Indian Creek Golf Club Review
by John Kim with Updates from Joe Bergeron
Indian Creek has been taken in an entirely new direction. Reopened in April of 2002, Indian Creek is located off Exit 93 (Hazelbrand Road) in Covington. Within the town’s city limits, this great Desmond Muirhead (course architect) course offers "game" for every level of play – from high to low handicap.
Setting up your round: : I couldn’t believe the difference in this course from the first time that I played it in March of ‘02. The greens are back, firm and true -- and the fairways, once almost lost because of neglect, are full and rich with Bermuda grass just waiting for your iron or fairway club to give it a test. Under new management, people who know, love and are committed to the game, Indian Creek has become fun to play – from any one of the four tee boxes – from 4,800 yards from the forward tees to 6,900 yards from the tips.
When you arrive: Indian Creek offers all the amenities you could need...a full sit down restaurant, The Golfside Grill (now under the management of the owners of Shades in Conyers), a fully stocked pro shop, a driving range and a putting green with practice sand bunker. I would suggest you spend some time on the range and make sure your driver,3 wood, and long irons are moderately on.
Hole you will love:On the back 9, hole #13 is a short downhill par 4 that begs you to “go for it.” Long hitters may be able to drive it, depending on the tee box they hit from. Even a shorter tee shot puts you in a 9-or-under approach position, as long as you miss the lazy little creek that cuts through the fairway. If you have a breeze behind you, you can get your ball in great position for a low score.
Hole you won't: On the front nine, hole #5 (the #1 handicap) is one of the toughest holes in the city. This long par 4 begs a straight drive and a long approach to a fairly narrow green. Play smart, manage this hole and you’ll do OK, but go right and you’ll be jotting down extra strokes. Though the area in front of the green has been widened by over 25 yards, it’s still a tough approach.
Overview: Indian Creek’s new management team has performed a miracle of sorts with this layout by making the course more attractive, more playable and more enjoyable. The greens were soft and held well, and most importantly, rolled true. The fairways, though still a bit on the firm side, were lush and much improved. Aesthetically, the course has changed 100%. Renovations done on almost every hole has made this course one of the more scenic in the area. They’ve removed a lot of trees that used to pinch a number of fairways and choke some teeing areas. There’s a more open, playable feel all around.
I’ll definitely come back again. I can’t lie and say it’s an A+ course now, but it’s leaped from the D course I remembered into the B range and the new management team is committed to creating a class "A" venue.
And at the rates they are offering now, you probably want to get out there and check it out for yourself. Easily, we could nominate this course for “most improved” and “best value”. Check it out, I think you’d agree.