Constructed in 1932 as a tribute to one of the most famous golfers of the time, Robert Tyre”Bobby” Jones Jr. , Atlanta’s first public golf course was built in response to the overwhelming interest in the game following his phenomenal success. In addition the property provided additional recreational facilities to serve the community’s growing middle-class population as it grew north. For 85 years, the Bobby Jones Golf Course has served generations of Atlanta golfers, remaining one of the busiest courses in the state. A year ago, the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation chose Mosaic Clubs and Resorts as their new management firm.
“The decision to partner with Atlanta based Mosaic was an easy one for the Foundation,” said Marty Elgison, President of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation. “The company’s ability to provide turnkey management services and its reputation for excellence were key factors, but equally important were the passion and excitement they have for the project and for Mr. Jones’ legacy. We know the course will be in good hands as we prepare for the renovation.”
The Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation has begun the renovation November 1, 2017. The non-profit Foundation will invest approximately $23 million in the re-development of the golf course and clubhouse facilities. The first phase of the project includes a unique reversible 9-hole(one of only two in the United States)championship course by the late world renowned Atlanta golf course architect Bob Cupp, state of the art driving range, indoor instruction building, and short game practice area as well as a new maintenance facility.
“This was Bob Cupp’s last project and it will be an enduring legacy to both him and Mr. Jones, unique in design and playability. We want to thank the many donors throughout the State of Georgia and even beyond who have helped make the vision a realty, as well as those who have volunteered their time and expertise,” added Elgison.
They are also coordinating with the tennis community at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center to construct a new parking deck to serve both the golf and tennis facilities. A number of the existing tennis courts that are in a flood plane will be relocated on top of and adjacent to the deck, improving environmental conditions and adding two additional hard courts to the complex.
The Foundation is partnering with the Georgia State Golf Association and the Georgia Section of the PGA of America in the second phase of the project to create the “Georgia Golf House,” a new facility that will become the center of golf in Georgia.
Mosaic Clubs & Resorts will serve as lead project manager of the redo. Mosaic will lead a team of seasoned industry professionals including Wadsworth Golf Construction, S.G. Contracting, Bob Cupp Inc. and Jim Chapman for clubhouse design. For more visit MosaicClubs.com.
“The new Bobby Jones will be spectacular golf course. It has been many years since a brand new golf course came out of the ground in Atlanta,” said Whitney Crouse, Mosaic Chairman. “This one will not only be remarkable when it opens next year, it will will be the result of the support and donations from many wonderful people and companies. It is truly a community effort to make this enduring tribute to Mr. Jones a golf experience everyone in Atlanta will enjoy.”
Junior golf and growing the game will be a major focus of the new Bobby Jones Golf Course. The Foundation will work with the Georgia PGA and US Kids Golf to design instruction and programming for juniors in and around the community to foster interest in the game and will partner with youth organizations like the YMCA to expand its reach. It is also partnering with the Shepherd Center to create a state-of-the-art program for adaptive golfers. The course renovations will include a 9 hole “wee links” of 50-70 yards, named the Cupp Links in honor of Mr. Cupp, designed specifically for adaptive and junior golfers.
The golf course will become the new home of the Georgia State University(GSU) Women’s and Men’s golf teams. The Foundation will work with GSU to construct a second instructional center and practice area that will be used by the golf teams throughout the school year, and by the Foundation during the summer for junior golf clinics and lessons.
“The golf community from across the state has come together to make the new Bobby Jones a spectacular golf course and home of golf, one that will be open for all golfers to enjoy, and one I hope future generations will enjoy for years to come,” commented Chuck Palmer, Chairman of the Foundation.