Nov-Dec Berkeley Experience 2022

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nov/dec 2022

home for the holidays Lowcountry Oyster Roast Thanksgiving Feast Grand Tree Lighting

FROM THE CLUBHOUSE You can toast to the good life at our BHC holiday events, from our heartwarming Brunch with Santa, to our Taste of Chanukah Dinner, along with our Ladies Ornament Exchange, Candlelight Christmas Dinner and a very special New Year’s Eve Dinner. We’ll even make it a little easier to raise a toast, with our BHC Signature “Lord Berkeley” Cocktail, along with a special Stock Your Cellar wine event, perfect for holiday entertaining.

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Berkeley Hall’s festive traditions welcome everyone to celebrate the best of the season! In this issue, we showcase what holidays in the Lowcountry mean to members Julie and Jason Norcross and their family as they share some of their favorite holiday traditions on pages 6-7. Our Thanksgiving Week Celebration kicks off in true Lowcountry style with our Oyster Roast on the Verandah, the perfect lead-in to Thursday’s magnificent Thanksgiving feast, and on Saturday the season truly comes to light at our Annual Tree Lighting on the Mall!


As we wrap up the year, we’ve welcomed a good number of new members to our Berkeley Hall family. Our positive momentum has garnered increased home builds with close to 50 homes presently underway and nearing completion. There’s never been a better time to invite friends and family to the Club to experience all we have to offer and our wonderful Lowcountry lifestyle. As we gather for the holidays, I’m reminded how thankful I am to be part of such a giving and caring community. I look forward to celebrating the best of the season with all of you!

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Golf Cottages Community News Home for the Holidays Lowcountry Oyster Roast Thanksgiving at Berkeley Hall Christmas Tree Lighting Member Events Culinary News Member Photos Community Clubs Golf Talk with Kieran Learning Center BH Golf Academy Golf Maintenance Spa & Fitness Racquet Sports The River Park

Adam Kushner General Manager & Chief Operating Officer

Once again, Hilton Head Island has been named the No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S. in Travel + Leisure's World’s Best Awards - for the 6th time! How fortunate are we to be in this beautiful place we call home, just a short hop across the bridge to HHI's pristine white beaches. Cover & Cover Story Photo Credit: Romario Whittaker Photography



golf cottages

Holiday getaway or family stay? Berkeley Hall has you covered. You’ll feel right at home in our charming cottages with easy access to everything. From golf weekends to 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 and 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. BOOK ONLINE! You can now Book Cottage Reservations Online, located under the Golf Cottages tab on the member website. Simply select your reservation details and choose your accommodations!



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


3 BR/3BA Master + Town Suite, Kitchen, Living Room, Patio $600 4BR/4BA Full Cottage, Kitchen, Living Room, Patio


Rates do not include sales and accommodations tax of 10% & 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.

Dan & Lisa Cohen Clinton Township, MI Tony & Peggy Mielke Emerald Isle, NC Jared & Kimberly Hochradel New Albany, OH Tom & Kim Alessi Ocean Township, NJ Dr. George & Carol Couch Canonsburg, PA



community news

BERKELEY HALL EXPERIENCE EXPERTS: QUARTER 2 Congratulations to our Experience Experts: Nita Doyle and Jose Hernandez-Sanchez! 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.

welcoming smile that truly define our member experience. She has served on our Food & Beverage Service team since March of 2007. We thank Nita for her outstanding service, and the exceptional excellence she brings to our Berkeley Hall team.

Chris Jordan, North Course Superintendent with Jose Hernandez-Sanchez

Dustin Dunn, Asst. General Manager with Nita Doyle

Nita Doyle is a valued member of our Berkeley Hall team, well-known for her gracious member and guest service and

Jose Hernandez-Sanchez is an exceptionally committed member of our Golf Course Maintenance team. Jose has been with Berkeley Hall since July of 2016. We thank Jose for his dedication and course knowledge. His exemplary service and attention to detail make him a great asset to our team.


Member generosity runs deep, with our annual Food Drive to help Bluffton Self Help with Thanksgiving items such as gravy and broth, cream soups, canned peas, canned carrots, canned yams, (no green beans, please!) canned tomatoes and canned fruit, canned and boxed potatoes, stuffing, rice and pasta sides, bread, cornbread, cake, cookie and brownie mixes, pie crust mix and fillings, disposable cake pans and roasting pans. Please deliver food donations to Denise Frame, 84 Hopsewee Drive, on Saturday & Sunday, November 12th and 13th. If needed, a volunteer will pick-up your donations. Frozen turkeys and hams can also be donated directly to Bluffton Self Help, located at 39 Sheridan Park Circle, Suite 10, Bluffton, SC 29910, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, by Friday, November 11th. Or consider a grocer card for purchase of turkeys and fresh produce. For more information contact Denise Frame, 843.757.5055, deniseframe@comcast.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MIKE ANDERSON ON HIS 21ST ANNIVERSARY AT BERKELEY HALL When it comes to Berkeley Hall, Mike Anderson embodies the best of our team’s continued commitment to excellence. In his role with Community Grounds, he exemplifies the dedication and detail required to provide the overall best Berkeley Experience. While we all know the grounds are 4


