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South Course Mid-Renovation Update

In April 2018, Shadow Wood began the summer-long renovation of its South Course, led by world renowned golf course architect, Rees Jones. The North Course renovations he and his team completed last summer were met with very positive accolades from our membership and we are confident and excited about his proposed plans for the South Course. To see Rees Jones’ master plan for holes 1-9, please click here. To see the master plan for holes 10-18, please click here. We are currently 4 months into the renovation and our Golf Course Maintenance team has reported that it is going on schedule and the results are phenomenal thus far. Throughout the journey, our Director of Agronomy, Eric Ruha, has documented the progress of this huge project. Read all about his thoughts and observations from this renovation below!

April 19, 2018:

We are now completing the 9th day of construction on the South golf course led by Architect, Rees Jones along with his associate, Bryce Swanson. The weather conditions are perfect for construction and will keep the crews moving in the right direction.”

May 5, 2018:

“The construction crew is moving along nicely on the back nine of the South course with these dry, warm days. They enter their 5th week of work on May 7th. We are looking forward to a two day visit from Rees Jones and Bryce Swanson to approve some green surfaces this upcoming Monday and Tuesday. We are tentatively scheduled for Tiff Eagle green planting the last week in May on holes 10 through 18.”  

May 9, 2018:

“Construction continues to progress on the back nine South. Our most recent tour from Rees Jones this past week was very productive with the approval of several green surfaces and the placement of some specimen oak trees. These trees will be in strategic areas of the rough and will frame the holes from the tees in certain areas.”

May 30, 2018:

“This May is on the books for receiving a record amount of rain in a short amount of time. We are working closely with the construction company on the South to keep on track. We are working towards a day to grass the back nine greens with #18 and the large putting green being constructed as we speak. When the greens are ready, the Tiff Eagle, Ultradwarf Bermudagrass sprigs will come in from Georgia and will be hand planted on the approved greens surface from Rees Jones.”

June 13, 2018:

“We have achieved a special milestone with the South course renovation project! Greens were grassed upon final approval from Rees Jones last Thursday. Pike Creek Turf Farm brought a crew down to hand shake the harvested sprigs and cut them in with a tractor/roller. They completed the back nine and the large practice putting green by 2 p.m. that day. My team then waters on a nonstop schedule during the heat of the day. New sprigs require constant irrigation in the first few weeks as there is no significant root structure to sustain the tiny plants.”

July 23, 2018:

“The South course renovation continues to move along smoothly. Last week's milestones are as follows:
- Rees Jones and Bryce Swanson toured the course on Monday,  July 16.
- Bunker lines and contours were approved on the final bunkers to be completed on #18 and the entire front nine.
- The last three greens surfaces (7, 8 and 9) were approved for grassing on all nine greens,  July 19.
- Greens were grassed in Tifeagle Ultradwarf Bermuda on Thursday,  July 19, as scheduled with Pike Creek Turf's crew out of Georgia.
- The back nine greens completed their 45th day of growth yesterday as we enter the 7th week of grooming this new turf.
- Rees and Bryce were impressed with all progress and processes.”

August 13, 2018:

“The South Course renovation remains on schedule and is going well! In the first photo, we can see hole #10 with some nice Tifeagle Ultradwarf greens that are now in their 10th week of growth. While they look green and lush, many more practices still need to be accomplished this summer to have them smooth and true and ready for play this season. In the second photo, looking from the back of the green of hole #2, we can see the newer Tifeagle greens turf at just 3 weeks old. These greens will catch up to the back 9 soon with the dedication and hard work from your Shadow Wood maintenance team!”

We are looking forward to unveiling the finished renovation project to our members and their guests this season. Stay tuned for more updates as our Golf Course Maintenance team continues to make great strides towards completion of the South Course renovation!

Shadow Wood Member Golf Trip August 2018

For the past few years, Shadow Wood’s Director of Instruction, Mark Moffatt, has taken members on fantastic golf trips both around the United States and abroad. It all began with the first member golf trip to Southwest Ireland in 2014. Mark has a fond appreciation for Ireland, and desired to share its culture, sights, and world-renowned golf links with Shadow Wood members. The trip was a huge hit, and his golf trips have gained a lot of momentum amongst members since then. Based on suggestions and feedback from members for upcoming trips, the desire to explore Pebble Beach was at the top of list. Highly regarded for its breathtaking golf courses with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Pebble Beach has been ranked as one of the top public courses in the country and is home to the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. This week Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill, two of the golf courses the members played, will host the U.S. Amateur.

