LRCC Dog Show Top Dog, Riley

Congratulations to our “Top Dog” and Grand Champion, Riley, an adorable rescued Basset Hound entered in the Dog Show by Debbie & Pat Moran. This famous dog and it owners had a $5,000 donation made to the Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter in their names. Thanks to all of our four-legged friends for making this a memorable day!

Follow this link to The Mountaineer article, A Four-Legged Fourth

A FOUR-LEGGED FOURTH, excerpt from The Mountaineer, 7/5/18

Debbie Moran didn’t enter her floppy-eared, four-year old basset hound, Riley, in the Laurel Ridge Fourth of July Dog Show for fame and glory.  “We brought him out here just for the heck of it,” she said. “We weren’t really expecting to win anything.  But win is exactly what Riley did, not only in the Best Tail Wagger category, but also in the Top Dog contest, which determined the most popular dog in the entire show by way of audience vote.  The prize? A $5,000 donation to the Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter in Riley and Moran’s name, made by the Harmon family, owners of Laurel Ridge Country Club.

Moran rescued Riley from Wisconsin and is in the process of training him to become a therapy dog. She was thrilled the donation would help animals in situations similar to that which Riley came from.  “I think it’s a great cause,” said Moran. “Especially when I think about Riley’s history and what we’re trying to do with him. I’m on board for anything that helps animals.”  Moran may have been surprised that Riley – who was decked out in a red, white and blue outfit, including an objectively adorable American flag baseball cap – was named Top Dog. But announcer Ed McHugh certainly wasn’t.  “The judges fell in love with him,” he said. “When I saw him for the first time, I knew it was over.”  McHugh provided a humorous play-by-play as the dogs paraded out in front of a large audience under the pavilion at Laurel Ridge. The event was open to the public, and 18 dogs in total entered the competition.

There were five categories in all: Best Tail Wagger, Best Trick, Most Patriotic, Best Groomed and Junior Division. The winner of each category advanced to the Top Dog championship round.  The winners were as follows:

  • Best Tail Wagger: Riley, basset hound, Debbie and Pat Moran
  • Best Trick: Bella, chihuahua, Bob and Deb Morgan
  • Most Patriotic: Chesty, west highland terrier, Carolyn Miller
  • Best Groomed: Beemer, wire fox terrier, Sharon Osborn
  • Junior Division: Otter, shepherd/lab mix, Alexis, Sarah and Jason Speier

“Look at that pup,” thundered McHugh as Miller’s red, white and blue-dyed west highland terrier, Chesty, made the rounds. “Next stop: Westminster. I’m not kidding you, folks.”  McHugh himself was donning his finest patriotic apparel: a short-sleeve, three-button shirt featuring an American flag design and words from the Declaration of Independence scrawled in cursive on the back. The stereo pumped out tunes that alluded almost exclusively to dogs and freedom, including such classics as “God Bless the U.S.A.” and, of course, “Who Let the Dogs Out?”  “We make it fun,” said McHugh. “I know I have a great time. The audience, in my estimation, has a great time, too. People seem to enjoy it.”  McHugh was quick to praise the “work on the front end,” as he put it, meaning the individuals who completed behind-the-scenes duties to make sure the event ran seamlessly.  Said McHugh: “This place turns like a top. Everything is in place when they give me the microphone and let me mouth-off for an hour. I think anybody can do what I do with all the planning that goes into it.”  McHugh was a volunteer, as were a number of other individuals – Steve Foreman, Jane Noppenberg – who put in the dirty work to help the proceedings unfold without a hitch. Sponsors included the Animal Hospital of Waynesville, Forever Lawn , Happy Hound Grooming, Maple Tree Vet, PetSmart, Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery, The Dog House, Carolyn Taylor and Linda Twomey.

