Laurel Ridge Operations Update 5/20/16

piggybankDo 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!

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.
  • We thank you for taking pride in our golf course and filing divots, repairing ball marks and paying attention to all cart directional signs.  We have invested many months of labor, love and money to make LRCC the best possible golf experience for our members and we need your help to reach our goals.
  • Exciting news!  A new fleet of 50 Club Car Precedent i2 GOLF CARTS is making its way to LRCC due to arrive by late June!  You can expect these top-of-the-line cars to have electronic fuel injection with improved efficiency and performance.  Thanks to the Harmons for keeping our golf fleet state-of-the-art!
  • 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!   Non-golfers are welcome at the dinner buffet at 5:30 pm.
  • male-golfer-silhouetteATTENTION MEN:  The prestigious 2016 MEN’S MEMBER/GUEST TOURNAMENT will be held on July 14-16.  All male golfing members are eligible to participate.  Invite your guests now for this memorable 3-day event.  We will have events for the ladies too!  Official invitations will be mailed soon.
  • 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!
  • Memorial DayMake sure your MEMORIAL DAY includes spending time at LRCC!  A golf scramble will tee off at 1 pm and the pool will be open with games in the afternoon.  A special Tennis Mixer is planned and everyone is invited to a “cookout” dinner buffet at 5:30 pm with hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken & the works.  Cost for golf is $30 plus cart (includes dinner) and non-golfers can dine for $18 inclusive.
  • LRMGA’s format for Thursday was “2Net plus Additional Birdies”.  Chuck Wilson, Ed McHugh and Don Haynes won the top spot, posting a score of -26 for the day, with a lot of help from Chuck Wilson who birdied three out of the four Par 3s…amazing!  Finishing in second place was the team of Brian Boeye, Andy Rawley and Doug McLaughlin with a -22.  Rick Schlapkohl won the Closest To Pin prize.  Tuesday’s play was cancelled due to weather conditions.
  • On Wednesday, the LRLGA played a fun game of “Low Putts”.  With only 31 putts, Priscilla Boeye finished first, followed closely by Veronica Von Zwehl in second with 32 putts and Linda McHugh in third with 33.  Next week, the ladies will have their Spring luncheon and meeting after golf on May 25.

FITNESS CENTER

  • Silhouette_yogaSandy 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.  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
tennisGood rainy week to everyone.  The season is kicking off and the tennis is better than ever!  There are many groups looking for extra players.  If you are interested in joining a group, please email me at stvnhwrd@yahoo.com or call me and I will work to get you on the courts.  Remember, if you are a new member, you have a 25 minute private session/orientation with me free of charge.

MEMORIAL DAY is sneaking up on us very fast, and we will have a fun-filled day on the courts!  The day will begin with a 10 am clinic followed by an 11 am round robin and ending with a “1 Point Tournament” to crown our LRCC Memorial Day champion.  If interested in the Memorial Day events, please drop by the tennis center, call 912-269-6599 or email so I can make sure that I will have everything covered. Bring your smiles because pictures will be taken for our website and Facebook.  I want to spread the LRCC tennis experience to anyone that is interested, so if there are any past members or potential new members interested in joining, please let us know so we can reach out to them.

In the month of June, I will be offering 10% off all lessons and restringing.  Get in touch with me and we can tune up your game and your racket.  Also, I am offering JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAMS for anyone with children that want to learn the great game of tennis on Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 3 pm.  Contact me and and I will help put the juniors in the correct clinics.  Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance for any clinics and look for changes in the programming.   I hope everyone has a great weekend and remember that tennis is best played over the net!!  Have a great week, Steven Howard

PICKLEBALL
LRCC has two courts in our Pavilion for member’s use when not reserved for club events. Members may play for 15 minutes when others are waiting to play and each player must sign a required liability waiver before playing. Guests may play at a fee of $10 per person per day, same as tennis guests.  For those needing to rent equipment, we have paddles and balls available for member rental at the main office, 10 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday. Pickleball equipment from pickleballcentral.com may also be ordered through our main office at preferential pricing by calling Scott at 452-0545, ext. 132.

DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Wednesday and Thursday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable May 22, 24, 27-28, 30 and June 3-5 due to private and member events.

POOL NEWS
We are right on schedule for a May 27th opening!  The pool has a fresh coat of paint and the area looks great!  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).

1280375970_107310078_4-Arizona-Concealed-Weapon-Course-CCW-Other-Firearms-and-Personal-Protection-Training-Other-Classes-1280375970CONCEALED 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.

ART at LAUREL RIDGE
Calling all Artists! Save the date for the 2016 ART at Laurel Ridge, an exclusive viewing & sale of original artwork featuring LRCC members & invited guests artists. This event has been scheduled for Friday, September 9 from 4-7 pm in the Pavilion. As before, the exhibition and sale will be open & free to the public.  Laurel Ridge has many extraordinary artisans and we are excited to showcase their talents. Refreshments will be served and dining is available by reservation only, 452-0545. Contact Leshall by June 30th if you are interested in participating, events@laurelridgegolf.com.

quickdraw for LRCCQUICK 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

  • FLYING PASTA NIGHT  is next Tuesday, May 24th.  Don’t miss this member favorite!  Please call ahead for reservations.
  • The TURN WINDOW is now open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  On May 27th, the schedule will expand to daily operation, 10 am-4 pm.  Freshly grilled burgers and made-to-order sandwiches are back!  Come meet Lisa, our primary Turn Window attendant.  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.

ONLINE ACCOUNT ACCESS
All members can now view their club charges, payments and statements online! This means that if you are uncertain about a dining or golf charge, you can view the actual ticket in question.  Or if you want to know your current account balance, you have full access to all your up-to-date balance information.  Simply follow the link provided on the bottom of LRCC’s website homepage (Paycloud Portal).  An option to pay online with a credit card using PLASTIQ is also available for a minimal fee of 2.39%.  To find out your confidential account sign-on, call the office or email mandy@laurelridgegolf.com.

Also, did you know that you can receive your monthly statement by email?  This option is great for many members that travel frequently or have more than one residence.  To choose email statements and opt out of mailed statements, call the office and leave your preferred email address that you would like to use.  It’s that easy…let’s save some trees!

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE
What a tease the rain has been this week.  Or should I say the lack of rain.  Even though the temperatures have been mild, the entire area around Waynesville is dry.  Another trailer load of bluegrass sod was laid this week and we were hoping that natural rain would help with root establishment.  The new state-of-the-art irrigation system is wonderful, but the natural nitrogen in rain is a necessity.  New sod areas are being watered on holes 1, 3, 9, 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18.  Our bluegrass sod comes from Hendersonville, NC where they have been experiencing a major drought as well.  By the time the sod is trucked on an open-air trailer back to Waynesville, it is in need of heavy amounts of water.  Fortunately, all the sodded areas look wonderful and over the next several months they will blend into the existing turf.

Several new pieces of equipment have been bought and leased this spring.  Two new decks for our Ventrac units allow for a flexing mowing deck around the greens, tees and sloped areas.  A tough cut deck will allow a Ventrac mower to help keep the native areas cut.  We hope to cut all native areas two to three times during the growing season.  We were also fortunate enough to lease a new Toro fairway unit that will assist in the mowing of 26 acres of fairways.  And for the first time, we purchased a new towable turbine blower (pictured).  This blower will keep the cart paths debris-free and will also be helpful during aerification and leaf season.

After a difficult season last year, the improvements that are now evident have created a feeling of excitement all around the club.  Our staff is working very hard to make Laurel Ridge Country Club exceptional.  Thank you for all of your patience and support.  Have a great Member-Member tournament this weekend!  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

TRIVIA
Kudos to Team Empty-Headed Nesters for their victory in this week’s Trivia challenge, winning by only one point!  And thanks to Fred Tollison for the excellent questions.  Team members pictured below are:  Ray & Sonia McGowan, Dixie & Don Thompson, Don McGowan, Marilynn Obrig, Geri McGowan & Judy Dykes.  The next Trivia Night will be on Tuesday, May 31st.

