$36 (cart included), played on Saturday, January 2019 at 2:00 PM
Was told that the legendary PGA Tommy Aaron lives and plays here....Both True. I had to play here and was not disappointed...by the course. (No Tommy today).
With eight (8) tee boxes you can pick your yardage from 7,115yd/73.9/131 down to 4,817yd/67.8/114 on this Par 36/36 rolling 1960 Robert Trent Jones Sr layout.
With the soggy conditions, thanks to the last 16 hrs of rain, I chose the Whites at 6,108yd/69.4/122 and was still challenged as it was all carry today. The well defined fairways had generous landing areas with good yardage markers down the middle. Greens rolled smooth (8-9), held great, were well protected by sand and being elevated. It seems that every approach to the greens was uphill and 1-2 extra club was needed.
The Front 9 played to 3,057yds and although short, it protected itself well by throwing you off by the uphill yardage...changeups. The number 1 hcp hole #7 a 398yd Par 4 is a tough dog leg left with a 200-240yd carry to corner to see the elevated green, 50%u2019 above the fairway. If you try to cut the corner a ravine awaits you on the side and front of hill. The homes here are well back from the fairways and strangely not near the greens. The #9 Par 4 played 405yds and the 2nd shot requires extra 2-3 club to hit the promise land.
The Back 9 at 3,051yds was very much the same design as the front, being uphill shots to protected greens. The #15 a 542yd Par 5 plays downhill straight away and sets up for a easy par. The#17 is a Big downhill 165-210yd Par 3 that will hold whatever shot you throw at it.
Would love to play here with dryer conditions and see this course in its tournament condition. Ended up shooting 40/40 w/36 putts by using some Ping i3 clubs that the starter David let me use, Thanks. If you%u2019re in the Gainesville, GA area, stop in and maybe Tommy will be sharing some stories or show you how he stills shoots his age.