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nov/dec 2019

Holiday Issue Lowcountry Oyster Roast Thanksgiving Feast Grand Tree Lighting Our Stories

FROM THE CLUBHOUSE The holidays at Berkeley Hall showcase not only our gorgeous setting, but the warmth of our members and our very community itself. Nothing is more heartwarming than seeing everyone come together to share in so many of our special traditions. Our Thanksgiving Week Celebration kicks-off in true Lowcountry style with a traditional Oyster Roast on Wednesday at the River Park, the perfect lead-in to Thursday’s Thanksgiving festivities complete with morning 5K Turkey Trot and magnificent Thanksgiving feast, and Saturday, the season truly comes to light at our 4th Annual Tree Lighting on the Mall! You can certainly toast to the good life at our festive holiday events, from the Taste of Chanukah Dinner to Holiday Karaoke, Ladies Ornament Exchange, Brunch with Santa, elegant Candlelight Christmas Dinner and a special New Year’s Eve Dinner. In this issue, we showcase our newly launched Our Stories, video vignettes which tell the Berkeley Hall story in a compelling, authentic way – in the voices of our members. You can read more on page 10. When it comes to making a difference, Berkeley Hall has truly widened its embrace to support those most vulnerable around us, through our Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation. The foundation’s Annual Appeal helps make that possible, thanks to the generosity of our community.

It is our great honor to be part of the Platinum Club family, which recognizes the top 2% of private clubs in the world. In this issue, we introduce you to PlatinumClubNet, a new benefit available only to Platinum Club members that offers access to Platinum Clubs around the world. As the days grow cooler, it’s the best golfing weather around, and we invite players to enjoy our full season of golf events, with the upcoming HAIG, Club Championship, and popular Club Challenge. Congratulations to our Berkeley Classic winners, this year culminated in a three-way tie for first place! Take a look at our winners and how they got there in the Golf Corner section. Still striving to improve your putt? Check out the great how-to tips from Krista Dunton, along with an excerpt from her full-page feature in Golf Magazine's fall issue. As we welcome the holidays, I look forward to celebrating the best of the season with all of you! Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at or 843.815.8488. Kindest Regards,

3 Golf Cottages 4 PlatinumClubNet 5 Community News 6 Lowcountry Oyster Roast 8 Thanksgiving at Berkeley Hall 9 BHC Christmas Tree Lighting 10 Our Stories 11 BH Charitable Foundation 12 Member Events 14 Member Photos 15 Community Clubs 16 Golf Corner 18 Learning Center 20 Golf Maintenance 21 Spa & Fitness 22 Tennis Center 23 13th Annual Turkey Trot

Adrian General Manager & Chief Operating Officer

BHC MEMBER TIM O’CONNor HONORED Congratulations to Tim O’Connor, named 2019 Hibernian of the Year, by the Lowcountry chapter. He was honored at the annual luncheon celebration, held here at the Club on

October 23, for his contributions and membership in Irish causes in the community. A charitable organization, the Ancient Order of Hibernians was first formed in 1565 to preserve the Catholic religion in Ireland.

Mikaela La Plante Named Berkeley Hall Catering and Special Events Manager Mikaela La Plante has joined the Berkeley Hall team as Catering and Special Events Manager. Mikaela brings extensive experience in event planning, from corporate events to social functions. She holds numerous professional certifications including Wedding and Event Planning certification from The 2


Wedding Institute; Floral Design Institute Certified Wedding Specialist by American Institute of Floral Design; and Event Design and Styling Certification from ICOES. A graduate of the University of Scranton, PA, most recently she served as an Event Planner/Venue Manager with Charleston Affair in Charleston, SC. We wish Mikaela great success in her position.

Glenn & Laura Deming Lunenburg, MA Richard Frazier Bluffton, SC John & Suzanne Hatcher Houston, TX Robert & Kimberley Majzcan Furlong, PA Craig Varrelman Hilton Head, SC Keith Waring Santa Ana, CA

golf cottages

champagne•beer•wine•liquor seasonal fresh fruit platter fruit & cheese platter jumbo shrimp cocktail platter chocolate covered strawberries cookies • flowers Holiday getaway? Family time or romantic holiday stay? Berkeley Hall has you covered. 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 you make it even more special! Flowers, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and more – for a nominal fee, you can add an assortment of room enhancements to really make your next visit exceptional. Mix, match or do them all! Simply request your select items 72-hours prior to your arrival from our concierge team, and we’ll have your cottage fully stocked with requested amenities on the day of your arrival. Let us help make your stay with us a spectacular one. Please reach out to our friendly concierge staff to find out about accommodations and amenity pricing, and we are happy to help you plan your next trip with us!

“Holidays at the Club are anticipated by members, their families and guests each season. It’s always special to see them gather for the holidays in our guest cottages and enjoy all our wonderful festivities.” - Ed Romano, Executive Clubhouse Manager Book your stay with Concierge Services at 843.815.8494.


