Berkeley Experience May-June Issue

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may/june 2023

Just over 20 years ago, Berkeley Hall’s gracious Clubhouse opened its doors, welcoming members to the community. As the heart of our community, it’s where we gather and socialize, and it was just a year ago that we celebrated our grand opening of the Verandah.

It’s brought me great joy to see Members enjoy easy camaraderie in our new, inviting setting with its stunning views. From lunch gatherings to evenings on the Verandah as the sun sets, the momentum and social atmosphere is friendly and welcoming and all we hoped it would be!

Now, we look forward to building on our social and culinary offerings. And with three sommeliers onboard, it’s easy to say Club wining + dining are definitely among our greatest attributes. If you haven’t shared some wine experiences with Dustin,

Elijah and Tim, you can find out more in our ‘Raising the Bar’ feature on page 10. Spring at Berkeley Hall is truly spectacular. With great play on our beautiful courses and a vibrant social scene throughout the Clubhouse, Berkeley Hall has never felt better. As our community grows, it’s the friendships that bring us together, on the courses, courts, and on the Verandah, which has truly become our feel-good space, whether meeting friends for evening dining or casual drinks at the bar.

Around the Club, our strategic plan embraces the best ways to enhance our ‘Member Experience.’ Projects center around kitchen renovations, Tap Room updates, Fitness Island enhancements and finalizing details for the 2025 North Course renovation.

As we approach summer, it’s easy to stay cool around the pool, with poolside drinks and our casual summer menu, which kicks off Memorial Day weekend.

Club traditions set the tone for many of our best family celebrations, from holidays to welcoming some of our newest family members, such as ‘Baby Berkeley’ – you can read more on page 7.

As you read through the Berkeley Experience, be sure to mark your calendars for all our great member events, especially our Grand Fourth of July Celebration!


While skies are blue and temperatures mild, we are in the midst of hurricane season, which runs through the end of November. The peak months for activity are August and September.

During this season, it's important to be prepared and plan ahead for a hurricane evacuation. Look for updates on weather activity from Berkeley Hall. We will keep members informed of any

severe weather conditions via e-communications, member website updates, Club app, and social media channels.

If you’re not already following us on Facebook and Twitter, simply go to the main page of our website and click on the icons located at the bottom of the main page at

Bluffton's a top pick on Southern Living's “Best Small Towns in the South” list! “With tranquil marshland, elegant homes, a colorful art scene, and palmettos everywhere.” (Everything we love about being here!)

3 Golf Cottages 4 BHCF Honors Grantees 5 BHCF Ladies Luncheon 6 Meet Baby Berkeley 8 Member Events 10 Culinary News 12 Book Club 13 Community Clubs 14 Member Photos 15 Golf Talk with Kieran 16 Tournament Results 17 Meet the Pros 18 Learning Center 20 Golf Maintenance 21 Racquet Sports 22 BHC Wellness Philosophy
The River Park

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.

1BR Master Suite $250

2 BR/2BA Town Suite, Kitchen, Living Room, Patio $500

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

4BR/4BA Full Cottage, Kitchen, Living Room, Patio $800

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.

Carolyn Taylor has been named Director of Finance for Berkeley Hall.

An accounting professional with experience in fiscal operations, strategic planning, variance analysis and financial auditing, Carolyn will contribute greatly to the oversight of long-range and annual operating reports, forecasts, and budgets. Most recently she served as Corporate Controller for Spinnaker Resorts on Hilton Head Island, where she oversaw all financial aspects of sales, development and property management for the industry leading resort, along with 17 individual HOAs located in multiple states.

Carolyn holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina Beaufort, with specialized fields of study in accounting.

We are exceptionally pleased to have Carolyn join our executive team and wish her great success in her new position.

Minnetonka, MN

Bernie & Elaine Madej Coloma, MI

Bob Maynard & Nona Schwabe Geneva, IL

Arthur & Phyllis Reeds West Hartford, CT

Ron & Ann Riemann Skillman, NJ

Scott & Babette Spellmeyer Falls Church, VA

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he Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation recently awarded its 2023 grants, totaling nearly $425,000, to fund 22 projects that will help improve the lives of many Bluffton and Beaufort County residents, especially those most vulnerable. Each year, monies raised at the annual Charity Cup signature fundraising event, held this past October,


fund the following year’s grant cycle. The grants were presented to non-profit organization recipients at our Member Mingle recognition event in their honor at the Club on March 30th.

