Laurel Ridge Operations Update 5/27/16

LRCC remembers the men and women who served or are serving our great country in the Armed Forces.  Happy Memorial Day!  Your service is not forgotten and very much appreciated!


  • PRO SHOP SALE!  Men’s Cutter & Buck or FootJoy Shirts:  Buy 1, get 50% off!  Buy 2, get 60% off!  Buy 3 or more, get 70% off!  Over 100 to choose from.
  • The much-awaited BATTLE OF THE SEXES Golf Tournament is coming up on June 5, 2016.  Men vs. Women with bragging rights on the line. The women were victorious last year and the men will be looking for revenge.  Look out, ladies!   Sign up in the Pro Shop.
  • All members are invited to play in WCU’s charitable golf tournament on June 3rd to benefit the “Pride of the Mountain” Marching Band.  Golf begins at 1 pm followed by dinner in the Pavilion.  Those interested may register online at  Let’s all support this great band on their journey to success!
  • Make sure your MEMORIAL DAY includes golf at LRCC!  A scramble will tee off at 1 pm with dinner following.  For non-golfers, the pool will be open with games in the afternoon and a tennis mixer begins at 10 am.  All members are invited to a “cookout” dinner buffet at 5:30 pm.
  • IMG_0068MEN’S MEMBER MEMBER – Bob May and Buck Williams were our Low Gross Champs in last weekend’s Member/Member with a score of 141.  Second Low Gross went to the team of Mel Gondron and Dan Beasley with 148.  The McGowan brothers, Don and Raymond, won Low Net with 122, followed by a tie for Second Low Net between Rick Schlapkohl/Brian Boeye and Sven Oberg/Chuck Wilson with 125.  All these gentlemen played very well and deserve congratulations!IMG_0065
  • The ladies of the LRLGA played a scramble Wednesday followed by a delicious lunch and meeting in the clubhouse.  Overall winners were Donna Stamey, Roxanne McCarthy, Linda McHugh, Veronica Von Zwehl & Jeanne McCarthy.  Winning the Front Nine were Brenda Fulton, Priscilla Boeye, Ann Todd & Judy Dykes.  The team of Kathleen Korber, Jeannette Carter, Jane Noppenberg and Pam Williams were victorious on the Back Nine.  Nice job, ladies!
  • The 1st round of the LRMGA President’s Cup was played Tuesday.  Dick Oehme finished in first, outplaying our 2015 President’s Cup champion and second place finisher, Don Thompson who always seems to step up his game for this annual contest.  In a tie for third, Don McGowan and Dick McCotter finished ahead of fifth place golfers, Dave Matthys and Chuck Wilson.  Stay tuned because there is more play to come!  On Thursday’s Progressive play, the 3-some of Dave Matthys, Raymond McGowan and Steve Hewitt finished on top with a -6.  The winning 4-some was Allen Braswell, Sven Oberg, Russell Smith and Charles Brantley.
  • Congratulations to Dick McCotter for his great play today!  He shot a par 72 (at the age of 78!), three-putting the last hole.  Just think, he came very close to scoring below par.  What an accomplishment!  Also, kudos to Ron Muse for shooting a hole-in-one recently on WCC’s Dogwood hole #4.  Great play from a great guy!


  • Sandy Lampl’s YOGA TONE class will be held on Memorial Day at 9:30 am.  This weekly class will help you unlock your body and heal your aches!  Class participants are asked to make a donation to Sandy for her services. Mats are available but please bring a mat if you have one. For more info, call Sandy at (828) 226-2171.  For a complete listing of scheduled classes, follow this link, LRCC Fitness Class Schedule.
  • Candra Smith, a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, is offering MASSAGE SERVICES to members at LRCC.   She graduated from UNCW in 2002 with a BS in Exercise Science and has been practicing Massage and Yoga in Haywood County for nine years, specializing in deep, therapeutic massage.  Massage prices at LRCC:  60 minute massage- $90; 90 minute massage- $120.  Her services are available by appointment only, (828)545-8918 or (828) 944-0288.

