The nice spring weather has become more conducive to additional outdoor activities and with that we have developed some outdoor activities for you, your family and guests to enjoy. Such as our weekly cookout at the new outdoor dining area next to the bocce ball court. We have bocce ball and croquet set up every Sunday afternoon starting at 3:00 pm for all to play and you can also partake in half price appetizers and drink specials. Of course there is great golf, tennis, pickleball and outdoor dining for your enjoyment. Executive Chef David is finalizing his new menus to debut in early April and he is bringing back small plate dinner options as well as some traditional favorites and some new trendy food options to please the plate. The Social Committee is working on developing a new wine menu, so if you have any ideas please let me know and I will pass them along. There are so many recreational and soon to be social opportunities for you to partake in at the club. If you have any ideas for events or activities please let me know.

Happy Spring!

The Board of Directors at its January meeting voted for a 3.5% dues increase effective April 1st, 2021. While the Club’s 2020 financial year was favorable, it was a result of good expense management and the substantial benefit from the covid-19 federal government relief the Club received. We do not expect aid of this amount going forward.
 
In addition to the continuing health crisis, financial challenges to Duck Woods remain. The club has sustained years of rising product costs and both staff and professional labor costs without adequate dues increases. In all but one of the last few years we have used our cash reserve to cover our revenue shortfalls. Without some adjustments the Club will continually be challenged as expenses outpace revenues. A small dues increase at this time helps reverse the trend of using cash and keeps us on a better financial path.

ADULT INSTRUCTION
(weather permitting)

Tuesday
Open Tennis Clinic
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday
2.0 – 2.5 Tennis Clinic
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3.5 & Up Tennis Clinic
6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.

Friday
Newbies Pickleball Clinic
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Doubles Strategy Tennis Clinic
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday
2.0—2.5 Tennis Clinic
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

JUNIOR TENNIS INSTRUCTION
(weather permitting)

Monday-Friday

Red Ball (4-7 year olds)
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
*Call for availability

Contact Kevin to set up a Middle School or High School Group Clinic

PICKLEBALL WEEKLY PLAY SCHEDULE:
Advance Play
Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Sundays
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Newbies Play
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Open Play (All Levels)
Saturdays
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please call the Tennis Shop at 252-261-6438 or e-mail dwtennis@duckwoodscc.com

RACQUET SPORTS TIP
From: Kevin Cretella, The Director of Racquet Sports

“The Topspin Pickleball Serve”


To hit an effective topspin pickleball serve pretend that the paddle is like a tongue that is licking up the back of the ball to impart the topspin. Try this tip out this month and let me know how it works for you!

BALL MACHINE RENTALS
Contact Kevin or Whitney at dwtennis@duckwoodscc.com to rent the pickleball or tennis ball machine.

The pickleball or tennis ball machine can be rented for:
$10 per hour
$90 for a yearly single plan
$110 for a yearly family plan

New Machine Yearly Package Rental Deals:
$135 for a yearly single plan for both the pickleball and tennis ball machines
$165 for a yearly family plan for both the pickleball and tennis ball machines

ATTENTION SOCIAL MEMBERS
Upgrade to a Family Pickleball Membership for just $32 more per month!

NEED NEW TENNIS OR PICKLEBALL EQUIPMENT?
Check out our selection in the pro shop! If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can always order what you need!

UPCOMING RACQUET SPORTS EVENTS

April 3rd (Saturday)
Racquet Sports Spring Kick-Off

May 15 & 16 (Saturday & Sunday)
Pickleball Tournament

May 22nd (Saturday)
Ladies Swinging Into Spring Tennis Tournament

May 31st (Monday)
Red, White, & Blue Social

The Professional Staff and I want to invite you to the 2021 Masters Par 3 Tournament on Wednesday, April 7th for a 1pm Shotgun Start. Grab your friends and build your own team for a Captains Choice event. All 18-Holes will be converted to Par 3’s. Guests are encouraged to participate, and a great way to showcase all of the great camaraderie that your club has to offer. This event does not require a handicap, as we will post-flight the field once all of the scores are in.

