Category: Georgia

The “Old” Soul of Old Union

The “Old” Soul of Old Union

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but apparently you can teach an old dog old tricks. I’m not saying Denis Griffiths is old, but at Old Union in north Georgia’s Appalachian foothills near Blairsville the architect created a look that might have come straight out of the early 20th century. Or before. Old Union is brightened with…

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Echelon — A Cautionary Tale

Echelon — A Cautionary Tale

“A good idea is a good idea, forever.”–David Brent The above quote, proclaimed by Ricky Gervais’s character in the original British series The Office, is clearly false. Especially in real estate, where timing is as important as location. For the developers of Echelon, a would-be prestige-level golf community north of Atlanta, what seemed like a good idea in the early-2000’s…

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The Oconee — Struck by Gods

The Oconee — Struck by Gods

Some golf courses are finessed into the earth, simply revealed or even discovered, as it were. Such is the mantra of naturalism and minimalism. The Oconee at the Reynolds Lake Oconee development on the other hand, screams, “I want land!” and goes and takes what it wants. The corridors of this behemoth are forged from the property’s…

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The Tease of Brazell’s Creek

The Tease of Brazell’s Creek

Brazell’s Creek, part of the Georgia State Parks Golf Course system, is really two separate venues. Located in a hinterland roughly between Macon and Savannah, the original nine holes (of unknown origin, at least to me) rotate peacefully through the oaks and pines near the campgrounds of the modest Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park. The second nine, opened in…

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A Proper Jones: Stone Mountain’s Stonemont Course

A Proper Jones: Stone Mountain’s Stonemont Course

The Stonemont Course at Stone Mountain Golf Club outside of Atlanta is what you expect from stock, mid-century Robert Trent Jones: a straight-forward, thick-waisted course full of tree-lined doglegs, big elevated greens pinched in front by bunkers and, yes, some runway tees. There’s a welcome what-you-see-is-what-you-get simplicity to the course as many of the holes play…

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No Good Choices at Stone Mountain Lakemont Course

No Good Choices at Stone Mountain Lakemont Course

I’d love to be able to give the Lakemont Course at Stone Mountain Golf Club a higher score — parts of the property, in Georgia Stone Mountain Park, are quite beautiful, including five of the first six holes along Stone Mountain Lake with views of the big granite rock’s famous Confederate carving. There’s also no housing, and Marriott’s involvement has…

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The Dulcet Tones of Harbor Club on Lake Oconee

The Dulcet Tones of Harbor Club on Lake Oconee

The question of how to shape courses in mountains or heavily wooded properties is an interesting one. Beyond engineering issues like cuts and fills that all courses of this variety share, every architect since golf courses moved inland has had to make decisions about how to present unnatural sites, including what the shapes and depths…

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