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Windermere

Windermere Golf Club in Cumming, GA

Me and Nicholas

The Stats

Tee Time: August 13, 1:09, 85 F, Breezy

Designer: Davis Love III, 2000

Playing Partners: Nicholas Carroll

Tees: Love (71.8 rating/137 slope/6,592 yards)

Course Handicap: 13 (11.3 index)

Stats: 89 (49-44); 34 putts; 9/13 fairways; 6/18 greens; 5 penalty strokes

The Course

Windermere Country Club in Cumming, Georgia about a half-hour out of Atlanta captures all the basics for country club living and golfing. Million-dollar homes line the course throughout. Expertly maintained grounds seem to shimmer in the summer sun. An atmosphere so calm and quiet it seems even the animals take care to quiet down during your backswing. Of course with that comes all of the shortcomings of country club golf, such as a lack of a beverage cart roaming the countryside. And… well that’s about it. Having grown up playing Blackhawk Country Club right up until finally getting a job and having to leave the nest, coming out to this Canongate facility felt like playing a round at home. The only exception being that this course’s maintenance and beauty for a country club setting goes unmatched. On some tee boxes, the only thing keeping me from feeling like I was walking Augusta was the lack of azaleas in full bloom. Continue reading

North Fulton Golf Course

North Fulton Golf Course in Atlanta, GA

Me and Nicholas

The Stats

Tee Time: August 13, 9:30, 88 F, Calm

Designer: Chandler Egan, 1935

Playing Partners: Nicholas Carroll

Tees: Blue (71.9 rating/126 slope/6,570 yards)

Course Handicap: 13 (11.3 index)

Stats: 93 (49-44); 38 putts; 5/14 fairways; 5/18 greens; 3 penalty strokes

The Course

North Fulton Golf Course in Atlanta is a deceptively tough track, especially for an average public golf course. The course on the whole plays fair and doesn’t cost you any unnecessary strokes if you play well, but bad golf is punished. The vegetation lining every hole is thick almost to the extent of being impenetrable. There are hazards that do come into play and force second thoughts on strategy before teeing off. The greens have tricky breaks that even after the second round in as many days, I still had no clue to what any one putt might do. I swear some broke one way and then the very next putt darted in the opposite direction. The layout, however, is pretty bland. No holes really stand out as memorable and most play either straight away or with slight dog-legs. The creek does snake throughout the course and every appearance it makes is in a spot perfectly located to swallow even well-struck shots. Snake is the operative word there, as numerous signs warn of cottonmouths and deter all but the most desperate from treading past the red stakes. Continue reading

Legacy on Lanier Golf Club

Legacy on Lanier Golf Club in Lake Lanier Islands, GA

Legacy on Lanier Golf Course

Me, Nicholas, Brandon and Mr. Carroll

The Stats

Tee Time: August 12, 10:30, 87 F, Calm

Designer: Billy Fuller, 2009

Playing Partners: Nicholas Carroll, Scott Carroll and Brad

Tees: Blue (71.0 rating/137 slope/6,193 yards)

Course Handicap: 14 (11.3 index)

Stats: 91 (43-48); 40 putts; 7/14 fairways; 6/18 greens; 4 penalty strokes

The Course

Legacy on Lanier Golf Club is one of the prettiest golf courses I have ever set foot on. They didn’t even need to put a golf course out here and it would still be worth the trip just to hike along the waterfront or spend the day out on a boat like plenty of others were doing. Clear blue water was always within a 5-wood of the course as sandy shores and colorful trees lined every hole. With all that pretty scenery comes the demand for accurate golf shots, however, and on a bad day this course could see more balls disappear into the woods than into the cup. The layout is very much risk/reward and requires nearly every club in the bag. Even on the rare holes without water or narrow fairways, there are fiendishly placed bunkers that will swallow up approach shots and spit out double bogeys. Continue reading