Traditions Of Braselton

Traditions Of Braselton Traditions Of Braselton is recommended for golfers who appreciate a layout that mixes a links style with rolling, wooded terrain.

Price Range: $53 to $63

Par: 72

Location: Northeast off I-85, exit 129

Directions: Take I-85 North to exit 129 (next exit past Chateau Elan), then right onto Hwy 53. Follow 1 mile, and take a left onto Hwy 124. Proceed 5 miles to Tradition of Braselton sub-division on right

One of just a handful of daily fee courses to open in the metro area in recent years, the Traditions of Braselton Golf Club is a challenging layout of moderate difficulty, blending links golf with modern course accuracy. Mike Dasher, the architect for Bentwater who also was a key part of Arthur Hills’ design team on Olde Atlanta and Towne Lake Hills, designed the course.

Similar to these courses, Traditions of Braselton was constructed on hilly terrain, but in this case, much of the topographical movement is side to side, rather than up and down. Many of the fairways angle toward one side, usually to the right, and tee shots with a little too much fade can wind up in trouble. Traditions is not a target golf layout, with the firm and fast nature of the fairways allowing for bump and run shots to greens that are typically open in front.

The course is moderately long with the firmness of the fairways reducing the length of many holes. Most trouble is well off the fairways, but before pulling out the driver on a handful of holes, know where the landing area is as unseen trouble lies in wait in a few spots. There are a few forced carries required on par 3s, the strength of the course. With five par 3s, Traditions of Braselton boasts the most diverse and challenging portfolio of par 3s you will find in Atlanta.

The greens complexes are relatively tame, with the putting surfaces on the gentle side, although ridges divide some greens into tiers and a few greens slope from front to back. The terrain also influences short game shots, as many of the greens are bordered by sharp drop-offs that will leave some testy up and down opportunities if you short side yourself. Dasher has created a nice balance of challenge and playability, with the course likely to become a favorite for golfers on metro Atlanta’s northeast side.

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