On good teams, competition becomes a catalyst for innovation and improvement. Last week’s positive changes on the Dye Course certainly stoked the fires on the Nicklaus Course. During the Nicklaus Course closure superintendent Kevin Dugger and his team have several other improvement projects well underway. They are expanding the cart parking area at the range and halfway café, resurfacing the walk bridge on hole four, standardizing the Borland collars, refurbishing landscaping at the eleventh tee complex, and aggressively controlling weeds and redistributing sand in the dunes on holes fifteen through eighteen. While course aeration is the top priority, these additional enhancements help further our goal to continually improve while providing an unencumbered golf experience. Thank you for your patience during this process, and we look forward to completing these projects and reopening the course soon.
Colleton River Club is pleased to announce that two of our Members have qualified to play in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, NC from August 24-29, 2019.
Duke Delcher secured his opportunity to compete at the end of August with a 1-under 71 score(70) in the 18-hole qualifier at The Kittansett Club of Massachusetts on Monday, July 29th. Delcher finished first on the leader board and earned medalist honors on the 18-hole course which is tucked along a peninsula on Buzzards Bay and served as the first step for hopeful competitors to advance to the 2019 Championship Proper. https://www.massgolf.org/news/19ussramrecap/
Also, on Monday, July 29th, Kevin King earned one of the six qualifying spots at the 2019 USGA U.S. Senior Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, North Carolina. King tied for second at the event with a score of 71.
Members and their guests enjoyed a Group Fishing Charter on Friday, July 5th with Captain Jason! Check out some of their catches…
“Ayeayeaye!! It was a blast…. everyone was up on their feet dancing and singing away!! It’s still being talked about in Colleton!” Just one of the countless comments overheard in regards to Thursday’s L3 event; Kakuteru & Karaoke!
Asian lanterns wrapped in cherry blossoms, tipped in pink, floating from the ballroom celling….vases of cherry blossoms centered on tables dressed in fuchsia and black, surrounded by candles, elegant origami swans, chopsticks and Japanese Folding Fans crafted from silk and bamboo…..
Guests were greeted with specialty cocktails of Sake, Lemon Drop Martinis and Japanese Beer, compliments of Bartenders; Joe Incandela, Dave Cornelius, Ken Clark. The dinner was Asian inspired and included tempura, gyoza, Yuzu Cheesecake…. “Sushi was really terrific – it was rolled by Chef Pana while we watched!”
Yes, the decorations were inspiring and the dinner outstanding, but it was clearly the karaoke that got the ladies singing! Each table selected a song to sing and took turns making their debut. Everyone was on their feet singing and dancing and clearly enjoying their libations. After all, isn’t that what L3’s all about? With a bit of sake and wine, the ladies had no problem getting up to sing karaoke! “Everyone, and I mean, everyone got up to sing. The karaoke was unbelievable!”
Party continued past 9:30! Whoo Hoo!!! A big “Domo Arigatou” (thank you) to our lovely Japanese hostesses; Susan Clark, Lisa Cornelius and Debi Incandela! Truly, a party to be remembered!
Save the date for our next event, MOTOWN Thursday, June 13th !
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.
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.
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.
One of the most popular charitable programs among Colleton River Club Members is Operation Santa Claus. For almost 20 years, Members have organized this holiday effort that supports local families in need. With the help of area school social workers, families from the US Marines at Parris Island, Family Promise and other Bluffton social service organizations are identified. And our Members made their holidays brighter through the effort that includes providing gifts, food, books and clothing. We always say that we get just as much out of it as those that received the donations!
Our 4-legged friends and their guests enjoyed the Grand Opening of our Dog Park! The 1 acre fenced Park includes two separate
areas – one for larger dogs and another for smaller pups. The Park offers dog watering fountains, seating areas for Members and parking for both cars and golf carts.
The Kayak Club celebrated almost 9 years in existence with a 3 mile paddle on the Colleton River.
Fall is one of the best times of year to work on your game. We are fortunate to have the Learning Center where exciting programs such as PGA Coaching, Bagger Vance Golf Schools, Learning Center clinics, Fall Fitting Days, and Patriot Golf Day are held. Be sure to sign up for the next opportunity to “Get Better At Golf.”