When you consider the fact that the $9 billion Emory Golf Course is in need of significant repairs, it would seem that the university is in no hurry to move its championship golf tournament to a new location.
However, that’s not the case.
After Emory officials met with the city and the city of Atlanta about its plans to relocate the NCAA Tournament to the city, it’s clear that the city isn’t interested in a $1.9 billion renovation of the Atlanta-based course.
According to Atlanta officials, the city wants to stay in the business of hosting the championship golf championships.
It would be a major boon for the city if Emory’s championship golf course could be relocated to the new site.
“There is no reason to keep the Emory Championship Golf Course,” Emory spokesman Joe McDonough said in a statement.
“Atlanta wants it.
Atlanta has made it clear that it is willing to support Emory hosting the tournament in Georgia.
We are confident that the new Emory campus will be an ideal site for hosting the NCAA Championship.”
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who attended the meeting, was not in attendance.
Atlanta Mayor Kasheesh Reed, a Georgia native, is the brother of Atlanta Mayor Greg Reed.
Atlanta’s plans for the tournament’s future will depend on the city’s city-owned golf course.
According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Augusta National Golf Club has a land-use agreement with the Atlanta City Council that will require the Augusta club to move from the old site.
That land-management agreement would likely prevent Emory from moving to the Georgia State Fairgrounds.
“The Emory golf course has played a vital role in the development of the city for nearly a century,” Emry president and CEO Paul J. Condon said in the statement.
“Atlanta is committed to the future of the Georgia Championship, and we look forward to working with the City Council to support the Atlanta Regional Commission’s vision for a new, fully-featured, city-based championship golf facility.”
Atlanta’s decision to continue hosting the championships at the Augusta course comes just weeks after Atlanta Mayor Johnathan Austin signed a memorandum of understanding with the NCAA that would allow the Georgia state tournament to relocate.
The new agreement would require Emory to relocate its tournament, which is scheduled to begin play in 2019.
“We’re working on the final details and looking at a number of options, including relocating the Georgia championships to the Atlanta metropolitan area,” Emary spokeswoman Lisa Wojciechowski said.
“There’s no timetable at this point.”