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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 1 | This is a perfect introduction to the course: a shortish uphill par 4 with interesting slopes all the way to the green. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 2 | This par 4 tumbles downhill to one of the course's subtler greens. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 3 | A gorgeous bunker splits the landing area on this par 4. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 4 | This par 4 may be drivable, but it requires a long and accurate drive that carries the big central fairway bunker. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 5 | The cart paths here are some of the trickiest anywhere; drive with caution! Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 6 | Rushing down to the Toccoa River, this sixth straight opening par 4 is the highlight of the front nine. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 7 | This flat par 5 runs along the river, with strategic bunkering that complicates matters. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 8 | Stone steps lead to the green of the course's first par 3. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 9 | A flat bunker separates the green from the fairway on this par 4. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 10 | A two-tiered punchbowl green greets players as they move into the inward nine. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 11 | This huge fairway awaits players who can conquer the deceptively tight-looking tee shot view on this par 4. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 12 | Mountain views greet the golfer on the tee of this flip-wedge par 3. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 13 | This massive par 5 cascades downhill and while it looks fearsome, it plays plenty wide all the way. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 14 | This par 3 plays to the right half of a double green. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 15 | Returning to the flat portion of the property, this long par 4 is quietly beautiful. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 16 | Playing back to the double green shared with the 14th, this par 4 has some great-looking bunkers. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 17 | This bunkerless par 4's green is benched into a hill with great care. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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Old Toccoa Farm, hole 18 | This finishing par 5 has a long, skinny green. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor

Old Toccoa Farm: Georgia mountain masterpiece

This new Axland & Proctor design is one of the best courses you can play in the interior South.

The last decade or so, brand-new golf course openings have been few and far between. If you're going to add a course, you're going against trend; more than 100 courses have closed per year since the late-2000s recession. It had better be good or, preferably, great.

Old Toccoa Farm may just qualify as great. It has been a long time coming, part of a residential development that has been in the works for more than a decade. Indeed, nine holes of the course opened in 2015, but architects Dave Axland and Dan Proctor of Bunker Hill Golf only recently got the chance to finish what they started. The full 18 holes opened in September 2019.

Set on a piece of property that is wild and hilly to the point of challenging the notion that playable golf was even possible to build, Old Toccoa Farm is a home-run of a course. It grabs you by the collar from the first hole and it's your job to wriggle loose when you can and get your licks in over the course of the round.

And despite the appearance of intimidating shots - the tee shots on 2, 5, 11 and 18 stand out in particular - there is always room to play and plenty of potentially helpful slopes on and around the greens. In this way, the course is reminiscent of the influential work of Mike Strantz, whose Tobacco Road Golf Club outside Pinehurst has captivated almost every visitor with its own wild but deceptively playable brand of golf. Old Toccoa Farm shares that DNA.

Located near Blue Ridge, Georgia, about 90 minutes north of Atlanta, the course is semi-private, with reasonable green fees of $80 on weekends. Go play it before more houses are built and non-member times start to dry up or become more expensive.

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Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for Golf Advisor. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
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