We recently sat down with Harbor Club’s head golf pro, Keith Kelly to learn more about his professional golf background and his time here at Harbor Club. It was an exciting and insightful interview. During our chat with him, we discussed which holes are considered favorites at Harbor Club’s golf course. Here are the top five, in no particular order, along with why players find them so enjoyable to play.
Hole 17 – “The Marsh”
Yardages \ 180 \ 174 \ 159 \ 114
Always a fun challenge, our 17th hole is designed to emulate the infamous 12th hole at Augusta National. It has very similar bunker placements, water hazard, and bean-shaped green. In fact, it was recently highlighted in Golf Georgia magazine, saying that it “plays like a bigger, juiced up version of Augusta National’s par three 12th.” Note that the winds can change shots dramatically on this hole, and it does require a fantastic tee shot over the lake.
Hole 18 – “Double Cross”
Yardages \ 448/417 \ 415/388 \ 369/360 \ 310/310
A deceiving creek meanders down the right side of this long par 4 that contains two sets of tee boxes. The right tee box should be played at the middle fairway bunker with a driver or fairway wood. The peninsula tee has the creek running parallel with the fairway providing for a more aggressive play from the tee. The green is large and severe with some excellent hole locations. Over the water or over the trees, there are a lot of risks.
Hole 14 – “Wildflower”
Yardages \ 552 \ 523 \ 486 \ 460
A large oak tree stands in the middle of this beautiful wooded par 5. With the split fairways, you can go left or right. Tee shots to the right of the tree are safer but will likely require a layup to a slightly uphill fairway that doglegs left. Longer tee shots down the left side may have an opportunity to go at this green in two over a large ravine. This hole is a fantastic, distinctly Weiskopf/Morrish, risk-reward par 5.
Hole 3 – “Stonebridge”
Yardages \ 374 \ 345 \ 310 \ 281
Standing on this tee, you’ll see that thought and strategy are vital. It’s not a long hole but it is challenging and fun. There are hazards to the right and out of bounds left. It requires an accurate tee shot that should be played to the 150-yard marker. Once you’re around the corner, you’ll discover the green is guarded by a beautiful water hazard on the right.
Hole 5 – “Seven Deer”
Yardages \ 465 \ 430 \ 383 \ 349
This is a fairly long and winding downhill par 4 that provides picturesque Lake Oconee as the backdrop. It is a challenging hole due to the bunkers and water behind the green. You can try to cut the corner but be careful — it can easily get you in trouble. Avoid the left fairway bunkers at all costs as well as getting caught up in the stunning scenery.