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The best courses you can play in Georgia

When most golfers think of "golf in Georgia," their imagination understandably travels to Augusta, Ga., down Washington Road and through Amen Corner. Yes, Augusta National is the most well-known course—not just in Georgia but the entire country. But golf in Georgia is about much more than the home of the Masters.

You might not put Georgia in the same category as Florida, California or Arizona in terms of golf states, but it's absolutely right behind those states. The Peach State is in the top 10 for population, and given its climate is so well-suited to golf ... we can think of few places we'd rather be for a variety of great golf. 

Here are the top-rated courses public golf courses in Georgia, according to our Golf Digest course-ranking panelists.

Sea Island: Seaside
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Sea Island: Seaside
Saint Simons Island
The Sea Island resort continues to credit famed British golf architect H.S. Colt for its Seaside design, but in truth the present Seaside Course is purely Tom Fazio, who incorporated a nine originally designed by Colt (previously called the Seaside Nine) along with a nine (the Marshland Nine) designed in 1974 by Joe Lee, to create a totally new 18- hole course. But in keeping with the resort’s heritage, Fazio styled his new course in the design fashion of Colt, with big clamshell bunkers, smallish putting surfaces and exposed sand dunes off most of the windswept fairways. The Seaside Course has hosted numerous USGA championships and has been a mainstay of the PGA Tour’s early season roster for many years.
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Reynolds Lake Oconee: Great Waters Course
Early in his design career, Jack Nicklaus said he would design resort courses differently than championship ones. Great Waters is a vivid example of that intent. With a routing that features 10 holes on Lake Oconee, Jack and his associate Jim Lipe worked hard to vary the encounters with water. On one hole it's a carry off a tee, on another, it's beside a green, while on a couple, it's a cove in front of a green. Every encounter features a generous bailout option. Another concession to resort golfers: The greens are big but simple, with few complex contours.
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The McLemore Club
The McLemore Club
Rising Fawn
This course, formerly known as Canyon Ridge, opened in 2005 to regional acclaim in large part due to several holes that crept out to the edge of Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia, peering down to a valley floor several hundred feet below. Other parts of the design were less successful. New owners rechristened the club McLemore and brought in Rees Jones and Georgia native Bill Bergin to remodel the course. Those soaring views were opened up even further, revisions were made to the bunkers and greens, and a new 18th hole was built on a previously inaccessible ledge of land farther out over the precipice of the mountain. Golf Digest deemed that hole, a breathtaking par 4 that rides the clifftop and seems to levitate above McLemore Cove, one of the best 18 holes built in the U.S. since 2000. Part of a gated community, McLemore offers attractive overnight packages, and a new 245-room hotel and resort will soon be added to the collection.
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Currahee Club
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Currahee Club
Toccoa
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Nestled within the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this Jim Fazio course tips out at 7,513 yards and tests players with severe elevation changes with some tight landing areas. The par-3 17th hole plays over an old quarry with a creek cascading over the rim of the quarry. One of the most unique views in the region can be found on a tee box with 360-panoramic views with four states in view.
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Sea Island: Plantation
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Sea Island: Plantation
Saint Simons Island
92 Panelists
The Plantation course re-opened in October 2019 after a major remodeling by Sea Island resident Davis Love III and his brother, Mark. Shorter par 4s were made more interesting and challenging by adding strategic fairway bunkering (like a Principal's Nose bunker on the 10th), and changing the shape and contours to green complexes helped boost shot options.
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Kinderlou Forest Golf Club
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Kinderlou Forest Golf Club
Valdosta
This South Georgia course opened in April 2004 and has hosted a number of Nationwide Tour and Web.com Tour events. The Davis Love III signature design routes neatly around natural quarries, creeks and oak trees, challenging players with unique shot options while providing a serene backdrop for a round of golf.
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The Oconee At Reynolds Lake Oconee: Oconee
Ranked 8th for Golf Digest’s Best New Upscale Public Course of 2002, the Oconee course is known for its risk-reward shot options and views of the serene Lake Oconee on five holes. Forced carries over water inlets and opportunities to cut corners on tree-lined doglegs make this Rees Jones design a pleasure to play.
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The National At Reynolds Lake Oconee: Cove

One of the nine-hole courses that makes up The National: The Ridge, Bluff, and Cove. The 1997 Tom Fazio-designed property utilizes the natural contours of the Lake Oconee shores, making no two holes feel the same. Elevated greens, winding creeks and rolling terrain add variety to this course.

