Reunion Golf Club
by John Kim
This course opened in November 2001, designed by local architect Michael Riley (same designer as another local favorite - Crooked Creek). Located in Hoschton, Georiga (next to Braselton), the course is a couple of par 5s away the Chateau Elan Resort. Not too bad a drive up I-85 and certainly worth the trip.
Setting up your round: Tee times can be booked up to 7 days in advance. The course's reputation as grown quickly and is now a favorite of many in the area. Weekday times are available, especially if you act a couple of days in advance. Weekends are quite crowded, but still worth the effort. Call them at 770 967 8300 to book your time.
When you arrive: The pro shop (as of Jan. 2003) was still a temporary one, but was packed full of everything you'd need to enjoy your round. There was no restaurant or grill area, though they did have sandwiches and drinks in a large cooler for those that needed them. The range is large and well marked, the practice green was in great shape.
Hole you will love: Hole #7 is a short par 5, and a long par 5. Huh? Well, it is both, depending on which green they are using (yes, it has two greens!). When the pin is on the left green, the distance is easily reachable for fairly long hitters; if on the right one, it almost demands that everyone plays it as a three shot hole. If you are going to go for the green in two, be sure your bunker play is strong, a bunker guards both greens in front.
Hole you won't: Hole #13 is the toughest hole on the course. You'll need distance, accuracy, a deft putting touch, and probably some luck to escape with a par here. Hit a long drive down the right center, though too far right can give you a tough angle to this green. There is a creek that cuts across the hole about 60 yards from the green, so your uphill approach has to be hit solid to stay alive. There is trouble left and long of the two-tiered green which slopes back to front and to the left.
Final Impressions: When I first heard of Reunion, I was frankly, skeptical. It's somewhat far from the golfing population and it's located very close to an already well-established and prominent golf resort. But after playing it one time, I am confident that this course will eventually (and sooner rather than later) be one of Atlanta's favorites. I was really impressed with the layout and conditions here. The course still has a bit of "maturing" to do but even now, it's a top tier course. You read it here first - in time, Reunion will be listed by many as their favorite spot.