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 downtown 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. In the past two decades, Rees Jones has redesigned most holes, and 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.
100 Greatest: Ranked for 16 years from 1997-2012. Highest ranking: No. 60, 2001-'02. Note: The course was also included on Golf Digest's original 200 Toughest Courses list from 1966-'68.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013. Highest ranking: No. 103, 2015-'16. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 129.
Best in State: Ranked third, 2011-'20. Ranked fourth, 2021-'22. Ranked inside the top 5, 1997-2010.