The company that has operated Buckhead’s Bobby Jones and North Fulton golf courses for 30 years is ending its contract Oct. 31. The city says the golf courses will remain open after that, but indicated that a new vendor is not yet in place.

American Golf Corporation and the city could not reach an agreement following a competitive bidding process for the right to operate and manage several city-owned golf courses, including the Buckhead courses.

Golfers play at Bobby Jones Golf Course in 2015. (File Photo by Phil Mosier)

“Unfortunately, despite the efforts of everyone involved, we were not able to reach…an agreement,” American Golf said in a statement to Reporter Newspapers broadcast partner CBS46.

City spokesperson Jewanna Gaither said that American Golf “did not compete” in the recent competitive bidding for the contract.

“Starting November 1, American Golf Corporation will no longer serve as the management company for the City’s golf courses,” Gaither said in an email. “Nonetheless, all operations will continue, and we are committed to ensuring our golf courses serve as vital community assets for future generations.”

Asked about a new operator, Gaither said, “We are working on the transition.”

The change in operators follows a controversial plan approved this summer to remake Bobby Jones, located on Woodward Way in Atlanta Memorial Park, into a reversible nine-hole course with new buildings, including a Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. The plan involved a land swap that gave the golf course property to the state.

North Fulton Golf Course is the popular course on West Wieuca Road within Chastain Park.

The operations contract that American Golf is leaving also includes Atlanta’s Brown’s Mill, Alfred “Tup” Holmes and Candler Park courses.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

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