meticulously cared for, we often don’t see the attention and hard work behind the effortless beauty of our Club’s landscape. That’s in great part to Mike’s longstanding knowledge of our community ground’s needs. This October, Mike celebrated his 21st anniversary at Berkeley Hall. Although it may be more accurate to say we celebrated him, in honor of all he’s brought to the Club. We surprised Mike with a celebration luncheon, thanks to the help of Michael Holt, Director of Community Grounds. With many fellow colleagues, he was

presented with a signed Berkeley Hall flag, and a beautiful cake by Pastry Chef Owen. “Mike has served on our team since October of 2001 and we thank him for his outstanding service, dedication and exceptional excellence he brings to Berkeley Hall,” said Adam Kushner, General Manager and COO. Congratulations and thanks to Mike from the BHC team!

community news

he 2022 Charity Cup was an extraordinary success! Thank you to all our members for your generous support. The Charity Cup has become our signature fundraising event, and thanks to the generosity of the BHC community, the charitable foundation exceeded our goal this year. Together, we raised more than $375,000 for local charities. Monies raised at the event will fund the 2023 grant cycle and

the need this year is greater than ever. Through our New Supporter and Matching Funds Campaigns we met our goal, and received the full matching funds of $50,000. This is the first time in our history we’ve had a matching campaign. Berkeley Hall rose to the challenge, and it’s this compassion that represents the best of our community. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our membership, our sponsors,

auction contributors, and our live auctioneer Fritz Hatton, for helping us make a difference together! Our 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.’ With the help of our membership, The BHCF has raised over $2.5 million for local charities since its inception in 2008.


to our exceptional volunteers, donors and sponsors for your outstanding contributions. We could not have made this event happen without your tireless efforts.


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Member Ming le

The Charitable Foundation cordially invites you to “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” on Saturday, February 25. Enjoy a unique dining experience in a Host Home of one of your BHC neighbors, along with three other couples or individual guests. Stay tuned for more details!

Join us for a special evening at the BHCF Member Mingle on Thursday, March 30, as we shine the spotlight on our deserving non-profits awarded foundation grants this year. The Member Mingle holds special significance, as we give heartfelt thanks for the generosity of our membership that made these grants possible. Come meet and mingle with our grant recipients and learn more about the important work they do in our community. More details coming soon!





“We love celebrating the holidays,” shares Julie Norcross. “It’s

“Easy access to jogging and walking paths make it so easy to get outside

always a busy time of year,

and enjoy nature. Not to mention

especially with two teenag-

the amazing golf and friendly

ers, Maya and Maddox!” Not

atmosphere,” says Julie. “And

to mention two great pups,

basketball half-court for

Julie’s real estate career and

Maddox and his friends!”

husband Jason’s busy medical practices. When it comes to favorite holiday traditions, it really centers around family

Being close to school and friends for Maya and Maddox, Julie’s work with Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty, and Jason’s close

get-togethers and visitors coming to BHC. “Being

proximity to his Bluffton office, make it easy to

together and celebrating with good friends and

make the most of family time, and enjoying the

family is what we cherish most,” adds Julie. “Here

holidays at Berkeley Hall.

in the Lowcountry, we naturally entertain a lot, and when we were looking for our new home, Berkeley Hall had everything we hoped for.” “Just being on the water makes us feel at home,

As an adult reconstruction surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement surgery, Jason (Dr. Norcross) is one of the nation’s top experts in the field of robotic-assisted surgery, with practices

waterfront living really

in Beaufort, Hilton Head

fits our lifestyle,” added

Island and Bluffton.

Jason. As boaters, their waterfront home is the perfect spot. Outdoor living with nightly sunsets over the marshes and the river frame their back porch areas and pool views.

Wishes for the New Year? “That’s easy,” say Julie and Jason. “Get on the water more and living this amazing Lowcountry lifestyle of ours.”



WEDNESDAY, NOV 23 | 5:30-8PM

ur history of South Carolina oysters is steamed goodness – Join us on Wednesday, November 23rd for our annual Berkeley Hall Oyster Roast from 5:30 to 8pm. We’ll enjoy fresh local oysters from Maggioni Oyster Company of St. Helena Island, with proprietor Jeff Beasley on site to steam, help shuck, and share an oyster tale or two!


Great weather, live music, and a Lowcountry buffet of shrimp cocktail, jerk chicken, Savannah red rice, short rib and black bean chili, piles of oysters, desserts and s’mores station – we’ve got everything we need for a great Fall gathering! Here our annual Lowcountry Oyster Roast tradition is shared with friendly faces, good stories and a passion for the Lowcountry.

