Club Times January/February 2024

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Leaders in the Making at the Fitness Center A Letter From the Athletics Chair

Athletics continues tremendous growth in 2023, with even more to come in 2024! As we finish out 2023, the Athletics Department returned to its record heights in utilization and program offerings since pre-Covid years. Under the tremendous leadership of each of our department directors, all areas

across the Athletics Departments. Also, Stephany Pleitez completed her first year as supervisor at the fitness center and continues to gain valuable experience as she works toward her degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Management. She and Mariene Gongora also began a complimentary team member wellness program and has been helping over a dozen members of our AAC team in improving their health! Please congratulate these two exceptional individuals when you see them around the club! Not to be outdone, Debbie and her team in the Retreat Spa continue to turn in record revenues, Jonathan and his Aquatics team successfully completed a season that saw record visits, and Stefanie Arrington and Youth Activities continue to provide lasting memories for our youngest members! Looking to 2024, the Athletics team has a number of exciting activities on tap. Soon we hope to announce our honoree for 2024 Sports Appreciation night, which is always an event to remember. We also will be replacing all cardio and strength equipment in winter 24/25, continuing to be on the cutting edge of the best facilities in the industry. Finally, the Athletics team and Committee have been working with the Vision Committee to create a long-term facilities plan, and look forward to sharing the progress with the membership in the near future. We hope that in 2023 you were able to maximize all that the Athletics Department has to offer and the team looks forward to continuing helping members achieve their wellness goals in 2024!

of athletics have exceed their goals and continue to push for more innovative offerings for our members in the year to come. In fitness, we have been busier than ever—as we approach the record number of visits we saw in 2017-2019. This success not only comes from the excellent equipment available, but in the wide variety of offerings that cater to all of the members’ needs. Thanks to the efforts of Margaret Thomas and her team, we have expanded beyond traditional fitness pursuits and created an all encompassing wellness approach that allows members to focus on their physical and mental well-being. We have seen tremendous growth in our Pilates and assisted stretching programs, and our group exercise continues to challenge members of all ages with innovative and creative classes. Also, the addition of our monthly specialty wellness classes – featuring unique offerings such as Yoga Nidra, Sound Bath, and Sip and Stretch – have brought new groups of members to the fitness center. Not only have our fitness and wellness programs seen tremendous growth, we have also had some of our team members experience professional growth. Craig Jolley has recently been promoted to Associate Athletics Director, where he will use his passion for delivering excellent member service to coach all team members

Kyle Esmonde Athletics Chair

Welcome, New Members membership news


Mr. Tom Roberts and his wife Julie Heisman Membership Sponsors: Mr. Eric Guyer, Mr. Michael Gray, Mrs. Becca Brown Mr. Roberts is a Deputy Director at Lowe Engineers. He received his bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt University and his master’s degree at Auburn University. Mrs. Roberts is an HR Consultant with Pro-Bono. She received her bachelor's degree at the University of North Florida and her master’s degree at Jacksonville State University. They live in Johns Creek with their two daughters. Mrs. Courtney Sonnefeld and her husband Kirk Legacy Jones Membership Sponsors: Mr. Steve Goldin, Mr. Henk Evers, Mr. David Goldin Mrs. Sonnefeld is a Senior Associate, Talent Acquisition at Publicis Sapient. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Auburn University. Mr. Sonnefeld is a Managing Director at Antares Capital LP. He received his bachelor’s in Finance and master’s in Accounting at Wake Forest University. They are expecting their first child in January and live in Brookhaven.

Mr. Macrae Jackson and his wife Lanah Jones Membership Sponsors: Mr. Charlie Mentzer, Mr. Brad Baker, Mr. Tom Pavloff Mr. Jackson is a Partner at EY. He received his bachelor’s in Business Administration and Finance at the University of Georgia and his MBA at Georgia State University. Mrs. Jackson is Vice President at Robert Brown Interior Design. She received her bachelor’s in Interior Design at the University of Georgia. They live in Peachtree Corners with their two sons. Mr. Will Harper and his fiancée Emily Ann Stroud Legacy Jones Membership Sponsors: Mr. Les Harper, Mr. Ed Clary, Mr. Hugh Cholick Mr. Harper is a Finance and Accounting Manager at New Urban Development Corporation. He received his bachelor’s in Business Administration and Finance at the University of Georgia. Ms. Stroud is an Accountant at Chick-fil-A Inc. She received both her bachelor’s in Accounting and Master of Accountancy at the University of Georgia. They live in Atlanta.

Mr. Jay Thornton and his wife Meghan Associate Jones Membership Sponsors: Mr. Gary Casey, Mr. Chuck Jones, Mr. Michael Reich Mr. Thornton is Owner of Parsons Roofing Company, LLC. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia. Mrs. Thornton also received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia and is currently a homemaker. They live in Duluth with their

Mr. Shane Ward Legacy Jones Membership Sponsors: Mr. Kenneth Ward, Mr. Brendan Goldman, Mr. Parker Goldman Mr. Ward is a Tax Associate at EY. He received his bachelor’s in Business Administration and Accounting and Master of Accountancy at the University of Georgia. He lives in Peachtree Corners.

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Mr. Jeff Durr and his wife Julie Associate Jones Membership Sponsors: Mr. Matt Anderson, Mr. Ron Loftin, Mr. Franklin Whitworth Mr. Durr is Partner at Korn Ferry, Inc. He received his bachelor’s in Management at Purdue University and his MBA at the University of Nebraska. Mrs. Durr received her bachelor’s in Education at Miami University and is currently a homemaker. They live in Suwanee with their three children.

