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Shadow Wood Golf Shop Ranked #3 by Club + Resort Business



In 2020, the Shadow Wood Country Club Board of Directors presented a plan to the members to build a brand-new Golf Shop. The vision included more than doubling the amount of existing retail space, creating a better arrival and check-in experience for members and guests, and relocating the shop to capitalize on the best exterior views and allow for better proximity to the Golf operations. The Members voted overwhelmingly in favor to approve this $2 million project, which would be completed without any additional costs to the Members.

In the Spring of 2021, construction began on the new 3,500 sq ft two-story octagonal structure, which also included golf administration offices, a covered bag drop & arrival area, and covered walkways connecting to the locker rooms in the existing Clubhouse. The architecture and interior design for the Golf Shop introduces abundant daylight in the space through large perimeter and clerestory windows for a more enjoyable shopping experience. The new Golf Shop overlooks the expansive golf practice facility and cart staging area.

The new Golf Shop opened in January 2022 and features unique retail opportunities that are unparalleled at most private clubs. In addition to member favorite golf brands, such as Peter Millar, Fairway & Greene, and Tail, the Shadow Wood Golf Shop also carries Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, Gretchen Scott, Charleston Shoes, Enewton Jewelry, Yeti, and much more. It's a one-stop boutique style shopping experience featuring over 60 brands and styles for all!

Since the re-opening, the Golf Shop has seen a 30% increase in daily traffic. A 50% increase in overall inventory levels has been established in the new Golf Shop while the increase in categories of retail offerings has gone up to 20%. Following the completion of the new Golf Shop, membership sales hit a record high and the club maxed out the waiting list for golf members and had to create a waiting list for the waiting list.
Overall the new Golf Shop has completely transformed the golf experience, from arrival, to tournaments, and everything in between!

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Shadow Wood Community Rises Together In Wake Of Hurricane Ian




Hurricane Ian made landfall on September 28th, 2022 just short of a Category 5 hurricane, bringing record wind and causing an estimated $67 billion in damages to Southwest Florida. By wind speed, Hurricane Ian was the fifth most powerful storm to ever hit the country.

The destruction of property and consumable goods left most of our community without power, shelter, and clean water. Members and employees immediately stepped in and provided help to our community, even as they too were recovering from significant storm damage to their homes. They organized Members from the Brooks to go to the Preserve to help the residents most affected as well as assist in whatever was needed at the time, generators, extra hands, warm food, and clean water.

Club employees assisted several residents who were foundering in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Every day, employees volunteered for hours after work at the Preserve, providing residents with help such as clearing debris from their homes. Brian Bartolec, Eric Ruha, and Phil Pellerito provided hands-on help clearing debris, pumping water from homes, and cutting down dangerous trees. Once power was restored to the main Clubhouse, Brian offered to deliver food and water to The Preserve Members.

The Shadow Wood Membership recognized that many of our employees were impacted by Hurricane Ian. Numerous members contacted the Board and management team asking how to help the employees who had been affected by the hurricane. Shadow Wood is grateful to the Members who generously contributed funds to assist our employees who suffered significant storm damage. To date, our Members have donated close to $250,000 to our employees!

The South Course and Tennis Courts opened on Monday, October 2nd, the Clubhouse reopened for lunch and dinner service on Tuesday, October 3rd, and the North Course opened on Friday, October 7th. Power was restored to the Preserve Clubhouse on Saturday, October 15th, and the Preserve Course and Clubhouse opened on Tuesday, October 18th.

Hurricane Ian Club Preparation

Shadow Wood employees prepared over 150 to-go turkey dinners and pizzas for members who were preparing for Hurricane Ian.





The team worked to secure the clubhouse, courts, and courses for storm impact by removing sail shades on the terrace, storing all Sunset Terrace furniture in the Lakeside room, preparing windscreens and tennis court fences, removing furniture from the terrace, securing patio furniture at the tennis courts, & emoving patio furniture at the Preserve.





Hurricane Ian Recovery

Employees were back to work on Friday, September 30th preparing the Club to reopen!











