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SLURPING AND SIPPING Oysters and wine came together at the WaterSound Beach Club where both were savored at a twilight event.

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BIGGER AND BADDER A new generation of sportfishing yachts has billfishermen plying waters that were heretofore unvisited.

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PICKIN’ AND GRINNIN’ There is something especially satisfying — and sweet — about harvesting your own berries.

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FIND A PLACE TO PARK The beaches and the upland terrain at St. Andrews and Camp Helen state parks captivate visitors.

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GULFSCAPE PAINTER The life of the Gulf of Mexico, from shells to gulls and blue crabs to bottlenose dolphin animates the art of watercolorist Paul Brent.

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RESCUING WILDLIFE If you happen upon a large marine creature stranded on the beach, your best play is to summon help from experts.

THE CLUBS BY JOE NEWS Discover the latest developments and enhancements in store for The Clubs by JOE.

MEMBER PROFILE There was a time when coach Mike Martin wasn’t sure about trading high school basketball for baseball at Florida State University. EVENTS Winter is no time to hibernate. Take advantage of the many events in store for the low-humidity months of the year.

IN EACH ISSUE 06 WELCOME LETTER 80 HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER 82 CONTACT DIRECTORY ON THE COVER: Creating a club that would merge seamlessly with surroundings as spectacular as those that envelop the WaterSound Beach Club was a unique challenge. But once it was met, members and guests were presented with an elegant and exquisite gathering place where good times come together and lasting memories are formed. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW WARDLOW

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Dear Member,

This past year was an exciting year of growth and progress at the Clubs and the start of the New Year creates a sense of excitement of what will come in 2018. We are poised and prepared to carry on successful Club events, annual golf tournaments such as SharkFest and The Shootout which are quickly becoming traditions, and Member favorites such as Wine Down Wednesdays at the Beach Club. St. Joe Club & Resorts has been a place that provides Members and their families with a sense of pride and fulfillment for many years, however, we felt the need to begin a new chapter in shaping our own identity. We recently partnered with Cornerstone Marketing & Advertising, Inc.|The Idea Boutique® for a rebranding initiative and arrived at The Clubs by JOE. I am confident that, before long, The Clubs by JOE will become a strong stand-alone brand in much the same way WaterColor is today and offer a seamless level of brand continuity, unifying Camp Creek, Origins, Shark’s Tooth and WaterSound Beach Club under one Club. In terms of brand equity, I anticipate that The Clubs by JOE will appreciate very quickly.

The Clubs by JOE is much more than a collection of amenities. It is a community of people who share a lifestyle, similar values and continues to grow. The Golden Ticket promotion, which encouraged established Members to invite a family member or friend to become a Lifestyle Member at an attractive price, proved to be a successful membership drive. Growth such as this will enable us to enhance existing amenities and create new ones in the years to come. As most of you know, the WaterSound Beach Club’s pool pump house, which contains all pool equipment, caught fire and was unfortunately a total loss. We are working with engineers and contractors to make certain the pool is reopened as soon as possible. We will also be integrating the tennis courts, playground and basketball court closer to the southern portion of the property during the pump house reconstruction. I’m pleased to report that our recent tennis mixer quickly sold out, and we have welcomed a new Director of Golf who brings with him a wealth of experience. We are diligent in our pursuit of excellence to provide our Members with experiences and memories to last a lifetime. Sincerely,

MIKE JANSEN DIRECTOR OF CLUB OPERATIONS | THE CLUBS BY JOE

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BOMBSHELL &SHELLFISH Event unites oysters and wine in a successful marriage BY HANNAH BURKE | PHOTOS BY ANDREW WARDLOW

ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING aspects of a Lifestyle Membership with The Clubs by JOE is exclusive access to the WaterSound Beach Club, an elegant oasis that hugs the shore. In addition to tennis courts, secluded beach access and a 7,000-square-foot pool that zig-zags around the deck, Members also enjoy local delicacies from the club’s full-service restaurant and bar. Though this little slice of paradise is frequently filled with sunbathers, swimmers and gourmands, it also plays host to weekly, Members-only events. One such gathering in September married the salty piquancy of Panacea Oysters to the sweet bouquets of Farmer’s Daughter wines in a complimentary strolling reception. As guests descended the grand staircase to the base of the Beach Club, they were greeted by the music of Ben Friedman,

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Rob Olin’s cage-raised oysters are free of sediment, uniform in size and shape and are cultivated to be the world’s best. Opposite page: For Renee Moss, who founded Farmer’s Daughter Wines with her husband, Clayton, the WaterSound Beach Club was the bomb(shell).


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a Santa Rosa Beach singer and songwriter. His acoustic guitar and dulcet vocals were like a siren’s song, beckoning visitors to an extravagant spread of spirits and canapés. With Reneé Moss, owner of Farmer’s Daughter Vineyards, filling glasses on one side, and Rob Olin, CEO of Panacea Oyster Co-op, shucking oysters on the other, it was difficult to decide where to land first. Some headed for middle ground, a decadent station of hors d’oeuvres prepared by WaterSound Beach Club’s former Executive Chef, Brad Dees.

“Tonight, my culinary team and I prepared an arrangement of imported and domestic cheeses, Italian meats, artisan breads, fruit and crostini that you can embellish with fig jam and local honey,” Dees explained. “At the Beach Club, we normally focus on a Southern-coastal cuisine. Things like grouper sandwiches — which are a big deal here on the Emerald Coast — fried shrimp and ahi tuna bowls are dishes our guests really love.” The wine and oysters event, however, was a special occasion.

Farmer’s Daughter wines, winners of the Best of Class award at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, are quickly becoming a national success despite humble beginnings in the rural town of Thomasville, Georgia. Founders Clayton Moss and wife, Reneé, decided to take a gamble on grapes and launch their business in 2015. As a third-generation farmer, Clayton already knew how to grow cotton and peanuts, and was looking to diversify his land. Utilizing what he learned in agricultural economics courses in grad school, he landed on the idea of growing French-American hybrid grapes. While surrounding vineyards only grow Muscadines, the unique hybrids are what distinguishes the vineyard and gives each wine its distinctive essence. From fermentation to the ornamental bottling process, everything is performed in-house. The Moss’s devotion to cultivating the best wines, along with a little help from the farmer’s daughter herself, Charlie, are what packs so much passion and flavor into each sip. With harmonious, redolent bodies, their seven “fruit-forward” wines are ideal for sipping by the beach.

