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Celebrating the exceptional lifestyle

Summer 2012

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2015 U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR AT COLLETON USGA selects Colleton River Plantation Club to host prestigious championship.


OPERATION SANTA CLAUS The 2011 wrap-up report: successful project benefits many

In Every Issue 4 General

Manager’s Report Welcome to Summer!

5 Note from your Club President Much to be proud of


Outdoors Master Naturalists Karen Anderson & Beverly Jennings explore life in a Port Royal Sound estuary.


SPOTLIGHT Mieke & Theo Jongen (M.S. cont. on p.18/19)

19 Lifelong

Learning Group LLG programs & events foster Colleton River community spirit.

14 HEALTH & Fitness Great tennis tips & clinics to “Keep your engine running”

Congratulations & Thanks


THE RIVER Riverfront Project: new community dock opens with ribbon cutting



TrackMan tip & more

11 Turf Talk

12  Great

Preserving Colleton’s beauty through ecofriendly practices

STYLE Stay fashionable, while keeping cool.



CALENDAR Upcoming events & activities

Chef Peter Zoole’s secret recipe for incredible collards.

Board of Directors Rob Norton – President Jim Rydzel – Vice President, Governance, Strategy & Asset Planning Chair Jerry Brenner – Treasurer, Finance Chair Richard Anderson – Alternative Product Chair Tom McKane – Architectural Review Board Chair Michael Mavrogordato – Golf Chair Al Thiess – Greens & Grounds Chair Sallie Lott – House & Ancillary Chair Bert Einloth – Marketing & Membership Development Chair This page: A beautiful view from the Borland Course About the cover: Members enjoy a stunning sunset from Colleton’s new community dock.


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General Manager’s Report Summer welcomes new dock opening & abundance of activities


The food & beverage elcome to team deserves special summer! It’s thanks and recognition here and Colfor planning and orchesleton River Members have trating a truly memorable no lack of things to do or afternoon of fun and replaces to be! As you will laxation by the pool. Be read in Sallie Lott’s article, sure to view the photos in the community dock The River’s Member opened with members enSpotlight section for joying Lowcountry fare, Scott Jaccard live music and a beautiful COO / General Manager highlights of that week! sunset. It was the perfect introduction of a new amenity I hope Of course the area beaches offer an you all will enjoy. obvious escape this time of year, but why not try something new? Visit Just a few short weeks after the dock “Local Attractions” on the member party, we celebrated Independence website to find information regarding Day. Wow! It was quite a week of fes- key annual events, tours, theater/movies, tivities, with more than 600 members, the arts, museums, water/land recreation families and friends participating. This and continuing education for Beaufort, year we introduced several exciting Bluffton, Charleston, Daufuskie Island, new offerings. On Monday evening, Hilton Head Island and Savannah. For during the Red, White & Blue Buffet, our destination members, the site which featured family-friendly lawn contains a number of events and activities games and bingo, Bill Eldridge stopped you may want to plan to enjoy during me and introduced me to his grand- your next visit to Colleton. son, Luke Matone, who wanted me to know that Colleton River “reminds me This is one event you won’t want to of Disney World.” miss: For the second consecutive year, Colleton River Plantation Club is On Tuesday, fun abounded at the thrilled to be a host course for the afternoon pool bash. One of the high- Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf lights was a pool game affectionately Tournament on Saturday, September called, “Fruit in the Pants.” If you want 1, 2012. This three-day tournament a good laugh, please visit the member matches amateur golfers with celebriwebsite and view the pics. How Fabian ties to support local children’s chariSwinkles, who probably weighs all of ties. It is a great opportunity to bring 80 pounds, was able to stuff 31 pounds your family and friends out to what of fruit into his swim trunks is an ab- promises to be an entertaining day of solute mystery! And how about Linda golf and chance to meet the celebrities. Patti, who won the adult division, with 32.5 pounds of fruit in her pants? We wish you and yours a wonderful summer season. To our members headWithout question, the highlight of the ing out for the summer, we wish you day was watching the construction and safe travels and look forward to your enthusiastic devouring of Colleton’s return home. first ever 50-foot ice cream sundae.


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Note from Your Club President


t is hard to believe that the The cynics, as well as the measure first half of 2012 is “in the of cynicism many of us possess, can,” as they say in the will always focus on shortfalls. I movie industry! First, I would do it all the time! We need to like to thank all of you who accept that, understand where “turned out,” or “called in,” to and what our challenges are, but our Town Hall Meeting in always continue to move forward. May. Our goal was to give you And that, my fellow members, is a sense of how the year had what we are doing! Rob Norton Club President started and where we saw the club’s priorities going forward in an ever On June 14th, our enhanced community changing economic environment. dock formally opened for enjoyment. There are many to recognize for their efforts to On balance, we are in excellent shape, in bring this project to completion and I am terms of typical business parameters, for a sure Sally Lott will handle that in her section community like Colleton River. You asked of this publication. some good questions that provided us with food for thought. Our principal challenge is There is also a group of semi-crazed members to stay focused on our world-class offerings working on croquet, as a good number of and strive to bring other dimensions of our members have expressed strong interest in community to comparable levels of moving this activity into Colleton’s repertoire. By the way, if you think croquet is somehow excellence, or “Simply . . . exceptional.” non-athletic, I have news for you.