Employees not only showing excellence in helping at the Club but also helping Members and fellow coworkers at their homes.





Mr. & Mrs. Marcus raised money throughout the SWCC community and surprised our employees with a pizza party, cake, and cash to lift our team’s spirits after Hurricane Ian.






The Ultimate Guide to Your First Year of Membership:

Everything you need to know about the New Member Program at Shadow Wood


Once you join a club, you are eagerly anticipating getting involved and meeting people. It’s one of the top reasons someone joins a club! But sometimes it can be easier said than done.

Shadow Wood is committed to providing a welcoming experience from your first day of membership, and one way we accomplish this is by offering numerous New Member Events programs for you to get involved with.

The onboarding program includes a club orientation and a New Member Ambassador assignment. Then, all new members are invited to participate in an immersive New Member event schedule through their first full year of membership.
 

Who are “New Members”?

All members in their first year of joining are encouraged to attend as many new member events as they'd like throughout the season. We understand that sometimes the first year goes by too fast and you don’t get to participate as much as you’d like. There is plenty of flexibility in the program, so as long as you feel like a new member, you are encouraged to participate!
 

What Events are Offered?

Each year, the Membership Committee comes up with a schedule of events to fit the various needs and schedules of our new members. From Breakfast to Happy Hour, and Golf to Bocce, all new members are sure to find something (or many things!) they can enjoy.
 
New Member Coffee & Conversations -

Join fellow new members on the first Monday of every month in The Lounge for a chance to get to know each other in a casual setting. Coffee, tea, and pastries are available in a setting designed to encourage conversation and connections among the newest members of Shadow Wood.

Happy Hour Newcomers Corner -

Every Wednesday at Shadow Wood, Members come together for the social night of the week with a member mixer happy hour, buffet dinner with alternating themes, and live entertainment. On the second Wednesday of each month, new members are encouraged to gather on the sunset terrace in the “Newcomers Corner” to start the night with cocktails and a chance to make new friendships.

Breakfast Club -

The Breakfast Club was started several years ago by a New Member who wanted to bring people together in the community and it has continued on strong ever since. On the fourth Friday of the month, members are invited to gather for breakfast with a featured speaker who is relevant to our community. Past speakers have included the Mayor of Estero, the CEO of Lee Health Coconut Point, the SWCA or SWCC President, the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation rep, and more. The table assignments are mixed up each time with the idea that each time you attend, you will have the opportunity to meet new people.

Bocce Clinic & Dinner -

Learn the basics of bocce with fellow new members. Play a round robin style bocce match, then meet for dinner & socializing in Lakeside.

New Member Mixer -

A special complimentary evening for new members in their first year to meet & greet with the Board & Management team. Chef attended food stations and cocktails are included.

9 & Dine -

Grab your clubs and tee off with new members on one of the three Shadow Wood Courses followed by a scoring party and dinner in Lakeside.

 

Any other advice?

Don’t forget your member name tag! All members have name tags in the lobby. These are not only great to help put names and faces together, but they also list your home town in hopes of creating easy ice breakers for conversation. We strongly recommend wearing your name tag at all new member events, and leaving them in the cabinets when you leave so they are there for your next social event!
 

Shadow Wood Patio Ranked Top 10 in Club & Resort Business


Shadow Wood was recognized as having one of the Top 10 patios in 2022 by Club & Resort Business Magazine!

Shadow Wood’s outdoor patio expands over 6,000 square feet, seats 188 comfortably, and has held as many as 300 for cocktail parties. Separated into 3 distinct but connecting areas, the patio space offers members everything from comfortable lounge seating, bar seating, dining tables, and seating around 6 fire pits. Weekly outdoor entertainment on the patio brings members together to enjoy the beautiful Southwest Florida weather while watching the colorful sunsets. From the west end of the patio, Members can watch golfers play the 18th hole of Shadow Wood’s South Golf Course or enjoy expansive views of the golf practice facilities from the south side. The patio was expanded in 2017 with the addition of the Bocce complex situated next to the outdoor bar, then again in 2019 in conjunction with a 10,000 sq ft casual dining expansion to connect the new outdoor areas. Due to the increasing popularity of the outdoor spaces, Shadow Wood is now in the process of building another outdoor area, which will be known as The Players Patio, opening Fall 2022. The new patio will be located on the East end of the building, adjacent to the Golf Shop and Locker Rooms, and will feature two fire pits and seat 120 members in both covered and uncovered spaces.

