Georgia National Golf Club
by John Kim
This Dennis Griffiths design opened in 1994 with the intent of being the pre-eminent golf layout on the Southside of the city. This is a championship 18 hole facility that measures over 6900 yards from the tips, but offers four sets of tees that makes it player friendly for all ability levels.
Setting up your round: First of all, call for directions. The course is in McDonough, and it's not hard to get to, but you want directions in hand. This is not a course where you can turn off at the exit and "just follow the signs". The course takes tee times up to one week in advance. Weekend times should be made a few days in advance.
When you arrive: The course has excellent practice facilities, a full service dining area and a well stocked pro shop. You should find everything you need here to get you ready for a great round of golf.
Hole you will love: Hole #13. On a course where par is never a given, you'll enjoy this "breather" of a hole because it allows (heck, demands) that you lay up from the tee and then hit a comfortable short iron into the green. The small pond to the front left of the green provides a scenic hazard, but two decent shots should get you putting. Par is still no "gimme" though, the green is pitched strongly.
Hole you won't: Hole #10. A long uphill par 4 that gives you no room to miss off the tee. Your drive has to carry over 175 yards (from the blue tees), and find a narrow fairway or else you'll have no look at this green. A par here is a reason to celebrate.
Overview: Georgia National has plans to go completely private at some point in the future, and when it does, it will be a great loss for the daily fee golfer on the Southside of Atlanta. This course is a great challenge and a very fun layout. The greens have some big slopes, the fairways can be narrow at times, but its almost always in fantastic condition. This course will test your game, but it will offer a great golf experience as a reward for the challenge. Try it once, I think you'll go back for more.