About an hour north of Atlanta, Hawks Ridge is a Bob Cupp design that opened in 1999. Not unlike the terrain at Augusta National, Hawks Ridge has dramatic elevation changes as it plays among the towering pines. Known as a "players" club, it's full of accomplished sticks and there's no shortage of high-stakes money games at any given moment. Some members fly in by helicopter. Standout holes include the par-4 second with a second shot that must avoid the lake banked against the green's edge, the big par-3 fourth with an enormous tilted green and the par-4 11th that plays to a left-to-right banked fairway, then uphill to a blind, benched green. The par-4 fifth must also be noted--it's a drivable par-4 playing downhill off a ridge to a shallow green sandwiched between bunkers and a creek. Do you dare?
100 Greatest: Ranked 81st, 2005-'06. Ranked 100th, 2007-'08.
Best in State: Ranked inside the top 5, 2001, 2005-'07. Ranked seventh, 2011-'14. Ranked eighth, 2017-'20. Ranked ninth, 2015-'16. Ranked 10th, 2021-'22. Ranked inside the top 10, 2003, 2009-'10.
Current ranking: 14th.