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Celebrating the exceptional lifestyle

Winter 2013

This page: An elegant Christmas tree, resplendent in silver & scarlet, adorns the Dye Clubhouse. About the cover: Colleton members and guests were treated to a stunning holiday display during the 17th Annual Ladies’ Holiday Tea.


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COLLETON CARES From Operation Santa Claus to Habitat for Humanity, here is just a sampling of Members’ philanthropic endeavors.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Meet your new leaders for 2013.

In Every Issue 4 Note from your Club President Proud of Our Community


TrackMan tip, academy schedule & more


Upcoming activities, Major Events Winners, & staff developments

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Outdoors Master Naturalists Karen Anderson & Beverly Jennings show members how to “Blaze the Trails” in Colleton.


Food & Beverage Service Manager Chris Yarrison uncorks some savvy food & wine pairing guidelines.

18 HEALTH & Fitness


NEWS Dolphin tours, paddleboarding, new oyster tables & more


SPOTLIGHT 6th Annual Lighting of the Tree, iPad workshop, Tennis Ladies’ Member-Guest

Simple tips for getting back on track and into shape after the holidays

19 Lifelong

Learning Group Travel night, a tour of SCAD, and a special artist dinner


CALENDAR Colleton’s upcoming events & activities

Board of Directors Rob Norton – President, Executive Committee Jim Rydzel – Vice President, Executive Committee; Chair: Governance, Strategy & Asset Planning; Audit Richard Anderson – Vice President, Executive Committee; Chair: Greens & Grounds Michael Mavrogordato – Chair: Golf Al Thiess – Chair: USGA Junior Amateur; Audit Bert Einloth – Chair: Marketing–Internal; Audit Jim Hooker – Chair: Marketing–External Jim Humphrey – Executive Committee, Audit; Chair: Finance Tom Wooster – Chair: House & Ancillary

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Note from Your Club President


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y the time you receive this latest edition of The River, we will be well into 2013. I think we can all be proud of our c o m m u n i t y ’ s accomplishments during Rob Norton the past year, but let’s not Club President dwell on the past. This year will have its own unique challenges and accomplishments. Our ruling documents cause us to change one third of our Board each year; that changes group chemistry a bit, but we have much that unites us, from Board to Board, regarding important issues facing Colleton. You will read about our new Board in this issue. At our 2012 Annual Meeting, one of our members challenged us to be more assertive in the way we remind people throughout the Lowcountry of our generosity. It brought to mind the recent activity around the idea that “Colleton Cares.” I was with a group of Colleton friends not long ago when this topic came up. We briefly shared with each other what some of our philanthropic interests were. A small number of people had a long list – a very long list. Many of these charities, causes, or whatever you choose to call them, receive virtually no publicity. The financial commitment to many of these is very substantial. If we were to hijack the tax returns of our membership and started to aggregate the charitable deductions, I am sure most of us would be “blown away.” We care a lot, many of us in our own unique and profoundly private ways. But we also care a lot as a Colleton community. And we will do more to let the public know about these great efforts. In this issue you will hear more about Operation Santa Claus, Habitat for Humanity, Play for P.I.N.K. and Operation Welcome Home; as well as some very special ladies who can’t help but to incorporate charitable giving into their annual holiday traditions. As I reflect on how much our fellow members give back to the community year-round, I feel honored to call Colleton River my home.

Operation Santa Claus organizers (L-R) Marsha Murphy, Nancy Taylor, Doris Beedie and Carol Lyons, with guest Lakeisha Bennett and son (middle).



Thanks to the generosity of its membership, Colleton River Plantation Club is proud to enjoy a long history of giving back to the community. The following represent a sampling of philanthropic endeavors.

Operation Santa Claus Santa sent us a quick note, before the holidays, to let us know what a great job we did with Operation Santa Claus. For the 13th year in a row, our ornament tree continues to grow with donations topping $34,000 for 2012. That is incredible and we thank you, one and all. A record number of CRPC shoppers selected beautiful clothes and toys for 284 of their neighbors in need, and each child received a fine piece of children’s literature. Once again, we also sponsored many of the “forgotten” teens in our area. Colleton also continues to set the wrapping record with more than 75 members wrapping 1,500 packages in two hours. All of


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these packages were delivered well before Santa made his run in the sleigh. The clothes closets maintained at our area schools are now filled with warm winter attire, and our Habitat [for Humanity] guys made one last run with the BackPack Buddies food boxes. Bluffton Children’s Center wish lists, for educational materials, were fulfilled, funds have been reserved to assist with children’s basic needs and BackPack Buddies will be funded— all thanks to your generosity through Operation Santa Claus. Colleton River has done a wonderful job and all of us have truly enjoyed this season of giving.