Mr. Bo Johnston and his wife Cassandra Heisman Membership

Sponsors: Mr. Steven Kittrell, Mrs. Jennifer McNeil, Mr. Ryan Blackburn Mr. Johnston is a Development Associate at Wendover Housing Partners. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of Alabama. Mrs. Johnston is a Physician Liaison with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She received her bachelor’s in Business Administration at the University of West Georgia. They live in Brookhaven with their two children.

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January 16 Clubhouse & Golf is closed in observation of MLK Day February 19 Entire Club is open February 20 Clubhouse & Golf is closed in observation of President's Day

CLUB CLOSURES & MONDAY HOLIDAY OPENINGS January 1-4 Clubhouse is closed for cleaning & maintenance January 15 Entire Club is open

Mr. Gibb Staley Legacy Jones Membership Sponsors: Mr. Richard Staley, Mr. Brad Kuehn, Mr. Carl Hoover Mr. Staley is a Senior Business Development Rep at Autodesk. He received his bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Mississippi. He lives in Brookhaven.

Annual Members’ Meeting Tuesday, February 6, 2024 All AAC members are invited to attend the 2024 Annual Members’ Meeting on

Tuesday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Andrews Ballroom. The meeting will be followed by a reception with complimentary beer, wine and food stations. The meeting and reception are for members only; no guests, spouses or dependents can be admitted. We are asking that this year members register online, so that we may adequately prepare for the meeting and reception. The entire clubhouse will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6.


Mr. Curt Boling and his fiancée David Lawhon Legacy Heisman Membership Sponsors: Mr. Jay Boling, Mr. Clint Boling, Mr. Steve Craine Mr. Boling is a Sales Business Manager at Watershed Geo. He received his bachelor's degree in Managerial Finance at the University of Mississippi. Mr. Lawhon is a Principal Agent at Compass Real Estate. He attended Louisiana State University and the University of Memphis. They live in Chamblee. In Loving Memory

The club is now seeking volunteers to serve on committees. Committees are formed to afford club members not elected to the Board the opportunity to serve as a liaison between membership and the staff leadership team at the club. Committee members also provide input into the development of policies and programs in certain areas. By selecting a broad base of members representing different views, management and the Board have the opportunity to hear the opinions of the membership on issues of relevance and concern. The Board shall select committee members who are willing to make committee meeting attendance a priority, willing to consider the Club as a whole, and willing to lend expertise. All committee appointments are for a one-year term with a term limit of two consecutive years on any one committee and four consecutive years on all committees. Members reaching the four-year limit will be eligible for additional terms after “sitting out” for one year. This policy allows for greater participation from the membership. Members and their spouses are eligible for committee service. The following are standing committees at the club: Athletics, Finance, Golf, Grounds, Heritage, House, Membership, and Tennis. If you are interested in serving, please contact Margaret Almand at or 770-368-7703 by January 31, 2024. Each year we are fortunate to have a large pool of candidates from which to select so unfortunately not all those who volunteer will serve on committees. If selected the term would commence on April 1, 2024 and end on March 31, 2025.

Hal Davis October 6 Thomas Cantrell November 17 Pat Pittard November 22


AAC/RLGC members Mike Spears, Geoff Taylor, Tim Pakenham, Jim Teate, Tim Commons, and JimThorne (not pictured Bruce Barfield)

The plaque on the painting reads: "Presented to the RLGC members of Atlanta Athletic Club by Royal Liverpool Golf Club's Captain, Mr. Ciaran Walsh"

Finding Fellowship Overseas Ambassador Members and Overseas Members An important part of AAC’s tradition and heritage are the many Ambassador Members we have from overseas clubs. Some of the ambassador members we have come from clubs like Formby, Gullane, Royal Troon, Royal Dornoch, New South Wales, The Royal & Ancient, and Royal Liverpool. In turn, many of our AAC members are overseas members of those clubs such as Formby, Royal & Ancient, Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Royal Dornoch, Royal Troon, and Royal Liverpool. As a club, we are fortunate to be invited to many of those overseas clubs’ anniversary celebrations and international golf tournaments. This summer we sent delegates to participate in the 150th anniversary of Royal Montreal and in 2019, the 150th anniversary of Royal Liverpool Golf Club. We also enjoy being invited to participate in the Atlantic Trophy, a bi-annual international competition organized by Royal Liverpool Golf Club and

we have recently created the Yates Cup, another bi-annual international competition between members of AAC and the Royal Troon Golf Club. Most recently, members from the Royal Liverpool Golf Club were hosted here in October by some of our members who are overseas members at RLGC. Mr. Ciaran Walsh, the current Captain of Royal Liverpool marked the occasion with a painting of their beautiful 17th hole, Little Eye, by renowned golf artist Steve Lotus. The signed and numbered painting now hangs in the Hoylake Room. The relationships we have with so many ambassador members enrich the lives of the AAC members in America while also strengthening the bonds between their home clubs overseas and AAC. We hear time and time again that the shared fellowship is one of camaraderie, friendship, and a lot of laughter.

Spa Specials January & February 25% off all remaining Thymes Frasier Fir Products (January 2nd through February 28th only) Free haircut and style with any color service (New color clients only!) COMING SOON IN 2024! • IV Hydration Therapy • A new, upgraded spray tan system! Book Online or on the App!

Valentine’s Day Promotion Give the gift of luxury and relaxation to the special person in your life! A spa gift card is always the perfect way to show your love!

