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Best golf courses near Atlanta, GA

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Atlanta, GA. There are 43 courses within a 15-mile radius of Atlanta, 26 of which are public courses and 16 are private courses. There are 27 18-hole courses and 14 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Peachtree Golf Club
Private
Peachtree Golf Club
Atlanta, GA
4.9
194 Panelists
The design collaboration by amateur star Bobby Jones and golf architect Robert Trent Jones (no relation) was meant to recapture the magic that the Grand Slam winner had experienced when he teamed with Alister Mackenzie in the design of Augusta National. But Trent was an even more forceful personality than the flamboyant Mackenzie, so Peachtree reflects far more of Trent’s notions of golf than Bobby’s, particularly in designing for future equipment advances. When it opened, Peachtree measured in excess of 7,200 yards, extremely long for that era. It boasted the longest set of tees in America (to provide flexibility on holes) and the country’s most enormous greens (to spread out wear and tear). As it turns out, Trent was a visionary, and decades later other designers followed his lead to address advances in club and ball technology.
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4.4
86 Panelists
The North Course at Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Georgia. Discover our experts reviews and tee time information
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East Lake Golf Club
Private
East Lake Golf Club
Atlanta, GA
Tom Bendelow actually laid out the original course at East Lake, back when it was known as Atlanta Athletic Club, and that was the layout upon which Stewart Maiden taught the game to the now-legendary Bobby Jones. Donald Ross basically built a new course on the same spot in 1915, which remained untouched until changes were made before the 1963 Ryder Cup. When Atlanta Athletic moved to the suburbs in the late 1960s, the intown East Lake location fell on hard financial times until being rescued in the 1990s by businessman Tom Cousins, who made it a sterling fusion of corporate and inner-city involvement. Rees Jones redesigned most holes beginning in the mid-90s, making the course more reflective of his views of championship golf. After the PGA Tour reversed the nines for the 2016 Tour Championship (flipping the unpopular par-3 finish into the ninth hole), the club made the new routing permanent for regular play. East Lake will undergo another major renovation following the 2023 Tour Championship, this time by Andrew Green, who will highlight the Donald Ross heritage.
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Druid Hills Golf Club
Private
Druid Hills Golf Club
Atlanta, GA
3.8
43 Panelists
Druid Hills is one of the oldest courses in Atlanta along with East Lake and Capital City Club. The course was built in 1912 by H.H. Barker (who also laid out Capital City) in the city's first wealthy suburb a few miles east of downtown. A compact, hilly course with holes that climb up and down high points at the center of the property, the club has hosted the Dogwood Invitational since 1941, one of the top amateur tournaments in the southeast. Bob Cupp preformed a major remodel of the course in the early 2000s that included the constrcution of an entirely new hole. Bill Bergin, an Atlanta-based architect, rebuilt the bunkers in 2017, creating deep bottoms and steep grass faces that give the design an intimidating look. The strength of the course are two short, side-by-side par 4s, three and 12, with gambling downhill drives that set up short pitch-shot approaches into tricky green, one of which (the third) must carry a creek.
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Cherokee Town & Country Club: South
3.8
50 Panelists
The South Course at Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Georgia. Discover our experts reviews and tee time information
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Piedmont Driving Club: Piedmont
Private
Piedmont Driving Club: Piedmont
Atlanta, GA
3.4
19 Panelists
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Bobby Jones Golf Course
Public
Bobby Jones Golf Course
Atlanta, GA
3.2
33 Panelists
Fueled by $28 million in donations and naming rights, Bobby Jones Golf Course is a remarkable re-imagination of an exhausted and dangerously tight course in Atlanta. The Bob Cupp design offers a reversible nine-hole course, elite practice facilities, weekly camps and clinics for kids, instruction and clubfittings and a restaurant with striking skyline views.
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Dunwoody Country Club
Private
Dunwoody Country Club
Atlanta, GA
3.1
34 Panelists
Dunwoody is an example of the benefits of smart renovation. The club was established in the 1960s in the countryside north of Atlanta as the suburbs were quickly expanding that direction. It was a nice neighborhood country club with a perfectly fine course designed by Willard Byrd, who was one of the top regional architects working in the southeast in the 1960s and 70s. Over time, like all courses, the trees thickened and the golf features dulled, making the golf ordinary. Enter Atlanta-based architect Bill Bergin, who remodeled the course in 2013 by thinning excessive trees, expanding putting surfaces, creating more room in the fairways and giving the bunkering a more distinctive look with vertical grass faces and strong horizontal top lines. Though he couldn't cure the awkwardness of the unfortunate fifth hole, a 6-iron/8-iron par 4 that bends 90-degrees right, his work breathed new life into the wonderful, rolling piece of land with a kind of centralized core routing that later became increasingly rare in the Atlanta market. Once sleepy, Dunwoody Country Club is now a sleeper and well worth seeking out when in the region.
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Capital City Club: Brookhaven
Private
Capital City Club: Brookhaven
Atlanta, GA
2.6
25 Panelists
Brookhaven is the club's "city" course, though when it was built by architect H.H. Barker in the early 20th centrury it was far out in the country. The city has grown up around it and playing here is a pleasant juxtaposition of green-grass nature and town with the high-rises of nearby Buckhead and the upscale Brookhave neightborhood on display from various points on the course. The golf is fitted onto a tight property and has seen its fair share of renovation and remodels over the decades, with the most recent in 2009 when Bob Cupp rebuilt and re-engineered the course with new holes, a new routing and a new look, somehow finding space for a large new driving range and room for continual clubhouse and amenity expansion. Brookhaven is a fun shotmaker's course with sporty, creatively contoured greens, great variety for such a small footprint, and a wonderful setup run from the par-5 12th through the par-4 15th. The exaggerated bi-level green at the eighth, however, continues to be a source of controversy.
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Atlanta Country Club
Private
Atlanta Country Club
Marietta, GA
4.2
147 Panelists
For over a decade, the most spirited debate in golf was over who really designed the really fine Atlanta Country Club. Both Willard Byrd of Atlanta and Joseph S. Finger of Houston claimed the honor. Both lobbied Golf Digest hard for the architectural credit, but neither provided much supporting documentation. Both architects are deceased now, and from what we can piece together, Byrd landed the original contract in the early 1960s, but was still more land-planner than course architect in those days, so the club brought in Finger to finish the job. We give them both credit for this hilly, strategic design, a solution neither architect would likely have accepted. Atlanta resident and former Jack Nicklaus associate Mike Riley remodeled the course in the early 2000s and his work helped put the course back in the America's 100 Greatest Courses ranking in 2003 after it had fallen off in 1997. Now architect Beau Welling is working with the club, and the results of his renovation will be revealed in late 2023 or early 2024.
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Chastain Park Golf Course
Public
Chastain Park Golf Course
Atlanta, GA
One of the best public options in Atlanta, Chastain Park is in the Buckhead neighborhood on the north side of the city and plays along rolling hills with scenic views of the surrounding skyline. This Atlanta muny hosted the 1948 U.S. Amateur Public Links when it was known as North Fulton Park Golf Course.
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City Club Marietta
Public
City Club Marietta
Marietta, GA
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