Photo captions clockwise from above: Santa visits The Children’s Center of Bluffton. Steve & Linda Irgens stopped by the Marine POC office at Parris Island on December 11 to deliver gifts. Colleton teens Kate Cram, Abby & Russell Freed, and Hunter Boyd lend their expertise on Shopping Day of Operation Santa Claus. Member Jim Grove delivering gifts in his Mustang sleigh. Members Bill McDaniel and Bettygail Fulcher wrapping gifts at Colleton River Plantation Club. Colleton River members deliver gifts to Bluffton Self Help. L-R: Mark Hyner, Alvin McCain, Jerry Hall, Marsha Murphy, Billy Adams (December 11).

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Photos clockwise from top: Canasta Ladies had a “blast” pulling their Christmas Crackers during their annual holiday luncheon. Colleton River’s Nicklaus Course was adorned with a pink ribbon, in support of breast cancer awareness, for its popular annual “Play for P.I.N.K.” event. Colleton River member Bernie Gallagher donned the “Play for P.I.N.K.” hat for charity. The 17th Annual Ladies’ Holiday Tea event. Ladies’ Holiday Tea gifts for Bluffton Self Help.


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From honoring our troops and supporting our staff to hosting charitable teas and tournaments, Colleton River Plantation Club members enjoy giving back to the community in countless ways – not only during the holiday season, but year-round! Canasta Holiday Luncheon The Canasta Ladies had a wonderful time at their annual Holiday Luncheon on December 5. And, the icing on the cake... They raised $658 in funds to support Bluffton Self Help. Thank you ladies!

Habitat for Humanity

Colleton River Plantation Club, through Colleton River Friends of Habitat, has been a major supporter of the Habitat for Humanity organization by sponsoring the Play for P.I.N.K. construction of eight homes for Bluffton residents (the most recent Colleton River Plantation Club is proud to announce that the featured in the Fall 2012 issue of The River). “Play for P.I.N.K.” event it hosted October 7, 2012, on its highly Bill Spadafora and Bob Grace organized a donation drive to acclaimed Nicklaus Course, raised more than $11,000 for breast support the Habitat Resale Store, which sells donated items with cancer research. proceeds going to Habitat’s home construction program. Items According to Colleton’s “Play for P.I.N.K.” Committee, were picked up at Colleton River Members’ homes November 12 including Gail Kraemer, Mary Rydzel, Sandy Wooster and Jean 16, 2012. This was an excellent opportunity to downsize unneeded Drake, Colleton’s “Play for P.I.N.K.” event has raised more than “stuff ” and to give to a wonderful cause! $166,000 for breast cancer research since its inception in 2006. Colleton River Friends of Habitat will be back at work in 2013! The committee attributes its success to members’ The newest Habitat for Humanity community, “The ongoing support of this worthy cause, as well as the Glen,” will be constructed on Hilton Head Island once significant efforts of Colleton’s dedicated staff. the infrastructure is in place. Colleton River Friends Colleton’s “Play “Play for P.I.N.K.,” open to female and male of Habitat are also happy to report that Colleton members, features an 18-hole stroke play format River will be presented with a wonderful naming for P. I.N.K.” followed by an awards dinner with silent auction. opportunity honoring the Colleton River community event has In addition to playing opportunities, those who and its tremendous efforts and generosity. More would like to contribute can sponsor a golf hole or information will be coming your way in upcoming raised more make a donation. Colleton member Janice Eisert issues of The River. than $166,000! shot a hole-in-one on no. 17 during this year’s “Play for P.I.N.K.” Congratulations! Member Donations to Staff Colleton River Plantation Club members generously 17th Annual Ladies’ Holiday Tea support the non-management team during the The 17th Annual Ladies’ Holiday Tea was a holiday season. In 2012, members donated more than $61,000 to memorable one. Everyone shared in the holiday spirit by donating help make the holidays a bit brighter for the staff! gifts (for children ages toddler to 17 years) to Bluffton Self Help so that others could enjoy the holidays as well. Give Back to the Community The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry serves Beaufort, Operation Welcome Home Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties in South Carolina. Operation Welcome Home continued its efforts in 2012 preparing This non-profit organization was founded to help enhance the packages for over 165 Marines returning home. Packages included: quality of life for all of our citizens, now and for generations to deodorant, bars of soap, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, come, by building community endowments, addressing needs hand sanitizer, mouthwash, Q-tips and snacks. through grant making and providing leadership regarding key Thank you to Colleton River Member Sherry community issues. Steele who led this effort, and to all who Please visit lowcountryvolunteerconnections.org for additional participated. Your support for our military information and volunteer opportunities. men and women is greatly appreciated!

