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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The eighth is all carry, but hit it too long and deep bunkers await. A range finder would definitely help on this hole.
This is a long hole and it plays uphill the entire way. Save your best drive of the day for this one.
This is a complete change of pace from the last hole. I found that it played a little shorter than its yardage.
The third par five is another long one. The only strategy here is to hit a big drive.
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.
This is an awkward hole visually for me. The best shot is a fade off the bunkers on the left.
This was the shortest of the par fives, but it still played uphill. There is plenty of fairway on this hole.
This is a stout one-shotter, but you get a little break since it plays downhill.
This hole is all out in front of you. Pick whichever club leaves you with your preferred approach distance and hit it straight.
This hole plays slightly uphill. With a shorter club in to the green, the bunkers are less of an issue.
The last hole demands a good final tee shot. A fade up the left center is prudent play.
As 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.