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Celebrating the exceptional lifestyle

Issue 21-2016

On the cover: The view from the tee box on the 12th hole of the Dye Course. This page: The putting green at the Dye Clubhouse.


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It was an honor to learn from one of the best fitness instructors in the game of golf

20 SPORTS & WELLNESS New classes and personal training will help you get in shape at any fitness level

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Much is happening at the Club

Building on the successes of 2015 in the new year Many projects underway; looking forward to spring

Tennis program has grown with the new sixth court Learning programs available for golfers of all skill levels

Tips for hosting a successful, fun baby shower





TIme to renew and reflect; smoothie recipes to get started Donating time, money, and support for our community

Learning and teaching in the community


Some snap shots from fun fall events

Board of Directors Jack Proud - President, Executive Committee Jim Rydzel - Vice President, Executive Committee; Chair: Governance, Strategy & Asset Planning Jim Eisert - Treasurer, Executive Committee, Audit; Chair: Finance Al Baker - Executive Committee; Chair: ARB Wendy Baker - Chair: Marketing Roberta Bowman - Chair: Audit; Special Projects Dave Drohan - Audit; Chair: House & Ancillary Milton Irvin - Chair: Golf Pat Sommers - Audit; Chair: Greens & Grounds

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General Manager’s Report

Tim Bakels

With the holidays now a memory, we welcome a new and exciting 2016. Once again we have another great team of Committee volunteers who have already rolled their shirt sleeves up and begun their work. We are very fortunate to have so many Members committed to contributing their time and energy to enhance the Colleton River experience.

COO/General Manager

Just as she did last year, Mother Nature is playing hardball with our temperatures. But don’t let the brisk weather keep you indoors; get out and enjoy our nature trails. Pick up a copy of the Discovery Map from the Nick Front Desk. It explains the 12 discovery points within Colleton River and correlates to the signage that is in place. A biking, hiking and walking map, complete with a variety of pathways and their distances is also available. Those interested in kayaking will have some great adventures this year both “inside” and “outside” Colleton River’s gates. The first paddle is March 6th and paddles are scheduled through November 30th.

2,700 from 2014. Colleton River’s Member Experience program continues to hit home runs. Last year there were 35 Member Experience packages and 43 single day tours, with a conversion rate of 32%. Real estate sales were robust in 2015 and we saw 43 real estate transactions (25 homes and 18 lots) and enthusiastically welcomed 35 new members to Colleton River. The New Year is starting with a bang as well. As of February 1st there have been seven sales transactions (four homes and three lots) with six pending. Colleton River now has 357 homes (244 on the Nicklaus side and 113 on the Dye side), 21 homes under construction, three in the ARB review process and several major/minor construction projects.

The sixth tennis court at the Tennis Complex is complete.

Paddle board tours are scheduled March 6th to November 30th.

You’ll find a complete list of dates, times and locations on the member website or pick one up from the Fitness Center. If you prefer the warmer weather for outdoor activities, take this time to visit the Fitness Center. Each week there is a complimentary class and if you are looking to try something new this is the perfect opportunity. If you are new to the Fitness Center, be sure to take advantage of a complimentary equipment orientation. Indicators for Club operations are very strong. I am pleased to share with you that Fitness Center class attendance and personal training are at their highest levels ever and expected to continue. Dining covers for 2015 surpassed 2014 numbers by over 2,000, and you’ll be happy to note member golf rounds for 2015 were also up


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With respect to projects, we finished last year with improvements to and the addition of a sixth tennis court to the Tennis Complex and constructed a new playground, while the Halfway Café got a fresh look with new plantings and lighting, and the beautification initiative of additional islands and community grounds moved along. At present, work is underway to improve the Club’s WiFi capabilities and replace existing security cameras with a new, more extensive system. Along with security, the new system will be a great management tool. Venues will be monitored by staff to better respond to service needs at our various amenities, capture and respond to distress and medical emergencies, and enhance our ability to protect and add security to community spaces. When the community pool opens this spring, it will do so with a fresh deck and all new furniture. Starting May 9th and going through September 30th there will be a flurry of activity as the Club moves forward with the restoration of the Dye and Borland courses, development of the short game area, and the addition of the Learning Center. The new design of the Borland will offer tee and green approaches for all levels of golfers, including junior and beginners. The new short game area will offer a much greater variety of golf shots, simulating course conditions while allowing more members to practice at the same time. With a growing

What’s Happening? number of golfers turning to technology to improve their game, Colleton River’s Learning Center will be of tremendous benefit on this front as well. The resulting “Practice Park” at the Nicklaus complex will provide Colleton River with an amenity unparalleled in the Lowcountry. Its proximity to the Halfway Café is an added bonus making the complex a comfortable place for family and friends to come together to practice and play, and enjoy an atmosphere of congeniality and camaraderie.

