The Takeaway: McLemore enjoys a dramatic setting that gets flat out extreme at times. While it isn’t a course you’d want to play everyday, the impressive views and finishing hole are worth the trip alone. Grade B-
Designer: Rees Jones and Bill Bergin 2019
Cost: $250+ for stay and play packages Click for current rates
Phone Number: 800-329-8154 x-6
Course Website: Official Website - Visit McLemore Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 32 Clubhouse Lane, Rising Fawn, Georgia 30738 – UNITED STATES
What to Expect: Located in the northwest corner of Georgia, McLemore is a wild ride that at times feels like you've taken your golf ball on a trip to an amusement park. The opening holes are good with the long par four 2nd standing out the most as a dramatic and difficult hole to contend with. It doesn't take long to see that the mountain setting creates extreme elevation changes throughout the course but none more crazy/dramatic than the approach shot on the par five 6th. The shot plays 58 yards shorter than the actual distance and will be blind for virtually all players. Goofy? Probably. Memorable? Without question. However it is the closing hole that put McLemore on the map and it absolutely lives up to the hype that has surrounded it ever since being recognized as one of the best finishing holes designed in recent years. Being that this truly is a mountain golf course, it has an unwalkable routing and will require players to take a cart to play it. What that mountain setting offers more than anything are fantastic views that you'll enjoy throughout the day. The extreme elevation changes and quirky design features are akin to Wolf Creek in Mesquite, NV where some shots are just hard to believe. In the end, McLemore lives up to its "Above The Clouds" theme in the mountains and delivers a memorable experience, however the extreme nature of the design can be a turnoff for daily play.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 18th Hole – 435 Yard Par 4 –
Best Par 3: 7th Hole – 192 Yards –
Best Par 4: 9th Hole – 441 Yards –
Best Par 5: 6th Hole – 548 Yards –
Birdie Time: 3rd Hole – 148 Yard Par 3 –
Bogey Beware: 2nd Hole – 449 Yard Par 4 –