Laurel Ridge Operations Update

Laurel Ridge Country Club mourns the loss of our golf course architect, Bob Cupp. bob-cupp-photo  Since the original design of Laurel Ridge’s golf course 30 years ago, we have benefited from Cupp’s mentoring often over the years.   In February of 2015, we had the pleasure of a visit from Cupp.  He was pleased that the course was in such good condition and faring so well in spite of the difficult golf industry and he offered several suggestions that would “open up” the course visually, which we have done. Cupp was a man of many talents besides golf design and well revered by his colleagues.  We are indebted to him and, while his resume contains many outstanding golf courses that he constructed through his vision, we believe that LRCC was one of his finest efforts.   Join us as we send thoughts and prayers to his family.   An article in Golfweek Magazine honoring the many accomplishments of this passionate man is available to view.

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • Golf play will resume Saturday!  Thanks for your patience as we completed our Fall aerification.   The process successfully aerified the greens, tees, greens perimeters, and fairways for a healthier golf course.
  • PRO SHOP SALE!  Bridgestone Golf Ball Special – B330 Series: buy 2 dozen, get one free.  Also, E Series: buy 2 dozen for $40 (regularly $31/dozen).
  • Congratulations to LRCC member, Ron Isserman, on his first ever hole-in-one.  He made this fantastic play Wednesday on hole #9 at MVCC using a 9-iron.  This is surely the first of many to come!
  • As we celebrated the unofficial end of summer with our Labor Day golf tournament and other festivities at LRCC, we begin to look forward to many upcoming golf events and the approach of Fall color season. This month, we have the LRMGA President Cup Finals, the LRLGA & LRMGA closing events and, of course, the very poplar Lady Eagle Cup & Piedmont Cup begins.  Call the Pro Shop for details on any golf event.
  • LRMGA NEWS – The upcoming President’s Cup dates have been changed slightly to allow the greens to recover after aerification.  The dates were pushed back by one play day and are now scheduled for September 15th and 20th.  All players are still mathematically eligible for prizes even if you have not competed in any of the prior President’s Cup challenges.  Remember also to sign up for the Van Noppen Tournament in the Pro Shop.
  • Our final Hilly Dilly of the season was held on Labor Day with a fun scramble format. img_2664-3The morning began early under beautiful blue skies. The winning team posted an unbelievable net score of 49.3 to win by over four strokes! Congrats to Dave Blosser, Joyce Schlapkohl Steve Foreman and Mary Lou Barnes for this outstanding victory! They were followed by Bill Plifka, Ann Cramm, Scott Arnold, Karen Confoy with a net score of 53.5. In third place with 55.15 was the team of Ron Cramm, Susan Hale, Dan Doyle and Doug McLaughlin, who finished just ahead of fourth place winners, Chuck Wilson, Jeannette Carter, Don McGowan and Ann Todd. Taking home the prize for Closest to the Pin was Dawn Plifka, Bill Confoy and Ann Cramm. Thanks to our participants for spending part of your holiday with us!

FITNESS CENTER UPDATE

  • TRX-BannerEileen Corbin would like to thank LRCC members for the great response to her TRX classes.  Often called suspension training, this class is a safe, effective way to increase your fitness level no matter your age or gender.    Her class schedule has changed and she will now offer classes on Tuesdays at 2 pm and Wednesday mornings at 9:15 & 9:45 am.  Space is limited to 4 participants per class at a cost of $10 payable to Eileen.
  • Excessive lightning strikes and power surges have damaged the TVs and monitors on the cardiovascular equipment in the Fitness Center.  Unfortunately, the cost to replace these devices is prohibitive at this time with the likelihood of repeated occurrences.  We apologize for this inconvenience and suggest that members bring hand-held devices with ear pieces to discreetly listen to news and music during exercise.
  • Preventive maintenance has been performed this week on all club strength training and cardio equipment.  The safety of our members is a priority!

TENNIS CENTER

The tennis courts continue to stay busy, primarily in the mornings.  Our club staff will maintain and groom the tennis courts on a daily basis. Please keep in mind that court reservations may not be made via phone or email for the remainder of this season.  The tennis court reservation sheet located in the Cabana should be used for all tennis court reservations, per the following excerpt from the LRCC tennis policies:  Tennis courts are open on a first-come basis. However, courts may be reserved by signing up on the Court Reservation Sheet in the Cabana up to a week prior to play. When others are waiting to play, playing time per court is limited to 1½ hours per match.   We hope members will attend the weekly 10 am mixer on Saturdays where our members can enjoy doubles games.  Also, please remember to advise the office either in person or at 828-452-0545, ext. 3 whenever you have a tennis guest(s) on the day of play so that your account may be properly charged.  Thank you, Scott Irwin, GM

PICKLEBALL
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Tuesday and Wednesday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  Please note the change from the previous Wednesday/Thursday schedule.  Member Jerry McCarthy has volunteered to be the contact for these matches so please call him for more information, 452-6858.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable September 910, 13, 16-17 & 30 due to private and member events (subject to change).

DINING
silverwareThanks for your incredible support of the restaurant and Turn Window this season!  The restaurant serves dinner every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening.  Check your email or the online events calendar for menus and hours.  Lunch in the clubhouse is available Tuesday through Saturday and a scrumptious Sunday Brunch is offered with a different menu weekly.  Please call ahead for dinner and brunch reservations.

  • September hours of operation for the Turn Window will be Friday through Monday weekly (closed Tuesday-Thursday), until closing for the season in early October.  Thanks for your continued patronage!
  • Sunday’s Brunch menu features carved prime rib au jus, fried Georgia catfish, mashed potatoes with roasted corn, black-eyed peas, broccoli casserole, tomatoes & summer squash, vegetable slaw, green salad, pickled beets, omelet station, buckwheat pancakes & all your breakfast favorites for $23.99.  Ages 7-12 can dine for $8; 6 & under are free!  MEMBERS ONLY can order the breakfast portion for $13.99.  The Bar is offering specials on Bloody Marys & Mimosas.  Brunch is served from 11 am-2:30 pm.
  • Next Tuesday, Chef will prepare a delicious buffet with beef bourguignon, spinach- and sundried tomato-stuffed chicken breast, smashed potatoes, wild rice pilaf, broccoli casserole, cabbage & green peas and dessert for $21.99.
  • Few reservations remain for the Mira Wine Dinner on Thursday, September 15.  Chef Al has meticulously planned his menu to pair with four courses featuring Mira’s Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch, Jimmy D’s Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Cost is $95++; call today for your reservation!
  • Dinner Service is closed next Friday, September 16 for a fundraising event benefiting the Haywood Community College Foundation.  All members are invited to attend this gala, Shine & Dine”, to support the work of the foundation.  Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, demonstrations by students and alumni, music and a silent auction.  For tickets or information, call 627-4522 or visit haywood.edu/foundation.

fallleavesHARVEST MEMBER PARTY
Save the date for our HARVEST MEMBER PARTY on Wednesday, October 5th (please note date change!)!   There is no place like the mountains of WNC in the Fall and you will definitely want to be here as we celebrate this season with its wonderful colors, flavors and traditions.   We are thrilled to announce that The Two Armadillos will be performing for our members during this event. Chef Al will expertly prepare a buffet featuring your seasonal favorites.  More details to come!
GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE
We have had a very successful 2016 Fall aerification.  The process included venting the greens with coring tines (5/8″ x 6″ long), topdressing, dragging the sand several times, and finally verticutting the greens on Friday.  Even though aerification didn’t start until this Tuesday, the planning process began much sooner.  We obviously plan aerification when we make the golf calendar around the middle of August the year before.  Tines are bought a month ahead of time to allow for possible back-ordering.  Fertilizer is ordered and applied seven days before aerification, and again after the last sand dragging.  Special fertilizers are sprayed to help reduce the healing time. Many hours go into planning the four-day process each Spring and Fall.   This particular aerification was specifically to aerify the greens, tees, greens perimeters and fairways.  Unlike in the spring when cores were pulled on the fairways, we used a 6-inch shatter tine this fall.  As a result, the clean up is reduced and we achieve two different processes each year.  The weather this week was beautiful for the aerification, but very warm.  Fortunately, the healing is going very well so far and the golf course will reopen Saturday morning.  Thank you for understanding the importance of aerification.  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent
christmas-partyPRIVATE HOLIDAY PARTIES
Our calendar is quickly filling with private parties this holiday season.  If you want to hold your Christmas celebration or office party at the club, please call now to reserve your date.  Best of all, club members receive a 50% discount on their room rental fee.  To make arrangements for any upcoming banquet or catering needs, please contact LeShall at 828-452-0545, ext. 135 or events@laurelridgegolf.com.

Laurel Ridge Operations Update

happy-labor-dayHAPPY LABOR DAY!
Enjoy your holiday at LRCC with activities for all ages!  At 9 am, an ABCD Golf Scramble will tee off with fun games and prizes.  From 10 am-12 pm, a Tennis Round Robin will be held at the courts.  Pool games begin at 1 pm.  Be sure to visit the Turn Window for hamburgers, hot dogs and holiday specials, including half-price ice cream!   Come eat, drink and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

art 1ART AT LAUREL RIDGE
Laurel Ridge members and guest artists share their extraordinary talents with the community during this art exhibition and sale.  Original paintings, one-of-a-kind quilts, pottery, jewelry, scarves and much more will be on display and for sale in the Pavilion on September 9, 2016 from 4-7 pm (cash/checks only; no credit cards).  The art show is open to the public and all are invited to dine in the clubhouse afterward for Flying Pasta Night from 5:30-8:30 pm, by reservation only.   Prepare to be awed by the craftsmanship and expertise that will be exhibited by our members!

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • Great weather and great scores highlighted the playing of the 2016 Mixed Member-Member Tournament. img_0624 This annual tournament is sometimes known as the “Divorce Open”, as two-person teams compete fiercely for the right to be named Best Gross and/or Net Champions.  The event was played over two days with “Best Ball” format on Saturday and a Scramble on Sunday.  The team of Greg and Donna Stamey got off to a hot start on Day 1 as they shot a score of six-under par, 66.  They led by four strokes over Dan and Deborah Beasley and by five over Ron and Ann Cramm.  In the Net division, Kevin Cronin and Kathleen Korber played awesome on Day 1, finishing with a 2-stroke lead over three other teams (Jeff/Melonie Murphy, Brian/Priscilla Boeye & Dave Blosser/Susan Hale) with an impressive score of 55.  On Sunday, Greg and Donna shot a solid round of 70, which was good enough to win by three strokes over the Cramms, who finished with 68 on Sunday.  Ed and Linda McHugh could not catch the Stameys either, even though they also shot a 68 on Sunday.  With Sunday’s low Net score, img_0611Jeff and Melonie Murphy won this year’s Net Champoinship by almost four strokes.  Jeff admitted that he made a few putts, but it was Melonie who led the way to their team’s victory.  They were followed by Rick and Joyce Schlapkohl in second place and Brian and Priscilla Boeye in third.  Day 1 leaders Kevin Cronin and Kathleen Korber did not play quite as well on Sunday and finished in fourth, while Ray and Ann Todd’s impressive play landed them in fifth in the Net division.  Congrats to all participants and our winners!  May the Divorce Open continue in 2017 without the need of lawyers.
  • A sign-up sheet is in the Golf Shop for the LABOR DAY GOLF tournament that will tee off at 9 am.  The Golf Shop will make the pairings for this ABCD scramble with lots of fun games & prizes.  Cost is only $12 plus applicable cart fee.
  • Fall Golf Course Aerification will begin early on the Tuesday following Labor Day, September 6 and should be completed by Thursday or Friday, September 9 at the latest.  During this time, the Golf Shop will be open and can assist members with tee times on area golf courses.  The exact time that the course will reopen for play is partially dependent on Mother Nature, so call the Golf Shop for an update, 828-452-0545, ext. 171.
  • gold-trophy-clip-art-opSItd-clipartLooking ahead, the very popular LADY EAGLE CUP and PIEDMONT CUP are quickly approaching.  This season-ending tournament is a tradition and is always a favorite.  For the men and ladies, the 3-day team event, fashioned after the Ryder Cup, will be played Thursday, September 29th and Saturday-Sunday, October 1st & 2nd.  Sign up now in the Golf Shop.
  • Playing a format of “Low Putts”, Ann Cramm won Wednesday’s LRLGA play day with a score of 30.  Kathleen Korber followed in second place with 32.  In a tie for third, Veronica Von Zwehl, Brenda Fulton and Lois Oehme all finished with 34.  Doris Greene won the Nine-Holers with 15, followed by Karen Confoy in second.
  • On Tuesday and Thursday, the LRLGA played competitive games of “2 Net Plus Additional Birdies”.  Finishing first on Tuesday was the foursome of Larry Phalin, John Estok, Russell Smith and Doug McLaughlin with -27.  Playing as a threesome, Dave Blosser, Dan Doyle and Dave Crocker won the prize.  Charles Wilson won Closest to the Pin on #17.  On Thursday, first place went to Pete Mitchell, Alan Cornetet, Don McGowan and Alan Jackson with -28.  Following in second place was John Estok, Pat Mathes, Ray McGowan and Doug McLaughlin, posting a score of -22.

pilates2FITNESS CENTER UPDATE

The Pilates class will not be held next Monday on the Labor Day holiday.  Lisa Falbo is still planning to hold her 10 am class on Monday.  Be sure to support the weekly classes offered by our certified fitness instructors. Full 24-hour access to the fitness center and participation in fitness classes is a benefit we hope all members will enjoy!

TENNIS CENTER

We continue to stay very busy on the tennis courts at Laurel Ridge. Coach Steven Howard will be ending his summer assignment here at LRCC on Wednesday, September 7th. We have enjoyed having Steven’s enthusiasm, great court maintenance and tennis teaching skills available to the membership this season and wish him well in his career and future endeavors.  With Steven’s departure, our club staff will continue to maintain and groom the tennis courts into the Fall on a daily basis. Effective next Thursday, September 8th, tennis court reservations may not be made via phone or email for the remainder of 2016.  Instead, court reservations can only be made by using the tennis court reservation sheet located in the Tennis Cabana, per the following excerpt from the LRCC tennis policies:  Tennis courts are open on a first-come basis. However, courts may be reserved by signing up on the Court Reservation Sheet in the Cabana up to a week prior to play. When others are waiting to play, playing time per court is limited to 1½ hours per match. 

