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Scene on the green: Drunken antics reported at Piedmont Driving Club

The Piedmont Driving Club is known for elegant events such as this past Atlanta Ballet Ball.

The Piedmont Driving Club, known for elegant events such as this past Atlanta Ballet Ball, apparently experienced some recent unpleasantness.

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The Piedmont Driving Club, usually the scene of air-kissing luncheons and elegant charity galas, is dealing with allegations of unsavory drunken antics more in keeping with the comedy “Caddyshack.”

A letter from a club member sent to the club’s president and general manager and first obtained and posted by the Deadspin web site, complains in detail about uncharacteristically rowdy behavior at a recent golfing event.

“One member decided to play the 14th hole completely naked,” the letter said. “I have not researched it, but I suspect this is a crime in Georgia.”

It goes downhill from there, with members reportedly taking al fresco bathroom breaks on the greens, one member exhibiting his “ability to pick up a golf ball with his naked butt cheeks” and a member passing out in the men’s grill. The Animal House antics reportedly disturbed a rehearsal dinner that was taking place in the club’s main dining room at the time.

“When someone from the rehearsal dinner came into the men’s grill to ask that the drunken members quiet down, the response from one of the drunken golfers was (physically impossible expletive),” the letter said.

In a statement, the Piedmont Driving Club acknowledged that something happened but didn’t address the allegations in detail.

“We have taken disciplinary action based on what we currently know to be true,” the statement read. “We take this matter very seriously and are looking into it further. When all of the facts are gathered and verified, we will consider further action.”

The letter does not name the miscreants, although a tipster sent us the identities of three very prominent Atlantans who supposedly took place in the shenanigans. We’re told they have been suspended and fined.

Since we first posted the story we’ve heard from a number of people identifying themselves as members. They were about evenly split on whether this was all fatuous nonsense or a matter that deserved more scrutiny. None of them wanted to be identified.

“I’d like it to go away,” one anonymous member told us. “It tarnishes our name.”

On the other hand the letter writer, a prominent local attorney, requested that the rowdy antics “be well publicized throughout the Club. Among other things, let the wives and children of these drunkards be confronted with, and ashamed by, the grotesque conduct of their husbands and fathers.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

244 comments Add your comment

alicia

May 31st, 2012
2:01 pm

None of this happened unless there’s photographed evidence. This is kinda exciting. I love watching rich people go cray.

Tony D'Annunzio

May 31st, 2012
2:07 pm

Morgan

May 31st, 2012
2:11 pm

Get something better to report on.

Herb

May 31st, 2012
3:01 pm

From my years in management at one of Atlanta’s top private clubs, and clubs in Tampa/St Pete, 99% of the time misbehavior which went against club rules, was done not by the members, but by their guests who partied a little too much.Although we were not a country club, but a private dining facility, we did experience a few people relieving themselves in unusual places, closets, silver bowls etc.

carla roqs

May 31st, 2012
3:44 pm

of course, THIS is funny.

Grant Parker

May 31st, 2012
4:42 pm

I am rescinding my application for membership.

David

May 31st, 2012
4:45 pm

This is not surprising, guys at that club are now 4th generation dilettantes who are unaccomplished little sniveling Eddie Haskell’s.
Most are social climbers who are full of themselves.

This has gone on at the member member for years there, and like the Secret Service hooker scandal, it was not the first time. MOreover it is a culture there. People are afraid to talk because the backstabbing social snipping of many of the board types strikes fear in members. The CaddyShack like Spaldings who are out there, by this generation, are living off of the trust funds and good names of their grandfathers. Time to thin the herd PDC. Good luck with that.

KG

May 31st, 2012
5:07 pm

I would not call them “swans,” more like geese.

David is dead on, I know them well and they are just as the member / member tourney indicated. Exposing themselves to women who are forced to work there, and telling a wedding party to go F*#&# themself when they were asked politely to tone it down is par for the course at Pee-mont Driving Club.

Yeti

May 31st, 2012
5:16 pm

This could get REAL bad for the members if the female caddie who the gentlemen exposed themselves to decides she wants to sue for sexual harassment in the workplace. I am sure there are lawyers licking their chops to get some PDC money. It would be interesting to see these gentlemen named in a lawsuit. Talk about a night of drinking ruining you life!

brk

May 31st, 2012
5:52 pm

just shows you money does not buy class

KG

May 31st, 2012
6:12 pm

Yeti, from what I have seen in the locker room there @ PDC, it would be thrown out of court for insufficient evidence. LOL

Walter Bricker

May 31st, 2012
6:18 pm

Have been there for lunch. What a stuffy place. I love the lewd acts and peeing in the bushes. Hope the female gets a huge chunk of money. Would love for a local tv station to get in on the act.

