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For a quick golf fix, try these six near the Atlanta airport

So you're in Atlanta with a few hours to spare. Maybe your business meeting ended early or your flight got delayed for a day. Perhaps you're fleeing from a family reunion. Where can you go to play a quick nine? Most of the best public-access golf courses in Atlanta are in the suburbs. But there are courses in the city that are available to help you scratch that golfing itch. Stan Awtrey offers six suggestions.
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Reunion C.C. golf course - 4th hole

Good maintenance is the key to stellar golf at Reunion Country Club near Braselton

Most of the people who visit Reunion Country Club come from less than 30 minutes away. The rest of the golfers in the Atlanta area don't know what they're missing. It's certainly on par with the highly acclaimed Chateau Elan golf courses that are a couple of miles away. The Reunion golf course is properly maintained -- the fairways are very good, the traps have good sand and the greens are quality. Stan Awtrey has more from Hoschton, Ga.
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Ashton Hills Golf Club - 18th

Good gets better: New owners spiff up already great Ashton Hills Golf Club near Atlanta, Georgia

By all means Ashton Hills Golf Club should be on your must-play list, especially if you live on the east side of Atlanta. Conditions are always above average and the course both challenging and fun. The new owners have put more than $1 million into the property, updating the clubhouse, purchasing a new fleet of golf cars, re-doing the bunkers and converting the greens from bentgrass to Bermuda grass. Stan Awtrey has more from Covington, Ga.
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Georgia Golf Destinations

  • Macon

    Macon has a well earned reputation for barbecue and blues, as well as a strong assortment of golf opportunities. The city, located almost in the heart of Georgia, is about an hour south of Atlanta and within an easy drive of all areas of the state. There are some fine public options in the area, including Bowden Golf Course, Houston Lake C.C. and Southern Hills G.C.

    The 18-hole Griffin Bell Golf & Conference Center in Americus, Georgia is a private golf course that opened in 1947. Griffin Bell Golf & Conference Center measures 6359 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 120 and a 69.7 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Lake Jonesco Golf Course in Gray, Georgia is a public golf course that opened in 1936. Designed by Ernie Schrock, Lake Jonesco Golf Course measures 6544 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Riverview Park Golf Course in Dublin, Georgia is a public golf course that opened in 1977. Riverview Park Golf Course measures 6161 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 120 and a 69.1 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Athens

    With its cutting-edge music scene, emphasis on the arts and a love for sports, Athens offers a variety of options for area visitors. Naturally, there are many golf options, starting with the University of Georgia Golf Course, a lengthy Robert Trent Jones layout that was renovated by Davis Love III in 2006. Other outstanding courses in the area include Jennings Mill, Lane Creek and The Georgia Club.

    Monroe's Bear Creek Golf Club is situated in the heart of Walton County. It's less than an hour from Atlanta, making it a conveniently close getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Bear Creek G.C. has always been known for its excellent greens, which have a reputation for being some of the state's finest putting surfaces.
    Monroe Golf & Country Club sprawls across gently rolling hills blanketed with mature hardwood forests. Opened in 1957, the course has a classic design that is playable for all skill levels but will still provide a challenge. The golf course is mostly flat but there are some subtly tricky elevation changes that can be found throughout.
    Conveniently situated between Athens and Lawrenceville, the Providence Club has a scenic location stretching right along the Appalachee River that makes it feel much more like a getaway. The golf course has been considered one of northeast Georgia's best since opening in 1998. The layout takes advantage of the rolling terrain, incorporating elevated tees and uneven lies. The greens often feature slopes and undulations but they are fair and they roll true.
  • Coastal Georgia

    Although located far from most of the state's major cities, coastal Georgia is worth the time it takes to get there. The region is an ideal solution for those seeking a laid back, leisurely golf destination, whether for vacation for just a weekend getaway. The area features a price level that makes it affordable for all. Jekyll Island is the moderately priced alternative that many families choose. St. Simons Island is a step up in style and Sea Island sets the standard for opulence and luxury.