LOW SEASON January & December HIGH SEASON February-November Low High

1BR Master Suite

$169 $200

2 BR/2BA Town Suite, Kitchen, Living Room, Patio

$399 $449

3 BR/3BA Master + Town Suite, Kitchen, Living Room, Patio $449 $539 4BR/4BA Full Cottage, Kitchen, Living Room, Patio

$499 $609

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.



erkeley Hall Club is proud to be part of the Platinum Club family, which recognizes the top 2% of private clubs in the world. Now, membership has the special benefit afforded only to Platinum Club members – the newly introduced PlatinumClubNet Web Portal & Mobile App! Look for more information as we introduce this exclusive program to Berkeley Hall members later this month. Over 15,000 members are onboard PlatinumClubNet, making this the world’s only network exclusively for members of Platinum Clubs. With nearly 200 Platinum Clubs participating and more coming onboard, the opportunities to explore Platinum Clubs around the world afford many options including:

• Access to Platinum Clubs Worldwide that participate – at no cost to members. Book online with 24-Hour online concierge, or Berkeley Hall Concierge Services. • Golf, City, Athletic, Country and Yacht Clubs - Imagine a trip to New York or Philadelphia, staying in a historic City Club, dining and hosting meetings in a private club as opposed to a public hotel. Or, relaxing at a Yacht Club in San Diego or on Lake Michigan. • Lifestyle Amenities | International Travel - Enjoy golf courses and city clubs in England, Canada, Japan or China, to name a few! BESPOKE EVENTS: Through PlatinumClubNet members will enjoy access to BeSpoke events in addition to Platinum Clubs nationally & internationally.

Berkeley Hall General Manager/COO Adrian Morris recently attended the Platinum Club Leaders Idea Forum at the Club at Carlton Woods at The Woodlands, located just outside Houston, Texas. Over the past two decades, Platinum Clubs has earned the reputation as the most respected recognition in private club excellence. Berkeley Hall Club’s recognition as one of the Top 100 Platinum Clubs of America by Club Leaders Forum is considered the most highly respected acknowledgment bestowed in the private club industry. 4


Take part in networking opportunities with fellow members of Platinum Club, as well as enjoy Customized Experiences with private invitations to luxury brand activities and events, and Curated Events based on member interests and lifestyle preferences. These “Once in a Lifetime Experiences" will allow you to choose from a calendar of luxury events in major cities around the world, featuring fine wines, spirit tasting, fashion shows, custom safaris and cruises, hotel and resort experiences & more. PlatinumClubNet enables request-based access for members to Platinum Clubs, with easy access through the Web Portal/App, so you can make your request directly to the club you wish to visit. You’ll be learning more later this month as we roll out our exciting PlatinumClubNet opportunity to members.

“Our Platinum status defines our Berkeley Hall experience, and it is you, our members, who have made our community the special place we are all fortunate to call home,” said Morris. Achievement of Platinum Club status, along with the Distinguished Club Award designation previously awarded by BoardRoom magazine, elevates Berkeley Hall to a level attained only by the finest clubs in the world.

community news

Monthly Magazine's October issue showcases Berkeley Hall's Savannah Gardens and our very own Kayne Hoecht, Director of Community Grounds, in a stunning 4-page spread. The beautiful backdrop, which greets us every time we enter Berkeley Hall, draws its name from the

historical reflection on the traditional architecture and the formal gardens Savannah is known for. Check out this gorgeous look at our Savannah Gardens and the man who keeps it that way! (The full article in its entirety can also be found on our member website homepage.) See excerpt below.



TOASTING TO THE GOOD LIFE With oysters steamed and waiting to be piled on your table, there’s plenty to toast about – with our gathering of friendly faces, good stories, and where a shared passion for the Lowcountry is all you need. 6


NOV 27 | 6-8PM Fall in the Lowcountry is all about gathering with good friends and family, celebrating the bounty of our riches. Here at Berkeley Hall, our River Park oyster roast is part of our tradition, connecting us by the annual rituals of shucking and steaming, at long tables outdoors in the cool, autumn air. Set on the banks of the Okatie River, live music by guitarist/vocalist Whitley Deputy plays as the oyster roast gets underway, and a roaring fire draws our young ones with marshmallows to roast, and the rest of us with wine, and drinks by the fire as the embers glow brightly. The perfect way to usher in Thanksgiving weekend, our annual fall tradition welcomes everyone home and invites you to warm-up by the fire...these Lowcountry evenings are as good as it gets.

Adults $39++ | Children 12 & under $25++ Club Casual – Jeans Permitted Member Charge Bar





A Lowcountry Thanksgiving

Eat, drink and be thankful.

NOV 28 | 11AM-2PM


hanksgiving in the Lowcountry welcomes everyone home for this special time of year, as our friends and families gather together at Berkeley Hall. Join us on Thursday, November 28 for Chef McAllister’s truly magnificent Thanksgiving Feast. Gourmet notes add that Berkeley Hall touch to everyone’s favorites such as Lowcountry Oyster Stuffing, Southern Mashed Potatoes, Classic Green Bean Casserole, Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Sweet Onion, and a full array of salads, artisan cheeses and more. Gorgeous centerpieces of Roasted Tom Turkey, Rosemary Mustard Roasted Prime Rib and Baked Atlantic Cod with Cashew Chive Butter, are exceptionally mouthwatering, with complements to 8


Take part in Thanksgiving at Berkeley Hall, from our annual Turkey Trot 5K to our extraordinary Lowcountry Thanksgiving feast! Prefer to enjoy the holidays and leave the cooking to us? We’ve got you covered with our popular Turkeys on the Run meals to go. Member generosity runs deep, with our annual Food Drive to help Bluffton Self Help with November and December holiday dinner items such as frozen turkey, chicken or ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed or scalloped potatoes, cream soups, box/ jar gravy, canned peas, canned pumpkin or yams, chicken or beef broth, macaroni & cheese, pie fillings, cake mix, cornbread or biscuit mix, can openers and roasting pans. Please check the expiration dates! Food donations (non-perishable) can be delivered to the home of Denise Frame, 84 Hopsewee Drive, on Saturday & Sunday, November 16 & 17. Gather on the Mall as we Light the Tree! Berkeley Hall’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the Mall wraps up our Thanksgiving festivities in a truly special way. Gather your family and friends to watch the magic of the holidays come to light on Saturday, November 30 from 6-9pm.

