The Bent Tree Pro Shop sent out an email with the following upcoming events. Things have been hopping at the golf course lately. Call the Pro Shop at 770-893-2626 (or just stop in) for more information about any of the events. The proceeds from the Longest Day of Golf (June 21) go to the Bent Tree Foundation‘s Scholarship/Teacher Grant Fund. Since its inception, the fund has awarded college scholarships totaling over $109,000 and grants totaling over $47,000.
View of Lake Tamarack from the pavilion
The Bent Tree Activities Committee is sponsoring a Summer Evening of Music tomorrow at the Lake Tamarack Pavilion (if it rains, the event will move to Club Tamarack). The no-fee event runs from 7:00 – 10:00 and is open to all Bent Tree residents. If you are not signed up to receive the Bent Tree Community Buzz email bulletins, you can do so under your profile/subscriptions setting on the official Bent Tree website. The Buzz is sent out twice a month with a list of upcoming scheduled events.
15 lots within the Bent Tree community are marked as “SOLD” from last week’s tax sale. Click here to link to the county’s report of the results. It will be interesting to see what becomes of the lots after the redemption period has passed. Three of the lots that sold are next to each other. One of those lots is already a combined double lot. Conceivably, they could all be combined into one lot that is over 2½ acres.
Native phlox is currently blooming in some sunny spots in Bent Tree. An inch worm was traveling around on this one.
June 6, 2017 – Inch worm on native phlox in Bent Tree (click picture to zoom)
Bear coming out from behind a stump
There have been a lot of bear sightings over the last year, and many people in Bent Tree have taken some amazing bear pictures. A few years ago, it seemed like I saw bears everywhere I went in Bent Tree. Then I hit a long, dry spell. Until last Monday, I hadn’t seen a bear since 2014. On Monday, this bear appeared from behind an old stump. I was able to grab my camera and snap a couple of pictures before the fast-moving bear went across the street and behind some trees. The pictures aren’t great, but I’m happy.
June 5, 2017 – Black bear in Bent Tree
Homes are selling in Bent Tree and Big Canoe. Sales in both communities (as in most second home communities) were hit hard when the real estate bubble burst about a decade ago. But, some sellers, over the last couple of years, have made a nice profit if they bought their homes after the crash. Those that bought at the peak of the bubble have not been so fortunate, but that has been true in many locations across the country. The following is a list of some of the Bent Tree home sales so far in 2017. There are 29 sales represented on the list, for a total of $5,098,100 in sales. The individual closing prices ranged from $45,700 for a distressed property in poor condition to $355,000 for a home that was on the 2008 Bent Tree Tour of Homes. Note – there are also a number of homes currently under contract (they are not included on this list).
Click here to link to a pdf version of the list.
June 9,2017 -Hole 2
The Bent Tree MGA’s annual Member-Guest tournament is this weekend. It looks like the weather will cooperate both days, and the course looks great.
June 9, 2017 – Looking back on Hole 12 from behind the green
Bent Tree Community, Inc. was “duly incorporated under the laws of the State of Georgia” on November 30, 1983. The image below shows how the echo newsletter banner changed from “Bent Tree Country Club” in August 1983 to “Bent Tree Community, Inc.” in November 1983. Management of Bent Tree was turned over to the Bent Tree Property Owners Association on November 1, 1983 and an interim management contract was negotiated to exist until the conclusion of the class action lawsuit that would convey the ownership to BTCI. There were some interesting twists and turns that occurred several years before and after 1983 that shaped BTCI. I’ll continue to share some of the highlights with a couple of posts each week on the subject. There are still property owners in Bent Tree who played big roles during this period of Bent Tree’s history.
from “Bent Tree Country Club” to “Bent Tree Community, Inc.”
I’m going to take some time to just relax and enjoy Bent Tree, so I may not post for a couple of days.
June 6, 2017 – ducks taking a dip in Lake Tamarack