Dining begins at 6pm | Member Charge Bar | Verandah & Palmetto Room Adult $61 inclusive of tax and service charge | Children $23 Inclusive Club Casual | 48-Hour cancellation policy BERKELEYHALLCLUB.COM





hanksgiving in the Lowcountry welcomes everyone home for this special time of year, as friends and families gather together at Berkeley Hall. Enjoy magnificent dining with strolling stations brimming with holiday gourmet fare on Thursday, November 24 from 11am-2pm on the Verandah. Chef Jeff has a vision of holiday dining and you’re in for a grand Thanksgiving Feast! His chef artistry adds gourmet flavor notes, to a generous spread of everyone’s favorites. Here, Roasted Beef Tenderloin and

Carved Roasted Tom Turkey are centerpieces, an elegant presentation that’s a feast for the eyes, along with Crabmeat Stuffed Sole, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Beefsteak Tomatoes with Grilled Asparagus, Aged Goat Cheese and Roasted Pear Salad with Beets and Walnuts, Wild Mushroom Bisque, and much more. Pastry Chef Owen’s gorgeous desserts of house-made Pumpkin, Apple and Pecan Pies perfectly complement the warmth of our Thanksgiving feast, along with an array of enticing dessert favorites of

Italian Rum Cake, Chocolate Roulade, Coconut Macaroons, Chocolate Almond Rocher, Pate de Fruit, Sticky Bun Sundae Station and homemade Vanilla Gelato. We have a lot to be thankful for, and we invite you to join us this season at the Berkeley Hall Thanksgiving table! Reserved Seating times available 11am-2pm Verandah & Palmetto Room Adult $72 inclusive of tax and service charge $34 Child inclusive Semi-Formal | Member Charge Bar 48-hour cancellation policy

Thanksgiving TO-GO

Let us make it easy for you with our Thanksgiving packages to go. Simply place your orders online on the events calendar and leave the rest to us! Featuring Organic Lettuce & Pickled Beets Salad with Pears, Goat Cheese and Walnuts, Rolls, Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Sausage Stuffing, Green Beans Almondine, Honey Glazed Carrots, Turkey and Gravy. Please submit orders by Wednesday, November 16. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022




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NOV 26 | 5:30-8PM


elebrate as the magic of the holidays come to light at Berkeley Hall’s annual Tree Lighting on the Mall!

It’s always heartwarming to see our community come together during this wondrous time of year. Gather with family and friends on Saturday, November 26 at 5:30pm in the Grand Hall for passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktailing, in anticipation of the official tree lighting at 6pm. Each year, the search for the perfect tree brings us to Clay and Bev Cuthbertson’s family-owned Snowy Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. To us, the essence of the holiday is rooted in family, much like the philosophy at Snowy Mountain, where family tree farms help us remember the importance of staying true to the real meaning of the holidays, gathering with those we love to celebrate the season. Inside, the warmth of good cheer awaits! Verandah dining

begins at 6pm with reserved seating. Jazzy holiday favorites set a festive note as you enjoy our gorgeous holiday fare. It’s the perfect way to kick off the season! Gather with us to celebrate the best of the season, with a brimming array of passed holiday hors d’oeuvres including Lamb Loin Pita Chips with Tangerine Mint Marmalade, Avocado Lobster Quesadillas along with a gorgeous holiday buffet of Shaved Beef Tenderloin, Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Bourbon Maple Glaze, Chicken Cranberry Brie Tartlets, and exceptional desserts featuring Cranberry Linzer Tart, Eggnog Trifle, Christmas Cookies, Peppermint Macaroons and decadent Truffles. Berkeley Hall’s special Tree Lighting tradition welcomes all to share in the magic of the holidays, as thousands of lights come to life, to softly glimmer among the tree and dress the grounds in white splendor.

Grand Mall & Verandah | $56 Adult Inclusive of Tax and Service Charge, $22 Child Inclusive | Club Casual or Holiday Attire Member Charge Bar | 48-hour Cancellation Policy | Verandah seating at time of registration. 10




DEC 10 | 6-9PM he soft glow of our candlelight Christmas dinner creates a wonderful setting as we celebrate the season on Saturday, December 10, beginning with a 6pm cocktail reception. Sip festive holiday cocktails as you mingle, followed by elegant formal dining at 6:30pm on the Verandah. Live entertainment by duo Ross2 perfectly complements Executive Chef Jeff’s stunning three-course menu. A fabulous evening of holiday good cheer makes the night truly special, and you’ll definitely want your dancing shoes on. A Berkeley Hall tradition, our Candlelight Christmas Dinner truly is the classic holiday occasion! $96 Adult Inclusive of Tax and Service Charge Member Charge Bar | 48-hour Cancellation Policy Verandah | Semi-Formal Attire