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David La Pour, PGA Director of Instruction

News from the Golf Academy


hat a great 2012 fall golfing season we had at Colleton River! The Golf Academy instructors would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the champions, overall winners, flight winners, gross/net winners, runner up winners and all of the participants who competed. In keeping with our vision of operating the finest teaching program for a club community in the USA, it’s encouraging to see our members/students practice, play, succeed and benefit from all of the hard work that golf requires. Way to “Manage Your Golf Game!” Whether you find yourself in the Lowcountry, or further north this winter, it is a good time to re-evaluate your golf game and set goals for 2013. The Golf Academy has a couple of options for you to consider before we get into the full swing of spring. Starting January 12, our Winter Series/Pub Night will bring two popular venues together: a CRGA clinic in the Dye Penthouse at 4pm, followed by libations in Bagger’s Pub. In March, we will also be introducing the “Titleist Performance Institute Fitness Classes,” with the popular “Get Golf Ready” classes for newer golfers. Along with our private lessons, clinics and golf schools, the Golf Academy hopes to help you reach our goal of creating a fun and productive learning experience for our members and their guests. Have a great 2013, and I’ll see you on the range!

From the Full Swing Building Block of the CRGA...

Bounce & Roll!

For given turf conditions, bounce and roll is primarily determined by the ball’s landing speed, landing angle and landing spin rate; however, TrackManTM has found landing ball speed to be relatively consistent for all full swing shots. • Thus, to control bounce and roll, the golfer should focus on landing angle and landing spin rate. Landing angle and landing spin rate are determined primarily by the initial launch angle and initial spin rate. • On a normal dry fairway, a drive will bounce and roll 33 yards at a landing angle of 45 degrees, whereas at a landing angle of 30 degrees the bounce and roll is increased to 50 yards. What does this mean for you? The steeper your landing angle, the less the ball will carry and roll out. The professional tours (for men and women) are averaging about a 38-degree landing angle with drivers and 48 degrees with mid irons. An average golfer should follow suit, favoring lower landing angles for longer clubs and higher landing angles for shots into the green. At a 45-degree landing angle, half of the ball’s momentum is traveling down as opposed to forward – the spin can help with the rest.

Academy Schedule January – May Winter Series / Pub Night Saturdays, 4 -5pm, beginning in January, in the Dye Penthouse: • Jan. 12 – Putting • Jan. 19 – The Short Game • Feb. 2 – TPI Golf Fitness • Feb. 9 – The Full Swing •F  eb. 16 – Course Management & The Art of Golf • Feb. 23 – Equipment • Mar. 2 – Rules & Etiquette Weekly CRGA Clinics & Events • Lady Linksters: Thursdays, 9:30-10:15am, beginning in February, at the CRWGA course • TPI Fitness Classes: Tuesdays, 9am, during March & April, in the Fitness Center •M  ar. 1 – CRGA Golf School: Short Game; 1-4pm at the Borland course •M  ar. 2 – CRGA Academy Day: 1- 3pm at the Nicklaus range • Mar. 6 – CRGA Golf School: Full Swing; 9am–4:pm at the Nicklaus course • Mar. 8 – CRGA Homecoming Experience: 9am–12pm at the Nicklaus course • Mar. 13 – April 10 (Wednesdays) Get Golf Ready II (Alumni Class): 4-5pm at the Nicklaus course

Happy New Year!

