ODYSSEY: The Journey
By definition, the term odyssey means “a long wandering” or a “series of travels.: That was precisely what former SPCC Board Member Allan Miller had in mind when he helped launch this Club function in 2003. Based upon a similar program series at a club in Harbour Ridge, Florida, SPCC’s version offered four enormously diverse and successful programs in its first year: one each on sports, music, antiques and collectibles, and medicine. The Committee’s goal of providing an admittedly “wandering” but still stimulating educational odyssey was pretty rewarding.
The newest of the Club events, this one has proved to be most successful. Enjoy an evening of friendly competition as your team head to head against the others in this challenging team play event. Salad, dinner, and dessert are served during the course of the game. Prizes are awarded to our winning teams.
Play for Pink
The members of Sea Pines Country Club held their 9th annual Play for P.I.N.K fundraiser to raise money for breast cancer research with 226 golfers, 140 tennis players 74 bridge players and 21 fitness members participating in the event. Several of the activities planned to create awareness and generate contributions, included: A bridge tournament, a tennis tournament, a golf tournament, fitness activities, a Play for P.I.N.K cocktail party and silent auction. Since 2003 the Club members have raised over $275,000, all of which is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Approximately 200 members participated in this year’s activities.
Tee It Up For The Troops
The Third Annual Tee It Up For The Troops event was held on September 7,2012. Sixty members sponsored sixty troops from Parris Island and the Beaufort Air Station for a great day of golf followed by dinner. Tee it up for the Troops, Inc. was created in 2005 to help support the fallen and disabled members of our Armed Forces, and their families. The NATIONAL DAY OF GOLF was subsequently formed and has since produced numerous golf outings throughout the country where the proceeds benefit veterans of all branches and conflicts. Thank you to all of our volunteers that worked so hard to make this day special for our guests. Through donations and hole sponsorships from the members, we were able to raise $10.000 to send to the foundation.
Program Sea Pines Country Club was recently honored as a recipient of an Award of Distinction from the International Wine Society of the Club Managers Association of America for 2011. The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is a professional Association of managers in private clubs in the United States and Canada with over 7,000 members in over 3,000 private clubs.
This is the third consecutive year that Sea Pines has received this prestigious award. The Club received an Award of Merit in 2008. The award is presented in recognition of efforts by Sea Pines Country Club’s staff, management and committee members to foster the enjoyment of fine wines through a variety of programs and marketing strategies. Recipients of the award are judged on the following criteria: Wine Selections; Wine Pricing & Sales; Wine Programs, Staffing & Administration.
The award is the culmination of the efforts of the Club’s Food & Beverage Team led by Jerry Vaughan, Clubhouse Manager and Robert Parody, Director of Food and Beverage Service, the Sea Pines Country Club staff and the Club’s Wine Committee. Robert Parody has spearheaded efforts to elevate the quality of the Club’s wine list, to increase wine sales, advance staff knowledge about wines and to provide informative, enjoyable programs that show case the Club’s outstanding food and wine products. Robert will receive the award on behalf of the Club at the 84th CMAA World Conference and Club Business Expo in Orlando Florida in February. The Club offers several wine specific programs each year for the enjoyment of Sea Pines members and their guests.
Sea Pines Country Club has served as the host venue for the Hilton Head Island Hospitality Association Winefest Grand Wine Tasting for many years and has played an active role in the community to foster greater enjoyment and understanding of fine wines.
The Commemorative Committee was established in 2003 to develop, implement, and govern a program whereby members could commemorate family and friends through gift-giving at the Club. The Board of Directors recognized both a need to accommodate members' requests to make these memorial donations and an opportunity to enhance the overall club experience for everyone by providing items that would fill lasting needs at the Club.
Over the past years Club members have remembered and/or honored family and friends with gifts to the Commemorative program. These gifts have varied from artwork in the Clubhouse to extensive landscaping on the golf course. The Commemorative Committee is extending this program in recognition of special events - for example, a personal accomplishment or family celebration. The committee currently has a book on display in the Clubhouse listing all the gifts made and in whose memory or honor they were given, to ensure a lasting record.