The onset of warmer weather conditions allows us the opportunity to condition the greens more aggressively for upcoming events. If you’ve played in the past few days, you may notice remnants from recent surface-maintenance treatments on the greens. The fine lines evident on the putting surfaces are a result of recent verticutting/grooming procedures. Rather than cutting on a horizontal plane like a normal mower, these cutting units rotate vertically into the turf surface. Set slightly below the height of cut, these blades penetrate the turf severing stolons (plant shoots along the surface) and thinning the leaf canopy. Following the grooming, we topdress the greens to fill any voids and further smooth the surface. These cultivation techniques optimize putting quality, reduce grain, promote an upright growth habit, alleviate spongy surface conditions, and enhance surface smoothness. Immediately following this process, the greens may slow down slightly and appear scarred from the disruption to the surface. Approximately seven to ten days following the process, the greens will be smoother, faster, and firmer.
Ultra-dwarf bermudagrasses make excellent putting greens because they have been bred for their dense, fine leaf texture, and their ability to tolerate low mowing heights. Although we continue to stretch the limits of the grass, it is important to recognize that the natural growth pattern of bermudagrass is to spread and grow laterally. Periodic vertical mowing to further promote dense upright turf is an important part of getting the most out of our grass.
Colleton River Club Members recently enjoyed a March Madness themed Neighbors Meeting Neighbors event! Guests met Tuesday, March 26th at the Nick Clubhouse for cocktails and dinner! These events are a great way for us to welcome newer Members to the committee and are always an exclusive and fun time!
Colleton River Club is pleased to announce that we raised over $34,000 in our annual March Play for P.I.N.K. week. Bridge, Canasta, tennis, and golf events were held throughout the community as well as a silent auction and dinner to help raise funds for the worthy cause.
To speed advances in breast cancer detection, treatment and survivorship, Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate Diagnosis, New Technology, Knowledge) supports thousands of volunteers nationwide as they raise funds for research through sporting and lifestyle events. Their collective efforts raise $4.75 million annually — and 100% of that goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Colleton River Club looks forward to hosting this annual event that aids improving outcomes and uncovering new approaches to this complex, challenging disease. President, Myra J. Biblowit states “Play for P.I.N.K.’s continued support is critical to the grant-making capability of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We are extremely proud of our partnership and indebted to all that support us and believe in the cause.”
“We appreciate those who donated, worked and played, making Play for P.I.N.K. an incredible success,” said Tim Bakels, General Manager of Colleton River Club. “Many months of planning by CRC committee members and staff went into ensuring a smooth operation, and as usual the Members participation was excellent.”
LLG Committee member, Peg Roedel has had a great track record mining the talents of Colleton’s own members as LLG speakers. Learning that ‘Mac’ MacIlroy had written a book that Pat Conroy lauded as “A great book about friendship, growing up in the fifties, and a lost America that will never come again”, Peg and her fellow LLG committee member Gale Stafford worked together to arrange for Mac to share his book and experiences on November 8, 2018 in Colleton’s Nicklaus Ballroom.
LLG Committee members ,Gale Stafford and Peg Roedel, host author, ‘Mac’ MacIlroy.
Not Exactly Rocket Scientists is a collection of stories written by three boyhood friends about their lives in small-town America in the 1950’s; a time when many kids played unsupervised all day and parents didn’t worry because everyone in town was looking out for them. Mac’s childhood was the era between the end of WWII and the evolution of the Vietnam War and the social unrest that marked the decades of the 60’s and 70’s. He read selections from the chapters he wrote and regaled the audience with his experiences during that time.
MacIlroy is retired from his career as an attorney, CEO and adjunct professor.
Members enjoyed a buffet of 1950 food (looking at you deviled eggs!) capped off with angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream and Coke and Root Beer floats.
Based on the boisterous barks and number of chewed tennis balls, the newest Colleton River Club amenity, the Dog Park, has been a rousing success. In fact, the park has quickly become “the place to be” as a social gathering spot for members and their four-legged friends. The park offers a mix of sun and shade to both relax and provide ample room to stretch your legs without the encumbrance of leashes. For new and long-time members who love dogs, the park offers a chance to meet and greet fellow members with common interests while discovering the intricacies and personalities of different breeds of dogs.
