My husband and I held our wedding reception in the pavilion at Laurel Ridge on March 19, 2016. The entire evening was exceptional from the food to the staff! The event was exactly what we had hoped for and Laurel Ridge provided the most picturesque and warm environment for our party with many friends and family!~Molly McClure Stanley, August 23, 2016
“We were married at Laurel Ridge April 16, 2016. The ceremony & the reception were both exactly as we imagined. All the staff were extremely helpful, welcoming & very attentive. I would recommend Laurel Ridge for your special occasion!” ~ Alisha Ladowski, May 31, 2016
PLIFKA/CRAMM POST BACK-TO-BACK DERBY WINS!
The 2016 Derby Horse Race included 10 teams running for the roses led by defending champions, Ron Cramm and Dawn Plifka. After teeing off on #10, eight of the ten horses struggled right out of the gate, with Dawn Plifka being the only golfer to have her tee shot land and stay on the green! From there only two teams immediately qualified to progress to the next hole: Dawn Plifka and Ron Cramm putting up a solid par; and Howard Gottlieb draining a 20+ foot putt for par to carry himself and his partner Kathleen Korber into the next hole. The majority of the field remained to compete in a 7-way chip off for five available spots. After eliminating three total teams, all the horses rounded the corner into turn two and teed off on #18. Scott Hickle hit his teams’ approach shot to about three feet leaving his partner Veronica Von Zwehl a sweet birdie putt which she had no problems dropping into the hole. Then after being left short on the steep bank in the rough of #18 green, Dawn Plifka stepped up once again and hit a remarkable flop shot that hit the flagstick and settled about 6-8 inches, leaving her partner Ron Cramm with an easy par putt. After missing the green on their approach shot, Deborah Beasley and Dave Matthys made a solid par to advance themselves as well. This left two teams tied for a chip off for one more available spot for the final hole. It was a photo finish with Ron Petty and Kaison Gottlieb out-chipping their opponents to move on.
The remaining four teams went back to play #18 once again. Ron Cramm hit a beautiful approach shot to leave Dawn Plifka with a 9-12 foot putt. Cool under pressure, she drained the slight bender putt making yet another birdie for their team, securing the Overall Champs of the Derby Shootout…again! There was a tie breaker for 2nd and 3rd place showings between the team of Scott Hickle and Veronica Von Zwehl vs. Ron Petty and Kaison Gottlieb. Scott Hickle stepped up again with another beauty of an approach shot to about two feet leaving a worry-free putt for Veronica to snag the second place title. It was an exciting finish to the Shoot-out and the gallery went wild.
OTHER DERBY RESULTS: The team of Lynne James, Dawn Plifka, Adam Rawley & Ron Petty took home the crown in Saturday’s MIXED SCRAMBLE with an impressive score of 59, winning by three strokes over second place team of Linda McHugh, Deborah Beasley, Dave Blevins & Ron Smith. Tied for third with a score of 63 were the teams of Ann Cramm, Priscilla Boeye, Pat Mathes, Dick Oehme and Veronica Von Zwehl, Noel Kile, Bill Plifka, Roy Greene. CLOSEST TO PIN awards went to Ron Petty (#3), Sharon Burchell (#8), Pat Mathes (#10) and Veronica Von Zwehl (#17). Dawn Plifka and Roy Greene won the LONGEST DRIVE CONTEST.
Sixteen ladies competed in the Ladies FILLY RACE on Friday, enduring sub-par temperatures and above-par wind and drizzle. The competition was neck and neck and hotly contested. Gross winners were Kathleen Korber and Deborah Beasley, posting a 67. They scored an amazing six birdies n a row from holes #9 through #14 to achieve that fantastic score. Winning the Net race with a superb 59.3 were Kaison Gottlieb and Sharon Burchell, followed closely by Dawn Plifka and Lynne James. CLOSEST TO PIN awards went to Sharon Burchell (#3), Kaison Gottlieb (#8 & #17) and Deborah Beasley (#10). Thanks to all our competitors; we are already looking forward to next year!
All ladies were asked to wear their fabulous Derby hats on Saturday evening and they did not disappoint! The lovely Maggie Hickle won a prize for the best Derby hat and took home a complimentary bottle of champagne!
OTHER GOLF NEWS
LRCC’s DRIVING RANGE will close at 5 pm on Tuesdays. This action is necessary in order to pick the golf balls to allow for mowing early Wednesday.
