Jan-Feb 2022 Berkeley Experience

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Jan/Feb 2022


FROM THE CLUBHOUSE On the South Course, our new fairways have greatly enhanced Club play, and I’m pleased to say the South Course is performing at its top peak condition in 20 years. We’re also excited to unveil updates to the River Park, which will be open by the end of the first quarter, so stay tuned for more news there. Other Club projects include renovation of the halfway houses as we implement new technology for a more-user friendly and efficient operation, while at the Fitness Center new equipment is on order for the first and second quarter.

As we embark on the new year, it’s exciting to consider the incredible change and momentum we’ve experienced in 2020-2021. Our community voted in favor of the Master Plan: Phase I and due to our success, we will be able to implement portions of Phase II. Together, we can look forward to the Spring completion of Phase I, and Phase II will not be far behind. Planning for this rejuvenation began five years ago, and 2022-2023 are going to be the years that it truly comes to fruition. We also welcomed well over 100 new members to the Club, and look forward to more new neighbors with current contracts pending on over 80 clubowned lots. Add the completion of 10 or so spec homes going up on club-owned lots, and we should have nearly 20 additional spec homes under construction by end of 2022.

As we strive to better understand member expectations and overall satisfaction, we recently sent a member survey out that encompasses the entire Club. We’re excited to garner member response so we can best enhance the member experience as well as update important aspects of our strategic plan.

3 Golf Cottages 4 Community News 6 BHCF: Helping Locals in Need 7 Culinary News 8 Behind the Lens 9 Member Events 13 Member Photos 14 Community Clubs

The foresight and forward-thinking that club management and our board of directors has set in motion, together with our membership, has brought us into the new year with all the expectations a club of our stature desires.

15 Golf Talk with Kieran

Berkeley Hall shares this momentous reimagination with all of you. Thank you all for your patience and support! I hope you are as excited about 2022 as we are.

19 Learning Center

17 Top Pro Tips 18 Berkeley Hall Golf Academy

20 Golf Maintenance 21 Set Yourself Up for Success 22 Racquet Sports

Adam Kushner General Manager & Chief Operating Officer

23 Rejuvenate at the Spa

READER’S CHOICE: BERKELEY HALL Hilton Head Monthly Magazine's Reader Choice Awards for 2021 voted Berkeley Hall Club as “Favorite Private Golf Club!” An easy choice according to the annual awards: With two courses designed by the man himself, it's easy to see why Tom Fazio said “Berkeley Hall represents pure golf at its finest.”



golf cottages

You’ll feel right at home in our charming cottages with easy access to everything. From wedding parties to golf weekends and family stays, our cottages offer all the amenities you could ask for. It’s a short walk to the Clubhouse and onto the greens, and you’ll find the Spa & Fitness Center just around the corner. We can help make it even more special! For a nominal fee, you can add an assortment of room enhancements and amenities to really make your next visit exceptional including wines from the Club wine list along with selections from our Club menu. Spa appointments, Club and local dining reservations, pontoon boat cruises, and more! Simply request 72-hours prior to your arrival from our concierge team, and we’ll be happy to provide your requested amenities.


LOW SEASON January & December HIGH SEASON February-November

Low High

1BR Master Suite 2 BR/2BA Town Suite, Kitchen, Living Room, Patio 3 BR/3BA Master + Town Suite, Kitchen, Living Room, Patio 4BR/4BA Full Cottage, Kitchen, Living Room, Patio

$215 $450 $505 $600

$250 $500 $600 $725

Rates do not include sales and accommodations tax of 11% & if applicable, a daily $25 non-member fee. Cottage Rate does not include Golf Rate. Daily tidy service may be arranged. Fee schedule is available upon request. 2-Night Minimum Stay Required. Please contact Concierge Services at 843.815.8494 for reservations and additional information. *72-hours advance Cancellation required to avoid full charge.

James & Carol Garanich Maineville, OH Alan & Leanora Colletti Lavallete, NJ Thomas & Virginia Walsh Bedminster, NJ

Thomas Beaver Houston, TX John & Lisa Ready North Palm Beach, FL Bruce & Jennifer Eaton Rapid City, SD Brendan & Pamela Nedzi Montclair, NJ

Gina & Robert Coia, Jr. Lititz, PA Dawes & Ann Edwards Orangeburg, SC Randy & Kathy Wright Bluffton, SC



community news

BERKELEY HALL EXPERIENCE EXPERTS: QUARTER III Berkeley Hall’s Experience Experts celebrates and rewards employees who exemplify the club’s values in their job performance and interactions with co-workers, management, members and guests. Members can nominate Experience Experts by completing our online nomination form found on the member website under the My Club tab. Boyd Davis serves on our Security team in the position of patrol officer. He joined the Berkeley Hall team in May of 2015, and we thank him for his attention to detail and meticulous efforts to uphold our community to the highest standards. Cameron Hill exemplifies the Berkeley Experience, with her outstanding member and guest service. She currently serves on our Concierge Services team as well as the Food & Beverage team. Cameron has been with Berkeley Hall since June of 2020, and her gracious smile and welcoming manner make her a great asset to the team.

