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Celebrating the exceptional lifestyle

Fall 2014

This page: The 3rd hole on the Nicklaus course may have a pot of gold hidden somewhere! Photo by Bill Hirchert, Director of Agronomy.

On the cover: 13th hole of the Dye Course. Photo courtesy of the USGA.


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Features 12 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 13 2015 JUNIOR AMATEUR We have many exceptional employees to choose from and this year there are two winners

Championship plans are in full swing and many exciting new developments have unfolded

In This Issue

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Awards & accolades abound

14 SPORTS & WELLNESS A busy fall tennis season and the Rusty Rackets program becomes permanent





The 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur presents a great opportunity Looking forward to Spring; and congratulations are in order


Congratulations to all the winners of major fall events


Top quality is not a fad; try something new with turkey

Explore the rich history of oyster farming Operation Santa Claus was a huge success

18 YOUR GOLF ACADEMY Winter is the time to evaluate your golf game


Next year will be 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

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General Manager’s Report


esides great events, this fall has been full of exciting accolades. I’d like to take the opportunity in this issue of The River to touch on the highlights.

Tim Bakels COO/General Manager

Colleton River Plantation Club has received its fourth consecutive Platinum Club of America designation, and is ranked among the Top 4% of Private Clubs in the country by Club Leaders Forum. This prestigious recognition is based on five aspects of private clubs:

• Quality of Membership • Tradition and Culture • Amenities • Governance • Quality of Management & Staff

Comprehensive questionnaires/surveys were also submitted postvisit. Colleton River is one of only three clubs in South Carolina to hold this distinction. You will particularly proud to know that Colleton River is the only community in South Carolina to have received both the Platinum Club and Emerald Club designation. But the accolades don’t stop there… In addition to the Platinum Club and Emerald Club of the World, GolfWeek’s Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living and Great Escapes has named Colleton River to its 2015 list of 100 Best Residential Courses. What makes this particularly significant is the fact that Colleton River is one of only five residential communities in the country with two golf courses to have both courses listed.

Colleton River Plantation Club was one of only two communities in South Carolina to be included on the distinguished list of Top Private Clubs. The Platinum Clubs of America rankings are determined by questionnaires sent to club managers and presidents of approximately 5,000 private clubs belonging to the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). This is the seventh compilation of The Platinum Clubs of America, which is conducted every three years. In addition to residential communities, other categories of club recognition include country clubs, golf, city/dining, athletic, and yacht.

Colleton River has also been designated a Distinguished Emerald Club of the World by BoardRoom Magazine. The Distinguished Clubs award program was developed to help vitalize and preserve the institution of private clubs by fostering a ceaseless drive to ever improve the “Member Experience” provided by private clubs throughout the world. Distinguished Emerald Club status is awarded to only the top 5 percent of clubs. To be a Distinguished Emerald Club, the club must provide a Member Experience at a level attained by only the finest clubs in the world. The distinction between a Distinguished Gold and a Distinguished Emerald Club is subtle yet thoroughly recognizable, for it is based on the most important of all intangible qualities, i.e., reputation, reverence, admiration, brand equity and fame. Whatever you call it, it is that “X” factor that separates two clubs that both provide superlative Member Experience, but where one is a great club, while the other is the most prestigious of memberships. This distinction came after extensive onsite interviews and amenity tours, a cottage stay and dining on site by a representative of BoardRoom Magazine.


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And… this fall’s Special Real Estate Issue of LINKS Premier Properties has included Colleton River in its list of the 40 “Best for Golf” communities in the country.

We are extremely honored to have received such recognition by our peers and the golf and club communities. It is a true testament to the unwavering dedication of our devoted board and committee representatives, outstanding members and professional staff who take pride in the ownership of the Club, serving as ambassadors of Colleton River.

“It’s our attitude of “family serving family” that makes us special. Congratulations Colleton River Plantation Club!”

From our family to yours, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and all the best for the New Year ahead.

Note from your Club President


ello from Colleton River. Fall finally arrived and brought some beautiful weather to the Lowcountry. Our grounds, roads and golf courses have undergone continued improvements. Also, it looks like all the extra “love” has worked on the Dye greens, and they are healthy going into the winter season.

Instead of reporting on what we have done as a community, I will allow the others writing for this edition of The River to tell those accomplishments. This will allow me to spend a few minutes describing a great opportunity that lies ahead of us. The opportunity I am referring to is the USGA 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, to be held at Colleton River, July 20-25, on the Dye Course. 156 of the world’s best young men under the age of 18 will compete, and while they do, we have an excellent opportunity to showcase Colleton River.

