Happy National Beach Day

National Beach Day_8.30.17Living on an island, it’s only appropriate to recognize National Beach Day (recognized annually on August 30)

National Beach Day was established in 2014 by Colleen Paige, one of America’s leading pet and family lifestyle experts. It was created to celebrate all things ‘BEACH’ – from family and friends to food, in addition to encouraging beach cleanup, and bringing awareness to the lives of sea birds and ocean mammals.

What’s the best way to celebrate?? Get out on the beach! Enjoy the sun in your face, sand between your toes and ocean air. And while you’re walking, be sure to pick up any trash in your path!

Why Hilton Head Island? The accolades speak for themselves…

 

‘Wexford Foundation Day’ at The Market

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Today, the Village at Wexford celebrated its grand opening of The Market! The Market will run every Wednesday from 11 am – 4 pm through August 30th. Lowcountry talent and entertainment will change weekly.

On May 31st, as a joint cooperation with the Wexford Charitable Foundation (supported by ETC), Java Burrito and Louette have agreed they will contribute a portion of their sales directly to the foundation. Hop on your golf cart, ride your bike or walk on over to the Village at Wexford next week and SUPPORT LOCAL!

For more information about the Wexford Charitable Foundation, visit www.WexfordFoundation.com

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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Love of Tennis

Tennis aerialWhile most know Wexford for our inland harbour and Arnold Palmer Signature Course, many do not realize what an active Tennis Community we have!…Did you know that last year Wexford received one of only twelve USTA Outstanding Tennis Facility Awards?!

We are extremely active in all USTA events – Combo Mixed Doubles, Combo Men’s and Ladies’ Doubles, Junior Team Tennis, Flex Leagues and USTA sanctioned tournaments.  This weekend (June 12th-14th), we will host the 5th annual Wexford/Long Cove Open, which is a USTA sanctioned South Carolina Level 3 Junior Tournament.  Later this year (in September), we will host the Wexford/Sea Pines Country Club Doubles Championship.

In addition to our USTA activity, we also have a full club calendar of events.  Our weekly schedule includes 2.5 Ladies’ Doubles Clinic, 3.0 Ladies’ Doubles Clinic, 3.5 Ladies’ Doubles Clinic, Cardio Tennis, Power Hour and monthly clinics.  Each month we also host one to two member events; some examples of those events include the Annual Pro Am, Wimbledon at Wexford, Ladies Member Guest, themed round robins and tennis socials with other clubs.

Aside from all the events Wexford Tennis has to offer, its grown to be a favorite pastime activity for many families. One Wexford member states, As a family, we have become involved with the Tennis Center. We are able to hit the ball around as a family and on USTA league teams. My youngest son has now decided that tennis is going to be his sport of choice!”

If you’re interested in getting out on the courts, contact Patrick Mason, Director of Tennis, or Mike Pollard, Head Tennis Professional, at (843) 686-8816!

 

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Harbourmaster Help – How Do I Buy a Boat?

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Mark Dryden, Harbourmaster

There’s recently been an increased interest in boating.
A few people who have never owned a boat are contemplating it, and some are thinking it may be time to get one again. (i.e. it’s been long enough that they only remember the good times.)

The very first thing to do is visit other people with boats; the one thing you can almost always count on is, that if you ask a question about someone’s boat, they will answer you in great detail. If you ask to go out on the boat, you will almost always be invited.  Particularly if you say you are thinking of buying something similar. (Everyone thinks they have the perfect boat!) Okay- you are now on the boat, what are you looking at? Look at the equipment, electronics, entertainment, lines, life jackets, fire extinguishers, etc. All this stuff can be aboard your new boat and it all costs extra, so decide what you need, what you would like and what you dream about.  Also, look at the equipment the owner of the boat actually uses.

Hold on, I’m getting ahead of myself, first question, what do you want to use the boat for?

