May & June 2011
2011 Couples Member Guest Champions
Tony Kay, Laurie Chase, Joe & Sue Evans
2011 Men’s Member Member 2011 Women’s Member Member
Mike Barr & Tom Frank Kathy Schwartz & Patsy Michaels
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Sunday Brunch Club Closed RCWGA 18 Mbr Guest 9 Hole Men & Women Croquet (No)
Pub Club (6pm)
(10am~2pm) Practice Rd & RCWGA 18 Mbr. Guest Golf/Dinner (1:30
H. Crk Greens Aerif Fun Mixed Doubles
Shootout H. Crk Greens Aerif Shotgun on HC)
Guy’s & Gal’s Golf Tennis Clinics H. Crk Greens Aerif Bocce Men (pm)
CLUB STAFF Happy Hour
General Manager ~ Ross Desmond
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Head Golf Professional ~ John Keller Mother’s Day Club Closed Water Aerobics Water Aerobics Croquet (9am)
email@example.com TRC Greens Aerif
(11am, 1pm,3pm) Water Aerobics
Celebrity Waiter Bocce Women (4pm) Pub Club (6pm) Seafood Night
Assistant Golf Professional - Mike Cotela TRC Greens Aerif (Reservations)
firstname.lastname@example.org TRC Greens Aerif Happy Hour
Golf Shop Manager ~ Bob O’Neil Tennis Clinics
email@example.com Beginners Clinic Soup/Salad Night
Golf Services Manager ~ Mike Barrett (11:30am) (5~7pm)
Course Superintendent ~ Derek Floyd 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday Brunch Club Closed Water Aerobics Water Aerobics Water Aerobics Croquet (9am)
Bocce Men (4pm)
(10am~2pm) Ind. Golf Match
Executive Chef ~ Keith Cameron With Patio Cook Out Pub Club (6pm)
email@example.com Play Begins
Asst. F & B Director ~ Tommy Pinkney Women’s Rd. Robin
Individual Match Play
Membership Assistant ~ Gini Sayers Movie NIght
Club Controller ~ Terrye Allen
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Sunday Brunch Club Closed Water Aerobics Water Aerobics Water Aerobics Anniv. Weekend
Vice President of Golf & Bocce Women (4pm)
(10am~2pm) Dinner/Dance (7pm)
Community Operations ~ Wesley Elijah Anniv. Weekend
email@example.com Happy Hour
Buffet (6~9pm) Men’s Rd. Robin
Soup & Salad Night (5:30~6:30pm)
CONTACT INFORMATION 29 30 31
Phone ~ (803) 648-1601 Anniv. Weekend Club Open (Lunch Only)
Fax ~ (803) 641-0450 Buffet (10am~1pm)
Golf Shop ~ (803) 648-2442
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Water Aerobics Water Aerobics
18 & 9 Holers
Fun Mixed Doubles
Scramble & Lunch Taylor Made
2 for $20 Thursday (9:00am)
Bocce Men/Women (4pm) Demo Day
With Patio Cook Out (10:00am~4pm) Croquet (9am)
June 2011 Happy Hour
(5:30`6:30pm) Dining Room Hours
Tuesday ~ Saturday
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday Brunch Club Closed Water Aerobics Bocce Women (4pm) Water Aerobics Water Aerobics Croquet (9am)
(10am~2pm) 9 Holers w/Spouses
Happy Hour Founder’s Cup Founder’s Cup Founder’s Cup Wednesday ~ Saturday
Tennis Clinics Golf & Dinner
(5:30~6:30pm) Wagering Party Rd. 1 Rd. 2 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Guy’s & Gal’s Golf 3pm Shotgun TRC
(Closed for Dinner)
6:30pm Dinner Pasta & Bingo Sunday Brunch
(5:30pm) 10:00pm to 2:00pm
Golf Shop Hours
Tuesday ~ Sunday
12 13 14 15 16 17 18 7:30am ~ 6:00pm
Sunday Brunch Club Closed Water Aerobics RCWGA Play The Water Aerobics Water Aerobics Croquet (9am) Tee Times Begin at 8:00 am
(10am~2pm) Links for Pink
Women’s Rd. Robin Practice Range Hours
Bocce Men (4pm) (9:00am) Tuesday ~ Saturday
Happy Hour 7:30am to Dark
7:30am to 4:30pm
Tuesday ~ Saturday