There are many ways to find out what’s going on at the Club, both digitally and in print. If you have not downloaded and registered to use the Colleton River app, be sure to pick up one of the how-to booklets in the clubhouses and get started. You can make dining, court, and tee time reservations right from your phone, as well as see all upcoming Club events. Of course there are still event flyers and the Events & Happenings booklets printed for your convenience, and the weekly email blasts tell all.

The Dye clubhouse will also get a facelift this summer while the course work is underway. Lastly, as we reported to you at the Annual Meeting, we’ve made great progress and continue to work with local Fire Department authorities to establish a permanent fire station facility off the Nicklaus maintenance area. We will keep you informed as this all comes about. Keep in the know! We have a number of communication outlets. While the Monday eblast is probably the first channel you think of, there are many more. Pick up an Events & Happenings booklet from the Nick Front Desk or from one of the boxes located inside each security gate. Flyers are available at the Front Desk, posted on bulletin boards around the campus and digital displays are in both Golf Shops and the Fitness Center. ForeTees provides golf updates and weather information while the Club App gives you handy access to activities via your mobile devices. Have a question about a policy, rule or regulation, or need a Club form? They are easy to find. Just go to the Member website home page and click on “Rules, Regs., Policies…” where you will also find financial reports and governing documents. Access Board and Committee minutes just as easily by clicking on “Events, News & Information” and following the “Board of Directors” link. Town hall and annual meetings are always very informative as are the periodic Club letter updates. And, of course, The River. Stay warm and take heart, spring is right around the corner!

Congratulations! Please join us in congratulating Erica Pepper, Events Manager, on earning her CCM (Certified Club Manager) in January! CCM is a highly sought after club management designation that takes years of classes and education. It is achieved by taking an exam covering ten management competencies including law, sports, communication, facility management, etc. ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


Note from your Club President

As we begin the new year, our Club’s members can look back at 2015 with a great deal of satisfaction. We ended the year in a strong financial position. We had a very successful Junior Amateur Championship that the USGA continues to praise throughout the country. Property sales were stronger, especially at year end. Last, Jack Proud we completed some capital projects Club President to add much-needed amenities for our members and their families to use and enjoy for many years. It is a great time to be part of Colleton River. Each year begins with a new Board of Directors consisting of member volunteers who have been elected to serve our Club as Board members. While one-third of the Board changes each year, the Board’s fundamental role remains constant. The Board sets the strategic direction of the Club. Directors facilitate member involvement and communication through our various advisory committees. Also, the Board holds our leadership team accountable to deliver planned operating results, while allowing our excellent General Manager and COO to drive


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our operating plan and manage the day-to-day activities of our Club. Tim Bakels and his team remain dedicated to operating our Club in such manner that others view Colleton River as the most sought after and desirable community in the Lowcountry. At the first Board meeting of the year, the Board of Directors endorsed the Club’s current long-range plan (available on the Club’s website) under which recent Boards have prioritized projects and developed annual operating plans and budgets. We have made great progress in following the long-range plan’s list of strategic projects to refresh and renew our current assets and amenities while taking steps to fill gaps in our competitive offering by adding new amenities. The work is far from finished, however, as we have a lot of work to do this year with the renovation of the Dye and Borland courses, and the development of our new “practice park” at the Nicklaus. The new practice park will be greatly enhanced with the addition of a new learning center due to the amazing generosity of over 50 members who made voluntary contributions to our capital funds to accelerate its development. Last, we expect to see construction begin this year on the long awaited new fire station on Club property located adjacent to our Nicklaus maintenance facility.

Meet your Board of Directors Front left to right: Roberta Bowman, Jack Proud, Winifred Baker Back left to right: Jim Rydzel, Dave Drohan, Patrick Sommers, Milton Irvin, Jim Eisert, Al Baker

In addition to recommitting to the current long-range plan for this year, the Board also committed to begin the process of developing a new/updated long-range plan in 2017. By that time the current long-range plan will be five years old, and it will be time to refresh it and set an updated strategic path for our Club. The new Board remains committed to keeping our members informed on all projects as developments occur. We have a lot to do this year and some of the work will inconvenience members. So, we ask in advance for your understanding, patience and support, while we all work together to make our Club even better. Yes, it truly is a great time to be part of Colleton River.

