ATLANTA, Georgia – Stone Mountain Golf Club has become one of the premier golf experiences in the Atlanta area. Located just 30 minutes from downtown, the golf club sits at the base of Stone Mountain. Featuring two championship golf courses, with scenic views of historic Stone Mountain, that meander around Stone Mountain Lake.
Built within the sprawling state park and in the shadows of Georgia’s number one attraction- Stone Mountain, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and John LaFoy have created a dynamic duo of golf courses that are a perfect fit for guests of the park.
What makes Stone Mountain Golf Club such a remarkable experience is the unique personalities of its two courses. The Stonemont Course is a classic challenge that emphasizes accuracy and strategic course management. The Lakemont Course complements Stonemont with a less demanding, target-oriented layout and exquisite views of Stone Mountain and the surrounding lake.
Stone Mountain Golf – Stonemont Course
The Stonemont Course is the club’s original layout, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The gentle hills surrounding the mountain provide the golf course with rolling fairways and greens. The contours are subtle, but they can be deceiving. The classic but tricky layout requires careful strategy, course management, and accuracy. The course is routed around the mountain and its accompanying lake, weaving through dense forests of Georgia pine. The layout features narrow fairways, but one of the most challenging features is the numerous bunkers strategically placed throughout—a pure test of golf from all tees.
Stonemont Memorable Holes
Hole #2 – Par 4
Long hitters may be tempted to try and drive the green on this short par 4. The smart play, however, is down the middle, just past the bunker on the left, leaving a short approach to a narrow green. Don’t be long!
Hole #7 – Par 4
This is a classic par 4 for men (par 5 for women). Position your tee shot just left of center to keep clear of the leaning pine tree on your second shot. Locating the pin on the uphill, semi-blind approach shot to this well-bunkered green is critical to your success.
Hole #9 – Par 4
On this unique par 4, ensure the group ahead is clear before playing. Keep your tee shot down the left side for the most level lie. Proper club selection on the tee shot is also important to avoid being blocked out by the towering pines on your approach to this shallow green.
Hole #11 – Par 4
This uphill par 4 is the most challenging hole on the backside. Trees frame both sides of the fairway, and a creek runs along the left side before cutting in front of the green. The approach shot always plays longer than the actual yardage. Don’t be short!
Hole #12 – Par 4
Robert Trent Jones Sr’s trademark is the cluster of three trees in the middle of the fairway. The best route is to the right unless the pin is situated back right.
Hole #15 – Par 4
This is a classic example of Jones’ master architectural style. The left-to-right tilt of this dogleg-left, uphill par 4 contradicts the right-to-left flight you need on your tee shot. The green is on a slight plateau, making the approach shot slightly blind. Short is better than right, left, or long.
Stone Mountain Golf – Lakemont Course
Georgia native John LaFoy designed the Lakemont Course. This more resort-oriented layout features a scenic front nine around Stone Mountain Lake that is relatively short but filled with trouble and a few of the most challenging holes on either course. The back-nine is the most rugged in terms of terrain but offers the most scoring opportunities with several par 4s that should require only short iron approaches.
Lakemont’s beautiful lake and mountain views complement the natural slopes and ridges. A little more forgiving than Stonemont the layout is a visual treat and a solid test of your game. Opening with the most challenging hole on the course, a beast of a par 5 hugging the lake to a green in the shadows of the remarkable carving of Confederate Generals in the mountainside, the front nine has many greens jut into the lake. The backside takes you back to the rolling hills featuring many elevation changes to make you think about club selection. Hole 11 is a sharp dogleg right that forces a carry over a former quarry site now filled with a menacing pond.
LaFoy’s penchant for mounding and dramatic bunkering is evident throughout the course. The dramatic elevation changes offer a unique ambiance that appeals to every golfer.
Lakemont Memorable Holes
Hole #1 – Par 5
The first hole will get you ready for what’s ahead. The intimidating tee shot will require a carry of 175-225 yards over water. Play your second shot left of center for the best approach angle to this large green at the edge of Stone Mountain Lake.
Hole #6 – Par 3
This is a beautiful but demanding par 3 over a corner of Stone Mountain Lake. Beyond the heavily wooded rock outcropping is a bailout area just to the right of this smallish green.
