East Lake golf courses seek to join city of Atlanta

By Katie Leslie, AJC.com Staff Writer

ATLANTA: Spectators crowd the 9th green during the third-round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on Saturday Sept. 22nd, 2012. PHIL SKINNER / AJC FILE PHOTO

ATLANTA: Spectators crowd the 9th green during the third-round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on Saturday Sept. 22nd, 2012. PHIL SKINNER / AJC FILE PHOTO

Atlanta could soon add fresh greens to the city’s mix, among them: the East Lake Golf Club.

The East Lake Foundation and East Lake Holdings have filed for their properties to be annexed into Atlanta’s boundaries. Those organizations own the long-time home of the annual Tour Championship, East Lake Golf Club, as well as Charlie Yates Golf Course and an undeveloped property on Glenwood Avenue.

The application was approved by a neighborhood planning unit Tuesday night. It will now go before the city’s zoning review board and the Atlanta City Council for final approval.

A spokeswoman for the East Lake Foundation said the driving force behind the move is to consolidate the properties inside Atlanta, as they now straddle the boundaries of the city and unincorporated DeKalb. That can lead to confusion when it comes to city services, including police and fire, she said. Though the properties are in DeKalb County, they would receive Atlanta’s municipal services if annexed.

“This effort allows us to bring all of those properties into one municipal jurisdiction,” said Catherine Woodling, who noted that East Lake has previously annexed properties into Atlanta.

Woodling said East Lake intends to eventually develop the Glenwood Avenue property.

The request to be annexed is unrelated to the proposed City of Greenhaven in South DeKalb, she said, which would have gobbled up portions of the East Lake properties.

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