Bentwater Golf Club Review
by John Kim
Bentwater is a new course (opened in May 2000) located in Acworth, up I-75 about 35 minutes north of Atlanta. The course architect is Mike Dasher, a protege of the Arthur Hills design company, and encompasses several of the best characteristics of other successful Arthur Hills designs in the city (ala Towne Lake, Olde Atlanta). This course requires lots of strategic course management, with ample risk/reward opportunities. It will also require you to successfully use most every club in your bag. There are four sets of tees, with some very wide variances in yardage depending on the tees you choose.
Setting up your round: Very quickly, Bentwater has become an Atlanta favorite. Weekend times need to be set up a few days in advance. Monday through Thursday times are often available on the same day, though calling a day or so ahead will give you better options for the time you want. Call the pro shop at (770) 529 - 9554 to book your times.
When you arrive: Bentwater has all the amenities you would expect from a top notch facility. A driving range, putting green, even a chipping green. The pro shop is fully stocked and a grill room/restaurant will provide all the neccessities for an enjoyable day of golf.
Favorite Hole: Certainly, I have an affinity for par 5s, and this course is no exception. #14 is a great risk/reward hole. If you are confident enough to hit a straight driver, you have a very accessible green to reach in two.
First of all, the view from the tee is spectacular, with a clear view of the Georgia mountains and the entire hole lays out in front of you. A tee shot that travels around 240-275 and ends up anywhere in the fairway will give you a good chance to reach in two. Missing the fairway will result in trouble, since the fairway is elevated, and your ball will drop off into hazards on the left and right. If you need to lay-up, try to keep your approach to 125 yards out, so you can hit off a flat area. There is a bunker on the left of the green which is preferable to the hazard on the right. Do not miss the green long.
Least Favorite: Hole #5 is the longest par 4 on the course, one of the narrower fairways, and the smallest green - which also has the severest slope. Your tee shot has to be long and to the left, though the hole doglegs to the right. There is a creek/ravine that forces you to carry it or lay up short of it about 30 yards short of the green. You have to hit the right tier of this green or you are faced with a hellaciously tough putt. Good luck!
Overview: I really like this course, it's definitely one of the best values in Atlanta. The enthusiasm of those who play this course on a regular basis is infectious, and you can understand why they like the lay-out so much. There are a few spots between holes and alongside some holes where you can see the "newness" of the course, but as one of my playing partners said, "you shouldn't hit the ball there anyways". From tee to green, this course is in great condition. This one is a definite must play for you, and once you do, I think it will become a regular stop on your course rotations.