Work continues on walking trails, both inside the community, as well as in the Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve that abuts Colleton. This sanctuary offers a truly incredible walking experience with turkey hunting season being a notable exception. Karen Anderson and Bev Jennings are moving this project forward. Finally, at a recent board meeting, Marsha Murphy and Doris Beedie briefed the board regarding the tremendous success of “Operation Santa Claus.” You ask me, why discuss Santa Claus in the summer? I do so because this unique piece of Colleton philanthropy works year-round in supporting Bluffton constituencies. The effort grows each year, and is but one example, among many, of our community’s generosity. We have much to be proud of!

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Dear Members, The board is extremely pleased to announce that the United States Golf Association (USGA) has elected to host its 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur championship on Colleton River Plantation Club’s acclaimed Dye Course, and equally pleased to announce that the contract for hosting this prestigious tournament has been signed by the club and the USGA. The dates for the 2015 championship, including practice rounds, will be July 17-25. The USGA’s official announcement to the world will take place during a special media event at Colleton on July 26, following the 2012 championship, which was held July 16–21 at New Hampshire’s Golf Club of New England.

•The press coverage regarding Colleton being selected to host a USGA championship will be good for our club. Fewer than 450 golf courses, out of more than 13,000 in the US, have ever hosted a USGA championship since the association, founded in 1894, began hosting them in 1895. • Hosting this championship will be a wonderful event for Hilton Head Island, the Lowcountry and the state of South Carolina. Al Thiess, General Chairman, Championship Host Committee

Considered the most important junior championship in the world, the U.S. Junior Amateur has historically served as a tournament where many of golf’s greats have first proven their ability to play at the highest levels of the game. The U.S. Junior Amateur is open to male amateur golfers, worldwide, who will not have reached their 18th birthday by the last day of the championship. The championship is one of the most grueling to win, as it requires 36 holes of stroke play to qualify 64 players for match play, and features a 36-hole final. Colleton River Plantation Club’s Dye Course & Clubhouse

2015 U.S. Junior Amateur USGA selects Colleton River Plantation Club to host prestigious championship 2011 Champion © USGA/Steven Gibbons | usga.com

Jordan Spieth, 17, of Dallas, Texas, earned a 6-and-5 victory over Chelso Barrett, 16, of Keene, N.H., to win the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. Spieth, who also won the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur, became just the second golfer in the 64-year history of the championship to claim more than one title. Tiger Woods won three consecutive Junior Amateur titles from 1991 to 1993.


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The U.S. Junior Amateur has another, more dubious, distinction. It is the only USGA championship for which Jack Nicklaus has been eligible that he did not win at least once. Nicklaus qualified for the championship five times and achieved his best finish in 1956 when he was a semifinalist. Only two golfers have won the championship more than once: Tiger Woods, who won it three times, and Jordan Spieth, who won it twice and recently finished as the low amateur in the 2012 U.S. Open Championship (June 11–17) at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Other past winners and runners up include Gay Brewer, Mason Rudolph, Al Geiberger, Jay Sigel, Johnny Miller, Andy North, Gary Koch, Brett Quigley, David Duval, Charles Howell III, Trevor Immelman, Aaron Baddeley, Hunter Mahan, Camilo Villegas, Ryan Moore and Kevin Tway, among others. While the 2015 championship will be held on the Dye Course, we will be using the Nicklaus Course for a special golf event for USGA officials and invited guests, which will take place during the morning of Sunday, July 19, of the championship week. We may also extend very limited playing privileges to others associated with the championship during the week, but the Nicklaus Course and Clubhouse will be generally available for member play during the championship. As you may recall from prior communications, the club extended its invitation to the USGA to host a national championship for several reasons, including: • It will be exciting and fun for our members to host a prestigious national championship (see below). • As the owners of two great golf courses, we owe it to the game of golf to share our treasured courses with the golfing world, especially for elite players, from time to time.

Championship Host Committee

The board has asked Al Thiess, who worked with Mike Murphy on securing this opportunity for the club, to serve as the Championship Host Committee’s General Chairman. Over the next several months, Al will be seeking members to chair a number of important committees and sub-committees. In addition to committee chairs and members, the championship will require upwards of 300 volunteers to fill a variety of roles. As the host committee structure is developed, additional communications regarding volunteer opportunities will be issued. Some of the areas for which we will be responsible include: player registration, player & family hospitality, hotel & transportation arrangements, housing in member homes, hosting a number of high-profile events, PR and on-course services, such as caddies, walking scorers, marshals, spotters, scoreboard assistance, practice area services, legal & insurance, etc. All members who want to be involved will have an opportunity to work on this important championship – and have fun in the process. Planning for the championship will begin in earnest later this summer. We look forward to the official press announcement by the USGA and Colleton River regarding our hosting of the 2015 championship, and to developing our Championship Host Committee.


