A Fantastic College Game Day at LRCC is in the books!

A special Game Day menu was offered that featured some amazing wings, nachos, burgers, and local brews from 7Clans Brewery in Cherokee. Chef even prepared kid-friendly options for our youngest members that refueled them for the rest of their Game Day experience!

The little ones among us spent their energy playing exciting classic games such as wooden lifesize connect-4, yard bowling,  giant Jenga, football, 4 square, giant UNO, and seasonal crafts. We believe most of them will be sleeping well this evening, that’s for certain! Members please note- seasonal crafts and table top games are available for your children during brunch service, lunch, or dinner. Request them from your host or server when you are being seated. LRCC loves kids!

Laurel Ridge Country Club family football

After some of the group dwindled down, we had to snap a photo before the night got away from us.  THANK YOU to all the members who attended and brought friends out to our College Football Game Day at LRCC ! We had a fantastic time viewing the WCU Catamounts play against the UNC Tarheels  on the big screen in the Pavilion. The weather cooperated and we were able to enjoy sunshine, mild temperatures, and great company with other fellow members and guests.

Stay tuned for the next big Game Day event- perhaps College Football Semi Finals?!? Or the Super Bowl?!? Save the date and plan to bring your friends to Laurel Ridge- we would love to watch another game together!

A special “thanks” again to all who spent their Saturday evening at LRCC. We treasure nights like these and their new connections with fellow members developing into lasting memories with lifelong friends.

Have an idea for LRCC? I want to hear it! Email me at SarahS@laurelridgegolf.com.


Santa Claus Is Coming To Laurel Ridge Country Club For Brunch!

Bring your children or grandchildren on December 9th for a very special BRUNCH WITH SANTA and get a digital picture and a Christmas craft to share with family with our compliments.  To be sure, Chef Al is planning a brunch buffet that will please even the pickiest appetites. Ho Ho Ho!  This event is open to the public; Santa will be available for pictures between 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

Carved Prime Rib Au Jus
Fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Macaroni & Cheese
Roasted Honey-Cumin Carrots
Southern Green Beans
Mixed Green Salad
Wild Rice & Orzo Salad
Omelet Station
Belgian Waffles with Berry Compote
Bacon & Sausage
Cheese Grits
Home Fries
Fresh Fruit
Danishes & Muffins
Assorted Desserts
$25.99 Adults | $9 Ages 7-12 | 6 & Under Free

For more information or reservations, contact 828-452-0545 or info@laurelridgegolf.com.

Have you heard about the mystery couple? Now found!

This photo circulated social media with more than 20,000 shares after photographer Matthew Dippel snapped this scenic shot catching a proposal off in the distance. He was unable to find the couple that day (Oct. 6, 2018), but he quickly posted the image to social channels to locate the couple.

They have been found, as of today, and loved the moment Dippel caught on camera (of course)!

Would you pursue this couple to ensure they had this special moment caught on camera?

You can read more about this story here:



#laurelridgeweddings #finallyfound #mysterycouplerevealed

Frost Quickly Followed Fall’s Arrival to Laurel Ridge Country Club Golf Course

Hello all! Just a quick update on the status of the golf course as we inch closer to November. Frost has made its arrival to the area as evident of the late starts golfers have encountered. Please remember to not walk or drive on frost covered turf as this will stun and most likely injure the plant. Turf growth is slowing rapidly as we get colder nights and cooler, cloudy days. Brown areas in the turf are evident of the weed type grasses dying off, but the turf will begin to regenerate as we move forward. Early season applications of select herbicides will be most beneficial to our fight against weedy grasses.

Our greens continue to heal after the aerification in September. The final fertilizer of the year has been applied and we will now put them to “bed” for the winter months. I will be raising mowing heights in the coming days to alleviate any cold stress. This in turn may cause a slow down in green speed. You will also see us verticut the greens with a possible needle tine aerification to alleviate thatch build up that has occurred through the years. Rest assured, you will not notice any aerification holes. Please help us to maintain quality putting surfaces by repairing your ball mark.

Tees have been fertilized and sprayed for late season Dollar Spot disease. You’ll notice some brown areas in some tees, again this was Kylinga that is dying out. I’m sure most of you have noticed that we also sanded the tees to fill in divots. Please help us by continuing to fill your divots on tees and fairways.

