Tim Cundy draws on more than 16 years of experience as a PGA professional to smooth out swings and tailor lessons for beginner and professional golfers alike. During each one-hour lesson, golfers swing irons and woods while working one-on-one with Cundy to straighten hooks into green-seeking spears. A certified Hank Haney pro associate instructor, Cundy has experience in guiding greenhorns and fine-tuning the shots of pros, ensuring each lesson helps fairway frolickers lower handicaps by improving their stance, grip, and ability to command the wind. Lessons are held at one of two outdoor ranges or inside a sheltered teaching facility. The sheltered swing center is replete with an indoor putting area and hitting bays overlooking the range and its mob of mannequin spectators.
Golfsmith's online and in-store storerooms 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 and tennis gear to help them overcome the bunkers’ tricky nets.
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.
Black Creek Golf Club features 18 holes of lush landscape in addition to fetching facilities such as a practice green, a driving range, and a full-service clubhouse. Before confronting the par-72 course, launch two bags of range balls (a $10 value) into the well-maintained yonder of the club’s 2-acre driving range, complete with multiple tees and greens for chipping, putting, and dressing in vinaigrette.
The Lion Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 72 layout unfurls across 7,086 yards of short-grass corridors buttressed by skyscraping pine trees and winding streams. Players can begin their day of orb-blasting bravado by unloading their own individual buckets of practice balls into the verdant abyss of the club’s 11-acre range, where distant targets beckon to precise golfers and lonely 9-irons. The swing-loosening sessions pay off immediately at the third hole, considered the course’s most challenging because of a hard-to-gauge, uphill approach shot. The grizzled sands of treacherous bunkers lurk at the periphery of most holes, but the course’s true challenges await on each green, where slick surfaces and bold slopes conspire to form breaks more difficult to read than the fine print on an infomercial. Rounds conclude with three breathtaking finishing holes, including the signature 16th, which features an elevated tee and a green fronted by a winding creek. After the round, golfers can refuel with tasty bread-ensconced eats such as a chicken-salad sandwich or classic BLT, both served with fries.
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