DEC 11 | 11AM-2PM We love it when Santa comes to town for Berkeley Hall’s Santa Brunch! It’s truly joyful to see those happy faces light up when Santa appears at noon! Join us on Sunday, December 11 for this family-friendly favorite from 11am-2pm in the Palmetto Room. Everyone can have great fun and create some holiday goodies to take home at BHC’s Gingerbread and Sugar Cookie Decorating Station. With special North Pole inspired treats for each child, Santa Claus is the jolly host of this special brunch for all the children, grandchildren, and guests of Berkeley Hall. Nobody does brunch like we do, and each year Chef Jeff and his talented culinary team whip up the most heavenly brunch feast you can imagine! $38 Adult Inclusive of Tax and Service Charge $17 Child Inclusive | Club Casual or Holiday Attire Member Charge Bar | 48-hour Cancellation Policy Palmetto Room




DEC 14 | 12-2PM

DEC 22 | 6-8PM

DEC 31 | 6-10PM




Looking for that special ornament? You may just find your next favorite, at our Ladies Ornament Exchange on Wednesday, December 14 from 12-2pm in the Palmetto Room. Our annual holiday event is always a merry one – all attendees are asked to bring an ornament in a gift bag for the Exchange Game. It’s a great way to add to your ornament collection and your Berkeley Hall memories as you enjoy our elegant three-course plated holiday luncheon. Celebrate with us as the merriest of ornament exchanges gets underway. Let the festivities begin! $40 Inclusive of Tax and Service Charge Club Casual or Holiday Attire Member Charge Bar | 48-hour Cancellation Policy

erkeley Hall has a special Chanukah tradition that welcomes members and their guests back each year to enjoy the wonderful tastes and flavors of our annual Taste of Chanukah dinner. Gather with us for this festive celebration on Thursday, December 22 from 6-8pm in the Palmetto Room and experience Chef Jeff’s deliciously authentic latkes, along with matzoh ball soup, challah, deliciously tender beef brisket, and more delicacies. The annual festival of lights shares the story of Chanukah, along with the traditional foods and flavors. Sharing these traditions with members, children and grandchildren makes it even more special. $65 Adult Inclusive of tax and service charge $28 children inclusive | Club Casual Member Charge Bar | Plated Dinner | Palmetto Room

elebrate with us as we usher the new year in with our extraordinary New Year’s Eve dinner on Saturday, December 31 from 6-10pm. We’ll begin with passed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as the gorgeous soft light of winter casts a warm glow over our festive evening of dining. Executive Chef Jeff has prepared an exceptional New Year’s elegant prix fixe dinner menu in the Palmetto Room with a complimentary glass of champagne, followed by an array of decadently delicious desserts by Pastry Chef Owen. And dancing on the Verandah with live music by Lavon Stevens. It’s the perfect way to welcome in the New Year with family and friends as we toast to new beginnings together at Berkeley Hall Club. 6pm Passed Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres | 7pm Dinner $126 Inclusive of Tax and Service Charge | Member Charge Bar Semi-Formal Attire | 48-hour Cancellation Policy



BERKELEY HALL CLUB choice of the British Navy best distinguished by its navy strength proof. With the distinct notes of bananas and caramel, well-paired with passionfruit and lime as natural, native flavors. The anise flavorforward Peychaud’s Bitters from New Orleans offers a layered lightness as the passionfruit bears the burgundy warmth of the Berkeley Hall logo crest. Served up by bartender Clint Moore on the Club’s Verandah, this fruit-forward cocktail is the ultimate “Berkeley Experience!” Come try one.

ocktailing at the Club showcases some special mixology, especially when it comes to serving up our signature “Lord Berkeley” cocktail. The inspiration of talented BHC bartender Clint Moore and Elijah Paulsen, F&B Manager, like all good cocktails, it has a good story. Of course, there are many more served up at the Verandah bar, but this one says it all!

The Story

Lord Berkeley, having spent time as a young man in Barbados, was fond of its classic English-style of rum, the specific

Berkeley Hall is named after Lord Berkeley, one of five British generals awarded land holdings in America by the King of England. BHC’s Signature Cocktail:

Lord Berkeley

2 oz Smith & Cross London Traditional Jamaica Rum 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice .5 oz Passionfruit Syrup 2 dashes Fee Foam Give it a Dry Shake, Wet Shake. Strain & Spritz with Peychaud’s Bitters.

NOV 1 | 4-7PM


BHC’s Cocktail Menu is as enticing and adventurous as the places it takes us to. “Our Carolina 76 is a twist on the French 76,” shares Elijah Paulsen, cocktail menu co-curator with bartender Clint Moore. It’s also the same year that SC declared its independence, and one of our top bar requests! Then there’s the Buffalo Carré. This twist on the New Orleans Vieux Carré uses pecan-infused Buffalo Trace bourbon in place of rye, for a well-balanced classic that members appreciate to the fullest! Stop by and take some time to peruse our well-crafted Cocktails Menu.


