There is plenty of water on East Lake, home of the Tour Championship. <span class="picturesource">Getty Images</span>
Monday, September 10, 2007

Perhaps it's no surprise to golfers that Atlanta's hottest — or should I say splashiest — new attraction is the Georgia Aquarium. With more than 100,000 fish swimming to and fro among 8 million gallons of water, the Georgia Aquarium is the world's largest.

For a landlocked city, Atlanta is awash in water and that holds true for its golf courses, too. Thanks to a bevy of beautifully-situated water hazards amidst the city's finest layouts, there's no shortage of drama when it's tournament time in the capital of The South.

Tournament Players Club at Sugarloaf

Atlanta Athletic Club

East Lake Golf Club

Let's pay respects as well to the Atlanta's original golf thrill ride, the 499-yard, par-5 18th at Atlanta Country Club. Host to the PGA Tour from 1967 through 1996, this dogleg left par-5 was for years one of the Tour's most scenic risk/reward holes. Perhaps too short in its final years (John Daly blasted an 8-iron second here in winning the 1994 event), but it was always exciting. Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin and Tom Kite all took victory walks up No.18.

Barnsley Gardens Nicklaus at Birch River

Reynolds Plantation

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