Atlanta Athletic Club
Par - 3 15th, Highlands Course.
|Location||Johns Creek, Georgia,
|Established||1898 (1904 for golf course)|
|Website||Atlanta Athletic Club|
|Designed by||Robert Trent Jones, Sr,back 9 Joe Lee, front 9 Redesigned 2006 Rees Jones|
|Length||7,613 yards (6,961 m)|
|Designed by||Robert Trent Jones, Sr Redesigned 2003 Rees Jones|
|Length||7,428 yards (6,792 m)|
|Par 3 Course|
|Designed by||Ken Mangum|
The club's mission statement reads: "The Atlanta Athletic Club will provide an exceptional golf, fitness, tennis, social and dining experience that creates lasting memories and exceeds the expectations of our members, their families and guests, while preserving our heritage, traditions and reputation for championship golf."
The original home of the club was at 56 Edgewood Avenue, a street away from Five Points. In 1924, the club purchased the Lyric Theater building bounded by Carnegie Way, Cone Street and Williams Street. The remodeled club was 10 stories and measured 140,000 square feet. In 1904, the club built a golf course and clubhouse on Atlanta's East Lake property and established the city's first permanent course. Golf icon Bobby Jones grew up playing on Atlanta Athletic Club's East Lake golf course and during his lifetime he served as a club president, as did his father. During Jones' storied golf career as an amateur in the 1920s and 1930s, Bobby Jones always played for his club, the Atlanta Athletic Club. In 1908, John Heisman (the Georgia Tech coach for whom the Heisman Trophy was named) was hired as the AAC athletic director.
While it was downtown, its team placed third in the 1921 Amateur Athletic Union National Basketball Championship defeating Lowe and Campbell Athletic Goods 36-31 in the third place game. At the time colleges, athletic clubs and factory-sponsored clubs all competed in the same league.
In 1963, the AAC bought an expansive site for a new golf course in a then-unincorporated area of Fulton County that had a Duluth mailing address and would eventually become Johns Creek in 2006. Unable to fiscally manage three courses, the club membership voted to sell the No. 2 East Lake course in 1965. In 1968 the membership voted to sell the East Lake property with course #2 and the clubhouse. The new golf course in Duluth opened in 1969 and a fitness center, tennis course and an Olympic pool officially opened in 1970. The new clubhouse, sports facilities and golf course in Duluth gained in popularity and business declined at the downtown Carnegie Way club, so the membership sold the downtown Carnegie Way building by auction in 1971 and consolidated all operations to the massive golf and country club complex in Duluth.
The AAC hosted the 1950 U.S. Women's Amateur and the 1963 Ryder Cup at East Lake. At the new facility in Johns Creek, the club has hosted the 1976 U.S. Open, the 1981 PGA Championship, 2001 PGA Championship, and 2011 PGA Championships on its Highlands Course, and the 1990 U.S. Women's Open on its Riverside Course. In addition, the club has hosted 1982 Junior World Cup, 1984 Mid-Amateur and the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Riverside course, renovated by Rees Jones in 2002, was recognized among the top 10 new private courses in 2004 by Golf Digest. In 2014, the Atlanta Athletic Club will host the U.S. Amateur Championship and in 2017, the Palmer Cup.
The AAC has hosted many non-golf events including the first two Southeastern Conference men's basketball tournaments in 1933 and 1934. In 1984 and 1985, the AAC hosted the U.S. Open Badminton Championship. During the 1990s, the AAC hosted the AT&T Challenge, Atlanta's ATP professional tennis stop.
The AAC offers two 18-hole golf courses, a fitness center and spa, indoor and outdoor tennis, a par-3 golf course course, Olympic-sized pool with splash pad and waterslide, as well as excellent dining in several locations at the club.
Famous members of the AAC include golfers Bobby Jones, Charles R. Yates, Alexa Stirling, golfers Watts Gun and Tommy Barnes,Sr., tennis legend Nat Thornton, basketball player Mark Price, and football player and coach Dan Reeves. In the 2004 film Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius the AAC was used to film many of the golf scenes.
|Champ||77.0 / 152||446||543||478||219||567||426||197||470||429||3775||436||457||555||391||468||260||485||210||576||3838||7613|
|2011 PGA||-- / --||454||512||475||219||565||425||184||467||426||3727||442||457||551||372||468||260||476||207||507||3740||7467|
|Gold||75.9 / 149||442||540||475||194||548||425||183||446||426||3679||421||443||523||387||451||227||409||207||557||3625||7304|
|Blue||73.9 / 141||398||512||445||165||541||403||179||421||407||3471||405||421||495||364||413||204||373||186||528||3389||6860|
|White||71.3 / 134||368||471||407||142||501||370||162||376||372||3169||379||393||474||339||365||175||336||154||500||3115||6284|
|Green||68.8 / 127||324||448||363||128||469||330||135||349||351||2897||362||339||448||307||335||145||296||124||462||2818||5715|
|Green||74.5 / 142||324||448||363||128||469||330||135||349||351||2897||362||339||448||307||335||145||296||124||462||2818||5715|
|Black||71.6 / 131||310||441||324||92||436||296||90||295||307||2591||353||318||389||292||323||103||266||103||397||2544||5135|
Major tournaments hosted
|1976^||U.S. Open||Jerry Pate|
|1981^||PGA Championship||Larry Nelson|
|1990#||U.S. Women’s Open||Betsy King|
|2001^||PGA Championship||David Toms|
|2011^||PGA Championship||Keegan Bradley|
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