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North Carolina Mountain Wedding Venues, Golf & Fine Dining featured on “Road Trippin” in Waynesville NC

Laurel Ridge Country Club was recently featured on WLOS-TV13’s (local ABC affiliate in the Asheville, NC Mountains) special summer series “Road Trippin’” focusing on Laurel Ridge’s unique North Carolina Mountain Wedding Venues, championship golf in North Carolina mountains & fine dining.

 Mountain  Golf At It’s Finest

The video segment (link below) showcases the unique niche that Laurel Ridge fills to golf North Carolina mountain style.  Not only does it demonstrate the challenging and meticulously groomed golf course, but it also highlights the closeness of the club to towns and cities in the area. Despite this closeness, the golf course provides isolation so that you can enjoy the solitude of the golf game and the beauty that only NC Mountain golf can provide, while also occasionally running into other golfers for a brief, friendly banter about your game; then continuing your day of golf that gives you the feeling of truly “having a day away” on one of the best Mountain Golf Courses in North Carolina.  Come golf North Carolina mountains today!

Fine Dining At Rosemary & Thyme Restaurant

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Enjoy Fine Dining at Rosemary & Thyme

After golf, you can return to the clubhouse and have a refreshing beer, mixed drink, glass of wine or other beverages and talk with your friends or other golfers, sharing a few laughs  about the fun day you had. Take time to enjoy one of the great lunch or dinner entrees from Rosemary & Thyme Restaurant to satisfy your appetite.   It may also be a great opportunity to enjoy one of Chef’s  Specials which vary weekly, featuring everything from prime rib, broiled Maine lobster, Angus beef steaks and fried catfish, to southern favorites such as pot roast and fried chicken.  Flying Pasta is a member favorite; guests  choose from the large selection of fresh ingredients and Chef prepares the dish to order before your eyes.  All Rosemary & Thyme’s delicious and unique options are prepared with local  ingredients when possible. Also available are catering takeout menus to share with family and friends. The incredible staff are always willing to work with you on special requests to make sure your experience  is  memorable.

NC Mountain Wedding Venues

The feature with WLOS-TV13 also focuses on the special events and destination weddings hosted at Laurel Ridge. This spring and summer has been busy with rehearsal dinners, indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, and receptions.  Our staff of professionals make sure each event is filled with special memories in a backdrop that looks as if it were painted by one of the great art masters.

Many brides and grooms choose their NC mountain wedding ceremony to be held in Amber’s Arbor, the perfect, scenic spot for your outdoor wedding ceremony with the gorgeous pond full of koi and the beautiful greens of the golf course and NC Mountains in the background.   If an indoor ceremony is preferred, vows can be exchanged in front of the towering windows within the rustic yet elegant clubhouse, also featuring golf course views and a backdrop of the NC Mountains.  The clubhouse’s panoramic views, vaulted ceilings, rustic design, large fireplace and hardwood floors attract many brides and never fail to impress guests.

After the wedding ceremony, allow our staff of professionals to create the perfect ambiance for your NC mountain wedding reception, either in the beautiful Piedmont Room, the outdoor, open-air pavilion or one of our smaller banquet rooms. The staff  can provide customized Wedding Packages to fit any budget or size.   Whether the bride and groom choose a buffet or a plated meal for their reception dinner, our Chefs and event planner will work with you to pick out a menu of your choosing.   Some favorites from the Chef include local Mountain Trout, stuffed chicken breasts, prime rib, Parmesan salmon and fresh local produce. Following the symbolic cutting of the cake, a DJ can provide music for  guests to dance the night away.  When the day is complete, the happily married couple may leave surrounded by sparklers providing them with a fiery send off underneath the stars.  The beauty of Laurel Ridge Country Club, combined with the impeccable service and food, provides the perfect North Carolina mountain wedding venues.

NC Mountain Event Venue

Private events are our specialty and we provide event space and exceptional catering through our restaurant and catering service, Rosemary and Thyme, for all occasions, large or small.  From baby showers, business luncheons, anniversary or birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, reunions or high school proms to fundraising events, Laurel Ridge has full time event planners on staff to assist you with planning your event.

For more information, visit our website or Facebook page, Laurel Ridge Weddings and Special Events, or call (828) 452-0545 or email where our events planning staff can assist you with memberships, golf outings, package prices for planning your special day or event or answer any questions you might have.

Asheville Foodie Spanish Wine Dinner Review

I recently attended a Spanish Wine Dinner at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville, North Carolina.  I was impressed with the pairings and was excited to see that a couple of them I’ve never seen before!  Chef created some beautiful courses that worked very well with the Spanish wines accompanying each course.

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We began with a little time to meet each other over Clos la Soleya Brut Cava from the Penedés region of Spain surrounding Barcelona.  The Cava showed a brilliant pale yellow with thin bubbles and a clean nose.  It was elegant with fruit and mineral notes.  A wonderfully refreshing way to begin the evening.

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Our first course was a fall gazpacho garnished with two slices of avocado.  The wine was Capitulo 8 Sauvignon Blanc/Verdejo from the Almansa southeast of Madrid.  The wine bursts with intense acidity and elegant tropical fruit keeping a very crisp feel.  The gazpacho tamed the acidity and highlighted the minerality of the wine very nicely.  I wasn’t sure about this pairing when I saw it but the Chef really made the wine shine with it.

