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Many exciting updates including the Dock re-opening! pg. 4-5

Another successful & heartwarming effort thanks to our volunteers! pg. 6-7

Enjoy testimonials from several community-hosted events. pg. 13

“We chose Colleton River after exploring several premier coastal communities. We were initially drawn to Colleton River by the exceptional golf and many active lifestyle activities. Finding a beautiful property on the river which was ideal for building our dream home made it all come together. Though after becoming involved in the community, we quickly realized that the people living and enjoying Colleton River are the real reason the community is special. We’ve easily established friendships with couples who enjoy life in ways as we do. Choosing Colleton River was an excellent choice for enjoying our retirement.” - Gil & Tracy Delgado

ON THE COVER: A beautiful sunset over an equally beautiful event on the Nick Lawn.



GM’S Report Welcome to a New Year that promises to be exciting! There is so much to enjoy in this community!


Operation Santa Thanks to the generosity of the Colleton River community, Operation Santa Claus received donations of $56,000, nearly $15,000 more than last year.



On The Links Spring is here, the golf courses are in great condition, and our staff has planned great events for the spring!


Culinary Corner We Hear You … Casual Dining! Exploring this emerging dining trend in private communities across the US.

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Event Central We thoroughly enjoy planning memorable experiences and enjoy “day of” festivities just as much.

Lifelong Learning Colleton River Club’s Lifelong Learning Group welcomed Brady Boyd, Executive Director of The First Tee.

Membership Update A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS Robert & Patricia Ryder | Babylon, NY | October 2017 Albert & Nicole Rattacasa | Bluffton, SC | November 2017 Thomas & Stephanie Wilde | Potomac, MD | December 2017 Joe & Doris D’Ambrisi | Trumbull, CT | December 2017 Abner & Deborah Bagenstose | New Albany, NY | December 2017 Angelo Carrabba | Bluffton, SC | December 2017 Randolph Brooks & Tina Marie | Hilton Head, SC | February 2018 John & Diane Hynes | Alexandria, VA | March 2018


As we welcome our new Board of Directors we also want to give thanks to the Board that served us so well in 2017. The collective participation of our Membership is a testament to the passion our neighbors have for our special community.

Lloyd Rothouse President Executive Committee

Al Baker

Ron Waters

Tom Weisenbach

Ray Andrews

Vice President Executive Committee Architectural Review Board

Executive Committee Finance Committee

Executive Committee House & Ancillary

Audit & Risk Management

Dave Drohan

Don Graber

Sam Mollet

Pat Sommers


Marketing & Membership


Green & Grounds


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A Letter From the President

I am honored to have been elected to the post of President of the Board of Colleton River Club for 2018. The Board’s confidence in me and the very kind and encouraging words of support from the Membership is inspiring. Thanks to all of you. The nine Members of the 2018 Board of Directors have organized ourselves with election of officers and selection of Committee Chairs and we have committed ourselves to be creative in our attempt to fulfill the Mission and Vision Statements as stated in the 2017 Strategic Plan; that is, to keep Colleton River Club one of the finest residential Golf Communities in the Lowcountry and to continuously improve policies and programs which will keep our neighborhood a wonderful place to live. The Chairs of the nine Committees have been working hard to update and clarify Committee charters, and to set goals and objectives for 2018. Briefly, the ARB (Al Baker) will continue to harmoniously promote new construction, remodeling and landscaping in accordance with the written guidelines, while protecting existing and adjacent homes from worksite hazards. Finance (Ron Waters) will monitor our Operating, Capital, Replacement Reserve Funds and our new fund which will allow us to be partially self-insured, so we remain fiscally sound and protected from predictable and unforeseen economic developments and natural hazards. Audit & Risk Management (Ray Andrews) will, in addition to ensuring the integrity of our financial statements, take on new roles adding risk assessment and project management to its portfolio. Governance, Strategy and Asset Planning (Sam Mollet) will review all our governing documents to assure they are consistent with one another and are current with the present status of our Club as fully Member owned and operated. It will monitor our Strategic Plan and develop a code of conduct for our Membership. Marketing and Membership (Don Graber) will strengthen our digital marketing program and web page. Working with numerous other committees it will attempt to protect and enhance our real estate values. Green and Grounds (Pat Sommers) will continuously monitor our golf courses and other golf amenities to assure they remain world class for the enjoyment of golfers of all skill levels. Golf (Dave Drohan) will monitor tournaments, social golf events and the golf calendar to encourage wide participation of golfers of all skill levels. House and Ancillary (Tom Weisenbach) will have two major functions this year: one is to organize focus groups enabling input from as many members as possible on what improvements of our clubhouse are desired. The other is to improve the quality, consistency and service of our Food and Beverage offerings with special emphasis on casual dining opportunities. I especially want to thank the nearly 90 members who volunteered to serve on these committees and recognize

