Atlanta approves sublease of Bobby Jones Golf Course clubhouse

The Bobby Jones Golf Course clubhouse

The Bobby Jones Golf Course clubhouse

Atlanta City Council has approved the sublease of the Bobby Jones Golf Course clubhouse to a foundation that plans to convert it into a concert hall and music education center.

The Haynes Manor Recital Hall Foundation will sublease the building from the city for $10 per year through 2037. The terms call for the main level of the clubhouse to be used for private events, including music recitals, and the lower level will be used as a public meeting space and for programs.

“It’s a win for the city, the neighborhood and great music in Atlanta," Councilmember J. P. Matzigkeit, who sponsored the plan, said in the statement.

The project was started by former  Disctrict 8 councilwoman, Yolanda Adrean, a news release said.

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The development comes less than two years after the city almost lost control of the property.

The city had entered into a controversial agreement to swap the Bobby Jones Golf Course with the state of Georgia, but later amended the plan so it could lease back the historic clubhouse.

The golf course on Woodward Way, built in 1932, is currently closed for a $23 million renovation. It is expected to reopen as an expanded facility in the fall.

The clubhouse opened in 1941 on land given to the city by developer Eugene Haynes.

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The $23,000,000 will help transform the 1932 golf course to a reversible nine-hole course, a driving range and a new clubhouse with indoor training areas and outdoor practice areas.