The Links at Southwind Country Club

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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 72
Length 6546 yards
Slope 136
Rating 71.7

Editor's Note: Course closed for business in 2017.

The Links at Southwind Country Club (previously known as SouthWind Golf Club) is a course that is as scenic as it is challenging. The layout tumbles down across the hillsides of Fairburn, across dramatic elevation changes and through towering, mature pines. Unique rock formations accent the golf course and water hazards come into play on several holes. There are an interesting variety of holes that offer something for every skill level. The challenges of the course come mostly from the constant up-and-down of the rugged terrain. The different slopes of each hole require both accuracy and a good strategy. There are also a number of bunkers to contend with, their placement strategically determined by the elevations changes. One of The Links at Southwind Country Club's most difficult holes is the par-5 10th, which has not one but two large water hazards running along the right side.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6546 yards 71.7 136
Blue 72 6120 yards 69.4 131
White 72 5614 yards 67.1 123
White (W) 72 5614 yards 72.6 136
Gold 72 4816 yards 63.8 114
Gold (W) 72 4816 yards 67.9 120
Scorecard for SouthWind
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 71.7/136 340 507 433 426 123 478 343 158 458 3266 500 403 474 450 171 379 336 169 398 3280 6546
Blue M: 69.4/131 312 466 418 392 113 452 321 142 424 3040 475 378 434 413 156 371 322 151 380 3080 6120
White M: 67.1/123 W: 70.7/124 287 447 413 350 102 422 285 127 391 2824 439 370 431 408 135 256 278 153 320 2790 5614
Gold M: 65.2/118 W: 67.9/120 279 369 323 314 88 275 263 103 363 2377 401 306 415 289 114 249 251 131 283 2439 4816
Handicap 14 4 8 10 18 6 12 16 2 5 3 7 1 17 9 13 15 11
Par 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 36 5 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2010

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies No
Golf School Academy No
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Reviews

2.5
150

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Patio Dining 10
Watching the Game 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 41
Narrow Fairways 31
Forced Carries 29
This course/club is great for:
Locals 40
Advanced Golfers 27
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 26
This Course's Location is:
Near the Airport 43
Convenient to the City 35
Worth the Drive 30

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Handicap 10-14
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1.0
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Used cart
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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Deteriorating Conditions

I've played this course quite a bit over the past few years. Form what i remember, new management took over a couple years ago, and worked on improving course conditions as well as they could, and started with the greens.

They certainly made progress up to about a year ago. Since then, conditions have drastically gotten worse. I used to really enjoy playing this track. It's generally not crowded so pace of play is nice, and the layout is pretty challenging, especially from the tips. But the last couple times i've gone, it's been almost unplayable.

The fairways are patchy at best and impossible to differentiate from the rough. The greens haven't been mowed or aerated, and appear to be scarred from disease or poor maintenance. They made progress with this in the past, but it looks like it's going the other way. Like another reviewer mentioned, the ponds are mostly dry and the edges of the course are not so aesthetic, but this could easily be overlooked if the course was in decent playing condition.

I used to play here every couple weeks, but after this past weekend, i won't be back until late season at best, assuming there are some improvements. You can even look at the GolfNow reviews to see how the recommendation rate has dropped from all time, to 12 months, to 6 months (73% to 29%).

It's a super fun track when in playable shape though, so i really hope they can turn it around.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Response from SouthWind Golf Course on 04/17/2017:
Hello Jason, thank you for taking the time to write a review about our course. We are sorry about the course conditons but we are glad you enjoyed our course layout and pace of play. thank you for your business and we hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Just happy to play golf

Dirt and rocks in the fairways and greens in horrible condition. Greens was extremely patchy and shaggy. Nice layout though.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Response from SouthWind Golf Course on 04/04/2017:
Hello James, thank you for taking the time to write a review about our course. We are sorry about the course conditions, but we are glad you enjoyed our layout and found our staff friendly. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Used cart

An honest review

First of all I love to play new courses and I'm willing to drive an hour or even more to play. This was a great deal and I read the reviews and knew the course would be far from perfect but I wanted the chance to play a new course. The people were friendly and the pace of play was great.