Since its inception in 2008, the charitable foundation has raised over $2.5 million for Lowcountry charities.

To learn more about the Charitable Foundation visit
The Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation awarded grants of more than $425,000 to fund 22 local projects that will help improve the lives of many vulnerable Bluffton and Beaufort County residents. Since its inception, BHCF has raised over $2.5 million for Lowcountry charities.
Backpack Buddies of Bluffton | Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen | Bluffton Self Help | Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton | Boys and Girls Club/Family Promise Collab. | Child Abuse Prevention Assoc. | The Children’s Center Deep Well | Family Promise | Hopeful Horizons | Hospice Care of the Lowcountry | Lowcountry Autism Foundation Lowcountry Legal Volunteers | Meals on Wheels | Memory Matters | Neighborhood Outreach Connection | Operation Patriots FOB Programs for Exceptional People | Second Helpings | The Outside Foundation | Vantage Point Foundation


Ooh La La! Showing We Care... with Parisian Flair!


With its elegant Parisian café theme, the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation Ladies Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at 11:30am on the Verandah.

Join us for a très bon moment!

Enjoy a lovely luncheon paired with exquisite wines, donated through Melanie Vanderpool’s wonderful partnership with renowned vineyards, and an exciting raffle of some very special donated prizes!

Price for luncheon is $110 with a portion of each ticket donated to BHCF to benefit several local charities.

Registration is Now Open and we ask that you please register as a single attendee only.

Dress Code: Be Fabulous in Pink, White & Black!



We’re raffling off an exquisite Louis Vuitton Carmel Mahina calfskin purse, donated by Marsha Levin; a lovely Louis Vuitton Pillow Nanogram Necklace, donated by Stacey Steinberg; and a stunning Hermès scarf from an anonymous member donor. Purchase 3 tickets for $150, or $65 per ticket.

Raffle tickets will be available at the luncheon, or in advance from the charitable foundation at: (Please include your name, member number, and number of raffle tickets in email for member charge.)

BHCF Mission is To Make a Difference in addressing the basic human needs of the greater Bluffton community, especially those most vulnerable. Thanks to the Berkeley Hall community’s generosity, the Charitable Foundation has raised over $2.5 million for Lowcountry charities.

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Baby Berkeley’s story begins long before she actually arrived. Her story is one of love and tradition, which isn’t surprising when you consider her grandfather Ross Marancos first purchased a property in Berkeley Hall in 2004.

The Marancos family spent their time between Canada and the Lowcountry, with Ross bringing sons Kyle and Taylor for annual golf outings and staying in the cottages before building a home in 2013. Taylor and Jill began coming here as a young couple, later marrying in 2021.

Over the years, Berkeley Hall has become the family’s favorite gathering spot. So, when they found out they were soon to be parents, the baby’s name was naturally the big question. One afternoon, while here visiting dad Ross (Poppy) and Mary Beth Botz (Gigi), they were considering a few names when Gigi, as she is affectionately called, suggested “Berkeley.” It was an immediate yes!

Jill and Taylor have always had a special bond with Berkeley Hall and come here as often as possible. From young adults to parents, that connection has grown even more meaningful.

Now that Baby Berkeley is here, we had a chance to spend some time with this young family and learn what they cherish most about Berkeley Hall. And how their

family story begins anew, as we welcome Berkeley into our BHC family.

BH: Did you always envision Berkeley Hall as part of your family story?

Jill: Most definitely! I was lucky enough to start coming here in 2016 (a year after Taylor and I met) and we've been coming every year since. We love the community, the golf and more importantly, spending time with family. Bringing Berkeley into the world has made Berkeley Hall even more special and we will ensure she knows what she's named after. We hope to make many more family memories here with the newest addition to our family!

BH: Has tradition become more meaningful now that Baby Berkeley has just turned 7 months old?

Taylor: Tradition is very important to us. We love celebrating holidays and having Berkeley in our lives makes it that much more special.

BH: Favorite Berkeley Hall memory?

Jill & Taylor: Our favorite memory is bringing Berkeley here for the first time in February. She was born in Canada in October while it was chilly outside, so it was her first time experiencing the lovely warm temperatures. She loved her first visit and can't wait to come back!

