Originally constructed by Robert Trent Jones Senior in 1968, the University of Georgia Golf Course was recently renovated by Davis Love III, enabling it to cope with the demands of the modern day game.
While I have not played all the home courses in the SEC, University of Georgia is clearly the best. The Bulldog tees are a robust 7258 yards. I chose to play up. Originally a Robert Trent Jones design it was redesigned by Davis Love about ten years ago.
From the silver tees, which are over 6400 yards, the first hole is a sobering 421 yards. The number 3 handicap hole also has a green protected by front bunkers left and right. You can briefly catch your breath on the shorter par 4 2nd that only has one greenside bunker. Back to work on the 194 yard par 3 3rd. It is rated as the 7th toughest hole on the course and whatever you do, don’t miss right. The long par 4 4th is the number one handicap hole. The 6th is your first real birdie oppty. At 334 yards it may almost seem like a par 3. A dogleg left, with a middle front bunker, hit a good tee shot and go pin seeking. The reachable dogleg right par 5 7th has a couple of fairway bunkers that should only be a minor irritant. Be cognizant of the tree line and wary of an over zealous appetite. The 8th is another par 3 where right is NG. The front closes out with a tough par 4, big bender right. Favoring the left side off the tee will ensure you have a shot to the green.
The 10th is just like the first, except it only has a greenside bunker right. In a bizarre twisted perspective, it makes sense as they are parallel and side by side. The 11th looks like and is a birdie hole. Take an extra club, it is uphill and has one of the most extreme false fronts I have ever seen. The 12th is a fantastic hole. Par five, not long, but you will have some big ones to go for it two. Mortals will play it safe and choose their preferred yardage on the approach that is just about all carry over the water hazard to the right. Not that tough of a hole, all you have to do is hit 3 average shots. The 13th utilizes the same water hazard as a long Florida par 3. There is not a lot of water hazards on this course and next one is the par 3 16th. The easiest hole on the course 16 is downhill over water. The 17th is an easy par five, big bender left with virtually no trouble unless you miss the fairway. There is one greenside bunker left, but a reachable par five and a definite birdie oppty. UGA started with a bang and ends with a bang. The 455 yard par 4 is daunting. It has a shared green with 9 and a bunker segregates the two green surfaces.
UGA has some really long holes, but interestingly, most trouble is left and right. Other than the water holes and the false front on 11. short is better. The greens are deceptively devious. I would pay to play it again.