Personally, I am very excited for Tuesday, April 13th. This is our first LGA event of the season; the LGA Quarterly. The LGA Quarterly is a 9-hole event and is a Captains Choice format, followed by great food and fellowship in the clubhouse. I hope to see all of our ladies out and kick off to the 2021 LGA Season with a large turnout.

We have our Demo Day scheduled for Thursday, April 29 from 12pm until 4pm. Callaway, Cleveland, Srixon, and XXIO will be on the Practice Tee showcasing their 2021 clubs. This is a great opportunity to test out new clubs and compare them with your current clubs. Launch monitors will be used by all of the manufacturers, and your Professional Staff will be on the Practice Tee to help answer any questions you might have on the new equipment.

I hope to see you around the club,
Aaron Palen, PGA Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

The Masters Par 3 Tournament
Wednesday, April 7th

1:00pm Shotgun Start
$30 Entry Fee Includes Prizes & Lunch

  • Team Scramble
  • Build Your Own Team
  • Singles Welcome
  • No Handicap Required
  • Post-Flighted
  • Special Contests

Registration Closes at 5:00 pm on April 5th

Demo Day
Thursday, April 29th

12:00pm until 4:00pm

  • Fittings Recommended
  • Walk-ons Welcome

(252) 261-2609 / dwgolf@duckwoodscc.com

Come join us! The Newbees is a ladies’ golf group for those who are new to golf or are just getting back into it. No experience is needed. The goal is to learn a bit of golf in a FUN and relaxed environment with NO pressure!

Our golf pro, Aaron Palen, has graciously offered to vol- unteer his time in helping the Newbees get acclimated to golf. The $10 participation fee, payable at our Kickoff meeting on May 4th, will get you a summer of learning golf basics, making new friends, and having lots of fun!

For those with DWCC social memberships (non-golf memberships) come and try Newbees to see if golf is for you. You may participate in all Newbees clinics at no charge beyond the initial $10 participation fee. Any New- bees play on the course would be charge at the 9-hole guest fee rate. We’re hoping you enjoy golf so much that you end up switching to a golf membership!

I received a list from last year’s coordinators with the names of those that had expressed an interest previously and those on the list should have received a notification that you were added to the Newbees 2021 group. If you have not gotten that notification, please feel free to call or e-mail me…Colleen Hummel 703-395-0133 mchummels@outlook.com…and I will add you to the group.

We are excited to begin a new class of Newbees! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. See you on May 4th!

Colleen Hummel
mchummels@outlook.com 
703-395-0133

Mary Kendrick
mmkendrick@aol.com

Cheri Cosgrove
cheri.cosgrove@verizon.net

Donna Countryman
2mildon@embarqmail.com

2021 JUNIOR SPORTS CAMP
Come join us for our 2021 Junior Sports Camp!
Enjoy Golf, Swimming, Tennis, and Pickleball!

The dates are as follows for camp:
July 5th-9th / August 2nd-6th

Children: Ages 5-13
Cost: Individual: $175 Per Week / Two or more: $160 Per Week
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Junior Sports Camp is open to children of members and members grandchildren. 50 children per camp allowed.

Please contact Erica in the office to sign up at 252-261-2744

The weather has not cooperated much in March for Tuesday play days, yet we have had a good showing of ladies playing on the days the weather has been decent. Pictured below is a group shot of the Bunkers Bees after a beautiful afternoon of golf followed by a time of fellowship around the fire pit. As you can see the Bunker Bees is the group of women who is on the golf course when the weather cooperates. It seems the golf is the reason they gather, the wine and laughter afterwards are why they keep coming back.

As you know the Ladies Golf Association (LGA) is an optional organization in which the lady golfers at Duck Woods collectively have a voice in golf operations. Our dues are $20 per year and are due now. Sandy Feyrer is our treasurer and would be grateful if we would get our dues in soonest. If you are like me, and don’t remember if you paid your 2021 dues, send an email to Sandy at sfeyrer@feyrerobx.com she can let you know your status. If you need to pay, there is an envelope in the Ladies’ Lock Room to place a check or smaller envelopes to enclose cash and your name then put in the dues envelope.
 