Fairways are recovering well from summer heat stress. They too have been fertilized and sprayed for Brown Patch/Dollar Spot. Again, weeds are dying out and new turf is coming in. If weather permits, we may attempt an aerification in the fairways to help with regrowth. As many may have noticed, drainage work has been completed on #5 top and bottom fairway. Since then, the upper #5 fairway has dried a considerable amount. Over time, the bottom should follow suit. The lower part of #2 has been repaired and is draining very well. We look to do more areas on #2 in the future. Newly sodded areas will be seen as we move forward and try to raise some dips that are contributing to wet areas in the fairways.

Again, leaves will become a problem. They are late to fall this year but make no mistake, they will. Please be safe on cart path slopes with any leaves on them. Wet leaves can be as slick as ice, and cart accidents could result from excessive speeds. We will make every attempt to clear leaves from playing surfaces and paths at the beginning of each day.

Please continue to observe and obey the “No Carts” signs and or roped off area. These areas are closed to cart traffic to help avoid more costly repairs to the turf. We are working feverishly on getting those certain areas dried up and hope to have them reopened soon.

Paving of asphalt areas is slated to begin around November 1213. Be aware that we will be rerouting cart traffic on #8 and #17 on those days so that our cart paths can be repaired.

Tree work is about to begin at the putting green. We will be taking down five dead trees around that area. Be aware of any cones blocking entrances for parking areas.

Thank you for all the great comments and support that I have received from each of you. You have truly made me feel at home here at LRCC and I will strive to continue to produce a quality golf course for everyone to enjoy. Together, we will make 2019 a fantastic year at Laurel Ridge. As always, feel free to reach out to me with any comments or concerns.

Thank you,

Steve Akers, GCS


Let Us Cater Your Thanksgiving Dinner

If you prefer to entertain in the comfort of your home, we’ve got that too! Order a complete meal “To Go” to feed 10-12 people for one low price or pick and choose from our a la carte selections. Call Danielle at 828-452-0545, ext. 138 to place your order no later than Saturday, November 17th to pick up on Wednesday, November 21st between 3:00-6:00 pm.  Download our Thanksgiving catering menu, Thanksgiving Catering 2018.

  • Slow-Roasted Turkey Breast, $64 (9 lbs. feeds 10-15)
  • Butternut Squash Bisque,  $19/quart
  • Turkey Gravy with Sage, $12/quart
  • Cranberry Relish, $8/pint
  • Garlic-Herb Mashed Potatoes, $31 (½ tray feeds 10-12)
  • Sweet Potato Soufflé, $31 (½ tray feeds 10-12)
  • Vegetable Casserole, $31 (½ tray feeds 10-12)
  • Cornbread Dressing, $31 (½ tray feeds 10-12)
  • Freshly-Baked Pie, $15 (feeds 8-10; choose pumpkin or pecan)

ORDER ALL FOR $240 (includes 2 pies!)

The 2018 Piedmont Cup at Laurel Ridge Country Club, Waynesville, NC

The 2018 PIEDMONT CUP was marked by comfortable partner play, but decided by individual matches. In golf, it seems easier when you have a partner. Team matches on the first two days of this beloved 3-day tournament would seem to validate that theory as the BLUE team and GRAY team each scored 24 points in the Alternate Shot and Better Ball formats over the first two days of play. Scott Hickle and partner Larry Phalin, Allen Braswell and Richard Gerber, Bob Lester and partner Ray McGowan all led the Blue team with 3-point victories on Day 1, giving Blue a 13.5-to-10.5 point lead. Day 2 saw a couple of 3-point wins from Rego Jones and Dave Villari, and also Noel Kile and Tom Wilkinson, allowing the Gray team to win by an identical margin resulting in a tie after the second day of play. On Day 3, Singles Match Play began and everything changed. These matches were worth double the team points and would allow for a potential dramatic swing in the scoring. That it did! Blue dominated and the following golfers won their matches worth 3 points each: Brian Boeye, Bob May, Don McGowan, Ray McGowan, Jere Smith and Buck Williams. Scoring 2 points a piece for Blue, Allen Braswell, Bob Morgan and Randy Williams added to the team’s lead. With all these individual victories, Blue won handily after three days of play by a score of 51.5-to-44.5 points. Kudos to the Blue team for their well-deserved victory and thanks to all for a memorable season-ending golf event.