Judge smalls

May 31st, 2012
6:25 pm

“but daddy I told them not to do it…” what a bunch of spoiled losers. Always saying how us blacks are aniimals but this how they act when they go hang out with the people they have to pay to be their friends.

alex

May 31st, 2012
6:31 pm

looks like the club has made great stides in ethnic diversity.Sounds like a bunch of apaches with a lot of firewater

NeverNude

May 31st, 2012
6:43 pm

“Don’t sell yourself short Judge, you are a tremendous slouch”

Dix

May 31st, 2012
6:47 pm

Big whoop. A bunch of adults got sh*tfaced and acted like stupid teenagers. Rude? Sure. Dumb? Definitely. Beyond that… what’s the news? Drunk stupidness happens every weekend all over Atlanta, from the sidewalks of midtown to the valet lines of buckhead and the backyard BBQs in the ‘burbs (unfortunately). And in every other city and town. Why try to turn it into something salacious just because it happened to be a handful of “prominent” folks who were the morons in this case. Nothing wrong with belonging to an independent golf club — and there’s no sense in throwing mud on a bunch of Atlantans who had nothing to do with this idiocy and are just as grossed out as anyone. There was a whole crowd of nice people there having a rehearsal dinner, and they were all just as horrified as anyone about what these 3 guys were doing. Let’s be smarter than to tolerate and perpetuate stereotypes, jeez.

debdoes

May 31st, 2012
6:48 pm

name the pompous naked drunken asses….come on!!!

crackbaby

May 31st, 2012
7:00 pm

This story ain’t even the tip of the, uhmmm, iceberg at PDC.

Sammy Davis, Jr

May 31st, 2012
7:02 pm

The Brothers and I were out of town at the time of the alleged orgy. We are all innocent.

Penny

May 31st, 2012
7:27 pm

Dix – If you don’t stand for something….you’ll fall for anything. Yes, classless behavior happens everyday. Recently at a well heeled soirees a gentleman (I use the word loosely) left a $100.00 bill on his excrement in one of the bathrooms. The bathroom attendant called me in an asked, “what he should do?”, I told him what I would do so…..WE FLUSHED the toilet. I’m sure the pompous little pea brain thought we would fish it out……Really!

Frank

May 31st, 2012
7:33 pm

Um, who cares?

Constance

May 31st, 2012
7:39 pm

The story seems tame–the really salacious details have been left out. The female caddy has retained counsel. This just wasn’t a group of late 30s to early 40s over grown frat boys—much of the behavior rose to the level of criminality. No one stepped in to call a stop to their behavior which went on for many hours. I don’t suppose any taxis were called when the group decided to call it a night. Country clubs are often the scene of bad behavior but this would have resulted in expulsion from most clubs.

Al Cervik

May 31st, 2012
7:49 pm

What, you buy a hat like that I bet you get a bowl of soup,,,,it looks good on you though.

Tye Web

May 31st, 2012
7:51 pm

A flute with no holes is not a flute, and a donut with no hole is a Danish .

Bone

May 31st, 2012
8:00 pm

“I’m alright! Nobody worrying ’bout me! Why you got to gimme a fight? Can’t you just let it be!”

Tiffany

May 31st, 2012
8:07 pm

Bravo Tv–check it out for a series ” Gentlemen of Atlanta–LOL.

Mark Olson

May 31st, 2012
8:41 pm

All above and worse has been confirmed by two members. They were “suspended” but not expelled. Guess the money factor was too great to effectively punish these monied members.

Rick Robertson

May 31st, 2012
8:46 pm

Gee Whiz , can’t a bunch of guys have a little fun. I wonder what happened on those perfectly manicured greens after dark…

Radio GaGa

May 31st, 2012
8:46 pm

Great story! Maybe the best story this month! I hope you can confirm those names and run them online and in print.

Al in Atlanta

May 31st, 2012
8:50 pm

this is nothing…there has been wife swapping and sexual antics on the club premises for years…especially during the 9 o’clocks New Year’s Eve parties where oral sex behind the ballroom curtains is legendary!!!

Jaijohnny

May 31st, 2012
8:51 pm

Serious comment here…

Reading that perpetrators are getting 90 day suspensions plus $1000 fines. Are you kidding me? I am a former member of this club (and belong to a similar club somewhere else, don’t live in Atlanta anymore…) and cannot believe that they think that this will blow over. It won’t. This is an embarassment to the members that will never go away. If they do not take stronger measures, they will suffer for ages.

P.S., This is the same club that Griffin Bell (appointed Attorney General)had to resign from in 1976, because of Jimmy Carter’s election (and the club’s lack of African-American members), and it took at least a generation for the world to forget. We’ve gone a long way…

Bama Bill

May 31st, 2012
8:53 pm

Wild and crazy boys will be boys, but at the Piedmont Club ? Wow

Yankee

May 31st, 2012
8:53 pm

Sebonack = new-money powerful
Round Hill = old-money powerful
PDC = ineffectual Bubbas who aren’t fit to rent north of the Mason-Dixon

NMS

May 31st, 2012
8:57 pm

Yet we all laughed at Caddyshack. This is real! Get it on TV already.