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Laurel Ridge Operations Update 5/13/16

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • Hole #15 is now playable as a par 5.  Thanks for your patience as we allowed the grass to grow unimpeded by cart traffic.
  • We thank you for taking pride in our golf course and filing divots, repairing ball marks and paying attention to all cart directional signs.  We have invested many months of labor, love and money to make LRCC the best possible golf experience for our members and we need your help to reach our goals.
  • Exciting news!  A new fleet of 50 Club Car Precedent i2 GOLF CARTS is making its way to LRCC due to arrive by late June!  You can expect these top-of-the-line cars to have electronic fuel injection with improved efficiency and performance.  Thanks to the Harmons for keeping our golf fleet state-of-the-art!
  • lady-golfersOne more LADIES’ GOLF CLINIC will be held next Tuesday, May 17th.  Get a jump start on the season with valuable tips and pointers from our pros!  Call the Golf Shop to sign up.
  • ATTENTION MEN:  The annual Men’s Member Member Tournament is coming up on Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22!  Two-man teams should sign up in the Golf Shop for this tournament consisting of 36 holes of Better Ball Stroke Play.  Winners will be awarded for Gross and Net Division.  Entry fee is $75/team; hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available for participants after Sunday’s play.
  • Make sure your MEMORIAL DAY includes golf & dinner at LRCC!  Cost for golf is $30 plus cart (includes dinner) and golfers tee off at 1 pm.   If you’re not golfing, please join us for dinner beginning at 5:30 pm.  The buffet includes hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, baked beans, mac & cheese, slaw, watermelon & banana pudding for $18 inclusive.
  • LRMGA played a game of “1 Gross Added to 1 Net” on Tuesday, May 10.  Overall winners were Chuck Wilson, Dave Blosser, Russell Smith & Dick McCotter with an impressive -10.  Winning the Front Nine were Brian Boeye, Bill Plifka, Allen Braswell & Doug McLaughlin at +1; the team of Ernie Brown, Dave Matthys, Ray Todd & Ed Morrison posted the best score on the Back Nine at even par.   Dick McCotter won the prize for Closest to the Pin on Hole #3.   Thursday’s “Spring Scramble” was followed by lunch in the clubhouse and the annual business meeting.  Winning top honors were Brian Boeye, Jere Smith, Dave Crocker & Adam Rawley.   The gentlemen are looking forward to next week’s play days with “3 Net” format on Tuesday and “Beat the Pro” on Thursday.
  • Wednesday’s LRLGA play was cancelled due to inclement weather.

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
tennisThe tennis courts and facilities are really shaping up nicely with a lot of hard work by Steven, our Head Tennis Professional. All of our tennis fences and gates were repaired this week, finishing the planned refurbishment of the facility. Steven is away coaching the men’s team from Coastal Georgia at Nationals until May 21st, but Scott Irwin will be covering the court maintenance and any lessons requested.

There will be drop in doubles tomorrow on Saturday, May 14th from 10 am to noon and Scott Irwin will be there to make things run smoothly.  If you would like to sign up for any of the programs and events please do so at least 24 hours in advance to ensure proper court scheduling.  If no one is signed up for a program/event in advance, it will allow Steven to schedule lessons during that time. As a reminder, Steven has a full pro shop minus clothes and shoes, but I can order anything you might need as I have accounts with all major tennis companies.  If you need your racket(s) restrung or you just need a new grip, let Steven know. Also, we have tennis balls in the shop for sale for your added convenience.  Steven looks forward to seeing everyone regularly on the tennis courts when he returns on Sunday, May 22nd for a great summer of tennis.  If you have any questions, please drop by the tennis center or you can contact him at 912-269-6599 or email stvnhwrd@yahoo.comLook for a special MEMORIAL DAY TENNIS MIXER…detail to come!

PICKLEBALL
LRCC has two courts in our Pavilion for member’s use when not reserved for club events. Members may play for 15 minutes when others are waiting to play and each player must sign a required liability waiver before playing. Guests may play at a fee of $10 per person per day, same as tennis guests.  For those needing to rent equipment, we have paddles and balls available for member rental at the main office, 10 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday. Pickleball equipment from pickleballcentral.com may also be ordered through our main office at preferential pricing by calling Scott at 452-0545, ext. 132.

DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Wednesday and Thursday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable on Saturday, May 14th, Friday May 20th, Friday May 27th and Saturday, May 28th due to private and member events.

POOL NEWS
We are right on schedule for a May 27th opening!  The pool has a fresh coat of paint and the area looks great!  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).

CASINO NIGHT
All members are invited to CASINO NIGHT on Saturday, May 21st, to raise funds for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation.  The evening will include dancing, roulette, poker, Black Jack, craps & heavy hors d’oeuvres.  For tickets and information, contact Marge Stiles, 452-8343.

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
Welcome back to all the members returning from their winter abodes!  Thanks to everyone for calling ahead for dinner and brunch reservations.  This courtesy allows us to be properly staffed and better ready to serve you.

  • On Tuesday, May 17th, Chef Al will offer a Casual Dining menu.  Watch your email for details!
  • Space is limited for our upcoming WINE DINNER on Thursday, May 19, 2016.  Featured wines from Spain’s PradoRey Winery will pair perfectly with Chef Al’s Sportsman’s menu.  Cost is $69++ and seating is limited to the first 25 reservations so please call early.
  • FLYING PASTA NIGHT will be held Tuesday, May 24th.  Don’t miss this member favorite!
  • The TURN WINDOW is now open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  On May 27th, the schedule will expand to daily operation, 10 am-4 pm.  Freshly grilled burgers and made-to-order sandwiches are back!  Come meet Lisa, our primary Turn Window attendant.  Follow this link for a complete Turn Window menu.
  • SAVE THE DATE!  Our WELCOME BACK PARTY will be held 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 all winter and meet our newest members!  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!

mahjongLEARN MAHJONG
Members and guests meet weekly on Tuesday mornings to play this game of skill, strategy and chance.  If you have ever wanted to learn how to play, member Jane Noppenberg has offered to teach the ins and outs to anyone interested free of charge on Tuesday afternoons from 1-2:30 pm in the Piedmont Room beginning next Tuesday, May 3rd.  For more information, call Jane at 305-978-6345.

ONLINE ACCOUNT ACCESS
All members can now view their club charges, payments and statements online! This means that if you are uncertain about a dining or golf charge, you can view the actual ticket in question.  Or if you want to know your current account balance, you have full access to all your up-to-date balance information.  Simply follow the link provided on the bottom of LRCC’s website homepage (Paycloud Portal).  An option to pay online with a credit card using PLASTIQ is also available for a minimal fee.  To find out your confidential account sign-on, call the office or email mandy@laurelridgegolf.com.

Also, did you know that you can receive your monthly statement by email?  This option is great for many members that travel frequently or have more than one residence.  To choose email statements and opt out of mailed statements, call the office and leave your preferred email address that you would like to use.  It’s that easy…let’s save some trees!

golfYOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS
LRCC is excited to offer four week-long 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

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE
We had another very productive week in Golf Course Maintenance.  Our staff has been laying sod most of the week, focusing on the following areas:  1) rough that was lost last season due to lack of water; 2) trench lines that struggled to fill in, and 3) areas that have needed repair for years.

We’ve had several comments about the improved mowing conditions around the greens.  This is thanks to two new mowing decks that are on low ground pressure mowers.  As well, we have been mowing a perimeter cut at 3/4″ around the flat areas of some green surrounds.

Next week’s tasks include mowing, laying more sod, weedeating and spreading pine needles/mulch.  It has been great seeing all the returning faces to Laurel Ridge.

Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Laurel Ridge Operations Update 5/6/16

The owners & staff send wishes for a very Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers & Grandmothers! 

flowersOf all the special joys in life,
The big ones and the small,
A mother’s love and tenderness
Is the greatest of them all. ~anonymous

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.

  • Susan Anderson & Fred Morrison, Waynesville, NC
  • Charles Debele, Waynesville, NC
  • Leila & Sam Lupfer, Kissimmee, FL

WELCOME BACK!  These members couldn’t get to LRCC back fast enough!