savor such as Cornbread Dressing, Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Coconut, and freshly baked breads. Lending his culinary excellence to our delicious dessert display is BHC Pastry Chef Owen Smith. Share in his holiday inspiration and his not-to-be-missed heirloom Double-Crusted Apple Pie, Pumpkin Crème Brulee, decadent Dark & White Chocolate Cranberry Mousse Torte, irresistible Sticky Bun Sundae Station and delicious assorted cookies and tantalizing fare. We have a lot to be thankful for, and we invite you to join us this season at the Berkeley Hall Thanksgiving table! Adults $49++ | Children 12 & under $20++ Dressy Casual | Member Charge Bar

Enjoy the Holidays and Leave the Cooking to Us! Turkeys on the Run (Meals to Go) From salad and rolls to stuffing and casseroles served with a delicious sageroasted Tom Turkey – enjoy the entire traditional meal stress-free! Available for pick-up Thanksgiving Day between 12-3pm. Full Family Packages from 6-18 people. Menus & Order Sheets available online and at Concierge Services. 13th Annual 5k Turkey Trot Thursday • November 28 • 7am Registration 8am Turkey Trot or Walk • Kids Fun Walk, Run Complimentary to all participants Get your Thanksgiving Day started at our annual Turkey Trot, followed by post-race celebration party, including a Traditional Continental Breakfast. Meet at the Clubhouse for BHC’s 5K road race for runners, walkers and bikers with an 8am start! Prizes awarded within each age division. Sign-up at Fitness Center or call 843.815.8985.



NOV 30 | 6-9PM


BERKELEY HALL A Private Golf Club Community

Celebrate the Magic of the Holidays


ather with us as the magic of the holidays come to light at Berkeley Hall’s 4th annual Tree Lighting on the Mall!

Our festive tradition welcomes all to share in our treasured holiday celebration as thousands of lights come to life, to softly glimmer among the tree and dress the grounds in soft white splendor. Each year, the search for the perfect Berkeley Hall tree is found at the family-owned Snowy Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. Our tree festooned with lights, is a beacon of light and warmth throughout the holiday season. Nothing is more heartwarming than seeing our community come together during this wondrous time of year. Gather with your family and friends on Saturday, November 30 at 6pm, as the official tree lighting begins. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and hot chocolate as we gather on the mall.

Glorious music will fill the air as a 14-person Lowcountry Gullah, Gospel, Jazz & Blues choir and their three soloists perform heavenly Christmas gospel classics and a festive mix of holiday standards. Inside, the warmth of good cheer awaits! Celebrate the best of the season with a brimming array of favorites on our holiday dinner buffet, including Candied Beef Tenderloin with Bourbon Demi-Glaze, Rosemary Pork Loin, Scallops & Lobster ‘Shepherds’ Pie, Thai Shrimp & Soba Salad, and more. Mingle and join in for a merry sing-a-long with the choir! And enjoy gorgeous holiday desserts of Hot Chocolate Crème Brulee, Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes, Cookies and Fudge Display along with frothy hot chocolate. It’s the perfect way to kick off the season! $59++ | Member Bar Holiday Dinner Buffet | Dressy Casual



Our Stories

Our Stories tells the Berkeley Hall story in a compelling, authentic way – in the voices of our members. LIFE WELL LIVED This collected series of YouTube video stories shares the member experience in a new way, housed under the ‘Our Life’ tab on Giving members and visitors to our website a unique, inside view of our Berkeley Hall

lifestyle, the amenities and facilities our members enjoy, their personal stories, and a video view showcasing our awardwinning facilities and the professionals that bring so much to our community. Digital Marketing Reach: Our Stories also have a digital marketing component. In addition to sharing our lifestyle with

potential new members, the YouTube videos will be incorporated into Berkeley Hall digital re-targeting ads. So, people that visit our website will be served up ads that incorporate the videos over a period of 30 days. Here’s a quick snapshot of our newly launched Our Life video series, see below:

View these stories and more on the Berkeley Hall website: 10


Family Promise

Heroes on Horseback

he Berkeley Hall community has a rich history of philanthropy in the Lowcountry. Our Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation’s vision is to "Make a difference by addressing the basic human needs of the greater Bluffton community, especially those who are most vulnerable." The Berkeley Hall Charity Cup has become our signature fundraising event, and thanks to the generosity of the Berkeley Hall community, the charitable foundation has raised over $1.4 million for Lowcountry charities. Monies raised at this past May event fund the 2020 grant cycle – at $245,000.00 this will be the largest amount given for grants in our history.

The Children's Center

Thanks to the generosity of the Berkeley Hall community, BHCF has raised over $1.4 million for Lowcountry charities. – Jim McCarl BHCF Chair

You Can Make A Difference! As we approach the new year, we are set to launch our Annual Appeal, which makes all these granting opportunities possible. The Charitable Foundation’s Annual Appeal letters will be sent to membership this month. Please know we value your generous support! During this time of giving, it’s more important than ever to take part.

Volunteers in Medicine

Backpack Buddies

Save The Date for our January 23rd Charitable Foundation Member Mingle, where we shine the spotlight on our very deserving non-profits! RSVP online.