Romario Whittaker, Assist. Dir. of Security, Boyd Davis, Adam Kushner, GM/COO

Ted Coleman, Food & Beverage Dir., Cameron Hill, Adam Kushner, GM/COO

USA TODAY “BEST COASTAL SMALL TOWNS” Our close neighbor Beaufort, SC was featured on USA Today's Top 10 “Best Coastal Small Town” 2021 reader's choice list! Just a few reasons why: “The smell of pluff mud, briny breezes & charming architecture makes for the perfect trifecta.” Everything we love about the Lowcountry! 4



In the News: Local Life magazine showcased Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation in its recent December issue Charity Spotlight feature. Perfect placement for the month of giving, the full-page feature shared the BHCF story – raising over $2 million for Lowcountry charities since its inception in 2008, who it helps, and how readers could help. You can pick up a copy of the magazine at the concierge desk, or find the full story on our member website BerkeleyHallClub.com.

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Golf Digest’s “Best in State” 2022-2023 teacher rankings are out and our very own Krista Dunton is among South Carolina’s top five best instructors. The Top 50 LPGA Teachers are recognized from more than 1,800 LPGA certified professionals worldwide. LPGA Professionals are uniquely trained to teach golf through a holistic peoplecentered approach to learning the game and performing on the golf course.

When it comes to golf instruction, this PGA and LPGA member is top in her field. As Director of Instruction at our award-winning Learning Center, she is nationally recognized as one of the best teachers in the game. A former LPGA “National Teacher of the Year,” Krista holds the distinction of being listed multiple times as a “Top 100 Instructor” and “Top 100 Teachers in America” by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.

Magnificent moments like this take our breath away – Sunrise on the North Course, captured in all its beauty by BHC member Lisa Curtis! Share your photos with us! Email to afeldman@berkeleyhallclub.com, text to 843.707.22188 or send on BHC app.


Our new pedestal clock on the warmup range is a handsome addition to the practice area. Timeless in stature, it’s also one of the Club’s new enhancements, courtesy of the 34th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship this past September. Other features will include three flagpoles placed on the front mall, a new podium for the bag drop, new cooler for the warm-up range, and other additional items. We were honored to host the Women’s Mid-Am, and the tremendous support from our membership demonstrates what an incredible community we are. In 2017, we committed to not use any income from general operating funds for the tournament. Thanks to many individual donors, our Championship Finance Chair Marc Dulude and his team, we made that a reality. Postponing the Championship also generated additional funds from new members and USGA contributions. The goal was to raise $200,000, and with the second USGA contribution, we exceeded that by $80,000. Funds raised also covered labor expenses for our teams that worked so hard to ensure everyone from the USGA and all participants left saying that “Berkeley Hall was the best venue they’d ever experienced.” JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022


community news

hanks to the Berkeley Hall community’s extraordinary generosity, the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation has raised over $2 million for Lowcountry charities since its inception in 2008. Each year monies raised from Berkeley Hall residents and local business partners at the annual Charity Cup event

fund the following year’s grant cycle. Your participation has provided the BHCF with the means to truly make a difference in our greater community, and through our Grant process has been distributed to people in need in our community. Of each dollar raised, 95% is allocated to our charities.

2021 FUNDING FOR 2022 PROJECTS WILL SERVE Abuse Prevention - $20,000

Our 2021 Charity Cup event exceeded expectations, raising more than $350,000. So far we've allocated $295,000 in much-needed grants to local charities, and will be able to do even more, as needs arise during the year. The more funds raised, the more the foundation can do to help those in need in our community, and the need is greater than ever.

Children - $51,000 Disabled/Sick - $70,000 Education - $15,000 Elderly/Infirm - $27,000

Thanks to your enormous support we were able to approve 23 grants to 19 local non-profits that will have a considerable impact on improving the lives of many Bluffton residents. To learn more, visit BerkeleyHallClub.com.

Housing/Homelessness - $22,000 Low-Income Families - $70,000

Thank you for your continued compassion, concern and generosity!

Veterans - $20,000

GRANT RECIPIENTS Backpack Buddies of Bluffton | Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen | Bluffton Self Help | Bluffton Self Help/Literacy Center Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine | Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton | Boys and Girls Club/Family Promise Collab. Child Abuse Prevention Assoc. | The Children’s Center | Deep Well | Family Promise | Hopeful Horizons Hospice Care of the Lowcountry | Lowcountry Autism Foundation | Lowcountry Legal Volunteers | Meals on Wheels | Memory Matters Neighborhood Outreach Connection | Programs for Exceptional People | Second Helpings | Vantage Point Foundation




ome dine with us and enjoy our new winter menu, featuring the bountiful offerings of the season and the seafood our coastal destination is known for. Executive Chef Jeff McKinney is a firm believer in locally sourced goods, and as the welcome beneficiaries of his delicious seasonal menus, we’re more than happy to indulge. Multi-layered with a blend of casual and traditional, Chef Jeff draws classical interpretation from our Lowcountry influences, with wonderful Southern specialties, along with eating well and inspired fine courses. “Winter months infuse our entrees with the deep flavors of root vegetables, notably so in heartier entrees such has Beef Stroganoff, and our Veal Scallopini, with


Heirloom Grits from artisan Anson Mills farm just down the road in Columbia, SC. “Using fresh, heirloom ingredients and locally sourced produce are the elements I look for to elevate the Berkeley Hall menu. Everything tastes better and there’s no better true flavor than that of fresh fare, from local waterways to nearby farms and orchards.” Keeping it casual, our starters are great with drinks as well as first-courses. Fried Oysters, House Smoked Salmon and Duck Tostadas, are just a few!

