ATLANTA – With temperatures starting to rise, the Georgia State men’s golf team found themselves practicing in a new location on Friday – the Bobby Jones Golf Course just north of downtown Atlanta.

In the works for the last few years, the new Bobby Jones Golf Course off Northside Drive will serve as the new practice facility for Georgia State Golf. The driving range, practice area, and course opened in late November to rave reviews. In the coming months, an indoor facility will be built with Georgia State having its own area separate from the public.

“This truly is great,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “This is a project that coach Joe Inman has been working on for the last few years and to see it come to fruition is really special. We are very fortunate to have our own place so close to campus.

“We are able to now provide all of the resources that a student-athlete would need to be successful both in the classroom and on the golf course. This facility is second-to-none and will allow our student-athletes to prepare for the next level of golf after graduating from Georgia State.”

In 1932, the Bobby Jones Golf Course opened as the first public golf course in Atlanta and a tribute to one of the greatest golfers of all time: Bob Jones. Over the years, the course became rather obsolete and no longer properly honored the most iconic name in golf.

A passionate group of citizens who share a passion for Bobby Jones’ legacy and this historic golf course formed The Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation, Inc. The Foundation aimed to transform the course into a facility worthy of his name, one that includes a revolutionary reversible golf course designed by the late Bob Cupp, state of the art practice facilities, the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, and programming designed to grow the game of golf with a specific focus on juniors and adaptive golf. Bobby Jones Golf Course’s Murray Golf House will also become the center of golf in Georgia serving as the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and home to the Georgia State Golf Association and Georgia Section of the PGA of America.

Georgia State will return to the course for the Tiger Invitational hosted by Auburn Feb. 24-26, at Grand National Golf Club in Opelika, Ala.