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70s Edition

Join us and be prepared to Name That Tune – 70s Edition on Thursday, May 11. Based on the classic game show, this is an evening of all-out fun as we team up to name those tunes.

Register in groups of 8-10 or allow us to form teams for you. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team! The evening begins with a poured complimentary glass of wine, followed by 5:30pm cocktails, and dinner buffet served at 6pm. Then the games begin, featuring all your favorite 70s tunes for a fun night with friends!

$56 inclusive of tax and service charge | Member Charge Bar Club Casual | Verandah


elebrate Mother’s Day Berkeley Hall-style, with a scrumptious brunch buffet and heavenly desserts!

With gorgeous presentation, great friends and family, this is one of our favorite events of the season.

Spend a leisurely brunch with us on Sunday, May 14 from 11am-1pm, as you enjoy an array of culinary favorites and a complimentary special treat for the Moms. Mother’s Day Brunch seatings offered at 30-minute intervals from 11am1pm. Come celebrate with us!

$64 Adults | $20 Children inclusive of tax and service charge Veranda & Palmetto Room | Reservations Required Member Charge Bar | Semi-Formal Attire


Come join us for fun, food, drinks, and karaoke on Thursday, June 22 at 5:30pm on the Verandah.

Enjoy a poured complimentary glass of wine as you mingle with good friends, and casual dining from our delicious dinner buffet.

From favorite songs to popular duets, our song list has it all, and all you need to do is come ready for a good time! We’ve got some great talent in our midst, so it’s a fun night not to be missed. Come karaoke the night away!

Cocktails at 5:30pm. Dining at 6pm.

$56 inclusive of tax and service charge| Member Bar Club Casual | Verandah



Dining | 6pm Glow Golf | 7pm


Red, White & BBQ 5:30pm


Pool Party & Cookout 11am-5pm


Liberty Bell 5K & Fun Run

8am Reg. | 8:30 Start

Cart Parade

9:30 Reg. | 10am Start

Fourth of July Celebration | 6pm

Grande Finale Fireworks | 9pm





Saturday’s Glow Golf evening event at the Fazio kicks off at 6pm for a fun family night with casual dinner buffet, complimentary soft drinks and member charge bar. Glow Golf begins at 7pm.

Adults $42 inclusive of tax & service charge, Children 12 & Under - $20 inclusive, Casual, jeans permitted, Member Charge Bar, RSVP by June29

Sunday, enjoy traditional Southern fare and barbecue buffet and more at our annual Red, White & BBQ event, with great music on the Verandah. Complimentary poured wine or mocktail on arrival.

Adults $58 inclusive of tax & service charge, Children 12 & Under - $23 inclusive, Casual, jeans permitted, Member Charge Bar, RSVP by June 30

Monday’s Pool Party and Cookout is a great way to stay cool in the pool and have fun at the Fitness Center. Enjoy cookout from 11:30am-2pm, member charge bar until 5pm.

Adults $39 inclusive of tax & service charge, Children 12 & Under - $19 inclusive, Casual, jeans permitted, Member Charge Bar, RSVP by June 30. Don't forget your towel!

Get your 4th started at our Liberty Bell 5K & Fun Run | Cart Parade. 8am Registration and 8:30am start for Liberty Bell 5K, Runners, Walkers and Bicyclists. There’s no fee to enter. Followed by awards and BHC’s 6th Annual Cart Parade, check-in at 9:30am, 10am start. Show off your cart decorations as you depart the Clubhouse and circle the Good Hope loop. Prizes go to Most Patriotic, Most Creative and Most Festive. 5k/Fun Run and Cart Parade complimentary to all Participants | Bloody Mary and Mimosa Charge Bar.

Our Grand Fourth of July Celebration is the place to be, on the Verandah and back lawn from 6-9pm with family-friendly fun featuring live dj, games, photo booth, delicious food stations and more! Complimentary poured wine or mocktail on arrival. Grand Finale Fireworks Showcase from 9-9:30pm. Enjoy great views from the Verandah or jump in your golf carts and head up to the Learning Center for a special golf course view. Adults $63 inclusive of tax & service charge, Children 12 & Under - $26 inclusive, Casual, jeans permitted, Member Charge Bar, RSVP by June 30

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ith three Sommeliers here to share their love and knowledge of wine, we’re in for an enhanced dining experience – and a true appreciation for the depths of their combined knowhow when it comes to exploring palates and pairings.

