Travelers Championship

TPC River Highlands



East Lake Golf Club

Atlanta, GA, United States Private

Overview

Tom Bendelow actually laid out the original course at East Lake, back when it was known as Atlanta Athletic Club, and that was the layout upon which Stewart Maiden taught the game to the now-legendary Bobby Jones. Donald Ross basically built a new course on the same spot in 1915, which remained untouched until changes were made before the 1963 Ryder Cup. When Atlanta Athletic moved to the suburbs in the late 1960s, the intown East Lake location fell on hard financial times until being rescued in the 1990s by businessman Tom Cousins, who made it a sterling fusion of corporate and inner-city involvement. Rees Jones redesigned most holes beginning in the mid-90s, making the course more reflective of his views of championship golf. After the PGA Tour reversed the nines for the 2016 Tour Championship (flipping the unpopular par-3 finish into the ninth hole), the club made the new routing permanent for regular play. East Lake will undergo another major renovation following the 2023 Tour Championship, this time by Andrew Green, who will highlight the Donald Ross heritage.

About

Holes 18
Length 7374
Slope 142
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1913
Designer Tom Bendelow/(R) Donald J. Ross, ASGCA/George W. Cobb, ASGCA/Rees Jones (1995)/Andrew Green (2023)

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013.
2023-'24 ranking: 150th.
Previous ranking: 129th.

100 Greatest: Ranked from 1997-2012.
Highest ranking: No. 60, 2001-'02.
(Course was listed on the original 1966-1968 ranking of America's 200 Toughest Courses.)

Best in State: Ranked third, 2011-'20. Ranked fourth, 2021-'22. Ranked inside the top 5, 1997-2010, 2023-2024.
Current ranking: 5th.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

3.9

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.3115
Character
7.8636
Challenge
7.4833
Layout Variety
7.1459
Fun
7.3139
Aesthetics
7.2738
Conditioning
7.514

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