Golf News for Friday, October 5, 2012 | Courses

Harbor Club on Lake Oconee, Georgia celebrates 20th anniversary

GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Harbor Club, a 1600-acre residential golf community located on the shores of Lake Oconee, is celebrating 20 years of family ownership with expansion of its amenities and operations, a new partnership with a respected golf and club management team and a Gala 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 13th.

The celebration begins with a golf tournament and concludes with a fall-themed dinner party, where Harbor Club's long-time club members will be the guests of honor and receive recognition for their contributions to 20 years of membership. Also recognized will be two long-time Harbor Club members, heralded University of Georgia kicker, Kevin Butler and former PGA Tour professional, Tim Simpson. All funds received from the golf tournament and dinner party will be donated to the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital Fund.

"We are proud to celebrate twenty years as a debt-free community here at Harbor Club" says John Matney, owner and CEO of Harbor Club. "As we move into our twentieth year, even through challenging economic times, we continue to work hard, reinvest and build a close knit community of people."

In 1992, when John Matney discovered the golf course and community just over an hour east of Atlanta, he and his family immediately fell in love with the area. The small town feel of the lake community, its proximity to Atlanta, Augusta and Athens and its natural beauty and constant-level lake made it the most attractive community he had experienced in all the southeast.

Today, 20 years later, what started out as 1,000 acres and less than 15 single-family homes has transformed into a neighborhood of 750 dues paying property owners, with 80% of residents residing at Harbor Club full time. The community has also grown to 1,600 acres on over nine miles of beautiful shoreline on Lake Oconee, Georgia's second largest lake.

There is a tremendous array of lifestyle options including competitively priced homes, homesites and cottages, all complemented by impeccable dining, swim and tennis facility, fitness center, croquet lawn and an award-winning Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish-designed golf course that attract members who buy at Harbor Club to remain there year-round.

Matney, along with his son, Brandon, are intimately involved in the community, working hand-in-hand with membership to ensure that the quality of life remains well into the future.

"We felt comfortable when we bought an additional 600 acres knowing it would take several years to build upon it," says Brandon Matney, general manager of Harbor Club. "Even in a challenging economy, we feel so positive about the lake area and the promise of future growth. We are dedicated to strengthening the value of the memberships that our residents here at Harbor Club hold with us."

A recent expansion to the Stephen Fuller-designed clubhouse creates a welcoming atmosphere to diners and pro shop guests. Additionally, a new partnership with Affiniti Golf Partners of Atlanta, Ga. ( results in reciprocal play privileges for members, expansion in golf instruction, new pro shop merchandise and benefits, and a plethora of new activities adding to an already busy list of member events, golf tournaments and parties in the community.

"Our goal since the very beginning has been to build a community of people, not look at establishing a short term investment," says John Matney. "It all has been possible through careful planning, a dedication to establishing a unique lifestyle but, most of all, our members. They are our greatest asset, and the reason why our neighborhood here at Harbor Club is so special."

For more information on Harbor Club or the 20th Anniversary Celebration call 866-805-LAKE or visit online at

About Harbor Club
Harbor Club is a 1,600-acre gated golf community located halfway between Atlanta and Augusta. The community consists of nine miles of shoreline along Lake Oconee, Georgia's second largest lake. Its centerpiece is the highly ranked Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish-designed Harbor Club golf course, given multiple awards and rankings including 4 and ½ out of 5 stars by Golf Digest as "Best Places to Play" for the past 3 years running. The 15,000 square foot clubhouse designed by award-winning Southern Living architect Stephen Fuller offers dining services, a fully stocked golf shop, men's and women's locker rooms and a fitness center. In addition to the great golf, there is also a croquet court and an expansive outdoor Swim and Tennis Facility with junior sized Olympic swimming pool and double lighted tennis courts. The Granite Shoals Marina gives members and guests the opportunity to explore all 19,000 acres of Lake Oconee. To learn more about the neighborhood at Harbor Club call 800-505-4653 or visit

For Additional Information:
Warren Grant
Windfall Communications