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The Tournament celebrates its 7th year. pg. 6-7

Chef Robert talks knives and spices for the inspired home chef. pg. 12

Be sure to check out all that's been going on at our Club! pg. 18-19

LEFT: The 13th hole of the Nick.

"In 2015, John and I decided it was time to explore warmer climates and think about reinventing ourselves. We weren't ready to retire, but we had the flexibility to live where we wanted - we just had to decide where that would be! Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts, our hometown, is hard to beat for natural beauty, but when we drove down Colleton River Drive and saw the land and the riverfront, we were enchanted.  John and our boys love golf, and the courses and facilities here are incredible. For me, a nongolfer, the fitness program and the active social life were a big draw. We bought and fully renovated our house on the 13th of the Nick and moved here full time in 2018, bringing our boat which we keep in the Colleton storage facility for fishing and cruising, and my horse Wise Guy who boards at a stable on Hilton Head. Life is good!" - Gail Graham, Member

COVER: It was an easy job for the Local Life Magazine photographer to shoot this group of Members having a ball together on the Dye Clubhouse back porch! Pictured, from left: Marsha and John Conover, David McNulty, Joe and Debi Incandela, Marilyn McNulty, and Richard and Michelle Warner.








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GM’S Report

Spring has sprung! We look forward to an exciting season here at our Club.

7th Colleton Collegiate

It is hard to believe this is the Tournament’s 7th year. The amazing committee brought it to a new level with great additions and coordination.



Based on the boisterous barks and number of chewed tennis balls, the newest Colleton River Club amenity, the Dog Park, has been a rousing success.




Culinary Corner

Enjoy some tips from Chef about the “basics” or “necessities” for your personal kitchen.


Member Stories

Jonathan Griz, now 15, is currently the No. 1 player in the state of South Carolina, and ranked No. 16 in the world!


Lifelong Learning

The LLG Committee features the talents of Colleton’s own Members. As well as an ancestor of the pioneers of flight and the Heritage’s Director!

Membership Update A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS Andrew & Robin DeRosa | Long Valley, NJ | November 2018 Douglas & Sharon Henegar | Melbourne, FL | November 2018 Michael & Marty Sudsina | Aurora, OH | November 2018 Philip & Laura Keezer | Montreal, Canada | December 2018 Jeff & Jenna Kooi | Westfield, IN | December 2018 Duke & Linda Delcher | Bluffton, SC | December 2018 Rich & Deborah Wegener | Eden Prairie, MN | December 2018 Jim & Maggie Leef | Pewaukee, WI | December 2018 Terrance & Sheryl Thomas | Long Valley, NJ | January 2019 Rick & Kristyn Bohrer | Hilton Head Island, SC | March 2019


OUR 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lloyd Rothouse President, Executive Committee

Tom Weisenbach

Chad King

Ray Andrews

Vice President Executive Committee House & Ancillary Committee

Treasurer Executive Committee Finance Committee

Executive Committee Governance & Strategy Committee

Audit & Risk Oversight Committee

Sam Mollet

Don Graber

Barbara Sommers

Skip Bornhuetter

Architectural Review Board

Green & Grounds Committee

Golf Committee


Ron Waters

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A Letter From the President Spring is just around the corner with its annual rebirth of warmth and color. We had our own rebirth with about 35 new Members in the last 14 months. They join our existing Members in delighting in Lowcountry splendor, from our spectacular golf courses to the sweeping water vistas. The Board is leading a rebirth as well by devoting itself to fulfilling the promise that Colleton River become the premier residential golf community in the Southeast. Doing so revitalizes our real estate and achieves even greater Member satisfaction. The report from Club Benchmarking, our Club and real estate consultants, outlines a vision that within a decade we will acquire all the property held by the developer, achieve build out of the community, and witnessed real estate redevelopment with the construction and sales of 20 new customized homes a year. By limiting full golf Memberships to 600, there will never be overcrowding of our facilities, thus allowing alternative housing options for those who desire a smaller footprint with low or no maintenance and an alternative Membership, giving non-golfers access to our amenities and lifestyle while creating a larger sales/re-sale market of our properties. The rebirth will be fulfilled by adding activities on our waterfront, such as boating excursions, fishing trips, daylight and sunset cruises to take advantage of our amazing waterways. We are investigating portable pickleball courts so that the fast-growing sport can be enjoyed by our Members until land is available for a complex which will be equal in quality to our other amenities. The Clubhouses are our activity “hubs”, and