“So many of our members are seasonal and come to Southwest Florida to enjoy the beautiful winters here. Our goal was to provide a patio area for members to enjoy the weather in many different capacities that was more than just outdoor dining. There are numerous areas within our patio for the members to meet for cocktails after golf, watch a football game on Sunday, or enjoy live music by the firepits. The patio is the gathering spot at the club, and not only is it a popular venue for camaraderie within our membership, it also showcases the perfect glimpse into life at Shadow Wood for any prospective member who sees the energy and atmosphere on the patio.” - Danita Osborn, Director of Membership & Marketing

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Complete Clubhouse Transformation



Over the past few years, Shadow Wood Country Club has been evolving through a three-phase transformation process to completely renovate the club facilities. From style to functionality, no stone was left unturned! Recognized by both the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) and Golf Inc. Magazine as Best Renovated Clubhouse in 2020, Shadow Wood has set the standard for club renovations locally and nationally. 

The addition of the wildly popular Golfside Grill in 2019 was just the beginning. In the Summer of 2020, the west end of the clubhouse was completely remodeled along with the addition of a new covered outdoor dining venue, the Breezeway. The Clubroom, Center Court, Lakeside, hallways, and Main Lobby were all refurbished which brought new energy to the Clubhouse.

“Our intent was not to design just another club, but to transform the culture of the club by completely updating, not only the appearance of the club but its functions as well,” said AM Design Group principal architect/owner Adrian Karapici. “The leadership at Shadow Wood has been amazing. By them putting the trust into the design professionals, we were able to really shine at what we do and think creatively.”

The final phase of the clubhouse transformation was completed in 2021. The East end of the clubhouse renovations included refurbishing the ladies' locker room and ladies' card room, expanding the men’s lounge, converting the old golf shop into a multi-purpose room, the construction of a brand new 3,500 sq ft golf shop, and a redesigned bag drop and golf arrival area.

The ladies' locker and card rooms and new multi-purpose space, named the Sunrise Room, opened in December 2021, followed by the Golf Shop Ribbon cutting in January, and finally the men’s lounge expansion in February.

“The membership at Shadow Wood C.C. is ecstatic about our new buildings as well as our redesigned areas,” said Brian Bartolec, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer. “Watching the project unfold into what we had envisioned all along is so rewarding. AM Design Group delivered perfectly on all aspects of the project.”

Click here to read Shadow Wood Country Club's Transformation from Board Room Magazine

5 Questions to ask before you join a private club



Purchasing a private club membership, especially in a new geographical area which likely comes with a significant real estate investment, is a huge decision and should not be rushed into. It’s also a deeply personal decision, and requires buyers to understand what is most important to them and where those values align with each club they consider.

There are no right or wrong answers to any of these questions. But the answers to the questions below will help buyers make the most informed decision based on what is most important to each individual.
 

#1 What is the structure of the club?

There are several factors to consider here and each has pros and cons that you should weigh. First, bundled vs. non-bundled is probably the most important structure to consider. The answer to this will also help understand the current and maximum size of the membership, which you should be aware of, especially if playing golf several days per week is important to you. Beyond that, you should learn whether the members own the club or is it owned by a developer or company? Is there a management company involved or is it run by a Board of Directors comprised of and voted on by the members? An example of a difference between the two scenarios is that in a member-owned and managed club you will likely have more input in the future of your club, particularly in terms of renovations, projects and corresponding assessments while in a developer-owned and managed club, the decisions are typically made by, and therefore also subsidized by, the developer.
 

#2 What has the club done in the last few years, and what is it considering doing, in terms of renovations and enhancements?