the prolific achievements, experiences, education and skills of this group. What fun to work with our amazing friends and neighbors! The Board of Directors and Committee Members will have their hands full as we define and manage challenges that exist for a private residential golf community such as ours. We are striving for thoroughly vetted, Member supported solutions that consider the average age of current owners; the desires of younger potential buyers who may want enhanced non-golf amenities especially related to fitness, personal training, and spa services; real estate supply and demand issues; and a national trend toward casual dining. In the last 5 years, during a challenging economic environment we have had 59 new homes completed and have welcomed over 236 new Members from 30 states,

Canada and France. We should take great pride in our extraordinary 1,500 acre neighborhood, the natural beauty of our piece of the Lowcountry, the terrific golf and other amenities, the amazing Membership where we foster friendships, share social and educational experiences, and welcome new Members to our golf, card, hobby and social groups. A terrific and dedicated staff allows all of this to happen.

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GM’s Report Welcome to a New Year that promises to be exciting! As in the past, we have another great team of Committee volunteers who have already rolled their shirt sleeves up and begun their work. As you read in Dr. Rothouse’s article, almost 90 members volunteered their time to serve. We are very fortunate to have so many Members contributing their time and energy to enhance the Colleton River Club experience. Speaking of the Colleton River experience… There is so much to enjoy in this great community! Let’s start with our stunning courses which are eagerly awaiting nature’s warmth and the coming of spring, and a golf calendar that is already loaded with great events as you will read about later in this newsletter. Although Mother Nature has been playing hardball with our temperatures, we are a hardy bunch not to be deterred and, of course, dressing in layers certainly helps! I would urge you to get out and enjoy our nature trails as they transition from winter to spring where there is always something new to discover. Be sure to stop by the Nick Front Desk to pick up a copy of the Discovery Map which explains the 12 discovery points within Colleton River. For those on the move, the biking, hiking and walking map, complete with a variety of pathways and their distances, is a wonderful aid and will help you set your course with ease. The Fitness Center organizes kayak trips on a regular basis from the community dock as well as to other local areas of interest, but be sure to sign up early as they fill up fast. If you prefer the warmer weather for outdoor activities, use this time to visit the Fitness Center and take advantage of the many class offerings, personal training and spa. And, for a complete listing of Colleton River’s ‘Clubs within the Club’, visit the Member website where you will find information on book and card clubs, golf and tennis groups, nature and recreational groups, creative, dining and culture groups, as well as volunteer opportunities. Colleton River truly has something for everyone.


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I must tell you that we are really excited about how well the Club’s onsite physical therapy program has been received by the Membership. Since our collaboration with Cornerstone Physical Therapy began last October, Dr. Motes has worked with over two dozen members. Dr. Matthew Motes, PT, DPT is the exclusive Doctor of Physical Therapy for the residents of Colleton River and he provides outpatient physical therapy at the Fitness Center, making it more convenient to attend therapy when needed. If you anticipate or are in need of physical therapy, please contact the Fitness Center for more information. On the project front… If you recall, last July Colleton River conveyed a parcel of land south of the community’s Sawmill Creek gatehouse to the Bluffton Fire District. Since permitting, this long-awaited permanent fire station has moved right along and is nearing completion. The state-of-the-art facility will service Colleton River as well as its surrounding communities. It provides an added peace of mind having the fire station at our back door. Everyone involved is pleased to see it come to fruition. The Learning Center, which opened last fall, is seeing a lot of activity. No matter what the weather, this outstanding facility, with two indoor bays and three covered outdoor bays, is a great place to sharpen your golf game through lessons, clinics, golf schools, club fittings and, of course, practice. If you have not yet had an opportunity to visit the Learning Center you will certainly want to do so. I want to remind you that due to vehicular traffic along Colleton River Drive, parking is not permitted on the roadway. Please plan to park near the Nicklaus bag drop where courtesy golf carts are available for travel to and from the Learning Center. With county permits finally in hand, the renovation/rebuild of the Conference & Tennis Center building got off to a great start the first of the year, despite the weather. Progress continues at a good clip and at this time work has primarily moved to the interior of the building. The target for reopening the building is May when we look forward to bringing the administrative offices, conference room and tennis shop back on line at the Center.

