THE BOBBY JONES GOLF COURSE

FOUNDATION

COMMITTED TO GROWING THE GAME

The Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to growing the game of golf through access to improved public golf and professional golf instruction and programming. We welcome your support and encourage you to learn more about our efforts.

Our mission is to transform an obsolete, dangerous golf course named after the most iconic figure in golf into a facility worthy of his name that will become the home of golf in Georgia, including a revolutionary reversible golf course designed by Bob Cupp, state of the art practice facilities, the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, and programming designed to grow the game of golf with a specific focus on juniors and adaptive/accessible golf.

photo credit: Dave Sansom

photo credit: Dave Sansom

Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation is a group of private citizens that have formed a nonprofit organization in Atlanta, Georgia, with the goal of renovating an old Atlanta golf course, and then operating the facility and golf links as a public course. 

Meet Our Board of Directors. The Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation is pleased to be served by:

Mr. Chuck Palmer, Chairman
Troutman Sanders, LLP

Mr. Brian Albertson
Coosa Country Club
President, Georgia Section, PGA of America

Ms. Beth Chandler
Vice-President and General Counsel
Rollins, Inc.

Mr. Carey Brown
Principal, The Benefit Company

Mr. Bill Blalock President
Blalock Machinery & Equipment Co.

Mr. Mark Mongell
Cherokee Town & Country Club
Honorary President, Georgia Section

Mr. Ryan Teague
Owner & General Counsel
Baldwin Paving Company

Dr. Catherine Lewis
Kennesaw State University

Mr. Marty Elgison, President  
Retired, Alston & Bird, LLP

Ms. Susan Bell
Partner
EY Americas Advisory Services

Dr. Robert T. Jones IV
Licensed Psychologist
Behavioral Institute of Atlanta

Fundraising Committee

The Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundations is also pleased to present our fundraising committee members:

Mr. Chuck Palmer, Chairman
Troutman Sanders, LLP

Mr. Pete Correll
Chairman, Atlanta Equity, LLC

Mr. John H. Crawford IV
Crawford Investment Counsel

Dr. Linton Hopkins
Professor of Neurology,
Emory University of Medicine

Mr. Peter Howell
Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach,
Oglethorpe University

Mr. Andy Prozes
Retired CEO, LexisNexis

Mr. Michael R. Smith
Partner, King & Spalding

Mr. Charlie Yates, Jr.
Retired Executive Vice President,
Zurich Insurance Company

Mr. Bonneau Ansley
Founder and CEO, Ansley Atlanta Real Estate

Mr. Carey Brown
Principal, The Benefit Company

Mr. Doug Hertz
President and CEO, United Distributors

Mr. Sam Hatcher
Retired General Counsel,
Synovus Financial Corp.

Mr. Joe Inman
Professional Golfer
Head Men’s Golf Coach, Georgia State University

Mr. Steven C. Rockefeller, Jr.
Chairman and CEO, Rock Rose Capital

Mr. Chuck Kennedy
Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Mr. Jeff Knox
Amateur Golfer
Executive Director, The Knox Foundation

Mr. Bill Blalock
President, Blalock Machinery & Equipment Co.

Mr. Marty Elgison
Retired, Alston & Bird

Mr. Charlie Harrison
Amateur Golfer

Ms. Cathy Mant
Professional Golfer,
Head Women’s Golf Coach

Mr. David Ratcliffe
Retired Chairman, President and CEO,
The Southern Company

Mr. Chris Schoen
Managing Principal, Greenstone Properties

Mr. Danny Yates
President, Yates Insurance Agency

Benefits Of The Project

Support of this project will yield benefits for many years to come.

  • Created a course and facility that honors the memory and legacy of Bobby Jones.
  • Turned an obsolete, dangerous, 18-hole, 5,800 yard public course into a reversible, gem that can be enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels.
  • Provided a much needed driving range and golf practice facility in a central location for local residents and visitors.
  • Helped grow the game through programming and learning facilities specifically designed for junior golfers and other new players in partnership with organizations such as the YWCA, the YMCA, and the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. YMCA Letter.
  • Create a central home for golf in Georgia with the Murray Golf House, which will house all of the state’s golf organizations leading to collaboration and growth of the game of golf.
  • Create the first-ever home for the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame which will also be part of the Murray Golf House.
  • Serve as a lasting memorial to legendary golf course designer, Bob Cupp.
  • Provide a new home for the Georgia State University women’s and men’s golf teams with state of the art practice facilities.