We will continue to schedule courts for the 10 am to noon mixer on Saturdays, when our members can enjoy doubles games.  We hope all tennis members will continue to attend as long as weather permits.  Also, please remember to advise the office either in person or at 828-452-0545, ext. 0 whenever you have a tennis guest(s) on the day of play so that your account can be properly charged. Thank you, Scott Irwin, GM

PICKLEBALL
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Tuesday and Wednesday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  Please note the change from the previous Wednesday/Thursday schedule.  Member Jerry McCarthy has volunteered to be the contact for these matches so please call him for more information, 452-6858.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable September 8-10, 13, 16-17 & 30 due to private and member events (subject to change).

DINING
silverwareThanks for your incredible support of the restaurant and Turn Window this season!  The restaurant serves dinner every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening.  Check your email or the online events calendar for menus and hours.  Lunch in the clubhouse is available Tuesday through Saturday and a scrumptious Sunday Brunch is offered with a different menu weekly.  Please call ahead for dinner and brunch reservations.

  • The Turn Window will be closed during Golf Course Aerification following Labor Day from Tuesday-Friday, September 6-9 (clubhouse dining is available on regular schedule).  Upon reopening, September hours of operation for the Turn Window will be Friday through Monday weekly (closed Tuesday-Thursday), until closing for the season in early October.  Thanks for your continued patronage.
  • Sunday’s Brunch menu features carved roast beef au jus, fried chicken, herb smashed , green salad, omelet station, biscuits & gravy & all your breakfast favorites for $22.99.  Ages 7-12 can dine for $8; 6 & under are free!  MEMBERS ONLY can order the breakfast portion for $13.99.  The Bar is offering specials on Bloody Marys & Mimosas.  Brunch is served from 11 am-2:30 pm.
  • Next Tuesday, Chef will offer a PRIME RIB BUFFET on.  Plan to bring a guest you want to impress!
  • Wine Dinner 9_15The quality wine of Mira from Napa Valley will be the focus of a Wine Dinner on Thursday, September 15.  Chef Al has meticulously planned his menu to pair with four courses featuring Mira’s Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch, Jimmy D’s Red Blend and Cabernet Savignon.  Cost is $95++ and seating is limited to the first 25 reservations.
  • Dinner Service is closed on Friday, September 16 for a fundraising event benefiting the Haywood Community College Foundation.  All members are invited to attend this gala, Shine & Dine”, to support the work of the foundation.  Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, demonstrations by students and alumni, music and a silent auction.  For tickets or information, call 627-4522 or visit haywood.edu/foundation.

HARVEST MEMBER PARTY
Mark your calendars for our HARVEST MEMBER PARTY on Wednesday, October 5th (please note date change!)!   There is no place like the mountains of WNC in the Fall and you will definitely want to be here as we celebrate this season with its wonderful colors, flavors and traditions.   We are thrilled to announce that The Two Armadillos will be performing for our members during this event. Chef Al will expertly prepare a buffet featuring your seasonal favorites.  More details to come!

pianoYOUNG ARTISTS GALA
In cooperation with the Haywood County Arts Council, Laurel Ridge will host an unforgettable evening of friends, food and music for members and guests on Thursday, September 29, with an exclusive performance by internationally acclaimed pianist, Ji.  Save the date for this phenomenal fundraising concert benefiting local arts and artists and our mountain artistic heritage.  Members can participate in this limited gathering by completing a sponsorship form available in the LRCC offices. For more information about the featured young artist, visit http://www.yca.org/artist/ji/.
GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE

What a nice break in temperatures the past few days have been!  The end of August and the first half of September normally have mixed temperatures, fluctuating from hot to cool.  While I hope for cooler weather moving forward, the night time temperatures have already been lower, making the summer stress affecting our grass to ease away.

Several people have had questions about the fairways being too wet.  To explain, I must water the grass to the worst possible scenario.  In this case, that scenario is localized dry spots.  Some of the very fairways that are too wet in areas also have dry areas just a few feet away.  With an irrigation head that has a diameter of 160 feet, it is not always possible to just water the area in need.  Some drainage work will help eliminate most of this when this project is undertaken in a couple of weeks.

The work on the hole #5 pond is progressing well.  This  is not an irrigation pond, however, it is very valuable aesthetically to LRCC and many homeowners.  The pond randomly drained itself once in April and again in August.  This signified that a problem was evident that was out of our control.  The drain for the pond was 30+ year old galvanized pipe that had rusted, leaving a hole about 5 inches across in its wall.  Both times that the pond drained, the mud would build back up against the hole and allow the pond to refill.   With the help of the NCDENR, we devised a plan that is currently being executed.  After the pond drained in August, both parties agreed it was time to repair the problem. The new drain pipe was installed on Thursday and Friday and the silt removal process has begun.  Ideally, the key time to perform this would be during the off season.  However, the NCDENR required us to act immediately.  Every time the hole would allow the pond to drain, silt was leaving the pond.  The NCDENR allows no sediment in the creeks.  We hope to have this area completed shortly and thank you for your patience.

Finally, please remember aerification begins next Tuesday.  We should have great weather to perform this needed process and hopefully finish by Thursday.  Have a great Labor day weekend, Logan Nesbitt, Golf Courchristmas-partyse Superintendent

PRIVATE HOLIDAY PARTIES
Our calendar is quickly filling with private parties this holiday season.  If you want to hold your Christmas celebration or office party at the club, please call now to reserve your date.  Best of all, club members receive a 50% discount on their room rental fee.  To make arrangements for any upcoming banquet or catering needs, please contact LeShall at 828-452-0545, ext. 135 or events@laurelridgegolf.com.

CONCEALED WEAPONS COURSE
Member Harvey Morse will teach another Concealed Weapons & NC/FL Carry Permit Course on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  Class will be held at LRCC from 9 am-6 pm in the Mountain Vista Room.  Cost is $99 plus lunch.  Class fees include ammo and are payable to Mr. Morse (cash is preferred/checks accepted).  For questions or to sign up, call 828-631-0000.

Laurel Ridge Operations Update 8/26/16

happy-labor-dayLABOR DAY FESTIVITIES
Enjoy your holiday with family and friends at LRCC!  We have activities for all ages planned throughout the day including golf, tennis & swimming!  At 9 am, an ABCD Scramble will tee off with fun games and prizes.  The Golf Shop will make all pairings; cost is $12 plus applicable cart fee.  From 10 am-12 pm, a Tennis Round Robin will be held at the courts.  Pool games begin at 1 pm for kids of all ages.  Be sure to visit the Turn Window for hamburgers, hot dogs and holiday specials, including half-price ice cream!

art 1ART AT LAUREL RIDGE
Laurel Ridge members and guest artists share their extraordinary talents with the community during this art exhibition and sale.  Original paintings, one-of-a-kind quilts, pottery, jewelry, scarves, woodworking and much more will be on display and for sale in the Pavilion on September 9, 2016 from 4-7 pm (cash/checks only; no credit cards).  The art show is open to the public and all are invited to dine in the clubhouse afterward for Flying Pasta Night from 5:30-8:30 pm, by reservation only.   Prepare to be awed by the craftsmanship and expertise that will be exhibited by our members.

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – Defending Champs Beasley & Henson Repeat in the 2016 Club Golf Championships! Our 2015 Club Champions validated last year’s performances by defending their titles this year.  012Deborah Beasley and Jon Henson performed admirably as they posted narrow victories for 2016 and retained their coveted Champion’s parking place.  In the Ladies Championship, Deborah defeated 12-time champion Donna Stamey by the narrowest of margins. It came down to the last couple of holes as Donna had birdie putts that would have closed the gap, but Deborah had built a 3-stroke lead with three holes to play which all but made it hers to lose. With two steady rounds of 75 and 76, Deborah defended her title by just one stroke over Donna. By virtue of her fine play, Donna was awarded the trophy for Ladies’ Senior Club Champion and Dawn Plifka was named Ladies’ Club Champion Runner-up. Kathleen Korber took home the trophy for Senior Club Champion Runner-up and Lisa Benson ran away with the Ladies’ Net Championship. 005 In the Men’s Championship, defending champ Jon Henson got off to a rough start as he hit his initial tee shot on #1 out of bounds. He recovered nicely and shot a 76, tying Adam Rawley after the first day’s play and leading by one stroke over Roy Greene and three strokes over Jason Hodgin. Jon’s steady play simply wore everyone down on Day 2 as his 2-over par 74 gave him a 4-shot margin of victory. Roy Green finished as Runner-up by posting two consecutive rounds of 77. 008The Super Senior Championship was a runaway, as one of the club’s hottest players, Chuck Worrell won by a margin of seven strokes over Runner-up Don Thompson. Chuck posted rounds of 75 and 82. The Men’s Senior Championship was also won by a significant margin. Roy Greene shot rounds of 76 and 77 (153) giving him a 7-shot margin over Runner-up Mel Gondron (160) who was followed closely by Dan Beasley’s 162 and Pete Mitchell’s 164. Congratulations to all the participants and newly crowned champs and especially our repeat champions, Deborah Beasley and Jon Henson.
  • A large field is expected for this weekend’s MIXED MEMBER-MEMBER tournament!  After Sundays play, awards and dinner will be held in the clubhouse.  Look for results in next week’s update.  Good luck to all!
  • A sign-up sheet is in the Golf Shop for the LABOR DAY GOLF tournament that will tee off at 9 am.  The Golf Shop will make the pairings for this ABCD scramble with lots of fun games & prizes.
  • Fall Golf Course Aerification will begin early on the Tuesday following Labor Day, September 6 and should be completed Friday, September 9 at the latest.  During this time, the Golf Shop will be open and can assist members with tee times on area golf courses.  The exact time that the course will reopen for play is partially dependent on Mother Nature, so call the Golf Shop for an update, 828-452-0545, ext. 171.
  • Looking ahead, the very popular LADY EAGLE CUP and PIEDMONT CUP are quickly approaching.  This season-ending tournament is always a favorite and we anticipate great participation this year.  For the men and ladies, the 3-day team event, fashioned after the Ryder Cup, will be played Thursday, September 29th and Saturday-Sunday, October 1st & 2nd.  Sign up now in the Golf Shop.
  • The LRLGA finished a 2-day Eclectic tournament Wednesday.  Lisa Benson finished on top of the 18-holers with a 52, followed by Susan Hale (55), Ann Todd (58) and Bambi Wilson (59).  Nine-holers were led by Karen Confoy (31) in first followed by Mary Lou Barnes (38).
  • Tuesday’s LRMGA “2-Net Plus Additional Birdies” format finished with the team of Chuck Wilson, Don McGowan, Allen Braswell & Brian Boeye in first with -36.  Trailing behind with a -27 was Hollis Prior, Bob Lester, Ray McGowan & Russell Smith.  Ray McGowan won Closest to Pin on #8.  On Thursday, the men played the second round of the President’s Cup.  The top spots went to Mel Gondron (43), Dick Oehme (42) and, in a tie with 40 points, Allen Braswell and Ray McGowan.  Dick Oehme leads the year-to-date results with 1,450 points.

FITNESS CENTER

fitness-clip-art-7728761-vector-illustration-of-fitness-exercises-womanWe are pleased to offer a full slate of fitness classes for our members led by certified professionals are listed below; fees for each class is payable directly to the instructor:

  • FITNESS TRAINING with Strick Strickland – Free class for members every Wednesday at noon.  Let Strick’s years of experience help you tailor your workout to get the most benefit for a healthy life!  No pre-registration required; meet in the Weight Room & prepare to be motivated.
  • TRX with Eileen Corbin – 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 on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10 and Thursdays at 9 am ($10).
  • YOGA TONE with Sandy Lampl – Unlock your body, heal your aches and feel younger and pain-free with this weekly class on Mondays at 10 am (Sandy takes donations for her class).
  • MUSCLES & MASCARA with Lisa Falbo – energetic mix of low impact cardio training, functional fitness and strength training for women only on Tuesdays at 9 am ($10).
  • PILATES MAT with Erin Owen – Improve your flexibility and balance with this well-rounded, challenging, and invigorating pilates class on Mondays at 5:45 pm ($12).
  • PILATES FOR BUFF BONES with Erin Owen – Suitable for almost anyone even those without bone density issues! Offered Fridays at 10 am ($12).
  • CONDITIONING FOR GOLF & RACQUET SPORTS with Erin Owen – Crafted for golfers & tennis players and their specific needs and goals with exercises and stretches that address stability & control, improve range of motion, and help prevent injury. Offered Fridays at 11 am ($12).
  • LMBT Brenda Gibson is offering MASSAGE SERVICES by appointment only, (850) 491-9425.  She also offers convenient online booking on her website, waynesvillemassagebybrenda.com.

tennis serveTENNIS CENTER

I hope everyone’s week has been great.  As a reminder, there will be no clinic or drop-in play this Saturday, August 27th.  We will resume the 9 am clinic and 10 am mixer the following Saturday, September 3, which is my last Saturday at Laurel Ridge.  I will be hosting a Labor Day Round Robin on Monday, September 5th, so come out and join in the fun starting at 10 am.   I have had a wonderful time here and I greatly appreciate everyone’s kind words as my season comes to a close.  As always, if you need anything, feel free to call or email me, 912-269-6599 or stvnhwrd@yahoo.com.  Have a great weekend and I’ll see everyone next week.  Steven Howard, Director of Tennis

PICKLEBALL
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Tuesday and Wednesday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  Please note the change from the previous Wednesday/Thursday schedule.  Member Jerry McCarthy has volunteered to be the contact for these matches so please call him for more information, 452-6858.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable September 8-10, 13, 16-17 & 30 due to private and member events (subject to change).

DINING
Thanks for your incredible support of the restaurant and Turn Window this season!  The restaurant serves dinner every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening.  Check your email or the online events calendar for menus and hours.  Lunch in the clubhouse is available Tuesday through Saturday and a scrumptious Sunday Brunch is offered with a different menu weekly.  Our Turn Window is open daily, 10 am-4 pm.  Please call ahead for dinner and brunch reservations.

  • The Turn Window will be closed during Golf Course Aerification from Tuesday-Friday, September 6-9. Clubhouse dining is available on regular schedule.
  • Sunday Brunch 8_28_16Sunday’s Brunch Buffet will offer grilled skirt steak with gorgonzola, lemon-herb roasted chicken, mushroom pilaf, whipped sweet potatoes, steamed vegetable medley, fried okra, tomato-cucumber-onion salad, green salad, omelet station, biscuits & gravy & all your breakfast favorites for $20.99.  Ages 7-12 can dine for $8; 6 & under are free!  MEMBERS ONLY can order the breakfast portion for $13.99.  The Bar is offering specials on Bloody Marys & Mimosas.  Brunch is served from 11 am-2:30 pm.
  • Next Tuesday, August 30 is FLYING PASTA NIGHT.  Please call ahead for reservations on this very popular night of dining so that we are prepared and can serve you better.
  • Chef will offer a PRIME RIB BUFFET on Tuesday, September 6th.  Plan to bring a guest you want to impress!
  • Dinner Service is closed on Friday, September 16 for a fundraising event benefiting the Haywood Community College Foundation.  All members are invited to attend this gala, Shine & Dine”, to support the work of the foundation.  Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, demonstrations by students and alumni, music and a silent auction.  For tickets or information, call 627-4522 or visit haywood.edu/foundation.