 Mark, along with his wife Tracy and 34 Shadow Wood members, embarked on their journey to Pebble Beach, California on August 1, 2018 for their 6-day, 5-night adventure. The group stayed at the famous Inn at Spanish Bay, an upscale golf resort on the popular 17-mile drive. Mark described it as an elegant hotel on an extremely large property, even noting that it was a 15-minute walk just from his room to the lobby! Member Jeanne Pelletz, who attended the trip, shared that “the vistas were extraordinary- words cannot describe and photos really do no justice.”

On the evening of their arrival, the group was greeted with a luxurious Welcome Reception Dinner featuring a delectable 7-course tasting menu of the Chef’s fall selection of cuisine. Mark indicated that the dinner was fabulous, and that everyone enjoyed the food and camaraderie. “Pebble Beach rolled out the 'green carpet' for the members of Shadow Wood Country Club. Our welcome cocktail party was over the top!” added Mrs. Pelletz. It was a wonderful start to the fun-filled week that they had ahead.

Throughout the trip, they experienced the excitement of Spyglass Hill Golf Course, the Links at Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Lodge at Pebble Beach, 17-mile drive, Monterey Bay, the towns of Carmel and Monterey, and much more. Some of the group ventured off to “Taste of Carmel”, a local wine and food tour at Carmel-by-the-Sea. Between golf, fine dining, and sightseeing, there was never a dull moment. In between all the activities, the group relaxed by the massive fire pits enjoying the nightly bagpiper and drinks.

On the last evening of the trip, the group relished a Farewell Dinner overlooking Stillwater Cove at the Lodge at Pebble Beach; Mark said it has unbelievable oceanfront views overlooking the 18th green. The dinner was the perfect ending to a wonderful vacation. Everyone had a magnificent time on this “bucket-list” trip with most members having been their first time going to Pebble Beach.  One couple, Myrna and Steve Kline were returning to Pebble Beach for the first time since their honeymoon. “Another key component to these trips is that not only do friends have a chance to take a golf trip together, it is a chance to meet members we may only see in passing” said Mrs. Pelletz.  “When you are on vacation with people, you have a chance to really get to know them. I see that as a real plus to these trips.”

Shadow Wood's next member golf trip will be a golf and sightseeing trip in Fall 2019 to one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain. They will touch down in the vibrant city of Malaga and travel the Andalucía region. The group will play the most preferred golf courses in the region including the site of the 1997 Ryder Cup, Valderrama Golf Club. They will also enjoy play at Real Sotogrande Golf, LaReserva at Sotogrande, San Roque Club and Finca Cortesin Golf Club. Mark looks forward to exploring the region along with our members, taking in all that Spain has to offer.

Coming Soon to Shadow Wood: Cafe Piazza

The members of Shadow Wood Country Club recently approved a plan to build a brand new covered outdoor casual dining venue. The leading country club architect and design firm, Peacock + Lewis, has been contracted to complete this project. Construction is set to commence April 2019 and will be completed by the end of the year. The $5.2 million project will be funded without bank loans or debt. The project will not cost any more than the current annual fees in place.

The project stemmed from the desires of our current as well as prospective members. Every year in our annual member survey, we receive valuable feedback on the current state of the Club as well as enhancements that can be made to improve the member experience. The results showed a strong member desire for casual dining with 85% of members stating that it was important to them and over 50% of members indicating they would use the club more frequently if the club had a drop-in casual bar and grill that was open regularly. This type of venue will be able to accommodate members for dinner when there are other events going on at the Club without requiring reservations. In consideration of prospective members, statistics show that casual outdoor dining is the dining venue of choice for a younger generation. Over 90% of our members under age 60 indicated it was important or very important. The addition of this restaurant will enhance the lifestyle of our current members and provide extraordinary amenities for future members of Shadow Wood.

Shadow Wood Country Club is committed to investing in its Club facilities to provide the ultimate member experience with the best amenities. We are excited to unveil this fabulous new outdoor casual bar and dining venue to our members for them to enjoy with family and friends.

