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Celebrating the Exceptional Lifestyle Colleton River Plantation Club offers world-class golf, elegant custom homes, majestic wildlife, and much more.


Tee Off for Children’s Charities Colleton’s Dye Course hosts 32nd annual Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament

In Every Issue 4 General

11 Turf Talk

Manager’s Report Colleton River Plantation Club: Poised for Success - Scott Jaccard

Course conditions, maintenance & more

12 HEALTH & Fitness All the Right Moves for a healthy lifestyle

5 Note from your Club President Off to a Great Start in 2012 - Rob Norton


Legend Pete Dye, 2012 golf schedule & more


Creating a fun & productive learning experience


CALENDAR Upcoming events & activities


SPOTLIGHT Frank Wine Dinner, Chapter III Book Club (cont. on p. 22)


Birding at Colleton is “A Soaring Experience.”


STYLE Stylish fashions for on & off the course



THE RIVER Riverfront Project Update

23 Lifelong

Learning Group LLG programs & events foster Colleton River community spirit

Chef Matt’s carrot vichyssoise, Bluffton oysters & other delights

About the cover: An aerial perspective of Colleton River Plantation Club’s stunning landscape This page: Nicklaus course, hole #4

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 Julie Mercer – Director of Marketing & Communications Triad Design Group – Creative Direction & Production


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General Manager’s Report Colleton River Plantation Club: “Simply exceptional” & poised for success


o n Mo n d a y, d i n i n g t the time of this menus and venues on writing, we are in Wednesday, and social the process of activities on Thursday. closing out the first quarter of the year and, if Please contact Barbara the last three months are Van Peursem if you any indication, Colleton are not receiving these River is poised to have a important communications: very successful 2012. The barbarav@colletonriver extremely mild winter club.com. Scott Jaccard we’ve experienced has been COO / General Manager conducive to perfect golfWe are also delighted to ing conditions and many of our north- introduce the improved design of our ern destination members were able to quarterly publication, renamed “The take full advantage of the opportunity. River.” As you read through this premier edition, you will discover that Activity levels throughout the the Colleton River lifestyle offers plantation have been very robust. something for everyone! We will There has been an uptick in builder continue to refine and enhance this activity, as well, with 13 new homes vital communications piece and invite under construction, three in the ARB you to share your valued feedback review process and one new home with us. awaiting a permit. To stay current between editions of The service and value enhancements, The River, be sure to visit the Member which began this spring, have been section of the website. On the home page, very well received. Members are giving you will find information regarding rave reviews regarding the Saturday events taking place both inside and “Pub Night” at the Dye, which in- outside the gates of Colleton River. cludes happy hour from 5 to 7pm, and Likewise, the Bulletin Board and we are looking forward to continuing Nature & Recreational Activities tabs, this member favorite. Be sure to make found under the website’s Community your Pub Night reservations early as & Lifestyle page, highlight additional the event quickly sells out. With opportunities to get involved in respect to sprucing up the front en- community outreach and enjoy trance and extending the west gate nature, both on and off plantation. hours until 6pm on Saturdays, feedback has been positive. We have also In closing, we would like to extend our kicked off the addition of a three- sincere appreciation to Jim Hooker choice a la carte menu, to the existing for his dedication and expertise in Grab & Go, and look forward to the leading the Colleton River Digital success of this new concept. Marketing Group. The new public section of the Colleton River website A great way to stay on top of the action was successfully launched April 6th. at Colleton is through the club’s three We encourage you to explore this weekly electronic communications, exciting new site! which include recreational activities


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Note from Your Club President


e have gotten off to Likewise, after interminable pera great start in 2012. mitting delays, our riverfront The weatherman project is moving full steam ahead has smiled on us, rounds of golf and will result in a great resource are up, the food and grog for those already in Colleton and numbers are looking good, we appeal to many customers seeking continue to see more new homes and comparing communities for going up in our community, and purchase. Leveraging unique reGerry Brenner, along with a sources is a good thing! It is very Rob Norton strong assist from our CFO, Tim hard to compete with. Club President Snyder, confirms that we met or exceeded key financial targets in 2011.  Your new board held a “retreat” in late January and, along with key management We certainly have our challenges, but we are staff, examined options and ideas for making fortunate to have many built-in advantages your community even better. We agreed on a that are key foundations for our community, series of strategic initiatives that will comprise now and looking down the road. Two of those our road map for the year. We have also tried assets, our dual first-class clubhouses and our to identify where the board can add value, unique location involving two river systems, are where the management team needs to add being leveraged to good advantage for all of us. focus and effort, and where we both need to The third floor of the Dye clubhouse is now a work closely together. refreshed and new reality. Initially a dream of our ladies art groups, it is now a resource for The development of a new long-range plan all members.  and complementary financial plan is front