Please join us for a special media event, featuring a USGA representative, local/regional dignitaries and members of the press, to announce the USGA’s selection of Colleton River Plantation Club as honored host of the prestigious 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur championship: • Thursday, July 26, 3pm • Dye Course / Clubhouse; light refreshments will be served • For additional information regarding this media event, please contact the front desk: 843.836.4400 • Please visit usga.org for additional details regarding the U.S. Junior Amateur.

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On the Links


Men’s Member-Guest Overall Champions

to our Major Spring Golf Event Winners! Matt Lucchesi, PGA Director of Golf

Congratulations & Thanks to Our Members Aided by fantastic course conditions and fabulous weather, our golf program continues to be extremely active. Through May, rounds were up by more than 1,900 from 2011 and up by 3,160 compared to 2010! A large contributor to this is our member rounds. In fact, from January 2011 through May 2012, new members contributed 1,101 rounds of golf! The golf staff thanks you for your continued support, whether through participation in events, purchase of merchandise, or support of our Colleton River Golf Academy – it is greatly appreciated! Congratulations to Director of Instruction David La Pour who recently become a Level One Certified TrackMan Operator. If you have not yet experienced TrackMan, please speak with any of your CRGA golf instructors and they will explain the features and benefits of this great technology. Our summer Reciprocal Program is in effect, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to play some of the Lowcountry’s finest courses. This program is offered through September 15 and offers members the ability to play golf at reciprocal properties for a very modest fee. Members can also host guests at reciprocal properties for the accompanied guest rate of said property. Reciprocal arrangements are required and may be made by contacting any member of our golf professional staff. Be sure to also take advantage of our new summer guest rate. From July 1 through September 15, our accompanied guest rate will be $75. This is a great opportunity for you to invite a local friend for a round of golf or plan a trip with friends, including a stay in the cottages.


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Mixed Couples Club Champions Net Champions

Gross Champions

Ray Smith & Blake Smith

Men’s Spring Member-Member Overall Champions

Gerald & Marlene Brenner

Phill Doherty & Mary Collins

Ladies’ Member-Guest Net Champions

Gross Champions


Ben Stevenson & Tom Schmitz

Ladies’ Spring Member-Member Overall Champions

Date Tournaments October 7

Play for P.I.N.K.

October 11

Ladies’ Opening Day

October 12

Mega Men’s Day

October 18-20

Mixed Couples Member-Guest

October 25 Ladies’ One Day Member-Guest October 26

Nine & Dine

October 31-November 3

Men’s Fall Member-Guest

November 10-11

Men’s & Ladies’ Club Championships

November 15-17 Men’s & Ladies’ Fall Member-Member November 30

Nine & Dine

Joyce Recktenwald & Tina Fraser

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David La Pour, PGA Director of Instruction

Turf Talk Summer is here and with it comes a great opportunity to play other venues. As Director of Golf Matt Lucchesi mentioned in his article, rounds are up and the reciprocal program with local properties is in full swing. Many of you are also playing courses around the country, and hopefully using golf academy teachings. One of the best ways to know what is going on with your golf swing is to get it analyzed by our TrackMan launch monitor. This past March, I attended the first TrackMan University class, in Palm Beach, taught by Justin Padjen, Matt Frelich and Top 100 Jim McLean, and found out what the pros know. For more details, read the Building Block tip below. We have also added new beginner and kids golf equipment, S.N.A.G. (snaggolf.com), which will help with our golf introduction program called Get Golf Ready offered this fall. Have a great summer!

From the Full Swing Building Block of the CRGA: The Jury Is Back! The high tech TrackMan launch monitor collects 26 data points on one shot and, after collecting data from the tour for 10 years, experts have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t. Professional tours have been using it for years and now the Doppler radar technology is helping golfers of all abilities. With only 14 participants in the class I attended, I felt I was getting inside information on what the game of golf has been keeping from us for 400 years. From club head speed, path, face angle, angle of attack, swing plane and other data points, the certification I received was priceless. Some of the features of the TrackMan that I have already used to help members include: launch monitor data points, club mapping, consistency testing, video data lessons, and combine skills tests. If you are a student who would like to know how to be more consistent or get more power, among other things, the TrackMan will help you understand and achieve your goals. Contact me, davidl@ colletonriverclub.com, for a TrackMan appointment, and read about the myth of side spin below.

Through Smart, Eco-Friendly Practices

David La Pour, Justin Padjen & Matt Frelich

Resuming in Sept. - weekly clinics: • Wednesday Clinic: 11am–12pm at Nicklaus range • Lady Linksters Thursday: 9:30-10:15 am at CRWGA course

Today’s tip is about “spin axis,” mistakenly called side spin: the curvature of the shot is directly related to the tilt of the ball’s spin axis. There is no such thing as “side spin” – the golf ball rotates around one single spin axis. CRGA schools, clinics/seminars generally require pre-registration. Participation may be limited. • For every 5 degrees of tilt, the ball will curve Email golfacademy@colletonriverclub.com. approximately 3.5 yards to the side per every 100 yards of carry. • For a right-handed golfer, if the spin axis is tilted to the right (positive), the ball will fade of slice. If the spin axis is tilted to the left, the ball will draw or hook. • The tilt of the axis is determined by the club path and face angle at impact. What does this mean? If you are tired of hitting a slice or hook, we now know why it is happening! It’s not side spin, but your face angle and path at impact that is creating a tilted golf ball. Couple this with the typical back spin that comes with almost all shots (maybe not metals) and you have your fade, slice, draw, hook and yes, even the straight shot. I will talk about the physics of the straight shot in the next issue. Until then, check with our TrackMan Certified Operator David La Pour to see how you can better control your spin axis.


