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THE LEDGES

JULY | AUGUST 2022

Cliff Notes


The Ledges

Cliff Notes Newsletter HOURS OF OPERATION DINING

Monday: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Saturday: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

ADMINISTRATIVE

Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. PRO-SHOP Monday: Closed Tuesday - Sunday: 7:00 a.m. - dark POOL Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. THE TWENTY-TWO Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CONTACT INFORMATION Clubhouse 256-883-0860

Guard House 256-883-1901

Pro-Shop 256-883-4191

The Twenty-Two 256-479-7753 ••••••••

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32 Castle Down Drive Huntsville, AL 35802

Jim Ausley Chief Operating Officer jausley@theledges.com

Jim Howell Director of Agronomy jhowell@theledges.com

Craig Bocking Director of Instruction cbocking@theledges.com

Dave Lux Director of Food & Bev. dlux@theledges.com

Rob Clark Director of Golf rclark@theledges.com Phillip Collier Executive Chef pcollier@theledges.com Jordan DeBonis Assistant Golf Professional jdebonis@theledges.com Leigh Ann Club Administrator leighann@theledges.com Greg Harnage Assistant Golf Professional gharnage@theledges.com

Katie Martin Director of Communications kmartin@theledges.com Sarah Melendez Member Relations Coordinator LCA Admin smelendez@theledges.com Terry Wilbanks Director of Membership twilbanks@theledges.com Arlene Zanlunghi Events Coordinator azanlunghi@theledges.com



The

2022

Huntsville Championship A VICTORY FOR HARRISON ENDYCOTT AND THE LEDGES Year two of the Huntsville Championship concluded Sunday, May 1 at The Ledges where Harrison Endycott closed out a five-stroke victory with an even-par 70, capping the final round by draining an 11-footer for birdie on the 72nd hole to finish at 16-under par.

Throughout the tournament thousands of individuals made their way to The Ledges to not only watch the future stars of the PGA, but to take in the course, the scenery, the views, and to enjoy a rare opportunity to spend a weekend at The Ledges. Spectators, players, caddies, and Korn Ferry Tour personnel complimented Ledges staff members on the club, the course, the dining, and the hospitality. We are fortunate to have an excellent team of owners, directors, staff, members and volunteers who worked countless hours to showcase our club in the best possible way.


OWNERSHIP Thank you to The Ledges ownership team: the Denney family and Dr. Bill and Jean Salter. Without their continuous support, this tournament would not have been possible. Their commitment to the city of Huntsville, the game of golf and to The Ledges truly showed during the tournament and we are proud to have such great leaders.

MEMBERSHIP A tournament of this caliber is not possible without a team of dedicated volunteers, and our volunteers truly made this tournament happen. Many of our members served in volunteer roles from raking bunkers at 3:00 a.m., to chairing volunteer committees, and serving as boots on the ground in a variety of positions. Thank you to each and every member who worked so hard. The tournament would not have been successful without you. To our members who supported this tournament by attending, bringing friends, housing players, we thank you. We know that it is not easy to give up your course for an entire week, but we thank you for doing so.



MID-SEASON SWING We are in mid-season form, and everything is going well. I am hopeful that you all have had a chance to participate in some form or fashion. The course is in great shape and we continue to grow our rounds. It is still hard to imagine us going from 17,000 rounds two years ago to now constantly doing 24,000 rounds. In addition to the growth in rounds, the ladies and junior clinics are at an all time high, plus Nine, Wine and Dines are seeing record numbers and Craig’s instructional programs are well attended.

SIGN UP TO PLAY There are some great playing opportunities coming up that you won’t want to miss. The Club Championship is slated for July 8th10th. For those in the championship flight you will play all three days. The flighted players will play Saturday and Sunday only, which includes the ladies and seniors. This is a tournament for all levels of golfers and is not only for low handicaps. It is a great opportunity to see how you stack up against players with same ability. We have flights for all players so make the time to play in the event. The Battle is scheduled for August 13th and 14th so if you have not already found a partner and signed up you need to make sure you do so before it fills up. This is always a great event to end the summer part of the golf season. I hope you will find a partner and join us that weekend.

CLUB FITTINGS Custom club fittings continue to be strong and the lines of equipment this year have been testing very well on the Trackman. If you have a need and want to go through the testing process, set up an appointment with someone on the Pro Staff team. We will make sure you are fitted with the proper equipment for your golf game. We also have a lot of new merchandise in from Peter Millar, Holderness and Bourne, Johnnie O and EP Pro for the ladies.

GUEST PLAY REMINDER We still receive plenty of questions about guest play, so please note the following times for guest play: Tuesday through Thursday any time, Friday before 10:00 a.m., and after 2:00 p.m. , Saturday after 1:00 p.m., and Sundays continue to be for members only. Please keep these times in mind when inviting guests so we don’t end up in awkward situations. The Pro Staff appreciates it.

