Lifelong Learning Group Hosts Speaker, David Lauderdale

LLG Member, Maxine Melcher knew that Island Packet Senior Editor and local raconteur, David Lauderdale would bring-to-life the local hero, Robert Smalls. On November 17, at the Nicklaus Club, he spoke before 70 Colleton members and did not disappoint.

Following Maxine’s introduction, Mr. Lauderdale demurred that while he is not a ‘real historian’, he has long admired the remarkable life of Robert Smalls – a Beaufort resident who was born into slavery in 1839 and lived to serve five terms in Congress. Lauderdale explained that Smalls life story is a part of the Era of Reconstruction that is being reexamined and reinterpreted by the National Park Service. Towns such as Beaufort are ideal historical sites for improving public understanding of the complex, poorly understood and still hotly contested period.

Mr. Smalls is most famous for the audacious act of courage on May 13, 1862 when he expertly piloted the Confederate gunboat, The Planter, past five blockade checkpoints and sailed the boat, his crew and his family to freedom. Lauderdale recounted that this event ‘went viral 1862-style’, making headlines in major US newspapers. Smalls was rewarded $1,500 and he used a portion of the sum to purchase the home in which he was born from the family of his former owner, Henry Mckee who was likely his father.

David La Pour named “Best Teacher” by Golf Digest Magazine

Wilton, CT – October 23, 2017 – David La Pour of Colleton River Club in Bluffton South Carolina, has been named one of the ‘Best Teachers in South Carolina 2017-2018” by Golf Digest magazine. He has received this honor, that is through a peer review process, every year since 2013. Additionally he was selected as the PGA Teacher of the Year for the Carolina Section/HHI Chapter in 2013.

The article, which appears in the magazine’s November 2017 edition, lists the top golf instructors in the country, along with their affiliations and hourly lesson rates. Golf Digest prepares the list every two years, polling more than 1,000 teaching professionals for their opinions on their peers. It is the only list of top teachers voted on by the teachers themselves.

“I’m very honored to be named among the top golf instructors in South Carolina, and especially proud that this recognition is a show of support from my fellow golf instructors,” La Pour said.

David has been a PGA Golf Professional for 26 years including eight years with Dave Pelz, created the WP Golf Institute in St. Paul Minnesota (5 yrs.), and currently is the Director of Instruction at Colleton River Club (9 yrs.) in Bluffton South Carolina.

About David – As a class A PGA Member since 1991, David has worked in several different positions in the golf industry including Assistant Golf Professional, Head Golf Professional, and Director of Instruction (Colleton River)/ David started teaching exclusively with David Pelz in 1996, and after 8 years with Pelz, created the WP Golf Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota (2003). In 2008, David accepted the position of Director of Instruction for Colleton River Club.

David has appeared on The Golf Channel six times, as well as ESPN. He has published numerous instructional articles, 12 “Managing Your Golf Game” instructional shows and has worked with tour players such as Bill Glasson, K.J. Choi, Ty Tryon, John Harris, Miguel Angel Martin, Mike Sullivan, Tom Shaw, Wayne McDonald and Melissa McNamara.

Acquiring his TrackMan Masters status in 2014, David also uses Titleist Performance Institute (Level 2 Golf Fitness Instructor), Apple/JC-Video and Tour Tempo to help his students success.

Welcome Home, Mark

Colleton River Club welcomes Mark Reilly back to our Golf team as our Head Golf Pro. For those of you that have not met Mark, take a look at his bio.

Mark grew up in Farmingville, NY located in Central Long Island, and attended college at Campbell University in Raleigh, NC where he received his MBA and became a Class A PGA Professional in 2008.

Mark joins us with many years of experience from some of the nation’s most prestigious clubs: Interlachen Country Club in Minneapolis, MN, Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, FL, Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, NY, Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, FL, the Jim McLean Golf School in Miami, FL, Adios Men’s Club in Boca Raton, FL and Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, NY.

Mark has become certified in TPI Level 1 and Junior Golf, as well as Level 1 & 2 of The Golfing Machine. Mark prides himself on his ability to teach beginners and professionals alike. With a strong focus on fundamentals and delivering a clear uncluttered message he strives to see each student succeed at improving their golfing abilities.

Mark and his wife Shayna currently reside in Bluffton with their Golden Doodle “Palmer.”  When not playing golf he and his family love all things outdoors!

Colleton’s Lifelong Learning Group Hosts Author, Angela Williams

Lifelong Learning Group Co-Chair, Peg Roedel is always on the lookout for speakers who will interest Colleton members. When she met Angela Williams, whose book, Hush Now Baby, tells the moving story of the African American woman who raised her, Peg knew that she had found an engaging speaker.

On October 13th LLG was pleased to present a luncheon and talk by Ms. Williams. She told the story of Eva Aiken who came to work for Angela’s family soon after she was born. Young Eva worked on the family’s cotton farm until she became a nurse’s aide and midwife at Berkeley County Hospital. Childless and having lost two husbands, at forty-two, she left the hospital and became a part of the Williamses’ household for twenty-five years.