the Nicklaus Clubhouse renovation, will offer extraordinary social gathering spaces around the bar, indoor and outdoor casual dining, fire pits, and vast expanses of glass allowing us to socialize while enjoying river sunsets over the 16th 17th and 18th holes. Enlarging the Fitness Center for physical therapy, personal training and group spaces, and spa facilities will allow increasing numbers of Members to participate without time constraints or crowding. The redesign of the Dye Clubhouse bar will allow easier access and socialization. Updating the furnishings, décor and capacity in the dining and deck areas, improving acoustics and updating the kitchen will all be addressed after completion of the Nicklaus project. As build out occurs, we will have more and more Members living on the Dye side of the community and therefore the improvements will be even more important. We have a wonderfully talented and enthusiastic management team and staff who so enrich the experiences of our Members. Striving for excellence in service, food quality and consistency, and menu offerings is an on-going goal that is based on the Membership’s valuable feedback. We are all blessed to live in a unique environment, but what makes it all the more special is, of course, the people. Those who participate in the activities and offerings of the Club both formal and informal add so much enrichment in our lives, because the experiences are shared with friends and family. I urge those who do not partake often in these things, to give it try! Come to Friday Happy Hours, Saturday Pub Nights and the monthly Passport dinners. Spring is a time of rebirth. Give it a try!

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GM’s Report With the arrival of the warm weather, we are looking forward to an exciting spring! As always, we have a great team of Committee volunteers who have already rolled their shirt sleeves up on your behalf. We are very fortunate to have so many Members working to enhance the Colleton River experience. Programming It’s time to get out and enjoy this beautiful community. Pick-up a copy of the Discovery Map from the Nick Front Desk and hit the nature trails. The map explains the 12 discovery points within Colleton River and correlates to signage along the way. A biking, hiking and walking map, complete with a variety of pathways and their distances is also available. With the first paddle under their belts, our kayakers will have some great adventures this year both “inside” and “outside” the gates. The Birding Club has already had excursions to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and ACE Basin, with trips planned to the Georgia – Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge and Webb Wildlife Management Area. Be sure to check the Member calendar for our “Clubs within the Club” and other social events! The new “Coffee & Conversation” group meets regularly in the


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Magnolia generally the 1st Tuesday of the month and other various dates and times. Look for scheduled sessions in the Monday Communiques. This is an opportunity to gather casually to discuss Club initiatives and other items of interest. Because space is limited, we ask that Members notify Barbara Van Peursem if they plan to attend. On page 3, Dr. Rothouse discusses adding social opportunities, waterfront and non-golf activities, and facilities enhancements. Facilities and Amenities Some Club initiatives to improve outdoor facilities have been completed. Many of our Members and their 4-legged friends are enjoying the Dog Park, our newest amenity. Not only has it become a great place for your furry friends to burn off some extra energy, it is also a gathering place for owners and dog lovers alike. The community has also received a wonderfully noticeable facelift from the undeveloped lot maintenance program, and mailbox and lot sign refurbishments. These initiatives will continue on an ongoing basis. I am pleased to share with you that Fitness Center usage continues to increase with class attendance, personal training and gym usage at all-time highs. We are also

very excited about how well the Club’s onsite physical therapy program has grown. Since our collaboration with Cornerstone Physical Therapy began not quite a year and a half ago, Dr. Matthew Motes has worked with over 160 Members, with 26 new Members just this year alone. Dr. Motes, PT, DPT, is the exclusive Doctor of Physical Therapy for the residents of Colleton River and he provides outpatient physical therapy at the Fitness Center, making it more convenient to attend therapy when needed. Operations Indicators for Club operations are very strong. Dining covers for 2018 surpassed 2017 numbers by over 6,000 and golf rounds for 2018 were up 4,171 from last year, 2,041 of which were Member rounds. The Member Experience program continues to hit home runs. Last year there were 40 Member Experiences (with a 21% conversion rate) and 35 single day tours compared to 2017’s 31 and 22 respectively. Through March of 2019, there have been 11 Member Experiences and 9 one-day tours, with six more Member Experiences already on the books! Staffing We are enhancing Front Desk operations and advancing Club messaging by centralizing communication. Shelley Koop has joined the team as the Communications & Front Desk Manager. Shelley has nearly 20 years of experience as a marketing and communications professional in a variety of industries. In addition to leading the Front Desk Team in providing professional administrative, reception and support services, Shelley will also facilitate overall Club communications by planning and developing print, online, email and website content in our ongoing effort to enhance Member experience and provide ever-better service. Be sure to read page 16 about Mike O’Regan joining the team on a full-time basis as the Director of Racquet Sports and Bocce Ball at Colleton River Club.

