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Golf Season Kickoff 2019

Golf Season Kickoff 2019

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


 

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

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

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

 

Spain Member Golf Trip

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

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

 


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




 

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



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



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

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

New Member Integration at Shadow Wood

How do I get involved as a Shadow Wood member?

One of the most important parts of the new member experience is meeting other members. Here are some ways that Shadow Wood helps facilitate this process to ensure our new members are quickly integrated into the Shadow Wood lifestyle!

Ambassador Program

All new members are paired with a Club Ambassador who is a current member at Shadow Wood. Both new members and Ambassadors complete a member interest form, and pairings are selected based on similar interests and demographics. The role of a Club Ambassador is to make sure new members are getting into golf games, comfortable attending events such as happy hour, meeting other members, and simply making sure they feel like you belong from the first day of membership at Shadow Wood!

New Member Events

Throughout season, numerous Club sponsored events are designed specifically for new members to mingle and get to know each other. A complimentary new member mixer cocktail party is hosted each year in January to welcome all members who have joined over the last year along with the current Board of Directors and management team. A new member 9 & Dine outing, new member bocce clinic & social, and new member tables at our major social events are a sample of other ways to get involved in the many aspects of the Club.

Newcomers Club

The Newcomers Club welcomes all members who have joined in the last 24 months to meet monthly for an organized breakfast at the Club. Since forming in 2017, the Newcomers group has grown to over 50 attendees at the monthly breakfasts and has led to the formation of additional groups including a bike club, book clubs, and regular golf, tennis & bocce games.

Member Name Tags

All members have name tags which are usually worn at the Club’s social events. This helps to create an inviting atmosphere for new and current members alike. Name tags include home town/state and all new members have a special indicator on their tag to let other members know they are new to the club in an effort to encourage conversation.

Orientation

The orientation is an important part of the integration process so that we can ensure new members have all of the information needed to enjoy the club. Orientations are conducted one-on-one with the Director of Membership and give new members a chance to ask us any questions they may have. We also have a special new member welcome gift including certificates for lessons with our Director of Golf and Director of Tennis.

2nd Live Update From The Construction Site

2nd Live Update from the Construction Site

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

 

Live From The Construction Site

Live From The Construction Site

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


 

Outdoor Casual Dining Construction Progress

Outdoor Casual Dining Construction Progress

We are two months into the construction of our brand new outdoor casual dining restaurant at Shadow Wood. Our team is working hard day in day out to complete this fantastic addition to the Club. As you'll see in the progress photos below, enormous strides have been made in just 2 months- the outcome is going to be fabulous! We are very excited as construction progresses so quickly and look forward to unveiling the finished product upon completion.

“Shadow Wood is committed to investing in its club facilities to provide the ultimate member experience, with the very best amenities,” said General Manager Brian Bartolec. “The new venue will give our team of employees a chance to deliver a new type of dining experience to our members in a more casual setting.

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2019 Season Ending Celebration

2019 Season Ending Celebration "Sand and Sea!"

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


 

Men's Legacy Invitational 2019

Men's Legacy Invitational 2019

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


 

Ladies Legacy Invitational 2019: The Silk Road

Ladies Legacy Invitational 2019: The Silk Road

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


 

Shadow Wood Lettuce: Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tour

Shadow Wood Lettuce: Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tour

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


 

Culinary Scene at Shadow Wood

Culinary Scene at Shadow Wood

Our Chefs at Shadow Wood work hard to provide our members an exceptional dining experience. With a wide variety of tastes and preferences to accommodate from such a diverse membership, it is important to provide options on all ends of the culinary spectrum. Amongst our innovative breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, our endless dining choices range from casual to gourmet. For our wine enthusiasts, we offer Fine Food and Wine, Vintners Wine Dinners, and Wine Tastings. Foodies will enjoy a plethora of various gourmet events offered year-round. For those who opt for a lighter fare, our Casual Dining options include Brick Oven Pizza Night, Taco Night, Burger Nights and more. At select social events, our culinary team offers exciting Live Action Stations where they prepare the food right in front of your eyes! There is something for every taste palette and dining preference at Shadow Wood Country Club.

Featured Entrées:
Roasted Rack of Lamb (left) & Bouquet Salad (right)

    

A top priority for our Chefs at Shadow Wood is providing quality food from sustainable sources, and we do so by acquiring farm to table from local farmers and seafood from sustainable fisherman not harming the environment with practices such as overfishing. “At Shadow Wood, we take pride in ensuring the sustainability of our food. We do so by buying from vendors that produce natural, hydroponic, GMO-free, and pesticide-free ingredients,” said Executive Chef Richard Crisanti. As environmental needs are evolving, and food sustainability is becoming more and more important, it is our commitment to be ethically responsible in this sense. “We work hand in hand with our vendors to know exactly where our food comes from and won’t bring in anything that is subpar in quality,” he added. For example, the Steelhead Trout currently offered on the menu is raised in pure Rocky Mountain spring water, in the heart of Idaho, raised from their own elite pedigree, 100% traceable steelhead eggs.  

Featured Entrées:
Tropical Lobster Salad (left) & Skillet Roasted Steelhead Trout (right)

 

One of the many benefits of dining at Shadow Wood Country Club versus a regular restaurant establishment is that our Chefs are here solely to serve you. They use your feedback to constantly improve and evolve our dining options. We change our dining menu every few weeks to keep our offerings fresh and relevant, while still providing your classic Club favorites. We always make sure to provide heart healthy, gluten free, and vegan dishes for our members. To go a step further, our culinary team takes our members preferences into very careful consideration while serving them, by keeping record of various allergies and dietary restrictions to ensure a dining experience catered to them.