“This will give our team of employees a chance to deliver a new type of dining experience to our members in a more casual setting offering everything from lite bites to five-star meals under the direction of our Executive Chef Richard Crisanti.” said Shadow Wood’s General Manager Brian Bartolec.

The expansion will include 262 seats and a large center gathering bar. A variety of seating options will allow for a magnificent unrestricted view of our beautiful golf courses. The proximity of the existing Event Plaza and fire pits from the new dining area will provide for a comfortable cocktail space before and after dinner while enjoying colorful sunsets or the warmth of the fire. The new dining venue will include a folding glass door system which can be left open or closed to heat or air condition the space to make it an enjoyable indoor-outdoor dining experience in all weather conditions. A new self-contained outdoor kitchen will be built to serve this new dining venue. It will house a pizza oven and include an open glass window to showcase our culinary team in action.

The menu, created by our Executive Chef Richard Crisanti, will feature a wide variety of delicious appetizers, salads, sandwiches, calzones, pizzas and more. The menu will be changed periodically and always include healthy choices. Chef Rich is looking forward to putting his world class cooking skills to a new use. “Our culinary team will be offering the latest food trends alongside traditional favorites in the new dining venue. Our goal is to always be the number one dining choice for our members!” he said.

Shadow Wood "Tips from the Pros": Golf Tip with Kyle Bloam

Golf Tip with Kyle Bloam

Our Shadow Wood video series “Tips from the Pros” feature Shadow Wood professionals sharing with you the knowledge of their expertise. This video features Kyle Bloam, Second Assistant Golf Professional, sharing his golf tip. Kyle joined the Shadow Wood team in 2016. He is a graduate of Penn State's PGA Golf Management program, and has been a Class A PGA member since 2013. Kyle recently achieved the title of “Employee of the Month” in April 2018.

Shadow Wood "Tips from the Pros": Tennis Tip with Dave Dooley

Tennis Tip with Dave Dooley

Our Shadow Wood video series “Tips from the Pros” feature Shadow Wood professionals sharing with you the knowledge of their expertise. The video below features Dave Dooley, Director of Sports, sharing his tennis tip. Dave has been with Shadow Wood for 16 years and has been an active member of the United States Tennis Association for over 30 years, ranking twice as Florida USPTA Pro of the Year.

Shadow Wood "Tips from the Pros": Golf Tip with Andrew Gettel

Golf Tip with Andrew Gettel

In a brand new Shadow Wood video series called “Tips from the Pros”, our Shadow Wood professionals share with you the knowledge of their expertise. The video below features Andrew Gettel, First Assistant Golf Professional, sharing his golf tip. Andrew, who joined the Shadow Wood team in 2015, is a class A PGA member who earned his degree in Business & Professional Golf Management from Ferris State University. He recently earned the title of “Employee of the Year” in December 2017.

A Look Back On The 2017-2018 Season

What a season it has been here at Shadow Wood Country Club! With every season that comes and passes, Shadow Wood continues to grow, expand, and evolve while remaining true to its core: A Club where people are proud to belong!

Between October and May, our team hosts around 600 events between golf, tennis, bocce, social and dining. Often times, there will be as many as 4 to 5 events per day. Needless to say, there is always something going on at Shadow Wood, and enough variety within these events to accommodate all our different members and different membership categories.

Highlights of the Season

This season was whirlwind of fun. It kicked off in October with our “Havana Nights” Season Opening Celebration, and culminated in April with our “It’s Always 5 O’ Clock In Margaritaville” Season Ending Celebration. Both parties had over 800 people in attendance and were a smashing success. In between the two, some highlights of the season were our Thanksgiving Brunch, Holly Ball, Preserve Holiday Dinner, New Year’s Eve Celebration, Sweetheart’s Ball, The Men’s and Ladies’ Legacy Golf Invitationals, Themed Dinner Dances, Weekly Themed Happy Hours, Chef’s Cooking Classes, Golf/Tennis/Bocce Championships, and so much more.
This season we welcomed 40 new members and are ecstatic to have them as a part of our Club community. To all our new members- Welcome! For any newcomers still wondering how to get best acclimated to the Club, we have some fantastic resources such as our Ambassador Program, New Member Golf Group, Newcomers Breakfasts, and more.