It’s back! The community dock which was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, rebuilt last summer and bruised by Irma on its “opening night” debut this past September, reopened in January. For those of you who have taken advantage of this great amenity, you will notice that the floating dock was redesigned to better adapt to the tidal flow. Whether one is fishing, kayaking, observing nature or sipping a libation at sunset, I’m sure you will all embrace and welcome the return of this favorite gathering spot. As you know, we are in the midst of interpreting Membership satisfaction, perceptions and most importantly your needs with respect to a proposed Capital Plan. I want to thank you for such an active level of participation. From the November informational meeting, through the survey and then the various focus groups, thoughtful consideration, input and insight from the Colleton River Membership has been impressive and will serve the Colleton River community well. Operationally we will continue to seek the expertise of industry consultants to ensure Colleton River is in line with other top tier clubs through industry-specific benchmarking. Such benchmarking is extremely important as it allows us to study competitive practices, identify gaps and find ways to obtain a competitive advantage. Operationally, I can tell you that the team continues to be strong, continues to grow and continues to look for ways to provide improve service. We have had many accomplishments this past year and look forward to keeping the momentum going.

As we’ve shared with you, the overall labor shortage in the Lowcountry continues to be challenging to say the least. Many of you know that we got creative last year and participated in the H2B Visa program. Last year for the 2016-2017 season we had 12 guest workers all from South Africa, and this past fall we were able to increase that number to 40 for the season. We look forward to continuing with this program. We also plan to fill the summer vacancies when our guest workers leave with college interns and are currently interviewing candidates. We are also looking at housing possibilities. I can think of no better way to close this article than to quote a bit of the Long Range Strategy...Colleton River Club presents an exciting, yet tranquil lifestyle with unmatched natural beauty, world class golf and superb amenities. Sitting on a peninsula that is both gated and secure makes Colleton River the premier, private golf community in the Lowcountry. Enjoy this wonderful community you call home.

Timothy Bakels, General Manager

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Operation Santa


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Another Successful Operation Santa Thanks To Our Generous Members Thanks to the generosity of the Colleton River community, Operation Santa Claus received donations of $56,000, nearly $15,000 more than last year. Over the past 18 years, this important Colleton River tradition has brought cheer, and much needs supplies to important area organizations. At holidays and year round. OSC works with area social workers to identify children and families in need to brighten their Christmas and support them throughout the year through programs like Backpack Buddies. This organization assembled boxes for families that a food insecure to nourish them over weekends. Colleton River also helps with “Super Boxes” to cover the extended Christmas break. Over 150 Colleton River volunteers are involved in the Operation. From serving on the Committee (over 20 members!), to shopping and wrapping, to baking

cookies for the teens at the Boys & Girls Club, this is a community-wide effort that supports our surrounding larger community. Another way that “Colleton Cares”!

Island House: Holiday presents to program clients that met many of their basic needs. Boys & Girls Club Teens: Holiday pizza party, cookies and gift of “Teen Club” hoodies were very appreciated by the teens.

Holiday Spending Organizations

U.S. Marine Corps Children: Gifts to parents of 38 children we sponsored.

Bluffton Self Help: 100 pairs of jeans and tops.

Bluffton Teens: Sponsor about 6 teens each from McCracken, Bluffton Middle, and May River High School.

Pre-K & Special Needs Children’s Literature: Supported all 5 Bluffton Pre-K and 2 Special Needs schools.

Children’s Literature for FP, BSH and USMC: Literature provided to sponsored families.

