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Celebrating the exceptional lifestyle

Summer 2014

This page: Members and guests await the start of fireworks behind the Nicklaus Clubhouse on July 4th

On the cover: The grandchildren of members Bob & Barbara Smith share a gorgeous sunset over #17 on the Nicklaus course *Photos by Jamie Weaver of Dream Weaver Photos


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THANK YOU MEMBERS Participation in new Member programs has a big impact on growing the Club


This year’s 4th of July was one to remember as shown in many great photos of the fun

In This Issue


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Summer is in full swing and many projects are underway

The Club continues to improve Junior Amateur Championship update & tournament ‘congrats’

Aiming for success with the Golf Academy


Only top quality from the Culinary & Events teams

Our talented staff makes getting in shape fun both on and off the courts Shrimp have a rich history in the Lowcountry Supporting our community with education, service & cheer Clubs within the Club offer something for every interest

23 MARK YOUR CALENDAR This fall is full of fun events, activities & tournaments

Board of Directors

Jim Humphrey - President, Executive Committee Dick Anderson - Vice President, Executive Committee; Chair: Greens & Grounds Jim Rydzel - Vice President, Executive Committee, Audit; Chair: Governance, Strategy & Asset Planning Jim Eisert - Treasurer, Executive Committee, Audit; Chair: Finance Roberta Bowman - Chair: Audit; Special Projects Jim Hooker - Chair: Marketing Michael Mavrogordato - Chair: House & Ancillary Al Thiess - Chair: USGA Junior Amateur Tom Wooster - Chair: Golf

Erika Maston, Norsu Media - Creative Direction & Production ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


General Manager’s Report

Tim Bakels COO/General Manager


elcome to summer! We kicked it off in grand fashion with our Memorial Day celebration and followed it up with a week of Independence Day festivities. As you will see from the center spread, a good time was had by all throughout the week. And, you’ll be interested to know that we served well over 700 the evening of July 4th. I would like to extend my thanks to our staff who worked so hard to make these events memorable.

Memorial Day celebration on the Dye Clubhouse porch

2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship: It’s only a year away – where did the time go? Your Host Committee has been very busy. Volunteers, ages 14 and up, are welcome and needed. If you are able to give of your time, please contact June Buggie at 2015volunteers@gmail.com. Volunteer opportunities include marshals, forecaddies, walking scorers, concession, parking, transportation and registration, just to name a few! The more, the merrier. We are happy to report that as of July 15th there are 101 Club 68 Members. Logoed merchandise is also available in both Golf Shops. Stop by and take advantage of this opportunity to support the event and showcase Colleton River. With this Championship at the center of a national stage, this is a wonderful opportunity for businesses and organizations beyond our gates. Supporter participation will have considerable reach and impact, and there are supporter packages to suit organizations of all sizes. For more information on supporter packages or to reserve your package, please contact Paul Zaffaroni at 843-837-8779 or pzaff1@aol.com or Colleton River Director of Golf, Matt Lucchesi, at mattl@colletonriverclub.com or 843-836-4410. Membership Data Collection: I want to thank you, our members, for your support and participation in our recent data collection initiative. Jack Bingham received an outstanding response to his request for your completion of the new Member Information


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Form. If you have not returned your form, it is not too late and we invite you to do so! By capturing this updated and additional data we will be better able to serve you. This is, however, just the first step and there is still much work ahead organizing and cataloging the data. Finance: June was another successful month and through the first six months of the year, results from operations were better than anticipated. Currently we are still expected to remain on budget through year end.

Staffing: You’ve seen several new faces over the past couple of months. Ken Devlin joined us as our new Chief Accountant in late March and Eric Bischofberger came on board the end of February as a F&B Service Manager. Since Bonnie Price joined us as Fitness Director in March, indoor and outdoor activities, contests, classes and personal training have really ramped up! Diana Brown has retired as Human Resource Director, and we welcome Karen Lavoie to that very important position mid-July. Membership Development: Calling all Members… As Colleton River ambassadors we would like to ask you to share all this great community has to offer with your friends and acquaintances. If you were among the many that joined us at the Member appreciation event on May 12th, you enjoyed good food, the camaraderie of new and existing friends, and were the first to see our new Member referral materials. The new six-page brochure is one you’ll be proud to share. The piece showcases Colleton River’s natural beauty, world-class golf, and the other amenities and activities our diverse membership enjoys. We want to thank you for joining us and if you’ve not yet done so, encourage you to pass your referral packet along. Additional referral packets are available from Larry Ross, Director of Membership Development… and we’ll supply the postage!

Our new Mentor Program began with an orientation breakfast on April 9th. In this program existing members reach out to new members, as well as those who may not be new, but who haven’t been in the community long or were property owners and transitioned recently to residents. Mentors will assist them in becoming familiar with and involved in events and activities until they feel comfortable and are acclimated. If you have an interest in joining Colleton’s Ambassador or new Mentor program, please contact Larry Ross.

Note from your Club President Colleton River had an expo tent at the Heritage Golf Tournament this spring. Although it was a wet one, our Colleton volunteers were not deterred. David La Pour gave upwards of 200 lessons on TrackMan and the Marketing Team captured 45 strong leads.

George Metzger & Barney Maynard volunteering at RBC Heritage

Projects: Over the next few months your Board and Management will be formulating a complete and comprehensive plan for all Replacement Reserve and Capital needs. Information will be shared with the membership as decisions are made. These include items such as regrassing of the Nicklaus fairways, and projects on the Dye, Borland and clubhouses, as well as other community needs.