Summers at Shadow Wood

Although 65% of our members are seasonal, the activities here at the Club still go on all summer long for our full-time residents. Throughout the summer months, you can expect an exciting calendar of:

- Daily Lunch Hours and Bistro Dining on Friday Evenings
- Weekly Wednesday Happy Hours
- Reciprocal golf and dining opportunities at participating local Clubs
- Weekly card games such as duplicate bridge
- Themed Summer Dinner Dances
- Memorial Day Golf/Tennis Outings, Independence Day Golf/Tennis Outings, and Labor Day Golf/Tennis Outings
- 4 new Pickleball courts being built by our Tennis complex

South Course Renovation

This summer, golf course renovations on the South Course are currently underway. The renovations are being led by world renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. Rees Jones’ renovation on our North Course last summer was met with very positive accolades from our membership, and we are eagerly awaiting the completion of the South Course renovations. His plans for the South Course are projected to make the playing conditions and experience better than ever for our golfers! Our golf course maintenance team has reported that the renovation has been moving along on schedule and going fantastic so far. Our Director of Agronomy, Eric Ruha, frequently sends out Golf Course Update emails to keep our membership updated regarding the renovation, with a detailed account of what is being done, as well as pictures of the amazing progress that is being made. These updates can also be found on the member’s side of our website by scrolling over “golf” on the top header, and clicking “golf course updates.”

What’s To Come

Our Shadow Wood team is hard at work this summer planning calendars, activities, events and themes for our 2018-2019 season! We will have the details out by mid-summer so that our members can start planning for the next exciting season at Shadow Wood Country Club. 

Shadow Wood Dinner Dances

The dinner dances that we host at Shadow Wood Country Club are always a favorite social event among our members. For our dinner dances, we have a special tribute artist or band put on a show for our members, accompanied by dinner, drinks, and dancing. Some artists we’ve had perform in the past have been tributes to Neil Diamond, The Eagles, Elton John, Disco, Rod Stewart, and more. This season we had some classic acts such as Rat Pack, Duos through the Decades, and coming up this month will be our Motown Music Dinner Dance featuring a Stevie Wonder tribute performance.

The format of the event has grown and expanded the last few seasons based upon the feedback we receive from our members in the Annual Member Survey. The survey provides an opportunity for our members to select which acts they would like to see, as well as provide their insight and suggestions into the stylization of the event overall. Dinner Dances began as a more formal concept, with lavish plated dinners in an intimate setting. With our Club’s membership and interests constantly evolving, the event has transitioned into a more casual atmosphere, with a delicious chef attended action station style dinner, and expanded area to allow 200-250 more members to partake in the evening. The recent transition has received very positive accolades from our membership. Our team is always looking for ways to improve the overall member experience at dining and social events, from the larger picture down to the finer details, which is why the annual survey is so important to keeping our events fresh and exciting time and time again.

These events are a joy for everyone involved- our team loves providing dinner dances for your enjoyment, our members love to let loose and have fun, and the artists enjoy providing a lively evening for our members, as well as paying tribute to some classic musical legends. Our Annual Member Survey is currently underway and includes a section for members to select which dinner dance entertainers they would like to see at the Club next season. Our team can’t wait to see what members select so we can bring you another exciting season of dinner dance opportunities next year!

Wine & Fine Dining at Shadow Wood

At Shadow Wood Country Club, we strive to provide our members with top notch dining experiences that are solely unique to our Club. Two of these highly regarded dining experiences are our Fine Food and Wine dinners and our Wine Tasting dinners. These dinners are held multiple times throughout season, each time reflecting a unique menu and eclectic wine pairings cultivated by the expertise of our Executive Chef Richard Crisanti and Director of Food and Beverage John St. John.

Our Fine Food and Wine dinners are comprised of various stations in our Calabria dining room. In this creative open kitchen concept, our Chef de Cuisine and Sous Chef prepare the evening’s menu live in front of your eyes. All stations are carefully crafted by our award winning Executive Chef Richard Crisanti, CEC, WCEC, CCA, ACE and his vastly talented culinary team. These stations are lively and interactive, where you can try multiple appetizers and talk with the Chefs regarding their dishes, their expertise and any questions regarding the cuisine and/ or its preparation. A special wine list is prepared to compliment Chef's menu, which provides excellent pairings to each course. Event attendance is set to allow a smaller crowd which creates an intimate, hands-on experience for our members to engage in and enjoy, accompanied by live, instrumental music.

