Rees Jones, Inc.

Golf Course Design & Architecture

Rees Jones, Inc.
Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands)
Johns Creek, Georgia
Image: Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands)
Course Type
Design Roles
Complete Redesign
(1994, 1995, 2006, 2016)
Additional Work
Bryce Swanson

Client Course Description

The Atlanta Athletic Club, the home club of legendary golfer Robert T. Jones, Jr., is a private athletic, golf and country club known nationally and internationally for the excellence of the facilities and services offered to our members and their families. Membership is by invitation only and guests are allowed only when accompanied by members.

Designer Notes

Rees Jones redesigned the Highlands course in 2006. AAC Golf Course and Grounds Director and Project Manger Ken Mangum worked with Rees Jones, his key staff members Bryce Swanson and Clyde Hall and Kerry Haigh of the PGA, to produce a true championship venue. The course is strategically bunkered with narrow fairways that are ready for the 2011 PGA Championship.

In the Spring of 2016, work has started on the club’s famed Highlands Course which includes removal or rebuilding of a select group of bunkers, replacement of all bunker sand, rebuilding of the number 14 green surface to increase the number of hole locations, as well as the addition of new forward tees on twelve holes to improve course playability.

Course Photos


Tournament Year(s)
U.S. Amateur 2014, 2030
KPMG Women's PGA Championship 2021
PGA Championship 2001, 2011
U.S. Junior Amateur 2002


Award Publication
Third, Best New Private Remodel (2007) Golf Digest
America's 100 Best Modern Courses Golfweek


Headline Date
What To Expect — Familiar And New — From Atlanta Athletic Club At This Week’s KPMG Women’s PGA June 25, 2021
Atlanta Athletic Club Renovating Highlands Course January 5, 2016
Atlanta Athletic Club, Hole-by-Hole August 8, 2011
Fright To The Finish August 1, 2011
Atlanta Athletic Club Awaits The 93rd PGA Championship May 3, 2011
Atlanta Athletic Club Highlands Course Rees Jones Redesign Summary – 1994 To 2010 April 21, 2011
Tripleheader: Architect Rees Jones’ Touch Showcased During Three-Week Stretch August 1, 2001

More Information

For more information about Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands), please visit the course’s website.