7:30am to Dark
19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Sunday
Sunday Brunch Club Closed Water Aerobics Water Aerobics Water Aerobics Croquet (9am) 7:30 am to 4:30pm
18 & 9 Holers TRC
9 H Exchg w/WSPCC Ladies Solheim Cup Ladies Solheim Cup Tennis Courts & Fitness Center
Tennis Clinics Ladies Solheim Cup
Rd 1 Rd 2 Tuesday ~ Sunday
Father’s Day Golf/ Bocce Women (4pm) Dinner
Scramble Men’s Rd. Robin 6:30 am to 8:00pm
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Sunday Brunch Club Closed Hook A Kid on Phone ~ (803) 648-1601
(10am~2pm) Water Aerobics Golf Water Aerobics Fax ~ (803) 641-0450
Hook A Kid on Golf Hook A Kid on Golf Golf Shop ~ (803) 648-2442
Hook A Kid on Golf Bocce Men (4pm)
Upcoming Social Events
MAY MOVIE NIGHT ~ 21ST
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH ~ 8TH Bring your favorite lawn chair and join us on the croquet
lawn for movie night featuring. Watch for further details!
First Course (Choice)
Smoked Salmon on Potato Rosti
with Capers & Lime Cream ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Shrimp Bisque with Roasted Tomato Shrimp Salsa
Maple-Pecan Waffles with Strawberries
27TH ~ 29TH
& Whipped Cream Home Made Vanilla Syrup All members are invited to join us over the Memorial Day
Reserve Club Salad, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, Weekend as we celebrate The Reserve Club’s 8th Anniversary.
Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans Friday
Sliced Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Strawberries 6 ~ 9 p.m. ~ Buffet $15++ per person
& Mango with Walnut Honey Yogurt Member charge bar
Main Course (Choice) Saturday
Potato, Spinach, Red Pepper & Feta Frittata Golf ~ 9:30 a.m. shotgun (normal golf fees apply)
Pan Fried Flounder, Lump Crab Asparagus Slaw, Lemon 7 ~ 11 p.m. Dinner & Dancing ~ $35++person
Lavender Vinaigrette, Roasted Pepper Hushpuppies Member charge bar
Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Creamy Herb Mashed Potatoes, Featuring the sounds of “Preston & Weston”
Sweet Corn Sauté, Cabernet Demi Sunday
Herb Roasted Rack of Lamb, Roasted Garlic Rosemary Sauce, 9:30 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony by the Marines
Green Pea Lemon Risotto, Roasted Pine Nuts The ceremony is open to all members
Pan Fried Crab Cakes, Avocado Relish, Herb Mashed Brunch
Potatoes, Sweet Corn Saute 10 a.m. ~ 1 p.m. ~ $12++per person
Strawberry Basil Shortcake Reservations required for all events by calling Gini
Orange Chocolate Torte, Pineapple Mint Relish, Carmel
Bourbon Pecan Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
$26++per person JUNE
Seating times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Reservations are required
PASTA & BINGO ~ 8TH
SOUP & SALAD NIGHT ~ 11TH The pasta buffet will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by bingo at 7
Come and enjoy a light refreshing buffet of chilled and hot p.m. Cost for the buffet is $15++per person. Sign up early
soups with a salad. The buffet is available from 5 to 7 p.m. for this popular event.
Cost is: $9.95++per person.
We ask that you call to reserve your spot! TWO FOR $20 THURSDAY ~ 12TH
Join us for this popular event! Diners will enjoy their choice
SEAFOOD NIGHT ~ 14TH of a salad and entrée for just $10++per person.
Salad Station Reservations are from 5:30 ~ 8:00 p.m.
