For many, an easy escape can be the perfect cure.

Dr. Steven McIntosh and his family all share in a love of the diverse amenities and activities available here at Reynolds Lake Oconee.

As a youngster living a block away from a municipal course in Sacramento, California's capital city, little Steven McIntosh learned the value of “recycling” at an early age.

He would retrieve errant shots that were scattered along the public park adjacent to a risky dogleg at Bing Maloney Golf Course. He took the golf balls home, cleaned them and sorted them. On weekends, he was back at the park, giving passing golfers the chance to stock up on golf balls, three for $1. He was so good at it that some Bing Maloney regulars began making requests for specific brands.

“I could make $40 on a weekend,” McIntosh recalls.

For a 9-year-old, that’s a pretty good business. Eventually, golf course marshals suggested McIntosh come on over and spend his time playing golf, rather than cutting into the pro shop’s sales.

Although he showed great promise as an entrepreneur in the golf industry, McIntosh instead followed his passion for medicine. And now Dr. Abraham Steven McIntosh is a dedicated 15 handicap who has a home at Reynolds Lake Oconee next to the pond at The Preserve course’s 14th hole.

I fell in love with the place.

And, no, Dr. McIntosh does not go wading into the water for lost golf balls anymore.

A gastroenterologist with main offices in Conyers and Covington, Dr. McIntosh has an office at Lake Oconee’s Cowles Clinic and performs procedures at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Dr. McIntosh discovered Reynolds in 2003 through a patient named Doug Hesse, who came to an appointment wearing a Reynolds golf shirt. “He invited me to play golf and I fell in love with the place,” Dr. McIntosh said.

Dr. McIntosh, his wife, Myrna, and their children, Stephanie and Hunter, all love the Reynolds lifestyle, particularly the various swimming pools and activities at The Lake Club. Hunter occasionally joins Dad at the golf range, or maybe for nine holes.

“It is our getaway,” notes Dr. McIntosh, who also has a home in Snellville.

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