As you know, The McMahon Group was engaged to provide planning services for the Nicklaus and Dye Clubhouse renovations. Their work is now complete and they presented their recommendations to the Board and House Committee on July 18th. We will be studying their recommendations, and looking at alternatives and options. Considerations for this or any other project, of course, will include how it ranks in Club’s priorities, total project costs and “fit” of the project in the community. You have no doubt seen work along Colleton’s roadways. I am happy to report that the fiber work is on schedule and we look forward to completion of the installation August 1st. As for road work, we expect it to commence the beginning of August. We will, of course, keep you updated on the progress and schedule as the work moves along.

Safety: Your safety is our first priority and we want to remind you of our safety rules regarding golf carts. Only licensed drivers (no learner permits) are permitted to drive carts within the Plantation, regardless of whether or not an adult is present in the cart. Also, where a cart or leisure path is available, it MUST be used. This rule covers all golf cart travel, including travels to and from the pool or leisurely rides. These rules are for the safety of all of us in the Colleton River Community. Thank you for helping us keep you safe! Enjoy your summer. For those leaving for the season, we wish you safe travels and we’ll see you in the fall!


s witnessed by an exceptional Fourth of July celebration, summer has finally arrived at Colleton River and we seem to be almost fully recovered from the effects of the record setting winter cold. Tim Bakels and his team have worked hard to replace plantings throughout the Club and their Jim Humphrey work on our two golf courses Club President has shown excellent results. Your Board of Directors thank our entire staff for making changes in work schedules to keep the Nicklaus course open and in outstanding condition, while the Dye greens began to heal. Also, we would like to thank all members for their understanding and cooperation as we recovered.

I am encouraged with building activity in the community, as there are 14 homes under construction and 12 in the ARB process. The Membership Experience Package, featured on our website, is producing excellent results. To date 23 Member Experiences have taken place. There have also been 14 tours given to individuals who did not stay on site. We are pleased to report a closing rate of 30%. If you have anyone you know who is a good prospect and interested in experiencing Colleton River, this is an excellent way to steer them. You will not be disappointed in how they are treated.

As members we are always looking for ways to enhance the value of our membership in Colleton River. Towards this end, I want to make you aware of a tremendous benefit you can utilize. This is your ability to use the Club for weddings, board meetings, business off-sites, local organizational meetings and a host of other events. With our two clubhouses, banquet and meeting rooms, cottages, a variety of athletic venues and an outstanding food and beverage team, it’s a breeze. I know from personal experience, once your guests experience Colleton River, they will want to return again and again! So give Erica Pepper a call. The 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur is a year away, however, the excitement for this event is gaining momentum each day. This will be an excellent way for us to showcase Colleton River and all we have to offer. I encourage you to find some way to be involved and part of the team, as we need volunteers in almost all areas.

I hope all members will have the opportunity to visit the club to witness the continued improvements being made with roads, islands, golf courses, nature trails, waterfront, food and beverage and so many other areas over the next few months. Your support is appreciated and your board is committed to finding ways to continue to improve your investment and the Colleton River experience. ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship


he 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur is less than a year away! I am pleased to report our marketing efforts for the Championship are in full swing and going even better than expected. We have 101 members initiated into Club 68 as of July 15th, and I would like to thank all who have contributed so far. The list of members is on display in the Nicklaus and Dye Clubhouses, and is updated routinely as it grows. A final plaque will be permanently on display in the Clubhouse next year, but you have at least In honor of our teammate and co-captain until 1st to join in support of of the December 1965 Ann Arbor High School Michigan State Championship Golf Team, the Championship. We would like to see this list double! George Malacos,


and in memory of our golf coach and great friend, who was so proud to have both George and Toby Burt qualify for the ‘64 USGA Junior at Eugene Country Club,

Member George Malacos qualified for the Junior Amateur Championship in 1964. He was honored by friends who joined Club 68 in memory of their former golf coach, Tom “Scotty” Wilson.

It is great to see our members coming together and volunteering their time and talents to making the Championship Tom “Scotty” Wilson, successful. The marketing committee has we proudly support Club 68 begun to seek corporate supporters and as Colleton River Plantation has hosts already secured the 2015 USGA Junior. several donations of in-kind services from our suppliers. Two Bob Hallock, Pete Fink, Toby Burt golf packages has been sold and there are only ten remaining. We continue to need member assistance in building relationships and making connections with local & national supporters, so please contact me at pzaff1@aol.com if you have suggestion that may help in our marketing efforts. -Member Paul Zaffaroni

Summer Play with the Pro

Please support our efforts by join ing the Club 68 We appreciate the generous supp ort of the following contributors to the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Cha mpionship