Featured Entrées:
Tuxedo Tuna (left) & Pan Seared Scallops (right)

 

To provide top quality cuisine, we enlist only top quality talent. Our head Chefs, Executive Chef Richard Crisanti and Chef de Cuisine Boun Chanthavong have a combined 40 years in the culinary industry. Both Chefs graduated from top culinary universities; Chef Rich from Johnson & Wales and Chef Boun from Le Cordon Bleu. Chef Rich is a Certified Executive Chef (CEC), a World Certified Executive Chef (WCEC), a Certified Culinary Administrator (CCA), and a Certified Culinary Evaluator. He is the President of the ACF (American Culinary Federation) Caxambas Chapter of Southwest Florida and received the Presidential Medallion Award at the national convention in 2017. In 2013 and 2014 he received the honor of Chef of the Year through the Caxambas Chapter. Chef Rich is a member of many prestigious culinary societies such as the Disciples of Escoffier and the Chaine des Rotisseurs. Chef Boun is a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and has been an active member of the ACF (American Culinary Federation) for over ten years. He recently placed first at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s “Farm to Table Vegetarian Signature Competition" with his delicious Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini Cannelloni featured below.

Featured Entrées:
Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini Cannelloni (left) & Roasted Beets with Apple Salad and Pesto Vinaigrette (right)

 

We truly do have the best of the best here at Shadow Wood, including flavorful cuisine, top notch wine events, unparalleled culinary expertise, and distinguished service. All the aforementioned characteristics attribute to what makes Shadow Wood one of the top Clubs in Southwest Florida, and the Club where people are proud to belong!
 

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

Golf Tip with Mark Moffatt

Our Shadow Wood video series “Tips from the Pros” feature Shadow Wood professionals sharing with you the knowledge of their expertise. The video below features Mark Moffatt, Director of Instruction, sharing his golf tip on an exercise that will help you hit further with your current swing technique. Mark earned his Class "A" PGA Membership at Pinehurst Resort where he was a Golf instructor and a part of the operations team for the 1999 US Open. In 2000, Mark opened The Club at Mediterra as Head Golf Professional. He was one of the first 100 PGA Professionals to earn the "PGA Certified Instructor" designation and is also a Jim Hardy Plane Truth Certified Instructor. This year, Mark was recognized as the 2018 Southwest Florida Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year.


 

Shadow Wood "Tips from the Pros": Tennis Tip with Scott Harrington

Tennis Tip with Scott Harrington

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 Scott Harrington, Head Tennis Professional, sharing his tennis tip on forehand volley. Scott Harrington joined Shadow Wood in 2012 as an Assistant Tennis Professional and was promoted to Head Tennis Professional in 2013. He has been a member of the United States Tennis Professional Association for over 20 years. Scott is also the seasonal Tennis Director at the Siasconset Casino Club in Nantucket, Massaschusetts. Scott was an All American tennis player at Palm Beach College and ranked #1 in the nation Men's USPTA Open Doubles.


 

Shadow Wood Country Club Brand Film

Shadow Wood Country Club Brand Film

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


 

New Year's Eve Gala Video

New Year's Eve Gala at Shadow Wood

We were pleased to have 150 members join us to ring in the New Year at the Club at our annual New Year's Eve Gala. Our members danced the night away accompanied by live entertainment from Paul Vesco Band, gourmet food live action stations, culminated by a grand balloon drop at midnight. Please enjoy this special live action video created from the highlights of the night. It was truly a special evening. Thank you to everyone who joined us and Happy New Year!


 

Shadow Wood Holiday Junior Golf Camp Video

Shadow Wood Holiday Junior Golf Camp Video

Last week at Shadow Wood, we hosted a 2 day Junior Golf Camp for the children in town for the holidays. It was a huge success with over 30 kids participating each day! It was wonderful to see them having so much fun either learning the sport of golf, or building upon the skills they already have. In the video below, you’ll see the juniors in action participating in the day’s activities such as snag baseball, birdie ball tic tac toe, and more.


 

Flyover Friday: South Course Hole 16

Flyover Friday: South Course Hole 16

Flyover Friday! Please enjoy a video flyover of Hole 16 on the South Course at Shadow Wood Country Club. Let us know in the comments which course & hole would you like to see a flyover video of next; with 54 holes of golf at Shadow Wood there are plenty to choose from!
 

 

Flyover Friday: North Course Hole 11 Par 4

Flyover Friday: North Course Hole 11 Par 4

Flyover Friday! Please enjoy an early morning video flyover of this beautiful Par 4 on the 11th hole of the North Course at Shadow Wood Country Club. Let us know in the comments which course & hole would you like to see a flyover video of next; with 54 holes of golf at Shadow Wood there are plenty to choose from!


 

Catch of the Day with Chef Rich

Catch of the Day with Chef Rich

In the video below, “Catch of the Day with Chef Rich”, Executive Chef Richard Crisanti prepares a 70 pound Swordfish fresh from the Atlantic Ocean in preparation for a special Bistro Dining menu feature for our members this weekend. The featured dishes will be an appetizer of Swordfish Kabob with Pina Colada Sauce or an entree of Grilled Swordfish with Pineapple Salsa and Black Rice. Please enjoy this behind-the-scenes video of Chef in action, and make sure to stop by the Club to try these delicious dishes for yourself!


 
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