Stock Your Cellar just in time for the holidays, as you sip and savor an array of wines on Tuesday, November 1 from 4-7pm. Come in, grab a glass, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres as you sample wares from many of your favorite wineries. Sample 30+ wines from knowledgeable wine distributors, as they share their finest offerings at their best prices for the membership. We’ll have an array of wines to suit all palates, so you can refill your wine cellars for the new year. “I think Benjamin Franklin said it best,” shares Elijah Paulsen, F&B Manager and Stock Your Cellar curator. (We couldn’t agree more!)

Wine is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benjamin Franklin

Bulleit Rye • Aperol Carpano Antica Vermouth Aged on French Oak

Lord Berkeley

Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum • Lime Juice Passionfruit Syrup • Peychaud's Bitters

Vesper Martini

Beefeater Gin • Wheatley Vodka • Lillet Blanc

Buffalo Carré

Pecan Infused Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cognac Sweet Vermouth • Benedictine Black Walnut Bitters • Candied Pecan

Carolina 76

Tito's Vodka • Fresh Lemon Juice St. Germain • Simple Syrup • Cava

Last Word

Beefeater Gin • Chartreuse Maraschino Liqueur • Fresh Lime Juice



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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!" Berkeley Hall Clubs meet in Ladies Locker Room unless indicated at Fazio Room.

Beginner Hand, Foot & Elbow

Mondays at 11:45am 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 or call 914.643.7408, or Carol DePhillips at

Beginner Hand, Foot & Elbow

Sundays at 6:30pm (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

Advanced Hand, Foot & Elbow

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

Afternoon MahJongg

Fridays at 2pm 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 Maureen Austen at or at 704.651.0485.

Evening MahJongg

Tuesdays at 7pm Our Tuesday night game is played at 7pm. If you'd like to play and be added to our distribution list, contact Teresa Gannon at 843.706.2219 or

Beginner MahJongg

Mondays at 3pm 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,

Ladies Bridge

Mondays at 1:30pm All members and your guests are welcome! The group plays social bridge, and cards and tallies are provided. Contact Lou Ann Hamilton at Thursdays at 2pm All members and your guests are welcome! If you'd like to play, contact Lou Ann Hamilton at

Ladies Bible Study

Wednesdays at 10am | Fazio Room Please join us. All members are welcome. For more information contact Angie McGeorge at 843.707.6141 or or Susie Sutton at 406.670.7900 or

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 or Hal Sutton at or 406.698.5282.

BHC Artists

Tuesdays at 9am | Fazio Room Join the Artists Club, we meet Tuesdays at 9am in the Fazio Room. Come set up your easel! Oils, watercolors, sketches, whatever your medium. Everyone's welcome, no rsvp needed. For more information, contact Leanora Colletti at or text: 732-320-7159.


BOOK CLUB NOV 7 | 3PM THE VERANDAH “The Nature of Fragile Things” by Susan Meissner Meissner (The Last Year of the War) spins an exceptional story about an Irish immigrant who lands in San Francisco shortly before the 1906 earthquake. After spending two years in New York City, Sophie Whalen, 20, answers a newspaper ad from widower Martin Hocking of San Francisco, who is seeking a wife for him and a mother for his daughter. Sophie falls head over heels for Martin’s five-year-old daughter, Kat, having given up having a child of her own. But Sophie learns all is not as it seems when a pregnant woman named Belinda Bigelow shows up on her doorstep hours before the earthquake, looking for her husband, James. Upon seeing a picture of Martin, Belinda recognizes him as James. Masterfully crafted twists and turns abound, as a federal Marshall questions Sophie about Martin’s disappearance. The plucky Sophie (who is hiding a few secrets of her own) captivates from the first page. Review: Publishers Weekly


HOLIDAY LUNCHEON PARTY Holiday luncheon at Lyn Swafford’s home! No book discussion, just a festive holiday luncheon. Our next book club meeting is set for January 9th with book selection of “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Reid. We hope to see all of you there, and others interested in joining in our Book Club fun in the new year!

BerkeleyHallClub NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022



Golf is a game of WITH KIERAN

minimizing mistakes. If you get into trouble, the #1 priority is to get back in play. Never follow a bad shot with a failed hero shot.

KIERAN STAUNTON | DIRECTOR OF GOLF e had a busy start to the Fall Season, and despite Hurricane Ian playing havoc with a few of our early events, overall, we’ve enjoyed some wonderful Lowcountry conditions. Our new Fazio Putting Green has been open for almost two months now, and we’re very pleased with how it has taken. The expansive

2022 Berkeley Classic Overall Champions: Wes Goldberg & Mike Siers

It was another great turnout for the 2022 Berkeley Classic. The event was played October 13-15, and we had 9 flights competing for the honors. The weather was fabulous for all three days, and we had some great scores across all of the flights. The 9 flight winners moved on to the Championship shootout, and it was the pair of Wes Goldberg and Mike Siers that came out on top! Congratulations to Wes and his guest Mike! 16


putting green is a great addition for the membership at the Learning Center. As we wrap up a busy October, from the Charity Cup to the Berkeley Classic and Women’s Invitational, we’re looking ahead to the end of the Fall season and into 2023. With great member events in November and December, highlighted by the HAIG, the Club Championship,