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As guests followed their noses to Moss’s aromatic wine station, they learned the event doubled as a sneak preview of the winery’s newest offering, Bombshell. Moss felt the serenity of the seaside Beach Club would make the perfect venue for debuting a wine described as “dry and smooth, with passion fruit, honey and flirtations of citrus.” “Tonight, Bombshell will be the belle of the ball,” Moss said. “This is our second vintage and it hasn’t even been opened yet. We won’t be releasing it until next month in our hometown of Thomasville, Georgia, so this is a special treat that happens to pair perfectly with oysters.” Aside from the headliner, guests imbibed Troublemaker and Hellraiser white wines, Heartbreaker, Daredevil and Knockout reds, and Bro’s Cider, a wine-based hard cider with notes of apple. Glass in hand, Moss pointed the way to Olin’s oyster corner, where deft, fast-working shuckers lined a bed of ice with succulent shellfish. Adjacent was a table of horseradish, Tabasco and mouthwatering mignonette sauces for enhancing mollusks over saltines. Olin will tell you that there is no need to doctor his oysters, which he finds are best when slurped straight from the shell. His face lit up as guests indulged, each pleasantly surprised at the briny, but fresh, sweet flavor of the oysters. “That flavor comes from our location near Wakulla Springs, the largest freshwater spring in the world,” Olin told the crowd. Picking up a cage in which his oysters are grown, he added, “These hang four inches above the waterline at low-tide. They come out of the

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Participants in an oyster-and-wine soiree at the WaterSound Beach Club sipped, slurped and sampled offerings while enjoying the music of Ben Friedman.


“Absolutely the best oyster I have ever had. I can’t describe the flavor. You just taste the oyster a lot more than you do at local establishments.” — Barry Greer

PANACEA OYSTER CO-OP Panacea Oyster Co-op’s oysters just may be the best in the world. Cultivated in waters that adjoin the millions of acres of wilderness in the Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Apalachicola National Forest, Panacea oysters are the products of a pristine environment. Worldwide, some 85-90% of naturally occurring oyster beds have disappeared

due to human activity and other factors. Gone with the oysters, themselves, are the water-filtering services they perform. In 2015, environmental institutes, universities, investors and oyster “ranchers” banded together in an effort to enhance water quality off Wakulla County. In that regard, oysters would be the workhorses. A single oyster filters 50 gallons of water a day. Add thousands of

them to rows and rows of floating cages, and the impact is significant. So, why do we eat them if they’re so vital to the water’s purity? “Every time you eat one of our oysters, you save the bay because we’re going to put two more back in to replace it,” says Panacea Oysters Co-Op CEO Rob Olin. “I like to say the age of taking is over and the age of making is here.”

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Farmer’s Daughter wines featured a fine bouquet, and the shellfish from the Panacea Oyster Co-op smelled almost as sweet.

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water two times a day, both exercising the oyster and de-fouling the algae that accumulates around the cage. Our other cages float on the surface and we turn those once a week. Either way, none of our oysters ever touch the bottom, and that’s why they taste so clean. No sediment, no grit.” A skeptical, but daring Club Member, Barry Greer, decided to test the “straight from the shell” method and emitted “mm’s” and “ooh’s.” “Absolutely the best oyster I have ever had,” Greer declared. “I can’t describe the flavor. You just taste the oyster a lot more than you do at local establishments.” Andrew Czarnecki, Managing Director of Resorts, rushed back to Moss to praise her palatable Bombshell after sampling the oysters. “Outstanding,” enthused Czarnecki. “The oysters were very clean, but add in the crisp, soft finish of the vintage and it’s phenomenal.” With the space’s warm, yellow hanging lanterns, tables dressed with

tea lights and a vibrant setting sun, the Beach Club was aglow. The crowd basked in the ambience, assembling to listen to brief histories of the Panacea Oyster Co-op and Farmer’s Daughter Vineyard while indulging in the products firsthand. Hands shot up, inquiring where the newfound delicacies could be purchased. Having pleased their audience, Olin and Moss would be the talk of the town for days to come. John and Sharon Michalik were mightily impressed. They had been Clubs by Joe Members for just two weeks, and this was their first event. “We couldn’t be happier since joining,” John Michalik said. “I’ve been over to play golf a few times at Shark’s Tooth and we’ve had a delicious dinner here at the Club. Going forward, we’re very excited for more nights like this.” Looking around the room, the Michaliks were just two of about 50 members who were delighted by a special gathering of friends and family that brought about sated appetites and smiling faces.


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NEW DIRECTOR OF GOLF

At The Clubs By JOE — Sean McGaughey FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS, Sean McGaughey, has been traveling from west coast beaches to true southern hospitality. His career in golf started at the ripe age of 10 were he says, “I found my first love.” His primary goal has been to foster and increase the member experience, while mentoring and helping his staff reach the next level. Sean is the clubs first true Director of Golf to oversee Sharks Tooth Golf Club, Camp Creek Golf Club, and Origins. He has most recently come to us from Atlanta Country Club, were he oversaw and ran one of the finest clubs in the country. His ultimate goal for the golf department is to

increase the Member experience, build comradery, and build an even stronger sense of club pride. McGaughey went on to say, “I’m truly excited about the opportunity ahead of me with The Clubs by JOE. We have a chance to initiate and run wonderful Golf programs that will be beneficial to the Clubs. Being visible and interacting with the membership is one of my favorite parts of the job, and I can’t wait to meet all of you.” We asked Sean why he had chosen to move across the country so far from home, and he kindly replied, “Life is full of opportunity and adventure, you don’t let

a little thing like distance hold you back. I knew as soon as I visited the area it was where I wanted to be.” Sean has played high school golf, collegiate golf and semiprofessional golf. He is a true lover of the game and doesn’t see his career in golf as a job, but more so as a way of life. There is real challenge he said when it comes to the game golf, but that’s what keeps him coming back. McGaughey is accompanied by his finance, Loren, along with their dog Riley. We asked Sean when did you realize you had made the right decision, he replied, “When Loren asked me when I was going to work so that she could go to the beach!”

UPCOMING ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENTS ❙❙ The Shootout at the Creek Member-Guest Golf Tournament. Camp Creek Golf Club, Mar. 23–24, Camp Creek Golf Club. In its second year, The Shootout is sure to be a memorable weekend with your closest friends and fellow Members. Registration begins January 1, 2018; deadline March 1, 2018. For more information, 850.231.7601. ❙❙ The JOE Cup Member-Member Golf Tournament. Camp Creek Golf Club & Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, Apr. 26-28. Traditional Member-Member Tournament played each year and has become a staple for our Members. Three days of golf with reception/dinner for participants, spouses and guests.

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The latest models of sportfishing yachts are bigger and more powerful and have larger fuel capacities and can range much further than their predecessors. As a result, boats fishing tournaments out of Florida Panhandle marinas often fish oil rigs off the coast of Louisiana and, when things go right, get back to the scales with time to spare.

