Originally known as Southern Links Golf Club which played over a 1985 Arthur Davis design, the 6,900-yard Georgia Southern University Golf Course at University Park was completely re-imagined by Florida-based architect Robert C. Walker in 2013.
If you hang around Georgia Southern for a while, you’ll see the abbreviation GATA. It’s an abbreviation of the inspirational words former football coach Erk Russell used to fire up his team: “Get After Their Asses”.
Before playing the course I wondered if another translation could be “Get After The Architect”. But in the case of the course’s architect, Robert Walker, no such admonition is necessary. His work ought to be recognized as one of the dozen top college courses in the U.S. The course has all the attributes I like: Strategic choices off the tee, options as to playing a running or aerial approach and contoured greens that challenge both green reading and putting skills. Water comes into play on half a dozen holes, the most interesting of which are 7-9, which are routed anticlockwise around a large pond. The course is not near campus but rather is set in a real estate development. This causes a few long walks from tee to green, the only negative aspect I found.