Welcome New Members! We’ve had several new members join our community over the last few months and want to “officially” welcome them to the Club. We look forward to getting to know you! Bud & Sande McCaffery

J. Michael & Jane Townsley

Pinehurst, NC

Aug 2015

Columbus, OH

Aug 2015

Floyd & Rebecca Weyenberg

Atlanta, GA

Aug 2015

Kevin & Pam MacKay

Dove Canyon, CA

Oct 2015

Gerald & Kathleen Woods

Long Island City, NY

Oct 2015

John & Gail Graham

Wally & Heather Nelson

Barry Carroll

Christopher & Elisabeth Hartmann

Bob & Mary Lee Rhodes

Robert & Nancy Mason

John & Marsha Ivans

Jeff Tucker

Richard & Casey Vanderveer

Roger & Jacqueline Cranmer

Thomas & Susan Jacoby

Sam & Jennifer Hodges

Tom Alaimo & Alessandra Domina

Manchester, MA

Blacksburg, VA

Charleston, SC

Dallas, TX

Chagrin Falls, OH

Park Ridge, NJ

Hilton Head, SC

Atlanta, GA

Hilton Head, SC

Skillman, NJ

Aug 2015 Oct 2015

Oct 2015

Nov 2015 Dec 2015 Dec 2015

Dec 2015

Dec 2015 Jan 2016

Jan 2016

Hilton Head, SC

Jan 2016

Haig Point, SC

Jan 2016

Vienna, VA

Jan 2016

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LINKS Course Dates to Remember Date


June 13-17

Nicklaus Course Closed for Aerification

August 8-12

Nicklaus Course Closed for Aerification

October 1 -10

Nicklaus Course Closed for Overseed

May 9-Sept 30

Dye & Borland Closed for Renovation

We had a unique spectator on the Dye Course in December, likely from one of the Bald Eagle nesting pairs that make Colleton River home every year.


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2016 Spring Event Schedule Date


March 6-8

Colleton River Collegiate

March 12

Mega Men's Day

March 13

Play for Pink

March 17-19


March 30

Single Malt Scotch Society

March 31

Ladies' Spring Member Guest

April 3

Couples' Club Championship

April 7

Ladies' Colleton Cup

April 9

Masters Challenge

April 21-23

Men's Spring Member-Guest

April 28-30

Spring Member-Member

May 5

Ladies' Closing Day

May 7

Mega Men's Day

Congratulations are in Order! Colleton River member Roberta Bowman was named Chair of the LPGA’s Board of Directors in January. She has served on the LPGA’s Board of Directors since August 2011, and also chaired the Executive Steering Committee of the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open and co-chaired the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open. “My work with the LPGA fuels two of my passions: opportunities for women to achieve their dreams, and the unique role golf plays in business and building relationships,” said Bowman. “I’ve seen how our LPGA professionals engage with fans and sponsors, and believe it provides an exceptional opportunity in professional sports. In addition to being outstanding athletes and golfers, our LPGA professionals are terrific role models as well.” Bowman will serve on the board along side another Colleton River member, Peggy Mulligan.

Congratulations to our Director of Instruction, David La Pour! He was ranked 8th on Golf Digest’s “Best Teachers in Your State” list for 2015-2016! If you have not yet taken a lesson from David, you should! His students always report great improvement in their game even after just one lesson.

Congratulations are also due to our golf professionals for their recognition by the PGA! For the Carolina PGA Hilton Head Chapter, Matt Lucchesi was named 2015 Professional of the Year, and Mark Reilly was named 2015 Assistant of the Year, for the second consecutive year. The Carolina PGA Chapter award is voted on by area PGA Golf Professionals, and recognizes golf professionals for their contributions to local, sectional, and national PGA programs. We are honored to have such great golfers leading our program!


he spring is a great time of the year for golf in the lowcountry! Our major spring club events kick off with the Men’s Pro-MemberGuest followed by this year’s new Ladies’ One Day Member-Guest, Couples’ Club Championship, Men’s Member-Guest and Men’s and Ladies Member-Member. The staff is looking forward to your participation in all of our club events.