WINE DINNER FEATURING MIRA WINES
The quality wine of Mira, Napa Valley will be the focus of a Wine Dinner on Thursday, September 15.  Chef Al has meticulously planned his menu to pair with four courses featuring Mira’s Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch, Jimmy D’s Red Blend and Cabernet Savignon.  Cost is $85++ and seating is limited to the first 25 reservations.

bass-fiddle-clipart-1HARVEST MEMBER PARTY
Mark your calendars for our HARVEST MEMBER PARTY on Wednesday, October 5th (please note date change!)!   There is no place like the mountains of WNC in the Fall and you will definitely want to be here as we celebrate the coming of Autumn with its wonderful colors, flavors and traditions.   We are thrilled to announce that The Darren Nicholson Band will be performing for our members during this event. Chef Al will expertly prepare a buffet featuring your seasonal favorites.  More details to come!

TRIVIA
Team Clueless successfully defended their title of Trivia Champs last Tuesday, August 23!  Congratulations the Jim & Pat Janke, Kevin Murphy and Martha Anderson.  The next Trivia Night will be on September 13th.  Put on your thinking cap and join in the fun!

YOUNG ARTISTS GALA
In cooperation with the Haywood County Arts Council, Laurel Ridge will host an unforgettable evening of friends, food and music for members and guests with an exclusive performance by internationally acclaimed pianist, Ji.  Save the date for this phenomenal fundraising concert benefiting local arts and artists and our mountain artistic heritage.  Members can participate in this limited gathering by completing a sponsorship form available in the LRCC offices. For more information about the featured young artist, visit http://www.yca.org/artist/ji/.
SWIMPOOL NEWS
Swimmers and sun bathers will be pleased to know that we are planning to extend the summer pool season at LRCC!  We will keep the pool open through mid-September; we can make no promises that Mother Nature will cooperate.   The pool will be maintained and heated daily and pool attendants will be on duty every Friday afternoon, Saturday & Sunday during this time.  Come take advantage of this extra glimpse of summer before it’s gone!

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE
I was loving the weather of late…until it got hot again.  Mother Nature was teasing us with some cooler temperatures for the past week.  We recorded some nighttime temperatures in the upper 50s and even a 76 degree day.  All areas of the golf course are ready for fall.  Bentgrass performs best at an air temperature of 70 degrees or less.  While not optimal, warm days are temporarily OK as long as the night temperatures drop below 65.  In WNC, we are in a transition zone.  The proper grasses to grow for this “zone” are often debated between cool-season grasses (like here at LRCC) or warm-season grasses (like Bermuda or Zoysia).  During days where temperatures reach above 80 degrees, our grass is merely holding on until cooler temperatures arrive.  Aerification processes aid in the recovery of summer-stressed grass.  Opening a hole for warm air to escape and fresh air to infiltrate is key.  Harmful gases escape out of each aerification hole and fresh air is allowed to enter the soil profile.

Anyone that has played this week has noticed the installation of the greens fan on hole #8.  Stale air was not providing the necessary circulation that healthy grass requires.  Starting next week, the greens fan will run as much as possible to circulate the air.  Sod will be cut from our #5 nursery and replace the poor greens surround that is currently present.  Later this year, crews will remove the harmful brush and trees that block air and sunlight behind the green.

Our drain replacement project has started on hole #5.  The drain pipe has a leak that is allowing all the water to leave in a short amount of time.  While the pond is drained for the new drainage pipe installation, we will also be removing silt that has settled over the years.  The silt will blend into the end of the current landscaped berm and remain out of playable turf.  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent  
1280375970_107310078_4-Arizona-Concealed-Weapon-Course-CCW-Other-Firearms-and-Personal-Protection-Training-Other-Classes-1280375970CONCEALED WEAPONS COURSE
Member Harvey Morse will teach another Concealed Weapons & NC/FL Carry Permit Course on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  Class will be held at LRCC from 9 am-6 pm in the Mountain Vista Room.  Cost is $99 plus lunch.  Class fees include ammo and are payable to Mr. Morse (cash is preferred/checks accepted).  For questions or to sign up, call 828-631-0000.

Laurel Ridge Operations Update 8/19/16

happy-labor-dayLABOR DAY FESTIVITIES
Enjoy your holiday with family and friends at LRCC!  We have activities for all ages planned throughout the day including golf, tennis & swimming!  At 9 am, an ABCD Scramble will tee off with fun games and prizes.  The Golf Shop will make all pairings; cost is $12 plus applicable cart fee.  From 10 am-12 pm, a Tennis Round Robin will be held at the courts.  Pool games begin at 1 pm for kids of all ages.  Be sure to visit the Turn Window for hamburgers, hot dogs and holiday specials, including half-price ice cream!

Art Poster 2016 smART AT LAUREL RIDGE
the very popular biennial art show is back!  Laurel Ridge members and invited guest artists are invited to share their extraordinary talents with the community during this art exhibition and sale (cash/checks only; no credit cards).  Original paintings, one-of-a-kind quilts, pottery, jewelry, scarves, woodworking and much more will be on display and for sale in the Pavilion on September 9, 2016 from 4-7 pm.  The art show is open to the public and all are invited to dine in the clubhouse afterward for Flying Pasta Night from 5:30-8:30 pm, by reservation only.   Prepare to be awed by the craftsmanship and expertise that will be exhibited by our members.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! 
We are very excited to welcome the following new members into the Laurel Ridge family.  Please join us in making these new members feel at home!

  • Maureen & David Lyden, Lutz, FL
  • Carla & Buddy Melton, Clyde, NC
  • Margaret & Merritt Rose, Waynesville, NC
  • Hope & Tim Surrett, Canton, NC
  • Janice & Douglas Sutterlin, Naples, FL
  • Carol & Edward Walsh, Naples, FL

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • gold-trophy-clip-art-opSItd-clipartLRCC’s Golf Club Championships began today! We look forward to a competitive weekend of golf.  Watch for results next week.  Good luck to all our Ladies, Ladies Seniors, Men, Men Seniors & Men Super Seniors!
  • The annual MIXED MEMBER/MEMBER will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 27-28.  Pick your partner and sign up in the Pro Shop for two great days of golf!  Saturday’s play will be Better Ball of Partners with tee times from 9:30-11 am.  Sunday’s play will begin at 1 pm with a scramble format.  Awards & a meal will follow play on Sunday.
  • A sign-up sheet is in the Golf Shop for the LABOR DAY GOLF tournament that will tee off at 9 am.  The Golf Shop will make the pairings for this ABCD scramble with lots of fun games & prizes.
  • Fall Golf Course Aerification will begin early on the Tuesday following Labor Day, September 6 and should be completed Friday, September 9 at the latest.  During this time, the Golf Shop will be open and can assist members with tee times on area golf courses.  The exact time that the course will reopen for play is partially dependent on Mother Nature, so call the Golf Shop for an update, 828-452-0545, ext. 171.
  • In celebration of Laurel Ridge’s 30th Anniversary, the Laurel Ridge Ladies’ Member-Guest Tournament became a 2-day event for the very first time.009 The event was themed, “Golf is for the Birds”, and these birds can really play golf!  Eighty members and guests enjoyed a practice round on Tuesday followed by a fabulous cocktail party at the Harmon’s magnificent pavilion, which set the tone for this FUN tournament. Breakfast and group photos began the day on Wednesday followed by 18 holes of golf with mulligans and “free throws” and special contests that included a brand new golf cart (courtesy of Appalachian Golf Cars) for a hole-in-one on #15! Following an exciting round, the ladies were treated to a luncheon and ALL 80 participants received a one-of-a-kind hand painted bird painting! All in all, a delightful two days of fun and golf were had by all!  The following foursomes and individuals who won were able to pick out birdhouses or received specially designed bags as prizes:  OVERALL LOW GROSS (136)-Tammy Wilmot, Sharon Vodenicker, Donna Stamey & Kate Rickards; OVERALL LOW NET (106)-Kathleen Korber, June Groh, Lisa Benson & Cindy Bossart; FRONT NINE LOW GROSS (64)-Melonie Murpy, Jane Shicau, Deborah Beasley, Darlene Werhnyak; FRONT NINE LOW NET (53)-Marinell Altizer, Linda Mayo, Linda Mikkelson & Brenda Lozan; BACK NINE LOW GROSS (76)-Kaison Gottlieb, Betty Ann Beavers, Nikki Slusser & Karen Byrne; BACK NINE LOW NET (52) Jane Noppenberg, Lamar Noriega, Sue Major & Sharon Kendall. CLOSEST TO PIN: Linda McHugh (#8), Sue Kline (#17), Robin Phelan (#1) & Connie McNeill (#1).
  • Kudos to our Hilly Dilly Winners on August 14th, Rick Schlapkohl, Lynne James & Richard Gerber.  This team barely defeated the second place team of Kevin Murphy, Dawn Plifka & Ann Arnold and third place finishers, Mel Goldron, Marci Mitchell & Scott Arnold.  Thanks to Tournament Co-Chairs, Ann Todd and Judy Dykes, also thanks to Bambi Wilson for her outstanding photography, and all the artists and volunteers that made this event such a grand success!
  • The LRLGA played the first day of a 2-day tournament this Wednesday.  Results will posted after next week’s play.
  • A Progressive format for Tuesday’s LRMGA play day finished with Chuck Wilson, Gerald Baker, Allen Braswell & John Bowers on top with -24.  In second place was Dick Oehme, Dave Blevins & Ray Todd with -20.  Dave Matthys won Closest to the Pin on hole #17.  On Thursday, the team of Dick Oehme, Don McGowan & Russell Smith won the prize for the 2-Net format with -21.  Closest to the Pin honors went to Dick Oehme on hole #3.  Nice job, guys!
  • Attention golfers…mark your calendars for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation Charitable Classic Golf & Gala on August 30 & 31.  Click here for a downloadable flyer.

FITNESS CENTER

  • We are pleased to offer a full slate of fitness classes for our members led by certified professionals in yoga, pilates and fitness training.  For an up-to-date list of classes currently offered by Sandy, Erin, Lisa and Strick, follow this link for a downloadable FITNESS CLASS SCHEDULE.
  • TRX-BannerEileen Corbin has added another TRX class to our Fitness Class schedule.  In addition to her Wednesday morning classes, she can schedule up to four participants on Thursday mornings from 9-9:45 am.  TRX is a new and different approach to fitness for men and women that is safe regardless of age, gender or fitness level.  Please call Eileen if you wish to attend, 828.421.8566.  Cost is $10 per class, payable to Eileen.
  • LMBT Brenda Gibson is offering MASSAGE SERVICES in the newly renovated Massage Room in the Fitness Center beginning at $70/hour.  Brenda has been a licensed, practicing Massage Therapist since 2009 specializing in Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Hot Stone, as well as aromatherapy and other enhancements.  Appointments should be made with Brenda personally, (850) 491-9425.  She also offers convenient online booking on her website, waynesvillemassagebybrenda.com.

tennis serveTENNIS CENTER

I hope to see our tennis members bright and early on Saturday morning for the weekly clinic at 9 am.  After the clinic, there is a free round robin for members. Labor Day is quickly approaching and we will hold a HOLIDAY ROBIN ROBIN from 10 am-12 pm.  Come join us as we begin to close out the season.   Have a great weekend and if you would like to sign up for lessons, courts, or the Saturday clinic call or email me at 912-269-6599 or stvnhwrd@yahoo.com.  Steven Howard, Director of Tennis

PICKLEBALL
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Tuesday and Wednesday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  Please note the change from the previous Wednesday/Thursday schedule.  Member Jerry McCarthy has volunteered to be the contact for these matches so please call him for more information, 452-6858.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable August 26, September 8-10, 13, 16-17 & 30 due to private and member events (subject to change).

DINING
Thanks for your incredible support of the restaurant and Turn Window this season!  The restaurant serves dinner every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening.  Check your email or the online events calendar for menus and hours.  Lunch in the clubhouse is available Tuesday through Saturday and a scrumptious Sunday Brunch is offered with a different menu weekly.  Our Turn Window is open daily, 10 am-4 pm.  Please call ahead for dinner and brunch reservations.

  • The Turn Window will be closed during Golf Course Aerification from Tuesday-Friday, September 6-9. Clubhouse dining is available on regular schedule.
  • Brunch 8_21_16Sunday’s Brunch Buffet will offer carved roast beef au jus, fried Georgia catfish, new potatoes, mac & pimento cheese with bacon, steamed vegetable medley, green peas, broccoli salad, green salad, omelet station, Belgian waffles with fruit compote & all your breakfast favorites for $20.99.  Ages 7-12 can dine for $8; 6 & under are free!  MEMBERS ONLY can order the breakfast portion for $13.  The Bar is offering specials on Bloody Marys & Mimosas.  Brunch is served from 11 am-2:30 pm.
  • Don’t miss next Tuesday at LRCC!  Chef Al will offer a buffet with regional favorites featuring fried chicken, meatloaf with mushrooms & bleu cheese, mashed Yukon potatoes, macaroni & cheese, steamed cabbage, roasted summer squash, green salad, tomato basil bisque & dessert for $19.99.  Ages 7-12 can eat for $8; 6 & under are free.  TRIVIA will begin at 7 pm in the Cedar Room.  Cost for trivia is $5 per person.  Trivia is always a blast!  Come alone or bring a team to compete.  Last week’s winning Trivia team was Clueless with Laura & Alan Lang and Pat & Jim Janke. Congrats!
  • Tuesday, August 30 is FLYING PASTA NIGHT.  Please call ahead for reservations on this very popular night of dining so that we are prepared and can serve you better.
  • Chef will offer a PRIME RIB BUFFET on Tuesday, September 6th.  Plan to bring a guest you want to impress!
  •  Mark your calendars for a WINE DINNER on Thursday, September 15.  Our Chefs expertly prepare a menu to pair perfectly with wine from a select region. Seating is limited to the first 25 so call early for reservations…more info to come.

pianoYOUNG ARTISTS GALA
In cooperation with the Haywood County Arts Council, Laurel Ridge will host an unforgettable evening of friends, food and music for members and guests with an exclusive performance by internationally acclaimed pianist, Ji.  Save the date for this phenomenal fundraising concert benefiting local arts and artists and our mountain artistic heritage.  Members can participate in this limited gathering by completing a sponsorship form available in the LRCC offices. For more information about the featured young artist, visit http://www.yca.org/artist/ji/.
GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE

What a wet few weeks we have had at the golf course.  We actually received some form of rain nearly everyday.  The golf course has drained very well, excluding some areas where drains must be added.  My staff will be addressing these areas in early September.  Please make every attempt to avoid any wet locations in low lying areas.  Rainfall for August is around 4 inches at the maintenance shop.  Many of our golf holes have areas that tend to dry out even when other areas in the same fairway are too wet.  Because of the unpredictability of weather in the mountains, my crew must fight a constant battle to keep grass healthy in conditions that go from being too dry to too wet.