photo credit: Dave Sansom

  • Partnered with the Shepherd Center to create the only adaptive golf experience in Atlanta for golfers with disabilities. Shepherd Center Letter.
  • Provide a model for urban golf course design that utilizes limited land in the most efficient manner possible.
  • Improved environmental conditions at the property by relocating the tennis hard courts out of a flood plain, utilizing turf grasses that are sustainable, and using grading methods that mitigate flooding and improve drainage on the course.
  • Engaged in turf grass research with universities and golf organizations by providing the opportunity for comparisons of multiple turf options at a single location.
  • Provided safe parking and improved traffic flow for both golf and tennis in a busy, in-town neighborhood.
  • Improved the tennis experience by relocating the tennis hard courts out of the floodplain and closer to the clubhouse, adding two additional courts, and providing easily accessible restroom facilities.
  • Created better conditions for completion of the PATH trail around the course in terms of aesthetics and safety.
  • Provide casual dining services for golfers, tennis players, and those using the PATH trail.

Environmental Stewardship

We are very sensitive to the environmental impact the new course has and are taking extraordinary steps to be responsible stewards of the property.

  • More than $1 million is being spent on erosion and sediment control as well as the planting new landscaping and hundreds of new trees and shrubs. Detention areas are being created that will reduce peak flows, encourage infiltration and improve water quality during rainfall events.
  • Eight acres of native grass will be added and a one-acre pollinator and butterfly habitat will be planted.
  • 2.5 acres of impervious surface (current tennis courts and parking lot) will be removed from the flood plain and will be replaced with grass and landscaping.
  • The stream banks along several sections of Tanyard Creek will be stabilized and replanted.
  • A new 5 million gallon irrigation pond is being built to avoid tapping into the City water supply for long-term irrigation needs.
  • The new golf course will use 40% less water by planting TifTuf bermudagrass fairways, a new strain that’s more drought resistant than those found on golf courses today.
  • The Department of Watershed Management (DWM) is seeking a grant to restore and stabilize parts of the banks of Peachtree Creek. The Foundation is working with DWM and the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC) in support of that grant.
  • We’re partnering with the PATH Foundation and AMPC to complete the trails around the course, which will encourage walking and biking. The entire trail system, including the Beltline trail and new sidewalks in the park west of Northside Dr. will comprise more than five miles of uninterrupted trails once everything is finished. We’re also working with PATH, AMPC and GDOT to allow the PATH to go under the new bridge on Northside Drive, avoiding the dangerous intersection at Woodward Way and Sagamore Drive.
  • The new golf course will be maintained at a much higher level than before, improving the aesthetics of the entire property for both golfers and the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • We are sensitive to the importance of trees to the environment and to the public. Before construction began, we engaged Arborguard to do an audit of all the trees on the property greater than 12 inches in diameter. Arborguard identified 1,182 trees on the property, of which only 143 (12%) are in Good condition—the rest are Fair, Poor or Dead, making many of them hazardous in high winds.
  • The golf course will be Audubon certified, following a rigid schedule of best practices that enhance the environment. See https://www.auduboninternational.org/acspgolf.

photo credit: Dave Sansom

Community Impact

Our aim is not only to offer a new and exciting golf experience, but to make a major contribution to the Atlanta community, be good stewards of the environment, and grow the game of golf. Bobby Jones Golf Course will remain a public course. Greens fees will vary depending on the time of day, week, and year, making the course accessible to golfers of all income levels.

Adaptive golf will be a course priority in partnership with the nationally-renown Shepherd Center located nearby. The driving range, instruction center, and Cupp Links will be handicap-accessible to adaptive golfers with special tees and paths designed to make access easy and golf enjoyable. Mr. Jones would be pleased with our focus on kids and adaptive golf; a junior prodigy, he spent the latter years of his life confined to a wheelchair.  

Bobby Jones will endeavor to hire employees from the Westside community whenever possible for positions on the golf course, in Golf House, and as driving range and cart attendants. We look forward to collaborating with City of Refuge and Westside Works to match local residents to employment opportunities.  

The course will offer kids from the entire Atlanta community the opportunity to learn the game of golf at Bobby Jones through specialized programming. U.S. Kids Golf will provide them with clubs to use.

The Bobby Jones Golf Academy, in collaboration with U.S. Kids Golf, will offer a multitude of junior golf camps and instruction to provide many kids with the opportunity to learn about integrity and hard work through the game of golf.

Through our association with the Georgia State Golf Association, the Georgia Section of the PGA, and Mosaic Clubs management, Bobby Jones will offer educational seminars and courses at Murray Golf House, making the Bobby Jones a “learning lab” for professionals, volunteers, and golfers from these and other organizations.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Naming opportunities for donors currently exist for parts of the new facility. You’ll find information and a complete list here. Your donation will help us pay tribute to our great golf heritage.

2205 Northside Drive NW | Atlanta, GA 30305 | (404) 355-1009 

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