Woodmont Golf Club Review
by John Kim
Woodmont Golf Club is the first signature course in Georgia by famed golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. This course is beautifully designed and in great condition. Making it one Atlanta's truly memorable and most enjoyable golf experiences. For several months, a friend has been raving about Woodmont. "You've have to play Woodmont", "When are you going to review Woodmont?". Finally, after reading that Georgia Golf News had named the course "Best New Course of 2000", and hearing from several other sources what a superb layout it was, it was obvious I was missing something special. Still, my anticipation was a bit tempered by pragmatism. I?ve visited several courses that couldn?t meet its? own hype, could Woodmont be another? I teed it up with the intention of finding out.
Setting up your round: Good news travels fast; therefore, tee times are scarce. So call a few days in advance to ensure you get one. This is also a very popular course for outings. If you are planning one, this place is great. If not, call to make sure they aren?t having one on the day you want to come out. Singles can not make tee times but should show up at the course and wait to be paired up. I showed up alone, but was paired up and sent out within half an hour. Call the pro shop at (770) 345 9260 if you have any other questions.
When you arrive: Woodmont has all the amenities of a top notch course. The clubhouse alone is impressive, it has over 26,000 square feet space and it was designed by Chapman Coyle Chapman (who also designed TPC at Sugarloaf and Atlanta Athletic Club). There is a range already stacked with balls for you to warm up with, and a practice green and bunker to get your scoring shots tuned up. A full service grill and restaurant are also on the premises. Woodmont is also using the ParView GPS, billed as the world?s most advanced golf GPS system. You can use it to calculate distances, contact the pro shop, and keep score. It?s helpful as a guide, but not overly great for distances since Woodmont is currently cart path only.
Hole you will love: I hardly ever choose a par 3 as my favorite hole, but I have to make an exception here. #11 is an ultra short but scenic and dangerous hole. If you?ve ever been to the par 3 tournament at Augusta, you will have déjà vu as you step on this tee. It?s all carry over water to a two tiered and shallow green, with bunkers behind. Anything short of the green will agonizingly roll back into the water. There simply is no room to miss. It?s also located on the most scenic corner of the course. You can?t help but like this hole. Besides, I birdied it.
Hole you won?t: #10 is a quirky par 5. It is definitely reachable in two shots for many players, but just as many will take a big number on it. The hole feeds downhill until it reaches a ravine with a creek running into it. Long hitters can reach that creek with a driver. There is a hazard to the left, and though there seems to be tons of room to the right, you can go to far right and be blocked out by trees when trying to advance your second shot. Your next shot is straight uphill to a shallow green with bunkers in front and a death drop behind. Those laying up need to leave themselves a comfortable distance which they know they can hit and stop. I?m giving honorable mention to hole #4, which is long, gives no room for error, has a faulty yardage marker in the fairway (cost me a bogey) and has a tiny green for such a tough hole.
Overview: Woodmont had a formidable task ahead of it, and it absolutely passed with flying colors. With the exception of hole #10, the back nine at Woodmont is as good a nine-hole layout as there is. The front side is very good also, maybe a notch or two below the back, but still a formidable test and aesthetically pleasing track. The high praise this course has received from so many is well earned. This is a great course, fully deserving to recognized as one of the top tier courses in our city.