19 Staff Training

The Importance of Food Safety and Staff Training in Encouraging Growth and Advancement

At 19 Bar and Restaurant, we believe that food safety is not just a regulatory requirement but a fundamental pillar of our commitment to excellence. Recently, our entire team participated in the ServSafe Food Safety Course, a comprehensive training program facilitated by renowned chefs Jeff Rotz and Matthew Dennis. This initiative underscores our dedication to maintaining the highest standards in food safety and service, ensuring that our guests enjoy both delicious and safe dining experiences.

Comprehensive Training for Comprehensive Safety
The ServSafe Food Safety Course covered crucial topics such as food safety, proper food storage, sanitation, and front-of-house service standards. Over four days, our staff engaged in intensive training sessions, gaining valuable insights and skills that are essential for the seamless operation of our restaurant. The course not only refreshed their knowledge but also introduced them to new practices and techniques that enhance our service quality.

Certification and Recognition
We are proud to announce that Chef Aretha Colebrook and Restaurant Manager Patrice Coleman successfully completed the ServSafe Manager Examination, earning certifications that reflect their proficiency and commitment to food safety management. This achievement is a testament to our dedication to continuous learning and professional development.

Practical Skills and New Practices
Our training emphasized key practices such as First In, First Out (F.I.F.O) inventory techniques, sanitizing surfaces, cutting techniques, and managing food prep times. By reinforcing these practices, we ensure that our kitchen operates efficiently and safely. Additionally, we are implementing new procedures such as rearranging and labeling storage areas to streamline food flow and improve organization.

Aligning with Our Commitment to Excellence
This training aligns perfectly with our restaurant’s overarching commitment to food safety. We are dedicated to serving safe food and demonstrating best practices consistently. The training reminded us of the importance of being intentional and diligent in our daily operations, reinforcing our pledge to maintain the highest standards in food preparation.

Positive Impact on Staff Morale and Teamwork
The feedback from our staff has been overwhelmingly positive. Monique found the training to be a refreshing reminder of the correct way of doing things. Aretha expressed excitement about the prospect of further learning opportunities, and Joan highlighted the encouragement to operate as a cohesive team, striving to deliver the best service possible. Such feedback illustrates the positive impact that comprehensive training can have on staff morale and teamwork.

Encouraging Growth and Advancement
Investing in staff training not only enhances their skills and knowledge but also fosters a sense of belonging and professional growth. When staff feel valued and empowered, they are more likely to pursue advancement opportunities within the organization. At 19 Bar and Restaurant, we are committed to supporting our staff through ongoing training and development, recognizing that their growth directly contributes to our success.

Conclusion
The importance of food safety and staff training cannot be overstated. At 19 Bar and Restaurant, we are dedicated to upholding the highest standards in food safety, ensuring that our guests enjoy safe and delightful dining experiences. Through comprehensive training programs like the ServSafe Food Safety Course, we empower our staff with the skills and knowledge they need to excel, fostering an environment of growth, teamwork, and professional advancement. As we continue to prioritize food safety and staff development, we look forward to serving our community with excellence and integrity.

2024 Women’s Golf Day

Wow, what an amazing day it was for Women’s Golf Day at the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club! The weather was perfect, and we had a fantastic turnout. Here’s a recap of the day’s events:

We kicked off the festivities at 2:00 PM with a specialty mocktail/cocktail hour, courtesy of Vanessa from Wine Cellar. The Strawberry Lemongrass Grey Goose Mocktail/Cocktail was a hit, and we are grateful to Wine Cellar for their generous sponsorship. Due to morning golfers, there was a slight delay with some carts, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as they became available.

Participants had a lot of fun trying to win and exhibiting their putting skills during the Putting Challenge, aiming to be closest to the wine bottle. At 3:00 PM, the Par 3 Scramble on the Front Nine provided an exciting and brisk pace of play with holes ranging from 60 to 130 yards, set up by Ashley. This type of golf was a great way for our novice ladies, some who had never picked up a golf ball before, to feel quite at home and not under any pressure.

After the scramble, we enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Patrice and the staff of #19 Fairway Bar and Grill.

Special Thanks and Acknowledgements:

A special thank you to the Wine Cellar for sponsoring our pre-round drinks and prizes.

Congratulations to our winners:

First Place Tie: Andrea Todd, Ririn Suantarui Bell, and Stephanie Fitzgerald (determined by USGA tie-breaking rules).
Most Honest Team: Madison Murray, Audrey McAnnally, Lissa McAnnally, and Jerina Chui.

Specialty Competition Winners:

Closest to the Pin #1: Bonita Paisley
Closest to the Pin #2: Jen Blain
Closest to the Pin #3: Joy Greenwood
Closest to the Pin #4: Cindy Young
Longest Holed Putt #8: Cindy Young
Longest Holed Putt #9: Wendy Ayer
Closest to the Wine Bottle: Christina Pretorius and Emmaline Hall

Thank you to all the ladies who brought non-perishable food items to be donated to the Orchid.

We look forward to more great events like this in the future!

