Company:Atlanta Athletic Club
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Location(s):1930 Bobby Jones Dr
Industry:Hospitality / Travel
The Atlanta Athletic Club is known nationally and internationally for the excellence of the facilities and services offered to our members and their families. Our two 18-hole golf courses, nine-hole Par 3 course, 42,000 sq. ft. athletic center, indoor and outdoor tennis facilities, Olympic-sized pool, and our beautiful club rooms and dining facilities make up a complex that offers superior social and recreational opportunities for our members and their families. The Club is one of the few facilities on the East Coast that offers all these services in one location. Beginning in 1997, an independent survey group has voted the Atlanta Athletic Club the number one athletic club in the country for the past seven years. The club has hosted numerous national events. In 1963, the club hosted the prestigious Ryder Cup Championship at its East Lake golf course. Shortly thereafter, the club moved its downtown club and country club to one location on the fast-growing north side to a property called Riverbend. Robert Trent Jones designed the two new golf courses at Riverbend and a new clubhouse and athletic center were built. In 1976, the club hosted the first of many championships on its Highlands course, the U.S. Open. Jerry Pate won that championship and was followed by Larry Nelson in the 1981 PGA. Betsy King won the 1990 US Women’s Open on the club’s Riverside course. On Highlands, David Toms won the 2001 PGA Championship. The Atlanta Athletic Club will again host the PGA Championship in 2011. In addition, the club has hosted eight years of the well known ATT Tennis Challenge and Pete Sampras was one of the annual winners.
History The Atlanta Athletic Club was chartered in 1898 by a group of young men who were seeking a place where they could enjoy indoor and outdoor athletics with their business associates and friends. Their original downtown club was located on Edgewood Avenue. In 1908 the club hired its first athletic director, John Heisman—of Heisman Trophy fame. The great golfer, Bobby Jones, grew up playing golf at the East Lake Country Club, which the club built in 1906. Bobby Jones became the world’s most famous amateur golfer and his career culminated with the Grand Slam of golf in 1930. The downtown club outgrew its location twice, and in 1924 built a 10-story building on Carnegie Way. The Carnegie Way building grew to include an indoor pool, dining rooms, barbershop, ballrooms, men’s grill and 60 overnight accommodations for members and their guests. Dancing on the rooftops was a very popular attraction, especially during the hot Atlanta summers. The Club today in Duluth is a vibrant hub of activity for families interested in athletic and social opportunities in one magnificent location.