    First off, welcome. There's plenty of Atlanta area golfers here that will give you the rundown on all our golf offerings. What area of town are you moving to? And are you looking at public or private golf? The public golf leaves a bit to be desired, although there are some decent courses that you can access. Again, knowing where you are living will help pinpoint some of the options. While public golf might be more affordable, you will most likely be traveling to find quality.
  • maga_golfermaga_golfer Members Posts: 366 ✭✭
    darkcm21 wrote:


    It doesn't have to be city limits. Within an hour of the city would be great!




    Depending on the day and the time, that might not get you very far at all! Although traffic tends to be better when school is out.
  • darkcm21darkcm21 Members Posts: 67

    darkcm21 wrote:


    It doesn't have to be city limits. Within an hour of the city would be great!




    Depending on the day and the time, that might not get you very far at all! Although traffic tends to be better when school is out.




    I’ll be living in Dunwoody and I’ve heard traffic is bad in Atlanta but I have a hard time believing it’s worse than Chicago. I have to drive an hour from the lake to play anywhere decent. Public courses please. Some courses I’ve heard about are Cherokee run, bear’s best, the frog, and Cobblestone but that’s pretty much it. Not sure how the golf quality compares to Chicago either.
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  • SpicoliSpicoli Members Posts: 327 ✭✭
    Private golf is King in Atlanta. Public golf leaves a lot to be desired.



    Traffic is also King. One hour could be 15 miles or less...



    I'm Club Corp, so while it lacks what people think is an "experience" it does allow variety. On the Northside, you need to pay the premium for a better home club to avoid 5hr weekend rounds.



    Check out the southeast section. There is tons of discussion on this topic.

  • maga_golfermaga_golfer Members Posts: 366 ✭✭
    edited May 30, 2018 #8
    darkcm21 wrote:


    darkcm21 wrote:


    It doesn't have to be city limits. Within an hour of the city would be great!




    Depending on the day and the time, that might not get you very far at all! Although traffic tends to be better when school is out.




    I’ll be living in Dunwoody and I’ve heard traffic is bad in Atlanta but I have a hard time believing it’s worse than Chicago. I have to drive an hour from the lake to play anywhere decent. Public courses please. Some courses I’ve heard about are Cherokee run, bear’s best, the frog, and Cobblestone but that’s pretty much it. Not sure how the golf quality compares to Chicago either.




    Atlanta public courses are not up to quality that you can find in most big cities. Private clubs are where you can find the best golf. Especially if you find one in your price point that is near where you work or live.



    Of those you mention, you would have a hard time to get to those in an hour during the week. Cobblestone or Bears Best on a weekend might be doable or even a little less.



    Depending on your age, you could probably reach out to Rivermont as it’s about 15-20 min from Dunwoody. RiverPines is a close public option as well.



    To be honest, you should research some private clubs on here. They range across the board on cost and you could find some good options that would prevent you from driving all over the city to play lesser quality courses.
  • GTgolfGTgolf Members Posts: 517 ✭✭
    In no order.. all within an hour of dunwoody.



    Echelon

    Achasta

    Bridgemill

    Bradshaw

    Cobblestone

    Frog

    River pines

    Bears best

    Heritage

    Hampton

    Chestatee

    Chicopee woods



    All are solid public courses with good conditions.
  • LlortamaiseyLlortamaisey Members Posts: 5,897 ✭✭
    There are no “must play” public courses in Atlanta but there are some “great value” courses. Closest one to Dunwoody is Chastain. $13 with a Fore Pass, plus the best scenery walking around Atlanta.
  • maga_golfermaga_golfer Members Posts: 366 ✭✭
    GTgolf wrote:


    In no order.. all within an hour of dunwoody.



    Echelon

    Achasta

    Bridgemill

    Bradshaw

    Cobblestone

    Frog

    River pines

    Bears best

    Heritage

    Hampton

    Chestatee

    Chicopee woods



    All are solid public courses with good conditions.




    That's a pretty comprehensive list of courses that are in the hour-ish range. One thing you will find is that for the most part tee to green, the conditions are about the same. However between bent and bermuda greens, they will be somewhat different in quality at different times of year. The bermuda in the summer and bent in the early-to-mid spring and then mid-to-late fall are what you will want to play. Those courses above have a good mix of the two types. Good luck with the move!
  • darkcm21darkcm21 Members Posts: 67
    Thank you for the recommendations. Private clubs just aren’t in the budget and I only play once a week, so it’s not worth it for me. I’ll be sure to check these suggestions out.
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  • jpt1101jpt1101 Members Posts: 266 ✭✭
    What would be the top 3-5 private courses to play within an hour’s drive of Atlanta?
  • Luke.SuttonLuke.Sutton ClubWRX Posts: 120 ClubWRX
    First 3 are easy...