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Janice and Jim Adams Jane and Jeff Hearn Karen and Dick Anderson Althea and John Hicks Melanie and Raymond Andrews Diane and Arthur Hocevar Cora and Ed Arellano Susan and Jim Hooker Janet and Al Baker Marjorie and Jim Humphrey Donna and Dale Baucom Marilyn and Mark Hyner Debbie and Irish Bowers Melody and Milton Irvin Roberta and Andrew Bowman Kathy and Lee Irving June and Jim Buggie Trish and John Irvine Rebecca and Anthony Busa Beverly and Keith Jennings Gary Butler Barbara and Geoffrey John Kaylynn and Ken Caldwell Lori and Kevin Kelleher Addie and Chris Christensen Nora and David Kennedy Deb and Bob Christopherson Lynn and Kevin King Karis and Steve Colnitis Kathy and Jo Koscielniak Mary Jo and Jim Cubbin Leslie and James Kreuzer Tracy and Gil Delgado Edward Kurcz Louise and Stephen Dickson Mary and Jeff Landman Susie and Don Drobny Gail and Jay Lund Eric Einhorn Nan and Bill McDaniel Janice and Jim Eisert Mary and Tom McKane Hazel and Kevin Fegan Rick McKinnish Bonnie and Robert Fowler Barbara and Kirk McKinnon Patricia and Richard Fowler Moni and George Malacos Sig and Drew Freed Christine and Chris Marlowe Joetta and Alan Gambill Pamela and Sidney Martin Pauline and Joe Gareau Dede and Michael Mavrogordato Marilynn and Jeff Glacken Kelda and Barney Maynard Gloria and Don Graber Harriett and Doug Miller Sherry and Larry Grisham D’Jaris Moore Nancy and Gerry Grossman Lanier and Neal Morrison Valerie and Angelo Guagliano Peggy and Tom Mulligan Nancy and Fred Habegger Marsha and John Murphy Carol and Jim Hammond Connie and Jim Muscarella

Angela and Greg Neeb Ann Marie and Tom Neufelder Janice and Robert Norton Rosemarie and Robert Obernier Kim Olds Kathleen and Al Parnell Lynne and Jim Patti Kelly and Dean Petracca Linda and Rick Petracca Jan and Joe Pittelli Pamela and James Porter Debbie and Jack Proud Linda and David Riley Mary Jane and John Rittenhouse Ellen and William Roebuck Shirley and Lloyd Rothouse Molly and Geoff Russell Judith and David Russert Mary and Jim Rydzel Paulette and Serge Savard Barbara and Patrick Sommers Candice and Bill Spadafora Marla and Bob Stan Sherry and Clarke Steele Doris and Michael Tancredi Willa and Al Thiess Bonnie and John Vignale Michelle and Richard Warner Ann and Ron Waters Karen and Tom Weisenbach Sandra and Tom Wooster Kelly and Clarence Young Phyllis and Paul Zaffaroni

Spring Member-Member

Men’s Member-Guest

Pine Valley Flight Keith Jennings & William Spadafora

Low Net Champions Peter Loper & Andrew Bowman

Kittansett Flight Andrea Gullotti & Jan Cebalo

Low Gross Champions Aldo Bartolini & Gary Duren

April 24-26, 2014

April 24-26, 2014

August 22, Dye Course Members may make their own three-some or sign up individually. A member of the Professional Staff will be added to the group and the format will be two net best balls of the foursome. You may register through ForeTees or by calling either golf shop. Shop credit will be awarded to the winning teams per event.

2014 Fall Tournament Schedule


October 5

Couples’ Twilight

October 9

Ladies’ Opening Day

October 11

Mega Men’s Day

October 16-18

Mixed Member-Guest

October 23

Ladies’ One Day Member-Guest

October 28

Ladies’ 9 Hole “Spooktacular”

October 29 – November 1

Men’s Member-Guest

November 8-9

Men’s & Ladies’ Club Championship

November 14-15

Men’s & Ladies’ Member-Member

November 22

Mega Men’s Day “774”

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On the Links

Matt Lucchesi, PGA Director of Golf


he spring golf events were well attended, and the golf staff would like to thank you for your participation and extend congratulations to our Champions! As always, our tournament schedule offers a variety of different formats for all levels of golfers with the emphasis on camaraderie and fun competition. We will continue to evaluate our events and we appreciate your feedback. Registration for upcoming major fall events will be made available later in the summer. The golf staff will keep you posted on when event registration opens.

Summer in the Lowcountry is a good time to invite guests to visit. Take advantage our summer guest rate from June 1st to September 15th. Members may bring up to seven guests to Colleton River for the reduced guest fee of $75 which includes a cart. Along with this program, we have arranged summer reciprocal opportunities with 12 other local clubs to allow our members and guests to play these courses at a reduced rate. For more information about the summer reciprocal program, please feel free to contact your Colleton River golf staff.

Now only a year away, the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship planning process continues. The Colleton River host committee has been working hard 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur to prepare for this major USGA event and will be seeking your assistance with Championship Merchandise volunteer opportunities. More information on how you can register to volunteer will be communicated at a later date, but for the time being keep your schedules open from July 18-25, 2015! Hosting the Championship is a great opportunity for Colleton River, and we need your help to assure the players and their families are greeted with a Colleton River experience. Finally, if you are interested in purchasing Junior Amateur Championship merchandise, please stop by either golf shop!

Ladies’ Member-Guest

Couple’s Club Championship

Men’s Pro Member-Guest

Overall Net Winners Roberta Bowman & Barbara Beahn

Net Club Champion Richard Kraemer & Gail Kraemer

Overall Tournament Champions Mathias Gronberg, Mike Solow, Ted Horton, Donald Dillon, Robert Mason

Overall Gross Winners Marie Keramati & Jessica Surber

Gross Club Champion Jeff Hall & Wendy Hall

Gross Champions Sam Mollet, Jim Hammond, Clint Avret, Kevin King, Josh Hammond

April 2-7, 2014

March 30, 2014

March 20-22, 2014


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Academy Schedule

Golf Academy

David La Pour, PGA Director of Instruction

Lady Linksters


his past spring was both busy and productive for the Golf Academy and instructors. We had the opportunity to showcase Colleton River and the Golf Academy by giving complimentary golf lessons using the TrackMan Launch Monitor for four days at the RBC Heritage. After doing over 200 trackman lessons in four days, both the launch monitor and my voice were worn out! The roar of Matt Kuchar holing out his bunker shot on number 18 to win the event was exciting, and it was great to see the support from the membership with such high visibility for Colleton River at the event.