Volunteer Impact: There are

many ways to get involved in area nonprofits. Many of our BHC members and Charitable Foundation members are hands-on in our community, playing an important role in bringing resources and man hours to local area charities includ­ing the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton, Volunteers in Medicine, and others. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, please email us at: Thank you for helping us make a difference in the local community!

Lowcountry Legal Foundation


Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation Member Ming le THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 | 5-7PM

Save the date for our January 23rd Charitable Foundation Member Mingle, where we shine the spotlight on all our very deserving non-profits awarded foundation grants this year. Enjoy meeting the charities we serve and learning more about the important work they do in our community.





DEC 10 | 12-2PM

DEC 13 | 6-9PM


Looking for that special ornament? You may just find your next favorite, at our Ladies Ornament Exchange, a Berkeley Hall time-honored tradition! This festive event is always much anticipated. All attendees are asked to bring an ornament in a gift bag for the Exchange Game on Tuesday, December 10th.

Ladies draw a number, choose an ornament and the games continues until all ornaments are exchanged. Of course, there’s some good-natured “choosing” as ladies select their special keepsakes. It’s a festive, fun good time, so come join in the holiday revelry. $30++ per person | Berkeley Room Member Charge Bar Holiday Attire

DEC 22 | 12-2PM

We love it when Santa comes to town for Berkeley Hall’s Santa Brunch! It’s a family favorite and wonderfully joyful to see those happy faces light up when Santa appears, and as he makes his way around the room, saying hello to all the boys and girls on Sunday, December 22nd. Santa Claus is the jolly host of our special brunch for all the children, grandchildren 12


and guests of Berkeley Hall – and the children love gathering around to hear him tell the story of Christmas, truly the most heartwarming event of the season! Nobody does brunch like we do, as Chef McAllister and his talented culinary team whip up the most heavenly brunch feast you can imagine! Enjoy all your favorites including Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Ham, Mushroom and Swiss Quiche, Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard, Mac’ and Cheese, Braised Green Beans, Carrots, Broccoli and Celery with Ranch Dip, Fresh Fruit and scrumptious Cookies and Holiday Confections! $30++ Adults| $15++ Children Holiday Attire

Candlelight DINNER & DANCE


ur elegant candlelight Christmas dinner creates a wonderful setting as you celebrate the season in the good company of friends on Friday, December 13 beginning with a 6pm cocktail reception. Enjoy cocktails as you mingle, followed by formal dining and of course, dancing! Music by DJ Alan Palchak sets the perfect chord following Chef McAllister’s stunning three-course dinner. A fabulous evening of holiday good cheer makes the night truly special, and with Alan’s musical repertoire, you’ll definitely want your dancing shoes on! $69++ | Mixed Grille Dress Code: Semi-Formal Member Charge Bar Entertainment – DJ Alan Palchak


DEC 19 | 6-8PM


DEC 28 | 6-8PM

AOKE R A K Get ready to sing your heart out! Here’s the time to

shine your vocal talents as members sing their holiday favorites on Thursday, December 19 from 6-8pm. Choose your karaoke favorites for a wonderful night of festive fun! Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and member charge bar as you gather with friends for our inaugural Holiday Karaoke Night. $12++ | Light Hors D’oeuvres | Member Charge Bar

DEC 31 | 6-9PM

erkeley Hall latkes give our special Taste of Chanukah dinner buffet the authentic flavor we all know and love. Along with amazing matzoh ball soup, challah and deliciously tender beef brisket served along with the many other wonderful tastes and flavors that define Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Join us for our Chanukah celebration on Saturday, December 28. All members, children and guests are invited to experience this delicious tradition. The tantalizing scents and flavors will envelope all your senses at this highly anticipated annual celebration. Gather with us for this festive Taste of Chanukah! $42++ Adults | $16++ Children (12 and under) Member Charge Bar | Dinner Buffet

Celebrate with us as we usher the new year in with our extraordinary New Year’s Eve dinner. Executive Chef McAllister has prepared an exceptional New Year’s repast, with a special prix fixe three-course menu celebrating the best of the season. We’ll begin with a scrumptious first course of Lobster Bisque & Crabmeat Gnocchi, Cinnamon-Spiced Potato Soup, Classic Whole Leaf Caesar Salad and Roasted Acorn Squash Salad Pomegranate with Spiced Pecans, Arugula & Mandarin Champagne Vinaigrette, and artisan breads. The gorgeous soft light of winter casts a warm glow over our festive evening of fine dining featuring enticing entrées of Calasparra Rice, Mussels, Shrimp, Lobster, Chorizo & Saffron Orange Broth; Roast Beef Tenderloin, Roast Atlantic Halibut with Potato-Corn Hash, and Slow Braised Pork Osso Buco. With a grand finale of decadent desserts served with a complimentary glass of prosecco, there’s plenty to toast to including Orange & Cognac Souffle Glace with Dark Chocolate Profiterole Sauce, Double Chocolate Mousse Cake with Vanilla Bean Crème Anglaise and Lemon-filled Bomboloni with Black Raspberry Gelato. Reservation times are available from 6-9pm. It’s the perfect way to welcome in the New Year with family and friends as we toast to new beginnings together. RSVP to Concierge Services. $85++ | 6-9pm | Mixed Grille Member Charge Bar | Country Club Casual



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Printed Monthly Event Schedules are available at the Concierge Desk.

afternoon hand, foot & elbow

Every Monday at 1pm | Ladies Locker Room Lessons will be given to anyone not familiar with the game. There is no need to sign up – just plan on attending. If you have playing cards, please bring them. Please contact Evalyn Lyons or Susan Yahn by email at|

