Laurel Ridge Operations Update 5/6/16

The owners & staff send wishes for a very Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers & Grandmothers! 

flowersOf all the special joys in life,
The big ones and the small,
A mother’s love and tenderness
Is the greatest of them all. ~anonymous

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!  We are thrilled to extend a hearty Laurel Ridge welcome to the following new members.  Please join us in making these new members feel at home.

  • Susan Anderson & Fred Morrison, Waynesville, NC
  • Charles Debele, Waynesville, NC
  • Leila & Sam Lupfer, Kissimmee, FL

WELCOME BACK!  These members couldn’t get to LRCC back fast enough!

  • Yvonne & Joe Dance, Waynesville, NC
  • Deborah & Bob Morgan, Avon Park, FL


  • Everyone is invited to Saturday’s Derby fun!  At 3 pm, spectators will gather on the deck to watch the Shoot-out as our “horses” run for the roses.  A cash bar is open as the two-person “horse” golf teams prepare for a showdown on holes 9, 10 & 18.  Last year’s teams put on quite a show as the players jockeyed for position.  A fabulous dinner buffet will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the golf awards presentation and the televised Kentucky Derby.   Cost for non-golfers is $26 & reservations are a must.
  • Monday, May 9th is HALF-PRICE GOLF GUEST DAY.  Your friends, co-worker and acquaintances can play 18 holes for only $47!  You must accompany your guests.  Please remember that food service will not be available on this day.
  • LADIES’ GOLF CLINICS will be held on Tuesdays/ Thursdays on May 10, 12, 17 & 19 with instruction from our golf pros.  Get a jump start on the season with valuable tips and pointers on your game, from putting and chipping to full swing.  Call the Golf Shop to sign up.
  • ATTENTION MEN:  The annual Men’s Member Member Tournament is coming up on Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22!  Two-man teams should sign up in the Golf Shop for this tournament consisting of 36 holes of Better Ball Stroke Play.  Winners will be awarded for Gross and Net Division.  Entry fee is $75/team; hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available for participants after Sunday’s play.
  • Make sure your MEMORIAL DAY includes golf & dinner at LRCC!  Cost for golf is $30 plus cart (includes dinner) and golfers tee off at 1 pm.   If you’re not golfing, please join us for dinner beginning at 5:30 pm.  The buffet includes hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, baked beans, mac & cheese, slaw, watermelon & banana pudding for $18 inclusive.
  • BRWGA – Laurel Ridge ladies were big winners at the first Blue Ridge WGA event of the season at Connestee Falls Golf Club. First Flight winners were Deborah Beasley, who won 1st Low Gross with a score of 79, followed by Dawn Plifka with 82.  Kaison Gottlieb won Low Net in the 1st Flight with net 70.  Second Flight 1st Low Gross winner was Kathleen Korber, with a score of 86.   Congratulations to all for representing Laurel Ridge so well.
  • LRMGA played a game of 2 Net on Tuesday, May 3rd.  With a score of -24, the team of Mel Gondron, Dave Matthys, John Bowers & Don Haynes finished in first.  Second place honors went to Dick Oehme, Larry Phalin and Doug McLaughlin.  Closest to the Pin on #3 was Pat Mathes.  Thursdays play was cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • Wednesday’s LRLGA format was 1 Net, 2 Net.  The team of Kathleen Korber, Veronica Von Zwehl and Robin Phelan finished on top with a -19.  Deborah Beasley, Priscilla Boeye and Lois Oehme followed in second (-13), barely defeating third place finishers, Sharon Burchell, Linda McHugh and Ann Todd (-12).

FITNESS CENTER- Keep your body young and pain free with a YOGA TONE class led by Sandy Lampl on Mondays at 9:30 am beginning May 16, 2016.  If you want to unlock your body and heal your aches, don’t miss this weekly class!  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.

tennisTENNIS CENTER – Hello from the Tennis Center!  I hope everyone is having a great week.  The courts are really starting to look and play great with all of the work that has been performed. If you have not seen them or played on them, I would really like for everyone to stop by, say hello and see how wonderful our renovated tennis facility is looking.  Clinics and events for adults and children started this week and we are having a great time enjoying old and new friendships and a little competitive play.  If you would like to sign up for any of the programs or events please do so at least 24 hours in advance to ensure proper court scheduling.  If no one is signed up for an program/event in advance, it will allow me to schedule lessons during that time. As a reminder, we do have a full pro shop minus clothes and shoes, but I can order anything you might need as I have accounts with all major tennis companies.  If you need your racket(s) restrung or you just need a new grip, I can help you out. Also, we have tennis balls in the shop for sale for your added convenience.