You want to know that you are investing in a club that is willing to reinvest in itself. The club landscape is constantly evolving, and you will want to make sure you are joining a club that is committed to keeping up with the club trends and desires of both existing as well as new members to ensure that it remains competitive and sustainable long into the future. Of course, renovations and enhancements come with a price tag, and you should ask about the history of assessments (if any) and how the club intends on paying for future projects, whether it be through member assessments, capital reserves, developer/owner funds, etc.
 

#3 How will I get involved and meet people?

Once you have ironed out the more quantitative details, it is as important, if not more so, to be sure you’ve found a club that is a good fit for you personally. In my experience, every club has a unique personality and culture. You can line up amenities side-by-side to compare, but you also need to be sure that the club members match up to your own lifestyle and interests. First, inquire about the demographics of the club. What is the average age? If you’re looking at a retirement/destination club in Florida for example, do the majority of the members come from the Northeast, the Mid-West, etc.? Every club you are considering is likely to have a fantastic golf course, but how do new members get involved and find groups to play with? The members at your new club will absolutely make or break your experience so you need to know that (1) you’ll find people with similar interests and (2) you’ll be able to easily integrate yourself with those people to form genuine bonds and lasting friendships. Be sure to ask if you can experience the club with another member. The membership director can tell you all the best things about the club but playing a round of golf with another member will give you a much stronger feeling as to whether or not you can picture yourself as part of that environment.
 

#4 What is my exit strategy?

You might not be inclined to think about this when you’re excited about joining a club and starting a new adventure, but the reality is at some point you may find that you are not able to play golf anymore, or maybe you want to move to another part of the state or back up north. It’s crucial to know what your obligations are before you are in that situation. Every club is very different, and you should ask very specifically, “If and when I’m ready to resign my membership, what do I need to do?” Some clubs will require you to sell your home within the community to discontinue your membership. Some clubs require a certain number of new memberships to be sold for each membership that wants to resign. Other clubs will allow you to finish out the calendar year and then walk away after giving notice. With each scenario, you should also know whether or not you are eligible to receive a refund on your initial deposit. Again, each club’s policy will be different, and you’ll find clubs that offer everything from 100% refundable, to partially refundable, to non-refundable, each coming with a different set of terms.
 

#5 Why should I choose this club over another club?

Depending on when you ask this question, it might give you the most insightful information. I would recommend asking later in the process so the membership director has a chance to learn about your personality and interests. Ideally by then you should have done your initial research on the basics (locations, amenities, price, etc.) and narrowed it down to approximately two to five clubs. The membership director should be able to easily answer this question based on your individual interests and why that club meets your needs the best. In addition, he or she should be well educated on what’s available at the other area clubs you are also likely to be considering. In some cases, the membership director may realize that one of those other clubs would fit your needs and interests better, and that’s ok too. As stated above, not every club is right for every person. Most membership directors in that position would rather you find a good fit for you long term than sell you on their club if they believe it isn’t a good fit.
 

Ask me the questions!


As you can see, by asking the right questions you will learn a great deal about the club and its culture. After all, it is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. So, be sure to interview the club thoroughly before getting serious about an investment.

If you’re ready to learn more about Shadow Wood Country Club, reach out to me today to ask me these questions!

Danita Osborn, Director of Membership & Marketing
239-992-6000 or [email protected] 
 

2022 Legacy Invitationals


After a brief hiatus in 2021 due to covid, the premier golf invitational events of the year returned to Shadow Wood in March 2022. The 21st Annual Men’s & Ladies Legacy Invitationals were bigger and better than ever with more players, more golf, more food & drinks and more fun!
 

Ladies Legacy

106 teams of ladies made their way to the “Wild, Wild, West” and competed in two days of golf while enjoying time at “The Shadow Wood Saloon”. Competition took place on the North and South Courses with the ladies dressed in their best western apparel. Congratulations to the 1st overall net winners, Mrs. Monique Watters and her guest Mrs. Kathy Danch, and the 1st overall gross winners, Mrs. Jean VanVliet, and her guest, Mrs. Diane Chancellor.

