July/August Newsletter

Check out our latest July/August Newsletter.1

A few highlights from this month’s newsletter include:

  • Recent Accolades Announcements
  • Upcoming Clubhouse Events – including Kid’s Cooking Class with Chef: Fresh Pizza from the Garden, Napa vs. Sonoma Wine Dinner, Burgers & Brews and more!
  • Article from Harbourmaster, Mark Dryden, on the importance of eNavigation
  • Articles from our Greens & Grounds Department
  • So much more!!

 

Wexford Goes to Scotland, ‘Home of Golf’

Earlier this month our Director of Golf, Scott Hunter, and 11 Wexford members traveled across the country to Scotland for an unforgettable golf trip!  They  started in noretheast Scotland in the city of Inverness, where they played Nairn (ranked No. 11 in the list of ‘Top 100 Courses in Scotland 2015’ by Golf World Magazine), Royal Dornoch (ranked No. 5 in the world and No. 1 in Scotland by Golf Digest 2016) and Castle Stuart.  Later in the week they topped off their at Gullane and North Berwick.  It was truly a Golfer’s Dream Trip!!  Our Golf Staff is already planning next year’s international trip…

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June Newsletter

It’s Summertime!! Everywhere you turn, you see the Club bustling with activity – Children’s Summer Camps, Tennis Clinics, Paddle Boarding, Six Wicket Croquet and MORE!

2016 June CT CoverA few highlights from this month’s newsletter include:

  • Boating Communication Signals
  • Tips from your Golf & Tennis Pros
  • Town of Hilton Head LMO Change
  • Golf Cart Safety Rules
  • Realtor Golf & Tennis Recap
  • Upcoming event details – including Prime Rib Night, Father’s Day Brunch, Pub Night with Pops
  • Wexford Wellness Updates- including Paddleboard Yoga!
  • PLUS our 4th of July Weekend events and so much more!

Click here to view our June Club Times.

Big Break, Big Smash

breakBased on the Golf Channel’s hit show, The Big Break, our Wexford ladies proposed a similar competition, with a slight twistthe addition of tennis!

Scott Hunter, Wexford’s Director of Golf, and Patrick Mason, Wexford’s Director of Tennis, came together and set up a series of golf and tennis drills and put the ladies of Wexford to the test in our very own Big Break, Big Smash event.  26 ladies, consisting of both golfers and tennis players, came out for the event. The day was filled with athletic drills, competitive spirit and most important, fun and laughter – both on the course and courts!

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March Madness

Can you believe it’s already the end of the month?!  With the warm spring weather, new activities/events and holidays, the Club has been bustling with excitement – so it’s no surprise March came and went in the blink of an eye!  Today we’re recognizing #ThrowbackThursday, and taking a look at all Wexford had to offer in the month of March.

Holiday Celebrations // 
St. Patrick’s Day: St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in style in the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade!  Wexford teamed up with The First Tee of the Lowcountry to decorate a joint float. The day was filled with fun by adults and children alike!  Following the parade, Wexford hosted its annual St. Patrick’s Pub Night at the Clubhouse – with some traditional Irish favorites!
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Easter Weekend: We kicked off the holiday weekend with a Good Friday Fish dinner. The next morning we had our annual Easter Spring Carnival – which included bounce houses, sand art, corn hole, jenga, hula hoops, face painting – and an egg-stra special visit from the Easter Bunny!  Following the Spring Carnival, we had family BBQ cookout.  Then Sunday morning, we had the grand finale of festivities (drum roll please…), Easter Brunch, serving more than 300 members and their family.
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Other Clubhouse Events last Month //
Downton Abbey High Tea: Our ladies dressed to impress, as we said farewell to Downton Abbey. Our High Tea included traditional favorites such as tea sandwiches, strawberries and cream, cookies and Harney & Son’s Tea.
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Guest Bartender Night: Two lucky members threw their hat in the running for a chance to join Kenrick behind the bar!  It was a spirited night for sure!!
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Other dining events included Tuscan Symphony Under the Stars and Benvenuti Wexford Ristorante Italian Night.

Our special events didn’t stop at the Clubhouse!  We had a Cruising Seminar presentation at the Harbour Center, as well as our first Docktails of the year!  Golf hosted a number of events including the Carolina’s PGA RBC/Head Pro Championship, WWGA Spring Opener, Men’s Interclub, Ladies Team Matches, a variety of clinics and a JoFit Trunk Show.  The Tennis Center hosted their Mixed Doubles Championship and Croquet had national teaching professional, Bob Kroeger, onsite for instruction.
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South Carolina’s Top 50 Golf Courses for 2016

sc-golf-panelWexford jumped into South Carolina’s Top 50 Golf Courses for 2016, selected by the SC Golf Course Ratings Panel!

