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his women’s USTA team to the state playoffs in Wilmington. His members are impacting the community at large as well. The Gladys Hackworth Adult Invitational Tournament raised $4,000 for Habitat for Humanity. The club’s Mollie Ball event raised $14,000 for the Humane Society. And his tennis message has reached the Grandfather Home for Children, for whom the club is conducting a two-day tennis tournament this summer, has already raised over $10 thousand in pledges. “For me, part of the appeal of coming here in the first place was participating with the kids,” Bryan said. “We’re rebuilding the tennis program,” he said of his most important mandate at Yonahlossee. Membership had fallen to around 150 members during the six months prior to his arrival in the mountains when the club was without a tennis director. Since his arrival 23 new members, eight of whom are returning to the club after an absence, have joined the club’s roll. Eighty-five percent of the membership owns homes at Yonahlassee, while the others are non-residential members. All enjoy the amenities that include a 25 meter indoor pool, fitness center, sauna, and, of course indoor and outdoor tennis courts. Two new Bocce courts, an Italian variation of lawn bowling, will be completed this summer. Currently, non-residents pay a modest one time initiation fee and monthly dues of $140. And while a private club, the Yonahlassee Accommodations office host guests residents in luxurious rental properties year round. Clinics, lessons, and all the tennis camps with Bryan and his administrative partner Stan Bray are available to everyone in the community, members or not. Driven by the renewed energy the staff brings to the club, all the grounds and facilities have received a face lift and membership is on the rise. Member and visitor services include yoga, massage, and personal training. Lodging visits

The Dirk Family: Bryan, Annie and year-old son Boone

and real estate activity is growing with it. In short, after three years of global economic uncertainty, for this picturesque mountain retreat, things have never looked brighter. Bryan, Annie, and year-old son Boone, have embraced their new home, the people, and the property that 90 years ago opened as Camp Yonahlossee, a summer adventure land for young girls who,

to this day, stop by as adults to reminisce. They find a place that still retains the appeal of the ancient hardwood forest, laurel thickets, and whispering streams which first attracted visitors more than a century ago. And for the one-time sea captain, life’s come about full-circle. His young family, and the Yonahlossee community, couldn’t be happier.

Carolina Mountain Life Spring/Summer2012 —


Carolina Mountain Life: Spring-Summer 2012  
Carolina Mountain Life: Spring-Summer 2012  

Regional magazine highlighting the heart and soul of the North Carolina's High Country.