EVENING hand, foot & elbow

Every Wednesday at 6:45pm | Mixed Grille Experienced players are welcome to join the fun. If you would like to participate in the Wednesday night game, please contact Marsha Levin at 843.757.2801, or


Every Friday at 2pm | Ladies Locker Room Players of all skill levels are welcome. If you would like to learn to play the game or would like to participate in the afternoon game, please contact Connie Wedel at 843.706.7284, or


Every Tuesday at 7pm | Ladies Locker Room Players of all skill levels are welcome. If you would like to learn to play the game or would like to participate in the Tuesday night game, please contact Teresa Gannon at 843.706.2219, or

Art Class with margi hershey

10:30am | Ladies Locker Room Check Event Calendar for dates Instruction followed by Lunch Lunch: Individual charge, a la carte menu. $55 per class. Limit 6 per class. Sign-up online or with concierge. 843.815.8494

Ladies’ Bridge

Every Wednesday at 1pm | Ladies’ Locker Room All Members and their guests are welcome. The group plays four-hand rubber bridge, and cards and tallies are provided. For more info, please call Haila Wilson at 843.757.1777 or email Every Thursday at 2pm | Ladies’ Locker Room All Members and their guests are welcome. For more details please email Sandra Griffin at


Every Tuesday at 3pm | Ladies Locker Room All Members are welcome. For details, please contact Angie McGeorge at 843.707.6141, or, or Susie Sutton at 406.670.7900 or


Every Wednesday at 3:30pm | Fazio Room All Members are welcome. For details, email Hal Sutton: or contact Don McGeorge:


Friday 1-3:30pm | Saturdays 11:30am-2:30pm Men’s Locker Room Ken Browning offers professional barber services. Call 912.441.6855 to make an appointment. Haircut: $17


By Appointment Only | Men’s Locker Room Javier Velaquez offers professional tailor services. For details call Javier at 843.321.0213.


Thank you members for your generous donations of gently used purses to Hopeful Horizons, one of Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation's grant recipients. (spearheaded by Linda Pitts & Christina Thompson.)

Need a document notarized? Notary Services are available at the Concierge Desk (843.815.8494), by Wendy Wagner, ARB Administrator (843.815.8443), and by Brandy Ayers, Office Manager (843.815.8414), who are commissioned by the State of S.C. to perform this function.


“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman Nov 4 | Ladies Locker Room | 3pm A New York Times Bestseller, and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick. Meet Eleanor: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling/IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. Review: Penguin/Random House Holiday Luncheon Party Dec 3 | Noon Holiday Luncheon at Marilyn Bastardi’s home! No book discussion, just a festive holiday luncheon. Our next book club meeting is set for January 6, with book selection of “Washington’s Lady” by Nancy Moser. We hope to see all of you, and others interested in joining in our Book Club fun, in the new year!

Save the Dates! DECEMBER 10 Ladies Holiday Ornament Exchange DECEMBER 13 Candlelight Dinner & Dance DECEMBER 19 Holiday Karaoke DECEMBER 22 Santa Claus Brunch DECEMBER 28 Taste of Chanukah DECEMBER 31 New Year's Eve Dinner BerkeleyHallClub NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019


adam kushner | Director of Golf


After a spectacular October, we hit November with some great events to finish the year. The HAIG, Women’s Invitational and Club Championships will all take place before Thanksgiving. December brings our popular Club Challenge, and our highly anticipated annual Christmas Sale starts on Thursday, December 12, just in time for holiday shopping! It is hard to believe that 2020 is right around the corner. Can it really be 20 years since Y2K? Two decades later, we are still cruising along, and looking forward to a great lineup of events for next year. See our Golf Schedule at and mark your calendar for your favorite events.

SHARE THE EXCITEMENT! With our new 2020 Women’s USGA Championship Head Covers We’re excited to host the 2020 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, August 27-September 3, 2020. Now you can share the excitement with your very own Berkeley Hall 2020 USGA Championship Head Covers! Now available at the Golf Shop.


Tired of Yipping Your Chips and Pitches? Do you struggle to make solid contact with your chip shots? Do you use a putter every chance that you get from off the green? I will be conducting a four-week series that will help you understand why chipping and pitching are so difficult, and give you a technique to improve your confidence and eliminate your anxiety. The Chipping/ Pitching Clinics are limited to the first four members that sign up. Cost is $200/member (includes all four sessions) and the dates are: Wednesday, Feb. 5​ Wednesday, Feb. 12​ Wednesday, Feb. 19 Wednesday, Feb. 26​ 16

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The #1 Roadmap to Track Your Journey towards shooting PAR (36) or better. Join us for the intensive 8-week Operation 36 golf academy with Berkeley Hall’s Krista Dunton and Adam Kushner. The concept behind the eight-week program is to give a beginner golfer, intermediate golfer, or players returning to golf after a long layoff, an opportunity to jump start their golf journey. To sign-up for Operation 36, email Krista Dunton at or Adam Kushner at or contact the Golf Shop at 843.815.8444.



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To view the 2019 Golf Schedule visit "Golf Corner" on the member website.


We had an absolutely perfect weekend for the 2019 Berkeley Classic. With a field of 48 teams, the Championship was up for grabs. The greens were running at about 12’6” all weekend, so teams that were able to stay below the hole had a definite advantage. After the shamble and alternate shot on day one, the flights remained very tight, but 18 holes of better ball on the second day separated the field. On the final day, a lot of teams clawed their way back into contention during the scramble and one or more formats. In the end, nine teams entered the shootout with a chance to win. After our 3-hole shootout, we still had three teams tied for first place. The three teams replayed the 9th hole in a modified alternate shot format. Jason Barney bombed a drive into the right rough and his father, Brian Barney hit a beautiful shot over the bunker to 8 feet. Jason rolled the putt in for a 3 for 2 securing the Championship for the father-son duo.