  1. lly + Jerina Chui

FULL RESULTS

  1.  Andrea Todd + Ririn Suantari Bell + Stephanie Fitzgerald + Jayne Peterson
  2. Christine Dickenson + Tazmara Gowans + Caulette Simmons + Clinteriah Gardiner
  3. Bonita Paisley + Jen Blain + Janine Taylor + Wendy Ayer
  4. Alaun Hodgkins + Joy Greenwood + Rachel Gregory + Denise Douglas
  5. Samantha Pirie + Abygale Harris + Sarah Hicks + Carol Brown
  6. Nathalie Roy + Ainara Varela-McGhie + Julie Boulet
  7. Juliana Lashley + Christina Pretorius + Nitya Tolani + Emmaline Hall
  8. Samantha Slattery + Imelda Foley + Melissa Hartling + Katherine Baryluk
  9. Janice Kerr + Marilyn Robinson + Sarah McAteer + Lori Gardet
  10. Lorraine Henville + Gabby Dunnage + Jess Carey + Kate Dunnage
  11. Lucy Bullard + Leslie Foss + Trem Quinlan + Loreen Haakonson
  12. Cindy Young + Tara Quinn + Althea Ewing + Lesley Cooke
  13. Madison Murray + Audrey McAnally + Lissa McAna

Embracing the Benefits of Rain on Our Golf Course

If you live in Providenciales, you can’t have missed the recent deluge. The Turks and Caicos Met Office estimates 15 cm of rain over two days. While the rain might not have been ideal for our tourists, it has been great for the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club, part of the HAB Group. Our Golf Superintendent, Tim Mack, who has been here in Providenciales since 2010, comments on the positive outcome of the rain:

Enhanced Grass Health and Growth: The rain has alleviated negative soil issues like hydrophobicity and leached harmful sodium and bicarbonates from the rootzone. Additionally, the rain provided 100% coverage of the entire course, which the irrigation system cannot achieve, ensuring ample water for plant uptake. This has led to healthier, more vibrant grass, with increased nitrogen levels promoting above-ground growth.

Effective Water Management: While some fairways experienced temporary standing water, our course remained playable with no issues on the greens. Tim’s strategic installation of deep wells and subsurface drainage systems has been crucial in managing water levels and preventing prolonged waterlogging.

Reduced Irrigation Needs: The rainfall has significantly decreased our irrigation requirements, saving approximately 1.8 million gallons of water over six days. This not only conserves resources but also supports our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Improved Soil Quality: The heavy rain has effectively flushed sodium and bicarbonates from the rootzone, preventing nutrient deficiencies and promoting healthier plant growth. This natural process is something our irrigation system cannot replicate.

The recent rain has made our golf course even better, with our Platinum Paspalum grass greatly benefiting from the natural watering. The turf is more vibrant and greener, contributing to an enhanced playing experience for our members and guests. We’re grateful for the positive impact the rain has had on our course and look forward to continuing to provide top-quality conditions.

Turks and Caicos Triumphs

Turks & Caicos Triumphs Again: Wins Caribbean Golf Association Tournament for Second Consecutive Year

The Turks and Caicos Islands have once again emerged victorious at the Caribbean Golf Association Tournament, held at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic.

Summary:
In a historic victory, the Turks and Caicos Islands Golf Association (TCIGA) dominated the 28th annual Caribbean Classic Golf Tournament in the Dominican Republic. Led by TCIGA President Fraser Dodds and Vice President Mark Fulford, the team secured wins in multiple categories, showcasing the depth of talent within TCI golf.

Key Points:

  • Clean Sweep: TCI secured wins in all categories, including the men’s and women’s divisions, marking a significant achievement.
  • Individual Excellence: Notable performances from players like Wendy Ayer, Christine Dickenson, Justin Simons, and Mark Fulford contributed to the team’s success.
  • Optimistic Outlook: TCI’s Director of Sports, Jarrett Forbes, and Head Golf Professional, Sean Wilson, express optimism for the future of golf in the region, encouraging more participation.

Looking Forward:
The victory sets a new standard for golf in the Turks and Caicos Islands, signaling a bright future for the sport in the region.

Additional Information:
The Caribbean Classic is a prestigious event organized by the Caribbean Golf Association, attracting amateur players from 12 countries.

Turks and Caicos Golf Association Tournament

To Inspire the New Golfers

Grow The Game Event

🎉⛳ Dive into the excitement of this year’s Turks and Caicos Golf Association’s “Grow the Game Event” 🏌️‍♂️☀️ There was no better way to spend a sunny Sunday than hitting the greens with 22 teams of golfing aficionados, and a total of 88 players this turned out to be a weekend to remember.

🏆 The winning team, consisting of Mervin Cox, Delroy Williams, Anthony Walkin, and Jarrett Forbes, clinched victory with a stellar score of 53.94. But wait, the competition was fierce! Captain Ted Bayley’s team, featuring Ted himself, alongside Javi Bovell, Carl Defazio, and Sean Astwood, weren’t far behind, boasting a net score of 56.13 for a close second place.

