Raising the Bar

by Kasey O

 Aug 14, 2018 at 8:28 PM

Providence’s house-infused spirits elevate craft cocktails.

Craft cocktails are all the rage, and mixology has become an art form revered by bartenders. Luckily for McConnell members, we’re fortunate to have some amazing bartenders across our properties.

At Providence Country Club, Food and Beverage Manager Steve Windham and his assistant, Levi Bennett, took their behind-the-bar innovation to the next level. The result? They now produce their own house-infused spirits. “While touring other venues, I noticed that several were starting to play around with their own house-infused spirits,” says Windham. “But this old-school way of infusing liquor is a very long process that generally yields inconsistent results. We researched newer processes, and found that with today’s technology, we’re able to infuse our spirits in-house in less than an hour from start to finish with consistent results every time.”

Liquors are infused with fruits and herbs; most include lime, mango, rosemary, and basil, but the possibilities are seemingly endless. Providence’s new infusing method allows the cocktails to be infused “on demand” in 15 minutes or less. This quick technique allows the bartending crew to set up “infuse your own” liquor stations at member events, where attendees can get inventive with their cocktails. The first event was held on New Year’s Eve, and needless to say, it was a hit. “This infusion program has gained a solid following for us here at Providence,” says Windham. “We are not simply making drinks for our members. We’re creating unique cocktails that they can only find here.”

We’ll raise a glass to that — cheers!

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Honoring Memories

by Martha-Page Althaus

 Aug 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM

For 21 years — and counting — Charlotte’s Providence Country Club has joined forces with Hospice of Union County.

When Providence hosted Hospice of Union County’s Griffin Motor Company Golf Tournament in May, old friends gathered, memories were shared, and record funds were raised. The event contributed $167,000 to Hospice of Union County, the largest amount ever raised for the organization.

Inspired by his personal experience with hospice care, Providence member Rob Kreisher started the event in 1996. From year one, the tournament has been held at Providence and has raised $1.8 million for the organization overall.

“Hospice took care of some of my family members, and I was so impressed with what they did,” he says. “They not only helped patients who were dying, but they taught the family about the process.”

One of the reasons this tournament is successful is because members are committed to playing it.

“We sell out every year,” says Kreisher. “People fly in from all over the country and most everyone comes back year after year. This is a charity that the players want to support. Before we present the check to Hospice of Union County, everyone’s always asking me, ‘What’s the check going to be?’ They under- stand the impact of what they’ve done.”

This year’s event began with a barbecue lunch overlooking the 18th hole, where family and friends purchased in-memory signs to honor loved ones.

“It’s a nice way to pay respect,” says Susanna Trotter, corporate communications associate for Carolinas HealthCare System.

Before the first tee-off, a bagpiper played two verses of “Amazing Grace,” followed by a balloon release on the back of the 18th green.

After the round, a dinner reception and silent auction capped the day. Items for bid included a football signed by Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly as well as Lilly Pulitzer and Tory Burch items.

But the tournament is more than just a round of golf and an evening with friends.

“Every year, families tell us how much they enjoy the day, and they’re so glad to be a part of it,” says Trotter. “Tears are shed as everyone reminisces. They appreciate all that is done to raise funds because hospice helped their loved ones at the end of their lives. They appreciate that this keeps happening, and they’re given the chance to honor those special memories.”

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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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