Caesar Or Reserve Club Salad Please call for your reservation time.
Petite Entrée (Choice of One)
Grilled Chicken Medallions With Basil Risotto & Asparagus TWO FOR ONE HAPPY HOURS
Grilled 4 oz. Strip Steak Potato Celery Root Gratin & Take a mid-week break and join your neighbors every
Asparagus Wednesday for our two for one Happy Hour from
Jumbo Lump Crab & Spaghetti With Tomato Basil Sauce 5:30 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Whole Main Lobster
Drawn Butter, Boiled Red Skin Potatoes, Grilled Corn
Reserve Club Plantation Cake
Very Vera Carrot Cake
Very Vera Coconut Cake
Cost: $26.95++per person
Reservations Required (5:30 ~ 8:00 pm)
News & Notes
WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS CELL PHONES IN CLUBHOUSE
Margaret Farfour, Aiken, SC As a courtesy to other members, cell phones must
Clair & Barbara Henkes, Aiken, SC be turned off or on vibrate while in the clubhouse.
Bill & Pat Kramer, Warminster, PA Please step outside to use your cell phone.
Joseph & Jocelyn Lampert, Elkwood, VA
With the beautiful spring weather and the numerous
CELEBRITY WAITER NIGHT ~ MAY 9TH activities around the Club our parking lot is certainly filled to
Each year The Reserve Club is one of the host sites for capacity most days. As many of you know this past fall we
Aiken’s Celebrity Waiter Night, which benefits “A Children’s added an additional parking area on the right side of the
Place” here in Aiken. A Children’s Place is a non-profit entrance road to the Club. In an effort to avoid a possible
organization dedicated to meet the needs of neglected, abused, accident, we would strongly encourage members to only park
low income and other at risk children from the ages of 2 - 13. in the available parking spaces and not along the curbing.
The event will be held on Monday, May 9th. We are looking Once the parking lot is full, we ask that you use the new
for members who wish to volunteer to be our Celebrity overflow parking, area which offers plenty of room for
Waiters. As a celebrity waiter you will serve the guests as additional parking.
they dine. 100% of all tips go directly to “A Children’s
Place”. If you are interested, please contact Gini.
JULY 4TH MILITARY PICTURES AIKEN COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE
We have begun making plans for our July 4th celebration. Rent, May 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th,
A large part of our celebration is our Military Tribute video, Rent, May 29th at 3:00 p.m.
that we show each year featuring those members who have June 3rd & 4th at 8:00 p.m.
served in the military. So we are once asking those members
who have served in any branch of the military, Army, Navy, BELL AUDITORIUM
Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, to send us a picture of The Color Purple, May 8th at 2:00 p.m.
you in uniform with your branch of service and final rank.
Jagermeister Country Tour Featuring Dierks Bentley,
Please e-ma il your photo to
firstname.lastname@example.org. If your photo can
May 11th at 7:00 p.m.
not be emailed please drop it off to Gini, so we can scan the Loretta Lynn, June 18th at 7:30 p.m.
photo into our computer. Any photos that are dropped will be
returned to you within a few days. If you previously submitted HOPELAND GARDEN SUMMER SERIES
a picture, we still have your photo on file. We want to honor Every Monday evening May through August
every member that has served! beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Please bring a blanket or chair!
CAMP RESERVE, JULY 19TH ~ 22ND
There will be golf and tennis instruction as well as pool DOWNTOWN AIKEN EVENTS
games. The camp will begin each day at 9 a.m. and will May 6th ~ Lobster Races
conclude at 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided to the campers
each day. This is a great opportunity to introduce children
Downtown Beach Blast, June 16th, Newberry Street
to sports they can play for a lifetime. The cost to attend With beach music, sand and shag dancing
camp is $135 per child. Please call to sign up. Space is
Tennis & Golf News
TENNIS CLINICS & ROUND ROBINS REMINDERS:
Ladies’ Men’s GOLF CARTS/HANDICAP FLAGS
Clinics Clinics As the number of golfing members who require a
Monday’s @ 10:30 am Monday’s @ 9:30 am handicap flag increases, please try to abide by these
May 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th May 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th recommendations:
June 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th June 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
Round Robins Round Robins 1.When possible keep carts at least 30 feet away from
May 21st @ 9:30 a.m. May 28th @ 9:30 a.m. the greens complexes.
