Waterfall Club Adds Nick Saban to Ownership Group

waterfallThe private amenity club tucked away on a mountaintop overlooking 2,800 acre Lake Burton near Clayton, Georgia, Waterfall Club, proudly announced the expansion of its ownership group by five members, including University of Alabama head football coach, Nick Saban. Ken Whisenhunt, long-tenured National Football league coach, who also has a home at Waterfall joins Saban, Marlan Wilbanks, senior partner of Wilbanks/Gouinlock LLP, Lenny Lemoine, President & CEO of The Lemoine Co., and Mike Nixon, partner of Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Georgia.

“We are very excited about the added owners and the passion and commitment to the club that they each bring,” says Managing Partner Rob Hewlett. “Nick, Ken, Lenny and Marlan have homes on the lake and they have used and enjoyed the club regularly for the last decade. We believe that Waterfall Club will thrive and grow in significant ways under this expanded  ownership group.”

The Waterfall Club community is a 400 acre retreat with homes and outstanding amenities: a 52,000 square foot Athletic Center, with indoor tennis, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool for both men and women, 24 hour fitness center and a Spa. Outdoors families enjoy tennis, basketball, volleyball, bocce and lakefront and boating activities on the emerald green waters of lake Burton. The superlatives are all-encompassing at Waterfall Club. There is an award-winning golf course that rambles around the Blue Ridge terrain and offers the most dramatic elevation changes in Georgia.The course has bent grass fairways and greens. The ‘piece de resistance,’ hole #2, is a par 3 that falls 215 feet from tee to green, framed by a cascading waterfall. There is the ruggedly handsome, hewn-stone lodge perched high above Lake Burton, with six residences that can be enjoyed by member’s visitors or potential owners with fine dining upstairs and light fare in the Lounge.

“Many of my family’s most treasured memories have happened here at the club and on the lake. It’s a restorative place that we hold very dearly,” says Saban. “I can only hope as a part owner now to fulfill the sense of stewardship and growth that has guided Waterfall Club for so many years.”

Whisenhunt adds, “In a profession that requires a lot of moves, it’s hard to get a sense of home. Lake Burton has been our family’s one constant for over 40 years and has become that place we call home. Waterfall Club has done a great deal to enhance our time on the lake, as almost all of our days there include some type of memorable activity or meal at the club with family and friends. Waterfall Club has added so much to this community and as apart owner I hope to contribute to the continued growth of this special place.”

The expanded ownership positions at Waterfall Club were made available after the untimely passing of part-owner Terry Stiles, a benevolent presence at the club for many years. The Stiles family will retain partial ownership interest in Watefall Club, as will Rob Hewlett.

To play and live among the clouds at Waterfall Club, call 703-212-4000 extension 5, or visit TheWaterFallClub.com.

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Dave Daubert

David, Editor & Feature Writer, has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.

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