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Celebrating the exceptional lifestyle

Spring 2015

This page: 18th hole on the Dye Course. Photo by the USGA. On the cover: Sunset paddle. Photo by Roddy J Medders Photography.


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Features 12 2015 JUNIOR AMATEUR

July is just around the corner preparations are underway and excitement is building.


Did you know two of our very own members competed in the Junior Amateur Championship

In This Issue

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Positive changes happening

The 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur presents a great opportunity Looking forward to the Jr Am and congratulations are in order


Buy local and try new and unique foods this season


The dangers of plastic in our environment - you can help

We’ve had a very busy year in the community


Education at home and in the community

One-on-one with member Kevin King


Congratulations to all the winners of major spring events


New fitness and tennis programs to keep you healty

Board of Directors

Jim Humphrey - President, Executive Committee Jack Proud - 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 Wendy Baker - Chair: House & Ancillary Milton Irvin - ARB Co-Chair; Audit Tom Wooster - Chair: Golf

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General Manager’s Report


inter is behind us and May is here! I want to thank all of our members for their support and patience while we nursed the Dye back to health after our long winter. The team did a wonderful job! These are exciting times and here are just a few of the highlights.

JUNIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: I would be remiss if I didn’t start by shouting Tim Bakels out a big thank you to the Membership for COO/General Manager your hard work and commitment to this event. Led by the Host Committee, everyone has rolled up their sleeves and jumped in with both feet. As you know, this event is considered the most important junior championship in the world, and has historically served as a tournament where many greats have proven their ability. Be sure to stay in the know by reading “Inside the Ropes,” Colleton’s internal communication. As we get closer to the event, we will also begin providing updates and advance notice of any items that will affect member play such as course closings, changes to mowing heights and other items of note. Stay tuned! STAFFING: You have seen several new faces this year – “Family serving Family.” Paul Cichanowicz joined us in February as ARB Administrator and Project Manager. Paul will be playing an integral role in both ARB initiatives and onsite management of community projects such as roadwork and the new firehouse. Doug Nunnally also came on board in February as Chief of Security. Doug will be instrumental in moving our new security and community service initiatives forward. We are also happy to welcome Randy Lewis, Facilities & Maintenance Manager, to our team. Randy will oversee the facilities, maintenance and housekeeping team and is excited to take the lead with facility initiatives, building upon the solid foundation of community service our members enjoy.

FITNESS: Colleton River’s fitness program has never been stronger. At present, the program offers 16 classes, as compared to seven last fall. The spa is also much busier moving from one or two sessions a week to an average of six sessions. As for personal training, Jessica Haynes and Mike DeMarria are receiving rave reviews and have developed quite a following. We are excited to have Renee Black on the team and she, too, will soon be doing personal training. Be sure


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to look for Jessica’s Healthy Tips in our weekly blasts. If you’ve not already done so, please take advantage of your complimentary gym orientation, where you’ll learn how to use all the gym equipment and get information on all Fitness Center offerings. And, be sure to get out to the pool - water aerobics are back! FOOD & BEVERAGE: The Membership continues to enjoy Chef Robert’s cuisine and the numbers are strong. If it’s been some time since you’ve dined with us, you’ll definitely want to come back and give us a try… you just may not want to go anywhere else again! I think you’ll find dining at Colleton River not only a wonderful culinary experience but also a good value, not to mention there is no service charge. We’ll be making some seasonal shifts, and you can look forward to some new and exciting offerings, including poolside barbeques on Friday nights this summer. Bon appetite! TECHNOLOGY: In brief, here’s what’s happening… The Club’s new telephone system installation is now complete, WiFi has been upgraded in both clubhouses and the Conference & Tennis Center, staff training is underway for the new ForeTees dining reservation and tennis court scheduling modules, a Colleton River app will be introduced to the membership when the dining and tennis modules are launched, and new digital radios and equipment have been ordered for golf and security operations so they can better serve the membership. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD: Construction activity is very robust, with 18 new homes under construction and 12 in the ARB. The bush hogging program started in April and those lots closest to the Dye golf course will be done last so they will be fresh for the US Junior Amateur Championship. If you are thinking of sprucing up your lawn, gardens or flowerbeds in time for the event, now is a great time to get on the community grounds schedule. What a wonderful opportunity the Championship affords us to showcase our beautiful community. The ARB is also in the process of reviewing guidelines, rules and regulations. As always, our goal is to maintain, preserve, enhance and protect property values and the assets of our community. MARKETING & SALES: I am pleased to report that Colleton River’s Member Experience Program continues to hit home runs. We have had 19 Member Experiences so far this year as compared to 16 last year, with several more on the books. Walk-in traffic has also increased significantly to 21 from nine last year. We owe a special thanks to our Ambassadors, who take a special interest in our guests and give them an insider’s view of our beautiful property, wonderful amenities and, most of all, our warm and welcoming membership. You’ll also be happy to learn that through April we have had seven home sales and ten lot sales, with four home sales and one lot sale expected to close in early June. See you at the Club!