We will be starting to replace the pond drain on the right of hole #5 next week.  The old drain has an issue and dumps all water out of the pond and then somehow refills itself.  Silt has built up over the years from construction runoff on Eagles Nest.  The silt will be excavated and allowed to dry below the existing dam of the pond.  Once it is dry enough to level, we will smooth the area and plant some type of vegetation.  We have been working with the Army Corp. of Engineers to develop a plan to protect the stream below this site.  Please excuse machines and noise on this hole for the two weeks of estimated work.

As we look ahead to aerification on September 6-9, we will be following the same process as this spring.  We will aerify the greens, tees, greens surrounds and fairways.  The only difference will be no cores will be pulled on the fairways.  A solid “shatter” tine will be used to break up compaction and allow air and water movement into the natural clay/rock sub-surface.

Good luck to all the participants in this years Super Senior, Seniors, Ladies’ and Men’s Club Championships!  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

1280375970_107310078_4-Arizona-Concealed-Weapon-Course-CCW-Other-Firearms-and-Personal-Protection-Training-Other-Classes-1280375970CONCEALED WEAPONS COURSE
Member Harvey Morse will teach another Concealed Weapons & NC/FL Carry Permit Course on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  Class will be held at LRCC from 9 am-6 pm in the Mountain Vista Room.  Cost is $99 plus lunch.  Class fees include ammo and are payable to Mr. Morse (cash is preferred/checks accepted).  For questions or to sign up, call 828-631-0000.
HCC SHINE & DINE GALA
Members are invited to a Gala to support the work of the Haywood Community College Foundation on September 16th at LRCC.  Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, demonstrations by students and alumni, music and a silent auction.   All monies raised will work to aid, strengthen, and further the work and service of Haywood Community College in securing financial support for scholarships, mini-grants, College events, community initiatives, and student and instructor initiatives.  For tickets or information, call 627-4522 or visit haywood.edu/foundation.

Laurel Ridge Operations Update 8/5/16

LABOR DAY FESTIVITIES
happy-labor-dayEnjoy your holiday with family and friends at LRCC!  We have activities for all ages planned throughout the day including golf, tennis & swimming!  At 9 am, an ABCD Scramble will tee off with fun games and prizes.  The Golf Shop will make all pairings; cost is $12 plus applicable cart fee.  From 10 am-12 pm, a Tennis Round Robin will be held at the courts.  Pool games begin at 1 pm for kids of all ages.  Be sure to visit the Turn Window for hamburgers, hot dogs and holiday specials, including half-price ice cream!
FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • Half-price Golf Guest Day is Monday, August 8th.  The cost of $47 includes green fee, cart fee and a sandwich from the Turn Window. Members should accompany their guests.
  • Join us for a fun, social Hilly Dilly on Sunday afternoon, August 14.  The Golf Shop will make pairings for an ABCD Scramble beginning at 1 pm.  Cost for golf is $30 plus cart fee (includes dinner).  A Dinner Buffet will follow at 5:30 pm in the clubhouse for all members with fried catfish and pulled pork for $18 inclusive.gold-trophy-clip-art-opSItd-clipart
  • LRCC’s Golf Club Championships is scheduled for August 19-21. This event is for Ladies, Ladies Seniors, Men, Men Seniors & Men Super Seniors.  Call the Pro Shop for details.
  • The annual MIXED MEMBER/MEMBER will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 27-28.  Pick your partner and sign up in the Pro Shop for two great days of golf!  Saturday’s play will be Better Ball of Partners with tee times from 9:30-11 am.  Sunday’s play will begin at 1 pm with a scramble format.  Awards & a meal will follow play on Sunday.The annual MIXED MEMBER/MEMBER will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 27-28.  Pick your partner and sign up in the Pro Shop for two great days of golf!  Saturday’s play will be Better Ball of Partners with tee times from 9:30-11 am.  Sunday’s play will begin at 1 pm with a scramble format.  Awards & a meal will follow play on Sunday.
  • Tuesday’s LRMGA format was “1 Gross added to 1 Net”.  Coming in first was the team of Gerald Baker, Noel Kile, Sven Oberg & Dave Crocker with -13.  In a close second with -12 was the team of Hollis Prior, Dave Pheatt & John Bowers.  On Thursday, a “2 Net” format finished with Gerald Baker, Allen Braswell, Sven Oberg & John Cairns on top with -24.
  • On Wednesday, our LRLGA played a game of “Individual Low Net”.  In a tie for first, Deborah Beasley and Ann Cramm finished with a 66.  Only one stroke behind, Robin Phelan landed in second place.  We are thrilled to have a field of 80 ladies for next weeks Ladies’ Member-Guest.  The theme for the 2-day tournament is “Golf is for the Birds”.  Many of our ladies have been working for months to make this event spectacular.  We hope all participants have a memorable, fun event. This will be one for the record books!
  • Attention golfers…mark your calendars for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation Charitable Classic Golf & Gala on August 30 & 31.  Click here for a downloadable flyer. The annual MIXED MEMBER/MEMBER will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 27-28.  Pick your partner and sign up in the Pro Shop for two great days of golf!  Saturday’s play will be Better Ball of Partners with tee times from 9:30-11 am.  Sunday’s play will begin at 1 pm with a scramble format.  Awards & a meal will follow play on Sunday.

FITNESS CENTER

Eileen Corbin 1A new and different approach to fitness for men and women will be offered in a weekly class by Eileen Corbin.  TRX (Total body Resistance Exercise), sometimes called Suspension Training, is a safe and smart approach to fitness, regardless of age, gender or fitness level.  Two Wednesday morning classes have been added to the weekly Fitness Class Schedule at 9:15 and 10 am beginning August 10th.  Each class is limited to four participants, so please call Eileen if you wish to attend, 828.421.8566.  If you want to improve your golf game or just feel in better control of your body, give TRX a try.  Cost is $10 per class, payable to Eileen.  Sign up in advance for five classes and get the sixth for free!  Visit Eileen’s website for more information, www.FitnessTrainingBlast.com.

TENNIS CENTER

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone’s week has been great. I want to remind our men about the Men’s Drop-in every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 am. These guys always welcome new competition. Also be sure to attend the clinics on Saturday mornings from 9-10 am; the cost is $15 for sport and golf members. After the clinic there is a free round robin for members. Labor Day is approaching fast and we will hold a round robin from 10-12 am.  Come join us as we begin to close out the season. I hope to see everyone on the courts.  Have a great weekend and if you would like to sign up for lessons, courts, or the Saturday clinic call or email me at 912-269-6599 or stvnhwrd@yahoo.com.  Steven Howard, Director of Tennis

PICKLEBALL
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Tuesday and Wednesday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  Please note the change from the previous Wednesday/Thursday schedule.  Member Jerry McCarthy has volunteered to be the contact for these matches so please call him for more information, 452-6858.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable August 13, 16 & 20 due to private and member events (subject to change).

DINING
Thanks for your incredible support of the restaurant and Turn Window this season!  The restaurant serves dinner every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening.  Check your email or the online events calendar for menus and hours.  Lunch in the clubhouse is available Tuesday through Saturday and a scrumptious Sunday Brunch is offered with a different menu weekly.  Our Turn Window is open daily, 10 am-4 pm.  Please call ahead for dinner and brunch reservations.

  • Brunch 8_14_16Sunday’s Brunch buffet will feature carved pork roast with apples, grilled chicken with tomatoes & basil, garlic herb potatoes, cous cous pilaf, roasted zucchini & squash, green beans, broccoli salad, green salad, omelets, biscuits & gravy & all your breakfast favorites for $19.99.  Ages 7-12 can dine for $8; 6 & under are free!  MEMBERS ONLY can order the breakfast portion for $13.  The Bar is offering specials on Bloody Marys & Mimosas.  Brunch is served from 11 am-2:30 pm.
  • Members will have two opportunities to attend Flying Pasta Night in August!  Due to a special request, this very popular dining event will be offered on August 9 and August 30.  Please call ahead for reservations so that we may serve you better.
  • On Sunday, August 14th, a Hilly Dilly Buffet will be served following the golf tournament at 5:30 pm.  This buffet is open to all members and features fried catfish, pulled pork, baked beans, green salad, cole slaw & dessert for $18 inclusive.
  • Seafood lovers will enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with peel & eat shrimp, fried flounder, blackened Mahi Mahi, fried calabash shrimp, deviled crab, dirty rice, white rice, steamed vegetables, cornbread, clam chowder & more for $26.99.  Please call ahead for reservations so that we may serve you better
  • On Friday evening August 19, JAZZ GUITARIST Steve Wohlrab will play during dinner service from 5:30-8:30 pm. Watch your email for Chef’s Dinner Specials.  Don’t miss this special night of dining at LRCC!
  • Stop by the Turn Window and cool off with HALF PRICE FROZEN TREATS including Big Boppers, Choco Taco, Nutty Buddy, gelato & more! Plus, Popsicles are only $1 until they’re gone! Turn Window hours are 10 am-4 pm daily.

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE

It is hard to believe that we are already in the first week of August!  While I may think the golf season has flown by, the turf is begging for fall weather.  Cooler day and night temperatures will provide the ideal growing range for our bentgrass and bluegrass.  Normally in the middle of August, the temperatures start falling about one degree every week until fall.

Foot Traffic Pattern Study

Foot Traffic Pattern Study

No area needs the cooler temperatures more than the collars.  Foot and mower traffic constantly cross these 4-foot wide collars every round of golf played.  Greens mowers are encouraged to turn on the collar until summer stress occurs and then turning is moved into the rough.  With the increased areas being mowed around the greens surrounds this year, the collars have had a lot of wear.   We have begun sodding some of the worse areas and hope the weather cools off sooner rather than later.  Many areas that look thin will fill in nicely once we pull the cores of aerification starting September 6th.

Even though we are about a month away from aerification, I always like to keep you informed about our plan this fall.  We will aerify the greens/collars on the 6th and 7th of September.  Tees and greens surrounds will begin following the greens.  Simultaneously, we will be using an AerWay tractor aerifier on the fairways.  A special “shatter tine” is used to break up the compacted clay layer.  Sand will then be applied to the greens and uneven tee boxes.  With excellent growing conditions expected, most sand will be gone in 7-10 days.

We are excited to have a full field of 80 golfers for the Ladies’ Member/Guest next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Preparation for this tournament will be just like the Men’s tournament in July.  Some maintenance employees will show up around 3:00 am to begin mowing for a 8:30 am shotgun.  Best of luck to all!  As a precaution, please look carefully when entering the creek banks and wood edges looking for your ball.  Yellow jackets have been very bad this year at the course.

Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

HCC SHINE & DINE GALAshinedinelogo

Members are invited to a Gala to support the work of the Haywood Community College Foundation on September 16th at LRCC.  Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, demonstrations by students and alumni, music and a silent auction.   All monies raised will work to aid, strengthen, and further the work and service of Haywood Community College in securing financial support for scholarships, mini-grants, College events, community initiatives, and student and instructor initiatives.  For tickets or information, call 627-4522 or visit haywood.edu/foundation.

YOUTH SPORTS CAMP RECAP
We had four very successful (& busy!) weeks of  Youth Sports Camps this summer!   We thank all the parents and grandparents for sharing your children with us!  We see great potential in each and every camper that attended!  We hope everyone learned an appreciation of golf, tennis and sportsmanship that will follow them into adulthood.  We are pleased to announce that we will be offering five weeks of sports camp again next summer (June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21 & July 24-28).  In addition, a Holiday Activities Camp in 2016 (December 26-30) and a Spring Break Camp (April 10-14) will be available.  Spots for these upcoming camps can be reserved in advance by calling the office.

LRHOA
The Laurel Ridge Home Owner’s Association will meet in the Pavilion on August 16th at 5 pm for their annual homeowner’s meeting.  All attendees are invited to stay afterwards for our Seafood Buffet available from 5:30-8:30 pm at a cost of $26.99.  Reservations are appreciated.

LOST & FOUND
Have you lost anything while visiting the pool or tennis courts?  Be sure to check the lost and found located in the closet in the cabana.  All items have been washed and stored for safe-keeping.

JAGUAR SIGHTING
A neighbor in the Laurel Ridge community reported seeing a large black jaguar in his driveway one evening in late July.  We pass this information along so that all members can use caution in regards to small children and pets.

TRIVIA
Empty Headed Nesters won the last Trivia Challenge by 1 point in a tight contest! Thanks to Sylvia & Mark Heyl for the great questions. Winning team members were: (Back Row) Bucky & Judy Dykes, Rhonda Gerber, Florence & Steve Scarborough (Front Row) Ray & Sonia McGowan, Marilynn Obrig, Ron Petty & Richard Gerber. The next Trivia Night will be next Tuesday, August 9th (that’s Flying Pasta Night!)
Trivia Winners Empty Headed Nesters 7-12-'16 Dykes, R.Gerber,

Laurel Ridge Operations Update 7/29/16

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! 
We are excited to welcome the following new members into the Laurel Ridge family.  Please join us in making these new members feel at home.

