Review for Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands)

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In the massive open expanse just off an Atlantan suburban freeway lies the palatial haven that is the Atlanta AC. I would describe it as a mix of traditional old golf club with modern country club facilities. The clubhouse is massive, with multiple event and hospitality rooms dedicated to Bobby Jones. When we were there there a few weeks ago there were a few parties of women golfers chattering on the veranda overlooking the two 18ths, which is unusual for the US. The dichotomous theme spills over onto the course, which is neither rawly old school or modern resort design. Fairways snake beautifully between huge engulfing white bunkers, all framed by tall manicured pines. Every now and then and artificial lake is thrown in, very blue and brick-lined, normally laying very close to green edges!! There were snack carts and marshalls out even though we seemed to be only the second group on the course. Off the tee it is great fun, challenging but still fair. There are all types of tee-shots required, 4 par fours, long par 4s, dog-legs, elevations, trees, lakes. The greens are undulating without having overly severe slopes. Lest to say they were extremely quick when we were there, 12-13 on the stimp. Like my home course, I felt the outstanding feature that separated it from other great courses was the quality of its par-3s. Each of their greens were bracketed by a lake and a bunker, all playing different lengths. Two of them will be extremely long for the PGA, goodness know how Toms holed that 5 wood, as you can easily put your tee shot in the water. Obviously, great closing hole; tough three shotter off the medal tees, will be a fantastic par-4 for the pros at 500 yards!! Choongy xx

Date: August 09, 2011

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