This year marked the first time the Laurel Ridge Fourth of July Dog Show had been held since 2015, according to Mandy Heatherly, office manager at Laurel Ridge. The show was born out of the Harmons’ love for dogs – the family has owned and trained canines for many years, said Heatherly.  Back in 2015, proceeds from the event were given to Haywood Spay and Neuter. This year, Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter was chosen as the recipient because “many of our members have rallied for this cause,” said Heatherly.  The event has undergone other changes as time has progressed. At one point, a local artist donated a picture of the winning dog in conjunction with the monetary proceeds.  This year’s event featured an appearance from Sgt. Brandon Gilmore and the Waynesville PD K9 unit at the conclusion of the dog show. The Harmons have worked closely with the Waynesville PD “donating generously to equip their K9 unit,” said Heatherly. The demonstration proved  to an enrapt audience just how important a well-trained canine can be in myriad sketchy situations law enforcement  members may find themselves in.

Also, in previous years, the winner of the dog show had been determined by whichever canine received the highest number of cash donations, according to McHugh. That framework was abandoned after people who “had more money than they can count just kept stuffing the box,” as McHugh put it.  So, to level the playing field, it was decided that the winner would be determined by a written popular vote, and that the Harmons would donate $5,000 of their own money to the Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter. “The Harmons are extremely generous people,” said McHugh. “And nobody really knows about it, because they don’t flaunt it. It’s just the way they are.”

The winner-by-popular-vote approach seemed to work well Wednesday afternoon, with Riley – perhaps the overwhelming favorite – taking home the Top Dog title.  In the moments following the victory, Moran and Riley walked out on the floor for a round of photos. Riley’s hat kept falling off as he sniffed the ground.  “I don’t think he has any clue what’s going on right now,” said Moran.  Moran didn’t do it for the glory. She had no need for the fanfare: the ribbons, the paparazzi, the taxing media interviews, and all the other trappings of fame.  But considering the glitz and glamour was accompanied by a generous donation to a cause that Moran truly believes in, she’ll gladly endure all the unwanted attention – and with a smile, nonetheless.

 

 

Congratulations to our Young Professional Family Day Tournament Winners

A Young Professional Golf Member-Guest Tournament was held on June 30th at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville.  The winning 4-man team, Jeremy Ledford, Jonathan Song, Chris Kuhlman & Jason Hodgin, chose Haywood Christian Ministry to receive the $2,000 award donated by Laurel Ridge and its owners.  Congratulation to these young gentlemen on their victory on the course and also for their admirable community spirit.  They stand behind HCM’s valuable mission to empower Haywood County citizens to become self sufficient.

 

Golf Course Aerification Scheduled for August 13-15

Thank you for your patience as we strive to improve your golfing experience at LRCC. LRCC’s Driving Range will remain open during aerification.

Mountain-Top Rental Home In Waynesville, NC With Access To Laurel Ridge Country Club

Located on the top of Eagle’s Nest Mountain at 4,600 feet in elevation, The Hideaway at Laurel Ridge is a stunning masterpiece home perfectly positioned on 50 acres with gated access.  Only a five minute drive from Laurel Ridge CC, the home and pavilion face North with 180 degree views of the Smoky Mountains National Park, the Tennessee Blue Bird Mountains and Hot Springs. To the South, guests look out over Laurel Ridge Country Club, downtown Waynesville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cold Mountain, Pisgah National Forest and Nantahala National Forest.

The views aren’t the only thing that will take your breath away.  The home sleeps 12 and is complete with six bedrooms, five and a half baths, two living rooms, a huge den, sauna, hot tub, outdoor pavilion, patios on every floor and four fireplaces!  As an added benefit, guests will receive exclusive access to Laurel Ridge Country Club during their stay.

For more information, please call 828-452-0545 or info@laurelridgegolf.com.

Inn on the Green Offers Full Club Access To Guests!

Laurel Ridge Country Club is growing and we are excited about the newest addition, our Stay & Play guest rooms, the Inn on the Green. These newly remodeled accommodations are conveniently located at the #1 tee adjacent to the clubhouse. Our guests are able to relax on the covered front porch or practice their short game on the practice green just outside their room. The Bob Cupp-designed championship golf course and driving range offer an outstanding golf experience with breathtaking mountain views. In addition to golf, our guests are encouraged to enjoy all the private club amenities including dining, fitness and seasonal tennis and swimming.

