When Bobby Jones Jr. found national success as a golfer in the 1920s, his hometown’s interest in the game soared in response. By 1932, plans for an 18-hole public course on the site of the historic Battle of Peachtree Creek were underway. The following year, Bobby Jones Golf Course opened.
In 1952, the course made civil rights history by turning away four African-Americans, who then sued. Thurgood Marshall, later the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court justice, successfully represented the golfers in their lawsuit, Holmes vs. Atlanta.
With unbeatable prices and views, Bobby Jones remains a popular choice among locals today.
– Mark C. McDonald, The Georgia Trust
I’ve heard the story that Mr. Jones played the “Bobby Jones” course only once, shot a 68 that was the course record for decades, and never played it again.
I also remember playing that course many times with my Dad, before he got into a private club. I’ve also played it since, once on Easter morning when the Easter sunrise service at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center greeted us on the third tee with a loud “Alleluia”.
I LIVED 1 BLOCK AWAY FROM BOBBY JONES GOLF COURSE ON HAVEN RIDGE
FOR 20 YRS
DAD BUILT ONE OF THE FIRST HOUSES IN HAYNES MANOR AS IT WAS KNOWN
I KNOW EVERY INCH OF THE COURSE AND WOODS AND P’TREE CREEK. I BUILT
A BOAT AND SAILED IT DOWN P’TREE CREEK UNTIL IT FELL APART.
THE RED HILL ACROSS FROM OUR HOUSE WAS MY PLAYGROUND. I FOUND
CIVIL WAR BULLETS AND ARROWHEADS MANY TIMES.
WHEN WE CAME BACK FROM ST LOUIS WE RENTED AN APARTMENT IN
COLONIAL HOMES RIGHT NEXT TO THE 18 TH T BOX