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Next we enjoyed an antipasto of Spanish favorites including Serrano ham (very similar to Italian prosciutto), chorizo, olives, caper berries, roasted red pepper, Manchego and Pecorino cheeses.  Again not a pairing I would have anticipated first for the Chardonnay paired with this course – but, again Chef knew best.  Mureda Chardonnay comes from a family owned property boasted the largest organic vineyards in the world (1,200 hectares or about 3,000 acres) around the La Mancha region.  Its 100% Chardonnay fermented in stainless steel to allow the fruit to show center stage.  It is a golden pale wine with pleasant tropical fruit aromas and fresh mineral notes.  It’s very fruity with some roundness from malolactic fermentation.  The saltiness of the antipasto along with the mineral and fruit of this Chardonnay were very invigorating.

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For our main course Chef prepared Rosemary-rubbed Colorado Double Lamb Chops with a Fig Glaze.  A stunning medium-rare made it perfect for me while the glaze was inspirational on the lamb.  Of course, it complimented the wine pairing perfectly.  Our wine, 100% Tempranillo, was Urbina Reserva 2001 from Rioja Alta the Western most region and highest elevations of Rioja.  The continental climate, limestone and chalk soils and high elevation create lighter more elegant Rioja.  The Urbina family, now in their fourth generation at the estate, have been creating some of the region’s finest wines since 1870.  The Tempranillo vines are over 50 years old and are organically grown.  The wine is a dark ruby color with a rich earthy nose revealing black cherry, spice and crushed rock.  It is supple on the palate with sleek red fruits, lively acidity, marvelous balance and a long pleasant finish.  There are many aspects of this dinner to love but this was the hit of the evening.

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Chef finished the meal with a selection of dried fruit, Marcona almonds, and chocolates.  The evening finished with an usual pairing using Lacrimus REX which is 75% Garncha (from 60+ year vines) and 25% Graciano from Rioja that was aged in American and French oak for nine months.  This wine is always a favorite with macerated dark cherries and crème de cassis on the nose.  It is full-bodied with sweet ripe blueberry and dark cherry, orange zest and spice.  The dark fruit along with the spice create an opulent energetic wine that at the same time is frisky and soothing.

A charming dinner in such a picturesque location can make you truly appreciate relaxing with new friends and relishing our time together.

Wines from Veraison Wine Brokers

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Destination Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains

The beauty of the mountains and southern hospitality combine to create the perfect venue for your Destination Wedding at Laurel Ridge Country Club.  The rustic elegance of the clubhouse, open-air pavilion and new outdoor wedding arbor overlooking the golf course and pond offer many choices for your ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner.  And our impeccable service and food will definitely impress your guests.  Be inspired by other weddings and view comments by visiting our website and Facebook!


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Who Let the Dogs Out?


If you heard howling and barking on the Fourth of July, it was probably coming from our 2nd annual Dog Show. Our Pavilion was packed with spectators and canines, the latter prancing and showing their stuff, vying for votes for the Best of Show prize. Congratulations to Casey Hines, a young Cavachon belonging to Tom & Carolyn Hines, for winning the top prize. Casey also won the Pet/Owner Look Alike Contest (yes, that is Tom in disguise). The Hines won an original oil painting of Casey graciously donated by LRCC member and artist, Dawn Plifka. Dawn’s Shih Tzu, Saki, won “Most Patriotic”; “Best Tail Wagger” went to Finnegan, a border collie owned by Kevin Cronin; and “Best Trick” went to Paddy, a german-speaking German Shepherd! All proceeds from the event will benefit SARGES Animal Rescue. After the Dog Show, a delicious BBQ dinner was served in the clubhouse.


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Original Art for Sale During ART at Laurel Ridge

Some of the most talented artists in WNC are members of Laurel Ridge Country Club!   This talent will be evident during our 2014 Art Show & Sale on August 22, 2014 from 4-7 pm in the Pavilion.  Original art of every shape and form will be on display and for sale, including paintings, quilts, pottery, hand-crafted jewelry, fiber art, furniture, encaustic & more.  Participating members are also inviting local guest artists so the selection and quality of art will be tremendous.

After visiting the show, “Flying Pasta”  is available by reservation only in the clubhouse.  Choose from our fresh ingredients and sauces and watch our chefs create your pasta dish to order right in front of you! .

There is no admission charge for the Art Show & Sale.  Open to the public.


Our very own Golf Pro and Director of Golf, Duane Page, along with club members Chris Wilmot, Don Stephenson, and Scott Siewert, captured the inaugural CPGA Pro-Am played at Sequoyah National in Cherokee on July 14-15. Coming from behind on Day Two, the team brought home the victory along with bragging rights. We couldn’t be prouder; congrats to all four gentlemen. For the complete story and scores, follow this link:

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Sunday Brunch in Waynesville, NC Open to Public

While our dining is private for our members and their guests only, we know we have a good thing going on here…and we want to show you!  So we have opened our doors for Sunday Brunch!  Our chefs create a different brunch buffet each week, using fresh local ingredients.  Come give us a try!

