|216 W Wieuca Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30342, USA
I can primarily only speak to my experience with the staff as I only played through 3 mediocre holes before getting rained out. This was by far the worst experience I have ever had as a paying customer in general; and I dont believe I have ever been so publicly disrespected before in my life. After teeing off at 1PM and making it through 3 holes, a storm rolled in raining us out. After taking cover for about 45 minutes under a wooden canopy off of the 4th hole (along with maintenance staff), we made our way to the clubhouse at 2:30 (less than an hour prior to this review). When we requested a rain check from the pro shop, a member of the staff (Robbie) decided to make a public mockery of our request and refused to issue us our rain check. We explained we had only made it through three holes of golf before taking cover with staff for nearly an hour, but that didnt suffice. Amidst other unwarranted comments we were told that we "must be the worst slowest golfers in the world of you only made it through three holes", "didnt only play three holes, youre full of...", "if you have issues I can send you to Golf Now since thats where you bought your tickets." All of this with a raised voice in front of a dozen other guests and another employee who finally attempted to cool him down and ushered him away . As a business owner, I would have fired my employee on the spot for treating customers the way we were treated; and this doesnt even scratch the surface of the 5 minute exchange that nearly escalated. I did try reaching both the general manager and marketing magner by phone to formally complain and ofcourse both voice mailboxes are full. I wouldnt expect anything special with your experience at N Fulton Golfcourse.
A Private User
Rip Off. I played 18 holes on 4/3/11. They charged me $40 to play. Im not kidding when I say there was almost no real sustainable grass and no fairway...all the grass was the same length...deadpan, mostly. Seriously, no fairway, no rough, no fringe, just deadpan. It was atrocious. The greens were patchy, sandy, bumpy, and virtually unreadable. I have never played on such a horrible course, including several cheap munis in other cities. I am just appalled that they charged me the full summer price to play this pile of junk. On top of that, it took 5:45 to play 18 holes. The...."rangers"....the course has basically go around the course and look for balls in the water, rather than doing their job. The group in front of us had a total of 6 people and a dog and played extremely slowly...although 2 people and the dog didnt play. The group behind us kept hitting into us, as if WE were holding things up. There was no policing by the ranger. This course is a 100% rip off. This was the first and CERTAINLY the last time Ill ever play at North Fulton Golf Course. What a joke. Also, on the 10th "fairway", there was a rotting mouse that had easily gone through a week or two of entropy, so that right there tells you the last time a mower touched that fairway. Its criminal that theyre charging full rates. Just criminal. I may just file a BBB report on them as well. This course is in worse condition than a course up north fresh off melted snow. I cant emphasize how awful this place was. Absolutely the worst course Ive ever played on by a mile.
The basic layout has tremendous potential, most notably on the back nine, albeit minimalist grounds keeping by the current management team turns what could be a really nice course into a classic muni. Complete disregard for managing pace-of-play on weekends and Friday afternoons is inexplicable and forces decent to good players to suffer from exceptionally slow pace of a few hackers. A half-dozen long par fours (holes 4, 9,12,13,15 and 18) are a real strength. The par threes are solid, two great tee shots (8,14) and two ho-hum holes. The are three par fives and all are memorable for the wrong reasons. This trio were designed as three shot holes at a time when technology was less aggressive. Long hitters cant pull driver on 5 or 17 for fear of hitting the ball through the fairway and into a hazard. Hitting three consecutive irons on par fives is uneventful, to say the least. While driver is an option on hole 10, the "bowling alley" landing area with accompanying left-to-right sloping fairway towards OB often ruins long, non-drawing drawing tee shots. The 18th is a beast and should be converted to a par five (par moving from 71 to 72) as 446 yards uphill-playing more like 470 would be a solid PGA hole. If you cant play during the week, early AM on weekends is the only option as pace-of-play degrades from 830AM on.
For a county course, this is a pretty nice course. If you are a players club member you can walk for free after 6. The greens are tough to read, and often play pretty slow. I would recommend this course to someone who is looking for a place in the city. Number 2 is the toughest green on the course. Proper pin placement is crucial, otherwise expect to get bogey or worse. I personally have never encountered rude staff members. However, it can become pretty congested. I think pace of play could be better at certain times. You should make it through 9 holes in less than 2hrs and 45min, however, all to often that isnt the case. If you are looking for a really nice course, then join a country club or play 30 minutes outside the city. This has exactly what an amateur needs to have a good time by yourself, or with your buddies.
The Rangers are rude and do not understand pace of play. We were asked to pick up our ball and move to the next hole after no prior warning to politely speed it up. We were on hole 13 at 3:50 minutes which is maybe 8-10 minutes behind pace. No one was waiting behind us. We finished 4:43 minutes for the round and Im shocked at the service and unprofessional attitude of these 2 Rangers. I think one was Jim but not sure. We brought 2 guys who just moved here from Chicago and they will not be playing there again, nor will I. For $50 there are many courses that provide great service and respectful staff near Atlanta. I play 50 rounds per year and usually 10 at North Fulton. No longer will that be happening. Wish I had better news but this was completely unacceptable.
October, 2012 - My church group plays here regularly. The course was in good shape, as it has been for several years now. Greens were in excellent shape and challenging. Terrific environment in which to play! Always friendly and helpful staff. Wait time on first hole can be challenging. (So many, want frustratioin, so much . . .) Along with the Bobby Jones Golf Course, one of the best values in the Atlanta area. (We played on a Saturday morning for $32!!) Highly recommend playing the course.
Never even got to the course. Called to book a tee time and after my experience with the staff on the phone and the other reviews that speak of the horrible staff I figured that with all the courses in Atlanta I didnt need to go where I didnt feel I was welcomed. All the reviews that are low star ratings have all to do with the staff. This may be a clue for the city of Atlanta. They say the customer rules, not at this establishment.