Matt Lucchesi, PGA Director of Golf

Congratulations to golf staff member Mark Reilly! Last December, Mark was recognized and awarded with the Hilton Head Island PGA Chapter “Assistant of the Year” for 2015. Candidates are nominated based on their contributions to the game, their facility and to the Hilton Head Island PGA Chapter and Carolinas PGA Section. Mark is the first ever assistant to win this award in back to back years! If 2015 was the year of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, 2016 is the year for projects. The golf staff is excited about the renovation plans for both the Dye and Borland courses. I am certain these enhancements will increase your golfing experience, and with the proper coaching, improve your game. Most importantly, the golf staff is extremely excited about the “practice park” concept. The new short game area will be designed to create lies and shots similar to on-course conditions found on our Dye and Nicklaus courses. The new learning center will have state-of-the-art technology which will assist in improving your golf swing. The best thing about all of this is your golf professional staff will be there to coach, assist, and help you enjoy this great game of golf ! To assist you with your planning, the golf staff would like to remind you of some targeted dates. The Nicklaus Practice Facility, Borland renovation, and Dye projects will be starting this spring on May 9th. The Dye and Borland Courses will remain closed through September 30th. Beginning May 9th, the Nicklaus first tee will close at 12:00pm each Monday to allow for general course maintenance. Additionally, the Nicklaus course will be closed for aeration June 13th-17th, August 8th-12th, and October 1st-10th. Our summer reciprocal program and professional staff will be available at this time so you may have access to other courses in the area during these closures. We look forward to offering an even better golfing experience as a result of these necessary improvements. Finally, you should be aware of recent changes to handicapping and rules made by the USGA. The two most important changes that will affect you are 1) scores are not to be posted when rounds are played alone, and 2) rule 14-1b – anchoring the club. Please be aware your Golf and Handicap Committees are implementing and supporting these changes.

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The Grgich Hills Estate wine dinner last fall was a culinary adventure thanks to Chef Wysong and his team!

pring in the Lowcountry can be a wonderful time as things begin to wake up from the brief winter weather. It can also be a stressful time as another year gets underway. I always think of the season Robert Wysong as my time to renew, Executive Chef refresh and affect change in personal habits that crept in throughout the previous year. This time of year also brings me fresh hope, energy and commitment to do better, eat better, and live better. It’s easy to get caught up in diet change and resolution, but developing behavior change is easier if you have a plan. Hopefully great intentions can become better habits for a new year: • I want to do better • I want to be pleasant and kind • I want to eat cleaner • I want to enjoy family life

The Bourbon Society enjoyed a trip to Woodford Reserve Distillery with Master Distiller Chris Morris last fall. They tasted three barrels and picked out the best one with Mr. Morris, followed by a special lunch in the distillery’s private dining room!


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To the right are a few very quick and easy breakfast, mid-morning or lunch smoothies that can help deliver different results. Enjoy in great health! Your culinary team looks forward to serving you in this new year. Spring is a very special time in the south and we will celebrate it carefully. Have a wonderful and safe spring season!

Powerhouse Detox Energy Smoothie Spinach is a great source of calcium, protein, iron & vitamins A, C, E, and K. Coconut milk and coconut oil are great energy sources and have cholesterollowering properties. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids. 1 cup coconut milk 1 cup dark cherries 1/2 banana 1/2 cucumber 1 tbsp coconut oil 1/2 cup chia seeds 1/2 cup green tea 1� piece of peeled fresh ginger Handful of fresh spinach Combine all and blend until smooth for breakfast and get the day started!

Hold You Over Peanut or other natural nut butter provides protein. Almond milk is a healthy, dairy-free alternative, and whole, dry oats satiate and give energy. 1/2 banana 1 tbsp natural peanut butter or almond butter 1 cup blueberries 2 tbsp dry oats 1 cup almond milk Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Antioxidant Punch Blueberries are nutrient dense, a great source of fiber and antioxidants, and rich with vitamins C and K. Greek yogurt is rich in protein, and coconut water is dense with electrolytes. Lemon zest adds zip! 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1/2 banana 1 cup Greek yogurt 1 tsp lemon zest 1/2 cup coconut water Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth for a refreshing and satisfying treat!

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Member Jim Grove loaded up his convertible sleigh again to deliver gifts.

“Dear Mr. & Mrs. Claus and to all the elves in the background. Thank you so much for reaching out to us here at Island House. It felt like angels had been sent here by God. My gifts were just what I asked for and just what I needed. You are all angels I believe have been placed here to commit random acts of kindness. The bracelet you gave me said, “I love you to the moon and back.” That’s what I would say to my premature son born 9/26/00. It literally brought tears of joy and amazement. I loved everything that was given to me. I never thought of reading a children’s Bible and what a great idea it was! (She asked for a simple and easy to read Bible, and this was suggested by a clerk at Barnes and Noble). The silverware was vital - I had only two forks left! And the Sunflowers perfume was such a treat for me! I haven’t had a bottle of perfume in years. So may Jesus continue to do his work through your hands. And please be blessed yourselves in the New Year. Again, all my appreciation. Love, a Participant in the the Island House Program.”