Each room features a separate entrance, two luxury queen beds, modern furnishings, new flat screen televisions, Wifi, and in-room amenities including a Keurig coffee maker and refrigerator.  For information on golf or tennis packages or to check room availability for your mountain getaway, contact info@laurelridgegolf.com or 828-452-0545, ext. 131.

Staying Fit Is Easy For Members!

Take advantage of the state-of-the-art Fitness Center at Laurel Ridge to keep in shape for summer!  With 24/7 access, members can easily fit their workout into their busy lifestyle.  A full cardio room, aerobics room, free weights and cybex machines are always available.  Ask our Sports Director about personal training and fitness classes, tennis@laurelridgegolf.com.  We offer outstanding fitness instruction at LRCC year-round.

WATER AEROBICS:  Exercising in the water can be highly beneficial and great fun! Join certified Aqua Aerobics Instructor Beth Elsy every Tuesday & Thursday this summer at 10 am in the pool! Cost for members is $10 payable to Beth.

PILATES MAT: Erin Owen already has a great following at Laurel Ridge. She teaches how to improve flexibility and balance in this well-rounded, challenging and invigorating class on Mondays at 5:45 pm. Erin is owner of Waynesville Pilates and she charges $12 for members for her class.

BASIC/INTERMEDIATE PILATES: Erin Owen prioritizes safety so this class is very appropriate for low bone density and all levels of fitness. The class is offered Friday mornings at 10:30 am and has a deliberate pace that can be catered to fit each individual’s needs.  Cost for Erin’s class is $12 for members.

TRX:  This class is a new and different approach to fitness for men and women, also known as Suspension Training, that is safe regardless of age, gender or fitness level. Space is limited to 4 participants per class.  Eileen Corbin holds a weekly class on Wednesday mornings at 9 am. Please call Eileen to pre-register, 828-421-8566.

Join Laurel Ridge During Our Summer Membership Drive With Significantly Reduced Initiation Fees!

Membership at Laurel Ridge is better than it has ever been before, with exciting events, championship golf, tennis, fitness and swimming.  Right now, join at any level with discounted initiation fees with a 2- or 3-year commitment.  Your choice determines your cost.

  • GOLF Full access to all club amenities plus unlimited year-round golf with no green fees (pay cart fee only). Golf members also have the option to join the driving range program and the Men’s/Ladies’ Golf Associations. Classification is based on age: Lifetime, age 50+; Associate, age 41-49; Young Professional, age 21-39.
  • SPORTS: Unlimited seasonal access to the heated pool and Har-Tru clay tennis courts. Fitness center access around the clock, dining and participation in social events are
    included. Sports members can play one round of golf per month at a discounted rate.
  • SOCIAL: Year-round dining and social activities, 24-hour fitness center access plus limited pool and tennis use. Social members can play one round of golf per month at a discounted rate

Membership is so much more than golf!  If you love tennis, our Tennis Pro offers a free weekly Skills & Drills clinic for members.  Meet your friends for drinks on the deck, bring guests for fabulous dining in the clubhouse overlooking the golf course or plan a family day at the pool.  Contact our Membership Director to learn about this exclusive summer special available ONLY in June & July. Call (828)-452-0545 ext. 131 or send her an email, info@laurelridgegolf.com.

 

The Fourth of July Is For Families!

The day’s festivities begin at 9 am on the Practice Green for a tribute to America with patriotic music followed by a fun GOLF SCRAMBLE.  The Pro Shop will make the teams for this Mixed Team event featuring 6 holes Better Ball, 6 holes Scramble & 6 holes Shamble. Cost of $35 for members includes prizes & lunch!

