No course on our rankings has highlighted the value of new turfgrasses better than the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club. It sets the standards for quality everyday conditions as well as for major championships at Southern venues. Its tees and fairways are newly-developed Zorro Zoysia, which can withstand Atlanta’s coldest winter days. Greens are state-of-the-art TifEagle Bermuda, smooth and pure. Approaches and surrounds of greens are TifGrand Bermuda, which allows them to be mowed very tight for additional bounce. The rough is Tifway 419 Bermuda, a great old standby. The club also recently upgraded its irrigation system. Because each turf has different water demands, a precise individual-head system was installed, each head controlled by the superintendent with a smart phone app, applying moisture only where needed and thus saving water and money. No longer will an errant shot at AAC land behind an irrigation box. There are none anymore.
100 Greatest: Ranked for 12 years from 1979-'90. Highest ranking: No. 71, 1989-'90.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013. Highest ranking: No. 112, 2015-'16. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 136.
Best in State: Ranked fourth, 2013-'20. Ranked fifth, 2021-'22. Ranked ninth, 2011-'12.