Cherokee Run Golf Club Review
by John Kim
Built on property once inhabited by a Cherokee tribe, Cherokee Run is an Arnold Palmer creation that is quickly gaining recognition as a premier destination for Atlanta golf enthusiasts. The course is also a top notch facility for corporate outings with meeting rooms and all the amenities needed to ensure a successful tournament. The course has Crenshaw Bent greens, zoysia fairways, and a lot of trees, elevation changes, and bunkers (96 of them!). The wooden obstacles set up around the course were used during the 1996 Summer Olympics, for the cross country equestrian events. Part of the race was run through the golf course - see the things you learn from Atlantagolfer.com?
Setting up your round: Cherokee Run accepts tee times up to a week in advance. Times during the week are usually pretty open if you are a little flexible, but weekends can be booked pretty early.
When you arrive: I was very impressed by the helpfulness and friendliness of the entire staff - from the cart attendant outside, to the pro shop personnel inside, and even the starter on the tee. Even my cart had a nice personalized touch, with my name on the sign on the front window. (Of course, after my score, I took the sign down!). The course has a nice putting green and range to help you warm up before you tee off.
Hole you will love: Hole #17 is a great risk reward par 5. Crush a drive with a slight draw and you can put some faith in your 3 wood to reach the well protected green in two. There are three forced carries on this hole, the final one being a creek right in front of the green. Playing it as a three shot hole still brings in decisions to make in relation to the carries.
Hole you won't: Hole #12 is the other par 5 on the back nine, and it's kind of quirky. If you've never played the hole before, a seemingly good shot in the fairway can leave you with an impossible angle to the green. Even the fairway itself has steep drop-offs and mounds that can leave you an impossible lie. Without local knowledge or a little luck, this hole is extremely tough.
Overview: I had high expectations of Cherokee Run before I arrived and it's safe to say that the club met and exceeded all of them. Honestly, this was a real pleasure of a course to play. Almost every tee box offered a scenic vista from an elevated platform and some real decisions to make as to the strategy to employ on a given hole. Many corporate outings are staged at this course and it's no wonder why. It's a very fun round. But serious golfers should take note, this course can also be all you want in a challenge as well. Try it out and I think you will agree, this course is top notch .