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NEWPORT BEACH COUNTRY CLUB MAGAZINE Inaugural Issue/Summer-Fall 2016

WELCOME HOME

Newport Beach Country Club Reveals New Clubhouse

SOMETHING TO SIP ON 3 Rosés Perfect for Sipping on the Terrace this Summer

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

A Conversation with NBCC’s 2016 Men’s and Ladies Club Champions


NEWPORT BEACH COUNTRY CLUB MAGAZINE

CONTENT FEATURES

pg. 10 Welcome Home pg. 18 All in the Family pg. 24 Something to Sip on pg. 26 Championship Tradition Clubhouse Ribbon Cutting p.10

INSIDE

pg. 36 Golf Tournaments pg. 44 Club Eats pg. 52 Club Calendar & Happenings

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ANGELITOS CARD

Mentoring Youth. Changing futures.

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CONTRIBUTORS

NEWPORT BEACH CC STAFF

CASEY KAUT General Manager RON BENEDICT Golf Course Superintendent

ZACK BATES

JEANNIE DRAKE

BRIAN MCCALLEN

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LETICIA RICE Assistant General Manager Head Golf Professional Carlo Borunda Club Controller Pam Burns Executive Chef Lonnie Shepard Food & Beverage Manager Daniel Daoud

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FROM THE GM elcome to the Magazine of the new Newport Beach Country Club! In its inaugural edition, NBCC magazine is designed to entertain our members and their guests with more features, more long-form content, more pictures, and contributions from some of our leading local business partners. The new magazine demonstrates a new era and a new commitment to excellence at your club.

This summer season we encourage our members to take full advantage of all that the new club has to offer. We are dedicated to creating memorable adventures for years to come, and this fantastic new clubhouse now paired with our beloved golf course has resulted in a world class club on par with the very best in California and the rest of the county.

The club has long presented a beautifully maintained golf course, and course superintendent Ron Benedict and his staff have worked tirelessly in 2016 to bring about the fantastic conditions we’ve seen this year. Ron’s greens are the best in the county, and the work

done on the fairways over the winter has resulted in velvety landing areas and made-to-order lies, perfect for shaving strokes off those handicaps. Learn more about Ron Benedict and his long-term improvement plan for the golf course in this inaugural issue.

Speaking of handicaps, Carlo Borunda and his golf professional staff are at the ready to help work the kinks out of those swings and

get the ball on Ron’s short grass more often. Stop by the golf shop to arrange a private lesson, and while doing so check out the pool table and do some shopping for those unfortunate friends and neighbors that can only dream of a membership at NBCC. Retail

Manager Tammy Kern has added several new lines of high-end golf and athletic apparel for men and women in our expanded and improved golf shop.

Food and Beverage Manager Daniel Daoud has joined long-time Executive Chef Lonnie Shepard to unveil “Seahorse Grille,” the

club’s signature dining location on the second floor. It is no overstatement to say that the combination of Lonnie’s food with Daniel’s sophisticated service technique presented in the casually elegant ambience of the Seahorse Grille results in a club dining location

with no equal. A celebration of the Newport Beach lifestyle occurs five nights weekly in the club’s smashing new restaurant that our members will be enjoying for years to come. Cheers!

Lastly, NBCC promotes a healthy lifestyle and Recreation Manager Natalie Bernal is here to help with private trainers, yoga and

pilates classes, and anything else fitness and wellness-related. Look forward to Natalie’s own boxing workout classes, and in short order Natalie will be opening the NBCC Aquatic Center for lap swimming, kids swim lessons, and poolside fun for the whole family. Discover the New Newport Beach Country Club…

a place that is by any stretch of the imagination, magnificent. Enjoy the club. You’ve earned it. Warm regards, CASEY KAUT General Manager

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CLUBHOUSE

RIBBON CUTTING Welcome to the new and improved modern hideaway in Newport Beach.

On July 18, the Newport Beach Country Club held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commence the grand opening of their new 56,000-square-foot property. For 60 years, The Country Club has been a beloved place in the city, but now with a fresh facelift— Newport Beach Country Club is back and better than ever.

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he event included an appearance by Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon and speeches from Co-

Owner Todd Pickup, Co-Owner and CEO Kevin Martin, Kory Kramer of Pacific Hospitality Group and General Manager Casey Kaut. A social mixer and open house followed the ribbon cutting. The $45 million project was finished this month and the inviting ambiance is complete with tantalizing amenities: from dipping in their six lane sparkling pool to teeing off at their renowned 18-hole, redesigned golf course, or grabbing a cocktail or a bite at Seahorse, you will see why this is one of the top private memberships in Newport. In the morning, enjoy the fully equipped fitness center or yoga studio and when night falls, the outdoor deck of The Seahorse lounge will be calling your name. Also, Newport Beach Country Club’s Craftsman Clubhouse is readily available for your next social gala or lavish wedding. The Clubhouse’s contemporary design is set to be the new Orange County destination for members to enjoy—like never before.

