Looking to play the best golf courses in Georgia? While the undoubted jewel in the crown is Augusta National, some other gems make GolfReviewsGuide.com’s top courses to play in Georgia.
If you mention “golf” and “Georgia” in the same sentence, the immediate thought is of Augusta National and the prestigious Green Jacket.
The city of Augusta, Georgia is home to Augusta National, the golf course that hosts the US Masters each spring.
Golf greats Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer all have career highlights at this venue.
For those that are looking for more than just one golfing stop when they tour Georgia, the host of the US Masters is just the first pick in a Top 5 list.
1. Augusta National
The Augusta National golf course is located in the northern part of Augusta to the west of the Savannah River and close to the South Carolina border.
For many golf fans, a visit to Augusta National might be more of a tourist stop than a day on the course.
The venue has been host to the US Masters since 1934, the television coverage of the event in modern times has been extensive, and the venue hosts some of the sports most famous holes.
But you’ll have to be well-connected if you want to actually play at Augusta National or even tour the course at most times of the year.
It’s stressed on the course’s website that Augusta National is “a private club and is only accessible to club members and their guests.”
If you are planning a trip to Georgia and you have Rae’s Creek, Amen Corner, and being a part of the history of Augusta National in mind, then be sure to coincide your visit with the Masters Tournament in the spring.
Due to the popularity of this event, you should be planning well ahead with both accommodations and tickets if you want to see the next Masters winner.
2. East Lake Golf Club
East Lake Golf Club is a private club located off of Alston Drive SE in Atlanta and one of the best golf courses in Georgia.
Noted as a stop of the PGA Tour, this golf course is the current home of the Tour Championship, a late-summer event, and has been since 2005. In 1963, the East Lake Golf Club also hosted the prestigious Ryder Cup.
The career accomplishments of Bobby Jones (1902 – 1971) are central to the East Lake Golf Club. The venue was his home course during his legendary career.
3. Peachtree Golf Club
Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta is often mentioned in conjunction with Augusta National for the way it looks.
This course was completed in October of 1947, it was inspired by Bobby Jones while Robert Trent Jones served as the architect.
With pine trees, scenic fairways, and flowering shrubs, this course receives full compliments for beauty for those that are fortunate enough to play a round here.
4. Sea Island
The Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Georgia, is a hub of three golf courses: the Retreat Course, the Plantation Course, and the Seaside Course.
These courses are near the shores of Georgia, while the previously mentioned Georgia courses are all inland.
The pick of the trio might be the Seaside Course. As the name suggests, there are some water hazards in play at this venue, one that now dates back over a hundred years to 1920.
The Plantation Course is a little more modern by creation date, however, the full 18-hole course goes back several decades to 1960.
Davis Love III and his brother Mark designed the Retreat Course in 2001, a popular course that offers something to a range of players.
Located inland but on the shores of Lake Oconee, Cucscowilla is marketed as the top residential course in the state of Georgia.
Certainly, this course is not as historic as most of the others in this list as it has only been available for play since 1996. However, this course offers something for golf fans that enjoy the challenges posed by water hazards.
Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore designed the course, perhaps bringing something Scottish into the character of the design of one of the best golf courses in Georgia.
A popular and well-reviewed course, the hole of choice is a very lengthy par-5: a 623-yard effort that requires negotiating a pair of doglegs to find the green.