The Waterfall Club in the North Georgia Mountains- Beyond Expectations!

At The Waterfall Club, overlooking Lake Burton, beyond expectations, way beyond expectations!

At The Waterfall Club, overlooking Lake Burton, beyond expectations, way beyond expectations!

If there ever is truth in advertising in the golf business, I would have to say you will find it at The Waterfall Club in Clayton, Georgia—above Lake Burton and beyond your expectations! You may recall The Waterfall Club as the host club for Feherty's interview with Alabama football coach Nick Saban on The Golf Channel. Coach Saban lives on Lake Burton and is an avid golfer and member at Waterfall. I remember watching that show and thinking what a beautiful place that is and wanting to visit and play the golf course someday soon.
Feherty interviewing Coach Saban at The Waterfall Club. Photo Credit: SECRant.com

Feherty interviewing Coach Saban at The Waterfall Club. Photo Credit: SECRant.com

That little planted seed came to fruition when Head PGA Head Golf Professional Chris Schindler contacted me on Facebook and invited me to come and experience The Waterfall Club. Maybe I should do a show called Following Feherty? My experience, and hopefully yours too (if you are not already a member), at The Waterfall Club will be beyond expectations. I mean way beyond and my standards are high having visited a good deal of the best golf resorts around the world!
We had a boat full of people and a boat full of fun too out on Lake Burton!

We had a boat full of people and a boat full of fun too out on Lake Burton!

First and foremost are the people of The Waterfall Club. I expect to meet and have wonderful people come into my life. I think that way  especially around the game of golf because it acts as a good filter whether on a public municipal golf course or a prestigious private club like this one in the North Georgia Mountains. To play and enjoy golf one has to get honest with themselves and the challenges being confronted. Ego and power and prestige mean little on the golf course. Golf just seems to bring out and embrace people with genuinely good hearts. Every one I encountered, from the wait staff, to the golf staff, to the supportive members were people I would love to see more of for the rest of my life! CLICK here for a Highlight Video that emphasizes a special spirit for family golf at Waterfall.
With Doc Wiley on the tee at the signature par-3 second hole.

With Doc Wiley on the tee at the signature par-3 second hole.

The heart of The Waterfall Club is the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Scott Pool. The course features bent grass fairways and greens with Zeon zoysia tees. It's a green environment unlike any other unless you have played Augusta National in the springtime. It's mountain golf at its best on strategically leveled out terrain of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Mostly though the terrain is natural. The well designed and memorable holes appear natural to all fortunate enough to put a tee in the ground at The Waterfall Club. The name of the club comes from the signature par-3 second hole which plays much shorter than the scorecard distance of 185 yards. The tee sits atop a natural waterfall that cascades 70-some yards down to the green. There are many other gorgeous mountain and Lake Burton views, including the 15th tee where the mountain tops seem to be infinite in number and beauty as far as the eye can see. This club could have just as easily been called The Most Beautiful and Natural Golf Club in the World! CLICK here for a Video Interview with Ian Murphy, GCSAA Golf Course Superintendent
With Chris Schindler, Ian Murphy and Jason LeBlanc (L to R).

With my hosts Chris Schindler, Ian Murphy and Jason LeBlanc (L to R).

A big part of the heart of The Waterfall Club is the big guy named Ian Murphy, the Golf Course Superintendent, who likes to be outside. He likes challenges too—like growing bent grass at an elevation of 2,000 feet above sea level in a temperate rain forest where day and night temperatures can vary widely. Ian who doesn't play golf puts it simply—"I went to school, got into turf and now am up here in the North Georgia Mountains growing grass." With a supportive greens committee he is thrilled to be at The Waterfall Club and makes one heck of a boat captain too! CLICK here for a Video Interview with Chris Schindler, Head PGA Golf Professional. My host for the Waterfall visit was Chris Schindler, who along with General Manager Jason LeBlanc, made my time in the North Georgia Mountains, both on land and on water (even in the sand too) quite extraordinary. If you know Bill Hughes, PGA Master Professional and General Manager at TPC Sawgrass then you know Chris Schindler. They worked together back in the early days of TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas and are two of the nicest, most professional people in golf. Chris, a product of the acclaimed Ferris State PGM program lists Lake Burton, the lifestyle and the golf course as his ever expanding membership's Top 3 reasons for loving The Waterfall Club. CLICK here for the Full Video of Fun on Lake Burton with the Doc Wiley Family!
Although it was the 4th of July weekend it sure felt like Thanksgiving to me!