    1. Peachtree

    2. East Lake

    3. Atlanta Athletic



    “To play” is the tough part

  • GTgolfGTgolf Members Posts: 517 ✭✭


    First 3 are easy...



    1. Peachtree

    2. East Lake

    3. Atlanta Athletic



    “To play” is the tough part




    East lake might not even be top 5, and it's not that hard to get out there.



    1. Peachtree

    2. Atlanta CC

    3. Capital city

    4. AAC

    5. Cherokee

    6. East lake

    7. 5-10 others from there
  • AUTIGER07AUTIGER07 Just lost $1K on a putt Members Posts: 1,099 ✭✭
    darkcm21 wrote:


    darkcm21 wrote:


    It doesn't have to be city limits. Within an hour of the city would be great!




    Depending on the day and the time, that might not get you very far at all! Although traffic tends to be better when school is out.


    dump

    I’ll be living in Dunwoody and I’ve heard traffic is bad in Atlanta but I have a hard time believing it’s worse than Chicago. I have to drive an hour from the lake to play anywhere decent. Public courses please. Some courses I’ve heard about are Cherokee run, bear’s best, the frog, and Cobblestone but that’s pretty much it. Not sure how the golf quality compares to Chicago either.




    I've lived in Chicago now for 7 years but prior to that I had lived in and around the Atlanta area for close to 10. Atlanta traffic is far worse than Chicago...really not even comparable. If you live and work in Dunwoody it won't be too bad though. If you're downtown that will definitely be worse off.




    GTgolf wrote:


    In no order.. all within an hour of dunwoody.



    Echelon

    Achasta

    Bridgemill

    Bradshaw

    Cobblestone

    Frog

    River pines

    Bears best

    Heritage

    Hampton

    Chestatee

    Chicopee woods



    All are solid public courses with good conditions.




    This is a solid listing to start with.
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  • feedtheballfeedtheball Members Posts: 1
    Because it's topical. Some of it covered here already but a little more depth.



    http://feedtheball.com/2018/05/22/bringing-the-sticks-golf-in-atlanta/
  • maga_golfermaga_golfer Members Posts: 366 ✭✭
    Outside of Peachtree in the #1 spot, you can make a case for a number of courses that follow in your order. It all comes down to personal preference.



    East Lake, Settindown, Athletic Club, Cherokee, Atlanta CC, Capital City, etc., all can have cases made. Also, there are ways to get on all of those courses. However, if you get the invitation to play Peachtree, that's the one that is a must play.
  • MdmspopMdmspop This is the year... Members Posts: 329 ✭✭
    I would add Legacy on Lanier, Reunion and St. Marlo to the public-access list.
  • p3gap3ga Members Posts: 647 ✭✭
    HolyMoses might be able to provide some input as you guys play about the same speed & he recently moved to Chicago from Atlanta. And he's a good man, had the opportunity to play with him a few times at Crystal Falls.
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  • darkcm21darkcm21 Members Posts: 67
    I can’t believe Atlanta golf is that bad. It’s very disappointing. Chicago golf in my opinion is nice but it’s so expensive for a decent club and the rounds can be very long as well.
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  • maga_golfermaga_golfer Members Posts: 366 ✭✭
    Atlanta, like a number of Southern cities, got a late start on golf relative to the Northeast/West Coast/Midwest. Historically speaking, Golf courses were slower to be built. A few courses were built around the turn of the 20th century, with a few more built in the 1920s. Then you had the recession and most courses were starting to be built in the “dark ages” of golf architecture.



    Couple that with the amount of sprawl here and it’s not surprIsing that the golf is not up to the quality you find in other parts of the country. Lots of golf here was built with housing in mind, and even some of the better courses are built with housing development in mind.



    There are really good courses here, but the potential that the city had with the amount of topography could have led to some great layouts if you could start it all over.



    Probably more than what you wanted to hear, but just some background on golf in the area.
  • crazy8golfercrazy8golfer Unregistered Posts: 1,292
    darkcm21 wrote:


    I can't believe Atlanta golf is that bad. It's very disappointing. Chicago golf in my opinion is nice but it's so expensive for a decent club and the rounds can be very long as well.
    I don't want to disappoint you, but you will find a lot of 5 + hour rounds around Atlanta. The drive will become old and tiring, the conditions are hit and miss too.Hope you find the quality golf you are looking for.
  • OutBackHackOutBackHack Members Posts: 910 ✭✭


    First 3 are easy...