  • Yvonne & Joe Dance, Waynesville, NC
  • Deborah & Bob Morgan, Avon Park, FL

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF GOLF

  • Everyone is invited to Saturday’s Derby fun!  At 3 pm, spectators will gather on the deck to watch the Shoot-out as our “horses” run for the roses.  A cash bar is open as the two-person “horse” golf teams prepare for a showdown on holes 9, 10 & 18.  Last year’s teams put on quite a show as the players jockeyed for position.  A fabulous dinner buffet will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the golf awards presentation and the televised Kentucky Derby.   Cost for non-golfers is $26 & reservations are a must.
  • Monday, May 9th is HALF-PRICE GOLF GUEST DAY.  Your friends, co-worker and acquaintances can play 18 holes for only $47!  You must accompany your guests.  Please remember that food service will not be available on this day.
  • LADIES’ GOLF CLINICS will be held on Tuesdays/ Thursdays on May 10, 12, 17 & 19 with instruction from our golf pros.  Get a jump start on the season with valuable tips and pointers on your game, from putting and chipping to full swing.  Call the Golf Shop to sign up.
  • ATTENTION MEN:  The annual Men’s Member Member Tournament is coming up on Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22!  Two-man teams should sign up in the Golf Shop for this tournament consisting of 36 holes of Better Ball Stroke Play.  Winners will be awarded for Gross and Net Division.  Entry fee is $75/team; hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available for participants after Sunday’s play.
  • Make sure your MEMORIAL DAY includes golf & dinner at LRCC!  Cost for golf is $30 plus cart (includes dinner) and golfers tee off at 1 pm.   If you’re not golfing, please join us for dinner beginning at 5:30 pm.  The buffet includes hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, baked beans, mac & cheese, slaw, watermelon & banana pudding for $18 inclusive.
  • BRWGA – Laurel Ridge ladies were big winners at the first Blue Ridge WGA event of the season at Connestee Falls Golf Club. First Flight winners were Deborah Beasley, who won 1st Low Gross with a score of 79, followed by Dawn Plifka with 82.  Kaison Gottlieb won Low Net in the 1st Flight with net 70.  Second Flight 1st Low Gross winner was Kathleen Korber, with a score of 86.   Congratulations to all for representing Laurel Ridge so well.
  • LRMGA played a game of 2 Net on Tuesday, May 3rd.  With a score of -24, the team of Mel Gondron, Dave Matthys, John Bowers & Don Haynes finished in first.  Second place honors went to Dick Oehme, Larry Phalin and Doug McLaughlin.  Closest to the Pin on #3 was Pat Mathes.  Thursdays play was cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • Wednesday’s LRLGA format was 1 Net, 2 Net.  The team of Kathleen Korber, Veronica Von Zwehl and Robin Phelan finished on top with a -19.  Deborah Beasley, Priscilla Boeye and Lois Oehme followed in second (-13), barely defeating third place finishers, Sharon Burchell, Linda McHugh and Ann Todd (-12).

FITNESS CENTER- Keep your body young and pain free with a YOGA TONE class led by Sandy Lampl on Mondays at 9:30 am beginning May 16, 2016.  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.

tennisTENNIS CENTER – Hello from the Tennis Center!  I hope everyone is having a great week.  The courts are really starting to look and play great with all of the work that has been performed. If you have not seen them or played on them, I would really like for everyone to stop by, say hello and see how wonderful our renovated tennis facility is looking.  Clinics and events for adults and children started this week and we are having a great time enjoying old and new friendships and a little competitive play.  If you would like to sign up for any of the programs or events please do so at least 24 hours in advance to ensure proper court scheduling.  If no one is signed up for an program/event in advance, it will allow me to schedule lessons during that time. As a reminder, we do have a full pro shop minus clothes and shoes, but I can order anything you might need as I have accounts with all major tennis companies.  If you need your racket(s) restrung or you just need a new grip, I can help you out. Also, we have tennis balls in the shop for sale for your added convenience.

I wanted to remind everyone that I will be out of town Thursday May 12th – Saturday May 21st to take the College of Coastal Georgia Tennis team to the NAIA National Tournament in Mobile Alabama (GO MARINERS).  I will also be out of town on Saturday, May 28th for a wedding.  After this crazy month is over, I look forward to seeing everyone from beginners to professionals regularly on the tennis courts for a great summer of tennis.  If you have any questions, please drop by the tennis center or you can contact me at 912-269-6599 or stvnhwrd@yahoo.com. Have a great week.  Steven Howard

PICKLEBALL – LRCC has two courts in our Pavilion for member’s use when not reserved for club events. Members may play for 15 minutes when others are waiting to play and each player must sign a required liability waiver before playing. Guests may play at a fee of $10 per person per day, same as tennis guests.  For those needing to rent equipment, we have paddles and balls available for member rental at the main office, 10 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday. Pickleball equipment from pickleballcentral.com may also be ordered through our main office at preferential pricing by calling Scott at 452-0545, ext. 132.

DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Wednesday and Thursday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable on Saturday May 7th, Tuesday May 10th, Friday May 20th & Friday May 27th due to private and member events.

POOL NEWS – The newly painted pool is on schedule for a May 27th opening!  The heater is operational and currently bringing the water to a comfortable temperature.  When opened, the pool hours of operation are 10 am-8 pm daily.

CASINO NIGHT – All members are invited to CASINO NIGHT on Saturday, May 21st, to raise funds for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation.  The evening will include dancing, roulette, poker, Black Jack, craps & heavy hors d’oeuvres.  For tickets and information, contact Marge Stiles, 452-8343.

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 – What a great Spring this has been for Food and Beverage!  Many of our members are returning to the mountains and we are glad to see the familiar faces! Our Mother’s Day Brunch is full.  Thanks to everyone that called early for reservations.

  • On Tuesday, May 10th, Chef Al will offer a Casual Dining menu.  Watch your email for details!
  • Space is limited for our upcoming WINE DINNER on Thursday, May 19, 2016.  Featured wines from Spain’s PradoRey Winery will pair perfectly with Chef Al’s Sportsman’s menu.  Cost is $69++ and seating is limited to the first 25 reservations so please call early.
  • The TURN WINDOW is now open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  On May 27th, the schedule will expand to daily operation, 10 am-4 pm.  Freshly grilled burgers and made-to-order sandwiches are back!  Come meet Lisa, our primary Turn Window attendant.  Follow this link for a complete Turn Window menu.
  • SAVE THE DATE!  Our WELCOME BACK PARTY will be held 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 all winter and meet our newest members!  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!

LEARN MAHJONG – Members and guests meet weekly on Tuesday mornings to play this game of skill, strategy and chance.  If you have ever wanted to learn how to play, member Jane Noppenberg has offered to teach the ins and outs to anyone interested free of charge on Tuesday afternoons from 1-2:30 pm in the Piedmont Room beginning next Tuesday, May 3rd.  For more information, call Jane at 305-978-6345.

golfYOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS
LRCC is excited to offer four week-long 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

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE – Hello and welcome back to many of our seasonal members.  More exciting changes have occurred in golf course maintenance this past week.  Our new work crew adjusted very nicely over their first two weeks here.  It is wonderful to see a group of workers that take such pride in their work.  This is hands down the best staff from top to bottom that I have had in 12 years.

Our progress on the sod work is almost complete.  By the end of the day today, we will have finished the bentgrass sod that was laid on the poor tees, fairway areas, collars and even a couple greens areas.  The weather has been perfect for the sod to take root and blend in to the surrounding grass.  Starting Monday, we will finish the much easier rough sod, Kentucky Bluegrass.  Please remember to avoid driving over any newly sodded areas for a couple of weeks.  Much money and labor have gone into repairing these areas.

The fertilizer is doing its job and making the plants strong to last through the summer stress.  Our rough is thick and growing quickly now.   We are mowing the rough at least twice per week currently, while the notorious holes that tend to grow more are getting an additional mowing.  I do apologize for the thick rough, but the mowing heights are as low as the plant will withstand and remain healthy.  Next week the staff will be finishing the bluegrass sod repairs on holes #3-#18.  Please excuse any prepared areas that are awaiting sod.  Our weedeating will be finished next week as well.  With the delay in the workers’ arrival, sod was our priority.  We are beginning to walk mow the greens for the summer.  This is labor intensive but is healthier on the grass and the result is a better playing surface.  I wish everyone a great Derby weekend!   Hope to see you at the club.  Logan H. Nesbitt

fooddriveCOMMUNITY NEWS – The National Association of Letter Carriers ask for your support to STAMP OUT HUNGER in Haywood County.  Please leave non-perishable food for collection in or by your mailbox on Saturday May 14, 2016.  All donations will benefit your local food bank.

BIBLE STUDY GUEST SPEAKER – A missionary from the Arab World will be speaking at next Wednesday’s Men’s Bible Study.  All men and ladies are invited to this event beginning at 8:15 am in the Mountain Vista Room.

Laurel Ridge Operations Update 4/21/16

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
As we welcome a new, exciting season at Laurel Ridge, we are very pleased to welcome these new members!   Be sure to reach out to them and make sure they feel at home.

