Bobby Jones Links Selected to Manage, Renovate East Lake’s No. 2 Nine-Hole Course

East Lake Golf Club's Charlie Yates Golf Course
East Lake Golf Club's Charlie Yates Golf Course. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Bobby Jones Links)

East Lake Golf Club has announced upcoming renovations to the Charlie Yates Golf Course and practice facility located in the historic East Lake community.

Named after East Lake native Charlie Yates, who the British Amateur at Royal Troon Golf Club in 1938, the popular course is considered one of the best short-range tracks in America with its profits going to benefit the East Lake Foundation.

An executive-style 9-hole public golf course, the Charlie Yates was originally designed by famed architect Rees Jones, and built on the former property of East Lake’s old No. 2 course. Home to the First tee of Atlanta, it provides golf education to children living in the city’s metro area.

Bobby Jones Links, a prominent Atlanta-based club management company, will oversee the golf and food and beverage operations at Charlie Yates, as well as the renovation project.

Bobby Jones Charlie Yates
Bobby Jones was a good friend and mentor of Charlie Yates. Both played on the No. 1 & 2 Courses at East Lake. (Courtesy Charlie Yates GC)

“We are honored to support the operations of Charlie Yates Golf Course and bring our management systems, expertise, and resources in addition to our significant experience in golf course maintenance and renovations,” said Whitney Crouse, founding partner of Bobby Jones Links.

“Charlie Yates and Bobby Jones were significant figures in golf, and we are proud to honor their legacy through this partnership.”

To assist in the golf course renovations, Charlie Yates Golf Course has hired Medalist Golf to oversee construction. In addition to converting each of the nine greens and the practice green from Bentgrass to Prizm Zoysia, the renovations will include several tee repairs, cart path refurbishment, and a restoration of the practice tee on the north end of the practice range.

“We are excited to embark on these new enhancements to the course and customer experience,” said Chad Parker, PGA, president and general manager of East Lake Golf Club.

“Bobby Jones Links puts tremendous emphasis on service excellence. Medalist Golf has been involved with our facility for many years.

“Their familiarity with the course, our team, the neighborhood and our mission make these Atlanta-based companies the perfect partners.

East Lake Golf Club's Charlie Yates Golf Course
Another view of East Lake Golf Club’s Charlie Yates Golf Course. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Bobby Jones Links)

Work on the course will begin in late May and will conclude by the first week of July when the grow-in process is finished.

Upon completion, Crouse said, the course will offer exceptional putting surfaces that are more heat, shade, and traffic tolerant. The new Prism Zoysia grass greens will offer a highly consistent putting surface year-round.

In addition to the golf course renovation project, Charlie Yates Golf Course has hired the architecture and design firm of Kuo Diedrich Chi to reimagine and expand the food and beverage operation at Charlie Yates and to renovate the interior of the clubhouse.

Work on the Clubhouse is expected to begin later this year and will be completed prior to the 2022 golf season.

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