THE CAPTAIN AND CREW of the Rise Up had what they believed would be a place-winning yellowfin tuna on ice but had yet to boat a marlin and time was running short. Fishing off Louisiana, the Rise Up was a long ways from the Orange Beach (Alabama) Billfish Classic’s tournament scales. Boat owner Rusty Skalla and the others on board had resigned themselves to the near certainty that they would be weighing in a “meat fish,” but no billfish. Billfishing in the northern Gulf of Mexico tends toward long stretches of monotony interrupted by brief, unpredictable periods of pandemonium. With 30 minutes left in the OBBC’s fishing hours, pandemonium happened. The Rise Up was tied up with a contender. Twenty-three minutes later, the 120-inch fish was on the deck, and occasioned a celebration that was cut short by the need to immediately ready the boat for the run home. The Rise Up had another deadline to meet – getting to the scales before they closed at 7 p.m. – and doing so would require hauling, well, keister. To add to the challenge, electronic sensors on the motors detected a problem

and de-rated them, limiting the maximum number of RPMs at which they could be run. The captain had no choice but to shut the engines down, let them cool and then hope he would be able resume normal operation. He would prove able to do so, but not for long. Three times, the Rise Up would de-rate on the way in. If it had happened twice, the Rise Up may have made it to the scales on time. As it was, it arrived at the scale 100 seconds late. The tournament weighmaster, as a courtesy, put the tardy marlin on the scales. “Seven hundred and seventy-one pounds,” he announced. That is, it weighed 120 pounds more than the tournamentwinning blue marlin. The Rise Up had missed out on $150,000 in prize and Calcutta money by a matter of less than two minutes. Such are the stakes and the uncontrollable variables that affect the sport of big game, blue-water tournament fishing. And the stakes are only getting higher. The latest generation of sportfishing yachts features boats that are bigger, more expensive, have greater ranges and burn a lot of fuel.

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In the course of a tournament, such boats may run 300 miles one way. A boat may have a fuel-tank capacity of 1,800 gallons and be equipped with bladders that hold another 400. Fuel supplies evaporate quickly when a boat cruising at 30 knots burns 125 gallons an hour. Speed, too, distinguishes today’s boats from their predecessors. Where 18 or 20 knots was thought fast a few years ago, now, there are boats that push 50 knots. This boat, we top out at 40 knots and cruise at 30 or 31. They’re making 90-footers that can do 40.” New fishing tactics have come along with the enlarged capacities of today’s boats. Trolling plastic lures has given way to fishing for giant blue marlin with large live baits — yellowfin tuna are preferred — that may range to 30 pounds. Hooks of up to 22/0 in size are lashed to the tops of the heads of the baits with Dacron line threaded through the eye sockets. They are then trolled behind the boat at a speed of 1.5 to 2.5 knots, slow enough so that the baits swim naturally versus being dragged through the water. All of this activity is conducted pursuant to a game plan devised by captains who are likely to consult the fishing charts available at hiltonoffshore.com or oceanographic analyses constantly updated by Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service (ROFFS). Those sources offer data on water temperatures, water clarity, tidelines, color lines, even upwellings — currents that bring nutrients to the surface that ignite food chains high in the water column where fish can be reached. Billfishermen used to hire pilots to fly out over the Gulf and locate desirable cobalt blue water right before tournaments got under way. But the reports now easily consulted online have obviated the need for that. Of course, captains swap talk at the dock just like they always have, but it’s no more reliable than it ever was.

Wide conventional reels with large line capacities, like those in top photo, are essential equipment when it comes to big-game, bluewater fishing. Hefty tackle is required to handle 20-pound live baits and the fish capable of eating them. Prize-winning blue marlin don’t come to gaff easily. Many are the stories of hooks that pulled out.

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Local farms invite you to fill up on blueberries, fun by the bushel BY ZANDRA WOLFGRAM

IN THE LATE SPRINGTIME and summer, the verdant upland soil just north of the Emerald Coast bursts with berries. A family outing to pick your own berries where they grow is a charming, wholesome and picture-perfect occasion. Here’s where you’ll find blueberry U-pick farms. Prepare to eat as many as you bring home. Why a Blueberry Makes us Happy Why is the nation is in love with this particular “super” fruit? So much so that it proclaims a whole month as National Blueberry Month? Because the little berries are both tasty and mighty. Botanists estimate blueberries burst onto the scene more than 13,000 years ago. They have deep roots in our country’s history. When Europeans arrived on the continent, the Native Americans were already enjoying blueberries year-round. The native people dried blueberries in the sun and added them whole to soups, stews and meat, or crushed them into a powder rubbed into meat as a preservative. According to legend, Native Americans gave blueberries to the pilgrims to help them make it through their first winter as both a nutritional food and medicinal treatment to improve eyesight and help with relaxation in childbirth. When it comes to nutrition, blueberries are at the top of the heap. They are packed with vitamin C, are a great source of fiber and are an excellent source of manganese. With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many noteworthy nutritional benefits. And according to the U.S. Depart-

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ment of Agriculture (USDA), blueberries are the cream of the crop when it comes to antioxidant activity per serving. Thanks to modern technology, fresh blueberries are now available year-round. The peak season for fresh blueberries in North America runs from June to midAugust, with the earliest harvest being in the South, including the Sunshine State, where two varieties are grown: southern highbush and rabbiteye. According to Beulah Berries in Pensacola, highbush blueberries are probably the most familiar variety, being most commonly sold in grocery stores. This type derives its name from its growth pattern, as these bushes are quite tall, sometimes reaching more than 6 feet high. They are popular because of the larger fruits, sometimes over an inch. These plants ripen four to six weeks earlier than the rabbiteye varieties. Rabbiteye blueberries, which are native to the Southeast, grow even taller than the highbush variety, as high as 10 feet tall. If you visit Beulah Berries farm, you may find yourself on their spacious porch in a rocking chair sipping their specialty iced blueberry tea. Check the chalkboard on the porch for the rows that are open for picking, grab a bright yellow gallon bucket and fill it full of big, lush berries for just $12. Repellent and sunscreen are available at no charge, in case you forget yours, and there’s a water cooler to refresh yourself after your labors. In the 1920s, Crestview was bustling with blueberry business. Today, Shockley Springs Farm & Nursery, owned by Mark Davis since 1979, still picks, packs and ships its fruit to local markets within hours of being harvested. Beginning in June and through July, families and friends flock to Davis’ farm for the healthy little berry with the big taste. Shockley sells berries by the pound. A gallon bucket holds 5 pounds. If you pick your own, you pay $1.30 a pound. “(Our blueberries) are the best around; the combination of soils and climate produce the sweetest fruit, and that brings our customers back again and again,” Davis contends. After 42 years in the radio and television business, John Richardson was looking for something to do after he retired. He and his wife, Mary, invested in 1,500 blueberry seedlings and planted them in

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five of the 33 acres they have on Dairy Road in Baker. That was more than 10 years ago. Richardson said it takes at least five years for blueberries to mature and bear fruit. It also takes bees to make them bloom. Because Northwest Florida, like other regions, has had a steep decline in bee populations, Richardson does what many local fruit farmers do … he rents then. “There’s a bee man who’ll bring out four bee hives, which is about 80,000 bees,” Richardson explains. After the first bloom, the bee man returns with his hives and collects the bees until the next year. Renting bees allows Richardson to focus on his fruit crop. “I don’t want to deal with collecting the honey and all that,” he says. The Richardsons run Baker U-Pick, where they charge by the pound for what you haul out of the orchard, and the ones you eat are free. Though there’s no fortune to be made in the blueberry business, Richardson still considers his retirement venture a success. “It’s a lot of work, but I love it,” he says.