  • Louise & Reynolds Allen, Tampa, FL
  • Rebecca & Brian Livesey, Waynesville, NC
  • Ashley & Bruce Shapiro, Waynesville, NC

NEWS FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • The Ladies’ and Men’s Golf Associations are in full swing!  Golf members are invited to participate by signing up in the Golf Shop.  Women play on Wednesday mornings with different formats weekly and golfers of all handicaps are welcome to join the 9-hole or 18-hole groups.  Men’s play days are Tuesdays and Thursdays with a full calendar of games.  Sign up now for great golf and lasting friendships!
  • Members braved the cold and wind on April 9th to compete in our Green Jacket Classic.  This enjoyable tournament pairs skill with luck for interesting results.  Each LRCC golfer drew a name from the field at the Masters and their scores were combined for the day’s total.  Chuck Worrell finished on top with a net score of 75 and a total score of 144 after his lucky draw, Smiley Kauffman who shot a 69 at Augusta.   In a tie for second with 145 were Doug McLaughlin and Larry Phalin.  Finishing 4th was Jere Smith with a 149.  Thanks to all that bundled up and teed off for this fun day of golf.
  • Please be reminded that LRCC range balls are for use on the driving range only.  Use of range balls on the golf course is prohibited.
  • ATTENTION GOLFERS:  Pink flags on the golf course designate newly-sodded areas.  Please be sure to avoid these sections to allow the sod to grow.   Holes #14 and 15 are still “Cart Path Only”, with Hole #15 remaining a par 3 until further notice.
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    Congratulations to SHARON BURCHELL for a hole-in-one yesterday while using a 6-iron on her last hole of the day with the LRLGA.  The challenging pin placement on hole #17 didn’t prevent Sharon from this feat.  Her playing partners, Bambi Wilson, Sue Major and Carolyn Bowers all witnessed her magnificent shot.

  • Need golf shoes?  The Golf Shop has new arrivals of the latest FOOT JOY styles for men and ladies.  Come check out the colorful display for ladies and wide selection for men.
  • DERBY DAYS are near and anticipation is high!  Don’t miss this season-opening member favorite on May 6 & 7.  Call the Pro Shop for details or download a 16-Derby Entry Form.
  • LADIES’ GOLF CLINICS will return on Tuesdays/Thursdays in May with instruction from our golf pros.  Get a jump start on the season with valuable tips and pointers on your game, from putting and chipping to full swing.  The clinics will be held at 10:30 am on May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 & 19.  Call the Golf Shop to sign up.
  • SAVE THE DATE:  The Men’s Members/Member Tournament will be held May 21-22.
  • The prestigious MEN’S MEMBER/GUEST TOURNAMENT will be held July 14-16, 2016.  Invite your golfing friends and make plans to play in this 3-day event.   There are events for the ladies during this tournament also!

FITNESS CENTER UPDATE
All memberships now include full 24-hour access to our Fitness Center.  Anyone wishing to receive a code for entry when the Golf Shop is closed should call the office and leave your request with Mandy.  It is our pleasure to offer a variety of quality fitness and health programs to our membership as follows:

  • PILATES with Erin Owens is offered on Mondays and Fridays.  With over 20 years experience, Erin specializes in teaching Pilates as therapeutic exercise. She has completed extensive continuing education certificate courses, including osteoporosis, pre- and post-natal, neurological conditions, spinal pathologies and injury rehab.  Erin loves helping people find pain relief, confidence and joy through intelligent exercise.
  • Strick Strickland’s weekly FITNESS TRAINING class is offered free to members on Wednesdays at noon.  Strick has many years experience in personal training and can help you to begin or improve your workout at LRCC.  Paula Eachus is one member that benefits from Strick’s expertise.  She wants other members to know that, thanks to Strick’s class, she can see steady improvement in her stamina on the golf course.
  • Sandy Lampl will begin her very popular YOGA & TONE classes on Monday mornings beginning May 16 at 9:30 am.
Tennis Pro, Steven Howard

Tennis Pro, Steven Howard

WELCOME TENNIS PROFESSIONAL, STEVEN HOWARD
Hello to all of our Laurel Ridge tennis players!  My name is Steven Howard and I am a USPTA Elite Tennis Professional.  I am excited to be moving next week to Waynesville, NC to begin work at Laurel Ridge Country Club.  I will be hosting a free tennis clinic from 9 to 10 am on Saturday, April 30th to be followed by two hour of doubles mixer from 10 am to noon and hope to see everyone there.  I will be handling any of the tennis needs for the club, including services such as: private and semi-private lessons, daily clinics, weekly socials, tennis racket sales and stringing. Prince Tennis and I will be teaming up to bring the latest technology that Prince has to offer.  I have been in the tennis industry for sixteen plus years and have taught at every level of the tennis spectrum.  I am currently a college tennis coach at College of Coastal Georgia and I have worked with many juniors and adult USTA teams as well.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule lessons, clinics, or anything tennis related, please call me at 912-269-6599 or contact Laurel Ridge Tennis at 452-0545, ext. 162.  I look forward to becoming involved in the Laurel Ridge tennis community and hope to see everyone on the courts soon.

PICKLEBALL NEWS
Pickleball is quickly sweeping the nation and now it’s at Laurel Ridge.  Come discover why players of all ages are falling in love with the sport.  Beginning in May, days and times will be set aside for pickleball play, and members will be advised in advance when the Pavilion is in use for an event.

DINING NEWS
We are off to a very busy season!  Over 80 members and their guests were served at Tuesday’s Flying Pasta Night and the season has just begun.  As a reminder, lunch is served from 11:30 am-2:30 pm on Tuesday-Saturday and Brunch every Sunday from 11 am-2:30 pm.  Dinner service is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  For dinner and brunch, we ask that you please call ahead for reservations so that we are properly staffed and ready to serve you!  Clubhouse dining is closed on Mondays.

  • Great news!  The TURN WINDOW will open on Fridays and Saturdays beginning tomorrow.  After Memorial Day, the schedule will expand to daily operation, 10 am-4 pm.  Freshly grilled burgers and made-to-order sandwiches are back!  Follow this link for a complete Poster with TW menu legal.
  • This week’s SUNDAY BRUNCH buffet will include carved leg of lamb, fried chicken, parsley potatoes, rice pilaf, green peas & carrots, steamed vegetable medley, macaroni salad, mixed green salad, omelet station, Belgian waffles with berry compote, 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 $12 Unlimited Mimosas.
  • ATTENTION SEAFOOD LOVERS!  Chef Al will offer the first seafood buffet of the season on Tuesday, May 3!  Whether you prefer broiled or fried, there is something for everyone on this abundant buffet.
  •  Show Mom how special she is with MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH at LRCC.  Chef’s special menu includes carved prime rib au jus, grilled Scottish salmon with tomatoes, roasted peppers & basil, pan-seared chicken breast with spinach & boursin cream, fingerling potatoes, basmati & cous cous pilaf, steamed asparagus, vegetable casserole, omelet station, bananas foster french toast casserole & more for $27.99.  Children ages 7-12 are only $8; 6 and under are free.  Reservation times have been extended to 3:00 pm; please call early to get the time you desire! Sorry, for this special brunch buffet, the “Breakfast Only” special is not available.
  • LOOKING AHEAD – Mark your calendars for the first WINE DINNER of the season scheduled for Thursday, May 19th.  Chef Al will expertly prepare a four course meal to pair perfectly with the wine selection offer by the sommelier.  More information will follow; space is limited to the first 25 reservations so don’t delay.

YOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS
LRCC is excited to offer four week-long 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

CASINO NIGHT
SAVE THE DATE!!  All members are invited to CASINO NIGHT on Saturday, May 21st, to raise funds for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation.  The evening will include dancing, roulette, poker, Black Jack, craps & heavy hors d’oeuvres.  For tickets and information, contact Marge Stiles, 452-8343.

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE
We  had a very productive week last week in golf course maintenance.  Our bulk fertilizer application was spread on Monday, April 11th.  We covered all 93 acres of turf with fertilizer, weed control and grub control.  In addition to the spreader truck, we used a tractor spreader and two push spreaders to apply the areas too tight for the large truck.  In the coming weeks, we will continue to apply mulch to many areas around the course.  This task has been very limited due to our additional workforce being delayed.

Approximately 2,000 square feet of bentgrass sod from Morganton, NC was purchased to sod some weak areas on tee boxes, fairways and trench lines where grass fill-in has been slow (#15, #14 & #12).  This week, a load of bluegrass sod was applied on the golf course.  We will make two more sod runs next week to continue to improve many areas of the golf course.  We thank you for your continued patience with the spring fill-in.  The forecasted temperatures look promising to warm up the soil temperatures which will encourage grass growth throughout the course.

