2575 Alston Drive SE,
Atlanta, Georgia GA 30317
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland and residential.
Original (No.1) course designed by Tom Bendelow (1908); significantly redesigned and re-routed by Donald Ross (1913). Rees Jones (1994) restored Ross’s original layout, which had fallen into serious decline during the 1970s and 80s. East Lake's No.2 course was designed by Donald Ross (1928), but was buried under a public housing project in 1970.
5 miles E of downtown Atlanta.
From the centre of Atlanta, follow I-20 East and take exit 61B (Glenwood Ave). At top of ramp turn left and head east along Glenwood Ave SE. After 1 mile turn left into 2nd Avenue. After o.5 mile turn right into Alston Drive. After o.4 mile golf entrance is on your right.
Originally part of the Atlanta Athletic Club (which is now located 23 miles to the north in Johns Creek), the East Lake Golf Club is the home course of legendary golfer Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones. It is also the oldest golf course in the city of Atlanta, situated only five miles east of the downtown area. Laid out on either side of the good-sized East Lake, Donald Ross's original design was restored to its former glory in 1994 by famed architect Rees Jones.
The present course now measures 7,374 yards from the championship tees and plays to a testing par of 72. East Lake’s signature hole is the 168-yard, par-3 6th, which plays from an elevated tee to a diagonally angled peninsula green - one of the first island greens in America. East Lake is widely regarded as one of the USA's finest golf courses, an excellent quality tree-lined and open parkland layout.
Although a private course, generally playable only by its members and their invited guests, the revitalisation of the club in the 1990s became an integral part in the revitalisation of the local neighbourhood. All profits from the club, as well as charitable donations from the club’s corporate membership, support the East Lake Foundation and are channelled back into projects to support and improve the local community.
East Lake is a private club. Guests may only play if hosted by a member.
East Lake is a walking-only golf club (unless a valid medical certificate is shown). Caddies compulsory.
East Lake Country Club was established in the early 1900s to accommodate the club's increasing number of golfers. East Lake Golf Club, as it is now known, remained part of Atlanta Athletic until 1968, when its "parent" moved to a new location at Johns Creek. | East Lake is renowned as the club where the great Bobby Jones developed and honed his golfing skills. In 1908, aged six, Bobby Jones attended East Lake's official opening in the company of his father "Colonel" Robert P. Jones. The elder Jones, served as president of the club from 1937-42; son Bobby was the club president from 1946-47. | East Lake has hosted many top-level golf tournaments including the 1950 US Women's Amateur, 1963 Ryder Cup and 2001 US Men's Amateur. It is now the permanent home of The TOUR Championship, the culminating event of the PGA TOUR playoffs for the FedEx Cup and East Lake GC PGA Tour Venue
World: formerly ranked world's 93rd best course (GOLF magazine, 2007; not in subsequent editions of this ranking).
USA: 131st best course in the USA (Golf Digest, 2019/20).
State: 3rd best course in Georgia (Golf Digest, 2019/20).
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Senior PGA Championship: the revered Southern Hills in Oklahoma hosts the 81st staging of this event (May 27-30); Ken Tanigawa holds the title from its last playing in 2019.
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