“For each wine event, I meet with the wine vendors to hand select wines. Through this process, I determine which wines are best suited for that particular evening.” Said John St. John, Director of Food and Beverage.  “I tend to select wines from the Northwest region, generally from California, Oregon and Washington.”

Our Wine Tasting dinners are a remarkable event that feature over 80 wines from various vintners to be tasted, with an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres passed around for your enjoyment. During this event, you will have the opportunity to order any of the featured wines for your at-home consumption. For wine tasting dinners, the vendors that attend are the sommeliers for the evening, available to explain the different wines and answer any questions you may have. Their knowledge is helpful in determining which wines you would like based off your other favorites, as well as to give you the history behind the wines that you are tasting.

“When pairing the foods with wines, I taste the different options that John St. John has selected and pair together the most satisfying combinations.” Said Executive Chef Richard Crisanti. “White wines tend to pair well with fish or shellfish, while red wines go well with meats such as duck, lamb, or filet mignon. For dessert courses, usually a red wine or a dessert wine compliment the flavors best.”

If you enjoy indulging in fine dining and wine, Shadow Wood’s offerings would suit you well. The art of fine dining goes beyond delicious food and beverage; it aims to capture the perfect atmosphere, design, mood, and ambiance of the evening. Our Food and Beverage team goes above and beyond to continuously provide fresh, new, and lively culinary experiences for our members and their guests to enjoy. Bon Appetit!

Shadow Wood Legacy Golf Events

Every season, Shadow Wood hosts over 70 different golf events. Two of the most exciting and anticipated golf events of the season are the Men’s Legacy and the Ladies’ Legacy Invitationals. This year, the Ladies’ Legacy will be held in late February, and the Men’s Legacy will be held in mid-March. The Legacy events started taking place at Shadow Wood 18 years ago and continue to grow every year. These elaborate, multiple day premier events are a golf lover’s dream! For the 2017 men’s legacy, there were 108 teams representing 93 country clubs from all over the country. The 2017 Ladies’ legacy totaled in at 94 teams, representing 64 different country clubs. Events such as the Legacy encourage camaraderie among members, offer traditional competition, and showcase to friends and relatives all Shadow Wood has to offer! We absolutely love welcoming these guests who visit from their respective clubs to golf on our three signature courses here in beautiful, sunny Southwest Florida!

The Ladies’ Legacy always starts with a chosen theme. There is a member committee of ladies that select the theme for the year, and the whole event is stylized accordingly. Some of the themes in the past have been “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Shades of Gris” and “Fore Hour Tour.” For this year’s theme, well, you’ll just have to wait to be amazed! The attention to detail that goes into the planning and execution of these events is incredible.

The Ladies’ Legacy takes place over the course of two days. On the first day, the registration includes team photos and special gift distribution, and then a golf shotgun to kick off the festivities on the North & South Courses. Following play, the ladies enjoy an elegant cocktail party on the event plaza to tally up the day’s scores and a lavish dinner. The next morning, the ladies will enjoy an extravagant breakfast to start off the morning, followed by an early morning shotgun. To conclude the event, there will be a closing lunch and awards ceremony where all the winners of the competition are recognized. Last year’s Overall Gross Champions were Mrs. Kim Scott and her guest Sara Nelson, while the Overall Net Champions were Mrs. Lorrie Morrison and her guest Lorraine Tiberii. The title is back up for grabs this year and we are eager to see which teams will come out on top!

The Men’s Legacy occurs over a period of four days. The first day commences with registration and tee favors, along with a Men’s Stag Night cocktail party and an extraordinary dinner. The first day of competition begins with lunch, and then the first and second 9 hole matches begin on all 3 courses and last through the day. The next morning, breakfast precedes the third and fourth matches followed by lunch. The fourth and final day begins with breakfast and the fifth and sixth matches, with lunch afterwards. Alas, the final shootout of the flight winners occurs on the South Course to determine the Men’s Legacy Champion. Later that evening, the competition concludes with a grandiose cocktail party in which spouses are invited, and includes presentation of awards, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and dancing the night away! Dr. Michael Gleysteen and his guest Mr. Steve Mahler won the 2017 Men’s Legacy in the final shootout. They will be back next month to defend their title, will they earn the 2018 trophy and bragging rights?