Being a realist, I know some members remain skeptical about the decision to host the event, and question Jim Humphrey Club President the benefits to Colleton River. I respect their opinion, and we are doing everything possible to stay within our projected budgets for the tournament. We will provide members with a thorough accounting at the conclusion of the Championship. However, the optimistic side of me says – “Boy, do we have a great opportunity available to us, due to the hard work of the Host Committee and a little good fortune.” In addition to having over 5,000 family, friends, college coaches, local spectators and USGA officials from around the country on property to experience Colleton River, we have been assured by the USGA and FOX SPORTS that they will televise live from Colleton River both the Friday semi-finals and final round on Saturday. This is a major commitment by FOX SPORTS, and they will also be highlighting the upcoming tournament in their broadcasts from the US Open, US Women’s Open and US Senior Open which precede our tournament. This coverage really is “priceless” for Colleton River, as our marketing budget could never support national TV coverage like we will have during the entire week, and featured live coverage on Friday and Saturday. Teams are working overtime to refine and capture our messaging during the broadcasts.

The beauty of Colleton River will also be featured on the cover of the USGA 2015 Championships Calendar, which is a tremendous opportunity for additional exposure to the golfing world and our targeted customer. Add to this the opportunity to align our tournament with The First Tee Of The Lowcountry as they get started in our area, and the good work of Colleton River gets multiplied throughout the year.

So, help us capitalize on this opportunity and find a way to get involved as we have fun telling and selling the magic of owning and living at Colleton River. Even if you still question the tournament, jump on board to support the marketing opportunity to expose Colleton River, and the potential to enhance real estate values or attract new owners. Volunteer for a committee, house a young golfer, contribute to Club 68 if you so desire, get your property looking good and understand the opportunity we have ahead of us. Then, balance this against the minor inconveniences we will experience while sharing our golf course and community with thousands of potential members. I believe we will make the most of this GREAT OPPORTUNITY and thank all of those working so hard to make this a success.

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2015 Spring Tournament Schedule January 10

Red Tee Day

March 12

Ladies’ “Colleton Cup”

April 11

Men’s Masters Challenge

February 1

Super Bowl Scramble

March 14

Mega Men’s Day

April 23-25

Men’s Spring Member-Guest

February 17

Ladies’ 9-Hole Event

March 15

Play for PI.N.K.

April 30

Ladies’ Closing Day

February 21

Mega Men’s Day

March 19-21

Men’s Pro-Member-Guest

May 2

Mega Men’s Day

February 22

Twilight Golf

March 25-27

Ladies’ Spring Member-Guest

May 7-9

Men’s & Ladies’

March 5

Ladies’ Pro-Lady

March 29

Couples’ Club Championship


The Fall Mens’ Member-Guest fell on a COLD day, but the tournament was still a great event!


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On the Links


he New Year is upon us and the golf staff is looking forward to carrying over a successful fall season into 2015. We had a very active fall term with several events reaching our highest number of participation in many years. Our Ladies’ One Day Member-Guest Tournament had a field size of 76 players, the Nine-Hole Ladies’ “Spooktacular” had 56 players, and our Men’s MemberMatt Lucchesi, PGA Guest field size was expanded twice to Director of Golf accommodate the 71 two-man team event! Registration for our 2015 spring events will be available in mid-January as we know several members need to plan accordingly. On a side note, our Spring Men’s Member-Guest format will be changed back to match play, with the event being conducted over three days, including a practice round. This means we will be playing three matches on Friday and two on Saturday, with the practice round on Thursday. The golf staff is eager to continue professionally conducted events, exceptional customer service, top of the line merchandise, and superior golf instruction. I would like to thank you for your support of the Colleton River golf programs! The 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship is quickly approaching, and volunteer registration is now open! The Championship will be conducted from July 18-25, 2015. If you are interested in volunteering and being involved in this national Championship, please visit our club website for more information.

Congratulations to golf staff members Mark Reilly and Derrick Garrou. Last month, Assistant Professional, Mark Reilly, was recognized and honored with the Hilton Head Island PGA Chapter “Assistants of the Year” award. This honor is awarded to an assistant professional who exhibits the promise and dedication that will lead the game of golf in the coming years. A candidate for the award continually demonstrates a high level of excellence at his or her facility as well as service to the Hilton Head Island Chapter/Carolinas Section while promoting the game of golf and projecting the image of a golf professional. Congratulations to Mark for being recognized for his dedication, knowledge and commitment to the game of golf!