Fishing, water sports, slowly drifting along while admiring the sunset/rise, do you want get to places or are you more interested in the journey? Do you like loud music, lots of technology or are you more of a Luddite? Do you want lots of company or none? The choices are endless. Think carefully here as this is a very important part of the buying decision and will dictate, size, cruising range, level of sophistication, deck layout, cabin layout, size of engines, level of amenities, “what – you can’t live without an icemaker!”  There are a lot of these types of questions; however once you have answered them, the buying process is a lot less confusing.

So you have the above under control, what’s next? Start looking at boats for sale online, or get a recommendation for a broker or a dealer. (These two areas will give you an idea of the price point for your boat.) If you are buying a previously loved boat, never look online by manufacturer, always look at price point and then at the equipment you want on board. Limit the search as you settle on the types of boats you think will suit your purposes. Then look at the owner forums for your boat. These will give you an idea of what trouble spots to look for when you get aboard, and in the case of a new vessel- what to expect as the boat ages. If possible, try to look at one vessel that is at the top of your price point. This gives you something to compare when searching for your boat.

Next, let’s talk about first impressions. Take note of the boat exterior. If searching online, examine the photos, if the exterior/interior is shabby or untidy in pictures, the rest of the boat will match. (Poor maintenance means more cost to you when you have to put things right.) The rest of this is just like buying a car – except for one thing if buying used; always have a marine surveyor look at the boat you settle on. Why? Because he will see things you will not, I know because it happened to me. The $600-800 expense is well worth it. Next very important rule – if you are buying an older boat, always have it hauled to inspect the hull and underwater gear. It may be pretty on top but he could have hit a rock or some other, below the water line obstacle. This will eliminate surprises; no one likes surprises when it comes to second hand boats.

So now you have the basics of how to buy a boat. If buying a previously loved boat, it also helps to have a good broker working with you. They take care of the paperwork side of things so nothing gets missed. (It is embarrassing when an officer of the bank turns up to seize the boat because it hasn’t been paid off.) They also help to pave the way with the previous owner and act as a buffer during the delicate dance of bargaining the final price.

The above points are really very basic. If you want more information, there are many detailed procedures online that you can make use of. My best advice though is look at the owner forums of boats you may be interested in. They have an abundance of expensive experience you can use free of charge. Finally you can use me as a resource; I can be a good listener.

Have a question for Mark? Email harbourmaster@wexfordplantation.com.

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Best for Boating – LINKS Premier Property Guide

LINKS magazine recently published their 2015 Premier Property Guide, profiling over 300 of America’s best golf and resort communities. This comprehensive and authoritative guide categorized clubs from South Florida to Montana and from Hawaii to North Carolina in 13 different categories.

We are pleased to announce that Wexford Plantation is recognized as “Best for Boating” by LINKS experts.

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Hilton Head Monthly: Plantation Living Feature

Have you seen the September issue of Hilton Head Monthly?  If not, be sure to pick up a copy TODAY – and flip to page 63!  The article features all Wexford Plantation’s amenities, as well as highlights our recent Golfweek & USTA accolades.

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‘Members Making News’ Monday

Wexford Plantation hosted their 15th Annual Pro Am Extravaganza on Thursday, May 15th through Saturday, May 17th.  The three-day tennis event raised over $3,500 through silent auction funds and tournament entry fees, which were donated to this year’s charity, Family Promise of Beaufort County.  The three-day event included a Silent Auction, Charity Round Robin tournament and the Wexford Pro Am, which allowed members to play with local Pros on the Island.

Pictured: Andi Purple (left) and Elliott Brown, Executive Director of Family Promise of Beaufort County (right)

Pictured: Andi Purple (left) and Elliott Brown, Executive Director of Family Promise of Beaufort County (right)

On Saturday, May 17th, Elliott Brown, Family Promise of Beaufort County Executive Director, spoke to the tournament players, offering background on the services Family Promise provides and thanking them for their contributions.  Brown stated, “Wexford Plantation is a very generous community and we are very grateful to be the beneficiary of this tournament.”

Check out the mention included in the Island Packet on June 4th. 

