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Celebrating the exceptional lifestyle

Fall 2013

This page: The 11th hole of the Dye Course On the cover: Aerial view of the 13th hole of the Dye Course


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Features 20 HEALTH & FITNESS

Tennis center upgrades, holiday eating tips and an introduction to your Fitness Center team


Many exciting events planned for the 2013 holiday season

In This Issue

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Investing in our community

GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT Progress around the Club


Fall tournament season, new faces on the golf staff & more


The perfect fall creme brulee


Operation Santa Claus had a great impact on our community and returns for its 14th year


Plans are underway for a full and exciting new season





About the Golf Academy, the seven building blocks of the program & other golf news The Oyster helps maintain the coastal ecosystem

The Fall season will be full of interesting art workshops and events Colleton’s upcoming events & activities

Board of Directors

Rob Norton - President, Executive Committee Jim Rydzel - Vice President, Executive Committee; Chair: Goverance, Strategy & Asset Planning; Audit Dick Anderson - Vice President, Executive Committee; Chair: Greens & Grounds Michael Mavrogordato - Chair: Golf Al Thiess - Chair: USGA Junior Amateur; Audit Bert Einloth - Chair: Marketing - Internal; Audit Jim Hooker - Chair: Marketing - External Jim Humphrey - Executive Committee, Audit; Chair: Finance Tom Wooster - Chair: House & Ancillary

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Note from your Club President


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e are rapidly moving into the latter stages of yet another year at Colleton. When driving into Colleton River upon returning from our summer sojourn up North, I was once again struck by the absolute beauty of our community. The entrance continues to provide the type of appearance that makes one proud, the road work and repairs look great, and the various beautification projects that have been implemented have taken us to a better level than we have seen in years.

Rob Norton Club President

We made a conscious decision to begin reinvesting in our Community at the beginning of 2012, and it shows. With as many moving parts as a community like Colleton River has, it really is impossible to stay at a constant level; either you continue to improve or you slide back. Some of the discussions on our Long Range Plan gave many of you the opportunity to reinforce the importance of protecting and selectively enhancing our infrastructure. We are aligned!! Our management team led by Tim Bakels and recently reinforced by our new CFO, Stephanie Kerr, are doing a great job; the positive feedback has been fantastic. We do not bat 1.000, but neither did Ted Williams. Your constructive feedback is an essential part of our meeting performance objectives.

The annual election of new Board members provides another opportunity for an exchange of views on Colleton River’s challenges and opportunities. The Candidates Forum on November 21st is an important part of that process, as is the actual election and the Annual Meeting on December 7th. Please take the opportunity to participate in all facets of our governance process.

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General Manager’s Report

Tim Bakels COO/General Manager


here did the time go? With the heat of the summer behind us, we want to welcome back our Members who have been traveling and for those of you who remained, we look forward to embracing the cooler weather patterns of the fall season. That is not to say that we rested on our laurels during those dog days of summer… au contraire. Here are some highlights:

Community Grounds: You have no doubt noticed new plantings throughout the Plantation. The first of the material has gone to high visibility areas and will continue throughout the Community to enhance and showcase the beauty we enjoy here at Colleton River. At the crest wall old plantings have been replaced with lower less obstructive material providing for a revitalized look and improved line of sight. Be assured that we will remain vigilant in the protection of this beautiful property and employ careful oversight to maintain its natural state as we continue with the Community Master Plan enhancements.

Halfway Café: The first order of business was replacing the awnings and panels which had definitely exceeded their useful life. The vertical poles are a wonderful improvement over the pulley hardware and give a cleaner look. The side panels, which are now on tracks, can be used during inclement weather along with the new infrared heaters to ensure a cozy respite when enjoying a morning cup of coffee or making the turn. We are also excited about the opening of the new General Store and the convenience we can now offer the Membership. You can also join us for breakfast at the Halfway Café seven days a week. Fitness: Vira Khmel, Personal Trainer, joined the fitness staff on September 3rd and her bio is contained in the fitness section of this newsletter. Front desk coverage has been extended for the season through December, until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. You will want to read the Fitness Rules & Regulations, which can be found


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on the Member website, that have been updated to address age and usage concerns. Signage reflecting the changes should be in place shortly.

Staffing: You will see some new faces… Stephanie Kerr, Colleton’s new CFO, joined the team in August and Tina Johnson came to us as our new Chief Accountant in September, following Rose Dodson’s retirement. We are currently in the process of reviewing and restructuring the roles of the Marketing Director and Event Manager, positions which recently opened up. Member Assimilation: You will be pleased to learn that Colleton has a new program in place designed to acclimate and welcome our new Members to the Club. New Members will receive a personal tour of the facilities, introductions to key staff, guidance and direction through the Member website, assistance with account setup, and policies and programs. The New Member Guide contains a wealth of information from an overview of the Community’s history and timeline to our clubs within the Club and golf groups, rules, dress codes, hours of operation and, frankly, answers to most any question you can think of. On the Member website home page, you can now access a link to “Welcome New Members,” where you will find new Member names, where they come to us from and the month they joined. More detail can be found in the general directory. Food & Beverage: On November 7th we’ll be rolling out the 1st Annual Progressive Dinner featuring a fantastic array of gourmet delights at three Colleton River venues. Live entertainers will be performing at all three stops and you can leave the driving to us! You can, of course, look forward to many other great events as we move through the remainder of the year and celebrate the holidays.