Memorial Weekend is here!  I hope everyone is excited and ready for the festivities that Laurel Ridge will have to offer this holiday weekend and Monday.  The pool is open and that means that there will be a lot of activity around the tennis center.  If you have not done so, drop in and say hello and let us tune up your tennis game.  On Monday, I will be having a fun Memorial Day get together starting at 10 am.  We will start off with a clinic that will last for about an hour, and then move into a round robin for anyone that is interested, and we will conclude the day with a “1 Point Tournament” and will award our first Memorial Day “1 Point” Champion.  This day is free to members and $10 for each guest.  We will be taking pictures throughout the day so wear your smiles!

I want to get everyone thinking about Saturday, June 11th, our official LRCC Tennis Opening!  We will have several events planned for that day including a tennis carnival where you get to hit off of the ball machine and win a prize.  Prince Sports will have a demo tent so if anyone is looking to try out some of the newest technology, plan on being at the courts.  There will also be a Men’s, Ladies and Mixed Doubles round robin. The exact timeline of all events will be detailed next in Friday’s Operations Update.  If anyone is interested in any of the activities, please let me know at least 24 hours in advance so that everything can be ready and no one is left out.  I will out of town for a wedding this weekend so the 9 am clinic for Saturday is cancelled but there will still be drop-in play at 10 am -noon and GM Scott Irwin will be oversee play.

Here’s your free tennis tip of the week: Make sure that you remember to breathe while playing tennis. Oxygen is vital to the body to keep you upright and moving.  If you have any questions, please call or email me: or 912-269-6599.  Have a great Memorial Day weekend and I hope to see all of our tennis players on Monday morning.   Steven Howard

DROP-IN PICKLEBALL MATCHES are held each Wednesday and Thursday in the Pavilion at 4 pm.  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 May 28, 30 and June 3-5 due to private and member events.Susan Ammons 5_27_16

Dive in…the pool is open!!!  Little Susan Ammons (pictured) was our first pool guest today, jumping into the sparkling blue waters. Susan is the daughter of members John and Laura Ammons.   Pool games are planned for Memorial Day afternoon so bring the family and stay for dinner at 5:30 pm (please call ahead for reservations).

Member Harvey Morse will teach a Concealed Weapons & NC Carry Permit Course on June 3-4, 2016.  Classes will be held at LRCC on June 3rd in the Mountain Vista Room from 9 am-5pm.  All guns and ammo will be provided.  On June 4th, class will meet at a different location for weapons handling, etc.  Cost is $99 payable to Mr. Morse (cash is preferred/checks accepted) plus the cost of your lunch.  For questions or to sign up, call 828-631-0000.

Don’t miss this fun, lively art event on June 4th sponsored by the Haywood County Arts Council where professional artists race the clock to start and complete a work of art in one fast-paced hour while you watch. Proceeds from this event benefit the arts in Haywood County.  For tickets and information, visit


