Southerness Golf Club Review
by John Kim
Southerness Golf Club is a Clyde Johnston creation located about 20 minutes southeast of Atlanta. The course measures 6756 yards from the tips, but offers multiple sets of tees to accommodate almost any golfer. The course is semi-private so be sure to call ahead to make sure tee times are available on the day you wish to play.
Setting up your round: As stated, the course is semi-private. Call ahead for tee times, you can call up to five days in advance. The course is host to many outings so those interested in setting up a large group event, this course can certainly fill the need. Weekday times seem pretty available, though don't be surprised if you are scrambling to get a preferred time if you wait too long. The more people that know about this course, the tougher it will be to get on.
When you arrive: The course has all the amenities such as snack bar, driving range, and putting green. It even has a practice bunker. The tight fairways and precise shots needed on this course almost require some quality time on the range but don't neglect the putting green. There are lots of three putts waiting for you on this course if you don't have a good stroke and feel for these greens.
Hole you will love: Southerness' signature hole is #16, a par three entirely over water. It starts the best triumverate of finishing holes anywhere in the city. The hole is tough but exciting. Many matches can be and will be decided on this hole. Keep in mind, the drop area is across the water to the right of the green.
Hole you won't: There are three holes on the course that stand out as a the toughest challenges to me. Hole #5 is a par 5 that has a curiously placed water hazard in the fairway and a tough angle to the green. Hole #6 is a long par 4 that plays longer than it reads and creates a tough approach. Hole #9 is the toughest handicapped hole, a long par 4 that requires a great drive totally straight and a tough green to hit. Though #9 is the harder hole on the scorecard, I think hole #5 will cause more golfers problems on the course.
Overview: After the first few times here at Southerness, I liked this course. After playing it on a somewhat regular basis, I've grown to love it. I've had really good rounds here, and some really bad ones. But I can say without hesitation, I've shot what I deserved. No real tricks, just a really scenic, well-conditioned, challenging, and fair layout. If you moved this course ten miles north, you'd have to pay double to play it. Be sure you discover this gem, you'll go back again and again on your own.