On the Links

As we head into the new year, the golf staff is looking forward to continued growth and improvement with our golf programs. The staff thanks you for your participation in our club events and we appreciate your feedback from our tournament surveys. The golf staff’s goal is to create events that will attract golfers of all skill levels. To view upcoming 2013 events, please visit ForeTees or the club website. On a staffing note, we have changed our staffing model Matt Lucchesi, PGA and will now operate with only one Head Golf Professional. Director of Golf Derrick Garrou will assume overseeing all day-to-day operations at both facilities at Colleton River. We view this as an opportunity to help create valued positions within the entire staffing model and assist with future recruiting for positions. We have a great team of Professionals at Colleton River and their primary goal is to deliver an exceptional golfing experience for you and your guests. The challenge is replacing these fine Professionals when they move on with their careers! The staff is also looking forward to attending this year’s PGA Merchandise Show, which is held in Orlando in late January. It’s during this time that manufacturers launch new products and attending this show gives the staff an opportunity to learn about new products’ features and benefits, which we can pass on to you. Many manufacturers, such as Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway and Ping, will be launching new equipment and several apparel companies will be showcasing their fall lines. In closing, the staff is looking forward to conducting golf events that will foster fun competition, but more importantly, camaraderie within our community. We congratulate our fall winners and thank you in advance for your support of the upcoming spring events. Lastly, we wish you a healthy and happy new year!

2013 WINTER / SPRING GOLF SCHEDULE Date Tournaments January 20

Couples’ Twilight

February 7

Ladies’ Winterfest

February 17

Couples’ Twilight

February 22

Mega Men’s Day

March 3

Couples’ Twilight

• Apr. 6 – CRGA Academy Day: 1–3pm at the Nicklaus range

March 8-9

Member Homecoming Weekend

March 12

Nine & Dine

• Apr. 17 – CRGA Special Clinic: Green Reading; 9am–12pm at the Dye Course

March 14

Ladies’ Pro-Lady

March 21-23

Men’s Club Challenge

April 3-5

Ladies’ Member-Guest

April 7

Couples’ Club Championship

April 11

Ladies’ “Colleton Cup”

 ay 11 – CRGA Academy Day: •M 1–3pm at the Nicklaus Course

April 13

Men’s Masters Challenge

April 23

Nine & Dine

•M  ay 25 – CRGA Golf School: 9am–4pm at the Nicklaus Course

April 25-27

Men’s Member-Guest

May 1-4

Men’s and Ladies’ Member-Member

May 9

Ladies’ Closing Day

May 10

Mega Men’s Day

• Mar. 29 – CRGA Golf School: Short Game; 1–4pm at the Borland course

• Apr. 26 – CRGA Ladies Only Golf School: 9am–4pm, Nicklaus Course

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Congratulations to Our 2012 Men’s and Ladies’ Club Champions

Men’s Club Champion Ron Wilson Runner Up: Neal Morrison Men’s Net Champion: Richard Kraemer Runner Up: Rick McKinnish

Mixed Couples’ Member-Guest

Overall Net Winners John & Barb Brophy Mary Collins & Phill Doherty Dye Flight Low Net Robert & Rosemarie Obernier Jay & Jill Pankosky

Overall Gross Winners Dean & Kelly Petracca Mike & Reggie Sommer

2nd Net John & Barb Hammill Bruce & Annabel DeBoer

Nicklaus Flight 2nd Net Bill & Cindy Lewis Keith & Lisa Symons

Fall Men’s and Ladies’ Member-Member Ladies’ Club Champion Sandra Helgemoe Runner Up: Kathy Clancey Ladies’ Net Champion: Mary Rydzel Runner Up: Gail Kraemer

Men’s Senior Club Champion Bill Spadafora Runner Up: Lee Irving

Overall Champions Barb Sommers & Gail Kraemer

Overall Champions Jim Cubbin & Rick McKinnish

Ladies’ division Lopez Flight Gilda Dee & Christine Rockett Cheri Kish & Karen Bennett

Pepper Flight Barb Sommers & Gail Kraemer Doris Beedie & Sue Glancey

Sorenstam Flight Kelly Petracca & June Buggie Sherry Steele & Linda Shettel MEN’S division Nicklaus Flight Drew Freed & Dick Anderson Lee Irving & Al Thiess Watson Flight Jim Kreuzer & Joe Gareau Jon Taylor & Cam Binnie Palmer Flight Skip Borhuetter & John Faul Clarke Steele & Tom Leahy