Clubs Within the Club: Looking for something to do this fall‌ I want to remind you of some of the activities available to you: Art Society, Audubon bird counting, Bourbon Society, fantasy football league, mahjong, Garden Club, investment clubs, Lifelong Learning Group, Wine Society, puppy park gatherings, Riverfront Activity Group, Single Malt Scotch Society and various book clubs and card groups. Contact information to apply or for more information can be found under the Clubs & Activities tab in the Community & Lifestyle link on the Member website. Or, call the Front Desk at 843.836.4400. Committee Interest: Where did the year go? You will soon be receiving the Committee Interest form for 2014. We are

fortunate to have a varied and diverse group of individuals with many talents. I would like to encourage you to apply to join a Committee where you feel your talents would be best suited and where your interest lies. Information is also available on the Member website.

Architectural Review Board: At present there are 331 completed homes, 9 cottages, 11 homes under construction and 13 homes in the approval process. In closing, please know that my door is always open and I invite you to share your ideas and thoughts with me‌ your opinions matter greatly!

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2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Preparations are underway for the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. Greg Sanfilippo and Pat O’Brien of the USGA were on property in August at the Dye Course to begin the USGA Course Setup and Preparation. The course was walked hole by hole to review items such as heights of cut, mowing lines, hole sign locations, practice facility preparation, and to begin to get a feel for how the course should play during the 2015 USGA Junior Amateur.

Summer Highlights In August, the Nicklaus Course hosted the Hilton Head Open. Former Assistant Golf Professional and former member, John Patterson, shot rounds of 62-68 for a total of 131 to win the Hilton Head Open.

2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship merchandise is available! Although the Championship is a little over a year and a half away, you may special order or purchase merchandise by visiting the golf shops.

Colleton River will be hosting the 68th USGA Junior Amateur Championship July 18-25, 2015. Several Host Committee members and staff personnel, including Colleton Members Karen Anderson and Al Thiess, attended this year’s championship at Martis Camp in July. The group took many pictures and notes to aid in the planning. It was an exciting time watching amazing young golfers from around the world.

David La Pour interviewed by WHHI during the Hilton Head Open In September, the Nicklaus Course hosted the Women’s South Carolina Amateur Championship. Lea Veneable, of Holly Tree Country Club, shot rounds of 70-73-70 for a total of 213 to win the Championship division and Kathy Levin, of Callawassie Island, shot rounds of 78-77-82 for a total of 237 and then a 2-hole playoff to win the State division title.

Upcoming Events October 29, 2013

Ladies' 9-Hole "Spooktacular"

October 30-November 2, 2013

Men's Member-Guest

November 9-10, 2013

Men's and Ladies’ Club Championship

November 13-16, 2013

Men’s and Ladies’ Member-Member

November 23, 2013

Mega Men’s “774”

December 8, 2013

Twilight Golf

December 9, 2013-May 9, 2014 Men’s and Ladies’ Centipede Cup December 14, 2013


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Red Tee Day

Inez Long and WSCGA winner Lea Venable Colleton River members Kevin King and David Lind qualified for this year’s 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur in Wade Hampton, NC. The team of Dr. Lee Irving and Ron Wilson shot rounds of 66-68-134 to win the South Carolina Senior Better-Ball Championship by one stroke! A ten under par total of 134 gave these gentlemen their first SCGA Senior-Better Ball Championship. The 40th SC Senior Better-Ball Championship was held at Santee Cooper Country Club located in Santee, SC. Congratulations to Peter Cram and Dr. Jim Patti for their recent Hole in One’s!


ith the Fall season upon us, the golf staff is looking forward to well attended successful club events. Our Mixed Member-Guest is nearly fully subscribed and our Men’s Member-Guest was quickly oversubscribed. Additionally, the Ladies’ One Day Member-Guest, Ladies’ 9-Hole “Spooktacular,” Club Championships and Member-Member events are open for registration. Please do not delay in registering for these upcoming events.

Matt Lucchesi, PGA Director of Golf

On the Links

On November 23rd, our Mega Men’s “774” format is back and will be held on the Nicklaus Course. The A-B-C three-man scramble format will have a draft and dinner party for all participants on Friday night followed by golf on Saturday morning. You may register for this event either through ForeTees or by contacting the golf shops.

