Laurel Ridge Operations Update

happy-labor-dayHAPPY LABOR DAY!
Enjoy your holiday at LRCC with activities for all ages!  At 9 am, an ABCD Golf Scramble will tee off with fun games and prizes.  From 10 am-12 pm, a Tennis Round Robin will be held at the courts.  Pool games begin at 1 pm.  Be sure to visit the Turn Window for hamburgers, hot dogs and holiday specials, including half-price ice cream!   Come eat, drink and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Laurel Ridge members and guest artists share their extraordinary talents with the community during this art exhibition and sale.  Original paintings, one-of-a-kind quilts, pottery, jewelry, scarves and much more will be on display and for sale in the Pavilion on September 9, 2016 from 4-7 pm (cash/checks only; no credit cards).  The art show is open to the public and all are invited to dine in the clubhouse afterward for Flying Pasta Night from 5:30-8:30 pm, by reservation only.   Prepare to be awed by the craftsmanship and expertise that will be exhibited by our members!


  • Great weather and great scores highlighted the playing of the 2016 Mixed Member-Member Tournament. img_0624 This annual tournament is sometimes known as the “Divorce Open”, as two-person teams compete fiercely for the right to be named Best Gross and/or Net Champions.  The event was played over two days with “Best Ball” format on Saturday and a Scramble on Sunday.  The team of Greg and Donna Stamey got off to a hot start on Day 1 as they shot a score of six-under par, 66.  They led by four strokes over Dan and Deborah Beasley and by five over Ron and Ann Cramm.  In the Net division, Kevin Cronin and Kathleen Korber played awesome on Day 1, finishing with a 2-stroke lead over three other teams (Jeff/Melonie Murphy, Brian/Priscilla Boeye & Dave Blosser/Susan Hale) with an impressive score of 55.  On Sunday, Greg and Donna shot a solid round of 70, which was good enough to win by three strokes over the Cramms, who finished with 68 on Sunday.  Ed and Linda McHugh could not catch the Stameys either, even though they also shot a 68 on Sunday.  With Sunday’s low Net score, img_0611Jeff and Melonie Murphy won this year’s Net Champoinship by almost four strokes.  Jeff admitted that he made a few putts, but it was Melonie who led the way to their team’s victory.  They were followed by Rick and Joyce Schlapkohl in second place and Brian and Priscilla Boeye in third.  Day 1 leaders Kevin Cronin and Kathleen Korber did not play quite as well on Sunday and finished in fourth, while Ray and Ann Todd’s impressive play landed them in fifth in the Net division.  Congrats to all participants and our winners!  May the Divorce Open continue in 2017 without the need of lawyers.
  • A sign-up sheet is in the Golf Shop for the LABOR DAY GOLF tournament that will tee off at 9 am.  The Golf Shop will make the pairings for this ABCD scramble with lots of fun games & prizes.  Cost is only $12 plus applicable cart fee.
  • Fall Golf Course Aerification will begin early on the Tuesday following Labor Day, September 6 and should be completed by Thursday or Friday, September 9 at the latest.  During this time, the Golf Shop will be open and can assist members with tee times on area golf courses.  The exact time that the course will reopen for play is partially dependent on Mother Nature, so call the Golf Shop for an update, 828-452-0545, ext. 171.
  • gold-trophy-clip-art-opSItd-clipartLooking ahead, the very popular LADY EAGLE CUP and PIEDMONT CUP are quickly approaching.  This season-ending tournament is a tradition and is always a favorite.  For the men and ladies, the 3-day team event, fashioned after the Ryder Cup, will be played Thursday, September 29th and Saturday-Sunday, October 1st & 2nd.  Sign up now in the Golf Shop.
  • Playing a format of “Low Putts”, Ann Cramm won Wednesday’s LRLGA play day with a score of 30.  Kathleen Korber followed in second place with 32.  In a tie for third, Veronica Von Zwehl, Brenda Fulton and Lois Oehme all finished with 34.  Doris Greene won the Nine-Holers with 15, followed by Karen Confoy in second.
  • On Tuesday and Thursday, the LRLGA played competitive games of “2 Net Plus Additional Birdies”.  Finishing first on Tuesday was the foursome of Larry Phalin, John Estok, Russell Smith and Doug McLaughlin with -27.  Playing as a threesome, Dave Blosser, Dan Doyle and Dave Crocker won the prize.  Charles Wilson won Closest to the Pin on #17.  On Thursday, first place went to Pete Mitchell, Alan Cornetet, Don McGowan and Alan Jackson with -28.  Following in second place was John Estok, Pat Mathes, Ray McGowan and Doug McLaughlin, posting a score of -22.


