But at one club in Johns Creek, top-notch golfers are showing up in large enough numbers to draw allusions to one of the more recognized clubs in the country.
“I worked at Deerwood Country Club in Kingwood, Texas from 1987 to 2011 and we probably had 30 touring pros become members there,” said Scott Curiel, the Standard Club’s General Manager and Director of Golf for the past 11 years, the same title he held at Deerwood.
“We’re starting to see a little bit of that here, with the practice facilities and course conditions bringing in a lot of high quality members.”
The Standard Club, located in the northeast corner of Fulton County, features a small membership of 320 according to Curiel, but what they lack in quantity they make up for in quality — with golfers young and old, male and female turning heads on the links this summer.
“It has really been amazing to watch it come together with players like Andy Shim, Emee Herbert, Tim Weinhart, Billy Kennerly, and others doing great things already this summer,” said Curiel.
Shim, a 17-year-old home schooled student, won the Georgia Junior Championship by five shots on June 20 and will play in the U.S. Junior Amateur this weekend in Stratham, New Hampshire.
Herbert, a college freshman at Tusculum, won the Women’s Southern Amateur Golf Championship
Weinhart, who teaches at the Nuclear Golf Academy out of the club, qualified for the U.S. Open last month and Kennerly, a freshman at Clemson, was a first-team Ping All-American last season.
The Standard Club’s membership also features touring professionals like Brent Witcher (Web.com Tour member), Ji Young Oh (a two-time winner on the LPGA tour), and David Skinns (two wins on the NGA Hooters Tour this year).
Teaching pro Jim Grant, who has an impressive golf resume of his own with seven years on the PGA tour, noted the improved play could be seen in their club championship this year.
“Five years ago it wasn’t this way,” said Grant, who has been at the club since 1990. “You could have shot 82, 80, 81 and won the championship. This year you had to be right at even par.”
Curiel went on to say that the success of the club’s golfers has become a point of pride among its membership.
“When you walk into our pro shop there is a player board with tour and player updates on it and there is always a crowd around it with members looking to see how our guys did.”