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Bill Hirchert, CGCS Director of Agronomy

Preserving Colleton’s Beauty

CRGA Schedule TrackMan™ Tech Tip: Spin Axis I


very golf course is different. Whether it’s the location of the property, its natural surroundings, architectural design, or how it is maintained, each has its own items that make it unique. While most people never notice the underlying challenges associated with the aforementioned items, many notice the subtleties that result in greatness. One of the first things everyone notices at Colleton is our natural beauty – from the majestic 100-year-old live oaks to captivating marsh views. However, while the trees look magnificent and add true character to the courses, they can also pose challenges ranging from shade issues, pruning, Spanish moss requiring cleanup and problems with the trees’ extensive root structures. Combined, the Nicklaus and Dye Courses feature approximately three miles of marsh frontage that must be maintained in a manner that reflects a natural, untouched look, yet still enables us to enjoy all of the beauty around our courses, including views of the Atlantic Ocean and Port Royal Sound, as well as the Chechessee and Colleton Rivers. These sensitive areas can only be handpruned at certain times of the year. Pests in our area, while not entirely unique, are definitely more prevalent due to Colleton’s location. Nematodes, pesky little microorganisms found throughout the country, cause significant damage or death to grasses by either piercing or embedding themselves in plant roots. Over the last few years, the EPA has deemed many of the most effective pest control products “unsafe,” which has forced golf courses everywhere to identify acceptable alternatives. In the Lowcountry, this problem is magnified due to our winters not being cold enough to drive the nematodes down deeper into the soil, or reduce the population through freezing. Mole crickets, critters that look like mutated crickets, but burrow like a miniature mole, fly during late spring and lay their eggs – causing minimal damage compared to the juveniles. Timing of treatment determines success or failure, as in just one night these pests can make a fairway look as if hundreds of little moles had a party. We are located far enough south that we are able to play golf year-round – the warm season turf goes dormant – yet, not far enough north to stop any cool season grasses from dying during the summer. Consequently, we overseed the Nicklaus fairways and not the Dye’s. Transitions (from cool season to warm season grass) vary yearly based on the temperature and precipitation of our seasons. Very cold dry winters, for example, produce better transitions. However, very mild and wet winters produce what we are seeing this year. While the ability to play golf in February in shorts is great for the mind and body, it’s not so great for the underlying Bermuda that has been overseeded with Perennial Rye grass that thrives in these climatic conditions. As you can see, there are many challenges that are unique to Colleton River. Many of these differences help make Colleton River special and contribute to the many reasons we are known for some of the best courses in the Southeast.

Maintenance Schedule August 1–17 Dye Course closed for aerification, projects & summer efficiencies August 18–31 Nicklaus Course closed for aerification, projects & summer efficiencies September 16–25 Nicklaus Course closed for overseeding of tees & fairways September 26–Oct 5 Dye Course closed for overseeding of tees & greens

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Living in the Port Royal Sound Estuary

Photo courtesy of Phill Doherty

Photo courtesy of Google Maps

Parris Island

and obtains training designed to help them “read” the landscape and understand human impact to this amazing environment. Colleton Since our training we have participated in many Port Royal River different types of volunteer activities, including Sound Plantation assisting outreach programs (e.g., Coastal Discovery Club Museum, Port Royal Sound Foundation), bird censuses (e.g., Annual Christmas Count) and bird Hilton Head nesting trend line activity data for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This past spring we led Island groups on hikes through the Victoria Bluff Heritage Atlantic Ocean Preserve, off Colleton River Road, and hosted “Life in the Marsh” talks/touch tanks. We will be offering more hikes and learning Many of us are new residents of the Lowcountry, a unique habitat opportunities for our members and their guests this fall, and also hope where you will also find coastal species, such as mud crabs, fiddler crabs, more members will sign up for the amazing Master Naturalist class. square backed crabs, blue crabs, ribbed mussels, marsh periwinkle snails, Please contact Karen Anderson, or Colleton River’s front desk mud snails, oysters and small fish (e.g., mummichog). If you are curious (843.836.4400), if you might be interested or have any questions. to learn more about the environment around you, many educational As members of Colleton River Plantation, we are all ambassadors opportunities exist – inside and outside the gate. regarding the preservation and health of this estuary that provides life, Five members of Colleton River earned Master Naturalist certification beauty and solitude for all to enjoy. Through education and understanding after taking a course offered through the Lowcountry Institute on Spring of the dynamic ecosystems that occur in our salt marshes, we can help Island and Clemson University Extension. A Master Naturalist is a protect and ensure this natural balance continues for future generations. person who wishes to help maintain the quality of our native ecosystems – Karen Anderson and Beverly Jennings


