Stone Mountain Golf Club Stonemont, along with its sister course,?Stone Mountain Golf Club Lakemont, highlight the golf offerings in Stone Mountain Park, Georgia s most popular natural attraction. Ever since Stone Mountain Golf Club Stonemont opened in 1969, it s been a favorite of both Atlanta-area golfers and traveling golfers. When you make a tee time to play here you ll be testing your game on a gorgeous, classic parkland layout by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., one of America s greatest golf course architects. The pristine natural setting in front of the great granite monolith that reaches a height of 1,683 feet, is worth the 30-minute drive from Atlanta in itself. While Stone Mountain Golf Club Stonemont will test every skill accomplished players possess, it is also a layout that less skilled players can handle. The layout is considered the tougher of the two eighteens in the park in large part because of its length, but because it features fewer hazards and forced carries, players who hit straight shots shouldn t lose many balls. Topping out at 6,863 yards against a par of 70, Stone Mountain Golf Club Stonemont is a course with heft. One of Jones s guiding mantras as a designer was that scoring pars should be difficult. That is certainly the case here, as you must thread your ball through narrow playing corridors etched out of Georgia pine forests. In addition to avoiding the trees, you must also steer clear of the numerous bunkers that Jones placed beside the fairways and around the greens. You ll need precision and smart course management here, but length will help out immensely as well. The memorable 1st hole sets the tone not many opening holes are harder than this par 4 that churns through a chute of trees and features a downhill approach to the green. When you reach these large, undulating putting surfaces, a two-putt will be a challenge. Keep in mind that putts on both courses at Stone Mountain Golf Club break toward the mountain. The back nine starts in rousing fashion with a par 3 bounded by a lake all the way up the left side, but the Wow moment of the round comes on the par-3 16th for its view of Stone Mountain. From start to finish, Stone Mountain Golf Club Stonemont rewards players with stunning scenery and a challenge that can be a measuring stick for anyone s game. Marriott Golf tends to the courses and keeps them in fine condition. Practice facilities include a driving range and chipping and putting areas. Before or after your round, Commons Restaurant is a great place to tuck into tasty comfort food and cold drinks as you take in an enchanting view of Stone Mountain Lake and Stone Mountain. If you are in the Atlanta area and want a peaceful escape into nature and a fitting challenge on a classically designed golf course, all while playing in front of Georgia s greatest natural landmark, make a tee time for Stone Mountain Golf Club Stonemont. Note that there s a separate fee to enter the park. Traveling golfers should consider overnighting in the park at the AAA Four Diamond Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, located just a mile from the golf club. Whether you come for the day or linger longer,?Stone Mountain Golf Club is not to be missed.