Note from your Club President


pring has f i n a l l y arrived at Colleton River and the last signs of another challenging winter are behind us. On behalf of Jim Humphrey the Board of Club President Directors, we thank you for your patience during the three-week closing of the Dye Course, which allowed accelerated growing techniques to take place on our greens and fairways. The extra care has paid off and our two golf courses are in excellent condition entering the transition period. As I hope you read in a recent mailing, the Club had a very successful 2014 financially, producing another surplus to budget. Tim Bakels and his team are committed to providing an excellent product with outstanding service, while at the same time evaluating all our various cost structures. Tim and his leadership team will be working with the Board as we begin to utilize a valuable new service which allows us to benchmark Colleton River policies and expenses against over 300 other clubs. With such an extensive

database we can compare our performance to clubs with similar cost centers, amenities and membership. As we input 2014 data and begin to evaluate our performance, we will share more on how we compare and how we will utilize the data to improve Colleton River. In addition to focusing on our financial performance, your Board has been focused on how we position Colleton River, at almost 25 years of age, to compete and be relevant in today’s real estate market and quest for new members. With the most beautiful property in the lowcountry and the best members, how will we ensure Colleton River has a relevant product offering for today’s market? At the May 13 Town Hall Meeting, we took a major step forward as we began to provide ideas and direction for allowing us to advance this important effort. More sharing will follow throughout the year.

“Family Serving Family” When utilizing “our” Club, I hope you will remember Tim Bakel’s slogan of “Family

serving Family” and take a moment to thank this outstanding team for all they are doing to make the Colleton River experience better each day. Then, think about very simple ways you can assist them in taking us to a new level by filling divots, repairing ball marks, picking up tees, keeping the Fitness Center clean, picking up a stray cup on the ground, etc. Also, as we bring guests to enjoy Colleton River, take a moment to explain our various Club rules, such as changing shoes in locker rooms versus parking lots; men removing hats while in the clubhouse; proper course attire and proper clubhouse attire while dining. Together we can improve our club and enhance the experience for family members, guests and prospective new members. Please enjoy your Club this summer and don’t forget the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship July 20 – 25, as we reintroduce Colleton River to the world on Fox Sports TV. The Championship Committee and their dedicated teams have done an outstanding job of preparing for the event, and we will showcase why Colleton River is such a special place. Come join us! I believe we will make the most of this GREAT OPPORTUNITY and thank all of those working so hard to make this a success.

Media Day for the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship was held on May 17, 2015. Guest speakers Todd White and Bluffton Mayor, Lisa Sulka were among the panel, and attendees enjoyed a round of golf after the press conference. Excitement is building! July is just around the corner!

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On the LINKS

2015 Fall Major Event Schedule Date


October 9

Ladies’ Opening Day

October 10

Mega Men’s Day

October 15-17

Mixed Member-Guest

October 22

Ladies’ One Day Member-Guest

October 27

Ladies’ 9-Hole “Spooktacular”

October 28-31

Men’s Member-Guest

November 7-8

Men’s And Ladies’ Club Championships

November 13-14

Men’s And Ladies’ Member-Member

November 21

Mega Men’s Day

Morcott Challenge In early April, Colleton River hosted the Morcott Challenge on the Dye course. The event is an annual junior golf match between a select team of the Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Scotland and a select team of high school golfers from the public and private schools of Hilton Head Island. Woody Morcott, a resident of Dornoch and Florida, Jim Campbell of Dornoch and Jim Ferree, a resident of Hilton Head Island, a PGA member and successful winner on the Senior Tour, started this junior match in 2004 and the match has been played ever since. The purpose and objective is to establish friendship with each other while learning about the culture of the others while participating in a 54 hole 3-day golf tournament. The venue alternates between Hilton Head Island and Dornoch every year. This year’s matches were played at Long Cove, Seccession and Colleton River.

Colleton River Rules & Etiquette Corner GENERAL GUEST PLAY RULES

When making plans to introduce guests, please call in advance so arrangements can be made to notify Security, the Golf Shop and the Locker Room of your guests’ planned arrival. Guests must always use the Club’s Locker Room facilities for changing into golf shoes and/or clothing. All guests must register in the Golf Shop prior to commencing play. It is the Member’s responsibility to inform their guests, including unaccompanied guests, of the appropriate attire, the slow play policy and the cell phone policy at Colleton River.


As a courtesy to other members, and to assist the professional staff, please remember the Club requires all members and guests to register with the Golf Shop prior to play.



Players are discouraged from unnecessarily entering any marsh area. It is the player’s responsibility to repair ball marks, fill divots, and rake bunkers. Due to the unique nature of the Colleton River Plantation Club’s grasses, players are asked to use the sand provided on the golf carts to fill divots, rather than replacing divots. Cigarette and cigar butts are not to be left on the course. Smokers should carry an ashtray or other receptacle. THE RIVER | Spring 2015

A Matt Lucchesi, PGA

nother successful Spring season has come and gone at Colleton River. After a brutal winter of record setting cold all up and down the East Coast, both the membership and the staff welcomed the warm Spring weather with open arms. Once the weather had finally improved we enjoyed a wonderfully busy Spring season with regular play along with our member events.

Director of Golf

Girl Power! Colleton River Hosts LPGA Girls Golf Clinic Colleton River was host to the local LPGA Girls Golf program held in March. 70 young ladies ages 6-16 converged on the Borland golf course and Nicklaus range to test their golfing skills and have some fun. Assisted by our Academy Instructors, lessons were given by local PGA and LPGA Golf Professionals during this grass roots “Growth of the Game” initiative. Everyone had a great time and wanted to thank Colleton River for such a great day and beautiful facility.

Additionally, we were happy to host an RBC Executive Outing during Heritage Week, and a group of their PGA Tour Staff Members, including Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Chris Kirk, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas, who all enjoyed a wonderful day at Colleton River. Both the professionals and participants in their event raved about the conditions on the Nicklaus course. With each passing day we are creeping closer and closer to the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, and the host committee and several members have spent countless hours preparing for this national event. Hosting a major USGA event will be tremendous for the Club, our members and the lowcountry. The support has been outstanding as we already have approximately 400 volunteers for the Championship!