Family Promise: Provided holiday presents to in shelter participants, 16 new air mattresses and 8 dining room chairs.

Food Baskets for Bluffton BackPack Buddies: Served 34 teen families this year, 9 more than last year.

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ON THE LINKS Spring is here, the golf courses are in great condition, and the Professional staff has planned great events for the spring! From playing with a professional to playing with your spouse, there is a golf event for everyone. The annual Pro-Lady event is March 8th. The event will feature 36 CRWGA members and 12 local PGA professionals. This event is a great opportunity for ladies to play with Colleton River Golf Professionals or other local Professionals. On March 22nd, we will hold our annual Pro-Member Guest event which will feature 28 teams of 4 amateurs and one professional. This event is great opportunity to showcase Colleton River to friends from other clubs. The Golf Staff is excited to be taking part in the Play for P.I.N.K week at Colleton River. The golf event will be taking place on Sunday March 18th at the Nicklaus course. The format will be a mixed scramble. Play for P.I.N.K week will culminate with a dinner and silent auction following golf. Please contact the front desk to register for this event. We will continue to hold monthly Nine & Dine and Twilight golf events. These events are a great way to meet new couples and enjoy great food and drinks! The Nine & Dine is a relaxed event with a scramble format. It is a great event for new golfers because they can hit as many or as few shots as they like! The Twilight events are 18 holes of one net better ball of the foursome. The winners of recent Couples’ Events are listed below: Congratulations To Our Recent Winners!

Nine & Dine – March 2, 2018 Front Nine Skip Bornhuetter & Catherine Boisvert Drew Freed & Sig Freed Back Nine Duane Deline & Kim Olds Joe Kim & Jung Kim Twilight – February 25, 2018 David & Marilyn McNulty Doug & Lynn Macbeth Nine & Dine – February 2, 2018 Front Nine Ray & Melanie Andrews Tom & Karen Weisenbach Back Nine Ken & Susan Clark David & Lisa Cornelius


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We are excited to announce the return of the Mixed Member-Guest in May. The event will kick off on Thursday May 10th with practice rounds followed by the opening reception. The tournament will be played on May 11th-12th. Round one at the Dye Course will be Two Best Balls of the Foursome (one woman’s score and one man’s score). Round two at the Nicklaus will be Two Best Balls of the Foursome (one male member/female guest score and one female member/male guest score). This event is a great way for you to showcase the club to friends and prospective members! Our annual Spring Men’s Member-Guest will take place April 19th-21st. This is always a popular event, so be sure to register soon! The entry deadline is March 29th. We are also excited to announce the return of Men’s Guest Day on May 25th. This event is a great day to bring out local guests. We are very excited to showcase our new Learning Center! David La Pour, Director of Instruction, has planned several fitting days for you to come out and try all of the new equipment! Please feel free to stop in anytime the Learning Center is open, the Professional Staff will be happy to show you around.

News from the Golf Coach As we leave winter behind and move into the spring, this year, more than other years in the past, will be a great time to improve on your golf game. The new Learning Center has been a hit (no pun intended) while the Practice Park along with the Borland offer unique opportunities to practice your game. Included with these world class amenities is an instruction program that offers something for everyone. Check below for a list of ways to use your facility, or stop on by the Learning Center so we can get you started. As Colleton River Club ushers in a new era in golf instruction with Colleton River’s world class amenities, we encourage you to join us in keeping with our vision of operating “the finest teaching program for a Club community in the U.S.A.” Spring Golf Instruction - Private & Group Coaching (Linksters, Get Golf Ready, Happy Hour Clinic, & Learning Center Open House) - PGA Coaching (Tues. & Thurs. 3 pm) - Custom Club Fitting (Fitting Days March 9th, 14th, 28th, April 12th, 18th) - TPI Golf Fitness Program (Private) - Bagger Vance Golf School (March 17th, 30th, April 27th, May 12th, June 2nd)

