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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!

loganhnesbitt@yahoo.com

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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.

NC Mountain Wedding Planning TipsPinterest 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.

NC Mountain Wedding VenuesNow 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

Fitness Center New for 2014!

Laurel Ridge is adding a new state-of-the-art Fitness Center that will be a great optional benefit for our members. The Cardio Room (pictured) is already open and includes treadmills, ellipticals, an exercise bike and inversion table.  Work continues on the aerobics area, weight room and locker rooms (please pardon our mess!)   Yoga, pilates, zumba and more will be offered to help members get ready for the summer season.  Our yoga instructor is pleased to offer a class for golfers to help with flexibility of movement.  Stay tuned!

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Bluebird Trail Flourishes at Laurel Ridge

Contributed by LRCC member, Melissa Van Noppen

Be sure to notice the renewed Bluebird Trail on the golf course.   Thanks to the dedication of several members, many boxes have been replaced and are being watched carefully by fellow birders.  After such a harsh winter, these friendly streaks of blue need a good deal of help.  We appreciate the volunteers so much for placing and tending the boxes weekly.  Unfortunately, many of the poles and boxes have disappeared through the seasons due to home building and plant overgrowth.

Bluebird Friends Inc. was begun in the early nineties and is as almost as old as the golf course!  The effort has received much help from members who enjoy tending the boxes between shots on the course.  Gifts here and there from interested birders have kept the project going.

If you are interested in learning more about the care and feeding of these interesting birds, there is much to find on the internet at the NC Bluebird Society.   Once you get hooked on watching the interest, courtship, feeding and fledgings, you will have to keep up with the family…they reel you in on their lives!

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Tennis Anyone?

043Our four Har-Tru clay tennis courts are open for another great tennis season at Laurel Ridge!   Sign up for Men’s and Ladies’ Drop-In Doubles in the Cabana.  Tennis Pro, Roger Whitner, is available for individual or group lessons.

New Outdoor Wedding Arbor

The picturesque setting overlooking the pond and golf course will soon be home to a new Outdoor Wedding Arbor.  The soon-to-be-completed structure will complement the post and beam style of our clubhouse and open-air pavilion.  Brides are going to love this!

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