    The three nine-hole courses at Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort on St. Simon's Island were artfully carved from mature forests of majestic live oaks and towering pines. The Great Oaks/West combination rolls across gentle hills that allow golfers to look out across lush grassy meadows and marshland.
    The King & Prince Golf Course winds through the mature forests and vast salt marshes that are located along the northern coast of St. Simon's Island. The beautifully preserved surroundings offer a glimpse of the native wildlife, which includes ospreys, woodpeckers, and bald eagles.
    The 18-hole The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove in Waverly, Georgia is a semi-private golf course that opened in 2006. Designed by Fred Couples, The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove measures 7003 yards from the longest tees. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • North Georgia Mountains

    The North Georgia Mountains are one of the state's great treasures. There are fewer simple pleasures than a leisurely drive through northeast Georgia on a cool fall day, the leaves displaying a tapestry of colors and the pace of life still slow by comparison to most places. The region's golf highlights include Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Old Union Golf Course in Blairsville, Sky Valley Golf Club, and Innsbruck G.C. in Helen.

    The 18-hole Kingwood Golf Club and Resort in Clayton, GA is a resort golf course that opened in 2000. Designed by Scott W. Pool, Kingwood Golf Club and Resort measures 6016 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 124 and a 68.8 USGA rating. The greens are bent.
    The 18-hole Orchard Golf & Country Club in Clarkesville, Georgia is a private golf course that opened in 1991. Designed by Dan Maples, Orchard Golf & Country Club measures 6948 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 131 and a 73.
    The 18-hole Innsbruck Golf Club in Helen, Georgia is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1987. Designed by Bill Watts, Innsbruck Golf Club measures 6748 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 130 and a 72.4 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Atlanta

    Atlanta has established itself as the capital of the South and has taken the lead in the region when it comes to a diverse variety of topics from civil rights to finance to construction to entertainment -- and golf. At one time there were few venues available for public golfers. These days, however, the city's public tracks stay busy, with Alfred "Tup" Holmes Golf Club, North Fulton Golf Course, and Stone Mountain G.C at the top of the list.

    Monroe Golf & Country Club sprawls across gently rolling hills blanketed with mature hardwood forests. Opened in 1957, the course has a classic design that is playable for all skill levels but will still provide a challenge. The golf course is mostly flat but there are some subtly tricky elevation changes that can be found throughout.
    Reunion Country Club is one of the most played golf courses in North Atlanta but despite its popularity, you can usually always get a tee time. The most distinguishing feature of the course is the hilly terrain, which provides plenty of challenges as well as stunning views across the countryside.
    Nestled in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains, Sugar Hill Golf Club tumbles across elevation changes that range from subtle to dramatic. The course is artfully laid across the rolling hills, weaving through stands of mature trees, to provide it with the maximum level of challenge and the best views.
  • Augusta

    Thousands of people pour into Augusta each year to attend the Masters, but there's more to the city than the first major championship of the golfing season. Augusta is the second-largest city in Georgia and has a rich tradition in the fields of medicine and the military. There are several golf courses in Augusta accessible to visitors, including Forest Hills Golf Club, established in 1926, Goshen Plantation and Jones Creek in nearby Evans.

    Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans is situated just minutes from Augusta National. Despite the fame of its neighbor, Bartram Trail stands out for being Columbia County's only public golf course. It has a location next to Patriot's Park that provides forests of mature hardwoods and pine trees that were fully utilized in the design.
    The 18-hole Pointe South Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1991. Designed by Joe Clement and Ken Rivers, Pointe South Golf Club measures 6304 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 112 and a 69.
    The 9-hole Pine View Nine at Gordon Lakes Golf Course in Fort Gordon, GA is a military golf course that opened in 2003. Pine View Nine at Gordon Lakes Golf Course measures 3571 yards from the longest tees.
  • Savannah

    Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, has a diverse array of activities and attractions, which makes it a popular destination for all. From the sparkling beaches at Tybee Island to the 22 park-like squares scattered throughout the downtown area, Savannah has a little something for everyone. Naturally, golfers have plenty of options to choose here, including The Club at Savannah Harbor, Wilmington Island, Bacon Park, and the nine-hole Mary Calder Golf Club, which opened in 1937.

    The Club at Savannah Harbor is ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the country by Conde Nast Traveler. The design is a collaboration between Robert Cupp and Sam Snead. The layout stretches to 7,288 yards but the length shouldn't intimidate beginners, since the golf course is actually quite forgiving. With a landscape that is almost completely open and therefore at the mercy of the blustery winds, the course has a true links feel.
    Crossroads Golf Club offers a total of 27 holes, which includes an 18-hole championship course and a nine-hole par-3 course. The Championship Course has an open, parkland layout where you don't have to worry about hitting any homes.
    Henderson Golf Club is a local favorite since it is the most affordable public course in Savannah. The course wanders across a scenic landscape accented with towering pines, pristine wetlands, colorful magnolia trees, and mature oaks artfully draped with Spanish moss.