I know it all all

May 31st, 2012
8:57 pm

There was even a incident where a member was hitting another member in his head with his penis while the member was reading his putt. The caddies at PDF have all the info that went on they saw it all. Wonder if the male caddies that were offended can file charges

Carl Spackler

May 31st, 2012
9:01 pm

I’ve spent my share of time over at the PDC and for the most part it is a good group of guys. But, there are a few turkeys as members that cannot hold their liquor. Surprise surprise. Membership is not contingent on a morality exam, but rather letters of recommendation, money and whatnot. We really shouldn’t be shocked that this occurred, but these guys should be thrown out of the club (IMO) if the club wants to mend their image.

another comment

May 31st, 2012
9:10 pm

This is limited to this club. The one on Paces Ferry near the Governor’s mansion has the same issues. My daughter has told me of going as a guest of some members to some of the family pool event. Some of the perverts could not keep their eyes off of the 12 and 13 year old girls. What she would come home and tell me was creepy.

Then in High School, you start hearing about all of their kids getting caught in the finer schools using drugs. Even if they aren’t caught they are using them, because they have to self-medicate themselves to deal with their parents. For years I have heard about the prominent Lawyer’s wife who can’t go pick up her children after 7:30 P.M., because as the kid will tell you her mother will have drank too much wine by then. Of course, the father doesn’t come home because he is messing around. When the older brother got caught with drugs in the Public School after already being booted from the Private school. The father says that the perscription drugs that the kid was caught with in the car on school property was his. Because with a drug conviction, you aren’t eligible for the Hope or any Financial Aid. Like all Self-Employed Country Club member’s the Company was paying for the Club, and of course they will show no income so they can get financial aid for college. Big Pretenders. I could long ago tell that it was the wife’s mother who was the old Atlanta money in this family. She probably even bought the house they are living in. You see that alot with this Generation of trust fund babies in Atlanta. One person at the Private School told me that an awful lot of the Private school tuiton is paid by the Grandparents as Gifts. $13,000 Gift limit x two sets. That is what I was told when I asked how they can afford it. I knew alot of these people did not have jobs or the brains to pay for Private School and have a Stay at Home wife.

Mitch Cumstein

May 31st, 2012
9:11 pm

I was night putting with the dean’s daughter!

Dr. Beeper

May 31st, 2012
9:24 pm

Who knew Bushwood was located in Atlanta?

“Spalding get your foot off the boat”

NeverNude

May 31st, 2012
9:35 pm

” I’ve sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. I didn’t want to do it- I felt I owed it to them”

UF Girl

May 31st, 2012
9:37 pm

Juluis Ricardo-
Why were they locked up?

White people go cray-zee

May 31st, 2012
9:53 pm

Wow. Mark in ATL. You are going to regret that call out. What a classy guy.

The Aristocrats

May 31st, 2012
9:53 pm

Member

May 31st, 2012
10:01 pm

Probably shouldn’t be throwing names around unless you’re 100%

aon

May 31st, 2012
10:02 pm

OMG, the Great Wall of Decorum has been breached! What fun to watch entitled snobs let lose and have a little fun. Can’t wait for the cell phone pictures and videos to make it online.

aon

May 31st, 2012
10:03 pm

@white people, no kidding. I was thinking the same thing.

SeaJay

May 31st, 2012
10:09 pm

Rumor has it the guilty parties will get just 3 months suspension, a $1,000 fine, and will have to reimburse the Club for the rehearsal dinner. If these clowns aren’t expelled totally with no ability to ever re-apply for membership, it will show us all how unprestigious this Club and it’s Board really are. I have heard of other wild events among the younger male members of this Club from a reliable source. Seems that with the current economy, the Club has had to resort to some unusual ways to excite new young males to join. If the Board doesn’t accept the very well presented recommendations in the letter, it will permanently tarnish the reputation of this fine Club.

rockwell

May 31st, 2012
10:23 pm

@another comment. What a classic post and dead on. I am sure every member has lawyered up and will soon enough buy their way out of this one.

Pathetic example of what over indulgence produces.

Club Member

May 31st, 2012
10:24 pm

NOT Expelling these idiots is the fastest way to ensure nobody will pay the $70K needed to join. Great club you’ve got there…stick to your guns.

ljenkins6250

May 31st, 2012
10:25 pm

Oh my!!! An attorney that thinks acting foolish is a crime. Get a life loser, ONLY the rich, pompous, arrogant, mommy and daddy coat tail riders are members of the PDC. The members of this club are riding off their folks hard earned money.