  • David Boyd, Waynesville, NC
  • Becky & Ken Coppedge, Tampa, FL
  • Darren Nicholson, Canton, NC
  • Barbara & Steven Szczpanski, Waynesville, NC
  • Kristin Traber & Joel Taylor, Waynesville, NC

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • On a breezy Island day at Laurel Ridge, 43 players teed off for Hawaiian Shirt Day, a combined event with the LRLGA hosted by the LRMGA.  004Lunch was provided by the LRMGA following play.  The day’s format was 6 holes Shamble, 6 holes Scramble & 6 holes Best 2 Net of 4, with prizes awarded to the overall top two teams and the best scores for each of the three disciplines.  The overall winning team with a score of 24 under par was Gerald Baker, Ann Cramm, Sandy Lester & Shelly James.  At a close second was the team of Pete Mitchell, Carolyn Bowers, Jan Smith & Don McGowan at 21 under par.  Each discipline also had a winning team:  the Scramble format was won by Chuck Wilson, Kathleen Korber, Dave Matthys and Steve Hewitt.(-2).  The Best 2 Net of 4 format was won by Jerry McCarthy, Linda McHugh, Lynne James and Paul Henson.(-13)  Winning the Shamble format was Ed McHugh, Marci Mitchell and Tom Wilkinson. (-12).  Our two Closest to Pin winners were Don Thompson for the men and Kathleen Korber for the ladies.  And most importantly, the Best Dressed award went to the team of Jerry and Roxanne McCarthy.  Thanks to all teams for their Island spirit and congrats to the winners!
  • Sign up in the Golf Shop for a NINE & DINE on Tuesday, August 2nd.  This social couple’s golf event begins at 5 pm with nine holes of golf followed by dinner in the clubhouse (from the menu).
  • Half-price Golf Guest Day is Monday, August 8th.  The cost of $47 includes green fee, cart fee and a sandwich from the Turn Window. Members should accompany their guests.
  • Join us for a fun, social Hilly Dilly on Sunday afternoon, August 14.  Make your own 4-some for this Captain’s Choice golf tournament that begins at 1 pm.  Cost for golf is $30 plus cart fee (includes dinner).  A Dinner Buffet will follow at 5:30 pm in the clubhouse for all members.
  • LRCC’s Golf Club Championships is scheduled for August 19-21. This event is for Ladies, Ladies Seniors, Men, Men Seniors & Men Super Seniors.  Call the Pro Shop for details.
  • golf-ball-clip-art1The annual MIXED MEMBER/MEMBER will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 27-28.  Pick your partner and sign up in the Pro Shop for two great days of golf!  Saturday’s play will be Better Ball of Partners with tee times from 9:30-11 am.  Sunday’s play will begin at 1 pm with a scramble format.  Awards & a meal will follow play on Sunday.
  • Tuesday’s LRMGA format was 4-Ball with 2-man teams.  Adam Rawley and Charles Brantley took top honors with -13.  Russell Smith finished close behind with -12.  A tie for third place between Mel Johnson/Sven Oberg & Chuck Wilson/John Bowers rounded out our prize winners. Nice job, gentlemen!
  • Attention golfers…mark your calendars for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation Charitable Classic Golf & Gala on August 30 & 31.  Click here for a downloadable flyer.

FITNESS CENTER

  • We are pleased to offer a full slate of fitness classes for our members led by certified professionals in yoga, pilates and fitness training.  For an up-to-date list of classes currently offered by Sandy, Erin, Lisa and Strick, follow this link for a downloadable Fitness Class Schedule.
  • LMBT Brenda Gibson is offering MASSAGE SERVICES in the newly renovated Massage Room in the Fitness Center beginning at $70/hour.  Brenda has been a licensed, practicing Massage Therapist since 2009 specializing in Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Hot Stone, as well as aromatherapy and other enhancements.  Appointments should be made with Brenda personally, (850) 491-9425.  She also offers convenient online booking on her website, waynesvillemassagebybrenda.com.

TENNIS CENTER

tennis serveWe continue to have week after week of great activity on the tennis courts. Almost every day, the courts are busy in the mornings so please make sure that you call to reserve a court in advance. Saturday mornings have been great with lots of participation and a  fun with the clinic at 9 am followd by the mixer. Come join us tomorrow for a morning of tennis.

I will be out of town this weekend on business but our GM Scott Irwin, USPTA, will teach the morning clinic and will run the 10 am to noon mixer. We hope to see you there.
Have a great weekend and if you would like to sign up for lessons, courts, or the Saturday clinic call or email me at 912-269-6599 or stvnhwrd@yahoo.com.  Steven Howard, Director of Tennis

PICKLEBALL
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Tuesday and Wednesday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  Please note the change from the previous Wednesday/Thursday schedule.  Member Jerry McCarthy has volunteered to be the contact for these matches so please call him for more information, 452-6858.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable August 5, 13, 16 & 20 due to private and member events (subject to change).

DINING
silverwareThanks for your incredible support of the restaurant and Turn Window this season!  The restaurant serves dinner every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening.  Check your email or the online events calendar for menus and hours.  Lunch in the clubhouse is available Tuesday through Saturday and a scrumptious Sunday Brunch is offered with a different menu weekly.  Our Turn Window is open daily, 10 am-4 pm.  Please call ahead for dinner and brunch reservations.

  • Sunday’s Brunch Buffet will offer pan-seared pork chops with sherried mushroom & onion gravy, fried Georgia catfish, white rice, roasted potatoes, tomato & Vidalia casserole, steamed broccoli, vegetable slaw, mixed green salad, omelet station, Belgian waffles with berry compote, bacon & sausage, cheese grits, homefries & more for $19.99.   Kids 7-12 can eat for $8; 6 & under are free!  MEMBERS ONLY can order the breakfast portion for $13.  The Bar is offering specials on Bloody Marys & Mimosas.
  • Next Tuesday, Chef Al will offer an Asian-inspired buffet featuring egg drop soup, veggie egg rolls, pepper steak, sesame chicken, Jasmine rice, vegetable lo mein, steamed vegetables & dessert for $18.99.  Age 8-12 can eat for $8; 6 & under is free.
  • Sock HopSOCK HOP MEMBER MIXER:   Meet your pals at Al’s Diner for a night of burgers & rock ‘n’ roll!  DJ Wes will rock the Pavilion with those nostalgic 50’s tunes so be sure to dress the part!  The menu includes burgers, grilled cheese, onion rings, French fries, broccoli salad & ice cream sundaes for only $20 inclusive! Cocktails begin at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss it…this bash will be Coolsville!
  • Members will have two opportunities to attend Flying Pasta Night in August!  Due to a special request, this very popular dining event will be offered on August 9 and August 30.  Please call ahead for reservations so that we may serve you better.
  • ATTENTION SEAFOOD LOVERS!  Chef Al will offer a seafood buffet on Tuesday, August 16!  Whether you prefer broiled or fried, there is something for everyone on this abundant buffet.
  • On Friday evening August 19, JAZZ GUITARIST Steve Wohlrab will play during dinner service from 5:30-8:30 pm. Watch your email for Chef’s Dinner Specials.   Don’t miss this special night of dining at LRCC!

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE
After a very dry spring and early summer, the recent rain showers have been a blessing.  Most afternoons this week we have benefited from some form of rain.  This rain contains nitrogen that is not available in irrigation water.  The downside to the rain showers is high humidity, wet areas on the course and slower greens.  Not just our golfers suffer from the high humidity!  The effects on the grass are measurable; disease occurs rapidly and fungicide effectiveness is shortened.  Please attempt to avoid the wet spots that are forming in the low areas or run offs of some fairways.  Green speeds are a little slower currently due to the moisture, we have applied a wetting agent on the greens that helps move water deeper into the soil profile.

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Hole #8

Last week and early this week was spent aerifying the greens, collars and #8 green surround.  The summer stress is always hard to manage and we have a tired golf course.  By venting these areas with a solid tine aerifying process, gases are released as well as air and water are allowed to move into the soil better.  We hopefully will only have to do this process that one time before a full aerification starting September 6th.  We aerified the putting greens, rolled the tufts back down, then mowed everything smooth.  The holes were tiny after all steps were performed.

In the upcoming weeks, we will be installing a greens fan on #8 green.  The vegetation that has grown up over the years is preventing this green from getting the correct amount of air movement.  A 36″ Turfbreeze fan will provide cooler air from the back left woods and disperse it 125 feet across the “bowl” that #8 sits in.  The fan will run off and on 24 hours per day as needed.  The small amount of noise that it does generate will surprise you.   Construction crews may be working there, so please excuse any interruptions.  The vegetation will be removed starting soon.  Not only will this help the turf grow correctly, but it opens up a wonderful view.  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

CONCEALED WEAPONS COURSE
Member Harvey Morse will teach a Concealed Weapons & NC/FL Carry Permit Course on August 2-3, 2016.  Classes will be held at LRCC from 10 am-2 pm.  Cost is $99 plus lunch.  Class fees include ammo and are payable to Mr. Morse (cash is preferred/checks accepted).  For questions or to sign up, call 828-631-0000.

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Don’t forget Date Night on Fridays!  Parents can enjoy golf, tennis, swimming or dining in the clubhouse while the kids (potty-trained thru age 12 only, please) play games and activities, have dinner and watch a movie on Friday nights.  Kids may be dropped off at The Market anytime after 5:30 pm and must be picked up by 9:30 pm. Parents must sign in and out for each child and remain on LRCC property while children are in our care. $12 inclusive per child for the evening includes childcare, dinner & beverages.  Please make an advance reservation for your child by calling Mandy at 452-0545, ext. 131.

HCC SHINE & DINE GALA

shinedinelogoMembers are invited to a Gala to support the work of the Haywood Community College Foundation on September 16th at LRCC.  Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, demonstrations by students and alumni, music and a silent auction.   All monies raised will work to aid, strengthen, and further the work and service of Haywood Community College in securing financial support for scholarships, mini-grants, College events, community initiatives, and student and instructor initiatives.  For tickets or information, call 627-4522 or visit haywood.edu/foundation.

YOUTH SPORTS CAMP RECAP
We had four very successful (& busy!) weeks of  Youth Sports Camps this summer!   We thank all the parents and grandparents for sharing your children with us!  We see great potential in each and every camper that attended!  We hope everyone learned an appreciation of golf, tennis and sportsmanship that will follow them into adulthood.  We are pleased to announce that we will be offering four weeks of sports camp again next summer.  In addition, a Holiday Activities Camp in December 2016 and a Spring Break Camp 2017 will be available.  Spots for these upcoming camps can be reserved in advance by calling the office.

Laurel Ridge Operations Update 7/22/16

Thanks for sharing your children and grandchildren (and mermaids!) with us for our Youth Summer Sports & Activities Camps. We could have some future sports stars in our midst!  One more week of camp remains, July 25-29. Call the Pro Shop asap if you’re interested in reserving a spot for next week’s camp, 452-0545, option 1.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! 
We are thrilled to extend a hearty Laurel Ridge welcome to the following new members.  Please join us in making these new members feel at home.

  • Andy & Shelli Buckner, Sylva, NC
  • Richard & Cathlene Ferreira, Palm Harbor, FL
  • Larry & Linda Flahardy, St. Augustine, FL
  • Buck & Eleanor McInnis, Tampa, FL
  • Caleb & Rachel Smith, Waynesville, NC

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • Join us for a fun, social Mid-Summer Hilly Dilly on Sunday afternoon, July 24th.  Make your own 4-some for this Captain’s Choice golf tournament that begins at 1 pm.  Cost for golf is $30 plus cart fee (includes dinner).  A Dinner Buffet will follow at 5:30 pm in the clubhouse for all members.  The menu includes Spaghetti Bolognese, grilled chicken, green peas, mixed green salad, garlic bread & dessert for only $18 inclusive.   Sign up in the Golf Shop.hibiscus-md
  • Hawaiian Shirt Day is near!  The men and ladies are joining forces for this fun-filled golf event for the LRMGA & LRLGA on Thursday, July 28th. Wear your loudest Hawaiian shirt with pride!  The golf format is a favorite:  6 holes shamble, 6 holes scramble & 6 holes Best Ball.   After golf, enjoy a scrumptious lunch in the Clubhouse. Call the Golf Shop for details.
  • Sign up in the Golf Shop for a NINE & DINE on Tuesday, August 2nd.  This social couple’s golf event begins at 5 pm with nine holes of golf followed by dinner in the clubhouse (from the menu).
  • Half-price Golf Guest Day is Monday, August 8th.  The cost of $47 includes green fee, cart fee and a sandwich from the Turn Window. Members should accompany their guests.
  • LOOKING AHEAD:  The Golf Club Championships is scheduled for August 19-21. This event is for Ladies, Ladies Seniors, Men, Men Seniors & Men Super Seniors.  Prizes will be awarded at a dinner banquet on Sunday after play.
  • The 2016 Men’s Member Guest was a great success despite frequent rain showers.
    Buddy & Adam Rawley, 2016 Men's Member-Guest Champions

    Buddy & Adam Rawley, 2016 Men’s Member-Guest Champions

    Friday’s three nine hole matches were completed in the late afternoon. Even with wet clothes and muddy shoes, smiles and tall tales abounded as the first days matches were recounted. The island green competition was hotly contested, and five skilled players successfully struck the target under (finally) sunny skies. Expectations were high and Elvis did not disappoint on Friday evening. Singing along with the the familiar lyrics and fifties-style dancing was a great way to end the day.   Saturday morning broke clear and sunny.

    Dave Matthys & Ken Wilson, Runners-Up, 2016 Men's Member-Guest

    Dave Matthys & Ken Wilson, Runners-Up, 2016 Men’s Member-Guest

    The temperatures were perfect and the golf was intense. The island green shootout took place during the lunch break and Garrett Greene was the winner after hitting the float with his very last shot! All four flights were finally concluded. By days end, four flight winners had emerged. Flight 1: Roy and Garrett Greene, Flight 2: Dave Matthys and Ken Wilson, Flight 3: Pat Mathes and John Schrot, Flight 4: Don and Dennis McGowan. Also qualifying for the shootout were Adam and Buddy Rawley, by virtue of having earned the most points without winning their flight. Teams were eliminated one by one in three trips down #18, accompanied by a slightly raucous but well behaved gallery on the deck. It came down to two teams with a chip-off for the Champions. The Rawleys emerged the overall winners; with Matthys/Wilson taking second place.Saturday night’s banquet for all participants, spouses and guests was a huge success, with a fantastic dinner followed by the awards dinner. The entire weekend was thoroughly enjoyed by members and their guests alike,and anticipation is already high for the 2017 season! Congrats to our winners and many thanks to all the participants!

