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The University of Georgia Golf Course opened in 1968 with the purpose of supporting the university community and a collegiate golf program. Over the years the course has become an important recreation facility not only for the University, but for the state of Georgia as a whole.

Avid golfer Dr. Omer C. Aderhold served as the University of Georgia's President from 1950-67 and was a driving force behind the creation of the UGA Golf Course.

The University already owned the land and Dr. Aderhold was a personal friend of Robert Trent Jones Sr., the golf course's architect. In addition, UGA students were so interested in having a golf course that they agreed to pay for it in their student activity fees over a five-year period during the 1960s.

By 1990, the course needed heavy renovation and Dave Cousart, the golf course manager, worked to rebuild the greens and irrigation system, as well as integrate a number of Jones' features that had been left out because of the limited budget back in the 1960s.

In May 2006, the greens and the greens complex were completely renovated by Love Golf Design of St. Simons Island. The new green design brought the course up to the championship standards of today's top professional and collegiate players. The greens are very characteristic of a Jones course and the renovation included 21 new tees, making the course more versatile for both amateurs and professionals.

In 2009, the golf course was named one of the top-10 public courses in Georgia by Golfweek Magazine as well as one of the best 25 best university courses in the nation by Links Magazine. In 2013, the UGA course was ranked No. 9 among the top university courses in the U.S. by Golfweek.

Over its history, the UGA Golf Course hosted a number of different collegiate tournaments including the annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, the Men's and Women's SEC Championships, Men's and Women's NCAA Regionals, as well as the women's collegiate national championships on five occasions - the 1971 Division of Girls' and Women's Sports (DGWS) Intercollegiate Championships, the 1981 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Championships and the 1983, 1993 and 2013 NCAA Championships.

In 2013, the University of Georgia and the PGA Tour announced that the Tour's "Athens Classic at UGA" (later named the Stadion Classic at UGA) would be played at the UGA Golf Course. The UGA layout joined only a handful of universities to ever host a Tour event since the tour's first tournament in 1990.

The UGA Course has helped the Georgia men's and women's golf teams produce stellar results. The men's team won NCAA Championships in 1999 and 2005 and boasts a league-high 28 SEC team titles. In 1946, George Hamer claimed medalist honors at the national meet. Fifteen different Bulldogs have won the individual title at the SECs. The Georgia women captured the 2001 NCAA Championship and also have produced three individual national champions - Terri Moody in 1981 (at the UGA Golf Course), Cindy Schreyer in 1984 and Vicki Goetze in 1992. The Georgia women's program sports an SEC-best 19 league titles - 11 team and eight individual.

Much of Georgia Golf's success can be attributed to the program's Boyd Golf Center and adjacent practice area just yards for the UGA Golf Course's combined green for Nos. 9 and 18. The Boyd Center features posh locker rooms, spacious coaches' offices; a players' lounge with a dramatic panoramic view of the UGA Golf Course's 18th green, club storage and repair areas, multiple computer work stations and a kitchen.

The practice area includes multiple tee boxes overlooking a range with numerous target greens, three putting greens, wedge play areas and three practice bunkers. In addition, tee boxes in the Frank Lumpkin Indoor Practice Facility provide not only a location to practice during inclement weather but also state-of-the-art video equipment for swing analysis.

Georgia was among the first schools in the nation to christen its own home in 1999 and many other programs have utilized the Boyd Center as a model to construct their own such facilities.

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