Gov. Deal transfers Golf Hall land to Georgia Health Sciences University

ATLANTA — The riverfront campus for Georgia Health Sciences University can become a reality.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation into law last week transferring 16 acres on Reynolds Street from the defunct Golf Hall of Fame to the university.

The law took effect immediately with Deal’s signature.

The state bought the land to be the home of an interactive museum and landscaping that was supposed to reflect Georgia’s most popular golf courses, especially Augusta National Golf Club since most tourists can only see it on television.

Statues of golfers inducted into the hall of fame were also to be displayed on the grounds.

Although the landscaping was completed and some statues were installed, organizers didn’t raise enough money to build the museum.

Attendance never came close to expectations, and the state eventually canceled the project, leaving the land idle.

University officials convinced the Deal administration and the General Assembly to transfer the property to the school, which is merging with Augusta State University.

No plans have been announced for it, and GHSU administrators say they are considering many options, especially a research park.

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