Upon their arrival to Fairways of Canton Golf Club, golfers feast their eyes on the club’s bucolic 18-hole course as it unfurls across 6,515 yards of rolling terrain and scenic Georgia pines. The pristine par-72 course fosters aggressive drives into generous fairways, which lead to small bermuda-grass greens teeming with subtle slopes and trick holes that lead to another dimension in Space Jam. Dimpled orbs graze the stratosphere at the club’s practice facilities, which include a driving range, a putting green, a chipping area, and a sand bunker. Back muscles weary from a day of smashing drives or wrestling a gang of rogue golf carts can recess at the club’s onsite Canyon Grill, which slings sumptuous fare such as philly cheesesteaks, pizza margherita, and pasta with a choice of sauce.
Set amid hardwood trees, winding streams, and undulating terrain, Woodmont Golf Club showcases Georgia’s first golf course designed by renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The 18-hole, 6,830-yard course eases golfers into the round with a relatively open front nine, but also sports the course’s most difficult hole—the 470-yard, par-four eighth. Comprised of three par-fives, three par-fours, and three par-threes, the somewhat unorthodox back nine brings various ponds and streams into play, which golfers cross on elegant wooden bridges or the backs of caddies wearing floaties.
The layout concludes with three memorable finishing holes, including the 573-yard, par-five 16th hole, dubbed the course’s signature hole, which is intersected by a creek three times, demanding error-free drives and approaches. A short par-four, the 17th hole tests the killer instinct of golfers' short-irons with an approach shot that must carry water to reach a bowl-shaped green, while the 18th hole challenges golfers' resolve with a steep, uphill, 505-yard par-five.
Woodmont Golf Club complements its course with a driving range and a putting green, as well as a golf academy helmed by Don Butzin, a 48-year PGA member whose work has appeared in Golf Digest. In addition to their golf-centric facilities, Woodmont Golf Club encompasses ten clay and hard-surface tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools, and The Woodmont Bar & Grille, a dining venue with panoramic views of the first green for those who haven’t spoiled their appetites by discreetly blending a fairway smoothie while on the course.
The Swing Factory Golf Center offers fine golf instruction, a golf driving range, and an 18 hole mini golf course. 25 stations with astroturf mats and 25 stations with Bermuda Turf grass. Short game area with putting green, sand trap, and chipping targets. Ping n'Flight launch monitor, and V1 video analysis software.
Golf Instructor John Marshall can hit the golf ball a long way. While some "big hitters" are merely the product of boasting, John has the hardware to back it up. He won the American Long Drivers Association Super Senior National Championship in '05 And '06, and is a five-time RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship finalist.
These unconventional results come from a somewhat unconventional method. John has long used—and now teaches—a swing developed by legendary long driver Mike Austin, who once crushed a 515-yard drive at the 1974 U.S. Senior Open, the longest ever recorded in competition. As an instructor at Steel Canyon Golf Club, John illuminates the principles behind this swing that generate high club head speed without sacrificing accuracy. Lessons combine one-on-one coaching to help students get comfortable with the technique, which is likely a little different from the swing they're used to.
A lush labyrinth pressed against the banks of the Chattahoochee River, River Pines Golf Club's 18-hole, par 70 Championship Course spans 6,602 yards of bucolic, tee-to-green terrain. Fortify club-flailing skills before taking to the fairways with a stint at the club's driving range, which deftly emulates course challenges with grass hitting areas, contoured target greens, a practice sand bunker, and a loitering gang of feral flagsticks. A nimble golf cart accompanies golfers throughout the round, helping track down flush power-draws that bisect the course's immaculate, bermuda fairways or precise approaches that halt pin-high on the slick surfaces of bent-grass greens. A 32-ounce fountain drink, side of chips, potato salad, or coleslaw, and sandwiches loaded with turkey, ham, or chicken salad can provide gracious postround sustenance or help bribe the ravenous beaks of belligerent waterfowl.
Former Georgia PGA Teacher of the Year, Jim Goergen has guided the game improvement of students ranging from amateurs to the PGA Tour. Whether coaching a first-time player, US Amateur Champion and PGA professional Matt Kuchar, or a sentient 6-iron, Jim seeks to hone what he calls the game’s true fundamentals. Boiled down to their most essential components, good swing mechanics consist of a single-plane swing of the club shaft, a square clubface through impact, and an athletic movement to make them happen in unison. All other variables, such as grip, posture, and takeaway, can only enhance the true fundamentals. Additionally, Jim places a great deal of emphasis on the short game, where the average golfer can make the largest improvements in number of strokes and number of putters saved from an angry knee smash.