The golf staff will have a few new faces this Fall. We recently filled our vacant Assistant position with PGA Professional Mark Reilly. Mark comes to Colleton River after working seasonally at the Atlantic Golf Club and the Floridian. Along with Mark, we have two seasonal Assistant Professionals joining us. David Trude from Merion Golf Club will be returning along with newly hired Jakin Fox from Linville Ridge Country Club. We are excited to have David and Jakin join our team and with us through April.

On a final note, congratulations to local Bluffton resident and Colleton River friend, Todd White, for being selected for and competing in this year’s Walker Cup. The U.S. team defeated the team from Great Britain and Ireland 17-9. A reception was held on Friday, October 18th in the Nicklaus Clubhouse during which Todd shared his experience of being a part of the winning Walker Cup team.

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News from the Golf Academy

David La Pour, PGA Director of Instruction


hat is the Golf Academy? I’ve been asked this question quite a bit this year, and with the influx of new members, member experience guests and reciprocal golfers, it makes sense. It’s a great question so here is a refresher that our club staff and current members may benefit from as well.

Started in the fall of 2008, the Golf Academy at Colleton River is a PGA sanctioned comprehensive instructional program designed to help the Professional staff become better teachers and the membership play better golf. By having our own Golf Academy here at the club, we are progressing toward our vision of operating the finest teaching program for a club community in the U.S.A. Our goal is to create a fun and productive learning environment for the members and guests by helping them learn to “Manage Your Golf Game.” This added amenity to the club helps raise the value of the membership, along with sustaining active play & growth of the game, which supports the golf department.

The Seven Building Blocks of the program include Putting, Short Game, Full Swing, Fitness, Mental, Playing, and Equipment. Programs start at the beginner level with Get Golf Ready classes, clinics, seminars and golf schools, which can be complemented with private lessons to fine tune your game. We stay on the cutting edge of golf instruction and technology in order to help the members and guests with this great game of golf.

Seven Building Blocks of the CRGA Program Putting

Short Game

Full Swing





If you have any other questions or would like to take advantage of your Golf Academy just ask one of your PGA Golf Professionals and on behalf of the instructors, thank you for supporting the Academy programs!

The CRGA Professionals are trained to assist students with all seven pieces of a great golf game.


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Your CGRA Academy Schedule

Golf Happenings

November 2nd CRGA Academy Day 1-3 Dye Range

• Thank you to the membership for supporting the Folds of Honor “free lesson day” August 31st at the Nicklaus range. 100% of the lesson donations went toward scholarships for the children of wounded veterans.

November 6th Golf Fitness Clinic 9-12 Nicklaus Range November 13th CRGA Golf School 9-4 Nicklaus Course December Happy Holidays!

• Watch for your Academy Instructors on local television at www.whhitv.com or look for their interviews on YouTube! • Did you notice that Jim Furyk shot 72, 59, 69, 71 in the FedEx playoffs in the same week? Next time you have a 13, 10 or 2 shot swing from one round to the next, remember that even tour players have big shot swings.

January Winter Seminar Series Please note that the Winter Seminar Series will start in January! CRGA Golf schools, clinics and seminars usually require advanced registration, and participation may be limited. Email golfacademy@colletonriverclub.com.

Tom Kurtz and Family out on the course.

Quick Tips Need a training aid that you found useful during a lesson? Go to the Academy website at colletonriverclub. com/championship-golf/golf-academy and click on “Golf Tips & Links” then click on “Golf Training Aids.” David with Marsha Ivans & Joyce Leach

Congrats to Matt Lucchesi for winning the HHI PGA Chapter Championship at Moss Creek. Along with Derrick and David, the three also played in the HHI Open at the Nicklaus course and the Carolina PGA Club Professional Championship at Kiawah Island’s Cassique Golf Club. Brian Gay and caddy at the 2013 Players. The pros use the same Trackman technology that helps the Golf Academy evaluate and correct your swing.

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The Great Outdoors


ysters are a “keystone” species in South Carolina because they help maintain the coastal ecosystem. This species lives in clusters in the estuaries. During the twice daily high tide they open, and each oyster filters fifty gallons of water per day. These clusters aid in the protection of shorelines from erosion, and they support hundreds of marine species on, in, around and under them.

Last spring, Colleton River Members Jim Cubbin, Sam Boyd, Billy Adams and Bill McDaniel worked with the Department of Natural Resources on SCORE, the South Carolina Oyster Recovery and Enhancement project. SCORE is a community based environmental project aimed at restoring oyster habitats along the SC coast to prevent population decline. Volunteers obtain discarded oyster shells from restaurants, oyster roasts and other sources, bag them into 25 pound packages, and pile them along the edge of the marsh to facilitate the formation of new, selfsustaining oyster reefs. Female oysters shed eggs into the water and the males shed sperm into the water where the fertilization occurs from May to November. Larvae drift in the currents for two weeks before settling permanently on oyster shells or other hard surfaces. When harvesting, the larger oysters


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Oyster (3” or more) are separated from the cluster, and the rest are left to mature and provide a place for the spat (larvae after losing their locomotive appendages) to attach. Shell middens and circular shell rings dating back to 2000 BC confirm the utilization of oysters by Native Indians. They also used the calcium carbonate shells for tools, buildings, feed and trade.