that rhythm is the common denominator in golf with the numerator being the type of shot you are hitting (putt, chip, driver). Teaching with a metronome is helpful for putting and some short game but it doesn’t quite fit the profile of full swing. I have been using Tour Tempo and now, Blast technology to help students find their “Rhythm Window”. Tour players consistently use a 3:1 full swing ratio to help them during their round. We don’t have to be a tour player but we can copy a similar rhythm with our golf swing to help with our consistency. If you need help with your Rhythm Window, send me an e-mail davidl@ colletonriverclub.com and we can work on it! Don’t forget to review your Edufii account and brush up on your previous lesson. This custom training space is dedicated to your improvement. If you don’t have a training space, check with David to get Edufiied! Learning Center Amenities - Bay #1 – Indoor/Outdoor Teaching & Coaching Bay with 3 camera V1 video system, TrackMan 4 launch monitor including putting analysis, and BodiTrak pressure mat, along with various teaching aids - Bay #2 – Indoor/Outdoor Club Fitting Bay complimented with V1 video system, TrackMan 4 launch monitor, Titleist, Callaway, Ping, and TaylorMade club companies

*All events are located at the Learning Center

- Bays #3-5 – Outdoor covered hitting bays with fans and heaters

Rhythm 1.0 - The Secret Sauce At the risk of sounding depressing, it only takes about one second to hit a golf ball. Although the time is small, the difficulty can be big. With all of the golf swing analysis out there, few of them address this important fact. I feel

- Putting surfaces and three holes in each bay for putter fitting/lessons - Supervised Coaching/Practice

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SPRING 2018 GOLF EVENTS March 2, 2018 Nine & Dine

April 19-21, 2018 Men’s Spring Member-Guest

March 8, 2018 Pro-Lady

April 26, 2018 Ladies’ One Day Member-Guest

March 10, 2018 Mega Men’s Day

April 29, 2018 Couples’ Club Championship

March 11-13, 2018 Colleton River Collegiate

May 3-5, 2018 Men’s and Ladies’ Spring Member-Member

March 18, 2018 Play for P.I.N.K.

May 8, 2018 Ladies’ Closing Day

March 22-24, 2018 Men’s Pro-Member-Guest

May 10-12, 2018 Mixed Member-Guest

March 25, 2018 Twilight Golf

May 19, 2018 Mega Men’s Day

March 29, 2018 Ladies’ “Colleton Cup”

May 20, 2018 Mixed “Blind Draw” Event

April 6, 2018 Nine & Dine

May 25, 2018 Men’s Guest Day

April 7, 2018 Men’s Masters Challenge

June 1, 2018 Nine & Dine

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AGRONOMY Since the last issue of The River, the Club celebrated comradery on the links with the Ryder and Solheim Cup matches. In addition to this great event, the Club’s agronomy team has continued to make improvements throughout the Colleton River community. Along with numerous new flowering shrubs, ground covers, and perennials, our citrus orchard is starting to really take shape. In the next few years, Colleton River residents will have the opportunity to select fresh fruit during their morning or afternoon walks. In addition to Ruby Red grapefruit, Meyer lemons, Navel oranges, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries, the lime kumquat tree offers an opportunity to garnish your favorite summer mixed drink. While we don’t expect the lemon trees to produce enough lemons to offer fresh made lemonade at the 2018 Ryder Cup event, it wouldn’t be a surprise for Chef Robert to include community grown strawberries on the summer salad menu.

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Culinary Corner We Hear You … Casual Dining! We are seeing a trend with respect to food and dining in our country. The name of this industry wide trend in food service that you may have read about has many names: Fast and Fresh, Fine – Casual, Farm to Fast, Quick – Casual

The movement if you will, is based around a few things: The value of your time in today’s world, and how food and dining relate to that. That great quality food is important, but not at the expense of your time it takes to enjoy it. High quality remains the key, healthy choices are important, and it shouldn’t take all day. Taking this into account, our goal in the Colleton River kitchens is to continue to deliver the same or better quality, but in a way that better fits the pace of life today. Our menu philosophy is to stay relevant, flexible and be creative, while remaining mindful of our short South Carolina seasons. We are launching fresh menus with options that will hopefully please and excite you. Dietary considerations, healthy choices, and your preferences are an important aspect of our menu planning strategy and please remember, all feedback is welcome. Our team appreciates your support while we transition into the future of your Club dining.  I was fortunate to recently visit a true Low country gem, Lady’s Island Oyster Inc. of Seabrook, South Carolina. Not twenty miles from here, the work they are in-