Doggie Talk

As a prelude to our upcoming Fourth of July Dog Show, we want to feature one of the winners from the 2013 Dog Show.  The event was a huge success, in spite of the rainy weather, and we can’t wait for this year’s show!

Owned by Dawn Plifka, SAKI is a 5-year old Shih tzu with a very impressive talent; he sings.  Not to brag, but he won the BEST TRICK competition at last year’s inaugural Dog Show at LRCC by charming the audience with his theatrics.  He invites everyone to this year’s Dog Show for a repeat performance.  It is hard to believe that Saki didn’t also win PET/OWNER LOOK ALIKE contest!

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Verticutting Greens for Ball Speed

Submitted by LRCC Golf Course Superintendent, Logan Nesbitt

Welcome back members!  I hope each of you enjoyed the long frigid winter months.  My staff did wonderful projects this winter, but preparing the golf course for you all is our passion.  One of the most recent practices that we have performed, is verticutting the greens.  The verticutting process has many benefits:  correcting the density of the turf, water infiltration, removing poa annua seed heads, removing thatch, and standing the leaf blade upright for ball speed.  We performed this process on Wednesday, May 14,   in preparation for the 2-day Member-Member tournament and we gained significant speeds and a much smoother ball roll!  Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts that you may have.  May God bless you and your family this Memorial day!

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Wedding Planning Tips

Tips for Planning a Mountain Wedding

NC Mountain WeddingsAs if weddings are not wonderful enough, mountain weddings are spectacular, iconic, awe-inspiring and they offer venue, food and design opportunities that are hard to match in an urban environment. Mountain weddings also offer unique challenges in terms of logistics. We’ve included a few steps to get your mountain wedding planning process started and perhaps the most important place to start is to recommend that you keep things fun!

Hire a planner.

It should be fun to plan your wedding. After you’ve announced your engagement and toasted with champagne and handled the congratulations phone calls, you and your fiance should take a week or two and really talk about what you would like your wedding to look and feel like. A good planner will save you time, money and hours of stress.

Set a budget.

Once you have decided what planner to work with start sketching out a budget. Your planner will be able to guide your plan and show you where to save and where to spend. Setting a budget is vital before you select your venue.

Start Your Pinterest Board.

Pinterest is a great tool for design. It allows you to save your photos (instead of trying to remember which wedding blog your dream bouquet was in) and share inspirations with your vendors. Seeing 20-25 inspirational photos enables your wedding vendors to see what you love. With that information – you are setting everyone up for success.

Create a Top Three List.

Every couple is unique and each wedding has different priorities. Sit down with your future spouse and write down the top three most important elements for your wedding. Compare lists and compromise. If your fiance chooses bar, band and food and you have chosen band, food and decor – it only makes sense to find a venue known for their chef and menu with a reception space ready for a band. Put these lists somewhere you can both see them and revisit them from time to time. Remember what matters to the two of you.

Find the Venue.

Now you can find your dream mountain wedding location. With the budget, vision and priorities in mind, your wedding planner will be able to easily guide to a spectacular mountain venue. This will save you hundreds of driving miles and several weekend scouting trips!

Weather Plan.

Always always always have a back up weather plan. There’s an old saying in the North Carolina Mountains. If you don’t like the weather, hang around for thirty minutes, because it will change. Those of us who call the NC Mountains “home” can tell you that we’ve seen sunny & mild June mornings that turn into a surprise snow by noon.Work with your wedding planner to create a weather plan and establish exactly how it will be communicated to your wedding party, vendors and guests. Make sure that you have allowed adequate time for reception rooms to be reset by the catering staff and for the florists to move any outdoor decor to your indoor location. Explore and plan for the worst case scenarios . . . and hope for sunshine.

Consider Your Guests and Altitude.

Although you and your honey may have no problem hiking above timberline or taking a chairlift – consider your guests. Have alternate transportation, and encourage everyone to enjoy the mountains at their own pace.

Consider the Elements When Buying Your Dress.

If you are planning to get married outside, consider what the ground will do to your train. If you are getting married on grass, consider a shoe with a wedge heel (or cowboy boots – what can I say – they are functional) and always have a wrap or coat that compliments your dress. It gets chilly when the sun goes down!

Outdoor Mountain Ceremonies.

There are 3 must haves for North Carolina Mountain outdoor ceremonies. Have water available for your guests. Have sunscreen available for your guests (even 30 minutes at 4,000′ elevations can do a number on you!) and consider offering the ladies parasols (there are several options for renting).

Have Fun.

There may be a little more wind than you planned for. You may have forgotten your veil at home. No matter what hiccups may occur, your mountain wedding should be fun. Remember what is important to you and your new husband and trust in your planner, venue and the rest of your wedding team to make your day spectacular.The team and wedding coordinators at Laurel Ridge Country Club would like to invite you to contact them about hosting your special day in the mountains of Waynesville, North Carolina.We’ll help you handle everything and make your wedding day a spectacular one.Click HERE to visit this beautiful NC MOUNTAIN WEDDING VENUE