Laurel Ridge Operations Update 8/26/16

Enjoy 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!

Laurel Ridge members and guest artists share their extraordinary talents with the community during this art exhibition and sale.  Original paintings, one-of-a-kind quilts, pottery, jewelry, scarves, woodworking and much more will be on display and for sale in the Pavilion on September 9, 2016 from 4-7 pm (cash/checks only; no credit cards).  The art show is open to the public and all are invited to dine in the clubhouse afterward for Flying Pasta Night from 5:30-8:30 pm, by reservation only.   Prepare to be awed by the craftsmanship and expertise that will be exhibited by our members.


  • CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – Defending Champs Beasley & Henson Repeat in the 2016 Club Golf Championships! Our 2015 Club Champions validated last year’s performances by defending their titles this year.  012Deborah Beasley and Jon Henson performed admirably as they posted narrow victories for 2016 and retained their coveted Champion’s parking place.  In the Ladies Championship, Deborah defeated 12-time champion Donna Stamey by the narrowest of margins. It came down to the last couple of holes as Donna had birdie putts that would have closed the gap, but Deborah had built a 3-stroke lead with three holes to play which all but made it hers to lose. With two steady rounds of 75 and 76, Deborah defended her title by just one stroke over Donna. By virtue of her fine play, Donna was awarded the trophy for Ladies’ Senior Club Champion and Dawn Plifka was named Ladies’ Club Champion Runner-up. Kathleen Korber took home the trophy for Senior Club Champion Runner-up and Lisa Benson ran away with the Ladies’ Net Championship. 005 In the Men’s Championship, defending champ Jon Henson got off to a rough start as he hit his initial tee shot on #1 out of bounds. He recovered nicely and shot a 76, tying Adam Rawley after the first day’s play and leading by one stroke over Roy Greene and three strokes over Jason Hodgin. Jon’s steady play simply wore everyone down on Day 2 as his 2-over par 74 gave him a 4-shot margin of victory. Roy Green finished as Runner-up by posting two consecutive rounds of 77. 008The Super Senior Championship was a runaway, as one of the club’s hottest players, Chuck Worrell won by a margin of seven strokes over Runner-up Don Thompson. Chuck posted rounds of 75 and 82. The Men’s Senior Championship was also won by a significant margin. Roy Greene shot rounds of 76 and 77 (153) giving him a 7-shot margin over Runner-up Mel Gondron (160) who was followed closely by Dan Beasley’s 162 and Pete Mitchell’s 164. Congratulations to all the participants and newly crowned champs and especially our repeat champions, Deborah Beasley and Jon Henson.
  • A large field is expected for this weekend’s MIXED MEMBER-MEMBER tournament!  After Sundays play, awards and dinner will be held in the clubhouse.  Look for results in next week’s update.  Good luck to all!
  • A sign-up sheet is in the Golf Shop for the LABOR DAY GOLF tournament that will tee off at 9 am.  The Golf Shop will make the pairings for this ABCD scramble with lots of fun games & prizes.
  • Fall Golf Course Aerification will begin early on the Tuesday following Labor Day, September 6 and should be completed Friday, September 9 at the latest.  During this time, the Golf Shop will be open and can assist members with tee times on area golf courses.  The exact time that the course will reopen for play is partially dependent on Mother Nature, so call the Golf Shop for an update, 828-452-0545, ext. 171.
  • Looking ahead, the very popular LADY EAGLE CUP and PIEDMONT CUP are quickly approaching.  This season-ending tournament is always a favorite and we anticipate great participation this year.  For the men and ladies, the 3-day team event, fashioned after the Ryder Cup, will be played Thursday, September 29th and Saturday-Sunday, October 1st & 2nd.  Sign up now in the Golf Shop.
  • The LRLGA finished a 2-day Eclectic tournament Wednesday.  Lisa Benson finished on top of the 18-holers with a 52, followed by Susan Hale (55), Ann Todd (58) and Bambi Wilson (59).  Nine-holers were led by Karen Confoy (31) in first followed by Mary Lou Barnes (38).
  • Tuesday’s LRMGA “2-Net Plus Additional Birdies” format finished with the team of Chuck Wilson, Don McGowan, Allen Braswell & Brian Boeye in first with -36.  Trailing behind with a -27 was Hollis Prior, Bob Lester, Ray McGowan & Russell Smith.  Ray McGowan won Closest to Pin on #8.  On Thursday, the men played the second round of the President’s Cup.  The top spots went to Mel Gondron (43), Dick Oehme (42) and, in a tie with 40 points, Allen Braswell and Ray McGowan.  Dick Oehme leads the year-to-date results with 1,450 points.


