GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Nov. 9, 2021) – It’s official: The University of North Georgia (UNG) – supported by the City of Gainesville, Greater Gainesville Sports Alliance and Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) – will host the 2022 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships May 10-14, 2022, at Chattahoochee Golf Club.
The NCAA, or National Collegiate Athletic Association, announced its decision Friday, Nov. 5, which is projected to bring an estimated $681,000 in overall economic impact to Gainesville.
“The Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau and sports alliance staff have made it a priority to build a relationship with the NCAA to establish the City as a go-to location for events such as NCAA regional and national competition,” said Gainesville City Manager Bryan Lackey. “The City was fortunate to be named host of the NCAA Rowing National Championship in 2026 at Lake Lanier Olympic Park – a welcome partnership we extend to Chattahoochee Golf Club.”
The City, sports alliance and CVB have also expressed their support of UNG’s bid to host the 2023 NCAA Men’s Golf South/Southeast Super Regional and 2024 NCAA Women’s Golf South/Southeast Super Regional – again – at Chattahoochee Golf Club.
“The NCAA staff sees that Gainesville is well prepared to not only provide all the amenities athletes and NCAA officials need and expect, such as clean and comfortable hotels, available training facilities, delicious and unique eateries, etc., but that our community has the resources in place to provide a first-class experience for athletes beyond the competition venue for social experiences, team-building exercises, etc.,” said Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan.
NCAA’s announcement comes just one month after Chattahoochee Golf Club reopened to the public following extensive renovations, at which point the course saw record participation and several hundred rounds of golf played in just the first few days.
“Wow! This is exciting news and it’s a big deal for Gainesville, UNG and Chattahoochee Golf Club,” said Gainesville Director of Golf Rodger Hogan. “According to my research, this is the first time the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships has been hosted in the State of Georgia. What a great way to show off the golf course and our great Gainesville hospitality!”
City leadership has worked tirelessly over the past year to ensure Chattahoochee Golf Club not only meets the growing needs of patrons and teams, but that it exceeds expectations of a professional golf course providing an experience worthy of enjoyment by entities such as NCAA.
“The sports alliance is proud to partner with UNG and Chattahoochee Golf Club to host the 2022 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships,” said Gainesville Tourism Director Robyn Lynch, who is over the sports alliance and CVB. “Our community has a proven track record of coming together to host athletes from across the nation and the world.”
Lynch said volunteers will be used in all aspects of the tournament, from hospitality, parking, concessions and merchandise, to course and spectator management.
“The sports alliance works tirelessly to market Gainesville as a premier destination for sports recreation, training and competition,” she said. “While Gainesville has many championship-worthy sports facilities, an NCAA tournament will certainly put the newly renovated Chattahoochee Golf Club in the spotlight.”
About Chattahoochee Golf Club
Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. on the banks of Lake Lanier, Chattahoochee Golf Club has been one of the premier public golf courses in North Georgia since 1960.
Built on 183 acres of rolling farmland, the course design allows for easy walking, and is enjoyable for both scratch and high-handicap golfers. Chattahoochee Golf Club also features a clubhouse, complete with a full-service pro shop, putting lab and restaurant; driving range; practice area with sand bunker and chipping green; plus two practice putting greens.
Building on the last major renovation in 2006, considerable time and resources were spent restoring the course back to the original Robert Trent Jones Sr. design. The course now features four new golf holes: No. 12, No. 15, No. 16 and No. 17 – the signature hole. All 18 greens have also been reshaped and converted to TifEagle Bermuda grass.
The course reopened to the public Oct. 9 and in the first five days, almost 750 golfers turned out to experience the revamped course for themselves, providing nothing but positive feedback.