Crystal Lake Country Club is recommended for golfers who can handle a course that requires some strategic thinking.
Price Range: Crystal Lake is available for outside tournaments on Mondays
Location: South of Atlanta, just off I-75 (Exit 221)
Directions: Take I-75 South to exit 221 (Lovejoy). Take right off exit onto Jonesboro Road and go 2.1 miles to Mt. Carmel Road. Take left onto Mt. Carmel and follow 1/2 mile to Crystal Lake sub-division entrance on right. Go through main gate, and take “immediate right” towards clubhouse.
Denis Griffiths has designed some of the best courses in the Atlanta area, and Crystal Lake is one of his finest – and most distinctive efforts. The brand new Southside course is unlike anything else in the metro area, largely due to Griffiths intriguing fairway bunkering.
A number of holes at Crystal Lake include bunkers either within the fairway or at the edges, with decisions having to be made whether to go over or around, On other holes, a bunker obstructs the view of the landing area, resulting in a little uncertainty what line to take off the tee.
With GPS monitors in the carts, golfers can make their decisions with a more concrete idea of how to proceed, but still must execute the shot to provide an opportunity to handle what should be one of the better tests of golf in the metro area. Conditions are also first rate for a new course, with an emphasis on quality customer service (see also Chateau Elan Golf Club)
Apart from the bunkers, Crystal Lake is not an especially demanding course off the tee, but has plenty of length from the back two sets of tees, and measures almost 6,450 from the blues, with several extremely strong par 4s. The yardage and a number of hazards give Crystal Lake some of the higher Course Rating/Slope numbers in Atlanta, but the greens complexes are not overly demanding and course is very playable from the correct set.
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