West Pines Golf Club

West Pines Golf Club course review West Pines Golf Club is recommended for golfers who seek an enjoyable round at affordable rates.

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Par: 36-35-71

Location: West of Atlanta, off I-20

Directions: From Atlanta: I-20W. to Exit 34/Hwy. 5. Turn right onto Highway 5 and follow 1/2 mile to fork in the road. Bear right onto Rose Ave. West Pines Golf Club is approximately 1/2 mile on the right.

One of the oldest daily fee courses in the metro area, West Pines underwent a major facelift in 2006, with former tour player turned course designer Bill Bergin extensively renovating the layout. Many of the current holes are completely new, with only six or seven holes still in the same corridor, and some changing direction from the original design.

The renovated layout has added a considerable amount of length, and from the back tees plays to a par 71 at over 6,800 yards. The blue tees (6,332) are comparable in length to the original back tees, and with the exception of a few holes closing out the front nine, West Pines is by no means a short course. Several elevated tee shots are offset by some uphill approaches, and the fairways range from extremely forgiving to relatively narrow and tree-lined.

The routing of the course is markedly different from that of the original layout, with holes 1, 2 and 4 still pretty much the same, but 13, 14 and 15. The pond bordering the fairway on the par-5 13th is an intimidating site, but there is more fairway than it appears, with the second shot over the hazard the more difficult shot. The first three par 5s have ample amounts of trouble in play, with the all new 17th, which runs parallel to and borders on I-20, a little less stressful.

The rolling terrain is a factor both off the tee and in the short game, with the putting surfaces on the large side and having a reasonable amount of undulation. Most of the angles to the greens are open, with a modest amount of bunkers in play. Apart from three of the par 5s, there are few hazards in play, helping to make more for a comfortable and enjoyable experience, with the rates among the most affordable in the metro area.

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