Flight Winners: Berkeley Hall Flight: Jeff Easton & Casey Baker Shadow Creek Flight: Daniel Lawrence & James Fitzgerald Alotian Club Flight: Wes Goldberg & Mike Siers (Overall Champions) Estancia Club Flight: David Elliot & Tyler Elliot Dallas National Flight: Steve Ramsby & Michael Ramsby Gozzer Ranch Flight: George Miller & Mitch Dobbins Sage Valley Flight: Jim Spear & Will Harrill Hudson National Flight: Mike Brocato & Todd Singleton Wade Hampton Flight: Peter Castello & Mark Clayman 2022 Berkeley Classic Winners

and the Club Challenge, we’re excited to see everyone taking part. And we always look forward to seeing many of our members that may have been away for the summer months. The Fall/Winter season here at Berkeley Hall is a lot of fun, and although it is a shorter season than the Spring, we’ve got plenty of great golf lined up.

WOMEN'S INVITATIONAL Our fantastic Fall sunshine continued for the 2022 Women’s Invitational. We had cooler temperatures, but the 19 teams that played had a great time playing the North & South Courses. Scoring was great across all the flights, but it was the team of Carolyn Hershberger, Harri Rosenberg, Laura Kennedy, and Jeanne Darcy that took home the honors! Flight Winners: Hazel Flight: Barbara Gill, Liz Dobler, Sue Mentis, Liz Ryan Amber Flight: Donna Koeppl, Joy Lua, Suzanne Hatcher, Adele Peterson

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.


Mon, Nov 7 | 11am-1pm Tue, Nov 22 | 11am-1pm Mon, Dec 12 | 10am-12pm $80/pp | 4-8 players 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.

FULL SWING CLINICS Fri, Nov 18 | 10am-12pm Mon, Nov 28 | 11am-1pm Thu, Dec 15 | 1-3pm $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. Divided based on Handicap Level.


Thu, Nov 10 | 10am-12pm Tue, Dec 6 | 9-11am $80/pp | 4-8 players Improve the four main skills in putting, Green Reading, Start Line, Distance Control and Mindset. Also learn to practice putting correctly so results show up on the course! Become not a good putter but a Great Putter!

Wed, Nov 16 | 11am-1pm Tue, Dec 13 | 11am-1pm $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.

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.

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

NOVEMBER Tue, Nov 1: Using Trackman to Improve your Game Fri, Nov 4: No Clinic - The Haig Tue, Nov 8: Using Your Lower Body and the Ground to Add Power Fri, Nov 11: Trouble Shots Tue, Nov 15: Bunker Basics Fri, Nov 18: Hit your Hybrids and Fairway Woods Higher and Straighter Tue, Nov 22: The 4 Keys to Great Putting Fri, Nov 25: Bomb Your Driver Tue, Nov 29: The Release DECEMBER Fri, Dec 2: No Clinic - Club Challenge Tue, Dec 6: Balance, Tempo, Timing & Rhythm Fri, Dec 9: Lag Putting & Distance Control Tue, Dec 13: Hit Your Irons Solid Fri, Dec 16: Chipping Tue, Dec 20: How to Increase your Club Head Speed Fri, Dec 23: Fairway Bunkers Tue, Dec 27: Pre-Shot and Post-Shot Routine Fri, Dec 30: Improve Your Impact

2023 GOLF SCHEDULE Berkeley Cup ​​​​​​​​March 2-4 Mixed Member-Member (Four-ball)​​​​ March 10-11 Men’s One-Day Member-Guest​​​​​ March 22 Ladies’ One-Day Member-Guest ​​​​​March 23 Masters Par 3 & Players Draft ​​​​April 2 Member-Member​​​​​​ April 21-22 Mixed Member-Guest May 3-5 Senior Club Championship May 12-13

Club & Super Sr Club Championship President’s Cup (October – April) Chairman’s Cup (October – April) North - South Challenge Berkeley Classic Women’s Invitational The “HAIG” Two Day Member-Member Club Challenge

May 20-21 Season Long Season Long October 7 October 12-14 October 18-19 November 3-4 Nov 30 – Dec 2



Looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone special this season? We’ve got you covered, try these great gift packages from Krista Dunton or contact her to customize your own!





