Trophy Club Of Gwinnett Review
by John Kim
The Trophy Club of Gwinnett (formerly known as The Champions Club of Gwinnett is a Steve Melnyk/D.J. Devictor creation located
in Alpharetta. The course is a bit shorter (6273 yards from the tips) than most but the layout provides ample challenge for every level of golfer.
Setting up your round: The course gets a steady stream of play but other than weekends, calling a day before should provide time to get you the tee time you want. Many golfers can even call the day of and still find a slot. Weekend times should be booked three or four days in advance.
When you arrive: There is a range to loosen up but you'll be hitting off mats with some older balls. I think the majority of your practice
time is better served on the putting green where you will need to get used to the speed and contours of some severe greens that await you on the course.
Hole you will love: All of the par 5s out here give you some interesting opportunities, but hole # 6 seems to be the one that would
favor most golfers. The drive is a bit intimidating since it is straight up the hill, but getting to the top of the hill is not as hard a shot as it appears. Once there, whatever your distance to the green, it's reachable.
The yardage to the green is now all downhill and the ball feeds down well. Lots of eagle opportunities on this course, none more so than on this hole.
Hole you won't: Whatever shots you gain on the par 5s, you'll probably give back on the par 4 hole #18.. I have played this hole 5 times
(as a single digit handicapper) and my last time I made par. The other four times before, my best score was an 8! Had to hit a tricky 8 footer for the 8! The hole is a long, long dogleg left which requires an absolute perfect
drive (o.b. stakes on both the left and right) and then you will have a downhill lie with over 200 yards to an uphill green. Two devilish trees block all but the longest drives and there is a creek bisecting the fairway that
gobbles up golf balls like Bill Clinton does Big Macs.
Overview: When I first saw the scorecard, I really expected an easy course. Nothing could be further from the truth. This course requires
every type of shot and more decision making than most other tracks. I don't like the fact that better players have to take the driver out of their hands on a number of holes, but I do like that each offers different ways
to play it and still make a good score. Straight ball hitters will really like this course though the long bombers will eat up the par 5s.