volved is truly the essence of our region. In addition to producing some of the area’s finest oysters, namely the Single Lady, they are generating oyster seed to supply oystermen and fisheries up and down the Southeastern coast line. This fine work takes place on approximately 16 square miles of coastal marine habitat they care for in agreement with the Department of Natural Resources. Their contribution to the sustainability of this fragile industry is of utmost importance. I hope to share some of these prize oysters with you when they become available to us. We are excited for Spring and the opportunities that change brings. The Club’s social calendar is loaded with upcoming events, and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

Robert Wysong Executive Chef

Wine List Additions (all pictured above) During the course of the year we are introduced to a number of wines by our vendors and are very selective of the ones we feel represent products our membership would enjoy. Following are the wines that we selected to be added to our current list: Merry Edwards Russian River Valley, Sauvignon Blanc This wine has a heightened reflection of aroma, bursting with more citrus and stone fruits and showing a bit of the wet-stone minerality that will develop with time. The long, layered finish follows through with just a hint of sweet grapefruit. Darioush Napa Valley, Chardonnay This wine opens with bright citrus and stone fruits. This is followed by hints of guava, white peach, nectarine and tart pear flavors and finishes with a crisp mineral and light acidity. Steele Wines Lake County, Stymie Merlot This wine displays an aroma of oak and spice, with rich concentrated flavors, making this a big yet seductive wine. Layered and complex, this full-bodied wine is well supported by fine, velvety tannins. This wine is produced in honor of Jed Steele’s father and is named after the race horse “Stymie”. His father placed a bet on the horse and with the winnings he received moved the family from New York to California. Camigliano Tuscany Italy, Brunello di Montalcino This wine has an elegant and well-defined style, boasting cherry, currant, licorice, leather, and spice flavors. Concentrated and long, with a robust, dense finish. We hope that the members and their guests enjoy these selections’ that are available on our wine list by the bottle.

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Event Central We thoroughly enjoy planning memorable experiences and enjoy the “day of” festivities just as much. These testimonials confirm that we have a one-of-a-kind location and team here at Colleton River! Wedding: September 2017 Our experience and our guests experience at Colleton was amazing. Please thank all the staff and let them know how much their service was appreciated to make the evening an event to remember. Thank you for all your work to make the evening wonderful!

Wedding: October 2017 We all know how beautiful the setting is at Colleton River Club for a wedding, but behind the scenes is of equal or even more importance. The food was prepared and presented beautifully. We received thank you notes from countless people and comments from many stating this was the “wedding of the decade” and the most beautiful location imaginable.

Wedding: October 2017 When your daughter comes to you the day after her wedding and says, “That was the best day of my life,” you know that you chose the perfect venue! Our guests, most of whom traveled from far away, were blown away by all of it, and many of them told us it was the best wedding they’d ever attended. What more can you possibly ask for? If we had to do it all over again, we wouldn’t change a thing. Why mess with perfection!

CAPTION: Our event and catering teams work together to ensure that each wedding is unique, memorable and reflects the personality of the couples. They are great opportunities to share our amazing community with others during a joyous occasion.

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Fitness In this day and age, nutrition and exercise are starting to go hand in hand in people’s everyday life, so the aspect of overall wellness is now becoming a leading trend throughout the country. More and more people are changing the way they live, eat and exercise so they can be able to play with their grandchildren, continue with their favorite activities like golf or tennis, and extend and improve their quality of life. A big issue with most people is that they struggle to make regular exercise part of their lives. The Mayo Clinic recommends a minimum of 2.5 hours of moderate exercise such as walking per week or 1.5 hours of intense exercise, such as running per week. They also recommend doing some weight bearing exercise at least two times per week. The easiest way to keep track of your time is to do 30 minutes of activity daily – this can be walking, biking, tennis, yoga, gardening or working on your house. If you want to lose those last few pounds you’ll need to increase your exercise a little more to achieve your goal. Now, a piece of cake knowing what’s recommended, but fitting it into your schedule is the hard part! Everyone struggles with regular exercise; however, getting to the gym or yoga class is a roadblock for many people. There are tons