The oyster cluster pictured on the right is the first exhibit piece for the future Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center in Okatie. Take your guests and grandchildren this fall to visit this exciting exhibit and enjoy the Coastal Discovery Museum. -Beverly Jennings & Karen Anderson, Colleton’s Master Naturalists and Dr. Chris Marsh, Executive Director of LowCountry Institute, Spring Island

Anatomy of an Oyster (Crassostrea Virginica)

Mantle: fleshly folds encase soft parts Gills: absorb oxygen from water and filter small food particles from water

Adductor muscle: pulls 2 valves, or shells together Pericardial cavity: contains heart that pumps blood through open-ended vessels

Visceral Mass: contains digestive system Location of labial palps that pass food from gills to the mouth Pathway of food Green Oyster Worm (Neriphylla fragilis)

Oyster (Crassostrea Virginica)

This secretive worm has paddles that are used as gills as well as for locomotion. This predator also lives in mud and between shells. When disturbed, it releases a mucus that is toxic to its unsuspecting predators.

Oysters in this region grow in masses, or clumps, creating a new habitat consisting of the crevices among the adjacent oysters.

Scorched Mussel (Brachidontes Exustus)

Oyster Pea Crab (Pinnotheres ostreum) This thin-shelled crab makes its home in the shell of a living oyster, specifically on its gills, where it feeds on debris entering the oyster and on the oyster’s gill tissue. This female has orange eggs with it. Males must leave their oysters to mate with females in other oysters. After they mate, the males die.

Mussels can form large colonies attached to various substrates in and around oyster reefs. Like oysters, they use their gills to filter food from the water. A related mussel, the hooked mussel (lshadium recurvum), also is commonly found on oyster reefs along with many other types of shellfish.

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Maple Ginger Crème Brulee Pastry Chef Paul Dennis has found the bakers bench once again! After recently transferring from Belfair Golf Club as a Line Chef he is extremely excited to bring his talents and work ethic to the Colleton River kitchen. His family values and love of his two daughters Marty Grace, Allie Hazel and his wife Cary are what drive his inspiration. Paul’s culinary education began in Denver at The School of Culinary Arts and has led him to some of the world’s greatest resort towns such as Telluride, Colorado and Nantucket, Massachusetts. Now back in South Carolina where his wife grew up, the Dennis family is proud to say they will be staple of the Lowcountry for many years to come.

2 cup heavy cream 10 each egg yolks 1/3 cup sugar 4 tbsp maple syrup 2 tbsp grated ginger 1/2 cup sugar Set your oven temperature to 325 degrees. Place the desired baking dishes in a pan that can hold water on top of a kitchen towel. Next bring the cream and half of the ginger just to a boil. Meanwhile, mix the sugar, maple syrup and egg yolks together. When the cream is hot, slowly add it to the egg yolk mixture. Next strain it through a fine mesh strainer. Add the custard to your baking dish and place on the middle rack of the oven. Pour hot water into the pan - it should come half way up the sides of the dishes. Bake the custard until set, 20 to 30 minutes. While the custard is baking combine the remaining grated ginger and ½ cup of sugar together and set aside. You can tell the custard is finished cooking when it no longer moves like a liquid. Let the custard completely cool in the refrigerator uncovered for a couple of hours. To finish the Crème Brulee: Sprinkle about a tablespoon and a half of the ginger sugar mixture over the baked custard. Carefully wave a butane torch over the sugar back and forth just to melt the sugar initially then get a bit more aggressive with the flame and begin to caramelize the sugar. The air around you should smell like toasted marshmallows and thin haze may hang in the air. This is perfection in the crème brulee business.

BREAKFAST IS SERVED! The Halfway Café will now serve breakfast seven days a week. The cafe will remain open regardless of Nicklaus course closures unless there is a special need to close. A “general store” also opened in the Halfway Café on October 1st for your convenience. Halfway Café Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday 7:00 am - 11:00 am


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Pecan Shortbread 6 oz soft butter 3.5 oz powdered sugar 9 oz flour 3 oz chopped pecans First cream the butter and sugar with a paddle attachment of an electric stand mixer. Next add the chopped pecans and finally the flour. Mix only until the cookie dough begins to come together in a singular mass and refrigerate for one hour. Roll and cut into desired shape. Bake at 325 for 10-15 minutes. Dust or toss in powdered sugar after completely cooled.

Plate & Palate

The Perfect Fall

Creme Brulee

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Colleton Operation Santa Claus


t’s November and time for our 14th annual Operation Santa Claus (OSC) Campaign. Last year, the fund provided holiday presents to 284 of our neighbors in need and assisted with food, clothing and educational materials on a year round basis. Seventy percent of our local children attending MC Riley elementary school live in families with income below the poverty level, and an approximately 350 children in Beaufort County are homeless without a regular bed to call their own. This number has increased dramatically from the 2012 estimate of 250 children. Ninety nine percent of Operation Santa Claus contributions go directly to helping these Bluffton neighbors.

