Atlanta National Golf Club is a collaboration between father-son duo Pete and P.B. Dye, which means you can expect significant amounts of both heroism and risk-reward opportunities.
Among the more eye catching examples is No. 9, a 527-yard par five that will have strong players salivating for an eagle opportunity. The best angle, however, to this green — sitting beyond a creek that flows across the fairway — means placing a tee shot on the skinny fairway that sits on the right side of a centerline bunkers that runs down the middle of the landing area for nearly 250 yards.
Although this falls in line with some of Pete’s previous entries, No. 16 seems to be an entirely P.B. concept. His father has claimed a distaste for drivable par fours, so a hole that plays 295-yards from the tips must have gotten a sideways eye from the elder architect on site. Those going for the home run must work the ball right-to-left to a lengthy green, dodging a barrage of pot bunkers that dot the fairway.
One hole that both architects probably agreed upon was the classic Dye island green that appropriately plays as No. 17 at Atlanta National.
Atlanta has a lot of good golf courses and Atlanta National is one of them. The first hole is a short welcoming par four. Water right as well as a creek in front of the green. The 2nd is a mid-length par three. The green is elevated, long narrow and two-tiered. The first par five is reachable however the creek does run at a 45 degree angle in front of the creek. If you are laying up favor left center. The fourth is a dogleg left. Off the tee aim right of the fairway bunkers, left runs the risk of being blocked out. The fifth is deservedly the number one handicap hole. The tee shot is over a waste area and the second is uphill. Take at least an extra club. The 6th is the shortest and a valley par three. The 7th is a long par four and a tough hole. Favor left of center off the tee. The approach is downhill to another two tiered green. The 8th is another demanding par four, dogleg right with two bunkers on the outside elbow a BAB on the inside. I would not suggest getting too frisky challenging the dogleg as I was found wanting and paid the price. The long approach will also need to carry the stream. The 9th is a very reachable but risk/reward par five. It has a double fairway with a waste area that is unfortunately phallic shaped. If you decide to lay up favor the left side. There is a water hazard in front and a plethora of bunkers on the right and rear.
The back starts with a par four that leans left with waste area left. Ideal drive is a high draw. The 11th is a dogleg left from an elevated tee. The landing area is bigger than it looks, however it narrows as you get closer to the green. The approach is over that $#@& creek again. The 12th is a long Florida par three. It is the number 6 handicap hole and is worthy of that rating. The 13th is a par five that should be played as a three shotter. The fairway runs out about 260 yards out. Fairway bunkers right so favor left of center on your layup. The 14th is a long par four that bends right with a waste area running down the entire right hand side. The 15th is a reachable par five but it has one of the tightest fairways on the course. The river is right and a large waste area down the left side. The trouble is lateral so to me this is a go for it par five. The 16th is a classic risk/reward driveable par four. There are eight pot bunkers sporadically sprinkled about to keep you honest. Consider laying up, just kidding. The 17th is mid-length from the tips and short from the other tees. A quintessential island par three. The 18th is a beast. Long with bunkers down the right side and a narrowing fairway as you approach the green.
A fun course that I would pay to play again