Atlanta Golf Courses

Built on a hilly former Civil War battlefield, one of the chief virtues of the Alfred Tup Holmes Golf Course is its location–10 minutes from the airport and close to downtown. The par 72, 18-hole public course opened in 1940. It was renovated last year and has a a course rating of 69.9 and a slope rating of 115.

Ansley Golf Club has two courses to choose from. In mid-town Atlanta you’ll find the convenient 9-hole course in Ansley Park. The other is an 18-hole rugged championship course located in Roswell, Georgia. The Atlanta 9-hole course has been rated in the top five national courses by Sports Illustrated.
This 36 par course is 3, 441 yards with a rating of 37 and a slope rating of 135.

Augusta National Golf Club must be mentioned first as it is the worlds most revered golf course. The Masters, played here every year, has made this course one of the most famous. An abundance of flora and fauna grow on this course, built on the former Indigo Plantation, with every hole named after a different species, Yellow Jasmine, Pink Dogwood, Chinese Fir, Carolina Cherry and so many more. Golden Bell is designated to the twelfth hole, the most challenging of the course.

This course is an 18-hole, par 72, 7445 yard course. It must be mentioned that membership fees are rather steep, touting a 300 member roster at any given time. However, if there is just one course in all of Georgia, perhaps all of the U.S., to request membership, it would definitely be the Augusta National Golf Club.

Bobby Jones, winner of the 1930 Open and Amateur championships of the U.S. and Great Britain, built Augusta National upon retirement. He once said regarding this course, “There isn’t a single hole out there that can’t be birdied if you just think. But there isn’t one that can’t be double-bogeyed if you ever stop thinking.”

Bear’s Best Atlanta Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, has been rated with five stars by its players. The best public course in the Atalanta area, was rated the “Top Ten Courses You Can Play in American” by Golf Magazine. The 18-hole course is open year round and is a public course with the luxury feel of a private one. It’s a par 72 course with 6,857 yards, a rating of 73 and slope of 140.

Bobby Jones Golf Course, another course built on a former civil war battle location, Peachtree Creak,. The championship golf course is just ten minutes from downtown Atlanta. This town is Bobby Jones birthplace, so it’s not surprising one of the best public courses holds his name. Truly a course for all players, the par 71 course offers the challenge of tightly placed greens with open fairways. For your convenience there is a chipping green, two indoor driving ranges and on site pro, Chris Knobloch. This 6,455 yard course is rated 68.1 with a slope rating of 119.

Brown Mill Golf Course has three small lakes located in its front nine creating interest and some water hazards. This par 72 is 6,600 yards with a sloping rate of 123. Close to downtown Atlanta, #12 is the signature hole with trees on the right and stakes on the left it has an uphill tee shot.
North Fulton Golf Course is smack dab in the middle of Chastain Park, the largest park in Atlanta. Regularly chosen Atlanta’s top public golf course, North Fulton, it boasts of the most difficult holes, in all of the city. The #18 tee shot leads you down a narrow fairway lined on ones side with a creek. The par 71 course is 6,570 yards with a slope of 126.

Cherokee Town and Country Club North is very well maintained. However, the facilities are what really stand out. They offer three practice greens, one let’s you practice on different bunkers found on the course. A great driving range and traditional club house make for a well rounded experience. This par 72, 18-hole course is 6,941 yards with a rating of 74.3 and a slope rating of 139.

Dunwoody Country Club has no two holes alike with each having it’s own unique set of challenges, making for what may be the most interesting golf game in Atlanta. The greens and fairways are first rate at this course. This 18-hole course runs 7,002 yards with a rating of 74 and a slope rating of 141. It offers a 40-tee driving range, but is a golf only facility.

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