“There’s no better true flavor than that of fresh fare, from local waterways to nearby farms and orchards.” – Executive Chef Jeff McKinney

winter pears, brie cheese, roasted potatoes, and farm vegetables with pear brandy sauce,” shares Chef Jeff. Lowcountry plates are authentic pleasers of Southern Fried Pork Chops, and Shrimp & Grits with sweet peppers, smoked bacon, Madeira and Jimmy Red

We Love Local! Lively Orchards Farm Flat Rock, NC

Tuten Farms Hampton, SC

Rebecca Farms Hemingway, SC

Watsonia Farms Monetta, SC

Anson Mill Columbia, SC

Russo Seafood Bluffton, SC

Prestige Farms Murrells Inlet, SC

These suggested wine pairings by Somm Ted, Food & Beverage Director, are available for purchase while dining at the Club during our winter season. 2019 Domaine Franck Millet Sancerre (flavors of white fruits with medium+ acidity, apples and spice) $16/glass, $60/bottle 2018 Walt “Blue Jay” Pinot Noir (full-bodied and balanced with flavors of wild blueberry clove and caramel) $12/glass, $56/bottle 2019 Prisoner Red Blend (Zinfandel based red blend with enticing flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate and roasted fig) $18/glass, $70/bottle JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022


OF THE COVER: “A quiet time for a morning drink. These Roseate Spoonbills grace our waters with their lovely pink hues. We feel fortunate to catch a glimpse.”

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2022 SOars IntO View

elcoming the new year in at Berkeley Hall, we celebrate the beauty of our Lowcountry setting in what has become a Berkeley Experience tradition, as Elizabeth Angelone, member/photographer captures exquisite views of our wildlife and nature. Elizabeth’s work casts an intimate view of our “local life.” Immersed in the Lowcountry’s rhythms, she’s often photographing in the very hours when all is still. “I love when the sun comes up and all is magical. Here at Berkeley Hall, we get a lot of those kinds of mornings.” She finds many of our friends at home among the waters, foliage and native marsh grasses. As the ever-changing hues of nature form her palette, she brings this world into view for the rest of us.






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Be a Polar Plunger and show off your great sense of adventure at our first annual Polar Plunge! Meet us at noon on Saturday, January 22nd at the pool and be sure to bring a towel! Join our fun polar splash festivities and get ready to “take the plunge” at 12:30pm. Afterwards, you can warm up with our great chili bar, warm desserts and hot chocolate! Event Prices are inclusive of all taxes and service charge. $19 per Adult, $12 per Child Member Charge Bar



Winemaker Dinner Our Flanagan Wine Dinner features an exclusive fourcoursed winemaker’s dinner, with special guest and proprietor of Flanagan Wines, Eric Flanagan. Join us in the Berkeley Room on Sunday, January 23rd at 6pm for a well-poured and curated experience. Sip and socialize as you enjoy Eric’s great storytelling, and an exquisite four-course menu presented by Executive Chef Jeff McKinney. “In 1999 I purchased 40 acres on the heights of Bennett Mountain and planted our first vineyard,” shares Eric. They’ve since acquired the iconic Platt Ranch in Bodega, Platt Vineyard and Gap’s View Vineyard. Family-owned Flanagan Wines is renowned for their great wines from some of the best vineyards in Sonoma County. Cheers to an evening of great wines, gourmet fare and great stories. Event Prices are inclusive of all taxes and service charge. $97 per person | Berkeley Room






Mentalist Mick Ayres brings his special blend of neoclassic mentalism and magic to Berkeley Hall on Thursday, January 27 at 6pm. Mick has worked exclusively with Disney and will perform a wide range of mentalist and magic tricks that will truly leave you spellbound. A versatile entertainer, he’s entertained for 35 years across the United States, Canada and Mexico, entertaining scores of appreciative fans. Join us for a magical evening with Mick, this is one dinner and a show you won’t want to miss. Event prices are inclusive of all taxes and service charge. $49 | Member Charge Bar | Men’s Locker Room


With a Valentine’s Day menu composed of four courses dedicated to those we love, we invite you to celebrate with our special Valentine’s Day Dinner on Saturday, February 12th at 6pm in the Berkeley Room. Valentine’s Day is reserved for romance, with an elegant chef-led experience you’ll appreciate with your special date. It’s also a wonderful evening to celebrate with good friends and we have just the menu you’ll want to savor, capped with decadent dessert and complimentary Taittinger champagne toast! Event Prices are inclusive of all taxes and service charge. $123 | Member Charge Bar






BOOK CLUB Read any good books lately? Join our BHC Book Club –

Our meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 3pm in the Ladies Locker Room. For details contact Wendy Hansen: hansenwendyj@gmail.com.


Brush up on your 80s trivia – Trivia Night will put your knowledge to the test on everything 80s, from current events to top music hits, movies and more! Join us on February 17 at 6pm in the Men’s Locker Room for a fun, throwback evening of 80s nostalgia! What a decade of innovation, from arts and entertainment to big phones, big hair, and historic moments. Great trivia makes for a fast-paced iconic event with fabulous 80s-inspired buffet fare and live dj entertainment. Revisit the 80s at Trivia Night and get ready for a great time! 80s-style clothing encouraged. Event prices are inclusive of all taxes and service charges. $49 | Men’s Locker Room Member Charge Bar

