Course Details at Southern Hills
Southern Hills was opened in October 1997 by the Dunaway family of Hawkinsville. The course was built on acres of hunting and farming land that had belonged to the family since the 1970s. The Dunaways continue to operate the course today and work hard to create an outstanding experience for discriminating golfers.
Our site is exceptionally well-suited to the game of golf because of its rolling terrain and elevation changes of up to 160 feet, very unusual for central Georgia. Our course offers a great mix of open land combined with fairways lined with oaks and pines; you’ll find water on nine holes.
The course took 18 months to build with shaping done by Ernest Jones. Together with the development that accompanies it, Southern Hills is the largest real estate venture ever in the history of Pulaski County.
From the start, the course has received great recognition in the Central Georgia region as well as statewide. Call us today at (478) 783-0600 to book your tee time
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Most important of all, from 2002-2008, Southern Hills was given 4½ stars for in the annual “Places to Play” lists issued by Golf Digest.
It was selected among the Top 100 New Courses in the United States in 1998 when it opened. Most recently it was chosen as among the 100 Must-Play courses in Georgia by Golf Style Magazine from among 600 courses in the state.
In 2002 Golf Digest panel also voted Southern Hills one of the top five golfing values in the United States and third best for service in the entire country.
This is a course that has also been a host to many important golfing events: for the Georgia PGA, the Georgia State Golf Association, and the NGA Tour ComSouth Classic.
You will want to schedule your own round of golf at Southern Hills soon so that you can experience the premier golf course in middle Georgia.
You’ll start your round with a drive from one of the highest points on the course. No. 1 is a par-4 that measures 404 yards from the back tees and 329 from the front. This is one of our tougher holes and it makes for a rousing start. Although you have the advantage of hitting downhill, you’re driving toward a landing area in front of a creek, according to Larry Dunaway, our general manager. It’s best to use a long iron or three-wood off the tee and favor the right side of the fairway.
“After you hit your tee shot, you have to go back uphill to a narrow, two-tiered green,” says Dunaway. “The pin placement can be tough on this hole. Four is a good score here.”
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On No. 6, you’ll find a risk-reward opportunity on a short par-4 that measures 354 yards from the back tees and 264 from the front.
“A creek runs across the middle of the fairway at about 130 yards out, and a pond guards the right side of the fairway,” says Dunaway. “There’s water on the left as well. You either have to lay up with an iron off the tee or risk hitting over the creek with your drive.”
The best birdie opportunity on the front side comes up on the 8th, a shortish par-5 (532 yards from the back tees and 443 from the front).
“A good drive can help you get to the green in two,” says Dunaway. “Keep your ball to the right because there is water on the left. The green is well-bunkered as well.”
With its abundant sand and grass bunkers and its treacherous shallow two-tired green, the 11th (185 yards from the back and 143 from the front) is considered to be one of the most exciting par-3s in Middle Georgia. Watch out for the water to the left as well.
You’ll find another great risk-reward hole on the par-4 13th (315 yards from the back and 230 from the front).
“It’s a short dogleg right with a hazard on the right,” Dunaway says. “The green is drivable, but if you’re not a long-hitter, a well-positioned shot down the fairway will leave you with a sand wedge into a forgiving green.”
When you step into the tee boxes on the 15th, a par-4 measuring 407 yards from the back and 336 from the front, you’re going to be able to see one of the best views on the course. This hole has nearly 60 feet of elevation drop from tee to fairway.
“When you hit your downhill tee shot, watch out for the trees and the small pond on the right,” Dunaway says.
The 17th is another scenic hole that Southern Hills considers to be its signature hole. This par-3 measures 168 yards from the back tees and 120 from the front. At first glance, the hole seems intimidating because of the water in front of you. But you can hit anywhere from a 6- to a 9-iron depending on the wind and pin position on a very deep green.
“There’s a pond between tee and green,” says Dunaway. “You’re hitting to a green that is surrounded by water on two sides.”
You’ll wrap up your round on one of the best finishing holes in Middle Georgia. This medium-length par-4 (391 yards from the back and 308 from the front) has a tight fairway and an uphill approach to a deep but narrow two-tiered green. Watch out for the water on the left and love grass on the right.