• Guaranteed to knock 5 shots off your game • Focus on Short Game and your Scoring Shots • 1 Hour of Short Game assessment and instruction on all shots 30 yards and in • 1 Hour of customizing your Wedge Game for full and partial shots 40-100 yards • 1 Hour of Putting Short Putts and distance control • 1 Hour of Green Reading and Strategy around the greens • A Session together on the golf course and playing 9 holes from 50 or 75 yards and in, and working on shot selection and shot management

• Four Hours of instruction. Great opportunity to make big changes in your game and fine tune both the short game and full swing • 2 One Hour Lessons on Full Swing • 2 Half-Hour Lessons to fine tune Swing/Short Game • 1 Hour Lesson on the Short Game or Putting

DEC 13 | 5-7PM




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! WES GOLDBERG - Aug 29 - Hole #16 South DUKE DELCHER - Sept ​​ 2 - Hole #8 North SCOTT BEERS - Sept 2 - Hole #3 South ANNA HEDLUND - Sept 7​- Hole #14 North ED KOZELEK - Oct 15 - Hole #6 North 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.

$395 • When an hour lesson is too much, here’s a package of 6 half hour lessons to fine tune your game!

Save the date for the Golf Shop’s annual Wine & Cheese Holiday Sale on Tuesday, December 13, 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, Fairway & Greene and more top brands. All the stock in the Golf Shop will be on sale (excludes Golf Bags, Balls, Clubs and Gloves). 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.

WITH KRISTA DUNTON Nov 9-11, 2022 | Dec 5-7, 2022 | Jan 18-20, 2023 $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 1

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


How to keep this going, and practice correctly and efficiently. DAY 3

“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 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022





all in the Lowcountry is nothing short of amazing. While August and September had more than their share of rain, these fall to winter months have followed with some of the best weather you could ask for. Thus, the allure of the Lowcountry, especially to golfers. With more than 20 inches of rain in August, and a bit more in early September, there was a six-week stretch where we received 60% of the rainfall for our year. As September turned to October, temperatures have been cooler than average and the Bermuda Grass is already starting to lose its color. Our soil temperatures are running roughly 12 degrees below normal, which is a big factor on when the Bermuda Grass begins to grow dormant. Our Lowcountry weather has created ideal conditions for the South Course overseed. Cooler temperatures at night and full sun, dry days have allowed us to control the moisture and grow the Ryegrass. In addition, the golf course has not gotten too wet during the process. By the time you read this, the 20


Ryegrass on the South Course will be at our winter height, and we expect great fairway conditions throughout the winter and spring.

Needless to say, it’s a busy fall season and we couldn’t be more pleased as all our agronomy efforts performed this year take shape. Both courses are

One challenge we face heading into winter is that dreaded weed poa. The combination of the wet cloudy August and cooler September and October was ideal for poa seed germination. While we are already seeing some earlier germination, we completed early pre-emergents this year. These preventive measures should work to mitigate any early poa germination. Poa is always one of the biggest challenges in the Lowcountry. Extending its germination four to five weeks earlier would only put more pressure on our pre-emergent program.

By the time you read this, the Ryegrass on the South Course will be at our winter height, and we expect great fairway conditions throughout the winter and spring.

This year, the North Course overseed went out in late October. By going a few weeks earlier, it will help us have a more successful overseed than we saw last year. During the late fall in to December, our Agronomy team is diligently performing practices to establish the Ryegrass, dry the course out, and provide excellent playing conditions for the winter months ahead.

starting to present more consistent conditions and the agronomy team’s continued and dedicated efforts speak for themselves. Looking ahead, we’re developing our agronomy plans for the new year, as we work toward making 2023 one of the best at Berkeley Hall.

- Adam Miller


Holiday Health & Well-Being Well-being and what it means to the overall you: When it comes right to it, well-being is judging life positively and feeling good. We can help with that! With our knowledgeable fitness trainers and nutritional ‘eating well” menu options, we’ve got you covered. Around the holidays, it can be challenging to stay on track with fitness goals. We find the best way to navigate this time of year is often by simply being “mindful.”

MINDFUL HOLIDAY MENUS It’s tempting to cut calories but creating a calorie deficit sets you up for falling short of goals. Some approach the holidays by eating less in the morning so they can enjoy festivities or meals later in the day and evening.

FOCUS ON THE WHOLE Whenever possible, eat whole, unprocessed foods, nutrients are more bioavailable and readily used by our bodies. They also taste great and complement our healthy lifestyle and well-being. Whole foods include fresh fruits, nuts and berries, avocados, leafy green vegetables, sweet potatoes, eggs, fish, and natural whole grains. Culinary options on the Berkeley Hall menus reflect that commitment to fresh, local fare. Chef Jeff’s commitment to “eating well” dining options and a wide array of salads and fresh, local catch feature make it easy to be mindful, all year long. Fitness amenities at the Club make it easy to weave lifestyle, exercise and

culinary options together. Walking, Cycling, or Kayaking at the River Park are joyful and accessible, and our Fitness Center’s full roster of fitness classes, yoga, pilates and more are just some of the amenities that make our Lowcountry lifestyle such a positive one. And when it comes to overall well-being: It’s being mindful and focusing on the whole you. Holidays are about family and friends, goodwill and gatherings. Make sure you give yourself time to enjoy all of it, as a gift to yourself.

