AJC’s Top 18 Holes: East Metro

The 10th hole at Mystery Valley Golf Course is a fun par 5.

Here is my story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that lists the top 18 holes in the East Metro part of Atlanta. This includes DeKalb County, Rockdale County and Newton County.


I grew up in DeKalb County and somehow made the golf team at Walker High School. We played many of our golf matches at Mystery Valley, including the region championship one year. I shot a 113 but did not finish last.

Too bad some of the old courses have gone by the wayside. There was Forrest Hills, a nine-hole course across from Avondale High School, and Idle Wood, a nine-hole course off Klondike Road. Neither exist, both victims of housing.

Forrest Hills was a nice little course. The first hole was a tremendous 90-degree dogleg right. There was nothing but bushes and trees on the right, so anything over there was dead. The ninth hole ran along the road and caused more than a few problems for slicers. After one match our group was met by a policeman who wanted to know which one of us was playing a MaxFli. It wasn’t me. During those days the course was run by Charlie Aaron, the father of Masters champion Tommy Aaron.

About the Author

Hello and Welcome to The Georgia Golfer I'm Stan Awtrey, the writer and administrator for this site. I love to watch and play, although my 19 handicap index would indicate that I'm better at watching. I've played more than 200 different courses over the years, including Augusta National (twice).