Atlanta without manager for golf courses after failed bid process

The City of Atlanta has ended its lease with American Golf to manage five of the city’s six golf courses, leaving the city without a management company after a failed bidding process.

The city had sought a competitive bidding process, but did not receive any acceptable bids.

American Golf did not bid, but continued to try to work out a deal.

“It has been our sincere hope to come to an arrangement with the city which would permit American Golf to continue operating these courses, as we have done for the past 30 years,” the company said in a statement. “Unfortunately, despite the efforts of everyone involved, we were not able to reach such an agreement.”

American Golf had managed Chastain’s North Fulton Golf Course, Bobby Jones Golf Course, both in Buckhead, and the Browns Mill, Alfred “Tup” Holmes” and Candler Park courses elsewhere in the city. The Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority operates the John A. White Golf Course. American Golf had managed them for more than 30 years. 

The city will manage the courses until it can find a vendor.

“As I understand it, the lease the city put out had a lot of requirements from capital investments to hiring policies, so it was very difficult in the golf world to find someone to foot the bill,” said Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean. “So the city found itself with the transition without a new vendor.”

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