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ATLANTA -- Since 1887, the Piedmont Driving Club has been a major player in Atlanta society. It's one of the nation's most prestigious private clubs.

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To be considered for membership, potential members are required to shell out $90,000 up front. However, this iconic Southern institution has become internet fodder over bad behavior exhibited by its members.

The angry letter from member John C. Weitner sent to the club's president discussed his "displeasure" with "drunken and naked cavorting at a member-member golf tournament."

The correspondence details what Weitner, an attorney, describes as "inappropriate" behavior from adult men apparently fueled by a an nondescript amount of vodka and beer.

Bullet points in the letter describe the following behaviors: 

  • One member decided to play the 14th hole completely naked
  • Several members urinated on one of the greens in the presence of a female caddie.
  • One member decided to show off to other members his ability to pick up a golf ball with his naked butt.
  • Drunken golfers passed out in the men's grill, exposing themselves.
  • Drunken golfers "mooned" a wedding rehearsal dinner.

11Alive's Jeff Hullinger asked, "When you read this letter, did it surprise you?

"I laughed, actually," said Fred Blackburn, who worked at the Piedmont Driving Club for four years -- he was the bartender at the golf course last year before being fired. He worked last year's member-member event.

Blackburn says bad behavior is standard inside the Piedmont Driving Club. He remembers one incident clearly: "Seeing a man's private parts, not in the shower area."

"Does that go on a lot?" Hullinger asked.

"Pretty much," Blackburn replied.

The course is spectacular, a Rhees Jones masterpiece off Camp Creek Parkway, nestled along water. There are a series of these member-member events over the year, with the biggest one in October.

Blackburn believes the blame should be pointed in one direction. Management was largely quiet on the issue.

Thursday afternoon, the general manager sent out a note to employees, reminding them there will be no discussion of the reported behavior by anyone outside the club, and threatening disciplinary action or termination against those who talk.

"When I first got out there, they told me don't say anything, just let it go. I learned to be quiet from them," Blackburn said.

The club did not return calls for comment.

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