Free French polish upgrade with any nail service

Skin feeling dry and in need of hydration? We can fix that! Enjoy a free eye treatment with any facial of 60 minutes or more. We offer Revision, Hydropeptide, SkinCeuticals and Clinician’s Complex skin care lines to make your skin the best it can be!


Golf Operation Hours January & February

Fantastic Shots HOLE IN ONE Tony Swann

Highlands, 17

GOLF COURSE: Tuesday - Sunday GOLF SHOP: Tuesday - Sunday

Joe Korosec

Riverside, 8

8:30 am - Dusk

EAGLE Jim O'Connor

Riverside 4 & 18

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Upcoming Tournaments JANUARY 13 Frostbite Open FEBRUARY 6


8:00 am until 30 minutes prior to sunset

GOLF CARTS: Last Cart Out

Annual Meeting Tournament

1 Hour Before Sunset

Last Cart In


9 & 18 Hole WGA Combined Event


Recent Results

FALL GENTLEMEN'S INVITATIONAL Bobby Brennan (Right) and his partner, Kevin Meyer (Left), took home the title of 2023 Fall Gentlemen’s Invitational Champions. RTJ FOUR-BALL Congratulations to our RTJ Four-Ball Championship winners Jack Browne (Right) & Jack Deweese (Left) and Gross Champions Scott Wallace (Left) & Chris Smith (Right).

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A wonderful time was had by all at our closing day tournament! Thank you to Kim Costello for an amazing year as President. We welcome Kimberly Kephart as our 2024 President. Thank you for all who attended and voted on our 2024 9HWGA Board! We greatly appreciate all our members who have served on the board and on committees to continue our legacy of fun and fellowship.

2023 Closing Day

Upcoming Dates FEBRUARY 13 New Member Orientation FEBRUARY 21 Rules and Etiquette FEBRUARY 27 Welcome Coffee MARCH 12 Opening Day Tournament

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That's a "Wrap" on 2023! A personal note from Sheri Smith, 2023 President: Thank you again for the incredible opportunity I’ve been given to serve and for entrusting me to serve as your 2023 AAS/WGA President. It has been a great year and I want to thank everyone who made this happen. I want to thank everyone who served on the Board for your ideas and advice, and your loyal support and willingness to serve. I could not have done it without you. It has truly been an honor to serve as your President this year.

Pro Lady Tournament

Fall Tournament Winners

2023 Golfer of the Year Debbie Boling WHAT A YEAR!

Dates to Look Forward To

9 & 18 Hole Combined Tournament


2023 President’s Cup Winners Dottie Smith and Debbie Boling

Opening Brunch & Rules Clinic


Opening Day Tournament


Couples Golf


junior golf Recent Results

Following the competition that evening, the Jr. Golf Awards banquet will take place, where we will honor our fine junior golfers and also announce many of our exciting programs for 2024. Official registration will be available beginning Tuesday, January 2nd. We hope you can join us for this exciting event! PAR 3 TOUR The Par 3 Tour continues each weekend in January & February! Weather permitting, the Par 3 Tour will continue on Saturdays and Sundays in February. Saturday will feature the individual stroke play event at noon, and Sundays will feature the team scramble event at 2:00 p.m. 2024 FLYING EAGLES Registration for the 2024 Flying Eagles Golf League begins on Thursday, January 4th! The AAC is proud to announce our Spring Flying Eagles Golf League! This fun program for boys and girls ages 7-11 brings a team atmosphere to golf and promises to be an educational, fun league that will provide a wonderful introduction to tournament golf for AAC juniors! All players who register will receive a team jersey and hat, 11 clinics, 7 matches and end of year awards and luncheon. The registration fee is $500 per player, and registration will be available online beginning Thursday, January 5th. The league is limited to the first 40 students to register, so get your spot soon! 2024 LITTLE BIRDIES Registration for 2024 Little Birdies League begins on Thursday, January 4th!! The AAC is proud to announce the return of our Spring Little Birdies Golf League!! This fun program for ages 5 - 7 will bring a team atmosphere to golf and promises to be an educational, fun league that will provide a wonderful introduction to golf for AAC juniors! No experience is required to join this league! All players who register will receive a team jersey and hat, 11 clinics, 7 matches and end of year awards and luncheon. The registration fee is $500 per player, and registration will be available online beginning Thursday, January 5th! This league is limited to the first 48 students to register, so get your spot soon!

JAMES HENRY & LANE FERRELL Par 3 Member-Member Champions!

THANK YOU Junior Golf 2023

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2023 Junior Golf Fundraiser! Whether and donor or bidder, your generous support will help Atlanta Athletic Club continue to grow junior and amateur golf here at the club and in the southeast. Some wonderful events that were made possible in 2023 by the Junior Golf Fundraiser were the High School Invitational, a donation to Adaptive Golf of Georgia and support for the Georgia PGA Reach Foundation through the Gene Siller Memorial Grant. We also were able to host many of the finest Jr. Golf events in the country at our club with the Jr. Ryder Cup, and the Jr. Club Championship and the Jr. Big Break! Upcoming Events 2024 JUNIOR GOLF BANQUET The Junior Golf Banquet is March 3rd with the Par 3 Parent-Child Tournament! PAR 3 PARENT-CHILD The 2024 Par 3 Parent-Child is on Sunday, March 3rd followed by the Jr. Golf Awards Banquet that evening! This exciting kickoff will feature Parent-Child teams competing in different divisions on the Par 3 Course.

