ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia Golf Course has some legendary names behind its classy design. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1968 and re-built last year by Davis Love III.
It has great elevation changes up here in these Georgia hills, so that standing in front of the clubhouse, you can see RTJ's master plan spread out before you. And since they've culled a great many trees in the last few months, it's like a big, open canvas for public viewing.
It has the classic RTJ themes: the strategically-placed bunkers perilously close to landing areas, and now it has some of the sweetest, velvety-smooth greens anywhere, on the Cadillac of putting surfaces - bentgrass - courtesy of Love.
"They have made the greens much more challenging," said local resident Don Niepoth. "There's mounds and breaks and everything else going on."
That's pretty much true of the whole golf course. You're often teeing off sharply downhill only to hit your approach shot back uphill as the fairways buck and roll and sometimes tilt. Most of the greens are elevated and many are multi-tiered.
Almost all have excellent slope and undulation and many are mounded so that firing directly at the pin isn't always the best choice. They are also in excellent shape, rivaling any first-class resort course.