The golf course’s changes have struck a chord with its members — particularly with the youngest set of players.
By taking out many of the bunkers and reducing the amount of foliage, the course has become more playable for the average golfer. Not only that, but specific children’s tees make the course accessible to those of all ages.
Golf pro Stan Moore said the aim of the changes was to make the course easier for the public.
“There were quite a few bunkers, and we eliminated many of those to make it more playable to the public,” Moore said. “Before, it was designed for scratch to 5-handicap players. There were a lot of trees and vegetation, and we eliminated a lot of that to open it up. We made it wider and a little easier for the average golfer to come out and play.”
Moore said the feedback has been very positive.
“It’s affected our rate of play, and we have had an increase in play,” he said.
As with any golf course, changes are ongoing. Moore said he and other course officials are constantly working to improve and mold Fairways of Canton — a par-72, 6,500-yard layout between Canton and Waleska — to the needs of its audience.
Fairways, opened in 2007 as a city-owned course before being leased out to a private entity in 2010, is one of a few courses with dedicated children’s tees. Moore, who gives lessons to many of the course’s youngest players, said he is glad the course is making the game accessible to children.
“They are the future of the game,” he said. “The more that we can get those kids out playing, the more we will have golfers for years to come.”
The majority of the members at Fairways of Canton are from the surrounding Laurel Canyon community, but the course is open to the public. It often hosts events specifically for children, such as an Atlanta Junior Golf Association tournament held there Thursday.