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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Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation Holds 3rd Annual Grants Award Luncheon

Your Wexford Foundation recently awarded $85,630 in grants to 14 local charities, representing our continued support of the Health, Housing, Hunger and Educational needs of the Lowcountry.  Thanks to the support of our members, in just three short years we have awarded nearly one quarter of a million dollars.

2015 Grants Luncheon

Wexford Foundation Charities:
Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry, The Children’s Center, Children’s Relief Fund, Family Promise of Beaufort County, Hilton Head Island Safe Harbor, Hope Haven, Low Country Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Meals on Wheels, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Neighborhood Outreach Connection, Programs for Exceptional People, Sandalwood Food Pantry, Second Helpings, Wish Upon a Horse

To learn more about the Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation, visit www.wexfordfoundation.com.

Wexford Launches Wellness Program

When you live in Hilton Head, why go to a gym when you can work out in a natural setting with an amazing backdrop almost year-round – and did we mention with the support of your friends & neighbors?

In recent years, activities offered by the Club (besides golf and tennis of course!) have included weekly water aerobics and sunrise salutation yoga, along with the occasional kayaking excursion – BUT this year, we’re kicking it up a notch!  In addition to those regular offerings, we are introducing our NEW Wexford Wellness Group.

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Wexford Wellness’ mission is to promote health through exercise, education and nutrition. Throughout the year we’ll explore different activities designed to promote health – from bike excursions to beach walks to healthy cooking demonstrations to guest speakers and more!  The goal of this group is to create a positive, supportive atmosphere, while offering a variety of activities and educational programs.

One of the key factors of success of this group is that it’s not only a Club-driven initiative, but also a Member-driven effort.  With a core group already interested and established, the possibilities are endless!

The inaugural meeting and luncheon will be held Friday, February 27th – contact Sarah Smith at (843) 686-8810 to learn more and sign up today.  We look forward to launching this wonderful new Wexford movement!

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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Wexford Members Making a Difference – Operation Morale Support

Every now and then, the accomplishments of our members are highlighted within the community.  Most recently, a dedicated group of volunteers, Marjie Gaynor, Arlene Fader and Cathie Forlenza, were featured in The Island Packet.

Packet 3What started out as a small group project to support our troops has grown to what is now known as “Operation Morale Support,” involving residents all over the area and even local stores.

The focus of the group is to provide care packages, including cards, basic toiletries, candies and snacks, for soldiers serving in Afghanistan and troops returning home to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

Click here to view the complete article.

Wexford members looking to get involved should contact Marjie Gaynor, Arlene Fader or Cathie Forlenz.

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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Star Spangled Celebration

As our BIGGEST event of the year, the 4th of July is truly a special time here at Wexford Plantation! It’s a day full of celebrations and activities for everyone in the family.

Depending on personal interests, the day may begin with our 4th of July Adult Round Robin Tournament or Children’s Fishing Tournament at the harbour.

Then once the early afternoon rolls around, our festivities really kick in high gear with our annual pre-parade party, parade and poolside cookout.

Over the years, as our membership continues to grow, so does our pre-parade party! Our 4th pre party 1pre-parade party features water slides, bounce houses, games, music and more. It’s a great time for children of all ages and families to come out, meet new neighbors and/or hang out with old friends. (Last year we welcomed around 100 children under the age of 16!) Plus – this is a great time for children and adults to decorate their bicycles and golf carts in preparation for our parade.

Our 21st Annual 4th of July Parade down Bridgetown and Wexford Club Drive begins at 4:30 pm. This is the largest in history led by a Hilton Head Fire Engine and Rescue vehicle. This is a time not only enjoyed by all those participating in the parade, but also for all members standing outside their homes spectating and cheering on the parade!

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Following the parade, the membership is invited poolside for an unforgettable summer 4th cookout 2cookout! We’ll have live entertainment provided by Whitley Deputy, along with a face-painter extraordinaire! The cookout will feature favorites such as BBQ pork, baby back ribs, burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken and more! Last year the Club served over 400 members and guests – and we expect no less this year! 😉

Interested in one of our favorite July 4th recipes? Enjoy a little red, white and blue from us to you – Red, White & Blue Sangria – Cheers!

Red, White and Blue Sangria  Red, white and blue lemonade

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple or White Peaches, cut into star shapes or thinly sliced
  • 2 bottles dry white wine
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup

Directions: Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours.

Wishing you & your family a safe and Happy 4th of July!

‘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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Hilton Head Island: Living in Paradise

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For those of us who live here in Hilton Head, we sometimes forget how lucky we are to live in such a highly sought-out destination. (Did you know Hilton Head has been recognized by Fodor’s Travel, TripAdvisor, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Fox News and more!)

As the largest barrier island off the Atlantic coast between Long Island and the Bahamas, Hilton Head is located just 40 miles north of Savannah, GA, and 90 miles south of Charleston, SC – making it an ideal location for exciting day trips (by car OR boat)!  The Island lies on the Intracoastal Waterway and encompasses 42 square miles of semitropical, Lowcountry geography, including unspoiled sea marshes, creeks and lagoons, heavily wooded forests of tall pines, palmettos, magnolias and live oaks, and 12 miles of broad Atlantic beach.

Warmed year-round by the Gulf Stream, the Island’s average daytime temperature is a mild 70°F (21°C). This weather is ideal for year-round outdoor activities including boating/water sports, fishing, golfing, playing tennis, biking and much more! The Lowcountry area has over 50 miles of biking and walking trails, 300 tennis courts and 8 marinas. In addition, there are 20+ golf courses on the Island, with 40 in the Lowcountry area.

The Island also boasts a flourishing cultural community of fine art, music and theatrical venues, as well as shopping and dining venues. Island offerings include performances at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. The Island also has more than 250 restaurants, representing a variety of tastes and more than 200 shops ranging from elegant boutiques to department stores.

In all – not only do we have the beach, boating activities, numerous golf courses and tennis courts, we also have an abundance of dining, social and cultural events – all within our backyard!

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For more information about Hilton Head Island, visit the official Hilton Head Island Chamber website.