Found at the end of Bobby Jones Drive, Murray Golf House will overlook most of the property, providing a panoramic view of the course and across Atlanta. Murray Golf House was designed by architect Jim Chapman, one of the most acclaimed clubhouse architects of our time who imagined more than 300 golf clubhouses worldwide.
Murray Golf House will include the first-ever home for the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. It will also house the new offices for The Georgia PGA and the GSGA. Given Bobby Jones’ historical significance, the new Murray Golf House is the ideal location for the Hall of Fame where residents and visitors will be able to travel through time and learn about such greats as Bobby Jones, Nancy Lopez, Larry Nelson, Tommy Aaron, Hollis Stacy and many other famous Georgia golfers.
The Murray Golf House will also include the 10th Hole Bar and Grille overlooking the golf course, providing a fun place to gather for a refreshment, a bite to eat, and camaraderie for golfers and non-golfers alike. The talented culinary staff will also be able to cater and host superb special events and parties in the Hall of Fame room or on the back deck, making it a superb setting for outings, private parties, or corporate events.
Golfers will also enjoy the Ed Hoard Golf Shop at the Murray Golf House, presenting the best in golf apparel and equipment. It will feature Bobby Jones apparel, one of the most popular lines in golf today.
About Ed Hoard
Ed, a PGA Master Professional, served as the head golf professional at Athens Country Club. Ed also served as a teaching professional at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Prior to moving to Athens in 1980, he served as the head professional at Lakeside Country Club in Atlanta and as an assistant professional at the Flat Creek Club in Peachtree City, Ga.
Ed grew up playing golf on city of Atlanta municipal courses and previously held the Bobby Jones Golf Course record of 63. He was a member of the 1968 University of Florida Golf Team that won the SEC and NCAA championships.
For Ed, golf was his avocation as well as vocation. He was President of the Georgia PGA from 1984-1985. He was a board member until 2001. He was a longtime board member and president of the Georgia Junior Golf Foundation, a joint effort of the Georgia PGA and the Georgia State Golf Association.
Ed was a former chair of the PGA of America Rules of Golf Committee. He was an expert rules official, having worked at PGA Championships, Ryder Cups, Masters Tournaments, British Opens and U.S Opens. He taught at more that 50 USGA-PGA rules of golf workshops.
Included among his many honors are inductions into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 1999, National PGA Golf Hall of Fame in 2004, National PGA Professional of the Year in 1999, National PGA Horton Smith Award Recipient in 1996, five time Georgia Section Horton Smith Award recipient and was twice Georgia PGA Professional of the Year.
Ed was well respected by those inside and outside of the golf community for his kind demeanor, respect for others and his determination to simply do the right thing in each circumstance. He cherished the many friends he had made throughout his life and appreciated the contributions they had made to his.