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The condensed guide to events around the club

+ Registration Date

Beer Club: Featuring Six Bridges January 23, 6:00 - 7:30 pm Merion

If you are a beer enthusiast, connoisseur, or enjoy a cold beer then join us in the Merion to get a taste of Six Bridges best beers. Whichever beer gets the most votes will be the beer selected on tap in the Interlachen for the following month. No reservations are needed, just your opinions!

Ladies Who Rock Luncheon January 31, 12:00 - 2:00 pm 1898 House What does Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner and Joni Mitchell have in common? They are women who kicked open doors and rocked! This is your back stage pass to the 1898 house for a rad buffet lunch and Music Bingo. The buffet opens at noon and music bingo will begin at 12:30pm. Party with old and new friends with our open seating. Theme Attire is encouraged and guests are welcome. Not sure what to wear? Here are some prompts to help you find your stage worthy ensemble. Glam or grunge? Are you a Swifty or Stevie? Woodstock or Coachella? + December 27 at 10 am


FEBRUARY 7 9 & 18 Hole Women's Golf Tournament

FEBRUARY 19 Entire Club is Open Timbers: Winter Wonder Camp 10:00 am + January 1 FEBRUARY 20 Clubhouse Closed President's Day Observance Timbers: Winter Wonder Camp 10:00 am + January 1 FEBRUARY 21 9 Hole Women's Golf: Rules & Etiquette FEBRUARY 23 TGIF: Lego Night 5:00 pm FEBRUARY 27 9 Hole Women's Golf: Welcome Coffee March MARCH 3 Par 3 Parent-Child Tournament & Banquet 6:00 pm + January 2

JANUARY 15 Entire Club is Open Timbers: Frost Fest 10:00 am + December 1 JANUARY 16 Clubhouse Closed MLK Day Observance

JANUARY 1 Clubhouse Closed Cleaning & Maintenance JANUARY 2 Clubhouse Closed Cleaning & Maintenance Timbers: New Year Camp 10:00 am + December 1 JANUARY 3 Clubhouse Closed Cleaning & Maintenance Timbers: New Year Camp 10:00 am + December 1 JANUARY 4 Clubhouse Closed Cleaning & Maintenance JANUARY 5 TGIF: Nerf Battle 5:00 pm

FEBRUARY 8 Sip & Stretch 5:30 pm + November 21

FEBRUARY 9 9 & 18 Hole Women's Golf Tournament TGIF: Slime Time 5:00 pm FEBRUARY 13 9 Hole Women's Golf: New Member Orientation FEBRUARY 14 Live Jazz Trio 6:00 pm Valentine's Day Dinner in Merion 6:00 pm + January 10

JANUARY 18 Book Club 4:00 pm

JANUARY 19 New Year's Pickleball Night 6:30 pm

JANUARY 23 Beer Club: Six

Bridges 6:00 pm

JANUARY 24 Wine Dinner: Old World Vs New World 6:30 pm + December 19 JANUARY 26 Timbers: Special Guest, Break Dancer 5:00 pm + December 1

FEBRUARY 15 Timbers: Polar Party 10:00 am

+ January 1 Book Club 4:00 pm

JANUARY 11 Intro to Pilates Reformer 5:00 pm + November 21 Intro to Pilates Reformer 5:45 pm + November 21 JANUARY 13 Frostbite Open

JANUARY 31 Ladies Who Rock Luncheon 12:00 pm + December 27 February FEBRUARY 6 Annual Member Golf Scramble Annual Members Meeting 5:30 pm

FEBRUARY 16 Timbers: Polar Party 10:00 am + January 1 Valentine Pickleball Night 6:30 pm

Bridge Schedule TUESDAYS Play Day 2:30 pm WEDNESDAYS Duplicate or Round Robin 2:45 pm Men’s Bridge 4:00 pm

Weekly Tennis Clinics

Group Fitness Schedule

MONDAYS Pickleball – Level 1 9:00 – 10:30 am Pickleball – Level 2 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Cardio Pickleball

4:15 – 5:00 pm 5:00 – 6:00 pm Cardio Tennis 9:00 – 10:30 am Hit & Fit 12:00 – 1:30 pm

FRIDAYS Monthly Couples 3:45 pm

NewYear, NewWorkout! With 25 classes offered every single week, there is something on our Group Fitness Schedule for every member! From High Intensity Bootcamp in the gymnasium to Chair Yoga and everything in between. There is no need to preregister, just show up.

TUESDAYS Early Bird 7:00 – 8:30 am Pickleball Open Play 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. WEDNESDAYS Cardio Pickleball 4:15 – 5:00 pm 5:00 – 6:00 pm Adult Tennis Camp

Intro to Pilates Reformer

January 11, Two Sessions 5:00-5:30 pm | 5:45-6:15 pm Join us upstairs for a 30 minute introduction to the Pilates Studio Equipment. You’ll learn the Pilates principles and become familiar with the Reformer in a small group workout. Registration required, maximum 4 participants per session. Session Sip and Stretch February 8, 5:30-6:30 pm You’ll increase your mobility and flexibility in this relaxing stretch event using straps, trigger point balls and foam rollers. You’ll move better, sleep better and feel better! At the conclusion of the event, complimentary wine will be served. Registration required.