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| M E M B E R F E ATU R E | M R . & M R S. FO R E ST “WO O DY” S M ITH I I I (TE R RY) |

“I feel like I know

every blade of grass on the course, I’ve played it upteen times.

It’s very heartwarming to us to be members

now and to know that at one time we were a

part of making it what it is today.”

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THE FAMILY

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S “It all starts at the top, like it did with my dad and me and now with Dick and his son working together. The value of that family experience trickles down.”

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hen Forest “Woody” Smith III’s father bought Newport Beach Country Club in July 1964, little did he know that a 25-year lease would turn into a lifelong family passion that

would become the centerpiece of Newport Beach club life. Lucky for Woody and his wife Terry—and for the other original members—it did.

On Valentine’s Day 1954, James Irvine hit the first ball on the tee that officially opened the club (then known as Irvine Coast Country Club). The course was always considered temporary—the thinking being that the land was far too valuable for golf. When the Smith family took over, the clock was ticking. In 1967, the Irvine Company created Fashion Island on land that included holes 16, 17 and 18. The catch: giving the Smiths new land for the new finishing holes—plus a 25-year extension on the lease. For Woody, NBCC was the place to work hard every day with his dad (“as maître de, chief bottle washer and whatever we needed”) and mix with future Golf Greats and celebs the likes of Fuzzy Zoeller, Scott Hope, Fred MacMurray and 49ers wide receiver Paul Salata (creator of the NFL Draft Mr. Irrelevant Award). “Back then, the Toshiba Classic was called the Crosby Southern,” says Woody. “It was started as a benefit for Hoag Hospital by five guys who

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pitched in $5,000 each to create the Pro Am purse. That’s where

Crosby Southern, so a generous member let him stay on his boat

all the young-and-upcoming players made their mark. Pat Fitz-

in Newport Harbor.

simons won the tournament in the first 1975 playoffs, and then went on to win the LA Open. We had three newbies who did

After raising three kids, Woody and Terry Smith passed the torch

that—with Doug Tewell in 1986 and Chip Beck in 1988.”

to the late William Ray and his widow Beverly Ray in 1971. In 2013, NBCC fittingly came under the wings of another local

The “Little Crosby” (named for Hollywood legend Bing Crosby)

family—Richard “Dick” Pickup with his son Todd Pickup and his

had its start as a mini-tour event for players who didn’t make the

son-in-law Kevin Martin—marking only the third ownership in

cut at Pebble Beach’s Crosby National Pro-Am, later merging

the club’s 67-year history.

with the Toshiba Senior Classic. Today, it’s the most popular stop and single-biggest charity-giver on the PGA Champions Tour,

“A long time ago, there was a man who used to hit golf balls out

raising around $1 million for Hoag each year.

at the practice area three to four days a week,” adds Woody with a twinkle. “He loved the game of golf and got good enough to play

As memorable as the competition was the sense of camaraderie,

in the tournaments. It was Dick Pickup. Little did we know all

community and family that infused the club with great stories like

these years later that he’d be working with his own son, the way I

the time Chip Beck couldn’t afford a hotel room for the

worked with my dad.”

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R O S É C H A M PA G N E

QUEEN OF PINK

BY S E TH B OX

PRIVATE CLIENT DIRECTOR, LVMH

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or those who’ve traveled to Europe during the summer, the joys of dry, still Rosé wines are not new. From sultry, full bodied styles in Spain, to the pale salmon hue of France’s Tavel; Rosé has for decades been the definitive

summer tipple. The purchase of Miraval Rosé in Provence by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie was a clear signal Americans have comfortably settled into grown-up pink wine. During the last decade, the cavity causing tendencies of U.S. consumers, fueled by oceans of White Zinfandel and sparkling pink Moscato, has yielded increasing shelf and menu space to the dry Rosé movement. Rosé appreciation mirrors life. When we’re young, we love sweets.

As we develop,

dry styles take center stage. And when we’re mature, confident and looking to indulge, there’s Rosé Champagne. Several years ago I had the good fortune to chat with Richard Geoffroy, Wine Maker at Dom Perignon. His Rosé sells for as much as $325 a bottle in the U.S., nearly twice the price of Dom Perignon Blanc. When I asked why that was, he said it was the most challenging wine to produce. Less than 10% of Champagne is pink. Virtually no still red wine is produced there, despite 70% of the area being planted to dark grapes (Meunier and Pinot Noir). This means that even in a year when Mr. Geoffroy produces an excellent Blanc (white) Champagne, there is no guarantee a Rosé will be made. Coupled with exceptional quality, lower volumes and a 10 year production cycle, the premium makes more sense. Owing to the fact they are tricky to make, prices for Rosé Champagne tend to be higher categorically, regardless of producer. Despite this rarity, all Rosé does not require an outlay of over $300 a bottle. Most pink Champagne is non-vintage; meaning it is younger, fresh, and ready to drink. These wines are blended from several years to assure consistency of style and quality. About 90% of all Champagne falls into this category. An excellent example with a storied past is Ruinart Rosé. Founded in 1729, Ruinart is not only the oldest producer in Champagne, but the first to commercially produce a Rosé.

