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Old 12-03-2014, 07:34 AM
 
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Hi all,

Our son plays golf, I'm in banking and starting a new non-profit and my husband is a physician. We are thinking of joining the City Club of Buckhead and the Georgia Alliance but want to look into it a little more before we commit. The main issue- meeting and event space for my non-profit. I'm working double duty with a full time job in investment management and running a non-profit and figured a club membership could help when I meet clients from work and provide a place to have some low-key charity events for my non-profit.

Our son loves golf- like really loves it, but we haven't gotten him involved because we don't know where to start. We want to get him involved since he's entering the 9th grade next year for college scholarship opportunities and figured this would be the easiest way. My husband and I love to socialize personally and professionally and figured this would be a great way to achieve all these things in one shot.

Where do we start? I have the membership app, but it asks for references. We don't know any current members. Do we have to? We heard the initiation fees range from $250-$1000, and monthly payment $150 a month. How do they decide how much the initiation fee is? For current members, is it worth it? We are all over Atlanta working and living OTP and ITP and have to take advantage of the Alliance. Does anyone have any other clubs that they would recommend?

Help.
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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I suspect the Alliance won't be useful for someone who wants to play golf regularly. You are better off joining a country club with a golf course for your son, if that is a priority.

Of course, that is more $, probably lots more in terms of initiation fee.

Where do you live? Perhaps there are better options...
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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Doesn't his high school have a golf team? The people I know who had golf scholarships played on their high school teams.
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:04 AM
 
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The City Club has no golf. The Alliance has "member" golf clubs; however, many are semi-private and open to the public (St. Marlo Country Club, for example) where you don't need an Alliance affiliation to play. The City Club does have a nice athletic facility and the food is generally pretty good but certainly not as good as their website would have you think.
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Old 12-03-2014, 04:26 PM
 
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Those affiliations can come in handy when you are looking for event space, though, especially if the event is not in our immediate neck of the woods. I like having a meeting place intown as well.

Do be aware of the difference between the City Club of Buckhead and the Buckhead Club. They are right across the street from each other and it's easy to get them confused. I've been to the wrong one on occasion and have had guests do the same thing.
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:46 AM
 
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Arjay, what would you say are the differences between the clubs? From a reality perspective, not what the websites have to say.
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Old 12-05-2014, 01:06 PM
 
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ATLTJL, my apologies for not being more specific. In my opinion, they seem an awful lot alike.

What I meant to say is that some folks (including me) forget that there are two similar clubs right across the street from each other.

For example, a friend of mine invited me to lunch at "the Buckhead club." I was thinking about the City Club of Buckhead in the Financial Center, and he meant the Buckhead Club at 3344 Peachtree. We eventually connected, but it was a bit confusing.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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Bro, here is what I would do to "get an in" with some of the more Old Money Clubs in the city. Not sure your religious denomination but join a small group in Buckhead..lots to go around and most are comprised of fairly influential business leaders if you join the right one. Get to know them and leverage their relationships for access and recs to get into one of the more inclusive old ATL clubs (not Piedmont, CCC, Peachtree) like Ansley, Atlanta Country Club, Dunwoody CC, Cherokee, or Druid Hills.
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