and center for 2012 – we will involve many of you in that process and report our progress throughout the year.  We have a small team, led by Dick Anderson, that is pursuing the concept of “Alternative Product” – shorthand for reduced footprint, high quality “lock and leave” type residences – to see whether it is feasible and attractive to the membership. Our members have expressed sustained interest in the concept; we need to see if, in fact, it makes sense for us.  Another important area of focus will be the development of a clubhouse strategy that helps us establish short- and medium-term goals for improving both the Nicklaus and Dye facilities. This will also involve many of you. Sally Lott has done great work in identifying some truly exciting ideas. We need to see what we can do. We look forward to seeing you at the Town Hall in May.

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Celebrating the

exceptional lifestyle

at Colleton River Plantation Club Flowers/clubhouse photos courtesy of Michael & Dede Mavrogordato

Reminiscent of Southern plantation-style homes, the grand Dye Clubhouse features wrap-around porches and lush lawns ideal for relaxing sunsets and recreation.


Colleton River Plantation Club is renowned for its towering, centuries-old oaks dripping with Spanish moss, and long, serene vistas stretching across salt marshes toward the sound. It’s little wonder that Robert Redford selected Colleton River as the main venue for his classic motion picture, “The Legend of Bagger Vance.”


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s the only private golf club community in the world to feature two championship 18-hole courses ranked in GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Greatest Courses in the U.S.” list, the golfing experience at Colleton River Plantation Club is unparalleled. Members can choose from award-winning courses designed by legends Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, or an impressive par 3 course designed by Bruce Borland.  At Colleton River, a private 1,500-acre residential community with deepwater docks and 705 expertly situated properties, members and residents enjoy numerous world-class amenities, such as a Stan Smith Tennis & Swim Center, a 6,000-square-foot

fitness center, noteworthy dining at two exquisite clubhouses featuring captivating views, a private member library, a community dock and a vast array of social and recreational activities sure to exceed the most discerning of expectations. Hailed as a remarkable wildlife habitat and recognized as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, Colleton is an extraordinary retreat where stunning custom homes are nestled amidst two rivers offering miles of scenic shoreline.

Minutes from the Beach In addition to the many outstanding amenities available within the Colleton River Plantation Club community, members enjoy convenient access to the beaches of Hilton Head Island, which were ranked #2 in the U.S. in a recent 10Best.com Readers’ Choice Awards survey.

And Colleton’s residents proudly enjoy it all 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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On the Links

Date Tournaments May 10 Ladies’ Closing Day May 14

U.S. Open Qualifier

May 24

Nine & Dine

May 25

Mega Men’s Day

May 26

Ladies’ Closing Day

June 24

Couples’ Twilight

July 16-17

U.S. Amateur Qualifier

July 24 Lowcountry Women’s Golf Event

Matt Lucchesi, PGA Director of Golf

In an effort to continue to share our exceptional golf courses with the golfing community and provide exposure to our wonderful facilities, we will be hosting two USGA qualifying events in the upcoming months. On May 14th, the Dye Course will host the local U.S. Open qualifier and, on July 16-17, we will host the U.S. Amateur qualifier. Each qualifier will bring in some of the top players in the Southeast, so feel free to come out and watch some great golf. Better yet, if you are interested in volunteering your time to help with the event, please contact the Dye golf shop, 843.836.4420, and let us know of your availability.


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Ladies’ Exchange Day

October 7

Couples’ Twilight


Ladies’ Opening Day

October 18-20

Mixed Member-Guest

October 26

Nine & Dine

October 31- November 3

Men’s Fall Member-Guest

November 10-11 Men’s & Ladies’ Club Championships Photo courtesy of: Michael and Dede Mavrogordato

The golf staff will certainly look to help with this trend, as we continue to deliver different tournament offerings for all skill levels and offer superior golf instruction through our golf academy.

HHI Celebrity Golf Event

September 13

October 25 Ladies’ One Day Member-Guest

2012 Brings Increased Rounds & Exciting Events We couldn’t have asked for a better spring! The activity on our golf courses continues to increase as our total rounds of golf for the first quarter were up 847 rounds from 2011. Incidentally, our member play is up 904 rounds from prior year’s quarter.