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Thank you Colleton River members! Your contributions totaled in excess of $45,000 and brought holiday cheer to many of our neighbors in need. Children once again received the gift of reading through wonderful pieces of children’s literature. School social workers were able to see that children in need had holiday presents. Many local homeless families were visited by Santa with a bagful of toys and clothes. Children identified through our social service agency, US Marine Corps, and Family Promise of Beaufort County received many presents. The good news is money remains for year round support to our school clothes and supply closets, Bluffton BackPack Buddies, and Island House food pantry. Island House is a day program for mentally compromised adults that provides social services and life skills training. Each year, Operation Santa Claus provides holiday presents to the participants in the program. For most of them, this is their only holiday celebration as many live in poverty and in isolation except for their time in the day program. Your continued effort each year allows us to support our community. Thank you!

Gifts were delivered to military families in need at Parris Island.

“Many thanks for all you do for Island House. Your generosity has turned Christmas into a time of joyful celebration for a group of people who would not have a celebration of their own. I am inspired by your generosity. Thank you for caring for a precious group of people who are easily forgotten by the rest of the world.” -an Island House Caseworker


Many thanks to all who volunteered their time to make the holiday season special for children in need in our community. Everyone who shopped, wrapped, organized and delivered made Operation Santa Claus a success.

Hosting the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship last year was an honor, and the event was a great success. Thanks to the support of our membership and community, Colleton made a $100,300 donation last fall to The First Tee of the Lowcountry. The money will be used to establish an endowment creating a Colleton River Scholarship Fund to make sure families who need financial assistance can enter their children into the program, which teaches nine core life values through the game of golf. Eventually, Colleton will host a First Tee tournament pairing scholarship recipients with members, and member Paul Zaffaroni will serve on the board at The First Tee of the Lowcountry.


The Teen Holiday party at the Bluffton Boys & Girls Club was a fun time, and all the kids were very happy with their gifts.

Colleton River Friends of Habitat is building its 10th home! Construction is underway in The Glen, the first Habitat for Humanity community on Hilton Head Island, and the next Colleton-sponsored home will also be located there. We are also excited to announce a Colleton River employee is on the qualified list and will be the recipient of a new home in the next 12 to 18 months. ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


The Stan Smith Tennis Center has had a facelift! In addition to putting in a sixth court, new clay was added to the courts last fall and the landscaping was enhanced!


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e’d like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year from the Tennis Center. After a short winter break, we are running our normal tennis programming. Monday programs start at 9:00 am for the men (all levels), and 10:30 am for the women (3.5 and above). Wednesday programs start at 9:00 am with the theme of the week (all levels, men and women) followed by doubles drill and play at 10:00 am (3.5 and above men and women). We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a typical warm winter. We hope to see you all out on the courts. With the addition of the sixth court, we have seen more activity at the Tennis Center. Colleton has three USTA teams competing this spring. We have a men’s 4.0 team captained by Joe Isola, and two women’s 4.0 teams. The 40 and over is captained by Sam Boyd, and the 55 and over is captained by Louise Dickson and Pam Dyer. Come on out and cheer your teams on to victory!

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We have a number of events scheduled throughout the year so we will keep you posted on dates and times. Our first event is the Play for Pink on March 9th followed by the pro exhibition and dinner on March 11th. We’ll send reminders out to keep you informed.


Play for P.I.N.K. March 9th

We recently added new clay to the courts in the fall, so everything is looking great at the facility. See you all on the courts! – Colleton River Tennis Staff

Spring Tennis Schedule Monday


9:00 am

Men, all levels

10:30 am

Women, 3.5+

9:00 am

Theme of the Week Men/Women

10:00 am

Doubles Drill & Play Men/Women, 3.5+

Tennis Tip It sounds crazy, but many of you play better when you have less time to think on the court. Take reflex volleys for example. When your opponent drills a ball at you up at net you sometimes just react without thinking and the point goes in your favor. When you have more time to decide what to do, things tend to go south. If you have options on a shot, choose one and stick with it. Whether you choose to drive, chip, lob or drop, pick one and stick with it. Good luck!

The Nick vs. Dye Challenge was an exciting match!

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Golf Academy

D David La Pour, PGA

Spring Academy Schedule

uring the winter and off-season, your golf academy stayed busy engaging the membership with Fireside Discussions with the Pros and hosting nationally recognized, TPI golf fitness professional Lance Gill. Now that spring is here and with it, renewed hope of good golf, the academy has a great head start going into 2016.

Director of Instruction

This year we will be offering a full complement of programs to fit every type of golfer. New golfers can try our Get Golf Ready classes, womens-only Lady Linksters clinics, Wednesday CRGA advanced clinic, TPI golf fitness classes in the fitness center, special golf schools, academy days, demo/fitting days and Junior Golf Kamps in June and July. A complete schedule is posted on the member’s website under “Golf Schedule.” You can also check the weekly Monday email to see that week’s schedule of events.