9:00 – 10:30 am Cardio Tennis 6:30 – 7:30 pm THURSDAYS Men’s Night 7:00 pm

FRIDAYS Cardio Tennis 9:00 – 10:00 am Intermediate Rusty Ladies 10:00 – 11:00 am Rookie Rusty Ladies 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Questions? Email Margaret Thomas at

Event Guidelines At a Glance COUNTRY CLUB ATTIRE Acceptable dress for gentlemen includes blue jeans in good taste, tailored slacks or shorts, and golf attire. Comparable attire is requested for ladies. All shirts must have a collar. Athletic and tennis attire for both men and women and open toed sandals for men are examples of inappropriate attire. SPECIAL EVENT ATTIRE Acceptable attire for gentlemen includes dress slacks and collared shirts. Jackets are encouraged. All shirts must be worn tucked into pants. Comparable attire is requested for ladies. Blue jeans, athletic attire and open toed sandals for men are examples of inappropriate attire. MERION • Acceptable attire is business/country club casual, which includes: collared shirts, banded collared dress shirts, or turtleneck shirts with dress slacks. Corresponding appropriate attire for ladies during these dining times is expected. Jackets are optional. Athletic attire is not permitted at any time in Merion. • Dependents thirteen (13) and older are permitted but must adhere to the Merion dress code and be seated at the same table as their parents or the supervisory adult. Children under thirteen (13) are not permitted. The exception for this rule is when the Merion is used for special club events seating (Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, etc.) Event Attire Restaurant Reminders

For all Club Social Events, reservations can be made online or by contacting the Clubhouse Concierge at 770-448-2166. All confirmed reservations are subject to the Club’s 72-hour cancellation policy. Around the Clubhouse In all areas, for all ages and for both genders, excessively tight, short or baggy clothing is not considered appropriate attire. Please remember to inform your guests and children of the dress code before coming to the Club. Inappropriate Attire • Flip-flops and other open toe sandals (in any Clubhouse dining area) • Worn/stringy hems or ripped/torn parts on pants/ shorts • Caps, hats and visors (in social and dining areas of the Club) • Hats or caps worn backward (in any section of the Club, including parking lots and/or golf courses) • Short shorts and tennis shorts • Tee shirts, gym clothes, and sweatshirts FOR GENTLEMEN Collared shirts or banded collar dress shirts are required for gentlemen; turtlenecks, jacketed warm up tops and pants are acceptable. FOR LADIES Appropriate blouses are required for ladies; turtlenecks, jacketed warm up tops and pants are acceptable. Leather or cloth open toe sandals are permitted. FOR ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN While the guidelines set forth for adults apply to children and adolescents in both dining areas, the Club will allow children under age 12 to dress casually, but in good taste, when dining in the Merion Dining Room or attending a formal Club function. Children age 12 and older must comply with the adult dress codes.


Complete Dress Code

• Hoodies Only golf hoodies are permitted on either golf course, par 3 course, driving range/practice areas, or in the Clubhouse (except in the Merion) • Leggings/Yoga Pants Leggings are only permitted when worn under pants, shorts, skorts or skirts.

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WANT TO READ MORE IN 2024? Join the Ladies' Book Club

The January Read The Woman with the Cure

by Lynn Cullin Start the New Year off at AAC Book Club. It is open to all women of the club. Our first meeting of 2024 will be Thursday, January 18th at 4:00 pm in the Ladies’ Locker

Ladies Bridge Association We had such a wonderful Christmas celebration in December. Lots of fun bridge play followed by a wonderful lunch. Over 50 of the ladies from the LBA participated in the event. Beginner bridge lessons wrapped up in November with 12 new players joining the Ladies Bridge Association. Beginner and Intermediate lessons will be offered in the coming months, if you are interested in learning more about bridge, please contact Genevieve Primos,

Room. The book is, The Woman with a Cure by Lynn Cullen. The author will be here at AAC to lead the discussion.

The February Read American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

February 15th we will be discussing, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Ana Payne has volunteered to lead us in, what I am

sure will be, a lively discussion. We will meet at 4:00 p.m. in the Ladies’ Locker Room. Any questions contact Nancy

The Tuesday Play Day girls enjoyed an early fun and spirited Christmas celebration. The night included a competitive White Elephant gift exchange, great food and beverages and lots of laughter.”

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Valentine's Day Dinner in Merion February 14 6:00 – 8:30 pm $115 per person Rendezvous with your sweetheart in the Merion for our Valentine’s themed menu that will delight your taste buds. The Merion will feature an abbreviated a la carte pre-fixed four course menu. Dining reservations are required for limited

Chef’s Pop-Up Dinner January or February

Secret Location $125 per person

This event will be limited to the first 12 people to sign up. We will send a notification with the meeting location. The event kicks off at 6:30pm with a specialty cocktail and passed hors d’oeuvres. Dinner will be held in a top-secret location on site. Chef will curate the 4-course meal based off an exciting theme. + Look out in the club connections for the date. It will be announced the week of the dinner.

Wine Dinner: Old World Vs NewWorld January 24 6:30 pm Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres 7:15 pm Dinner Merion

seating between 6:00 – 8:30 pm Merion Attire: Jackets Required + January 10 at 10 am

Live Jazz Duo February 14 6 - 9 pm Interlachen Lounge

$125 Per person Old World: We don’t just follow the rules. We made the rules. Vs New World: The only reason to learn the rules is

