By the mid 2000s, the Bobby Jones Golf Course was no longer the fitting tribute to its namesake that it was on opening day in 1932. Although it sat on prime real estate in the heart of Atlanta, the city’s oldest public golf course had become hopelessly run-down. It was the type of course that drew visitors because of its name, but left them scratching their heads after the round, many vowing to never return. Now however, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In 2016, a group who shared a passion for Bob Jones’s legacy formed the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation with the intention to breathe new life into the historic course that bears the golf legend’s name. The Foundation raised more than $23 million dollars for the course and accompanying facilities, which include a state-of-the-art driving range, instructional centers, tennis courts, and a brand new clubhouse.
While the extra amenities are all worthy of buzz, the new golf course steals the show.
While the original course was a cramped 18-hole layout devoid of a driving range or practice area, course designer and native Atlantan Bob Cupp wanted to maximize acreage on the small property to make the course fun and playable for every type of golfer, all while including the proper practice facilities to make Bobby Jones Golf Club the main public golf hub of the city.
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