From Bobby Jones (one of the most influential figures in the history of golf) to Snoop Dogg (one of the most influential figures in the history of hip hop), the links at Forest Hills Golf Club have seen a lot. The 18-hole Donald Ross designed golf course was built in 1926 as a key feature of the Forest Hills-Ricker Hotel project developed by Blanchard and Calhoun in partnership with the Adair Realty and Trust Company of Atlanta and New York and Walter Rockefeller Comfort, a New York and Miami capitalist. Ads of the era touted it as “the finest winter golf in America.” For nearly a century, the course has hosted duffers and dignitaries and everything in between.
Bobby Jones began his famous 1930 Grand Slam of Golf with a win at the Southeastern Open, with two rounds played at the Augusta Country Club and two at Forest Hills. He went on to victory that year in the British Amateur, British Open, US Open, and US Amateur – golf’s Grand Slam and a feat yet to be repeated. Future greats Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III played here in the 1980s. Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters Champion, honed his craft on Forest Hills’ rolling fairways and greens as a Jaguar – a member of the Augusta University men’s golf team that won back-to-back NCAA Division I national titles in 2010 and 2011. Just weeks after Reed’s win, another Jag, Broc Everett, claimed the NCAA individual championship on the first playoff hole. And, when Snoop visited the course in 2017 – well, hilarity ensued. After a few whiffs, Snoop got the hang of the game, even sinking a putt long enough to warrant a club drop. We’re proud of the role we played in the development of Forest Hills – the neighborhood, the hotel, and this beautiful golf course, an important part of Augusta’s golf history and golf future. Go, Jags!