One particularly special prize awarded during the Men's Legacy is the Father & Son Competition. This competition consists of father/son teams vying against each other for the top title. To partake, a member’s guest is either their father or their son. We love the family component of this event, and truly enjoy watching other generations working together and engaging in friendly competition. Last year’s Father-Son Champions were Din & Dan Cahill! Who father-son duo will take the title this year? Game on!

The Legacy events are unlike any other golf event you’ve ever seen- it’s hard to describe all that goes on until you are part of the fun firsthand! Our Shadow Wood team puts forth a tremendous amount of effort into making sure this event is extremely special for all involved, and they have an absolute blast doing so.

Shadow Wood Junior Camps

This winter at Shadow Wood, our Tennis and Golf professionals hosted a variety of different Junior Camps for kids such as the Thanksgiving Junior Camp and the Holiday Junior Camp. With many of our members having their children and grandchildren in town, we wanted to provide the young ones with an opportunity to learn about the wonderful sports that are golf and tennis, and make Shadow Wood a kid friendly destination for the holidays! The programs are designed for kids ages 6 and up, and the participants are grouped by age and skill level. Mark Moffatt, PGA, Director of Instruction hosted the Junior Golf Camps and Rob Vinal, Junior Tennis Director, hosted the Junior Tennis Camps. We interviewed Mark and Rob on why they love having kids attend the junior camps, and why it helps grow the games of golf and tennis for the future.

Mark Moffatt PGA Director of Instruction

Why do you love having kids attend the junior camps?
At the Shadow Wood Golf Academy, we love promoting and growing the game of golf. 
What’s your favorite part about teaching kids?
My favorite part about teaching children are the smiles created, not so much from the kids hitting perfect shots but from the effort they put forth and the fun they have. 
Why are the junior camps important for growing the games of golf/tennis for the future?
The game of golf will continue to grow through our youth. It is a game for life to be enjoyed by all generations.

Rob Vinal Associate Pro & Director of Juniors

Why do you love having kids attend the junior camps?
Having the kids attend the Junior Camps pleases the members and brings new life to the sport. It also brings the kid out in me as well.
What’s your favorite part about teaching kids?
My favorite part about teaching kids is the excitement the children express when both learning and having fun.
Why are the junior camps important for growing the games of golf/tennis for the future?
The junior camps show the membership that families are an important part of growing the sport.

We loved having the kids around during the holidays and are proud to host these junior camps to get the future generations of tennis players and golfers involved! For more information on upcoming junior camps at the Club and how to get your kids or grandkids involved, contact our Golf Academy at 239-390-4691 or our Tennis Pro Shop at 239-949-1200.

New Year, New Golf Game!

New year, new golf game! For this week’s blog post, Mark Moffatt PGA, Director of Instruction of the Shadow Wood Golf Academy has provided some excellent golf tips for you to strengthen your golf game as we head into the new year. He has elaborated on three deadly misconceptions that hurt your golf game, and how to better understand them as well as how to avoid them. These tips are sure to improve your game, increase your enjoyment, and allow more opportunity for success.

The First Misconception is: “YOU LIFTED YOUR HEAD”

This is by far the worst advice you can receive. When you top the ball or chunk behind it people will say “you looked up.” Everyone says it, but it’s not true. Then, on the next shot you make an effort to keep your eye on the ball. But often, your weight falls to your back or rear foot at impact, the wrists flip at the ball and you skull it over the green. Keeping your head down didn’t help. Remember David Duval or Annika’s swing?

Here’s the Drill and the Feel:
Take your 9 iron and hit some short shots about 20 to 30 yards. What I’d like you to do is make some practice swings bushing the grass. Try and hit the ground in the same spot every time. At impact and just beyond, make sure your left wrist is flat and the right wrist is arched at and through impact and your right heel is slightly off the ground. Those are your check points. Make some practice swings then hit some balls. Remember, just practice short shots.