Although it was the 4th of July weekend it sure felt like Thanksgiving to me!

As the ultimate host Chris set me up to play golf with Dr. Daryl Wiley, his son Carson, and his son-in-law Sam. It was an extraordinary time golfing with more fun to come afterwards. You can't miss the dramatic views of Lake Burton while on property at The Waterfall Club unless you are mesmerized by the dramatic views of the mountains. The Lake, the Lake, the Lake was on my mind throughout the morning round while crisscrossing a gorgeous piece of property that use to be a horse farm. As fate would have it I ordered the Birdie Burger for lunch in the clubhouse as I had no birdies on the golf course. I think Carson had five, his Dad a couple and Sam one. Me no birdies, but I love how they treat guests at The Waterfall Club. After lunch we headed for the lake and a pontoon boat captained by Superintendent Ian Murphy. Watch the video, what a fun afternoon with a wonderful family!
It's all about the golf with me but The Waterfall Club is so much more! Here is our golfing foursome- Sam, Carson & Doc Wiley and me (L to R).

It's all about the golf with me but The Waterfall Club is so much more! Here is our golfing foursome- Sam, Carson & Doc Wiley and me (L to R).

I could go on and on about The Waterfall Club but let me just mention that they have a mountain lodge with luxury accommodations for guests of the members. I stayed in a beautiful and comfortable private residence but would love to come back and stay in the lodge with all its conveniences and magnificent views. The dining at the club is exceptional as well. I had dinner in the dining room and it was an amazing experience. Culinary delights and The View, The View, and The View! The Waterfall Club—above Lake Burton and beyond your expectations!
On the green at No. 2 with the signature waterfall and tee above behind me.

On the green at No. 2 with the signature waterfall and tee above behind me.

The BIG Georgia Peach with the little one!

The BIG Georgia Peach with the little one!

Doc Wiley's favorite vista on the way to the 18th tee. I agree wholeheartedly!

Doc Wiley's favorite vista on the way to the 18th tee. I agree wholeheartedly!

   

Afternoon Round on Old Mac at Bandon Dunes…

1Afternoon round on Old Mac... true links golf... another excellent Tom Doak design... played with my new golfing buddy Seafood Seattle Colin, aka as Bunker... after we both birdied the difficult last at Pacific Dunes... another thumbs up round at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort!   (Facebook Post, Andy Reistetter, 3-30-16 with 26 Pics and 2 Videos).

Sunset Hickory Golf at Bandon Dunes with Michael Chupka!

What a way to close out the 2016 West Coast Golf Journey- Bandon Dunes, Sunset Hickory Golf with Michael Chupka!

What a way to close out the 2016 West Coast Golf Journey- Bandon Dunes, Sunset Hickory Golf with Michael Chupka!

So this is what I really love about Bandon Dunes.... had a 7 pm sunset interview setup with Michael Chupka, Director of Communications (& Marketing & PR)... such a beautiful evening that he suggested we go play some golf .. so of course I complied & we did.. he grabbed his hickory shafted clubs, put a peg in the ground and off we went to play No. 10 and then 15, 16, 17 & 18 at sunset... spectacular... rest assured that the history, tradition & spirit of the game of golf is alive & well at Bandon Dunes... then we had a late dinner and off I went at 10 pm to catch a 5 am flight in Portland... some sort of pre-red eye!... thanks to Mike Keiser for creating Bandon Dunes & Michael Chupka for hosting Andy's Goilf & Travel Diary ... best to visit Bandon Dunes & see for yourself!   (Facebook Post, Andy Reistetter, 3-30-16 with 14 Pics and 1 Video).