Lunch in the clubhouse will be served at 12:30-2:30 pm.  The “cookout” buffet is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will include hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, brats, mac & cheese, potato salad, cole slaw, broccoli salad, watermelon & ice cream sundae bar, $20 inclusive

Back by popular demand, the Laurel Ridge Dog Show is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and free in the Pavilion at 3 pm. The event will include a dog parade, competitions, prizes and a demonstration by Waynesville Police K-9 unit! If you have a patriotic pup with hidden talents, sign up to participate by calling 828-452-0545, ext. 131!  Download the Dog Show Entry Form.  Dog can complete in the following categories:

  1. Best Tail Wagger
  2. Best Trick
  3. Most Patriotic
  4. Best Groomed
  5. Pet/Owner Look Alike Contest
  6. Junior Division (escorted by youth age 16 & under)
Overall Best of Show will be decided by silent ballot.  The winning dog from each competition category will be eligible for overall honors.  LRCC owners will make a $5,000 donation to Friends of Haywood Co. Animal Shelter in the name of the Grand Champion and their owner.

All members, guests, and dog lovers are invited to lunch in the clubhouse… bring the whole family!

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 6/15/18

Summer temperatures have arrived a little early to Waynesville.  The area is expecting highs in the mid-to-upper 80’s through most of next week.  It is nice to have this wonderful golfing weather, but this pattern means the start a tough season for the turf.  As a northern bred species, bentgrass prefers cooler temperatures.  While it is possible to grow bentgrass here, there are approximately 90 days in the heat of the summer that we must work to get the turf to survive until cooler temperatures arrive again in mid September.  Signage, cart rulings, stakes, ropes and traffic diverters are placed around the property to give the turf a great chance at survival.  Thank you for increased adherence to these rulings.

As many have seen, some turf decline has appeared on a few golf holes.  I was stumped by this when first noted last Thursday, so I called in an expert to view the damage with me.  After sending overnight samples to a disease lab in Raleigh, the test results came back negative for disease.  While that is a very good thing, the problem happened from the almost 19 inches of rain that we received from the middle of May until here recently.  Water moisture levels were reaching 60% in the sample plugs.  This much saturation was basically allowing no oxygen into the root zone of these areas, thus suffocating the grass plant.  After the conformation from the lab, crews aerified and seeded these areas on Monday and we have already seen improvement. Many courses in the area had similar damage.  It infuriates me that the course went from fantastic to now having some trouble areas, but, I greatly appreciate the helpful comments.  We will make every attempt to repair as many damaged areas as we can in the coming weeks.

I would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all fathers at LRCC and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 5/25/18

There are many projects happening around LRCC.  We continue to finish our mulch and pine needle applications.  This has been especially tough this year due to our work crews being delayed three weeks and the abundant rainfall.  We are working on each area when a free moment and Mother Nature allow.  With the abundant rain, clumping of the grass clippings has been a problem.  If one thing drives me crazy on a golf course, it is clumping of clippings.  Normally, afternoon mowing reduces this complication because clippings are dry.  However, with the evening rain showers, the grass is never really drying.  A turbine blower is being sent out daily, but the wet clippings make blowing extremely difficult.  Thank you for your patience with this issue.  Due to the course receiving so much rain and being so wet, I ask all golfers to please follow the cart path ruling for the day.  The sign signaling the daily ruling is located at the #1 white tee.  Driving where prohibited damages grass by turning, spinning, or simply compacting.  I know that it is tempting to drive across the fairways and think, “one cart wont hurt”.  If everyone had that thought, that’s 20-50 carts per day!

We are trying a new product for our cart path ends and walkways.  In years past, a coarse sand was used on these areas.  Teaming up with Green Mountain Golf, a Klingstone product will be tested that is applied over a more coarse stone.  We will be using this product on the path at #5 green and #14 greens walkway.  As well, a similar product will be applied to a bunker on #5 to test the benefits of washout reduction.

The culvert on #17 is set to be replaced hopefully next week.  Material is settling around the current pipe somehow and causing a slow collapse.  The other course culverts will be evaluated this year as well since they are all the same age. When this work starts, a cart path detour is possible for 1-2 days.

A new set of tee markers has been ordered and will be added to the fairways soon.  A few members had the idea of a forward tee location to assist play on some of the harder holes.  I have ordered a complete set of markers for this purpose.

Hopefully, everyone is happy with the course progress.  Being mentioned in the same sentence as Biltmore Forest CC and Balsam Mountain Preserve is an honor and confidence builder to my team.  I thank you for the encouraging words and hope you each have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent