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Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7200 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.5
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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bermuda
Greens Champion Bermuda
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jim Fazio

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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4.6
111 Reviews (111)

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The 19th Hole is Great For:
Dinner 8
Drinks 8
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 13
Undulating Greens 11
Bunkers 10
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 14
A Weekend Splurge 13
Advanced Golfers 12
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 16
At a Resort 11

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Fabulous course

Always one of my favourites. The greens were perfect and very fast. Layout is very fair with few blind shots, but exceptional conditions. Can be as challenging as you want from 3 different tee boxes plus 3 other tee combinations. Practice area is exceptional. Highly recommended this course as never caught another group till 13 .

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Not Worth the price

I had read the reviews online and looked at the pictures and the resort, and the course looked great. We drove in and had to drop our clubs at the bag drop ourselves. We then went inside and the lady was nice. We asked where the bathrooms were and we were directed into a hallway outside of the pro shop that was completely dark. We went out to a cart that was nice, but no GPS. We then went to the driving range to loosen up and found there were no balls. The range was nice but again no balls. Finally, a young man came over with balls. The reservation gave a aeration alert so I called a head and asked the condition, and was told they was some sand on the greens but overall they were in pretty good shape. The greens were 80% sand and a number of the tee boxes were in need of repair also. Overall, the course layout was excellent and the views were great. However, in the current condition, it is way overpriced. I only saw 3 people working the entire time we were there. Also, there was no landscaping anywhere on the course like the pictures indicate. The green fees are among the highest in Georgia for a public course and failed greatly in meeting our expectations,

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Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Barnsley is Beautiful

This is a great place to play. It feels farther away than it is. Really a great layout with some crazy par 3s. Who know what the elevation drop is. It's borderline too expensive but when you compare it to other courses around north Ga, it's worth it. If your thinking about Governor's Towne, go here instead. Your money is better spent.

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Awesome golf day

The golf course is in great shape for January! The greens are perfect. Par 3’s are memorable and challenging.

Conditions Good
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Great course

Love the course layout, tough greens, lots of break

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Get Into the Swing of Things

The history of the Barnsley Resort is very poetic, if not sad. Godfrey Barnsley, a businessman and cotton broker who became one of the wealthiest people in the southeastern United States, built Woodlands, the original manor, in the North Georgia foothills for his wife, Julia. Woodlands and its elaborate gardens were inspired by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneering landscape designer. Construction began in the 1840s on land that the government took from the Cherokee nation and divided into 160-acre homesteads, of which Barnsley purchased three. Julia would never see the home built for her and passed away before its completion. In 1906, long after Godfrey had passed away, the roof of the main house was blown off by a tornado and the family moved into the kitchen wing. The main house was never restored and is part of the “Ruins” you find on the property, just beyond the Rice House restaurant. The entire property is gorgeous and meticulously maintained.

Barnsley Resort offers visitors the pleasures and pursuits of a fine Southern estate: exceptional cuisine, a championship golf course, a sporting club, relaxing spa, excellent horseback riding and wilderness trails for hiking, walking and biking. It’s perfect for leisure vacations, business meetings, and romantic getaways and is just a short drive from either Atlanta or Chattanooga.

If you’re checking in to Barnsley Resort with nothing specific in mind to do for the next few days, trust me, you won’t be bored. Want to relax and take it easy? Consider the seasonal swimming pool, a relaxing canoe ride on the lake or a nice leisurely stroll around the grounds. If you want something a little more strenuous, how about biking, hiking or horseback riding? Shooters will find the Beretta Shooting Grounds by High Adventure Company to be one of the top wing shooting and sporting clays facilities in the Southeast with two 14-station clays courses that feature a diverse layout of shots.

For many guests, Barnsley Resort is all about the golf. Whether you’re playing a round on the Fazio Course or taking a lesson at the Golf Performance Center, you’re bound to be impressed. The Jim Fazio designed golf course offers stunning views of the North Georgia mountains and features what many golfers consider to be the best collections of par 3's in all of Georgia. The course blends in well with its natural surroundings and features strategically placed hazards that make the course incredibly memorable. There’s plenty of room off most tees and the approach shots to many of the greens involve avoiding a hazard or two, but what you’ll likely remember most are the greens. They are some of the quickest, most undulated greens I have ever encountered and only add to the thrill of this North Georgia golf masterpiece.

The other piece of the golf puzzle at Barnsley is the Golf School. At the ripe old age of 32, Head Teaching Professional Kyle Morris has been studying the golf swing for more than half his life. In his own words, Kyle fell in love with the game at the age of 5 and by the time he was 16 years old he was caddying for a friend of his on one of the professional tours. During that time, Kyle developed a passion for the mechanics of the golf swing and decided to make a career out of it. He attended the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where he studied Sport Psychology, Methods of Teaching, Biomechanics and Attitude & Motivation Assessment. After a few stints as an Assistant Pro at various clubs, Kyle made the decision to get back into teaching full time and took the position of Head Teaching Professional at Barnsley Resort.