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Old Toccoa Farm
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Old Toccoa Farm
Mineral Bluff
Work on Old Toccoa Farm started during the financial crisis. After nine holes originally opened in 2015, Dan Proctor and Dave Axland, a long-time shaper for Bill Coore and Crenshaw, finalized their design in 2020, earning recognition with a top-10 award in Golf Digest’s Best New survey. The course features 300 feet of elevation change and stunning views of the surrounding Chattahoochee and Cherokee Nation Forests.
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Callaway Resort & Gardens: Mountain View
Host of the PGA Tour’s Buick Challenge from 1991 to 2002, this Dick Wilson design features compact greens and fairways surrounded by towering pine trees. The standout par-5 sixth hole tests players’ course management with water lining the right side of the fairway, as well as the front and the back of the green.
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The Landing At Reynolds Lake Oconee: Landing Course
Originally known as Port Armor Golf Club, this Bob Cupp design opened in 1986, the first golf course on Lake Oconee. Acquired by Reynolds in 2005 and renovated in 2013, the Landing is a Scottish-style resort course set within a naturally wooded landscape.
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Harbor Club on Lake Oconee: Harbor
A Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish design, Harbor Club is a serene lakeside layout just an hour from both Augusta and Atlanta. The 15th hole is a Weiskopf special, a short par 4 with a number of obstacles, including sand on each side of the fairway, plus water lurking behind the green to catch long approaches. Winding creeks come into play on many holes, including the all-carry short par-3 17th and the home hole, where water's in play on the tee shot and approach.
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The Frog Golf Club: Frog
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The Frog Golf Club: Frog
Villa Rica
Former host of the Georgia Open, this parkland-style course just 40 miles from Atlanta is acclaimed for its bentgrass greens and aggressive bunkering. Designed by Tom Fazio in 1998, The Frog is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for natural wildlife.
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Barnsley Resort: Fazio Course
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Barnsley Resort: Fazio Course
Adairsville
This Jim Fazio-designed North Georgia course boasts 378 acres of championship golf surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. Frequent elevation changes between holes and a secluded woody feel make for both a tough test of golf and an opportunity to take in the tranquil forest environment.
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Bobby Jones Golf Course: Bobby Jones
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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Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course At Richard B. Russell State Park: Arrowhead
Located within Richard B. Russell State Park, this 6,800-yard championship course provides a sheltered setting and a challenging test. The Northeast Georgia mountain terrain creates dramatic elevation changes that display sweeping views of the water. Ten holes on this 2001 Bob Walker design line Lake Russell.
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University of Georgia Golf Course: University of Georgia
This par-71 Robert Trent Jones design is located on the University of Georgia’s campus, where the men’s and women’s golf programs are consistently top-ranked in the country. Renovations in 2006 by Love Golf Design stretched the championship Bulldog Tees to 7,300 yards, but the implementation of six total tee boxes makes this stern test playable for all handicaps.
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Achasta Golf: Achasta
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Achasta Golf: Achasta
Dahlonega
Nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, this Jack Nicklaus signature design integrates the winding Chestatee River on more than half of its holes. The former host of several top-level qualifier events, including U.S. Open qualifiers, this championship course features bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways.
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The Club At Savannah Harbor: Savannah Harbor
Built on an island that sits between Savannah and the South Carolina border, Bob Cupp and Sam Snead weaved their design at the Club at Savannah Harbor in between marshlands, native vegetation and tidal wetlands of the Back River. The layout, which boasts a number of short par 4s but tips out over 7,200 yards, hosted the PGA Tour Champions' Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Championship for about 10 years.
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The Fields Golf Club: The Fields
Less than an hour away from south Atlanta, this laidback links-style course is set among the LaGrange farmland. Built in 1989, the par-71 Mike Young design is a hidden, family operated gem.
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