Fox Creek Golf Club Review
by John Kim
Perennially recognized as one of the top driving ranges/executive courses in that nation; the Fox Creek/Legacy practice complex was noted as one of the best when Sports Illustrated ranked them #6 in practice facilities in the nation. Par on Fox Creek is 61 ( 7 par 4s, 11 par 3s) while par at Legacy is 58 (4 par 4s, 14 par 3s). As nice as both executive courses are, the driving ranges and practice greens are the real appeal. Multi-tiered tee boxes hitting to downhill flags allow you to watch your entire shot, it's no wonder why getting a station to hit from is often as tough as getting a prime tee time at some courses. If you ever do have to wait, it's worth it.
Setting up your round: You should call ahead for tee times, both courses have regular outings that might interrupt your impromptu plans. During the week, getting a good time is not too tough, though weekends (like any course in Atlanta) takes a bit more patience and planning. One thing to keep in mind, though the courses are shorter than most, the holes are still regulation length. With that, the courses still attract all types of golfers, from scratch players to absolute beginners. The three hour round, though possible, is not a guarantee if a number of other players are on the course.
When you arrive: Over half of the people who come to either course do so simply to practice. You should take advantage of the great facilities here. Use the range, the practice green, Legacy even has two chipping greens. Both pro shops have a snack bar to stock up on before you head to the first tee.
Hole you will love: Fox Creek's third hole is a drive-able par 4, even for medium length drivers. The key here is, don't go right. If you can hit the ball fairly straight, and if the conditions are right, par will probably be a disappointment. Legacy's # 14 is a similar type hole. One lone tree and bunker guard a short par 4, but you have plenty of room to go right or take a chance on go left of the tree (or heck, even over it!). Par probably will not win this hole in your group.
Hole you won't: Fox Creek's #4 hole is not only the toughest hole on the course, maybe one of the tougher par 3s anywhere. Two hundred yards to a sliver of a green with o.b. all the way down the right and mounds and more trouble down the left. I've seen bogeys win this hole while playing in groups with all single digit handicaps. Be smart here, a bogey is a lot better than 90% of players will get. At Legacy, hole #11 is a diabolical par 4 that is trouble from the moment you step on the tee. If you lose your drive right, you have to go into trees and search for your ball amongst several range balls that have escaped through the netting. If you lose your drive left, you've lost your ball in a deep ravine. Even a straight tee shot could be trouble if it goes too far. Some quirky lies, a punishing bunker, and a large tough green make this your biggest challenge on the course.
Overview: Atlanta golfers are fortunate to have the cities two best executive courses paired with the two best practice facilities into one mega-golf complex. You might see professional athletes dotting the driving ranges (several NBA, NFL, and major league ballplayers frequent both establishments) including Stewart Cink, 1997 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. These guys could go anywhere to practice, and they choose here. I think you should too.