This is a course with a very interesting and challenging layout that just needs a LOT of TLC. If this course were in good shape it would be a great play. It's obvious that they have had a bad run and there are some relatively cheap things they could do to get me to come back. The greens and fairways need mowing and maintenance badly (they looked like they had now been mowed in a week). The bunkers need to be raked and maintained. Many of the lakes and ponds on the course are empty...not sure if they used this water to keep the course alive in the hot months but in many cases it's all gone. The course has not been aerated and there are a lot of weeds that will require a lot of treatments to get in check (this is a luxury at this point but as I stated above, basic mowing and trimming would go a long way). Just some basic maintenance here would make this a great play for the money spent. there are some great elevation changes, challenging tee shots, and some great views. The course is short but many of the holes force you to make shots. All of the other rough edges are easily overlooked and forgiven if some love and attention is put into this course. I won’t be back until I hear things have improved (it was a pretty long drive for me to get there) but I do hope this course makes a comeback as I would love to play it again in better shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Response from SouthWind Golf Course on 04/04/2017:
Hello Montgomery, thank you taking the time to write a review about our course. We are sorry about the course conditions, but we are glad you enjoyed our layout and pace of play. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Potential

Tee boxes, fairways,bunkers and greens are in need of some serious maintenance. The Course layout is great with some challenging holes and nice views.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from SouthWind Golf Course on 04/03/2017:
Hi Robert, Thanks for taking the time to review our course. We regret to hear that the course conditions were not up to par, but we are glad to hear you enjoyed the pace of play and that our staff was friendly. We appreciate your feedback and have escalated it to the proper departments. Thanks for playing Southwind Golf Course and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good game

Overall the course was in good condition. The greens need a lot of work in order to make it more competive. The staff was great and very friendly.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Response from SouthWind Golf Course on 03/27/2017:
Hi Imani, we apologize for the poor course conditions and slow pace of play. We're happy to see you relatively enjoyed the course layout, and hope you give our course another chance in the future. Thanks for playing SouthWind Golf Course!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Worst course ever!!

Condition of the whole course was very very bad, need some MAJOR renovations. Cart path was uneven, lots of potholes, very dangerous to drive, may need to prepare to jump off the golf cart when driving downhill. Weed at tee box was very tall, blue and red tee are okay, black tee was about 4"-6" tall. Fairway has very little amount of grass and very uneven, when you ride the cart, just bumping up and down. Green made the most disappointment. There's only 3-4 greens are acceptable, the rest of them, unbelievable worst, bald patches, very bad shape, 2 putts is the best you can do. The club house also disappointed, only selling some clothes, balls and shoes, and that's it. Oh, they also sell hot dog ($4) with cold bun, and WITHOUT ketchup or mustard. Only good thing is the pace of play, I finished 18 holes in less than 3 hours, of course, nobody is playing. Totally waste of time and money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Response from The Links at Southwind Country Club on 03/15/2017:
Hi, Bryan, we are sorry to hear you had such an unfortunate experience at our course. Your detailed feedback on our cart paths, course conditions, and off-course amenities are all valuable to us. We will escalate this to each team responsible for making the necessary improvements throughout the corse. In 2014, The Links at Southwind Country Club renovated our Club House and received new management. We are working hard to make our course everything you could want and more. We appreciate you taking the time to fill out a review and want you to know that we heard your feedback. Thank you for golfing The Links at Southwind Country Club, we hope to see you on the course again soon!
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Needs lots of work

Very fun and challenging layout. Very, very poor condition

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Response from The Links at Southwind Country Club on 02/23/2017:
Good Morning, Nick. Thanks for taking the time to review our course. We're glad that you enjoyed the course layout and pace of play. We regret to learn that the value and course conditions were less than favorable. We are constantly working to improve the course conditions. We hope that this is noticeable next time you come out and play Southwinds.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

fun course

this course is fun to play. lots of elevation. greens bad shape but character of course makes it worth while. when they get greens in good shape this will be great course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Response from The Links at Southwind Country Club on 03/02/2017:
Good Morning, Anthony. Thanks for reviewing our course. We're happy to see that you saw value in playing with us and had a great experience with our staff. We are always working on course conditions to make each round great for our golfers. We hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Can only go up from here

New owners got their hands full bringing this course around. Several of the greens are in bad shape. Fairways have never been the best but you can make due because the greens were always in good shape. Lots of bare spots in the fairways. Bunkers are void of good sand. Best thing right now are the tee boxes. Hopefully they'll get it to come around because the course has potential with its challenging layout. Let's hope this review gets better in a few months.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from The Links at Southwind Country Club on 02/09/2017:
Good Morning, Derrick. Thank you for taking the time to review our course. We appreciate all the valuable feedback you provided. We're glad to hear that you're a fan of the course layout and see value in playing our course. We are constantly working to improve course conditions to make each experience a memorable one. We look forward to seeing you again!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