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he next level up in the realm of fine pink fizz is Vintage Champagne. Produced exclusively from grapes grown in the year which appears on the label, these wines take a minimum of three years to craft and many have the potential to improve with further ageing in bottle. This is not

typically the case with non-vintage Champagne. Most of us are familiar with the Yellow Label of Veuve Clicquot, but far fewer have been exposed to their vintage wines. Their Vintage 2008 Rosé took nearly eight years to make, and has a taste that combines crushed raspberries and freshly baked brioche.

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he least known category in Champagne, be it white or pink, is called Prestige Cuvee. This is where Mr. Geoffroy’s Dom Perignon lives. Expect to pay the most for Prestige Cuvees, followed by vintage and non-vintage Champagne. They represent the finest of their kind,

with the best possessing the capacity to improve for decades. Nearly all Rosé Champagne is dry, labeled as Brut, though sweeter iterations do exist. Of these, Demi-Sec is the most common, and will appear printed on the front label. Champagne leader Moet & Chandon markets their sweeter style under the Nectar Imperial label. In addition to its rarity, Rosé Champagne gives an enormous amount of pleasure. If romance was bottled as wine, it would be in the form of Rosé Champagne; the pinnacle of sophisticated, sexy libations. It also happens to be incredibly versatile with food. I once hosted a burgers & bubbles dinner in NYC which proved that even the noble burger could be elevated by a good glass of pink fizz. If you’ve never had French fries or fried chicken with Rosé Champagne, I highly recommend doing so. It will redefine date night.

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TRADITION By Brian McCallen

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ounded in 1954, Newport Beach Country Club

According to head pro Carlo Borunda, “the golf course used to

spectacular, new clubhouse that’s considered one

makes the course play quite a bit longer.” Kikuyu is a thicker,

is a traditional club with a recently completed,

of the gems of southern California golf. The golf course, laid

out by William P. “Billy” Bell and his son, Billy Bell, Jr., has stood the test of time and presents a complete test for players

at all ability levels. With greens and tees placed close together, the walker-friendly design has been revised and updated over the years, but it retains the strategic core that Bell, a prolific

architect who collaborated with legendary designer George C. Thomas in the 1920s, drilled into it.

play short, but the introduction of kikuyu grass in the fairways stickier grass that permits little roll. The course has other

defenses. The greens, Borunda explains, are small and elusive. Some are undulating. They are surfaced in poa annua, a finicky

grass that often plays different in the morning than it does in the afternoon.


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I’ve ever putted on” during the Annual Newport Beach Country Club

hosted a Champions Tour event. And despite the fact that Duffy Waldorf

once carded a 60, and that a top college player recently shot a 61 during a sectional qualifier, the 6,601-yard, par-71 layout has proven to be an ideal venue for club championships.

While most clubs use a match play format for the club championship, Newport Beach CC conducts a 54-hole medal (stroke play) event for men

and women. This year’s champion is a familiar name. Jeff Bloom claimed his fourth club championship in June, winning by five strokes with scores of 75, 74 and 77.

A member since 1998, Bloom, who lives across the street from the club, is a self-taught golfer who took up the game at the advanced age of 39. Like

many good players at Newport Beach CC, he came to golf late. “We don’t

have a lot of club members with deep golf pedigrees,” he observes, noting that “baseball was everything” for him and other youngsters growing up in Orange County.

Like other good athletes, Bloom adapted once his competitive tennis days

were over. He says his first club championship victory, in 2003, came only

4 ½ years after he took up golf. Improbably, it was his first competitive event ever.

Scores this year were relatively high, Bloom says, because the superintendent (who he praises for his “phenomenal work”) put the pins in precarious

positions each day of the championship. As competitors know all too well, the club’s tiny, tricky greens can take their toll when the pins are tucked.

“If I play indifferently on a normal weekend round I’ll shoot 75, but in a

club championship, there’s more pressure to not hit a bad shot,” Bloom

admits. However, he says he made a swing change last year that has enabled him to play more confidently, as opposed to trying to avoid mistakes.

The biggest prize awaiting Newport Beach CC’s four-time champion? “The general manager came up to me after I won and told me that I’ll be

getting a personalized parking spot once the new clubhouse is completed,” Bloom says with obvious pride.

