Previously, the Atlanta Athletic Club hosted the 1976 U.S. Open (won by Jerry Pate), the 2001 PGA Championship (won by David Toms), the 1981 PGA Championship (won by Larry Nelson), the 1990 U.S. Women’s Open (won by Betsy King) and the 1963 Ryder Cup (won by the U.S.). It will also host the 2011 PGA Championship.
“Atlanta Athletic Club is proud to continue its tradition of hosting national championships,” said Chris Borders, the club’s general manager. “With a long history of Atlantic Athletic Club member amateurs who have played in the U.S. Amateur, such as Bob Jones, Charlie Yates, Watts Gunn, Charlie Harrison and Tommy Barnes, it is a pleasure for us to play host to this prestigious championship.”
The Atlanta Athletic Club was founded in 1898 and was the home club of legendary amateur Bob Jones, who won the U.S. Amateur in 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928 and 1930, and the U.S. Open in 1923, 1926, 1929 and 1930. Jones defeated fellow Atlanta Athletic Club member Watts Gunn in the 1925 U.S. Amateur Championship final.
The club’s Highlands Course and Riverside Course were designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., with Joe Finger assisting on the Highlands Course, and opened in 1964. The Highlands Course hosted three of the previous USGA championships; the 1990 U.S. Women’s Open was hosted by the Riverside Course. Rees Jones redesigned the courses, completing his work on the Riverside Course in 2003 and the Highlands Course in 2006. Both courses will be used for the 2014 U.S. Amateur.