|Address:||15135 Hopewell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30004, USA|
Kristi Casey Sanders
All my husband wanted to do for his 50th birthday was to play a round of golf with me. I booked at the Trophy Course because my father said it was the best course near his house and they were babysitting for us. It was still almost 30 minutes drive there, but if we could have a relaxing day of high-quality golf, I figured it would be worth it. I think the course is in excellent shape, but there were a couple of things that really made this a very frustrating experience. The first thing was that when I checked in I purchased some range balls and was told to get them from "Mike" in the cart shack. I guess he had to give them out because the machine was broken. He wasnt there, so I had to go back into the clubhouse and the lady there had to track him down. He told me the range balls were up at the driving range, so my husband and I went up there. The only balls there were the ones left by other golfers. As I was walking back to see if Id missed something, Mike drove up in a cart and started collecting the baskets of balls that we had started practicing with since we had spent money on a basket we couldnt find. I asked him where the balls he told me were there were -- by now Id wasted 10 minutes just trying to warm up, which meant now I couldnt practice chipping or putting. Finally he brought up a basket but it was a waste of $6 because had to hurry to tee off almost right afterwards. What was even more frustrating, though, was that they had a junior tournament going on and they still sold tee times knowing there was going to be a bottleneck. At other courses with that kind of situation going on, theyll often start you on the back nine or something so you can play without getting stuck, but our starter just told us wed catch them soon and have to be patient. We teed off at 12:44 and caught up to the tournament on the 3rd hole.... behind two other groups. One group gave up at the 6th hole and headed back to ask for a refund and the other gave up a little later. We still plowed ahead, determined to enjoy the game and the first round I had been able to play with my husband since his last birthday (our child is so little I cant get away on the weekends anymore). Needless to say the pace of play was glacial, which not only disrupted our enjoyment of the course, but also impeded our ability to finish our round. Four hours after teeing off, when we should have been finishing up, we had barely gotten to the 12th hole. We were losing the light and any hope of seeing any more of the course. Because there was no fluidity to the game, both my husband and the other golfer whod joined us were getting too stiff in the cold to feel comfortable playing at that pace, so we just left. I really wanted to go back and get at least a 30% credit since we only got to get 2/3s of the way through the course, but I didnt want to waste any more time. It wasnt the girl in the pro shops fault. It was managements. And I didnt want to cast any more of a pall over my husbands special day than the Trophy Club already had. My husband still said he enjoyed playing with me for his birthday. But I was really angry that I could have chosen anywhere to play, and I chose a course we couldnt finish. Since I very rarely get to play, Im still furious that I got cheated out of 1/3 of the course and my money.
Ive played the course twice. The first time was on a weekend and I had no issues. The second time was on a Tuesday morning and had quite a few annoyances. About the course: Overall, I like the course. The layout is good. The greens are super fast. The rough is very challenging. In fact, be prepared to lose balls in the rough just a few yards from the fairway because of how covered your ball can get. It is very difficult to get a good lie in the rough that you can hit out with any sort of consistency or predictability. My annoyances: When I played on a Tuesday morning in September, I ran into quite a few people-related things that really detract from the overall goodness of the course. 1) I had the fairway sprinklers come on during 1 of my holes. Luckily, a groundskeeper saw me shortly after they started, and he turned them back off. 2) On 2-3 of the holes on the same day, I was at the tee box... confused by what the mowers were doing in front of me. 1 time they were mowing around the green when I was trying to do an approach shot. I didnt know to wait for them, yell fore, or what. So I just hit. My approach went to the right of the green and was ran over by the mower before I got there. This similar thing happened on 2 tee boxes as well. On one of my drives, my ball was ran over by the mower again except this time it did no damage and merely dragged my ball for about 10-15 yards. And on the 3rd time during that same day, my ball landed about 3 yards from the mow line so it made it unscathed. Now when I did go to take my shots and the mowers were near, they did turn them off and wait for me... but just having them anywhere near where I was supposed to be hitting was unsettling and a bit confusing. What am I supposed to do in those instances? Just ignore them and hit away? If so, how do I prevent them from running my ball over? 3) About midway through my round, all the greens in front of me were covered in a light layer of sand. I was told before teeing off on #1 that they were going to do this, but that they were going to start on the front nine and I should be out in front of them. I finished my round in under 3 hours (i was by myself) and I definitely wasnt out in front of them. 4) The driving range was closed when I arrived.... again, all in the same day (7:56am tuesday morning tee time). It looked like it was closed for the whole day because it wasnt open when I finished 3 hours later. I would definitely go here again, but I just think they should either charge less and have more realistic expectations during early morning weekday rounds... or they should treat early morning weekday rounds like early morning weekend rounds and charge the same fee. The course is great and a good challenge, but I just had a bad experience on 1 of my rounds due to groundskeeping timing and interruptions.
This was absolutely the worst course Ive played in Atlanta. Tee Boxes had large bare patches of earth and were un-level. The rough is Bermuda grass and it was 10 - 14 inches deep around the greens, 5 yards off the green....! if youre not on the green you might not find your ball.... It looked like they hadnt mowed in a month and where they had mowed it was still 6 - 8 inches deep with 3 - 4 inches of dead grass clippings in big bunches all over the damn place. Ball in the fairway rough = lost ball, too deep to find. Fairways are tight and with the overgrown rough the course was completely unforgiving and unplayable. Every hole has been neglected on the fairway sides, they are completely overgrown with trees and brush and dead lumber (downfall). The only redeeming aspect of the course was the b-e-a-u-tiful cart girl.... Worse day of golf in 20 years. Dont waste your money... I normally dont write reviews.... this place is so bad, I wanted to write a review....