According to Michael Whitaker, the SC Golf Course Rating Panel association’s executive director, “As always, there are so many outstanding golf courses in South Carolina that you’re really splitting hairs.”

The panel is composed of 125 golf enthusiasts from throughout the state and represents a diverse range of occupations, handicaps and backgrounds. The organization’s objective is to promote excellence in the state’s golf course design and operations through the competitive rankings, education and public advocacy.

Judging criteria include routing, variety, strategy, equity, memorability, aesthetics and experience. The best courses, public or private, are selected in even-numbered years, and the best public courses are ranked in odd-numbered years.

To view the full release, visit http://www.scgolfpanel.org/Rankings/50Best2016-PressRelease.htm.

Wexford Intercollegiate

Wexford Plantation hosted the 11th annual Wexford Intercollegiate Tournament on Sunday, February 21st through Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016. The three-day tournament began with a Collegiate Pro Am (Sunday) followed by 36-Holes (over Monday and Tuesday).

Participating schools included Francis Marion, Akron University, Austin Peay State, Belmont University, Campbell University, Depaul University, Cleveland State, Gardner-Webb University, Oakland University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, University of Dayton, University of Louisville, University of South Carolina- Aiken, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Western Carolina University and Wofford College.

Congratulations to Campbell University for taking home the win with a final score of 847.  Congratulations to first place individual finisher, Andrew Novak (Wofford College), with a final score of 203, and second place individual finisher, Johnson Holliday (S. Carolina – Aitken), with a final score of 205.

According to Scott Hunter, Wexford’s Director of Golf, “It was a great three days of golf.  Three players tied for the course record low of 66, and we had the lowest team score for this tournament to date.  Great weather and great golf – there’s really not much more you could ask for.”

Team Results
Player Results

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Congratulations to Ron Ruzic/Ed Marcella and Radford College for winning the Pro Am on Sunday, Feb. 21st!

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Andrew Novak (Wofford College)

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Johnson Holliday (S. Carolina – Aitken)

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Valentine’s at the Club

With Valentine’s just few days away, we thought it was only appropriate to remind our members about our upcoming Valentine-themed events! From Tennis to Golf to the grand finale (drum roll…) Dinner, we’re counting down the days- and the ways- for you to experience Valentine’s at Wexford!

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Friday, February 12th from 4-6 pm (tomorrow!!)
Bring your date for a romantic evening on the courts. We’ll play a fun-filled round robin with the format to keep the same partner. This is a complimentary round robin so come on out and ‘score’ some love!

Valentine’s Cup
Saturday, February 13th, 12:30 pm Shotgun
Join us for a 2-person (husband & wife), 9-hole scramble! Following play, we’ll meet up in the Clubhouse!

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Sunday, Feb. 14th from 6 – 8 pm
Celebrate the BIG Day at the Club with fantastic music provided by a fabulous duo. You’ll enjoy a special Valentine’s a la carte menu with shareable items and delectable choices, in addition to our classic pub-style offerings. This special menu includes a Tomahawk Ribeye for two, Lobster and Filet Mignon, Cupid’s Oysters on the half shell, Baked Oysters, Foie Gras, Baked Lobster Bisque in Puff Pastry Crust and more. The culinary team will also have an a la carte dessert menu preparing classic Cherries Jubilee and New Orleans Dark Rum Bananas Foster and a Special Chocolate Dessert for 2. We’ll also offer a variety of Champagne and wine specials!

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Reservations for all events are endorsed by Cupid!

We’ll see you around the Club – Happy Valentine’s Weekend!!

Golf Magazine: Real-Estate Series

Golf Magazine recently published an article, Three Homes, Three Budgets – featuring three homes for sale, at differing prices, on Hilton Head Island.

As you may expect, one of the homes highlighted is behind the gates of Wexford Plantation.

Click here to view the full article.

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Pro’s Tip- Stop Hitting Yourself

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Head Golf Professional, Casey Jones

Ever pay attention to how much you use your wrist while chipping?  One of the most common flaws in chipping, putting and even full swing is the overuse of your wrist in the impact zone.

Test yourself: take an alignment stick from the driving range and stick it into the butt end of a sand wedge, allowing about two feet of the stick to hang out. Now, starting with the stick against your left side, take a few small swings. If the stick hits you in the left side during the follow-through, your wrist is being too active (a flaw that is very common and leads to short-game misery). Make sure the left wrist remains rigid as the clubface passes through the impact zone. Practicing this drill will force you to keep your hands/upper body moving through the impact zone and produce better contact and consistency.

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