UGA Golf Course
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.
"Dr. Aderhold loved the game of golf," said Liz Murphey, UGA's legendary women's coach and athletics administrator, during the 1993 NCAA Championships. "He was the reason the course was built."
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.
Over its history, the golf course hosted a number of different tournaments including the annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, the PGA Junior Championship, the Men's and Women's SEC Championships, Men's and Women's NCAA Regionals, as well as the women's collegiate national championships four times – 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 and 1993 NCAA Championships.
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. That same year, the University of Georgia and the PGA Tour announced that the Nationwide Tour's "Athens Classic at UGA" would be played at the UGA Golf Course. The UGA layout joined only a handful of universities to ever host a Nationwide Tour event since the tour's first tournament in 1990.
The course remains the home of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, one of the nation's longest running women's intercollegiate competitions in any sport. Traditionally a spring event, the 41st annual edition of the event was contested in the fall of 2012 as a preview for the 2013 NCAA Championships. The list of golfers who have competed in the LMCC reads like a "Who's Who" of women's golf, including LPGA Hall of Famers Beth Daniel, Betsy King and Julie Inkster as well as current standouts Stacy Lewis and Caroline Hedwall.