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BLUEBERRY STORAGE IDEAS FREEZING: Do not pre-wash your blueberries. The chalky white appearance will actually help preserve them and keep them from turning mushy. Place the berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze them until hard (2 to 12 hours), then transfer them to a zippered freezer storage bag, being sure to squeeze as much excess air out of the bag as possible. DRYING: Following the directions of your dehydrator, the berries will take as little as 12 hours or as long as 72 hours to dry. When dried, they will appear small, wrinkled and leathery, much like a raisin. Transfer to an air-tight storage container to keep in your pantry for cookies, hot cereals or anywhere you would use raisins.

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FLORIDA’S AWARD-WINNING STATE parks offer ample opportunities for wildlife expeditions and seaside escapes. With two outstanding state parks in Panama City Beach, visitors may find it difficult to choose which park to visit first. St. Andrews State Park Lather on the sunscreen when you head to St. Andrews State Park; this former military reservation is a beachfront paradise. Established in 1947 and opened in 1951, St. Andrews sits on a peninsula and boasts over 1.5 miles of white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico, curving around the pass between the mainland and Shell Island, and wrapping along the Grand Lagoon. Vestiges of the area’s unique history survive and are open to the public, including a historic turpentine mill and a gazebo built on what was originally a huge World War II gun mount protecting the entrance to St. Andrew Bay.

St. Andrews is the quintessential weekend destination for beach bums and pleasure seekers alike. In between excursions to Shell Island and fishing sessions off the piers, beach or jetties, you can hang out, hang ten, paddleboard or even SCUBA dive along the bright, sugarsand coast. Bikes, canoes, snorkeling gear and kayaks are all available for rent, or you can explore shaded paths as you take a stroll through the pine flatwoods of Heron Pond Trail or Gator Lake Trail. There, you’re sure to discover a variety of wildlife from deer to flocks of birds. You might even spot an alligator, if you’re lucky. Camp Helen State Park When it comes to Camp Helen State Park, the adage rings true: Good things do come in small packages. Nestled peacefully on 180 acres between Lake Powell and the Gulf of Mexico, this historic state park contains prehistoric middens and mounds that prove human

Left and above: St. Andrews State Park; Above right: Camp Helen

activity on the site as far back as 4,000 years! The park’s modern origin story is no less fascinating: Purchased by Robert E. Hicks in 1928 with a partner, the property fell to his wife after Hicks’ untimely death. She built the Rainbow Cottages and a general store as a way to generate income from vacation renters as she raised her daughter on the property. Avondale Textile Mills of Alabama then purchased the estate in 1945 and used it as a vacation resort for their employees until 1987. A grass-roots community effort saved the park from private development and led to the state acquiring the land in 1994. It was opened to the public in 1996. Remnants of this interlaced history, including a historic lodge, water tower and the brightly painted cottages earn Camp Helen a well-deserved spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Though often overlooked, Camp Helen offers a spectacular cache of wildlife and ecological wonder. Lake Powell, one of the world’s largest coastal dune lakes, is a maritime rarity present in only five regions of the world. Birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts are drawn to the wide range of migratory and coastal species that make their home here. Canoes, kayaks and even paddleboards can be rented to explore the lake, or visitors can take a half-mile walk down to the beach to discover “Hidden Pier,” the remains of an old fishing pier and the site of country music superstar Luke Bryan’s music video “Roller Coaster.” A peaceful refuge a little off the beaten path, this Gulf Coast state park is the ideal spot for beachcombers willing to walk a little farther in order to guarantee a little extra elbow room. Now, which park will you visit first? Parks

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BRENT BY HANNAH BURKE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT HOLSTEIN

Paul Brent paints primarily in watercolor and oil paints, but his hues have jumped off the canvas and onto wearable, usable and household items, which can be found at the Paul Brent Gallery in Panama City Beach.

WITH ITS VIBRANT BLUE-GREENS of the sea, pastel-painted coastal homes and the gradient jewel-tones of the setting sun, the Emerald Coast is bursting with color just begging to be captured. Panama City Beach artist Paul Brent does just that, immortalizing the beauty of his home with a likeness only watercolor and oil paint can render.

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The 70-year-old artist first moved to Florida in 1969, when he was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City. Upon falling in love with the area, Brent rented a beach house and took the opportunity to explore the environment of life by the sea. “I built the start of my career painting beach subjects,” Brent says. “People really connect with their area, so I was lucky to have a really good market for selling my artwork to people by painting local subjects.” Brent painted exclusively in watercolor until the year 2000. After having established himself as a successful watercolorist, Brent decided it was time to try something different and began experimenting with oil paint. As it turned out, Brent found a new medium he really enjoyed. Although his style has changed throughout the decades, Brent describes his current style as a marriage between his old, collage-type artwork and a more stylized technique. “I’m experimenting with abstract, yet defined detail in watercolor. The pieces of the watercolor, put together, are like pieces

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of a puzzle. There’s definitely a realism that portrays specific objects, but each object is broken down into tiny pieces that are individually painted,” Brent explains. Brent’s artwork tells a story. There is detail and purpose — a precision that comes from the artist’s degree in architecture, which he received in 1968. “People always comment that my work looks very structured, and I take that as a compliment, because it definitely does relate to my architectural background. No matter if I’m painting a floral or a landscape, there’s definition to each object I paint.” Although Brent now focuses full time on his art, he still dabbles in architectural design. Recently, he designed a vacation home in Oregon for himself and his family, where they spend their summers. The remaining seasons are spent in Panama City Beach, home also of the Paul Brent Gallery. In addition to Brent’s paintings of local

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scenery, a trip to the Paul Brent Gallery provides an exploration of work by other artists, including blown glass, ceramics and jewelry that complement Brent’s style. You’ll also find objects that feature Brent’s designs on them: dinnerware, handbags and household décor that are manufactured and shipped across the nation. Brent admits that it’s surreal to imagine his own artwork being featured in homes all across the country, but it’s gratifying, too. “Every day I go to work, I’m doing something that I love and have fun doing. Other people do this in other ways, but for me, it’s by making art that helps people feel good about themselves and their home, too.” The PAUL BRENT GALLERY is located at 413 W. 5th St. in Panama City, Florida. For more information, visit PaulBrent.com.


