COMMITTED TO GROWING THE GAME
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.
Board of Directors
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:
Troutman Sanders, LLP
Mr. Brian Albertson
Coosa Country Club
Honorary President, Georgia Section, PGA of America
Vice-President and General Counsel
Trimble Transportation Mobility
Mr. Bill Blalock
Blalock Machinery & Equipment Co.
Mr. Mark Mongell
Cherokee Town & Country Club
Owner & General Counsel
Baldwin Paving Company
Dr. Catherine Lewis
Kennesaw State University
Anthem Bluecross Blueshield
Retired, Alston & Bird, LLP
EY Americas Advisory Services
Behavioral Institute of Atlanta
Retired, General Counsel
Troutman Sanders, LLP
Chairman, Atlanta Equity, LLC
Crawford Investment Counsel
Professor of Neurology,
Emory University of Medicine
Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach,
Retired CEO, LexisNexis
Partner, King & Spalding
Retired Executive Vice President,
Zurich Insurance Company
Founder and CEO, Ansley Atlanta Real Estate
Principal, The Benefit Company
President and CEO, United Distributors
Retired General Counsel,
Synovus Financial Corp.
Head Men’s Golf Coach, Georgia State University
Chairman and CEO, Rock Rose Capital
Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Executive Director, The Knox Foundation
President, Blalock Machinery & Equipment Co.
Retired, Alston & Bird
Head Women’s Golf Coach
Retired Chairman, President and CEO,
The Southern Company
Managing Principal, Greenstone Properties
President, Yates Insurance Agency
Benefits Of The Project
- 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.
- 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.
- 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://auduboninternational.org/acsp-for-golf/.
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 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.
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