Advanced Birdie Golf Clinic Nicklaus Range 11-12 pm


Get Golf Ready Nicklaus Range 4 pm


Lady Linksters 9:30 am

Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, Jun 4

Golf Academy Days Nicklaus Range 1-3 pm

Mar 26, Apr 13, Apr 22, May 14

CRGA Golf Schools

April 2

Callaway Nicklaus Range (by appt.)

By Appointment

TPI Golf Fitness Program

Need a training aid like the Power Fan, Stretching Pole, or something else that you liked during a lesson? Go to the Academy website and click on Golf Tips & Links then click the link for Golf Training Aids. (www.colletonriverclub. com/championship-golf/golf-academy)

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 2016!

TPI Corner How is Your Balance?

Control your Setup

The greatest of golf swings all have great balance. The best way to determine what level of balance a golfer possesses is to put them through the “Single Leg Balance Test.” This test measures the golfer’s overall balance. Additionally, it will highlight any proprioceptive imbalances from left to right as well as the overall stability in the core.

Golf is a game of endless variables; some that are within our control and others that are not. An often overlooked variable is setup. One-third of all golfers setup in something termed “c-posture.”

To perform the test stand tall with your arms down by your sides, but not touching your sides. Elevate one leg until the thigh is parallel with the ground. Once stable, close your eyes and see how long you can maintain your balance. Any re-positioning of the foot is considered a loss of balance. Record and repeat on the other side. More than 11 seconds is considered normal for the average human, while the PGA Tour average is 26 seconds. Failure of this test will lead to mechanical problems with your golf swing. If you happened to fail this test, stop by the golf shop and we will recommend some exercises for you that will help improve your balance.


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C-posture is an excessive rounding of the upper back or thoracic spine in your golf stance. Setting up in this position can lead to a severe loss of spinal rotation, which will in turn limit your ability to make a good backswing. Aside from depriving you of distance, c-posture may be the cause of many lower back related golf injuries. C-posture can be caused by a series of muscle imbalances, joint restrictions, or may simply be related to poor setup. If you happen to exhibit the characteristics of a c-posture setup, stop by the golf shop and we can help evaluate the cause. We may even be able to recommend some exercises to improve your setup that will help you get to a perfect backswing position.

Golf Fitness with Lance Gill Most people would not recognize the name Lance Gill, but in the golf fitness world he is a rock star. Lance is the co-director of the world renowned Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), and has taught over 10,000 experts in the fields of golf fitness, golf instruction, medicine, junior and biomechanical proficiencies. Helping thousands of amateurs and hundreds of tour players around the world, we had the pleasure of hosting Lance during a golf fitness seminar right here at Colleton River! As the 100 plus participants found out, our golf muscles may not be working correctly and walking is more of a science than we thought. Mentioning that “the quality of golf and longevity of playing golf directly relate to mobility and stability of the body.” Lance went on to talk about how to use the pelvis correctly while walking and golfing. As part of the fitness building block of the Golf Academy, we are familiar with Lance and currently have three (Matt, Mark, and myself) TPI level 2-certified golf fitness instructors here to help you. If you would like to join the TPI program, let one of us know and we’d be happy to start you on your way to better mobility and stability! For more information go to www.mytpi.com.

Last fall’s “super moon” brought extremely high tides to the Lowcountry. The water was as high as the bridge to the 4th hole on the Nicklaus course!

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The annual Ladies’ Holiday Tea was a wonderful way to celebrate the season, and the number of gifts collected for local children in need was even bigger than last year!


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This year’s of July carnival, The community dock is a great place to Fourth host an event, and if cart parade, and fireworks were a lot of fun despite you time it right, the sunset will be an amazing backdrop for your the rain storms, as usual, there was plenty of kid-cuteness! guests! This stunning scene wasand captured by member Jim Grove.


e have had the good fortune of hosting more and more baby showers over the last few years. It’s such a great opportunity for the mother-tobe to relax and enjoy the celebration. We are always here to host but we also wanted to provide some tips on how to plan a beautiful shower.