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Inside Look at Wexford Club Life

Ever wonder what Club life is like here in Wexford – what events & activities go on??
We’ve got it all – from family events to boating events to golf and tennis events- and even croquet!  Here’s a look at what activities are offered to Wexford members in April…

Commodore Dock Party – April 1stharbour center
Now that Spring has finally sprung – our monthly dock parties are BACK!  Wexford welcomes our Members to bring an appetizer and a drink of their choice for this fun social event on the docks!

Men’s & Women’s Spring Invitational – April 4th & 5thSpring Invitational
This 2-day golf tournament is a 9-hole match play round robin. Friday includes the 1st match followed by cocktails and our “Land & Sea” themed dinner at the Club.  Saturday includes the 2nd, 3rd and 4th match – and the Champion shootout!

Ladies Golf Boot Camp – April 8th & 9th WWGA boot camp
Wexford Golf welcomes all Wexford ladies for this 2-day event hosted by Wexford’s Director of Golf, Scott Hunter, and Head Golf Professional, Casey Jones. The 2-day boot camp includes personalized instruction on all of golf’s major skill sets, including putting, chipping, iron play and driving.  In addition, there is a comprehensive course management session where the ladies will tour the Wexford course with the professionals, learning strategy of play, shot positioning and the art of planning ahead one or two shots.

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Wexford ladies – Don your best Derby attire for this year’s annual running of the Ladies Member Guest – Wexford Filly’s Derby Day: The Run for the Roses! The event will include two flights – 6.5 combo and below and 7.0 combo and above, in a round robin format.  Prizes for Win, Place and Show in each flight! Best partner’s themed outfit and best chapeau will also be recognized!!  A delicious luncheon with Traditional Derby Fare will follow.

Heritage Grill Nights – April 17th – 19th Dining1
In true Heritage tradition – Wexford Heritage Grill Night is back with a twist: we are offering Heritage Grill Night Thursday through Saturday! The à la carte menu will showcase prime filet mignon, prime ribeye steak, New Zealand lamb, prime NY strip, Chilean sea bass, jumbo crab cakes, Berkshire pork chops and more! There will be wine and drink specials of course!

Complimentary Tennis Clinics – April 4th & 18th  tennis clinic
Wexford is hosting two complimentary clinics for their members in the month of April for new, interested players OR returning players. Here’s your chance to dip your toes into the sport OR dust off your racquets!  We hope to see you on the courts!

Spring Carnival & Easter Egg Hunt – April 19thEaster Egg Hunt
We welcome all Wexford families for fun-filled Saturday morning! Not only will the Easter Bunny will be here – but we’ll have bounce houses, carnival games, cotton candy, music and prizes galore!

Spring Carnival BBQ Buffet – April 19th BBQ
Members are invited to pop up to the pool for a Wex-a-que after the Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Carnival activities at the playground. The cookout buffet will include fresh fruit, all sorts of salads, burgers, hotdogs, fried chicken tenders, fries, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans and more! We’ll have chocolate and strawberry ice creams plus a tower of brownies!!! You’re in for another treat – Hannah Wicklund of the Steppin’ Stones will be strummin’ and singin’!

Easter Sunday Professional Family Portraits – April 20th2nd annual prof photos
What a turn out last year with over 20 member families who participated in Wexford’s first professional photography shoot on Easter Sunday. Join Memory Lane Portraits once again this year to capture your family dressed in their Sunday best with the harbour as your backdrop – the convenience of taking portraits has never been easier!

Grand Easter Brunch Buffet – April 20th
Easter at Wexford’s Clubhouse is a true celebration! Join us for fabulous fare and meet one famous hare as the Easter Bunny always visits the Club. The grand buffet gives our culinary eggs-perts every eggs-cuse to pull out all the stops! A tisket, a tasket, a croissant-cinnamon roll-cornbread basket, lobster bisque, salads galore, a tremendous raw bar, carving stations of triple smoked ham, leg of lamb and roast beef and egg-stravagant brunch delights. And for peep’s sake – there will be carrot cake, of course, along with key lime pie, banana pudding, an ice cream bar and more!