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DOLPHINS Out of Water The best thing to do to help stranded sea life is call the professionals

A PORPOISE, manatee or a turtle has washed up on shore and can’t get back to where it belongs. The sight of an animal in distress tugs at the heartstrings, and your first instinct may be to try and help it. But you might want to think twice before going it alone. Experts recommend that you first call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922 (or *FWC from a mobile phone) and report the stranding to the professionals. They will guide your efforts until qualified experts can arrive on scene and, meanwhile, you can provide rescue operations with important information in real time. It’s much like calling 911 for a human emergency. “In Florida, the coastline is covered by organizations designated to respond to strandings or sick animals, but we ask the public to be our eyes out there,” said Andy Garrett, an FWC marine mammal biologist at the Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory in St. Petersburg. “There is so much water out there, and if people see distressed marine animals, they should call the Wildlife Alert Hotline. Don’t put it off because it takes longer for us to get there.” “Strandings” happen when a porpoise, whale, manatee or sea turtle gets sick, or confused, and winds up beaching itself. A layperson typically responds by getting the animal back into the water. Unfortunately, there may be something seriously wrong that’s just not readily apparent. Pushing it back out may cause more problems for the animal — and for the people who have a better shot at helping it. “If a dolphin is sick, it may re-strand in a place that’s not accessible to us. It’s pretty common for them to re-strand if pushed out,” Garrett said. When you call the hotline, an FWC representative will ask you specific questions to help the agency dispatch appropriate rescue crews to check the animal and make arrangements for its rescue.

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Garrett, the FWC’s manatee rescue coordinator, warns that it might not be a good thing for bystanders to jump in and mess around with a 1,000-pound animal like a manatee. “These animals can be dangerous. It can be a bad situation,” Garrett said. “Also, sometimes these animals carry diseases that can transfer to people.” If you actually manage to roll a manatee back into the water, it could possibly drown

if care is not taken. He said there was a case like this recently in Pinellas County where bystanders rolled a stranded manatee into the water and it was found dead the next day, drowned. “They are marine mammals, and if they are rolled the animal could aspirate water and have complications,” Garrett said. Another scenario is finding a marine mammal like a manatee in the water exhibiting seemingly strange behavior. If you think it’s in distress, think again. You might just be interrupting a mating ritual. From a broader perspective, Garrett said that manatees are a federally protected species, and it’s illegal for citizens to intervene and touch them. “There have been cases where we have instructed people to assist the animal until we get there but we want that under our direction. We’d rather have the experts on scene, but people do what they do and it’s all about education,” Garrett said. Of Facts and Theories Garrett said that in Florida, the most commonly stranded mammals are manatees, followed by bottle-nosed dolphin. “We get more manatees statewide than any other marine mammal,” he said. “That would be No. 1.”

Some marine species seem to be more prone to stranding themselves than others. Either way, there are different ideas on why it happens. It may be one, or a combination of, many factors such as illness, disease, toxic food and even old age. The majority of sea turtle strandings are related to infections, fishing-related pressures and boat strikes. Disease is the No. 1. factor in marine mammal strandings, according to general manager Patrick Berry of the Gulfarium Marine Park in Fort Walton Beach. “Marine mammals are susceptible to infections and disease from all sorts of things: toxic prey items, pneumonia, toxoplasmosis and a myriad of bacteria,” he said. “Data suggests that a few of the animals are in latter stages of disease while others show symptoms related to older animals like dehydration, malnutrition and muscle damage.”

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Sometimes individual animals mysteriously wash up, but when entire pods of animals show up, the occurrence is even more baffling. “The common theory is these large social groups end up following their leader that’s sick and it brings the whole group into a bad situation. Or, maybe the whole group is ill and disoriented,” Garrett said. Experts say that mass strandings have also been documented as a result of seismic or acoustic stress from either geologic or anthropogenic sources. The manmade acoustic stress theory is somewhat controversial because it suggests Navy underwater tests might be spooking or disorienting marine life, according to Garrett, but he said he hasn’t heard any definite reason why mass strandings occur. “There have been some theories that there is man-made noise like sonar that disrupts their descent and their dive pattern and makes them disoriented,” he said. While such disruptions fall into the realm of theory, there are other man-made problems facing wildlife.

“Talking about manatees and dolphins, there are issues that will cause either one to strand including human issues like entanglement in fishing gear and collisions,” Garrett said. “We have had animals entangled in fishing gear, both manatees and dolphins. Also, they can get wrapped up in the rope that runs from a cage to a float, and will drag the cage around. People will cut the rope, but if the animal is still snagged or the rope is wrapped around a fin or flipper or tail, the rope could wind up amputating that vital appendage.” Rescue to Rehab Rehabilitation is absolutely critical as part of the rescue effort. Rarely will a stranded animal be returned immediately to the water as they typically require some form of rehabilitation/ treatment before being released. If options are limited and the animal has to be returned to the water immediately, appropriate treatment will be given on-site. Garrett said that manatees are fairly successful in rehab, whereas dolphins, especially younger dolphins, are often kept and not released.

Left: Allen McDowell, Curator of Fish and Invertebrates, at Gulfarium’s C.A.R.E. center. Right: Rescuing a displaced Manatee in a golf course pond after Hurricane Hermine.

“The goal is to release, but that’s sometimes not feasible. We’re more apt to intervene on a human-related entanglement, but if it’s a more natural situation there’s a hands-off approach,” he said. “Some dolphins find themselves out of habitat and we’ll go in and relocate them, but with manatees we’re more apt to intervene. We still evaluate every case, but we’re a little more aggressive about manatees. We do have the authority to catch free-swimming manatees that are sick or injured. Since (manatees) have more protection and are endangered, we have more leeway to intervene to rescue and take them to rehab. Because dolphins are not endangered, usually it’s a more drawnout process before we decide to intervene.” There are three federally permitted critical care rehab facilities in Florida for

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GOVERNMENT PROTECTION: The U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 — it was amended in 1994 — is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It protects all marine mammals including whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions, manatees, sea otters and polar bears within the waters of the United States. The National Marine Fisheries Service, which is a part of NOAA within the U.S. Department of Commerce, manages the MMPA. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is part of NOAA’s Southeast Region Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Locally, this network also includes the Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserve Office in Eastpoint, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Inc., in Destin, Gulf Islands National Seashore in Gulf Breeze, Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City, Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves Office (FDEP) in Milton and the National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center Panama City Laboratory in Panama City.