Mark Reilly

Congratulations to Assistant Golf Professional, Mark Reilly, on becoming a certified PGA Professional in Golf Operations. The newly-designed Certified Professional Program is an online, careerenhancing educational curriculum that supports the goals of PGA professionals who are committed to continuously improving their business and teaching skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. The program offers certification in golf operations, teaching & coaching, player development, and general management. It’s nice to see our young professionals continue their education opportunities through the PGA of America. The professional staff would like to thank all the members who participated in our Club events and congratulate all of our outstanding champions! Our events offered a variety of experiences from member-only events, to member-guests, and everything in between. The staff would like to thank you for your support of the golf programs and we look forward to future events. Registration for our fall events will open later in the summer, and the golf staff will be in touch with the membership to make you all aware of open registrations.


The Handicap Committee will be closely monitoring score-posting this season. Please remember to post all your home and away scores. Two basic premises underlie the USGA Handicap System, namely that each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and that the player will post every acceptable round for peer review. The player and the player’s Handicap Committee have joint responsibility for adhering to these premises. • • •

If you play thirteen or more holes, you must post an eighteen-hole score. If you play between 7 and 12 holes, you must post a ninehole score Penalty scores equal to the lowest score in a player’s handicap file will be posted to those who do not record their scores. ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


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elcome to Spring! Winter is now fully behind us and the culinarians are again excited to see what the new season will bring. Occasions like Memorial Day, and another “all matters pork” BBQ are on the near horizon. Our Old Town Bluffton farmers market will soon be in full swing again, which is exciting and always fun. Thursday at 2pm is the time, but don’t be late because the goods can go quickly! Everybody knows that South Carolina highways are scattered with food stands where local gems can be found. Fresh, canned craft items and novelties will be plentiful so stop in and see what they are showcasing. Canning and pickling are again creating a buzz among the foodies, so be on the lookout for interesting, tasty, and unique items. Pickled green strawberries anyone? Try some if you “can.” The radius of Colleton’s kitchens continues to be populated. Last quarter I described “local vs. the 100 mile radius” and I wanted to share examples of purveyors, products and even packaging that we enjoy. We are lucky to have such great providers in our region that supply the quality of goods that we insist upon. Here are just a few, but look for more to come on this subject as these services continue to grow. In closing, here’s a unique snack recipe that is sure to spice up your Spring! As always, thank you for your continued support and hope to see you in the clubhouse very soon.

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princess for a day There was a lot of glam at our Princess Tea Party, and of course some serious cuteness!

From our Kitchen... 2 cups of Kettle Corn 1/3 cup of Corn Pops 1 ounce of Clarified Butter 1 Tablespoon of Furikake Flakes (World Market or Asian market) 1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Flakes Pinch of Cayenne; if desired 1 Tablespoon of Dried Pineapple 1 Tablespoon Chopped Bacon A few minced Chives In a non-stick pan, heat the clarified butter and toast together the kettle corn and the Corn Pops. Remove from the heat when toasted and fragrant. Add the garnishes and toss to evenly combine Serve with ice-cold beer and enjoy!

Club Happenings... Congratulations to our following Newlyweds: March 7th: Mr. & Mrs. Christopher and Mary Kathryn Smith (White) March 14th: Mr. & Mrs. Jason and Susan Pettit (Flyzik) April 11th: Mr. & Mrs. Colin and Jennifer Chalupa Members Tony and Jan Cebalo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary It has been an amazing and eventful spring season thus far. There has been no shortage of activities for everyone and the excitement at the Club has been energizing. It was wonderful to have all of the families in town for a huge Easter weekend! Our last tournament of the season, the Member-Member kicked off May 6th and was a fun-filled week of golf, food, dancing and drinks! Although, the tournament season has come to an end, it doesn’t mean we will be short of events. Join us for our 2nd Annual Bocce Ball Club Championship at the Dye on May 27th, followed by an Italian buffet. Get ready for a Chef Wysong’s Lobster Boil on June 4th at the Nicklaus Clubhouse. On June 21st we will celebrate Father’s Day at the Dye with Dad’s favorites. We are counting down the days until our favorite time of year, Independence week, start working on your cart parade ideas now! -Erica Pepper, Catering & Events Manager

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lastic is not biodegradeable. It is a very durable product for human use, but harmful to nature. Plastic photodegrades, which means that it fragments into smaller and smaller pieces without breaking into simpler compounds. The small bits of plastic produced by photodegradation and the plastic pellets produced by the plastic industry are called mermaid tears or nurdles. Nurdles soak up toxic chemicals, then these tiny plastic particles are sucked in by filter feeders, which are consumed by larger water inhabitants. Plastic trash threatens marine life through entanglement, ingestion or contamination. It damages boats, and is simply unattractive when it washes up on beaches. The Ocean Conservancy launched a challenge to cut down on plastic use, called the “Last Straw”. They figured that the average person uses at least four straws a week, and if 25,000 people stopped using straws, that would keep five million plastic straws from polluting the ocean. A study was done of Charleston Harbor and it is estimated to have seven and a half tons of plastic breaking down in it. A team from the Citadel did the study, and it confirms what the College of Charleston had already discovered about the micro-plastic particles, plus microfibers from synthetic clothing in oysters and flame retardants in dolphins. Unfortunately, the microscopic pieces could not be counted. Shrimp eat these fragments; spitting out the larger ones, pass through the smallest, but the medium-sized fragments get stuck and can kill them. Plastic bags can take hundreds of years to decompose. When they get into the wetlands, a biofilm develops over the plastic, which works like a sunscreen and slows down the decomposition process. As it decomposes, it releases toxins into the soils, rivers, marshes and oceans as well as being ingested by wildlife. There is a fascinating book: Tracking Trash by Loree Griffin Burns. Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer studied flotsam and jetsam, which is floating trash that falls in or is thrown from ships at sea. “What forces drive the ocean currents? What boundaries,