“Because of your support, we have been able to provide shoes, uniforms and supplies to many of our students in need.” -Heather Tueten, Social Worker

We can be very proud of last year’s total of $35,000 and what we were able to achieve is detailed at right. Over 1,500 volunteer hours by Colleton members went into making this possible. Checks for the 2013/2014 campaign should be made payable to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry – CRP OSC Fund. We are a 501 (c)3. -Doris Beedie, Carol Lyons, Marsha Murphy & Nancy Taylor


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“Last year’s grant allowed our school to buy uniforms and supplies for students that otherwise would not have had the opportunity to get anything new. Our kids were very grateful to have the chance to obtain clothes as some of them felt they would get picked on if they continued wearing their old items.” -Krissia Walker, H.E. McCracken Social Worker

“Thank you so very much for making the Christmas season and Christmas morning so special and wonderful for all our families! The gratitude we feel for your group really cannot be expressed. You are all appreciated!” -Family Promise of Beaufort County Staff

“Your financial donation has been amazing and you’re always among the first to volunteer to support the program.” --Sue and Ken, BackPack Buddies of Bluffton Operation Santa Claus 2012/2013 Achievments Holiday Presents Provided for 284 Children in December 2012 Organization/Purpose


Bluffton Self Help, our local social outreach organization provided us with the names of 75 children who needed warm clothing, shoes, toys, and athletic equipment.


Family Promise – provides housing, counseling, education and job skills training to homeless families in Beaufort County. They provided us with names of 42 participants in the program who needed everything from bed linens, warm clothing, and shoes to a toy.


Boys & Girls Club – provided a holiday gift of a hand held electronic dictionary and language translator to the 54 teens enrolled in the program. Teens are often forgotten during the Holidays, even by their parents because they buy for their younger children first and hope the teens will understand.


Bluffton Children’s Center provides quality affordable day care to low income-working families. OSC provided an educational toy to each of the 73 children enrolled in the program.


Island House – provides basic life and employment skills training to mentally challenged young adults. They provided us with the names of 18 participants who had wish lists requesting toiletries, sheets, pots and pans, and warm clothing.


Children’s Literature – provided a quality piece of literature to over 100 children.


Teens at Bluffton Middle School and McCracken – the school social workers provided the names of 14 teens that would be forgotten during the Holidays without OSC support.


Total Spent on Holiday Presents


USMC Children – provided holiday presents for 14 children identified by Sergeant Majors at Parris Island as needing some extra assistance with warm clothing, shoes, and a toy.


Wrapping paper and batteries for toys


Year Round Basic Needs Support Provided in 2012/2013 School clothes and school supply closets at MC Riley, Red Cedar, Bluffton Middle, and HE McCracken Middle School for children in need as identified by the school social workers.


Bluffton Children’s Center for educational materials and 4 summer field trips for the children.


Island House to stock their pantry and enable them to teach food preparation to their program participants.


Bluffton area Meals on Wheels to enable them to provide nutritious meals to our elderly area shut-ins. 85% of the participants in the program are living below the poverty level.


Total Spent on Year Round Basic Needs Support


Family Promise of Beaufort County to purchase shoes, uniforms, and jackets for their new homeless residents.


BackPack Buddies to enable the program to expand with a school pantry program that provides supplemental protein and whole grain foods for hungry children and teens identified by the school social workers.


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Lifelong Learning


he Lifelong Learning committee (LLG) has really been busy planning programs for the 2013-2014 season.

The season started September 11th with a tour of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. It was an opportunity to see how a theater works. Backstage we saw the costumes from some of its many productions and the building of sets in progress. We learned about the Disney Art Program as well. After our tour, we went across the road to lunch at the Sea Grass Grille.

October was a very busy month for LLG with a bus tour to St. Helena Island on October 7th, where we visited Historic Penn Center, the Chapel of Ease and the Oaks Plantation. Dr. Emory Campbell accompanied and shared with us about the historic Gullah culture in our area. Later in October, we got to learn about life in Alaska and its dog sled racing events of the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. Paige Drobny and husband Cody Strathe told us about the dogs they breed for these races. We were so pleased they came all the way from Alaska to share their life with us.

Chef Paul surprised the LLG group with muffins before the Arts Center tour.

In November we have scheduled a very rare opportunity to visit the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C. Some of us from that area refer to it as the “bomb plant” but there is so much to learn at the facility. We will ride in a chartered bus for this all day event. Don’t miss this! We will take a rest in December and January, but have two programs planned for February. First, on February 7th, is a trip to the Coastal Discovery Museum to learn about Mitchelville, the home of thousands of freed slaves. It was erected in 1861 by the Union General Ornsby Mitchel on what is now Beach City Road. This promises to be a very enlightening program with an exhibit of artifacts found in the area, and an introduction to the Foundation organized to preserve this piece of history unique to Hilton Head Island.