“Miss Benson’s Beetle” by Rachel Joyce It is 1950. London is still reeling from World War II, and Margery Benson, a schoolteacher and spinster, is trying to get through life. One day, she reaches her breaking point, abandoning her job and small existence to set out on an expedition to the other side of the world in search of her childhood obsession: an insect that may or may not exist - the golden beetle of New Caledonia. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an uplifting novel about two women on a life-changing adventure, where they must risk everything, break all the rules, and discover their best selves. Review: Penguin Randomhouse FEB 7 | 3PM LADIES LOCKER ROOM “The Barbizon” by Paulina Bren From award-winning author Paulina Bren comes the captivating portrait of New York’s most famous residential hotel - The Barbizon - and the remarkable women who lived there. Liberated from home and hearth by World War I and ready to work, women arrived to take their place in the dazzling new skyscrapers of Manhattan. Built in 1927, at the height of the Roaring Twenties, the Barbizon Hotel was a luxurious safe haven for the modern woman. Over time, it became the place to stay for any ambitious young woman hoping for fame and fortune. The Barbizon weaves together a tale that has never been told, a brilliant social history of women’s ambition and a changing New York through the 20th century. Review: Simon & Schuster

“And a good time was had by all,” at Berkeley Hall Book Club’s festive annual holiday luncheon. 12


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Cards, Mahjongg, Book Club & More At Berkeley Hall, there's always something to do and new clubs to explore, from Bridge to MahJongg, Hand, Foot & Elbow, Bible Study and more - and new folks are always welcome! We offer advanced games for experienced players and beginner games for those ready to try something new. Afternoon and evening games, too. Take a look below and if you haven't already, now's the perfect time to "get in the game!"

Beginner Hand, Foot & Elbow Mondays at 11:45am | Ladies Locker Room Want to learn this great game? Join us on Mondays and we're happy to teach you! No rsvp needed. If you'd like to play, email Evalyn Lyons at elyons149@gmail.com or call 914.643.7408, or Carol DePhillips at jcdephi@aol.com.

Beginner Hand, Foot & Elbow

Sundays at 6:30pm | Ladies Locker Room (couples & individuals) Our Sunday evening game is open to couples, individuals, and beginners are welcome. Enjoy Club dining first, or come for cards only. Dining reservations may be made on events calendar. Contact Marsha Levin at 843.757.2801 or marslev@aol.com.

Advanced Hand, Foot & Elbow

Wednesdays at 6:45pm & Saturday at 11:30am Ladies Locker Room Experienced players are welcome to join the fun. For details on both advanced games, please contact Marsha Levin at 843.757.2801 or marslev@aol.com.

Afternoon MahJongg

Fridays at 2pm | Ladies Locker Room We welcome players of ALL levels - from those who've never played to experienced players! We have learning tables during Friday play and are happy to teach you. If Friday doesn’t work, we will arrange a learning time. To be added to our distribution list, contact Deborah Lavasseur at 603.475.1338 or d.lavasseur@comcast.net.

Evening MahJongg

Tuesdays at 7pm | Ladies Locker Room Our Tuesday night game welcomes beginner

to experienced players! (We do not have learning tables on Tuesdays.) If you'd like to play and be added to our distribution list, contact Teresa Gannon at 843.706.2219 or Tggabby@aol.com.

Beginner MahJongg

Mondays at 3pm | Ladies Locker Room Our Monday beginner session welcomes new players to learn the game! If you'd like to learn to play mahjongg and be added to our distribution list, please contact Lise Shanahan at 858.353.3273, liseshanahan@yahoo.com.

Ladies Bridge

Wednesdays at 2pm | Ladies Locker Room All members and your guests are welcome! The group plays four-hand rubber bridge, and cards and tallies are provided. Contact Haila Wilson at 843-290-0961 or hailawilson@gmail.com. Thursdays at 2pm | Ladies Locker Room All members and your guests are welcome! If you'd like to play, contact Lou Ann Hamilton at lah9708@gmail.com.

Ladies Bible Study

Tuesdays at 8:30am | Fazio Room (during ongoing construction) Please join us. All members are welcome. For more information contact Angie McGeorge at 843.707.6141 or bhallmcgeorge@gmail.com or Susie Sutton at 406.670.7900 or ssutton57@gmail.com.

Mens Bible Study

Wednesdays at 3:30pm | Fazio Room Please join us at the Fazio Room. All members are welcome. For more information, email Don McGeorge at dmcgeorge@gmail. com or Hal Sutton at halsutton1@gmail.com or 406.698.5282.

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Barber Services

By Appointment Only | Men's Locker Room Ken Browning offers professional barber services to Berkeley Hall members. Call Ken at 912.441-6855 to schedule your appointment. Haircut: $17

Tailor Services

By Appointment Only | Men's Locker Room Javier Velaquez offers professional tailor services. Contact Javier at 843.321.0213 to schedule your appointment.

Notary Services

At the Club Notary services are provided by Mary McGoldrick in the Club Admin office, stop by or call 843.815.8414. She is commissioned by the State of SC to perform this function.

Residential & Cleaning Services

Residential cleaning, window washing, and power washing services are now available from the company that provides cleaning services to the Club & Cottages. For complimentary residential estimate call Jara Uscanga: (843) 384-6998. For other services call Brian Emmons: (843) 295-8607.



Stick to the short game WITH KIERAN

shots that you know you can play. There is nothing wrong with putting from off the green if the conditions

KIERAN STAUNTON | DIRECTOR OF GOLF seemed to fly by like a whirlwind. The year was filled with many great events and well-enjoyed member play throughout the year. We hosted a fabulous USGA event in September that was well received by all the players and a great boost for Berkeley Hall. Tournament participation

among the member events was at an all-time high, and it has been great to see so many members getting involved in the events. We start the 2022 season with the Berkeley Cup in late February, followed by the Mixed Member-Member in March, the Member-Member in April and the newly added Mixed

allow. Member-Guest in May. We anticipate all these events will fill up quickly, so reserve your placement soon. And as we make our way to the latter part of the year, we’re ready to celebrate 20 years of the South Course. I hope everyone had a nice Holiday Season and is looking forward to 2022 as much as we are.