I wanted to remind everyone that I will be out of town Thursday May 12th – Saturday May 21st to take the College of Coastal Georgia Tennis team to the NAIA National Tournament in Mobile Alabama (GO MARINERS).  I will also be out of town on Saturday, May 28th for a wedding.  After this crazy month is over, I look forward to seeing everyone from beginners to professionals regularly on the tennis courts for a great summer of tennis.  If you have any questions, please drop by the tennis center or you can contact me at 912-269-6599 or Have a great week.  Steven Howard

PICKLEBALL – LRCC has two courts in our Pavilion for member’s use when not reserved for club events. Members may play for 15 minutes when others are waiting to play and each player must sign a required liability waiver before playing. Guests may play at a fee of $10 per person per day, same as tennis guests.  For those needing to rent equipment, we have paddles and balls available for member rental at the main office, 10 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday. Pickleball equipment from may also be ordered through our main office at preferential pricing by calling Scott at 452-0545, ext. 132.

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.  Pickleball courts are unavailable on Saturday May 7th, Tuesday May 10th, Friday May 20th & Friday May 27th due to private and member events.

POOL NEWS – The newly painted pool is on schedule for a May 27th opening!  The heater is operational and currently bringing the water to a comfortable temperature.  When opened, the pool hours of operation are 10 am-8 pm daily.

CASINO NIGHT – All members are invited to CASINO NIGHT on Saturday, May 21st, to raise funds for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation.  The evening will include dancing, roulette, poker, Black Jack, craps & heavy hors d’oeuvres.  For tickets and information, contact Marge Stiles, 452-8343.

QUICK DRAW – 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

DINING – What a great Spring this has been for Food and Beverage!  Many of our members are returning to the mountains and we are glad to see the familiar faces! Our Mother’s Day Brunch is full.  Thanks to everyone that called early for reservations.

  • On Tuesday, May 10th, Chef Al will offer a Casual Dining menu.  Watch your email for details!
  • Space is limited for our upcoming WINE DINNER on Thursday, May 19, 2016.  Featured wines from Spain’s PradoRey Winery will pair perfectly with Chef Al’s Sportsman’s menu.  Cost is $69++ and seating is limited to the first 25 reservations so please call early.
  • The TURN WINDOW is now open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  On May 27th, the schedule will expand to daily operation, 10 am-4 pm.  Freshly grilled burgers and made-to-order sandwiches are back!  Come meet Lisa, our primary Turn Window attendant.  Follow this link for a complete Turn Window menu.
  • SAVE THE DATE!  Our WELCOME BACK PARTY will be held 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 all winter and meet our newest members!  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!

LEARN MAHJONG – Members and guests meet weekly on Tuesday mornings to play this game of skill, strategy and chance.  If you have ever wanted to learn how to play, member Jane Noppenberg has offered to teach the ins and outs to anyone interested free of charge on Tuesday afternoons from 1-2:30 pm in the Piedmont Room beginning next Tuesday, May 3rd.  For more information, call Jane at 305-978-6345.

LRCC is excited to offer four week-long 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

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE – Hello and welcome back to many of our seasonal members.  More exciting changes have occurred in golf course maintenance this past week.  Our new work crew adjusted very nicely over their first two weeks here.  It is wonderful to see a group of workers that take such pride in their work.  This is hands down the best staff from top to bottom that I have had in 12 years.

Our progress on the sod work is almost complete.  By the end of the day today, we will have finished the bentgrass sod that was laid on the poor tees, fairway areas, collars and even a couple greens areas.  The weather has been perfect for the sod to take root and blend in to the surrounding grass.  Starting Monday, we will finish the much easier rough sod, Kentucky Bluegrass.  Please remember to avoid driving over any newly sodded areas for a couple of weeks.  Much money and labor have gone into repairing these areas.

The fertilizer is doing its job and making the plants strong to last through the summer stress.  Our rough is thick and growing quickly now.   We are mowing the rough at least twice per week currently, while the notorious holes that tend to grow more are getting an additional mowing.  I do apologize for the thick rough, but the mowing heights are as low as the plant will withstand and remain healthy.  Next week the staff will be finishing the bluegrass sod repairs on holes #3-#18.  Please excuse any prepared areas that are awaiting sod.  Our weedeating will be finished next week as well.  With the delay in the workers’ arrival, sod was our priority.  We are beginning to walk mow the greens for the summer.  This is labor intensive but is healthier on the grass and the result is a better playing surface.  I wish everyone a great Derby weekend!   Hope to see you at the club.  Logan H. Nesbitt

fooddriveCOMMUNITY NEWS – The National Association of Letter Carriers ask for your support to STAMP OUT HUNGER in Haywood County.  Please leave non-perishable food for collection in or by your mailbox on Saturday May 14, 2016.  All donations will benefit your local food bank.

BIBLE STUDY GUEST SPEAKER – A missionary from the Arab World will be speaking at next Wednesday’s Men’s Bible Study.  All men and ladies are invited to this event beginning at 8:15 am in the Mountain Vista Room.