Capital City Club offers rich, successful history
PHOTOS: NCAA Championship (Practice)
View a few images of Monday's practice round at Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Milton, GA.
MILTON, Ga. -- The Capital City Club has a rich history -- playing host to this week's NCAA Championship is just the latest in a mix of historic events that have taken place on the expansive property just outside of Atlanta.
Within the Capital City Club, there are three different facilities -- the Country Club, the Brookhaven/City Club and Crabapple.
It started in 1883 when 62 social and business leaders of Atlanta organized the Club and came up with the slogan for the Club as, “A social organization to promote the pleasure, kind feeling and general culture of its members.” It was a central social gathering spot for the area's top-working professionals.
The present downtown Country Club started in 1910, expanding in 1915 after more land was purchased and the course moved from nine to 18 holes.
It wasn’t until 1999 that the Club purchased 600 acres for the Crabapple clubhouse and 18-hole, 7,319-yard course. The Tom Fazio-designed course was completed in 2001.
The club wasted no time in hosting a top event. In 2003, Crabapple hosted a World Golf Championship -- a tournament that Tiger Woods would win, good for his seventh WGC title of his career.
In more recent years, Crabapple has hosted the 2005 AJGA Wyndham Cup, the 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional, the 2012 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Ping/Golfweek Preview in the fall.
Former Oklahoma State golfer Peter Uihlein played for the East Wyndham Cup Team in 2005, while Jamie Lovemark, who won the NCAA individual title in 2007 for USC, played on the West Team.
South Carolina’s Matthew NeSmith has had the latest success at Crabapple. The freshman won the AJGA’s Tournament of Champions last summer with rounds of 68-67-66-70.
Could history repeat itself for NeSmith? Or will a new piece of history be made this week in Milton?