The young people of Georgia can learn golf from a variety of Robert Joneses as they age; Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta is a municipal route with many programs available for junior golfers. When they reach an age to attend college, they can go to the University of Georgia and play the course designed by Robert Trent Jones.
As with most university experiences, these youth will realize that life is hard. Jones cements this lesson with his thin fairways and doglegs. Holes Nos. 12 and 13 may be a 900-level physics offering in terms of difficulty. The former hole is a 560-yard par five, where the approach shot will need to carry at least 50 yards of water to reach the green, depending on where the second shot lands. The latter hole is all carry over the same lake, playing 210 yards to the par three’s green.
Davis Love III recently conducted a renovation to ensure that the course can stand up to the abilities of modern Division I golfers, lengthening the route to more than 7,200 yards from the back “Bulldog” tees. Speaking of bulldogs, players may inadvertently drop the Georgia mascot’s name when they look at their final score: “Uga.”
Reiterating the previous reviewers’ comments, the University of Georgia Golf Course is a tremendously difficult test for any player. Just a few shots into the round you will realize why the Bulldogs have produced so many successful tour professionals. From tee to green, the Robert Trent Jones/Davis Love architecture here is unrelenting.
By the numbers, the golf course is very long. However, the yardage on the scorecard does not even begin to capture the true length. That is because so many holes flow down and then back up hills. Even the most brawny tee shots are abruptly halted when they slam into upslopes in the landing area. Almost every hole on the course requires an aerial shot, eliminating the possibility of playing the ball on the ground. And, there is very little wiggle room to err beyond each fairway corridor.
Like other university clubs in the Southeast, UGA’s course benefits from the presence of a strong turf management program on campus. Conditions are generally good throughout the year. If you find yourself in Athens, a round at the university course is certainly worth the price of admission.
Masters week golf. Decided to make an additional stop to play UGA course and was quite impressed. Was prepared for narrow tree lined fairways and acceptable distance with the standard University course layout.
Kudos to the Georgia Dogs to make this a showcase for the rest of the country to try and replicate. Playing from the tips is not recommended unless your gym membership has been used because this course needs serious length from the golfer. I was amazed at the openness of the layout with much fewer trees than I expected and wide rough areas. With the length needed I can see where having the ability to spray some drives can be helpful, and necessary.
Greens and fairways were just transitioning from winter to summer grass so conditions weren't the ultimate. However, this course is a gem.
Go Dawgs! Great golf course. I love the mini Uga's as the back tee boxes, great idea. One of the better University courses I have played. Let the Big Dog eat on this course. Lots of fun. Thank you.
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.