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ROXY’S RULES

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o do you want to know about OBSTRUCTIONS? The kind you find on the golf course? An OBSTRUCTION is any artificial object and all artificial surfaces in bounds on the golf course. There are three types : movable, immovable and temporary immovable obstructions.

From the Definitions in the rule book Roxy always carries in her golf bag, she knows that an obstruction is movable if it can be moved without unreasonable effort or unreasonable delay of play. Otherwise the obstruction is immovable. Examples of movable obstructions are hoses, trash, most stakes (but not white OB stakes because they are defined as not obstructions) the “gate stakes” marking entrance and exit to the fairway, and golf carts. The relief without penalty is to remove the movable obstruction. You may remove it even if it does not interfere with your lie, stance or swing. (Rule 24-1.) If necessary to remove the obstruction, you can lift and clean your ball in the process. Examples of immovable obstructions are sprinkler heads, electric boxes, cart paths, drains, fixed yardage monuments and stakes and wires holding young trees (not the tree itself.) Generally if the obstruction interferes with the player’s lie or area of intended stance or swing, the player gets relief without penalty with a drop of 1 club length from the nearest point of relief no closer to the hole. There is no relief if the obstruction merely interferes with the line of play. (No line of sight relief from an immovable obstruction. Rule 24-2.) Now, with the Toshiba Classic coming up, Roxy checked the Appendix I. 4 b in her rule book to find that temporary immovable obstructions are non-permanent artificial objects erected in connection with a competition that are fixed and not readily movable. Examples include tents, scoreboards, grandstands, TV towers and lavatories. With these, the player gets all the free relief she gets from an immovable obstruction and in addition she gets relief without penalty if the temporary obstruction interferes with her line of play. (Here she gets line of sight relief without penalty.) If you have questions, e-mail Roxy through her friend Debraeallen@yahoo.com and Roxy will reply to you. Let me know if you need anything more. Debra Allen

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GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT RON BENEDICT

Celebrating his 26th year at Newport Beach Country Club this July, Ron Benedict is an expert agronomist who’s stayed on top of his craft and found new ways to cope with a protracted drought the past few years. Golfers sing his praises, and with reason. “I inherited fairways that were a Heinz 57 when it came to varieties of turf grasses,” he muses. “The fairways when I arrived were 15% kikuyu (a grass species native to East Africa) blended with bermudagrass, bluegrass and rye. Then the PGA Champions Tour staff wanted to overseed the fairways with ryegrass, which we did from 1996 – 2006. We stopped overseeding in 2007.” Since that time, Benedict and his staff have planted and sodded kikuyu in the fairways while eliminating less desirable grass varietals that had crept into the mix. (He describes the rough as a “hodgepodge of grasses,” but as wayward golfers freely admit, that’s why they call it the rough). Kikuyu, Benedict explains, flourishes in southern California’s temperate coastal climate. “It never quite goes dormant and it stays green into November,” he explains. “Golfers love it—the ball sits up like it’s on a tee.” The club’s fairways, he says, are irrigated with recycled water, while the superb poa annua greens are irrigated with potable water drawn from a separate system. California’s four-year drought, which improved last summer, had So Cal superintendents

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scrambling for efficient water management practices. Benedict never lost his cool, or his control of the course. Asked how his duties as a superintendent have changed over the years, Benedict says minimizing the potentially harmful impacts of chemical and pesticide application have been at the forefront of his profession. “The safety protocols are so much better now,” he says. The best part of his job? “Working at a club right on the famed Pacific Coast Highway.” With the new clubhouse complete, the club now turns its attention to a long range improvement plan for the golf course. The project began in earnest this past winter as Ron has added over 70,000 square feet of Kikuyu Grass sod to the fairways in an effort to get the fairways to 100% Kikuyu. Next up, Ron and his team will work with Golf Course architect Casey O’Callahan on myriad improvements that will include tree removal, landscaping upgrades, repositioning of bunkers, improved greens, turf reduction, irrigation system upgrades, and other strategic changes to make the best course in Orange County even better. As has been the case for nearly 30 years, the members at Newport Beach Country Club are in great hands with Ron Benedict.


RILEY One of the key players on the team is a handsome English shepherd named Riley, a friendly newcomer that’s wellknown to the members. “Riley is really good at chasing waterfowl into the ponds, especially nuisance birds like Canadian geese and wigeon ducks that can make a mess on the course.” Benedict had raised three German shepherds

previously

but

noticed

an entry on the website of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (of which he’s a member) stating that English shepherds and golf courses were a good fit. A spirited dog with a job to do who runs four to five miles a day, Riley knows the rules and never barks on a player’s backswing.