In recognizing our good fortune in attracting and keeping the best-of-the-best, we have initiated a new quarterly award for employee excellence in service and teamwork. At February’s employee luncheon, we honored Harry West, longtime Golf Program associate, for his outstanding leadership, going the extra mile and maintaining a great attitude. Harry was awarded a Certificate of Excellence, a $100 gift card and was added as the first team member on our “Attitude is Everything” Plaque. We will share our staff excellence recognition quarterly, and we invite you to nominate employees who exceed your expectations in representing the Club. Club Communications Stay in the know by keeping up with news in your email, on the website and in print. I want to take this opportunity to remind you that all weekly Communiqués, President’s Messages and like communications are also posted to the Club website under “Member Communications.” It is a great resource for keeping up-to-date and retrieving important information. Have a question about a policy, rule or regulation, or need a Club form? They are easy to find under the “Club Documents” tab, and you can access Board and Committee minutes by visiting the “Committees & Contacts” page. And, of course, don’t forget The River. We wouldn’t want you to miss a thing! Finally, we sent the first round of the satisfaction survey to the Membership to learn what Members are enjoying and what we can improve upon Please take time to share your thoughts and ideas so we can continue improving your Member experience.

Timothy Bakels, General Manager

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THE 7TH ANNUAL COLLETON COLLEGIATE The 7th annual Colleton Collegiate, taking place over 2 days on the Dye (March 4th and 5th) was another successful tournament, both on and off the course. We welcomed a record number of teams, 14 this year including the Michigan State host team to the course; and many Members welcomed these student athletes into their homes for eating (a lot!) and socializing. The tournament was founded by Member Al Thiess out of his love

for the game, both as a member of the Michigan State golf team and as an Alumni. The love for the event is carried on by his wife Willa Thiess and a devoted group of nearly 60 Members that were integral in the coordination involved in hosting an event of this scope. The purpose and foundation of this tournament creates an air of camaraderie that is felt between the schools, their players, and

Colleton Members. A tournament where some of the best schools in the sport compete in a collaborative family atmosphere. Yet another example of how Colleton Members’ connectivity to each other and visitors create one-of-a-kind experiences that keep folks…and golf teams…coming back time and again! And welcomes new guests…and teams…every year!

" 'Wow' sums up the response of the Wisconsin players, coaches and parents (six sets of parents travelled to see their sons play in the tournament) when they were asked about Colleton River. The Cheeseheads greatly appreciated the quality of the event. The players were especially impressed that the bald eagle kept a close watch on the Badgers!" -Stephen Dickson, Member 6

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Colleton Collegiate Results 1. Michigan State 2. Iowa State 3. Kansas State 4. University of Iowa 5. Penn State 6. Memphis 7. (T) Georgia State 8. (T) Rutgers 9. Wisconsin 10. Eastern Michigan 11. Cincinnati 12. Miami University 13. Bowling Green 14. Oakland

Overall Winner Donnie Trosper, Michigan State

"It is hard to believe this is the tournament’s 7th year. The amazing committee brought it to a new level with great additions and coordination. And the wonderful volunteers that did everything, from hosting teams to baking cookies and even scoring, made it a great experience for everybody. Michigan State’s victory made it even better! The relationship I have with Coach Casey and the team is creating a legacy I know Al would be proud of." - Willa Thiess, Member ColletonRiverClub.com | The River



The warmer weather has arrived! The winter and early spring golf season has been very active this year. Most notably, the Club hosted the 7th annual Colleton River Collegiate. Members enjoyed fabulous golf from 14 of the top college teams in the Country. We have also had some very exciting matches in this year’s Centipede Cup! Many matches even lead to extra holes. Congratulations to Dr. Lee Irving and John Rittenhouse for their victory in the Men’s Division, as well as Diane Hynes and Kirsten Hotchkiss on their victory in the Ladies’ Division! Jeff Kent and his team have done a wonderful job in continuing the tradition of great course conditions on both courses through a winter with turbulent weather. Golf rounds are on the rise! Total rounds were up 614 rounds in January and February over the previous year. We are looking forward to some excellent playing conditions as the courses begin to bloom. Come down and visit your Learning Center to experience


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all of the latest technology from Titleist, Callaway, PING, PXG, and Taylormade. We are also excited to host manufacturers such as Titleist, PXG, PING, and K-Vest for fitting days in the coming weeks. Be sure to book an appointment by contacting either Golf Shop or by signing up on ForeTees. We are looking forward to an exciting slate of spring tournaments this year. We have an excellent field for this year’s Pro-Member-Guest with 24 teams registered. The Ladies Spring Member-Guest will be a very exciting event with 77 ladies already signed up. We are also excited for another Men’s Spring Member-Guest where we expect a full field complete with 48 teams. These events are a great way to get out and meet new Members as well as share our special community with guests. And remember to stop by the Golf Shops for new spring equipment, apparel and more! - Matt Lucchesi, Director of Golf

