as Elite Georgia Courses Recognized in Biennial Ranking
Toccoa, Lake Hartwell, Ga. (January 23, 2013) – The stunning mountain golf course at Currahee Club in north Georgia has been recognized as one of The Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses, according to the biennial ranking recently published by D’Algue Selection out of Paris, France.
Of the estimated 15,500 golf courses in the United States and 32,000 courses in the world, only 333 in the United States earned a place in the Rolex Top 1000.
Currahee Club is one of only 16 golf courses in Georgia to make the list, sharing that distinction with such venerable Peach State layouts as Augusta National, East Lake and Peachtree Golf Clubs, and the Atlanta Athletic Club - Highlands Course. Only California, Florida and New York had more courses than Georgia on the Top 1000 list from the U.S.
Designed by acclaimed architect, Jim Fazio, the Currahee Club golf course is the centerpiece of an award-winning and breathtaking 1,200-acre community framed by both Lake Hartwell and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just a short drive to the historic town of Toccoa, Ga.
Says Currahee Club Managing Director Andrew Ward, “It is really quite a thrill for the Currahee family and the Toccoa/Lake Hartwell community to know that we take our place alongside St. Andrews, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne on the Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses. We’re really quite flattered and honored at the recognition.”
Now in its second biennial edition, The Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses is published by a team at D’Algue Selection under the leadership of its founder Gaëtan Mourgue d’Algue.
Mourgue d’Algue was one of France’s finest golfers of his generation, a founder of the Golf Européen magazine and the Trophée Lancôme, and was one of the main actuators of the European Tour.
In this publication, he has been ably supported by his daughter Kristel, 1995 NCAA national champion and former European Women’s Tour member, and Bruce Critchley, Walker Cup player and respected commentator with Sky Sports UK. Together they persuaded Rolex, a major sponsor of golf globally, to come on board for this far-reaching venture.
D’Algue Selection has a network of over 200 "inspectors", composed of enlightened amateurs, professional golfers and journalists specializing in golf course architecture. Those inspectors have given each course a score, geared primarily to the excellence of the site, the course architecture involved, and of course maintenance and conditioning. A course has to receive 80 points or above to earn a place on The Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses list.
Located just 90 minutes north from Atlanta, the 7,500-yard Currahee Club golf course gracefully weaves through the community, at times offering dramatic elevation changes and majestic, near 100-mile views across Lake Hartwell and the Blue Ridge mountains.
About Currahee Club
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, atop the shores of Lake Hartwell, the private, gated community of Currahee Club is bringing mountain living to a whole new level. Drawing upon its rich local heritage and picturesque landscape, Currahee – a Cherokee word meaning “stands alone” – truly is one of a kind. Residents and members at Currahee Club enjoy a perfect blend of golf, mountain, lake and club. And an extensive collection of amenities, including a 48,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, will be complemented by a comprehensive new Amenity Center Campus currently under construction and set to open in May 2013. The new center will offer an infinity edge swimming pool, grand lawn, tennis courts, a sports club and grill, community garden, playground and more. Residential offerings at Currahee Club are varied and include beautiful mountain Manor homes and charming Cotswold-style cottages. Homes range in price from $300,000 to over $1 million. Currahee Club is part of the Arendale Hospitality portfolio of properties.