Twenty-nine club management professionals have achieved the CCM designation after completing the required course of study and training and demonstrating a dedication to proficiency and expertise in club management.
Improvements made over the summer to the Winston-Salem, N.C. club’s Donald Ross-designed course included new Champion ultradwarf Bermuda putting surfaces, whiter sand in bunkers with improved drainage, and a new short-game area with a long, undulating practice green, two bunkers and two generous chipping areas. Tree removal was also done throughout the course. The…
James Patterson of Sedgefield CC and Cody Middleton of Forsyth CC have advanced along with nine other chefs to compete on June 25 in the next stage of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association’s third annual event. The chefs will need to prepare high-end plated food and will be judged on presentation, taste and…
McConnell Golf, which purchased the Charlotte, N.C. club in 2016, will present plans to the membership on January 11th. The course project will focus on bunkers, irrigation, transitioning greens to Champion Bermuda and creating new, dramatic looks from the fairways, In the clubhouse, dining areas will be improved, with the bar expanded and relocated to a larger back room.
Club chefs are enhancing this classic cooking technique by introducing global flavors, more complex techniques and non-traditional cuts. Traditional barbecue will always have a place in clubs—especially in the summer. But as adventurous chefs introduce global flavors and dishes and employ more complex cooking techniques, barbecue is becoming increasingly more interesting. At Tulsa (Okla.) Country…
Led by Executive Chef James R. Patterson III, the three-person team from the Greensboro, N.C., club finished second in the interactive culinary competition held across the Carolinas throughout the year. Guests and culinary professional judges voted on the winners without knowing whose food they tasted.
In anticipation of hosting next year’s PGA Championship, the Charlotte, N.C., club began a 12-week renovation process, installing Champion Ultradwarf Bermudagrass, adding three new holes, overhauling fairways, reshaping greens, and adding areas for grandstands and spectators.
James R. Patterson III, originally from Wilmington, N.C., became Executive Chef of Sedgefield Country Club, a McConnell Golf property in Greensboro, N.C., in March 2014. Patterson has been with McConnell for more than ten years and his dishes feature local ingredients prepared with an upscale Southern flair. Before joining McConnell, Patterson’s resume featured restaurant experience…
The 27-hole public facility is the second-oldest course in the Raleigh, N.C. area and becomes the first non-private operation in McConnell’s portfolio. Creation of a McConnell Golf Training Center is planned as part of the 10-year lease arrangement.
The purchase of the 27-year-old private club in Charlotte, N.C. brings the Raleigh, N.C.-based ownership company’s total portfolio to 12 properties in the Carolinas and Tennessee. McConnell says it plans $4 million in improvements at Providence, including new fitness and activity areas and upgrades to the clubhouse and golf course.
The 89-year-old club in Knoxville, Tenn., is the first property that the management firm will operate outside of the Carolinas, and the fourth in its 11-club portfolio with a Donald Ross-designed golf course.
McConnell Golf alone plans to spend close to $250,000 to repair damage at its 11 facilities. Bryan Park Golf Course, a public facility in Greensboro, N.C., was among the worst hit, and lost about 30 acres of turf across its two 18-hole layouts.
ES2 Services, which has declared bankruptcy, began managing the now-closed Greensboro, N.C., club under the name Proehlific Club at Forest Oaks in March 2013. The owner of Isabella’s Grill at Forest Oaks, a restaurant that opened at the club last year, found the establishment’s doors chained and locks changed over night.
Pat McCrory told a crowd of more than 1,000 golf professionals at the Annual Meeting of Carolinas PGA that “We have the best ‘Golf Trail’ in the nation, maybe in the world right here in North Carolina.” His administration plans to use the 2014 Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens being played in Pinehurst as a “major jumping-off point” to promote business, travel, and tourism in the state.
Christine R. Pooler, General Manager of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., and Terra S.H. Waldron, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Desert Highlands Association in Scottsdale, Ariz., were elected as directors for the National Club Association at its semi-annual board meeting. Pooler has 17 years of experience in the club industry while Waldron has more than 29 years of experience in the private club industry.