Mosaic to manage Bobby Jones GC and Smoke Rise CC

Mosaic Clubs & Resorts has added two courses in the Atlanta market — The Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead and Smoke Rise Country Club in Stone Mountain.

The Bobby Jones Golf Course was Atlanta’s first public facility and had previously been run by American Golf. It was built in 1932 as a tribute to Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr., an Atlanta native. The city swapped the golf course and nearby property to the state in June in exchange for property near Underground Atlanta. The state then entered into a 50-year lease with the newly formed Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation to operate the course. The foundation hired Mosaic to manage the day-to-day operations.

The Foundation plans to invest approximately $20 million to renovate the 18-hole courses into a reversible 9-hole, championship course designed by Bob Cupp, who recently passed away. It will be Cupp's last design work. The foundation will also add state-of-the-art practice facilities, a new pro shop and cart barn.

“The decision to partner with Mosaic was an easy one for the Foundation,” said Marty Elgison, president of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation. “The company’s ability to provide turnkey management services and its reputation for excellence were key factors, but equally important were the passion and excitement they have for the project and for Mr. Jones’ legacy. We know the course will be in good hands as we prepare for the renovation.”

Smoke Rise Country Club is a private club in the Stone Mountain suburb of Atlanta. It opened in 1996, and includes a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, full-service catering and banquet facilities, a junior Olympic-sized swimming facility, world-class clay and hard tennis courts, and a fitness center. Smoke Rise recently invested more than $5 million in its aquatic, tennis and fitness center amenities.

“Over the past 15 years, we have been blessed to manage or own more than 20 golf properties in the Atlanta area,” said Whitney Crouse, Mosaic founding partner and chairman. “None is as important to the City of Atlanta as the course named after Mr. Jones. Being part of its renovation and working for some of Atlanta’s most dedicated golfers and citizens is very exciting for us. Add our engagement at a great club like Smoke Rise and we are thankful for the two wonderful additions to the Mosaic family of clubs.”

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