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Photo by John Kieser

if any, guide their path through the ocean? Can understanding ocean currents help us to preserve the marine environment and the creatures that live in it?” Ebbesmeyer began by helping sewage treatment plants determine the best place for the outflow pipe to insure the flow was carried away from nearby beaches and harbors. Then he worked with oil spill crews to determine which direction the oil slick would flow. Some of his most famous experiments involved tracking container ship spills of Nike sneakers and rubber ducks. Ocean currents, called deep sea currents, move the water from the ocean floor up to the top and bring the nutrients from the floor up to feed animals and plants. Surface currents are the ones that move the flotsam and jetsam. Movement is influenced by the currents, tides and gyres, and carries floatable objects in the ocean. Beachcombers’ and Oceanographers’ International Association, formed to help track debris and container spills, while preparing for future spills, began publishing a newsletter.

YOU CAN HELP! People are needed to monitor the beach and record what they see. Plastics need to be kept from the ocean and new biodegradable products need to be made to meet the plastic needs. In the meantime, you can help by recording through the Ocean Conservatory program. www.oceanconservancy.org

www.beachcombers.org REDUCE w REUSE w RECYCLE

Kayak Adventure The Kayak Club took their adventures to Lady’s Island and had a great day on the water.


The Outdoors

Marsh Critter Camp is always a fun experience for kids, but the adults seem to learn a lot as well! This time the group learned about sea turtles and took their discussion out on the River off the community dock.

Critter Camp

Our members enjoyed being outdoors at a Savannah Sand Gnats game in April, and surprised Food & Beverage Service Manager, Eric Bischofberger, with a secret plan to have him throw out the first pitch. He did great!

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t’s almost here! The U.S. Junior Amateur Championship comes to Colleton River July 18 - 25, 2015. Practice rounds for the starting field of 156 golfers will be held on July 1819, with 18-hole stroke-play qualifying rounds July 20-21. The field will be cut to the low 64 scorers for match play, and after six rounds of match play a champion will be determined. The Dye course will be playing 7,366 yards (par 72), the secondlongest in Junior Amateur history. To add to the excitement, live television coverage of the Friday semi-final matches and Saturday Championship match will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. Fox Sports is new to golf, but they will have gained some great experience with their broadcast of the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women’s Open, and the U.S. Senior Open in June and July prior to our Championship. While the actual competition involves only eight days, the contributions by members of Colleton River have been, and will continue to be, significant. Our Host Committee, led by Co-Chairs Al Thiess and Karen Anderson, are actively implementing plans ranging from marketing, on-course and player services, hospitality, and volunteers. We now have 171 Colleton River members who have joined Club 68, contributing over $200,000 that will directly benefit the Junior Amateur Championship and The First Tee of the Lowcountry. As for volunteers, we have 200 Colleton River members who will provide a variety of services during the Championship. They will be joined by over 200 additional volunteers from the Lowcountry and beyond.

For more complete information about the Championship, take a tour of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur website at www. colletonriverclub.com/2015-jr-am, as well as the USGA website at www.usga.org/championships/us-junior-amateur.html.


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U.S. Junior Amateur Championship SCHEDULE OF PLAY Saturday July 18

First day of official practice rounds

Sunday July 19

Second day of official practice rounds

Monday July 20

First round of stroke-play qualifying

Tuesday July 21

Second round of stroke-play qualifying

Wednesday July 22

First round of match play

Thursday July 23

Second & third rounds of match play

Friday July 24

Quarterfinal & semifinal rounds of match play

Saturday July 25

Championship match (36 holes)

Two of Our Own The USGA inaugurated the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 1948 to determine the best junior golfer in the United States, and to help junior golfers realize the most from the game, win or lose. Hosting the 68th Championship provides Colleton River with a unique opportunity to be a part of history. But Colleton River has it’s own history in the Junior Amateur through two of our members - Judy Russert and George Malacos.

Left: 4 year old Judy with her Mom in background. They went on to win the Kenosha Mother/Daughter Tournament after the move to Wisconsin. Right: Judy Russert today.

Judy Russert was only 14 years old when she competed in the

U.S. Girl’s Junior Championship at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. Contested in 1951, this was only the third year of the Girl’s Junior, yet it drew an impressive 32 entries. As the USGA states - “more impressive than the size of the field or the styles of play was the wonderful spirit and sportsmanship the contestants brought to the game, and their complete lack of pretense.”

Above Left: George’s Player Badge from the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Above Right: News article on George Malacos. Bottom: George Malacos today.

In 1964 George Malacos, one of 1,583 entries and 10 junior golfers from the state of Michigan who qualified, competed in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. George stayed in the University of Oregon dorms, played a practice round with Hubert Green (who went on to win 23 PGA tour events) and recalls the tall Douglas fir trees on the course that made all the yardages look closer than they were. This was a year of change for the Junior Amateur, with the introduction of a handicap limit of 10 strokes along with match play. George did not make it to match play after shooting an 80 and 83, but calls playing in the Junior Amateur a life experience he will never forget! That year’s winner was Johnny Miller, who said “one of the highlights of my youth happened at Eugene Country Club. It seemed like the course fit my game like a glove.”

