Rees Jones, son of Robert Trent Jones and the go-to architect for the USGA, designed this course in the Hamptons, home to such storied clubs as Maidstone, National and Shinnecock. Work on the Atlantic's course began in 1990 and was completed two years later, earning immediate rave reviews, including the title of Best New Private Course from Golf Digest. Those famous early clubs may have occupied the very best ground in the area, but Jones's skill gets the most out of what was still a fine site, one where not so long ago potatoes were being farmed. The spacious, gently hilly layout is threaded among the native sand dunes that look out on marvelous scenery in every direction. The Atlantic has thus been able to make a name for itself among the exclusive competition, and membership here runs over $150,000 per year. The club has also begun attracting tournaments with the Met Open.