Wed., June 2, 2010 4:12pm (EDT)

Golf Hall Of Fame No More
By Noel Brown
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Governor Sonny Perdue's signature on Senate Bill 449 officially gets rid of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in Augusta.
Governor Sonny Perdue's signature on Senate Bill 449 officially gets rid of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in Augusta.
Thirteen million in taxpayer dollars helped pay for what was meant to be a site honoring Georgia’s golfers and a major Augusta tourist attraction.

The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame opened to the public in 2001 with officials predicting hundreds of thousands of yearly visitors.

But a garden path surrounding bronze statues of golf greats like Jack Nicklaus wasn’t enough to attract the attendance needed to keep the site going.

Barry White of Augusta’s Visitors and Convention Bureau says people didn't flock there because there wasn't enough to see.

"There was not a museum type facility that people could walk in and learn about the game of golf and those great Georgians who contributed to the game of golf in the state," said White.

The Governor’s signature means the state owned property can now be sold to the highest bidder. Developers are already eying it for the site of a mixed use baseball stadium.