Judy began playing golf at the age of four, under the tutelage of her father, a scratch golfer, and Mr. Robert Whyte, the Club Pro at Bennington Country Club in Bennington, Vermont. Whyte left Carnoustie, Scotland for the U.S. at the age of 15 for a career in golf. When he met Judy, Whyte told her he ‘had her under his wing.’ That included creating a set of golf clubs to fit her 4-year-old body. When Judy’s family moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin when she was seven, so did Mr. Whyte, thus Judy’s golf game and skills continued to develop at the Kenosha Country Club. While golf for girls beyond the club level was still a novelty, Judy was encouraged to play in the Girl’s Junior Amateur Championship by her father and Whyte. Judy recalls the small silver trophy she received for winning her age group. The champion of that two-day tournament was Arlene Brooks. Another contestant that year was Mickey Wright, who won the following year and later captured four U.S. Women’s Open Championships.

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The Colleton River Friends of Habitat group has been hard at work! The group has funded and worked on a total of nine homes to date, and is currently assisting both financially and in sweat equity on two more houses in The Glen, the first Habitat for Humanity community on Hilton Head Island. The development will eventually total around 40 homes, providing much needed affordable housing on the Island. Several members helped break ground on the ninth home last January, and they have also contributed significantly to the infrastructure for The Glen. Member Bill Spadafora was interviewed by the Island Packet recently about the project and said, “I think all of us who have been fortunate need to give back. There is a tremendous need on the island for affordable housing and to have a whole Habitat community is [going to bet] something great.”

No other single local organization has had the impact and support of this local Habitat effort. Since the first home was funded and built by Colleton River Friends of Habitat, approximately 100 members have volunteered off and on and $550,000 has been donated by approximately 155 members. Many of the volunteers have worked hundreds of hours on various Habitat homes, not just the ones sponsored by the Colleton group. Our members have far exceeded the norm when it comes to donations and hours volunteered. Way to go!

OPERATION SANTA CLAUSE­­ Last year’s Operation Santa Clause was perhaps the most successful to date. We have reached a record number of 800 children in need in Bluffton, and met our goal to provide a quality piece of children’s literature to over 500 children. For the 15th year in a row, Colleton River members have logged over 1,500 volunteer hours planning, shopping, wrapping, and delivering beautiful presents to their neighbors in need. Participation levels in all categories are up with over 40 shoppers, 70 wrappers, and our new 5-person decorating team, exceeding our highest expectations. Contributions exceeded $44,000 once again surpassing all prior years’ contributions. Our “elves” were very busy last holiday season. They decorated the Bluffton Self Help Toy Store in time for its Grand Opening on December 10th, and delivered 250 cute and warm children’s outfits and more than 150 pieces of children’s literature to stock the store. Gifts were delivered to Bluffton Island House in time for their holiday party, as well as to 59 Family Promise guests, 26 children of Marine Corps soldiers, and 12 local teenagers who would not have otherwise enjoyed the holiday season. 305 children’s books were also delivered to pre-kindergarten students enrolled at MC Riley, Bluffton Elementary, Red Cedar, and 66 teens at Bluffton Boys & Girls Club received their “The Club” hoodies. Sufficient funds remain for support to local food pantries, Bluffton BackPack Buddies, the Summer Nutrition Program, and school clothing & supply pantries so we can continue to support our community throughout the year.


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Colleton River Operation Santa Claus was awarded the Points of Celebration Award by the Beaufort County Board of Education at their January 6, 2015 meeting. Pictured are Marsha Murphy, Carol Lyons, and Doris Beedie accepting the award from Bill Evan, Beaufort County School Board. Krissa Walker, a social worker at McCracken Middle School, made the nomination for our support since 2011 of Bluffton teens in need with holiday presents, warm clothing, shoes, and school supplies. Today Operation Santa supports six Bluffton area schools thanks to our members’ generosity. Thanks Colleton River for a job well done!


PINK The Play for Pink Tournament has become a staple in the Spring golf season at Colleton River. This year, members raised more than $21,500 for breast cancer research and had a great time in the process!



The Colleton River Community Cats program has accomplished amazing things in the seven years since our inception in 2007! In that time, our volunteers have handled 89 stray cats and kittens that had found themselves in the plantation; all abandoned, lost and looking for food. Of that number, we have found homes for 27 cats – two are currently awaiting adoption – a very successful adoption rate of over 30%. Due to our quick response, whenever a stray cat appears we have not had a litter of kittens born in the plantation since 2009. Our goal is to quickly capture any newcomers and assess their suitability for adoption with the help of our local shelters. With the help of the Palmetto Animal League and Hilton Head Humane Association, we have been able to place


many cats in the PAL/HHHA adoption programs as well as take advantageof their low-cost spay and neuter programs. Many cats that we encounter as strays are deemed unsuitable for adoption because they have had little human contact and have become frightened and unapproachable. After spaying or neutering, testing, and vaccinating, these cats are released back into the area in which they were found. Our team of volunteers monitors and feeds in various locations in the plantation and with some very kind residents who feed the

outside community cats on their property. Our volunteers throughout the plantation are currently feeding 25-30 cats, 365 days of the year. The total number of released cats is declining as we are able to find adoptive homes for many of them. Our CR Community Cats program is a registered 501-c-3 charity. With the help of members’ contributions to our charitable fund, we purchase dry cat food, provide vaccines, spaying and neutering, and veterinary care for injuries if feasible. Members who would like to help support our program can make donations to our non-profit fund. Checks should be made payable to Colleton River Feral Cat Fund. Please mail donations to the attention of Althea Hicks, 3 Laurel Hill Court, Bluffton, SC 29910. You will receive an acknowledgement letter for your tax preparation.