September 1

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

LEGENDARY ENCOUNTER With its stunning views and artfully carved layouts, the highly acclaimed Dye Course offers challenge and enjoyment for golfers of all skill levels.

POST ALL SCORES The Handicap Committee will be closely monitoring score-posting this season. Please remember to post all your home and away scores. Two basic premises underlie the USGA Handicap System, namely that each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and that the player will post every acceptable round for peer review. The player and the player’s Handicap Committee have joint responsibility for adhering to these premises. • If you play 13 or more holes, you must post an 18-hole score. • If you play between 7 and 12 holes, you must post a 9-hole score. • Penalty scores equal to the lowest score in a player’s handicap file will be posted to those who do not record their scores.

The Nicklaus Clubhouse

5Jeanne Scherer shared her “legendary encounter” with revered course architect Pete Dye: “Here is the photo of me, Pete Dye and my friend from Dataw Island, Kathy Shields. We were walking off no. 18 at the Dye when he came up and asked if we had a nice day, and if we enjoyed the course. We said absolutely, yes, and he said oh thanks, I’m Pete Dye and I appreciate your comments. A very nice gentleman!” ColletonRiverClub.com | The River



From the Fitness Building Block of the CRGA: Power Golf Success! Congratulations to Billy Adams (pictured below with David La Pour) for completing the Power Golf Program with David and Jay Goodwin. Mr. Adams’ results for the five-week program are as follows: • 10% reduction in body fat • 25-30% increase in overall strength • 8% increase in club head speed. Designed for golfers dedicated to improvement, the TPI Power Golf program is offered on a limited basis to select members who are serious about increasing their club head speed. For more information please contact the academy: golfacademy@colletonriverclub.com.

Golf Academy Schedule May-July Weekly CRGA Clinics – CRGA Wednesday Clinic 11am–12pm - Nicklaus range – Lady Linksters Thursday 9:30–10:15am - CRWGA course May 11 CRGA Special Clinic 9am–12pm How to take it to the course Nicklaus range May 12 CRGA Practice Day 1–3pm Correct Practice Nicklaus range

David La Pour, PGA Director of Instruction

 uesdays in May T TPI Fitness Class 9–10am Fitness Center June 2 CRGA Academy Day 1–3pm Dye range

What a great start to 2012! The weather is great and the academy has been busy helping the membership reach our goal of creating a fun and productive learning experience for the members and their guests. As we continue our vision of operating the finest teaching program for a club community in the USA, please feel free to contact your PGA/CRGAc er t i f ied gol f profe s siona l s for assistance, or additional information.

June 25–29 Junior Golf Camp 10:30am–12pm Nicklaus range July 2, 3, 5, 6 Junior Golf Camp 10:30am–12pm Nicklaus range CRGA golf schools, clinics & seminars usually require advanced registration and participation may be limited. Lesson fees: $70–$100/hour, depending on instructor and certification level.

TrackMan™ Tech Tip: Club Path From the TrackMan Library, today’s tip talks about club path: To create a zero club path, the appropriate swing direction will depend on the golfer’s attack angle. • If the golfer hits up on the ball (driver), the swing direction must be in-to-out to generate a zero club path. If the golfer hits down (iron) on the ball, the swing direction must be out-to-in to generate a zero path. • The magnitude of in-to-out or out-to-in needed to compensate for the attack angle depends on the (vertical) steepness of the swing plane. • For example, an iron shot with a swing plane of 60º and an attack angle of -5º, the swing direction needs to be -2.5º in order to zero the club path. For a driver with a swing plane of 45º and a positive attack angle of +5º, the swing direction needs to be +5º in order to zero the club path.

Iron attack angle – 5º, Swing plane 60º


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Driver attack angle +5º, Swing plane 45º

What does this mean? Contrary to popular belief, when hitting down on an iron your swing should be outside to in (slightly!), and when hitting up on a driver your swing should be inside-out!  Depending on what our students want to get out of their lesson, our academy instructors are trained to look at this, and more, as we determine the path of least resistance and maximum success.  If you are interested in checking your club path, contact one of our certified TrackMan instructors, David La Pour or Brett Heisler, for an appointment today in order to get on the right path to good golf!  Please call or email us: 843.836.4410, or golfacademy@colletonriverclub.com.

Turf Talk Colleton River Plantation Club was recently recognized by the prestigious South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel. Of the nine Hilton Head/Bluffton area golf courses ranked among the top 50 in SC, Colleton River’s Nicklaus and Dye courses received 2012 rankings of 18th and 21st, respectively. “South Carolina’s 50 Best Courses” is published biannually and includes public and private courses. 

