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Masters 2019, play Forest Hills or?


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#1 eedub

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 10:16 PM

Hi All,

I've tried to search through prior threads but haven't found much.

I'm flying into Atlanta this year for the masters, arriving Monday morning. I was about to book a time at Forest Hills in Augusta, but was curious if there is a better option I should be looking at between Atlanta and Augusta?

Thanks!

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 10:45 PM

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 11:12 PM

View Postthejuice, on 07 January 2019 - 10:45 PM, said:

Are you just looking to play a nice round of golf, or are you looking for fantastic conditions and a memorable round?

Definitely looking for the latter, you have something in mind? thank you
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Posted 07 January 2019 - 11:21 PM

Reynolds plantation has a few great courses also lots in Atlanta obviously.

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 11:33 PM

View Postabergervt, on 07 January 2019 - 11:21 PM, said:

Reynolds plantation has a few great courses also lots in Atlanta obviously.

Thanks, looks like you need to stay on the property to play there?

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 08:37 AM

Depends on how much $ you are willing to spend. Everytging near augusta jacks prices up about 5x normal, many do worse. However, if you have the dough and are booking a 4some Champions Retreat is phenomenal and West Lake CC will give you a Masters feel. If you can drive 45 minutes away and want to save money, go play Monticello at Savannah Lakes Golf Village. They only charge $100 during masters and the course could be on the tour, it is a hidden Gem! Forest Hills has a history behind it and honestly they got a new greenskeeper that is turning the greens into slick beauties right now but it is a tree lined course with no water coming into play. Also, I havent played it yet but I hear UGA course in Athens is top notch. Hope this helps.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:23 AM

Palmetto Golf Club in nearby Aiken SC.

https://www.palmettogolfclub.net/

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 10:49 AM

Thanks guys!
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:13 AM

View Posteedub, on 08 January 2019 - 10:49 AM, said:

Thanks guys!

@balladm is right about Forest Hills. Historic Donal Ross course that Arnold Palmer Design screwed up about 15 years ago. It was always in marginal condition but they hired the greenskeeper away from Champions Retreat and he has really improved the condition, especially the greens.

I also agree with @Sixcat. Palmetto is a fabulous course that is open to the public that one week. It is, however, another 30 minutes past Augusta.

Or if you want to spend a bunch of money, you can play Champions Retreat or Augusta County Club. But it'll cost you somewhere around $2,400 per foursome.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:29 AM

View PostFore Putt, on 08 January 2019 - 11:13 AM, said:

View Posteedub, on 08 January 2019 - 10:49 AM, said:

Thanks guys!

@balladm is right about Forest Hills. Historic Donal Ross course that Arnold Palmer Design screwed up about 15 years ago. It was always in marginal condition but they hired the greenskeeper away from Champions Retreat and he has really improved the condition, especially the greens.

I also agree with @Sixcat. Palmetto is a fabulous course that is open to the public that one week. It is, however, another 30 minutes past Augusta.

Or if you want to spend a bunch of money, you can play Champions Retreat or Augusta County Club. But it'll cost you somewhere around $2,400 per foursome.

Appreciate you all.

So the question here is, removing the travel variable and just looking at golf course: What is the better value? Forest Hills at $175/pp or Palmetto at $300/pp?

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:31 AM

View Posteedub, on 08 January 2019 - 11:29 AM, said:

View PostFore Putt, on 08 January 2019 - 11:13 AM, said:

View Posteedub, on 08 January 2019 - 10:49 AM, said:

Thanks guys!

@balladm is right about Forest Hills. Historic Donal Ross course that Arnold Palmer Design screwed up about 15 years ago. It was always in marginal condition but they hired the greenskeeper away from Champions Retreat and he has really improved the condition, especially the greens.

I also agree with @Sixcat. Palmetto is a fabulous course that is open to the public that one week. It is, however, another 30 minutes past Augusta.

Or if you want to spend a bunch of money, you can play Champions Retreat or Augusta County Club. But it'll cost you somewhere around $2,400 per foursome.

Appreciate you all.