GOLF INSTRUCTION & TECHNOLOGY As playing the game of golf evolves (including golf instruction), your Golf Instruction staff is always looking at new and innovative ways to play and teach this great game. The addition of the Learning Center has immeasurably improved the golf instruction programs, club sales, and enjoyment for both seasoned and new Members. Recently we have added what we think is a great golf initiative called Operation 36 which is a program that is centered on playing 9 holes of golf and

shooting par (36)! The program, which is currently at 400 courses in the country, flips the idea of playing traditional golf yardages and puts you at a yardage equal to your ability in order to shoot par for 9 or 18 holes. Complimented with structured coaching, this ingenious and fun approach to golf will be starting in April at the Learning Center. If you’d like to shoot par, come join us this year as we introduce Operation 36! - David LaPour, Director of Instruction


Pictured: Members enjoying a beautiful spring day on the driving range and in the Learning Center Bays.

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GOLF RESULTS Nine and Dine Results-2/8/19 Front 9 Winners 1st Each Marty Brown, Grace Chu, Joe McCann, & Ellen McCann 27 2nd Each Gary Dee, Tony Busa, & Becky Busa 28 Back 9 Winners 1st $21 Each Keith Wandell, Deb Wandell, Jeb Bagenstose, & Lynn Bagenstose 27 2nd $15 Each Bob Stan, Marla Stan, Tom Weisenbach, & Karen Weisenbach 28 Proximity Winners ($8.50 each) Nearest to the Hole 4 (Ladies’) Becky Busa 8’ 3 Nearest to the Hole 8 (Men’s) Marty Brown 18’ 4 Nearest to the Hole 12 (Men’s) Michael Tancredi 7’ 2 Mega Men’s Day-2/16/19 1st Rich Timbo and Tony Ying 60 (-12) 2nd Bill Dlouhy and Duane Deline 62 (-10)* 3rd Jeb Bagenstose and Jim Eisert 62 (-10)* 4th Joe Bauer and Fred Setzer 63 (-9) 5th Chad King and Tom Mulligan 64 (-8)* 6th Mark Hyner and Pat Sommers 64 (-8)* 7th Lloyd Rothouse and Don Graber 65 (-7) Nearest to the Hole # 8 ($10) Duane Deline 13’ 9” Nearest to the Hole # 17 ($10) Bill Dlouhy 3’

* Denotes a USGA Scorecard Playoff

Nine and Dine Results-3/1/19 Front 9 Winners 1st $20.00 Each James Flynn, Marcie Flynn, Barry Heckman, & Janet Heckman 28 2nd $12.00 Each Kevin Sutter, Kathy Sutter, Joseph McCann, & Ellen McCann 28 Back 9 Winners 1st $20.00 Each Jerry Kozak, Gail Kozak, Mike Tancredi, & Doris Tancredi 29 2nd $12.00 Each Jim Kreuzer, Leslie Kreuzer, Tom McKane, & Mary McKane 31 Proximity Winners ($13.00 each) Nearest to the Hole 3 (Men’s’) Skip Bornhuetter 9’4” Nearest to the Hole 6 (Ladies’) Kathy Sutter 6’4” Nearest to the Hole 17 (Men’s) Mike Tancredi 9’8”

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CRWGA Pro-Lady-3/7/19 Low Professional T-1st Place - (68) Kirk Mitchell and Jay Roux T -3rd Place - (71) Mark Reilly, A.J. Gerlach, John Kauzlarich and Evan Belcher Nearest The Hole Ladies ($20 Each) Hole #4: Renee Vostinak Hole and #12: Ginny Hackbert Team Low Net 1st Place $50.00 - (50) Kristen Hubert, Wendy Hall, Tracy Delgado, & Pam Martin 2nd Place $45.00 - (51) Mark Reilly, Becky Busa, & Janet Heckman 3rd Place $30.00 - (55) Evan Belcher, Renee Vostinak, Terry Jacklin, & Judy Eldridge 4th Place $25.00 - (57) A.J. Gerlach, Diane Hynes, Jane Zwerner, & Lynn Macbeth Team Low Gross 1st Place $50.00 - (66) Jay Roux, Pat Fowler, Jan Pittelli, & Jeanne Balawajder 2nd Place $45.00 - (68) John Kauzlarich, Katherine Harvey, Janice Eisert, & Jackie Perrotti Mega Men’s Day-3/9/19 1st Skip Bornhuetter and Joe Gundermann (45) 2nd Ted Buchter and Fred Habegger *(44) 3rd Peter John and Jeffery Casto*(44) 4th Rob Fowler and Mark Hyner *(43) 5th Tom Weisenbach and Paul Zaffaroni *(43) 6th Don Graber and Steve Scherer *(43) 7th Richard Timbo and Mel Alberts *(42) Nearest to the Hole # 4 ($10) Doug Bryant 9’ 1” Nearest to the Hole # 12 ($10) Lloyd Rothouse 7’7” Nearest to the Hole # 8 ($10) Fred Habegger 10’3” Nearest to the Hole # 17 ($10) Lee Irving 14’ 2”