Individual Point Leaders for the Piedmont Cup were:

BLUE: Jere Smith (6.5); Allen Braswell (6.5); Buck Williams (6); Larry Phalin (6); Ray McGowan (6); Brian Boeye (5.5); Bob May (5.5); Randy Williams (5)

GRAY: Rego Jones (8); Kevin Cronin (6.5); Earle Pratt (6.5); Tom Wilkinson (5)

Photo by Dave Pheatt

Photo by Dave Pheatt

The 2018 Lady Eagle Cup at Laurel Ridge Country Club, Waynesville, NC

The 2018 LADY EAGLE CUP will be remembered by a comeback of huge proportions! With the team colors of Pink and Green, sixteen ladies squared off in this year’s season-ending 3-day competition. Team play began with an Alternate Shot format on Day 1. Led by the team of Joyce Schlapkohl and Linda McHugh, who posted a 13-point victory, the Pink team finished the first day with a comfortable 5-point lead over Green. Day 2 saw the Pink team increase their lead by 3 more points and take what most thought to be a commanding 8-point lead heading into the final round. The Green Team did not concede, however, thanks to team members Deb Morgan and Nancy Renick who collected 13 points for their stellar play on Day 2. Sunday’s format was Better Ball and the Green Team came out strong. Down by 8 points, Lorraine Conoley and partner Deb Morgan collected 12 points, while Sydney Prevost and partner Nancy Renick garnered 13 points, making this the largest comeback the event has seen in years. The Green team’s 43-to-29 win over Pink on Day 3 was enough to give them a 6-point tournament victory and the title of Lady Eagle Cup Champions. We congratulate both teams for their outstanding play. This is certainly one for the books!

Individual point leaders over 3 days of competition:

PINK-Linda McHugh (34.5); Joyce Schlapkohl (31.5) and Veronica VonZwehl (27).

GREEN-Nancy Renick (34); Deb Morgan (32); Lorraine Conoley (29.5); Kathleen Korber (28) and Roxanne McCarthy (27)

Photo by Dave Pheatt

Photo by Dave Pheatt



It seems like every summer comes and goes so quickly. This year was no exception.  Sadly, 2018 started with the passing of our LRMGA friend, Col. David Crocker.  He is greatly missed.

Although we had more than usual LRMGA golf day cancellations in 2018, mainly due to rain, we still managed to get in most of our traditional “Tried and True” formats for fun, fair, friendly, inclusive, and reasonably competitive golf. Plus we were able to play in our other special LRMGA golfing events (also fun, fair, friendly, inclusive, and reasonably competitive golf) including:

  • Our annual “Opening Day” golf and luncheon meeting
  • The “INDIVIDUAL” and the “TWO MAN TEAM” match play competitions
  • The renowned “Hawaiian Shirt Day” golf and luncheon with the LRLGA
  • The “President’s Cup” (Two regular season plus one FINAL)
  • Season-ending “Doug Van Noppen” Tournament and Awards Banquet

I am very proud to be part of the LRMGA.  I feel extremely blessed to be associated with such a great group of friends and have the privilege of playing golf at a high quality country cub with its brilliantly laid out golf course that is continually fun to play. It is also a joy to see so many golfers enjoy the game more (again for some) by moving up to the “Green Tees” .  Now, approximately 73.5% of our golfers play the green tees.

We look forward to some new and creative USGA rule modifications starting in 2019 – won’t that be fun and challenging!  It is an honor to serve as the president of the LRMGA.  Thanks for all of your support and encouragement.

Respectfully,  Brian Boeye

LRMGA President, 2018

Fall Is The Season Golf Course Superintendents Dream About

Welcome to Fall Everyone!

Yes, its that time of year again. Fall! This is the season Golf Course Superintendents dream about. It’s the end of those hot summer afternoons with showers and storms, and the start of cool, crisp mornings here in the mountains. This is also the season in which our turf resumes its growing activities and begins to heal from all the stresses of the summer months. We have endured days of high temperature and rain this year resulting in several factors that have weakened the turf in certain areas. I’m sure many of you have noticed these areas. Rest assured that these areas will come back over time.

So, allow me to give you an update on this beautiful course and what plans we have made to strengthen its character. As fore mentioned, we have dealt with issues that all courses in the area have been dealing with. Wet wilt hit hard early due to significant rain fall and then heating up. Many areas have made gains on recovery due in large part to the slicing that took place on the fairways. Our fall fertilizer application has been put out on the fairways and tees to help the green up process and prepare for the coming cold months. Fungicide applications have kept most diseases at bay so far, and as we head into the winter months, that pressure will ease off. We are planning on spraying an herbicide in the coming days on the fairways and tee areas. This will knock out the weed infestation of Kylinga that you see in the fairways and some tee areas. Do not be alarmed if you see brown spots. This is not our actual turf but weeds dying out. This will be a two-part application. One now and one after the first frost. This will ensure us that we stay ahead of this nuisance for next year.