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

ART at Laurel Ridge
Another event has been added to LRCC’s Social Calendar…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.  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.  The art show is open to the public and all are invited to dine afterwards in the Piedmont Room 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.

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Congratulations to Team Trivialities on their recent Trivia victory! They beat Team Clueless in last week’s Trivia Challenge, 26-23. Pictured from the winning team are: (L-R) Fred Tollison,guest Myra Brown, David Blevins, Annie Darnell, Nancy Blevins, Bob Darnell and Sarah Belle Tollison. Thanks to Pat and Jim Janke for providing the questions.  The next Trivia Night is Tuesday, May 17 at 7 pm. Come early to dine!

Laurel Ridge Operations Update 1/19/16

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
As we welcome a new year at LRCC, we also give a warm welcome to several new members to the Laurel Ridge family!

  • Lee & Patsy Davis, Waynesville, NC
  • Robert & Gwen Lazenby, Miami, FL
  • Charles & Barbara Stack, St. Augustine, FL
  • Laura & Todd Tragesser, Clyde, NC
  • Charles & Winslow Umberger, Biltmore Lake, NC

PRO SHOP SALE!
New and used golf clubs are available at great prices from $10 to $80!  Choose from wedges, drivers and full iron sets.  Check them out before they’re gone!  Call Duane in the Pro Shop for more information, 828-452-0545, option 1.

SAVE THE DATE!
A busy season of golf is approaching and we are excited to announce the following dates for some major golf events you will want to put on your calendar.  This list is not inclusive and many more golf-ball-clip-art1golf events are also planned so please check the online calendar and your email for additional dates, updates or changes.

  • April 5 – LRMGA Opening Day
  • April 9 – Green Jacket Classic
  • April 13 – LRLGA Opening Day
  • May 6-7 Derby Days
  • May 21-22 – Men’s Member/Member
  • May 30 – Memorial Day Scramble & Dinner
  • June 5 – Battle of the Sexes
  • June 22 & 24 – LRLGA Member/Member
  • July 4 – Golf Scramble, Cart Parade & Dinner
  • July 14-16 – Men’s Member/Guest
  • August 5-7 – WNC Mixed Couple’s Event
  • August 10 – LRLGA Member/Guest
  • August 19-21 – Club Championships
  • August 27-28 – Mixed Member/Member
  • September 29 & October 1-2 – Piedmont Cup & Lady Eagle Cup

CABIN FEVER BUFFET TONIGHT!
Come out of the cold for a warm meal!  Chef’s buffet tonight, January 19, will feature baked chicken, country style steak, smashed potatoes, white rice, broccoli casserole, roasted carrots, green salad, seafood file gumbo & more for $18.99.  Kids age 7-12 eat for $8; 6 & under are free!  Looking ahead, Flying Pasta Night is Tuesday, January 26, 2016…make your reservations now!

HEALTHY LIVING SERIES
Tonight is the last opportunity to attend the current Healthy Living seminars offered by Jacque McLaughlin.  There is no charge for the event that runs from 6-7 pm in the Mountain Vista Room.  For more information, contact Jacque at (828) 452-2958.

WINGS & HOOPS
Join us this Saturday, January 23, for basketball, wings and draft beer beginning at 11:30 am.   Televised games at noon include #1 Oklahoma vs. #13 Baylor!  Wings are only 50 cents and the bar will have $1.5 domestic draft and $2 import draft.  Also offered will be catfish fingers $7, chips & queso $5 or Southwestern egg rolls $4.  Or if you prefer, order from the Grille menu.

EMAIL SECURITY
Some LRCC members have notified us recently that their personal email addresses have been compromised.  It appears a robot hacker accessed the Membership Directory on the Member’s Only page of our website.  We feel very strongly about protecting our member’s personal information and are concerned about any possible breach.  The Membership Directory is now fully encrypted and requires a password to access.  Please be vigilant about opening emails that appear to be suspicious.

TENNIS UPDATE
The following are but a few of the Tennis Services that will be offered in 2016.  If you are interested in any of these, please reply and let us know!

  • FIND-A-GAME SERVICE-With our Find-A-Game Service, you’ll never go without a game at LRCC in 2016. Our tennis professional will help you line up a game with advance or even short notice. Simply register with our matchmaker service by signing up with mandy@laurelridgegolf.com  or scottirwin@laurelridgegolf.com. Please include your ability level, preference for singles and/or doubles and best days/times you are available to play.
  • TENNIS LADDERS-Anyone having interest in playing on a singles, doubles or mixed doubles ladder should submit their name(s) and we will initiate any ladder having four or more rungs on June 1st, with prizes to be awarded to the ladder champions at the season ending tennis banquet in mid-September.
  • INTERCLUB PLAY-For those members who have a thirst for competition, our tennis professional will take great interest in promoting and organizing Interclub play at all levels with other clubs in our region. If you have the inclination, please sign up with mandy@laurelridgegolf.com  or scottirwin@laurelridgegolf.com.
  • TENTATIVE 2016 TENNIS SPECIAL EVENT CALENDAR
    • June 11-12   Tennis Opening Weekend
    • June 25-26  Adult NTRP Tournament & Party
    • July 9-10      LRCC Pro-Am Tournament & Party
    • July 30-31    LRCC Tennis Member-Guest Tournament Weekend
    • Sept. 6-11     LRCC Club Tennis Championships
    • Sept. TBD    End of Season Tennis Banquet

FITNESS CLASSES CONTINUE

Pilates with Erin Owen & Yoga with Candra Smith are ongoing throughout the winter months.  Erin offers three different weekly Pilates Classes on Mondays and Fridays with targeted results for participants.  Candra Smith will lead a Gentle Yoga class suitable for all levels every Monday at 10 am.

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S WINTER PROJECT UPDATE
Last week was very productive on the golf course.  We almost have all the brush and trees cut and cleaned up on holes #12-#14.  Because of weather conditions, we have had to jump around on these holes; frost and cart paths have dictated which hole we can work on, on which day.  Obviously #13 does not have a cart path, so this one-day project has been the toughest to finish due to the frost.  On hole #14 alone, over 150 trees of various sizes have been cut.  We poured concrete on the lower side of the spillway on #7 on Monday.  With the minimum yardage of concrete ordered, I anticipated that we could have a small quantity left so we formed the drain basins on #14 and re-poured those that were cracked or damaged over the past 30 years.  The drains were flushed on #12 and #14 as well.  Ditches were re-filled on #14, and about a gator load of small rocks were picked up on these three holes.  Next week we will mow one day, start brush/tree cutting on #15 and #16, and address the line washing out in two places on #15.  We are making very good progress.

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Team Clueless

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

GOLF CART TRAIL FEE PROGRAM
For those interested golf members, there is cart trail program availability at this time. if you would like to use your personal cart on our golf course, please contact Mandy at 452-0545, extension 131 for details and reserve your spot today.

NEW TRIVIA CHAMPS
Congratulations to the winning team from Tuesday night’s trivia game, Team Clueless.  In a close battle, Team Clueless won in a tie breaker for an exciting finish to a fun evening.  Pictured are winning team members (L-R) Alan & Laura Lang, Jim Janke, David & Susan Smith, Martha Anderson, Kevin Murphy & Pat Janke. The next Trivia Night will be on February 9, 2016 at 7 pm.  Come early for dinner and enjoy a New Orleans’ inspired Fat Tuesday Buffet.

Club Operations Update 12/8/15

HOLIDAY CHEER
Happy Holidays from the owners and staff at Laurel Ridge! We are blessed to have members that care so deeply about the future of their club and we thank you for being a part of our family. On that note, the staff wishes to truly thank everyone for the donations received to date for the Employee Holiday Fund! Your generosity is very much appreciated and further proves that the caring spirit shared during the holidays and year-round is alive and well at Laurel Ridge. A member said it best, ” Laurel Ridge is a place where warm friendships are easily made; amenities are plentiful… a wonderful place to be.” Donations to the Employee Holiday Fund will be accepted in the office through Friday, December 11 for anyone wishing to participate.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
We want to extend a hearty Laurel Ridge welcome to the following new members:
• Dennis & CheraLyn Kendel, Waynesville, NC
• Keith & Marie Kosmin, Tomball, TX
• Scott & Kim Merritt, Sarasota, FL
• Allan Zacher, Lake Junaluska, NC

PRO SHOP SALE!
Through Christmas Eve, all men’s and women’s clothing is 50% off! Stop by and find that perfect gift for your loved one and don’t forget to spend your credit book before year end. The balance does not carry over into 2016.