Yet, your body needs calories to fuel it: from your beating heart to filtering done by your kidneys. When you reduce calories, your energy and endurance plummet and your body uses lean body mass for energy instead of the intended fat. That’s where thoughtful culinary planning can set you up for success.




BHC Racquet Sports Professional


Racquet Sports at Berkeley Hall

Royce Silvan leads the Club’s active racquet sports programs. With over 20 years of experience, as a 5.0 PTR Certified Pro and APTR Professional Rating and Tester, he brings a wealth of knowledge to our tennis and pickleball culture. Here's your chance to work on your game, with fun and challenging drills, match play, and complimentary clinics. With six Har-Tru courts, members can enjoy play on our recently resurfaced courts, featuring covered shade structure for year-round use.

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Give your favorite racquet sports enthusiast the perfect holiday gift! With holiday gift certificates with Royce – the best way to up your tennis & pickleball skills! For more details stop by the Fitness Center.



Complimentary Pickleball Clinic 2.5 Level & Lower Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am One-hour clinic for men and women offers players a chance to work on fundamentals and offers easy intro to Pickleball and its rules.

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 Pickleball Clinic 3.0 Level Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am For men and women who are competitive at the 3.0 level and fully ready for fast action games, in a well-paced, one-hour session. Complimentary Pickleball Clinic 3.5 Level Wednesdays, 8:30am-9:30am Advance players, 3.5 or above. For men and women competitive at 3.5 level, ready to handle power plays as well as finesse! 22


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:

Racquet Stringing & Re-Grip $40 includes strings and new over grip

Book Your Courts on the BHC App! Berkeley Hall Racquet Sports Court Reservations are now located on the BHC App, for easy access and quick court scheduling on the go! For more information, contact the Fitness Center at 843.815.8985.

atherings at our River Park Pavilion make the most of our serene Lowcountry setting. With gorgeous views, our open-air covered pavilion is the ideal site for friendly gatherings, with double-sided fireplace and casual seating, new restrooms, and grill and prep area. A wonderful spot to cool off following some morning kayaking, fishing from the dock, or afternoon paddleboarding. It’s also the perfect place to gather as you get ready for a BHC Pontoon Boat outing. Family-friendly and geared towards afternoon fun and relaxed evening get-togethers, we invite everyone to enjoy our new River Park Pavilion!

MEMBER KAYAK CLUB Love to Kayak? Join BHC’s Member Kayak Club, which meets on Thursdays at 10am at the River Park. Just let fellow member Kimberly Thorn know by Wednesday at noon so she can reserve a kayak for you! It’s a wonderful way to get on the water and enjoy our beautiful Lowcountry setting. Email: or text her at: 843.540.4128.

Any day of the week…or weekend! At the Spa at Berkeley Hall, we make it easy to retreat from the everyday – our full-service spa offers the highest quality of massages, facials and peels. Profound relaxation awaits you, with Hot Stone Massage, toxin-freeing Therapeutic Swedish Massage, and Deep Tissue Massage, designed for the active individual.

Discover our day spa and let us take you away for a bit, with luxurious and restful spa and facial treatments that restore your inner calm and serenity. Now booking 7 days a week by appointment. 843.815.8985 | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022


CLUBHOUSE Adam Kushner General Manager & COO Dustin Dunn Assistant General Manager Mary McGoldrick Director of People & Culture Stephen Sandstrom Director of Facilities Maintenance ACCOUNTING Valerie Kidd Controller Jennifer Wheeler Financial Analyst Denise Joyce Member Billing ARB Jennifer Johnson 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 Elijah Paulsen Food & Beverage Manager Vincent Matalavage Catering & Events Manager CONCIERGE Concierge Services GOLF Kieran Staunton Director of Golf The Golf Shop Adam Miller Director of Agronomy DINING FACILITIES The Verandah Men’s Locker Room GATEHOUSE/SECURITY J.W. Sims Director of Security *For Guest Passes LEARNING CENTER Krista Dunton Director of Golf Instruction SPA & FITNESS Doug Weary Spa & Fitness Director





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Clubhouse Dining

*Note Palmetto Room and Verandah are now fully open for dining. Club dining is not offered 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.

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Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm Sunday 10am-3pm Tuesday-Sunday 3-5pm Tuesday-Thursday, Sun 5-8pm Friday-Saturday 5-8:30pm

Men’s Locker Room Bar Service Lunch Fare

11am-5pm Daily 11am-3pm Daily

Ladies' Locker Room

Following renovation Bar Service 11am-5pm Daily Lunch Fare 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 Sunday

7:30am-5:30pm 8:30am-5pm 8:30am-4pm

Spa & Fitness Center Monday-Friday Weekend

Learning Center Daily Private Instruction

6am-7pm 7am-7pm 8am-5pm 8am-5pm Daily

River Park Open for member use. Contact Concierge Services, app and website for access to kayaks, fishing equipment and life jackets.