Jack's greatest hits: The opening hole at Bear's Best in Suwanee, near Atlanta.
By Joe Passov
Friday, February 16, 2007

With companies such as Coca-Cola, Delta, Home Depot and CNN calling Atlanta home, the town is a sea of suits during the week-people in town to pitch ideas, get praised or chewed out, or sit through boring meetings while dreaming of playing golf. These days the briefcase brigade has plenty of options, from excellent public courses to high-end stay-and-plays within 90 minutes of downtown. There's so much sizzle in this city that your best bet is to camp there. While Atlanta pops in spring, an autumn visit means perfect golf (and football) temperatures. So rescue your clubs from baggage claim and stay awhile.

The Golf

Bear's Best Golf Club

Stone Mountain Golf Club (Lakemont Course)


The Frog at the Georgian

The Cark Wrecker
Bear's Best, No 11, 193 yards, par3

Jack Nicklaus on how to play it

Local Knowledge

Where to Eat

    [LIST "A fixture in the heart of Buckhead, Bone's remains Atlanta's quintessential big-city steakhouse. 404-237-2663, bonesrestaurant.com."] [LIST "At South City Kitchen, traditional fried chicken meets contemporary accents, like grilled peaches. 404-873-7358, southcitykitchen.com."]

Where to Stay

    [LIST "The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead is Atlanta's best hotel, period. Luxurious but not stuffy, the hotel's antique-filled rooms and public spaces attract the likes of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Rooms from $229; 404-237-2700, ritzcarlton.com."] [LIST "Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, located 45 minutes northeast of Atlanta, offers a 277-room French inn, an adjacent vineyard and tasting room plus 45 holes of golf. Rooms start at $169. 800-233-9463, chateauelan.com."]

What to Do

    [LIST "The King Center preserves the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Nearby is his birth home, boyhood home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached. 404-526-8900, thekingcenter.org."] [LIST "Even if you have a face made for radio, you'll enjoy the behind-the-scenes look during the CNN Studio Tour. Would-be Larry Kings and Anderson Coopers can have a videotape made of themselves reading the news. 404-827-2300, cnn.com/studiotour."] [LIST "The new Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world. More than 2 million visitors have come since its November 2005 opening to see white Beluga whales and the spotted, giant whale sharks. 404-581-4000, georgiaaquarium.org."]

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