fitness-clip-art-7728761-vector-illustration-of-fitness-exercises-womanWe are pleased to offer a full slate of fitness classes for our members led by certified professionals are listed below; fees for each class is payable directly to the instructor:

  • FITNESS TRAINING with Strick Strickland – Free class for members every Wednesday at noon.  Let Strick’s years of experience help you tailor your workout to get the most benefit for a healthy life!  No pre-registration required; meet in the Weight Room & prepare to be motivated.
  • TRX with Eileen Corbin – A new and different approach to fitness for men and women, also known as Suspension Training, that is safe regardless of age, gender or fitness level.  Space is limited to 4 participants per class on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10 and Thursdays at 9 am ($10).
  • YOGA TONE with Sandy Lampl – Unlock your body, heal your aches and feel younger and pain-free with this weekly class on Mondays at 10 am (Sandy takes donations for her class).
  • MUSCLES & MASCARA with Lisa Falbo – energetic mix of low impact cardio training, functional fitness and strength training for women only on Tuesdays at 9 am ($10).
  • PILATES MAT with Erin Owen – Improve your flexibility and balance with this well-rounded, challenging, and invigorating pilates class on Mondays at 5:45 pm ($12).
  • PILATES FOR BUFF BONES with Erin Owen – Suitable for almost anyone even those without bone density issues! Offered Fridays at 10 am ($12).
  • CONDITIONING FOR GOLF & RACQUET SPORTS with Erin Owen – Crafted for golfers & tennis players and their specific needs and goals with exercises and stretches that address stability & control, improve range of motion, and help prevent injury. Offered Fridays at 11 am ($12).
  • LMBT Brenda Gibson is offering MASSAGE SERVICES by appointment only, (850) 491-9425.  She also offers convenient online booking on her website,

tennis serveTENNIS CENTER

I hope everyone’s week has been great.  As a reminder, there will be no clinic or drop-in play this Saturday, August 27th.  We will resume the 9 am clinic and 10 am mixer the following Saturday, September 3, which is my last Saturday at Laurel Ridge.  I will be hosting a Labor Day Round Robin on Monday, September 5th, so come out and join in the fun starting at 10 am.   I have had a wonderful time here and I greatly appreciate everyone’s kind words as my season comes to a close.  As always, if you need anything, feel free to call or email me, 912-269-6599 or  Have a great weekend and I’ll see everyone next week.  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 September 8-10, 13, 16-17 & 30 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.

  • The Turn Window will be closed during Golf Course Aerification from Tuesday-Friday, September 6-9. Clubhouse dining is available on regular schedule.
  • Sunday Brunch 8_28_16Sunday’s Brunch Buffet will offer grilled skirt steak with gorgonzola, lemon-herb roasted chicken, mushroom pilaf, whipped sweet potatoes, steamed vegetable medley, fried okra, tomato-cucumber-onion salad, green salad, omelet station, biscuits & gravy & all your breakfast favorites for $20.99.  Ages 7-12 can dine for $8; 6 & under are free!  MEMBERS ONLY can order the breakfast portion for $13.99.  The Bar is offering specials on Bloody Marys & Mimosas.  Brunch is served from 11 am-2:30 pm.
  • Next Tuesday, August 30 is FLYING PASTA NIGHT.  Please call ahead for reservations on this very popular night of dining so that we are prepared and can serve you better.
  • Chef will offer a PRIME RIB BUFFET on Tuesday, September 6th.  Plan to bring a guest you want to impress!
  • Dinner Service is closed on Friday, September 16 for a fundraising event benefiting the Haywood Community College Foundation.  All members are invited to attend this gala, Shine & Dine”, to support the work of the foundation.  Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, demonstrations by students and alumni, music and a silent auction.  For tickets or information, call 627-4522 or visit