After spending an hour with Kyle at the Golf School at Barnsley Resort, I’d say he made a smart career move. He has a knack of quickly identifying a problem – or potential problem – and offering solutions. His knowledge and use of both the Trackman Launch Monitor and Swing Catalyst Balance Plate is uncanny, but more impressive is his ability to make it simple and easy to understand for the average golfer. Don’t get me wrong, if you know and understand the intricacies of the data generated by these two teaching systems, Kyle is happy to discuss the minutia with you. He understands it all. Whether your golf game needs some fine tuning or a complete overhaul, Kyle and the competent staff of the Golf Performance Center can help get your golf game back on track.

There are several types of accommodations available at the Barnsley Resort. The Inn was inspired by a British architect named Edwin Lutyens, best known for designing English country homes. The Inn’s architecture compliments the pedestrian-friendly resort. Step into the lobby and you’ll find stained and hand-scraped hardwood floors, exposed beams and a grand staircase. Each night – weather permitting – you’ll find a fire going in the living room; the perfect place to gather with friends after a brisk stroll around the grounds. Outside, stop by any of the many fire pits on the property and enjoy some S’mores.

Barnsley Resort also offers several cottages with diverse floor plans. Each unit is unique, with hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplaces and clawfoot bathtubs. Many cottages have two one-bedroom suites with a living room, bedroom with a king-size bed as well as porches to enjoy the view. There are six Manor Cottages with four bedrooms, porches and a shared living room, making them perfect for family gatherings. Estate Cottages are also very popular for family gatherings, weddings and business groups. Each cottage sleeps between 6 and 18 people and the majority have pantry-style kitchens with full-size refrigerators, ice makers and dining tables.

Guests of Barnsley Resort have their choice of three restaurants and with new Executive Chef Nicolas Lebas in charge of the menus, they are in for a treat. The recently renovated Woodlands Grill is a laid-back dining venue that overlooks the picturesque Fazio-designed golf course and the surrounding hills. Dugan’s, the bar at Woodlands Grill, is the perfect place to meet up with friends or catch your favorite team. The restaurant offers delicious meals and an extensive wine list, craft beers and premium liquors. The lunch menu includes unique and tasty appetizers and entrees such as Pimento Cheese Beignets, Deep-Fried Deviled Eggs, Grouper Sliders and a Brisket Philly sandwich.

The Rice House is located in a 19th century farmhouse and many of the ingredients used at the Rice House are locally sourced, including farm-grazed beef, locally foraged mushrooms and seasonal garden ingredients produced at the gardens on the property. Dinner at the Rice House is truly a garden-to-table experience. In fact, the back of the menu goes into detail on the various food purveyors. The menu here is curated on a weekly basis, focused exclusively on what’s in season from local farmers and purveyors from within a 150-mile radius of the resort, as well as what’s in its peak at the resort’s on-site garden. A sampling of Chef Nicolas’ creations now include a Buttermilk Fried Quail appetizer, a Brasstown Braised Short Rib and Grilled Atlantic Skate Wing.

Unlike most resorts, Barnsley Resort is pet-friendly and with more than 10 miles of hiking trails, outdoor sitting areas with fire pits, lawn games and outdoor dining, your four-legged friend will certainly feel like a pampered pooch. There is no limit on what Fido can weigh and crates are not required, but leashes are. Pet friendly accommodations include the Cottage Suites and Arbor Cottages and can be outfitted with their own suite of amenities: pet beds, bowls, bottled water and treats. Pet sitting can also be arranged if you find the need for some “alone” time! A portion of the $150 - $250 pet fee is donated directly to PAWS Atlanta, an organization which provides love, nutrition, medical care and basic training to enrich the lives of orphaned animals until new homes can be found.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 225
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

I did not anticipate how cool the “resort” aspect of this place would be. I wish I hadn’t made this a quick day trip. Would have loved to explore a little bit. This would be a nice place to do a small buddies trip or a couples weekend getaway that includes some golf.

This was my first visit, and while I am sure the place is swanky in the spring and summer, after playing it, Barnsley is a really good autumn golf course. Spectacular changes in the leaves on the surrounding hills frame drastic elevation changes throughout most of the course.

Due to temps in the mid 40s, I had the entire course to myself, which was a little soft due to recent rains. You are eased in with a couple of open dog-leg par 4s before you are exposed to a lengthy par 3 at the third.

I’ve seen a lot written about the collection of par 3s at the Fazio course at Barnsley. Not saying they aren’t good holes, but I think the fact that two of the four are 90-foot drops to the landing area is what gets people most excited. They are fun, but I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say “Best in NoGa.” Admittedly, I have a smaller sample size in this part of the state.

I thought the par 5s were real birdie opportunities. They aren’t overly long from the blue tees and bigger hitters should reach most of them in two if they are in command of their golf ball. The fairways are expansive and there are no tricked up landing areas, so conventional players won’t have a problem setting up a wedge approach. The par 4s play a little longer in most cases due to the aforementioned elevation changes. I think these brawny par 4s are the real challenge of the course. Playing them well are the key that will unlock a good score at the end of the round.