Assistant Professional, Mark Reilly, was given the Hilton Head Island PGA Chapter “Assistants of the Year” award in November.

Our Head Professional, Derrick Garrou, was also nominated for the Carolinas Section PGA “Horton Smith” award. The Horton Smith Trophy is awarded to the PGA professional who continually exhibits a commitment to the development and improvement of golf education for the PGA Professional. This includes contributions to the section’s education program, including meetings and seminars held within the Carolinas Section, development of articles and materials that benefit and relate to education, building the image of both the PGA golf professional and the Association. The winner of the Horton Smith award will be recognized in February of 2015. It certainly is pleasing to see our Colleton River staff be recognized for their involvement in the PGA Section and Chapter associations. ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


Congratulations to all of this season’s major event winners! Mixed Member-Guest October 16-18, 2014

Final Net: Robert & Rose Obernier and Jay & Jill Pankosky Final Gross: Tom Wooster, Sandra Wooster, Graham May & Alison May

Ladies’ One Day Member-Guest October 23, 2014

Low Gross: Sandra Wooster, Natalie Buontempo, Karen Sellick & Marg O’Malley Low Net: Marita Brunner, Kathy Paladino, Judee Rooney & Meg Dougherty

Men’s “Colleton Cup” Member-Guest

October 29 - November 1, 2014 Winners listed at right

Men’s, Ladies’ and Senior Club Championships November 8-9, 2014

Championship Flight: Dick Anderson Senior Championship Flight: Lee Irving President’s Flight: Richard Fowler Governor’s Flight: William Dlouhy Ladies Net Championship: Pat Fowler

Fall Men’s and Ladies’ Member-Member November 14-15, 2014

Jack Nicklaus Flight: Kevin King & Sam Mollet

Champions Circle

Arnold Palmer Flight: John Rittenhouse & Richard Timbo Tom Watson Flight: Angelo Guagliano & Dean Petracca Ben Hogan Flight: Keith Wandell & Charlie Harvey Bobby Jones Flight: Matthew Gates & Frank Byrd Annika Sorenstam Flight: Cheri Kish & Kelly Petracca Nancy Lopez Flight: Barbara Sommers & Gail Kraemer


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Dottie Pepper Flight: Kim Olds & Eileen Faul

Colleton Cup Winners October 29 - November 1

Tournament Champions Michael Mayhew & James Graham Augusta National Flight Ray Smith & Blake Smith Oak Hill C.C. Flight Craig Bright & Nathan Caron Pine Valley Flight William Spadafora & Bo Wiley Oakmont C.C. Flight Hal Parrish & Trey Parrish Winged Foot Flight William Dlouhy & Chris Bilardo Kiawah Island Flight Scott Muddiman & Michael Judge Hazeltine Flight Ed Hutton & Albert Prillaman

Seminole Flight Gary Pilc & Jeff Nemhauser Shinnecock Hills Flight John Mills & Charles McDonell Cypress Point Flight Tom Clarke & Kenneth Parker Merion Flight Rick Shaw & Steve Zodtner

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Plate F

arm to table has come and gone- yes I said it! Some chefs out there are still beating that drum, but the music is over. I never thought that chasing the trend was necessary, but luckily I realized early on that keeping your kitchen current is always necessary! To our kitchen brigade, honoring tradition and blending classics is part of staying current. Recognizable preparations, high quality, and seasonality is always in style.

Alaskan king crab is only brought to the Colleton kitchen from the best sources available.

Savvy kitchens and bar operations will now (and have for some time) employ the 100mile radius principal in regard to product and services procurement. For our purposes, it has always made sense. Buying local supports good economic value, and gives real meaning to stewardship, both of which are extremely important to business success and value to our membership.

Examples shine brightly through our purveyor-consumer relationships. Our primary vendors, the food trucks you see every day on your plantation, work hard to keep the seasonal produce plentiful, and our seafood very fresh, very cold and moving fast!