 

Men’s Legacy

Then 182 teams of men came together for 6 nine hole matches over three days on all three Shadow Wood courses. The event started with a Men’s Stag Night and opening ceremony on the Sunset Terrace complimented by a bag pipe player and the 2020 defending champions hitting a ceremonial tee shot on the 18th hole of the South Course. A final shootout of flight winners on the South Course crowned our overall 2022 Men’s Legacy Champions, Mr. Brad McPherson and his guest Mr. Chuck McCall before the Legacy Gala event. Included in the 182 teams were 74 Father-Son duos competing in a second contest. Congratulations to the 2022 Men’s Legacy Father-Son Champions, Mr. Jim Engelhuber and his son, Mr. Richard Engelhuber.



Click here to watch highlight videos from the 2022 Legacy Events!

We look forward to welcoming guests back to the 2023 events at Shadow Wood for another year of incredible golf competition!

A Look Back at 2021


2021 offered our Members abundant social opportunities and competitive events in a safe environment after a slowdown the past few years. There were numerous opportunities for everyone to come together and enjoy the many benefits of being a Member at Shadow Wood!

Here's a look back at a few of the highlights from 2021 at Shadow Wood.

New Members
Shadow Wood welcomed exactly 100 new Members to the Club in 2021! In addition, a waiting list was established for Golf Membership as we reached capacity for the first time in our club’s history.




Members Helping Members
During the initial wave of vaccine rollouts at the beginning of 2021, many Florida residents struggled with the registration system and appointments were filling up within minutes. It was a stressful time for most everyone who was hoping to receive one of the few vaccines allotted to our area. Without the help of some of our incredible Members, this already stressful situation could have been even worse.
When we heard through the grapevine that Members were reaching out to help each other secure appointments, we asked to hear your stories. Our inboxes were flooded with Members filled with gratitude sharing the names and stories of fellow Members who woke up early to selflessly help each other!



Tee Markers
Over the past few years, each of the three Shadow Wood golf courses have undergone extensive renovations. Since the reopening of The Preserve Course in October 2020, the SWCC Golf Committee had been planning a special final touch to celebrate the completion of all three courses and provide one additional new feature for all Members’ enjoyment.
 In early March 2021, the Teeing Grounds Markers transitioned from the traditional “color markers” to “roman numeral markers.”
It is truly a fantastic time to enjoy golf at Shadow Wood Country Club! The variety of the three golf courses, enhancements from the renovations, and camaraderie amongst our diverse golfing membership all add to the positive golfing experience.




Tee It Up For The Community
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 $35,000 was raised as a result of the Tee it up for Community program!




Golf Academy
With the pandemic forcing more people outside over the past year, the game of golf saw a steep increase in people playing across the country over the previous year. 3 million American’s played golf on a course for the first time ever. All of this activity of golf resulted in a very busy season at the Shadow Wood Golf Academy!
Over the last season, the professional golf staff offered 67 clinics, 25 instructional programs, 20 demo days, and too many individual lessons to count!
Personal club fittings in the Academy more than doubled from previous years. 274 individual clubs were fit as well as 40 full sets of irons. This year for the first time, Members were able to use the TaylorMade Fit Cart and demos. They also offered a comprehensive ball fitting experience with Titleist.




Hole-In-One
All those Golf Academy clinics, programs, and lessons must’ve paid off as there were over 36 Holes-in-One between the 3 Shadow Wood courses! Which is exactly double 2020 when we had 18 Holes-In-One. Congratulations to these Members who accomplished one of the most exciting achievements in golf!




Renovations
Shadow Wood Country Club has been evolving through a three-phase transformation process over the years to completely renovate the club facilities. From style to functionality, no stone was left unturned! Recognized by both the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) and Golf Inc. Magazine as Best Renovated Clubhouse in 2020, Shadow Wood has set the standard for club renovations locally and nationally.
The final phase of the clubhouse transformation began in Summer 2021. The project included the construction of a brand new 3,500 sq ft golf shop, a redesigned bag drop and arrival area, refurbishments to the ladies locker room, men’s grill expansion, and transformation of the existing golf shop space into a second card and game room.