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What’s in a painting? Bluffton elementary students seem to have a lot to talk about on that subject! “I think the children are afraid and the lady is trying to protect them,” was what one child thought about Kathe Kollwitz’ woodblock print, The People. When looking at Edouard Manet’s The Railway Station, students said that they would feel the hot, wet spray of steam, and that the setting would have been dusty, noisy, and would smell. Learning how to read a painting, to verbalize what is seen or felt, and put together visual clues to better understand a work of art are the focus of Colleton’s Art in the Schools Program. Our forty three Colleton participants learn a great deal in the process of preparing to visit 4th and 5th graders in the schools, and at the Boys & Girls Club. There has been animated discussion about activities designed to engage the kids. Pretending to row a boat, creating a mural, having a group of students pose in front of the class as if in the painting, doing an art walk, and creating a collage from found natural materials are just a few of the activities that have been incorporated into lessons. Exercises in the ‘art of seeing art’ encourage discovery, observation, and thinking outside of the box - all useful tools in today’s society, and skills sought by many employers in our highly visual world. Students do a different kind of ‘reading’ in an art class. One student felt that looking through the fence which was in a particular painting was a way of “looking to the future.” They learn to piece together the information they see just as you do when you’re surfing the web. Art is a great way to help students make concrete connections in science, history, and even math. This year alone, the selected works of art have encouraged conversations about the Victorian Age and its dictates on fashion, the Industrial Revolution where one child said she learned that, “Paris was going through a change and that trains represented some of the change,” environmental issues, world wars, botany, and the human condition. Cakes by artist Wayne Thiebaud, can even be used to practice fractions, addition, subtraction, and word problems. Framing out these connections is important in helping students make sense out of what they see and what they have previously learned.

The presentations strive to incorporate art vocabulary and the understanding that the artist makes a conscious choice about color, value, composition, detail, balance, and subject matter, among many other decisions when creating. One student talked about how “we didn’t know all that the artist may have been thinking,” but that was okay because “the artist could paint whatever he wanted to paint.” The importance of artists in our world and maintaining our museums is also discussed. The Art in the Schools Program uses famous works from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., which lends visual materials to public school teachers free of charge. Bringing students’ personal experiences and feelings into the art discussions, when appropriate, is always great fun. We've discovered that some children have been on boats, and only a few on trains. Most love going swimming at the beach; one girl wanted to take home a picture of a Victorian bathing suit from the presentation, one child had a grandmother in the circus, another had spun plates, and a number said they would like to be artists when they grow up. In the various conversations, all of these comments were valid. Encouraging students to express thoughtful opinions and to speak up in class in a non-threatening setting, and validating art in our world are extra benefits of our visits. All in the Colleton community are welcome to participate in this rewarding program, whether your interests lie only in being part of the brainstorming sessions or if you would like to present in the classroom. Art brings smiles at the Boys & Girls Club!

ARTISANS FUR ANIMALS­ Four Colleton artists participated in Palmetto Animal League’s Artisans Fur Animals fundraiser last October. Thirty dog and cat sculptures were displayed at the Walter Greer gallery at the Art Center of Coastal Carolina before being auctioned off at the PAL event at New River Auto Mall. Other Colleton artists who generously donated artisan works to the event were Phill Dougherty, Peter Cram and Paula Williams. Marilynn Glacken and Barb Sommers were cochairs of the event. Far Left: Jean Drake and Doris Beedie with “Father Christmas”; Top Right: Lynne Patti with “Miss Mackenzie”; Bottom Right: Pam Davis with “Fraser”


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Lifelong Learning The 2014-2015 season of the Lifelong Learning Group brought us seven interesting and informative programs. Each was fully participated in and greatly appreciated by our Colleton members. Our very capable committee, led by Maxine Melcher and Lynda Rankin, was composed of seventeen members:  Mary and Tom McKane, Sandy Wooster, Leslie Kreuzer, Linda Irgens, Pat Miller, Kelda Maynard, Sue Glancey, Doris Beedie, Jo Gambill, Betty Schuster, Marlene Brenner, Susie Drobny, Jeanne Lane, Judy Russert, Paula Williams and Nancy Taylor.   There were two history tours in Beaufort and Palmetto Bluff, as well as three visits by authors including Sal Tagliareni and Ken Burger. Preston Henne came to Colleton to speak on aviation and Natalie Hefter gave a presentation on the Union side of the Civil War. Each of these lectures included delicious dinners hosted by the club's very professional staff. The LLG committee would like to thank Erica Pepper for her assistance in the presentation of each of these events. Next year's season begins October 9th with a history lecture on Santa Elena: America's First Settlement. If you are interested in these kinds of educational topics, please plan to join our committee for next season. We are always seeking to be Lifelong Learners!!! Top: The LLG group toured the Verdier House followed by a carriage tour in Beaufort on March 24. Bottom: Ken Burger, author of Baptized in Sweet Tea, and his wife Bonnie visited Colleton on January 22 for a presentation.

Neighbors Meeting Neighbors

Several of our members have created a “Neighbors Meeting Neighbors” social group, to welcome new members to our community and to provide opportunities for new and existing members to meet each other. Their group walks and social events have been a great success in making everyone feel at home and “neighborly” and have become another new tradition for Colleton River. In January, they started a weekly walking group called “Walk & Talk.” After a 45 minute jaunt through the community, the group is greeted by Delores at the Halfway Café with hot coffee and warm muffins. They also hosted a “Cocktail Hour” in January in the Nicklaus Ladies Lounge to introduce new members to Club activities that are open to everyone, affectionately referred to by our community as “Camp Colleton.” The “Lucky Ladies Lunch” took place on Friday the 13th in February, aimed at making a suspicious day into an auspicious one! Guests had the opportunity to purchase a South Carolina scratch off lottery ticket when they arrived. A drawing was held and the lucky lady was Carol Ryan, a new resident of Colleton River. Her prize? A free lunch! The Neighbors Meeting Neighbors socials have had a great turnout and have been a fun way for members to get to know each other.