In fact, we talked to Mr. Tom Eagan and his dog, Bosco, members since 2017, who raved, “We try to use the park every morning and join as many as twenty other friends at 4:00 each afternoon.” Mr. Eagan went on to say, “While frequenting the park, we have met several new friends,” and though Bosco is only part Rhodesian Ridgeback, he has been comfortable with all the breeds he meets. As the news spreads and the landscape matures, we expect the Dog Park to only get better.
While the park is open from dawn to dusk seven days a week, our teams will be conducting normal weekly maintenance on Tuesday mornings before 10:00 a.m. Out of courtesy to fellow members and our staff, please repair your own holes with divot mix provided in the wine barrel immediately to the right of the entrance gate. Thank you for regularly visiting the park and your efforts to make it the best it can be.
On Wednesday, March 6th Members gathered at the Nicklaus Clubhouse for a wine dinner with Dick Vermeil Vineyards. The winery began when Coach and winemaker Paul Smith (founder of On The Edge Winery) partnered in 1999. The name of the wine continues under what is now Vermeil Vines and is a dedication to Coach’s paternal great-grandfather, Jean Louis Vermeil. Coach’s father, Jean Louis Vermeil II, who instilled in Coach a love of wine, hard work, and dedication to your passion. Today they make 11 different wines that are some of the best examples of their varietals.
The 7th annual Colleton Collegiate, taking place over 2 days on the Dye (March 4th and 5th) was another successful tournament, both on and off the course. We welcomed a record number of teams, 14 this year including the Michigan State
host team to the course.
The tournament was founded by Member Al Thiess out of his love for the game, both as a member of the Michigan State golf team and as an Alumni. The love for the event is carried on by his wife Willa Thiess and a devoted group of nearly 60 Members that were integral in all aspects of the event.
There is an air of camaraderie that is felt between the schools, their players, and Colleton Members. A tournament where some of the best schools in the sport compete in a collaborative family atmosphere. Yet another example of how Colleton Members’ connectivity to each other and visitors create one-of-a-kind experiences that keep folks…and golf teams…coming back time and again!
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Mike O’Regan has been named Director of Racquet Sports and Bocce
Ball at Colleton River Club. He has been instrumental in building Colleton
River Club’s Tennis Program over the last eight years as a contractor
along with his business partner, Gavin Cox…Read More
Leslie Kreuzer and Sandy Wooster, Lifelong Learning Group (LLG) committee volunteers, were interested in seeking a golf-oriented speaker for LLG’s tenth year of presenting programs for Colleton’s members. It made perfect sense to reach out to RBC Heritage Director, Steve Wilmot because the iconic tournament celebrated its own 50th birthday in 2019. The Heritage is the South Carolina’s only GA event and Mr. Wilmot is enjoying 20 years as its Tournament Director. Colleton has a natural affinity with the Harbour Town Golf Links because Pete Dye, designed them in consultation with Jack Nicklaus, in the fall of 1969.
Steve Wilmot poses with LLG Committee members, Leslie Kreuzer and Sandy Wooster and quipped that he’d never been asked to speak so far in advance and it made him feel, “Pretty important!”
Mr. Wilmot noted that, “Players love to come to the Heritage the week after the Masters”. The tournament has a whooping $91MM economic impact on the Hilton Head/Bluffton area and a worldwide broadcast audience of one billion households. He proudly reported that the event raised $3.3MM for charitable organizations this past year. He is especially pleased that a $30,000 grant was donated to combat hunger in South Carolina.
The successful partnership with Boeing includes a dramatic flyover, which has been so popular that it is now conducted during primetime at 4pm on the Saturday of the tournament weekend. Boeing has been wowing Heritage spectators with the low-altitude flyovers since 2012, when a Dreamliner first made an appearance at the event.
Mr. Wilmot touched on the myriad aspects of his role that include:
• Involvement in the recent renovation of the iconic lighthouse,
• Attaining the GEO Certified® Tournament award for advancing sustainability in and through golf,
• Creating a ‘Patriot’s Outpost’ as a designated sky box and ‘mess hall’ for the military,
• Attaining the award of PGA Charity of the Year
• Attaining PGA Recognition for ‘best integrated marketing plan and special events’,
• Supporting 57 scholars with scholarships.
Seventy Colleton members enjoyed a buffet dinner following Mr. Wilmot’s presentation.
Colleton River Club was recently featured in the February issue of Local Life Magazine…