of excuses that we can create on why we don’t have time to exercise. However, if you want to live a long, healthy life, you will have to pair regular exercise with good eating habits. To eat right, you have to understand that you might have to add some color to your meals. Start off by eating a variety of foods from all the food groups to get the nutrients your body needs. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh or frozen. Add more dark green vegetables such as leafy greens and broccoli and orange vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes. You should vary your protein choices by adding fish or beans. Eating a few ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day will help with your energy throughout the day. A major change should be in to minimize saturated fats, sodium and added sugars. By limiting or cutting them out of your diet you will notice an improvement in your mood and better sleep too. At the Fitness Center, we will be able to help you get on track with healthy eating and regular to improve how you feel overall. It is not how you approach the change, it is how you put it into effect to get that change that you are looking for.

Skinny Broccoli Salad This easy recipe includes lots of color, which equates to lots of nutrients. It is a perfect side dish, or add some protein to make it a delicious one dish entrée. Ingredients: · 2 heads fresh broccoli, chopped · 1 head fresh cauliflower, chopped · ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped · ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped · ½ red onion, chopped · ½ cup green olives · 1 cup tomatoes, chopped · 1 cup reduced-fat, shredded sharp cheddar cheese · 1 cup reduced-fat ranch dressing

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and toss with reduced-fat ranch dressing. Refrigerate until serving. Nutrition Information:

CAPTION: Our new popular Fundamental Fit Class is held on Wednesdays at 8:30am.

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Per Serving: (1 cup) Calories: 122 Fat: 5g Protein: 6g Carbs: 13g Sugars: 3g

Yield: 12 servings Serving size: 1 cup

CAPTION: The Conference & Tennis Center’s re-opening is scheduled for May.

ON THE COURTS Greetings Colleton River Members and belated Happy New Year. After a tough January freeze, it’s back to business here on the tennis courts. USTA season is in full gear so our courts have been busy with matches as well as clinics and lessons. We are all welcoming the warmer spring weather to make the season a good one! Colleton River is home to a few USTA spring teams. We have a men’s 4.0 55’s team captained by Joe Isola, a women’s 4.0 55’s team captained by Nancy Grossman and Linda Rose, and a women’s 4.0 40’s team captained by Sam Boyd. Many of our Members are part of these teams so please check with the Fitness Center for the home match schedule and feel free to come out and cheer on our Members! On a side note, if you are looking for a team to play on,

please don’t hesitate to contact the tennis staff. Our event calendar is available at the Fitness Center and we have some momentous events planned this year including round robins, pro exhibitions and Member tournaments. We will continue to resurface the courts as we normally do to make Colleton River one of the best tennis experiences in the area. Please stay tuned for dates but we will give you all plenty of notice before we start. We’re looking forward to a tremendous 2018 tennis year at Colleton River. See you all on the courts!

Your Tennis Staff

With the season in full bloom, here’s the current programming schedule for clinics:


Mondays 9-10:30 Mondays 10:30 – Noon Wednesdays 9-10 Wednesdays 10-11:30

Men’s clinic 3.0 and above Women’s clinic 3.5 and above Theme of the week all levels of play Doubles strategy and play 3.5 and above

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Colleton River Cares CRC Friends of Habitat Last month was the wall-raising ceremony for the 11th home funded and built by Colleton River’s Friends of Habitat. But this one is particularly special since it’s being built for one of our own, Pedro Bermudez from our Maintenance Department. Pedro came to the country in the early 90’s and has spent his entire time in the states working tirelessly to provide for his immediate and extended family. This work ethic came in handy, as he put in the nearly 400 hours of “sweat equity” work require by Habitat to be considered for one of their homes. He also completed classes on finance and other topics related to home ownership. When asked what his soon-to-be new home means to him he says “Everything.” Our Members through Colleton Cares and its Friends of Habitat group has raised and donated approximately $750,000 to Habitat for Humanity and thousands of hours of time constructing the homes.