Bill Hirchert, CGCS Director of Agronomy

The South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel is comprised of 125 members: golf enthusiasts representing a diverse range of occupations, handicaps and backgrounds. Their stated purpose is to promote excellence in South Carolina golf course design and operations through competitive rankings, education and public advocacy. The South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel continues to serve as an ambassador for golf in South Carolina by facilitating the promotion and marketing of outstanding golf courses and communities, such as Colleton River Plantation Club. Panelists consider the following criteria when rating a course: • Routing: How the course flows from hole to hole in harmony with existing topography • Variety: Degree to which a course demands a full range of shot requirements • Strategy: How design features test course management • Equity: Course’s capacity to reward good shots & penalize poor ones • Memorability: Distinctiveness of golf course & its individual holes • Aesthetics: Degree to which scenery & surrounds enhance enjoyment • Experience: Includes all course elements, such as practice areas, clubhouse & more As you see, there are many variables that factor into the overall rating of a golf course, but only two that can truly influence the perception of all of the others, “aesthetics” and “experience.” It is also important to note that panelists base their rankings on that particular day’s perception only. For these reasons, it’s imperative to have sound agronomic practices at all times and treat each day as unique.  With Colleton River’s continued commitment to maintaining the golf courses in tournament conditions, we can continue to provide a “Simply . . . exceptional” experience that will be enjoyed by not only the golf panelists, but our members and guests as well!

Maintenance Schedule

May 16–24: Dye Course closed for aerification of entire course & transition from cool season grasses on tees & greens. May 30–June 22: Nicklaus Course closed for aerification of entire course and transition from cool season grasses on tees & fairways. Driving range fairway will be sprigged with celebration Bermuda grass, to experiment with playable surface recovery time, and several other projects will be performed that would encumber play if course were not closed.

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Health & Fitness

All the Right Moves Colleton’s world-class tennis, impressive fitness center, inspiring setting and expert professionals help members stay fit and healthy. Fitne ss As we age, we still need to stay active in everyday life. Some of the basic movements that we take for granted, including sitting, standing, walking, and lifting; require flexibility, balance, and some form of cardiovascular training. Most people discover that as they get older, their joints are not as strong as they once were. In order to stay in shape, they have replaced running with walking, biking, swimming, water aerobics, elliptical gliders, and rowing to burn fat and calories, and to keep the heart and lungs functioning at optimal levels.  Calisthenics and stretching-based exercises mixed with some weights for muscle tone and flexibility work well also. If you have never taken a yoga course, try a beginner’s class. These exercises assist with overall well being as well as balance, muscle tone, and flexibility. Try to walk farther than normal when going about your normal day. Burning a few more calories by walking is one of the easiest ways to walk off that extra weight. Just twenty minutes of brisk walking can burn 100-150 calories. Overall, it’s important to keep up the habit of moving more and eating foods that are better for you. Eat fewer fatty and sugary foods, and foods high in cholesterol. Drink plenty of water too, which helps move unwanted fats and sugars out of your body.

With its breathtaking park-like setting, miles of nature trails, 6,000-square-foot fitness center, professional trainers and Olympic-size pool, Colleton River Plantation Club is well-suited for a variety of health & fitness-related activities, such as water aerobics, yoga and more.


water is approximately 800 times denser than It is never too late to take up an exhilarating air, you work harder and burn more calories in new hobby, so why not start with tennis? a pool than out of it. Swimming can support that even a gentle swim Tennis players maintain the sport throughout up to 90% of the body’s weight in the water, can burn more than 200 life. It’s a game the whole family can enjoy and meaning that those with disabilities, injuries, calories in half an hour, has numerous health benefits, such as lowering or illnesses, such as arthritis, can exercise in a and a fast front crawl can the risk of heart disease. comfortable and safe environment. burn as many calories as an 8 mph run? You don’t have to be a naturally gifted athlete The support of the water for arthritis sufferers or in perfect shape to play the game. In allows less painful movements in affected addition to the physical benefits, social interaction and lessons in joints, as well as toning up the supporting muscles. Swimming can also teamwork when playing doubles are additional benefits! reduce the risk of arthritis by helping to retain normal muscle strength and joint structure. Also, did you know that playing tennis on a regular basis (two to three times a week), either singles or doubles, meets the exercise Different swimming strokes challenge different muscles within the recommendations of the American Heart Association? Tennis is a sport body so you can choose where you tone up. So, do you still think you that you can learn at your own pace, and with practice you’ll notice its don’t need swimming in your life? Your club professionals are available numerous benefits! to help you live a healthy lifestyle! Colleton River members enjoy access to a state-of-the-art fitness center & expert-led programs.


