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Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (Johns Creek, GA)

Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) logo Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

The Takeaway:  Grade B+

Quick Facts

Designer:  Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1964 (Highlands) and in 1967 (Riverside); Rees Jones in 1995 and 2005 (Hig

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  (770) 448-2166

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek, GA

Photos:  See additional photos of Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside)

Accolades:  Ranked 9th in Georgia on Golf Course Gurus Best in State list.

What to Expect:  Riverside is the less acclaimed course of the two at Atlanta Athletic Club, but the more beloved track of the membership. The course looks more intimidating than it plays and features a handful of attractive water hazards along the way. Large trees line the fairways and the Chattahoochee River comes into play on the back nine following Rees Jones’ reversing of three of the holes in 2003. AAC has the unique setup where different grass types are found at each course and thus delivering a unique experience (Diamond Zoysia fairways and Ultra Dwarf Bermuda greens on Highlands and Zion Zoysia fairways and Bentgrass greens on Riverside). If you want to put your skills to the ultimate test then Highlands is awaiting your visit, but if you want a fun course to place bets on with your buddies than Riverside is the call of the day.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 72 7428 76.2 148
Blue 72 6952 74.0 140
White 72 6361 71.2 131
Green 72 5713 68.3 125
Black (Women) 72 5237 71.9 130

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  18th Hole – 586 Yard Par 5 – Riverside's finishing hole provides one of the finest backdrops at the entire complex. This par five is lined by trees and finishes at a green that is fronted by a pond and boasts Atlanta Athletic Club's impressive clubhouse as the background. This hole is a common favorite among the members and certainly one of the most memorable.

18th Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (586 Yard Par 5)
18th Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (586 Yard Par 5)

Best Par 3:  6th Hole – 200 Yards – Riverside is more player friendly than the neighboring Highlands course, but Riverside's 6th hole stacks up with Highland's challenging par threes. Tipped out at 200 yards, this beautiful one-shotter plays over a pond to a green that is protected by a bunker on the left. Unlike the Highlands course that features elevated tees on its par threes, #6 at Riverside plays flat and represents the best and toughest three par on the track.

6th Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (200 Yard Par 3)
6th Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (200 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  14th Hole – 393 Yards – The 14th at Riverside reflects the course's namesake by playing along the historic Chattahoochee River. Doglegging to the left, trees and the river hand out to the right while a pond covers the left side of the hole. A pin tucked in the back left portions of the green will make you pucker as the pond looms to the left and a bunker that wraps around the entire rear.

14th Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (393 Yard Par 4)
14th Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (393 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  18th Hole – 586 Yards – Already featured as the signature hole, the 18th at Riverside turns left and provides a risk/reward approach shot to a green fronted by a pond. The right side of the green can be approached on the ground due to the fairway that runs right up to the putting surface, while approaches towards the left side of the green must be aerial to avoid a watery grave. This is a great finishing hole since it is a par five that creates a birdie opportunity while being challenging enough to create drama at the end of the round.

18th Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (586 Yard Par 5)
18th Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (586 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  13th Hole – 536 Yard Par 5 – You don’t have to study golf statistics long to understand one simple concept; par fives create scoring opportunities. The 13th hole on the Riverside course is a relatively short downhill par five with little trouble to contend with, thus rating on the scorecard as the easiest par five on the course. The right side of the green houses a large bunker, but plenty of room exists to the left while attacking this green. You can get away with a bad shot here and still card a birdie, so get your confidence up and take a stroke, or two, back from old man par.

13th Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (536 Yard Par 5)
13th Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (536 Yard Par 5)

Bogey Beware:  1st Hole – 616 Yard Par 5 – When you see a 600+ yard hole on the card, you likely don’t plan on reaching it in two and would be happy to walk away with a par. When it is the 1st hole of the day however, it can be a nightmare come to life if you haven’t taken the time to warm up. The combination of early round jitters, a monster long hole, and no playing time under your belt is the perfect storm for a potential bogey.

1st Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (616 Yard Par 5)
1st Hole at Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (616 Yard Par 5)

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