During the first two decades of this century, wealthy Atlantans began to build summer homes and estates around Buckhead and in the area known as Brookhaven. In 1910 the Mechanical and Manufacturers Club purchased 150 acres for the Brookhaven Country Club to include a lake, clubhouse, golf course and exclusive homes. Since many of the members of this Club also belonged to the prestigious Capital City Club, it was a logical step for that organization to purchase the Brookhaven Country Club for its own use in 1913.
The course, which encircles a large lake and is surrounded by woods, was laid out by course architect Herbert Barker. The original clubhouse was replaced in the 1920s by the present French provincial structure of mellow stone. Shortly after opening in 1911, the club became part of the downtown Capital City Club and became known as the Capital City Country Club.
Brookhaven residents may send their school-aged children to the local elementary and secondary schools run by the DeKalb County School System. Public elementary schools within this district include Dresden, Montgomery, Woodward, and Ashford Park. Middle school students may attend Sequoyah and Chamblee, while local high schools include Chamblee and Cross Keys high schools. A number of private and parochial schools, such as Marist School, are also available for those who are looking to send their children to learn in a faith-based learning environment.
Students and adult learners looking to continue their higher learning endeavors may do so at Oglethorpe University, whose campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A satellite campus for Georgia State University is also located in Brookhaven.
Parks & Recreation
Residents have access to a number of local parks where they can picnic, relax with a good book, or play a few games of basketball or tennis. If you're looking to take a hike along a nature path, Brookhaven Park and Blackburn Park have some lovely trails that are perfect for taking a stroll. For swimming and boating, Murphy Chandler Park features a pool and lake, in addition to fields for football and baseball.