Beef and center-of-the-plate items require careful attention to quality, and I discriminate when it comes to these sources; very few will meet our exacting standards. On the global market front, shellfish will continue to be among the highest items in demand, therefore creating niche opportunities that need to be considered. For example, open water oyster farming, being experimented with in the Lowcountry, may provide a new source of quality and uniqueness that we demand for Colleton’s kitchen. Regarding seasonality, hopefully you have noticed fall flavors and braised items making their way to your tables. It is so important that we honor the change of climate and seasons, however short it may be, in support of the suppliers that help guide our menu item choices. All said, we have the world’s best connections for north Atlantic seafood, Alaskan king crab, and mid-western corn-fed beef. If it’s out there, we can certainly get it. But as chefs and stewards, it is important that our food is sourced within the 100-mile radius, and we continue to seek out the best possible options for you, our valuable and adventurous dining community. Thank you for another wonderful year as your Chef, and I look forward to serving you in the New Year. -Chef Robert Wysong

Chef Wysong outdid himself again during our Labor Day cookout, and of course he was on hand to make sure everything turned out perfectly.


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Take Apart That Turkey! Are you happy with the finished quality of your holiday turkey dinner? Such an important and traditional meal requires planning, shopping, organizing and then the work! Are you willing to try something different? If so, read on. There are three easy steps to making the perfect brined turkey. Thawing is of course important! Be sure to thaw the turkey so it is ready to process three days prior to your meal. Day ONE - Butchering • Remove the liver and giblets, reserving for gravy, if desired • Carve off and reserve the leg & thigh joints to roast • Carve off and reserve the breasts to brine • Cut up frame then roast for stock & gravy, if desired DAY TWO - Brining / roasting / giblet prep • Brine the breasts in Cranberry Brine for 12 to 18 hours in the refrigerator • Season, cover and slow roast the leg & thigh joints at 300F for 1 hour until done • When leg & thigh joints are fully done and cool to touch, pick the meat & reserve for the meal • Simmer liver and giblets with a sliced shallot, salt & pepper, and port wine to cover until done • Rough chop or puree the drained giblet mixture and use to flavor and thicken the gravy DAY THREE - Finishing • Prepare the brined breasts for roasting by draining and patting dry; season with salt & pepper • Roast at 375F for 25 - 30 minutes to brown, turn down to 325F, finish roasting 45 - 55 minutes • Meat thermometer should read 160F, allow to rest before carving

Cranberry Brine 1 qt cranberry juice 1 qt water 1/2 C brown sugar 1/4 C salt A few black peppercorns 1 bay leaf A few cloves Simmer to dissolve the sugar and salt; cool before use

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olleton River is honored to announce the dedication of the 2014 Employee of the Year Award in memory of Liz Berney. As you may recall, Liz worked for Colleton for twelve years in the food & beverage area, and was an invaluble member of our team. In July of this year, she peacefully passed away after battling a medical condition. By all accounts, Liz is remembered as the Server Extraordinaire. She will always be the perfect example of “family serving family” at Colleton River. In this spirit, the 2014 Employee of the Year Award was to be presented to the employee who has consistently served the Colleton River “family” in this manner and to this standard. The Colleton River team is rich with dedicated, intelligent, professional employees who are THE BEST at providing exceptional service - it was a truly difficult task to narrow down the selection for the award. The management team cast votes, using specific criteria to determine the recipient. In fact, management participated in two voting events because the results presented a consistent tie, and so we are presenting this award to two employees!! It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2014 Employee of the Year has been awarded to Jhon Hernandez, F&B Dining and Kevin McNally, Golf Services.

The 2014 Employee of the Year Award was given in Memory of Liz Berney

EmployeeSof the Year Jhon Hernandez, Food & Beverage Server

“Jhon Hernandez is what you are looking for when you put out an ad for an employee. He has been a dedicated, service-oriented employee with us for eight years. He not only can tell you every member’s name, but also everything you need to know about the clubhouses. He is always working on taking care of a member or a project for Colleton with a smile on his face. It’s truly a joy to have him on our team.” - Erica Pepper, Lodging & Events Manager

Kevin McNally, Locker Room Attendant

“Kevin McNally has been a member of the colleton river team since 2008. Although his main responsibilities are to attend to our locker rooms, he does much more than that. Aside from delivering excellent service to our members and guests, he is a team player for for all departments. Kevin’s efforts are a true example of how a family serves a family. Always caring, concerned and wanting to help not only members & guests but any staff member. Kevin brings a joyful, positive, upbeat attitude to the work place everyday, which is why he is so worthy of this fine award.” - Matt Lucchesi, Director of Golf


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2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship


ark your 2015 USGA calendar now for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on July 20-25. Not only will Colleton River host the event - we will grace the coveted cover of the USGA Championship calendar. The photo features the 13th hole of the Pete Dye Golf Course. If you are a Champion Club level or above member of the USGA, you will receive the calendar free. Copies can also be ordered online at www.usgashop.com. We are also excited about our new affiliation with The First Tee of the Lowcountry and the Junior Amateur Championship. Involving an internationally respected youth organization that promotes life skills and leadership through the game of golf with our Championship creates a dynamic relationship. Not only will it enhance our Championship and The First Tee, it provides another opportunity for Colleton River members to give back to the community. And joining Club 68 is the perfect way to be a part of this new affiliation.