The greens were very pure and down-grain putts could get away from you.

The bunkering - both greenside and framing fairways were not overdone. They are, however, deep.

What I struggled most with was chipping and pitching. Closely-mown areas surround the greens before giving way to traditional light rough. Yet, every lie I encountered seemingly was into the grain. If you’ve ever chipped into the grain, you know what I’m talking about: wedges want to dig in and get stuck. You really have to use the club’s bounce here to navigate them well.

My favorite holes were the short par-4 fifth, which offers aggressive options off the tee, and the par-5 ninth that plays back toward the lake and clubhouse.

The practice area is top-notch. Good, expansive range with a separate chipping area. The pro shop is very nice with upscale brands. Loved the vibe in the clubhouse.

First-timer tip: Shell out $10 for a yardage book in the pro shop. There is no GPS on the cart or diagrams of holes on the scorecard or on tee boxes, so it will come in handy.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great challenge and condition

I have been playing this course for many years. Always in great condition. The layout is very challenging. You owe it to yourself to play this Fazio course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 96
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 227
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Georgia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

AWESOME Course - Great Conditions - Beautiful Place

I have played Barnsley Resort course several times. Every time I play the course I love the place more and more. It is by far the BEST course I have played in N. Georgia.

The greens are usually lightning fast and a true test and challenge. The greens were recently aerated, but are recovering very nicely, so with the recent aeration, the greens were rolling regular speed for any other course. The course is in great condition (fairways, bunkers, tee boxes, etc.). The course has the prettiest set of par three courses anywhere in the state (including Augusta National). The views and elevation changes from the par three holes are spectacular.

If you have the chance and time, go play Barnsley Resort. You will NOT regret or be disappointed. Just be ready to have your A game with your putter as the greens are super fast and a real challenge, but roll true and fair.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pro style!

If you wanna see what it’s like for the pros...book Barnsley! Lightning fast greens and lengthy from tips! Real challenge! Awesome course!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great for hot deal price-$56

Normally this course is overly expensive but we found a great hot deal rate and made the drive. The greens had little slits in them almost like pre aeration marks but have no idea why as we were told aeration is happening in the next couple days. Anyways, course is in great shape and the speed of the greens didn’t bother us. However they were quick but true. I wish they had a course map or layout as some tee shots were swayed by looks instead of what you could actually hit...otherwise a fun round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course...Greens unfair

Great resort and the fairways are in great condition. The greens are another story. The greens were so fast that I would categorize them as tricked up, The greens would not hold shots and if you missed the put the ball would roll of the green. I have played golf for many years on many golf courses and this was the fastest that I have ever played. Combine that with the length of the course and it was unplayable. Great place but the condition of the greens completely took the joy out of the game.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging and fair

Beautiful and well maintained course with wide open fairways. The challenging aspect of the course is the speed of the greens. They roll true and are very fast (posted my first ever 5 putt). Probably 12 to 12-1/2. Overall, a great golfing experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Worth the drive (From ATL)

IMPORTANT: I played this course for $0 Last year I purchased a "Green Card" from 680TheFan which allowed me to play 5 courses for $100, including Barnsley Gardens.

The drive in is fairly scenic and a bit windy down some GA backroads. You come to a clearing and see the Barnsley grounds and part of the front 9 as you drive into the resort. There is a security guard, where you simply tell them "I have a tee-time", and they allow you in.

The course is right beside the southern style rental homes, which add to the aesthetic as you drive in. The parking lot is nothing special, but the vibe is ultra laid back anyways so it's no biggie.

The clubhouse has a nice restaurant, bar, and pro-shop. The range is decent. There are Titleist ProV1 Practice balls and you can hit off mats or grass. There is also a putting/chipping green.

The entire course is well groomed, tee-boxes are green, fairways are smooth and often quite wide, greens and bunkers play true, and there are plenty of elevation/angle changes throughout.

This was one of the most relaxing rounds I've had. If you can find a good deal, take it. If you already have deep pockets then do yourself a favor and make the drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best public course in North Georgia!

This is the best public golf course in North Georgia, and I played them all! The first and second holes are fairly benign dogleg lefts that ease you into the round, then the par 3 3rd at 205 yards from the tips is where it starts to get fun. From the tips the course is just short of 7200 yards, and there are no “goofy golf” holes here. No holes where you wonder if the designer took the afternoon off, or didn’t know what to do with the hole. I’ve played this course five or six times a year every year for the past 15, and love it every time!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, will be back

First timer on this course and loved it. Can’t complain about anything besides maybe the lack of range balls. Besides that, great overall experience on a tough course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice greens, well kept fairways, nice layout

One of the best courses I've played in the Atlanta area. Course is laid out well to make you hit certain shots. Tee boxes for whatever difficulty you want to make it. Fairways were well kept and you probably won't have too many flat lies. Greens are also well maintained and some of the best I've seen even early in the season.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging

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