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Inkster Flight Kim Olds & Eileen Faul Kathie Arnold & Pat Miller

Hogan Flight Tim McDougall & Kevin Fegan Don Lott & Bob Arnold Player Flight Jim Cubbin & Rick McKinnish Jeff Halseth & Jeff Hull Jones Flight Dan Diehl & Jerry Kretzschmar George Metzger & Jim Adams

Fall Golf Events Winners! Men’s “Colleton Cup” Member-Guest

Overall Champions Rob Muddiman Ramunas Saplys

2nd Place – 26 Eileen & John Faul, Catherine Boisvert & Skip Bornhuetter

Colleton River 25½: Craig Bright Nate Caron 24: Taylor Broughton David Clayton

Kiawah Island 27: Carl Miller Geof Greenleaf 26: Joe Bauer Carl Bauer

Oakmont 27: Rob Muddiman Ramunas Saplys 25: Dave Drohan Joseph Drohan

Pine Valley 25: Jon Taylor Rodney Taylor 23: Steve Ridout Mark Stacey

Augusta National 26½: Hal Parrish Trey Parrish 24½: Jon Boyd Stephen Henry

Oak Hill 29: Al Wall Russ Hanscom 25: Jim Porter Scott Winkelman

Winged Foot 26½: Jeffrey Casto Ronald Kopp 24: Jeff Hall Brad Blumenthal

Couples’ Twilight

Couples’ Nine & Dine

1st Place – 24 MJ & John Rittenhouse Kim Olds & Duane Deline

1st Place – 27 Jim & Janice Eisert Terry & Julia McLoud

3rd Place – 28 Roberta & Andrew Bowman Hazel & Kevin Fegan

4th Place – 28 Gail & Richard Kraemer Jan & Joe Pittelli

Ladies’ One-Day Member-Guest

2nd Place – 28 John & Kathy Clancey Richard & Pat Fowler

3rd Place – 28 Bill & Candice Spadafora Keith & Beverly Jennings

2012 Ladies’ Opening Day

1st Place Low Net – 119 Jane Zwerner Laura Hrubi Jan Mead Diane Foster

1st Place Low Gross – 150 Pamela Arway Susan Carlson Renee Rezzetano Mary Jones

1st Place Team Ginny Hackbert Roberta Wright Diane Hocevar Valerie Norris

2nd Place Team Karen Bennett Doris Beedie Margaret Rainville Marla Stan

2nd Place Low Net – 122 Linda Shettel Gloria Johnson Pam Davis Ronnie Knapp

3rd Place Low Net – 125 Nora Kennedy Patti Van de Graaf Wendy Baker Alicia Strickland

3rd Place Team Sandra Wooster Susan Somma Denise Drohan Barbara John Jean Drake

4th Place Team Beau Miller Jan Mead Barbara Whitman Samantha Boyd

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Great Outdoors

Blaze theTrails

Colleton River is ideal for walking, jogging and biking with nature

Clockwise from top: Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve trail; Longleaf Pine; Small saw dust “hill� indicating where a portable sawmill had been set up.