    1. Peachtree

    2. East Lake

    3. Atlanta Athletic



    “To play” is the tough part




    Oh no.. Here we go...
  • darkcm21darkcm21 Members Posts: 67


    Atlanta, like a number of Southern cities, got a late start on golf relative to the Northeast/West Coast/Midwest. Historically speaking, Golf courses were slower to be built. A few courses were built around the turn of the 20th century, with a few more built in the 1920s. Then you had the recession and most courses were starting to be built in the “dark ages” of golf architecture.



    Couple that with the amount of sprawl here and it’s not surprIsing that the golf is not up to the quality you find in other parts of the country. Lots of golf here was built with housing in mind, and even some of the better courses are built with housing development in mind.



    There are really good courses here, but the potential that the city had with the amount of topography could have led to some great layouts if you could start it all over.







    Probably more than what you wanted to hear, but just some background on golf in the area.




    No, I very much appreciate the history. Good information to know. Lucky for me I have a very flexible job that allows me play weekdays as well. So hopefully it’s not packed those days too. When is golf season in GA? I heard the courses get burnt out in the summer. I plan on using the practice facility at legacy golf links in Smyrna. Any thoughts on that?
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  • darkcm21darkcm21 Members Posts: 67
    Also, how are the Robert Trent Jones golf trails in bama? Would like to do a road trip there some day.
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  • DivinDaveDivinDave Longview TexasMembers Posts: 519 ✭✭
    The RTJ is great. Everyone should have it on the bucket list.


    darkcm21 wrote:


    Also, how are the Robert Trent Jones golf trails in bama? Would like to do a road trip there some day.
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  • GTgolfGTgolf Members Posts: 517 ✭✭
    darkcm21 wrote:



    Atlanta, like a number of Southern cities, got a late start on golf relative to the Northeast/West Coast/Midwest. Historically speaking, Golf courses were slower to be built. A few courses were built around the turn of the 20th century, with a few more built in the 1920s. Then you had the recession and most courses were starting to be built in the “dark ages” of golf architecture.



    Couple that with the amount of sprawl here and it’s not surprIsing that the golf is not up to the quality you find in other parts of the country. Lots of golf here was built with housing in mind, and even some of the better courses are built with housing development in mind.



    There are really good courses here, but the potential that the city had with the amount of topography could have led to some great layouts if you could start it all over.







    Probably more than what you wanted to hear, but just some background on golf in the area.




    No, I very much appreciate the history. Good information to know. Lucky for me I have a very flexible job that allows me play weekdays as well. So hopefully it’s not packed those days too. When is golf season in GA? I heard the courses get burnt out in the summer. I plan on using the practice facility at legacy golf links in Smyrna. Any thoughts on that?




    Golf is golf. Legacy links is ok at best. Good enough to hit balls.



    I wouldn’t say they get burnt out in the summer.



    Golf season is 9/10 months. Jan/feb can be miserable. Wet and cold. But if you’re a nut like me, you play all year. Highs in the low 40’s and windy. Good enough for me.
  • lincolndufflincolnduff Members Posts: 231 ✭✭
    I wrote this up a year or so ago when I was living down there but most of it should still be accurate.... http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1340708-atlanta-course-reviews-and-conditions/page__hl__ course conditions
  • DoubleorQuitsDoubleorQuits Members Posts: 376 ✭✭


    The closest public course near Atlanta worth playing is Sweetens Cove in South Pittsburg.






    It's only 2.5 hours from Atlanta!
  • me05501me05501 Members Posts: 412
    I live in Chattanooga but I've played some of the public courses between here and ATL and in the general area.



    I used to have a friend who lived at Reunion and played several rounds there. Always enjoyed it. Chateau Elan isn't far from there and they have some good daily fee golf as well.



    Another friend lives at BridgeMill. It is well-conditioned, somewhat hilly, and there are a lot of homes around the course, but I wouldn't hesitate to play there again.



    Further up I-75 I enjoy Cobblestone and Barnsley Gardens. Even closer to Chattanooga, you have Stonebridge (Rome), Fields Ferry (Calhoun) and Nob North (Dalton). All of those are worth your time if you happen to be heading up the NW side.



    There are some daily fee courses further up GA-400 and I-85 that start to get into some more mountainous terrain, and many of them seem to be very compromised layouts where there are way too many white stakes and sidehill lies. I can't recall the specific courses I've played but I can remember a couple of miserable rounds on them.
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