“Since Friends of Habitat started in 2003 we have had a goal of building a home for one of our employees. Unfortunately, the demand for affordable housing is excessive, and so is the wait time. It has be so gratifying to have Pedro go through the qualification process and to know he and his family will be in their new home in a few months!” -Bill Spadafora

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CAPTION: Pedro, a part of our maintenance team, will be a recipient of a Habitat House thanks to his volunteer hours and the efforts of the CRC Friends of Habitat Group.

Member Stories: From Colleton River to the Pebble Beach ProAm Second generation Colleton River Club Member Pam Norley (her parents joined in 1991, and Pam and her husband joined in 2015) took up golf in 2005. The decision was based on strong encouragement by her Dad. Fast forward to February 2018. Pam was invited by the CEO of AT&T, Randall Stephenson, along with 20 other executives, to join him at the AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm. One of the most exciting events on the PGA TOUR, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is contested annually in front of thousands of spectators and millions of tele-

vision viewers on three of the Monterey Peninsula’s premier golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course. While at Pebble Beach Pam enjoyed 7 days of golf, 3 of which included tournament play.  “It was an amazing experience,” says Pam. “There are so many memories and stories to share about my time there. One that I happen to be proud of is that of the 312 players, only 7 were women! I am so thankful to have been invited.”

CAPTION: We will feature a Member Story in every addition of The River. Have one you want to share? Great! Please email larryr@colletonriverclub.com.

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Colleton Shots CAPTION: Beautiful February Sunrise!

CAPTION: Charter One realtors enjoyed a delious breakfast and Real Estate.

CAPTION: The kayak group exploring the Broad River. CENTER: Gail Graham, Kaylynn Caldwell (L3 Sex & the City Event). RIGHT: L3 Sex & the City Event.

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CAPTION: Member Kent Preston and local guide Kim Gorzynski enjoying our miles of trails.

CAPTION: Members golfing on February 15th, it was 80 degrees!

CAPTION: V-day. BELOW: Joe Incandela, Barbara Kaufman, Lisa Cornelius, Susan Clark, Richard Kaufman, Debi Incandela and David Cornelius - Vday

CAPTION TOP: Gianna & Ron Littlehale, Kevin & Kathy Sutter - Valentines Day. MIDDLE: Bud Bagenstose, Debbie Bagenstose, Jeb Bagenstose - NYE. BOTTOM: Lisa Cornelius, Andie Lindeman, Barbara Kaufman (L3 Sex and the City Event.

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Lifelong Learning Colleton River Club’s Lifelong Learning Group welcomed Brady Boyd, Executive Director of The First Tee, as its speaker on January 25, 2018 at the Nicklaus Clubhouse. LLG Committee member, Kelda Maynard introduced Mr. Boyd and coordinated with him to plan the evening. Mr. Boyd spoke of his 25 years in the golf industry as preparation for this role as head of the Lowcountry chapter of a national youth development league designed to build character and impart lasting life lessons through the game of golf. Mr. Boyd prompted the audience to remember their own introduction to the game and its inherent qualities that make it a valuable bridge to teaching core values and principles to youth: proximity to nature, self-scoring, excellence gained through persistent practice, and mutual respect. Mr. Boyd noted that The First Tee is supported by golf’s major organizations, including the LPGA, Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA. The First Tee has reached more than 9 million young people since its inception in 1997 and reaches youth on golf courses, in schools and at other youth serving locations.

The First Tee of The Lowcountry’s new facility opened a year ago and lies on 13 acres off of Gumtree Road. It offers players a 350-yard driving range, plus a six-hole short course and a nine-hole disc golf course running around the perimeter. The unique layout of the course places six fully maintained green settings, plus corresponding tee boxes, within the space of the driving range itself. Mr. Boyd thanked Members of the Colleton River Club community for their crucial involvement in the launching of the Lowcountry chapter and welcomes volunteers to come and work with young golfers. Attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner following the talk.

The LLG Hits The Road A Day on the Ashley – Charleston, SC Wednesday, March 21st – Transportation to and from Colleton River Club Step Back Into History with a private guided house tour of Drayton Hall, the nation’s oldest preserved plantation home in America still open to the public. We then head to Middleton Place plantation for a self-guided tour of the grounds and famous gardens. A traditional Lowcountry lunch will be served at the Middleton Place restaurant.

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