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Summit Chase Country Club

Diverse Summit Chase C.C. near Atlanta offers consistently good golf

Located about 20 miles to the northeast of Atlanta, Summit Chase Country Club is comfortable and familiar, with some of the most consistently good golf you'll ever find on a course. Stan Awtrey has more from Snellville, Ga.
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Griffin Golf Course - 3rd hole

Griffin Golf Course south of Atlanta is an enjoyable, affordable winner

Griffin Golf Course is a comfortable, quiet place to enjoy a round of golf. Located less than an hour south of Atlanta, the venerable municipal course is part of a vanishing breed of affordable, playable public facilities. Stan Awtrey has more from Griffin, Ga.
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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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Georgia Golf Destinations

  • 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.

    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.
    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.
    The 18-hole Sterling Links in Richmond Hill, Georgia is a public golf course that opened in 2008. Designed by John Fesperman, Jr, Sterling Links measures 6608 yards from the longest tees. The greens are champion bermuda and the fairways are dwarf paspalam.
  • 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 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 Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Brunswick, Georgia is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1992. Designed by Mike Young, Heritage Oaks Golf Club measures 6945 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 132 and a 73.
    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.
  • 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 The Patch Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia is a public golf course that opened in 1927. The Patch Golf Course measures 6056 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1926. Designed by Donald Ross, Forest Hills Golf Club measures 6875 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 126 and a 72.
  • 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 Southern Hills Golf Club in Hawkinsville, Georgia is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Mike Young, Southern Hills Golf Club measures 6741 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 131 and a 72.
    Formerly known as Americus Country Club, Griffin Bell Golf Links & Conference Center is situated between Andersonville and Plains. The 18-hole public course is owned and operated by Georgia Southwestern State University. It's a short course at only 6,096 yards from the back tees but it still presents quite a challenge.
    The 18-hole International City Golf Club in Warner Robins, Georgia is a public golf course that opened in 1957. Designed by Lou Burnett, International City Golf Club measures 5684 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 112 and a 66.
  • 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.

    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.
    Although Chateau Elan Golf Club & Resort is just 40 minutes from Atlanta, the panoramic views of the north Georgia foothills make it feel much further from the city. The Chateau Course is one of the public championship golf courses. The layout wanders across 170 acres, winding around a lake and two creeks.
    Nestled amongst the gently rolling hills of Rockdale County, Cherokee Run Golf Club lies within the Georgia International Horse Park. Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay designed the course. Occupied for centuries by the Cherokee Indians, dozens of arrowheads were found in the Georgian red clay as the golf course was being built.
  • 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.

    Kingwood Golf Club in Clayton is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by nearly 150,000 acres of protected national forest. The course is considered one of Georgia's best, thanks in large part to the stunning location, which lends mature hardwoods, rippling brooks, and lush green hills.
    The 18-hole Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant in Royston, Georgia is a public golf course that opened in 1971. Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant measures 6421 yards from the longest tees. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    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.
  • 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 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.
    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.