June 18th @ 9:00 a.m. June 25th @ 9:00 a.m. 2.When possible keep carts at least 15 feet away from
the tee complexes.
Fun Mixed Doubles 3.Please avoid steep slopes at all times.
May 7th @ 9:30 a.m..
4.Handicapped Cart privileges are extended only to
June 4th @ 9:00 a.m.
the player who is physically challenged and not to the
May 9th @.11:30 a.m.
WALKING, DOGS, BIKES
Sign up for all events with Stan at:
email@example.com ON GOLF COURSE
Reminder: Walking, riding bikes and walking dogs on
Please call to reserve a tennis court or the ball machine the golf course in prohibited. Please use the walking trails
24 hours in advance throughout the community or the walking path in the
Enclave Park for your exercising activities and not the golf
course. We have so many people playing golf throughout
the entire day and we do not want anyone to get hit by a
golf ball. Thank you for your help with this matter.
GOLF DEMO DAY GOLF CARTS ON THE STREETS
TAYLOR MADE WITHIN WOODSIDE PLANTATION
This is a friendly reminder that golf carts are not
Friday, June 3rd allowed on the streets in Woodside Plantation per the
10 am to 4pm Property Owner’s Covenants. During shotgun starts and
when finishing your round on a hole other than 18,
please remain on the cart paths and designated cart
crossings when returning to the clubhouse.
REMINDER FOR THE ETIQUETTE ON THE PUTTING GREEN
LADIES ! ♦Repair any pitch/ball marks left on the putting surface.
Using a repair tool, repair the mark by working the edges
PLEASE TURN IN YOUR HOLLOW CREEK towards the center, without lifting the center of the mark.
SCORECARDS FOR THE EVALUATION OF
Tap down with the sole of your putter to get the area
smooth enough to putt over.
REALLOCATING THE HOLE HANDICAPS. WE’LL
NEED 200+ CARDS AND ONLY HAVE 50 TO DATE. ♦Lift your feet when walking on the green to avoid leaving
spike marks or damaged turf. If you wear spikes on your
shoes it can be damaging to the green if you shuffle your
feet or twist your feet to turn.
♦When removing the flagstick from the hole... simply pick it
straight up to avoid damaging the edge of the hole.
♦Do not use the head of your putter to remove a ball from
PLAYER ACCOMPLISHMENTS ADOPT A HOLE PROGRAM
During the period ALL were Let’s Keep Our Golf Courses Beautiful!
HOLE IN ONE’S !!! Example: For members with last names beginning with the
letters A & B your hole assignments are holes # 1 & # 2 on
Al Gay aced #9 TRC !! The Reserve Course and Hollow Creek
5 Iron 175 yards on March 4th
Gale Doran aced #15 TRC during Last Name Begins With Your Hole # Will Be
The WSCGA 4 ball event on March 8th! A&B 1 & 2 TRC & H. CRK
C&D 3 & 4 TRC & H. CRK
Gene Armstrong aced #16 Hollow Creek!... E&F 5 TRC & H. CRK
5 wood, 225 yards on March 25th G&H 6 TRC
I&J 7 & 8 TRC
Angelo Speca aced #9 TRC K&L 9 & 10 TRC
with a 6 iron from 165 yards on March 26. His 5th HIO! M&N 11 &12 TRC
O,P & Q 13 TRC
R&S 14 & 15 TRC & H. CRK
T&U 16 TRC & H. CRK
V&W 17 TRC & H. CRK
X, Y & Z 18 TRC & H. CRK
$40 WEEKLY “GUEST DAY” SPECIAL
Accompanied guests of Golf Members can enjoy The
Reserve Club golf experience for $40. The fee includes
18 hole cart and guest fees. “Guest Day” is every Friday.