Tennis Social at Palmetto Bluff – April 25th Tennis mens
Join your fellow tennis-playing neighbors as we take the Wexford boat over to Palmetto Bluff for some friendly competition on the courts!

Nine & Dine – April 25th Sunday Couples
Nine holes on the course followed by an amazing dinner at the Club – a perfect end to the week fore sure!

Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony & Dinner – April 26thblessing of the fleet final
Meet US Coast Guard Sector Charleston Commander, Captain Rodriguez, and USCG Chaplin, Captain Driskell, as they help us Bless our Fleet.  Hilton Head High School’s JROTC Color Guard, Drill Team and Choir will also be here to help us celebrate! After the blessing, Members are invited to join us after for a celebratory dinner at the Club. The menu manifesto includes passed hors d’oeuvres, a sea of soup and salad stations, a carving station of shoulder tenderloin of beef, grilled mahi mahi, shrimp pasta and more! We’ll save the best for mast – key lime pie, strawberry shortcake and more sweets to put you overboard!

Croquet Social – April 27th Croquet Tournament
Members are invited to join their friends and neighbors on the croquet lawn for Wexford’s monthly croquet social! We’ll play some fast-paced 20 minute games of golf croquet, which is an easy game that anyone can play – no experience required!

Wine & Wickets – April 27th
After the Croquet Social, Members are welcome to stay on the lawn for a complimentary wine & cheese tasting!  Be swept away to the vineyard of Dehesa de los Llanos as we enjoy their fine wines and their award-winning Manchego cheese! Their cheese won the World Cheese Award after competing with over 2,700 cheeses from around the world, winning over the hearts of 255 judges! Their wines are impressive, too, and we invite you to taste them with Ana, one of the winemakers.

You might be thinking – what about the rest of the days of the month?!
In addition to our special events, Wexford offers a variety of weekly activities including: Discussion Group, Water Aerobics (2x per week), Ladies Bridge and Traditional Happy Hour, as well as Tennis and Golf Clinics and Play.

Click on the April Calendar below for a complete listing of events.April 2014 calendar

If you have questions about what Wexford has to offer or want learn more about our Club life, contact Sarah Smith, Director of Member Services at memberservices@wexfordplantation.com.

‘Members Making News’ Monday

Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundations Donates Over $80,000 to Local Charities 

Last month, on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 the Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation hosted their second annual Grant Awards Luncheon at the Wexford Clubhouse at 11:30 am, sponsored by South Carolina Bank and Trust.  The Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation granted $80,073 to fourteen local charities.

The Boys & Girls Club was awarded $6,000.  The Children’s Center was awarded $3,000.  The Children’s Relief Fund was awarded $6,000.  Family Promise was awarded $9,000.  Grateful Hearts Soup Kitchen was awarded $2,000.  Hope Haven was awarded $4,000.  Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry was awarded $7,000.  Meals on Wheels was awarded $6,653.  Memory Matters was awarded $8,000.  Neighborhood Outreach Connection was awarded $7,500.  Sandalwood Food Pantry was awarded $5,000.  Second Helpings was awarded $5,000.  Volunteers in Medicine was awarded $4,920.  Wish Upon a Horse was awarded $6,000.

According to the Chairman of the Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation, Jim Hicks, “The success of the Wexford Foundation is a reflection of the compassionate nature of the Members of the Wexford Community.  The engagement of our Members allows the Foundation to support partner charities that make a real difference on Hilton Head Island.  These charities all enable the success of their clients.  We are pleased to be a part of such a powerful relationship.”

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Event announcements can be viewed in the following:
The Island Packet (Feb. 13, 2014)
Hilton Head Monthly (March 2014), page 145

 About Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation

The Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation was established in 2012 to support charities providing humanitarian services to residents of Beaufort County with a focus on the needs of Hilton Head Island residents.  The Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) approved charitable organization governed by a Board of Trustees and funded by committees such as Grants and Events.