The March activity was “Brunch without Basketball – Escape from March Madness,” and in April the group organized the “Borland Bash” on the Borland Par 3 course. Many of the ladies had never played the course and realized that they should be using it for practice more often. The winning team shot 21 and included Melanie Andrews, Joanne Byrd, Marjy Humphrey, Jackie Metzger and Mary Ziegler. The ladies then enjoyed lunch at the Halfway Café and vowed to play more scrambles at the Borland!

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Golf Academy 2015 is off to a great start for the Golf Academy. Our Get Golf Ready classes continue to be a big hit with new golfers, and our Power Golf and Short Game Golf Schools have brought enjoyment to many members who needed more distance and short game prowess. I’m also pleased to say that our private lessons have never been busier. In our effort to continue to grow the game, we hosted an LPGA Girls Golf Program clinic on the Borland in March with 70 girls ages 6-16. Now, we are gearing up for our Junior Golf David La Pour, PGA Kamps as well as the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, both in July. You will also notice an article about our very Director of Instruction own Lowcountry Hall Of Fame inductee Kevin King. We invite you to join your PGA/CRGA Instructors in keeping with our vision of “Operating the finest teaching program for a club community in the U.S.A.” Keep working on “Managing Your Golf Game” and have a great summer! In late March of this year, the inaugural class of the Lowcountry Golf Hall Of Fame inducted one of your very own members at Colleton River: Kevin King. Mr. King played professionally on the Champions Tour in 2007, but as an amateur he dominated golf in the Lowcountry for more than two decades. He has won multiple regional and state amateur championships, the S.C. Open, a Hilton Head Open and nine Hilton Head Island Amateur championships. In addition, Kevin has qualified for almost twenty United States Golf Association events, including seven U.S. Amateurs, six U.S. Mid-Amateurs and a U.S. Open. One afternoon, I had a chance to sit down with him and his family at the halfway café to find out a little more about him and his golfing career:

Winning On & Off the Course

Need a training aid like the Power Fan, or something else that you liked during a lesson? Go to the Academy website at www.colletonriverclub.com/championship-golf/golfacademy and click on “Golf Tips & Links” and you will see a link to “Golf Training Aids.”



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Academy Schedule Wednesdays

Golf Clinic 11-12 pm


Get Golf Ready Nicklaus Range 4 pm


Lady Linksters 9:30 am

Friday, May 1st

Power Golf School 1-4pm Nicklaus

Monday Saturday

Trackman Club Fitting 9 am to 4 pm

June 29th to July 3rd

Junior Golf Kamps

By Appt.

Tpi Golf Fitness Program (Personalized)

10:30 am to 12:00pm

What started your journey in golf ? As a kid growing up in the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina, I would spend my weekends at a club called Reynolds Park GC. When did you realize you could play at the highest level? When I was 15 and played in a Southeast regional event at Pinehurst #2 and shot 74,69 against a really good field. What was your favorite victory? There are a couple, SC Amateur (1989) SC State MidAm (twice), and as an amateur qualifying for and making the cut at the Heritage (1989). What is your current handicap and how do you keep it low? I am a +1 and I try to practice as much as possible. How has golf helped your career? As a real estate agent for Charter 1, it has afforded me a unique avenue to show off golf communities in the Lowcountry. Living in Colleton River, I’m excited to see it grow (and I think) Colleton River is moving in the right direction. What are your top 5 golf courses? Augusta National, Pine Valley, Oakmont, Harbour Town, and the Dye course here at Colleton. Do you have any favorite golf books? Arnold Palmer’s “Go for Broke”, Ben Hogan’s “Five Fundamentals”, Harvey Penick’s “Little Red Book” What is your favorite beverage after you play golf ? Water! How has being inducted into the LowCountry Golf Hall of Fame affected your perspective on golf ? It’s very humbling and it feels good to be recognized for something you have a passion for. I’d like to work with kids and pay it forward. I’d like to show them there is more to life than golf.

Get Golf Ready! Every spring and fall, the Golf Academy offers new golfer classes to help introduce members to this great game of golf. To the left is a picture of our graduating class for spring 2015! If you or someone you know is interested in participating, contact the golf shop for more details (843-836-4410 or golfacademy@colltonriverclub.com).