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Above: Gulfarium C.A.R.E. staff member, Jenna Wanamaker, releasing rehabilitated green sea turtle, Brocc, at Henderson Beach State Park on July 21, 2016.

manatees. These are the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, SeaWorld Orlando and the Miami Seaquarium. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of well-meaning volunteers and experts, a stranded animal occasionally does die. But its death isn’t meaningless, because researchers are afforded a chance to learn more about strandings and perhaps find ways to prevent them from happening. “If an animal ends up passing away, we try to determine the cause of death or reason for the strand and anything we can do management-wise to stop it from happening again. We have a whole program dedicated to collecting dead animals for research,” Garrett said.

Jack Rudloe, founder of the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea, knows what it’s like to watch helplessly as a marine animal such as a sea turtle dies. Removing fishing hooks is one thing, and the lab has saved many turtles that way, but he knows all to well the diseases that can ravage sea turtles. “We had a loggerhead which we just buried at sea a week or so ago and it was a horrible and tragic thing,” Rudloe said in August. “It was covered in barnacles, emaciated, and just drifting around in sea for a long time. It could hardly move.” Rudloe’s team went into action and brought the sick animal to the lab for treatment, which included efforts to try and get it to eat. Despite their best efforts, however, the turtle died. A necropsy revealed “blackened” tissues and brittle bones; the exact disease was not readily identified, he said.

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MARTIN: Celebrated FSU baseball coach continues to excel

BY LAURA CASSELS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT HOLSTEIN

MIKE MARTIN has spent almost half of his life as the head baseball coach at Florida State University. The 73-year-old skipper has led the Garnet and Gold for 38 consecutive years. In 2014, he and his wife, Carol, celebrated a half-century of marriage. These are stats of which he is extremely proud. And while others in his position might ride off into the sunset, “11” as he’s known by most (it is his jersey number) relishes the opportunity to lead the ’Noles for as long as they will let him. “My mom always told me, you are only as old as you feel,” Martin said. “The game of baseball keeps me excited. I learn something on a daily basis if I allow myself to. Every day is fun as a coach. I still have that energy because I love what I do.” That love affair makes Martin one of the most popular and well-known faces on the Florida State campus. He has been at Florida State so long that he was in the Seminole dugout before even Bobby Bowden stepped foot on the Tallahassee campus. If there is a definition of success in your profession, Mike Martin is it. “I’m just a small part of this,” he says of his success through the years. “I like to think that we’ve tried to do things the right way and have been very consistent.” Seven different U.S. presidents have been in office since Martin was named head coach at Florida State in 1980. His teams have won Atlantic Coast Conference championships and have appeared in the

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College World Series 16 times. You know you have succeeded in life when you work at a field named in your honor. Most coaches are honored posthumously, but Martin has been a witness to all the fruits of his success. When the Seminole baseball team takes the field, they do so on Mike Martin Field. In 2007, he was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. But from the outside, no matter how many wins or accolades he receives, there’s always one question that everyone asks Mike Martin: Will Florida State ever win the College World Series? The thought of winning it all in Omaha so consumed Martin that no one was allowed to say the word in his presence for a long time. Chip Baker, a longtime assistant coach under Martin, asserts that despite what anyone says, that World Series championship would mean the world to the Seminole skipper. “It would be the cherry on top of the sundae of his whole career,” Baker said. “It’s a fair question,” Martin said. “But I’m not obsessed (with winning a title). I don’t beat myself up like I used to. The goal is to get to Omaha. I made up my mind … that I was not going to be Captain Ahab; I was going to work hard as I can, but I’m not going to allow winning a national championship or never winning one to define me. I want to be remembered as a guy that did everything he could to make a player better and at the same

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The Clubs by JOE is proud that Florida State University head baseball coach Mike Martin and his family have been members since 2004. The staff cheers for the Seminoles every baseball season and wishes Coach and the team the best of luck in the coming season. Read on to learn about this Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame inductee and devoted family man who has the second-most wins in NCAA Division 1 college baseball history — and is still going strong.


“I’m not going to allow winning a national championship or never winning one to define me. I want to be remembered as a guy that did everything he could to make a player better and at the same time see these young men become great fathers and, in some cases, grandfathers.” — Coach Mike Martin

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The dean of college baseball coaches, Mike Martin is closing in on an NCAA record for victories and presumably a retirement that will include lots of rounds of golf at the Camp Creek and Shark’s Tooth courses.

time see these young men become great fathers and, in some cases, grandfathers.” That’s right, Mike Martin has been at Florida State so long, some of his former players have grandkids. His career at Florida State officially began in 1965 when Martin transferred to Tallahassee and played baseball for two years before graduating in 1966. (He would earn his master’s degree in 1971.) But after a short stint in the minor leagues, he decided it was coaching that he had a real passion for — so he returned to Tallahassee in search of a job. And one came open. It now seems farfetched, but after hanging up his playing cleats for good, Mike Martin — one of the most successful college baseball coaches of all time — grabbed a whistle and became the head basketball — that’s right, basketball — coach at Tallahassee Community College and then Godby High School, in Tallahassee. “Those were great days,” Martin remembers of his basketball coaching career. “I remember talking to my bride, and we were kicking around the idea of whether I wanted to (coach baseball at FSU) because I was the basketball coach at Godby. I went home and told her, ‘I don’t know if I want to go to FSU or not’ because I knew what was involved. The hours would change and it would be a different

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lifestyle. She said, ‘Are you crazy?’” As Mike Martin always says, a happy wife equals a happy life — and he took his own advice. His deep Southern accent and quick wit made him popular with his players and fans alike. Spend an afternoon on the golf course with “11,” and you soak in decades of knowledge. All the while, he’s shooting in the 80s while you spend half the afternoon looking for a ball in the woods. He’ll do it with a smile as long as it’s your ball and not his. “He hates to lose,” said Don DeLoach, who played on Martin’s first team at Florida State. “Whether it’s golf, badminton, baseball — whatever — he wants to beat your butt.” He is also a great cheerleader and advocate who earns respect that lasts. Over nearly 40 years, Martin has given hundreds of dig-deep, on-to-victory speeches and has had the good fortune of coaching big name players including Deion Sanders, two-time World Series Champion Buster Posey, J.D. Drew, Stephen Drew, No. 1 overall pick Paul Wilson and now, Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. In fact, when Martin was in New York for Winston’s Heisman Trophy banquet, he was recognized in Times Square as “Jameis Winston’s coach” — a moniker that Martin embraces with open arms. Chip Baker said everywhere he goes,

