It is handy to have a golf course architect among your alumni when setting out a course for NCAA competition. In Auburn’s case, it was Bill Bergin, who played for the Tigers during his college years. Although Bergin may have been big man on campus, the golf course he built is even bigger, measuring more than 7,300 yards from the back tees, with tree-lined fairways defending the majority of those yards.
The course boasts of its setting on Yarbrough Lake, however that body only comes into play on one hole. The water that will change the result of more matches will be the unnamed pond northwest of Yarbrough. The course ends in a 5-3-4 alignment, and these holes are no pushovers.
The par five travels for 580 yards from the back tees, with the final approach to the putting surface being over a creek to a standalone green, with the anonymous pond at the back. The following par three plays for 210 yards, with the pond lurking on the right for its entirety. The final 440-yard par four won’t seem so bad, as long as your nerves aren’t shot from the previous holes.
In my opinion this is a pedestrian course until the last four holes. Having said that, I admit my bias as I played UGAs course that AM and it was awesome. The last four holes are gutchecks, The 15th a long par four, woods right and woods and a water hazard left. The 16th a short par five that bends left with water left and woods right. The 17th is interesting, the longest par three with a water carry and water left, ye the the 18th handicap hole? The 18th is one of the straightest holes on the course and is also one of the longest.
I would not pay to play it again.