Weekly Operations Update 9/17/15

The deadline to sign up for the PIEDMONT CUP & LADY EAGLE CUP is this Sunday! Don’t delay…this 3-day tournament is a member favorite and will close our golf season on a high note. Look for results from the Golf Club Championships in next week’s Operations Update! We look forward to a competitive weekend of golf beginning tomorrow with our Ladies, Men, Seniors and Super Seniors! Best of luck to all!

The Market will be open daily with revised hours through October from 8:30 am-3:00 pm. Drop in when you don’t have time for lunch in the clubhouse or if you need something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Ready-made salads, wraps and sandwiches (made fresh daily!) are offered, along with hot dogs, popcorn, chips, cookies, candy, beer, wine, drinks & even smoothies! Beginning in November, the Pro Shop will offer limited snacks and drinks for purchase.

Next Tuesday, Chef Al will offer an Asian Buffet including favorites like egg drop soup, veggie egg rolls, beef & broccoli, chicken lo mein, shrimp & coconut curry, fried rice, pot stickers, Chinese donuts & more! The buffet menu is available from 5:30-8:30 pm by reservations. At 7:00 pm, Trivia begins in the Cedar Room. Bring a team or come alone and join a team, but don’t miss the fun and camaraderie!

We have been maintaining the pool to peak condition since Labor Day, but the weather has not cooperated with the recent cooler temperatures. We’ve had a great summer at the pool and appreciate all of the positive feedback on the pool conditions this year! On warmer days, the pool area will still be available for sunbathing, but the pool itself will be closed for swimming starting Monday, September 21st until next Spring.

Bring a guest and join us for a Low Country Boil in the Pavilion on Friday, September 25! This southern specialty is served family style with peel & eat shrimp, sausage, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes & hushpuppies. Because of this special event, no regular dinner service will be available that evening. Cost is $28.99 for adults; Cocktails will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 pm.

Don’t miss the final Tennis Social of the season! Activities will include a free clinic from 9-10 am, mixed doubles play from 10 am-noon followed by lunch in the Piedmont Dining Room (off the menu). Guests are welcome! RSVP with Dylan, (828) 476-7857 or dylanj@laurelridgegolf.com.

A fundraising event for Arden Grace Reeves will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015, beginning with a 4-person Captain’s Choice tournament at 1 pm. A Magic Show and dinner will follow. For sponsorship opportunities or to sign up for golf and/or dinner and the show, contact Richard Reeves, 828.734.9272. All monies raised will be used to establish a scholarship fund for Arden Grace who lost her mother at childbirth.

Come see why all members love this event! You choose your favorite vegetables, meat, sauce and pasta from a wide selection of fresh ingredients and our Chefs will create your pasta masterpiece to order right in front of you! Cost of $17.99 includes salad and mixed green salad.

Our inaugural Cornhole Tournament will be held on Saturday, October 3rd in the Pavilion from 12 noon to 5 pm. There is no entry fee for this afternoon of fun for all ages! College football will be televised during the tournament and a cash bar featuring $1 domestic drafts will be available. Teams of two should register with Tournament Chair, Luke McCracken, no later than noon on Thursday, October 1st by email, lukeunc1@gmail.com or call 828-400-8476. Anyone playing who owns a cornhole board set is asked to bring theirs to the tournament.

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. Availability of the pickleball courts is as follows:
• Week of September 21st: Pickleball courts are unavailable on Friday, the 25th, Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th as there are Club events scheduled in the Pavilion on those days.
• Week of September 28th: Pickleball courts will not be available on Saturday, October 3rd as there are Club events scheduled in the Pavilion on that day.
The Club will be throwing an end of the season Member Appreciation Party on the evening of Friday, October 9th starting at 6 pm. There will be no cost to our members other than a cash bar. Chef Al will prepare an outstanding buffet dinner and we have secured an excellent band, the Stone Crazy Band (formerly Tarnished Rose) to play from 7:30 to 10 pm. We hope those heading south for the winter will join us for this event before leaving for the season.

REMEMBER!!! The first annual KITE FLY will be held before the Member Appreciation Party at 4:30 pm on the #1 fairway, weather permitting. Tell everyone to bring a kite and join the fun!

Ed McHugh (a.k.a. Fast Eddie) is at it again. He is looking for a few good men (and women!). Actually he is hoping for 16-20 volunteers to participate in a golf course Work Day next Monday, September 21 beginning at 7:30 am at the Superintendent’s barn. If you can seed, pick up rocks or help in any way, call Fast Eddie at 452-4550.

We are excited for everyone to be able to play 18 holes of golf again, weather permitting. We are reopening the back nine knowing that if conditions are too wet, we will be forced to temporarily halt play on the back nine to protect the course and golfers alike. The back nine holes are still on a special watering cycle that keeps them very moist, thus creating mud and potential slippery conditions until late morning. This will change as the grass matures and the watering cycle decreases.
The maintenance staff has worked very hard the past couple of weeks preparing for this reopening. While we never stopped maintaining these holes, we were giving the irrigation contractor room to work and install. Just like the front nine holes when they reopened, everything is trying to recover. The grass seed is germinating wonderfully, ditches are filling in, turf is growing and the golf course is on its way back.

Some tee markers will be located on different tee boxes because some of the tee boxes have not filled completely in yet. These distressed areas received no irrigation for an extended length of time and will require an additional period of recovery. Cart traffic on the back nine will be governed by the following rules that will be posted in the windshield of every cart. Please keep driving over the trenched areas, exposed dirt and germinating seed to a minimum.

Holes #1 through #9 will follow the 90-degree rule. Rules for the back nine are as follows:
• #10 cart path only
• #11 enter/exit between the white flags
• #12 follow the white flags
• #13 follow the white flags
• #14 cart path only
• #15 cart path only
• #16 follow the white flags
• #17 cart path only
• #18 follow cart path; follow white flags where cart path is not available
Additionally, the first available morning tee time will be no earlier than 9 am to prevent any play on the back nine holes before 11 am. Play Days for the LRMGA and LRLGA will begin no earlier than a 10 am shotgun start. Please check with the golf staff for daily conditions and updates. If conditions are too wet, we will be forced to close the back nine temporarily. Please remember, the back nine holes are still on a special watering cycle that keeps them very moist, thus creating mud until late morning. This will change as the grass matures and the watering cycle decreases. Thanks for your cooperation.

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Last Friday’s BIG BREAK event was a great evening of fun golfing contests and games offered to members to celebrate the reopening of our golf course. A familiar face that most may recognize, Neil Budde, was the Big Break Grand Champion. He was the only participant to hit the “Island Green” and he walked away with an extra jingle in his pocket. He was also victorious in the “Black Jack” chipping game. Brian Boeye won the “Glass Break”, with Ron Petty in a close second. Brian also came in second place in Black Jack. Matt Johnson showed his skills by winning the “Flop Wall”. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone that participated.