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The VBHP “trailhead” is located across from the intersection of Colleton River Drive and Bayley Road. As you enter the preserve, stop and think about “habitat.” Because this trail section is closer to the river, it is located in a coastal maritime forest habitat. Here you will find Live oaks, Loblolly pines, Spanish moss and Palmetto palms. As you hike closer toward Highway 278, you will find a habitat of Longleaf and Slash pine trees with Saw Palmetto ground cover. This “pine-saw” community is widespread in Florida and Georgia, but rare in South Carolina. In the 19th century, Longleaf pine was popular for turpentine and logging. Can you imagine, before European settlement, the Longleaf pine forest dominating as much as 90,000,000 acres stretching from Virginia to Florida along the coastal plain? This rich ecosystem has been reduced to less than 5% of its pre-settlement range due to clear cutting practices. These pines take 100 to 150 years to become full size and may live 500 years. Being able to survive and reproduce in areas prone to frequent fires is unique to this tree for five reasons: 1) it features fire-resistant bark, These pines take 100 to 150 2) its seeds germinate in the fall years to become full size after the fires, 3) it creates a deep root system right after and may live 500 years. germination, prior to going up, 4) the tree’s bud is near ground level and is surrounded by long needles that protect it, 5) after three to five years, it grows up rapidly often growing four feet in one season and, thus, puts the bud above most ground fires. Efforts are being made to restore Longleaf pine ecosystems. In the future, prescribed burns by the Heritage Trust Program will be coordinated to keep the forest floor clear of invading vegetation and help encourage growth of Longleaf pines. The preserve also provides an excellent habitat for wildlife viewing. You can observe turkey, white-tailed deer, fox, gray squirrels and raccoons. Bird watching in the spring is excellent for pine, yellow-throated and yellow-rumped warblers, white-eyed vireos, summer tanagers and flycatchers as they migrate. Bring your binoculars and bird books when you walk the trails. Throughout the preserve, there are wet depressions, which provide habitat for the rare plant Pond Spice (Litsea aestivalis). This is a small shrub related to the Laurel family. Piles of sawdust can still be found in the woods from portable sawmills; hence, the road on the far side of the VBHP is named Sawmill Creek Road. Along with the Colleton River and Port Royal Sound, this nature preserve makes our property very unique and special. Maps of VBHP trails and usage guidelines are available at the front desk. Enjoy walking, jogging and biking with nature! – Karen Anderson & Beverly Jennings, Colleton’s Master Naturalists

Photo courtesy of Phill Doherty, www.philldohertyphotography.com


olleton River Plantation Club is located on a peninsula uniquely situated in the middle of the Port Royal Sound. Everyone enjoys amazing marsh views, water access to the Colleton River and a neighboring property called the Victoria Heritage Preserve (VBHP). As you pass through Colleton’s main gate, the 1,100-acre Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve (VBHP) buffers our property on the left.

This gorgeous little Sapsucker was spotted at Colleton during the Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count It started 113 years ago and, today, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count is recognized as the oldest and largest wildlife survey in the world. Currently, more than 2,000 counts are conducted annually during the three-week period between mid-December and early January with the participation of more than 30,000 volunteers. This includes all of Canada, North America, South America, Caribbean, Latin America and Antarctica. Colleton River has been part of that assembly since 2000 with 15 volunteers. Recorders, scribes and spotters make up the group that contributes to the count. The purpose of the bird count is to study the distribution, migration and numbers taking place in our bird activity. This is by number of bird sightings, as well as species. Weather is probably the largest factor regarding migration change, and storms and drought are two of the most dominating factors. Changes in activities are better known for birds than for any other type of organism, and easy to detect, identify and count relative to other organisms. They are both widely distributed geographically and among habitats. A major study of the bird migration has been in the process with Cornell University for the past 46 years. In the 2012 Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Colleton had 3,764 sightings, 95 species and 34 spotters. Thank you to everyone who participated! – Jim Grove

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The Nickel & Nickel Wine Dinner

Food & Wine Pairing Guidelines:

Plate & Palate

Simple rules to enhance your culinary enjoyment


he first rule for everyone when pairing wine and food is to drink what you like. What you like to drink always takes precedence over any recommendation that someone might make. Start by thinking about the dish or meal as a whole. What are its dominant characteristics? Is it mild or flavorful? Is it fatty or lean? Is it rich or acidic? With these characteristics in mind, select a wine that will keep flavors in balance. Next, match mild foods with mild wines. Match big, flavorful foods with big, flavorful wines. For example, pair a bold-flavored pepper steak with a spicy, bold red Zinfandel. Generally, you want to match the richness of the food and the richness of the wine. For example, pair a rich chicken in cream sauce with a rich Chardonnay.

By: Chris Yarrison, Food & Beverage Service Manager Chris has passed his level one certification of sommeliers from the Court of Master Sommeliers Guild. Chris had to take a rigorous test, regarding old and new world wines, which only 30 percent of the participants passed.