The book emanates from the author’s urge to tell the story of Eva’s wisdom and compassion. Her talk resonated with the passion of an acquired understanding of this remarkable woman’s life. Ms. Williams shared personal reflections of Eva’s influence on her life, of civil rights issues, and the subsequent embarrassment that she knew so little about the consequential woman who remained the central figure in her life until the day she was married.

Over forty Colleton members enjoyed the lunch and presentation and the author sold every copy of the books she brought.

Lifelong Learning Group hosts author, Jim Jordan

Melanie Andrews, LLG Committee member organized the kickoff event of the 2017-2018-program season. Author, Jim Jordan presented an informative and interesting talk about Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Forty-five Colleton members attended this first of two authors’ luncheon series organized by the Lifelong Learning Committee.

Jim is the author of Savannah Grey and his newest book Penny Savannah. Jim, a former financial analyst and financial systems consultant, began his second career as a tour guide in Savannah, Georgia and soon turned to writing.

His non-fiction book, The Slave-Trader’s Letter-Book: Charles Lamar, the Wanderer, and, Other Tales of the Illegal Slave Trade is scheduled to be published in January 2018.

It was an enjoyable afternoon in the Nicklaus Clubhouse with good food and lively discussion.

New Partnership Announced

Colleton River is pleased to announce a partnership with Cornerstone Physical Therapy and Wellness. Beginning in October, Dr. Matthew Motes, PT, DPT will be the exclusive Doctor of Physical Therapy for the Members of Colleton River. Dr. Motes will provide Member’s outpatient physical therapy at the Fitness Center, making it more convenient to attend therapy when needed.

Originally from Augusta, GA, Dr. Motes earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA. He also lettered on the men’s golf team for four years, earning Academic All-American honors. He continued his post-graduate studies at Armstrong State University earning a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Dr. Motes is experienced in treating orthopedic conditions such as joint replacements, spine dysfunction, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle injuries, neurological conditions, and sports specific injuries. He has a passion for helping his patients return to golf safely and successfully.

Member’s who choose to have their physical therapy services within Colleton River will be able to use all major insurance plans including Medicare and private insurances. As a “satellite office” of Cornerstone Physical Therapy you will be able to charge the physical therapy to your insurance plan as usual. Cornerstone is considered an “in-network” provider for many private insurances. If you have any questions about your specific medical insurance plan, just call Cornerstone Physical Therapy at (843) 837-1930, or email We will be happy to answer any questions.

We are excited about the collaboration with Cornerstone Physical Therapy. It is another example of an innovative concept and benefit completely unique to our community!

Colleton River Club’s Dye Clubhouse featured on an episode of ABC’s Reality Series, The Bachelorette.

Colleton River Club’s Dye Course was featured in an episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette. The episode showcased Colleton River Club as the location for a special “one-on-one date” with the newest Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay. This episode of The Bachelorette, currently celebrating its 13th season, aired on Monday, June 26th, 2017, at 8/9c, on ABC.

Rachel Lindsay, a fan favorite on Nick Viall’s season of ABC’s hit romance reality series The Bachelor, is continuing her journey to find Mr. Right and assume the rose-giving duties as “The Bachelorette.”

On ABC’s hit primetime reality series The Bachelorette, one lucky woman is offered the chance to find true love. A single and eligible Bachelorette embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know a number of men, gradually narrowing the field as she continues her search for her soul mate. At the end of this romantic voyage, if she has found the one, will there be a proposal — and will she say yes? Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelorette is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Colleton River Club Announces New Director of Agronomy

Jeff Kent has been named as Colleton River Club’s new Director of Agronomy. Jeff has a rich and varied career in turf management with extensive and successful experience in the Southeast and its particular types of grasses. Jeff will commence his full-time duties on May 5th, in time to supervise the community’s planned Nicklaus golf course renovation.

Jeff has served as Superintendent at a number of the country’s most prestigious Clubs including La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach, Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, Atlantic City Country Club in Atlantic City and as an Assistant Superintendent at Inverness Club in Toledo, and Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

He graduated with highest honors with a degree in Turfgrass Management from the SUNY system in New York. For the last two years, Jeff was president and owner of Agronomic Consulting Enterprises, LLC., during which time he provided advice and counsel to Golf Clubs throughout the country. His references described him as a tireless worker, an excellent leader of people with high standards of excellence, and a recognized expert in agronomy.

“We were able to secure over 150 high quality resumes through our existing network, which was affirmation of the reputation Colleton River has in the national golf community,” said Tim Bakels, Colleton River’s General Manager. The candidates we interviewed were the best in the industry and Jeff stood out among this very esteemed group. We are confident that Jeff’s involvement will bring the already excellent courses to the next level.”