Tee times after 11:30 am please GOLF DRESS CODE REMINDERS
We are a “proper club” so please abide by the
established dress code. If in doubt, check with the club to
ensure you and your guests are properly attired. We
appreciate all being ladies and gentlemen of this great
game, including how we dress for playing and practicing.
“WOW CUP CHAMPIONS” 9 Holers Member-Guest
Greg Hoffman, Daniel Seawell, Charlene Engebrethson Jacqui Smith, Carol Thurmond
Pat Dangler & John Dangler Diane Rotter & Gail Boule
DID YOU KNOW? …... UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS
You can tee off on hole # 1 of the Hollow Creek Course , May 2-4 Hollow Creek Greens Aerification
play 9 holes and turn to hole # 1 of The Reserve Course and May 9-11 Reserve Course Greens Aerification
play 9 holes. Turn times to The Reserve Course will be based May 21 Individual Match Play Begins
on availability and issued at the discretion of the golf shop. May 28 Anniversary Tournament
The USGA slope and course ratings for “Hollow/Reserve” are June 3 Taylor Made Demo Day
the handicap system. When entering your score in the June 9-11 Founder’s Cup
handicap computer select the “Hollow/Reserve Course” and June 19 Father’s Day Scramble
the appropriate tees. June 23-25 Solheim Cup
June 27-July 1 Hook A Kid On Golf
COURSE & TEE OPTIONS July 28-30 Battle Of The Reserve
August 1-3 Reserve Course Greens Aerification
AT THE RESERVE CLUB
August 8-10 Hollow Creek Greens Aerification
When playing golf at The Reserve Club, September 3 Team Match Play Begins
you have 4 course options: September 9-10 Club Championships
Women’s Course Options: September 19-26 Hollow Creek Overseed
The Reserve Course: 18 holes on The Reserve Course September 27-October 9 Hollow Creek Cart Path Only
Tees: Green, Red, Combo (Mix of Green & September 22-24 Men’s Member Guest
Red Tees) October 11-17 Reserve Course Overseed
Hollow Creek: 18 holes on Hollow Creek (Front 9 & Back 9) October 18-26 Reserve Course Cart Path Only
Tees: Green, Red November 12 Couples Championship
Hollow Creek 18 Consecutive Holes: November 26 Generations Charity Classic
(Start on Hole #1 and Finish on Hole #16)
Tees: Red ANNUAL CART PLAN
Hollow / Reserve: Sign up to take advantage of the 2011 Annual Golf Cart
Play the Front 9 on Hollow Creek and Turn Plan. The Single Plan is $2100 and the Family Plan is $3200.
to the Front 9 of The Reserve Course. Save with the single plan if you anticipate averaging more
Tees: Red (Turn times based on availability) than 2.5 rounds per week. Save with the family plan if your
combined family rounds average more than 3.8 rounds per
Men’s Course Options:
week. Sales tax additional.
The Reserve Course: 18 holes on The Reserve Course
Tees: Black, Blue, White, Green, Combo
(Mix of Blue & White)
ANNUAL PRACTICE RANGE PLAN
Hollow Creek: 18 holes on Hollow Creek (Front 9 & Back 9) Reserve Club Social Members & Activities Members are
Tees: Black, Blue, White, Green invited to take advantage of the Annual Practice Range Plan.
Hollow Creek 18 Consecutive Holes: The cost is $300 per year (pro-rated based on starting date).
(Start on Hole #1 and Finish on Hole #16) Includes unlimited use of the golf practice tee, practice
Tees: White, (Green TBA) bunkers, chipping and pitching greens and practice putting
Hollow / Reserve: greens. Please notify the golf staff if you desire to do so.
Play the Front 9 on Hollow Creek and turn to Social & Activities Members who do not wish to participate
the Front 9 of The Reserve Course. in the Annual Range Plan are allowed to use the practice
(Turn times based on availability) facility only on the day they are scheduled to play.