Cleanse the palate with tannins or acids. If you’re eating a relatively rich, ‘fatty’ dish, such as beef steak, you want to drink a red wine with nice high tannins to help cleanse the palate. On the other hand, if you are eating fried chicken, which is also a rich and ‘fatty’ dish, than you want something like a crisp Sauvignon Blanc to contrast the meal. Match acids with acids. If you’re eating a dish with a strong acidic content, such as shrimp with lemon or pasta with tomato sauce, pair it with an acidic wine that can keep up with the acids in the food. Acidic wines and cream don’t mix: rich cream sauces will usually clash with an acidic wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc. Think about it this way...If you squeezed lemon juice into a cup of milk, would it taste good? Strong spices, such as the hot chili peppers in some Chinese or Indian food, can clash and destroy the flavors in a wine. In most cases, wine is not the ideal beverage to drink. However, if wine is what you must have, consider something spicy and sweet, such as an off-dry Gewurtztraminer or Riesling. When in doubt, remember that foods generally go best with the wines they grew up with. So if you’re eating Italian food, think about having an Italian wine. This isn’t a requirement, but often helps simplify the decision.

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Health & Fitness

Getting Back Into Shape After the Holidays Start Eating on Schedule

fast. Drinking more water helps your body flush out excess sodium, to help you quickly de-bloat, and get things moving in your digestive system, which helps relieve constipation. Aim for 2 to 2.5 liters a day (about 8 to 10 cups).

Each day, eat breakfast within an hour of waking up Even short and eat again every 3 to 5 hours. Starting your day workout sessions, with a healthy meal and enjoying evenly spaced meals at least four times a will maximize your metabolism, regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels and level out your appetite. week, will get you Exercise It may be tempting to cut back significantly, but back on track fast. Get your body moving! If you slacked off during the starving yourself completely backfires. Eating too little holiday season now is the time to start. Even short forces your body to switch into conservation mode workout sessions, at least four times a week, will and burn fewer calories, which means you’re more get you back on track fast. Run, walk, bike, set up likely to hang onto body fat. Under eating can cause your body to break down muscle mass for personal trainer lessons, or enjoy fun classes, such as Zumba! Don’t fuel, which also causes a metabolic slow down. Unless you want to forget, summer will be here before you know it! wind up thinner but flabbier, eating enough and at regular times is key.

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If you have not yet received your complimentary fitness evaluation, please stop by or contact the fitness center to schedule: 843.836.4448. The fitness center team is available to assist members with their personal fitness needs and goals, and ready to help them make 2013 their most healthy year ever.

LLG Season IV:

Lifelong Learning

Travel, SCAD & Art!

From left to right: Sue Glancey, Burt Must, Vickie Must, Tom Kurtz and Doris Beedie during LLG’s Holiday Tour & Luncheon at Rose Hill Mansion on November 30.

The Lifelong Learning Group will kick off its Season IV Winter/Spring series with “Friends’ Travel Experiences” on Saturday, February 2, beginning at 5pm, before Pub Night, on the third floor of the Dye Clubhouse. Members will present their travel experiences about ideas regarding trips taken, travel guides used, itineraries followed, restaurants enjoyed, and much more. This unique event will entertain and inform us. On Friday, February 15, we have the opportunity to travel by bus from Colleton River to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) for a special tour. This $38 tour will include SCAD’s Museum of Art and a sampling of classrooms, such as Industrial, Jewelry and Textiles. The tour will also include lunch at the Gryphon Tea Room. We are limited to 30 participants for this tour, so please make your reservation quickly. To conclude Season IV, we are pleased to have artist Jonathan Green join us on Thursday, March 7, to share his passion about the Gullah history and the arts of the Lowcountry, and to join us for dinner (5:45pm). Morris & Whiteside Galleries will display works by the artist that may be purchased that night. As always, we look forward to seeing our friends at LLG presentations and also appreciate your comments and suggestions. Please call the front desk, 843.836.4400, for additional details.

Coming in March: Artist Jonathan Green

February 15, come visit SCAD

(Pictured l-r: Bert Einloth, Sue Glancey, Doris Beedie & Lynda Rankin)

February 15, The Gryphon Tea Room, Savannah

On the Riverfront Colleton River members participate in a wide variety of recreational and beautification-oriented activities that enable them to fully enjoy their unique community’s incredible natural surroundings.

Beautiful new oyster tables! Thank you to Matt & Barb Gates for donating a wood fence, which was used for the table tops.

Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding Members

enjoyed learning stand up paddleboarding, with Outside Hilton Head, from Colleton’s Community Dock on the Colleton River.