MEMBER CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 9
Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and join us for a big night of fun! The Blue Ridge Big Band will perform and chef’s menu will start the holidays off right with Potato Leek Soup, Roasted Pork Loin, Chicken Breast Stuffed w/ Spinach, Smoked Mozzarella & Almonds, Red Pepper Macaroni & Cheese, Wild Rice Pilaf w/ Cranberries & Pecans, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli Casserole and Desserts for $22.99++. Have your picture made with Mr. & Mrs. Claus for $10 to benefit the HCM Angel Tree. A prize will be given for the ugliest sweater. Also, we are collecting non-perishable food for local families and children. Bring your contribution and we’ll make sure it gets to where it does the most good.

PRIME RIB BUFFET TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
Join us for a special night of dining next Tuesday, with Chef’s prime rib au jus, Parmesan salmon, peel & eat shrimp, roasted red potatoes, wild rice with water chestnuts & mushrooms, steamed vegetable medley, cauliflower gratin, chicken soup, mixed salad, & more for $22.99. Be sure to call ahead for your reservations.

TENNIS COURTS UPDATE
Even though we have experienced heavy rainfall lately and overnight temperatures have regularly dropped to freezing, Scott and crew have still been able to prepare our clay courts for play daily. As long as possible, we will keep the courts open for our members. Stay tuned to your email for updates. If you need a hitting partner or fourth for doubles, call Scott at 452-0545, ext. 132 or email scottirwin@laurelridgegolf.com.

PICKLEBALL AT LRCC
The pickleball courts are lined and will be available all winter long in the covered Pavilion, with the exception of Saturday, December 12. So come rain or shine or sn*w, you can still play and work on your game before next season begins. We have pickleball equipment available for rent; call the office for pick-up.

ANGEL TREE
Tags are still available on our Angel Tree located in the Pro Shop. Each Haywood Christian Ministry tag has the name, age and wishes of a local child that is hoping for your help to make their Christmas morning a little brighter. If possible, stop by and take a tag (or two) to shop for while you are shopping for your list! The unwrapped, tagged gifts are due back by December 12.

DUES BILLING
On December 15, statements will be mailed with dues and other charges for 2016 along with any member charges since your last statement. These “interim” bills are sent as a convenience for those members that wish to pay their balance before the end of 2015. The same charges will be sent on January 2, 2016, including additional charges incurred in December with the balance due on or before January 15, 2016.

LRCC MEMBER NEWS
Club Member Tammy Wilmot has accomplished what very few golfers have. She was inducted into the Florida State Golf Association’s prestigious Hall of Fame in November 2015. This is a really big deal and we are thrilled to share this news with the entire membership. Over the years, Tammy’s career has expanded women’s golf through her performance in state and national competitions and she also influenced the game as a official. Congratulations to Tammy for such a well-deserved accolade. On behalf of Laurel Ridge, we couldn’t be prouder!

FOOD & BEVERAGE MINIMUMS
As the season comes to a close, many members still have a balance left to spend on their annual Food & Beverage Minimum. No worries though, there are still many opportunities to come enjoy lunch, brunch or dinner and dine with us! And remember, To Go orders and catering will also count toward your minimum; however, alcoholic beverages do not per NC law. Please keep in mind that December will be very busy with outside events and parties, so it may be wise not to wait until late. So don’t hesitate!

FITNESS CLASSES
Erin Owens would like to remind members that she plans to continue her Pilates classes into the winter months, as long as there is sufficient participation. Golfers and tennis/pickleball players may be especially interested in Erin’s 11 am class on Fridays, Conditioning for Golf & Racquet Sports. Candra Smith is offering Yoga on Mondays at 10 am. For a complete schedule of classes, click here.

WINTER GOLF COURSE PROJECTS
Work has already begun on the long list of proposed winter golf course projects to be tackled in the off season. Hole #10 has already been completed and now crews have moved on to holes #11 & #12. For complete details on the planned improvements, follow this link.

REACH GALA INVITATION
All members are invited to join the Friends of Reach for their Holiday Gala to benefit Reach of Haywood County. The event will be held at LRCC on Saturday, December 19 with fine dining and dancing from 6-10 pm. Black tie is optional. Please bring an unwrapped gift for the shelter children. Cost is $100 per person; RSVP by December 11 at 456-7898

TRIVIA
November 10 EmptyHeadedNestersOur current Trivia Champs from November are Team Empty-Headed Nesters. Pictured are team members Steve Scarborough, Rhonda Gerber, Richard Gerber, Marilynn Obrig, Bucky Dykes and Ron Petty. Kudos to our winners! The next Trivia Night will be Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7 pm in the Cedar Room. Come join the camaraderie!

 

2016 Golf & Social Calendar

You are always welcome to bring a guest to enjoy the Social & Golf activities and events offered year-round at the club!

16-Golf Calendar & Social Calendar

Weekly Operations Update 10/16/15

CONGRATULATIONS TO DANIELLE & BRAD
Their adorable baby son was born on Saturday, October 10 at 10:45 am! Beau Westin Brendell seems very happy to be alive and Mom and Dad are over the moon!  To quote Danielle, “this is beyond my wildest dreams”.  Beau weighed 5 lbs, 12 oz and was 18.5 inches long.  Danielle wants to thank everyone for their love and support during her pregnancy!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
We are growing! We want to extend a hearty Laurel Ridge welcome to the following new members:
  • Pratik Shah, Waynesville, NC
  • John Mark & Susan Roberts, Waynesville, NC
  • Bruce & Peg Ganger, Waynesville, NC
  • Zachary Joyce & Aimee Norris, Waynesville, NC
  • Larry & Kelli Turville, Dunnellon, FL
  • Bruce & Marcia Lyons, Plantation, FL
FLYING PASTA NIGHT ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20
Come see why all members love this event!  You choose your favorite vegetables, meat, sauce and pasta from a wide selection of fresh ingredients and our Chefs will create your pasta masterpiece to order right in front of you! Cost of $17.99 includes salad and mixed green salad.
LUNCH IN THE PAVILION ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23
Because of a private event, dining in the clubhouse will not be available for lunch on October 23.  Instead, plan to join us for lunch in the Pavilion!  For only $10.99, lunch will include Chef’s homemade chili with fixings, baked potato bar & fresh mixed green salad.  The temperatures are predicted to drop, so we’ll have a fire built and food prepared to warm you up.  Dinner service will be from 5:30-8:30 in the Piedmont Room as regularly scheduled.FOOD & BEVERAGE MINIMUMS
As the season comes to a close, many members still have a balance left to spend on their annual Food & Beverage Minimum.  No worries though, there are still many opportunities to come enjoy lunch, brunch or dinner and dine with us!  And remember, To Go orders and catering will also count toward your minimum; however, alcoholic beverages do not per NC law.  Please keep in mind that December will be very busy with outside events and parties, so it may be wise not to wait until late.  Any unspent portion left on your minimum will be billed to your account on January 1, 2016.HOLIDAY PARTIES & CATERING
Whether you wish to entertain your business associates during the holidays at the club or cater your family gathering in your home, we can take care of the details.  Parties are our specialty!  Members receive half-price on all room rentals at the club, but limited event dates remain in December.  For a sample holiday menu for your gathering, click here.  For more information, email Leshall at events@laurelridgegolf.com.CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT ON NOVEMBER 21
Because the first Cornhole Tournament was so much fun, we will have another Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, November 21 in the Pavilion from 12 noon to 5 pm.  There is no entry fee for this afternoon of fun for all ages!  College football will be televised during the tournament and a cash bar featuring $1 domestic drafts will be available.  Teams of two should register with Tournament Chair, Luke McCracken, no later than noon on Thursday, November 19 by email, lukeunc1@gmail.com or call 828-400-8476. Anyone playing who owns a cornhole board set is asked to bring theirs to the tournament.

MEMBER APPRECIATION PARTY
Thanks to the 270+ members that attended our Appreciation Party last Friday evening in the Pavilion.  Everyone enjoyed the great food, live music, and of course, extraordinary company.  We were extremely pleased with the turnout and grateful for the opportunity to say thanks to everyone for their loyalty and support this season.

