A slim parcel of grass, only wide enough to walk across, is the only thing preventing Creekside Golf and Country Club’s signature 18th hole from being considered a true island. The par 5 hole’s isolated bentgrass green presents a spectacular finish for golfers after they conquer the Richard Mandell-designed course, which challenges players with eight fairways split by a stream and myriad design obstacles. As difficult as the final hole is, it still doesn’t rank as the course’s hardest—that honor that belongs to the 14th hole, a lengthy monolith whose green is guarded by a creek, three bunkers, two trees, and Hades's erratic caddy, Cerberus. Before traversing the undulating fairways, golfers can warm up at the club’s driving range and putting green. They can also fuel up at the bar and grill or drop into the pro shop to replace any balls with defunct water wings. Whether digging up divots at the range or on the course, all players must leave their denim at home and wear collared shirts, making sure to conceal the screws that attach their heads to their bodies. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,700 yards * Course rating of 71.5 * Slope rating of 134 * Four tee options * See the scorecard and take a course tour
The 18-hole course at St. Andrews Country Club drapes over 400 acres of countryside, demanding precise ball placement and keen focus as players navigate its two distinct sides. Course superintendent Heath Hammond keeps a meticulous watch over the conditions of the bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens, ensuring they stay not only pleasing to the eye but also lush enough for comfortable celebratory somersaults. Players choose from five separate sets of tees to start their round, rendering the course as long as 6,629 yards from the back tees but enjoyable for golfers of all ability levels. On the front nine, players must exhibit precise control over shots as they wind through the course's residential portion. The game relaxes on the back nine as it winds through open spaces dotted with handsome trees and allows players to unleash power. Before a round or during practice sessions, golfers can hone their strokes on St. Andrews' two-tiered driving range. A chipping green, a sand trap, and a bentgrass putting green round out the practice area's offerings, allowing players to re-create actual course conditions.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 6,629 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 135 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
Golfsmith's online and in-store showrooms house an almost endless list of golf gear for men, women, and children alike. Clubs, balls, and accessories from brands such as TaylorMade, MacGregor, and Callaway give players precise control over their game, and polos and long-sleeved shirts from Nike and Snake Eyes garb players in course-appropriate attire now that tuxedo T-shirts no longer qualify. Along with the extensive collection of equipment and golf bags, Golfsmith also carries GPS systems to give players a high-tech edge.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer’s good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
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.