ATLANTA – Your correspondent slipped away from East Lake Thursday morning for a scouting trip to Atlanta Athletic Club, site of next year’s PGA Championship.
AAC’s venerable Highlands course was redesigned by Rees Jones in 2006, which should make Phil Mickelson happy, and will likely play much longer than it did in 2001 when David Toms held off Mickelson.
The new card now stretches to 7,613 yards, 400 yards longer than it did in ’01. The biggest change, however, will be at the par-3 15th hole, which Toms aced in ’01 with a 5-wood from 227 yards. A new tee now stretches back 260 yards, which would make a hole-in-one, and maybe even a green in regulation, out of the question for the likes of Toms.