“We like to say, we raise the bar with a level of member service that welcomes members to a warm and inviting evening

There’s nothing better than good conversation around the table, and our three Somms have a lot to share. Who doesn’t love a good wine story, and Elijah, Tim and Dustin have a lot of them. Here, we thought we’d talk a few notes about wines, food pairings, the art of winemaking, and what makes a good vintage so special to uncork and savor!

here at the Club,” says Dustin Dunn, Assistant GM and Sommelier. When it comes to the Berkeley Experience, we can all share a toast to our BHC Somms: Tim, Dustin and Elijah, featured with Executive Chef Jeff!

BHC: First Big Wine Moment?

TIM: I first tried my favorite wine

Eight Years in the Desert at an Orin Swift wine dinner at my prior club. This wine opened me up to just how powerful and intriguing wine can be and kicked off my interest in wine.

BHC: Your favorite food + wine pairing, and why?

DUSTIN: Vintage Champagne and fried chicken! The acidity from the Champagne matches perfectly with the fried dredge on the chicken. Absolutely delicious and I’ll never forget my first experience with this pairing. Back in Los Angeles, with veteran restaurateur and master sommelier Michael Jordan at Bashan restaurant. (Who happens to be one of only 15 experts in the world who have been awarded both master sommelier and certified wine educator diplomas.)

BHC: What first drew you to the art of winemaking?

ELIJAH: In 2010, as bar manager and wine buyer for an upscale restaurant, I was invited to a sommelier summit during harvest in Walla Walla. I spent an afternoon with the director of winemaking at Long Shadows winery, which produces 6 different style wines from world-renowned winemakers, helping where I could. As the grapes went from vineyard to winery, to fermentation and press to barrel, I saw the marriage of science, agriculture and artistry, and I was hooked. It really felt like I had fallen in love.

Years later, I’m the guy making decisions, when to pick and which lots to process. I loved working in the lab, adjusting treatments. Making my own wine from vineyards I was familiar with,

hands-on by vine training and dropping fruit, was a joy.

BHC: From the wine list - Top summer wines and best to pair with?

TIM: When I think summer, my mind immediately jumps to Rosé. Our Elizabeth Spencer Rosé of Grenache offers lovely notes of fresh strawberries, peaches, and bright acidity. This wine is a go-to for many appetizers, but I would especially recommend with our Tuna Tartar.

ELIJAH: I love rosé! Especially excited about: Wolffer Summer in a Bottle Rose Cotes de Provence. (Provence rosés are the industry GOATs!)

BHC: What should we be trying right now?

DUSTIN: Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. There are a multitude of styles and producers that offer a different experience. My top choice at the Club right now: Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Cheers!




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

Our meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 3pm on the Verandah. For details contact Wendy Hansen:

Featured Books for June & July

“The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post”

Mrs. Post, the President and First Lady are here to see you…So begins another evening for Marjorie Merriweather Post. Presidents have come and gone, but she has hosted them all. Growing up in the modest farmlands of Battle Creek, Michigan, Marjorie was inspired by a few simple rules: always think for yourself, never take success for granted, and work hard – even when deemed American royalty, even while covered in imperial diamonds. Marjorie had an insatiable drive to live and love and to give more than she got. From crawling through Moscow warehouses to rescue the Tsar's treasures to outrunning the Nazis in London, serving the homeless of the Great Depression to entertaining Roosevelts, Kennedys, and Hollywood's biggest stars, Marjorie Merriweather Post lived an epic life few could imagine. Not content to stay in her prescribed roles of high-society wife, mother, and hostess, Marjorie dared to demand more, making history in the process. Before turning thirty she amassed millions. But it was her life-force, advocacy, passion, and adventurous spirit that led to her stunning legacy.

Review: Good Reads

Culinary competition comes to Berkeley Hall in our inaugural Chef vs Chef competition on Saturday, June 17 at 5:30pm.

It’s up to you – our member-judged tasting competition will put our chefs’ skills to the test, and its Members’ Choice as we appoint the winner.

Enjoy small plates from our array of culinary strolling stations, along with a complimentary welcome glass of wine. No assigned seating. Mingle, taste, enjoy, and let the judging begin!