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2016 GOLF EVENTS

Men’s Cub Championship

Congratulations to Jeff Bloom, for taking both the Men’s Club Championship and Senior Men’s Club Championship! Men’s Club Champion

Jeff Bloom | Score of 226

Men’s Club Champion Runner-Up Todd Roberts | Score of 231 C/O 3rd Place

Jan-Erik Palm | Score of 231 C/O

2016 Sadie Hawkins What a great day at Newport Beach Country Club! Thank you to everyone who had a part in this years’ Sadie Hawkins Golf Tournament! A lot of FUN was had and some outstanding golf was played! Congratulations to all the winners and a Huge Congratulations to Steve Thomas on his ACE on #17 during the tournament!!!

Kay Yi, David Yi

Steve Thomas

Jo Vandervort, Marvin Shmagin

Ladies Guest Day

Susan Black, Myrna Ireland

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Adele Reilly, Kristine McHone, Jennifer Good, Sandy Nelson

Anita Clark, Barbara Martin, Ellen Nadel, Jennifer Copeland


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2016 GOLF EVENTS

Women’s Club Championship

The 2016 Ladies’ Club Championship was well contested with eventual winner Ailam Newkirk claiming the title. It came down to putting as it usually does in any golf competition. After the defending champion, Mrs. Debbie Fleming made a clutch putt on the 18th green to force a playoff, Ailam returned the favor on the 1st hole by making a tricky 3 footer to win.

Ladies Spring Team Play

Men’s Senior and Super Senior

2016 Mary K. Browne

What a “Super” event this was; we would like

We had another successful event for the

to thank all of our members for participating

Mary K. Browne / Wish Upon A Star

and congratulations to our winners!

Annual Event.

Jeff Bloom- Senior Club Champion Rd 1 Score 74: Rd 2 Score 78 Total of 152

Mary K. Browne Champions Claudia Cline & Tracy Weiner

Ted Elink-SchuurmanSuper Senior Club Champion Rd. 1 Score 79, Rd. 2 Score 80 Total of 159

Carolyn Holder & Tina Newman 1st place Gross C Flight

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NATALIE BERNAL RECREATION MANAGER

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ello Newport Beach Country Club! My name is Natalie

figured it out, I am really thrilled to be here and to get to inspire each

Bernal and I am excited to be your new Recreation

and every member. I can’t wait to meet all of you and to have you meet

Manager. I am originally from Gold Coast, Australia

our wonderful Recreation Team. This group of all-stars will motivate

but have spent thE last fifteen years in beautiful California. Fitness

you, create enjoyment for your workouts, and educate you on the

has always been a huge part of my life. My first certification was

importance of a healthy lifestyle.

when I was 16 as a coach of Surf Life Saving (you call them Junior Lifeguards). I love the gym and I love to have fun at the gym. Yes it

I look forward to sharing the seasons with you through the pages of

is possible to have fun at the gym. I also have an open door policy

our club magazine. Each quarter will bring new recipes, generously

and would love to hear from you, our members, so feel free to stop by

contributed by our culinary team. We will also be featuring the latest

and say hello and let me know what you think of our wonderful new

in workouts and as always we encourage you to log on to the club’s

workout facilities.

website for great exercises and workout tips provided by our Fitness Team.

I am so happy to be taking this journey with you and to be at Newport Beach Country Club! The new clubhouse will not only provide you

Did I mention that I have hand selected the best team of trainers and

with your own personal gym and exercise room but also include health

instructors to help you on your journey to a better lifestyle? I look

spa services like massages and facials. Just imagine the convenience of

forward to making introductions and encourage you to come by the

enjoying these services without leaving your club! In case you haven’t

Fitness Center and learn more about them and all they have to offer.

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ack when the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) was

Having grown up playing persimmon woods, forged blades and wound balata

a small group of talented players who would car-pool from one

balls, Higgins believes today’s equipment has “changed the game for the better.

event to the next, Pam Higgins was a fixture. From 1969 to 1982,

It’s made it easier. The ball is lively. Players today can hit the ball straighter and

Higgins competed against the likes of Kathy Whitworth, Carol Mann, Nancy

further.”

Lopez, Judy Rankin, Amy Alcott and Donna Caponi, recording three victories and getting a chance to travel throughout the U.S. and around the world. But

But Higgins believes golf is about more than big drives. “I stress diet, nutrition

California is the place she’s proud to call home.

and exercise with all my students,” she says. “Stretching, for example, is so important to maintaining a good golf swing. I pass on what I know from what

“I’m originally from Ohio, and I remember playing an event in Palm Springs in

I’ve learned.” Now in her 47th year as a professional, Higgins says she feels

1970 and falling in love with California and the desert,” Higgins remembers. “A

blessed to be teaching golf in a beautiful place to attentive members.

couple of years later I played in a pro-am at Newport Beach, which was known as Irvine Coast Country Club at the time. I played with club owner Woody Smith’s

A case in point is Ailam Newkirk, the reigning women’s club champion who

son. We won the pro-am and I set the course record with a 65. As my competitive

says she had a “30-minute pow-wow” with Higgins prior to the start of the

career started winding down, I began looking for a summer place and found my

competition.

way back to Newport Beach. I’ve been here since 1984 and consider myself very lucky.”

