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Shadow Wood Members Tee It Up For The Community


 

For many years, Shadow Wood Members have done so much to give back to the local community. The Coronavirus pandemic created many challenges for underprivileged families, families who are out of work, and a host of other families struggling to put food on the table. Local food banks have been hit hard over the past year and were unable to keep up with the demand to feed so many needy families.

With the move to the new roman numeral tee marker system across all three golf courses, the Golf Committee teamed up with the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation to present an exciting charitable opportunity for the members to purchase a logo tee marker to support local food banks.

50% of the donations were split between the Harry Chapin Food Bank & St. Matthews House, the other 50% supported the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation selected food banks.

Thanks to the generosity of Shadow Wood members, over $30,000 was raised as a result of the Tee it up for Community program!

According to the local food banks just $250 can feed 7 families of 4 people for one week. With the donations received through this initiative, Shadow Wood Members were able to feed 840 families of four for one week. What an incredible impact on our community!

Want to Learn More?

Click Here to Visit the St. Matthew's House Website
Click Here to Visit the Harry Chapin Food Bank Website
Click Here to Visit the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation Website

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Cooking Class with Chef Rich ~ Ep. 5: Easter Special


Since we cannot gather in-person for cooking classes, our Executive Chef, Richard Crisanti, has created a way for you to watch, learn, and hopefully use some of my recipes and cooking tips in your own home. 

With Easter right around the corner, we thought now would be the perfect time to share some of Chef's holiday recipes with you. In this fifth video of the series, you will learn how to make a Classic Potato Gratin, Roasted Cauliflower, and Hot Cross Buns.

Simply click on the video below to enjoy a short video presentation for tips and tricks. Then click here for a printable PDF version of all the recipes, including an extra recipe for Deviled Eggs with Maple Bourbon Candied Bacon!

Happy Easter!

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Cooking Class with Chef Rich ~ Ep. 4: St. Patrick’s Day Special

Since we cannot gather in-person for cooking classes, our Executive Chef, Richard Crisanti, has created a way for you to watch, learn, and hopefully use some of his recipes and cooking tips in your own home!

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, we thought now would be the perfect time to share some of Chef's favorite Irish recipes with you. In this fourth video of the series, you will learn how to make delicious Guinness Lamb Shanks, Colcannon, and Irish Soda Bread. 

Simply click on the video below to enjoy a short video presentation for tips and tricks. Then click here for a printable PDF version of all the recipes.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Cooking Class with Chef Rich ~ Ep. 3: Valentine's Special

Since we cannot gather in-person for cooking classes, our Executive Chef Rich Crisanti has created a way for you to watch, learn, and hopefully use some of his recipes and cooking tips in your own home!

With Valentine's Day coming up, we thought now would be the perfect time to share some of Chef's favorite 'special occasion' recipes with you. In this third video of the series, you will learn how to make delicious Individual Beef Wellingtons as well as an Herb Encrusted Rack of Lamb.

Simply click on the video below to enjoy a short video presentation for tips and tricks. Then click here for a printable PDF version of all the recipes.

Happy Valentine's Day! 

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Cooking Class with Chef Rich ~ Ep. 2: Healthier Choices

Since we cannot gather in-person for cooking classes, our Executive Chef Rich Crisanti has created a way for you to watch, learn, and hopefully use some of his recipes and cooking tips in your own home!

In the second video of the series, you will learn how to make Chef’s famous Mahogany Salmon as well as Soy-Glazed Edamame and Sole En Papillote.

Simply click on the video below to enjoy a short video presentation for tips and tricks. Then click here for a printable PDF version of all the recipes. 

Happy Cooking!

Shadow Wood App Experience

Our team is always looking to find new ways to make the Shadow Wood membership experience more enjoyable and user friendly. With technology always improving all around us, we are able to provide our Members numerous ways to access information and utilize the various online resources for the Club. On that note, we are excited to share the release of our new and improved Shadow Wood mobile app! In just the one day it has been live, we have received enormous amounts of positive feedback from our Members & they are thrilled to be able to access everything from their phones!


Here’s a look at some of our new features:
  • View & edit member profile
  • View account charges, statements, & make payments
  • View dining bill & pay at the table from your phone
  • View & register for upcoming dining and social events
  • View & search the member directory
  • Access Chelsea for golf, tennis, & bocce reservations
  • Access our "Ask the Club" page to ask our team questions
  • View our COVID-19 Update Center
 

If you are a Shadow Wood Country Club Member, don’t miss out! Download the app today to enhance your Club experience.

