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Getting To Know: Bent Tree Golf Club

An Insightful Interview With Nick Egner, Assistant Golf Professional

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Nick Egner who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Bent Tree a Joe Lee design, opened in 1972, as one of North Georgia's most exclusive golfing communities. The golf course meanders through the base of several mountains, past waterfalls, mountain streams, and brooks, boldly confronting the broad shoulder of Sharp Top Mountain. Bent Tree is a challenging 18 hole par 72 course with four sets of tees to ensure enjoyment for all levels of play. Bent Tree is a deceptively tranquil setting for a course that requires accuracy at every turn. Bent Tree invites you to experience North Georgia's best kept secret.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Bent Tree Community, Inc., is located in the Foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia, only an hour from Atlanta. Owned and operated by Bent Tree property owners, this debt-free gated community boasts some of the finest and most affordable amenities in the region. Nature and wildlife abound throughout these rolling hills, streams, waterfalls, and coves.

Relax in the peace and beauty of the North Georgia Mountains.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The greens are very true, but very hard to read. Almost all putts break towards Sharp Top Mountain. So, I would recommend located Sharp Top Mountain as soon as you arrive at Bent Tree.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Voted Golf Week Magazine's "Best Mountain Course" of 1992.

Listening to all the members that have been around the club for a long time, our beautiful golf course is in the best shape it has ever been. Our Golf Course Superintendent John Leech and his staff, are ensuring the golf course is in immaculate shape.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Our signature hole is the 210 yard Par 3 Number 7 in which our profile picture captures.

Our most talked about hole is actually the next hole, the 616 Par 5 Number 8, which requires 2 perfect shots just to have 150 yards into a small and severely sloped green from back to front.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Our 474 Par 5 Number 14 is my favorite hole to play on the golf course. As you can tell by the yardage, it is a short par 5 that actually plays downhill the whole way. A BIG drive down the left side of the fairway, with assistance from "the speed slot", can leave you with a mid or short iron into the green guarded by bunkers over a small creek. If you do not hit a good drive, it is a hard lay-up to a fairway that runs downhill severely. Good luck getting a flat lie in the fairway down in the lay-up zone.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
My favorite dish at the 19th Hole is cheese quesadilla. It is a simple dish that you may add chicken to, but the simplicity of the dish is what makes it so good.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Our Head Golf Professional Russell Smith holds the course record with a 64 shot back in 1999.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6410
Slope: 132
Rating: 71.8
More Information
Bent Tree Golf Club
1885 Little Pine Mountain Road
Jasper, GA, 30143

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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