NOTE: I am turning off comments again, having just removed several comments that used people’s names as their screen names. Not cool, people. I cut off commenting before, only to have people ask if some “conspiracy” between PDC leadership and AJC brass got the commenting cut off. No. The conspiracy is between me, myself and I. We’re all tired of babysitting the blog. I get that this is a topic of interest for whatever reason, and as a big fan of the First Amendment I do usually leave commenting open. But it’s not fair for people to see their names showing up with comments they didn’t make (especially gross or offensive ones). Sorry.
The Piedmont Driving Club has hosted numerous events raising funds and awareness for worthy causes over the years. That’s a photo from around 1910 from the Atlanta History Center archives. More recently, the Beauty Becomes You “Elegant Hats” luncheon was held there in April. The Georgia CASA Luncheon and Fashion Show was in March. Events benefiting the Atlanta Ballet, including the annual Ball and Corps de Ballet luncheon, have been held there a number of times.The Atlanta chapter of Jack and Jill of America celebrated its 60th anniversary there about a year ago.
None of those generated the sort buzz that an unfortunate incident involving allegations of lewd antics by overserved members did last week.
On Friday night we cut off commenting on the initial blog post on reports of rowdy behavior during a recent golfing event, when anonymous bloggers kept posting the names of people who supposedly were involved. Over the weekend we heard from a steady stream of people eager to keep discussing the matter.
We’ve also heard from numerous people identifying themselves as members, or the spouses of members, of the Piedmont Driving Club. Those folks seem about evenly split on whether allegations of drunken members irrigating the greens is a bunch of fatuous nonsense, or a serious matter that needs additional scrutiny.
The Club’s only public statement regarding the matter is as follows: “We have taken disciplinary action based on what we currently know to be true. 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.”
We’re told that those responsible have been suspended and fined.
Meanwhile we’re told Club leadership is consulting with a PR firm to address the matter moving forward. For now we’ll end with a comment from a member who wishes to be identified only as “An Avid Golfer.” It was emailed to us this morning:
“Dear Jennifer, I wanted to comment but noticed that you had turned the comments off. I keep a long quotation on my bulletin board from Herbert Warren Wind whom you may have heard of in your profession. He was a prominent golf sports writer. It represents my feelings about golf and I am sure many who love the game. This is only part of the quote. ‘Even for the lucky few among us for whom things always seem to go right, the world is never an easy place. The quality of our lives is frequently disappointing, seldom as pleasant or as significant as we had hoped for when we were young. In the midst of this, golf provides a small world where the standards are civilized, where people are frequently at their best, and where there is humor and spontaneity and, at times, the true strain of poetry which all of us seem to need in our lives. WE MUST BE SURE WE TAKE GOOD CARE OF IT.”
- Jennifer Brett/The Buzzemail@example.com