Laurel Ridge Operations Update

Laurel Ridge Country Club mourns the loss of our golf course architect, Bob Cupp. bob-cupp-photo  Since the original design of Laurel Ridge’s golf course 30 years ago, we have benefited from Cupp’s mentoring often over the years.   In February of 2015, we had the pleasure of a visit from Cupp.  He was pleased that the course was in such good condition and faring so well in spite of the difficult golf industry and he offered several suggestions that would “open up” the course visually, which we have done. Cupp was a man of many talents besides golf design and well revered by his colleagues.  We are indebted to him and, while his resume contains many outstanding golf courses that he constructed through his vision, we believe that LRCC was one of his finest efforts.   Join us as we send thoughts and prayers to his family.   An article in Golfweek Magazine honoring the many accomplishments of this passionate man is available to view.

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • Golf play will resume Saturday!  Thanks for your patience as we completed our Fall aerification.   The process successfully aerified the greens, tees, greens perimeters, and fairways for a healthier golf course.
  • PRO SHOP SALE!  Bridgestone Golf Ball Special – B330 Series: buy 2 dozen, get one free.  Also, E Series: buy 2 dozen for $40 (regularly $31/dozen).
  • Congratulations to LRCC member, Ron Isserman, on his first ever hole-in-one.  He made this fantastic play Wednesday on hole #9 at MVCC using a 9-iron.  This is surely the first of many to come!
  • As we celebrated the unofficial end of summer with our Labor Day golf tournament and other festivities at LRCC, we begin to look forward to many upcoming golf events and the approach of Fall color season. This month, we have the LRMGA President Cup Finals, the LRLGA & LRMGA closing events and, of course, the very poplar Lady Eagle Cup & Piedmont Cup begins.  Call the Pro Shop for details on any golf event.
  • LRMGA NEWS – The upcoming President’s Cup dates have been changed slightly to allow the greens to recover after aerification.  The dates were pushed back by one play day and are now scheduled for September 15th and 20th.  All players are still mathematically eligible for prizes even if you have not competed in any of the prior President’s Cup challenges.  Remember also to sign up for the Van Noppen Tournament in the Pro Shop.
  • Our final Hilly Dilly of the season was held on Labor Day with a fun scramble format. img_2664-3The morning began early under beautiful blue skies. The winning team posted an unbelievable net score of 49.3 to win by over four strokes! Congrats to Dave Blosser, Joyce Schlapkohl Steve Foreman and Mary Lou Barnes for this outstanding victory! They were followed by Bill Plifka, Ann Cramm, Scott Arnold, Karen Confoy with a net score of 53.5. In third place with 55.15 was the team of Ron Cramm, Susan Hale, Dan Doyle and Doug McLaughlin, who finished just ahead of fourth place winners, Chuck Wilson, Jeannette Carter, Don McGowan and Ann Todd. Taking home the prize for Closest to the Pin was Dawn Plifka, Bill Confoy and Ann Cramm. Thanks to our participants for spending part of your holiday with us!

FITNESS CENTER UPDATE

  • TRX-BannerEileen Corbin would like to thank LRCC members for the great response to her TRX classes.  Often called suspension training, this class is a safe, effective way to increase your fitness level no matter your age or gender.    Her class schedule has changed and she will now offer classes on Tuesdays at 2 pm and Wednesday mornings at 9:15 & 9:45 am.  Space is limited to 4 participants per class at a cost of $10 payable to Eileen.
  • Excessive lightning strikes and power surges have damaged the TVs and monitors on the cardiovascular equipment in the Fitness Center.  Unfortunately, the cost to replace these devices is prohibitive at this time with the likelihood of repeated occurrences.  We apologize for this inconvenience and suggest that members bring hand-held devices with ear pieces to discreetly listen to news and music during exercise.
  • Preventive maintenance has been performed this week on all club strength training and cardio equipment.  The safety of our members is a priority!

TENNIS CENTER

The tennis courts continue to stay busy, primarily in the mornings.  Our club staff will maintain and groom the tennis courts on a daily basis. Please keep in mind that court reservations may not be made via phone or email for the remainder of this season.  The tennis court reservation sheet located in the Cabana should be used for all tennis court reservations, 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 hope members will attend the weekly 10 am mixer on Saturdays where our members can enjoy doubles games.  Also, please remember to advise the office either in person or at 828-452-0545, ext. 3 whenever you have a tennis guest(s) on the day of play so that your account may be properly charged.  Thank you, Scott Irwin, GM

PICKLEBALL
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 910, 13, 16-17 & 30 due to private and member events (subject to change).

DINING
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.

  • 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 prime rib au jus, fried Georgia catfish, mashed potatoes with roasted corn, black-eyed peas, broccoli casserole, tomatoes & summer squash, vegetable slaw, green salad, pickled beets, omelet station, buckwheat pancakes & all your breakfast favorites for $23.99.  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 prepare a delicious buffet with beef bourguignon, spinach- and sundried tomato-stuffed chicken breast, smashed potatoes, wild rice pilaf, broccoli casserole, cabbage & green peas and dessert for $21.99.
  • Few reservations remain for the Mira 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 Sauvignon.  Cost is $95++; call today for your reservation!
  • Dinner Service is closed next 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 haywood.edu/foundation.

fallleavesHARVEST MEMBER PARTY
Save the date 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!
GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE
We have had a very successful 2016 Fall aerification.  The process included venting the greens with coring tines (5/8″ x 6″ long), topdressing, dragging the sand several times, and finally verticutting the greens on Friday.  Even though aerification didn’t start until this Tuesday, the planning process began much sooner.  We obviously plan aerification when we make the golf calendar around the middle of August the year before.  Tines are bought a month ahead of time to allow for possible back-ordering.  Fertilizer is ordered and applied seven days before aerification, and again after the last sand dragging.  Special fertilizers are sprayed to help reduce the healing time. Many hours go into planning the four-day process each Spring and Fall.   This particular aerification was specifically to aerify the greens, tees, greens perimeters and fairways.  Unlike in the spring when cores were pulled on the fairways, we used a 6-inch shatter tine this fall.  As a result, the clean up is reduced and we achieve two different processes each year.  The weather this week was beautiful for the aerification, but very warm.  Fortunately, the healing is going very well so far and the golf course will reopen Saturday morning.  Thank you for understanding the importance of aerification.  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent
christmas-partyPRIVATE HOLIDAY PARTIES
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 events@laurelridgegolf.com.