Finally, what better way to share the experience of Colleton River, showcase the Pete Dye golf course, and publicize the Junior Amateur Championship than a live national broadcast on FOX SPORTS. With their preliminary site visit complete, Fox has already determined placement of course towers, a broadcast booth (to the right of the 10th green) and their broadcast compound (behind the 16th green). Over 100 personnel from FOX will ensure the live broadcast of the semi-final matches on Friday, July 24th, and the final match on Saturday, July 25th is spectacular!

We are honored this amazing photo of the 13th hole on the Dye Course was chosen by the USGA for the cover of their 2015 calendar. Calendars are available for purchase on the USGA website.

-Member Connie Muscarella

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Thank you Club 68 members - we appreciate your support of the Championship! There is still time to join the Club if you have not yet done so.

A great logo tells a story - and our new Junior Amateur logo is all about this wonderful place we call Colleton River. It’s three elements - the key, arrow and golf club - represent the long history of the land upon which Colleton River sits. The Arrow represents the Native Americans that lived on this land for thousands of years, as demonstrated by the numerous Native American artifacts found during the construction of Colleton River. Moreover, those Native Americans chose our land because it is a peninsula surrounded by over seven miles of marsh and waterfront, making it defendable to potential invaders. The Key is an actual key found during the building of Colleton River that dates to the colonial days of our land. The key is on display at the Dye clubhouse. As the handle of the key is rusted through, when looked at vertically, the handle forms a “C” for Colleton. The Golf Club represents our primary activity today and is at the heart of our community, being blessed with two outstanding golf courses by two different, outstanding golf course architects. In choosing the placement of the three symbols, our designer chose the key for the central location in the logo as a symbolic representation of the key being the key to our community and the key to our friends and life at Colleton River. ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


Sports & Wellness


e had a very active fall at the tennis club. We wrapped up a successful ladies interclub season where our Colleton ladies joined forces with the TLC Rosehill ladies. Even though the interclub season is social and for fun, we managed to win most of our matches. 

We started a new Rusty Rackets program this fall to introduce or re-introduce tennis to our members. Participation was awesome, and a 4-week program has now turned into a new weekly program (we’ve renamed the program the Shiny Rackets). The season closed with the highly anticipated Nick vs. Dye tennis challenge. It was a battle from the first serve of the matches, but the Dye pulled out a slight victory over the Nick by only two games. Bragging rights for another year!  Have a safe holiday season, and see you on the courts in 2015! -Mike O’Regan, Tennis Instructor

Ladies’ Tennis Member-Guest in October

33 participants ran, jogged, or walked the 5K course through our Colleton for our inaugural Turkey Trot! Congratulations to Wesley Long who had the best time of 20:21.


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These ladies took the “Rusty Rackets” clinic and are ready for the courts!! Look out if you are matched against them this Spring!

The History of

The Great Outdoors

Oyster Farming T here is no bigger name in the history of oyster cultivation than that of Victor Coste. As early as 1839 Coste was doing successful experiments on the cultivation of oysters. By 1845, when the Crassostrea virginica, or American/Eastern oysters, were diminished in Connecticut from overharvesting, disease, and destruction of their habitat, attempts were made to farm them. Oyster farming most likely developed in tandem with pearl farming, a similar practice in which oysters are farmed for the purpose of developing pearls. It was practiced by the ancient Romans as early as the 1st century BC, and later in Britain for export to Rome. The French oyster industry has relied on aquacultured oysters since the late 18th century. Oysters naturally grow in estuarine bodies of brackish water. When farmed, the temperature and salinity of the water are controlled (or at least monitored), so as to induce spawning and fertilization, as well as to speed the rate of maturation – which can take several years. Three methods of cultivation are commonly used. In each case oysters are cultivated to the size of “spat,” the point at which they attach themselves to a substrate. The loose spat may be allowed to mature further to form “seed” oysters with small shells. In either case (spat or seed stage), they are then set out to mature. Maturation is where the cultivation method choice is made.