Cooking Class with Chef Rich ~ Ep. 1: Holiday Favorites

One of Executive Chef Richard Crisanti's favorite events at Shadow Wood is joining so many of you at the Club for his Cooking Classes. He loves sharing his passion with all of you! Since we cannot gather in-person for cooking classes, has created a way for you to watch, learn, and hopefully use some of his recipes and cooking tips in your own home.

We are thrilled to share with you the first of many instructional cooking videos! In this first video of the series, you will learn how to make our famous Shadow Wood Turkey as well as a Holiday Prime Rib Roast.

Simply click on the video below to enjoy a short video presentation for tips and tricks. Then click here for a printable PDF version of all the recipes.

Golf Pro's Favorite Holes

Shadow Wood Golf Pro's Favorite Holes!

With 54 holes of golf, Shadow Wood Country Club is truly a golfer's paradise! But having 54 holes presents one challenge... how do we pick a favorite?

I am often asked which is the "best" course, or what is our signature hole? Well, to be honest, it’s just too hard to choose! Each of the three Shadow Wood courses have different features and challenges which makes them each unique.

So, I decided to take the question to the pros! What surprised me the most after asking 9 of our golf professionals is that I heard 9 different answers! This is truly a testament that the game of golf is unique for all those who play it.

  • Brian Bartolec, PGA, General Manager/COO, South Course, Hole # 18, Par 5
  • Andy Scrivner, PGA, Asst. General Manager, North Course, Hole # 12, Par 5
  • Bryan McComb, PGA, Director of Golf, North Course, Hole #2, Par 4
  • Phil Pellerito, PGA, Preserve Club Manager, Preserve Course, Hole #6, Par 3
  • Nick Prunty, PGA, Head Golf Professional, North Course, Hole #7, Par 4
  • Chris Singiser, PGA, Assistant Gof Professional, North Course, Hole #5, Par 4
  • Tyler Polk, PGA, PGA Golf Professional, North Course, Hole #15, Par 4
  • Kastania Toomalatai Plesz, PGA, PGA Golf Professional, Preserve Course, Hole #14, Par 4
  • Eric Ruha, Director of Agronomy, Preserve Course, Hole #10, Par 4

If you want to know why our team of PGA professionals love these holes and learn some of their best pro tips for each, then read on below!

“My favorite hole is #18 South. This is a great finishing hole. There is a real risk reward factor to going for the green in two. It is always nice to have a gallery watching from the Sunset Terrace as you finish your round.”
 
