Links Golf Club Review
by John Kim
Hidden away, below the radar of the majority of Atlanta's golfing communities, is a gem of a course down on the southside of the city. Inaguarated back in 1991 by the late Payne Stewart, the course offers all something for every skill level of golfer. Links in name only, the course is framed by lots of trees and marked by well conditioned but tricky greens. Don't be fooled by the short yardage or low slope and rating, this course will test even the best players. Another added highlight is the "Wee Links", a nine hole layout for the younger golfers of Atlanta.
Setting up your round: One of the friendlier staffs of any course in Atlanta will help get you going. The course has a steady flow of players here, but planning a day or two ahead of your desired tee time should find you the tee time you're looking for, even for weekend play. The course also has a surprisingly outstanding banquet facility that can host up to 150 players for your corporate outing. Call the pro shop at (770) 949 4653 for details.
When you arrive: The course has all the amenities you need, including a practice green and driving range. A nice pro shop and grill room area will provide you with all the ammunition you need to tackle the course.
Hole you will love: Hole #4 is the toughest hole on the course, but it's also the prettiest. A drive up the right side on this dogleg right hole will cut off a lot of yardage for your approach, which has to carry 70 yards of water (and a fountain to boot) into the peninsula green which slopes back to front.
Hole you won't: Hole #10, a long par 3 over water, will provide some big numbers and a frustrating start to the back nine for many players. Keep your ball to the right and use the hill beside the green to your benefit.
Overall: For the price, The Links may be one of the better values in town. Always in good condition, the course is not going to overwhelm you with spectacular scenery or an incredibly demanding layout. However, bring anything less than your B+ game, and pars will be few and far between here. The aesthetics of the course are fine, the tree lined fairways constantly a reminder that there's no better place for golf than Atlanta, Georgia. For a nice change of pace, or in an effort to play a very nice course for an extremely reasonable price, this might be one of the best finds in the city.