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Photo courtesy of Phill Doherty


olleton River Plantation is located significantly sized fresh water rivers (brown in the middle of a truly unique rivers) entering it. Colleton River (black river), estuary. Estuaries are the transition which borders our peninsula, is actually a salt zones created where freshwater water finger extending inland because most of its from the uplands meets saltwater flow is in the form of ocean tides; rather than from the ocean. This “mixing zone” forms an sediment runoff from the uplands. These tides, ecosystem that offers an abundance of nutrients, or “heart beat” of the estuary, bring ocean water habitats where larval marine life can hide and into and out of the marsh daily. The Port Royal strong connections with the open ocean. The Sound and northern Georgia have the greatest result is a highly productive nursery area for average tidal amplitude (greater than 8 feet) in oceanic and coastal species. the southeastern U.S. because they are located at South Carolina has three different kinds of the vertex of the “Georgia Bight.” Here, the tidal estuaries, as typified by the Santee River delta, bulge is pushed into a smaller and smaller area Colleton River’s Master Naturalists, Port Royal Sound and the ACE Basin. We live in because of the shoreline’s curvature and Karen Anderson & Beverly Jennings, the middle of the Port Royal Sound, which is the help members learn about Colleton’s Continental Shelf region just offshore in the deepest natural port in the Southeast and is best remarkable surroundings. Atlantic Ocean. classified as an “embayment.” As residents, we enjoy and appreciate the An embayment is created when rising sea levels submerge coastal wonder and beauty of these tides as they clean and replenish the marsh valleys. The net result was and is the Port Royal Sound, which habitat that surrounds our borders. We also enjoy the ever-changing represents a marine habitat that extends 10 miles inland and up to 40 color and texture of the Spartina alterniflora, or smooth cordgrass feet in depth. Many tidal creeks reach depths of 10 or more feet. One marshes through the seasons. This is a unique grass because it thrives in half of Beaufort County’s land area is actually under marine waters, high salinity water that kills other species of vascular plants. This plant and the county represents 50% of all salt marshes along the South is the basis of the coastal aquatic food web – the energy of the marsh! Carolina coast. The Spartina alterniflora salt marsh serves as an important nursery The Port Royal Sound has these conditions because of its low lying ground for seafood species because it provides both a safe haven and a topography, exceptionally high tidal amplitude and absence of rich feeding area.

Great Outdoors

Tennis & Fitness

My TIP for you regarding recovery is this: Try to return to the appropriate position (depending on where you placed your return shot) before your ball bounces on the opponent’s side. Even if you have not reached the exact position, recover to SPLITSTEP when the opponent hits the ball back so that you will be ready to react and move again! Want to work on this and more? Take advantage of the weekly tennis clinics offered at Colleton River!: Mondays: Men’s clinics 9am, Women’s 3.5 clinics 10:30am; Wednesdays: Women’s 3.0 clinics 9am, Women’s 3.5 & above drill clinic 10:30am. On another note, have hosted several successful round robins, most recently during Memorial Day and 4th of July weekend. Good tennis and great people made for nice events! Our next round robin will take place during Labor Day weekend, so be sure to sign up or come out to watch! Check out the club’s weekly emails and calendars for all of the latest tennis events!


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“Keep your engine running...”

Mike O’Regan: Mike joined the Lowcountry Sports Network team in October 2009 and has 20 years of teaching experience. Mike graduated from the College of Wooster in 1994 with a degree in history and played tennis for his nationally ranked NCAA program. Mike has lived on Hilton Head Island for the past 10 years and is originally from Ridgewood, NJ.

Photos courtesy of Andrew Sullivan | andrew-sullivan.com


hink about the amount of gas you use to start your car after it’s been sitting (is cold), versus starting it up after it’s already been running (has been warmed up). It takes less to accomplish the latter. This principle also applies on the tennis court – if your feet are already in motion before you begin running for a ball, you are far more likely to REACT faster, MOVE quicker and REACH most balls.

Exceptional Style

Look Hot Colleton’s style expert offers great ways to stay fashionable & comfortable this summer


hat makes one golf shirt different than another? What do “pima,” “pique” and “mercerized” mean? Materials make a difference when it comes to looking and feeling good, particularly during the hot summer. The material a shirt is made of is important as it can determine a shirt’s usage, fit/draping and cost. Cotton: Different types of cotton are used to make golf shirts, most notably Pima cotton and mercerized cotton. Pima is a high quality cotton know for its long fibers. When woven into fabric, it creates an incredibly dense, soft material that is very light, but still provides a good deal of warmth. Mercerizing is a process that removes stray fibers from cotton thread before it is woven, making the fabric stronger, smoother and shinier than regular cotton, and able to provide a superior comfort and fit. Pique material, also referred to as “mesh,” is characterized by a textured fabric face with tiny holes and a fabric back that is smooth. The construction is designed to pull moisture from the skin and wick it into the air, keeping the fabric, and its wearer, relatively dry and cool. Before the days of high tech and high performance polyester yarns, pique was the original performance fabric.