“She’s such a fabulous lady,” Ailam says. “She told me to stay within my own game, to stay in the moment and to be sure to have a snack on the back nine!”

A devoted student of the game, Higgins describes herself as a “smorgasbord of

(Ailam admits to running out of gas during last year’s competition). “She

ideas” who’s gleaned advice from 10 or so different teachers during her career.

provided me with so many wonderful insights on how to get the most out of my

“Each one taught me something of value,” she says. Among the instructors who

game,“ Ailam enthuses. “She told me to stay strong mentally and to never give

guided Higgins and informed her views were Bob Toski, Johnny Revolta, Manuel

up.” Two strokes up in the final round, Ailam faltered with a triple bogey on the

de la Torre and Jim Hardy. She also took lessons from Harry Pressler, one of

back nine but quickly regrouped

Mickey Wright’s teachers. Higgins confides that’s she’s constantly “picking up

and was back up by two strokes

new ideas” by watching tournaments on TV and reading books.

by the 15th hole.

As for gratification, Higgins says the big payoff for her is “seeing players’ faces

Energized by her victory and

when they hit ‘the shot.’ That’s the high for me.” As the members at Newport

inspired by Higgins, Newkirk

Beach CC can attest, Higgins prefers to book playing lessons to observe on-

plans

course behavior patterns. “I like to see how they (players) think on the course

California State Championship

and what they’re doing in their pre-shot routines before they hit the ball. I also

and hopes to qualify for the U.S.

check their equipment. Maybe a player needs a driver with more loft, or a set of

Mid-Amateur Championship.

hybrids, or new grips.”

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DANIEL DAOUD, FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGER GREETINGS CLUB MEMBERS It is with great pleasure that I write our first Food & Beverage article in our brand new Newport Beach Country Club magazine. With the first of our quarterly magazines, I would like to start with a few overall points about our brand new clubhouse. First & foremost, the different outlets and their hours of operation for dining are as follows: SEAHORSE GRILLE: Lunch menu Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 2pm. Dinner menu Tuesday through Thursday, 5pm to 9pm. Friday and Saturday, 5pm to 10pm. Bar menu Tuesday through Thursday, 2pm to 9pm. Bar menu Friday and Saturday, 2pm to 10pm. Bar menu Sunday, 2pm to 9pm. LADIES & MEN’S GRILLS: Breakfast menu 6:30am to 11am. Lunch menu 11am to 2pm. Bar is open till Sundown. THE WEDGE: 8am to 4pm.

As we gain momentum throughout the summer months and explore the brand new facility, we respectfully ask for the following to ensure we continually exceed our members’ expectations: For our Seahorse Grille, we strongly encourage making reservations. Our restaurant is filling up and selling out quickly, and we want to ensure we continually take the best possible care of our members. Knowing and planning ahead for the day to come is a tremendous asset that can help us to accomplish this. Secondly, upon arrival, unless sitting at the indoor / outdoor bar which is open seating, we ask that you check in with our hosts. They will be able to assist with the best available seating within the restaurant. We are very excited to have moved into our brand new clubhouse; and as a gem in Newport Beach, CA, we strive to be not only the best of the best, but your home away from home. From our kitchen to yours, Bon Apetit! Daniel Daoud | Food & Beverage Manager

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SEAHORSE GRILLE DINNER MENU

PRIME STEAKS

ENTREES

A LA CARTE SIDES

22oz Bone-In Ribeye

California Coastal Catch

Blistered Asparagus

16oz New York

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

8oz Filet

SAUCES Cognac & Green Peppercorn Béarnaise

Herb Chimichurri

Truffle Herb Butter

English Pea Puree, Roasted Cipollini Onions,

14oz Berkshire Pork Porterhouse

Madeira Roasted Exotic Mushrooms

Heirloom Anson Mills Grits, Roasted

Brussels Sprouts

Mary’s Half Organic Chicken

Roasted Garlic & Horseradish Potato Gratin

California Peach, Almond, Sherry Vinaigrette,

House Cut Kennebec Steak Fries

Skuna Bay Salmon -

Chef ’s Cavatappi Mac & Cheese

Heirloom Carrot, Whiskey Glaze, Apple Preserves

Salad of Wild Arugula, Local Goat Cheese, Warm Marble Potato

Vancouver Island B.C.

