RISING FAWN, Ga. – The 18the hole in McLemore in northern Georgia is not for the faint of heart. Just as its elevation can trigger a response in anyone with a fear of heights, the golf hole itself requires a lot of strategy and fearlessness off the tee and on the fairway.

Designed by Rees Jones and Bill Bergin, the 435-yard par four sits on the edge of a cliff 1,200 feet above the valley floor below. Telling golfers to stay on the hole would be silly and obvious, as it’s abundantly clear that any type of pull or hook from the tee will send a ball off the rock face of the cliff into the forest below. It’s a stern test at one of the most scenic sites for a golf hole anywhere in the game.

The rest of the route climbs even higher from this cliff offering views for miles across a valley full of farms and barns – on a clear day it is possible to see over 80 miles as the mountains continue to steepen. rise to the northeast. And the closing hole offers the best of those vantage points – get your camera ready on the 17’s drivee green at 18e tee.

McLemore sits at No. 5 in Georgia on Golfweek’s list of the best courses you can play, making it a must-see in a stacked golf state. And since the property is located near Lookout Mountain, a short drive from Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee, McLemore offers a great escape in the early Appalachians.

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