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Friday News

Please view the announcement of the 2024 Learning Tree by clicking the link above. 

Board of Directors Updates:

The Board of Directors met on Tuesday. After reports from each of the standing committees and board initiatives, Ralph Morse presented a treasurer’s report which was approved. Under new business the Board approved the appointment of Margie Robinson and Sandra Stewart as co-chairs of the Election Committee.

The Board approved a motion to remove cannabis from the list of drugs for which Bent Tree employees are tested. Pre-employment drug testing will continue but it will not include testing for cannabis. This move is intended to make it easier to staff the Tavern.

The Board approved the members and officers of the Golf and Greens Committee and the newly elected officers of the LAD Committee.

The Amenities Initiative presented a proposal for a pilot program called Private Pass to allow up to 10 non-residents to purchase access of Bent Tree amenities. The proposal was approved.

Two rules changes were discussed. New rules were adopted regarding the Contractor/Commercial Access and the Transponder access programs. There was a first reading of new rules related to the Trash/Recycling Center.

The Board will meet again on March 19 for a discussion session and on the 26th of March for a regular business meeting. Residents are invited to attend both meetings. A Town Hall meeting to discuss proposed changes to the CC&R’s is also scheduled for Thursday, March 7th at 6PM in the Rec Room at Club Tamarack.

After the meeting, it was decided that an Ad Hoc Committee should be created to deal with the Sharp Top property. This committee will be headed by Calvert Huffines and Arty Allen. Its goal will be to determine the best use of the approx. 67 acres that Bent Tree owns on Sharp Top Mountain.

Please view the recording here

28 Acres Exploratory Ad Hoc Committee

Laird Carmichael—Co-Chair

Brian Feehan—Co-Chair and Board Rep


Y’all saw Board President Buddy Creef’s overall plan with the several ad hoc committees he’s formed in the 2/16/2024 Friday News. Our committee is a little different than the others in that we are exploring all the different options for the 28 acres owned by Bent Tree, located at Cove Rd and Bent Tree Dr. We currently have about 30 Bent Tree persons storing their RV’s and trailers on the northern most section of the property. These are mostly hidden by the trees on that portion. A former BT employee has his house located on the southern section. We receive about $16k per year from those rentals. We have virtually no costs on that option. We are just starting with identifying all the other possible options or combination of options that could be done on that property. We are not considering a Dollar General/Tree, gas station/convenience store or similar commercial development which would not be appealing when entering Bent Tree. We will consider all the options with pros and cons for each option. We will periodically present to the Board and the community as the investigation of these options may take some time to complete. Community input during the process is welcomed. We will then generate a five-year proforma (P&L, investment, revenue, expenses) for each option. At that point, we will present to the Board and the community. A survey will be done to check the interest or not in the various options. Regardless of the Board, community input and survey, any change to the current use will have a vote of the community per our CC&R’s. Any input to the committee is welcomed. Just email to me at and Brian at with suggestions or opinions. We will have invited guest from time to time. We are meeting most Mondays at 9am in the Administration conference room.

Other committee members: Rick Patterson, Mary Ann Hoggard, Cathy Rumble, Tony Young (Chair of LAD) as an invited guest

Administration Updates:

Save the Date: Learning Tree Sessions at The Tavern in May!

Join us every Wednesday in May at 6:00 pm for exclusive Learning Tree sessions at The Tavern. Begin each evening with a special Learning Tree menu prepared by our chef (additional reasonable cost). Learn more in our introductory video link above. 

Registration Details:

  • Registration opens on April 1 and closes on Wednesday, April 24.
  • Open exclusively to Bent Tree property owners.
  • Participants must be BTCI members in good standing.

Participant Requirements:

  • Commitment to attending all scheduled classes.
  • A $15 fee to cover class expenses is required at registration.

Secure your spot for an enriching experience in a vibrant community! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn and connect.

Public Safety Updates:

Transponder Expiration Today!

As many residents know, we have been putting out notices in the Friday News since December of 2023 regarding the transponder renewal process. Renewing is quick and easy and can even be handled with a simple phone call. We will continue striving to make this process more convenient than it already is.

During the renewal process, we found that many residents have sold cars or changed license plates without notifying our department. Please remember to notify us of these things when they occur to ensure accounts remain current and unauthorized people do not have gate access.

There are still many residents and property owners who have not renewed their transponders. If you find that your transponder is no longer working at the front or back gates, please contact Public Safety immediately at 770-893-2628 to correct the matter. The link below has everything you need to know about the renewal process if you have not taken action yet.


☘️🎾 Get Your Irish On at The Courts: St. Paddy’s Day Celebration! 🍀🏓

Experience the magic of St. Patrick's Day with a day of fun, connection, and a dash of Irish spirit! Join us on Sunday, March 17th, for a memorable celebration at The Courts at Bent Tree.

