Laurel Ridge Operations Update 6/17/16

FROM THE GOLF SHOP

  • golf-courseMARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Join us for a fun, social Hilly Dilly on Sunday afternoon, June 26th.  Make your own 4-some for golf that begins at 1 pm.  Dinner will follow at 5:30 pm in the clubhouse for all members.
  • The ladies’ Member/Member tournament is coming up quickly on Wednesday, June 22nd and Friday, June 24th.  Choose your partner and sign up for two great days of golf finishing with lunch in the clubhouse.
  • Sign up sheets are posted in the Pro Shop for our July 4th scramble.  The very popular format for this special holiday tournament will be 6-6-6, with six holes shamble, six holes scramble and six holes Best 2 Net of 4.  Golf will tee off at 9 am, but meet on the practice green at 8:45 am for singing of the National Anthem and prayer.  God Bless America!
  • bird-clipart-1e99b4fd1b1bae379fdb1d0ab88aea87Golf is for the Birds!  That is the theme of this year’s Laurel Ridge Ladies’ Member/Guest Tournament on August 9-10.  So ladies, get your GAME on!  In celebration of the 30th anniversary of LRCC and to showcase our gorgeous, manicured golf course, for THIS YEAR ONLY, we are excited to welcome all lady golfers including Social and Sports members. Join us and register for the event and show off our club and our course to your guests.  Please download your Invitation and Entry Form now.  Call Judy Dykes or Ann Todd for details, (828) 246-9209 or (828) 452-0433, respectively.
  • The golf format for this week’s LRLGA play was “T’s & F’s”.  That means that scores only count if playing a hole beginning with the letter T or F (two, three, four, etc.).  This led to some very interesting results with three flights.  In Flight I, top winners were Ann Cramm (34), Brenda Fulton (35) and Kathleen Korber (36).  Flight II was led by Veronica Von Zwehl (28), Roxanne McCarthy (31) and Marci Mitchell (34).  Finishing in the money in Flight III were Robin Phelan (32), Susan Hale (37) and Sandy Lester and Pam Williams (39).  Nine-holers were led by Mary Lou Barnes (14) and Jane Toney (16).  What fun format will be introduced next week?
  • The LRMGA had two enjoyable days of of golf this week.  On Tuesday, the format was “1 Gross + 1 Net”.  Overall winners were John Estok, Bob Lester, Jack Duckworth and Don McGowan.  Finishing first on the Front Nine were Pat Mathes, Gerald Baker, Dave Matthys and Alan Jackson.  Buck Williams, Dave Pheatt, Paul Henson and Gene Milano won the Back Nine.  The Closest to Pin award on hole #8 went to Charles Brantley.  A Progressive format was played on Thursday.  The 4-some of Don Thompson, Jim Phelan, Ray Todd and Don McGowan finished in first with a -30.  The 3-some with the best overall score was Dave Pheatt, Mel Johnson and Doug McLaughlin with -10.  Dave Crocker won the Closest to the Pin contest on hole #10.
  • GREAT PLAYS THIS WEEK – Nole Kile had a hole-in-one on #3 from the white tees Wednesday!  Also, Don McGowan finished his front nine holes Thursday (#7, 8 & 9) with a Net 2, 2, 1, respectively.  That’s a total of 7 under on three holes…pretty amazing!

ATTENTION BICYCLE ENTHUSIASTS
Bicycling the mountains is a passion for member Dr. Rusty Ross.  If anyone else has an interest in bicycling or in forming a bicycle club, he would like to hear from you.  He has offered to lead outings suitable for groups from beginners to advanced.  For more information, contact him at 251-689-6410 or email rlross123@gmail.com or call the office.

FITNESS CENTER
LRCC’s Fitness Center is available to all members around the clock.  We hope you will take advantage of this great member benefit by calling the office for an after-hours entry code for access when the Golf Shop is closed.  Work out on your own schedule or attend one of our weekly Fitness Classes!

TENNIS CENTER

tennisI hope everyone has had a great week. We have had a fantastic time on the tennis courts. Every day the courts have been full, so please make sure that you call to reserve a court in advance. We have had great participation and a lot of fun on Saturday mornings with the clinic and the stay and play. Come join us tomorrow for another fun morning of tennis.  Saturday, June 11th was our Official Tennis Opening Day, and we had a great clinic at 9 before a fun round robin was held with refreshments and a sales rep from Prince here with racket demos for everyone to try.

Our Adult NTRP doubles tournament is coming up and I would like to see everyone sign up for it. Sign up sheets will be in the tennis pro shop or you can call me and sign up. The fee is $20 per team and the levels will be: 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5. We will play this tournament over a week basis and I will set the matches up.  Ideally we would like a minimum of four entries per category. Please, there is a three event limit per person. Balls, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and awards are included in the entry fee of $20 per team ($10 per person). LRCC Sports and Golf members only are able to participate in this event. Please secure your partner(s) now and sign up as the deadline is Wednesday, June 22nd.

