Thoughts on Spring, Golf Course Conditions and Grub Control, Waynesville, NC

What a beautiful spring! In my 13 years in the golf course maintenance business, the grass has greened up quicker and grown faster than any year that I can recall. We are trying to keep the golf course conditions as consistent as we can, but training new employees and frequent rainy weather leave us scratching our heads. The golf course received bulk fertilizer application on the 8th and 9th of April to spread fertilizer, crabgrass control and grub control. This is the first year that fertilizer companies have started attaching grub control onto fertilizer. It is also the first year that we have been able to control grubs in the rough grass. I am looking forward to the great results that are expected. As most of you know and have seen, we have started the new irrigation system. Feel free to read the next blog for a more detailed plan.

Logan Nesbitt, LRCC Golf Course Superintendent

Breaking with Wedding Cake Traditions

The most famous of cake quotes, “Let them eat cake”, does not have to apply to wedding cakes anymore. Either in the big city, or herein the Smoky Mountains, I am pleased to say that brides and grooms are stepping out of the “cake box” and getting creative in choosing their wedding cakes or wedding desserts. With so little understanding of the tradition of wedding cake and what it has meant through the ages, couples are free to come up with traditions of their own.

Some traditions are best forgotten? A bride today would never go for the wedding cake or bread as used 2000 years ago, to be broken over her head by her groom to show his dominance over her as they did in Roman times. Stacked, sweet buns were popular in medieval times and brought the bride and groom together by them kissing over the top. From the 17th to the 19th century, minced and meat pies were customary, meat being a luxury much like sugar. As refined sugar was introduced to Victorian England, cakes were developed to showcase a family’s wealth and the virginal state of the bride. It is only in the last 100 years that a couple cuts the cake together as their first act of unity.

Today’s couples are choosing a smaller version of a wedding cake and offering cupcakes instead. We have hosted weddings where family members were asked to bring their specialty dessert. Guests were lined up to sample Aunt Connie’s Rum cake, Great Grandma’s Pecan Tarts and Mom’s Coconut cake. This personal touch reflected the bringing together of both families in a “sweet” way. Pies and cobblers are making a huge comeback, a common wedding dessert in Pioneer days. One of our Destination Brides is having a Rice Crispy Cake we had posted on facebook. She wanted an easy, fun and inexpensive alternative to cake.

Some traditions are worth keeping, the cutting of the cake, hand over hand, in the promise to support and nurture one another. Feeding of the cake symbolizes love, honor and respect for each other, so….no smashing of cake! The final tradition, another symbol of respect and love, the serving of cake to each others parents is worth keeping. I challenge you to test the boundaries of all things sweet until you find what is meaningful for you.

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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.

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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:

Pro Am July 2014

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!