Laurel Ridge Operations Update 8/5/16

happy-labor-dayEnjoy your holiday with family and friends at LRCC!  We have activities for all ages planned throughout the day including golf, tennis & swimming!  At 9 am, an ABCD Scramble will tee off with fun games and prizes.  The Golf Shop will make all pairings; cost is $12 plus applicable cart fee.  From 10 am-12 pm, a Tennis Round Robin will be held at the courts.  Pool games begin at 1 pm for kids of all ages.  Be sure to visit the Turn Window for hamburgers, hot dogs and holiday specials, including half-price ice cream!

  • Half-price Golf Guest Day is Monday, August 8th.  The cost of $47 includes green fee, cart fee and a sandwich from the Turn Window. Members should accompany their guests.
  • Join us for a fun, social Hilly Dilly on Sunday afternoon, August 14.  The Golf Shop will make pairings for an ABCD Scramble beginning at 1 pm.  Cost for golf is $30 plus cart fee (includes dinner).  A Dinner Buffet will follow at 5:30 pm in the clubhouse for all members with fried catfish and pulled pork for $18
  • LRCC’s Golf Club Championships is scheduled for August 19-21. This event is for Ladies, Ladies Seniors, Men, Men Seniors & Men Super Seniors.  Call the Pro Shop for details.
  • The annual MIXED MEMBER/MEMBER will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 27-28.  Pick your partner and sign up in the Pro Shop for two great days of golf!  Saturday’s play will be Better Ball of Partners with tee times from 9:30-11 am.  Sunday’s play will begin at 1 pm with a scramble format.  Awards & a meal will follow play on Sunday.The annual MIXED MEMBER/MEMBER will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 27-28.  Pick your partner and sign up in the Pro Shop for two great days of golf!  Saturday’s play will be Better Ball of Partners with tee times from 9:30-11 am.  Sunday’s play will begin at 1 pm with a scramble format.  Awards & a meal will follow play on Sunday.
  • Tuesday’s LRMGA format was “1 Gross added to 1 Net”.  Coming in first was the team of Gerald Baker, Noel Kile, Sven Oberg & Dave Crocker with -13.  In a close second with -12 was the team of Hollis Prior, Dave Pheatt & John Bowers.  On Thursday, a “2 Net” format finished with Gerald Baker, Allen Braswell, Sven Oberg & John Cairns on top with -24.
  • On Wednesday, our LRLGA played a game of “Individual Low Net”.  In a tie for first, Deborah Beasley and Ann Cramm finished with a 66.  Only one stroke behind, Robin Phelan landed in second place.  We are thrilled to have a field of 80 ladies for next weeks Ladies’ Member-Guest.  The theme for the 2-day tournament is “Golf is for the Birds”.  Many of our ladies have been working for months to make this event spectacular.  We hope all participants have a memorable, fun event. This will be one for the record books!
  • Attention golfers…mark your calendars for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation Charitable Classic Golf & Gala on August 30 & 31.  Click here for a downloadable flyer. The annual MIXED MEMBER/MEMBER will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 27-28.  Pick your partner and sign up in the Pro Shop for two great days of golf!  Saturday’s play will be Better Ball of Partners with tee times from 9:30-11 am.  Sunday’s play will begin at 1 pm with a scramble format.  Awards & a meal will follow play on Sunday.


Eileen Corbin 1A new and different approach to fitness for men and women will be offered in a weekly class by Eileen Corbin.  TRX (Total body Resistance Exercise), sometimes called Suspension Training, is a safe and smart approach to fitness, regardless of age, gender or fitness level.  Two Wednesday morning classes have been added to the weekly Fitness Class Schedule at 9:15 and 10 am beginning August 10th.  Each class is limited to four participants, so please call Eileen if you wish to attend, 828.421.8566.  If you want to improve your golf game or just feel in better control of your body, give TRX a try.  Cost is $10 per class, payable to Eileen.  Sign up in advance for five classes and get the sixth for free!  Visit Eileen’s website for more information,


Happy Friday!  I hope everyone’s week has been great. I want to remind our men about the Men’s Drop-in every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 am. These guys always welcome new competition. Also be sure to attend the clinics on Saturday mornings from 9-10 am; the cost is $15 for sport and golf members. After the clinic there is a free round robin for members. Labor Day is approaching fast and we will hold a round robin from 10-12 am.  Come join us as we begin to close out the season. I hope to see everyone on the courts.  Have a great weekend and if you would like to sign up for lessons, courts, or the Saturday clinic call or email me at 912-269-6599 or  Steven Howard, Director of Tennis

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 August 13, 16 & 20 due to private and member events (subject to change).

Thanks 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.  Our Turn Window is open daily, 10 am-4 pm.  Please call ahead for dinner and brunch reservations.

