This is Highland's signature hole and one of the most beautiful holes on the course. Stair steps of elevated tee boxes overlook a huge lake that surrounds most of the 17th green. Beautiful as it may be, this hole plays extremely difficult and will be a critical hole especially this late in the round. Playing downhill, the distance can be a little misleading. However, at 207 yards over water all the way it will play plenty long enough for most players. Again, a premium will be placed on club selection as there is not much place to miss the tee shot unless you bail out way right. Any shot that is mishit is going to be wet. Beyond the green is dry, but well-protected by bunkers and very difficult to stop any shot coming back downhill towards the water. The far-left hole location is the toughest. The hole plays longer to this corner and the shot has to be struck perfect if a player is going to take dead aim at the flag. Par on this hole is a great score, but those who need to make birdie will have to take their chances. No. 17 played third toughest on the course in 2001, yielding very few birdies for the week.
Hole descriptions provided by Rick Anderson, PGA Master Professional, Director of Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club.