FITNESS CLASSES
Erin Owens would like to remind members that she plans to continue her Pilates classes into the winter months,  as long as there is sufficient participation. Golfers and tennis/pickleball players may be especially interested in Erin’s 11 am class on Fridays, Conditioning for Golf & Racquet Sports.

Sandy Lampl’s Yoga class is still being held every Monday morning until further notice.  For a complete schedule of classes, click here.

GOLF CART RULES EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 15
All holes will follow the 90-degree rule with the exception of the following:

  • #14 cart path only
  • #15 cart path only

The first available morning tee time will be no earlier than 9 am to prevent any play on the back nine holes before 11 am.  Please check with the golf staff for daily conditions and updates.  If conditions are too wet, the back nine will close temporarily.  PLEASE AVOID EXPOSED DIRT & NEWLY-SEEDED AREAS!

For both LRCC and private carts:  2 players per cart—no exceptions other than approved handicap-flagged carts.  Golfers should not deviate from these rules as they are mandatory for the good of our golf course.  Club Golf Staff and rangers will monitor compliance and assist players.

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE

Photo by Dave Pheatt

Photo by Dave Pheatt

There is no better time in the mountains than Fall, with its clear blue skies and cool morning temperatures. With frost expected this weekend, the majority of the leaves should begin to fall. For a golf course, the Autumn foliage is both a blessing and a curse. Because leaves from different species of trees fall at different times, we battle leaf cleanup for about a month and a half. Please remember that the sedge/green kyllinga will soon be turning brown and receding back into the soil. This is a battle that we plan to address next year to promote our desired bentgrass and bluegrass.

Last week we completed our normal Fall aerification. However, due to the late date (a full month later than normal), a smaller tine and lighter sand topdressing was used because the aerification holes need to heal over before Old Man Winter arrives. A heavier sanding will be applied in March of next year to get the sodded areas uniform with the rest of the greens.

Overall, I am very pleased with the healing progress of the golf course. Please understand that plants take time to recover from stress. This summer’s abnormal challenges included limited or no water from drought conditions in June and September, watering greens with a hydroseeder, sodding/seeding greens and tees, repairing machinery damage and finish work after our irrigation contractor departed. In addition, our crew went through 25 employees for six positions during this grow season.  Interestingly, the golf course of a reputable Asheville club was completely closed for the entirety of their construction and they still have issues…while we kept nine holes golf open at all times.

Someone asked me recently if I underestimated scope of our irrigation construction project. My answer is a definitive no.  After supervising three irrigation system installations before coming to Laurel Ridge, I have seen almost everything. Unfortunately, one thing that is hard to account for is the unknown: what lies beneath 95 acres of golf course; seven inches of rainfall in the first three weeks of construction; a 2-week delay getting power to #5 booster pump; an estimated 200 tons of rock hauled off requiring that soil be hauled back in; and washing and run-off of trenches that were near completion from recent heavy rains.

These challenges are behind us now, and believe me when I say that I am ready for next year. Not that I am ignoring the remainder of this year, but I have confidence that we will have a sensational golf course that we are all proud of. Remember, we don’t want the course the way it used to be…that’s the reason the golf course improvement project was undertaken in the first place. Have a great Fall and may God bless.

Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

PERENNIALS NEEDED
The club is looking for perennials to beautify the newly-constructed berm on hole #5. This golf course addition was built based on the advise from original golf course architect, Bob Cupp, after his visit earlier this year.  If you have plants that need thinning and you would like to donate a portion to the club, please contact Ed McHugh, (828) 452-4550.  Our crew will provide all labor required.

WELLNESS CLASS, OCTOBER 20
Member Jacque McLaughlin will continue her free Wellness classes at the club on Tuesday, October 20 at 6 pm in the Mountain Vista Room.  The topic will be, “Your Beautiful Brain & Nervous System”.  Please RSVP to Jacque, 828-452-2958.  Plan to stay afterwards for dinner!

Weekly Operations Update 9/30/15

20131017_144728_resizedCORNHOLE TOURNAMENT ON OCTOBER 3
Our inaugural Cornhole Tournament will be held on Saturday, October 3rd in the Pavilion from 12 noon to 5 pm. There is no entry fee for this afternoon of fun for all ages! College football will be televised during the tournament and a cash bar featuring $1 domestic drafts will be available. Teams of two should register with Tournament Chair, Luke McCracken, no later than noon on Thursday, October 1st by email, lukeunc1@gmail.com or call 828-400-8476. Anyone playing who owns a cornhole board set is asked to bring theirs to the tournament.

GOLF COURSE AERIFICATION
Our annual Fall golf course aerification will take place next Monday, October 5 through Thursday, October 8 for our greens, green surrounds and fairway surrounds. During aerification, additional seeding on the green surrounds will be done where needed. Limited sand will be used to result in quicker playability. Call the Pro Shop for updates or for tee times at area golf courses, 452-0545, ext. 171.

PICKLEBALL AT LAUREL RIDGE
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Wednesday and Thursday in the Pavilion at 4 pm. If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled. Availability of the pickleball courts is as follows:
• Week of September 28th: Pickleball courts are unavailable on Saturday, October 3rd as there are Club events scheduled in the Pavilion that day.
• Week of October 5th: Pickleball courts will not be available on Tuesday, October 6th and Friday, October 9th as there are Club events scheduled in the Pavilion on that day.
OCTOBERFEST BUFFET ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6th
Enjoy a German-inspired buffet on Tuesday, October 6 during Laurel Ridge’s OKTOBERFEST. Chef Al’s menu will include beer cheese soup, pretzels, jaeger schnitzel, bratwurst & knockwurst with sauerkraut, German potato salad, spaetzle, roasted root vegetables, Brussels sprouts, green salad & dessert! The bar will offer beer specials all day! Cost for dinner is $18.99. Guten Appetit!

MEMBER APPRECIATION PARTY
The Club will be throwing an end of the season Member Appreciation Party on the evening of Friday, October 9th starting at 6 pm. There will be no cost to our members other than a cash bar. Chef Al will prepare an outstanding buffet dinner and we have secured an excellent band, the Stone Crazy Band (formerly Tarnished Rose) to play from 7:30 to 10 pm. We hope those heading south for the winter will join us for this event before leaving for the season.

REMEMBER!!! The first annual KITE FLY will be held before the Member Appreciation Party at 4:30 pm on the #1 fairway, weather permitting. Tell everyone to bring a kite and join the fun!

NEW TRIVIA CHAMPS CROWNED ON SEPTEMBER 22
Kudos to our new Trivia Champions, Team Empty Headed Nesters, who won after answering two questions in a 3-way tie breaker to squeak out the victory! Thanks to Dave Pheatt and Veronica Von Zwehl for presenting the questions. Pictured below are our winners, (L to R) Raymond & Sonia McGowan, Don McGowan, Rhonda & Richard Gerber, Geri McGowan, Ron Petty and Peggy Lowery, Judy Dykes’ sister.

Trivia Winners EmptyHeadedNesters 9-22-'15 LR-0851 REDUCE

SEAFOOD BUFFET & TRIVIA ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13
Seafood lovers will enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with peel & eat shrimp, fried flounder, grilled Mahi Mahi with peach chutney, fried calabash shrimp, oysters on the half-shell, Basmati pilaf, steamed vegetables, hushpuppies & more for $26.99. After dinner, plan to stay for TRIVIA beginning at 7 pm in the Cedar Room. Team Empty-Headed Nesters will be defending their title!

FAST EDDIE’S BARBERSHOP TO THE RESCUE
Ed McHugh (a.k.a. Fast Eddie) has been at it again. He and his crew of volunteers met early in the morning on Monday, September 21 and trimmed trees that were blocking sun from tee boxes. They also seeded and sanded areas around the greens on holes 1,2, 12, and 13. Fast Eddie would like to thank his hard-working crew and LRCC owners and Management ditto that! In addition to Ed, volunteers on this recent outing included Richard Gerber, Dave Matthys, Kevin Cronin, Jerry Smith, Ron Muse, John Schrot, Scott Hickle, Jerry McCarthy, Dave Villari, Dan Beasley, Jim Major and Pete Mitchell. The commitment of our membership to the success of this golf course is unparalleled!

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE
Along with the change in seasons comes the change in leaves. The beautiful falling leaves can become a mess very quickly on the golf course. Cleanup usually takes my crew about two months to clear the course and clubhouse area. Normally, we are able to borrow a leaf vacuum twice per year and remove mass amounts of leaves in a short time.