  • Brunch 8_14_16Sunday’s Brunch buffet will feature carved pork roast with apples, grilled chicken with tomatoes & basil, garlic herb potatoes, cous cous pilaf, roasted zucchini & squash, green beans, broccoli salad, green salad, omelets, biscuits & gravy & all your breakfast favorites for $19.99.  Ages 7-12 can dine for $8; 6 & under are free!  MEMBERS ONLY can order the breakfast portion for $13.  The Bar is offering specials on Bloody Marys & Mimosas.  Brunch is served from 11 am-2:30 pm.
  • Members will have two opportunities to attend Flying Pasta Night in August!  Due to a special request, this very popular dining event will be offered on August 9 and August 30.  Please call ahead for reservations so that we may serve you better.
  • On Sunday, August 14th, a Hilly Dilly Buffet will be served following the golf tournament at 5:30 pm.  This buffet is open to all members and features fried catfish, pulled pork, baked beans, green salad, cole slaw & dessert for $18 inclusive.
  • Seafood lovers will enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with peel & eat shrimp, fried flounder, blackened Mahi Mahi, fried calabash shrimp, deviled crab, dirty rice, white rice, steamed vegetables, cornbread, clam chowder & more for $26.99.  Please call ahead for reservations so that we may serve you better
  • On Friday evening August 19, JAZZ GUITARIST Steve Wohlrab will play during dinner service from 5:30-8:30 pm. Watch your email for Chef’s Dinner Specials.  Don’t miss this special night of dining at LRCC!
  • Stop by the Turn Window and cool off with HALF PRICE FROZEN TREATS including Big Boppers, Choco Taco, Nutty Buddy, gelato & more! Plus, Popsicles are only $1 until they’re gone! Turn Window hours are 10 am-4 pm daily.


It is hard to believe that we are already in the first week of August!  While I may think the golf season has flown by, the turf is begging for fall weather.  Cooler day and night temperatures will provide the ideal growing range for our bentgrass and bluegrass.  Normally in the middle of August, the temperatures start falling about one degree every week until fall.

Foot Traffic Pattern Study

Foot Traffic Pattern Study

No area needs the cooler temperatures more than the collars.  Foot and mower traffic constantly cross these 4-foot wide collars every round of golf played.  Greens mowers are encouraged to turn on the collar until summer stress occurs and then turning is moved into the rough.  With the increased areas being mowed around the greens surrounds this year, the collars have had a lot of wear.   We have begun sodding some of the worse areas and hope the weather cools off sooner rather than later.  Many areas that look thin will fill in nicely once we pull the cores of aerification starting September 6th.

Even though we are about a month away from aerification, I always like to keep you informed about our plan this fall.  We will aerify the greens/collars on the 6th and 7th of September.  Tees and greens surrounds will begin following the greens.  Simultaneously, we will be using an AerWay tractor aerifier on the fairways.  A special “shatter tine” is used to break up the compacted clay layer.  Sand will then be applied to the greens and uneven tee boxes.  With excellent growing conditions expected, most sand will be gone in 7-10 days.

We are excited to have a full field of 80 golfers for the Ladies’ Member/Guest next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Preparation for this tournament will be just like the Men’s tournament in July.  Some maintenance employees will show up around 3:00 am to begin mowing for a 8:30 am shotgun.  Best of luck to all!  As a precaution, please look carefully when entering the creek banks and wood edges looking for your ball.  Yellow jackets have been very bad this year at the course.

Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

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Members are invited to a Gala to support the work of the Haywood Community College Foundation on September 16th at LRCC.  Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, demonstrations by students and alumni, music and a silent auction.   All monies raised will work to aid, strengthen, and further the work and service of Haywood Community College in securing financial support for scholarships, mini-grants, College events, community initiatives, and student and instructor initiatives.  For tickets or information, call 627-4522 or visit

We had four very successful (& busy!) weeks of  Youth Sports Camps this summer!   We thank all the parents and grandparents for sharing your children with us!  We see great potential in each and every camper that attended!  We hope everyone learned an appreciation of golf, tennis and sportsmanship that will follow them into adulthood.  We are pleased to announce that we will be offering five weeks of sports camp again next summer (June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21 & July 24-28).  In addition, a Holiday Activities Camp in 2016 (December 26-30) and a Spring Break Camp (April 10-14) will be available.  Spots for these upcoming camps can be reserved in advance by calling the office.

The Laurel Ridge Home Owner’s Association will meet in the Pavilion on August 16th at 5 pm for their annual homeowner’s meeting.  All attendees are invited to stay afterwards for our Seafood Buffet available from 5:30-8:30 pm at a cost of $26.99.  Reservations are appreciated.

Have you lost anything while visiting the pool or tennis courts?  Be sure to check the lost and found located in the closet in the cabana.  All items have been washed and stored for safe-keeping.

A neighbor in the Laurel Ridge community reported seeing a large black jaguar in his driveway one evening in late July.  We pass this information along so that all members can use caution in regards to small children and pets.

Empty Headed Nesters won the last Trivia Challenge by 1 point in a tight contest! Thanks to Sylvia & Mark Heyl for the great questions. Winning team members were: (Back Row) Bucky & Judy Dykes, Rhonda Gerber, Florence & Steve Scarborough (Front Row) Ray & Sonia McGowan, Marilynn Obrig, Ron Petty & Richard Gerber. The next Trivia Night will be next Tuesday, August 9th (that’s Flying Pasta Night!)
Trivia Winners Empty Headed Nesters 7-12-'16 Dykes, R.Gerber,