Intimidating is the only way to describe this 227-yard par 3. This is the longest and most difficult par 3 on the course. During 2001, No. 15 yielded the most high numbers of any hole other than No. 18. The hole plays slightly downhill but extremely difficult with a large pond that guards the entire right side of the green. This pond starts well in front of the green, completely hugs the right side and wraps around the back right corner. There is little room for error off the tee as any shot that leaks to the right is going to be wet. The tendency is to take plenty of club and favor the left center of the green no matter where the flag is cut. A new highly elevated tee has been added, allowing the hole to play 258, just in case extra distance is needed. Look for the hole to be cut back right on the weekend, which plays at 242. David Toms' hole-in-one during Saturday's round in 2001 was no doubt a major turning point in helping him win the 83rd PGA. It was also a turning point for Jerry Pate during the final round of the 1976 U.S. Open when Pate strung a 2 iron down the water line to within 8 feet and made 2. This hole would be the start of AAC's version of 'Amen Corner.'
Hole descriptions provided by Rick Anderson, PGA Master Professional, Director of Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club.