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The course is just grand!

Well, that was my first impression of this picturesque parkland links with undulating fairways heaving their way through towering pine and oak trees. And did I mention that some holes skirt around and over a central lake, and that there is the occassional burn to contend with?

 

 The greens and fairways are framed by mature magnolia trees with azaleas scattered beneath them.

A large Southern style clubhouse is the backdrop to this impressive picture.

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And whilst the vistas are impressive, the course has plenty of challenges to keep you entertained. It delicately skips over several burns, positioned to test your nerve.

The greens are intriguing, often with false fronts and challenging pin positions, and they are quick!

Your short game better be on song!

The elevation changes on every hole also make club selection difficult for those less familiar with the layout...

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The town of Athens is located east of Atlanta in the state of Georgia. Athens CC was established in 1928 with Donald Ross the architect. The course has been recently renovated and unfortunately some of the original Ross design details have been lost. However there is still enough of his design style there to keep you searching for what remains...  Ross was a 'no nonsense' architect, who designed greens that are challenging but not silly. Most of the greens still have that philosophy, but the recent changes have seen several greens built where the slopes are too severe.

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I had the pleasure of playing the course with two lady members, one who was quite a long hitter. But this course is not a test of how far you can hit it (which certainly makes a nice change for ladies) as several times she was unable to use her driver. This course is about staying on the fairway and then, most importantly, selecting the correct club into the green. The large elevation changes and false fronts makes this step more difficult than usual. Get this right and you will be rewarded ... putting will be a joy. Under or over club into these greens and you will be scratching your head trying to figure out how to get the ball to stay on the green.

 Peter Wood

The Travelling Golfer

April 2013

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