The quality wine of Mira, Napa Valley will be the focus of a Wine Dinner on Thursday, September 15.  Chef Al has meticulously planned his menu to pair with four courses featuring Mira’s Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch, Jimmy D’s Red Blend and Cabernet Savignon.  Cost is $85++ and seating is limited to the first 25 reservations.

bass-fiddle-clipart-1HARVEST MEMBER PARTY
Mark your calendars for our HARVEST MEMBER PARTY on Wednesday, October 5th (please note date change!)!   There is no place like the mountains of WNC in the Fall and you will definitely want to be here as we celebrate the coming of Autumn with its wonderful colors, flavors and traditions.   We are thrilled to announce that The Darren Nicholson Band will be performing for our members during this event. Chef Al will expertly prepare a buffet featuring your seasonal favorites.  More details to come!

Team Clueless successfully defended their title of Trivia Champs last Tuesday, August 23!  Congratulations the Jim & Pat Janke, Kevin Murphy and Martha Anderson.  The next Trivia Night will be on September 13th.  Put on your thinking cap and join in the fun!

In cooperation with the Haywood County Arts Council, Laurel Ridge will host an unforgettable evening of friends, food and music for members and guests with an exclusive performance by internationally acclaimed pianist, Ji.  Save the date for this phenomenal fundraising concert benefiting local arts and artists and our mountain artistic heritage.  Members can participate in this limited gathering by completing a sponsorship form available in the LRCC offices. For more information about the featured young artist, visit
Swimmers and sun bathers will be pleased to know that we are planning to extend the summer pool season at LRCC!  We will keep the pool open through mid-September; we can make no promises that Mother Nature will cooperate.   The pool will be maintained and heated daily and pool attendants will be on duty every Friday afternoon, Saturday & Sunday during this time.  Come take advantage of this extra glimpse of summer before it’s gone!

I was loving the weather of late…until it got hot again.  Mother Nature was teasing us with some cooler temperatures for the past week.  We recorded some nighttime temperatures in the upper 50s and even a 76 degree day.  All areas of the golf course are ready for fall.  Bentgrass performs best at an air temperature of 70 degrees or less.  While not optimal, warm days are temporarily OK as long as the night temperatures drop below 65.  In WNC, we are in a transition zone.  The proper grasses to grow for this “zone” are often debated between cool-season grasses (like here at LRCC) or warm-season grasses (like Bermuda or Zoysia).  During days where temperatures reach above 80 degrees, our grass is merely holding on until cooler temperatures arrive.  Aerification processes aid in the recovery of summer-stressed grass.  Opening a hole for warm air to escape and fresh air to infiltrate is key.  Harmful gases escape out of each aerification hole and fresh air is allowed to enter the soil profile.

Anyone that has played this week has noticed the installation of the greens fan on hole #8.  Stale air was not providing the necessary circulation that healthy grass requires.  Starting next week, the greens fan will run as much as possible to circulate the air.  Sod will be cut from our #5 nursery and replace the poor greens surround that is currently present.  Later this year, crews will remove the harmful brush and trees that block air and sunlight behind the green.

Our drain replacement project has started on hole #5.  The drain pipe has a leak that is allowing all the water to leave in a short amount of time.  While the pond is drained for the new drainage pipe installation, we will also be removing silt that has settled over the years.  The silt will blend into the end of the current landscaped berm and remain out of playable turf.  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent  
1280375970_107310078_4-Arizona-Concealed-Weapon-Course-CCW-Other-Firearms-and-Personal-Protection-Training-Other-Classes-1280375970CONCEALED WEAPONS COURSE
Member Harvey Morse will teach another Concealed Weapons & NC/FL Carry Permit Course on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  Class will be held at LRCC from 9 am-6 pm in the Mountain Vista Room.  Cost is $99 plus lunch.  Class fees include ammo and are payable to Mr. Morse (cash is preferred/checks accepted).  For questions or to sign up, call 828-631-0000.