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people ask him about Martin, from average fans to sports superstars. “I ran into Alex Rodriguez in Houston and the first thing he asked me was, ‘How is Coach Martin?’ I saw Charles Barkley on a plane — he says, ‘How’s Coach Martin?’ Every person I know knows me through Coach Martin.” He’s a teacher, an educator, motivator, cheerleader and family man. It’s no wonder his son, “Junior,” has stayed in Tallahassee for so long. He could have left for a head coaching position on numerous occasions, but you don’t pass up an opportunity to work with Mike Martin — even if he’s your father. “That’s how you draw it up, it’s the American dream,” said Mike Martin Jr. “You work your tail off, do things right and good things happen to you. It’s amazing he’s over 70 and still going strong with the fire and passion. He’s a good man.” Speaking of Mike Junior, “11” says that having his son by his side all these years has been a blessing. Some of his greatest memories in the game involve his son — including one when, for one moment in time, Martin stepped aside as head coach of the ’Noles and took in the action as a dad. “When we went to Omaha in ’94, Mike Jr. was on deck and Doug Mientkiewicz was hitting and I’m flashing signs and all of a sudden I’m thinking there’s Doug’s mom and dad watching their son play and 50 sets of mommas and dads are watching their sons play, and they are getting to enjoy the fruits of those young men’s hard work to accomplish what they have. I’m a coach, and my son is on deck and I’ll be coaching him and I said, ‘Dadgummit, when he walks up there, I’m not coaching, I’m going to sit there as a daddy and look back on the days we hit in the batting cage and enjoy this.’” So Martin stopped coaching for a few minutes. He didn’t give a sign to the base runners and didn’t tell his son what to do. When Mientkiewicz singled, coach became simply dad and soaked in the moment. “We were in the first-base dugout, and I looked around the field and looked at the 24,000 people and worked my way around the stadium,” Martin said. “I knew he’d be looking at me, and I did glance at him but I didn’t acknowledge him. The third pitch, he hit a line drive up the middle for a base hit. Once he did that, I became a coach again; but that moment, being a proud father, is one I will never forget.”


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JANUARY Jan. 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH

8 a.m.–3 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

Jan. 19

TRIVIA NIGHT

5:30–8:30 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

FEBRUARY FEB. 4

SUPERBOWL PARTY

5:30–9 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

Feb. 14

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER

Left to right: Lee Wintermute, Russell Pereira, Darlene McCaghren, Paula Pereira, Joanne Wintermute, Paula Greer, Gary McCaghren, Barry Greer

5:30–8 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

Feb. 24

WINE WALKABOUT

6:30–8:30 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club For reservations, please call 850.249.3015

MARCH Mar. 1–2

SHORT GAME SCHOOL

10 a.m.–12 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

February 24

WINE WALKABOUT 6:30 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Discover delicious cuisine paired with exceptional wines in this special strolling wine dinner at Shark’s Tooth. Members & Members’ Guests Welcome Adults 21 and older event. For further information and reservations, please call 850.249.3015

March 22–24

SHOOTOUT AT THE CREEK MEN’S MEMBER-GUEST GOLF TOURNAMENT Camp Creek Golf Club The 2nd Annual Shootout at the Creek is sure to be a memorable weekend! The format will be players as two-man best-ball match play. Members & Members’ Guests Welcome. 2017 Champions: Fred Buck, Mike Hans

Please call Camp Creek Golf Shop for reservations, 850.231.7601.

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Mar. 1–2

MEMBER STAG DAY

11 a.m. | Camp Creek Golf Club

Mar. 2

FIRST FRIDAY FEAST - SOUTHERN COMFORT 5:30 - 8 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

Mar. 8

SUSHI DATE NIGHT

6–8 p.m. | WaterSound Beach Club

Mar. 16

MEMBER MEET & GREET

4–6 p.m. | WaterSound Beach Club

Mar. 16

GOLF CLINIC: DRIVER

12–1 p.m. | Camp Creek Golf Club

Mar. 17

2-MAN BEST BALL EVENT

9 a.m.–1 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

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APRIL 1

EASTER BRUNCH 10 a.m & 12:30 p.m. Seatings | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Friends and family gather for a fun-filled afternoon to enjoy a large selection of delicious buffet items, live music, children’s activities, an Easter Egg Hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny! Members & Members’ Guests Welcome.

Reservations required, 850.249.3015

Mar. 22

LADIES MEMBER STROLLING LUNCH

11 a.m.–1 p.m. | WaterSound Beach Club

Mar. 22–24

SHOOTOUT AT THE CREEK MEN’S MEMBER-GUEST GOLF TOURNAMENT

Camp Creek Golf Club Members & Members’ Guests Welcome For reservations, please call 850.231.7601

Mar. 27–Apr. 2

ANNUAL GOLF SHOP EASTER EGG SALE

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Mar. 30

COUPLES NINE & DINE GOLF EVENT 4:30 p.m. | Watersound Origins

APRIL Apr. 1

EASTER BRUNCH

10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Reservations Required, 850.249.3015 (Members & Members’ Guests welcome)

Apr. 5

LADIES SPRING SOIREE

11:30 a.m–1 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

APRIL 26–28

JOE CUP MEMBER-MEMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT Camp Creek & Shark’s Tooth Golf Clubs Classic Golf with Southern Hospitality. Members are invited to play with another Member in the tournament of 36 holes, best ball of partners. Gross and Net Champion divisions. Members Only. All Lifestyle, Signature Golf and Limited Golf Members. Dependent Members are not eligible to play in tournament.

Please call for further information, 850.249.3041.

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GOLF CLINIC: CHIPPING

COUPLES NINE & DINE

12–1 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

Apr. 19

ITALIAN DATE NIGHT

6–8 p.m. | WaterSound Beach Club

Apr. 26–28 Guests, DeAnna Woods, Sydney Dunning

May 12

LADIES MEMBERGUEST GOLF TOURNAMENT 9 a.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Ladies, grab your girlfriends for the 2nd Annual Member-Guest and enjoy 18-holes of competitive golf, breakfast & lunch with specialty cocktails and multiple prize opportunities! Format: Two-person best ball. The team takes lowest net score on each hole to determine the Champion. All pairings of teams will be determined by The Clubs by JOE Tournament Committee. Registration required, 850.249.3041.

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Camp Creek & Shark’s Tooth Golf Clubs For further information, 850.249.3041

5 p.m. | Camp Creek Golf Club

MAY. 26–28

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

WaterSound Beach Club For more information call 850.534.2500

MAY. 27

MEMORIAL DAY GOLF EVENT

9 a.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Clubs

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MAY. 12

LADIES MEMBER-GUEST GOLF TOURNAMENT

9 a.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club All pairings of teams will be determined by The Clubs by JOE Tournament Committee Registration required, 850.249.3041.