Dolphin & Nature Tour The Riverfront Activity Group organized a special cruise, with “Captain Jim” from the Island Explorer, so members could get up close and personal with dolphins and other area wildlife.

Frolicking dolphins are a common and delightful scene on Colleton’s waterways.


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Sallie Lott’s Oyster Table Crew Bill McDaniel, Jim

Cubbin, Dick Fowler, Bob Stan, Billy Adams, Tom McKane, Alvin McCain, Jim Griebel & Jim Eisert lent a helping hand.

Celebrating the Uniqueness of the Sound Colleton members

participated in a field trip to the Port Royal Sound hosted by the LLG and Riverfront Activity Group. The Port Royal Sound Foundation is renovating the buildings at the former Lemon Island marina to establish and even more engaging educational experience — the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center.

Welcome the Colleton River Board of Directors Colleton River’s Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, December 1, 2012, and attended by more than 190 Members and Spouses. Please welcome Colleton River Plantation Club’s 2013 Board of Directors:

Rob Norton

President, Executive Committee

Michael Mavrogordato Chair: Golf

Jim Hooker

Chair: Marketing—External

Jim Rydzel

Vice President, Executive Committee Chair: Governance, Strategy & Asset Planning; Audit

Al Thiess

Chair: USGA Junior Amateur, Audit

Jim Humphrey

Executive Committee, Audit; Chair: Finance

Richard Anderson

Vice President, Executive Committee Chair: Greens & Grounds

Bert Einloth

Chair: Marketing—Internal, Audit

Tom Wooster Chair: House & Ancillary ColletonRiverClub.com | The River


Member Spotlight

6th Annual Lighting of the Tree


he 6th Annual Lighting of the Tree, hosted in the Nicklaus Clubhouse on November 24, 2012, was a huge success. The special event featured a plated dinner and holiday show featuring local professional jazz musicians. Additionally, Member Constance Curnow hosted the Gonzales family and the family’s 6- and 8-year-old daughters, Kearston and Kendall (pictured above) performed for the event. The talented young performers received a standing ovation from the more than 120 members in attendance.

All About the iPad Colleton’s Lifelong Learning Group hosted a well-attended iPad Workshop, presented by an Apple expert from Best Buy®, to help Members get the most out of their smart device.

The community’s new entrance sign proudly announces Colleton’s hosting of the prestigious USGA tournament.


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Tennis Ladies’ Member-Guest Colleton River members and their guests took a break from lobs and volleys to pose for group photo during a recent Member-Guest event.

Upcoming Events & Activities FEBRUARY 2

LLG - Travel Show Dye Penthouse, 5-11pm

3 Super Bowl Sunday Party Nicklaus Clubhouse, 5:30pm-? 14

Valentine’s Day Dinner Nicklaus Clubhouse, TBA


LLG Nicklaus Ballroom, 5-11pm


Wine Dinner Nicklaus Ballroom, 5-11pm


Whine & Wine Nicklaus Ballroom, 5-11pm

Trivia Night Nicklaus Ballroom, 5:30pm-?

16 Trivia Night


Easter Egg Hunt Nicklaus Clubhouse, 10am-12pm


Memorial Day Golf Event

Dye Course, 1pm


Easter Brunch Nicklaus Clubhouse, 11am-2pm


Memorial Day Buffet

Dye Clubhouse, TBA


LLG Nicklaus Ballroom, 5-11pm


Comedy Night Nicklaus Clubhouse, TBA



LLG Presents Jonathan Green Nicklaus Ballroom, 5:45pm


Blues, Brews & BBQ Dye Clubhouse, 6pm-?


Cigar Dinner Nicklaus Clubhouse, 7-9pm


Whine & Wine Nicklaus Ballroom, 5-11pm

Nicklaus Ballroom , TBA



Slammers Bridge

Nicklaus Ballroom, 9am-2pm


Mother’s Day

Nicklaus Clubhouse, 11am-2pm


Duplicate Bridge Dye Parlor, 9am-2pm


American Revolution

Nicklaus Ballroom, 11am

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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The River Winter 2013  

Colleton River Plantation Club Winter 2013 Newsletter

The River Winter 2013  

Colleton River Plantation Club Winter 2013 Newsletter