11 Best Golf Courses for Senior Citizens in the Atlanta Area
Golf may be the perfect senior sport. It gets you on your feet and walking without intense physical demands that can exacerbate joint pain or deter novices. With warm weather nine months out of the year, lush scenery, and shade from the biggest tree canopy in the nation, Atlanta is one of the top golfing cities in the world. Situated just two hours north of Augusta, the home of the Masters Tournament and Augusta National, Atlanta is a great golfing ground for both serious golfing devotees and novices.
For seniors who don’t want to walk long distances or spend the day in the hot Atlanta sun, there are still many great options. Here are our picks for the top 10 golf courses in Atlanta.
Smoke Rise is a quiet suburban oasis in Stone Mountain, just outside of Atlanta. The houses are beautiful, the streets are well-maintained, and its country club reflects the southern charm and slower pace that many senior golfers relish. As one of the most affordable private clubs in the state, Smoke Rise is an excellent investment for even novice golfers. With multiple pools, amazing food, and short walks from hole to hole, there’s plenty to keep seniors and their families entertained without leaving you exhausted and drained.
While not a true golf course, Topgolf is, hands down, Atlanta’s biggest golfing trend, with photos scattered across celebrity Instagram accounts. Its two locations in Alpharetta and Atlanta feature putting bays, which allow you to brush up on your golfing skills without long walks in Atlanta’s legendary summer humidity. Take your family with you and watch the grandkids play video games while your kids enjoy a bite to eat.
This well-appointed golf course doubles as a public park and is open to the public. Nine holes mean that you can get in a game over your lunch break without long walks. The park’s First Tee program works to get kids invested in golf. So if you’ve always dreamed of golfing with your grandkids, this is the perfect place to do it.
This public park, donated to the City of Atlanta back in 1937, is a golfing staple. Featuring nine holes and tees of three different difficulties, Candler Park Golf Course offers a versatile golfing experience that can evolve as your skills improve. This walk-only course is part of the city of Atlanta’s four golf courses–Browns Mill, Chastain Park & Tup Holmes. What we love most about this course are the incredibly affordable rates. The senior-resident rate is $8.25 on the weekends and $7.25 on the weekdays. For $325 a year, you can walk and play as much as you want for the entire year.
Golf Advisor calls Summer Grove Golf Club “one of the best golf experiences in Atlanta,” and for good reason. Club memberships are affordable, with a range of options and inclusions. Non-members can enjoy tee times, as well. Summer Grove’s clubhouse is a perennial favorite for Atlanta events. Members can also enjoy summer music on Friday nights — the perfect way to wrap up a long day of golfing.
Lake Spivey Golf Club is located near Spivey Hall, which hosts dozens of classical and contemporary musical performances each year. Try spending the day golfing, then grabbing a quick bite at the Albatross before heading to Spivey Hall. The course is relatively flat, making it a good and walkable choice for novice golfers and those with mobility impairments.
Looking for a challenge? Check out gorgeous Governor’s Towne Club. This flawlessly designed course alongside a lake was designed by legendary Curtis Strange. Naturalists will love the year-round splendor of migratory birds, friendly wildlife, and evergreen trees. Your family can spend the day at the spa, the pool, or the tennis court.
Designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, Cherokee Run Golf Club is an exceptional choice for seniors who are in good shape. This challenging course is nestled in the middle of a forest in beautiful Conyers. It’s open to the public, but also offers memberships. With plenty of fine dining options and a junior golf camp, it’s also a great place to golf with your family.
Douglasville is a suburb of Atlanta that retains much of its rural appeal. West Pines Golf Club is a decidedly modern club, but in a quiet, naturalistic setting. Reviewers note the incredible condition of the club, calling it “immaculate.” The versatile course is a good choice for both experts and novices, making it easy for mixed groups to play together. Check out the patio views as you imbibe delicious drinks at the 19th hole.
Chateau Elan offers 63 holes of world-class golf, so there’s a game here for everyone. Each course is flawlessly designed, allowing you to choose the right level of challenge for your skill. From lakeside valleys to rolling hills and from long walks to relatively short courses, you’ll find the perfect way to spend your day. Chateau Elan is one of the south’s best wineries, so plan to spend the day — or the weekend — here. The spa, excellent restaurants, and stunning blue pools ensure everyone has something to do.
It’s not exactly acres of country club greenery, but for seniors who just want to swing some clubs, Malibu Grand Prix is a great choice. The delightful miniature golf course is fun and challenging, with options for various ability levels. What’s more, Malibu is the perfect family-friendly outing, with go-karts, bumper boats, an indoor arcade, a batting cage, and more. So take your kids, your grandkids, even your family members who hate golf. There’s something here for everyone — including plenty of food.
In Atlanta, there’s a golf course off of every exit and in virtually every neighborhood. But finding the right activities for seniors can prove more challenging than just Googling a golf course. For many seniors, the right senior living community offers all-in-one entertainment, exercise, and support. The Arbor at Bridgemill would love to give you a tour. We offer fine dining, gorgeous homes, and easy access to some of Atlanta’s best golf courses.