Atlanta Athletic Club

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Atlanta Athletic Club
AAC - 2001 PGA Championship - -15 Highlands.JPG
Par - 3 15th, Highlands Course.
Club information
Location Johns Creek, Georgia,
 United States
Established 1898 (1904 for golf course)
Type Private
Total holes 45
Website Atlanta Athletic Club
Highlands Course
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr,back 9 Joe Lee, front 9 Redesigned 2006 Rees Jones
Par 72
Length 7,613 yards (6,961 m)
Course rating 77.0
Riverside Course
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr Redesigned 2003 Rees Jones
Par 72
Length 7,428 yards (6,792 m)
Course rating 76.2
Par 3 Course
Designed by Ken Mangum
Par 27

The Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC), founded in 1898, is a private athletic club in Johns Creek, Georgia, a suburb 23 miles north of Atlanta. The original home of the club was a 10-story building located on Carnegie Way, and in 1904 a golf course was built on Atlanta's East Lake property. 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.[1] At the time colleges, athletic clubs and factory-sponsored clubs all competed in the same league.

In 1967 the AAC sold both properties and moved to a big site in a then-unincorporated area of Fulton County that had a Duluth mailing address and would eventually become Johns Creek in 2006. The vacated East Lake site became East Lake Golf Club and was refurbished during the 1990s. It is now the home of The Tour Championship, a PGA Tour golf tournament.

The AAC hosted the 1963 Ryder Cup at East Lake, the 1976 U.S. Open, the 1981, 2001, and 2011 PGA Championships on its Highlands Course, and the 1990 U.S. Women's Open on its Riverside Course. The Riverside course, renovated by Rees Jones in 2002, was recognized among the top 10 new private courses in 2004 by Golf Digest.

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 has two 18-hole golf courses, a health center, indoor and outdoor tennis, a par-3 course, Olympic-sized pool, as well as dining.

Famous members of the AAC include golfers Bobby Jones, Charles R. Yates, Alexa Stirling, 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.

Scorecard[edit]

Atlanta Athletic Club - Highlands Course
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
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
Handicap Men's 13 3 5 15 1 9 17 7 11 12 6 2 14 8 16 10 18 4
Par 2011 PGA 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 35 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 3 4 35 70
Par 4 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 36 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap Women's 9 3 7 15 1 13 17 5 11 6 8 2 12 10 18 14 16 4
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[edit]

Year Tournament Winner
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
2014 U.S. Amateur

Bolded years^ are major championships on the PGA Tour. Years in italicized years# are LPGA major championships.

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Coordinates: 34°00′14.40″N 84°11′34.96″W / 34.0040000°N 84.1930444°W / 34.0040000; -84.1930444