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Did you know

Swimming Many people cycle or run to get fit, but don’t think of swimming as another major route to a healthier lifestyle. What a mistake! Because

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Birding activities abound at Colleton River Plantation Club, by Jim Grove a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

Photo credit: Michael and Dede Mavrogordato

A Soaring Experience

for both course & clubhouse


urrounded by the Colleton and Chechessee Rivers, Colleton River Plantation Club features 1,500 park-like acres and 7.5 miles of saltwater marsh frontage that combine to offer some of the finest birding opportunities in the Lowcountry. Furthermore, Colleton is positioned amidst an additional 1,000 acres of protected wildlife property that will never be built upon.

Clockwise from upper left: This EP Pro collection pairs versatile color palettes and patterns with the form and functionality of sportswear; effortlessly providing fashion suitable for both the course and the clubhouse. Hobo, a brand for your lifestyle founded on the principles of creativity, originality and quality, has passion for the past and an eye to the future.

Birding at Colleton can start wherever you would like it to start. Your backyard, home to a menagerie of many different species, is the best and easiest place to begin. Feeders, birdbaths and birdhouses provide a wonderful playground for birds, and both golf courses at Colleton feature more than 100 bluebird houses.

This Sport Haley collection is for women who want to look modern without looking trendy. The sporty silhouettes are feminine and flattering. The styling is active-wear inspired, form-fitting, yet body conscious, contemporary, comfortable and self-assured.

On a national level, we participate in the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, which was initiated some 105 years ago. For more than 40 years, this information has been recorded with the cooperation of Cornell University. Colleton River has been participating in this count for the past 11 years, approximately 45 members and guests are involved annually, with results ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 birds and 85 to 116 species. This is an experience many members will never forget and to which many look forward every year! Birding is a year-round activity at Colleton. The Rookery at E1 and the freshwater ponds, for example, provide up-close, convenient viewing of egrets and night herons nesting with their young. Marsh activities include an assortment of herons, great blue, green, rails, black and yellow crown night herons, hooded mergansers, pied-billed grebe and the list goes on. In backyards or on the golf courses, it is not unusual to see bald eagles either in a nest or fishing in one of our ponds. One of our avid fishermen has trained an osprey to give its attention to the results of his fishing on one of our ponds. The fishermen catch a little bass and the osprey will come down for its evening dinner. For those who are interested in birding at Colleton, we have a number of members who are more than willing to escort families and guests. To learn more about birding at Colleton, please call the front desk: 843.836.4400.


Exceptional Style

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The Donald Ross collection is designed for men who enjoy comfort, function and years of service, on and off the course. Donald Ross‌timeless style, fit and quality. Please call the golf shop, 843.836.4410, for additional information, or come visit us and see our latest offerings for ladies & men. Images / styling: Cindy Gilling, Golf Shop Manager

A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, Colleton River Plantation Club serves as an extraordinary wildlife retreat for dozens of bird species, such as egrets (pictured at top), the Whitebreasted nuthatch (pictured above) and bald eagles, and its members enjoy birding activities year-round.

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Plate & Palate The historic Bluffton Oyster Company is famous for a variety of popular delicacies, such as succulent oysters harvested from the waters of the May River.

Carrot Vichyssoise Serves 6


reetings from the Culinary Team! We have been making special efforts to source the best food available. That is one thing that makes us unique in this area.

Our Painted Hills Natural Beef, for example, from Wheeler County, Oregon, is an all-natural, hormonefree, antibiotic-free product with amazing flavor and excellent marbling. The beef short ribs we have Matt Tracy, CEC featured were from Meats by Linz, a purveyor in Executive Chef Chicago that sells all-natural products sourced from the best Midwest beef. The chickens we have featured were from Springer Mountain Farms in Mount Airy, Georgia, which raises 100% all-natural chickens. They are never fed animal by-products and are truly exceptional!