On February 20th, a lecture and dinner are planned. Come to hear Marvin Bouknight, a native South Carolinian, tell us about the time when the rice culture was king in the area from the 1700’s to 1900’s. March 11th will feature a bus trip to Fort Pulaski near Savannah with a docent lecture and tour of the fort. Of course we will have lunch afterward somewhere special!

In April we have a trip planned over to Savannah, possibly on a tour boat. In the merry month of May we will have a guided walking tour of Old Towne Bluffton. Please read the weekly email from Colleton so you can be part of all of these events... and sign up early so you don’t miss out. Hope to see you there!

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina visit included a tour of the theater and set production area.


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Nature’s canvas? This rainbow over the Nicklaus Course was its own work of art!



he Colleton Art Group has many activities planned for the fall and the spring. A new art wall at the Nicklaus was displayed on September 30th, and there is now a second art wall on the 3rd floor of the Dye Clubhouse. Many items on both walls are for sale. Check with the artist about any purchase. Art classes began with the return of Peggy Ellis, with a series of watercolor lessons for all levels of artists that ran October 15th to 17th. Mary Ann Putzier will also return to Colleton for a watercolor class January 15th - 17th. In February, Mary Segars will teach an oil class from 11th to the 13th. We are also honored in February to have Clayton Pond, a renowned artist, come to Colleton for a talk & dinner on the 27th. The dinner will be followed by two days of classes in which he will help students finish their works in progress. Richard Mantia will teach an oil & acrylic class March 26-28th. Finally, April 24th-26th will see the return of Nancy Couick for watercolors. This class is excellent for those wanting to try a bit of painting. Our most recent event, Art in the Attic, took place October 24th to 27th. This was an opportunity to clean out attics of paintings and wall hangings that were gathering dust to help support the Nicklaus Art Fund, which received 25% of the sale price on each piece. On Thursday, November 7th, an Art in the Schools seminar will be presented. The Art Group, in conjunction with M.C. Riley Elementary School is initiating a new program of Art History for students in the lower grades. This seminar will be the start to this project to build art appreciation. More information will follow.


PULL Artisans Fur Animals Several Colleton artists participated in Palmetto Animal League’s Artisans Fur Animals fundraiser on October 4th. Members Pam Davis, Marilynn Glacken, Doris Beedie and Nancy Stevenson were 4 of the 30 local artists who painted dog & cat sculptures that were auctioned off at the event at New River Auto Mall. Other Colleton artists generously donated artisan works to the event including Phill Doherty, Peter Cram, Doris Beedie, Mei Landskroener, Jackie Metzger, Suzanne Churchill and June Buggie. ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


Health & Fitness


ennis has historically been called the sport for a lifetime. But is this true? According to scientists from a variety of disciplines, tennis is still one of the best sports anyone can choose to play. Those that truly love the game or want to learn will now have more playing time available with the improvements that have been made to court #3. The addition of lighting, reduced fence line for better viewing and stadium seating will enable our tennis players and viewers to enjoy longer playing time through the evening. Tennis players now have more opportunity in the evenings to play a game, get lessons or just practice with the new state of the art ball machine.

The new stadium seating is in the same style as the seating on court #2. This new viewing area allows you to see courts 3 through 5 simultaneously during tournaments. The seating has a cool deck coating applied on the surface to keep it cool in those hot summer days and retain some warmth from the sun in the cooler months. The new ball machine, a Playmate Chameleon series, is the only upgradeable and interchangeable tennis ball machine in the world. You can change the Playmate controller to match any practice situation from beginning to more challenging and complex workouts. Start your practice with the single shot serve and add more shot combinations with up to 8 combinations in all. Our new lighting on court # 3 is low mast lighting which produces good uniformity, low glare and contained downward illumination to avoid lighting spill in surrounding areas. The lighting also will improve the visualization for players on the court, as well as for the spectators of the game. Court lighting will greatly improve the appearance of the court, making it look professional and well-equipped for playing. Tennis for thought: competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, inline skating, golf and cycling according to studies. Is it any wonder that scientists and physicians world-wide view tennis as the most healthful activity to participate in? No other sport has received such acclaim for its great benefits - physical, mental and emotional than tennis. Come enjoy a round.