  • Jack Prevost got his first ever Hole-in-One on Thursday, hole #17 playing from the white tees ~142 yards! Jack said, “It only took me 65 years!” Jack’s partners were Van Conoley and Phil Reece. Congratulations on this memorable shot!
  • Tuesday’s LRMGA “Progressive” format finished with Ray Todd, Paul Henson & Don Haynes in first place with -12.  Just behind in second were Kevin Cronin, Chuck Wilson & Shelly James.  Dave Matthys won Closest to the Pin on #3.  On Thursday, “2 Net Plus Additional Birdies” finished with Dick Oehme, Don McGowan, John Bowers & Russell Smith in the lead with -27.  Jack Duckworth was Closest to the Pin on #3.
  • This week, the LRLGA played a very close match of “Low Putts”.  Tied for first place was Bambi Wilson and Robin Phelan with scores of 31.  There was another tie for third place between Lynne James and Carolyn Bowers with 32.  Roxanne McCarthy finished close behind with 33.  Anne Arnold won the 9-Holers play with a score of 34, followed by Jean McCarthy with 38.
  • Attention golfers…mark your calendars for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation Charitable Classic Golf & Gala on August 30 & 31.  Click here for a downloadable flyer.

FITNESS CENTER

  • Silhouette_yogaPLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE:  Sandy Lampl’s Yoga & Tone Class on Mondays will now start at 10 am.  Follow the link for an up-to-date FITNESS CLASS SCHEDULE.
  • The next free Fitness Training Class for members is Wednesday at noon!  Let Strick’s years of experience help you tailor your workout to get the most benefit for a healthy life!  No pre-registration required; meet in the Weight Room & prepare to be motivated.
  • LMBT Brenda Gibson is offering MASSAGE SERVICES in the newly renovated Massage Room in the Fitness Center beginning at $70/hour.  Brenda has been a licensed, practicing Massage Therapist since 2009 specializing in Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Hot Stone, as well as aromatherapy and other enhancements.  Appointments should be made with Brenda personally, (850) 491-9425.  She also offers convenient online booking on her website, waynesvillemassagebybrenda.com.
  • Candra Smith provides MASSAGE to members for $90/hour or $120 1-1/2 hour.  Candra is owner of the Maggie Valley Wellness Center, a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist.  She graduated from UNCW in 2002 with a BS in Exercise Science and has been practicing Massage and Yoga in Haywood County for nine years.  She specializes in deep, therapeutic massage.  For July only, she is offering Buy One, Get One for Half Price.  For an appointment or pricing, call (828) 944-0288.

TENNIS CENTER

tennisOur courts remain as busy as ever with lots of men’s and ladies’ play as well as summer camp for the juniors. Our Saturday programs tomorrow morning will begin with the Clinic at 9 am and a Stay and Play from 10 am-12 pm. The clinic is $15 for members. Please sign up for clinics, courts, activities and lessons at least 24 hours in advance.  If your tennis racquet needs a tune up, let me know as I have a variety of affordable strings and grips that you may select from and I offer same day service in most cases.  I hope everyone has a great weekend and as always, you can contact me on my cell or by email, 912-269-6599 or stvnhwrd@yahoo.com.  Steven Howard, Director of Tennis

PICKLEBALL
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Tuesday and Wednesday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  Please note the change from the previous Wednesday/Thursday schedule.  Member Jerry McCarthy has volunteered to be the contact for these matches so please call him for more information, 452-6858.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable July 26-27 & August 5 due to private and member events (subject to change).

DINING
silverwareThanks for your incredible support of the restaurant and Turn Window this season!  The restaurant serves dinner every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening.  Check your email or the online events calendar for menus and hours.  Lunch in the clubhouse is available Tuesday through Saturday and a scrumptious Sunday Brunch is offered with a different menu weekly.  Our Turn Window is open daily, 10 am-4 pm.  Please call ahead for dinner and brunch reservations.

  • Please remember, lunch service on Saturday, July 23rd will close at 2 pm to set up for a private event.  The Turn Window is open until 4 pm with lunch options, beer & wine. Also, no dinner service is available on Wednesday, July 27 due to the Haywood Christian Ministry Banquet & Auction.  Thank you for understanding.
  • Sunday’s Brunch Buffet will offer “Thanksgiving in July” with slow-roasted turkey & gravy, hardwood-smoked ham, cornbread dressing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, vegetable casserole, green beans, mixed green salad, apple-pineapple-raisin salad, omelet station, biscuits & gravy, bacon & sausage, cheese grits, homefries & more for $19.99.   Kids 7-12 can eat for $8; 6 & under are free!  MEMBERS ONLY can order the breakfast portion for $13.  The Bar is offering specials on Bloody Marys & Mimosas
  • A Dinner Buffet will be served Sunday evening at 5:30 pm in the clubhouse for all members following the Hilly Dilly Golf Tournament.  The menu includes Spaghetti Bolognese, grilled chicken, green peas, mixed green salad, garlic bread & dessert for only $18 inclusive.
  • Don’t miss next Tuesday night at LRCC!  Chef will offer a FAMILY BUFFET featuring fried flounder, meatloaf with Applewood-smoked bacon, creamed potatoes, corn casserole, steamed cabbage, roasted carrots, chicken & rice soup & more for $18.99.  Following dinner, TRIVIA will begin in the Cedar Room at 7 pm.  Bring a team or come alone & join a team.  Cost for Trivia is $5 per person.
  • sock hopSOCK HOP MEMBER MIXER:  Plan to “Rock Around the Clock” at a Sock Hop Member Mixer on Friday, August 5th!   You’ll “go ape” for the dinner buffet including burgers, grilled cheese, onion rings, fries, broccoli salad and ice cream sundaes.  The cost of only $20 inclusive include dinner & music from DJ Wes.  Dig through your closet for that poodle skirt or jeans and t-shirts and don’t miss the fun…this bash will be “Coolsville”!
  • LOOKING AHEAD:  On Friday evening August 19th, JAZZ GUITARIST Steve Wohlrab will play during dinner service from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Watch your email for Chef’s Dinner Specials.   Don’t miss this special night of dining at LRCC!

Books-117LENDING LIBRARY
If you like to curl up with a good book in your spare time, check out the Lending Library in the Golf Shop/Fitness Center building.  All kinds of books have been donated by members and are available to check out.  Or if you have any books that you have already read and you are ready to donate, drop them off in the Golf Shop for others to enjoy.  Ask the Golf Shop personnel to point you in the right direction.

CONCEALED WEAPONS COURSE
Member Harvey Morse will teach a Concealed Weapons & NC/FL Carry Permit Course on August 2-3, 2016.  Classes will be held at LRCC from 10 am-2 pm.  Cost is $99 plus lunch.  Class fees include ammo and are payable to Mr. Morse (cash is preferred/checks accepted).  For questions or to sign up, call 828-631-0000.

DATE NIGHT
Don’t forget Date Night on Fridays!  Parents can enjoy golf, tennis, swimming or dining in the clubhouse while the kids (potty-trained thru age 12 only, please) play games and activities, have dinner and watch a movie on Friday nights.  Kids may be dropped off at The Market anytime after 5:30 pm and must be picked up by 9:30 pm. Parents must sign in and out for each child and remain on LRCC property while children are in our care. $12 inclusive per child for the evening includes childcare, dinner & beverages.  Please make an advance reservation for your child by calling Mandy at 452-0545, ext. 131.

shinedinelogoHCC SHINE & DINE GALA

Members are invited to a Gala to support the work of the Haywood Community College Foundation on September 16th at LRCC.  Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, demonstrations by students and alumni, music and a silent auction.   All monies raised will work to aid, strengthen, and further the work and service of Haywood Community College in securing financial support for scholarships, mini-grants, College events, community initiatives, and student and instructor initiatives.  For tickets or information, call 627-4522 or email visit haywood.edu/foundation.

ACT QUICKLY FOR MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Very little time is left to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to join!   Through July, we are offering Golf, Sports or Social Memberships with discounted initiation fees with a 2-year commitment!  Tell your friends, business associates and colleagues about the benefits of membership.  All members enjoy year-round social activities, clubhouse dining & 24-hour Fitness Center access. Sports members also have tennis, pickleball & pool privileges. Golf members can play unlimited rounds all year.  Best of all, when you refer a prospective member and they join, you receive an account credit to spend any way you like.

Laurel Ridge Operations Update 6/17/16

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • golf-courseMARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Join us for a fun, social Hilly Dilly on Sunday afternoon, June 26th.  Make your own 4-some for golf that begins at 1 pm.  Dinner will follow at 5:30 pm in the clubhouse for all members.
  • The ladies’ Member/Member tournament is coming up quickly on Wednesday, June 22nd and Friday, June 24th.  Choose your partner and sign up for two great days of golf finishing with lunch in the clubhouse.
  • Sign up sheets are posted in the Pro Shop for our July 4th scramble.  The very popular format for this special holiday tournament will be 6-6-6, with six holes shamble, six holes scramble and six holes Best 2 Net of 4.  Golf will tee off at 9 am, but meet on the practice green at 8:45 am for singing of the National Anthem and prayer.  God Bless America!
  • bird-clipart-1e99b4fd1b1bae379fdb1d0ab88aea87Golf is for the Birds!  That is the theme of this year’s Laurel Ridge Ladies’ Member/Guest Tournament on August 9-10.  So ladies, get your GAME on!  In celebration of the 30th anniversary of LRCC and to showcase our gorgeous, manicured golf course, for THIS YEAR ONLY, we are excited to welcome all lady golfers including Social and Sports members. Join us and register for the event and show off our club and our course to your guests.  Please download your Invitation and Entry Form now.  Call Judy Dykes or Ann Todd for details, (828) 246-9209 or (828) 452-0433, respectively.
  • The golf format for this week’s LRLGA play was “T’s & F’s”.  That means that scores only count if playing a hole beginning with the letter T or F (two, three, four, etc.).  This led to some very interesting results with three flights.  In Flight I, top winners were Ann Cramm (34), Brenda Fulton (35) and Kathleen Korber (36).  Flight II was led by Veronica Von Zwehl (28), Roxanne McCarthy (31) and Marci Mitchell (34).  Finishing in the money in Flight III were Robin Phelan (32), Susan Hale (37) and Sandy Lester and Pam Williams (39).  Nine-holers were led by Mary Lou Barnes (14) and Jane Toney (16).  What fun format will be introduced next week?
  • The LRMGA had two enjoyable days of of golf this week.  On Tuesday, the format was “1 Gross + 1 Net”.  Overall winners were John Estok, Bob Lester, Jack Duckworth and Don McGowan.  Finishing first on the Front Nine were Pat Mathes, Gerald Baker, Dave Matthys and Alan Jackson.  Buck Williams, Dave Pheatt, Paul Henson and Gene Milano won the Back Nine.  The Closest to Pin award on hole #8 went to Charles Brantley.  A Progressive format was played on Thursday.  The 4-some of Don Thompson, Jim Phelan, Ray Todd and Don McGowan finished in first with a -30.  The 3-some with the best overall score was Dave Pheatt, Mel Johnson and Doug McLaughlin with -10.  Dave Crocker won the Closest to the Pin contest on hole #10.
  • GREAT PLAYS THIS WEEK – Nole Kile had a hole-in-one on #3 from the white tees Wednesday!  Also, Don McGowan finished his front nine holes Thursday (#7, 8 & 9) with a Net 2, 2, 1, respectively.  That’s a total of 7 under on three holes…pretty amazing!

ATTENTION BICYCLE ENTHUSIASTS
Bicycling the mountains is a passion for member Dr. Rusty Ross.  If anyone else has an interest in bicycling or in forming a bicycle club, he would like to hear from you.  He has offered to lead outings suitable for groups from beginners to advanced.  For more information, contact him at 251-689-6410 or email rlross123@gmail.com or call the office.

FITNESS CENTER
LRCC’s Fitness Center is available to all members around the clock.  We hope you will take advantage of this great member benefit by calling the office for an after-hours entry code for access when the Golf Shop is closed.  Work out on your own schedule or attend one of our weekly Fitness Classes!

TENNIS CENTER

tennisI hope everyone has had a great week. We have had a fantastic time on the tennis courts. Every day the courts have been full, so please make sure that you call to reserve a court in advance. We have had great participation and a lot of fun on Saturday mornings with the clinic and the stay and play. Come join us tomorrow for another fun morning of tennis.  Saturday, June 11th was our Official Tennis Opening Day, and we had a great clinic at 9 before a fun round robin was held with refreshments and a sales rep from Prince here with racket demos for everyone to try.

Our Adult NTRP doubles tournament is coming up and I would like to see everyone sign up for it. Sign up sheets will be in the tennis pro shop or you can call me and sign up. The fee is $20 per team and the levels will be: 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5. We will play this tournament over a week basis and I will set the matches up.  Ideally we would like a minimum of four entries per category. Please, there is a three event limit per person. Balls, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and awards are included in the entry fee of $20 per team ($10 per person). LRCC Sports and Golf members only are able to participate in this event. Please secure your partner(s) now and sign up as the deadline is Wednesday, June 22nd.

Have a great weekend and contact me to sign up for lessons, courts, NTRP tournament or the Saturday clinic, 912-269-6599 or stvnhwrd@yahoo.com.  In Tennis, Steven Howard

PICKLEBALL
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Wednesday and Thursday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  Member Jerry McCarthy has volunteered to be the contact for these matches so please call him for more information, 452-6858.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable June 18-19, 25-26 due to private and member events (subject to change).

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ATTENTION PARENTS:  Date Night is back by popular demand and will be available on Friday evenings this summer!  Parents can enjoy golf, tennis, swimming or dining in the clubhouse while the kids (potty-trained thru age 12 only, please) play games and activities, have dinner and watch a movie on Friday nights.  Kids may be dropped off at The Market anytime after 5:30 pm and must be picked up by 9:30 pm. Parents must sign in and out for each child and remain on LRCC property while children are in our care. $12 inclusive per child for the evening includes childcare, dinner & beverages.  Please make an advance reservation for your child by calling Mandy at 452-0545, ext. 131.

DINING
silverwareSome members may have unredeemed dining gift certificates from 2014-15 that they wish to use.  During the month of June only, we will take these expired dining gift certificates for any food purchase in the restaurant only.  So please hurry because after June 30th, these expired certificates will no longer be accepted.

  • Act quickly if you plan to treat Dad to FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH on Sunday!  Limited reservations remain for this spread fit for a King.  The menu includes slow-roasted prime rib au jus, smoke BBQ back ribs, fried chicken, yukon potato mash, roasted pepper mac & cheese, green beans, vegetable casserole, citrus slaw, seafood pasta salad, spring salad, omelet station, bacon & sausage, biscuits & gravy, cheese grits, home fries & more for $27.99.  Kids 7-12 eat for $8; 6 & under are free.  Sorry, the Member Only Breakfast Special is not available on this day.  Make your reservations early to ensure availability for the time you wish to reserve between 11 am-3 pm.  The Bar is offering $5 Bloody Marys and $7 Mimosas.
  • Flying Pasta Night is next Tuesday, June 21st.  Our Chefs will create your pasta dish right in front of you!  Because this is a popular dining event, please call ahead for reservations, 452-0545.
  • Plan ahead to bring your guests to a PRIME RIB BUFFET on Tuesday, July 5th.  Chef’s prime rib should not be missed!