In one method the spat or seed oysters are distributed over existing oyster beds and left to mature naturally. In the second method, the spat or seed may be put in racks, bags, or cages, or they may be glued in threes to vertical ropes. In the third method the spat or seed are placed in a cultch within an artificial maturation tank. The maturation tank may be fed with water that has been especially prepared for the purpose of accelerating the growth rate of the oysters. Twenty five years ago, the New York/New Jersey Baykeeper began restoring the health of the Hudson–Raritan Estuary and in 2003, a unique high school, the New York Harbor School, was formed to focus on restoration of the local marine environment (American Catch by Paul Greenberg). More than 20 years ago Virginia began oystergardening.org for amateur growers to help revive the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland Sea Grant also began a program of supplying floats with bags of spat for their Oyster Gardening for Restoration and Education. -Member Beverly Jennings

Frank Roberts shows member Beverly Jennings the oyster scat at the Lady’s Island Oyster Farm hatchery. ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


families at Family Promise received toys, warm clothes, and household goods. I sure appreciate all the teenagers you sponsored again this year. My elves are envious of all those beautiful packages you wrapped in the Nicklaus Ballroom and the joy of the season you shared. I understand the Delivery Teams in their trucks, SUVs, and cars have already delivered all those packages. That sure beats my run in the sleigh!!


quick note before I get real busy up here at The North Pole to tell you what a great job you all did on Operation Santa Claus this year. I have to say for the 15th year in a row your ornament tree continues to grow with donations topping $40,000 again this year. I can only say incredible and thank you one and all.

My lead elf tells me a record number of Colleton River shoppers bought beautiful clothes and toys for their neighbors in need. Mrs. Claus is so proud that you all met your goal of gifting over 500 pieces of quality children’s literature! A record number of homeless children and their

I’ve been getting glowing reports from the agencies you support. Family Promise of Beaufort County is so happy that I’ll have a sack full of gifts to deliver on Christmas morning to the homeless families being housed in our area churches. Some children in need from our hard fighting Marines stationed at Parris Island are getting some clothing, shoes, and toys. At Bluffton Self Help, the Toy Store was decorated and stocked in time for its December 10th opening with your donated clothes and children’s books, and toys from the Ladies Holiday Tea. Some teens identified by the McCracken and Bluffton Middle School social workers are having a holiday that’s a little


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It warms my heart to see the clothes closets for children in need filled at MC Riley, Red Cedar, Pritchardville Elementary, Bluffton Elementary, McCracken and Bluffton Middle Schools with pants, shirts, sweaters, hoodies, and socks to keep the children warm. I just love to see the 300 preKindergarten children cherishing their first gift of a fine piece of children’s literature. But not to worry, funds are reserved for BackPack Buddies, the local food pantries, shoes for kids in the spring (their little feet grow so fast) and school supplies in the fall.


Operation Santa Clause is at work all year! Pictured here are the ladies of Colleton assisting at the Summer Nutrition Club of Bluffton Backpack Buddies. Children participating in the Backpack Buddies program during the school year were provided with vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables to redeem this summer at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market.


brighter. Mrs. Claus reports the teens at the Boys and Girls Club are wearing their Club hoodies with honor, and they sure enjoyed the cookies and pizza party. Island House reports their program participants now have much needed warm clothing, housekeeping supplies, and a stocked pantry ready to teach life skills.

Colleton River has once again done a wonderful job. I know that all of you have enjoyed the opportunity to give, and enjoy your time together through sharing this Colleton River holiday tradition. Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.


This year was the 19th annual Ladies’ Holiday Tea. As is tradition, the attendees brought toys which helped stock the Bluffton Self Help Toy Store.

Colleton Art Group


he Art Society’s mission is to possess and preserve one of the best collections of original Lowcountry art in Beaufort County. Along with this mission of maintaining and expanding this collection, the Art Society retains the original charge of only Beaufort art in the Nicklaus clubhouse that was established at the time of its building. Expansion of the collection is done by sales from the art walls in the Nicklaus and Dye clubhouses, special events featuring local artists, special projects such as the painted wine glasses, as well as pieces on loan from generous members. The group is also responsible for the changing of the art walls in both clubhouses and for organizing classes for the members.