Cindy Gilling Golf Shop Manager

Performance Fabrics: Performance golf shirts have become very popular for their moisture-wicking properties, as well as their fit and feel. Performance shirts are made from polyester microfiber, which makes them lighter than 100% cotton, and may also be available in cotton and poly microfiber blends. When cotton is blended with another material, such as polyester, it makes for a more movable, flexible fabric, which can benefit your golf swing, or enhance your performance. Many performance fabrics also feature antibacterial treatments that inhibit odor-causing bacteria. Fabric Weight: In regard to golf shirts and other apparel, weight refers to fabric thickness, specifically the weight of a square yard. For golf shirts, weights range from 4 to 8.5 ounces. Lighter weight shirts typically feature performance or blended fabrics, and heavier weight shirts are typically made of 100% cotton. While heavier shirts are more substantial and better in cold weather, the current trend is towards lighter, more flexible shirts. For additional information, please call the golf shop: 843.836.4410.

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Member Spotlight

Plate & Palate

Chef Peter Zoole’s Collard Greens

C Peter Zoole Executive Sous Chef

olleton River’s talented chef, Peter Zoole, was raised in South Carolina, but his parents are New York transplants. According to Peter, “Growing up, my neighbors always had a huge garden and cooked in a very Southern style that my mother did not. I always loved eating at the neighbor’s house, and especially enjoyed collards from their garden. Not until I started cooking professionally did I learn to make greens in this style. A close chef friend of mine, from Alabama, shared his grandmother’s recipe and I have been happily preparing collards in this style ever since.” Chef Peter’s collards recipe includes brown sugar and bacon. How could they not be amazing? For more information regarding Colleton’s fine culinary offerings & events, please call 843.836.4430.

except io n al EX P E RIE N C E

What a special anniversary Don and I had yesterday. It started with a cruise in August to Turkey and Greece. Forty-three red roses showed up at front door in the afternoon. Dinner at the Dye was icing on the cake. What a wonderful table you all set for us on the veranda with champagne, golfers finishing their rounds, water view, islands in the horizon. The culinary team did a wonderful job and presentation with the lobster and the steak. I hope I never forget this day. It was a 10!!! Thanks to all involved. – Susie & Don Drobny Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ingredie nts • 2 lbs collard greens: rinsed, stemmed & thinly sliced • 8 oz smoked bacon, diced small • 1 medium-sized sweet onion, diced small • ½ c brown sugar • 2 fl oz apple cider vinegar • 1 qt chicken stock • freshly ground black pepper & salt, to taste

M ETH OD 1. C  ook bacon in a sauce pot over medium heat until some of the fat is rendered. 2. Add onions and cook until they are light brown. 3. S  tir in collard greens and remaining ingredients. Cover and cook for at least 1 hour, until greens are tender. 4. R  emove lid and cook until liquid reduces, mixture is almost dry. 5. Season to taste. Serve and enjoy!


olleton River Plantation Club has longed enjoyed recognition for its world-class golf courses, stunning natural backdrop, majestic wildlife and countless other assets, but those who have elected to call Colleton home, or invest in this fine community, will attest that the rewards of membership extend well beyond amenities traditionally associated with communities of Colleton’s caliber. According to members Mieke and Theo Jongen, a real estate developer, it is also the unique membership, attentive staff and outstanding service that help create Colleton’s “Simply . . . exceptional” lifestyle. While the former architects maintain homes in several beautiful destinations, as well as their Aaart Foundation in Tirol, Austria, their passion for Colleton is even more emphatic today than it was more than 20 years ago when they became among the first of Colleton’s devoted members. The River: What brought you to the Lowcountry and how did you learn about Colleton River Plantation Club? Mieke Jongen: We came here 21 years ago due to business in Atlanta. We had a few extra days and decided to visit Hilton Head Island. My son and nephew were driving around and brought a nice brochure of Colleton River back to our hotel. Our son was in architect school in Holland and, I told him, let’s go see SCAD in Savannah.

Meet Your Neighbors: Mieke & Theo Jongen

Theo Jongen: We believed Colleton was a good investment, but never thought we would build a home here. Construction began in 1999 and, in 2000, we moved in. MJ: Our son decided to do his Masters at SCAD. We would visit and stay here longer and longer. Our children love it here. TR: What do you think makes Colleton so special, different from other communities? TJ: First, it gets boring to play the same course over and over. The developers did a spectacular job here, particularly with regard to offering two wonderful golf courses.


