Currahee Club – Played 2014
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: One Currahee Club Way, Toccoa, Georgia
- Year: 2003
- Architect: Jim Fazio
- Course Access: Private
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Champion: 6,960 yard, Par 72, 76.1 Rating/150 Slope
- Currahee: 6,661 yards, Par 72, 75.2 Rating/148 Slope
- Member: 6,402 yards, Par 72, 73.0 Rating/140 Slope
- Alternate: 6,103 yards, Par 72, 70.1 Rating/134 Slope
- Forward: 5,508 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/135 Slope
- Hartwell: 5,149 yards, Par 60, 57.1 Rating/102 Slope
Currahee meaning “stands alone” in Cherokee was about the only information I could find on this track. I do know that it has had some financial difficulties and changed ownership a few times. This made sense to me because it is in the middle of nowhere.
However, this remote location provides some stunning views as you can see below. The course is hemmed in my mountains and lakes that sometimes distract you from the stellar golf course.
The clubhouse sits on one of the highest points of the property and provided the spot to take the pictures below. It is a tremendously large clubhouse at over 48,000 square feet.
I got on the course through my father-in-law and we played with a friend of his and my brother-in-law. The weather was perfect and the course was almost empty. My brother-in-law and I played the member tees so distances will be from there. The course provides plenty of teeing options for any level golfer to feel comfortable.
Hole 1 – 551 yards – Par 5
The first tee shot is a stunner. It plays way down the hill providing an opportunity for a big drive. The only trouble is right of the fairway.
This is a beautiful hole. It is all carry over the water with nowhere to miss. Notice the farthest bunker on the left. I really want to see who gets in that thing.
This is a gentle hole up the hill. It doglegs right and plays slightly longer than it’s stated yardage.
This is the second of two solid one shot holes. This tee ball calls for a slight fade with a long iron.
This one is almost a reverse of the first hole. After the tee shot it plays exclusively uphill. The driving area plays a little tighter than it looks. A hazard lurks behind the trees on the right side.
This is a shorter hole made even more so by playing a bit downhill. There is a hazard on the right so err on the left side.
This shot is straightforward. You can go a little further right than you would think. It’s a longer hole, but you can run out of fairway.
The landing area here is blind. The best line is right down the pipe here.
This hole is made longer with the uphill. I took a three wood at the stake in the middle of the fairway.
This a beast of a hole. It plays uphill for most of the yardage. This will be a three shot hole for most people.
The tee shot here is best played up the left side to give yourself the best angle to the green. If you stray too far right the water is definitely in play.
This is an all-carry shot over the water and thick grass. A solid middle iron should get you there.
This hole reminds you that you are playing near some mountainous terrain. This plays straight up the hill. A power draw plays the best here.
This hole didn’t play as long as the yardage indicates. I hit it up the left side and ran out of fairway. There is more room up the right side.
This hole plays downhill, but is very tight. You must find the fairway here to have a good shot into the green.
This hole bends to the right. A small cut up the middle works best here.
The approach will play up the hill. It will be difficult to hold the green unless you can put some major air underneath your shot. Anything short will be in the rough or bunkers making for an awkward up and down.
This is probably the signature hole at Currahee. It is a behemoth from the back tees playing over 250 yards. Almost all of that distance is carry over a deep ravine. No place for the faint of heart!
We have another hole up the hill for the finisher. It plays longer than the yardage. Any drive in the fairway will give you a good angle into the green.
Currahee was a magnificent course from a scenery perspective. I did find it to be pretty difficult with all the elevation changes. It would probably fall into the category of fun place to play, just not all the time.
The par three’s were strong and featured some tough carries. I did think some holes lacked strategy because you just needed to bomb it down the middle. Overall though it was a really fun round!