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City to brief golfers on Bobby Jones plans

A consultant is 90% done with a master plan for Bobby Jones Golf Club. On Tuesday, he’ll present his ideas to the public during two workshops.

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  • | 1:53 p.m. May 22, 2017
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Before golf architect Richard Mandell lays out his vision for the future of Bobby Jones Golf Club to the City Commission, you’ll have a chance to share your thoughts on his master plan for the city-owned course.

On Tuesday, Mandell will lead two presentations about the master plan at Bobby Jones. The plans are approximately 90% complete.

Mandell has provided two public updates on his work in the past two months. In April, at a City Commission workshop, he shared a plan for the land on which the nine-hole Gillespie Executive Course sits. The proposed changes focused on adding practice facilities while maintaining a short nine-hole course.

On Thursday, Mandell made a presentation to the city’s Parks, Recreation and Environmental Protection Board. The update included a discussion of potential drainage improvements and changes to the layout of the 18-hole American and British courses.

In January, the city agreed to a $115,000 contract with Richard Mandell Golf Architecture to develop a master plan for the course. As the annual number of rounds played at the course has declined, the commission has expressed an interest in refreshing the property.

A citizen study committee suggested the city should invest as much as $14.5 million to update the course. 


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