$60 adults inclusive of tax & service charge Member Bar

Club Casual | Verandah & Palmetto Room

“Demon Copperhead”

It’s a brave writer who takes on a retelling of Dickens. Yet the American author Barbara Kingsolver’s Demon Copperhead, which transposes this English, quasi-autobiographical Bildungsroman to her home territory of Appalachia, feels in many ways like the book she was born to write.

This powerful reimagining of David Copperfield follows one boy’s struggle to survive amid America’s opioid crisis. Kingsolver’s hero Damon Fields, known as Demon and nicknamed Copperhead for his red hair, is born to a drug-using teenage single mother in a trailer in Lee County, Virginia. After enduring being fostered by the pathologically insolvent McCobbs, Demon finds a home with Coach Winfield and his daughter Agnes. Under Winfield’s tutelage he becomes a rising school football star until an injury nudges his recreational drug habit into full-blown opioid addiction. David’s struggle to find purpose in life becomes Demon’s battle to achieve sobriety and transcend the failure of those around him “to see the worth of boys like me, beyond what work can be wrung out of us - Farm field, battlefield, football field.”

Review: The Guardian



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!ˮ 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.

Barber Services

By Appointment Only | Men's Locker Room

Ken Browning offers professional barber services to Berkeley Hall members. Call Ken at 912.441.6855 to schedule your appointment. Haircut: $17

Tailor Services

By Appointment Only | Men's Locker Room

Javier Velaquez offers professional tailor services. Contact Javier at 843.321.0213 to schedule your appointment.

Notary Services

At the Club

Notary Services are provided by Concierge Services at 843.815.8952. Commissioned by the State of SC.

Residential & Cleaning Services

Residential cleaning, window washing, and power washing services are now available from the company that provides cleaning services to the Club & Cottages. For complimentary residential estimate call Jara Uscanga: 843.384.6998. For other services call Brian Emmons: 843.295.8607.

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pring Season was a tremendous success, with lots of challenging play and great camaraderie. With record turnouts for our Spring events, it’s been rewarding to garner such full member participation and support. We were blessed with a very mild winter and so the run into March and April could not have been smoother.

The courses have been in great shape all year, and the overseeded

fairways have been playing wonderfully well for the past six months! As we hit May, we still have plenty of events to keep you busy – The Mixed Member-Guest at the start of May, followed by two weekends of Club Championship. Then we have our season closing Men’s & Ladies’ Day events before we pick both of these up again in the Fall. And before we know it, we will be getting ready for our July 4th celebrations!



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We are fortunate to have so many great courses in our local area, and during the summer months we are able to offer reciprocal arrangements with most of them. We are still gathering all the details about the reciprocal program for Summer 2023, but most clubs will start their programs on June 1st and run reciprocals until September 1st. Please contact the Golf Shop with any questions, and we will be happy to help you book your summer tee times. Full details on the reciprocal program will be sent to membership via email once all the local clubs have confirmed their details.

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WITH KIERAN Golf is a blend of art and science.
Don't lose sight of your flair when trying to fix the technical.
North-South Challenge
BHCF Charity Cup
Berkeley Classic
Women’s Invitational
The “HAIG” Two Day Member-Member
November 3-4 Club Challenge
– Dec
Nov 30


Overall Champions: Jim Martell, Matt Spagnoli, Tony Lorello & Patrick Schwarze




Overall Winners: Bill & Noreen Brosnan and Ralph & Christine Hunter


Overall Winners: Mary Hubbard, Linda Gettings, Lorraine Seelaus and Penny Gray


Overall Winners: Stephen Spearman, Randy Choat, Robert Lucas & Howie Gaynor


on 1 hour lessons)

Krista Dunton: $150

Kieran Staunton: $100

Stephanie George: $90

Assistant Pros: $90

To book lessons, contact Golf Shop at 843.815.8444.


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!

TONY PEASE - Feb 23 - Hole #16 South

SHARON JONES - Mar 2 - Hole #5 South


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.



Favorite Major Championship: Masters

Favorite Sporting Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Course that you haven’t played, but would like to…

The Old Course at St. Andrews

Favorite Club in the bag: Driver

Favorite golfer of all time: Tiger Woods

QUICK TIP: When putting, speed is more important than line. Put an alignment stick or a couple tees about 2 feet behind the hole. From roughly 15 feet, roll 7-10 putts towards the hole. See how many balls you can get come to rest in between the ball and alignment stick or in the hole. Move back to 30 feet and try the same thing. With consistency, your confidence will build, and you will see the line better. Remember, the more you practice, the luckier you get!


