Early club plans allocated space for two dozen residential lots bordering the course. Land on the south edge of the property was designated as “area for future development.”
In our parallel universe of Georgia National, a home behind the green of the famous par-5 13th hole would offer perhaps the most compelling backyard view in all of sports. Further, becoming part of the U.S. Open rota would have meant red USGA flags.
Only one house ended up being built as part of Roberts' real estate plan—a red brick house that was later demolished. In fact, Roberts so regretted the original plan that one of his final acts before taking his life in 1977 was to tour the first tee to make sure the house was gone. Today no houses outside of the club's vaunted "cabins" are visible from the golf course.