There are usually five to six classes a year taught by both local and visiting artists. These classes are generally three days and taught on the Dye The Art Society commissioned this sculpture piece by clubhouse 3rd floor. Sign up for the Chris Walker for the Nicklaus Clubhouse collection. classes is through the front desk and the Art Society is continually looking for new members. If you’d like to be part of this group, please contact Barb Gates or Doris Beedie. This fall, the Art Society raised funds to commission a new wall sculpture, pictured above. The piece was installed in October in the Nicklaus clubhouse, with an unveiling and reception for the artist, Chris Walker, in November. The Society has also framed a work by Suzanne Churchill. It is placed on an easel on the table behind the sofa in the Ladies Locker room at the Nicklaus. Enjoy!! The new art wall at the Nicklaus clubhouse was hung on September 29th and several pieces are for sale. Contact the artist if interested in a purchase. The art wall on the Dye clubhouse 3rd floor was also rehung on November 5th. Please take a look. Several of those pieces are for sale as well. The Art Society has four classes planned for 2015. All the artists have websites so check out their work. More information about the classes will follow. Please mark your calendars! -Member Barbara Gates

2015 Art Classes

There were many great pieces available at the Art & Wine Tasting in October.

Kaytee Esser Oil, January 10-11 Anne Hightower-Patterson Watercolor, February 17-19 Mary Segars Oil, March 10-12 Kevin Beck Oil, April 14-16 ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


Golf Academy

Academy Schedule


hat a great year 2014 was for the Colleton River Golf Academy! Looking back, it’s refreshing to see all of the programs and events that the Academy has conducted from the Get Golf Ready classes for beginners to the PGA-HHI Teaching Seminar with 40 PGA Golf Professionals. Your PGA/ CRGA Instructors can be proud of all the hard work they have done in keeping with our vision of “operating the finest teaching program for a club community in the U.S.A.” We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the champions, overall David La Pour, PGA winners, flight winners, gross/net winners, runner up winners Director of Instruction and all of the participants who competed in events during 2014. It’s encouraging to see our members and students practice, play, succeed and benefit from all of the hard work that golf requires. Way to “Manage Your Golf Game!” What’s in store for 2015? Starting with winter, whether you find yourself in the Lowcountry, farther north or south this winter, it is a good time to re-evaluate your golf game and set goals for 2015. The Golf Academy has a couple options for you to consider before we get into the full swing of spring. Our Winter Series & Pub Night will bring two popular venues together at the Dye clubhouse by starting with the Winter Series Seminars in the Penthouse (Saturdays at 4pm) followed by libations of the Bagger Pub (5 pm). In March, we will also be introducing the Titleist Performance Institute Fitness Classes, along with the popular “Get Golf Ready” classes for newer golfers. The summer brings our TPI Junior Golf Camps, alongside the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship which should be exciting. In addition to our yearlong programs of private lessons, clinics and golf schools, the Academy hopes to help you reach our goal of creating a fun and productive learning experience for our members and their guests. Have a great 2015; I’ll see you on the range!

Winter Series Saturdays Jan 17th - Feb 28th

Lady Linksters Every Thursday starting Feb 26th 9:30 am

Get Golf Ready 5 weeks on Wed starting Mar 4th 4-5 pm on the Nicklaus range

CRGA Wednesday Clinic Wednesdays starting Feb 25th 11 am on the Nicklaus range

Academy Day 1st Saturday of each month starting March 7th 1-3 pm on the Nicklaus range

CRGA Short Game School March 18th 1-4 pm on the Borland Course

CRGA Green Reading Clinic April 1st, 9 am-12 pm on the Nicklaus putting green

The Marine Corps Scholarship Outing was held in Parris Island in October and is run by member Don Drobny. The women’s 1st place team (above left) were all Colleton River golfers! Member Doris Tancredi (above right) won closest to the pin for women! She says “I am a product of the Lady Linkster program - it works!!”


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From the Full Swing Building Block: Wind Have you ever wondered how much the wind really affects your golf shots? Once again, TrackMan has given us the answer. Below is a chart showing how a 10 and 20 mph head & tail wind change the distance of a PGA Tour player (among other factors). Wow, I love this information! I have been using it for a year now, and find it very accurate. I noted in the chart that although the spin rate stays the same, the landing angle changes, thus the carry distance changes and affects the roll of the ball. Lady Linksters Put on Exhibition! One of the largest and committed golf groups here at Colleton River is our Lady Linksters. These lady golfers are a dedicated group of golfers ranging from beginners and Nifty Niners all the way to 18 holers. Below is a picture of some Linksters, and their results after a “Putting from off the Green” clinic. Way to go ladies!

In a nutshell, if I am hitting into a 10 mph head wind I will add 10% to the yardage, which helps me decide what club to use. For a 10 mph tail wind, I will subtract 10% from the yardage. No more “guess work” or “feel” and so far the results are good.

