Gold Creek Course Review
by John Kim
Gold Creek is a 27 hole resort located in the foothills of the Georgia mountains. The course is fairly wide open, but it's still a stern test from the back tees, I think any level of player will really enjoy their golf experience out here. The course has three nine hole layouts (Nugget, Prospector, and El Dorado). The holes were recently rerouted with the addition of the new nine.
Getting Started: Gold Creek is host to many tournaments and corporate outings. They do a very good job hosting such events for those who are looking for such a course. But that also means you need to call ahead and make sure the course is available for play before coming out. Most Atlantans are looking at close to an hour drive to get up there. Once there, the course usually plays at a good pace, you should be through in 4-4.5 hours no problems.
When You Arrive: The course has all the amenities you could want. Driving range, nice grill room, sit down restaurant, putting green, heck....it's a resort! It's got rooms, pools, etc..if that's what you want. The pro shop isn't packed full of stuff, but has everything you may need and usually has some good deals on clothes and accessories.
Hole You Will Love: There are alot of great holes out here, #8 on the Prospector nine is their signature hole (par 3 over water) and it's a beaut! But #1 on the Prospector side gets my vote, a short par 5 that is the ultimate in risk/reward. Bust a drive and you have a good chance of reaching in two. An average drive means you have to worry about the creek fronting the green.
Hole You Won't: The very next hole, #2 on Prospector is a hellacious par 4 (especially into the wind). A long par 4 with o.b. on the right and hazard all the way down the left, you need two good long shots to play this hole well. The green is surrounded by trouble and would be a difficult approach with an 8 iron, especially so for those who have to hit long irons and fairway woods into this. Ouch.
Overview: There are a few coures that offer more stunning views and more memorable holes, but none can offer you a more fun day of golf. The very pleasant demeanor of everyone I encountered, the challenge and forgiveness of the course, the tranquil atmosphere of the surrounding area, I just had a really great day. The greens are some of the best in the state, prepare to bring your best putting touch. If you're going to make the drive (and I highly reccommend you do), plan on staying a bit - maybe get in 27 or 36! The bottom line, you'd be hard pressed to find a better value and better time than this Dawsonville gem.