Please mark your calendars, for the first quarterly of the season on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. We have no idea what the latest meeting guidelines will be by then or who will be comfortable, after vaccinations, to join us for the meal and meeting; but life marches on and we intend to play golf and conduct the business of the LGA. A sign-up will be posted in the Pro Shop soon. You will be able to tell us your desire for golf and food (dine in or take out). I’m praying for good weather, fun golf, and sweet fellowship. It has been a long winter of no golf for me due to family responsibilities in Texas. Let’s kick off the season with a good showing of golfers.
 
Remember, to post your scores after play (preferably on the day you play). If you do not have a GHIN account, the Pro Shop staff can help you establish one. I understand that we will return to turning in our score cards after rounds again as well as being able to post in the Pro Shop very soon.
 
Hit ’em straight and enjoy time on our awesome course and in our beautiful clubhouse.

Cherri Wheeler

Hooray! The 2021 Tournament season is just around the corner. Get your clubs out and start practicing. The MGA holds a number of tournaments from May through October. Our first one is Saturday May 1st 2021. It will be a Lone Ranger (Yellow Ball). Entrants will be teamed up randomly by level of play. This is to encourage interaction between players that normally don’t play together. The fee is to be established (depends on the prizes and treats). The pro shop is opening up to use the computer to enter your scores to maintain or start a handicap. If you need help Aaron will be there to assist. You must be a MGA member to play in the tournaments. It is just $15.00 to join for the year. New club members are free for the first year. See Aaron to sign up. Also another fun event is the Ringer card. The Ringer event starts April 30th. Cards will be in the men’s locker room. This is a season long event. You keep track of your best score for each hole all season long on your card. At the end of the season awards are presented to those with the lowest scores. TOO MUCH FUN!! Join The MGA and get in the action.

Ed Kitchen

FARE-THE-WELL TOM

This is one of those articles you hate to write. The man who has been personally responsible for making Duck Woods one of the best golf courses you’ll ever play is saying goodbye. Tom Wallwork is a golf turf wizard. Through wet periods, long dry spells, grass fungus, weed infestation, heavy golf play, even hurricanes, Tom has maintained our fairways and greens in near immaculate condition. But more than that, we will miss the man. We will miss him scurrying across the golf course to some immediate problem, but always smiling and waving, or even stopping a second for a brief chat. We’ll miss him and his compadre Callie, sometimes running by his side, but mostly riding shotgun in the golf cart. We’ll miss seeing Callie chase all geese away (actually swimming after a tennis ball Tom has thrown in a pond near the geese). But most of all, we will miss him as a friend. Good luck Tom, you will be sorely missed. On behalf of the Men’s Golf Association, and actually for every golfing member of Duck Woods, we wish you the best of luck in your ventures south. Come back anytime. I’m sure you won’t having any trouble finding a member that would love for you to play as their guest, me included.

Curt Baskette

There is excitement in the air! The ospreys are back! With many of us getting vaccines, some of the weight of the past year is beginning to lift, helped along by longer and warmer days!

WADWCC clubs will be up and running in full force during the spring. Kayaking trips and bike rides, which have been on a hiatus during the winter, will be starting back up. Spring is also a great time to join in with the walking, bird watching or dog walking clubs. Contact a club leader if you need any information.

Mark your calendar for our April 7th program. Carl Curnutte, Executive Director of the Elizabethan Gardens, will go in-depth on butterflies and explain how to attract them to our gardens.

Looking forward to seeing you all this Spring!

President, Carol Riggin

Corresponding Secretary – Jeannette Grimes
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Membership – Michele Maslak
New members are always welcome! Please reach out to me with questions or interest. (michelemaslak@gmail.com)

Programs – Bobbie Perry
Since our March meeting, many of us are rethinking a piece of history as we learned it in school. Scott Dawson, a native of Buxton, presented a compelling argument that the Lost Colonists were never lost but migrated to Hatteras Island and assimilated with the Croatoan Indians there. He displayed several archaeological artifacts unearthed in that area that prove the existence of English residents in the 16th century. More intriguing details of Mr. Dawson’s research are documented in his book “The Lost Colony and Hatteras Island.”

