East Lake Golf Club
|Location||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Tournaments hosted||The Tour Championship
Ryder Cup (1963)
|East Lake Golf Course|
|Designed by||Donald Ross|
|Length||7,374 yards (6,743 m)|
|Slope rating||142 |
|Course record||60 - Zach Johnson (2007)|
The East Lake Golf Club is located in the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. The property where East Lake Golf Club now resides was the home course of the legendary golfer Bobby Jones. Since 2004, it has been the continuous home of The Tour Championship of the PGA Tour, first played at the course in 1998.
The Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) was formed in 1898, and was a very popular club; it gained 700 members in only four years. The director of the club's athletic program was John Heisman, the famous football coach for whom the Heisman Trophy is named. In 1904 the AAC bought property to build a country club which included a golf course. Course architect Tom Bendelow was asked to lay out the course.
The course's first holes were built in 1906 and was initially only seven holes, then nine. In the summer of 1907, the course was expanded to 17 holes, and later that year the 18th hole was built to complete it. Also in 1907, the first significant tournament was hosted at East Lake, the Southern Amateur, won by Nelson Whitney. In 1908, Tom Bendelow opened his "No. 2" course at East Lake.
The course's recognized establishment date is 1913, when famous golf course architect Donald Ross completely redesigned the course. He was called in by members to improve the course to a championship level.
The AAC sold the East Lake course in 1966 to developers and moved to its present home in what is now Johns Creek, Georgia. A few years later in 1968, East Lake Country Club was formed. A group of members purchased the clubhouse and course and started operating the East Lake Country Club.
Par 70 - Zach Johnson, 60 (–10) on September 15, 2007 at The Tour Championship presented by Coca Cola, set at 7,154 yards (6,542 m).
Par 72 - Bryce Molder, 64 (–8) on June 4, 2001 at The United States Amateur Championship. The course's length was 7,267 yards (6,645 m).
|Black||76.0 / 142||426||212||390||440||559||213||434||407||589||3670||512||192||391||476||441||525||480||455||232||3704||7374|
|Gold||73.9 / 136||414||182||383||423||547||164||419||355||551||3438||493||178||376||400||429||496||461||401||211||3445||6883|
|Blue||72.6 / 133||408||161||361||413||540||149||408||322||532||3294||482||172||368||395||422||470||416||369||199||3293||6587|
|White||70.8 / 128||395||135||325||403||526||135||397||304||512||3132||465||166||345||376||396||458||385||332||168||3091||6223|
|Red||72.5 / 131||329||102||319||345||473||91||333||275||444||2711||421||138||319||319||365||414||381||267||110||2734||5445|
East Lake has hosted many prestigious tournaments including:
- The Tour Championship
- Southern Amateur
- 1907 Nelson Whitney
- 1910 F.G. Byrd
- 1915 Charles Dexter
- 1922 Bobby Jones
- 1933 Jack Redmond
- 2002 Lee Williams
- Other tournaments
- "Course Rating and Slope Database: East Lake Golf Club". USGA. Retrieved August 6, 2013.