BUNKER ETIQUETTE There has been a great amount of discussion about footprints in bunkers and it needs to be addressed. At the end of the day, we all must take ownership. Many times when I enter a bunker, there are already footprints. I will not leave that bunker until all prints are raked. If we can get enough people to use that philosophy, we can minimize the few who make it unpleasant by not raking. If you are playing in a group and you notice people not raking, please help us by educating your group. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to them, let the golf staff know and we will have a nice discussion. I am fortunate to be able to travel like many of you and play some very nice courses. Truthfully, I don’t know how many courses are as good as the one you get to play every day. We are all fortunate and with that comes some responsibility to help keep the course in great condition. You have heard the term it takes a village, well it does. I’m all in, who is with me?






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GOLF ETIQUETTE REMINDERS:

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Repair ball marks on greens.

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Rake bunkers after exiting. Do not enter bunkers on steep slopes which creates large foot disruptions.

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Fill divots with sand. All carts are supplied with divot sand. Carry the divot bottle to par 3 tees.

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Observe cart rules. Use 90 degrees when entering a fairway and 90 degrees exiting.

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Hit in rows making small divot lines on the practice tee to use less turf.


Jim Howell's

Course Update I hope everyone is enjoying the golf season as we move into the summer months. Recently we have been able to hire more staff to help provide details and conditioning practices to all the greens, tees, fairways and rough programs. As we all know it is difficult to recruit staff these days. If our members know of any individuals, please have them contact me. We have the following positions open: • •

Horticulturist to manage aesthetics surrounding clubhouse, pool, and golf facilities Grounds staff to manage the golf course

We are currently regrassing #6 fairway with Tiff Tuff Bermuda to improve the playing surface just like #4 fairway. Tiff Tuff handles the poor soils and low light conditions verses any type of Zosia we have tried. I believe our members will enjoy the playing conditions and turf density it provides. We are also repairing some fairway with Zoysia this summer by replacing worn turf caused by cart traffic with new sod. Please follow the guidelines listed under the golf etiquette reminders on the previous page. The list contains very important steps for our membership and guests to adhere to on the golf course while playing a round. As a requirement, before the Huntsville Championship, we had to fill every divot on the course. We started in January and finished through the tournament. Here is a detail list of supplies and labor: 1. Purchased 125 tons of regular sand for $5,500 2. Purchased 8 pallets of divot camo sand totaling $4500 3. Labor hours 80 hours/week @ 16 weeks totaled 1280 hours Most of this can be avoided if we all help take care of the golf course during the golf round. Teach our young golfers etiquette as well, it really helps. Regards Jim Howell, Director of Agronomy


a l i u Teq g n i t s a T Tuesday, July 12 6:30PM

Four plates perfectly paired with four tequilas


CALENDAR OF EVENTS JULY 2022

AUGUST 2022

MONDAY

TUESDAY • 6-7:30 PM

4 Fourth of July 7-11AM: Breakfast in Clubhouse 11AM - 3PM: Poolside Cookout 11AM - 5PM: Limited menu in Clubhouse 6PM: Pool closes TUESDAY • 6-7:30 PM

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Wine Tasting

THURSDAY • 6:30PM

7

Ledges Championship

FRIDAY • DINNER

8

Steak and Seafood Night

TUESDAY • 6:30PM

12

Tequila Tasting

WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY • 9AM - 1PM

13-15 Junior Golf Summer Camp THURSDAY • 6:30PM

14

Ladies Wine Night with live music by Brandon Elder

FRIDAY • 3-5PM Start Time

15

Nine, Wine and Dine

SATURDAY • 6:30PM

16

Shrimp Boil

THURSDAY • 6:30PM

21

Bourbon Tasting

FRIDAY • DINNER

22

Steak and Seafood Night

WEDNESDAY • 6:30PM

27

Somm Series: Tuscany

FRIDAY • DINNER

29

Wine Tasting

THURSDAY • 6:30PM

4

Scotch Tasting

SATURDAY • 11AM - 3PM

6

Back to School Pool Party

THURSDAY • DINNER

11

Live Music on the Terrace by Alan Little

Scotch Tasting

THURSDAY - SUNDAY • ALL DAY

8-10

2

Live Music on the Terrace by Preston Watts

All events have a 72-Hour Cancellation Policy.

FRIDAY • DINNER

12

Steak and Seafood Night

SATURDAY - SUNDAY • ALL DAY

13-14 The Battle Member Member WEDNESDAY • 6:00PM

17

Trivia: Disney Themed

THURSDAY • 6:30PM

18

Post Parade Wine Dinner

FRIDAY • 3-5PM Start Time

19

Nine, Wine and Dine

TUESDAY • 6:30PM

23

Sake Tasting

THURSDAY • 6:30PM

25

Bourbon Tasting

FRIDAY • DINNER

26

Steak and Seafood Night

FRIDAY • 6:30PM

26

Young Executive Pool Party Pool closes at 6PM for event

Health and Fitness PILATES: 9AM Mondays at The Twenty-Two PERSONAL TRAINING: Sessions offered by Daniel Ghaleb. For more information, email: danielghaleb@icloud.com


PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID HUNTSVILLE, AL PERMIT #4

32 Castle Down Drive Huntsville, Alabama 35802

SAKE

TASTING

T U E S DAY, AU G U S T 6:30PM SMOKED

HAMACHI

WAG Y U

YATAKI

TEMPURA APRICOT

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CRAB

SHORTCAKE

Paired with two house-made sakes and two imported sakes $45 per person