We are so happy to welcome back our friend Carl Curnutte to our April meeting to share his expertise about butterflies! As Executive Director of the Elizabethan Gardens, Carl will tell us about the Butterfly House there and about its scheduled releases of these gorgeous creatures. He will also give us valuable tips on attracting butterflies to the beautiful gardens that we are all creating from ideas given by our January and February program presenters!

Food Pantry – Judy Copeman
The Pantry is looking for some computer savvy people to help with an upcoming project to create an online shopping site for clients. If interested in this or other volunteer opportunities, please contact us at 261-2756.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
Food for Thought was able to buy 38 Food Lion gift cards with the $715 we raised at our Spread the Love event.

Dare County students will return to school on March 1 which means we no longer need to provide volunteers for food bag distribution. We will continue to pack following Covid guidelines on Wednesdays. We have enough packing volunteers for the month of March, and I will ask for volunteers for April – June as soon as I get the schedule. If you would like to be on the FFT email list, please let me know at jflakowicz@gmail.com

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse & Marilyn Connaughton
Literary Ducks Book and movie Club will meet on Monday April 19, at 10:30 AM. Our April selection is WHISKEY IN A TEACUP by Reese Witherspoon. Our discussion facilitator will be Mary Lou Hoffert. The meeting will be via ZOOM and a link will be sent to members shortly before the meeting date. Any questions contact Ellen Kruse.

Welcome Wagon – Patty Nelson
We are really excited to “welcome” Lisa Schulz and Robert Gonsa to the club!

Communications/Cookbook – Dee Lewis
The Tasty Treasures cookbook has generated an additional 14 sales with a net profit to WADWCC of $75.52. Total profit from LULU sales to date is $284.90. The book is available at LULU bookstore.

COVID Management Perspective

Members have mentioned how pleased they have been with club operations during the pandemic. Also, concerning my perspective on club operations, in which I touch on below.

My managerial philosophy has evolved with the challenges that we have faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to be a more effective leader during this unfortunate situation, I have made adjustments in four key areas:

Club Facilities: Our goal was to provide an oasis of enhanced safety, where members, guests and staff could participate in a way that was both fun and healthy. We installed sanitization stations throughout the property, and in our golf and pull carts. Our outdoor dining areas were expanded, adding heat towers. A hospital grade sterilization fogger was used daily in our clubhouse. These are just a few examples of the new initiatives we implemented in order to limit the spread of the virus.

Staff: We have to care about the whole person, including their emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Being empathic allows your team to be vulnerable, so that you can truly understand what they need to be safe and successful. That could be a sympathetic ear, words of encouragement, time-off or food and supplies for them and their family. Interest free loans were offered, and a psychologist was available for staff to speak with if needed. Providing avenues for open expression has allowed us to rise above any divisions and thrive as individuals and as a company.

Finances: Zero-based budgeting has always been at the core of my approach to financial management, and this discipline has led to successful financial plans over the past 15 years. We have consolidated certain positions and cross-trained our team to be able to work across departments. For example, administrative staff has assisted the food and beverage service department and I have worked in facility maintenance.

Programs: Beyond our amenities, we didn’t want to ignore our club social offerings. How can we continue to provide a top quality, personalized member and guest experience, while ensuring that safety remains the priority? The answer came in the form of smaller, distanced, outdoor group events, online instructional videos from our golf, racquet sports, and culinary staff, and safe, themed experiences like drive-in movie nights. We also created a member pantry where we delivered essential items to members who were more at risk for COVID-19.

Thanks to our pristine facilities, recreational amenities, engaging programs and safe interactions, our club has truly become a home away from home, at a time when it is needed most. I have consulted with many clubs during this challenging time and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to help other facilities appropriately respond to this crisis.

In accordance with section 3-3.1, 3-3.2 and 3-3.3 of the By-Laws, the following named individuals were nominated by a Board-approved Nominating Committee:

Dave Ahearn
Paul Kruse
Jan Collins
John Mercer
Betsy McCaughey
Dave Roberts

The three (3) individuals with the highest votes will serve a 3-year term on the Board of Directors.

Election information including ballots to be distributed in the near future.