Best golf courses: Georgia

Georgia: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Walker, Bob

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Bob Walker
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Atlanta
Jones Sr, Finger & Jones

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Highlands course: Robert Trent Jones Sr designed AAC's original 27-hole layout at this location (1964), nine holes of which form the back-nine of the Highlands course; Joe Finger designed the front-nine holes (1971). Modifications made by Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay (1980s); both nines redesigned by Rees Jones (2006).
Riverside course: comprises 18 holes of the original RTJ Sr-designed 27-hole layout (1964); course redesigned by his son Rees Jones (2003).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Augusta
MacKenzie & Jones

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Augusta

Designer

Dr Alister MacKenzie & Bobby Jones

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Fazio, Jim

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Jim Fazio

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Jack Nicklaus

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Griffiths, Denis

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Denis Griffiths
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
McGovern & Wilson

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

J.B. McGovern & Dick Wilson

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Wilson & Lee

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Dick Wilson & Joe Lee

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Young, Mike

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Mike Young
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Griffiths, Denis

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Denis Griffiths

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Griffiths, Denis

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Denis Griffiths

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Palmer, Arnold

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

An Arnold Palmer Signature Course.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Dye, Ken

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Ken Dye

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Atlanta
Crenshaw & Coore

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Atlanta
Bendelow, Ross & Jones

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Original (No.1) course designed by Tom Bendelow (1908); significantly redesigned and re-routed by Donald Ross (1913). Rees Jones (1994) restored Ross’s original layout, which had fallen into serious decline during the 1970s and 80s. East Lake's No.2 course was designed by Donald Ross (1928), but was buried under a public housing project in 1970.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Fazio, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Tom Fazio

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Weiskopf & Morrish

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morrish
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Valdosta
Love III, Davis

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Valdosta

Designer

Davis Love III

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Savannah
Lee, Joe

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Savannah

Designer

Joe Lee
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Chattanooga
Robbins, Jones & Bergin

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Chattanooga

Designer

Original layout by Rick Robbins (2005); revamped by Rees Jones and Bill Bergin (2018).
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Savannah
Jones, Rees

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Savannah

Designer

Rees Jones

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Atlanta
Jones, RT Sr & Bobby Jones

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Original design by Robert Trent Jones Sr & Bobby Jones (1947); later modifications by Joe Finger (1973) and Bob Cupp (2005).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private course
Atlanta
Engh, Jim

Visitors?

Private course

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Jim Engh

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Rsrt guests only
Atlanta
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Jack Nicklaus

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
Atlanta
Cupp, Bob

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Bob Cupp.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Atlanta
Fazio, Tom

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Tom Fazio

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Atlanta
Jones, Rees

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Rees Jones

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
Atlanta
Cupp, Bob

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Bob Cupp, with player consultants Fuzzy Zoeller and Hubert Green.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private course
Atlanta
Dye, Pete

Visitors?

Private course

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Pete Dye

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Savannah
Cupp & Snead

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Savannah

Designer

Bob Cupp in collaboration with Sam Snead.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Savannah
Travis, Wilson & Jones

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Savannah

Designer

Plantation course: the product of Rees Jones (1998) combining and updating two of Sea Island's four nine-hole layouts (Plantation & Retreat). Plantation-nine originally designed by Walter Travis (1926); Retreat-nine by Dick Wilson (1960).
Seaside course: in 1999 Tom Fazio combined and updated the other two Sea Island nine-hole layouts (Seaside & Marshside), to create the resort's current Seaside course.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Savannah
Lee & Love III

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Savannah

Designer

Original design by Joe Lee (1975); redesigned by Davis Love III and his brother Mark Love (2001).
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Savannah
Travis, Colt, Alison, Lee & Fazio

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Savannah

Designer

Seaside course: the product of Tom Fazio (1999) combining and updating two of Sea Island's four nine-hole layouts (Seaside & Marshside). Seaside-nine originally designed by Walter Travis (1926), and completed by Harry Colt and Charles Alison (1928). Marshside-nine originally designed by Joe Lee (1974).
Plantation course: in 1998 Rees Jones combined and updated the other two Sea Island nine-hole layouts (Plantation & Retreat) to create the resort's current Plantation course.

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Griffiths, Denis

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Denis Griffiths
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Atlanta
Norman, Greg

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Greg Norman

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlanta
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlanta

Designer

Original design by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1968); updated and renovated by John LeFoy (1990) and Davis Love III (2006).

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