As this unusual year draws to a close, we're reflecting on all our blessings and accomplishments in 2020. Yes, despite the pandemic, we've had a good year. We're thankful for so much here at Harbor Club -- especially for our fantastic residents and members. Our Southern Living-Inspired Community continues to be an incredible place to live, work, and play.
Considering our highlights from 2020, we've got many reasons to enjoy happy holidays this year. Here are just a few...
Golf was a big (safe) hit in 2020
Believe it or not, our golf course has been quite busy in 2020. It's not a shocker, considering golf is an outdoor sport that's safe to play, even during a pandemic. What's more, our course (once again) ranked #4 on Golfweek's Best 2020: Best Courses You Can Play. Also, there was much interest in our Masters Week golf specials, despite having to pivot those offerings from April to November (when the Masters actually occurred.) Plus, our very own golf pro, Doug Price, was featured on a Birdies & Bourbon podcast that highlighted Harbor Club. He shared helpful tips for playing our course, and the guys exchanged interesting Masters banter. Give that podcast a listen, and you'll discover where to get the best Brunswick Stew in town.
We opened The Boathouse Restaurant on Lake Oconee this past May but under COVID-19 virus guidelines. We conducted business in new ways to ensure that all of our patrons were safe. Despite the challenges, we're proud to say that, because of you, The Boathouse had an excellent (seventh!) summer season. We're incredibly appreciative to all those who indulged in delicious meals, bought items from the store, purchased fuel, or stored their boat. Thank you again for your patronage.
Jason Warner joins the Harbor Club team
This past fall, we had the pleasure of adding Jason Warner to our team at The Clubhouse Restaurant. As our new Bar Manager, he brought several years of experience from top-notch restaurants such as Tavern at Phipps in Buckhead, McKendrick's Steakhouse in Dunwoody, Kaiser's Chophouse in Sandy Springs, and The Lodge at Lake Lanier Islands. Anyone who's been lucky enough to indulge in his delicious, beautifully crafted cocktails knows what an incredible asset he is.
Harbor Club memberships expand offerings
Whether going for a swim, playing golf, or enjoying a boat ride on the lake, outdoor fun was the name of the (safe) game this year. We had tons of fun doing cornhole tournaments from a safe, social distance. The petting zoo was a big hit too, especially for the kids. And even though we had to close The Clubhouse Restaurant for a few months, we came up with creative alternatives for our residents and members to enjoy great food and other useful items. We arranged for them to obtain several groceries, supplies, and delicious take-out food through the Clubhouse. We even offered highly coveted toilet paper and hand sanitizer! Who would have thought that being a member of Harbor Club would bring such worthwhile additional benefits?
Harbor Club home sales soared
As you're aware, many people now work from home due to coronavirus. "Resort life" became a bigger asset than ever since most folks now lived and worked in their houses 24/7. As a result, many wanted to escape the confines of urban areas and live in places with more breathing room. That, plus the super-low interest rates on mortgages, started a home-buying frenzy. What's more, Harbor Club began offering a free golf membership to anyone who purchased a new home built by our in-house builder, Patriot Builders. It's a huge perk that's tough to match by other golf/lake communities in Lake Country. (As of this writing, this special offer is still available. See our real estate listings for current opportunities.)
Despite the COVID challenges, we're thankful to have had a great year. We hope yours has been just as good, if not better. We appreciate you more than you know! From our family to yours, best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season.
PS - Feel free to stop by or call to learn more about all the great things we have going on at our Southern Living-Inspired Community this year into next. We look forward to showing you around, virtually from your comfy couch or in person from a safe social distance.