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.

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.

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.
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!

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!

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 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!

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!

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

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.