Top of the Food Chain
Among the myriad of benefits of living adjacent to the river and amongst the Lowcountry marshes is the abundance of wildlife. Near the top of the food chain are a group of majestic birds classified as raptors. These birds use their keen eyesight to scour the marshes and the pineland forests hunting for vertebrates including; rodents, small mammals, lizards, fish, and snakes. The American Bald Eagles have returned and are active along the marsh on hole nine of the Nicklaus Course and along the fifteenth and sixteenth holes of the Dye Course. Red-tailed hawks strike fear in the hearts of squirrels on the Borland and have been active along Magnolia Blossom Drive. For early risers, keep an eye out for the Great Horned Owl, who has recently been spotted between Inverness Drive and Merion Way, and a local Barred Owl, who roosts near the duck pond on Foot Point Drive. If you are interested in observing some of these fascinating species, an active group of birders lead by Mark Hyner, Karen Anderson, and Stephen Dickson routinely meet with the Colleton River Birding Club and catalogue bird species in the neighborhood. Both novice and experienced birders are welcomed to join the Birding Club. Expect another great month of golf at Colleton River Club and take time to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us.
The inaugural U.S. Senior Men’s Amateur Championship was held in 1955. This year, 2,466 competitors, age 55 and up, at 49 sites, played for the right to compete at Old Chatham Golf Club in North Carolina. Duke Delcher and Kevin King, both members at Colleton River Club, made the field of 156 players, and earned the right to trek north.
Read the November Executive Golfer article to learn more!
Queen of the South
Whether you are a longtime resident or new to the Lowcountry, take a moment
to appreciate the beautiful camellias that are beginning to bloom throughout the
community. Camellias are members of the tea family, Theaceae. While there are
two members of the family that are native to Beaufort County, fragrant Camellia
japonica were originally brought to South Carolina from China and Japan by
wealthy families who used them to adorn their formal gardens. Today, due to
hybridization, there are thousands of varieties of both Camellia japonica
and Camellia sasanqua to choose from.
When selecting a planting site for camellias, choose an area in filtered sun, with
adequate air movement, and good drainage. Camellias are best used as feature
plants rather than in a cramped foundation planting. Generally, smaller leafed
Camellia sasanqua will tolerate more sun than Camellia japonica, which exhibit
symptoms of leaf scorch if exposed to direct sun. Both species prefer moist but
not constantly wet conditions. In the sandy Lowcountry soils, these shallow
rooted shrubs benefit from the addition of compost at planting and normal break
down of leaf litter to enrich the soil. Selecting an appropriate planting site and
adhering to good cultural practices helps promote healthy plants that are less
prone to insect and disease problems. Happy camellias pay gardeners dividends
with vibrant winter blossom displays while many shrubs are dormant. If you are
interested in these shrubs, there are samples of seven different varieties planted
at the Camellia Garden across from the community dock.
As summer comes to an end, Steve Tennant and the Colleton River Club Community Grounds team begin to plan the major flower change-out at the front entrance, clubhouses, and key beds throughout the community. The summer annuals that enjoyed the heat and humidity of the Lowcountry get replaced with cold hardy species including: Cyclamen, Delphinium, Dianthus, Cabbage, Kale, Mustard, Pansies, Snapdragons, Irish Moss, Stock, Calendula, and Foxglove. The seasonal change-out encompasses over 15,000 square feet of bed space and provides a splash of color, unique texture, and added interest against the natural background that defines Colleton River Club. For members interested in rescuing and repurposing the plants we utilize as summer annuals, the Hibiscus, Oyster Plant, Duranta, Coleus and Pentas will be available on a first come, first served basis at the Nicklaus maintenance area toward the end of October. We won’t be providing prolonged care to these plants, so act fast to keep them looking good in the garden. We hope you enjoy the interesting annual displays throughout the community this fall.
Colleton River Club was proud to be represented on the bag of Todd White at the 39th U.S Mid-Amateur last month at the Colorado Golf Club. White has advanced to match play in all seven U.S. Mid-Amateurs he has played. When he is in the area, White trains at Colleton River on both the Dye and Nicklaus courses. White, a high school history teacher, has competed in 27 USGA championships, including the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. He also competed and was part of the winning 2013 Walker Cup team. In 2019, he tied for ninth in the South Carolina Amateur on Aug. 3.
Learn more about this recent event.
As discussed in last week’s Agronomy newsletter, during the Nicklaus course closure, we have begun redistributing the sand in the dunes on holes fifteen through eighteen. Years of erosion have moved the sand from the peaks of the mounds and have deposited it along the base of the dunes. While the cordgrass, Spartina patens, and sea oats help reduce erosion, the exposed slopes are especially prone to run-off. Over the next few weeks, our teams will be mining the sand from the lower edges of the dunes and redistributing it to conceal the exposed subsoil on the mounds. In the event an errant shot enters an area where equipment is working, please play the area as required in Rule 16.1b, Abnormal Course Conditions -Relief in General Area, by taking complete free relief from the ground under repair. For your safety, don’t attempt to retrieve the ball. Thank you for your understanding as we complete this much needed improvement project.