Founded as Brookhaven Country Club in 1883, the club changed its name to Capital City Club Brookhaven twenty years later when Englishman Herbert Hayden Barker was also engaged to set out the 18-hole Brookhaven course as the first golf facility for the members.
Another ninety years would pass before the club’s second 18-hole course appeared. This time, Tom Fazio was chosen to fashion the Crabapple course on a property twenty-two miles further north, immediately next to the Pete Dye course at Atlanta National Golf Club in Milton.
Longer and tougher than the Brookhaven layout, the Crabtree course soon gained national prominence when it hosted the 2003 WGC-American Express Championship a year after it first opened for play. Tiger Woods won the event by two strokes from three other players.
Incidentally, this wasn’t the first time an important professional tournament had been held by the club as the Brookhaven course was formerly used for the Atlanta Open, most famously in 1945 when Byron Nelson claimed one of his eleven straight PGA Tour victories that year.