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Barnsley Resort has its own 18-hole golf course located just a few hundred yards from the residential village. Nicknamed “The General,” the Jim Fazio-designed course is notoriously rugged, with big changes in elevation that challenge even professional golfers. Qualifying scores for the Georgia Open, held here three out of the previous four years, hover around five over par on the par-72 course. Don’t let the first few links-style holes fool you — the 7,350-yard course progresses quickly into woodlands. Developers purposefully kept the natural landscape intact, changing only a small portion of features, and players are rewarded with striking views. The course will soon upgrade its greens with new championship Bermuda grass, a drought-resistant alternative to the current bent-grass greens.
We have a par-72 golf course designed by Jim Fazio at Barnsley Resort. Its unique design pays homage to the principles 19th-century landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing, whose vision inspired our resort’s buildings and gardens. In keeping with Downing’s philosophy, Fazio supervised the moving of only one-quarter of the earth typically sculpted at new courses, lending it challenging elevation changes and striking views. Barnsley Resort’s course also earned 4.5 stars from Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” in 2008/2009.