The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor is recommended for golfers who want to get away from the crowds and houses and play top-quality golf in a natural setting.
Price Range: $25 to $39
Location: East of Atlanta (towards Augusta), off I-20 between Covington and Lake Oconee
Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 105, and take left off the exit. Travel North on New Born Road for 2.5 miles. Turn left on East Dixie Highway, then an immediate right onto Fairplay Road into historic Rutledge town center. Travel 2.6 miles to State Park and Knox Chapel Road. Take a left and proceed .7 miles to course entrance on the left.
Of the excellent group of Georgia State Park golf courses, the one that is most easily accessible to metro Atlanta golfers is The Creek at Hard Labor, located just east of Conyers and Covington off I-20. The course has long been a favorite for golfers throughout central Georgia, with its playable layout a large part of its appeal, along with the natural beauty of the layout and its very reasonable fees.
The Creek at Hard Labor is short on length, measuring just over 6,400 yards from the blue tees and under 5,900 from the whites. But with a sizeable number of holes featuring slight doglegs with tight tree lines and enough rough to have an impact, accuracy is the first order of business. There is a nice mix of holes, particularly among the par 4s, with several of the short, tight and strategic variety along with a few with a little more yardage, including a demanding opener that is a followed by an interesting stretch of holes with an emphasis in positioning off the tee
The slightly longer back nine includes the signature par-3 14th, with a waterfall and a restored waterwheel making for one of the most unique views in Georgia golf. The hole is one of several scenic short par 3s with water in play, with The Creek at Hard Labor having enough trouble in play to help compensate for the absence of serious length. The course closes with one of its toughest stretches of holes, including three distinct par 4s and the longest of the par 5s.
The greens have recently been replaced with state-of-the-art bermuda, and the modestly-sized surfaces are also moderately protected with minimal undulation, although the terrain surrounding them includes a few dips and rolls that can create some testy short game shots.
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