Memorable Moments

by Jessie Ammons

 Dec 22, 2016 at 3:39 PM

For a stately ceremony, cherished anniversary, or intimate celebration, McConnell Golf members and outside guests partner with club staff to host unforgettable events.

With historic courses outside and traditional warmth inside, McConnell Golf clubhouses epitomize elegance and style. This was certainly true for Katie Calabro, who hosted her September 2016 wedding at Providence Country Club in Charlotte. “My husband and I had such a fantastic experience hosting our wedding at Providence Country Club,” Katie says. “Dorianne was such a pleasure to work with ... She truly helped us in every way possible and made the wedding planning experience enjoyable and stress free. As for our ceremony and reception, everything was gorgeous. It was everything we could have ever wanted! The club is the perfect spot for photos inside and out, and the whole staff is accommodating and friendly. The food was delicious and our guests had a fabulous time.”

Whether sticking close to home or venturing to a sister property, hosting a show-stopping event is fun and easy with the following accompaniments: 

  - Refined and comfortable seating options
  - Glassware, flatware, and tableware
  - Tables covered with classic club linen
  - Customizable menus for any meal and hors d’oeuvres
  - Bartender consultation and available drink menus
  - On-site coordination and day-of execution
  - Indoor and outdoor spaces with access to outside settings including verandas and pavilions

To learn more about weddings at Providence Country Club in Charlotte, please visit http://www.providenceccweddings.com/ 

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Proper Impact

by Kevin Reardon

 Dec 19, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Ben Hogan always said, “The secret is in the turf.” In the following video, featuring Providence Country Club's Justin Mathers and Kevin Reardon, turf paint is used to illustrate proper contact. 

The red line represents where the ball lays on the turf. By painting a line and hitting balls that lie directly on top of the line, it allows the student to identify where the contact took place. You’ll note in the video that a thin shot typically takes little to no turf. A heavy or fat shot will always happen when the club enters the turf behind the painted line. A well struck, or solid shot will be executed by hitting the golf ball first then followed by the club entering the turf on the target side of the painted line. 

To hit proper chips/pitches, do your best to have a flat left wrist at impact for righties, and flat right wrist at impact for lefties. If you feel as though your hands are in front of the club-head at impact, you’ll most likely be in the correct position to execute proper and solid contact. When you look at the impact with the paint you’ll instantly get feedback, thus the secret is no longer undisclosed.
    

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Fitting in Fitness

by Jessie Ammons

 Dec 13, 2016 at 9:56 PM

Resourceful planning has yielded impressive improvements at four McConnell Golf Clubs. Thanks to ingenious use of clubhouse spaces, the Country Club of Asheville and Holston Hills Country Club have brand-new fitness centers; and Old North State Club has significantly renovated its center.

Soon, a similar facelift will be underway at Providence Country Club. “We’re excited to be doubling the footprint of our existing fitness center,” says general manager Howard Murphy. The plan is to swap the locations of the clubhouse’s golf shop and fitness center, and also add a kids’ zone adjacent to the new fitness location. “We’ve never had a kids’ zone before, and we’re really looking forward to that,” Murphy says. Murphy anticipates a late spring 2017 debut for the new center.

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Connecting the Clubs

by Brad King

 Apr 01, 2016 at 5:08 PM

McConnell Golf’s recent purchases of renowned Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville and Providence Country Club in Charlotte mark inaugural ventures into a pair of new markets — while also tying together the membership network of 12 private golf club properties in the Carolinas and Tennessee.

Given the Strategic Location of McConnell Golf clubs throughout the Carolinas, the Charlotte market has long been the missing piece. The Queen City is as vibrant as it has ever been and the golf-crazed city stands geographically as a centerpiece destination connecting many of McConnell Golf’s 11 other golf properties around the Southeast.

McConnell Golf’s February purchase of Providence Country Club changes all that. Located in southeast Charlotte, Providence Country Club was established in 1989 and has developed a reputation as one of Charlotte’s premier family country clubs. Providence’s pristine 18-hole Dan Maples layout, redesigned by Mike Gleason in 2006, measures 7,021 yards and plays to a par of 72.

As it relates to the McConnell Golf family, Maples is the son of longtime Donald Ross protégé Ellis Maples. When Ross passed away in 1948 during construction of Raleigh Country Club, the elder Maples finished the job and served as Raleigh Country Club’s original superintendent and head golf professional. Together, the team of Ellis and Dan Maples helped create 17 outstanding courses including Grandfather Mountain in Linville, North Carolina, and the Country Club of North Carolina Dogwood Course in Pinehurst.

McConnell Golf owner and CEO John McConnell says he has long sought to acquire a country club in the Charlotte market and that the Providence acquisition connects the proverbial dots. “Along with giving us a truly outstanding club in a fast-growing urban area, Providence provides close proximity to several of our other courses including

Old North State Club and The Country Club of Asheville. Plus Providence is only 90 minutes from Musgrove Mill,” McConnell says. “This deal ties together our entire network of clubs, particularly our corporate memberships.”

McConnell Golf plans to spend the next few years renovating the course using an expert architect, while also providing numerous other substantial improvements around the club. Providence’s extensive amenities include 14 tennis courts and state-of-the-art aquatic facilities, with three swimming pools and a newly constructed outdoor bar and dining area with a fire pit.

“We are planning major improvements during the next several years, totaling around $4 million,” says McConnell Golf COO Christian Anastasiadis. “We will focus on new fitness and activity areas, along with the clubhouse and the golf course with a top recognized architect firm. 

From tee to green, Providence is considered one of the most pristine and challenging golf courses in Charlotte. The layout provides a unique test to the accomplished golfer without polarizing the novice. The originality of Maples’ design equates to five par-5s (three on the back nine), five par-3s (three in the first six holes), and eight par-4 holes, which are always complex and exciting. The uniqueness and beauty of each hole, with bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways, complement five-tiered tee boxes designed to accommodate all skill levels. Practice makes perfect and Providence has it all; multiple first-class putting greens, two short-game practice areas and a full-swing driving range.

“Our club is very family-oriented. We have a lot of young members and a lot of kids,” says longtime Providence Di- rector of Instruction Leslie Elmore, who spent four years after her college career at N.C. State trying her hand on professional tours in Europe and Asia. “We’ve got a very active membership. I give a lot of lessons. We have a warm, welcoming membership. People are very down- to-earth, not pretentious at all.”

A true neighborhood country club, the membership roster is mostly comprised of residents from nearby developments Providence and Providence Crossing.

“The Providence property reminds us a little bit of Wakefield, because it’s very big,” says McConnell Golf Director of Golf Boomer Kittler. “Big membership, big neighborhood, nice clubhouse, good swimming, and tennis facilities. Now it’s just a matter of what we can do to enhance it. Providence has the potential to be really good with the work we are going to do to the golf course. There are some incredible clubs around Charlotte that are tough to compete with — when you think about Quail Hollow, Charlotte Country Club, Myers Park, and places like that — but we think Providence has the ability to take it from a Big Four to a Big Five type deal.”

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