Laurel Ridge Operations Update 9/26/16

Save the date for our HARVEST MEMBER PARTY on Wednesday, October 5th!   There is no place like the mountains of WNC in the Fall and you will definitely want to be here as we celebrate this season with its wonderful colors, flavors and traditions.  We are thrilled to announce that The Two Armadillos will be performing for our members during this event. Chef’s buffet will feature your seasonal favorites including carved pork steamship with stewed apples, BBQ chicken, sweet potato casserole, corn casserole, collard greens, roasted carrots, tri-color kale salad, mixed green salad and assorted desserts.  Make your plans now and invite a guest!  The cost of $29 inclusive includes dinner and entertainment.  Reservations are requested by October 4.

harvest-member-party-10_5_16MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Do you know anyone looking for a country club home?   We just love when our members tell their friends and colleagues about us!  Spread the word…Laurel Ridge is welcoming new members with discounted initiations fees for Golf, Sports or Social Memberships.   Best of all, when you refer a prospective member and they join, you receive a thank you – an account credit to spend any way you like.  Call the office for details or to arrange a tour for your referrals.

As we welcome Fall into the mountains, we also give a warm welcome to our newest members to the Laurel Ridge family!

  • Kimberly & Joe Acquaro, Waynesville, NC
  • Rosemary & John Hieronymus, Waynesville, NC
  • Miriam & Bob VanNess, Waynesville, NC


  • Long-time volunteer and Driving Range Monitor Ned Williams passed away last Saturday after a hard fought battle with cancer.  Ned was a PGA professional and he helped many a golfer with their golf games. Ned was a regular fixture at LRCC’s driving range and he will be missed.  We are planning to purchase a plaque in Ned’s honor to be placed at the driving range.  If you wish to donate, please contact Duane for details.
  • PRO SHOP SALE!  Bridgestone Golf Ball Special – B330 Series: buy 2 dozen, get one free.  Also, E Series: buy 2 dozen for $40 (regularly $31/dozen).   It’s not too early to start your Christmas shopping for the golfers on your list!
  • GREAT PLAY!  Congratulations to Pat Mathes for shooting a memorable hole-in-one recently.  His ball flew right into the hole on #3 without even a bounce!  Not too many can make that claim to fame!
  • The LRLGA ended a fantastic season of golf with their final tournament and Fall luncheon last Wednesday. Winners on the Front Nine were Tammy Wilmot, Lynne James, Lois Oehme and Ann Todd, followed closely by Priscilla Boeye, Jan Smith, Rhonda Gerber and Brenda Fulton, only one point behind.  On the Back Nine, the team of Kathleen Korber, Susan Hale, Sue Major and Pat Janke finished on top, followed by Veronica Von Zwehl, Carolyn Bowers and Sandy Lester.
  • LRMGA finished strong last week with their President’s Cup play and season-ending Van Noppen Tournament, Dinner and Awards Banquet. In the President’s Cup on Tuesday, Jack Duckworth and Paul Henson tied for first with 42 points each. APPLAUSE Standings for the season-long competition finished with Dick Oehme in the top spot with 2,212 points.  He was followed by Don Thompson in second with 2,133 and Paul Henson in third with 1,912.  In Thursday’s Van Noppen Tournament, Jerry McCarthy won Low Gross with 76 points; Ray Todd was the Low Net winner with 61.  Flight Winners included, FLIGHT 1:  Dick Oehme (67), Buck Williams (69), Scott Hickle (70); FLIGHT 2:  Bob Morgan (65), Dave Blosser (68), Brian Boeye (69); FLIGHT 3:  Allen Braswell (69), John Cairns (72), Dave Pheatt (73); FLIGHT 4:  Charles Brantley (67), Russell Smith (69), Dave Crocker (69).  Closest to the Pin was awarded to Allen Braswell, Brian Boeye (#8), Dave Matthys (#10) and Don Thompson (#17).  In the Longest Drive competition, Pete Mitchell won from the white tees; Allen Braswell from green tees.  All these gentlemen deserve a round of applause.  Well done!


  • LMBT Brenda Gibson is offering MASSAGE SERVICES to members in the newly renovated Massage Room in the Fitness Center.  Brenda has been a licensed, practicing Massage Therapist since 2009 specializing in Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Hot Stone, as well as aromatherapy and other enhancements.  Appointments should be made with Brenda directly, (850) 491-9425.  She also offers convenient online booking on her website,


  • Wtennis serveorld Senior Tennis Champion, Larry Turville, has offered to share his considerable knowledge and expertise with our members by teaching lessons at LRCC through mid-October. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best! If you are interested in lessons or lesson fees, call Larry directly at 239-207-6604.
  • The tennis ball machine is available for members’ use at a rate of $12/hour.  To reserve the ball machine, please contact Duane in the Golf Shop in advance so that his staff can assist you, 452-0545, ext. 171.
  • Club staff will maintain and groom the tennis courts on a daily basis. Please keep in mind that court reservations may not be made via phone or email for the remainder of this season.  The tennis court reservation sheets are located in the Cabana.
  • A Reminder:  club policies limit guest usage to two times per month, with a maximum of six visits per year.  If you have a tennis guest, please notify the office to appropriately charge your account or pay for your guest before play in the Golf Shop.