HOLE-IN-ONES SHOWCASE Many members have been hitting the mark on the Par 3’s since our last issue. Congratulations to all that have had Hole-in-Ones!

2022 MAJOR GOLF EVENTS Berkeley Cup ​​​​​​​​February 24-26 Mixed Member-Member (Four-ball)​​​​

March 11-12

Men’s One-Day Member-Guest​​​​​

March 23

Ladies’ One-Day Member-Guest ​​​​​March 24 Member-Member​​​​​​

April 22-23

North-South Challenge​​​​​​

October 1

Charity Cup

October 3

Berkeley Classic

October 13-15

Women’s Invitational

October 19-20

The “HAIG” Member-Member

November 4-5

TARA CURLEY​​- Aug 13​- Hole #16 North JOHN BASILE - Oct 20 - Hole #5 South BOB PERRY - Oct 21​- Hole #16 South BILL GONSKA​​- Nov 3​- Hole #5 South SEND US YOUR PHOTOS! If you happen to make a Hole-in-One here at Berkeley Hall, we would love to see a photo of you celebrating your special shot. Use the hashtag #holeinoneatBHC and we will share it across our social media channels.

Club Championship/Sr. Club Championship November 18-19 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022





We had another great turnout for the HAIG at the start of November. 54 pairs took to the course to test their skills against some of the more difficult hole locations out there. Mother Nature also played a hand in this year’s event, with some cool, breezy and damp conditions. The weather dictated that the event be cut short to just 18 holes. We still had some great scoring across all of the flights and the overall winners were: Men: Pat Annessa & Wayne Hoffman Ladies: Linda Gettings & Lise Shanahan


2021 Women’s Invitational saw a record number of teams. It was great to see so many coming out for this event. Many teams we’ve seen in years past, but also many new teams. We were blessed with two fabulous days of weather in mid-November, and the scoring did not disappoint. The team of Jill Appel, Susan Yahn, Deb Cadogan & Marj Lustig took home the Overall Winners trophy. We look forward to another great event in 2022.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP The 2021 Club Championship was at the end of November. All divisions were tightly contested with some great scores throughout. Congratulations to our 2021 Club Champions: Ladies’ Club Champion:​​ Lanlan Sun Ladies’ Senior Club Champion:​ Carol Dulude Ladies’ Super-Senior Champion:​ Lynn McQuay Ladies’ Net Club Champion:​ Lise Shanahan Men’s Club Champion:​​ Gabe Schmitz Men’s Senior Club Champion:​ Marc Dulude Men’s Super-Senior Champion:​ Bill Barnett Mens’ Net Club Champion:​ Brent Densmore

CLUB CHALLENGE Berkeley Hall had three great days for the 2021 Club Challenge at the start of December. The weather was absolutely glorious for the 25 teams that battled it out for the honors. Ron Borders, and his team from Atlantic Beach Country Club: Bill Gibbes, Frank Hession & John Howell, played superbly well for both days and took home the trophy!



Gabe Schmitz & Brent Densmore

Lise Shanahan & Lanlan Sun

Marc Dulude & Carol Dulude

Lynn McQuay & Bill Barnett



It was during the course of a Saturday golf game that John Swafford and fellow Berkeley Hall member Bill Minsker discovered that not only had they both resided in West Virginia (Swafford briefly), they also both attended St. Albans High School, in slightly different years! Another distinction they share, both were inducted into their St. Albans High School Hall of Fame. Bill was first inducted in 1998, and he put John forward this year as a distinguished alumnus. Bill, we might add, was a mostly lifetime resident of West Virginia, with a highly successful career in the automotive dealership industry, before moving to Berkeley Hall with wife Mary Kay in 2007. As it turns out, BHC part-time member Dr. Austin Wallace is also from St. Albans, West Virginia, the three discovered recently. Austin and his wife Deborah first bought a lot in 2003, then purchased a cottage on Hopsewee in 2018, (sold and purchased another cottage this past April). Dr. Wallace was an ear, nose and throat surgeon in Charleston, WV, prior to joining the West Virginia Mutual Insurance Co. as CEO, which is based in Charleston. With plans to retire next November, we expect to see more of him on the course! As many members know, some of the best friendships begin at one of the Club’s friendly golf games!


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Perspective is everything. Most of us think we hit the ball better on the driving range than on the golf course. This is because there are no consequences for hitting a bad shot on the driving range and if we make solid contact we assume it would be a good shot. However, the solid shot may have been 20 yards to the left or right of where you aimed on the range and may result in a less than desirable shot on course. When practicing full shots, use an alignment stick to pick out a specific target. Practicing without an alignment stick or lines on the ground is comparable to driving on a multi-lane highway without lines. Having a target offers perspective of where your shots are starting and ending up and trains you to pick out specific targets throughout your round. Remember, smaller targets yield smaller misses. Enjoy this great game! Q: Dream foursome? A: John Daly, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer Q: Favorite hole at Berkeley Hall? A: South #17





Don’t forget to work on your fundamentals…

Winter is a great time to practice your game.