4th003FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES
The Fourth of July at LRCC is for families!  Make plans to be at the club on the Fourth of July for a full schedule of festivities!  Meet on the practice green at 8:45 am for singing of the National Anthem and prayer.  A fun 4-person golf scramble will begin at 9 am and also a tennis round robin will run from 9-11 am with prizes and refreshments.  Chef will serve a delicious lunch buffet with beef brisket & BBQ chicken in the clubhouse from 12-2:30 pm followed by our inaugural golf cart parade!  Carts should line up in front of the clubhouse at 2:30 pm; prizes will be awarded to fan favorites decided by secret ballot.  Pool games for all ages with prizes will be held throughout the afternoon.  Invite your friends and family to join us!

A REMINDER FOR POOL & TENNIS USERS
Under the new LRCC policies adopted on January 1, 2016, Social members can only use the swimming  pool and tennis facilities 2 times per month, and a maximum of 6 times per calendar year.  If you plan on using the pool or tennis facilities on a regular basis this summer, please contact the office at 828-452-0545, ext. 131 to upgrade your Social membership to the Sports category. A Sports membership will give you unlimited use of the pool and tennis!  We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you for your cooperation.

BUG SEASON IS UPON US
We try very hard to make sure your visits to Laurel Ridge are pleasant and enjoyable.  However, a few small things are out of our control.  Small flying things that sting or bite.  We have had reports that sweat bees and other insects are creating a nuisance around the recreational areas of the club.  Our pest control company says that, unfortunately, there is no recourse for us to combat these pests.  We suggest that all members, young and old, apply insect repellent before beginning your outdoor activities.  Hopefully, this threat will pass sooner rather than later!

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE

The first day of summer officially starts next Monday, but I feel like we have been experiencing summer for several months now.   We experienced record high temperatures in March and the heat reached records again this past week.  Our Bentgrass does not like temperatures being this warm.  The plant shuts down and if the heat was constant, it would start to lose its health.  Luckily, days of high 70s are forecasted.   Great for golfers and great for the golf course!

Our new irrigation system is wonderful, however natural rain is always needed.  Several areas on the course are a little too wet, but right next to these areas are drier areas that need water.  If the known dry areas are moist enough, some low lying areas may be too wet.  This problem is sometimes solved by hand watering with a hose.  Instead of having a fixed spray pattern, hose watering allows you to focus on the dry spot without over-watering the low area.  Obviously this is very labor intensive and can really only be done in the early morning or late evening.  Watering heavily during the hot part of the day is bad on the plant.

As many of you have noticed, we are lowering the height of cut on the chipping green and several new fairway cuts around the course.  We had to halt this process during the low 90 degree days to keep the plants alive.  We will continue with the lowering process next week.

Finally, I want to say thank you to a group of friends from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.  Several groups of troopers played today on the anniversary of the death of my friend Trooper Shawn Blanton who was tragically murdered in 2008 in Haywood County.  Please remember this family as June 17th never gets any easier for them.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and fantastic Father’s Day on Sunday.  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

golfYOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS
Limited spots remain for our Summer Youth Sports & Activities Camps for ages 6-15.   Your child or grandchild will benefit from valuable lessons from our Tennis & Golf Pros plus many other activities such as swimming, pickleball, basketball, field games plus arts and crafts.  Days packed full of sports and learning activities will ensure a fun experience for all!  Please click here for a 2016 Youth Sports Camp Brochure.  Day camps will be offered during the following weeks in June and July with hours from 10 am-4 pm daily:

  • Camp I – June 27 – July 1, 2016
  • Camp II – July 11-15, 2016
  • Camp III – July 18-22, 2016
  • Camp IV – July 25-29, 2016

piggybankMEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Do you know anyone looking for a country club home?   Through June 30th, we are offering Golf, Sports or Social Memberships with discounted initiation fees with a 2-year commitment!  Tell your friends, business associates and colleagues about the benefits of membership.  All members enjoy year-round social activities, clubhouse dining & 24-hour Fitness Center access. Sports members also have tennis, pickleball & pool privileges. Golf members can play unlimited rounds all year.  Best of all, when you refer a prospective member and they join, you receive an account credit to spend any way you like.

LAUREL RIDGE HOA
The LRHOA now has an email address for your convenience.  If you need to contact the HOA, please email laurelridgecountryclubhoa@gmail.com.

Laurel Ridge Operations Update 6/10/16

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • Next Tuesday evening will be our first NINE & DINE of the season.  Sign up in the Pro Shop for nine holes of couple’s golf followed by dinner in the clubhouse (from the menu).
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Join us for a fun social Hilly Dilly on Sunday afternoon, June 26th.  After golf, a dinner buffet will be served in the clubhouse.  More info to come!
  • LRLGA- The ladies’ Member/Member tournament is coming up quickly on Wednesday, June 22nd and Friday, June 24th.  Choose your partner and sign up for two great days of golf finishing with lunch in the clubhouse.  During Wednesday’s Stableford play, Ann Cramm finished first with 64, followed by Linda McHugh (57) and Kathleen Korber and Jan Smith tied at 56.  In the 9-Holers, Mary Lou Barnes finished on top with 35 followed by Vida Rutenis with 39.
  • LRMGA – Brian Boeye won Thursday’s Stableford play with a 42 followed by a tie for 2nd between Ed McHugh and Don McGowan at 41.  Tuesday’s Shamble format was lead by Dick Oehme, Jim Major and Ray McGowan for the 3-somes and Brian Boeye, Jere Smith, Sven Oberg & Gene Milano for the 4-somes.  Any golfing member can join the LRMGA and play on Tuesdays and Thursdays by signing up in the Pro Shop.20160609_140858 (002)
  • Laurel Ridge ladies competed in the Blue Ridge Women’s Golf Association at Maggie Valley Country Club on Thursday, June 9th.  Deborah Beasley won top honors, playing in the 1st Flight, finishing with a gross score of 76.  Donna Stamey won 3rd Low Gross in the 1st Flight with an 81.  Kathleen Korber was the 1st Low Gross winner in the 3rd Flight, also scoring an 81.  Way to play, ladies!
  • Chuck Worrell shot an ace on Saturday, June 4th on hole #10 from green tees …about 100 yards.  Congrats!

FITNESS CLASS UPDATE

  • Sandy Lampl’s YOGA TONE class begins next Monday at 9:30 am.  If you want to unlock your body and heal your aches, don’t miss this weekly class!  Class participants are asked to make a donation to Sandy for her services. Mats are available but please bring a mat if you have one. For more info, call Sandy at (828) 226-2171.
  • FITNESS TRAINING is available to members free of charge every Wednesday at noon.  Strick Strickland will share his years of experience to help you tailor your workout for the most benefit.  No pre-registration required.
  • Pilates Mat with Erin Owen is a weekly class on Mondays from 5:45-6:45 pm.  With healthy biomechanics always a priority, Erin offers a well-rounded, challenging, and invigorating Pilates experience. Become stronger and stand taller, all while improving your flexibility and balance!  This core-strengthening class is open level, suitable for most people.
  • Pilates For Buff Bones® is held Fridays from 10-11 am.  Did you know that certain types of exercise can help improve bone quality? This Pilates-based workout is a medically-endorsed program, designed to be safe and effective for people who have Osteoporosis or Osteopenia. It’s also challenging and invigorating, just like Erin’s regular Pilates class; open level, and suitable for almost anyone (even those without bone density issues!)
  • Conditioning for Golf & Racquet Sports follows Pilates on Fridays from 11 am-12 pm.  Build strength, increase flexibility, and improve balance in this class.  Golfers & tennis players will benefit from exercises and stretches that address stability & control, improve range of motion, and help prevent injury.  Discover the relief and power of healthier biomechanics and unearth your body’s capabilities!

TENNIS CENTER

tennisI hope everyone has had a great week. The tennis courts are rocking now with most mornings having all four courts full. We are having to do some strategic scheduling, but we are accommodating everyone. As always, please sign up at least 24 hours in advance for clinics and events and if anyone needs to reach me, don’t hesitate to call or email me at 912-269-6599 or stvnhwrd@yahoo.com.

Saturday the 11th is almost upon us and I hope to see everyone at our “Official Tennis Opening Day”!!   I will have the clinic at 9 am before the round robin starts, so come out, warm up and improve your game with me for an hour to ensure that you play great for the day.  A representative from Prince will be here to show off their newest technology and a round robin will run from 10 am-12 pm with a tennis carnival so players can hit for prizes.  It will be a fun morning of tennis and and some great competition and refreshments. As always, come photogenic because I will be snapping pictures to put on the website to show off everyone’s amazing playing abilities.

On the weekend of June 25-26 we will have an Adult NTRP Doubles tournament with Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles in 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and Open categories. Ideally we would like a minimum of four entries per category. Please, there is a three event limit per person. Balls, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and awards are included in the entry fee of $20 per team ($10 per person).  LRCC Sports and Golf members only are able to participate in this event. Please secure your partner(s) now and sign up with me at the Pro Shop.

Keep July 9-10 set aside on your tennis calendar for our LRCC Pro-Am tournament. There will be a Men’s and Mixed Doubles tournament and space will be limited. Each participating member will be paired with a pro for each of these two events. More details will be forthcoming, but registration is first come, first served, so see me right away to guarantee your spot.

For the tip of the week: make sure that you are taking at least four steps before you hit every ball. This will help create proper spacing between you and the ball.  In Tennis, Steven Howard

PICKLEBALL
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Wednesday and Thursday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  Member Jerry McCarthy has volunteered to be the contact for these matches so please call him for more information, 452-6858.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable June 11, 17-19, 25-26 due to private and member events (subject to change).

DATE NIGHT
date nightATTENTION PARENTS:  Date Night is back by popular demand and will be available on Friday evenings this summer!  Parents can enjoy golf, tennis, swimming or dining in the clubhouse while the kids (potty-trained thru age 12 only, please) play games and activities, have dinner and watch a movie on Friday nights.  Kids may be dropped off at The Market anytime after 5:30 pm and must be picked up by 9:30 pm. Parents must sign in and out for each child and remain on LRCC property while children are in our care. $12 inclusive per child for the evening includes childcare, dinner & beverages.  Please make an advance reservation for your child by calling Mandy at 452-0545, ext. 131.

DINING
Our season is underway and the staff is pleased to see our members return home to Laurel Ridge.  We’re excited to have over 160 members coming for tonight’s member party!  Some of you may have unredeemed dining gift certificates from 2014-15 that they wish to use.  During the month of June only, we will take these expired dining gift certificates for any food purchase in the restaurant only.  So please hurry because after June 30th, these expired certificates will no longer be accepted.

  • This Sunday’s brunch menu features carved hardwood-smoked ham, parmesan salmon, roasted pepper mac & cheese, basmati pilaf, southern green beans, zucchini, squash & tomatoes, broccoli salad, mixed green salad, omelet station, biscuits & gravy, cheese grits, home fries & more for $19.99!  Kids 7-12 can eat for $8; 6 & under are free!  MEMBERS ONLY can order the breakfast portion for $13.  The Bar is offering $5 Bloody Marys and $7 Mimosas.
  • On Tuesday, June 14th, Chef will prepare a Family Buffet with grilled chicken with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella & basil, spaghetti bolognese, pasta fagioli, baked potato bar, steamed broccoli, green salad, Caesar salad & assorted desserts for only $15.99.  Kids 7-12 can eat for $8; 6 & under are free.  Tuesday is also Trivia Night, so plan to stay after dinner for games beginning at 7 pm.  Reservations are appreciated.
  • Father's DayAct quickly if you plan to treat Dad to FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH at LRCC on June 19th!  Chef Al will offer a buffet fit for a King including slow-roasted prime rib au jus, smoke BBQ back ribs, fried chicken, yukon potato mash, roasted pepper mac & cheese, green beans, vegetable casserole, citrus slaw, seafood pasta salad, spring salad, omelet station, bacon & sausage, biscuits & gravy, cheese grits, home fries & more for $27.99.  Kids 7-12 eat for $8; 6 & under are free.  Sorry, the Member Only Breakfast Special is not available on this day.  Make your reservations early to ensure availability for the time you wish to reserve between 11 am-3 pm.
  • Flying Pasta Night is Tuesday, June 21st.  Our Chefs will create your pasta dish right in front of you!  Because this is a popular dining event, please call ahead for reservations, 452-0545.
  • SAVE THE DATE!  On Friday, July 22nd, LRCC will partner with HART to bring you a memorable evening of DINNER & THEATRE.   Members can wine and dine at the club before traveling to Hart Theatre to enjoy reserved seating for Jesus Christ Superstar, the timeless work that rocked the world in 1971! For those not attending the theatre, only one seating is available for dinner service at 6 pm with a special plated meal.

4th003FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES
The Fourth of July at LRCC is for families!  Make plans to be at the club on the Fourth of July for a full schedule of festivities!  Meet on the practice green at 8:45 am for singing of the National Anthem and prayer.  A fun 4-person golf scramble will begin at 9 am and also a tennis round robin will run from 9-11 am with prizes and refreshments.  Chef will serve a delicious lunch buffet with beef brisket & BBQ chicken in the clubhouse from 12-2:30 pm followed by our inaugural golf cart parade!  Carts should line up in front of the clubhouse at 2:30 pm; prizes will be awarded to fan favorites decided by secret ballot.  Pool games for all ages with prizes will be held throughout the afternoon.  Invite your friends and family to join us!

A REMINDER FOR POOL & TENNIS USERS
Under the new LRCC policies adopted on January 1, 2016, Social members can only use the swimming  pool and tennis facilities 2 times per month, and a maximum of 6 times per calendar year.  If you plan on using the pool or tennis facilities on a regular basis this summer, please contact the office at 828-452-0545, ext. 131 to upgrade your Social membership to the Sports category. A Sports membership will give you unlimited use of the pool and tennis!  We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you for your cooperation.

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE

Mother Nature can not decide whether to be cool and wet or hot and dry.  We had a couple of mornings in the upper 40s this week.  The forecast for the weekend includes temperatures in the upper 80s during the day.  Unfortunately, our turf growth will stop when temperatures get that warm.  Bentgrass performs best with temperatures between 55-65 degrees.  So with temperatures during the day around 85-90, bentgrass will struggle.  The good news is our irrigation pond seems to keep water levels pretty consistent for the amounts that we are putting out during the dry times.

