Our last round of the trip was at Bradshaw Farm which is north of the Atlanta metro. Bradshaw Farm wasn’t our first public choice on the way back to the airport, but it looked like it had potential to be a great value!
We had an early morning tee time so that meant we could make the hour drive to the airport after the round and head our separate ways. It was a quiet morning, probably due to the weather and the fact that it was a weekday. Apparently not too many people wanted to brave the soggy conditions after it rained all night! That was just fine by me as I was anxious to beat any rush hour traffic on my 8 hour drive home. My buddy cut out after nine holes and I zipped around the rest of the course, playing in about 3 hours. I sure could get used to golfing during the week!
Bradshaw Farm has 27 holes and we played the White and Blue nines which I’ll be reviewing. I just saw part of the Red nine driving in so it must have been on the other side of the clubhouse. Speaking of the clubhouse, it is a red barn which I think is cool! Besides the castle clubhouse at Olde Stonewall, this is one of the more memorable clubhouses that I’ve seen in my recent travels. If you happen to have played Langdon Farms in Oregon, then think along those lines! There are even a couple silos off to the side of a fairway to continue the farm theme. Overall, I thought there was some charm to the layout.
We started on the White nine which was my favorite of what I played. Except for the 3rd, where the fairway runs out into a hazard, I don’t there is a bad hole on it! The 1st hole (a 368 yard par 4) is my favorite hole on either nine as it drops down from an elevated tee to the fairway. The 2nd through the 7th play through a small valley with numerous ponds and hazards in play before the 8th and 9th are on higher ground with some elevation change. The White nine is in a peaceful, natural setting. The 5th is another stand out par 4 as it doglegs right and requires a good drive. The dogleg is guarded by a large bunker with a tree in it while water is off to the left. If you want the clearest opening into the green, the you might have to challenge the water! That’s not the only time the course places importance on picking and hitting a line.
The Blue nine has the same general feel as the White nine as the 1st here plays from an elevated tee down to the fairway. The rest of the nine is flatter and works it way along the creek and around some ponds. The main differences on the Blue nine is that is more open and the homes are more of a bother. The course is built in an upscale community so they aren’t awful to look at, but they aren’t inspiring either. The stretch of the 5th through the 8th on the Blue nine is solid. There are two par 3’s and a reachable par 5 in that stretch. One of the par 3’s is 143 yards without any water in play (the 5th) while the other one is 196 yards with a creek that cuts across short of the green (the 7th). The 8th is a short, fun par 5 where you could reach in two if you can avoid the water on both sides of the fairway!
I played the Blue tees and White/Blue course combo played 6439/71.0/133. As a whole I thought that the course was very player friendly considering all the trees and hazards! Bradshaw Farm gets a “win” in this regard. The fairways are wide and you don’t get a bunch of crazy lies considering that many holes have hillside on one side of them. You can even chicken out and fan one into the hillside and you might get a good bounce! Some of the hazards are set back from play so you might find a shot or two that hangs on the edge. At no point during my round did I feel that the course was unfair!
As I mentioned, it rained a lot and a good portion of the nines that we played are in low areas. As you can imagine, water collected on the course and it was cart path only due to the wet conditions. The wetness affected my shot choices and there isn’t any doubt that I would have enjoyed the experience more on a drier day. I realize the staff can only do so much and they were out and about addressing the issue while we were playing.
Overall, I’d call the maintenance “average” with the greens being the highlight. The greens rolled great and were cut short, shorter than anything that we played on the RTJ Golf Trail courses. They sure were fast considering that we had a tee time around 8am! The rest of the course was struggling, especially the tee boxes. The tees were sloped and had plenty of bare patches. There were a couple tee boxes that looked like they needed to be completely re-sodded. The fairways were playable, just with lots of divots and some winter kill. All I had around the greens were tight lies which had me worried that I’d blade or fat one.
I’ve got mixed feelings about Bradshaw Farm. On one hand, I liked the design and the location of the course while on the other, the conditions weren’t what I expected. We were prepared to pay ~$50, but the course was running a special on Tuesdays for only $28. For that price though, it took away the sting of the tee boxes.
White #1 (368 yard par 4):
White #2 (484 yard par 5):
White #3 (381 yard par 4):
White #4 (190 yard par 3):
White #5 (396 yard par 4):
White #6 (163 yard par 3):
White #7 (549 yard par 5):
White #8 (400 yard par 4):
White #9 (355 yard par 4):
Blue #1 (381 yard par 4):
Blue #2 (337 yard par 4):
Blue #3 (512 yard par 5):
Blue #4 (362 yard par 4):
Blue #5 (143 yard par 3):
Blue #6 (389 yard par 4):
Blue #7 (196 yard par 3):
Blue #8 (475 yard par 5):
Blue #9 (358 yard par 4):