  • Monday’s Memorial Day buffet will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, baked beans, macaroni ‘n’ cheese, cole slaw, watermelon and banana pudding for $18 inclusive.  Kids 7-12 can eat for $8; 6 & under are free!  Dinner service begins at 5:30 pm.
  • Next Tuesday on May 31st, Chef Al is preparing an exceptional buffet with carved prime rib au jus, fried catfish, herb smashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, broccoli casserole, roasted carrots, slaw, green salad, chicken tortilla soup & desserts for $20.99.    Please call ahead for reservations and stay for Trivia at 7 pm.
  • The Battle of the Sexes Buffet will be served June 5 at 5:30 pm.  Non-golfers are invited to dine for $18 inclusive.  The menu includes spaghetti bolognese, chicken & vegetable penne alfredo, Caesar salad, roasted garlic green beans, garlic bread, fresh fruit & assorted desserts.
  • A MEXICAN BUFFET will be served on Tuesday, June 7 featuring all your favorites from South of the Border and drink specials from the Bar.  Ole!
  • The TURN WINDOW is now open daily, 10 am-4 pm.  Freshly grilled burgers and made-to-order sandwiches are back!  Follow this link for a complete Turn Window menu.
  • As our members return to the mountains from their winter abodes, we get excited!  We hope everyone will join us for our Welcome Back Party on Friday, June 10, 2016 with cocktails at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm in the Pavilion.  Come catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while and greet the newest members of the Laurel Ridge family!  The Pro Shop will set up golf games Big Break style including Flop Wall, Black Jack & the popular Island Green.  A cash bar will be available and chef will prepare a dinner buffet including fried chicken and BBQ pork for only $15 inclusive.  We’re glad you’re here!
  • Treat Dad to FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH at LRCC on June 19th!  Chef Al will offer a buffet fit for a King including slow-roasted prime rib au jus, smoke BBQ back ribs, fried chicken, yukon potato mash, roasted pepper mac & cheese, green beans, vegetable casserole, citrus slaw, seafood pasta salad, spring salad, omelet station, bacon & sausage, biscuits & gravy, cheese grits, home fries & more for $27.99.  Kids 7-12 eat for $8; 6 & under are free.  Sorry, the Member Only Breakfast Special is not available on this day.  Make your reservations early to ensure availability for the time you wish to reserve between 11 am-3 pm.05-Jesus-Christ-Superstar-1
  • SAVE THE DATE!  On Friday, July 22nd, LRCC will partner with HART to bring you a memorable evening of DINNER & THEATRE.   Members can wine and dine at the club before traveling to Hart Theatre to enjoy reserved seating for Jesus Christ Superstar, the timeless work that rocked the world in 1971! For those not attending the theatre, only one seating is available for dinner service at 6 pm with a special plated meal.


Our maintenance staff has had another busy week on the golf course.  More bentgrass sod was added on holes 1, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11.  The small flags marking these areas may be unsightly, but they are necessary and will be removed as soon as the sod roots into the soil.  I am very happy with the progress of the golf course; things will only continue to get better with the maturation of the seed combined with our upgraded equipment and staff numbers.

I may have mentioned before, but our seasonal workforce this year is very qualified.  Three of the five came from Wade Hampton and two from Cullasaja CC. Both of these courses are very impressive and have magnificent attention to detail.  LRCC has already benefited as these guys have already shown some of the same detail here.  The greens are rolling quick and true, mowing directions are being alternated, ball marks are repaired before every mowing and equipment is being taken care of.  Great things are in store for 2016!

I’m excited to tell you that LRCC has been asked to partner with Civitas for testing purposes.  Civitas is a spray product that is combined with fungicides, insecticides and fertilizers to create healthier turf.  While improving turf, Civitas also reduces ounces needed per acre of spray.  I’ve been doing this test for Civitas for about a month now and so far the results are respectable.  One of their top representatives will be flying in every month during the season to view results.

Happy Memorial Day from the bottom of my heart.  Thank you to all the men and women that have served or are currently serving the greatest nation in the world!  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

The next Trivia Night will be on Tuesday, May 31st at 7 pm in the Cedar Room.  Come early for a buffet featuring prime rib and fried catfish!

golfSessions are filling up for our Summer Youth Sports & Activities Camps for ages 6-15.   Your child or grandchild will benefit from valuable lessons from our Tennis & Golf Pros plus many other activities such as swimming, pickleball, basketball, field games plus arts and crafts.  Days packed full of sports and learning activities will ensure a fun experience for all!  Please click here for a 2016 Youth Sports Camp Brochure.  Space is limited so call the office today to reserve a space today for your child or grandchild.  Day camps will be offered during the following weeks in June and July with hours from 10 am-4 pm daily:

  • Camp I – June 27 – July 1, 2016
  • Camp II – July 11-15, 2016
  • Camp III – July 18-22, 2016
  • Camp IV – July 25-29, 2016

Do you know anyone looking for a country club home?   For a very limited time, we are offering Golf, Sports or Social Memberships with discounted initiation fees with a 2-year commitment!  Tell your friends, business associates and colleagues about the benefits of membership.  All members enjoy year-round social activities, clubhouse dining & 24-hour Fitness Center access. Sports members also have tennis, pickleball & pool privileges. Golf members can play unlimited rounds all year.  Best of all, when you refer a prospective member and they join, you receive an account credit to spend any way you like.  Call the office for details; this offer ends June 30th!