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MJ: Colleton’s nature – the trees, the wildlife, the marshes – is just unbelievable. It is so peaceful and relaxing just to be here, but there is also much to do – tennis, fitness classes and more – for people who like to be active. The quality of service is outstanding at Colleton and everyone is very nice. It is also very easy to make friends with interesting people from all over the world. TJ: Yes, we can be gone for six months, come back and everyone is happy to see you, very welcoming. You feel like you are at home. It is amazing how easy it is to get friends and family energized about Colleton River. To learn more about membership opportunities, please call the front desk: 843.836.4400. ColletonRiverClub.com | The River


Member Spotlight

Fourth of July Festivities

Nine n’ Dine Winners of Colleton’s Nine & Dine event on May 24, 2012: (l-r) Andy & Pam Arway, Judith & Bill Eldridge.

Nothing more American than grilled hot dogs, hot apple pie and... a good old-fashioned hula hoop contest!

Colleton member Cheri Kish shows off her patriotic spirit during the golf cart parade. Colleton’s annual fireworks display is simply spectacular.

Memorial Day Memorial Day fun included croquet action for all ages.

Piano Recital & Dinner Colleton was proud to host Zhu Wang, 1st prize winner of the 2011 International Young Artists Piano Competition, for a special performance and dinner at the Nicklaus Clubhouse.

(Here/right) Colleton members partake in some friendly “Fruit in the Pants” competition at the community pool. Spoons were flying at the debut of Colleton’s 50-foot ice cream sundae.

The putting contest drew an enthusiastic field of competitors.

Lifelong Learning Group The Lifelong Learning Group (LLG) is pleased to welcome Lynda Rankin and announce that we have begun planning Season IV programs/field trips. We are gathering information regarding local places of interest, such as Hilton Head’s Mitchelville, the Port of Savannah and the Ships of the Sea Museum, and organizing a SCAD tour that will include lunch at Gryphon. In September we will tour the Coastal Discovery Museum and enjoy a lecture in the museum’s butterfly habitat. On November 30 we will enjoy a tour of historic Rose Hill Mansion, which will include lunch. The mansion has been beautifully restored and will feature holiday decorations. LLG is also planning a Colleton River Travel Night that will enable members to share travel experiences. This is just a sample of exciting events to come. Please call the front desk, 843.836.4400, for additional details. (Pictured l-r: Bert Einloth, Sue Glancey, Doris Beedie & Lynda Rankin)


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The children were all smiles opening gifts from Colleton.

Colleton members Doris Beedie and Marsha Murphy prepare gifts.


nce again Operation Santa Claus (OSC) was a tremendous success thanks to all the support and hard work of the Colleton River membership. Due to your generosity, we were able to increase the number of children receiving holiday presents from 175 to more than 200, purchase additional food for our local food pantry, purchase books and holiday presents for children we sponsored, provide educational toys, supplies and reading materials for preschoolers and elementary-age children, and increase our support to the clothes pantries at our local schools. All this was made possible through: donations from 139 members, 40 shoppers, including four Colleton teens who selected gifts for the teens we sponsored, more than 50 gift wrappers, seven delivery teams, and assistance from our Colleton River staff. Contributions to the fund totaled in excess of $31,000. The Colleton River Plantation Operation Santa Claus Fund was established in 2000 and continues to provide holiday presents to those in need in the Bluffton area and to augment the basic needs, i.e., food and clothing, for our neighbors in need. Listed below is an accounting report regarding how our 2011 Operation Santa Claus Fund contributions were spent: O rg a n i z atio n / P urpose Bluffton Self Help (BSH): Umbrella social outreach organization in our community providing food, clothing, housing


Island House: An adult daycare program set up to teach basic life and employment skills to mentally challenged adults. OSC purchased holiday presents for 18 adults registered in the program. Many of their holiday wish lists included needed toiletries, shirts, pants, underwear, linens, pots and pans. Grant money has been scarce this year and OSC was able to fill their food pantry several times. This food will enable the program to continue teaching life skills in food preparation.


The Children’s Center: Provides quality affordable day-care and after school programs for approximately 85 children of


Family Promise: Provides housing, counseling, and education and job skills training to homeless families who are housed at our local Bluffton churches. Purchased holiday presents for 24 individuals enrolled in the program over the Holidays. We were able to fill Santa’s pack with clothing, toys, and books and bring some holiday cheer to these deserving families. familypromisebeaufortcounty.org


Clothes Pantries at MC Riley Elementary, HE McCracken Middle School & Bluffton Middle School: Filled the clothes closets at our local schools, maintained by the school social worker for children in need, with warm


Rising Start Reading Program & Reading Books: Provided funds to purchase reading materials for a Saturday reading program targeted at children in kindergarten through 3rd grade who have fallen terribly behind in reading. Also gifted books to each child we sponsored through Operation Santa Claus.


Boys & Girls Club: Provided holiday presents for the 33 teenagers enrolled in their Teen Program. For many of these teens


Meals on Wheels: Provided a grant to this program that provides nutritious meals to our area elderly shut-in population.


