While the most famous country club in the state of Georgia is a little one called Augusta National, the state’s most populous area, Atlanta, has no shortage of top-tier private facilities. And no list of the best country clubs in Atlanta is complete without Brookstone Golf & Country Club. Located in Acworth, 30 miles north of Atlanta in the rolling foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, the club is close enough for those who live and work in the city, but is nestled in a scenic region with two large lakes that feels far different than the hustle and bustle of America’s ninth largest metropolitan area. Befitting one of the best country clubs in Atlanta, Brookstone offers an array of off-course amenities such as tennis, dining and poolside relaxing. But its biggest enticement is the Larry Nelson-designed golf course.
History of Brookstone Golf & Country Club
Opened in 1988, the par-72, 6,815-yard track features undulating fairways, mature tree-lined fairways and multi-tiered greens. Nelson, who won 10 times on the PGA Tour including a U.S. Open and two PGA Championships, has played his share of great layouts and believes that every golf course needs a great par 4. The fifth hole at Brookstone unfailingly adheres to this philosophy. At 320 yards, the tee is elevated some 60 yards above the green, allowing a genuine eagle opportunity for big hitters who go for it. But the hole is jealously guarded and an errant drive can wind up in the trees or plugged in a bunker, bringing bogey –or worse –into play. Many of the other holes, like the 385-yard ninth, and the signature 18th, emphasize strict accuracy over distance. A creek runs alongside the right side of the 9th, while the par-5 18th, a 515-yard jewel, features a pond and several strategically positioned bunkers, as well as a four-tiered green that measures 7,650-square feet –the largest in the state.
Another hallmark of this Atlanta country club is its clubhouse, which emulates a Georgian country estate. It features an elegant formal dining room, a members grill and bar, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a variety of meeting spaces ideal for everything from large banquets to small business conferences. Also befitting its status as one of the best country clubs in Atlanta, Brookstone Golf & Country Club stands out when it comes to resort-style amenities. The club features six hard-surface and two clay tennis courts, which are lighted. Professional instructors are on hand to teach the basics or help refine your game. It also has two pools –an Olympic-sized junior swimming pool and an adults-only pool. In the summer, poolside dining is available at the Splash Cafe. Infused with personalized service and a commitment to detail, Brookstone Golf & Country Club combines genteel Southern hospitality with a remarkable golf course and a full-service private Atlanta country club that stands out among the best.