The name “East Lake” came from the place where the East Lake Golf Club is situated. The Golf Club is in the neighborhood of East Lake in the city of Atlanta. This golf club serves as a home to the legendary golfer named Bobby Jones who was recognized as the best golfer in his time. The East Lake Golf Club is also the permanent home of all the Championship Tours in Atlanta. In the year 1898, the Atlanta Athletic Club was founded and later it was opened to all people who love this sport. The golf club was so popular that it gained 700 members in just a few years since its operating time.
The director of the golf club’s athletic program was a famous football coach that was named in a prestigious trophy called the Heisman Trophy. In the year 1904, the AAC bought the property to build a golf course and a country club inside the area a famous architect was asked to make all the layouts of the golf course. The golf course first holes were built in the year 1906. Initially, the golf course only had seven holes but further expansion made it into nine holes. In the year 1907, the golf course was expanding and it had 17 holes that were the biggest in Atlanta in that time.
The very first tournament was hosted by the golf course in the year 1907. Since from the time that it was established and it was opened to all individuals, the East Lake Golf Club became popular for golfers in and around the city of Atlanta. The tournament was named Southern Amateur and it was won by a man named Wilson Whitney. The second course was opened by Tom Bendelow in the year 1908 just before the course was completed.