Crooked Creek Golf Club
by John Kim
It's hard to believe a course that opened in 1986 could be considered one of Atlanta's "older" classics, but it with the advent of so many new courses in the last decade, this course is an elder statesman of sorts. This layout is the work of local resident Michael Riley (who also did Reunion).
Getting Started: Located in one of Atlanta's hotspots for great golf (Trophy Club of Atlanta and White Columns are neighbors), Crooked Creek holds its' own in terms of the high-end daily fee facilities available. The course is rarely packed, but usually has steady play. You can make tee times up to one week in advance, weekend times are often taken by Thursday.
When You Arrive: The drive up to the clubhouse is one of the most impressive in Atlanta. As grand and spectacular a setting as I've seen. Every amenity you could want is here, and it's a very high quality amenity at that. My advice: hit a few balls on the range, but really work on the putting green. The pro shop and dining facility are also top of the line.
Hole You Will Love: Hole #18 is a short par 5 and will provide you a chance to end your round in spectacular fashion. Two good shots will give you a very real chance of reaching this green in two, but there is danger all over the place if you rush the swing and mis hit it, even a little.
Hole You Won't: I left Hole #13 a bit perplexed and frustrated. It's a short par 5, but it doesn't really give you the chance to go for the green in two. You can, and many probably reach it all the time, but the layout of the hole seems to discourage it....especially with a hazard left and long of the green, and a green that has some severe slopes all in it.
Overview: In terms of conditions, amenities, and staff, this place is top notch. For layout purposes, you're either going to love it or hate - probably depending on how well you strike the ball. There is ALOT of out of bounds on this course and those struggling to get off the tee (ahem...uh..me) are going to find themselves with a pocketfull of penalty strokes. Still, this course is one of the more impressive facilities in Atlanta and you should definately give it at least one try.