It is tough to play good golf without good set up fundamentals. It might seem boring and unnecessary to work on them and practice them, but they will set you up for success. Grip, aim, posture, balance, ball position, distance from the ball, are all details that you can work on before you even hit a ball and having them consistent will make playing good golf much easier. Know what works for you, so that if you are having a bad day you can re-settle and get back to basics! Q: Dream foursome? A: Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Ben Hogan Q: Favorite hole at Berkeley Hall? A: South #5

If you can’t hit the course on cooler days, find your buddies and get some practice in at the learning center! A fun chipping game I like to play is called 7UP. It can be played with 2 or more players. Bring 1 wedge and a putter to the chipping green. The objective is to make Up & Downs. If you make the Up & Down you go 1UP, if you miss it you go 1Down. The winner is the first one to make it to 7UP. Playing partners take turns picking holes. This game simulates on-course play and it’s a great way to add a competitive edge to practicing! Q: Dream foursome? A: Rory McIroy, Trey Smith, Garrick Higgo Q: Favorite hole at Berkeley Hall? A: South #14



Practice like you play I often get asked, “Why can I hit good shots on the Practice Tee without being able to translate it to the Golf Course?” When practicing, we get the ability to hit shot-after-shot with minimal pressure on where the golf ball is going. While on the golf course, we only get one take at a shot, with a few minutes in between swings. Next time you go out to practice, try playing the golf course on the Practice Tee! Once confident in what you are working on, try hitting each shot with a different club, to a different target. This will force you to focus on what you’re doing, rather than recalling the last motor pattern you executed. Q: Dream foursome? A: Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, James Hylton Q: Favorite hole at Berkeley Hall? A: North #8



Alignment is king. One of the best tools in golf whether during practice or warm-up is an alignment rod. Using an alignment rod will help with making sure you are set up square to the target and your golf ball starts on the intended target line. This will transfer to the golf course and help to shoot lower scores. Q: Dream foursome? A: My Grandfather, My Father, Jack Nicklaus Q: Favorite hole at Berkeley Hall? A: South #17



WITH KRISTA DUNTON Jan 7-9 | Jan 20-22 | Feb 11-13 | Mar 3-5 | March 29-31 | April 7-9 | April 26-28 $1,850/pp Non-Member | $1,650/pp Member Top 100 Instructor Krista Dunton brings a level of excitement to Berkeley Hall Golf Academy that’s unparalleled.

Dunton’s unique, custom approach is matched by the award-winning technology at Berkeley Hall’s 33-acre Learning Center. “We have the technology to properly diagnose what’s going on with the golf ball, the golf club. I individualize what you can do with your body through bio-swing dynamics, because

everyone is built differently. No one is going to swing the golf club the same, nor should they, as we all have different physical structures. In my 25-plus years of teaching, what makes me different is I know what to leave alone and what to pinpoint and fix so you build a golf swing you can own and it can repeat on the course.” Once on the course, Dunton works on the other elements of human skills: how you think, react to your shot, manage your emotions and develop great technical skills that repeat under pressure, with a good mental set that allows you to perform at your best. “We are fortunate to have some of the best technology so we can measure and assess. We measure so we don’t guess, and the changes we make as your teachers and coaches are going to help you improve your game.”

We want to offer you something different, and customize it to you, the individual. I believe everyone has their own unique swing DNA. We work with what you have, and enhance that and make it better.




We use technology to get a game plan of where you are and where you’re going to go to. DAY 2

The process of getting your game on the course. How to think correctly, make it productive, implement swing changes under competition and pressure. DAY 3

How to keep this going, and practice correctly and efficiently. “We want to teach you how to manage variability. What I love about our Learning Center and two golf courses, is we’ve got every shot imaginable you can learn to play,” adds Dunton. “We teach you a variety of shots, different trajectories – so when you go on the course, you take those shots you learned in practice and tap into that with confidence.”

–Krista Dunton View our Berkeley Hall Golf Academy Video to learn more, under the Golf Corner tab at BerkeleyHallClub.com 18


Director of Golf Instruction


SPECIALTY CLINICS WITH KRISTA When it comes to golf instruction, Berkeley Hall’s Krista Dunton is top in her field. As a member, Krista can show you how to get the most out of your game with her hands-on approach. A former student of Jim Hardy, Krista has the expertise to understand and solve any swing and help any player take their game to the next level.

Fri, Jan 7 | 11am-1pm Mon, Feb 28 | 1-3pm $200/person Come learn the best method for green reading and speed control! As used by many PGA and LPGA tour players and top amateurs! Take the mystery out of green reading. www.aimpointgolf.com

COMPLETE PUTTING CLINIC! Tue, Jan 18 | 11am-1pm Fri, Feb 25 | 10am-12pm $80/pp Improve the four main skills in putting: Green Reading, Start Line, Distance Control and Mindset. Also learn to practice your putting correctly so results show up on the golf course! Become not a good putter but a Great Putter!

FULL SWING CLINICS Fri, Jan 21 | 10am-12pm Tues, Feb 15 | 12-2pm $80/pp | 4-6 players Get a jump start on your swing! Come learn specific tips and drills to help improve your ball striking and add distance to all your shots.


Covering all shots from 40 yards in! Low running chips, finesse wedges, a standard 25 yard shot and bunker shots. Learn what shot to use when and how to control the height and distance. Technique, routine and shot selection all covered to improve your confidence around the greens. Mon, Jan 10 | 11am-1pm Wed, Jan 19 | 12-2pm Tue, Feb 8 | 1-3pm Thu, Feb 24 | 10am-12pm $80/pp | 4-8 players Sign-up with Krista through the Thriv Sports app, email kdunton@me.com or call/text her at 843.290.8714.

