Weekly Operations Update 10/16/15

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!
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
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.
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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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!