I am currently testing the effect of wind on an average golfers shot, and will get back to you when I have the answer. Until then, try the 10 mph/yd rule and see how it works for you. PGA Tour 6-Iron (-3.1 deg Attack Angle) Calm

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Fall Golf Event Spotlight

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ur Thanksgiving and Annual Tree lighting were a great turnout and a huge success. Thank you everyone for sharing your families and holidays with us.

As our fall season winds down and the winter season approaches we are excited for all of our group holiday parties to begin and our in home catering parties to take place. Please contact me if you would like any help during the holidays whether it be a full party or if you need a platter to take to a party!

It is all possible when you choose Colleton to take care of your gathering. We offer a wide range of services, whether you need staffing, a full bar, side items or a full dinner. I would love to assist you in making your hosting duties flawless and fun. We have had the pleasure of assisting members with everything from afternoon teas, bridal showers, book clubs, dinner and open houses with staff who are already familiar to you and your guests. We can provide linen, china, glassware and extra silverware to assist in making your host duties more enjoyable. On December 18th we will host our ever popular Feast of the Seven Fishes that will be a delicious buffet that feature seafood but will also have options for those more fond of the land creatures. Back by popular demand, Trivia Night will return on January 8th. Start assembling your team of brains now! Congratulations to our following Newlyweds: Mr. & Mrs. Tommy and Molly O’Connor (Dwyer) – October 11th Captain & Mrs. Matt & Kristyn McCullar (Bohrer) – November 7th -Erica Pepper, Lodging & Events Manager


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Member Spotlight Fall Member-Member Closing Party The closing party after the Fall Member-Member tournament was a stylish event!

Congratulations! Members Doug and Harriett Miller celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with us on November 23rd. The event was attended by many Colleton members, and the cake was absolutely adorable!

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Lifelong Learning The Lifelong Learning Group had a wonderful fall season. The presentation by Jeff Fulgham, author of The Bluffton Expedition, was very engaging and interesting. In addition to a book signing, the author answered questions about the remarkable day that Bluffton was burned during the Civil War.

The Lifelong Learners also attended a history lecture at Palmetto Bluff on October 14th. Check the Club calendar for more interesting activities in the New Year including: January 22 - Lecture by Ken Burger February 19 - Trip to Coastal Discovery Museum March 24 - Beaufort Walking Tour

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

1st Annual Colleton River Dog Show Our first annual dog show was great fun! There are so many well-behaved pets among the membership, and each one was even more adorable than the next! In our eyes, they are all “best in show!�


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Upcoming Events & Activities JANUARY

17-19 Art Society, Anne Hightower

10-12 Art Society, Mary Segars

Dye Penthouse, 10am - 4pm

Dye Penthouse, 9:30am - 3:30pm

8 Trivia Night

17 Fat Tuesday Dinner

14 Mega Men’s Day

Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6 - 9pm

Nicklaus Course, 9am

19 LLG Coastal Discovery Museum

15 Play for Pink

Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6 - 9pm

10-11 Art Society, Kaytee Esser Dye Penthouse, 10am - 4pm

22 LLG Ken Burger Nicklaus Ballroom, 5:30 - 10:30pm

FEBRUARY 1 Super Bowl Scramble

Nicklaus Ballroom, 5:30 - 9pm

21 Mega Men’s Day Nicklaus Course, 10am

22 Twilight Golf Dye Course, 12:30pm

Dye Course, 1pm

15 Play for Pink Dinner Nicklaus Clubhouse, 5:30 - 9pm

20-21 Pro-Member-Guest Nicklaus then Dye Course, 9am

Nicklaus Course, 3pm


24 LLG Beaufort Walking Tour

1 Super Bowl Sunday

3 Whine and Wine

26-27 Ladies’ Spring Member-Guest

Nicklaus Clubhouse, 5:30 - 11pm

4 Cooking Class Luncheon Nicklaus Ballroom, 11:30am - 1pm

14 Valentine’s Day Dinner Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6 - 9pm

Member Doris Tancredi captured this beautiful sunset from her patio.

Nicklaus Ballroom, 4 - 6pm

3 Soup & Salad Social Nicklaus Ballroom, 6 - 9pm

5 Ladies’ Pro-Lady Nicklaus Course, 1pm

Details TBD Nicklaus Course, 1pm

28 Blues, Brews & BBQ Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6 - 10pm

29 Couple’s Club Championship Dye Course, 1pm

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

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The River Fall 2014  

Colleton River's Membership Magazine

The River Fall 2014  

Colleton River's Membership Magazine