Hole #11 – Par 4
The preferred play for the tee shot on this tricky par 4 is to the barber pole in the middle of the fairway. The approach shot over the water-filled quarry generally plays slightly shorter than the yardage.
Hole #12 – Par 5
This scenic, medium-length par 5 requires a tee shot just to the right of the granite outcropping on the left. Either lay up your second shot to the bottom of the hill, leaving a short approach, or hit enough club to clear the water and bunker fronting the elevated, three-tiered green.
Hole #13 – Par 3
This long par 3 plays uphill to an extremely deep green. Missing long or right is an inevitable disaster. Don’t be tempted to go at a back left pin placement, either. Play safely to the center of this green.
Hole #16 – Par 3
This challenging par 3 plays slightly uphill and is surrounded by three deep bunkers. A ridge runs from front to back, making putting difficult at times. This is one of the most visually appealing but unforgiving holes on the back nine.
After walking off the 18th green or when making the turn, make a stop at The Common, home to the golf pro shop and a full-service restaurant. The Commons Restaurant features a selection of gourmet burgers, big salads, sandwiches, and more. Be sure to check out the Sunday Brunch, a local favorite. Stroll out onto the veranda for dramatic views of Stone Mountain Lake and the number one fairway of the Lakemont course, or relax in the lounge after a full day of golf.
Stone Mountain – More than Golf
Golf may have been the main reason I choose to visit Stone Mountain, but there are so many more reasons you should visit.
Also known As “The 8th Wonder of the World,” Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most-visited attraction; the centerpiece is the mountain. The world’s most significant piece of exposed granite, with over five miles of igneous rock jutting from the ground and stretching 825 feet into the sky. The view from the top of the mountain shouldn’t be missed; on a clear day, you can see up to 45 miles.
Historic Memorial – The largest high-relief sculpture in the world, the carving on the side of Stone Mountain features three southern generals: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. A series of artists contributed to the carving from 1909 to 1972, and the intricate detail and staggering size of the artwork is remarkable. Originally a tribute to southern history, the art represents how far we’ve come as a nation. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed, “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia,” and this cultural common ground rings half a century later. Millions come from around the world yearly to see the monumental artwork etched into the mountainside.
Scenic Railroad – A full-sized locomotive from the 1940s with open-air cars, the Scenic Railroad tour takes you five miles around the mountain. It’s a storytelling excursion with narration about mountain history and some favorite old railroad songs.
The Summit Skyride is breathtaking. Ride a high-speed Swiss cable car from the bottom of Stone Mountain to the peak, almost 1,000 feet above the ground. Along the way, you’ll come face-to-face with the mountain’s memorial carving. After a thrilling, scenic ride on this rock’s top attraction, you’ll reach the panoramic views at the peak.
Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort – When they say a Room with a View, they aren’t kidding. This resort’s luxurious accommodations, spacious suites, indoor and outdoor heated pools, and multiple corporate event spaces make it one of the best lodging options in Atlanta! Evergreen offers a retreat from the city, a starting point for exploration into nature, and a year-round destination for locals and visitors alike.
With the newly renovated guest rooms with private balconies offering nature, pool, or lake views, you will feel miles away from everything.
The Waterside Restaurant – located in the Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort, offers a magnificent view of the lush landscape inside Stone Mountain Park. While the dining room seems formal with its many private alcoves, patrons are typically found enjoying a casual, laid-back dining experience. Waterside is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offers a beautiful lakeside setting, and serves classic southern comfort food.
The Inn at Stone Mountain Park – The classic Southern inn inside Stone Mountain Park features oversized guest rooms, spacious verandas, and an outdoor courtyard swimming pool.
Part of The Georgia Golf Trail
Stone Mountain Golf Club is part of the Georgia Golf Trail, a selection of golf resorts and courses throughout the Peach State, providing the finest accommodations and golf experiences.
You owe yourself a visit to Stone Mountain Golf Club. With so many family-oriented activities, Stone Mountain Golf Club is an excellent destination for a guy’s golf trip, including families. You would never know that you are less than 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Once in the park, the city’s hustle and bustle and noise will disappear, leaving you at peace and feel miles from anywhere.