THRIV SPORTS APP Take advantage of technology with the Thriv Sports app. Krista also partners with Ikonik golf, offering students follow-up instruction, drills and videos all found on the app. So when you leave the lesson tee, you will have a resource to go to for practice planes, follow up tips and an easy way to communicate with Krista on any questions you might have.

COMPLIMENTARY MEMBER CLINICS Clinics are 10-11am at the Learning Center. JANUARY

Tue, Jan 4: How to Lower Your Scores and Set Goals Fri, Jan 7: Hit Your Driver Longer! Tue, Jan 11: Inside 30 Yards Fri, Jan 14: Improve Your Fairway Shots, Hit More Greens. Tue, Jan 18: Putting: Distance Control and Drills to Improve Fri, Jan 21: Trouble Shots Tue, Jan 25: Pre and Post Shot Routine Fri, Jan 28: Fairway Woods FEBRUARY Tues, Feb 1: Improve Your Ball Striking

Fri, Feb 4: Fairway Bunkers Tue, Feb 8: Distance Control with Wedges Fri, Feb 11: Shape Your Shots Tue, Feb 15: Make More Putts Inside 10 Feet Fri, Feb 18: Chipping Tue, Feb 22: Balance-Tempo-Timing Fri, Feb 25: No Clinic - Berkeley Cup MEMBER LESSON RATES: (Based on 1 hour lessons)

Krista Dunton: Kieran Staunton: Stephanie George: Assistant Pros:

$140 $100 $90 $90

To book lessons, contact Golf Shop at 843.815.8444.







s we look forward to the new year, the Agronomy team is hard at work preparing the North and South Courses for the winter months and into 2022. We’ve seen a great deal of success this year as we implemented new agronomy practices. Now, with the history and course knowledge gained, our team can move forward even more proactively. With all our exciting improvements ahead, we remain committed to continually improving operations. The new strategic plan we’ve developed will guide and help us plan these projects. As we work on options and plans for improving and making the North Course native areas more playable and maintenance friendly, we’ll begin by installing more native grass trials this winter. The planned expansion of the Fazio putting green, with renovations to the short-game area on the warm-up side of the range and other upgrades at the practice facility will further enhance members playing experience. Along with these improvements to the course, we will apply some aggressive soil amending and deep aeration to continue to work the soil to provide dryer and firmer 20


conditions on the North Course and South Course rough. We have refined and improved our sand channel process and hope to have even more success in 2022. While labor has been a continuing challenge, recently it has stabilized.

the support of our membership which allowed us to initiate new Club agronomy practices and invest in more efficient and reliable equipment. This was evident as we prepared for the fall U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Showcased in

In the months ahead, we’ll continue exponential improvements as we restore both courses to the premier standard that defines the Berkeley Experience. With more stability and training we can now turn our focus to detail improvements and further refine course appearance. These accomplishments would not have been possible without

national media as well as internationally, the North Course was an outstanding backdrop for the USGA championship, and we could not have been more proud.


Set Yourself Up For Success


Nutritionist & Fitness Trainer


We’ve all been there: The decorations are put away and the pressure is on for the “new year, new you.” Instead of becoming frustrated when your best efforts are abandoned by February, try these tips to achieve your goals!


A common resolution is to “eat better” in the new year. This is a great place to start, but hard to gauge progress when the goal is so broad. • Eat 2-3 servings of vegetables every day • Drink 8 oz of water every hour

REWARD YOURSELF • Find a non-food reward, i.e. massage or new pair of shoes!

FIND BALANCE A goal everyone should work toward in 2022 is maintaining or improving core strength and balance. A recent study found those 50-yrs and older may find it hard to stand on one foot for 40 seconds. Poor balance doesn’t always coincide with age, it’s related to muscle mass, agility, and strength. Try these simple ways to improve balance and strengthen your core: • Try pilates, tai chi, or yoga which can strengthen the deep core muscles while synchronizing the movement with your breathing. • Practice standing on one foot, challenging yourself to increase duration. Increase the challenge by raising your foot higher or holding out to the side. If difficult, start by using a chair back or bathroom counter for support.

January 1st doesn’t have to be the only day to set goals. Make each day a new effort to become the best version of you!

• Walk heel-to-toe, as if on a balance beam. • Get in and out of a chair without using your hands. • Exercise while standing on a wobble board or Bosu ball.




BHC Racquet Sports Professional


Racquet Sports at Berkeley Hall TENNIS | PICKLEBALL

On the Courts: Get involved with BHC's growing racquet sports programs. Here’s your chance to work on your game with Royce, a 5.0 PTR Certified Pro, with a full roster of fun and challenging clinics, drills and match play. Sign up at the Fitness Center 843.815.8985. Complimentary Cardio Tennis Clinic/Drills Mondays, 9-10am For all levels, women and men: One-hour sessions are full of active drills that keep you moving. Complimentary Tennis Clinic/Drills Fridays, 9-10am For players, women and men, USTA level 3.0 - 4.0. Clinic offers stroke technique, drills with active footwork and doubles scenarios. Work on your Doubles Game Create your own team and work on drills and match play, with group coaching by Royce. Jr. Tennis Clinic Ages 8 and Above | Mondays, 4-5:30pm Contact Royce: roycetennis@hotmail.com

One-On-One Pickleball Sessions Pickleball play with one-on-one coaching by Royce, guaranteed to ramp up your skills. Never tried it, this is your chance to learn the rules, and some premier moves! Complimentary Pickleball Clinic Advance Level Wednesdays, 9-10am One-hour sessions for women and men, these one-hour sessions are full of competitive drills/play to keep you moving. Complimentary Pickleball Clinic Beginners/Intermediate Wednesdays, 10-11am For women and men at beginner and intermediate level. Clinic offers easy intro to Pickleball and its rules. Pickleball Fun Friday Mixer Fridays, 8:30-10am Both levels are welcome (Advance and Intermediate levels). Players will play 10 minutes per round pairing up one advance and one intermediate level player. Every 10 minutes a new round will start with a different partner and opponents.

