Olde Atlanta Golf Club
by John Kim
Olde Atlanta is an Arthur Hills design located in Suwanee Georgia (south Forsythe County). Featuring rolling hills and tree lined fairways, the course puts a premium of accuracy while offering a fair challenge to all levels of golfers. The course is not overly long (not quite 6800 yards from the tips) but you'd be wise to choose your tee set carefully nonetheless.
Setting up your round: The rates at Olde Atlanta aren't cheap, but they are fair for the course you get. Experienced golfers must agree as tee times fill up fast and weekend times are almost always taken by members well before the weekend arrives. Call the pro shop (770) 497-0097 for more details.
When you arrive: You can expect to find pretty much everything you might want for golf at Olde Atlanta. A fully stocked and impressive pro shop, a nice restaurant/grill that serves an wide variety of food and drinks, a good driving range, and two putting greens. A practice bunker and a chipping area should prepare you for every shot you could hit. Arrive early and make sure your driver is straight for your round. You don't have to kill it, but finding fairways is a must out here.
Hole you will love: Though I love hole #5 (a reachable par 5 for longer hitters), hole #17 might be even more birdie friendly. This short par 4 will leave even modest length drivers with a short pitch to a open, fairly flat receptive green. For those looking to hang on to a good round, it is a welcome respite from the challenging holes that precede it.
Hole you won't: Hole #18 is a love it/hate it type hole. I love it, I know others that hate it. It's a par 5 that doesn't really give you much room to lay-up (though there is more room than you think). But my pick is hole #1, this long par 4 that starts you off with the toughest hole on the course. It's a tough way to start the day, finding a uphill fairway and then hitting a long shot to a well protected green with real trouble (and out of bounds) surrounding it.
Overall: It's hard to call a course that has ranked so high on so many lists "underrated", but I really think Olde Atlanta can claim that distinction. I hardly ever hear it mentioned as "one of the best" or in someone's "top five", but it is every bit as good a course as others that may carry a little more name recognition (and higher price tags). The service and amenities are top notch, the course is scenic, well-maintained, and thouroughly enjoyable. At risk of upsetting other courses in the area, I can assure you that it will find its way into my regular rotation of courses.