Thank you! to the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation for this article.
The transformative vision to renovate the Bobby Jones Golf Course and the Bitsy Grant Tennis Facility is now very close to becoming a reality. The approved plans call for a complete renovation of the golf course, construction of a two-level, 280 car parking deck for golf and tennis players, and relocation of the hard courts, with six courts on top of the deck and six at ground level adjacent to the deck, adding two additional hard courts.
The new courts will be lighted and we’re happy to report that there will now be restrooms for these new courts. The existing Bitsy Grant entrance will continue to be open and tennis players will enter the deck on the lower level. A new entrance for golf will also be added and golfers will enter the deck on the upper level. Currently, there are no plans to charge for parking in the deck. Additionally, the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation and the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy continue to work with the PATH Foundation on the design for the multi-use trail that will surround the golf course and link existing trails.
In November 2016, the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation (BJGCF), a 501(c)(3) organization, entered into a 50-year lease with the State and began construction planning and fundraising with a goal of beginning construction in 2017 and opening the new course and new hard courts in 2018.
In order to do that, the BJGCF needs to raise approximately $17.5 million. With the help of many individuals and organizations, the BJGCF has been able to raise approximately $12.5 million to date. Most recently, one of the city’s major philanthropic organizations generously approved a $5 million grant. This grant is a meaningful endorsement for the positive impact these renovations will have on the city and surrounding community.
This major contribution is contingent upon raising by September 30 of this year the additional $5 million that will be needed to complete the first phase of construction and open the new course and tennis courts in the fall of 2018. The BJGCF is working hard to secure the additional funds needed and feels confident it will raise the funds by the deadline, given various outstanding requests.
In addition to the fundraising news, the BJGCF is partnering with both the YMCA and the Shepherd Center in support of future junior and adaptive golf programs that will be a major focus at the renovated facilities. The new course and practice facilities are ideal for youth and those with disabilities. Universal Tennis Management (UTM) and the Shepherd Center are already developing plans for an adaptive tennis program.
Below is a site plan showing the project. You can find more details about this project at bjgcfoundation.org.