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10 Holiday Eating Tips to Keep Calories in Check -Diane Wilson, Registered Dietitian Who doesn’t love all the delectable foods that come along with the holiday season? However, it’s safe to say that nobody enjoys the inevitable weight gain that comes with it. This year, make a commitment to stay on track nutritionally while still enjoying the flavors of the season by setting an intention to follow some or all of these 10 simple tips. 1. Drink a big glass of water and eat a healthy snack before the festivities. This will help you feel full and help avoid overeating. The water will also hydrate you if you plan on drinking alcohol. 2. Start with the crudité before hitting the big-ticket calorie items. Raw veggies are full of fiber and are a nutritious option even while you’re partying. 3. Scan your options and pick out 3-4 things being offered that you really want to eat. When you dig in, if the food doesn’t taste good or is disappointing in any way, stop eating and pick out something else. 4. Take a smaller plate if it’s an option. Choose protein, complex carbs, and non-starchy veggies to create a balanced meal. Stick to one serving. 5. Spend your time socializing, and try to do it away from the food to avoid grazing and nibbling mindlessly while you’re enjoying your conversations. 6. Eat your calories rather than drinking them. If drinking alcohol, mix it with no-calorie and low-calorie mixers like club soda and a splash of cranberry juice. If you really want some eggnog or other high calorie beverage, drink just a shot glass size to satisfy your craving and move on to your lower calorie options. Also, drink a large glass of water in between alcoholic drinks to keep the calories check as well as to stay hydrated. 7. Choose a small treat and really enjoy it to satisfy your taste buds and avoid binging later. 8. Freshen your breath with mints or gum to remove the taste of food from your mouth. It’s less likely that you’ll hit the food again once your breath is minty fresh! 9. Be a health-minded host and provide some healthier, low-calorie choices like lean meats, veggies and fruits. Do the same if you’re a guest, and bring a healthy dish. 10. ENJOY! As mentioned earlier, set your intention to stay in control but enjoy what you’re eating. Allow yourself the pleasure of eating what the holiday season has to offer, but do it mindfully! The result will be guiltless satisfaction.

Smart Doubles Smart doubles teams realize that it’s tough to win matches by just hitting clean winners. In fact, you’ll probably make more errors going for outright winners. Smart doubles is about cutting down on unnecessary errors and forcing your opponents to make errors. Be smart, hit at their feet, use the lob effectively, and set your partner up at net. Take the opportunity to put the ball away on the right shot, but don’t force the issue. Be patient, let the other team go for the highlight reel shots. You play smart, high percentage tennis and get the win.

Meet Your Colleton River Fitness Team You have your very own dedicated team of fitness and health professionals right here at the Colleton River Spa & Fitness Center! Our talented personal trainers, Jay and Vira, are here to work with you one on one to improve your fitness level, while Diane can assist you in reaching your nutrition goals. Also available in our Spa, is a group of gifted massage therapists and estheticians waiting to make you feel and look great. Jay Goodwin, Fitness Director BA Exercise Science, MA Kinesiology Specializing in strength and conditioning for golfers and physical training for special populations, Jay is a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and TPI Certified Golf Fitness Trainer, and he holds numerous fitness certifications from various professional associations. He is also a licensed Sports Massage Therapist. Whether you are a golfer trying to improve your game, or just looking to enhance your fitness level, Jay is excited to help you reach your goals! Vira Khmel, Personal Trainer MS by Specialty, Olympic and Professional Sports Originally from Ukraine, Vira has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years and holds many certifications in personal training as well as group fitness instruction. Additionally, she is a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Trainer. Vira has always had a passion for fitness, and is dedicated and committed to her clients achieving their goals to improve their daily living. Diane Wilson, MS, RD, LD Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist Diane is excited to have the opportunity to use her background in nutrition to educate and counsel individuals who desire to reach optimized nutrition, wellness and health through practical lifestyle changes. She believes in a “non-diet” approach to help her clients achieve a healthy weight and a healthy body, and puts an emphasis on whole health (mind, body & spirit) to help individuals reach their desired outcomes. Give us a call at 843-836-4448 or stop by the Fitness Center to schedule an appointment with Jay, Vira or Diane or to book your spa appointment. We look forward to working with you! ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


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Holidays are Here!

e have had an amazing and active fall season thus far. We have many wonderful events planned for the remaining part of the year. On November 7th we are planning a progressive dinner that will entail drinks and hors d’ oeuvres at the dock overlooking the water, two delicious courses at the Dye Clubhouse, followed by an impressive display of Chef Paul’s desserts and a cordial bar at the Nicklaus Clubhouse. We have Old Savannah Trolleys set up to take you from venue to venue, and different live entertainment at each clubhouse. This is sure to be an evening that will make wonderful memories for a lifetime.

Our tournament season has been a wonderful success and we are looking forward to our signature tournament, the Member-Member. With the Member-Member comes one of your favorite annual events, the Oyster Roast. This is a great time to come out and enjoy fresh oysters from the Bluffton Oyster Factory paired with Chef’s delectable food stations. Another club favorite is on the books for November 21st, Prime Rib Night. Immediately following the Board Candidate Forum at the Dye we will have our Prime Rib Buffet at the Nicklaus. With this beautiful fall weather comes the holiday season filled with gratitude, family, food and football. This year let us take the work out of Thanksgiving. We are able to provide you with great prices on bottles of wine for your home; contact Chris Yarrison for prices and orders. With the addition of our Pastry Chef, Paul Dennis, we are looking forward to supplying you with desserts and quiches for entertaining in your home, or to take as a gift for the hosts of the party you are attending. Chef Wysong is also preparing a la carte items if you


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need things such as a turkey, a dozen rolls or a couple of pies. Just ask and we will find a way to make it happen. We are also offering full traditional dinners to go if you would like to enjoy all the accoutrements of Thanksgiving in the comfort of your home without the dishes to clean.