Superior Sourcing Colleton’s Culinary Team: elegant, scratchmade style showcases regional offerings & all-natural ingredients

We have also featured Eden Farms Certified Berkshire Pork. The livestock are fed acorns and raised in a healthy, environmentally-friendly manner. This results in pork with more marbling, a superior flavor and a pH level that is less acidic than commodity pork. Perhaps you have seen us feature local fare from Bluffton Oyster Company. We have procured soft-shell crabs, shrimp, mussels, clams, oysters and flounder. Colleton’s continued enjoyment of this amazing fresh seafood also serves to support a local small business! Last but not least, we will continue to procure the exceptional produce of Bear Island Farm from Jamie and Adam Cram’s property on the plantation. At present, we have purchased greens, but we anticipate offering a greater variety of fresh produce to the membership as Jamie and Adam harvest their crops. The Culinary Team enjoys making food for the membership from scratch. We make all of our own soups, stocks and sauces, instead of purchasing pre-made bases and mixing them with water. Pre-made bases are riddled with MSG and preservatives that are unhealthy and alter the taste of your food. 

Sweet carrots and delicate leeks combine to create a refreshing and delicious springtime soup that is loaded with vitamin A. I n gredie nts • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 leeks, green parts removed. Slice white part only • 2 cloves garlic, peeled • 1.5 lbs. potatoes, peeled & chopped • 5-6 carrots, peeled & chopped • 2.5 - 3 cups chicken stock • 2 cups half and half • Salt and pepper, to taste • Finely minced chives or scallions for garnish METHO D 1. Sweat leeks and garlic in olive oil, do not brown. 2. Add potatoes, carrots and chicken stock. Simmer until everything is tender, about 2025 minutes, on low heat. 3. Remove from heat, purée until very smooth. Season to taste. Chill rapidly in an ice bath. Be sure it reaches 40 degrees within 5 hours. 4. Add half and half when it’s completely cool. Check seasoning. Sometimes, adding juice of 1 lemon will boost the flavor as well. 5. Garnish with chives, scallions or dill. Enjoy!

In addition to the wonderful culinary offerings and events featured at the Dye and Nicklaus Clubhouses, members can partake of Colleton’s outstanding catering services. Please contact us for additional information: 843.836.4430.

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Colleton Tees Off for Children 32nd Annual Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament Benefiting children’s charities of the SC Lowcountry August 31 - September 2, 2012

Memorial Day: Colleton members and their guests enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, such as horseshoes.

3Colleton River resident Paul Zaffaroni shares his experience... The Celebrity Golf Tournament is a wonderful opportunity for Colleton River to support local children’s charities, as well as to showcase our beautiful community to people from business, sports, entertainment and media. When I played in the event last year, I was very proud of being a member when I heard all of the positive comments about Colleton River! The participating celebrities donate their time for this worthy cause and really appreciate the show of support when members come out and meet them!

4th of July: “Rock” climbing

Upcoming Events & Activities From barbeques and brunches to trivia and Town Hall, Colleton River Plantation Club is alive with summertime festivities

May Town Hall Meeting Thursday, May 3 4:30-6pm Dye Clubhouse Dinner stations at the Nicklaus Clubhouse to follow meeting. Reservations for the meeting and/or dinner are requested and highly recommended. Sand Gnats Baseball Game Monday, May 7 Are you ready for some baseball??? We are, and we’re trying to hit one out of the park again this year. You won’t want to miss this fantastic event, so be sure to reserve your spot early!

Copacabana Night Thursday, May 10 Nicklaus Clubhouse It’s Copacabana Night, “Rio de Janeiro”style, featuring scotch, bourbon and vodka tasting tables, food stations with South American flare and entertainment by legendary Bobby Ryder. This is an event you won’t want to miss! Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 13 10am–2pm Dye Clubhouse

Memorial Day Cookout Sunday, May 27 Join us at the Dye Clubhouse, rain or shine, for a BBQ buffet in celebration of Memorial Day. Family-friendly activities & lawn games will include: bocce ball, croquet, ladder ball & horseshoes. Reservations are recommended and cancellations are accepted 48 hours in advance without charge. Smoking is prohibited on the Dye Clubhouse Veranda. Colleton River members enjoy a day out at the ballpark to cheer on the Savannah Sand Gnats.