So the question here is, removing the travel variable and just looking at golf course: What is the better value? Forest Hills at $175/pp or Palmetto at $300/pp?

Palmetto every day of the week, and twice on Sundays

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:47 AM

View PostAlmostscratchonce, on 08 January 2019 - 11:31 AM, said:

View Posteedub, on 08 January 2019 - 11:29 AM, said:

View PostFore Putt, on 08 January 2019 - 11:13 AM, said:

View Posteedub, on 08 January 2019 - 10:49 AM, said:

Thanks guys!

@balladm is right about Forest Hills. Historic Donal Ross course that Arnold Palmer Design screwed up about 15 years ago. It was always in marginal condition but they hired the greenskeeper away from Champions Retreat and he has really improved the condition, especially the greens.

I also agree with @Sixcat. Palmetto is a fabulous course that is open to the public that one week. It is, however, another 30 minutes past Augusta.

Or if you want to spend a bunch of money, you can play Champions Retreat or Augusta County Club. But it'll cost you somewhere around $2,400 per foursome.

Appreciate you all.

So the question here is, removing the travel variable and just looking at golf course: What is the better value? Forest Hills at $175/pp or Palmetto at $300/pp?

Palmetto every day of the week, and twice on Sundays

^^^THIS^^^

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 12:13 PM

Just realized Palmetto is Kisners club, where he got suspended for that Vice video- calling now to book my time lol.
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 12:44 PM

View Posteedub, on 08 January 2019 - 12:13 PM, said:

Just realized Palmetto is Kisners club, where he got suspended for that Vice video- calling now to book my time lol.

You won't regret that decision.  Of all the golf courses I've played over 30 years, it's my unquestioned favorite!

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 01:15 PM

If anyone needs a fourth for your golf at Palmetto just let me know. I would love to get back and play this course again!

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 04:18 PM

@fore putt, are you local? If so we should play sometime...

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 06:57 PM

View Posteedub, on 07 January 2019 - 11:12 PM, said:

View Postthejuice, on 07 January 2019 - 10:45 PM, said:

Are you just looking to play a nice round of golf, or are you looking for fantastic conditions and a memorable round?

Definitely looking for the latter, you have something in mind? thank you

OP, you got a lot of the replies I was going to give.  Monticello at Savannah Lakes would be my first choice, followed by Palmetto.  You asked about Reynolds Plantation.  No, you don’t have to stay on property to play three of the courses (unless this changed).  Definitely plenty of tracks going out I-20 from Atlanta to Augusta and a little bit after August (Aiken, SC).  You will have fun!
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 01:43 PM

View Posteedub, on 08 January 2019 - 11:29 AM, said:

View PostFore Putt, on 08 January 2019 - 11:13 AM, said:

View Posteedub, on 08 January 2019 - 10:49 AM, said:

Thanks guys!

@balladm is right about Forest Hills. Historic Donal Ross course that Arnold Palmer Design screwed up about 15 years ago. It was always in marginal condition but they hired the greenskeeper away from Champions Retreat and he has really improved the condition, especially the greens.

I also agree with @Sixcat. Palmetto is a fabulous course that is open to the public that one week. It is, however, another 30 minutes past Augusta.

Or if you want to spend a bunch of money, you can play Champions Retreat or Augusta County Club. But it'll cost you somewhere around $2,400 per foursome.

Appreciate you all.

So the question here is, removing the travel variable and just looking at golf course: What is the better value? Forest Hills at $175/pp or Palmetto at $300/pp?

I travel to Augusta quite a bit for work and I try to play Forest Hills whenever I'm in town. I think I paid maybe $35 to play it last time. I would never pay $175. I'd say the greens are better than the average public course, but the other course conditions are about average in my opinion. Palmetto for $300 would definitely be my choice.

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 05:32 PM

I play Palmetto all the time and I have played Forest Hills, if you can get a tee time at Palmetto for $300 dollars its absolutely worth it. You will not be disappointed! Some of the best greens you'll ever play on and dont underestimate it due to it being a 'short' course!
If you have any questions, feel free to PM me. Hope you have a great time!

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