Allow us to serve you at the club Thanksgiving Day. We are going to have a generous spread of traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving buffet items. We understand that leftovers are the best part of the Thanksgiving meal, so let us send you home with all you need to have those leftovers in your fridge come kickoff time. Start working on your singing voice… the Annual Tree Lighting will be November 30th. We will have Christmas carols, live entertainment and a plated dinner. The popular Gonzales sisters will give an encore performance.

Imagine a clubhouse full of complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres while you are surrounded by your closest friends and neighbors. It will all be a reality on December 7th at the Annual Wine Sale. We will once again be hosting our wine vendors and their displays of their best wine at amazing prices. You can mix and match or buy a case to store at the house. It is also a great time for holiday shopping; wine makes a perfect and easy gift at the holidays.

After the glowing feedback we received last year on our Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner, we have added it to our calendar once again. It will be December 19th at the Nicklaus Clubhouse. We will feature a lovely display of seafood with several options for our non-seafood eaters as well.

Save the date for our New Year’s celebration. Our last event of 2013 is going to be all about the bubbles. We are going to have a perfect pairing of effervescent wines with Chef’s creations. Bring your dancing shoes because after dinner Terrance and the Untouchables will be playing to midnight. If you don’t want to partake in the bubbles, let us know when making the reservation and we will be sure to only bill you for the culinary portion. Cheers! -Erica Pepper, Events Manager

Upcoming Events & Activities November 1-3 Men’s Member- Guest Nicklaus Course

3 Victoria Bluff Preserve Hike 1-3pm

6 LLG Bus Trip to Savannah River Site Tour and Box Lunch 7 Art in the Schools Orientation Dye Penthouse, 9am-5pm 7 Progressive Dinner Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6-11pm 8 Flu Shots Fitness Center, 1-4pm

9 Kayak Club Community Dock, 1-3 pm

21 Board Candidate Forum Dye Clubhouse, 4:30-6pm

7 Annual Wine Sale Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6-10pm

23 Mega Men’s Day “774” Nicklaus Course, 8:30-9:30am

9 Operation Santa Shopping Nicklaus Ballroom, 8am-12pm

22 Mavrogordato Tournament Nicklaus Ballroom, 6-11pm

23 Nature Series – USCB Ecology Dye Penthouse, 5:30-6:30pm 29 Kids Fish Camp Community Dock, 11am-2pm

30 Dolphin Cruise Nicklaus Courtyard, 10am-12pm 30 Annual Tree Lighting Nicklaus Ballroom, 6:30-9:30pm


12 Carrau Wine Dinner Nicklaus Ballroom, 6-9pm

2 Ladies Holiday Tea Nicklaus Ballroom, 3-5pm

20 Garden Club Movie Nicklaus Ballroom, 11am – 12pm

6 Men’s Day Nicklaus Course, 9am

14-16 Member-Member Both Courses

21 Ladies’ Day & Lady Linksters Clinic Dye Course, 9am

5 Shag Dancing Lessons & Dinner Nicklaus Ballroom, 6-9pm

7 Annual Meeting Dye Clubhouse, 4-5:30pm

8 Victoria Bluff Preserve Hike 1-3pm

10 Operation Santa Wrapping Nicklaus Ballroom, 8:30am-5pm 12 Ladies’ Day Nicklaus Course, 9am 13 Men’s Day Dye Course, 9am

14 Red Tee Day Nicklaus Clubhouse, 11am

14 Nature Series Bird Count Dye Penthouse, 5:30-6:30pm 17 Audobon Bird Count 8am

19 Feast of the Seven Fishes Nicklaus Clubhouse, 11am-3pm 26 Parent-Child Nicklaus Course, 10am

31 New Years Eve Nicklaus Clubhouse, 8pm-12am

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Imagine a community that takes your breath away and is hailed as an incredible wildlife habitat, a captivating retreat where exquisite custom homes are nestled amidst seven miles of scenic shoreline and stunning championship golf courses. At Colleton River, a private 1,500-acre residential community with deepwater docks, you’ll enjoy numerous world-class amenities in an inviting atmosphere and an active, philanthropic community that epitomizes Southern hospitality. Imagine the exceptional and make it a reality.. . at Colleton River.

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The River Fall 2013  

Colleton River Plantation Club Bluffton, SC Fall 2013 Newsletter

The River Fall 2013  

Colleton River Plantation Club Bluffton, SC Fall 2013 Newsletter