Where to play golf as a visitor
Atlanta, despite its ideal climate, is unfortunately not a great place to play golf at public courses. Nonetheless, here it goes:
If you're into "grunge golf" - playing at crap holes - you're in luck. Try Bobby Jones, or any of the municipal courses.
Good mid-range courses include Wolf Creek (about 10 minutes from the airport, east of town), Heritage (up I-85, first exit outside 285 northbound), and a par 3-4 course called Legacy, off Windy Hill (first exit outside I-285 on I-75 northbound).
For higher quality golf, put a little more gas in the tank and either haul out I-20 east of town to the Frog or up I-85 to either Bear's Best or Chateau Elan's courses.
Hopefully you'll just know someone that belongs to a club.