The Pilates class will not be held next Monday on the Labor Day holiday.  Lisa Falbo is still planning to hold her 10 am class on Monday.  Be sure to support the weekly classes offered by our certified fitness instructors. Full 24-hour access to the fitness center and participation in fitness classes is a benefit we hope all members will enjoy!


We continue to stay very busy on the tennis courts at Laurel Ridge. Coach Steven Howard will be ending his summer assignment here at LRCC on Wednesday, September 7th. We have enjoyed having Steven’s enthusiasm, great court maintenance and tennis teaching skills available to the membership this season and wish him well in his career and future endeavors.  With Steven’s departure, our club staff will continue to maintain and groom the tennis courts into the Fall on a daily basis. Effective next Thursday, September 8th, tennis court reservations may not be made via phone or email for the remainder of 2016.  Instead, court reservations can only be made by using the tennis court reservation sheet located in the Tennis Cabana, per the following excerpt from the LRCC tennis policies:  Tennis courts are open on a first-come basis. However, courts may be reserved by signing up on the Court Reservation Sheet in the Cabana up to a week prior to play. When others are waiting to play, playing time per court is limited to 1½ hours per match. 

We will continue to schedule courts for the 10 am to noon mixer on Saturdays, when our members can enjoy doubles games.  We hope all tennis members will continue to attend as long as weather permits.  Also, please remember to advise the office either in person or at 828-452-0545, ext. 0 whenever you have a tennis guest(s) on the day of play so that your account can be properly charged. Thank you, Scott Irwin, GM

DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Tuesday and Wednesday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  Please note the change from the previous Wednesday/Thursday schedule.  Member Jerry McCarthy has volunteered to be the contact for these matches so please call him for more information, 452-6858.  If the Pavilion is in use for club events, drop-ins are cancelled.  Pickleball courts are unavailable September 8-10, 13, 16-17 & 30 due to private and member events (subject to change).

silverwareThanks for your incredible support of the restaurant and Turn Window this season!  The restaurant serves dinner every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening.  Check your email or the online events calendar for menus and hours.  Lunch in the clubhouse is available Tuesday through Saturday and a scrumptious Sunday Brunch is offered with a different menu weekly.  Please call ahead for dinner and brunch reservations.

  • The Turn Window will be closed during Golf Course Aerification following Labor Day from Tuesday-Friday, September 6-9 (clubhouse dining is available on regular schedule).  Upon reopening, September hours of operation for the Turn Window will be Friday through Monday weekly (closed Tuesday-Thursday), until closing for the season in early October.  Thanks for your continued patronage.
  • Sunday’s Brunch menu features carved roast beef au jus, fried chicken, herb smashed , green salad, omelet station, biscuits & gravy & all your breakfast favorites for $22.99.  Ages 7-12 can dine for $8; 6 & under are free!  MEMBERS ONLY can order the breakfast portion for $13.99.  The Bar is offering specials on Bloody Marys & Mimosas.  Brunch is served from 11 am-2:30 pm.
  • Next Tuesday, Chef will offer a PRIME RIB BUFFET on.  Plan to bring a guest you want to impress!
  • Wine Dinner 9_15The quality wine of Mira from Napa Valley will be the focus of a Wine Dinner on Thursday, September 15.  Chef Al has meticulously planned his menu to pair with four courses featuring Mira’s Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch, Jimmy D’s Red Blend and Cabernet Savignon.  Cost is $95++ and seating is limited to the first 25 reservations.
  • Dinner Service is closed on Friday, September 16 for a fundraising event benefiting the Haywood Community College Foundation.  All members are invited to attend this gala, Shine & Dine”, to support the work of the foundation.  Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, demonstrations by students and alumni, music and a silent auction.  For tickets or information, call 627-4522 or visit

