Atunyote Golf Course – Augusta of the Northeast
The great Samuel Clemens once said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled”. Well, Mr. Clemens obviously never played Atunyote Golf Course – because not even the worst of days hitting the golf ball could spoil a day at Atunyote. A course I would liken to playing the real life version of Peach Gardens, Atunyote is a masterpiece designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio.
From the moment you pull up to the ornately designed gate you know this is no ordinary golf course. The drive through the marshes and forests of the surrounding area prep you for a course that rivals Augusta in beauty. The clubhouse is classically designed with a full bar and restaurant for before or after the round. The driving range is breathtaking and the putting green is surrounding a beautiful old-style custom clock that makes you feel as if you’re at a high end private club.
From your first shot to your last, Atunyote challenges you despite playing very open with a country club feel. Missing on the wrong side of a hole will leave you with a slim chance of hitting the green. Your often forced to decide whether or not to carry bunkers with your tee shot, but if you miss you’ll be in a precarious spot with your second shot.
The course is kept in exemplary condition with the bunkers as white as snow and fairways as lush as Augusta. Every shot struck here will flood your body with joy. The greens roll quickly and aren’t too hard. Most of the greens read as you would think and downhill putts can be managed.
Some of my highlights were the beautiful Par 5 5th, the Par 4 7th,the Par 4 9th, the Par 5 11th, the Par 4 13th, the Par 3 16th and the Par 5 18th. Each hole is named after a animal indigenous to the area so you’ll leave a little smarter too!
Words (or photos) do not do this course justice. It needs to be played so I will simply say this is a must play for anyone who enjoys good golf. My overall rating 9.5.
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