Heritage Golf Links is recommended by Golf Atlanta for golfers who enjoy a demanding but interesting layout
Par: 36 – 36 -72
Price Range: $32.99 to $69.99
Location: Northeast off I-85 and Pleasantdale Road
Directions: I-85 North to Pleasantdale Road. Take right off exit and follow 3 miles to Britt Road. Take a left on Britt and proceed 1.5 miles to course entrance on right
Since it opened in the mid 1990s, Heritage Golf Links has been known for its demanding but enjoyable Mike Young layout and its proximity to downtown Atlanta. Located just outside Spaghetti Junction, the course is conveniently situated for Atlanta daily fee golfers, but has never enjoyed the success its quality and setting would suggest.
Affiniti Golf Partners, a respected Atlanta-based golf management accompany, has recently assumed operation of the club, and has begun the process of returning Heritage to its deserved status as one of the premier daily fee courses in the metro area. Conditions are good and will get better, with the greens on the way to again ranking with the area’s finest.
Heritage Golf Links (known in recent years as Celebrity Golf Club after opening as Heritage Golf Club) is a distinct, reasonably difficult design, featuring some of the most undulating greens you’ll encounter, along with a handful of holes that can be quite daunting for shorter hitters.
The greens complexes form much of the challenge at Heritage, with some deep bunkers best avoided. With many of the greens perched above the bordering terrain, it is very helpful to have a deft short game.
Measuring 6,875 yards from the back tees and 6,450 from the blues, Heritage isn’t especially lengthy, with only a few holes with serious yardage. But a trio of par 4s require sizeable carries off the tee to clear hazards, and two par 3s measure 220 from the blues. The white tees may be a bit short for those accustomed to playing from the blues, but both the long par 3s and at least two of the daunting par 4s (12 and 18) are sufficient challenges from the whites for those not comfortable with carries of 200-plus yards over trouble. It is a stern but fair test for lower handicappers teeing it up from the tips.
As demanding as it can be, Heritage is a thoroughly enjoyable layout, with plenty of scoring opportunities apart from the two tour-length par 3s and a quartet of par 4s. The course is generous off the tee with a few exceptions, and features some surprisingly rolling terrain for its location, with many of the fairways having as much movement as the putting surfaces.
With no development on the property, Heritage Golf Links is among the most scenic courses in the metro area, with its compact nature providing some splendid vistas of other areas of the course. The course has been relatively quiet on the Atlanta golf scene for a number of years, but is positioned to make some noise in the near future.
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