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June. 8

COUPLES NINE & DINE

5:30 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

June. 16

FATHER-CHILD GOLF TOURNAMENT

10 a.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club For more information, 850.249.3041

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

10 a.m–1 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club & WaterSound Beach Club Call for more information: Shark’s Tooth 850.249.3015, WaterSound Beach Club 850.534.2500

June. 17

FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

11 a.m.–8 p.m. | WaterSound Beach Club For more information, 850.534.2500

May 13

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Shark’s Tooth Golf Club & WaterSound Beach Club Enjoy a beautiful afternoon with Mom and family at Shark’s Tooth or WaterSound Beach Club with scrumptious a la carte brunch entrees. For more information: Shark’s Tooth, 850.249.3015; WaterSound Beach Club, 850.534.2500.

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MEMBER MONDAY Mondays

Every Monday, 5:30–8 p.m. Members enjoy 50% off dinner entrée. Reservations are required. Member Monday Dinners will be hosted at Shark’s Tooth throughout the year.

WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS Wednesdays, MAR. 7 – MAY. 16

WaterSound Beach Club | 6–8 p.m. Members enjoy half off house wines and draft beer, dining specials and live music. Members are welcome to bring accompanied guests. Reservations not accepted. For more information, WaterSound Beach Club, 850.534.2500.

BEACH BONFIRE Fridays, MAR. 2 – APRIL 27

6–8 p.m. | Celebrate the end of the week at the WaterSound Beach Club. Come gaze at the stars and listen to the waves crash as we set out a roaring fire each Friday Night. Snacks and Drink Service Available at Beach Bar. Call 850.534.2500 for more information.

SUNDAY BRUNCH Shark’s Tooth, JAN. 1 – FEB. 25 WaterSound Beach Club, MAR. 4 – MAY 20

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Join us for fabulous food, delightful drinks and company of friends at Shark’s Tooth Sundays from January 1 through February 25 and the WaterSound Beach Club March 4 thru May 20 as we offer our Sunday Brunch menu with traditional favorites, Mimosa Specials and Bloody Mary Bar every week. Call for more information: Shark’s Tooth 850.249.3015, WaterSound Beach Club, 850.534.2500.

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JUNE 16

FATHER-CHILD GOLF TOURNAMENT 10 a.m | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Share this unique experience and love of the game with your child as you compete with other Club Members. For more information, 850.249.3041.

JUNE 17

FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION 11 a.m.–8 p.m. | WaterSound Beach Club Treat Dad to a day out at the WaterSound Beach Club with Craft Burgers, “Manly Milkshakes,” and live entertainment!

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Lifestyle Membership

Experience all-inclusive, unlimited golf at Camp Creek Golf Club, Shark’s Tooth Golf Club and Origins, as well as Member access to the WaterSound Beach Club. You’ll enjoy fitness facilities, tennis and other unique Member events throughout the year. There are a variety of dining options with a Member-only discount for food and beverage. Not to mention an extensive list of outdoor amenities the whole family will enjoy!

Signature Golf Membership

If golf is your passion, a Signature Golf Membership is the perfect match for you. You’ll enjoy endless rounds of golf at any of the The Clubs by JOE including Shark’s Tooth, Camp Creek and Origins Golf Clubs. To join today or for more information about each Membership, please call 850.213.5181 or send an email to memberships@stjoeclub.com. *Information in this Membership section provides a summary of The Clubs by JOE SM membership program. As this information is only summary in nature, you should read the Membership Plan and Rules and Regulations for a complete understanding regarding Membership rights and privileges. Membership privileges and benefits are subject to change from time to time.

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REHEARSAL DINNERS/WEDDINGS/MEETINGS

THE CLUBS BY JOE Mike Jansen, Director of Club Operations.............................. 850.249.3045 Carly Sostheim, Director of Membership................................ 850.213.5182 Carolyn Webre, Director of Club Events & Member Relations...............................................................850.213.5179 Marketing Coordinator.......................................................... 850.213.5183 Hollie Parker, Membership Coordinator...................................850.213.5181 Jan Kramer, Membership Accounting ....................................850.641.0009 Madison Smiedendorf, Wedding Sales & Service Manager ... 850.249.3042

CAMP CREEK® GOLF CLUB Golf Shop................................................................................ 850.231.7601 19th Hole Grille.......................................................................850.231.7603 Lee Moran, Head Golf Professional........................................850.231.7602

SHARK’S TOOTH GOLF CLUB Golf Shop................................................................................850.249.3041 Grille/Lounge/Reservations.....................................................850.249.3015 Brianna Anderson, Club Manager........................................... 850.249.3048 Christopher Waycuilis, Executive Chef....................................850.249.3011 Sean McGaughey, Director of Golf .........................................850.249.4167

WATERSOUND® BEACH CLUB WaterSound Beach Club ........................................................ 850.534.2500 Curtis Brooks, Club Manager ................................................850.534.2078 Chris Clements, Assistant Club Manager ................................850.534.2075

WATERSOUND ORIGINS® GOLF CLUB AND CAFÉ Golf Shop................................................................................850.213.5090 Watersound Cafe.....................................................................850.213.5093 Rick Ayers, Club Manager.......................................................850.213.5094 WaterSound Origins Real Estate.............................................850.213.5092 WaterColor Bike Barn.............................................................850.534.5959 WaterColor BoatHouse (Canoe/Kayaks/SUPs).......................850.419.6188 Fish Out of Water Restaurant..................................................850.534.5050 The Gathering Spot................................................................850.534.5025 WaterColor InnSpa.................................................................850.534.5010 WaterColor Workout Facility...................................................850.534.5950

THE PEARL HOTEL Havana Beach Bar & Grill ..................................................... 850.588.2882 Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge ............................................. 850.588.2882 Spa Pearl................................................................................ 850.460.9041

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SERVICES DINING Camp Creek 19th Hole Grille..................................................850.231.7603 Fish Out of Water...................................................................850.534.5050 Havana Beach Bar & Grill...................................................... 850.588.2882 Havana Rooftop Lounge......................................................... 850.588.2882 Shark’s Tooth Clubhouse.........................................................850.249.3015 The Gathering Spot................................................................850.534.5025 WaterSound Beach Club......................................................... 850.534.2500

WATERSOUND ORIGINS Café.........................................................................................850.213.5093

RELAX WaterColor InnSpa.................................................................850.534.5010 Spa Pearl.................................................................................850.588.2881

GOLF Camp Creek Golf Club............................................................ 850.231.7601 Shark’s Tooth Golf Club..........................................................850.249.3041 Origins Golf Club....................................................................850.213.5090

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ACTIVITIES WaterColor Workout Facility...................................................850.534.5950 WaterColor Bike Barn.............................................................850.534.5959 Pontoon Boat Rentals.............................................................. 850.235.6911

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