Tees: Black, Blue, White, Green
HOLE-IN-ONE INSURANCE PROGRAM
The Reserve Club Hole in One Insurance program is open
GREENS FEES AND GUEST FEES to all Reserve Club Golf Members. Please notify the golf
Effective April 1, 2011 Greens Fees and Guest Fees will be: shop staff if you would like to participate in the program.
$10 to sign up. Insurance will cover 1 round of drinks for
Cart Fees are additional all golfers in your group and anyone in the bar you would
♦ Activities Members: $35 ♦ Family Guest: $25 like to “buy” a drink. Your Group may consist of all
♦ Social Members: $45 ♦ House Guest: $40 golfers you are paired with and or competing with on the
♦ Accompanied Guest: $50 ♦ Sponsored Guest: $75 day you make a Hole in One. “Acer” must be present in
the bar when buying drinks. When the fund drops below
$200, all participants will be billed $5 to replenish the fund.
7th Annual RCWGA 9 Holers Member Guest
Couples’ Member - Guest April 19th ~ 20th
March 24th ~ 26th 1ST PLACE SCORE 50
JACQUI SMITH ~ CAROL THURMOND
DIANE ROTTER ~ GAIL BOULE
TONY KAY & LAURIE CHASE 2ND PLACE SCORE 51
JOE & SUE EVANS MARLIE LEINSTER ~ BARB BURNS
MARY LENSER ~ SANDY D’ASCENZO
***(BY MATCH OF CARDS)***
STAN & JENNIE MECHANIC
RON & BARBARA DELLAMORA 3RD PLACE SCORE 51
CHARLOTTE ANTAKI ~ MARY JONES
JUDY CARLTON ~ THERESA HODGSON
JAY ELLWANGER & MELANIE DURLAND ALSO TIED AT 51...
KAREN HOUCK ~ DONNA IMBRESCIA
MATT & MARTI RAMSEY SANDEE JONES ~ SHERRI WILLIAMSON
TONY ALLMAN & DONNA VERNIER Longest Drive : Mary Ann Milana
Nearest to Pin : Linda Calhoun
RICK & AIMEE LAMY
MEN’S MEMBER-MEMBER WOMEN’S MEMBER-MEMBER
GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
APRIL 14TH ~16TH APRIL 14TH ~16TH
MEN’S CHAMPIONS WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS
TOM FRANK & MIKE BARR PATSY MICHAELS & KATHY SCHWARTZ
CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
AL KAGLE & BILL HOWARD HOLLY CONNELLY & SUE WITTENMYER
FIRST FLIGHT FIRST FLIGHT
JIM HARRIS & BOB CAMPBELL KAREN VIJUK & JO ANN CLAYTON-REYNA
SECOND FLIGHT SECOND FLIGHT
JOE RINCON & HENRY REYNA DEBBIE ALLMAN & SUE DOUGLAS
THIRD FLIGHT THIRD FLIGHT
DAN SHIVELY & WALLY FRASER PATTI KALIN & JUDY MILLER
JOHN PITTMAN & JOEL ROTTER
Bocce Ball At The Reserve Club
Upcoming Schedule ~ Play Begins at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4th, Men
Wednesday, May 11th, Women
Wednesday, May 18th, Men with a Patio Cook Out
Wednesday, May 25th, Women
Wednesday, June 1st, Men & Women with a Patio Cook Out
Wednesday, June 8th, Women
Wednesday, June 15th, Men
Wednesday, June 22nd, Women
Wednesday, June 29th, Men
We ask that you please call to sign up!
Bocce is open to all members.
Pool & Water Aerobics News
WATER AEROBICS ~ FIRST CLASS IS MAY 10TH
The pool is now open! We ask members to sign in by Printing your name each time you use the pool. We also remind you to
please sign in your guests. Guests are only permitted at the pool when they are accompanied by a member.
If you would like to request the pool for a private party, please contact the club. The pool is the perfect place to host a party
and the club will gladly help you make your event very special for you and your guests.
Pool Hours: Tuesday ~ Sunday from 6:30 a.m. ~ 8:00 p.m.
