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2012 EDITION North Fulton-Forsyth remains a golfer’s dream


By MIKE BLUM news@northfulton.com


There are not many spots in the country that have so many top-flight golf courses concentrated in a relatively small area as there are in and around North Fulton.


Because of the area’s upscale demographics, the vast majority of area courses are private, with a handful of


courses, as well as one of


outstanding the


Atlanta


semi-private area’s most


successful public facilities. The most prominent of


North Fulton’s private clubs is Atlanta Athletic Club, which hosted its third PGA Championship last year. The club has also hosted a U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, and will be the site of the 2014 U.S. Amateur. Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course hosted a World Golf Championships event in 2003 and will be the site of the 2013 NCAA Championship.


Three area clubs –


Horseshoe Bend, Country Club of the South and Golf Club of Georgia – have hosted events on the Champions Tour, with Brookfield Country Club the site of an LPGA Tour event in the 1970s and ‘80s.


Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek has hosted a variety events,


including the Nike


(now Nationwide) Tour Championship in the 1990s, the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2005 and both the Georgia Open and Georgia Amateur, including this year’s state amateur championship. White Columns, Standard Club, Rivermont, Atlanta National


and


Alpharetta Athletic Club’s East Course have all hosted top events for both the Georgia PGA and Georgia State Golf Association, with St. Ives and Country Club of Roswell both highly regarded family-oriented private clubs. Many of the country’s top


golf course architects have designed courses in the area,


of


among them Bob Cupp, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills, Rees Jones, Robert Trent Jones, Joe Lee, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. One of just a handful of


Watson-designed courses in the U.S. is The Manor, among the area’s top semi- private courses.


Rees Jones designed Echelon Club and Georgia- based architect Denis Griffiths designed St. Marlo as well as River Pines, one of Atlanta’s most popular daily fee courses. River


Pines, St. Marlo


and the semi-private Trophy Club of Atlanta have been the area’s primary daily fee options for the past two decades.


The Manor and Echelon Club, two of the area’s newer courses, both have made the transition to semi- private status after opening as private clubs. Both are part of the Affiniti family of courses that are managed or owned by a local golf course management


group. That DEVON MORGAN/PhotoSynthesis Studio


also includes St. Marlo and the two Alpharetta Athletic Club private clubs. St. Marlo is one of four


South Forsyth courses just across the Forsyth/Fulton


line. The other three are Polo Golf and Country Club, Laurel Springs and Olde Atlanta, part of the Canongate family of clubs in metro Atlanta.


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