Oasis on Oconee

For a moment, you can forget where you are. The sound of rushing water over boulders. The shade of palm trees. Summer music piping through the swim-up bar. An occasional “thwack” of a golf ball. By the looks of the 60,000-gallon pool on one side and white sand beach on the other, you can imagine…

Out for a spin: Amphicars on Lake Oconee

“Can you really just drive this car into the water?” It’s a common question posed to David Dodson when he takes his bright blue 1965 Amphicar to car shows. “Well, you can drive any car into the water,” he likes to reply, “but, only a few can drive back out.” These few were engineered in…

From the bottom up: Lake home turns entertaining on its head

The beauty of custom homes is the ability to adapt to the strengths of its surrounding environment – a wall of windows to enhance views, open living spaces to foster entertaining, outdoor areas that blend with the interior. Common to lakefront homes are walkout basements that allow easy access to the lake or pool. Often,…

A tour of Oconee Brewing Company’s new digs in downtown Greensboro

The long-awaited day came this spring when Oconee Brewing Co. opened its doors to more than 2,000 of its closest friends. After years of planning and intense renovation, the 100-year-old former textile warehouse turned bottling plant, located next to the old train depot in downtown Greensboro, came alive again. Oconee Brewing Company’s new home was…

Lake Oconee’s Toughest 18

Because golf isn’t hard enough and we’ve got a root canal schedule for later, Lake Oconee Living magazine has created its own murderer’s row of golf holes. We met with all the club pros and discussed the merits and disadvantages of having to play these holes. For argument’s sake, we set up our fantasy 18…

Tea-Time at the Masters

Forty years later, this timeless community cookbook still has a place on the shelf in Southern kitchens throughout the region Written by Susan Detrick-Atchley Photographed by Tony Clark Styled by Tami Hardeman P.G. Wodehouse famously advised, “To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” When the city of Augusta, Georgia, plays the gentleman’s…

Home on the Range

Texans first, golfers second: Buddy Clarke and Dien Stout make their second home overlooking the Creek Club’s signature hole Sitting in the unusual stone seats surrounding Buddy Clark and Dien Stout’s fire pit, one might be able to imagine themselves far out on the Texas range, a pot of stew hanging over a fire. But…

The Color of Home

From his captain’s chair in the dining room of his new home, Steve Gray can see two paintings that he and his wife, Sharman, commissioned depicting their childhood homes. Sharman’s shows an elegant home place her family called “Riverview,” situated on the Sunflower River in the Mississippi Delta outside of Greenville. His is a humble,…

The height of downtown living

On cool fall evenings, David DiRocco likes to open the windows on his veranda, light a fire in the fireplace, and let it battle the crisp air while he settles in with a drink to watch a game. It’s one of the things he enjoys most about his loft on the top floor of the…