If you swing the golf club straight back and straight through you will hit the ball straight. That is only true for on-line Games. On-line games are games where we are standing on our target line, such as playing shuffle board, playing pool or throwing darts. Golf, however, is not an on-line game; golf is a SIDE-ON GAME. With side-on games, the ball is beside us and we’re standing to the side of it. Besides golf, other side-on games include tennis, baseball and hockey. The image of your golf swing to have in your mind is that of a Ferris wheel tilted on a 45 degree angle.

Here’s the Drill & the Feel: Hold your arms and club out in front of you at chest high and make baseball swings back and forth. Feel how the club-face opens on the back swing squares up and closes and rotates in the forward swing. Then bend over into your golf posture but don’t ground the club and make some more practice swings. With side-on sports such as golf, there should be a certain amount of up, down and around in our golf swing. Remember the “around” element of your golf swing.


When you chunk behind the ball or skull it, often people blame that on decelerating the club at impact.

Here’s the Drill and the Feel: First, make some practice swings again brushing the grass with the club-head. Then as you hit chip shots, after brushing the grass and as you follow through, let the grip/hands arc up and swing the grip around to the left. You want to swing on a tilted arc, a circle, even with the short shots. So in the backswing the club swings up and then you arc the club up in the forward swing as the club-head swings back to the inside.

Our Shadow Wood Golf Professionals are always here to help you improve your game. Never hesitate to stop by the Golf Pro Shop or the Shadow Wood Golf Academy with any questions or concerns you may have. To contact Mark Moffatt directly, he can be reached by phone at 239-992-6000 (extension 4601) or by email at mmoffatt@shadowwoodcc.com!

Shadow Wood Holiday Cocktails

The holidays are a time of the year where people entertain family and friends at their homes. Our Shadow Wood lead bartenders Chip and Becca have provided some delicious holiday cocktail recipes that would perfectly complement any upcoming festivities such as dinners, parties or happy hours. The following drinks encompass a variety of flavors and liquors to suit any holiday occasion.

Chip’s Sparkling Cranberry Rosemary Cocktail


½ cup Prairie Organic Vodka
¾ cup Cranberry Juice
¼ cup Triple Sec
Rosemary Simple Syrup
Champagne, Chilled
Sugared Cranberries and Rosemary Sprigs, for garnish
For Rosemary Simple Syrup:
½ cup Granulated Sugar
½ cup Water
2 rosemary sprigs
Combine vodka, cranberry juice, and triple sec in a small pitcher. Chill until ready to serve. Add enough vodka mixture to each champagne flute or other similar sized drink glass to fill halfway. Add 1-2 teaspoons simple syrup (sweeten to taste) and stir. Add enough Prosecco to fill glass and garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprig.

Becca’s White Christmas Mojito


Juice of 1 lime
8 leaves mint
1 tbsp. Sugar
2 tbsp. White Rum
1 tbsp. Coconut Rum
Splash of Half & Half
Sparkling Water for Topping
Pomegranate Arils for Serving

In a glass, muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves until the leaves have broken down. Fill the glass halfway with ice. In a shaker, combine the white rum, coconut rum, and coconut milk and shake until smooth. Pour over the ice and stir to combine. Top with sparkling water, mint and pomegranate.

Shadow Wood Mistletoe Martini


2 oz. Chopin Vodka
¼ oz. Crème de Menthe
¼ oz. Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz. Milk
Sugared Cranberries for garnish
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled martini glass.

We hope that you enjoy these cocktail recipes. Feel free to substitute out certain liquors and mixers to suit the tastes of you and your guests. Comment below with your thoughts or share with us your personal favorite go-to holiday drinks. Happy holidays and happy sipping!

Holiday Recipes and Tips

As the holiday season is upon us, I wanted to share Executive Chef Richard Crisanti’s recipes and tips for preparing a variety of different delicious holiday dishes that are sure to be a huge hit with your family and friends. The recipes linked below are Chef Rich’s take on four classic holiday dishes: Turkey, Gravy, Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce. Click the links to open the files, and feel free to print it as well to have handy in your kitchen while cooking. If you have any questions regarding the ingredients or directions, please comment below.