Bandon Preserve, 5th but NOT Final Course at Bandon Dunes!

Bandon Preserve is Bandon Vista of the Pacific too!

Bandon Preserve is Bandon Vista of the Pacific too!

Bandon Preserve, the Fifth & Final course to be played at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort... 13 hole par-3 which is as good,as the other four except all par-3s...plus don't forget the Punch Bowl, a putting course near the Pacific Dunes clubhouse... I did with regret...   (Facebook Post, Andy Reistetter, 3-30-16 with 25 pics and 1 video).

Afternoon on Bandon Trails at Bandon Dunes…

I think he wanted to play golf with me!

I think he wanted to play golf with me!

Day One, in the afternoon I was playing Bandon Trails, a Coore-Crenshaw design.. awesome golf course!   (Facebook Post, Andy Reistetter, 3-29-16 with 17 Pics).  

Morning Round on Bandon Dunes at Bandon Dunes…

Yeah, this is Bandon Dunes!

Yeah, this is Bandon Dunes!

A spectacular day playing Bandon Dunes in the morning.... I walked & carried & played alone but it did not seem like I was playing alone... Lots of thoughts of Dad. brother LP & my hickory buddies, the book guy Dick Donovan & the club guy Harry Horton... the special combo TROML & MOJO (courtesy of Toni Taylor) zone started with the birdie at No. 1 and continued throughout the round... still feeling the glow... definitely a gem & masterpiece by David McLay Kidd... here is all 18 & then some... Onward to play Bandon Trails...   (Facebook Post, Andy Reistetter, 3-29-16 with 30 Pics).

Bandon Dunes Golf Course & Resort, End of the First Day…

Come, golf, relax...

Come, golf, relax...

Post 4 of 4 is simply Bandon Dunes.. the ultimate golf destination! It's all about the golf... and the food.. and comfort. . those are shoe heaters to warm up your golf shoes.. not a bad idea... not a bad idea to come to Bandon Dunes... so sleepy.. note. nite... Pacific Dunes, Old,MacDonald & the 13 hole Preserve, could be 49 holes tomorrow..    (Facebook Post, Andy Reistetter, 3-29-16 with 25 Pics)    

Morning Round on Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes…

Bandon Dunes is, as my friend Sean would say, "Spectacular!"

Bandon Dunes is, as my friend Sean would say, "Spectacular!"

Pacific Dunes on a beautiful calm, sunny & relatively warm morning... with new golfing buddies Tyler & Mike from St. Louis & Seattle Seafood Colin, now called "Bunker,"... a Tom Doak creation... all I can say is thank you Mike Keiser for creating this shrine to the history, tradition & spirit of the game of golf!   (Facebook Post, Andy Reistetter, 3-29-16 with 30 Pics)

Arriving Bandon Dunes Golf Resort!!!

There are definitely dunes in Bandon, Oregon!

There are definitely dunes in Bandon, Oregon!

Spiritual life & golfing TROML Day in progress! Drive down Oregon Coast from Portland to Bandon Dunes was amazing... up at 4 am... Drive a few hours in the dark to the Pacific Ocean... then sunrise along the coast... Dune City.... trees absolutely gorgeous... arriving in time for my 11 am tee time on Bandon Dunes... can u guess what Part 2 of 4 is... 7-iron to 3 feet for birdie on No. 1... a good start... stay tuned!   (Facebook Post, Andy Reistetter, 3-29-16 with 30 Pics)

Day 40: Four Nights at the Peermont Mondior was Pure Heaven!

Don't want to leave the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention and Entertainment Resort my home the last 4 nights... 4 diferent hotels... an Emporium... a Casino... right at O.R. Tambo International Airport... easy access to Joburg including Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club... special place in the history and business of South Africa... do you know what CODESA is or what an AEROTROPOLIS is?... very interesting... more details later... off to you guessed it, play golf, today at the Observatory Golf Club with a rich Bobby Locke history... CLICK here for the Peermont Mondior Website   (Facebook Post, Andy Reistetter, 1/18/16