WELCOME NEW GOLF STAFF
Clay, Lucas, John and Dennis have joined the golf staff and are excited to serve our golf members and guests this summer. Let them know how they can be of service to you.
LADIES’ GOLF CLINICS
Three more clinics remain on Tuesdays/ Thursdays on May 12, 17 & 19 with instruction from our golf pros. Get a jump start on the season with valuable tips and pointers on your game, from putting and chipping to full swing. Call the Golf Shop to sign up.
The annual Men’s Member Member Tournament is coming up on Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22! Two-man teams should sign up in the Golf Shop for this tournament consisting of 36 holes of Better Ball Stroke Play. Winners will be awarded for Gross and Net Division. Entry fee is $75/team; hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available for participants after Sunday’s play.
Make sure your holiday includes golf & dinner at LRCC! Cost for golf is $30 plus cart (includes dinner) and golfers tee off at 1 pm. If you’re not golfing, please join us for dinner beginning at 5:30 pm. The buffet includes hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, baked beans, mac & cheese, slaw, watermelon & banana pudding for $18 inclusive.
At last! The very popular BATTLE OF THE SEXES will be held on Sunday, June 5th. Men vs. Women with bragging rights on the line. This year, the men will be looking for revenge. Look out, ladies! Non-golfers are invited to the dinner buffet at 5:30 pm.
Weather permitting, the Men’s Golf Association will play a scramble on Thursday, May 12 followed by lunch in the clubhouse. The spring business meeting will take place after lunch.
It’s Springtime in the Smoky Mountains and love is in the air. We have already had some beautiful mountain weddings this spring and are looking forward to many more. Spring boasts many different scenarios for wedding backdrops. In March it could be snowing, while the next weekend could be sunny and 70 degrees. Many brides have chosen Laurel Ridge Country Club for their wedding ceremony and reception for this very reason, diversity.
In recent years, we have become one of the premiere destination wedding venues in Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains because of the high level of satisfaction our wedding parties share. Our clientele travel to Laurel Ridge from all over the country, including Florida, Massachusetts and even the Midwest. Brides and grooms that want to have a destination wedding know they can find the perfect venue in Western NC. Mountain weddings at Laurel Ridge Country Club are truly beautiful in all seasons.
One thing that brides have complimented us on is that our facility has a wide range of event spaces that all showcase our gorgeous vistas. Whether they are looking for an outdoor wedding venue or a reception venue inside our rustic-chic clubhouse, couples find something they can agree on at Laurel Ridge. As an added benefit, our panoramic mountain landscapes create an incomparable setting for memorable portraits to last a lifetime.
Western North Carolina mountain weddings are becoming very popular for couples who want to travel and experience the beauty of the region. We are excited to have such a unique wedding ceremony and reception venue to offer couples that are looking for the perfect mountain wedding.
Laurel Ridge members and invited guest artists are invited to share their extraordinary talents with the community during this art exhibition and sale. Original paintings, one-of-a-kind quilts, pottery, jewelry, scarves 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 please). The art show is open to the public and all are invited to dine afterwards in the Piedmont Room 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.
Your Mother will know how much she means to you when you bring her to a special Mother’s Day Brunch at Laurel Ridge! Chef’s special menu includes carved prime rib au jus, grilled Scottish salmon with tomatoes, roasted peppers & basil, pan-seared chicken breast with spinach & boursin cream, fingerling potatoes, basmati & cous cous pilaf, steamed asparagus, vegetable casserole, omelet station, bananas foster french toast casserole & more for $27.99. Children ages 7-12 are only $8; 6 and under are free. Reservation times have been extended to 3:00 pm; please call early to get the time you desire!
Don’t let anyone tell you there is no such thing as the Easter Bunny! We know he exists because he spent the afternoon at LRCC’s special Holiday Brunch on Easter Sunday! He even joined in on the Egg Hunt at 1 pm and took pictures with the kids all dressed in their Sunday best.
Three-year old Will Clark was visiting his Grandmother from Rock Hill, SC and took home the Grand Prize after finding the Golden Egg. Congratulations to Will and thanks to all the youth, parents and grandparents for a great time!
We are pleased to announce that LRCC is hosting the Women of Waynesville WOW Bachelor’s Ball this Saturday, February 6! Tickets are still available at www.womenofwaynesville.com or by calling 828-545-6879. The fun evening will include a live bachelor auction, dinner, music, dancing and raffles with all proceeds benefiting women and children in Haywood County.
The food and service were great – thanks for helping us host a wonderful Christmas party!
Lisa Haynes, CFO December 14, 2015