Pickleball Winter League Mid-January to March This Mixed Doubles League will host Bluffton and HHI teams and we hope to have a 3.0 and 3.5 team. Games on weekends with dates confirmed by League Coordinator. The men's and women's doubles league will take place in the Spring, from April-June. Racquet Stringing & Re-Grip $40 includes strings & new over grip $10 new replacement grip

TENNIS BALL RECYCLING Help the environment and support youth tennis, all while recycling used tennis balls! Look for the new green tennis ball recycling bin on the BHC tennis courts. Once recycled, materials are turned into clothing, sneaker material and other rubber products. The recycling container and shipping are provided by a local foundation that supports recycling and sponsors young minority tennis players from South Carolina, making it possible for them to travel and compete in tennis competitions. JOIN OUR RECYCLING EFFORTS!

Contact Royce directly through the Berkeley Hall app and get on the courts today! It was a great time and super turn-out at our November Tennis & Pickleball Mixer! 22



REJUVENATE AT THE SPA. Feel yourself relax. At the BHC Spa we make it easy to retreat from the everyday.

massage helps you move, feel and play better on the courts and the course.

Our full-service day spa offers luxurious massages, facials and reflexology. Let us take you away, with restful spa and facial treatments that restore your inner calm and serenity.

Choose from our menu of rejuvenating spa treatments with relaxing, therapeutic, hot stone and deep tissue massage modalities. You’ll leave feeling inspired and ready for your day!

Relax and unwind at the Spa. It's all connected. Not only will you feel better, medical and sports care

Schedule your Spa appointment at 843.815.8985 or on the Berkeley Hall app.

MASSAGES DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE One Hour - $90 | 90 Minutes - $135 THERAPEUTIC/SWEDISH MASSAGE One Hour - $90 | 90 Minutes - $135 HOT STONE MASSAGE One Hour - $95 | 90 Minutes - $140 MEDICAL MASSAGE One Hour - $105 | 90 Minutes - $150




CLUBHOUSE Adam Kushner General Manager & COO Mary McGoldrick Operations Manager Becky Conn Director of Human Resources Bill Wilkins Director of Facilities Maintenance ACCOUNTING Jeff Dekruif, CCM Assistant GM/CFO Valerie Kidd Assistant Controller Jennifer Wheeler Member Billing ARB ARB Administrator MEMBER SERVICES Alex Madeiros Director of Sales & Marketing Marie McConnell Marketing & Membership Experience Manager Anne Feldman Director of Communications FOOD & BEVERAGE Jeff McKinney Executive Chef Ted Coleman Food & Beverage Director Vincent Matalavage Catering & Events Manager CONCIERGE Concierge Services GOLF Kieran Staunton Director of Golf The Golf Shop Adam Miller Director of Agronomy DINING FACILITIES Tap Room Men’s Locker Room








366 Good Hope Road • Bluffton, South Carolina 29909 BerkeleyHallClub.com







843.815.8443 843.815.8423












Clubhouse Dining

*Note: Certain areas of the Clubhouse will be closed from January 10-18 as we re-stain wood flooring (includes Concierge Desk, Tap Room, Berkeley Room, Grand Hallway & Wine Room). The Mixed Grille is currently closed for renovation. There will be no dining in either the Berkeley Room or Tap Room on Mondays. Light lunch fare will be served in both the Men’s and Ladies’ Locker Rooms. Please call Concierge Services at 843.815.8494 to make your reservations for Clubhouse Dining and all Special Events.

Berkeley Room • Tap Room (closed Jan 10-18) Lunch Brunch Happy Hour Dinner

Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm Sunday 10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday 4-6pm Tuesday-Thursday, Sun 5:30-8pm Friday-Saturday 5:30-8:30pm

Men’s and Ladies’ Locker Rooms Bar Service Lunch Fare

11am-6pm Daily 11am-4pm Daily

Berkeley Room

Available daily for private functions.





843.815.8444 843.815.8891


843.815.8428 843.815.8431

GATEHOUSE/SECURITY J.W. Sims 843.815.8451 Director of Security jsims@berkeleyhallclub.com *For Guest Passes 843.815.8451 LEARNING CENTER 843.815.8446 Krista Dunton 843.290.8714 Director of Golf Instruction kdunton@berkeleyhallclub.com SPA & FITNESS 843.815.8985 Michele Greth 843.815.8985 Spa & Fitness Director mgreth@berkeleyhallclub.com

Tuscany Wine Room

Available daily for private functions.

Golf Shop Daily


Concierge Services

Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5pm Sunday 8:30am-4pm

Spa & Fitness Center Monday-Friday Weekend

6am-7pm 7am-7pm

Learning Center

Daily 8am-5pm Private Instruction 8am-5pm Daily

River Park Open daily for your use. Contact Concierge Services for access to kayaks, fishing equipment and life jackets.