When I started playing golf back in the 90's I used to roll over to Bobby Jones Golf Club to learn the game. A totally public municipal golf course (aka "Dog Track"), Bobby Jones was fun but far from a bougie experience; on the contrary, it was an everyman's course with chewed up fairways, lots of clover and crabgrass, and insanely slow, flat greens. The "clubhouse?" A trailer serving hot dogs and cans of Bud. Not much of a tribute to one of Atlanta's favorite sons and the father of modern golf.
But after a multi-million-dollar redo, Bobby Jones is reborn as a gorgeous 9-hole challenge with a fabulous new clubhouse called the Murray Golf House that will house the first-ever home for the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and also a brand-new restaurant, Boone's.
Named for Augusta businessman, Boone Knox, Boone's is a relaxed country club experience serving "new American" bites that you don't have to have a big-time membership to enjoy. Chef Matt Jones is a young star who traveled Europe apprenticing for Michelin-starred chefs in Germany and Italy, and fine dining spots in Spain, south Asia and Argentina. Jones has arranged a sophisticated but easy to love menu that looks fancy but just tastes great.
Grab a spot on the terrace and take in what is arguably one of the top 5 restaurant views in the city—a panoramic view of the golf course with buildings on the horizon. It's very tranquil and very unusual. Then nosh on salads, or a classic burger, a gulf shrimp roll, "GA Grown" beef meatballs, NC Rainbow trout and Springer Mountain Farms chicken. Every dish has a little gourmet twist but nothing too crazy, just enough to simultaneously please both the foodies and folks just looking to chow down on something hearty after golf.
And if you want a little libation before or after your round, besides craft beers and great wines, Boone's cocktails are really special—try the Bobby Jones and the Grand Slam served in special glassware with Bobby Jones quotes.
Boone's is a great hidden gem and part of the overall charitable mission of the Bobby Jones Foundation. Whether you are a hack, a scratch golfer or just someone who appreciates some solid food and drinks with a view, Boone's will make you feel like it's "your" club.