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Of course, true golf fanatics on a trip to Georgia will head to Augusta to check out the site of the Masters, but if you’re just looking to get in a round near Atlanta, there are plenty of options. First, decide on your priorities – are time and location your key concerns, or do you really need a peaceful, quiet spot? We’ve selected a few of our favorite options in and around Atlanta, both ITP and OTP (that’s “Inside the Perimeter” and “Outside the Perimeter” for non-locals). Atlanta’s pleasant climate makes golfing a popular activity year round and chains like TopGolf are becoming all the rage for corporate events.

Charlie Yates Golf Course
10 Lakeside Village Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 373-4655

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The Charlie Yates course has plenty of devoted fans who play here regularly throughout the year. It’s an executive course that is known to be challenging but fun, with a friendly and helpful staff. Great for beginners or avid golfers, groups or solos. Many praise it as a reasonably priced spot to get in some work on your short game.

Echelon Golf Club
501 Founders Dr E
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 888-4653

Located in Alpharetta, this is a more tranquil club than the ones located right in Midtown. If you’re up for a calmer day, this might be just your style. It was designed by the well-known architect Rees Jones. Echelon is a bit physically demanding, so it’s not really a beginner’s course. Don’t expect a bar cart or a fancy clubhouse, as this course is less about the party and more about the game. The changes in elevation provide for some stunning views during your round.

Brown’s Mill Golf Course
480 Cleveland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30354
(404) 366-3573

This is not one of the more challenging courses in town, but there are some water hazards and more difficult holes. It’s close to the airport, so if you’re just popping through town for business and want to get in a quick round, it’s a great choice. Though it’s not in one of the city’s more posh neighborhoods, the course still offers golfers a great venue for social and competitive play. If you’re looking for the genteel Southern experience however, this might not be your jam. Brown’s offers a solid, less expensive golfing option.

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Cobblestone Golf Course
4200 Nance Rd
Acworth, GA 30101
(770) 917-5152

For three years in a row, Golf Magazine named this as one its Top 100 Courses That You Can Play, and the club is understandably proud of this achievement. It’s a lovely location on Lake Acworth, about an hour outside of Atlanta, and if you want a less urban environment for your day of golf, it’s a great choice. You can expect a well-maintained course and a friendly staff, even after one of Atlanta’s frequent rains. Golf Advisor recently ranked this club as one of the 25 most improved U.S. courses, so you know they have been making an effort to keep up with the times.

North Fulton Golf Course
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 255-0723

This course, located in Chastain Park, is one of the most convenient spots for golfers located in Buckhead and it’s fairly popular. Parking can be a little challenging, so you may want to carpool or take an Uber. Might be a bit frustrating if you’re looking for a quick pace, but if you’re fine with taking it slow and enjoying the day, this is a great spot. Book during the week for less crowded greens.

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com. “