Many of our seasonal members have already begun returning to warmer climates for the winter.  Since dining typically slows down this time of year, the restaurant will be staffed and food prepared based on the number of reservations made.  For this reason, it is very important for members to call ahead to make reservations for brunch or dinner so that we are adequately prepared and can exceed your expectations!  Reservations are not necessary for lunch unless you have a large group.  Dinner service is available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening; lunch Tuesday through Saturday.  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.  Thanks for your incredible support this season! fyi

  • The Turn Window is open today and next Friday through Sunday.  After 4 pm on Sunday, the Turn Window will close for the season.  Remember, lunch is available in the clubhouse and the Pro Shop will have drinks and snacks available for purchase.  Thanks for your patronage this summer!.
  • Don’t miss Tuesday night at LRCC!  Chef will prepare a delicious family buffet and Trivia will follow in the Cedar Room at 7 pm.  Tuesday’s menu features pot roast, fried flounder, hushpuppies, parsley potatoes, broccoli casserole, steamed cauliflower, citrus slaw, white bean & collard soup & dessert for only $20.99.  Cost for Trivia is $5; put on your thinking cap and join the fun!
  • LOOKING AHEAD – On Tuesday, October 4, members will enjoy a Mexican Buffet featuring all your favorites from South of the Border.  The following Tuesday, don’t miss “A Taste of Fall” Buffet on October 11.  This buffet with the best of the fall harvest is a member favorite!
  • Many members still have a balance left to spend on their annual Food & Beverage Minimum.  If you are planning to leave town before the first frost, there are still many opportunities to come enjoy lunch, brunch or dinner and dine with us!  And remember, To Go orders and catering will also count toward your minimum; however, alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuities do not.

hunters-in-the-skyHUNTERS IN THE SKY
A new member event has been added to LRCC’s Social Calendar, an event unlike any other!  HUNTERS IN THE SKY will be presented on Thursday afternoon, October 13 at 3 pm in the Pavilion by Mike Skinner, a Naturalist and Executive Director with Balsam Mountain Trust.  This bird of prey program is an amazing journey of discovery with some of the most well-adapted predators on earth.  Not only will members get to be up close and personal with some of the Trust’s animal ambassadors, they’ll also get to see the birds in action. This program will excite young and old; please RSVP to the office by Wednesday, October 12 to participate in this edu-tainment.  A cash bar will be available.

The pool is now closed for the season.  For those of you who enjoyed lounging by the pool this summer or racing during our pool games, mark your calendars.   We have already scheduled next year’s opening for May 26th…just in time for the Memorial Day weekend!

With much cooler temperatures expected this week, our grass will continue to recover from the hottest season on record.  Without the new irrigation system, the golf course would have been in trouble this year.  Glancing at the weather channel, I saw that that Friday’s temperature last year was 72 degrees (this year was 83).  With a combination fertilizer applied over two weeks, the grass will experience immediate growth and slow-release growth to help heal the damaged areas.  Crews have been scratching up numerous bad areas across the golf course.  These areas are typically bentgrass that has died because it does not tolerate the higher mowing height in the rough where without being chemically treated.  These scratched areas are being seeded with a 4-blend bluegrass and covered with sand to aid in germination.  This work has been completed on holes 1-14 and the process will be finished before the upcoming Piedmont/Lady Eagle Cup so the seed will benefit from having all Fall to establish. Several perimeters on holes 8,10, and 13 have been roped off.  The reduced foot and machine traffic will allow the seed to establish at a much higher percentage rate.  Thank you for staying off of these areas.

I would like to personally thank the individuals who have provided lunch or breakfast for the maintenance staff.  This small token of appreciation goes a long way, especially on an empty stomach.  The kind words about their hard work and improved course conditions keep a great positive work environment.  Thank you!  Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

All members can now view their club charges, payments and statements online! This means that if you are uncertain about a dining or golf charge, you can view the actual ticket in question.  Or if you want to know your current account balance, you have full access to all your up-to-date balance information.  Simply follow the link provided on the bottom of LRCC’s website homepage (Paycloud Portal).  An option to pay online with a credit card using PLASTIQ is also available for a minimal fee.  To find out your confidential account sign-on, call the office or email

Also, did you know that you can receive your monthly statement by email?  This option is great for many members that travel frequently or have more than one residence.  To choose email statements and opt out of mailed statements, call the office and leave your preferred email address that you would like to use.  It’s that easy…let’s save some trees!

For your convenience, the LRHOA is now sending out updates via email.  This effort will also save the cost of mailing correspondence.  Be sure to add the association’s email address to your contact list,

1280375970_107310078_4-Arizona-Concealed-Weapon-Course-CCW-Other-Firearms-and-Personal-Protection-Training-Other-Classes-1280375970CONCEALED WEAPONS COURSE
Member Harvey Morse will teach a Concealed Weapons & NC/FL Carry Permit Course on October 14, 2016 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.

The Haywood County Arts Council will showcase the extraordinary talents of concert pianist, Ji, in the Young Artist Gala at Laurel Ridge on this Thursday evening, September 29. Ji has been praised from a young age for his compelling musical presence and impressive technical command. Anyone can participate in this limited gathering by sponsoring the programs of the HCAC. Sponsorship includes tickets to this pre-concert benefit at LRCC. For more information, contact the Arts Council, 452-0593 or

sarges-2016-ffbb-registration-flyerFURRY FRIENDS GALA
All members are invited to attend Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s 8th Annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash at 6 pm on October 6 for an evening of fun, food, music and lively live and silent auctions. Before the dinner, guests may visit the silent auction area containing many dining, golf and spa packages, as well as unique items for people and their pets. The live auction will include vacation packages, special dinners and other special items.  For tickets, visit