New putting course from Jerry Pate opens in Atlanta

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    Bobby Jones Golf Club

    The nine-hole Dan Yates putting course is a reversible Himalayas-style layout

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    Bobby Jones Golf Club

    A $33 million project has also seen the opening of a new clubhouse, par three course and revisable nine-hole course

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    Bobby Jones Golf Club

    The reversible nine-hole course, Bob Cupp’s final design, opened in 2018

Alex Smith
By Alex Smith

A new putting course designed by Jerry Pate has opened for play at Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia.

The reversible, nine-hole Himalayas-style layout joins the par-three Cupp Links course and a reversible nine-hole course – the last design of the late Bob Cupp – at the public golf facility.

The putting course was named in honour of Dan Yates, who died in 2017. He was a captain of the Georgia Tech golf team and inductee to the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. An Augusta National member, he attended the first 78 Masters, including the inaugural event in 1934 to watch his brother Charles play, and on two occasions when his son Danny competed.

Tees will change daily, and the tee markers on the greens will also serve as drink holders for players.

“The Dan Yates Putting Course is an incredible addition to the golf and overall entertainment experience at Bobby Jones Golf Course,” said general manager Brian Conley. “The putting course offers guests of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to test their accuracy and hone their putting stroke in a new and exciting way.”

The facility’s renovation project was led by the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation, a non-profit organisation funded by local citizens and companies. The foundation raised over $33 million for the project, which has also seen the opening of the new Murray Golf House. The new clubhouse will serve as the home of the Georgia State Golf Association and Georgia section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA), as well as the first physical location of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.

Read more about the dual legacy of the renovated Bobby Jones golf course.

“At Bobby Jones, we have built a foundation of a very unique golf course, the last design by Bob Cupp, and added a host of premier amenities that reframe the golf experience and make it more accessible and more enjoyable,” says Marty Elgison, president of the Bobby Jones Foundation. “We are delighted that the course has been so widely embraced by the city and the broader community. This new facility has helped introduce new people to the game and has provided the city with a public golf experience that’s never been available to the current generation.”