“Hole # 12 on the North Course is a par-five and plays 603 yards from the Black Teeing Grounds. This is a terrific par-five in that each shot requires careful thought and offers some risk-reward consideration. With the natural preserve area fronting the entire left side of the hole and backdrop behind the green, this hole nicely marries SW Florida nature with the golfing experience. For the longer hitting players, starting your tee shot over the lake and towards the left half of the fairway provides the best opportunity to play aggressive into the green. After finding the left half of the fairway, focus your alignment on the front-right greenside bunker, and be aggressive with your swing to promote right-to-left spin on the shot. Successfully pulling off this second shot may result in your ball reaching the green and utilizing the contours to get close! If your second shot finishes safely in the fairway short of the green, remain focused on your next shot, as the slopes around this green make it uniquely difficult to recover from a wayward approach!”
“Standing on the tee on the North Course Hole #2 is nature at its best in Southwest Florida. The dogleg to the right shape of the hole, bordered by the full trees on the left, a lake on the right, with a nature preserve area behind the green, makes this one of the most visual appealing holes on the course. Once the beauty sets in, do not let the short Par 4 deceive you. For being a short Par 4, this hole has some teeth and can be very difficult if not played according to the design of the hole. To play this hole the best, it is recommended to play out to the left of the bunker and lake, trying to position your ball on the left side of the fairway, if possible. From the left side of the fairway you will have the best approach angle into the green. With bunkers guarding the front right and left side of the green, and a preserve area over the green, it is best to try to play to the middle of the green, regardless of the pin placement. If you were fortunate to hit a couple of well struck shots, this hole can setup a great birdie opportunity. However, the unfortunate missed shots can make this short hole very difficult. Between the beautiful aesthetics and fairness of the hole, this is one of the best holes on the North Course.”
"Hole #6 on the Preserve Course is one of the best Par 3’s in all of Southwest Florida. The natural surroundings, preserve area in front and all around the hole, along with significant difficulty really captures the essence of The Preserve. All players are first faced with a significant amount of carry over the preserve area in front of green. This hole is typically into the wind and provides a significant challenge in hitting the green let alone stopping your ball near the pin. The green has a good amount of slope and depending on the pin position and your ball placement, you will likely be faced with a challenging two putt opportunity. This hole is typically a turning point opportunity in your round, where a good score will keep your positive momentum going however a bad score could but a strain on your round. Playing smart on this hole is important and knowing when to be aggressive and safe is the key to playing this great Par 3.”
"My favorite hole is North #7. This beautiful dog leg left favors a slight draw and offers a good risk-reward strategy from the tee. Given the right conditions, players can cut the corner and carry over the water for a shorter approach in. The safest play from the tee is to hit a fairway wood or hybrid and aim straight down the middle at the fairway bunker. The more dangerous option is to play a slight draw and aim at the small bunker on the left side of the fairway, which will give you a much shorter approach in. Once safely on the fairway, players still have a tough approach shot ahead of them. The miss on the approach shot is short and right, as anything long of this green makes for a difficult up and down. Any shot safely to the middle of this green is a good approach and a good chance at birdie!"
"Hole #5 on the North Course is a long par-four playing 451 yards and is always into the wind. Consisting of a very daunting Tee Sheet over water to an elevated fairway that works towards the water. Standing on the Black Teeing Grounds provides one of the most scenic views when it comes to Southwest Florida Golf. For the long hitters it provides a risk and reward tee-shot with the bunker left and water right through the coquina. A miss left results in a very difficult blind shot from 180+ yards away with water right of the green. A solid swing to the bunker left is the ideal target to have the best opportunity on your approach shot into the green. After finding the left half of the fairway just short of the bunker your line will be at the left side of the green to allow the contour to move the ball towards the pin. If you are feeling aggressive and want to take the pin on, the tree short right and the water right comes into play and requires the perfect shot. Making par on this hole is crucial to gain some advantage on the rest of the field.”
"Preserve #14 is my favorite hole. It's a short par-four that demands an accurate tee shot. Standing at the tee box, you'll notice the Pines to the right and the preserve to the left, creating a visually tight landing area.
Choosing your club wisely is crucial because the landing zone is quite small. Precision is key with hazards and mounds on the right side and the preserve encroaching from the left. You'll find yourself in a perfect position if you can skillfully guide your tee shot to cut through the Preserve just enough. However, hitting the ball too far might land it in the water hazard, while veering too far to the right could result in being stuck in the hills or out of bounds.
The green is well-guarded by two bunkers and slopes significantly on both the right and left sides. A shot leaking toward the right will likely bounce toward the hazard or leave you in a challenging spot. On the other hand, if your shot slightly leaks to the left, there's a collection area that offers an easier recovery. This hole presents a delightful and quirky challenge, rewarding those who can execute a precise tee shot."
"The North Course's Hole #15 is a 431 yard Par 4 with water down the right side and bunkers on the left which requires a long and accurate tee shot. Missing left, right or short will make the approach much more difficult. The green is narrow front to back but wide left to right. Missing this green will almost certainly result in a bogey or worse, but hitting the green in regulation will leave a great look at birdie."
“This hole speaks the name Preserve in every aspect. From the early construction phase of having to re-locate gopher tortoises into the natural area to the right, to the wood line running completely around the perimeter, #10 is one of only a few holes that has no homes along the border. And for my golf game, that is safer for everyone. The original oaks that flank the landing area may not look that big from the tee, but when you challenge them if “threading the needle” you need to be very accurate as they soon tower over you. Setting up before the oaks is safe and will have you 160/140 into the green, but the more you gamble, the shorter wedges come into play. As you look upon the green complex, the backdrop is a very picturesque natural area that frames the area perfectly. As the sun sets in the West, the shadows cast along this fairway are spectacular.”


Which of Shadow Wood’s Courses and hole is your favorite?
Leave us a comment below and let us know!
 