New Management, hopeful for improvement

Used to play this course in 2015 now and then, but stopped towards end of year when conditions didn't improve much. It's in pretty rough shape but still have tremendous potential. LOVE the layout, the elevation changes... as picturesque a course from a design perspective, as I've played. Fairways are a bit bare, still bumpy, and greens are 50-70% "cratered". Lots of work needed but new management says they'll turn it around. I would avoid paying more than $20-$25 for now, as it's just not worth more. But I will again play OFTEN if/when they fix it up a bit. Blind tee shots, reachable par 5's, a real shot-makers course. It's a 40 minute drive for me, but I will play at Hot Rate price again.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Response from The Links at Southwind Country Club on 02/09/2017:
Hey, Craig. Thank you for taking the time to review our course. It's great to hear that you are an avid player with us and enjoy the elevation changes and overall layout of the course. Having a good pace of play always makes for an enjoyable round. Your concerns have not gone unheard and we're working to make the course one that you enjoy playing often. We look forward to seeing you again!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens

Wonderful course but the greens need work

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from The Links at Southwinds Country Club on 02/09/2017:
Good Morning, Olen. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed playing our course. We see that you especially enjoyed the course layout and had a pleasant experience with our staff. Your concerns with the conditions of the greens have not gone unheard and we are working to improve for the next time you come out and play!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
1.0
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Needs A Lot of Work

This course is in rough shape. Long grass on the greens, torn up greens with lots of bald patches, fairways are full of bumps, dips and bald spots. Cart paths are non-existent in some places and super rough in others. The clubhouse is little more than a desk to check you in and sell range balls. No liquor license. Cart windshield was so dirty that it was difficult to see out of it when the sun was shining straight on.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Response from The Links at Southwinds Country Club on 02/09/2017:
Hey, Jim. We're sorry to hear that your experience at The Links at Southwind was less that what you hoped for. It is our intention to make the course the best that it can be for every player. Your concerns have not gone unheard and we are working on making course conditions better for the next time you play. We look forward to seeing you!
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bad greens

Booked the tee time not knowing about the greens situation. In fairness, the pro shop made us aware when we checked in but we were already there by then.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from The Links at Southwind Country Club on 02/09/2017:
Jason, We're sorry that your experience at The Links at Southwind was less than what you expected. We know that green conditions are a large part of what makes for an enjoyable round and we are working to improve so next time is more enjoyable.
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
2.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Total Dog Track

We've been playing this course over the past year since it opened. It was a total gem and close to the city. With the rain this summer came the mold and the greens are just awful. Completely pocked up. You know its going to be bad when the greens have more sand than grass. I thought we hit a great deal with the Hot Deal pricing. Once we got out there I was actually offended to still have paid what we did. And then on top of that, they were charging anyone else $35 to play this course which is totally offensive.
Listen, it was a beautiful day. The sun was out and we had the whole course to ourselves so is it worth it to pay $35 to play on the course alone? For that reason alone, yes. But do you expect to be playing on a nice course for $35? Yes, absolutely.
Some other courses around the city give in to the course conditions and charge really cheap rates which then make the course conditions forgivable and playable. Someone charging you $35 to play on a course like this is just flat out offensive.

I hear they are under new management. I hope they can turn this course around. But I'm not sure how long they will last if they continue to charge $35 to play on this dog track of a course right now.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Wait Til Spring, 2017...

My first time here...It's mid October, 2016, and no where is more beautiful than Georgia, in the Fall, as the leaves start to change their colors! From the west, Brilliant Colored Airplanes past just overhead, towards Hartford-Jackson, but...I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING TO MYSELF...Why? Cause this is the Worst Shape golf course, I've ever played, in my 6 month career...No, River's Edge, in Clayton County is worst, but that course has been abandon for some 4 years now, but I like to hit balls there, cause it's free!!! You can't tell the Fairways from the Roughs at SouthWind, plus the Greens were like putting on the Beach! I Can't Stop Laughing, cause the sign, where pin locations normally go in a cart, says: "4 Round Special $100.00". Hahaha, GolfNow, thanks for the $10 Hot Deal, but I wouldn't pay $5, to golf here, now...Wait til next Spring, cause this Course is in bad need of a HAIRCUT! In the Spring, of 2017, I am going to put this Course in My Top 3 Courses, right besides, Coweta Club at Arbor Springs, in Newnan, GA. and CrossCreek Golf Club, in the Temecula Valley, California...looking forward to Re-reviewing this course, when bought back from the Ashes, under it's, now week old, new management company...

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

c l bynum

very disappointed .
played this course in the past and was a good place to play.
moved to other side of town and did not play for six months. came back to play with old friend and was informed they had new owners and they have let this course get into very bad shape. Has not been kept up. Greens were just dirt and sand, not much grass .Fairways were terrible. will not go back.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It's a started course for sure!

Had to be the worst kept golf courses I've played on.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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