Echelon Golf Club

Echelon Golf Club – Played 2014

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 501 Founders Drive East, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Year: 2006
  • Architect: Rees Jones
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Tournament: 7,758 yards, Par 72, 77.8 Rating/154 Slope
  • Gold: 7,076 yards, Par 72, 74.9 Rating/150 Slope
  • Blue: 6,552 yards, Par 72, 71.9 Rating/139 Slope
  • White: 6,025 yards, Par 72, 70.0 Rating/129 Slope
  • Red: 4,984 yards, Par 73, 69.8 Rating/125 Slope

We did a quick trip down to Atlanta to visit a college buddy and see some sights.  We visited the World of Coke, took in a Braves game, and had some great pizza at Antico’s  I highly recommend Antico’s if you are in the area.  It is authentic Italian pizza served until the dough runs out.

That’s all the non-golf stuff I have!  I didn’t want you to get the wrong idea about this blog.  I planned one round for the short trip and those plans brought me to Echelon Golf Club.  The course has had some transition since it opened.  It began as a private facility known as the Georgia Tech Club.  The course was designed by Rees Jones also known as “The Open Doctor” for his renovations to many US Open courses.  His original design portfolio is also quite impressive.

Alright, let’s get to the course.  As you will see the fairways are pretty generous and hazards abound.  In addition, as seen in the photo below, there were some nice houses around this course!

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Hole 1 – 401 yards – Par 4

Your first shot is on a downhill par four.  A draw or fade will work here as long as it’s in the fairway.

ECH 1-1The approach plays to a large green protected on the left side by two deep bunkers.

ECH 1-2The green is relatively flat, but has a big drop off behind.

ECH 1-3Hole 3 – 160 yards – Par 3

I played through a group on the second an as such didn’t get any pictures.  The third hole has a huge green and another deep bunker around it.  Distance control is important here.

ECH 3-1There is a little ridge that runs the length of the green on the left side.  Overall though putts are pretty flat.

ECH 3-3Hole 4 – 586 yards – Par 5

This is a lengthy par five that favors a draw off the tee.  At this time of the morning I was dealing with the sun in my eyes too.  Good thing I hit it straight because I had no idea where it went when I looked up from the swing.

ECH 4-1The shot into the green has a depression to the left with more deep bunkers.  In addition, there is a trap to the right off the green.

ECH 4-2As seen below, the green is long.  That makes knowing where the flag is paramount to having a reasonable putt.

ECH 4-3Hole 5 – 366 yards – Par 4

The fifth played down and then back uphill.  It also doglegs left.  If hit down the middle with driver the ball may go through the fairway.  Three wood or hybrid is a smart play here.

ECH 5-1Another theme of the course is large greens and you can see that below.  The surface tilts from back left to front right.

ECH 5-2Hole 6 – 395 yards – Par 4

The best shot from this tee is a fade.  What you can’t see here is the hill and hazard down the left side.  Driver definitely brings that trouble into play.

ECH 6-1The second shot plays over another hazard to a raised green.  The front of the green is shaved, so anything coming up short will roll way off the putting surface.

ECH 6-2Below is a shot of the green.

ECH 6-3Hole 7 – 526 yards – Par 5

This is another burly hole.  There is more room on the right that it looks from here.  Left is no good with deep grass ready to swallow wayward shots.

ECH 7-1Below is the approach shot.

ECH 7-2And one of the slightly undulating green from behind.

ECH 7-3Hole 8 – 135 yards – Par 3

The eighth is all carry, but hit it too long and deep bunkers await.  A range finder would definitely help on this hole.

ECH 8-1As I mentioned, those bunkers are deep and have you staring right at the water.  The green also slopes back to front.

ECH 8-2Hole 9 – 414 yards – Par 4

This is a long hole and it plays uphill the entire way.  Save your best drive of the day for this one.

ECH 9-1Like I said, all uphill, and probably with a long or mid iron.  You know, unless you bomb it.

ECH 9-2The green falls off on both sides and is quite deep.  This is just a tough hole from start to finish.

ECH 9-3Hole 10 – 371 yards – Par 4

This is a complete change of pace from the last hole.  I found that it played a little shorter than its yardage.

ECH 10-1The green has a deep bunker (I sound like a broken record) in front and wrapping around the right.

ECH 10-2A closer shot of the shallow green.

ECH 10-3Hole 11 – 561 yards – Par 5

The third par five is another long one.  The only strategy here is to hit a big drive.

ECH 11-1If you are laying up, then be sure to account for the hazard that crosses the fairway when figuring your yardage.

ECH 11-2The hazard goes all the way down the left side on the second and third shots.  It also comes quite close to the green.

ECH 11-3The green is large with a bailout area to the right.

ECH 11-4Hole 12 – 279 yards – Par 4

This is an interesting hole.  It’s very short, but plays straight uphill.  There is deep grass up both sides of the hole.  If you go for it an accurate drive is needed.

ECH 12-1Here is a shot of the green from behind.

ECH 12-2Hole 13 – 401 yards – Par 4

This is an awkward hole visually for me.  The best shot is a fade off the bunkers on the left.

ECH 13-1The green is open in the front so take dead aim to avoid the bunkers on the left and right.

ECH 13-2Another shot of the green.

ECH 13-3I thought the photo back up the hole was a good shot.

ECH 13-4Hole 14 – 481 yards – Par 5

This was the shortest of the par fives, but it still played uphill.  There is plenty of fairway on this hole.

ECH 14-1The second shot is blind.

ECH 14-2The green, as seen from the left, has a ridge down the middle, but is otherwise flat.

ECH 14-3Hole 15 – 208 yards – Par 3

This is a stout one-shotter, but you get a little break since it plays downhill.

ECH 15-1The green has some slope on the left side towards the middle and front.

ECH 15-2Hole 16 – 365 yards – Par 4

This hole is all out in front of you.  Pick whichever club leaves you with your preferred approach distance and hit it straight.

ECH 16-1A good drive should leave you with a shorter second shot.  There is a drop off behind the green, so beware going long.

ECH 16-2Hole 17 – 149 yards – Par 3

This hole plays slightly uphill.  With a shorter club in to the green, the bunkers are less of an issue.

ECH 17-1The shot of the green, below, that falls off on the left side.

ECH 17-2Hole 18 – 410 yards – Par 4

The last hole demands a good final tee shot.  A fade up the left center is prudent play.

ECH 18-1The final approach, as seen below, cannot be missed short.  Anything that doesn’t get to the green will roll a good distance from the flag.

ECH 18-2Here is a shot of the green.

ECH 18-3And another one, from behind that shows the drop off there too.

ECH 18-4As you can see from the pictures, there is a lot of elevation change at this course.  It required precise distances and thought when executing shots.  The greens were very large with the occasional big undulations.  They were very smooth and some of the better public greens I have putted.  Overall, the course was a great test and well worth adding to your itinerary if you are in the Atlanta area.

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