Favorite Major Championship: The Open

Favorite Sporting Team: Arsenal Football Club

Course that you haven’t played, but would like to…Augusta National

Favorite Club in the bag: Putter

Favorite golfer of all time: David Duval

QUICK TIP: Pay attention to the alignment of your clubface and yourself at address. With all clubs, pick out a spot just a couple of feet ahead of your ball in-line with your target (this may not always be the flag).

Then, when addressing the ball place the clubface down first aimed at that intermediate point. It will be easier to be correct over a couple of feet than it will over a couple hundred yards! Then align your body parallel to that imaginary line between ball, point and target. Commit to your swing and watch the ball fly towards your target! Play well!


Favorite Major Championship: The Masters – because of the history!

Favorite Sporting Team: Carolina Panthers

Course that you haven’t played, but would like to… St. Andrews

Favorite Club in the bag: Putter

Favorite golfer of all time: Tiger Woods

QUICK TIP: How to hit a baby fade and find more fairways. Ball more forward than back, aim more left than right, swing left so the ball won't go left.


Favorite Major Championship: The Open Championship

Favorite Sporting Team: Minnesota Vikings Course that you haven’t played, but would like to... Royal County Down

Favorite Club in the bag: My trusted Odyssey Toulon La Grange Putter

Favorite golfer of all time: Arnold Palmer

QUICK TIP: When reading your next putt, locate the high point (maximum break with minimal speed) and try to get your ball to roll over that point. Do not just simply aim at that point, break the putt into 2 much is the putt going to break to that point and how much it it going to break after that point?


Favorite Major Championship: The Masters

Favorite Sporting Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Course that you haven’t played, but would like to…Pebble Beach

Favorite Club in the bag: Driver

Favorite golfer of all time: Scottie Scheffler

QUICK TIP: To have a consistent golf swing, tempo is essential. Whether it be a short pitch or a long iron and even driver, the tempo of the golf swing must remain consistent throughout the entire bag. This promotes good ball striking and prevents getting too quick and over swinging.

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When it comes to golf instruction, Berkeley Hall’s Krista Dunton is top in her field. As a member, Krista can show you how to get the most out of your game with her hands-on approach.

A former student of Jim Hardy, Krista has the expertise to understand and solve any swing and help any player take their game to the next level.


Mon, May 22 | 1-3pm

Fri, Jun 2 | 9-11am


Improve the four main skills in putting: Green Reading, Start Line, Distance Control and Mindset. Also learn to practice your putting correctly so results show up on the golf course! Become not a good putter but a Great Putter!


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.

Thu, May 11 | 9-11am

Mon, May 29 | 9-11am

Wed, Jun 14 | 2-4pm

$85/pp | 4-8 players



Clinics are 10-11am at the Learning Center.


Tue, May 2: Improve your Ball Striking

Fri, May 5: No Clinic

Tue, May 9: Chipping

Fri, May 12: No Clinic

Tue, May 16: The Release

Fri, May 19: Fairway Woods

Wed, May 31 | 9-11am

Thu, Jun 8 | 2-4pm


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.


Wed, May 24 | 2-4pm

Thu, Jun 15 | 1-3pm

$85/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.

Make a commitment to improving your overall game. 7 hours of instruction: Covering Full Swing, Short Game and On Course Instruction. Learn how to score, hit the shots you need, and manage emotions for optimal results and lower scores!

Tuesdays, 11am-12pm

Starting May 16th

$425/pp | 4-8 players

Tue, May 23: How Trackman Can Help Your Game

Fri, May 26: How to Score with Your Wedges

Tue, May 30: Trouble Shots


Fri, Jun 2: Bomb Your Driver

Tue, Jun 6: No Clinic

Fri, Jun 9: Hit More Greens in Regulation

Tue, Jun 13: How To Increase Your Club Head Speed

Fri, Jun 16: No Clinic

Tue, Jun 20: Tempo-Timing-Rhythm

Fri, Jun 23: Improve Your Impact

Tue, Jun 27: No Clinic

Fri, Jun 30: No Clinic

KRISTA DUNTON Director of Golf Instruction


May 23-25 | June 6-8

$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.