* Denotes Scorecard Playoff


Dog Days Based on the boisterous barks and number of chewed tennis balls, the newest Colleton River Club amenity, the Dog Park, has been a rousing success. In fact, the park has quickly become “the place to be” as a social gathering spot for Members and their four-legged friends. The park offers a mix of sun and shade to both relax and provide ample room to stretch your legs without the encumbrance of leashes. This 17,000 square foot playground is divided into separate areas for small and large dogs and is useful for transitioning a shy dog into the community. For new and long-time Members who love dogs, the park offers a chance to meet and greet fellow Members with common interests while discovering the intricacies and personalities of different breeds of dogs. “We are so pleased with the dog park. There is no other place in the community where our dogs can safely run, play fetch, and interact with other dogs, while we can catch up with our neighbors. “ said Kirsten Hotchkiss. Rob Steidlitz added “Dog owners in Colleton River now have a safe and secure way to exercise their dogs outdoors and unleashed in a place where the dogs really belong.” The park is open daily from dawn to dusk except Tuesday mornings before 10:00am for regular maintenance. As the news spreads and the landscape matures, we expect the Dog Park to only get better…and even more popular! - Jeff Kent, Director of Agronomy ColletonRiverClub.com | The River


Culinary Corner I am often asked for tips about the “basics” or “necessities” for our Members’ personal kitchens. Here are two lists of my “must haves” for the Colleton kitchens as well as my own!

Top 10 Spices Every Kitchen Should Have

Top 5 Knives Every Kitchen Should Have

Kosher Salt and Fine Sea Salt Have both on hand for general seasoning and delicate finishing.

The Chef’s Knife This razor-sharp, comfortable to hold kitchen workhorse comes in various sizes. Eight inches is a versatile size for most chefs and cooks.

Whole Black Peppercorns and a Simple Pepper Mill The difference fresh ground pepper can make is astounding. Blackening Spice Blends Adds zip to meats, fish, poultry and even vegetables. Old Bay Seasoning Essential for boiled shrimp, crab cakes, and seafood in general. Sesame Seeds Adds simple Asian flair to salads, sautéed vegetables or meats. Dill Weed Uplifts simple preparations like tuna, chicken or potato salads.

The Paring Knife Is essential for small jobs like slicing small vegetables or berries, peeling fruits and roots. The Serrated Bread Knife Useful for slicing thick breads, pastries, sandwiches. Slices evenly without tearing. The Carving or Slicing Knife Useful for slicing meats, roasts such as turkey, beef or chicken breasts cleanly and evenly. The Sharpening Steel As important as the knives you sharpen; learn to use it carefully and keep it clean. BONUS! The Vegetable Peeler Under – appreciated but very useful in the preparation of vegetables, salads, tree fruit.

Whole Oregano For dusting finished pizza or uplifting your spaghetti sauce. Dried Bay Leaf Recommended for use in soups, stews and marinades of all kinds. A Bay Leaf goes with everything! Garlic Powder Enhances the flavors of savory foods and a little can go a long way. Cayenne Pepper Will bring the spice level of your cooking up in a subtle way.

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Knife Blade Guards Keeps your (expensive) blades safe from knocking around in the drawer. • Keeps your fingers safe when reaching in the drawer to retrieve your knife. • Be sure to put your knives away dry and safely.

Event Central Coaching Legend Shares His Soon-to-Be Legendary Wine The winery began when Coach and winemaker Paul Smith (founder of On The Edge Winery) partnered in 1999. The name of the wine continues under what is now Vermeil Wines and is a dedication to Coach’s paternal greatgrandfather, Jean Louis Vermeil. Coach’s father, Jean Louis Vermeil II, instilled in Coach a love of wine, hard work, and dedication to your passion. Today they make 11 different wines that are some of the best examples of their varietals. Guests enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal as well as hors d’oeuvres and dessert, with each being paired with a wine from the Vermeil Vineyards. PAIRINGS: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Red Wine Blend and a Compassion Dessert Wine.