Erica Pepper

Etiquette is changing! It used to be taboo to have a mother or sister host a shower for the expecting mother, which is no longer the case. With most children not living in their home town, they are having multiple showers. Many are done now with their mother in her city and one in their current city by a friend. Catering & Events Manager

Guest List – It’s always important to ask the mother-to-be for a list of names and contact information for people she would like to make sure are included. Theme – Pick a theme and carry it through the event. The centerpieces, linen, cake, favors, invitations and food can all incorporate the theme. Invitations – There are many options for places to create a beautiful invitation. Savannah and Hilton Head have many invitation designers and there are also some really great websites you can order from. Make sure to include the RSVP number with an option they can text or an email address for responses and also where she’s registered. The RSVP deadline should be 7-10 days in advance of the shower. Décor – Enlist a florist to help you make a stunning centerpiece that sets the tablescape. You can also use specialty linens to add a more luxurious feeling to the shower. Menu – A beautiful brunch, a luncheon or an afternoon tea are all great options for the menu. Be sure to include a themed cake or cupcakes too! Favors – Favors can be placed at each setting or given as guests leave. A box full of goodies is always a nice treat. Pinterest or other sites can give you some great ideas for what to use. People tend to appreciate gifts they will use more than items that are tied into the shower. Themed cookies, local lotions, candles, makeup bags, mini-Champagnes, etc. are all items that make for great favors! Cocktails – Unfortunately, the mother-to-be can’t indulge in the cocktails but the guests can! It’s a nice touch to meet them at the door with a passed Mimosa or punch. To the right is a great recipe for an easy punch.


Entertaining Events Elderflower Champagne Punch

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice (from 8 lemons) 1/2 cup superfine sugar 2 bottles (750 ml each), chilled Champagne or other sparkling wine 1 cup chilled cranberry juice cocktail 1 cup elderflower liqueur, such as St-Germain Lemon slices Directions: In a punch bowl, stir together lemon juice and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add wine, cranberry juice cocktail, and elderflower liqueur; stir gently to combine. To serve, top with lemon slices.

Congratulations to our Recent Newlyweds: October 10th, 2015 Mr. & Mrs. Steven and Mary Curran (Scranton) October 24th, 2015 Mr. & Mrs. Ryan and Jill Larson (Ulicny) November 7th, 2015 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas and Kelsey Connor (Moody)

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t’s easier to eat a 10-inch pizza than run on the treadmill. It’s easier to make excuses than get up and get motivated to go and workout. Many of us don’t make a fitness routine a priority of our daily lives; when all we need is an hour a day to change our lives in a dramatic way. Just drinking water throughout the day will help you stay hydrated, will keep your hunger in check and flush out toxins giving you clear skin.

Member Joanne Byrd works out with trainer Jessica Haynes. Schedule your personal training session today!

Here at Colleton River, we try to cater to everyone’s fitness levels and abilities. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just learning the ropes with regard to exercising, we have something for you. Our Certified Personal Trainers are here to get you off on the right foot and to make working out fun and exciting. They will guide you through the right techniques and offer encouragement and support to make sure you hit your personal fitness goals. Classes offered at Colleton provide the opportunity to interact while being physically active with others. Group classes offer a fun environment, convenient schedule, and effectively designed workout that can be modified for any fitness level. In February, we began offering two new classes, Therapeutics and Golf Dynamics. Therapeutics is a class designed to help stretch the lower back and hamstrings, and give proper postural alignment to keep the spine happy and strong. We will use a variety of fitness techniques: mat exercises, stability ball exercises, resistance training, myofascial release, stretching, and trigger point therapy. This class is offered on Tuesday evenings at 5pm. Golf Dynamics is designed to strengthen the core, and improve mobility, flexibility and stability. It also helps reduce tension in the lower back, knees and shoulders areas. This class is offered on Wednesday and Fridays mornings at 8am. Whether you have just exercised or want to relax and feel pampered, a visit to our Spa is a perfect solution. We offer an extensive range of massages that will help you relax, unwind, and get rid of those tension areas that you might have. Stop by the Fitness Center to get your new year off to a happy and healthy start! ~Stephen Minnaar, Fitness Director


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Lifelong Learning Group (LLG)

LLG Committee members, Doris Beedie and Sue Glancey arranged for Vaughnette Goode-Walker to speak at the Nicklaus Clubhouse on January 21st. Goode-Walker is one of three authors of the book, Savannah, Immortal City – the first in a fourpart series titled Civil War Savannah. With her intimate knowledge of Savannah, she opened unknown doors and donated hundred of hours of careful guidance that helped ensure the factual accuracy of this historical series. Dressed in a beautiful, African-inspired outfit, Goode-Walker began her presentation with a tribute to the souls of enslaved people who once worked plantations in Bluffton. Showing slides of historic sites in Savannah, she told stories of the lives of urban slaves and soldiers during the Civil War. Over 60 Colleton members enjoyed a southern-inspired dinner following the presentation and had the opportunity to purchase the books. It was an honor to have her as our guest.

The LLG enjoyed a tour and holiday luncheon at Rose Hill Mansion, known as the most beautiful plantation house in the Lowcountry.