The next high profile event for the Golf Academy will be hosting the CRGA-Teaching Summit in October. This event will feature guest speaker Jack Lumpkin, a top 100 golf instructor from Sea Island. For the most current and up-to-date instruction, you may also want to check out the WHHI-TV spots I have posted on my website davidlapourgolf.com. For more information, keep reading, or you can always send us an email at golfacademy@colletonriverclub.com. In the meantime, enjoy the summer, and I hope to see you on the range!

Every Thursday starting Sept 11th 9:30 am on the Nicklaus range

Academy Day 1st Saturday of each month starting September 1-3 pm on the Nicklaus range

CRGA Green Reading Clinic September 17th 9 am-12 pm on the Dye putting green

Ladies Only Golf School September 26th 9 am-4 pm on the Nicklaus range

Get Golf Ready October - every Wednesday 4-5 pm on the Nicklaus range

Quick Tips: How to Aim How would you like to be able to aim correctly 90% of the time when you play? And what about that nagging question after a misdirected shot, “Was I aiming there or did my swing make it go there?” For the sake of this article, I will assume that you have already practiced with an aim club on the ground establishing a relationship between a square clubface, square stance, target line and golf ball. With this relationship ingrained into your golf setup, we now take all this work that you’ve been doing and apply it to the golf course. 1. On the tee box between the tee markers, pick a spot on the ground 12 to 24 inches in front of your target line (fairway); this is your intermediate target 2. Tee your ball up directly behind the intermediate target, making sure it is directly in line with the middle of the fairway 3. Address the ball, aiming your club face at the intermediate target 4. When the club is sitting behind the ball, adjust your setup to the club, creating a square stance You are now aimed correctly! It’s important to note that the club face should be aimed first, and then you can move your stance according to the club - not the other way around! It takes a little practice getting accustomed to the routine, and you should also keep in mind that there is not always going to be a perfect intermediate spot 12 inches in front of your ball. If this is the case, don’t panic; just do the best you can. In order to maintain some consistency when aiming on the course, you should use an intermediate spot from the first tee shot all the way to the last putt on the 18th green. Use any type of visual feedback that the golf course will give you such as divots, dirt, grass, and mower lines in order to find your best intermediate target. By doing this and using the formula mentioned above, you are giving yourself the best chance of aiming correctly, your swing should follow suit, and you have a much better chance of hitting the shot you’ve been striving for. FCA Week of Champions- Integrity Every year our Director of Instruction assists with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Week of Champions golf clinic at Hilton Head Lakes. They average 50 kids every year and it’s a great way to teach the game of golf and its core values. When David asked the group of kids what “Integrity” meant, a 5 year old boy raised his hand and asked “does it mean to do the right thing when nobody is watching?” Yep. That’s a great definition for such a big word!


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Thank You


s Director of Membership Development, I want to say “thank you� to all of our Ambassadors and Mentors for representing Colleton River, and helping to make our guests and new members feel welcome and included. Your time, support and contributions have been invaluable to the success of the Ambassador program and the Club.

The Member Appreciation BBQ was a fun, casual event at the Dye Clubhouse

Our Ambassadors have had a busy year so far with 23 Member Experiences completed already. Of those 23 couples, 11 have joined the Colleton River family. Our guests frequently comment to me how much they enjoy getting to meet our members, and how their Ambassadors made their Member Experience visit enjoyable.

We have also implemented a New Member Mentor program with the help of Mrs. Janice Eisert and Dr. Barney Maynard. After the new member orientation is complete, mentors help our new members learn the many details of the Club and meet their neighbors. Again, thank you to all who are serving in these important programs! I also want to welcome all of our new members, and encourage everyone to take a moment to introduce themselves to any member they have not had the opportunity to meet. The Member Appreciation BBQ in May was a fun event and a great chance to socialize with new people. Many thanks to Hargray for co-hosting the event with the Colleton River Marketing Team and providing the great BBQ. At the event, we introduced a new Colleton brochure. We encourage you to mail one to a friend that may be interested in membership. If you need a brochure, please contact me and I will send you one in a postage paid envelope to share with your friends. Here is your opportunity to pick your neighbors! -Larry Ross, Director of Membership Development

Thank You RBC Heritage Volunteers! The Marketing Team would like to thank all the members who braved the weather during RBC Heritage to volunteer in our expo tent: Matt Gates, Skip Bornhuetter & Cathy Boisvert, Shirley & Lloyd Rothouse, Bill & Judy Eldridge, George Metzger, Barney Maynard, Al Wall, David Pitman, Jerry & Patty Gelinas, and Jeanie Larson.

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Plate & Palate


eef and the enjoyment of eating beef is one of my “other passions” so I feel compelled to tell the story of our program. When I think about the great steak meals I have enjoyed, I realize the things that affected that experience are

• the quality of the meat; lineage of the breed • the care, feed, and raising of cattle • handling and preparations • and of course, the dining environment - great friends & great service

I am proud to report that these elements are alive and well at Colleton River! As you know, many factors will affect the quality of beef, and the satisfaction of enjoying a great steak. Market conditions, availability, climate and production can become complicated, confusing, and even tedious or subjective. With the current trend of rising costs, decisions about what beef to purchase and why can be further complicated. As you know, the Colleton River culinary department regards quality and simplicity of preparation foremost and therefore, beef selection and cooking become pure and simple.

