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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 Auburn and Georgia Tech football coach for whom the Heisman Trophy was named) was hired as the AAC athletic director.

Atlanta Athletic Club
Atlanta Athletic Club logo.jpg
Club information
LocationJohns Creek, Georgia, United States
Established1898 (1904 for golf course)
TypePrivate
Total holes45
Tournaments hosted
WebsiteAtlanta Athletic Club
Highlands Course
Designed byRobert Trent Jones, Sr., back 9
Joe Lee, front 9
Rees Jones (2006 redesigned)
Par72
Length7,613 yards (6,961 m)
Course rating77.0
Riverside Course
Designed byRobert Trent Jones, Sr.
Rees Jones (2003 redesign)
Par72
Length7,428 yards (6,792 m)
Course rating76.2
Par 3 Course
Par27

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, currently the final event of the PGA Tour golf season.

AAC hosted the 1950 U.S. Women's Amateur and 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 AAC used both of its current regulation courses to host the 2014 U.S. Amateur, with stroke-play qualifying on the Riverside Course and match play on the Highlands Course. The Riverside course, renovated by Rees Jones in 2002, was recognized among the top 10 new private courses in 2004 by Golf Digest.

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, AAC hosted the U.S. Open Badminton Championship. During the 1990s, AAC hosted the AT&T Challenge, Atlanta's ATP professional tennis stop.

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 AAC include golfers Bobby Jones, Charlie Yates, Alexa Stirling, Watts Gunn, Dot Kirby, and Tommy Barnes; football player Daddy Barcomb; tennis player Nat Thornton; and basketball player Bob Kurland.

In the 2004 film Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius AAC was used to film many of the golf scenes.

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Key datesEdit

  • 1898 – first organizational meeting and granting of club charter
  • 1899 – Official opening of 56 Edgewood Avenue facility
  • 1902 – Move to new clubhouse at 37 Auburn Avenue
  • 1924 – purchase of Carnegie Way property (10 story downtown club)
  • 1926 – opening of Carnegie Way property
  • 1930 – winning of Grand Slam by Bobby Jones, Jr.
  • 1963 – purchase of River Bend property in Duluth
  • 1967 – opening of the new 27-hole golf course at River Bend
  • 1968 – vote by stockholders to sell East Lake Country Club
  • 1969 – selection of Atlanta Athletic Club Country Club as name for River Bend club
  • 1971 – decision to sell Carnegie Way town club
  • 1973 – destruction of Carnegie Way town club
  • 2016 – second redesign of Highlands by Rees Jones

ScorecardsEdit

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
1976 US Open -- / -- 455 450 460 205 540 440 175 420 415 3560 370 480 510 390 415 215 410 205 460 3455 7015
2001 PGA -- / -- 430 571 469 204 541 425 183 463 416 3602 439 454 547 364 442 227 441 207 490 3511 7213
2011 PGA -- / -- 454 512 475 219 565 425 184 467 426 3727 442 457 551 372 468 260 476 207 507 3740 7467
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
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
Tournament 72.6 / 142 398 471 407 142 541 403 179 376 407 3324 379 393 474 364 365 204 373 154 528 3234 6558
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 US Open & 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
Tournament 73.3 / 136 310 441 324 128 436 330 135 295 351 2750 353 339 389 292 323 145 296 124 397 2658 5408
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
Silver 70.1 / 129 310 399 289 92 405 296 90 253 273 2407 353 318 389 266 283 103 266 95 358 2431 4838


Atlanta Athletic Club – Riverside 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
Gold 76.0 / 142 616 433 583 391 428 200 442 205 490 3788 400 168 464 536 393 436 420 237 586 3640 7428
Blue 73.7 / 135 561 412 522 371 391 185 422 187 448 3499 382 154 436 516 366 415 403 218 563 3453 6952
Tournament 72.6 / 142 561 412 489 371 391 156 397 187 422 3386 382 154 392 516 366 384 339 177 507 3217 6603
White 70.9 / 129 534 391 489 346 366 156 397 153 422 3254 359 141 392 485 323 384 339 177 507 3107 6361
Green 68.0 / 124 480 367 461 320 336 122 332 133 372 2923 322 113 370 418 301 346 317 154 449 2790 5713
Handicap Men's 3 9 1 13 11 15 7 17 5 14 18 8 6 10 2 12 16 4
Par 5 4 5 4 4 3 4 3 4 36 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap   Women's   3 9 1 13 11 15 7 17 5 14 18 10 2 8 6 12 16 4
Green 73.6 / 130 480 367 461 320 336 122 332 133 372 2923 322 113 370 418 301 346 317 154 449 2790 5713
Tournament 72.3 / 128 463 325 426 320 283 104 316 133 355 2725 322 113 333 396 301 346 300 120 449 2680 5405
Black 71.4 / 126 463 325 426 291 283 104 316 116 355 2679 303 91 333 396 277 321 300 120 417 2558 5237

Major tournaments hostedEdit

Year Tournament Course(s) Winner
1976^ U.S. Open Highlands Jerry Pate
1981^ PGA Championship Highlands Larry Nelson
1990^ U.S. Women's Open Riverside Betsy King
2001^ PGA Championship Highlands David Toms
2011^ PGA Championship Highlands Keegan Bradley
2014 U.S. Amateur Riverside (stroke play)
Highlands (stroke and match play)
Gunn Yang
2017 Arnold Palmer Cup Highlands U.S.19.5–11.5

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