McLemore – Golf’s Newest Must Play

The McLemore is a mountain-top resort community in southern Georgia featuring an 18-hole course designed through the collaboration of Rees Jones & Bill Bergin and surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of parks and protected lands atop scenic and historic Lookout Mountain.

RISING FAWN, Georgia – Located on Lookout Mountain (2,000 feet above sea level) in Northwest Georgia, McLemore is a private, master-planned, mountaintop community featuring an 18-hole championship highlands course and 6-hole short course designed by internationally acclaimed architects, Rees Jones and Bill Bergin.

Overlooking the wilderness area of McLemore Cove and Pigeon Mountain, McLemore is a private club for Members, guests of Members, and overnight guests in the Club-managed rental properties.

Rees Jones and Bill Bergin redesigned the old Canyon Ridge golf club to create The Course at McLemore. Hole layouts were adjusted to provide yardages that create more variety and a world-class test for the game’s best players and accessibility for beginners.

The dramatic mountaintop course was further enhanced with the addition of the cliff-edge 18th fairway overlooking McLemore Cove over 500 feet below. Few other national courses offer this kind of spectacular view.

According to Bill Bergin, ”Our goal was to make the golf course really fun, and also allow the excitement to match this incredible topography. We kind of divided this golf course into basically our cliff holes, our canyon holes, and our highlands holes. We have some up on a high plateau where we are playing on pretty gentle land. And we’re standing on the 18th hole, which is a brand-new golf hole, and I think one of the most exciting holes in the Southeast. And we believe there will be a few pictures, especially this day and age with people and their cell phones and selfies. This will be a well photographed golf hole. The 6th is infamous. It plays out to a high plateau, and then it drops 100 feet down into the second shot and greens complex area. That’s our most dramatic change in elevation. We went about making the green complexes bigger. They absorb shots better. There’s more interesting shots around the green because most golfers don’t hit it on the green. They hit it near the green. So what happens on the ground around the greens is so important. We redid all of that at this golf course.

The McLemore is a planned mountaintop, upscale resort, conference center with golf located on Lookout Mountain Georgia..

It’s a special piece of property. I’ve said in an interview before it actually smells good, which people laugh about, but there is a climate here okay. It’s special. And you come up off the valley floor, and it’s different up here. As we were walking down to this green, we were looking at birds flying below us. So yes, there is this thing about regardless of the golf, you’re just happy to be in this environment and this topography. Enjoying this great piece of land.”

“We could not have asked for a greater spirit of collaboration and creativity on the project than what Rees and Bill brought to the table,” said Duane Horton, president of Scenic Land Development. “From planning through execution, the expertise and artistry were matched only by their shared vision and passion for the design. Equally impressive was their understanding of our site’s unique mountaintop setting, respect for our overall plan and stewardship of the land. We are confident guests and members will appreciate and enjoy McLemore for generations to come.”

In addition to the championship course, McLemore also has The Cairn, a 6-hole Short Course. Sitting above the 18th hole and beside the McLemore Clubhouse, the McLemore Short Course provides an optimal warm up before a round or a relaxing cool down at the end of the day.

The McLemore is now giving you the opportunity to EXPERIENCE LIFE ABOVE THE CLOUDS with a special offer for FRIENDS OF MCLEMORE

So, how do you become a Friend? It’s simple:

LIKE the McLemore Facebook Page.

The Friends of McLemore Invitation provides non-Members the opportunity to play the private resort course one time each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter). This invitation has been created as an appreciation for everyone who has helped spread the word about McLemore through social media and word-of-mouth.


Sunday afternoon Tee Times now available at Weekday rates.

1st 50 Tee-times each month in 2021 receive special pricing.

I’ll let you know about this Friend’s experience with Life Above the Clouds in the coming weeks.

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