Champion’s Corner Couples’ Club Championship March 29, 2015

Pro-Member-Guest Championship

Ladies’ Spring Member-Guest

March 19-21, 2015

March 25-27, 2015



Phill Doherty and Mary Collins



Men’s Member-Member Champions


Sam Mollet & Jim Pekins

COLLETON RIVER FLIGHT Drew Freed & Dick Anderson

GROSS CHAMPIONS Christine Rockett and Kim Salonen

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

Richard and Pat Fowler


NET CHAMPIONS Becky Busa and Kathi Wilson

Chris Schafer, Gordon Lovingood, David Schwimer, Ron Massari, Rocky Catalano


Jim Hooker & Dave Drohan

Ladies’ Member-Member Champions



Casey Vanderveer & Peggy Mulligan Jan Mead & Diane Hocevar



Sherry Steele & Karen Bennett

Pat Miller & Kathie Arnold

Spring Member-Guest Overall Champions Brian Behnke Gary Duren


Tom Dobson & Robert Arnold

AUGUSTA NATIONAL FLIGHT Joe Bauer & Bruce Peterson

CYPRESS POINT FLIGHT David Knapp & Ray Smith

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think we’re all looking forward to some warmer weather ahead. We had a wet winter, but that didn’t keep us off of the courts. Our programming numbers have grown nicely. Our Monday Rusty Racket trial program has graduated to a new Shiny Racket program and we’re encouraging beginning and former players to come out to join the program. Our men’s, women’s and mixed clinics have seen some new faces as well. Many of our members have just completed their Spring USTA season locally, and some are getting ready for the upcoming state championships at their level. Good luck to all Colleton tennis players! Mixed season is next and we’ll have a few teams representing Colleton River. Play nice, have fun and get after it! Our tennis event season is well underway. Our March pro exhibition was unfortunately rained out, but we’ve rescheduled the event for May 20th. We had a great turnout for our 2nd annual Play for Pink round robin (we even had some brave men playing). We’re looking forward to more events throughout the year. We’ve recently added new clay to the courts, so everything is looking great at the facility. As we move into summer, the adult programs will keep on running as scheduled, and we’ll gear up for summer camp and a fun 4th of July celebration. See you all on the courts! – Mike O’Regan

Our tennis enthusiasts hosted their own Play for Pink events again this year to raise money for breast cancer research.


Sports Wellness

55’s State Tennis Tournament held on Hilton Head, May 1-4

Meet your Personal Trainers Mike DeMaria is a notable Exercise Physiologist and Strength Coach residing Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. His formal education is based in Exercise Physiology, Functional Movement and Sport Biomechanics. He maintains national certifications with the National Strength & Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Heart Association. For  nearly  20 years, Mike has trained many world class athletes and worked with sport legends Dennis VanderMeer, Gary Gilchrist, Gannon Baker, & Adidas Tennis Icon & former #1 in the world... Stan Smith.


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Colleton’s Tennis Professional, Gavin Cox, and his 9.0 Combined team, won their very tough division. Pam Dyer’s 4.0 team won the local Hilton Head league with a 11-0 record, made it to the State semi-finals where they lost to a Columbia team. Way to go!

Jessica Haynes, CPT, PFT, LWMS is a fitness and nutrition specialist. She maintains national certifications with the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America, the American Council on Exercise, and the National Exercise & Sports Trainer’s Association.  Her  custom nutrition and fitness programs have resulted in hundreds of unique body transformations to optimal health. By finding the missing link nutritionally, clients who came to  her feeling  “too sick and tired to exercise”  have transformed into performance athletes. Jessica’s goal is a strong synergistic body that performs optimally for the client in everyday life and in their sport. Her training programs include cardiovascular exercise, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Her workout style is a combination of traditional weight training and functional training which focuses on building core strength and balance.



olleton River’s fitness programs have turned it up a notch with the addition of TRX, Total Body Conditioning and Pilates Fusion. The TRX suspension trainer was developed by a former Navy Seal and Stanford MBA graduate Randy Hetrick. He developed the Total Resistance eXercise (TRX) equipment, as well as the associated Suspension Training bodyweight exercises, in the 1990s. He later began to market the product in 2005. TRX has since become extremely popular throughout the fitness world, offering its users the ability to gain lean muscle while keeping the body supple and always engaging the core muscles. Check out Colleton River members using the TRX in a class-based scenario. -Jack Bingham

Several members and Fitness Director, Jack Bingham, had a great day out on the water guided by Stand and Paddle. Kayak and paddle board adventures are part of the new fitness program at Colleton.


Bike Tours

The Colleton River bicycle tours started in January and even through “winter” weather conditions our hard core cyclists showed out to battle the elements. The group usually cycles six to eight miles around our beautiful, scenic plantation. Bike tours are every Friday at 10:30 am and meet by the Nicklaus bag drop.

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Easter weekend was a great family get together! Games on the Dye Clubhouse lawn, balloon animals, and of course an easter egg hunt! And little Savannah, on the far left, had her first visit with the Easter Bunny!

Member Event Spotlight


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Everyone had a great time during the Ladies’ Member-Guest this year. Great golf, great food, and great conversation as usual at Colleton River!

Upcoming Events & Activities JUNE 4 Lobster Boil Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6 - 9pm

7 Twilight Golf We had a cooking demonstration in April with Callie’s Charleston Biscuits. They were delicious!

Borland Course, 3pm

12 Pool Cookout Community Pool, 6 - 9pm

18 Neighbors Meeting Neighbors Dye Clubhouse, 5 - 6:30pm

19 Play with the Pro The Valentine’s Day dinner was a “lovely” affair!

Dye Course, 9am

21 Father’s Day Brunch Dye Clubhouse, 10am - 2pm

26 Pool Cookout Community Pool, 6 - 9pm

29-30 Junior Tennis Camp Tennis Courts, 9:30 - 10am

JULY 1-3 Junior Tennis Camp Tennis Courts, 9:30 - 10am

1-3 Junior Golf Camp Nicklaus Course, 10:30am - 12pm

3 Cookie Decorating Nicklaus Lawn, 2pm - 3pm Spotted! We snapped a few photos during the Couples Club Championship and the Pro-Member Guest events. Everyone was very photogenic, but these members all seemed to be having the most fun!

3 Pool Party Community Pool, 12 - 5pm

4 Cart, Pooch & Bike Parade Halfway Cafe, 3 - 4pm

4 July 4th Celebration Nicklaus Clubhouse, 5:30pm - 10pm

18-25 U.S. Junior Amateur Dye Course, All Day

AUGUST 14 Pool Cookout Community Pool, 6 - 9pm

27 Trivia Night Nicklaus Ballroom, 5:30 - 9pm

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