Laurel Springs Golf Club
Laurel Springs Golf Club is recommended for golfers who appreciate a Jack Nicklaus design that rates high in playability.
Price Range: members only course.
Location: Northeast of Atlanta between Ga. 400 & I-85
Directions: Take I-85 North to Ga Hwy 400 North towards Cumming. Follow 400 North to Exit 13 (Hwy 141). Turn right off exit and continue on 141 approximately 5.5 miles to Laurel Springs Parkway. Turn left onto Laurel Springs Parkway, and take first left onto Mathis Airport road. Go approximately 1.5 miles. Golf Club entrance will be on the right
Laurel Springs Golf Club Course Review
Designed by Jack Nicklaus and son Jackie, the course falls in the kindler, gentler category of Nicklaus layouts, but is not without its challenges. At just 6,800 yards from the Gold tees and 6,300 from the Blues and playing shorter than the listed distance, length is a serious factor on only a handful of holes, but with five par 3s, the course plays to a par of 71.
An interesting mix of holes, with mostly ample landing areas, although there are enough holes with trouble in play to keep you from getting too casual off the tee. More of a second shot course, with the greens a little small by modern standards and very well-protected by both sand and water.
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The strength of the layout is the excellent collection of par 4s, which includes two intriguing short holes featuring sand (3) and water (13) and several of the mid-length variety that offer some appealing views off the tee but some real challenges on the approach. The long, downhill sixth requires a lengthy second over a creek and is part of one of the toughest back-to-back holes in the area, along with the long and perilous par-5 seventh, the only dangerous hole among the par 5s. The five par 3s include some with visually striking views and moderate shot demands, fitting in with the overall feel of a course that strikes a terrific balance between challenge and playability.