COACH TALK Dick Vermeil is a former NFL head coach for the Eagles, Rams and Chiefs. And in all three of his stints as an NFL head coach he brought all three teams from losing records to the playoffs by his 3rd season at the helm. He also owns the distinction of being named “Coach of the Year” on all four levels – high school, junior college, Division I college and professional football. See more pictures of the event in the Gallery section of the website. ColletonRiverClub.com | The River


Fitness With the arrival of spring comes an opportunity to begin to take better care of our bodies, both mentally and physically. Below are 8 tips to help you “spring” into action.

1. Keep hydrated. Staying hydrated will keep the immune system functioning optimally, so aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. You’ll notice the difference! 2. Eat fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and legumes which are full of immune-boosting properties and antioxidants. For example, citrus fruits that are in season throughout winter are full of Vitamin C. 3. Make smart and healthy food choices. Staying away from dairy products reduces mucus build-up, and alcohol and heavy meals are a lot of work for the body while you are sick; help your body out a little by eating lighter meals that are easier to digest.

8. Cooking with spices and herbs. Try using onions, garlic, ginger, black peppercorn, cayenne pepper, curry powder, and turmeric. Herbs and spices are used in a lot of natural remedies and can help to boost your immune system, reduce inflammation and clear your nasal passages. There are many ways to help your body recharge quicker when you are under the weather. Don’t exert yourself and listen to your body even if that means taking a day off work. Dress and stay warm both on the inside and outside. These simple tips that help you will make a huge impact on your health, and will make you feel your best! - Steven Minnaar, Director of Sports Management

4. Stress less. Although short periods of stress can actually be good for us, long-term chronic stress actually lowers our immunity, making us more susceptible to colds and flu (not to mention depression and anxiety). Reduce your stress by taking a bath, going to the gym, getting outdoors in the garden, or do something to unwind. 5. Adopt smart hygiene practices. Simple prevention methods are often overlooked, but things like washing your hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds helps to prevent the spread of germs and control infection. 6. Vitamin D. During winter our natural Vitamin D supply from the sun diminishes due to spending less time outdoors. The best form is Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) but you can still top up your Vitamin D levels with dietary sources like cod liver oil, butter, egg yolk, milk and sprouted seeds. Vitamin D is produced in the body when it’s exposed to adequate, direct sunlight so deficiency is very common during the winter months. 7. Getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep is essential for your body to rest, repair and rejuvenate. The human growth hormone that’s released during sleep helps repair your body at a cellular level, but it’s also beneficial for the immune system. Inadequate sleep significantly reduces the effectiveness of your immune system, particularly the natural killer cells, which is your body’s first line of defense against germs. 14 The River | Spring 2019

CAPTION: Members enjoying one of the many group fitness classes that are available (be sure to check the Member Website for a full schedule!)

PHYSICAL THERAPY GETTING BACK TO GOLF Contrary to popular belief, the game of golf is a very athletic sport. In the past we have associated golf with big bellies, riding in carts, and drinking beer, but I would argue that the golf swing is a very athletic movement, requiring a lot more physically than you may think. Although, the cardiovascular demands for golf are low, the movements associated with the golf swing can be very demanding on the body. Low back pain in the golfer is a very common occurrence and when the body does not have the physical capacity to perform the requirements of the golf swing a number of things can occur. A typical scenario would be a recently retired individual who for many years primarily sat at a desk. In a seated position, the hip flexors become tight (muscles in front of the hip), the gluteus musculature becomes weak, and the thoracic spine (mid back) loses mobility. With a sudden increase in the volume of rounds played each week, the body starts to break down. It is important to supplement your golf game with an individualized exercise program to allow your swing and body to be at its best. What I have learned in my career is that the body works in a balance of stable joints and mobile joints. When this balance is disrupted, the joints start moving in ways that they are not supposed to and tissue breaks down. The golf swing requires a certain amount of mobility in the hips and the thoracic spine (middle back). When these areas are limited, the compensation typically comes from the lumbar spine (lower back), which will not tolerate the rotational forces placed on it. Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) has developed a fabulous screening to assess if you have the stability and mobility throughout the body necessary to perform an efficient golf swing. This is a 16-test screen that helps to assess what areas need to be addressed physically for golf specific movements. In turn, these physical limitations correlate with certain swing faults. If there is an underlying physical limitation