Upcoming Events

February 26th: “See Why It’s Different Out Here”; Presentation by Roberta Bowman on her experiences as a Director on the LPGA Board and dinner at the Nicklaus Clubhouse. April 27th: An all-day field trip to historic Daufuskie Island, includes ferry transportation, lunch, and a guided tour.

The Art of Seeing Art

Among the latest presentations by the Art of Seeing Art group was Red Grooms’ One Way. Melanie Andrews and Mimi Elder began their talk with Bluffton fourth and fifth graders by telling them a little about this prolific, living artist and then asking the children what they saw in the vibrant painting. The students had not been told the name of the painting, and they were asked to guess what its name might be. Whereas none of them guessed the exact name, they were extremely responsive and came up with some valid ideas. In these presentations, any thoughtful answer is greeted with respect, which validates one of the goals of the program - to give the children a chance to have someone listen respectfully to their ideas and have them taken seriously. Because Red Grooms is known for his humor, and because One Way has numerous amusing and almost cartoon-like features, the children were challenged to think about what made it museum-quality art and not a cartoon. They were given a chance to look at a piece of fine art that was not a landscape or a portrait and contemplate what it was that made it art. Melanie and Mimi encouraged the children see the different emotions of the people in the painting, and to speculate on what the artist wanted his work to convey. After quite a lively discussion, during which there was “no wrong answer,” the students were invited to create their own “one way” picture. They were given cutouts of people, vehicles, and signs and asked to color them with bright markers. A black and white poster was on an easel with city buildings and a street drawn on it. As they finished coloring, the children came to the front of the room and glued their figures onto the poster, all going one way. Other paintings presented this winter were Jackson Pollock’s Lavender Mist, Norman Rockwell’s Soda Fountain, Romare Bearden’s The Block, and Polke’s Hope Is Wanting to Pull Clouds. ColletonRiverClub.com | THE RIVER


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The new playground was put to good use over the Thanksgiving holiday.

It was an honor to have Alice Dye join us for and speak at Opening Day for the Colleton River Women’s Golf Association last fall!


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18-19 Pro-Member-Guest Both Courses, 9am

3 Couple’s Club Championship Dye Course, 1pm


4 Men’s Grilling Cooking Class Nicklaus Clubhouse, 4pm - 6pm

23 Club 46 Party Dye Clubhouse, 6pm - 10pm

6 Kayak Trip Community Dock, 8am - 10am

4 Kayak Trip Check for location, 12:30 - 2:30pm

6 Kayak Trip Check for location, 10am - 2pm

25 Critter Camp Community Dock, 9am - 12pm

6-8 J.C. Airoldi Art Workshop Dye Penthouse, 10am - 4pm

7 Town Hall Meeting Nicklaus Ballroom, 4:30pm - 6pm

8-10 Groves Art Workshop Dye Penthouse, 10am - 4pm

25 Kid’s Cooking Class Nicklaus Ballroom, 12:30 - 1:30pm

7 Ladies’ Colleton Cup Dye Course, 9am

8 Mothers Day Brunch Nicklaus Clubhouse, 11am - 2pm

9 Play for P.I.N.K. Tennis & Canasta, Check for Times

25 Name That Tune Nicklaus Ballroom, 6pm - 9pm

9 Men’s Masters Challenge Nicklaus Course, 9:30am

16 Kayak Trip Community Dock, 5pm - 7pm

10 Comedy Night Nicklaus Ballroom, 5:30pm - 9pm

26 Bunny Brunch & Egg Hunt Nicklaus Clubhouse, 10am - 1pm

9 Ladies’ Borland Bash Borland Course, 11am

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

27 Easter Sunday Brunch Nick Clubhouse, 10:30am - 2:30pm

11 Kayak Trip Check for location, 1:30 - 4:30pm

20 Play with the Pro Nicklaus Course, 10:30am

21-23 Men’s Member-Guest Both Courses, 9am

20 Social Round Robin Tennis Courts, 5:30pm - 7pm

26 LLG Trip to Daufuskie Check for location, 11am - 6pm

29 Memorial Day Party Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6pm - 9pm

11 Kayak Outing Community Dock, 10am - 12pm 11 Tennis Pro Exhibition Tennis Courts, 5:30pm - 7pm 12 Play for P.I.N.K. Bridge, 1pm - 4pm 13 Play for P.I.N.K. Nicklaus Course, 12:15pm Dinner & Silent Auction, 5pm

31 Ladies’ 1-Day Member-Guest Nicklaus Course, 1pm

APRIL 2 Colleton BBQ Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6pm - 9pm

Sunsets are breathtaking from the water as well as the Nicklaus golf course! This one was captured from a paddle board.

28-30 Member-Member Both Courses, 9am

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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. You’ll be bordered by nature yet surrounded by friends at Colleton River.

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