Shadow Wood Turkey
Turkey Gravy
Shadow Wood Stuffing
Perfect Cranberry Sauce

Here at Shadow Wood, we wish that everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season. We hope to see everyone at our upcoming holiday events such as our Thanksgiving Buffet on November 23rd, Holiday Dinner at the Preserve on December 2nd, and Holly Ball on December 8th. Your food and beverage team has been working hard behind the scenes to make these events special for all who attend. For reservations, call 239-992-6000 or use our online reservation system.

Recipes provided by Shadow Wood's Executive Chef Richard Crisanti CEC, WCEC, CCA, ACE


After a productive summer of preparation and renovation, we are thrilled to bring back together both our year-round and seasonal members for a full schedule of golf, tennis, bocce, dining and social events this upcoming 2017-2018 season here at Shadow Wood Country Club. The Shadow Wood team has been working hard throughout these summer months to get everything ready for season. Let's see what each department has been up to!

Administration Team:

"During the summer months at the Club, the goal of the administration team has been to engage our employees in group activities that are beneficial to their well-being. These summer programs include a Biometrics event, a benefits review class, wellness seminars, golf events, leadership seminars and a special luncheon to kick off the season. These programs focus on financial wellness, stress reduction, life balance and much more- everything that goes into making individuals stronger, more resilient and more inclined to be successful and able to provide our members the best service possible."
- Karon Bennett Executive Assistant to the GM & Communications Manager

Culinary Team:

"One of the main focuses of the culinary team this summer has been implementing healthier menu options and smaller portion sizes. I have also been preparing exciting new action stations for our upcoming social and dining events."
- Richard Crisanti CEC, WCEC, CCA, ACE Executive Chef

Food & Beverage Team:

“Our number one goal in Food & Beverage this summer has been to improve the overall quality of service that we provide to our members. We did a complete revamping of our Front of House training program to ensure that all of our staff is ready to provide the best service possible to our members and their guests.”
John St. John Director of Food & Beverage

Golf Pro Shop Team:

"Your Shadow Wood golf team has made significant improvements to all areas of the operation over the last 6 months, and has been vigorously working to deliver another exciting and fun filled tournament schedule. We look forward to providing our members with another season full of laughs, love, and cherished memories at Shadow Wood Country Club."
- Andrew Gettel PGA, First Assistant Golf Professional

Golf Course Maintenance Team:

"Your golf maintenance team is very excited to present the North golf course as it has been refurbished by Rees Jones, renowned golf course architect.  While the weather this summer presented some interesting challenges, our teams rose to the occasion and have focused all efforts on getting the courses in shape. While it’s a long road ahead, we won’t stop until it’s perfect."
- Eric Ruha Director of Golf Maintenance

Golf Academy Team:

"This summer your Golf Academy building experienced several enhancements. The hitting bay was renovated with the latest flooring technology to include putting surface with four cups, and a new hitting mat. Also, the number one Video System, V-1 software, was added with four cameras to capture your swing from every conceivable angle. We will also have the ability to upload your swing video to the Club's website so that you can view your lesson and swing videos at any time."
- Mark Moffatt PGA Head Golf Professional/Director of Instruction

Tennis & Bocce Team:

"The massive summer renovation project at Tennis is complete and looks fantastic! We are happy that both the Tennis and Bocce courts survived Hurricane Irma very well. The seasonal staff has returned and everyone is excited for season to kick off!"
- Dave Dooley USPTA Director of Sports

This season, you can expect a calendar full of exciting events and opportunities to reconnect with old friends as well as make some new. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone home to their Club. If you’re a new member and wondering where to begin- have no fear! Our membership director, Danita Osborn, provides many opportunities to seamlessly integrate you into the Club’s atmosphere, including New Member Mixers or our Ambassador program. For more information, please contact Danita Osborn at [email protected].

Stay tuned with our blog throughout the season for up-to-date information on all the ins and outs of Shadow Wood Country Club, including weekly updates and features such as Golf & Tennis Tips, Tech Talk, Chef’s Tips and Recipes, Views from the Course, Trending Club Industry Topics, Event Success Stories, and more. Shadow Wood highly values the opinions of our members- if you have anything you would like to see featured, please comment below or reach out to Kaitlyn Schwab at [email protected] for consideration. Thank you for reading!

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