Ladies Legacy Golf Invitational 2020 at Shadow Wood

We are excited to share our video from the 2020 Ladies Legacy Golf Invitational "The Evolution of Flight" which features some fun highlights from the 2 day premier Ladies’ Member-Guest tournament. Thank you to all 101 teams who joined us, including guests from all over the state and the nation. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a short flight aboard Shadow Wood Air!

Shadow Wood Country Club Brand Film

This season we partnered with our industry's premier video production company, Private Club Films to create a unique brand film to showcase our Club to those who haven't shared the Shadow Wood experience yet. They say that if a picture is worth a thousand words, then video is worth a million! With so many exciting things to highlight at Shadow Wood, from amenities, to activities, to the people, and the location, we decided to take that quote to heart. Please enjoy the Shadow Wood Brand Video!

Winter White Out Celebration 2020

We are excited to release the video from the 2020 Season Celebration White Out Party! It was a truly fantastic and memorable evening with over 650 members joining us to celebrate, complete with musicians, dancers, fireworks, and more! It’s always a fun time at Shadow Wood Country Club. Check out the video below!

Golf Season Kickoff 2019

This week, we kicked off our 2019-2020 Golf season with Ladies Opening Day on Tuesday and Men’s Opening Day on Thursday. 101 ladies and 135 men partook in the festivities. Please enjoy this 2 minute video featuring some highlights of the events. We look forward to another amazing season here at Shadow Wood Country Club!

Shadow Wood "Tips from the Pros": Golf Tip with Mark Moffatt


Our Shadow Wood video series “Tips from the Pros” feature Shadow Wood professionals sharing with you the knowledge of their expertise. This video features Mark Moffatt, Director of Instruction, sharing his golf tip on how to hit straighter shots by using the lower body in the down swing.

Spain Member Golf Trip

Over the past 5 years, Shadow Wood has organized and operated 6 member golf trips to some of the most prestigious golf
destinations in the world. These trips are very well received among members and attendance and interest continues to grow each year. This September, 86 Shadow Wood members along with our Director of Instruction, Mark Moffatt and his wife Tracy,
experienced the trip of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful countries in Europe: Spain! The group was divided into 2 trips, with 40 on the first trip and 46 on the second. The 12-day trip itinerary was extremely well organized and chalk full of extravagant golf
excursions, sightseeing tours, dining, and more. The itinerary catered to the needs of both the golfers and non-golfers attending the trip.

Landing in Malaga, Spain, the members traveled to their first accommodation, Hotel Almenara in Sotogrande, an elegant,
Mediterranean-inspired 4-star golf resort, where they were greeted with a Welcome Reception Dinner. The reception, held on the terrace, had gorgeous views of mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The group was served a delectable assortment of traditional Spanish tapas and refreshing cocktails, while they mingled with their fellow travelers. Some of the members traveling together did not know each other prior to this trip and grew very close throughout the journey. Traveling with people and experiencing new things together truly creates a uniquely special bond.  

Golfing excursions were at the best of the best in the Southern Spain region, including Finca Cortesin Golf Club, Valderrama, LaReserva at Sotogrande, Real Sotogrande Golf Club and San Rouge Golf Club. The golfing in Spain was very unique compared to what our members are used to in Southwest Florida. The regions were very mountainous, with a lot of elevation changes on the courses. Mark noted that it was challenging, but very rewarding. He said the members embraced the challenge and truly had an
exceptional time playing these world class courses.



Their sightseeing tours took them all around Southern Spain, across the Strait of Gibraltar, and even to Tangiers, Morocco at the Northwestern tip of Africa for an exotic day trip. When in Tangiers, their local guides toured the members around the city, teaching them hands-on about Moroccan history while experiencing the rush of being in such a lively, exciting destination. They haggled their way through markets and bazaars for handcrafted Moroccan goods (rugs, leather, and pottery, oh my!), encountered snake charmers on the streets, rode camels through a park and on the beach, and enjoyed a traditional Moroccan lunch accompanied by live music and belly dancers.



As all good things must come to an end, this extraordinary journey ended with a Farewell Dinner back in Malaga consisting of an elaborate five course meal, and traditional flamenco dance performance. At the dinner, the members received a handmade gift- a gorgeous terracea box with the Shadow Wood logo and “Spain Trip 2019” engraved on the top. Everyone had a wonderful time,
reminiscing on all the once-in-a-lifetime memories they were able to share together and bring back to Shadow Wood.