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June Father’s Day Brunch Sunday, June 17 10am – 2pm Dye Clubhouse

July 4th of July Enjoy a weeklong celebration at what is known to be Colleton River’s greatest event, our 4th of July Celebration! Trivia Night Nicklaus Clubhouse Cocktails – 5:30pm, dinner buffet – 6pm, trivia – 7pm Teams of 8 are requested; however, reservations for a maximum of 10 will be taken. You may sign up as a team or let the club group you. Trivia Night continues to be a huge success and an event to which the membership looks forward! Upcoming Trivia Night Dates: Thursday, May 17 & Thursday, June 28 For reservations or additional information regarding these and other events, please call the front desk: 843.836.4400.


hile the Lowcountry’s pleasant subtropical climate lends itself to hitting the links year-round, the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament (HHICGT) is quickly establishing Labor Day weekend as a popular time for locals and visitors to enjoy star treatment and stellar golf on some of the most stunning courses in the world, such as Colleton River Plantation Club’s Dye Course, with proceeds benefiting 20 well-deserving children’s charities. The HHICGT teams golfers with a variety of celebrities for three fun-filled days of exciting evening activities and golf on three world-class courses, including: the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort, Harbour Town Golf Links at The Sea Pines Resort and Colleton’s incomparable Dye Course, which joined the tournament’s course lineup in 2011.

John Roberts, of FOX News, took a muchneeded break in the Lowcountry, following the birth of his twins.

The Dye will again host day 2 (Saturday, September 1) of the tournament and playing spots, sponsorship packages and volunteer opportunities are available. Spectators are welcome and many return each year to interact with their favorite celebs. To reserve your spot, or learn more about the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament, an unforgettable experience for a great cause, please visit Photo Caption needed names needed. hhcelebritygolf.com, or call 843.842.7711.

Actor/singer Paul Williams (sunglasses), an annual favorite, with Colleton members.

At a Glance

August 31 - September 2, 2012 Day 2 (Saturday) - Dye Course hhcelebritygolf.com

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William & Mary Golf Team Visits Colleton

Member Spotlight Frank Family Wine Dinner In March, Colleton River Plantation Club members enjoyed wonderful Frank Family Vineyards wines complemented by a delicious menu prepared by Colleton’s talented Culinary Team. The special four-course wine dinner, hosted by winemaker Todd Graff at the Nicklaus Clubhouse, featured still and sparkling wines paired with Lobster & Caviar Timbale, “Painted Hills” beef and other delicacies. For information regarding future events, please call the front desk: 843.836.4400. Photos clockwise from top right: Quote “The wine was fine but my wife was finer.” Joseph and Pauline Gareau; Clarke and Sherry Steele (with wine representative Jennifer Woods), Sous Chef Matt Felix

Colleton River Hosts the Spartans

Colleton member Chris Christensen and the College of William & Mary Golf Team, which spent a portion of its 2012 spring break at Colleton in March.

Chapter III Book Club While awaiting Marla Stan’s presentation of Stacy Schiff ’s recent book, “Cleopatra: A Life,” in February, the members of Chapter III Book Club were amazed by the sudden appearance of time-travelers Cleopatra and Mark Antony. The club was able to learn first-hand about special poisons and how to rid oneself of annoying relatives with an eye on the throne, as well as whether an asp played any part in Cleopatra’s death.  Some remarked that the royal pair bore a striking resemblance to Marla Stan and Billy Adams, but as many of us know, they are both too shy to have had anything to do with this apparition. Chapter III is open to everyone and who knows what will happen next?! Please call 843.836.4400 for more details.

Colleton members Al Thiess and Michael Mavrogordato with the Michigan State University Golf Team during their visit to Colleton.


The River | Spring 2012

News at The River

Riverfront Project Update The purpose of this article is to update our membership on the status of the Riverfront Project. In early February, we finally received our permit to begin construction on the community dock. Work on the dock itself will take about 6 weeks to complete. Work on the path and path lighting will begin shortly and will also be completed around the same time, mid-May.

Sallie Lott House & Ancillary Chair

A kayak launch dock and ramp has been installed on the north end of the floating dock. The bathroom building is completed and the fixtures will be installed after the water and sewer lines are connected by the BJWSA (Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority), likely by May. Additional landscaping will be added to further camouflage the building. Although the Riverfront Project is not yet completed, we have already begun our Riverfront activities including “Life in the Salt Marsh” with Bev Jennings and Karen Anderson, and “Fishing and Crabbing the Rivers of the Lowcountry” with Steve Chambliss. A special thank you to Jeff and Jane Hearn for allowing these activities to occur at their dock, until the community dock is completed.  –Sallie Lott ColletonRiverClub.com | The River


Don Somma is “Winning Jersey Style”

Member Spotlight

Colleton River Club resident Don Somma recently completed a book, Winning Jersey Style, regarding his years of coaching football and teaching in various New Jersey school districts. The book is rich in organizing, planning and building not only football programs, but team spirit and teaching boys how to be successful men. Colleton member Rich Torre sat down with Don, for The River, to discuss his new book.

