Sugar Creek Golf Club Review
by Bill Day
Located Southeast of Atlanta close to I-20. This Dekalb County owned course plays on both sides of I-285. This is the only course I know where you drive under the interstate between holes. Sugar Creek is an old style course, short and tight with small greens. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The course is usually in good condition. They keep the greens and fairways in good shape year round even though there are signs of heavy play. Both nines open with short par 4's that help to get the round started in the right direction.
Setting up your round: The weekends are busy and there are usually plenty of people around, but I always seem to tee off on time. During the week, the course is still a little busy, but moves at a steady pace. Calling for a tee time, especially on the weekend is recommended.
When you arrive:. There is a driving range, hitting off grass or mats. The range is wide open and flat with a few good targets. The range isn't up to the caliber of the better ranges, but it is a good area to hit a few shots to loosen up or fix some of those annoying kinks in your swing. The putting green is in good shape and reflective of the greens on the course. There are no holes cut in the practice green, so putting to small flags to practice your pace is all you can do.
Hole you will love: #4, a short par 5. A sharp dogleg left hole with a downhill tee shot to a fairly wide fairway. The further you can hit it, the wider it gets. A solid tee shot with a little draw sets up a mid-iron to a small green with a creek in front and bunker all around. Watch out for the HUGE tree guarding the right side of the green. Hit that and you're in the creek.
Hole you won't: #13. A dogleg right par 4 with a creek in the middle of the fairway. Any drive less than 200 yards forces you to hit a lay-up short of the creek leaving you 150 yards from the green. Any shot hit left, right or more than 230 yards straight is in deep trouble. Anything less than a great shot off the tee makes bogey a good score.
Overview: You won't walk away from here thinking, "This is the best course I have ever played." You will think you got your money's worth and you'll probably have a higher score than you expected on such a short track. Accuracy is at a premium, both to hit the tree-lined fairways and to get on the small greens in regulation. If you're looking to entertain the in-laws or simply get away with a cheaper weekend on the links, give this course a try. I think you'll find your money well spent.