If you can’t make it to Augusta National Golf Club for The Masters, consider paying a visit to Atlanta’s Emory University for an immersive exhibition on the life, career and legacy of legendary golfer Bobby Jones, who co-founded the iconic tournament’s home course.

“Bobby Jones: The Game of Life” draws from the research collection of Sidney Matthew, the foremost living historian of the Atlanta native widely considered the greatest amateur golfer in history. The four-part, 3,500-sq.-ft. retrospective exhibit is loaded with photographs, newspaper articles, magazine covers and interviews, film footage and artifacts, plus several interactive components.

Matthew, a Florida attorney, has written or edited 10 books about Jones. His collection represents 25 years of research and includes interviews conducted with Jones' friends, colleagues and competitors for an hour-long documentary titled The Life and Times of Bobby Jones.

“This exhibition chronicles the growth of Bobby Jones, both as a golfer and a person,” says Randy Gue, curator of modern political and historical collections at Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). “We start with Jones as a young, natural talent who struggled with his own temper and the pressure of competing against much older, more experienced players; examine his new mental approach that allowed him to move past those obstacles and eventually win the Grand Slam; and follow his accomplishments in retirement.” 

Here are four of the many things the exhibit reveals about Jones:

He Walked Away at the Top of His Game: Jones is best known for winning the Grand Slam – all four championships in a single calendar year – in 1930. “No one had done that before, and no one has done it since,” Gue says. Jones retired from golf that year at the age of 28 but returned to play The Masters from 1934-1948. The exhibit includes a now-bronzed shoe Jones wore when he won the U.S. Amateur Championship, the final tournament of the Grand Slam; replicas of the clubs he used during his Grand Slam season; and film footage from the historic season.

He Truly Defined ‘Work/Life’ Balance: Jones earned undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1922 (the year he won the Southern Amateur) and English Literature from Harvard in 1924 (when he won the U.S. Amateur at Merion). He attended Emory Law School in 1926 (the year he won the British Open and U.S. Open), and passed the bar the following year after only three semesters. He got married and started a family during this period, too.

The Masters Wasn’t Always The Masters: When the tournament was first played in 1934, it was billed as the Augusta National Invitational. The current name was adopted in 1939. “Jones felt The Masters sounded too pretentious,” Gue said. “He never liked the division between amateur and professional golfers. The exhibit includes a mint-condition program from the first Augusta National Invitation, where the names of all players – amateurs and pros – are treated equally.”

From the Course to the Courthouse to Coca-Cola: After retiring from golf, Jones began practicing law at his father’s firm and even managed a transaction where Coca-Cola President Robert Woodruff and a group of Coca-Cola investors purchased the Atlanta minor league baseball team to keep it solvent during the depths of the Great Depression. Jones and Woodruff enjoyed a long friendship, often traveling together and eventually being neighbors. And during this same period, Jones, Clifford Roberts and a group of investors became Coca-Cola Bottlers by purchasing bottling franchises in the U.S. and Latin America. Jones and Roberts toured some of their plants in Latin America in 1947, returning to the U.S. a mere week before that year’s Masters Tournament began.

“Despite his incredible talent and accomplishments, Jones never allowed golf to define him,” Gue said. “The word ‘remarkable’ gets thrown around easily these days, but Jones really was remarkable because there are so many entrance points to his story.”

“Bobby Jones: The Game of Life”, which will remain on view through November, is open to the public at no charge. The exhibit is on display in the Schatten Gallery of the Robert W. Woodruff Library on the campus of Emory University. Learn more.