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.”

DAY 1 We use technology to get a game plan of where you are and where you’re going to go to.

DAY 2 The process of getting your game on the course. How to think correctly, make it productive, implement swing changes under competition and pressure.

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

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.”

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


Congratulations to Top 100 Instructor Krista Dunton on an exceptionally well-deserved honor!

It was a special evening at the recent Carolinas PGA Awards ceremony as BHC's Krista Dunton was awarded the 2022 Teacher of the Year for the Carolinas Section.

The distinguished Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year award bestows special recognition on a PGA Professional who has performed outstanding service as a golf instructor. The award winner has made a tremendous impact on teaching and golf instruction in the Section, involvement in junior golf activities within the community, and provided innovative contributions to golf instruction. Our very best wishes to Krista from everyone at Berkeley Hall!

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BERKELEY HALL View our Berkeley Hall Golf Academy Video to learn more, under the Golf Corner tab at


s we move into late spring/ early summer, both courses are playing well and the overseed has provided excellent playing surfaces during the winter and spring golf seasons. The Agronomy team is preparing for our busy summer maintenance and project schedule as we implement essential course maintenance.


I would be remiss if I failed to mention that pesky Poa Annua (Poa) weed that we and most courses in the Lowcountry struggle to control. We currently have nine Berkeley Hall Poa plants being tested at the University of Tennessee for herbicide resistance. We should have some results this summer and will use use that data to help guide our decisions in late summer and early fall when it comes time to treat for Poa.


Over the next few weeks, the Bermudagrass will begin to overtake the Ryegrass in the fairways. If the weather stays on the cooler side, we may use some products to encourage Bermudagrass over the Ryegrass, but we will wait to see how the weather plays out. We did overseed the par 3 tees and #18 tees on the North Course as a trial. With rounds at all-time highs and Poa pressure we thought it would be more aesthetically pleasing and recover better during the winter

and early spring play. We are encouraged by the results and may look to do more overseeding of the tees next season.


This summer will be exceptionally busy for the Golf Course Maintenance team, as each course has two summer closures. We are adding a new process to the South Course tees this year called “fraze” mowing. This process involves an aggressive cutting of the tee surface. It has shown great results in battling Poa because it mechanically removes the seed from the soil underneath the tee. The North Course greens will receive an aggressive verticut to work on the organic layers and grain. We will also be doing the drill and fill to North Course greens as well.

During the summer closures we will be focused on reducing some of the bunkering on the South Course

while increasing the size of a couple tee areas on #5 and #16 South. We will also be repairing a few problematic bunkers on the North Course. During the heavy rains of August last year, we identified some areas that need additional drainage, and we will add more drainage in these areas to help us reduce cart path only days.

The Golf & Greens Committee is working with management on the entire scope of work for the 2025 North Course closure. We will provide more insight later this summer on plans for the North Course. It is important the plan is in place so we can secure contractors and materials for 2025.

As stewards of our two spectacular Tom Fazio courses, our continuing mission is to provide the premier golf experience that our membership enjoys. We look forward to seeing everyone out on the greens!

Overseed on #8 tee box of the North Course Fraze mowing will help increase firmness on the tees and reduce poa seed in the tee soil.




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 with fully covered shade structures for year-round use.


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 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!


Complimentary Cardio Tennis Clinic/Drills

Mondays, 9-10am

For all levels, women and men: One-hour sessions are full of active drills that keep you moving.

Complimentary Tennis Clinic/Drills

Fridays, 9-10am

For players, women and men, USTA level 3.0 - 4.0. Clinic offers stroke technique, drills with active footwork and doubles scenarios.


Small Custom Clinics & 3+ Pro Clinics

Customize Your Game! Royce offers great custom clinics and 3+ the Pro clinics for tennis and pickleball, all levels. Contact Royce:

Private Lessons

The best way to improve your skills for 30 minutes or 1 hour. Contact Royce:

Summer Clinics for Kids

June 12-August 11

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 12-1pm

Cost: $25/day

Ages 6 and above (courts organized by age & levels). To register, email

Register 2 weeks prior if possible (min of 3 per class).


BHC Wellness Philosophy

At Berkeley Hall, our Wellness Philosophy encompasses all aspects of our healthy club lifestyle and amenities. Just one of the reasons we're among the nation's healthiest clubs.

