Chateau Elan Winery & Resort Golf Course ReviewJust 40 minutes north of Atlanta but a world away from the bustling city is Chateau Elan. An elegant 16th century-style French chateau and winery, set on 3,500 acres of rolling hills surrounded by lush vineyards. With 306 guest rooms, 63 holes of championship golf, a European style health spa, seven tennis courts, four pools, and complimentary winery tours and tastings.
The Château course, winds along three lakes and two creeks. The Woodlands course features a true nine-holes out and nine-holes in, moving effortlessly from pasture to forest to water. The tree-lined holes give players a feeling of solitude. Elevation changes often give players a dead view of what lies ahead. The 9-hole walking course located behind the Inn, vary in length from under 100 yards to more than 200 yards, providing the perfect game for golfers who do not have time for a full 18, or for beginners and children. Chateau Elan has been long among Atlanta’s most popular stops for locals and visitors alike. With two excellent 18-hole courses for daily fee play as well as a 9-hole, par-3 walking course and an outstanding private layout that is accessible to resort guests, it offers plenty of variety, along with consistently superb course conditions. The original Chateau Course and the newer Woodlands were both designed by Atlanta-based architect Denis Griffiths, and complement each other beautifully. The Chateau layout is longer and more open, with many of the greens well protected by bunkers and water a frequent factor both off the fairway and on approach shots. The greens are large with a fair amount of slope, with its length and hazards making the course among the strongest tests around. RESORT COURSE – One of Atlanta’s first premier public layouts and still among the best. Reasonably long but open, with plenty of water and sand, requiring some thought and precision to avoid. Par-71 layout features an especially strong group of par 4s, including two of the most demanding back-to-back holes you’ll face (13 and 14). Although the fairways are generous, overhanging trees make positioning off the tee more of a factor than you would think. WOODLANDS COURSE– outstanding complement to resort course layout. The Woodlands is shorter, tighter and hillier, with smaller, more contoured putting surfaces and less water and sand. Plays longer than the yardage because of rolling terrain, but key is keeping it in between tree lines off the tee. There is some gorgeous scenery along with a few perplexing par 5s and some solid par 4s that are tougher than yardage. Because of the elevation changes, the Woodlands can play longer than you might expect, especially if you don’t hit it solidly off the tee. Keeping it between the tree lines and away from the mounds that border many of the fairways is the primary challenge, with the terrain more than compensating for the modest amount of water in play.