STEEL CANYON GOLF CLUB
460 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs
770-390-0424

Steel Canyon Golf Club web site
Price Range: Value (Under $40)
Location: North of Atlanta on Roswell Road at Morgan Falls

Directions:
Take GA-400 to exit 6- Northridge Rd. Travel west to Roswell Rd. Turn left and go approx. 1 1/2 miles to the second traffic light which is Morgan Falls Rd. Turn right. Steel Canyon Golf Club is down 1/2 mile on the left.
 
Recommended for golfers who: Enjoy a moderately challenging executive course layout.

Few metro courses have as interesting a history as does Steel Canyon Golf Club, which opened in 2002 in Sandy Springs as Blue Heron. The executive style course was built on a landfill and had to jump through several political hoops before being constructed, which was an experience in itself considering where it was built.
 
Course designer Mike Riley, whose outstanding metro area layouts included Reunion and Alpharetta Athletic Club East (formerly Crooked Creek) did an admirable job considering the challenges, which include 70 wells, an underground gas pipeline, high voltage power lines and a cellular tower with ground wires on the property, which also features a significant amount of elevation changes for a short (3,874 yards) course.
 
In 2009 a great deal of changes were made to the property. A new owner took over and hired Affiniti Golf Partners to manage the club. Together they not only renamed the course Steel Canyon Golf Club, but also began major renovation.  Brand new Champion Bermuda greens were grown in, a brand new fleet of golf carts were obtained, the clubhouse was renovated and numerous other golf course improvements were made. The club was completely rebirthed and the conditions Blue Heron was known for no longer apply. If you have yet to visit the course since it reopened in September of 2009, we encourage you to give it a try.

Steel Canyon plays to a par of 61 with 12 par 3s, five par 4s, and in a rarity for an executive course, a par 5, which measures right at 500 yards. Other than the 350-yard 16th, the par 4s average around 300 yards, but can play much longer if the wind is up.
 
With an exception or two, primarily two lengthy and demanding par 3s, Steel Canyon is a comfortable layout from a playing standpoint, but the elevation changes and a hefty hike or two from a green to the next tee make it a healthy walk. The par 3s include a nice mix of holes, with the over-water-and-sand 3rd and scenic downhill 4th part of an interesting opening sequence of holes that includes two sharply downhill par 4s and the lone par 5.
 
Riley uses the terrain on several of the par 3s to obscure pin positions from view, and the mounded areas bordering many of the greens create much of the movement on the excellent putting surfaces, as well as making for some delicate short game shots. The areas around the greens are in top-flight condition, which eases the challenge when faced with a testy little pitch or chip.
 
Steel Canyon also features a lighted practice facility, with a state-of-the-art indoor putting area above the pro shop