Aerification went off perfect this year on our greens. The holes readily filled in with new turf and we were able to replenish lost nutrients and continue the great quality of our putting surfaces. The greens are due for another round of top dressing in the coming days. This will continue the process of breaking down organic matter and firm up the playing surface a little more. Disease pressure has been moderate on the greens and we have kept a rigorous schedule of fungicide applications to ensure no turf loss. Again, as we head deeper into the fall months, that pressure will subside.  We will be aerifying tees to some extent in the coming days. The tees are not getting the water they need due to being sealed of from the thatch layer. Aerifying will help to alleviate this problem.

Drainage has been a major issue this year. Many drain pipes were found to not be in working order or collapsed altogether. Drains that were thought to be lost or non-existent were found and debris blown out so that water could move. The first part of #5 fairway has a new drain system installed and is moving water rapidly away from the area that use to be extremely soft and wet. The lower part of that fairway is still roped off as it is still in need of a few drain lines. We will be adding those in the coming months. #9 fairway is all but dry, with the exception of a few spots. New drainage was added to the upper part while old drain lines were found and cleaned in the lower part. A new curb will be installed to direct the flow of water to the drain boxes. New sod was added to the bare spots and seem to be filling in nicely. We still have drain and water issues on #7, however, it is some dryer than it was. We will be adding a few lateral lines in that fairway. #2 is just a mess. Starting Tuesday October 9th, we will be closing that hole for two days, as we reconstruct drain lines that have failed. After exploratory digging, we have found that there is water 6 inches below the surface indicating the possible existence of a spring in the sub-surface. We will be adding 500 ft of drainage to move this water out. This process will not be to the extent that #5 was but will require many drain boxes. #2 will remain cart path only for the rest of the season to ensure the cart traffic does not weaken the turf any further. There are other places on the course that are wet, so please be mindful while driving your cart. We will try to address these areas as we go.

We will be having #17 paved from the turn around to the culvert in November. Along with #8 cart path that washed away due to a massive storm. You will notice a few other areas that will be patched as well.

With fall weather, we can expect to see a mess of leaves daily. We will be blowing leaves regularly to try to rid the course of them. With leaves on the turf and cart paths, remember to use caution. If it is even remotely damp, leaves can be as slick as ice. Sliding can occur on paths and on turf especially on slopes.  Please be aware of your surroundings.  

Now let me answer a question that gets asked quite often. Why do we water when the course is still wet? The answer is this: The root zone in the turf should be about 2 to 4 inches deep in a normal year. When you have a year like 2018, with a multitude of rain early in the year when turf is actively growing, the roots do not dive down to search for water because the water is readily there. This causes the root system to be shallow or closer to the surface if you will. So, when it gets even remotely warm, the areas of turf with the shallow roots begin to get hot and dry up. Even at 70 degrees. When this happens, we have to add water to the upper root zone EVEN if we just had, say, 3 inches of rain. And it’s a vicious cycle. Because you’re wanting the roots to search but at the same time, you don’t want the turf to burn up. So, you have to add water. It’s a fine line between too much water and not enough, especially when mother nature does not want to help. So, in short, water can grow turf and kill turf. This is why cultural practices are so vital to the overall health of the turf. We can all hope for a nicer 2019.

With all that said, let me just say thank you to everyone for your support, comments and continued cooperation in ongoing activities here at Laurel Ridge. I am here to answer any questions or concerns that anyone has. I am beyond blessed to be here and very excited about the 2019 season. We will continue to strive to be the best course in Western North Carolina.

Happy Fall!

Steve Akers, GCS LRCC


Countdown To The New Year At Laurel Ridge

Back by popular demand, The Band Silver will highlight an incredible evening of food, live music and dancing at Laurel Ridge this New Year’s Eve.  You can expect music from most genres…Classic Country, Southern Rock, Beach and Blues!  This event is open to the public by reservation only.  Contact info@laurelridgegolf.com for more details or reservations.

Doors Open, 7:30 pm
Exquisite Plated Dinner, 8 pm
Live Music & Dancing, 8:30 pm
Champagne Toast at Midnight!
$80/person or $150/couple

Grand Prize Drawing after midnight! Must be present to win!

The Band Silver Facebook