Braised Superfood Greens, Confit Baby Fennel & Turnips, Lemon Verbena Emulsion Potato Dumplings with Lobster

Maine Lobster Meat Nage, Roasted Baby Fennel, Toasted Caraway Brown Butter

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with Myer Lemon Zest & Saba

with Kimchi Butter & Bacon

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LOUNGE Margherita Pizza Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella di Bufala, Micro Basil, California Olive Oil Sausage Pizza Fennel & Pork Sausage, Stanislaus Tomato Sauce Mozzarella, Fontina Stone Hearth Flatbread California Fig Marmalade, Local Chèvre, Caramelized Sweet Onions Shaved Fennel, Roasted Garlic, Wild Arugula

SOUP & SALAD

APPETIZERS

Seafood Bisque

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake

Poached Maine Lobster, Gulf Shrimp, Jonah Crab Cognac Velouté, Brioche Crouton

Today’s Featured Seasonal Soup California Summer Salad

Jonah Crab Claw, Blue Lump Crab, Whole Grain Mustard Remoulade

Shrimp Cocktail

Colossal Gulf Shrimp, Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce, Pickled Vegetables

Sweet Gem Lettuce, California Citrus, Grilled Hearts of Palm, Avocado, Heirloom Cherry Tomato, Citrus Vinaigrette

Stone Hearth Flatbread

Baby Iceberg Wedge

Petite Camembert in Feuille De Brick

Baby Iceberg, Hickory Slab Bacon, Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue, Buttermilk Ranch, Heirloom Tomato, Pickled Onion

Caesar Salad

Hearts of Romaine, Grilled Sourdough, Parmesan Reggiano, Black Garlic Caesar Dressing, Boquerónes

California Fig Marmalade, Local Chèvre, Caramelized Sweet Onions, Shaved Fennel, Roasted Garlic, Wild Arugula

Seasonal Stone Fruit Chutney, Ciabatta Wafers

Daily Flatbread/Pizza Creation Oysters On The Half Shell Whiskey Gelée, Shallot Mignonette, Cucumber Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Jonah Crab Claw, Blue Lump Crab, Whole Grain, Mustard Remoulade Fried Calamari Cocktail Sauce, Grilled Lemon Newport Beach Angus Burger Limestone Lettuce, Heirloom Tomtato, Red Onion, Cheese, Pickle, Potato Bun, Kennebec Fries Hand Cut Kennebec Fries Thick Cut Fries served with Smoked Sea Salt

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NEWPORT BEACH COUNTRY CLUB HOUSEWARMING PARTY

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ongratulations to our 61st Regatta Net Champions, John Blanchard & Stan Watkins. Congratulations also goes to Jeremy Skiver & Eric Woods on their Low Gross Championship. Thank you all for 61 amazing years of Regatta.


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ALLISON SPARKMAN CATERING SALES MANAGER

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hat time has finally arrived! The spectacular event spaces we have been waiting for are

complete and they are more beautiful than we ever imagined. The final finishes have completed

the look perfectly. Our new Newport Ballroom can hold up to 300 guests and offers lofty

ceilings vaulted up to 19 feet and stunning, panoramic views of the ocean and golf course.

The Ballroom also includes a private entrance, pre-function area, and two outdoor terraces. For events

up to 100 guests, our Ocean Boardroom is the ideal venue with a spacious outdoor terrace and equally spectacular views of the ocean. For more intimate gatherings, both of our event spaces can be partitioned

into smaller sections on select dates. We are also prepping for an outdoor lawn to host ceremonies and private events, which we anticipate to be available by the holiday season.

For more details, please feel free to visit me in the Executive Offices, or contact me directly at

949-524-8110 or asparkman@newportbeachcc.com. I look forward to working with you and creating memorable events for you and your guests in our new clubhouse!

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GOLF EVENT CALENDAR

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

Ladies Seahorse August 17, 18, & 19

Men’s Guest Day September 7 / 10:00 AM Shotgun

of golf at Newport Beach Country Club with you and your guest. Food

be filled with contests, breakfast and lunch will be included.

Calling all Ladies for this Flagship Member-Guest! Enjoy three days and drinks served all three days. Awards and Reception held final day after play. Do not miss your chance to play in the Seahorse! It will fill up!

Junior Club Championship August 27 / Afternoon Tee Times

All juniors! Time to test your skills you have been working on. This

stoke play event will determine the best junior golfers at the Club. Four divisions: Boys 18 Holes, Girls 18 Holes, 9 Holes, and Divots. Sign up in the Golf Shop.

Invite a guest out for a day on the course! This tournament round will

Ladies Fall Guest Day September 15 / 8:30 AM Shotgun

Bring out a guest and enjoy a wonderful fall themed guest day. Lunch will be served and awards will be presented following play. Be sure to sign up as these events fill up quickly!

Member-Member September 17 & 18 / Tee Times Day One 10am Shotgun Day two

This is a MAJOR! Sign up as a twosome and enjoy these two fantastic

days on the golf course! Three flights will be determined based on the size of the field. Food and drinks will be served both days.

