The Chattahoochee Country Club has long been one of the premier destinations on Lake Lanier and in Hall County for swimming, dining, special events and boating; which is why three years ago the club formed focus groups to decide the next steps for the property.
“From an operational standpoint, we knew that would increase our ability to better serve the members,” said Jennifer Cato, CCC membership and communications director. “But when we did these focus groups the members said, ‘well, what about a pool, a slide, a mushroom (a children’s water fountain)?'”
CCC General Manager Matthew Collins said once the focus groups were formed they visited country clubs in Atlanta that had recently upgraded their facilities.
“We took a group of members around to different clubs that had newer aquatic facilities in the Atlanta area; four different clubs that had recently done some sort of renovation. It was kind of a morph of all of those together, we found components of each one, we talked to the managers at the clubs and tried to find out what worked with them for the renovation and what didn’t,” Collins said. “We wanted something that would attract younger members…and we wanted another dining option, something that was between the grill and our snack bar, so that is where the dining pavilion is with the bar.”
Added Cato, “The pool has attracted younger families but ‘re-attracted’ some members who were older but now have grandchildren…so this is a dream come true.”
The new dining pavilion has a bar, seating and an updated menu; with 360 degree views of Lake Lanier.
“We’ve got Baja Tacos, an Ahi Tuna Wrap, Cuban Sandwich; it is more casual food but not as casual as the snack bar…it is a little bit more upscale,” Collins said.
Collins added that the Atlanta Athletic Club recently added a similar outdoor bar/pavilion area and it turned out to be 10 times more popular than they expected.
“The kid’s splash zone area was kind of molded after River Club and Horseshoe Bend (both in Atlanta), who both have really nice pools and we came up with our own ideas from there,” he said.
The pool renovation includs a new zero entry splash zone pool and additional slide pool; designed by Neptune Pools’ Davis Lawson.
“Luckily, we weren’t landlocked so we were able to do whatever we wanted. It made it a lot easier for the pool designer to come in and work with us,” Collins said. “They did a fabulous job.”
Construction began on the first clubhouse at CCC in 1950 and records show that there were about 250 members in 1960. The Chattahoochee Golf Course, owned by the city, opened for play as well. Charles Aaron was hired to be the head golf professional.
Today, the Club has approximately 800 Members who make Chattahoochee Country Club their home away from home.
In addition, to the pool renovation, there were additions made to the marina. The marina now has a new cruiser dock with 44′ & 50′ covered boat slips available.
“We wouldn’t want anyone else but Brad Wiegand and Boat Dock Works to build our docks…you have to be patient for good craftsmanship,” Collins said. “We also added restrooms and a new courtesy dock.”
Currently, Phase 1 is complete at CCC with Phase 2 focusing on the marina.
“Phase 2 is finishing off the marina, we’ll replace D dock and we’ll replaced A and B dock. C dock is newer and was built in 2008…it still has everything that are components of the new docks, so we’ll only replace the roof there,” Collins said.
Phase 1 & 2- Marina Renovations & Additions
- Pool renovations
- Marina Pavilion
- New E-Dock
- Slips added to gas dock
- Addition to New Children’s Zero Entry Splash Zone Pool and Connected Slide Pool
- Addition of outdoor dining & bar facility at pool
- Replacement of A, B & D Docks
- Replacement of C-Dock Roof
- Wave Break Wall
- Gathering deck at marina
Additional Sources: www.chattahoocheecountryclub.com