Have a great weekend and contact me to sign up for lessons, courts, NTRP tournament or the Saturday clinic, 912-269-6599 or stvnhwrd@yahoo.com.  In Tennis, Steven Howard

PICKLEBALL
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 June 18-19, 25-26 due to private and member events (subject to change).

date nightDATE NIGHT
ATTENTION PARENTS:  Date Night is back by popular demand and will be available on Friday evenings this summer!  Parents can enjoy golf, tennis, swimming or dining in the clubhouse while the kids (potty-trained thru age 12 only, please) play games and activities, have dinner and watch a movie on Friday nights.  Kids may be dropped off at The Market anytime after 5:30 pm and must be picked up by 9:30 pm. Parents must sign in and out for each child and remain on LRCC property while children are in our care. $12 inclusive per child for the evening includes childcare, dinner & beverages.  Please make an advance reservation for your child by calling Mandy at 452-0545, ext. 131.

DINING
silverwareSome members may have unredeemed dining gift certificates from 2014-15 that they wish to use.  During the month of June only, we will take these expired dining gift certificates for any food purchase in the restaurant only.  So please hurry because after June 30th, these expired certificates will no longer be accepted.

  • Act quickly if you plan to treat Dad to FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH on Sunday!  Limited reservations remain for this spread fit for a King.  The menu includes 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.  The Bar is offering $5 Bloody Marys and $7 Mimosas.
  • Flying Pasta Night is next Tuesday, June 21st.  Our Chefs will create your pasta dish right in front of you!  Because this is a popular dining event, please call ahead for reservations, 452-0545.
  • Plan ahead to bring your guests to a PRIME RIB BUFFET on Tuesday, July 5th.  Chef’s prime rib should not be missed!

4th003FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES
The Fourth of July at LRCC is for families!  Make plans to be at the club on the Fourth of July for a full schedule of festivities!  Meet on the practice green at 8:45 am for singing of the National Anthem and prayer.  A fun 4-person golf scramble will begin at 9 am and also a tennis round robin will run from 9-11 am with prizes and refreshments.  Chef will serve a delicious lunch buffet with beef brisket & BBQ chicken in the clubhouse from 12-2:30 pm followed by our inaugural golf cart parade!  Carts should line up in front of the clubhouse at 2:30 pm; prizes will be awarded to fan favorites decided by secret ballot.  Pool games for all ages with prizes will be held throughout the afternoon.  Invite your friends and family to join us!

A REMINDER FOR POOL & TENNIS USERS
Under the new LRCC policies adopted on January 1, 2016, Social members can only use the swimming  pool and tennis facilities 2 times per month, and a maximum of 6 times per calendar year.  If you plan on using the pool or tennis facilities on a regular basis this summer, please contact the office at 828-452-0545, ext. 131 to upgrade your Social membership to the Sports category. A Sports membership will give you unlimited use of the pool and tennis!  We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you for your cooperation.

BUG SEASON IS UPON US
We try very hard to make sure your visits to Laurel Ridge are pleasant and enjoyable.  However, a few small things are out of our control.  Small flying things that sting or bite.  We have had reports that sweat bees and other insects are creating a nuisance around the recreational areas of the club.  Our pest control company says that, unfortunately, there is no recourse for us to combat these pests.  We suggest that all members, young and old, apply insect repellent before beginning your outdoor activities.  Hopefully, this threat will pass sooner rather than later!

GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S UPDATE

The first day of summer officially starts next Monday, but I feel like we have been experiencing summer for several months now.   We experienced record high temperatures in March and the heat reached records again this past week.  Our Bentgrass does not like temperatures being this warm.  The plant shuts down and if the heat was constant, it would start to lose its health.  Luckily, days of high 70s are forecasted.   Great for golfers and great for the golf course!

Our new irrigation system is wonderful, however natural rain is always needed.  Several areas on the course are a little too wet, but right next to these areas are drier areas that need water.  If the known dry areas are moist enough, some low lying areas may be too wet.  This problem is sometimes solved by hand watering with a hose.  Instead of having a fixed spray pattern, hose watering allows you to focus on the dry spot without over-watering the low area.  Obviously this is very labor intensive and can really only be done in the early morning or late evening.  Watering heavily during the hot part of the day is bad on the plant.

As many of you have noticed, we are lowering the height of cut on the chipping green and several new fairway cuts around the course.  We had to halt this process during the low 90 degree days to keep the plants alive.  We will continue with the lowering process next week.

Finally, I want to say thank you to a group of friends from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.  Several groups of troopers played today on the anniversary of the death of my friend Trooper Shawn Blanton who was tragically murdered in 2008 in Haywood County.  Please remember this family as June 17th never gets any easier for them.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and fantastic Father’s Day on Sunday.  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

golfYOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS
Limited spots remain 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.  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

piggybankMEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Do you know anyone looking for a country club home?   Through June 30th, 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.

LAUREL RIDGE HOA
The LRHOA now has an email address for your convenience.  If you need to contact the HOA, please email laurelridgecountryclubhoa@gmail.com.