Where’s the Beef...from? from

Anybody that enjoys steak knows the Midwestern United States is the best place in the world to raise cattle. We at Colleton River are lucky to be among few places in the world that procure beef directly from a single source supplier, Greater Omaha Packing Co. This specialty supplier sources and processes some of the highest quality beef available today. Their cattle buyers select Angus and Hereford cattle within a 250 mile radius of their Nebraska facility. This is not big business. It is one plant, one type of cattle, one predominant feed type and one trim specification, in a combination that ensures quality which is consistently the very best.

Most importantly, the type of cattle used for our purposes is very specific and is designated NHTC, or non-hormone treated cattle. The guidelines of this program are very strict and monitored carefully for the entire life of the animal, including the feed. The cattle are finished on corn for over 200 days which enhances the intramuscular marbling that yields the great flavor, juiciness, and tenderness that is only found in Midwestern American beef! There is never the use of growth stimulating implants or constant antibiotics in the life cycle of the cattle. As with humans, if an animal gets sick it is treated until well. If it falls sick again, it is removed from the program. This is not to be confused with organic, but is simple in philosophy. It is interesting to know that there are cattle producers in nearby Georgia that learned about the NHTC program. They have become involved to the extent they are sending their steers to Nebraska to join the NHTC program. I hope you will enjoy the exclusive steak dining opportunity we have at Colleton. Please try a great steak with our new homemade steak sauce or fantastic demi-glace. You will be pleased you did! -Chef Robert Wysong

Summer Steak Grilling Spice Yields Steak Spice for 6 large steaks

½ C Kosher Salt 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper 2 tbsp Blackened Redfish Spice Blend 2 tbsp Light Brown Sugar 2 tbsp Espresso Powder 1 tbsp Coriander Powder


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Chef Wysong’s Grilling Method • Blend all ingredients well

• Lightly brush steaks with oil

• Liberally season with the Grilling Spice

• Grill to your preferred internal color and doneness

• Most importantly, allow the steaks to “rest” for 10 minutes prior to slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute inside the steak cuts enhancing the juiciness and flavor of the steaks.

Last spring we introduced two local craft beers on tap at the Dye Clubhouse. One is a Red Ale from River Dog Brewery in Ridgeland, SC. It has a beautiful amber color with a giant tropical juicy fruit aroma and flavor. The other is the Hoplin’ IPA from Southbound Brewing Company in historic Savannah, GA. The intense citrus and pine aroma and taste are joined by a slight hit of caramel. The Nicklaus tap is also pouring a craft beer, the May River Sunset Blonde, brewed by Wooden Skiff Brewing Company on Hilton Head .

Memories in the Making: Events at Colleton River


hat an amazing spring season we had this year. It was filled to the brim with golf tournaments, member events, parties and weddings. We would like to extend congratulations to the following newlyweds: Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Schmid (Blake Fraum) May 10th, 2014 Mr. & Mrs. Evan White (Katelyn Bialek) May 17th, 2014 Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Wofford (Rachael Hanniford) May 24th, 2014

Dr. & Mrs. Erik Landman (Lindsay Wilson) June 7th, 2014 Dr. & Mrs. Eric Gwynn (Debbie Vaught) June 28th, 2014

Our weddings are such a great opportunity to show off what a unique property we have here at Colleton. Every time the guests see our sunset they can’t wait to pull out their phones to take a picture of the incredible view. It is a welcomed reminder of how fortunate we are to be able to see such an amazing view on a daily basis. Our service, food, cottages and amenities continue to impress and delight the host and their guests.

Our Independence week was an amazing celebration. It was great to see all of the families in town having such a wonderful time. We are looking forward to having our celebration extended in 2015 by the US Junior Amateur Championship. It will be a great opportunity for families to lengthen their vacation and get to experience a delightful tournament with families from across the country. We would like to remind you that when your guests are in town we are happy to host them at the club cottages and do the cleaning and cooking for you. Our cottages are at their lowest rate during the summer season. If you have guests coming in town to utilize the cottages please do not hesitate to call me to stock their cottages with goodies. A few amenities that have been popular for the cottages are: Bar Packages – beer, wine, liquor, fruit, paper products Side Dishes Italian Meat and Cheese Trays Sodas, Powerades, Waters Dessert Trays Cigars Breakfast Supplies – breads, diced peppers & onions, bacon, eggs Poker Chip Sets Cheers to the summer! -Erica Pepper, Lodging & Events Manager

Photo by Donna Von Bruening

One of our more memorable events was the girls “Princess Tea Party” over the Easter holiday. It was a big hit with all the kids and even the adults! The cuteness was especially overwhelming when the girls broke out their own group rendition of “Let it Go” from Disney’s movie, Frozen. You can see a video of the little princesses singing on our Facebook page. ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER



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Cart Parade Creativity CONGRATULATIONS CART PARADE WINNERS! Most Creative Cart 1st Place Ice Cream Truck Buggie Family 2nd Place Yankee Doodle Dandy Proud Family People’s Choice Award Recycle theme Kinzie Family Most Creative Bicycle McKane Family


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Sports & Wellness


ater provides 360 degrees of resistance and 12 to 15 times more resistance than air. This strengthens muscles and boosts cardio intensity. It also supports some of your weight, making workouts easier on joints which reduces the chance of injury. Water workouts are also a great way to get started in exercise if you are a beginner or suffer from chronic conditions such as arthritis. They also give you better agility and endurance as well as shorter recovery time from injury, infections and certain surgeries. Depending on the intensity or the type of water workout you choose, it is also possible to burn a higher level of calories in the pool in a short time. No equipment is required, but webbed gloves will increase the resistance on your upper body and provide more toning. Water shoes will improve traction for shallow water workouts. A simple move you can try in the pool on your own is water jogging. Be sure to run with proper body alignment - ears, shoulders and hips should be in one vertical line. Run from one end of the pool to the other. Do three one-minute intervals, alternating with side to side steps. Other basic water moves are jumping jacks or hopping intervals, followed by walking as quickly as you can.

