Members who have been waiting since prior to takeover by our group at RDP were downright “giddy” while preparing to play this fantastic golf course again. Their excitement and anticipation were met with satisfaction and joy as they finished their rounds and booked tee times for this weekend. I also realized early on that many players in Beaufort were waiting to see and hear the results of our efforts to restore this George Cobb design and they too have come out of the woodwork to gather more information over the past week.
I’m so proud that, by all reports, the “sneak peek” was an overwhelming success. This is a huge testament to the skill of our agronomy team and the original architects of the course. The original designs that Mr. John LaFoy planned for the putting surfaces in the early 80’s are back in place today and already making players re-think their strategies for scoring at Cat Island Club. The fairways and tees are coming out of their winter dormancy every day and are starting to fill in as planned. Each day, the vision of the golf course becomes more clear. It’s truly exciting to watch the transformation right before our eyes.
We will host a second weekend of sneak peek tomorrow and Sunday. Next weekend, we will increase the number of days to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. As April turns to May, we’ll continue to add days and availability to the golf course as we get closer and closer to Memorial Day weekend, when we will host our golf course Grand Opening.
This weekend is also the opening of the spectacular swimming pools at Cat Island Club. Currently, our Cabana Bar is open for Happy Hours and dinner service Thursdays through Sundays from 4-7PM. These hours will also be expanding as additional staff come on board and the weather continues to warm. So, members, come over to the pool and get a jump start on your summer tan! The water is warming up rapidly.
Our new Executive Chef, Lucas Cheek, will be on board next week. While we are awaiting our kitchen equipment at the clubhouse, Chef Lucas will be showcasing his talents on the grill at the Cabana Bar. Many fun and exciting events are also in the works! We’re so pleased and excited to have Lucas on our team and we know that our members will enjoy his talents and offerings from the very start.
With all of this talk about members playing golf, enjoying the pool and the future events for Cat Island Club…how does this relate to you? Well, it’s pretty simple, we want to build this club with members just like you! We want to have a membership that enjoys the times in and around the club with other members who are looking for exactly the same thing. That thing being a warm and comfortable environment where you can come for dinner and know that it’s going to be great. There’s no need to worry about parking, long lines at the door and most importantly, “everyone knows your name!” That’s what membership is all about. If wine is your thing, we have a beautifully appointed wine room. This space will host special wine dinners and tastings. Alternatively, it serves as a private area for a family to gather around the table for a special memory. If you’re just looking for a quick bite, you’ll be able to stop at the bar, watch a game and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow members.
Our golf department will be organizing weekly competitions and major events for you to play. Our team is full of experienced professionals who will run top notch events and promote the game. They will make sure that you always have a game, and we’ll strive to make your game better through lessons and clinics on our spacious practice range. We want you to enjoy the golf course and your game; we’re devoted to ensuring that those elements are indeed successful.
We also realize that it is tax season and we don’t want you to have to wait to become a member. As I’ve mentioned in this article previously, our one-time Initiation Fees will continue to increase as members continue to join our club. So today, we are pleased to offer a special in-house financing plan on the Initiation Fees for Full Family Golf Memberships and Young Executive Golf Memberships. Don’t ever hesitate to contact me at either number listed below, send me an email or—even better—stop by and see the club for yourself. I would enjoy meeting you and sharing the vision of Cat Island Club!
If you join soon, you’ll also be invited to join your fellow members at the Cinco De Mayo party at the Cabana next month. These events are always a ton of fun with great entertainment, marvelous food and special beverages to celebrate the day in true Cat Island Club style! We’ll announce our full social calendar for May next week.
With warmest regards,