Flight Winners Include: Sage Valley Flight: Brian Barney & Jason Barney (Overall Champions) Berkeley Hall Flight: Pratt Reed & Martin Catalioto Shadow Creek Flight: Chris Blair and Patrick Kennedy Alotian Club Flight: John Kourakos & Kevin Hughes Estancia Club Flight: David Elliot & Tyler Elliot Dallas National Flight: Ray English & John Carroccia Gozzer Ranch Flight: Gary Lynch & Bob Avellini Hudson National Flight: Joe Haas III & Joe Haas Jr.

Annual Golf Shop


DEC 12 - DEC 23 The Annual Holiday Sale will begin Thursday, December 12 and runs through Monday, December 23. As the week progresses, items that remain in the Golf Shop will continue to be discounted. Friday-Tuesday, 12/13-17 All in stock items 30% off (Excludes Golf Bags, Balls & Clubs) Wednesday 12/18 All in stock items 35% off (Excludes Golf Bags, Balls & Clubs)

Shadow Creek Flight: Patrick Kennedy & Chris Blair

Thursday, 12/19 All in stock items 40% off (Excludes Golf Bags, Balls & Clubs) Friday, 12/20 All in stock items 45% off (Excludes Golf Bags, Balls & Clubs) Saturday-Monday 12/21-12/23 All in stock items 50% off (Excludes Golf Bags, Balls & Clubs)

OVERALL CHAMPIONS Sage Valley Flight: Brian Barney & Jason Barney

Berkeley Hall Flight: Martin Catalioto & Pratt Reed

DEC 12 | 5-7PM





The Golf Shop will close at 2pm on Tuesday, December 24.

Save the date for the Golf Shop’s annual Wine & Cheese Holiday Sale on Thursday, December 12, from 5-7pm. We invite you to enjoy complimentary wine and cheese as you shop for those special ones on your list. Come check out the great deals from Polo, Peter Millar, Jo-Fit and more. All the stock in the Golf Shop will be on sale (excludes Golf Bags, Balls and Clubs). Be merry and do some mingling as you shop, it’s always a festive, good time. After shopping, each member has the opportunity to choose a bow & receive discounts between 30-60% off your entire purchase.



krista dunton

Director of Golf Instruction




When it comes to golf instruction, Berkeley Hall’s Krista Dunton is top in her field and can show you how to get the most out of your game.

Fri, Nov 8 | 9am-11am Thurs, Nov 21 | 10am-12pm Mon, Dec 9 | 12pm-2pm $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.

FULL SWING CLINICS Wed, Nov 6 | 1-3pm Thurs, Dec 5 | 10am-12pm $75/pp Get a jump start on your swing this fall. Come learn specific tips and drills to help improve your ball striking and add distance to all your shots.


Tues, Nov 19 | 1-3pm Wed, Dec 11 | 1-3pm Min. 3 People | Max. 6 people | $95/pp Come improve your golf game where it matters most…on the course. Learn strategies for managing yourself, your mind and your emotions. Learn specific technique for challenging shots that we all face on the course. Also learn better course management. 18


This year's Berkeley Hall Christmas ornament is a must-have for your tree! Pick yours up at the Golf Shop today.


PUTTING AND CHIPPING We will focus the instruction on putting, short putts, distance control, green reading and start line. Chipping from 5-20 yards off the green and then putting the two skills together. Learn how to get up and down more often! Tues, Nov 5 | 1-3pm Tues, Dec 10 | 1-3pm $75/pp | Min. 4 players PITCHING, BUNKER PLAY, FINESSE WEDGES Master all the techniques you need for pitching, bunker play and finesse wedges. Fri, Nov 22 | 10am-12pm Thurs, Dec 19 | 12pm-2pm $75/pp | Min. 3 players

Golf lessons make great holiday gifts! See Krista or any member of the Professional Staff for info! We can personalize a gift certificate for a single lesson or a series of lessons that you can place under the tree!


Tue, Nov 5: Master the Bunkers Fri, Nov 8: Fairway Woods & Hybrids Tue, Nov 12: Increase Your Club Head Speed Fri, Nov 15: Hit Your Irons More Solid Tue, Nov 19: ​Make More Short Putts Fri, Nov 22: Launch Your Drives Longer Tue, Nov 26: Finesse Wedges Fri, Nov 29: Bomb The Driver

DECEMBER Tue, Dec 3: Teachers Choice

Fri, Dec 6: Inside 30 Yards Tue, Dec 10: Uneven Lies Fri, Dec 13: 60-120 Yard Shots Tue, Dec 17: Distance Control in Putting Fri, Dec 20: Bunkers, Greenside & Fairway Tue, Dec 24: Balance, Tempo and Timing Fri, Dec 27: Fairway Woods & Hybrids Tue, Dec 31: How to Curve the Ball & Shape Your Shots

To sign up for any clinic call the Golf Shop at 843.815.8444; text Krista at 843.290.8714 or email