Deep water workouts (depth more than five feet) can offer even more benefit because you can suspend your body stretching the spine and decreasing impact while increasing resistance. Certain movements in deep water have a greater calorie burn than shallow water workouts. You will need a noodle or water flotation belt for deeper water workouts including moves such as bicycle breast stroke, jogging fast and slow, and scissor or straight leg flutter kicks. Grab your swimsuit and head to the pool for a fun effective workout. The Fitness Center offers water aerobics classes Monday – Wednesday and Friday from 8 - 9am. And gentlemen, if you are shy around the ladies, we have a Men’s Water Aerobics Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 4pm.

-Bonnie Price, Director of Fitness

Avocados Stuffed with Quinoa, Tomatoes & Feta Ingredients: 2 ripe avocados 2 cups cooked quinoa 1 medium tomato diced

1 cup crumbled feta cheese Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice avocados length wise and remove the pits gently. With a smaller knife, carefully make cross marks in the avocado flesh, making sure not to break the skin. Using a spoon, gently scoop out the avocado flesh and place in a medium-size bowl. Add the cooked quinoa and diced tomato. Mash gently to preserve the chunks of avocado, or for a creamier consistency use more pressure. Place hollow avocado shells in a baking dish and carefully fill with the mixture. Generously layer crumbled feta cheese on top, and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper and serve immediately.


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Avocados are Amazing! Think you should avoid avocados because of the high fat content? Think again. They may be fatty but that doesn’t mean they are bad for your health. The majority of the fat is monounsaturated fat which is considered “good fat” because it can remove bad cholesterol. Avocados are also an excellent source of potassium, more than bananas, and are rich in Vitamins K, B, C and E. They also have on average 11 grams of fiber per serving and 4 grams of protein, which is more than most fruits, almost half the minimum daily recommended intake. When buying avocados, look for fruits with green stem areas, that have no blemishes, or skin that is shiny or very dark.


ello members! Last January we changed up our Wednesday programs with much positive response. The new format is a stroke & theme of the week, followed by a 3.5 and above doubles clinic which is open to both men and women. After we got through our rough patch of winter weather (we were rained out or frozen out for the first six to seven weeks), the new programs have been well attended. The stroke program focuses on one specific theme. Past themes have included serves and returns, ground strokes with topspin and slice, volleys and overheads, and poaching. We spend time on instruction and technique, but we also hit a ton of balls. The doubles clinic, dubbed skills, drills and thrills focus more time on strategy and play. Our newly formed 7.0 mixed doubles team has been coming to this clinic and its been a great way to practice with partners for the upcoming matches. Come on out and join the fun!

Congratulations Mike O’Regan & Gavin Cox! The 9.0 Mixed Doubles 40 and over team out of Tennis Club of the Lowcountry at Rose Hill was invited to the Mixed National Invitational in Maui, Hawaii from April 4th – 15th. The team took 3rd place overall in a very close tournament. 53 teams across four divisions were invited to the national tournament with 700 players. Finishing 3rd was an impressive accomplishment. Great job guys!

Colleton also has its first mixed doubles team participating in the summer season. The 7.0 team, captained by Rachel Cram, is leading the pack after the first half of the season. Matches are played on Sundays at 10am. Team members include: Rachel, Hank and Pete Cram, Pam Dyer, Wendy Baker, Cecilia Halseth, Matt Gates, Mary Ziegler, and Jon and Sam Boyd. We wish them continued success on the road to the State Championship in Florence this September. Good luck everyone! -Mike O’Regan, Tennis Instructor


on and off the Courts

Colleton Members heading to Southern Sectional Tennis Championships! Colleton members Pam Dyer and Pat MacKay are on a Port Royal 55+ 4.0 team which won the local Hilton Head league with a 9-0 record. The team won the  State Championships which were held on Hilton Head May 2-5.  Twelve 4.0 teams from all over South Carolina competed. Pam and Pat’s team were faced with tough competition but their team prevailed winning in the finals on May 5. The team will represent South Carolina in the Southern Sectional Championships held in Asheville, NC,  September 19-21.  Nine States compete in Sectionals, the winning team going to Nationals.

Matt Gates getting ready to serve up his tennis skills on the courts. (left) The Tennis Round Robin in May was great fun. (top right) The kids tennis clinic during our Fourth of July celebration was a hit! (bottom right) ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


The Great Outdoors


hrimp is abundant in the Lowcountry and White, Brown and Pink Shrimp are all found in the Port Royal Sound. White Shrimp (litopenaeus setiferus) appear lighter in body color than the Brown Shrimp (farfantepenaeus aztecus) or the Pink or Spotted Shrimp Hoppers (farfantepenaeus duorarum). Tail flippers, called uropods, on White Shrimp are typically black near the base with bright yellow and green margins. Brown Shrimp tails have red, dark green and sometimes light blue pigmentations. They also have shorter rostrum and tentacles. Pink Shrimp, with their azure color on the tail and a dark red spot on the side of the abdomen, are scarce.