Keep in mind that cart traffic on the front nine is still following the 90-degree rule and the back nine is also restricted for your safety and to protect the recovering areas. Please keep driving over the trenched areas, exposed dirt and germinating seed to a minimum. We are asking all golfers to follow the Pro Shop’s cart routing instructions without fail.

This season, although exciting, has also been understandably frustrating. As many of you leave the mountains for your winter homes, please keep in mind that the advancements made this year will pay off starting in the spring of 2016. When you return, you will be pleasantly surprised to find the Laurel Ridge Country Club is everything we envisioned and more. Safe travels and, as always, contact me with and questions. God Bless.

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

ATTENTION ART LOVERS!
The Haywood County Art Studio Tour sponsored by the Arts Council will take place in October. A self-guided driving tour of 38 artist at 22 locations in Haywood County will be held from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. There will be signs on the roads designating routes to various artist’s studios. For more information, contact Joyce Schlapkohl, 828-456-4600 or joyce@joycepaints.com.

Weekly Operations Update 9/17/15

IMGP6924_1TOURNAMENT SIGN-UP REMINDER
The deadline to sign up for the PIEDMONT CUP & LADY EAGLE CUP is this Sunday! Don’t delay…this 3-day tournament is a member favorite and will close our golf season on a high note. Look for results from the Golf Club Championships in next week’s Operations Update! We look forward to a competitive weekend of golf beginning tomorrow with our Ladies, Men, Seniors and Super Seniors! Best of luck to all!

MARKET NEWS
The Market will be open daily with revised hours through October from 8:30 am-3:00 pm. Drop in when you don’t have time for lunch in the clubhouse or if you need something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Ready-made salads, wraps and sandwiches (made fresh daily!) are offered, along with hot dogs, popcorn, chips, cookies, candy, beer, wine, drinks & even smoothies! Beginning in November, the Pro Shop will offer limited snacks and drinks for purchase.

TUESDAY ASIAN BUFFET & TRIVIA
Next Tuesday, Chef Al will offer an Asian Buffet including favorites like egg drop soup, veggie egg rolls, beef & broccoli, chicken lo mein, shrimp & coconut curry, fried rice, pot stickers, Chinese donuts & more! The buffet menu is available from 5:30-8:30 pm by reservations. At 7:00 pm, Trivia begins in the Cedar Room. Bring a team or come alone and join a team, but don’t miss the fun and camaraderie!

SWIMMING POOL CLOSING FOR SEASON
We have been maintaining the pool to peak condition since Labor Day, but the weather has not cooperated with the recent cooler temperatures. We’ve had a great summer at the pool and appreciate all of the positive feedback on the pool conditions this year! On warmer days, the pool area will still be available for sunbathing, but the pool itself will be closed for swimming starting Monday, September 21st until next Spring.

LOW COUNTRY BOIL IN PAVILION
Bring a guest and join us for a Low Country Boil in the Pavilion on Friday, September 25! This southern specialty is served family style with peel & eat shrimp, sausage, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes & hushpuppies. Because of this special event, no regular dinner service will be available that evening. Cost is $28.99 for adults; Cocktails will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 pm.

TENNIS SOCIAL ON SEPTEMBER 26
Don’t miss the final Tennis Social of the season! Activities will include a free clinic from 9-10 am, mixed doubles play from 10 am-noon followed by lunch in the Piedmont Dining Room (off the menu). Guests are welcome! RSVP with Dylan, (828) 476-7857 or dylanj@laurelridgegolf.com.

ARDEN GRACE CHARITABLE TOURNAMENT
A fundraising event for Arden Grace Reeves will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015, beginning with a 4-person Captain’s Choice tournament at 1 pm. A Magic Show and dinner will follow. For sponsorship opportunities or to sign up for golf and/or dinner and the show, contact Richard Reeves, 828.734.9272. All monies raised will be used to establish a scholarship fund for Arden Grace who lost her mother at childbirth.

FLYING PASTA NIGHT ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Come see why all members love this event! You choose your favorite vegetables, meat, sauce and pasta from a wide selection of fresh ingredients and our Chefs will create your pasta masterpiece to order right in front of you! Cost of $17.99 includes salad and mixed green salad.

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT ON OCTOBER 3
Our inaugural Cornhole Tournament will be held on Saturday, October 3rd in the Pavilion from 12 noon to 5 pm. There is no entry fee for this afternoon of fun for all ages! College football will be televised during the tournament and a cash bar featuring $1 domestic drafts will be available. Teams of two should register with Tournament Chair, Luke McCracken, no later than noon on Thursday, October 1st by email, lukeunc1@gmail.com or call 828-400-8476. Anyone playing who owns a cornhole board set is asked to bring theirs to the tournament.

PICKLEBALL AT LAUREL RIDGE
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Wednesday and Thursday in the Pavilion at 4 pm. If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled. Availability of the pickleball courts is as follows:
• Week of September 21st: Pickleball courts are unavailable on Friday, the 25th, Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th as there are Club events scheduled in the Pavilion on those days.
• Week of September 28th: Pickleball courts will not be available on Saturday, October 3rd as there are Club events scheduled in the Pavilion on that day.
MEMBER APPRECIATION PARTY
The Club will be throwing an end of the season Member Appreciation Party on the evening of Friday, October 9th starting at 6 pm. There will be no cost to our members other than a cash bar. Chef Al will prepare an outstanding buffet dinner and we have secured an excellent band, the Stone Crazy Band (formerly Tarnished Rose) to play from 7:30 to 10 pm. We hope those heading south for the winter will join us for this event before leaving for the season.

REMEMBER!!! The first annual KITE FLY will be held before the Member Appreciation Party at 4:30 pm on the #1 fairway, weather permitting. Tell everyone to bring a kite and join the fun!

FAST EDDIE’S BARBERSHOP SET TO RALLY
Ed McHugh (a.k.a. Fast Eddie) is at it again. He is looking for a few good men (and women!). Actually he is hoping for 16-20 volunteers to participate in a golf course Work Day next Monday, September 21 beginning at 7:30 am at the Superintendent’s barn. If you can seed, pick up rocks or help in any way, call Fast Eddie at 452-4550.

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE
We are excited for everyone to be able to play 18 holes of golf again, weather permitting. We are reopening the back nine knowing that if conditions are too wet, we will be forced to temporarily halt play on the back nine to protect the course and golfers alike. The back nine holes are still on a special watering cycle that keeps them very moist, thus creating mud and potential slippery conditions until late morning. This will change as the grass matures and the watering cycle decreases.
The maintenance staff has worked very hard the past couple of weeks preparing for this reopening. While we never stopped maintaining these holes, we were giving the irrigation contractor room to work and install. Just like the front nine holes when they reopened, everything is trying to recover. The grass seed is germinating wonderfully, ditches are filling in, turf is growing and the golf course is on its way back.

Some tee markers will be located on different tee boxes because some of the tee boxes have not filled completely in yet. These distressed areas received no irrigation for an extended length of time and will require an additional period of recovery. Cart traffic on the back nine will be governed by the following rules that will be posted in the windshield of every cart. Please keep driving over the trenched areas, exposed dirt and germinating seed to a minimum.

Holes #1 through #9 will follow the 90-degree rule. Rules for the back nine are as follows:
• #10 cart path only
• #11 enter/exit between the white flags
• #12 follow the white flags
• #13 follow the white flags
• #14 cart path only
• #15 cart path only
• #16 follow the white flags
• #17 cart path only
• #18 follow cart path; follow white flags where cart path is not available
Additionally, the first available morning tee time will be no earlier than 9 am to prevent any play on the back nine holes before 11 am. Play Days for the LRMGA and LRLGA will begin no earlier than a 10 am shotgun start. Please check with the golf staff for daily conditions and updates. If conditions are too wet, we will be forced to close the back nine temporarily. Please remember, the back nine holes are still on a special watering cycle that keeps them very moist, thus creating mud until late morning. This will change as the grass matures and the watering cycle decreases. Thanks for your cooperation.

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

LAUREL RIDGE BIG BREAK RECAP
Last Friday’s BIG BREAK event was a great evening of fun golfing contests and games offered to members to celebrate the reopening of our golf course. A familiar face that most may recognize, Neil Budde, was the Big Break Grand Champion. He was the only participant to hit the “Island Green” and he walked away with an extra jingle in his pocket. He was also victorious in the “Black Jack” chipping game. Brian Boeye won the “Glass Break”, with Ron Petty in a close second. Brian also came in second place in Black Jack. Matt Johnson showed his skills by winning the “Flop Wall”. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone that participated.