MASTER THE KEYS TO BEING A GREAT PUTTER WITH THIS SIMPLE DRILL. The four keys to being a great putter include: 1. Starting your ball online 2. Distance Control 3. Green Reading 4. Positive Mindset In this drill all of these skills will be practiced. To set up the drill, you need to first read the putt and determine the break, this develops your green reading skills. It’s a 3 point game and here is how you play. Place two ball markers about 3/4 of the way to hole. This will be the gate that ball needs to roll through in order to go in the hole. If it goes through the gate: 1 point. Place an alignment shaft behind the hole. For putts inside 12 feet place the rod 2 feet behind the hole. For putts 12-20 feet place it 3 feet behind the hole. Your goal is for your ball to get past the front of the hole but not hit the alignment stick. 1 Point if it ends past the hole but doesn’t hit the alignment stick. The third point is if your ball goes in the hole. That means your read, speed and line were all correct! Hit 4 balls and see how many points you can earn. Then change angles and repeat. Work on right to left and left to right breaking putts. The beauty of this drill is that you will receive feedback on all of the 4 keys. If your ball doesn’t go through the gates either you need to adjust your read or the face is re-tiring open or closed at impact. If you leave the putt short or long, need to work on speed. Challenge yourself and see how many points your can score. Have a competition with a friend. Create that on-course pressure to sharpen your mindset. Stay positive!! Remember all great putters believe they are great putters regardless of outcome!

1 Starting Your Ball Online

2 Distance Control

3 Green Reading



BHC Director of Instruction Krista Dunton was featured in Golf Magazine's October issue showcasing Top 100 Teachers of America. The full-page feature guides golfers on how to “Hit Your Irons Solid and Straight” The full article Crisis Mode: No More Hooks, can be found on

4 Positive Mindset



chris young

Director of Golf Course Maintenance


Winter Golf Season in the Lowcountry

Balancing beautiful greens and Lowcountry winters poses challenges for golf courses superintendents across the region, and the warm season turf we manage. We’ve found that low temperatures have not been the primary concern for Berkeley Hall’s agronomy team during the non-growing season, but the abundance of rainfall we’ve experienced and lack of sunlight. Since 2015, our area has averaged around 20 inches of rainfall from November to January. Along with precipitation comes overcast skies and lack of sunlight. This combination can be problematic for our warm season Bermuda turf that requires high light intensity to survive. Anticipating and preparing our turf for this type of weather pattern is of utmost importance to turf survival. Through successful planning, we’ve been able to maintain premier playing surfaces that will withstand our mostly temperate winter months. On the North Course, preparation for a wet winter began this past summer 20


Through successful planning, we’ve been able to maintain premier playing surfaces that will withstand our mostly temperate winter months.

with an application of a half-inch of sand topdressing on fairways and greens surrounds. Continuing to modify our heavy clay soils annually with coarse sand will improve playability with better percolation rates, resulting in a dryer surface following rain events during the non-growing season. In addition to sand topdressing, both North and South Courses have applied multiple fertilizer applications throughout the fall season, containing nitrogen and potassium. This will increase turf density, carbohydrate storage and provide top growth in order to withstand high cart traffic during the busy fall golf season. The South Course will over-seed fairways and green surrounds with perennial

rye grass this fall for the first time in 16 years. The purpose of this application was to turn a negative (consistent wet winters) into a possible positive. Applying rye grass in mid-November following the fall golf season will allow the natural yearly winter rainfall to provide the moisture needed for seed germination. Actively growing turf will provide some water uptake during winter rain events along with turf density for playability. Our goal is to have beautiful and well-maintained courses for members and guests to enjoy, and by implementing pro-active methods during these winter months we are protecting the quality of the playing surface for today as well as for years to come.

Follow us on Twitter Get the latest Golf Course news and agronomy updates by following us on Twitter @BHAgronomy. Or check out my BHC Golf Corner Blog with convenient link access to my Twitter agronomy updates! It’s a great way to see what’s happening.

jodie folk

Nutritionist & Fitness Trainer


Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

The holidays are here and they’re meant to be enjoyed! When it comes to looking your best this season, our #1 tip is to stay active! It’s a great time of year to change up your workouts, and add a little more cardio so you can enjoy all those holiday gatherings without the guilt. The key, of course, is moderation. Think twice about indulging in

Instead of this... Sour Cream

Green Bean Casserole

all your favorites at once. Would you rather have the chocolate mousse or enjoy the cheese tray? The right choices let you be festive and avoid holiday remorse. From cocktails to casseroles, our healthy “Swap Outs” below can make all the difference.

Try this...

Here's why

Greek Yogurt

Swap to plain, non-fat Greek yogurt to give your dishes more protein, less fat. Mashed potatoes, casseroles and sauces can be healthier & taste nearly identical.

Sautéed Green Beans

Green bean casserole is a classic, but butter, cheese, salt, creamy soup, and fried onions really tack on the calories. Try sautéing your green beans. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and slivered almonds for added protein and healthy fats!

Cocktail Mixers Sparkling Water

Most mixed drinks contain up to 30 grams of sugar. Bypass empty calories for sparkling water flavored with fresh ginger, mint or, fruit.

THIS IS YOUR YEAR! TRAIN WITH TREVOR: It's that time of year when it comes to changing up our workout routines. Ready to mix things up? Our Spa & Fitness team offers lots of great options – both at the Fitness Center as well as in-home training with personal trainer Trevor Wilson. Trevor holds personal trainer certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as well as a bachelors in science for exercise science from Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville. With experience in dynamic fitness management and health and wellness, Trevor’s background is extensive and his personal story is inspiring. “Through exercise I was able to lose 130 pounds,” explains Trevor, adding, “And that really changed my life for the better.” Whether you’re just getting started, want to change your lifestyle, or re-charge your workout, Trevor can get you on the road to fitness. Contact the Fitness Center to schedule your training session at 843.815.8985.