Shrimping Tales

The peak of the shrimping industry in this area was the early 1980’s when more than 1,500 trawlers were registered in South Carolina. By 2013 that number was down to only 400. A variety of factors have caused this demise including cheap farm raised imports, high gas prices and ecological changes affecting the health and availability of local shrimp. Early shrimp boats were wooden and required a lot of maintenance. The Hilton Head Fishing Cooperative was organized in 1966 by shrimpers who needed a deep-water site where they could build a marine railway to pull the boats out of the water for repair. During their peak year, the Cooperative marketed 140,000 pounds of shrimp. It was located off Squire Pope Road on Hilton Head.

The early shrimp boats trawled with only one net, but today they often use two or four. Once the catch is pulled up, the bag is tripped (dumped), and the bycatch is separated out and shoveled through the scupper hole back into the ocean. The shrimp are then sized: a “24 count” means on average that 24 shrimp will make a pound.

The trawl net consists of a big net narrower on one end causing the catch to flow faster. Added at the end of the chute and before the bag is a Turtle Excluder Device (TED). Turtles are air-breathing creatures and can only survive for an hour without surfacing to breathe, yet trawl nets stay down much longer. TEDs are are used to reduce bycatch and protect sea turtles. Bycatch can include jellyfish, crabs, stingrays, starfish, finfish, horseshoe crabs, sea turtles, sharks and many other species. The shrimp easily pass thru the bars of the TED, but the larger bycatch bumps the TED and is pushed down and out a slit below. Casting in the creeks was another popular method of shrimping. In summer and early fall when the shrimp schooled thicker near the shore, they are free to those skilled with their nets. Coastal Discovery Museum gives classes in casting today if you want to try your hand at it.


-Members Karen Anderson & Beverly Jennings, Colleton’s Master Naturalists

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TRAWLER STORIES Captain David Jones Jr said while shrimping his most memorable sighting was a loggerhead turtle surfacing that looked like a VW Bug coming out of the water. On August 29,1948 Captain Tony Lettich was fishing off Jones Beach when he pulled up a large prop propeller of a plane found about one mile off shore. Captain Charlie Chaplin was shrimping off Bay Point Island in the 1980’s when he netted a 2,000 pound anchor. The old barnacle-covered anchor was estimated to be over 100 years old. They dragged it to shore and it sits at the end of his driveway. In May of 1970 three shrimpers from the Hilton Head Fishing Cooperative joined by John Gettys Smith, VP of the Sea Pines Plantation Company and two other men from Sea Pines carried a protest with 45,000 signatures to Secretary of the Interior, Walter J. Hickle. Politicians had encouraged the German Chemical plant BASF to build on Victoria Point which is now Colleton River. The plant would have manufactured dye and plastics with daily discharge into the Colleton River. The shrimpers wanted to preserve the pristine waters and keep the plant from being built. They succeeded, and we owe thanks to them for helping preserve the beautiful peninsula we call home.

Marsh Critter Camp The kids were fascinated by Member Karen Anderson’s handson Marsh Critter Camp in April at the community dock.

Kayak Club The Kayak Club’s paddle outing last May to Suger Hill Landing was very colorful!

It’s Summer! Get OUTSIDE Bocce Ball

The inaugural Colleton River Couples Bocce Ball Championship was March 12th! Rich and Bridgett Timbo defeated Bill and Candice Spadafora, and Pat and Barbara Sommers defeated Don and Susie Drobny to wrap up the semifinals. Excitement grew as the final match between the Timbo’s and the Sommers came down to the final toss. The winner is the first one to reach 11 points. The Timbo’s were ahead ten to nine and Pat and Barbara’s final two tosses were within inches of the Bellini. Two points is all they needed to be the champions. The last toss by Rich Timbo nestled just a few inches closer than the Sommers best toss to win the Championship Match 11 to 9. Bocce is a great excuse to get outdoors!

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Inspiring Children with “Art in the Schools”


he fourth and fifth graders come into the art classroom at 8:10 am, with some stragglers appearing minutes later. They sling backpacks on the floor and take seats on stools surrounding four long tables. They are here by choice, between fifteen and twenty five of them, to try out their ideas about a famous painting projected on a smart board.

Lynn Burt and I have divided our thirty-five-minute session into four parts and we take turns leading the children through various aspects of The River of Light, by Frederic Church. The techniques range from a word about perspective, to having the children paddle an imaginary canoe up a river, to having them imitate the sounds one might hear in such a rain forest and squinting their eyes to see if that blurred effect makes any difference to what pops out of the picture. The children participate one hundred percent, listen intently, and wiggle their hands in the air to express ideas that are sometimes new to Lynn and me. We stress that there is “no wrong answer,” that we are not lecturing, but seeking to encourage them to look and really see.

“We” are the presenters of a given piece of art, chosen from a package borrowed from the National Gallery in Washington, DC; and we are part of a volunteer program instituted by Colleton River members called Art in the Schools. This past year, with the cooperation of Barbara Streitenberger, the art teacher (who teaches nearly 800 students!) at Michael C. Riley Elementary School, we have orchestrated interpretive presentations every other week, and this fall we will also be presenting in Red Cedar School and at the Bluffton Boys and Girls Club.


Each presentation follows a brainstorming session in which any of the fifty volunteers in the program meet to discuss various elements of the painting on the agenda, from information about the artist to zany ideas about what any of us sees in the painting and random thoughts about how to make it come alive for the children. These sessions are not only educational for us, but delightful events, and we always agree that probably we have learned as much as the children. Everyone sees things with a unique eye, and our sessions explore ways to help the children see, interpret, and appreciate works of art.