Upcoming Events: March

so you can break them later. When it comes to new world wines vs. old world wines, there is more to it than meets the eye. Come explore the wine dinner thoughtfully paired by our Executive Chef Eric DaRin. Merion Attire: Jackets Encouraged + December 19 at 10 am difference with an exclusive 5-course



f itness & nutrition Considering Weight Loss Medications? AAC Trainer, Josh Brown, Weighs In In recent years it has become an increasingly popular practice to use GLP-1 agonist medications such as Wegovy, Ozempic, Saxenda and Mounjaro for weight loss. These drugs were originally designed to treat type 2 diabetes but have since proven very effective for weight loss in those without diabetes. I have had several clients enjoy success with GLP-1s and have dozens of others ask me about these drugs. I am obviously not a doctor so there is little guidance I can provide other than to consult your physician.... but one thing I can confidently say is that studies and anecdotal evidence both indicate that there is a significant amount of lean muscle loss, or atrophy, associated with the rapid weight loss brought on by these products. Possible deleterious effects associated with that atrophy are loss of strength, decreased energy, stamina and basal metabolic rate which could lead to more rapid weight gain upon cessation of use. I advise my clients and anyone considering GLP-1s to complement their use with a strength training program specifically designed to mitigate muscle loss. Let me create an individualized workout plan that works specifically for you to maximize the benefits and improve your overall health:

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ABOUT JOSH Josh received his Masters of Science degree in kinesiology from Georgia Southern University in 2009 and has most recently added certification in golf fitness from the National Academy of Sports Medicine to his list of credentials. During his 23 years at AAC Josh has worked with hundreds of clients of all ages and fitness levels, many of whom have been training with him for over a decade. He enjoys all aspects of fitness training from sports performance to fat loss but has a particular interest in the area of corrective and functional exercise for improved posture, balance/stability, flexibility, joint mobility and spinal health/low back pain reduction. He takes a highly individualized and client centric approach to exercise programming, as he has found that “the most effective diet and exercise plan is the one that the individual enjoys enough to stick to it long term.”

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In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two children cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs and the Wesleyan Wolves. Come see Andrea Monday through Thursday at the fitness center. To make an appointment please contact her via phone or email. (770) 744-3567 | For more information please visit

Therapist Spotlight Andrea has over 15 years of physical therapy experience and has been at the AAC for the past 3 years. She has experience treating orthopedic and sports related injuries, as well as post-operative care. Andrea enjoys working with patients of all ages from adolescents to senior citizen and helping them reach optimal function and return to sport. Whether its return to golf or the tennis court, Andrea has helped many of our members get back to their game.

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From the Director of Tennis, Jeff Chandley TENNIS STEWARDSHIP

TENNIS FOR BEGINNERS Coach Wendy | TENNIS 101 For those who want to learn the game of tennis, please come join our tennis 101 class and learn all the basics on proper grip, forehand, backhand, volleys, overheads, and serves. This session runs for six consecutive weeks from 10 – 11am on Sundays. You receive a complimentary Wilson racket and 2 complimentary hours of ball machine usage. TENNIS 201 For those who want to play with others and learn the basic strategy of how to play doubles. This session also runs for six consecutive weeks from 11 am 12 pm on Sundays. If you have a busy weekend family schedule and cannot come on Sunday for Tennis 101 and/or 201, we are now offering these classes on Wednesday evening. Just like on Sunday, these classes will run for six consecutive weeks on Wednesday. Tennis 101 will take place from 5:00 to 6:00 pm and Tennis 201 will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. INTERMEDIATE RUSTY LADIES For those who want to hit a lot of balls and get back into playing doubles to prepare for league play. This session runs for six weeks from 10 -11am on Fridays. ROOKIE RUSTY RACKETS For those who want to get the rust off their rackets and get back into playing tennis again! This session runs for six weeks from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm on Fridays. Please register now!

they thaw throughout the day pushing up the lines and causing soft spots around the baselines where there is shade. We will roll up the windscreens to allow more sun in these areas to speed up the drying process. Indoor court reservations over the next two months: During January and February our indoor court reservations are in high demand. All the programming, league play and clinics, along with flex league matches really strain our indoor court reservations. Please be patient and be flexible with your reservation to find a time to play. We will try to accommodate all reservations requests. Did you know? If you are on the indoor court plan, you are allowed to make reservations 7 days in advance and not the standard 48-hours in advance. This is done by calling in or making a reservation online. Once you join the indoor court plan, you have to keep it for one year. It’s a great way to save money and get the advantage of making We are close to wrapping up the year for our Tennis Committee. The committee is an important segment of the overall function of the tennis department. They are your communication conduit to and from the tennis playing membership. If you have an interest in serving on the committee for the 2024 - 2025 fiscal year, please reach out to me ASAP. We are gathering names to review where your volunteering could help us the most. A special thank you to our 3-year leader of the committee Kevin Case for his support of the tennis program. He has been wonderful to work with over these three years. Also, I could not thank Randy Moore enough for his role on the committee and service to over seeing the construction of the pickleball court renovation. He is a very talented member of the AAC Board. early reservations. Tennis Committee

One of the Board's and Tennis Committee goals for 2024 is to engage our members in stewardship of our facilities. What does that mean you might ask? Well, to reach our goal we need the help of all tennis enthusiasts. We ask that you to follow some simple steps that will help us save money in our operational budget. • We spend $10,000.00 each year on lost towels. Please return them when you finish. We have towel bins placed all around the courts. • Lighting: At night, please turn the court lights off when you are done playing. The lights are on a timer until midnight. Our electric bill runs $60K a year. • Court Reservations: Please, when you reserve a court online or with us provide/list all players for assigned court. This will help us collect accurate utilization data. • Clay courts will be freezing over the next several months. Before you get on the court, please confirm that your court is in playable condition at the tennis reception desk. This is a safety issue. When the court thaws the court becomes muddy and slick. What happens to clay courts when they freeze? During the next several months we will have issues with the clay courts freezing overnight. The first question we get from our members is “Why don’t you stop watering the courts?” Each year, starting December 1 through the end of February we do not water our clay courts. During this time, we also drain all waterlines to make sure we don’t have frozen pipes. The courts are not in need of water. If we go through a warm weather period, we will add calcium and hand water them to meet our standards. We delay play when the courts freeze to preserve the integrity of our courts and most importantly, to assure your safety. The frozen courts become unplayable as

