Atlanta Athletic Club has been around in various forms since 1898. The configuration of its Highlands Course was completed in 1970. Six years later the U.S. Open was held there. Since then it has undergone a couple of redesigns by Rees Jones, whose father, Robert Trent Jones Sr., was one of the original architects for what was then a 27-hole complex.
Anyway, that major is remembered for the shot that clinched it, a five-iron out of the rough from 22-year-old Jerry Pate on the 72nd hole from some 190 yards away that had to clear a lake fronting the green. Moments before, third-round leader John Mahaffey had put his approach into the wet stuff. But Pate, the 1974 U.S. Amateur champion, hit it to within a few feet of the cup for a kick-in birdie three and a two-shot victory over 1968 PGA champ Al Geiberger (closing 69) and 1973 British Open champ Tom Weiskopf (68).