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April 2014 A Monthly Publication for Balsam Mountain Preserve Members

Anna and Luc Mazzone take a break from the task of building a snowman in front of the Boarding House.

More photos from Balsam’s Mardi Gras party inside!


ur team has shifted into high gear as we prepare to open the club amenities for the season next month. Brooks and his staff have already begun chemical and fertilizer applications to bring the golf course back to its green grandeur, and they’ll be working on a variety of other projects to prepare to return the course to its “in season” condition by May 1st. At Ruby Valley, new rocking chairs have been ordered for the front porch, the pool is being cleaned and grouted, and new upholstery has been installed in the inside seating area. At the Boarding House, we’ll be working on a few projects to freshen up the look of the restaurant and to open up some of the dramatic view corridors that are starting to get a little obstructed. The stable pastures are slated for fertilization this month and our new Equestrian Managers will soon be returning horses back to the Preserve. On the real estate front, we welcomed new members Jim Watson and Sabrina Watkins from Houston, Texas and will soon be welcoming the Doherty family from Tampa, Florida. All total, six properties were purchased at Balsam in the first quarter, a tremendous start to what we hope will be a successful season for property sales. Here are the dates for upcoming amenity openings: Golf Course Returns To “In Season” Condition – May 1st Stable – May 1st Tennis Courts – April 18th Boarding House “In Season” Dining – May 1st Dark Ridge Camp – May 1st Pool – May 16th As always, please let me know how we can better serve you and thanks for your continued support of the Club! Bruce Fine, General Manager

2014 Summer Camp Schedule TRUST Camps June 23 & 25 ANIMAL SUPERHEROES, Ages 4-6 Ever want to be a superhero?! Learn about the adaptations that give “super powers� to the animals. Which Appalachian Animal is fastest? Which has the strongest bite? Which animals can see in the dark? Discover the answers through fun crafts, activities and animal encounters.

June 24 & 26 BALSAM MOUNTAIN TRAIL BLAZERS, Ages 7-12 Get ready to get muddy! Stomp through our streams, hike through our forests, and find where different organisms make their homes. In this camp, we will discover the natural wonders Balsam Mountain Preserve has to offer. You may even pick up some survival skills along the way!

June 30-July 3 APPALACHIAN ARTISTS, Ages 7-12 Will be spending the night at Dark Ridge on the 3rd. Celebrate the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachian Region! Discover how Native Americans and Pioneers shaped our diverse mountain culture through nature explorations, arts, crafts and music.

Register by calling the Nature Center at 828.631.1060, email to or via the Member Website.

Club Camps July 7-10 COMBO CAMP, Ages 7-12 This area offers varied opportunities for kids to immerse themselves in the beauty of local habitats. Learn to identify species at the Preserve, spend a day at Dark Ridge Camp Ground, go on offsite culture visits, take part in hand-on art projects, trail games, and so much more.

July 14-17 WATER CAMP, Ages 6-11 A vast array of water activities and aquatic critters will be explored! We will visit swimming holes, waterfall walks, boating and more! Participants must be able to swim or must wear a life jacket.

July 21-24 ADVENTURE CAMP, Ages 6-11 & July 28-31 Ages 12+ Hiking, paddling, camping, exploring nature and many more group adventures that encourage healthy activity, as well as mixing, mingling and making new friends.

Register by calling Member Services at 828.631.1000, email to or via the Member Website.


reetings and welcome back to a new season on the mountain! The golf course and driving range will be open six days a week (closed Tuesday) starting Friday, April 4th. You will find the tournament schedule below. I appreciate all of your continued support of club tournaments. We will once again be offering the “on-course dining” to our members. The snack bar will be open daily in-season serving cold sandwiches, chips, and drinks; but we will also offer an on-course menu of lunch choices from the Boarding House that will be brought to you during your round. Members must place their order with a member of the Golf Professional Staff by 11:15am and there will be a one-time daily delivery at approximately 12:30pm. We will be offering a member discount on golf apparel in the Golf Professional Shop this year. Members will receive 10% off all apparel purchases. To be eligible, discounted apparel must be member-charged on your club account. We would like to welcome a new member to our staff. Evan Matoske will be serving as the Assistant Golf Professional this season. Evan comes to us from PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Please help me in welcoming him to Balsam Mountain Preserve. We are looking forward to another great year reciprocating with the Reserve at Lake Keowee. The reciprocal golf rate for both memberships is $50/player. For more information and for RLK tee times reservations, please contact the BMP Golf Professional staff. A reminder to please reserve your tee times by calling the Golf Professional Shop, 828.631.1009 or by email, See you on the course, Drew Marshall, Head Golf Professional

APRIL HOURS OF OPERATION Pro Shop: 9:00am-5:00pm Tee times beginning at 10:00am Snack Bar: Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm Note: The golf course will be closed for aerification April 15-17. The driving range will be open on April 16-17.