Happy Homecoming Congratulations to the Nicklaus residents who narrowly defeated the Dye residents by two points (208-206) in Colleton’s annual Homecoming Weekend golf event, and thank you to the 23 members who took advantage of the CRGA clinic, which was offered as part of our Homecoming Weekend festivities.

The River: You were successful building programs from scratch. What was your formula for success? Don Somma: It’s simple. Defining winning and not just by wins and losses, but by defining the objective of the program. Things like kids being better students. Getting everyone pulling in the same direction. That means parents, teachers, other coaches, custodians and cooks. And in doing this it comes at no expense to anyone. For example, I recruited basketball players at every school. I had to convince protective basketball coaches that this was in their interest. In fact, 10 of my tight ends wound up playing Division I or Division I AA college football.

Photo left to right: Jim Eisert, Matt Stewart (pro), William Spadafora, Paul Zaffaroni

TR: It seems you helped a lot of high school kids get to college. Was that your greatest joy from coaching? DS: Helping kids not just get to college but become successful in life. What equals success? The kid becomes a good husband, father, citizen and gives back in life. Play practice perfect. Watching everyone execute their responsibilities is a thing of beauty. While I wouldn’t focus on any one game or school, having 85% of my Elizabeth students make honor roll and 25% make national honor society is one of our biggest accomplishments. 

Men’s Club Challenge Results March 22-24, 2012

Overall Champion & Nicklaus Flight Winner

Atlanta Athletic Club Mr. Craig Marmon Mr. Bobby Pavloff Mr. Todd Ryman Mr. Matt Scheck Mr. Kevin Rudder

Dye Flight Winner Gross Champion

Dye Flight Runner-Up Nicklaus Flight Runner-Up

Rolling Hills Cc Hackensack Gc Jonesboro Gc Elk River Mr. Chris Schafer Mr. Ted Horton Mr. Larry Grisham Dr. Michael Mayhew Dr. David Schwimer Mr. Bob Mason Dr. John Cook Dr. Jim Graham Mr. Gordon Lovingood Mr. Bob Manzo Dr. Ron Burnett Mr. Jim Holmes Mr. Paul Zaffaroni Mr. Michael Solow Dr. Mack Moore Mr. Chuck Dockery Mr. Rocky Catalano Mr. Randy Cochran Mr. Lee Brun Mr. John Carter

TR: Who should read the book? DS: Any middle school girl or boy who is thinking of playing high school sports and has issues with grades. Their parents. Business leaders on how to strategize, scheme and execute on a plan. TR: Some of the best parts of the book were motivational situations where you either turned around a game or a season. How did you strategize and implement these ideas? DS: These were all premeditated acts to get either our kids or opponents’ attention and regarding opponents, to get them off their game. I’d also draw attention to myself to take the pressure off our kids. No matter what situation you are in, decipher the information and use it to your advantage. That’s why coaches watch so much film. TR: Could the book be used by business managers as a leadership, creative problem-solving and motivational tool? DS: Sure. In closing, I’m honored that many people in Colleton River have taken the time to read the book. Rest assured, any success the book has will be given back to the community.

Lifelong Learning Group The Lifelong Learning Group of Colleton River has completed Season III. We are able to look back at many enjoyable programs, field trips, speakers, photography exhibits and kayaking trips. The success of your LLG is attributed to you, our members, who enthusiastically support the programs. In addition, these programs would not have been possible without the ideas and planning of the LLG Work Group: Paula Williams, Senior Advisor; Nancy Taylor, Barb Gates, Mary Jo Cubbin, Mary McKane, Sherry Steele, Burt Must, Dave Russert, Tom McKane, Sallie Lott, Sue Glancey, Kris Mak, Lynne Patti, Jim Patti, Linda Rankin, Maxine Melcher, Wendy Baker, Vickie Must, Judy Russert, Janice Norton, Bev Jennings, Bert Einloth and Doris Beedie.

Colleton members / LLG organizers Doris Beedie, Bert Einloth & Sue Glancey

Following the “mission of the Lifelong Learning Group to develop and present programs and events that inform and invite members to think, discuss, and learn together and foster an expanded sense of Colleton River community spirit within and beyond our gates,” we look forward to planning and presenting Season IV beginning in the fall of 2012. As always, we welcome your suggestions and comments. For additional information, please call the front desk: 843.836.4400.


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