Walking Through History: East Lake Clubhouse

East Lake Golf Club’s grand centerpiece is its historic clubhouse, which boasts its own enduring legacy. Destroyed twice by fire during its first 20 years, the clubhouse was fashioned in its current form by Atlanta architect Philip Shutze.

The Tudor-style building has long been the anchor of social life in the club. Throughout the building are trophies, photographs and other historic artifacts, documenting the rich heritage of East Lake. Among the items on display include:

  • A display in the Great Hall featuring Bobby Jones’s four major trophies from his Grand Slam season in 1930;
  • A replica of the Calamity Jones, Bobby Jones’s custom-made putter that he used throughout his competitive career;
  • Bobby Jones’s original double-locker and humidor, both on display in the Golf Shop;
  • The British Amateur trophy, commemorating Charlie Yates’s victory in 1938;
  • The Bob Jones Room, which includes a pair of breakfronts containing several treasures from Jones’s career, including an original patch from the Augusta National Golf Club and the 1958 Freedom of the Burgh of St. Andrews granting him honorary citizenship in Scotland;
  • The 1963 Ryder Cup trophy, awarded to the victorious U.S. team captained by Arnold Palmer;
  • The Main Staircase, which is flanked by a cabinet containing memorabilia in tribute to East Lake’s Charlie Harrison;
  • A replica of the 1925 Havermayer Trophy, awarded to Bobby Jones for his victory in the U.S. Amateur Championship;
  • The TOUR Championship trophy, given to the winner of PGA TOUR’s season-ending event at East Lake.

Upstairs, visitors can wind their way through hallways adorned with newspapers documenting Jones’s exploits on the course before entering the Corporate Locker Room. The legends of the game continue to prepare themselves in this facility, with the names of the club’s prestigious members intermixing with the nameplates of the previous year’s TOUR Championship field.

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