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Sea Pines Country Club Aces 12th Annual Fundraiser

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2013 Award of Merit
Sea Pines Country Club Recipient of CMAA Award of Merit
The award was given in recognition of Sea Pines Country Club’s efforts 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 Manager, Robert Parody and the Sea Pines Country Club Wine Committee. Robert, the Committee and members of the Club’s staff has worked 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. The Club offers at least one wine specific program per month for the enjoyment of Sea Pines members and their guests.

-BLUFFTON TODAY-Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Open Membership Helping Turnaround for Hilton Head-Area Clubs
Allowing non-residents to join the area’s golf communities is now “more the rule than the exception” and a reason why rounds played in the South Carolina region inched upward last year for the first time in six years, local industry officials report.
The golf business that is a vital part of the economy for the Hilton Head, S.C. area took a big a hit during the recession as any market in the country, reports The State of Columbia, S.C., with rounds played in the region declining by about 20 percent between 2006 and 2011, according to the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, and several properties selling all or part of their land for residential or commercial redevelopment.
But last year, the number of rounds played began inching upward again, The State reported, and a noticeable trend in how clubs and golf communities are changing their business models to attract more non-resident play has led to new optimism that further gains can be made.
The golf course at Sea Pines Country Club on Hilton Head Isle, originally designed by Arnold Palmer and Frank Duane and renovated by local architect Clyde Johnston in 2001, had long been open only to the community’s residents, The State noted. But residents there recently voted to allow non-residents to be invited to join the club, making a change that had been considered for years, according to Chief Operating Officer Greg Clark.
“If you can increase your membership, it just stands to reason that you are going to see gains in revenue and improvement to the bottom line,” Clark said.
Changes in Hilton Head Island itself helped bring about the new membership rules, Clark added. As the island matured over the years, it became “more of a town than a series of developments” and it grew a sense of community that extended beyond plantation gates, he explained.
Opening the club’s membership to non-residents “goes hand in hand” with that evolution, Clark said.
In making the change, Sea Pines was following the lead of other clubs and adding to a trend that now sees open membership in the region as “more the rule than the exception,” according to Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Director of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines, The State reported.
Only a handful of clubs in the area, including Wexford Plantation and Long Cove Club on Hilton Head and Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, still restrict membership to property owners, The State noted.

2012 - TEE IT UP FOR THE TROOPS - September 7, 2012-Scramble Format
Our Third Annual Tee It Up For The Troops event was held on September 7, 2012. Sixty Sea Pines Club Members sponsored sixty troops from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island and the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort for a great day of golf followed by a late afternoon buffet. Sea Pines Country Club joined numerous other private and public golf courses across the nation in sponsoring a Tee it Up for the Troops charity event. Tee it up for the Troops, Inc is a non-profit organization created to help support and ease the burdens of the fallen and disabled members of our Armed Forces and their families. Military golfers received skill prizes and door prizes donated by local businesses, members and residents. Thank you to all committee members and volunteers who worked so hard to make this day special for our guests and for our Club members. All hole sponsorships, donations and proceeds above cost were sent to the National Organization. This year we raised close to $10,000.00. Well done!

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