Namaste! Yoga instructor and massage therapist Emily White joins the Spa & Fitness team. You can enjoy her class on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 am, appropriate for all levels. With energybuilding warm-ups, lengthening and strengthening standing poses, balance practice, and a relaxing cooldown, you’ll build strength, balance and flexibility, and leave feeling inspired and ready for your day.

royce silvan

BHC Racquet Sports Professional

You can also book a massage appointment with Emily at the Spa & Fitness Center. As a South Carolina licensed massage therapist, she focuses on your specific needs, combining relaxing, therapeutic, and deep tissue massage modalities. Be good to yourself! Stop by the Spa & Fitness Center and get to know Emily, through yoga and massage.





Cardio Splash


9:30 am


Gentle Fitness


9:00 am


Men's Stretch


7:00 am




9:00 am


Sculpt and Tone


10:15 am & 3:00 pm


Stretch and Flow


8:00 am




1:00 pm




10:15 am



Wednesdays 9:00 am & Saturdays


Cardio Kickboxing



2:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE! Tennis Event at the Club on Friday, Nov. 22 from 2-4pm. Member-Guest fun Social Games, followed by refreshments.

With Berkeley Hall’s roster of tennis and pickleball clinics headed up by Racquet Sports Professional Royce Silvan, it’s easy to work on your game and have a great time!

Complimentary Tennis Clinic 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.

Complimentary Cardio Tennis Clinic Mondays | 9-10am For all levels, women and men: These one-hour sessions are full of active drills that keep you moving, paced to fun, upbeat music.

Complimentary Pickleball Intro Clinic Wednesdays | 9-10am New to pickleball? Come out for our complimentary intro clinics and see why it’s the fastest growing racquet sport in the U.S.


Our 5k Turkey Trot tradition is the perfect way to start your Thanksgiving Day – There’s no fee to enter and it’s a great way to start the day! Get ready to take part and bring all your family members and guests along. The 5K Bike and Fun Race starts Thursday morning at 8am, immediately followed by the Kids Race. Bikers will start 2 minutes before the runners and follow the same course. The Kids Race will consist of only 2 laps around the grass mall in front of the Clubhouse.

There will be several divisions for male and female runners and cyclists: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. Bikers compete as one group. Awards will be presented to first place female and male finishers in age division, and the overall winners in the male and female runners and bike divisions, as well as kid's fun run.

We’ll cap it off with our post-race celebration party with light continental breakfast. You may register any member or guest at the Fitness Center in person or by calling 843.815.8985. You will, however, be required to sign a waiver before participating. Registration begins at 7:30 am. Bibs pick-up at the Fitness Center or before the race on Thursday morning. Register online or at the Fitness Center. We look forward to seeing you at the Turkey Trot! Complimentary to all participants!

Pamper yourself or that special someone on your holiday list with a special session or holiday gift certificate to the Spa at Berkeley Hall! Perfect for the holidays – our full-service spa offers the highest quality of massages, facials, body wraps, pedicures and manicures, peels, and reflexology. Profound relaxation awaits you, with Hot Stone Massage, toxin-freeing Therapeutic Swedish Massage, and Deep Tissue Massage, designed for the active individual.

Holidays at the Spa – with luxurious and restful spa and facial treatments that restore your inner calm and serenity. By appointment. 843.815.8985 |



CONTACT INFO CLUBHOUSE Adrian Morris General Manager & Chief Operating Officer Brandy Ayers Office Manager Becky Conn Director of Human Resources Bill Wilkins Director of Facilities Maintenance

843.815.8488 843.815.8414 843.815.8490 843.815.8997

ACCOUNTING Berwick Drews 843.815.8950 CFO/Controller Jennifer Wheeler 843.815.8953 Member Billing ARB Wendy Wagner 843.815.8443 ARB Administrator MEMBER SERVICES Alex Madeiros 843.815.8423 Director of Sales & Marketing Anne Feldman 843.815.8951 Director of Communications FOOD & BEVERAGE Edmund Romano Executive Clubhouse Manager Kristi Adams Assistant Food & Beverage Manager John McAllister Executive Chef Mikaela La Plante Catering & Special Events Manager

366 Good Hope Road • Bluffton, South Carolina 29909

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CONCIERGE Alex Carranza 843.815.8422 Concierge & Cottage Services Manager Concierge Services 843.815.8494 GOLF Adam Kushner 843.815.8440 Director of Golf The Golf Shop 843.815.8444 DINING FACILITIES Tap Room 843.815.8428 Men’s Locker Room 843.815.8431 GATEHOUSE/SECURITY David Murphy 843.815.8451 Director of Security *For Guest Passes 843.815.8451 LEARNING CENTER 843.815.8446 Krista Dunton 843.290.8714 Director of Golf Instruction SPA & FITNESS 843.815.8985 Derek Lemire 843.815.8985 Spa & Fitness Director


*Note: There will be no dining in either the Mixed Grille 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.

Tap Room

Lunch Dinner Happy Hour

Mixed Grille

Lunch Sunday Brunch Dinner

11am-4pm (Tuesday-Sunday) 6-8pm (Tuesday-Sunday) 5-7pm (Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday) 11am-3pm (Thursday and Sunday) 10am-4pm 6-8pm (Friday-Sunday)

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

11am-6pm Daily 11am-3pm Daily

Berkeley Room

Available daily for private functions.

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

5am-7pm 6am-7pm

Learning Center

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

River Park Open daily for your use. Contact Concierge Services for access to the locked containers for kayaking, fishing, crabbing equipment and life jackets.

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