MAY – OCTOBER HOURS OF OPERATION Pro Shop: 7:30am-6:00pm Tee times beginning at 8:00am Snack Bar: Wednesday-Monday 11:00am-3:00pm

2014 Golf Tournament Schedule Saturday, April 12th Masters Match-Up Tournament

July 5 1-Day Member-Member/Guest

Tuesday, April 15 - Thursday, April 17 Greens Aerification

July 19-20 Ruby Valley Cup August 2-3 Club Championship

Saturday, May 24th 1-Day Member-Member/Guest May 26th Memorial Day Scramble June 6-8 Member/Member June 24 Spiking and Topdressing Greens June/July/August Summer Match Play July 4 Flag Day Tournament

August 23 1-Day Member-Member/Guest September 7-8 Member/Pro September 9 Spiking and Topdressing Greens October 9-11 Member/Guest



hroughout the month of March, the golf maintenance staff has been addressing several problematic areas on the course that were in need of additional drainage. These areas include work on holes #5, 9, 10, and 17. Holes 5, 9, and 17 required work mainly around catch basins that water was not getting to causing unsightly wear surrounding the basins. Around these areas we removed bad material and back filled with gravel to allow for better water percolation. On top of this we put in a more suitable soil that has less clay in it. This will be a fix that should be noticeable to everyone playing golf. On hole #10, there is a lot of water that comes off the slope above the hole and as everyone noticed, causes a constant water flow across the path. Along three sections we installed French drains and ran drainage through the path and on down to the pond. This will catch all the water coming off the bank and and stop the constant flow of water across the top of the cart path. The above pictures are all on hole #10, and show the process from start to finish. Brooks Kittrell, Golf Course Superintendent

Masters Match-Up Tournament

Saturday, April 12th Format Medal Play, 100% of Handicaps Your net score will be combined with the Saturday score of a Professional playing in The Masters. Cost $30 includes cart Prizes paid out in Pro Shop Credit.

Call 828.631.1009 to make your own tee time before 1:00pm.


Sunday, April 20th One Seating: 12:00pm

Save the Date Featuring A Build-Your-Own Mimosa, Bloody Mary and Champagne bar. Menu details to follow.

Reservations Required. Call Member Services at 828.631.1000.

Ladies’ Book Club Book Club Meets Fridays at 12:00pm at The Boarding House. April 18th The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

July 25th Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

May 16th A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

August 8th Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin

May 3th Guests on Earth by Lee Smith

August 29th One True Thing by Anna Quindlen

June 13th The Round House by Louise Erdrich

September 12th My Antonia by Willa Cather

June 27th Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories by Alice Munro

September 26th The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

July 11th The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Call Marianne Lyon at 713.443.0244 with questions.

Ladies Lunch May 2nd June 6th July 18th August 22nd September 5th Fridays at Noon.

Club Hours of Operation

Club Staff and Contact Information

Pro Shop: Wed - Sun, 9am-5pm

Administration: 828.631.1040 Bruce Fine: General Manager Tina Jones: Business Manager

Practice Park: Opening April 4th Trail Rides: Opening May 1st Pavilion: Open 24 hours. Fitness Center: Open 24 hours. Pool: Opening May 16th Tennis Courts: Opening April 18th

Member Services: 828.631.1000 Melissa Zoda: Boarding House Manager Amy Coggins: Member Services Manager Balsam Care (Maintenance & Cabins): 828.631.1000 Pro Shop: 828.631.1009 Drew Marshall: Head Golf Pro

Turnhouse: Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm

Security / Main Gate: 828.631.1011 Main Gate Emergency: 828.508.0116

The Boarding House Restaurant: Light Continental Breakfast: Mon – Thurs, 8am – 10am

Sales: 828.631.1001 Joe Dellinger: Jamie Aquino:

Breakfast: Fri – Sun, 8am – 10am Lunch: Wed – Mon, 11:30am – 2pm Dinner: Thurs – Sat, 6:30pm – 9:00pm *Reservations Required The Nature Center: April 1– Nov 1 Tues - Sun, 8:30am to 5:30pm (closed Mondays) Nov 2 – Mar 31 Tues - Sat, 8:30am to 5:30pm (closed Sun & Mon)

Broker In Charge Marketing Manager RIDGE Lines Editor

Nature Center / Balsam Mountain Trust: 828.631.1060 Michael Skinner: Executive Director

The Reserve at Lake Keowee Contact Balsam Member Services at 828.631.1000 for all Activities and Reservations.

Grand Harbor Golf & Yacht Club Contact Balsam Member Services at 828.631.1000 for all Activities and Reservations.

Balsam Mountain Preserve | 81 Preserve Road | Sylva, NC 28779 866.452.3456

RIDGELines | April 2014  

A monthly newsletter on the events and happenings at Balsam Mountain Preserve in western North Carolina.

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