USMC Children Sponsored 13 children of Marine Corp families who were identified by their Sergeant Majors as needing


and utility assistance to those in need in the Bluffton area. Through BSH, we adopted 75 children and provided them with holiday presents including warm clothing, shoes, books, toys and athletic equipment. blufftonselfhelp.org

working parents in Bluffton. Fees are based on a sliding scale according to financial need. OSC purchased educational supplies, games, books, educational toys and consumable art supplies from the teacher’s wish lists. The Children’s Center was greatly impacted by the economic downturn and decrease in grants. In addition to the Bluffton center, the original center is situated on Hilton Head. thechildrenscentersc.org

Operation Santa Claus 2011 Wrap-Up Report

jackets, sweaters, socks, underwear, long pants, & shirts. We also adopted 13 teenagers in need through McCracken Middle School and provided holiday presents. As in the past, OSC will fill backpacks of children in need with school supplies this August.

it was the only holiday gifts they receive. Thanks to a very generous donation of sportswear from Jupiter Sportswear each teen also received an article of athletic wear. bgclowcountry.org

Colleton received an outpouring of thanks.

A day at The Children’s Center in Bluffton

Over 85% of those receiving meals are subsidized based on means testing. mowblufftonhhi.com

additional assistance during the holidays. Purchased holiday presents from wish lists provided by their parents. Lists included needed shoes, clothing and coats. usmc-mccs.org/cyt

Wrapping Supplies: purchased to wrap gifts


Community Foundation of the Lowcountry: administrative expenses paid to CFL. cf-lowcountry.org


Bluffton Self Help Food Pantry: Restocked our local food pantry with required items, such as eggs, milk, cereal, &


other proteins.

Remaining funds targeted for children’s basic nutritional needs through OSC’s sponsorship of Backpack Buddies and Bluffton Self Help Food Pantry.

Total Contributions to Operation Santa Claus:


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Upcoming Events & Activities

News at The River

Mark your calendar! Colleton River is planning a Copacabana Night, hosting the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament, gearing up for Labor Day festivities & more!

Members enjoyed a stunning sunset following a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new community dock. At right (l-r), project co-chairs Jim Cubbin, Bill McDaniel and Sallie Lott.


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Copacabana Night Rio De Janeiro-style Nicklaus pool; 6:30pm - cocktails, 7pm - buffet  LG Author Luncheon L Nicklaus Ballroom, speaker: author S.J. Tagliareni 11am, lunch 12pm


Garden Club Dye Penthouse, 10am–12pm

Meet the winning team of the May Trivia Night event.


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Labor Day Round Robin Tennis courts, 3pm  HI Celebrity Golf Tournament - Day 2 of the H 3-day event will take place at the Dye. Swing with celebs, or come out & show your support as a spectator! Proceeds benefit 20 children’s charities. Visit hhcelebritygolf.com for more details.

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ased on recommendations from our membership, we are happy to report that the River Center and our refurbished community dock are now recognized as significant assets of Colleton River Plantation Club. Although we had hoped that this project could be completed sooner, the ribbon cutting ceremony and christening of the dock took place on June 14, 2012. The membership turned out in force to recognize this accomplishment and enjoy this new amenity.

Many thanks to the work group that brought this dream to reality. The team included co-chairs Jim Cubbin and Bill McDaniel, with special assistance from Jim Buggie, Nathan Cameron and Bill Campbell – whom we borrowed from his ARB workload to assist us. There were numerous other volunteers and the community is most grateful to everyone for their help. We extended this work group to include an activities group to help plan events at the River Center. This group, comprising Karen Anderson, Bev Jennings, Peter Cram, Samantha Boyd and Vickie Must,


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A final embellishment will include native vegetation landscaping along the pathway and the parking lot. Additional furniture for the dock area will also be ordered in the future. So venture on down and enjoy the River Center. It’s just another reason why Colleton River is “Simply . . . exceptional!” For additional information please call the front desk: 843.836.4400.

Trivia Night Nicklaus Clubhouse 5:30pm arrival, 6pm dinner, 7pm trivia PlumpJack Wine Dinner (tbd)

has already brought you “Critters of the Salt Marsh” and “Down at the Dock” fishing and crabbing lessons with Steve Chambliss. More activities are planned for the future. The enhancements to the River Center include a restroom facility near the parking lot, the expansion of the deck floor and a roof over two-thirds of the dock, including lighting and fans. We have also added a kayak rack and kayak launcher, a fish cleaning station, lighting and a new pathway to the River Center.

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Labor Day Celebration Cookout: Dye Clubhouse, 6-9pm

Wine lovers rejoice! A new wine dinner is in the works.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Sullivan | andrew-sullivan.com

Sallie Lott House & Ancillary Chair

Colleton River Plantation Club expands its repertoire of “Simply . . . exceptional” assets

Popular sports icon Bobby Cremins, with 4th of July revelers, will be among the stars, representing sports & entertainment, participating in the 2012 Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Garden Club Dye Penthouse, 10am–12pm

Chop House Night Nicklaus Clubhouse, 6–9pm



Tennis Ladies’ Member – Guest Tennis courts, 9:30–11:30am; lunch, 12pm in the Nicklaus Ballroom

For reservations or additional information, please call the front desk: 843.836.4400. ColletonRiverClub.com | The River


Simply . . . exceptional

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 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 and an active, philanthropic community that epitomizes Southern hospitality. Imagine the exceptional and make it a reality‌ at Colleton River.

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