The results of our Art in the Schools program has been immensely gratifying, and I believe we all feel we have brought something special to the children. We have all learned, we feel we have made a meaningful contribution to the community, and we are having great fun! To learn more about Art in the Schools, contact me at (704) 641-8263. We would be delighted to have new members, which might enable us to expand the program and reach even more children. -Member Mimi Elder Colleton River members joined Operation Morale Support in welcoming home returning troops to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. They prepared care packages which awaited the Marines in their barracks, and helped celebrate their return with cheers and thanks.

“When we all saw the plane arrive with the Marines, the people waiting cheered so loudly! The Marines were carrying their rifles. They marched in single file and each returned their rifle and then the “homecoming” began! The hugs and smiles was an amazing sight, (but) not everyone had family members present. The “Welcome Home Packages” lying on their beds for the single Marines will show our appreciation.” -Member Marjie Gaynor


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Members participated in the Trash Round Up this Spring on Sawmill Creek Rd. Collecting refuse is not only important to maintain the natural beauty of our area, but also to protect the animals in Victoria Bluff Hertiage Preserve which meets Sawmill Creek Rd. The ladies of the Canasta group dedicate their time, efforts and social gatherings year-round to helping our community. The group received this letter of gratitude from Bluffton Self Help for their donation of food items to the organization’s pantry. Keeping it stocked throughout the year is important as holiday donations are quickly depleted by the high demand Bluffton Self Help tries to meet for those in need. Great job ladies!

The Excitement is Building


abitat for Humanity broke ground March 4th on the first community on Hilton Head Island called “The Glen.” They plan to begin construction on the first home in late September. You may recall that Colleton River Friends of Habitat made a leadership gift towards building the critical infrastructure for this community last year. More than $125,000 was raised to help fund the project, and once again Colleton River members will be helping to construct these homes.

Habitat for Humanity builds houses through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials. They are built at 0% profit and sold to approved buyers whose low monthly mortgage payments are then put into a revolving fund used to build more houses. The support of the entire local community is invaluable to the success of Habitat as it helps deserving, hardworking people with a visible impact on homelessness in our area.

The land for The Glen was donated by the Town of Hilton Head Island. Phase One will consist of sixteen simple, decent, affordable houses built by volunteers and future homeowners, with additional houses planned in subsequent phases. Locally, Habitat has completed 92 houses. Colleton members have volunteered on the construction of 15 of these homes, 8 of which they completed funded. Member Bill Spadafora, is a dedicated member of the Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity Board of Trustees, and helped form Colleton River Friends of Habitat. Please reach out to him if you are interested in volunteering your time and sweat equity in The Glen. ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


Member Spotlight

May Bourbon So

ciety Meeting

Spring Member-Member Tournament

Under the S

ea Dinner

Ladies’ Closing Day

Lifelong Learning Group The LLG has had a great program series this year including a walking tour of Old Town Bluffton in May (pictured above), and trip to the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in April. Join them for these upcoming events:


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Easter Celebration

October 23 Preston Henne from Gulf Stream (talk & dinner)

October TBD Boat ride to Palmetto Bluff (tour and lunch)

November 6 Jeff Fulgham, author of The Bluffton Expedition (history talk & dinner) January 22 Ken Burger, author of Baptized in Sweet Tea (humorist talk & dinner)

February 19 Natalie Hefter from the Coastal Discovery Museum (history talk & dinner)

March 23-April 2 Trip to Beaufort and the National Cemetery (history tours)

Upcoming Events & Activities 28 Sunset Cruise

23 LLG Preston Henne

Community Dock, 6 - 8pm

Nicklaus Ballroom, 5:30 - 9pm


25 Nature Series

Nicklaus Course, 4:30pm

2-4 Art Society - Nancy Coulk Dye Penthouse, 10am - 4pm

28 Ladies’ 9-Hole Spooktacular

18-20 Peggy Ellis Palette Knife Class

4 Colleton River Dog Show

Dye Penthouse, 10am - 4pm

Dye Lawn, 5 - 7pm

22 Play with the Pro

5 Twilight Golf

Dye Course, 9am

Dye Course, 1pm

31 Labor Day Celebration

9 Ladies’ Opening Day

Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6 - 10pm

Dye Course, 9am


9 Art & Wine Tasting

4 Burgers & Brews

11 Mega Men’s Day

Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6 - 9pm

Nicklaus Course, 9am

17 CRGA Green Reading Clinic

17 Dolphin & Nature Cruises

Dye Putting Green, 9am - 12pm

Community Dock, 3 - 5pm

26 CRGA Ladies Only Golf School

17 BYOB Sunset Cruise

Nicklaus Course, 9am

Community Dock, 5 - 7pm

28 Dolphin & Nature Cruise

16-18 Mixed Member-Guest

Community Dock, 3 - 5pm

Nicklaus Course, 9am

28 Picnic on the Dock

23 Ladies’ One Day Member-Guest

Community Dock, 4 - 6pm

Dye Course, 9am

AUGUST 14 Asian Fusion Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6 - 9pm

15 Nine & Dine

Nicklaus Ballroom, 5 - 6pm

Dye Penthouse, 5:30 - 6:30pm Nicklaus Course, 4pm

29-Nov 1 Men’s Member-Guest Nicklaus Course, 4pm

NOVEMBER 6 LLG Jeff Fulgham Nicklaus Ballroom, 5:30 - 10pm

8-9 Club Championships Dye Course, 8:30am

11 Wine Dinner Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6 - 11pm

14-15 Member-Member Both Courses, all day

22 Mega Men’s Day “774” Nicklaus Course, 9:30am

27 Thanksgiving Buffet Nicklaus Clubhouse, 11:30am - 2pm

29 Annual Lighting of the Tree Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6:30 - 9pm

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