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NEWPORT BEACH HAPPENINGS SYMPHONY IN THE CITIES

The City of Newport Beach and Pacific Symphony and City National Bank present Symphony in the Cities, a free concert featuring Pacific Symphony playing a variety of popular classics, selections from “The Sound of Music” and patriotic tunes. The concert will be held on the Civic Green in front of the Newport Beach Public Library entrance. Bring low-back chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner, or purchase food from one of the food trucks on-site. Come early so children can participate in the Musical Playground activities preceding the concert. AUGUST 14 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Newport Beach Civic Center 100 Civic Center Drive 
Newport Beach , CA 92660 http://www.newportbeachca.gov

SHOP & DINE CDM Beautiful Corona del Mar is brimming with high-end boutiques and award-winning eateries. It is home to a luxury movie theater and a nationally recognized botanic garden, as well as some of the best coastal views in the OC. Join us every third Thursday from 6pm- 9pm for VIP shopping, special restaurant menus and exclusive promotions. AUGUST 18 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm http://www.shopdinecdm.com

NEWPORT BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL The Third Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival kicks off on September 29th! Tap, sip and revel in the tremendous epicurean talent the Newport Beach Civic Center. SEPTEMBER 29- OCTOBER http://www.newportwineandfood.com

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AUGUST 2016 SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 2 3 4 5 6 JUNIOR TEAM PLAY @NBCC

CLUB CLOSED

7 8 9 10 11 12 13 TWILIGHT GUEST DAY

CLUB CLOSED CALLAWAY DEMO DAY

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 CLUB CLOSED

LADIES SEAHORSE

LADIES SEAHORSE 1st tee open @2:00pm

TOUR LOCK DEMO DAY

LADIES SEAHORSE 1st tee open @2:00pm

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 TOUR LOCK DEMO DAY

CLUB CLOSED

TACO TUESDAY 5:00pm-9:00pm

JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

BIRTHDAY NIGHT

28 29 30 31 CLUB CLOSED

TACO TUESDAY 5:00pm-9:00pm LADIES FALL TEAMPLAY 8:30am modified shotgun

SEPTEMBER 2016 SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1 2 3

4 5 6 7 8 9 10 LABOR DAY / HOLIDAY OPEN PLAY

TACO TUESDAY 5:00pm-9:00pm

MEN’S GUEST DAY 10:00am shotgun course closed before tournament

COBRA DEMO DAY

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 PCH BRUNCH @seahorse 10:30am-1:30pm

CLUB CLOSED

TACO TUESDAY 5:00pm-9:00pm

MEN’S MEMBER MEMBER course closed for tournament

LADIES FALL GUEST DAY

18 19 20 21 22 23 24 PCH BRUNCH @seahorse 10:30am 1:30pm / CLUB CLOSED TACO TUESDAY BIRTHDAY NIGHT MEN’S MEMBER MEM5:00pm-9:00pm BER 10:00amcourse opens approx. 4:00pm 25 26 27 28 29 30 PCH BRUNCH 10:30am-1:30pm PRESIDENT CUP MATCH END

CLUB CLOSED

TACO TUESDAY 5:00pm-9:00pm

TITLEIST DEMO DAY All non tournament days in September will be designated “Open Play”

2016 TOSHIBA CLASSIC PRESENTED BY KINGSTON TECHNOLOGY

October 5 – 9, 2016

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STAFF DIRECTORY

Your team at Newport Beach Country Club stands ready to assist you. Please call 949.644.9550 if we may help you in any way. CASEY KAUT

General Manager • ckaut@newportbeachcc.com

Superintendent

Ron Benedict

rbenedict@newportbeachcc.com

949-524-8125

Assistant General Manager

Leticia Rice

lmrice@newportbeachcc.com

949-524-8104

Director of Membership

Clint Cook

ccook@newportbeachcc.com

949-524-8108

Head Golf Professional PGA

Carlo Borunda

cborunda@newportbeachcc.com

949-524-8153

Teaching Professional LPGA

Pam Higgins

phiggins@newportbeachcc.com

949-524-8291

Chief Engineer

Stephen Bolin

sbolin@newportbeachcc.com

949-524-8293

Executive Chef

Lonnie Shepard

lshepard@newportbeachcc.com

949-524-8128

Food & Beverage Manager

Daniel Daoud

ddaoud@newportbeachcc.com

949-524-8107

Catering Sales Manager

Allison Sparkman

asparkman@newportbeachcc.com

949-524-8110

Director of Member Relations

Yoona Chang

ychang@newportbeachcc.com

949-524-8112

Accounting Manager

Melanie Stacklie

mstacklie@newportbeachc.com

949-524-8109

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