When it comes to identifying the best public golf facilities in Georgia, Cobblestone Golf Course in Acworth is at the top of most lists. The course, owned by Cobb County, sits on Lake Acworth and features an assortment of 18 holes that range from challenging to interesting. “It’s got very interesting terrain, and you get to play six or seven holes right on the lake,” course designer Ken Dye said. “The tall pines remind me of the ones you see in Augusta. Put it all together, and you’ve got something pretty special.”The course features numerous terraced fairways, sculpted by Dye to prevent a ball from rolling into the woods, and several elevated tees. And while the course plays only 6,759 yards (par 71) from the tips, it has plenty of muscle. “Every hole has its challenge,” said Jeff Colter, a member of the board of directors for the Cobblestone’s Men’s Golf Association. “I never thought I could play one golf course this much and never get tired of it, but I don’t.”
1. Cobblestone Golf Course, Acworth: No. 2, 472 yards, par 4 – The most difficult hole on the course is lined by trees and plays to a well-guarded two-tier green loaded with undulation. Being in the correct position off the tee is crucial on this long dogleg left.
2. Cobblestone Golf Course, Acworth: No. 15, 542 yards, par 5 – The double dogleg plays downhill and finishes with a green that sits majestically on the lake. Dye said, “It’s probably the best par 5 on the golf course.”
3. Cobblestone Golf Course, Acworth: No. 18, 441 yards, par 4 – The view from the elevated tee allows the player to see the trouble that lurks, starting with the lake on the left side. There is a fairway bunker to avoid on the right, then it’s gradually uphill to the hole.
15. Legacy Golf Links, Smyrna: No. 3, 106 yards, par 3 – It's only a wedge from the back tee, but the setting with water in the front and the rock outcroppings is quite memorable.
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