It would be hard to find more than a handful of days in a year when golf is not a possibility here in Atlanta. The blessings of our climate include one of the longest golf seasons in North America. In fact, you rarely hear it called a season here, especially near any of the homes for sale in Chastain Park.
Just as plentiful are the gorgeous courses on which to meet the continuing challenge of the game. Though we can only scratch the surface here, it’s a good time to take a shot, as the presence of these courses has a shaping effect on Chastain Park new construction plans.
Trailing Only Augusta
Golf Digestcites Peachtree Golf Club is home of the top course in Atlanta, and in fact Peachtree is listed second in the state, exceeded only by Augusta National, in the Digest’sestimation. The reasons are interesting and historical in their perspective. Atlanta native and golf deity Bobby Jones teamed with course-design legend Robert Trent Jones to design Peachtree in 1947. The course was visionary in its scope. Anticipating the coming improvements of equipment, and the greater distance they would bring, the course was extraordinarily long for its day, and it remains relevant and contemporary today, with expert updates in 1973 and 2005.
The Public Bobby Jones
It’s hard to step out of the Bobby Jones shadow in Atlanta. And who would want to? He exemplified the sportsmanship and integrity that infuse the rules of the game and the sensibilities that surround it. He’s kind of like The Beatles of golf – his influence was so pervasive that we take it for granted. A good way not to miss what’s great about his story is to visit the Bobby Jones exhibit at the Atlanta History Center, on Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. The combination of reverence and energy of the story told there is worthwhile.
Bobby’s name is on one of the top public courses in Atlanta, too, handy to both Buckhead and Midtown. The Bobby Jones Golf Course has a signature 361-yard, par-4, dogleg right 18thhole. Fees are reasonable, and the rounds people play here are memorable.
The Way Forward is Unconventional
Millennials are already the fasted-growing cohort of golfers, yet their way into the game is often non-traditional.Topgolf brings a version of golf right to Midtown Atlanta, with its fun-filled venue of bays and bars. True, Bobby Jones might not approve. In fact, he probably wouldn’t even believe it. But a new generation is coming to golf via the atmosphere of a different kind of club, a nightclub. And golf-industry thinkers know that opposing it would narrow the gate into the traditional game of golf. Many of the entrepreneurs, artists, and knowledge-based young people who fuel the future of Atlanta meet golf on these terms.