Event Highlights:

  • 🏓 Pickleball Fun: 2-4 PM
  • 🍽️ Food and Fellowship: Followed by a delightful feast, so bring your favorite Irish dish to share!
  • 🎾 Tennis Extravaganza: 4-6 PM (after the food)


  • 📅 Date: Sunday, March 17th
  • 🕑 Pickleball: 2-4 PM
  • 🕓 Tennis: 4-6 PM
  • 📍 Location: The Courts at Bent Tree


  • 🎫 Non-Resident Guests: $10

How to Join:

  • 📞 Contact Bob Coleman at 770-893-2623 or 770-877-0884 to sign up.

Don't miss the chance to celebrate St. Paddy's Day in style! Bring your Irish spirit and let's make this a day to remember. 🌈💚

Other Upcoming Things for Your Calendar!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Please come join us, as a player or even spectator. It’s truly a fun atmosphere. Also be on the lookout for Free Beginner Tennis and Pickleball Clinics. These will be offered on weekdays and weekends, in hopes you’ll be able to fit us in somewhere. You’ll be glad you did. Please reach out to Coach Bob with any questions at 770-883-2623. Hope to see ya soon.

2024 Bent Tree Junior Golf Camps

Dates: June 3rd, 4th & 5th  

June 25th, 26th & 27th

July 10th, 11th & 12th

July 17th, 18th & 19th

July 24th, 25th & 26th

Ages 6-14             10am-2pm

Price: $250 per child includes instruction, refreshments, and prizes. 

  • Action-packed camps include hands-on instruction led by certified PGA Professionals.

  • Signature PGA camp curriculum focuses on developing golf skills (full swing, short game, rules and etiquette) while keeping the experience fun and engaging (games and activities).

  • A fun, safe and educational environment designed with your child's wellbeing in mind.

  • Playdays consisting of 3, 6 and 9 holes of golf.

  • Age ranges from 6 – 14

Sign Up at the pro shop or email

2024 Bent Tree Ladies Clinic

Thursdays & Fridays

Starting March 7th & 8th

11am to 12pm

We're excited to announce the upcoming Bent Tree Ladies Clinic for 2024, where we're dedicated to helping you refine your golf skills and enhance your enjoyment of the game. Join us on Thursdays and Fridays, starting March 7th and 8th, from 11 am to 12 pm.

  • Week 1 (March 7th & 8th): Short Game & Bunker Shots Learn how to get out of the bunkers effectively.

  • Week 2 (March 14th & 15th): Mid/Long Iron Shots Hitting your shots crisp and getting the most out of your swing without swinging too hard.

  • Week 3 (March 21st & 22nd): Course Management Learn how to place the ball on the course, where to approach each green and improve your “miss hits”.

  • Week 4 (March 28th & 29th): Driver & Fairway Metal/Woods Feel confident off the tee & know which side to play “favor” to.

💲 Cost: $35 per session or $70 for both days.

Ready to elevate your game? Sign up at the Pro Shop or email Patrick Higgins at Don't miss this opportunity to refine your skills and enjoy the game even more!

Upcoming Things for Your Calendar!

Save the Date for St. Patrick's Day Celebration!

Join us on Friday, March 15th, for a festive prelude to St. Patrick's Day.

🍀 Traditional Irish fare and beverages 

Experience the luck of the Irish with us!

Save the Date for Easter Brunch at Club Tamarack!

Join us on Easter Sunday, March 31st, from 11 am to 2 pm.

🌸 Adults: $29 🐰 Kids: $15 👶 5 and under: Free

Enjoy brunch favorites, carving stations, and much more. Let's make it an eggstra special celebration together!


News From Bent Tree Realty

News from The Stables

Space for camp registration is quickly nearing capacity. If you are still interested in reserving a spot for your child please respond immediately. Call the stables at 706-692-6322 to check for remaining availability.

News From the Activities Committee

Stay up to date with all things BTAC on the Bent Tree website! Just click the button for our committee page. 

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The Senior Programs March event is a St. Patrick’s themed movie matinee of the Quiet Man scheduled for 2pm on March 14th at Club Tamarack. This is a FREE event. Get cozy, bring a blanket and a snack to enjoy!

Do you have an IRISH joke, poem or saying you would like to share? We would love for you to share it with us on the 14th! Come prepared to share and let’s have a fun afternoon! Hope to see you there!


News from the Animal Shelter

Please Help Us!!  We need the word spread that we have Honey (sweet dog) and lots of cats to adopt or foster.  Please let your friends and family know that these babies need homes.
Honey was dumped at the Bent Tree beach area this fall with a collar and a leash attached. At first, we thought lost but no one came forward. She is young and loves to run and play. She loves all her shelter family.

Our cats range from young to older and all different and all great kitties. They have been found all over Bent Tree.

Yes, people are dumping and leaving pets even in our community!!

Please text or call 678-414-1047 to set up a visit to our Bent Tree shelter.

News from Lake & Wildlife

News from Outside the Gates

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