behind the swing fault, the physical limitation will need to be addressed to correct the swing. Without changing the physical limitations associated with the swing fault, the swing correction will be difficult. Combining a physical assessment and instruction of a swing coach are necessary when improving the game. TPI’s philosophy of the swing states, “We don’t believe there is one way to swing a club. We believe there are an infinite number of ways to swing a club. But we do believe that there is one efficient way for everyone to swing a club and it is based on what the body can do.” The newest technology to assess the golf swing is 3D motion analysis. This is a way to look at what different parts of the body are doing throughout the swing and in what sequence. Upon testing many PGA Tour players, they have found that there is a sequence of events that occur consistently with all top ball strikers. The best players start generating speed from their lower body, transferred into their torso, followed by their arms, and finally to the club. When this sequence occurs in the right order it has a compounding effect for club head speed. When the sequence is not in the correct order, speed and consistency will suffer. Many people want the best exercises to reduce back pain or to improve their golf swing, but it is critical to fully assess the individual before prescribing exercises and a treatment plan. Everybody has heard of the myriad of issues that can occur with the lower back or other parts, and it is key to look at the root cause of the issue and to find the best approach to address the body. Whether pain is part of the picture or not, it is important to know what your body can do before trying to make a change. If you have more questions about your situation or if you would like to have a TPI screen please contact the Fitness Center at 843-836-4448. - Dr. Matt Motes,

The exclusive Doctor of Physical Therapy for the Members of Colleton River

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On The Courts Mike O’Reagan Joins Colleton full time as our Director of Racquet Sports! Mike O’Regan has been named the Director of Racquet Sports and Bocce Ball at Colleton River Club. Mike has been instrumental in building Colleton River Club’s Tennis Program over the last 8 years as a contractor and now has joined the community in a full-time capacity. Mike graduated from the College of Wooster in 1994 with a degree in History and played tennis for this nationally ranked NCAA program. He brings 26 years of teaching experience to our program and has been a certified PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) tennis professional since 2001, and he recently received his PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry) certification in pickleball. Mike will be working closely with the team on several key strategic initiatives to further programming and grow the sports of tennis, pickleball, and bocce within the community. “Mike has been an asset to Colleton River Club for years,” says Tim Bakels, General Manager. “And we are looking forward to the opportunity of expanding our racquet sports amenities now that he is officially with us on a full-time basis.”

POINTERS FROM YOUR PRO Pressure points When you’re about to play a pressure point (breakpoint, 15-30, game point or set point), you need to play smart. In those situations, realize that it’s time to cut down on mistakes and to simply play within the limits of your game. Play 90% shots, basically shots that you can make 9 out of 10 times. Play smarter, not harder!

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Attack the Second Serve Make your opponents uncomfortable by taking their second serve early and attacking the net. Use a slice or topspin return to make your opponent feel the pressure immediately after the serve. Remember, you don't have to hit a winner, but attacking and coming in rushes your opponent to come up with a pass or lob.  Good luck!

Member Stories

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” recalled Paul Griz. “My son Jonathan had just turned five and he tagged along with me to a local public course. I teed up a ball, helped with his alignment, and he smacked it down the fairway with a slight draw. That night at the dinner table, I told my wife Mary Beth, ‘I think we have a natural in the family.’” Jonathan Griz, now 15, is currently the No.1 player in the state of South Carolina, and ranked No. 16 in the world. “I wanted to create the best possible opportunity for Jonathan to excel, which included joining a private club, with multiple courses, whose conditioning would mirror the best tournament facilities in the country,” continued Paul. “Joining Colleton River was a dream come true on two counts: Our family enjoys the amenities at one of the most respected golf communities on the East Coast and Jonathan is able to hone his game

on Nicklaus and Dye courses while grinding away at one of the finest practice ranges you’ve seen—with an awesome view of the marsh to boot!” Two years ago, the baton was passed from father to son. “Jonathan and I were on the 14th hole of the Nicklaus Course,” fondly recalled Paul. “We both striped our tee shots down the middle of the fairway. When we reached our balls, they were sitting almost side-by-side. We looked at each other and I remember Jonathan saying, ‘I got you dad.’” “The Nick [Nicklaus] is where I put all my work in,” explained Jonathan. It’s a special course with teeth. When I’m on the Dye, I feel like I am playing a U.S. Open caliber layout. My mom and dad have sacrificed so much for me. They are the best parents you could ask for.” “I’m now a full-time seat caddie,” smiled Paul. “It’s a joy to watch Jonathan’s ambitions come true.” ColletonRiverClub.com | The River


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“What a true gem we found in Colleton River! Since moving here in Feb 2018, my husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed the beauty, nature, golf, and fitness/health center, and have fully embraced the vibrant social community of people who make up Colleton River! Colleton River has become our ‘Happy Place’ where we have easily met wonderful people, and where we all work together to make Colleton River a firstclass golf and residential community and to give back to those outside of Colleton River. Whether relaxing, working, golfing or dining we are making true, long-lasting friendships, and creating great memories! Life is GREAT!”

