Diversity, family values and inclusion three words you rarely hear when a private club sets out to open its doors to new members. It’s also rare that you find a club with a world-class golf course and modern amenities that is looking to go to great lengths to offer a lifestyle that the entire family can partake in, no matter where their interests lie.
The Standard Club has a history that goes back almost 150 years, is looking to increase its membership significantly over the next few months by offering incomparable priced membership plans to all qualified people regardless of their religion, ethnic background or race.
Founded in 1867 in downtown Atlanta and relocated in 1987 to its current north- Atlanta address off Abbotts Bridge Rd. in Johns Creek, GA, The Standard Club offers a prestigious full-service country club lifestyle, complete with amenities at its 300 plus acres Audubon-designated natural habitat and sanctuary location.
“We are a private, self-sustaining Club with a well-known, proud Jewish heritage, yet the Standard Club for decades has welcomed non Jewish members,” explained Dr. Mark Elgart, President. “Our Club is open to people who are interested because our membership represents a diversified community of people,” he added, noting that public awareness of the Club’s desire to attract new members regardless of their ethnicity or race has not been adequately communicated to the community.”
This is a rare chance to join this debt-free private club at the current joining fee levels, and play one of Georgia’s top-rated championship golf courses is available only for a short period of time, according to a Club spokesperson.
Noted golf course designer and architect, Mike Riley, made noticeable changes to the course including a thorough upgrading of the original Arthur Hill designed links, taking great care in defining the playing areas by making use of the native trees, shrubs, and grasses abundantly surrounding the golf course. The Standard Club showed a major commitment with investing $7 million in the renovation of its golf course 10 years ago.
Along with the golf, the club’s 125,000 sq. foot clubhouse and facilities feature four indoor air-conditioned and 12 outdoor tennis courts, fitness center, racquetball and basketball courts, a pool complex, dining and other amenities which provide a very attractive life- style for the entire family. A variety of functional space options for corporate meetings and outings as well as special family functions; such as, weddings, private events, and social gatherings are offered within the clubhouse.
Opportunities currently exist for full privilege new member initiation fees that range from $1,250 to $5,000 for candidates ages 21 to 70 plus. Initiation fees are $1,500 and $150 for tennis and social/athletic memberships respectively.
Dr. Elgart says that the debt-free Standard Club with nearly 400 current members intends to add another 100 plus members. Elgart is President of AdvancED, an Atlanta-based international educational services firm of 200 employees which conducts business in 71 countries worldwide.
Noted Atlanta and national business personality Bernie Marcus, co-founder and father of Home Depot and the Georgia Aquarium, has been a strong supporter of the Standard Club since he moved to Atlanta from California 30 years ago.
The Standard Club also was the first golf club in Georgia to be acknowledged and accredited by the Audubon Society, a very special designation indeed for any club. The Standard Club’s 18-hole championship golf course has been selected as one of the top 17 courses in Georgia. Ken Sisk of Golf Digest unofficially rates the course in the top five in Atlanta. Interested parties should visit www.standardclub.org.