Mark your calendars for our HARVEST MEMBER PARTY on Wednesday, October 5th (please note date change!)!   There is no place like the mountains of WNC in the Fall and you will definitely want to be here as we celebrate this season with its wonderful colors, flavors and traditions.   We are thrilled to announce that The Two Armadillos will be performing for our members during this event. Chef Al will expertly prepare a buffet featuring your seasonal favorites.  More details to come!

In cooperation with the Haywood County Arts Council, Laurel Ridge will host an unforgettable evening of friends, food and music for members and guests on Thursday, September 29, with an exclusive performance by internationally acclaimed pianist, Ji.  Save the date for this phenomenal fundraising concert benefiting local arts and artists and our mountain artistic heritage.  Members can participate in this limited gathering by completing a sponsorship form available in the LRCC offices. For more information about the featured young artist, visit

What a nice break in temperatures the past few days have been!  The end of August and the first half of September normally have mixed temperatures, fluctuating from hot to cool.  While I hope for cooler weather moving forward, the night time temperatures have already been lower, making the summer stress affecting our grass to ease away.

Several people have had questions about the fairways being too wet.  To explain, I must water the grass to the worst possible scenario.  In this case, that scenario is localized dry spots.  Some of the very fairways that are too wet in areas also have dry areas just a few feet away.  With an irrigation head that has a diameter of 160 feet, it is not always possible to just water the area in need.  Some drainage work will help eliminate most of this when this project is undertaken in a couple of weeks.

The work on the hole #5 pond is progressing well.  This  is not an irrigation pond, however, it is very valuable aesthetically to LRCC and many homeowners.  The pond randomly drained itself once in April and again in August.  This signified that a problem was evident that was out of our control.  The drain for the pond was 30+ year old galvanized pipe that had rusted, leaving a hole about 5 inches across in its wall.  Both times that the pond drained, the mud would build back up against the hole and allow the pond to refill.   With the help of the NCDENR, we devised a plan that is currently being executed.  After the pond drained in August, both parties agreed it was time to repair the problem. The new drain pipe was installed on Thursday and Friday and the silt removal process has begun.  Ideally, the key time to perform this would be during the off season.  However, the NCDENR required us to act immediately.  Every time the hole would allow the pond to drain, silt was leaving the pond.  The NCDENR allows no sediment in the creeks.  We hope to have this area completed shortly and thank you for your patience.

Finally, please remember aerification begins next Tuesday.  We should have great weather to perform this needed process and hopefully finish by Thursday.  Have a great Labor day weekend, Logan Nesbitt, Golf Courchristmas-partyse Superintendent

Our calendar is quickly filling with private parties this holiday season.  If you want to hold your Christmas celebration or office party at the club, please call now to reserve your date.  Best of all, club members receive a 50% discount on their room rental fee.  To make arrangements for any upcoming banquet or catering needs, please contact LeShall at 828-452-0545, ext. 135 or

Member Harvey Morse will teach another Concealed Weapons & NC/FL Carry Permit Course on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  Class will be held at LRCC from 9 am-6 pm in the Mountain Vista Room.  Cost is $99 plus lunch.  Class fees include ammo and are payable to Mr. Morse (cash is preferred/checks accepted).  For questions or to sign up, call 828-631-0000.