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Offical Course Review: The Georgian Resort

The Georgian Resort

by John Kim

Introduction: The Georgian Resort is a much heralded facility developed by Grand Cypress that could eventually encompass two 18 hole championship courses, an equestrian park, a spa, tennis courts, and a 500 room hotel/convention center. The current course, available for play, is a Tom Fazio design known as "The Frog". With five sets of tees, this course is as versatile as it is beautiful; easily varying between a relaxing and fun round for the casual golfer to a true test of skill for the low handicapper.

Setting up your round: Call ahead (770) 459 - 4400 to set up your tee time.

When you arrive: After checking in at the clubhouse, you can take advantage of the superior range facilities offered by the course. Hit as many balls as you need to warm up but BE SURE YOU SPEND SOME TIME ON THE PRACTICE GREEN. The speed of these greens will be a shock to most golfers, and even the most seasoned pros will have to respect the dangers of the three putt here. The good news is, the greens are always in great shape and you will get a true roll - so if you putt them straight..... There is also a full service restaurant inside if you need to grab some food prior to before or after your round.

Hole you will love: My favorite is #18, a great par 5 finishing hole. If you smash your tee shot with a little draw, you have the option of going for the green in two. Watch out for the bunkers on the right of the fairway, but left is even worse. The drop-off can send your ball to some bad spots in the trees. If you can drive it 260 yards. + consistently, then you should go for it. If not, you can still play this hole smart and have a good shot at birdie. A creek guards the front of this three tiered green and bunkers are on the right.

Hole you won't: #17 seems to give many people fits. The hole is long and that fairway is much tighter than it looks. A bunker on the left is a threat to your tee shot, but the real danger is anywhere right of the fairway. Missing the fairway right will send your ball to a creek bordering the fairway, and bogey will still be a hard pressed effort. A creek guards the front of this green which is large but must be hit with a long iron (or even fairway wood for some).

Overview: The "grandness" of this course is overwhelming. In a few years, when you and your golf buddies are discussing what impressive courses you have and have not played, this will be one of the ones you will want to bring up. Be honest with yourself when you pick the tees you will play from, but once you do so, relax and enjoy the round. It will be as enjoyable a round of golf as you can find in the Atlanta area.

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