Introduction: It used to be, NASCAR's Bill Elliott came to mind when you said Dawsonville. That will now change with the opening of Chestatee Golf Club. The course is a Denis Griffiths design located on the shores of Lake Lanier. Incorporating the rolling hills and natural scenic vistas into its' design, this course is both challenging and beautiful. Although it is a new course (just opened in the summer of '99), Chestatee will soon take its' rightful place among the elite daily fee courses in the North Georgia area.
Setting up your round: Call the pro shop to set up your round. Rates vary depending on a variety of factors (regular, twilite, seniors, super twilite, nine hole, juniors, etc.) all of which are quite reasonable. The course is fairly open during the week, though twilight times tend to get busy. The weekends are busier, though a little pre-planning should still find your group a spot.
When you arrive: Bag attendants will not only take your bags for you, there was complimentary valet to park your car! You get a Chestatee bag tag on your bag (very nice!) and superb service from the knowledgeable and friendly pro shop staff. A full scale practice facility is available to warm up, as well as the The Heron Grille, the full service food facility in the clubhouse.
Hole you will love: They could build a course of eighteen hole #16s, and I would pay a lot to play it. It is an absolute grand par 5, full of decision-making, strategy, ingenuity, and guts. Do you play safe and make birdie the conventional way? I saw it done. Do you thread the trees and go for the green in two? I saw that done. I played this hole twice (made bogey, par respectively) and got killed by my playing partners who made 5 birdies and one par between them on their two shots at it. Even though I lost a ton of money on the hole, it is a great golf hole.
Hole you won't: Hole #8 will soon gain fame as one of the most difficult par 4s in the state. It isn't even listed as the #1 handicap hole on the course, but I don't care this thing is dang near impossible. The first time through, I won the hole in our group (all single digit handicaps) with a bogey. The next time, I chunked a 4 wood after a 250 yard tee shot that somehow made it over a creek and up a hill and onto the green. In other words, a very fortuitous par. Take my word, play this as a par 5 and you will win the hole in your group 90% of the time.
Overview: You will have to search long and hard to find a daily fee course in the metro Atlanta area that can top the Chestatee experience. Don't let the address or area code dissuade you, the course is straight up GA400 and about 30 minutes north of the Buckhead toll booth. Not a bunch of turns to get lost in, but a real prize awaits you at the finish line. Move over Bill Elliot, you're no longer the only "Awesome" product from Dawsonville.