Golf Club at Cuscowilla
Established in 1996, The Golf Club at Cuscowilla is the vision of principals Heinz Nathe, Pete Bailey and Rolf Witt. Desiring to create something special on the banks of Lake Oconee, the three developers made what would turn out to be one of many fortuitous decisions; the hiring of golf course architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
700 acres of gently rolling property characterized with towering pines and
expansive fields of native Bluestein grasses, Coore and Crenshaw took full advantage
of this uniquely suited site to lay out 18 holes of golf that lazily yet purposefully
wind their way through this spectacular property. The holes build upon themselves
as you make your round, with each one demanding thought as well as execution
with every stroke.
From each tee there is a choice to be made; play safe or take a more aggressive angle to the hole. As with many of the classic older courses designed in the golden age of course architecture, there are consequences with either choice, typical of the risk/reward style of architecture. Holes 1 through 5 offer the best opportunity to score while comfortably getting into the round. The observant player will immediately recognize the level of architectural sophistication that awaits, through the ragged bunkers to demanding angles of attack to subtle undulations that adorn each greens complex.
The Cuscowilla challenge begins at the 6th hole where the player will recognize a change of pace as length is added to
the equation. Cuscowilla begins at 6. This is the most difficult driving hole
on the golf course, bunkered heavily down the left and backed by deep native
grasses the hole requires precision off the tee. Hole number 7, a relatively short
par 4 offers a slim reprieve, before the 232-yard par 3 8th hole, the hardest of
all the par 3's. Hole number 9 is a monstrously long 480-yard par 4 that slightly
bends left to right. The 10th hole at Cuscowilla is a wonderful example of a well
designed cape hole with the tee perpendicular to fairway.
Each player must decide how aggressive to be. Holes 11 and 12 are great short holes a par 3 and 4 respectively these holes are a real treat to play. Hole 13 is the bunkerless hole with huge pines that run the length of the hole on either side and dictate the right to left bend required off the tee. The 14th hole is a magnificent par 5 that stretches 625 yards from the tips, a double dog-leg first downhill then back up shows off the beauty of the land around you. Holes 15 through 18 are a very difficult series of holes with each one requiring precise driving and solid iron play to successfully complete a good round.
Cuscowilla astounds at first glance and reveals itself more intimately with each subsequent round, it demands study as well as execution. It is truly a throwback to an era of simpler and yet more sophisticated design standards.
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