Guest Fees: $2 per person and $5 Max Per Family Per Day
Water Aerobics: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:30 a.m. ~ 10:00 a.m.
Members: $5 per class or $10 a week
MAH JONGG PLAYERS
Mah Jongg is played every Thursday from 1 pm to 4 pm. If you would like to join the group
or learn how to play, please call Tina Baker at 642-2946.
Want to meet new people? No experience is necessary, and all equipment is furnished by The Club.
It is something husbands and wives can do together. Join the fun Saturday mornings at 9am on the
Croquet Court behind the Clubhouse. Call Ed Geehan at 644-8658 or Jim Pierce at 649-2810 to join us.
Please contact Wally Busch if you would like
to participate at 640-7978.
From The Course
Well, it is that time of the year again, spring has sprung, the azaleas are blooming, and the grass is greening
up. We had a very successful winter season and many projects were completed. One major areas of focus this
winter was thinning of tree lines and pruning of many trees. I would like to use this edition of Notes from the Course
to discuss the benefits of corrective tree removal/pruning, time of year to prune, and some basic pruning tips.
There are many deciding factors that go into tree removal and pruning. One of the reasons we decided to
remove trees was to allow for better air flow to golf holes. This air movement will allow the turf to “breathe” a little
easier. Clusters of trees can lead to hot stale air during peak summer months. Our program will assist in improving
air flow in key areas. Shade was another area of concern, grass requires plenty of water and just as important is
sunlight. We have studied sun angles as well as shade patterns over the last couple of years. Limbing and tree
removal in high shade areas will allow for a denser, healthier stand of turf. Just as selective tree removal helps
with air flow through the course, selective pruning will also benefit the overall healthiness of trees and shrubs by
allowing air to move throughout the plant. Removing dead or diseased branches will aid in the translocation of vital
elements to healthy parts of the tree or shrub instead of feeding dead or diseased areas. This will push the tree to
p r o d u c e n e w g r o w t h .
When pruning trees or shrubs, timing is everything. The best time of the year to prune is during the dormant
season; of course dead or diseased branches can be removed any time of the year. Winter pruning helps to minimize
sap loss and is less stressful on the tree. This is important for disease purposes. During the dormant season it is
also easier to maneuver around the tree, as there are no leaves on the tree to interfere. Pruning during the winter
also helps to get a better idea about the shape of the tree and what the tree should look like. This is particularly
i m p o r t a n t f o r s p e c i m e n t r e e s .
When pruning it is important to know a few facts about the specific tree or shrub you are pruning. A general
rule of thumb is to remove no more than 25% of the plant during routine pruning. Similar to the mowing of turf,
removal of more than 25% of the plant can greatly damage it. When this happens it slows the translocation of water
and other valuable nutrients that keep plants healthy. Shrubs vary from shrub to shrub as to how much material
should be taken from the shrub. Good
resources such as your local cooperative extension agency or literature that focuses on plants specific to your area
can aid in such information. Also make sure that pruning sheers have good sharp blades that easily cut through
branches. A dull set of pruning sheers not only makes it difficult to cut through branches, but it also damages the
remaining wood creating an
opportunity for disease issues. Most importantly always work safely; make sure to wear the proper protective gear
such as ear plugs, chaps, and helmet. In addition don’t be afraid to call in a contractor to take on jobs to big or to
risky. They have the experience, knowledge and tools to make quick work of most jobs.
With that said, I am excited to announce that I will be taking my turf management experience and landscaping
knowledge that I have accumulated while in the golf industry for the last 15 years onto the next stage of my career.
My wife Lauren and I have started our own full service landscaping company, TurfTec Landscape & Design. I am
saddened to leave The Reserve and have truly enjoyed my experience as the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent of
Hollow Creek for the past three years. I am energized by the prospect of starting and building my own business here
in the Aiken area. I look forward to keeping in touch with you in the future and can be reached by e-mail at
See you on the course,
Hollow Creek Assistant Superintendent
The Reserve Club
3000 Reserve Club Drive
Aiken, SC 29803