Who would have thought that having a golf membership in Georgia could be such an asset during a pandemic? While most everything else is closed, the golfing is one of the few activities allowed to continue in our state. Those that have golf memberships here at Harbor Club on Lake Oconee are even more fortunate. Our members not only continue to play, but they also get to enjoy delicious food and drinks from our Clubhouse Restaurant.
What’s more, they get priority access to hard-to-find groceries and non-perishables (even toilet paper.) Members also get to swim in our Junior-Olympic pool, use the gym at our Fitness Center, take their pup to the Dog Park, and more. Of course, there are caveats to all of these — new rules that help ensure all of our members remain healthy, safe, and sound during this COVID-19 crisis. While several clubs have had to diminish or even stop services altogether, Harbor Club continues to provide plenty of value to its members. Here’s how:
Fortunately, golf is an outdoor sport that is easy to enjoy, even with social distancing protocols in place. Our highly-acclaimed 18-hole Weiskopf-Morrish-designed golf course offers fairways and greens that make the course aesthetically pleasing and fun to play for all skill levels. What’s more, our course is located alongside Lake Oconee, making a round of golf as gratifying as it is engaging. Members not only get to play our award-winning course but also have access to our driving range, short-game facility, and putting green. To keep everyone safe, some of the new rules are:
- All players must maintain social distancing before, during, and after play.
- One rider is allowed per golf cart. Families may ride together.
- All coolers, ball washers, and bunker rakes have been removed from the course.
- There’s no need for golfers to touch the flags. We’re now using either an inverted cup or one slightly above the turf on each hole.
- The cart staff is taking extra measures to clean and sanitize every cart after use.
While the restaurant remains closed to sit-down eating, members of Harbor Club continue to enjoy delicious meals and beverages, as well as groceries from The Clubhouse. They are happily taking full advantage of our new curbside pickup and take-out options. Chef Gregory and his team are working hard to provide weekly specials of top-notch lunches, dinners, brunches, and family-style meals. A wide variety of excellent wines are available as well, along with several groceries (such as flour, eggs, chicken, ground beef, etc.) and non-perishables (such as toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, and disposable gloves.) Feedback from our members has been very positive. Everyone loves the new offerings because they are so convenient and have made life easier and better than ever — especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pool, Fitness Center, and Dog Park
Members love taking a dip in our crystal clear, Junior-Olympic-sized pool, as it’s a welcome outdoor activity during warm days. Extra-cleaning measures have been put in place, and pool chairs are now in small groups at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing. At The Grove, both our Fitness Center and Dog Park are open. Of course, we ask that everyone follow the six-foot distancing protocols at each. We also require that Fitness Center users clean each piece of equipment used with the provided sanitizing wipes. Also, fitness classes continue to be held either online or outside. Maureen Brower, who teaches Barre and Tone, Core, and Zumba, happily conducts easy-to-access, virtual classes for our members. Upon thanking her for her efforts, she recently divulged, “I love our members and am so happy I can do this for them!”
There are tons of other benefits and amenities available to Harbor Club members in addition to those mentioned in this article. Remember — if you live in Lake Country, you’re qualified to join the fun. Curious to learn more? It can’t hurt to ask. Contact us today with any questions — we’re happy to help.