The maintenance staff began knocking down the vegetation down from last winter’s clearing projects.  We hope to do this 2-3 times this year. This effort will allow us to mow as many of these areas as possible with our all terrain brush deck.  We will begin tackling the landscape beds next week.  Several individuals have expressed interest in maintaining some flower beds on the golf course.  If you are interested in sponsoring a golf hole by maintaining the flower beds, please contact me.

With the hot temperatures, we will be watering in the afternoons for the next several days.  I apologize in advance if you run into any running water.   We have to do anything possible to keep the golf course heading in the right direction.  Have a great member mixer tonight and welcome back!  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

golfYOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS
Sessions are filling up for our Summer Youth Sports & Activities Camps for ages 6-15.   Your child or grandchild will benefit from valuable lessons from our Tennis & Golf Pros plus many other activities such as swimming, pickleball, basketball, field games plus arts and crafts.  Days packed full of sports and learning activities will ensure a fun experience for all!  Please click here for a 2016 Youth Sports Camp Brochure.  Space is limited so call the office today to reserve a space today for your child or grandchild.  Day camps will be offered during the following weeks in June and July with hours from 10 am-4 pm daily:

  • Camp I – June 27 – July 1, 2016
  • Camp II – July 11-15, 2016
  • Camp III – July 18-22, 2016
  • Camp IV – July 25-29, 2016

MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Do you know anyone looking for a country club home?   Through June 30th, we are offering Golf, Sports or Social Memberships with discounted initiation fees with a 2-year commitment!  Tell your friends, business associates and colleagues about the benefits of membership.  All members enjoy year-round social activities, clubhouse dining & 24-hour Fitness Center access. Sports members also have tennis, pickleball & pool privileges. Golf members can play unlimited rounds all year.  Best of all, when you refer a prospective member and they join, you receive an account credit to spend any way you like.

LAUREL RIDGE HOA
The LRHOA now has an email address for your convenience.  If you need to contact the HOA, please email laurelridgecountryclubhoa@gmail.com.

Laurel Ridge Operations Update 5/27/16

LRCC remembers the men and women who served or are serving our great country in the Armed Forces.  Happy Memorial Day!  Your service is not forgotten and very much appreciated!

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • PRO SHOP SALE!  Men’s Cutter & Buck or FootJoy Shirts:  Buy 1, get 50% off!  Buy 2, get 60% off!  Buy 3 or more, get 70% off!  Over 100 to choose from.
  • The much-awaited BATTLE OF THE SEXES Golf Tournament is coming up on June 5, 2016.  Men vs. Women with bragging rights on the line. The women were victorious last year and the men will be looking for revenge.  Look out, ladies!   Sign up in the Pro Shop.
  • All members are invited to play in WCU’s charitable golf tournament on June 3rd to benefit the “Pride of the Mountain” Marching Band.  Golf begins at 1 pm followed by dinner in the Pavilion.  Those interested may register online at prideofthemountains.com.  Let’s all support this great band on their journey to success!
  • Make sure your MEMORIAL DAY includes golf at LRCC!  A scramble will tee off at 1 pm with dinner following.  For non-golfers, the pool will be open with games in the afternoon and a tennis mixer begins at 10 am.  All members are invited to a “cookout” dinner buffet at 5:30 pm.
  • IMG_0068MEN’S MEMBER MEMBER – Bob May and Buck Williams were our Low Gross Champs in last weekend’s Member/Member with a score of 141.  Second Low Gross went to the team of Mel Gondron and Dan Beasley with 148.  The McGowan brothers, Don and Raymond, won Low Net with 122, followed by a tie for Second Low Net between Rick Schlapkohl/Brian Boeye and Sven Oberg/Chuck Wilson with 125.  All these gentlemen played very well and deserve congratulations!IMG_0065
  • The ladies of the LRLGA played a scramble Wednesday followed by a delicious lunch and meeting in the clubhouse.  Overall winners were Donna Stamey, Roxanne McCarthy, Linda McHugh, Veronica Von Zwehl & Jeanne McCarthy.  Winning the Front Nine were Brenda Fulton, Priscilla Boeye, Ann Todd & Judy Dykes.  The team of Kathleen Korber, Jeannette Carter, Jane Noppenberg and Pam Williams were victorious on the Back Nine.  Nice job, ladies!
  • The 1st round of the LRMGA President’s Cup was played Tuesday.  Dick Oehme finished in first, outplaying our 2015 President’s Cup champion and second place finisher, Don Thompson who always seems to step up his game for this annual contest.  In a tie for third, Don McGowan and Dick McCotter finished ahead of fifth place golfers, Dave Matthys and Chuck Wilson.  Stay tuned because there is more play to come!  On Thursday’s Progressive play, the 3-some of Dave Matthys, Raymond McGowan and Steve Hewitt finished on top with a -6.  The winning 4-some was Allen Braswell, Sven Oberg, Russell Smith and Charles Brantley.
  • Congratulations to Dick McCotter for his great play today!  He shot a par 72 (at the age of 78!), three-putting the last hole.  Just think, he came very close to scoring below par.  What an accomplishment!  Also, kudos to Ron Muse for shooting a hole-in-one recently on WCC’s Dogwood hole #4.  Great play from a great guy!

FITNESSyoga CENTER

  • Sandy Lampl’s YOGA TONE class will be held on Memorial Day at 9:30 am.  This weekly class will help you unlock your body and heal your aches!  Class participants are asked to make a donation to Sandy for her services. Mats are available but please bring a mat if you have one. For more info, call Sandy at (828) 226-2171.  For a complete listing of scheduled classes, follow this link, LRCC Fitness Class Schedule.
  • Candra Smith, a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, is offering MASSAGE SERVICES to members at LRCC.   She graduated from UNCW in 2002 with a BS in Exercise Science and has been practicing Massage and Yoga in Haywood County for nine years, specializing in deep, therapeutic massage.  Massage prices at LRCC:  60 minute massage- $90; 90 minute massage- $120.  Her services are available by appointment only, (828)545-8918 or (828) 944-0288.

TENNIS CENTER
Memorial Weekend is here!  I hope everyone is excited and ready for the festivities that Laurel Ridge will have to offer this holiday weekend and Monday.  The pool is open and that means that there will be a lot of activity around the tennis center.  If you have not done so, drop in and say hello and let us tune up your tennis game.  On Monday, I will be having a fun Memorial Day get together starting at 10 am.  We will start off with a clinic that will last for about an hour, and then move into a round robin for anyone that is interested, and we will conclude the day with a “1 Point Tournament” and will award our first Memorial Day “1 Point” Champion.  This day is free to members and $10 for each guest.  We will be taking pictures throughout the day so wear your smiles!

I want to get everyone thinking about Saturday, June 11th, our official LRCC Tennis Opening!  We will have several events planned for that day including a tennis carnival where you get to hit off of the ball machine and win a prize.  Prince Sports will have a demo tent so if anyone is looking to try out some of the newest technology, plan on being at the courts.  There will also be a Men’s, Ladies and Mixed Doubles round robin. The exact timeline of all events will be detailed next in Friday’s Operations Update.  If anyone is interested in any of the activities, please let me know at least 24 hours in advance so that everything can be ready and no one is left out.  I will out of town for a wedding this weekend so the 9 am clinic for Saturday is cancelled but there will still be drop-in play at 10 am -noon and GM Scott Irwin will be oversee play.

Here’s your free tennis tip of the week: Make sure that you remember to breathe while playing tennis. Oxygen is vital to the body to keep you upright and moving.  If you have any questions, please call or email me: stvnhwrd@yahoo.com or 912-269-6599.  Have a great Memorial Day weekend and I hope to see all of our tennis players on Monday morning.   Steven Howard

PICKLEBALL
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Wednesday and Thursday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  Member Jerry McCarthy has volunteered to be the contact for these matches so please call him for more information, 452-6858.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable May 28, 30 and June 3-5 due to private and member events.Susan Ammons 5_27_16

POOL NEWS
Dive in…the pool is open!!!  Little Susan Ammons (pictured) was our first pool guest today, jumping into the sparkling blue waters. Susan is the daughter of members John and Laura Ammons.   Pool games are planned for Memorial Day afternoon so bring the family and stay for dinner at 5:30 pm (please call ahead for reservations).

CONCEALED WEAPONS COURSE
Member Harvey Morse will teach a Concealed Weapons & NC Carry Permit Course on June 3-4, 2016.  Classes will be held at LRCC on June 3rd in the Mountain Vista Room from 9 am-5pm.  All guns and ammo will be provided.  On June 4th, class will meet at a different location for weapons handling, etc.  Cost is $99 payable to Mr. Morse (cash is preferred/checks accepted) plus the cost of your lunch.  For questions or to sign up, call 828-631-0000.

QUICK DRAW
Don’t miss this fun, lively art event on June 4th sponsored by the Haywood County Arts Council where professional artists race the clock to start and complete a work of art in one fast-paced hour while you watch. Proceeds from this event benefit the arts in Haywood County.  For tickets and information, visit wncquickdraw.com.

DINING

  • Monday’s Memorial Day buffet will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, baked beans, macaroni ‘n’ cheese, cole slaw, watermelon and banana pudding for $18 inclusive.  Kids 7-12 can eat for $8; 6 & under are free!  Dinner service begins at 5:30 pm.
  • Next Tuesday on May 31st, Chef Al is preparing an exceptional buffet with carved prime rib au jus, fried catfish, herb smashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, broccoli casserole, roasted carrots, slaw, green salad, chicken tortilla soup & desserts for $20.99.    Please call ahead for reservations and stay for Trivia at 7 pm.
  • The Battle of the Sexes Buffet will be served June 5 at 5:30 pm.  Non-golfers are invited to dine for $18 inclusive.  The menu includes spaghetti bolognese, chicken & vegetable penne alfredo, Caesar salad, roasted garlic green beans, garlic bread, fresh fruit & assorted desserts.
  • A MEXICAN BUFFET will be served on Tuesday, June 7 featuring all your favorites from South of the Border and drink specials from the Bar.  Ole!
  • The TURN WINDOW is now open daily, 10 am-4 pm.  Freshly grilled burgers and made-to-order sandwiches are back!  Follow this link for a complete Turn Window menu.
  • As our members return to the mountains from their winter abodes, we get excited!  We hope everyone will join us for our Welcome Back Party on Friday, June 10, 2016 with cocktails at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm in the Pavilion.  Come catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while and greet the newest members of the Laurel Ridge family!  The Pro Shop will set up golf games Big Break style including Flop Wall, Black Jack & the popular Island Green.  A cash bar will be available and chef will prepare a dinner buffet including fried chicken and BBQ pork for only $15 inclusive.  We’re glad you’re here!
  • Treat Dad to FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH at LRCC on June 19th!  Chef Al will offer a buffet fit for a King including slow-roasted prime rib au jus, smoke BBQ back ribs, fried chicken, yukon potato mash, roasted pepper mac & cheese, green beans, vegetable casserole, citrus slaw, seafood pasta salad, spring salad, omelet station, bacon & sausage, biscuits & gravy, cheese grits, home fries & more for $27.99.  Kids 7-12 eat for $8; 6 & under are free.  Sorry, the Member Only Breakfast Special is not available on this day.  Make your reservations early to ensure availability for the time you wish to reserve between 11 am-3 pm.05-Jesus-Christ-Superstar-1
  • SAVE THE DATE!  On Friday, July 22nd, LRCC will partner with HART to bring you a memorable evening of DINNER & THEATRE.   Members can wine and dine at the club before traveling to Hart Theatre to enjoy reserved seating for Jesus Christ Superstar, the timeless work that rocked the world in 1971! For those not attending the theatre, only one seating is available for dinner service at 6 pm with a special plated meal.

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE

Our maintenance staff has had another busy week on the golf course.  More bentgrass sod was added on holes 1, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11.  The small flags marking these areas may be unsightly, but they are necessary and will be removed as soon as the sod roots into the soil.  I am very happy with the progress of the golf course; things will only continue to get better with the maturation of the seed combined with our upgraded equipment and staff numbers.

I may have mentioned before, but our seasonal workforce this year is very qualified.  Three of the five came from Wade Hampton and two from Cullasaja CC. Both of these courses are very impressive and have magnificent attention to detail.  LRCC has already benefited as these guys have already shown some of the same detail here.  The greens are rolling quick and true, mowing directions are being alternated, ball marks are repaired before every mowing and equipment is being taken care of.  Great things are in store for 2016!

I’m excited to tell you that LRCC has been asked to partner with Civitas for testing purposes.  Civitas is a spray product that is combined with fungicides, insecticides and fertilizers to create healthier turf.  While improving turf, Civitas also reduces ounces needed per acre of spray.  I’ve been doing this test for Civitas for about a month now and so far the results are respectable.  One of their top representatives will be flying in every month during the season to view results.

Happy Memorial Day from the bottom of my heart.  Thank you to all the men and women that have served or are currently serving the greatest nation in the world!  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

TRIVIA
The next Trivia Night will be on Tuesday, May 31st at 7 pm in the Cedar Room.  Come early for a buffet featuring prime rib and fried catfish!

YOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS
golfSessions are filling up for our Summer Youth Sports & Activities Camps for ages 6-15.   Your child or grandchild will benefit from valuable lessons from our Tennis & Golf Pros plus many other activities such as swimming, pickleball, basketball, field games plus arts and crafts.  Days packed full of sports and learning activities will ensure a fun experience for all!  Please click here for a 2016 Youth Sports Camp Brochure.  Space is limited so call the office today to reserve a space today for your child or grandchild.  Day camps will be offered during the following weeks in June and July with hours from 10 am-4 pm daily:

  • Camp I – June 27 – July 1, 2016
  • Camp II – July 11-15, 2016
  • Camp III – July 18-22, 2016
  • Camp IV – July 25-29, 2016

MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Do you know anyone looking for a country club home?   For a very limited time, we are offering Golf, Sports or Social Memberships with discounted initiation fees with a 2-year commitment!  Tell your friends, business associates and colleagues about the benefits of membership.  All members enjoy year-round social activities, clubhouse dining & 24-hour Fitness Center access. Sports members also have tennis, pickleball & pool privileges. Golf members can play unlimited rounds all year.  Best of all, when you refer a prospective member and they join, you receive an account credit to spend any way you like.  Call the office for details; this offer ends June 30th!