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Thank you to all the Captains and Co-Captains that make the tennis program such a success and to all the members that continue to work hard to get better at this amazing sport. We love your dedication! GO AAC! ALTA PLAYOFFS AAC Ladies Teams that made it to the playoffs in 2023 Fall ALTA season: Senior Ladies A-5 City Champions and Division Winner / Captains: Tory Whipple and Shari Wilkison Senior Ladies B-5 Division Runner up & 1st round of playoffs / Captains: Caroline Kuehn and MJ Olson Sunday Ladies B-6 Division Winner & 3rd round of playoffs / Captains: Elli Mays and Jessica Dupree Sunday Ladies B-1 Division Runner up & 1st round of playoffs / Captains: Carrie Strickler and Clare Manning Sunday Ladies A-8 Division Runner-up & 2nd round of playoffs / Captains: Katherine Malone and Shannon Collins Sunday Ladies A-1 Division Runner up & 1st round of playoffs / Captains: Julianne Ryan and Lauren Trapani Thursday Ladies B-8 Division Winner & 2nd round of playoffs / Captains: Julie Wright and Susie Judge Thursday Ladies B-3 Division Runner-up & 1st round of playoffs / Captains: Lauren LeFevre and Erin Rhatigan Thursday Ladies B-2 Division Runner-up & 2nd round of playoffs/ Captains: Pat Smith and Angie Baker Thursday Ladies B-1 Division Winner & 3rd round of playoffs / Captains: Shannon Collins and Elizabeth Shore

LADIES’ TENNIS Coach Carmen | DEADLINE COMING UP! The ALTA deadline to register the teams is Thursday, January 19. Spring 2023 Captains should not accept new players for their team unless it has been communicated to Carmen (league coordinator) and to the team captains involved. Etiquette reminder when switching from current team to another team at AAC. • Consult and discuss the move with your coordinator (Carmen Garcia-Jersild). • Inform your current captain and thank them for their hard work. • We ask that you follow these two simple steps when switching teams, out of respect for the captain’s and coordinator’s hard work in creating the team, assuring that everyone has a team to play in and that the teams have enough players season to season. 2024 SPRING ALTA SEASON Important Dates ALTA registration: January 1 Register for Adult (women and men) by January 18 Alta schedules: February 29 2023 FALL ALTA SEASON REVIEW:

BACK TO BASICS DOUBLES CLINIC If you need to brush up on your double's strategy? Come and work on your serve/serve return tactics and doubles positioning. Drill instruction and live ball play will be included. SHOT OF THE DAY CLINIC This class is perfect if you want to work on a certain shot. Each week will feature a different shot to work on. This class includes drill instruction and live ball interac tion. Always get your racket back early as soon as the ball crosses the net. This helps get more depth, power, and gives you more time to prepare where you want to angle or place your return. MEN’S TENNIS Coach Lance | With the arrival of the New Year, it is time to prepare for another won derful year of tennis. While it may still be cold outside, temperatures for Men’s Night remain a balmy 72 degrees! So, take advantage of this opportunity to play indoors every Thursday night until Spring has sprung. Speaking of Spring, ALTA season will soon be here, and regis tration for the Spring season begins on January 1. If you wish to play on an ALTA team this spring season, please let Lance Missildine know before the deadline on January 18. The men’s USTA league will be wrapping up on January 20. Hopefully, our men’s 3.5 team Captained by Randy McMichael and Tim Klespies will play their way into the playoffs. Let’s go AAC! TENNIS TIP By Coach Wendy

CONGRATULATIONS to all the teams who made it to playoffs this past 2023 Fall ALTA season. A special Congratulations to the A-5 Senior Team captained by Tory Whipple and Shari Wilkison for their ALTA CHAMPIONSHIP!

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closes on January 26. We are looking to start a Girls 12U team in addition to our Boys 12U team and Girls 15U team. If you are interested, please email me and I will put you in touch with the team captain. We will need a minimum of 10 girls. Our Boys 18U team won the City Championship and the Girls 15U team reached the City Finals. JUNIOR WINTER SCHEDULE Red Ball – Monday-Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00 pm Orange Ball – Tuesday/Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00 pm Green and Yellow Ball – Monday – Thursday 5:00 – 7:00 pm 6-WEEK SESSION DATES: January 8 – February 15 February 19 – March 28 April 1 – May 9 May 13 – May 30-drop in only PICKLEBALL Coach Enock |

A NOTE FROM: Carmen Garcia Jersild, Ladies Coordinator On the last issue of the Club Times for November/December 2023 we wrote a review on the Tennis Ladies Program in which we congratulated all the teams that made it to the playoffs including the division and Captains names. However, I forgot to include one of our teams and I wanted to make sure that it was mentioned in this issue. This past 2023 Summer USTA season the 4.5 USTA Team Captained by Jessica Orton and Elizabeth Klespies made it to playoffs. They earned well deserved accolades for their accomplishment! JUNIOR TENNIS Coach Patrick | Happy New Year! New Year New Goals! This winter/spring I am looking to move some kids from red ball up to orange ball. If they meet the passing guidelines, I will forego age and move the child up to keep them engaged and progressing. If you feel your child is ready to move up, then reach out and we can test them during or after a clinic to see if they pass or see where they need improvement in-order to move up to the next level. The winter/spring 6-week sessions are listed below. I am flexible with missed clinic practices and allow them to be made up. I just need to know about the make-up ahead of time in order to make sure the clinic day is staffed appropriately, or we have enough space. ALTA/USTA The USTA Junior season begins on January 6. The teams will be mixed gender. The regular season ends on February 17 with playoffs being held on February 24 and City Finals on March 2. ALTA registration for the spring season begins on January 1 and