Mark has received truly wonderful feedback from those who experienced this trip. “Wow! What an adventure.” said Mary Kunza, Shadow Wood Member. “It was far beyond our expectations not only with the golf and grand excursions but also the unbelievable
organization in its entirety. My mere words cannot explain this experience. Priceless.” Shadow Wood Member Tod Wilcock added, “What a great trip! From the golf, to the Barbary monkeys in Gibraltar, to the markets in Tangiers, it was all insightful and incredible.”

If you’re interested in experiencing one of these fabulous trips for yourself, the Shadow Wood Golf Travel Committee has an amazing trip planned for Summer 2020 to Whistling Straits and The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. This trip offers the unique
opportunity to play up to four of Kohler’s well revered and nationally ranked courses. The highlight will be the Whistling Straits Course, which one month later will host Steve Stricker’s American team taking on Padraig Harrington’s European squad in the 2020 Ryder Cup. Team USA and Team Europe will be walking in SWCC Members' footsteps! To join fellow members and one of our Pros for what will prove to be a memorable trip, please email our Director of Golf, Andy Scrivner at [email protected].

2nd Live Update From The Construction Site

Our Director of Membership, Danita Osborn, and Project Supervisor Jeff B. of DeAngelis Diamond take us live back to the construction site of Shadow Wood's brand new outdoor casual dining restaurant. It's been a month since our first live update and we wanted to share with you all the incredible progress that has been made! Please enjoy this short 5 minute glimpse behind the scenes of this highly anticipated expansion to Shadow Wood Country Club.

Live From The Construction Site

Danita Osborn, Director of Membership, takes you live to the construction site of Shadow Wood Country Club’s brand new outdoor casual dining restaurant, and chats with project supervisor Jeff B. of DeAngelis Diamond. They discuss the progress made so far, and what is to come. Enjoy this behind the scenes sneak peek!

2019 Season Ending Celebration


2019 Season Ending Celebration "Sand and Sea!"

The 2019 Season Ending Party was a wonderful celebration to culminate the end of another successful season here at Shadow Wood Country Club. It’s always great to see our members having a blast at the Club; eating, drinking, laughing, dancing, and enjoying life here at Shadow Wood with their friends and family. Thank you to everyone that joined us. For those of you departing in the summer time, safe travels, and we look forward to your return! For those of you staying in town, we look forward to more fun times with you at Shadow Wood over the summer.

Men's Legacy Invitational 2019

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 20th Annual Men’s Legacy Invitational! This year, we had 154 teams with guests from 118 clubs all over the nation. A special congratulations to our overall champions Mr. Michael Dunn and his guest Mr. Robert Kletjian, and our father-son champions Mr. Jack VanPelt and his son Mr. Jon VanPelt. We are excited to share this special video capturing all of the spectacular moments from the 2019 Men's Legacy Golf Invitational and look forward to continuing the Legacy tradition next year at Shadow Wood Country Club. Please sit back, relax and enjoy the video!

Ladies Legacy Invitational 2019: The Silk Road

Shadow Wood Country Club's 2019 Ladies Legacy Golf Invitational was a fantastic event. Our members and their guests enjoyed a journey down "The Silk Road" at this themed 2-day premier golf event. There were 94 teams that joined us, including guests from all over the state and the nation. We thank everyone that joined us and are looking forward to continuing the tradition of excellence with next year's Legacy event. In this video you'll see the extraordinary journey the ladies enjoyed on the Silk Road at Shadow Wood Country Club!

Shadow Wood Lettuce: Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tour


In this special Behind-the-Scenes video, Executive Chef Richard Crisanti takes us on a tour of East Fork Creek Gardens, a local aquaponics farm in Fort Myers, where they are growing fresh, organic artisan lettuce for Shadow Wood Country Club. Chef Rich took a trip to the farm to learn all about the processes in growing the lettuce, and the inner workings of the farm, and got to sample delicious fresh fruits and vegetables along the way. East Fork Creek’s aquaponic farming method uses less than 10% of the water used in conventional growing, and no pesticides, herbicides, GMOs or chemical additives are ever used in any step of the growth process. A top priority for our culinary team is to provide sustainable, unprocessed, locally grown ingredients straight from the farm to your table! We hope you enjoy the tour.

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