In 1932, Augusta National Golf Club opened for play. It was designed by Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones, and became home to the Masters and famous for its pristine conditions.
That same year, 150 miles to the east, Bobby Jones Golf Course opened in downtown Atlanta. Aside from the year it opened and the fact Jones loaned his name to the course, it had little in common with Augusta National.
Shoehorned into a site just east of Northside Drive and south of Woodward Way, Bobby Jones Golf Course was the city’s first public course. In recent decades, it had fallen into disrepair.
Marty Elgison , the Jones family attorney, said he had been driving past the course for years “and commiserating about the fact that it had been so horrible.”
When he retired in 2011, he decided to do something about it. Elgison is the president and co-founder of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation, which is redeveloping the site as a nine-hole reversible course. It also will have a new short course and practice range, neither of which previously existed. Plans call for the course to open in late 2018.
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