NEW CLINICS ON NEW COURTS Cardio Pickleball – Mondays 4:15 – 5:00 pm | 5:00 – 6:00 pm Cardio Pickleball – Wednesdays 4:15 – 5:00 pm | 5:00 – 6:00 pm Open Play – Tuesdays 6:30 pm – 9:00 p.m. If you are interested in learning to play Pickleball, join us at Pickleball 101 and 201! These classes run for 4 consecutive weeks for 90-minutes. LEVEL 1: PICKLEBALL BEGINNER CLASS Session Starts Monday, January 8 9:00 am – 10:30 am During the 90-minutes, you will learn the rules, basic gameplay, how to effectively hit the ball, maintain a rally, and keep score. This clinic is only $110 for the full session (4 weeks), and it even includes a PICK LEBALL paddle. By the end of the session, you will have all the funda mental knowledge and skills to start playing. LEVEL 2: PICKLEBALL CLASS Session Starts Monday, January 8 10:30 am – 12:00 pm This class is a 4-week session and each week you will improve and gain new skills by playing a variety of drills. You will learn dinking tech niques, returning of serves, third shot drop, paddle position, block ing at the line, and targeting. We will split up skill levels to maximize learning. The cost for the full 4-week session is $110. NEW: PICKLEBALL CLASSES FOR JUNIORS Fridays: Ages 8 – 10 4:00 – 5:00 pm Fridays: Ages 11 – 14 5:00 – 6:30 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to the Kitchen Kings Team and the Hardy Team for winning the Join Pickleball League Championship. Let’s win again in 2024! Team registration for Join Pickleball leagues closed December 28. Play starts Monday, January 8 and ends Monday, February 19.

youth activities Happy New Year from Timbers! We are excited for what 2024 has in store for all our little members. Some things to look out for NEW DROP IN HOURS, two additional weeks of summer camps, and so much more. Our new drop-in hours are listed below. Please remember that these times are on a first come first serve basis. We have state mandated adult/child ratios that we must follow. Follow us on our Facebook page https://www. to stay up to date on all we are doing!

Events We need at least 6 children signed up to have these events. We may cancel 28 hours in advance if there are not enough children registered. For some events, there is a 20% sibling discount for multiple children signed up for the same event. This does not include guests. The prices listed here are Early Bird Prices that end one day before the event happens. Any registrations after this will have higher prices.

FRIDAY NIGHTS | TGIF | 5-10PM | $30 Every Friday Night Ages 2-5 | Ages 6-12 20% sibling discount

These nights are themed and will have age appropriate activities for each group. More children =More fun! Pizza dinner included. Separate event registration required for each age group. TGIF Highlights JANUARY 5 | NERF BATTLE JANUARY 26 | SPECIAL GUEST NIGHT Break Dancing! Yes, that is right! Sign your children up to participate in this fun night of learning Break Dancing! Famous breaker Bboy Crumbs will be here with his crew to demo and teach the kids how to Break Dance. Parents can come back at 9:45 to watch the children show off all they learned!

Stefanie Arrington 770-448-2166 ext. 7109 |

Timbers Drop-In Care Hours $12 per hour, ages 0-12 | Guests: $14 per hour


10 AM-6 PM 8 AM-1 PM 8 AM-7 PM 8 AM-5 PM TGIF 5 PM-10 PM

FEBRUARY 9 | SLIME TIME FEBRUARY 23 | LEGO NIGHT DAY CAMPS 10% sibling discounts on day camps



SATURDAY 8 AM-10 PM Please remember that under Georgia State Law, we are only permitted to have children in the Timbers for no more than 4 hours a day/ 10 hours a week. In case of an audit by the state, we could lose our permit to operate if we are not following these rules. This does not apply to “Events,” such as TGIF which is why we are trying to offer more events in lieu of drop in care, so you are able to utilize the Timbers even more! While we understand certain circumstances will arise from time to time, and we are willing to give some grace, there will be a $20 fee per occurrence if these hours are regularly being exceeded. Birthday Parties Do you want to take the stress out of your child's birthday party? Let the Youth Activities Staff do all the work! Party planning services start at $250 for two hours of Timbers space time. Other services can be provided. Contact Stefanie Arrington, Youth and Family Activities Director for more information.

NEW YEAR CAMP JANUARY 2 & 3 10am-4pm | Full Day: $75 Half Day: $40

2024 has begun! Let’s ring in the new year with a ton of fun and friends! Games, Challenges, Crafts and More, await your children at Timbers! FROSTY FEST JANUARY 15 & 16 10am-4pm | Full Day: $75 Half Day: $40 Come enjoy a day of Frosty Winter games and activities! I can guarantee a snowball fight! POLAR PARTY FEBRUARY 15 & 16 10am-4pm | Full Day: $75 Half Day: $40 Bundle up for two days of artic fun! Polar bears and penguins galore! WINTER WONDER CAMP FEBRUARY 19 & 20 10am-4pm | Full Day: $75 Half Day: $40 We would love to be walking in a WINTER WONDERLAND! But we will take a WINTER WONDERCAMP! Sign your children up for two days of winter themed fun!

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