Heron Bay Golf Club (Georgia)

Heron Bay Golf Club was so artfully created that it almost seems as if it’s already part of nature. It blends too perfectly with the Georgia scenery that it’s not hard to think this championship course was carved by Mother Nature herself and all developers did was provide the other amenities, and bring in the players. But the golf vacation destination is actually the brainchild of architect Jeff Burton. Since the course opened in 2004, it has been earning the reputation of being one of the best in the state.

The 18-hole, par 72 championship course is quite long, measuring at 7300 yards from the back tees. If the course’s fair elevation changes and tight fairways do not faze the average golfer, then perhaps the distance will. Heron Bay Golf Club is located on the edge of the Cole Reservoir, giving the course the edge both in scenery and challenge. Eight of the course’s eighteen holes involve water in their play, including two that play along the reservoir, thereby adding drama to the already thrilling game. What couldn’t be had with the swing and shot, luckily, is compensated by the stunning views around the course.The signature hole of the Heron Bay Golf Club is the par-3 12th, hugged on one side by water and a killer bunker on the other. Golf trips to this golfer’s haven require an extra stash of shotmaking skills and a ready ounce of gut for when risky plays are needed.

Everything good about the Heron Bay Golf Club comes naturally. The fun and challenge of the layout flows along with the contours of the natural Georgia terrain. It shouldn’t be surprising, too, why this is a favorite for golf vacations – it makes loving it part of the golfer’s nature.

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