Sarasota News Leader

01/31/2014

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Shawn Pierson has a dream for the Bobby Jones Golf Course. He wants to return it to its initial configuration, while modernizing the course's tees and creating a new clubhouse at a different site. He shared his dream with about 70 other golfers at the current clubhouse on Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, at a city-sponsored pub- lic meeting on the creation of a master plan for the municipal facility. Pierson is a founder of the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club, a nonprofit group formed last year that supports the 291-acre, city-owned facility. For a comparison, the course and buildings together are eight times the size of downtown's Payne Park. T h e B o b b y J o n e s course was created in 1925 by a famous c o u r s e a r c h i t e c t named Donald Ross. T h e c l u b 's n a m e - sake is arguably the greatest golfer of the 20th century; he was a winter resident of Sarasota at the time it About 70 people showed up in the Bobby Jones Golf Course clubhouse this week for a public meeting about a master plan for the facility. Photo by Stan Zimmerman CITY-OWNED GOLF COURSE NEEDS A TURF-LIFT, SAYS SUPPORT GROUP BUSTED PLUMBING AND OTHER ISSUES What should we do with it? Should it benefit just golfers or the entire city? Visitors? Folks from Manatee and Sarasota counties? The neighbors across the street? Shawn Pierson Founder Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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