Serenity, Sport & Stamina: Paddleboarding with Certified Paddle Fused Fitness Coach

Mia Piekutowski is a fun and relaxing way to earn toned arms, legs, and abs!

Just schedule your training session with fitness team member Mia for Paddleboard Fitness Classes, SUP


101 Lessons, Excursions, or the Beginner Safety Course.

It's a great way to get out on the water and enjoy nature and our beautiful Lowcountry setting. Once you learn the basic safety skills at our required Safety Course, you'll be set to take the paddleboards out solo. Mia can offer an Individual

Safety Course Training session or a 5-person Group Training Session.

Cost is $25 per person. When you've completed training, we’ll add you to BHC’s master list so you can simply request paddleboards directly from security!

Contact the Fitness Center for details at 843-815-8985.


Serving Thurs-Sat 11am-3pm with Member bar open 11am-5pm

Start off summer with our Memorial Day Kickoff Party on Monday, May 29, 11am-5pm. Join us for a great afternoon of summer fun, poolside with great music, casual lunch buffet with delicious cookout favorites, plus salads, healthy wraps, signature drinks and member bar. Get ready for a great time!

Summer's here, and members are invited to relax by the pool and enjoy our poolside summer fare – with lunches, snacks and drinks from our Summer Bistro menu serving Thursday-Saturday 11am-3pm. Enjoy cool summer drinks from the member bar 11am-5pm.

Adults - $22 Inclusive | Children 12 & Under - $15 | Casual

Paddleboarding is the ultimate workout and a great way to increase stamina and achieve serenity on our tranquil waterways.
- Mia Piekutowski, Certified Paddle Fused Fitness Coach

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 River Park Pavilion!

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. Email: or text her at: 843.540.4128.

At the Spa at Berkeley Hall we make it easy to retreat from the everyday with restful spa and facial treatments that restore your inner calm and serenity. Profound relaxation awaits, with Hot Stone Massage, toxin-freeing Therapeutic Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. Our luxurious facials menu and botanicals rejuvenate for visibly renewed, healthy-looking skin, including our new Men’s ‘Par 5” Facial, and Platinum Personalized Cryo Facial.

Discover our day spa and let us take you away for a bit. Now booking by appointment. 843.815.8985 |

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Adam Kushner


General Manager & COO

Dustin Dunn 843.815.8950

Assistant General Manager

Mary McGoldrick 843.815.8490

Director of People & Culture

Stephen Sandstrom


Director of Facilities Maintenance


Carolyn Taylor


Director of Finance

Jennifer Wheeler

Financial Analyst

Denise Joyce


Member Billing


Jennifer Johnson


ARB Administrator



*Note Verandah and Palmetto Room 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.

Verandah • Palmetto Room

Lunch Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm

Alex Madeiros

843.815.8423 Director of Sales & Marketing

Anne Feldman 843.815.8951 Director of Communications


Jeff McKinney 843.815.8433 Executive Chef

Elijah Paulsen

Food & Beverage Manager

Vincent Matalavage

Catering & Events Manager

CONCIERGE Cameron Hill

Concierge & Cottage Services Manager

Sunday 10am-3pm

Happy Hour Tuesday-Sunday 3-5pm Dinner

Tuesday-Thursday, Sun 5-8pm Friday-Saturday 5-8:30pm

Men’s Locker Room

Ladies' Locker Room

Berkeley Room

Available daily for private functions.

Tuscany Wine Room

Available daily for private functions.

Golf Shop Daily 7:30am-5:30pm

Concierge Services

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

Spa & Fitness Center

Monday-Friday 6am-7pm Weekend 7am-7pm

Extended hours w/keyless entry 5am-9pm

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

River Park

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

366 Good Hope Road • Bluffton, South Carolina 29909
Kieran Staunton 843.815.8440 Director of
The Golf Shop 843.815.8444 Adam Miller 843.815.8891 Director of Agronomy
DINING FACILITIES The Verandah 843.815.8996 Men’s Locker Room 843.815.8431
J.W. Sims 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
D'Amelio 843.815.8985
of Wellness
Bar Service 11am-5pm Daily Lunch Fare 11am-3pm Daily
Bar Service 11am-5pm Daily Lunch Fare 11am-3pm Daily