- Grace Chu, Member

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CAPTION: (1) “Ladies Love Libations” preparation! Left to Right: Marla Stan, Susie Drobny, Shelley Preston (2) Another Award for Colleton River Club! While attending the PGA Show in Orlando, Matt Lucchesi and David La Pour accepted the award for Colleton River’s ranking as one of the “2018 GRAA Top 50 Private Facilities” in America from GRAA (Golf Range Association). (3) Members enjoyed an intimate Paul Hobbs Wine Dinner at The Nick. (4) More L3 Prep! Left to Right: Sharon Baker, Joyce Leach, Debbie Proud (5&6) Our Peninsula is one of historical significance. Learn more about the legacy of our land at the Dye Clubhouse.







7 CAPTION: (1&2) Love was in the air at the Valentine's Ball! - Left to Right (1) Christine Marlowe, Dr. Chris Marlowe, Rosemarie Obernier, Robert Obernier, Leslie Kreuzer Left to Right (2) Angie and Mike Hostilo (3) Thanks to our artists for sharing their work with us! Be sure to visit the Art Wall in the Nick Clubhouse and be prepared to be inspired! (4) Wendy Halls birthday tournament - Sandra Wooster, Marcia Kottke, Renee Vostinak, Susan Somma, Wendy Hall, Linda Shettel, Jane Zwerner (5-7) Nearly $35,000 was raised Play for P.I.N.K. A lot of fun for a great cause! Left to Right (5) Jim Rydzel, Mary Rydzel, Katherine Harvey & Warren Nelson (6) Catherine Boisvert, Jean Drake (7) Ron Waters, Ann Waters, Michelle DiCarlo, Stephen Belgue

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LIFELONG LEARNING GROUP An Author, The Pioneers of Flight and the Heritage Tournament. Ready to Learn More! Did you know that Member “Mac” MacIlroy is the author of a book that Pat Conroy lauded as; “A great book about friendship, growing up in the fifties and a lost America that will never come again”? LLG committee members arranged for Mac to share his book and experiences with his fellow Members. Not Exactly Rocket Scientists is a collection of stories written by three boyhood friends about their lives in small-town America in the 1950s; a time when many kids often played unsupervised without parental worry because everyone in town was looking out for them. An era between the end of WWII and the Vietnam War with the social unrest that marked the decades of the ‘60s and ‘70s. He read selections from the chapters he wrote and regaled the audience with his experiences during that time. A menu of 1950’s inspired food was served (looking at you deviled eggs!) capped off with angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream and, Coke and root beer floats! ---------------------------------------The LLG committee extended an invitation to the great grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Amanda Wright Lane. Committee members Angelia Hopkins and Jo Gambill arranged Mrs. Wright's trip from Ohio, what a treat to host an ancestor of the pioneers of flight! Mrs. Wright spoke to over 90 Members about her role as Trustee at the Wright Brothers Family Foundation and explained how aviation history related to the Orville Brothers is preserved. She, along with Stephen Wright, great grandnephew of the Wright Brothers, work to tell the story of their famous family’s contribution to aviation history by funding

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research and awarding scholarships for studies in the fields of aviation and aeronautics. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts has recognized Amanda Wright with their Public Service Award for “outstanding contributions to the aeronautics industry on national and international levels, and for dedicated efforts to preserve aviation history. Colleton’s Chef tipped his culinary hat to Kitty Hawk, NC by featuring beef brisket with North Carolina barbeque sauce along with other Outer Banks fare. ---------------------------------------The LLG welcomed RBC Heritage Director, Steve Wilmot to speak about the state’s only PGA event. Mr. Wilmot is enjoying 20 years as its Tournament Director, and the tournament itself is celebrating 50 years in 2019. Colleton has a natural affinity with the Harbour Town Golf Links because Pete Dye, designed them in consultation with Jack Nicklaus, in the fall of 1969. The tournament has a whopping $91MM economic impact on the Hilton Head/Bluffton area and a worldwide broadcast audience of one billion households. He proudly reported that the event raised $3.3MM for charitable organizations this past year, including a $30,000 grant which was donated to combat hunger in South Carolina. The successful partnership with Boeing includes a dramatic flyover, which has been so popular that it is now conducted during primetime at 4pm on the Saturday of the tournament weekend. This year’s Heritage will take place April 15th – 21st. See all of the events complete articles on the Blog. - Jeanne Lane, LLC Committee Member

CAPTION: Left LLG committee members Gail Stafford, Author: John MacIlroy and Peg Roedel Right Steve Wilmot with LLG committee members Leslie Kreuzer and Sandy Wooster


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The River - Spring 2019 issue  

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