2021 definitely threw us some curveballs. Yet at every step of the way, the Members’ spirits shown through in the brightest ways. The unwavering support of the Club and leadership from the Members allowed the team to continue providing services that made being a Member here even more valuable. We cannot wait to see what 2022 has in store for Shadow Wood Country Club.

Holiday Festivities at Shadow Wood

This time of the year brings the most important things in life into focus: family, friends, and the joys of the season.

At Shadow Wood Country Club, the holidays are always such a special time when we transform the Club into a Winter Wonderland and host our annual Holiday Parties! Simply click on the video below to watch a video capturing our spectacular holiday decorations, our Preserve Holiday Dinner, and our Holiday Celebration.


Eric Ruha Featured in the Florida Green Magazine

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Our Club has achieved so many exciting milestones in the last few years, most notably the successful renovations of all three Shadow Wood golf courses. This accomplishment has been recognized and featured by several industry publications including Club + Resort Business, Golf Course Architecture Magazine, and more.

Most recently however, the industry is taking notice of not only the project itself, but also our talented Director of Agronomy, Eric Ruha, who oversaw the completion of all three course renovations.

In the Fall 2021 issue of Florida Green Magazine, the official publication of the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association, Eric Ruha was featured on the cover and in a 6-page spread, celebrating his accomplishment of overseeing the triple renovation.

Eric has been a member of the Shadow Wood team for 19 years, beginning as the Superintendent of the Preserve Course since its grow-in phase, and later being promoted to Director of Agronomy with responsibility over all three courses. Eric is a Past President of the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association representing 1,700 members, and a long-time member of the national GSCAA representing 20,000 members around the world.

Please enjoy reading the article in the Florida Green Magazine here.

We are so fortunate to have Eric's expertise and dedication to provide our Member's with three outstanding golf courses here at Shadow Wood. We look forward to the continued success and spectacular playing conditions of the three signature courses at Shadow Wood Country Club!

Halfway There!

Shadow Wood Members voted to build a brand new Golf Shop which will feature over 3,000 square feet of retail space plus a converted Member arrival area including covered bag drop and covered walkways. The new structure will showcase spectacular views of the Golf Practice Facility. The new Golf Shop location will be adjacent to the Men's & Ladies Locker Rooms which are also receiving complete renovations this summer. The project commenced Spring 2021 with a projected completion date of December 2021. This will be done with no additional assessments to the Members and no interruption of services.


Things are moving quickly and it’s hard to believe that we are already at the halfway point of the Golf Shop renovation project!
Here is a quick overview of the accomplishments from the first half:





Looking ahead, DeAngelis Diamond, the general contractor for the project, has put together the following
milestone schedule for the project taking us through the projected completion date of December 15:




Here's a peek provided by the Naples, FL based Architect and Design Firm, AM Design Group, at what's to come! 




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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 8 of our golf professionals is that I heard 8 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
  • Mark Moffatt, PGA, Director of Golf Instruction, South 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.”
“We have many great golf holes throughout our 54 holes at Shadow Wood Country Club, but one of my favorites is No. 14 South. This is a wonderful risk reward hole that is challenging yet fair to all levels of golfers. From the teeing ground water guards the landing area along the right side of the fairway. There is plenty of room left if you choose not to take on the water. The green has a false front with a collection area to the right and a bunker left. The green looks smaller than it is from the fairway due to the green contours that create an illusion to the golfer. One of my favorite features of the hole is the preserve left of the landing area off the tee which is dominated by willow and other native trees and natural wildlife. It gives the player the feel of playing out in nature. If the player is bold enough the preferred play off the tee is down the right side of the fairway because it gives the player, the best angle and view of the green on their approach. From this angle the player has the additional option of landing the ball short and possibly running it up the false front. If the player chooses to fly the ball onto the green be sure to play to the middle of the green, because a ball not hit solid will roll back off the false front making for a challenging chip or putt up a steep incline.”
 
“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.”
 


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