Polo Golf and Country Club snack bar fails health inspection
On June 9, the Polo Golf and Country Club’s snack bar, which is located in the club’s family swim center at 7000 Lancaster Circle, received a score of 68 due to improper hot holding temperatures, improper date marking and “disposition and a [lack] of personal cleanliness.” - photo by Isabel Hughes

The poolside snack bar at a west Forsyth golf club recently failed its food inspection after health officials found, for at least the second time, there was no certified food protection manager on duty and that workers’ hands were not clean or properly washed.

On June 9, the Polo Golf and Country Club’s snack bar, which is located in the club’s family swim center at 7000 Lancaster Circle, received a score of 68 due to improper hot holding temperatures, improper date marking and “disposition and a [lack] of personal cleanliness.”

A failing score is considered a 69 or less, and restaurants that fail an inspection are revisited within 10 days.

During the visit to the snack bar, the health inspector found several new violations and several repeat violations.

The new violations consisted of chicken being reheated at too low of a temperature – 120 degrees – when it must be held at 135 degrees or above, as well as a manager arriving “at [the] facility and donn[ing] gloves to check temperature of food without washing hands.”

In addition, the inspector found “food was not discarded by seven-day discard date” and the person in charge was wearing jewelry while prepping food, which is not allowed.

Repeat violations included not having a certified food manager assigned to the facility, and food prep employees did not have their hair properly restrained.

The snack bar, which has been inspected three times previous – once in June 2016, once in June 2015 and once in August 2013 – has never before failed, receiving scores of 92, 80 and 95 respectively.

The June 2015 inspection, which netted the score of 80, found sliced tomatoes and chicken salad were not discarded by the seven day-discard date.

Based on prior inspection reports, it appears the facility has never had a certified food protection manager, though those in charge have been repeatedly advised to “to enroll an employee in a [certification] course immediately.”

Steven Ratner, director of food and beverage for the club, said while he would not comment on reasons for the failing score, “I can assure you everything is being done to rectify it.”

A follow-up inspection should occur on or before June 23, during which the snack bar must score a 70 or above.

If it fails to do so, it will be shut down, and if it fails in subsequent yearly inspections, it “will have to voluntarily close.”