But here’s the twist that made this event truly special: each team had to include a novice golfer, all in the name of spreading the love for the game across our beautiful islands. 🌴⛳ With a 4-ball scramble format, it was all about camaraderie, laughter, and of course, a little healthy competition!

This wasn’t about fundraising, this was about giving back and nurturing the future of golf right here in Turks and Caicos. Let’s grow this game together, inspiring the next generation of golf enthusiasts to pick up their clubs and swing for the stars! 🌟 Who knows, maybe one day, they’ll be the ones lifting the trophy at events just like this. 🏌️‍♀️🏆 #BobGrahamClassic #TurksAndCaicosGolf #GrowTheGame #turksandcaicosgolfassociation #turksandcaicosgolf #tcga

Spotlight on Patrice

Introducing Patrice Campbell, one of the newest members of our team here at HAB. Originally hailing from the frosty terrains of Canada, Patrice’s journey has taken her from the icy landscapes of Manitoba to the sun-kissed shores of Turks and Caicos. Despite the polar bear population back home, she found herself drawn to the tranquil ambiance of our island, where the serene surroundings fuel her creativity and focus, a far cry from the vibrant energy of her Jamaican upbringing.

With over two decades of experience in the industry, Patrice’s culinary journey began at the tender age of 15. Starting as a sandwich maker at Chez Max in Kingston, she swiftly honed her skills, crafting delectable delights such as her favorite ham and cheese sandwich with pepper jelly. While pursuing her MBA in General Management at the University of Technology, Jamaica, Patrice continued to work diligently, balancing her academic pursuits with her passion for cooking. Her dedication led her to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, where she earned her certification as a Professional Chef.

Patrice’s culinary odyssey took her on an immersive tour of different culinary landscapes across three states. Her internships at the Breakers Hotel in Florida, the Ausable Golf and Country Club in upstate New York, and Wendy’s in Pennsylvania exposed her to a diverse array of cuisines. From the Mexican influences of Pennsylvania to the Puerto Rican and Haitian flavors of Florida – all provided her with a unique tapestry of culinary experiences which she now brings to Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club – like her Tacos, Cubano sandwich and 19’s Signature Smash Burger.

Joining the HAB family has been a breath of fresh air for Patrice, who appreciates the authentic atmosphere and camaraderie among the staff. She believes in the power of teamwork and is always ready to lend a helping hand, whether it’s peeling potatoes or baking a Black Forest Gateaux. An educator at heart, Patrice is also very keen on bringing additional training into the kitchen. So far, the staff have completed their ServeSafe with additional American Culinary Federation training, covering everything from tomatoes to tortes. The biggest change in the kitchen has been the desire to learn and want to learn new things and explore culinary adventures. Her motto: Good Food is Happy Food.

Patrice’s love for the beach is palpable; she finds solace in leisurely walks along the shoreline, indulging in weekly swims in the azure waters of our gorgeous ocean. For additional inspiration, she often ventures to the nearby sandbar immersing herself in the Caribbean allure that surrounds us.

Looking towards the future, Patrice envisions introducing theme nights, bigger private functions and developing an offshoot for external catering.  Her favorite dish, Prime Rib, reflects her appreciation for culinary excellence, while her preferred drink, Johnny Walker Black, adds a touch of sophistication to any occasion. Don’t forget if you are looking for catering, look to Patrice to come up with an excellent and inventive culinary trip.

We extend a warm welcome to Patrice as she joins our management team, confident that her passion for food and dedication to excellence will leave a lasting impression on our establishment. And be sure to catch her captivating performances at David Been’s Karaoke, where she shares her musical talents with the world with her favorite “Shy Guy” by Diana King. With Patrice on board, the future of HAB is brighter than ever.

2024 Wine Cellar Golf and Fishing Tournament

SWING FOR A CAUSE

Royal and Caicos Golf Club Hosts Successful Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament

Over the weekend, the Royal and Caicos Golf Club was abuzz with excitement as golf enthusiasts teed off for the 13th Annual Wine Cellar Tournament. The event, a highlight of the club’s calendar, brought together 100 golfers in a spirited display of skill and camaraderie, all in the name of charity.

The tournament, organized in a 4-man scramble format, showcased impressive talent on the green, with the winning team clinching victory with a remarkable score of 127.92. Led by Ted Bayley, Tony Arata, Graham Canham, and Vaughan Paisley, their performance was nothing short of stellar.

Yet, beyond the thrill of competition, the true triumph of the event lay in its philanthropic mission. Thanks to the generosity of participants and sponsors alike, an astounding $481,000 has been raised thus far. These funds are earmarked for the Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe and enriching environment for the youth of Providenciales.

The impact of this support cannot be overstated. The Youth Centre offers a diverse array of after-school activities, ranging from tutoring to sports, recreation, arts, and crafts. For many young individuals, it serves as a beacon of opportunity and a hub for personal growth.

A heartfelt thank you is owed to the event’s sponsors, whose unwavering commitment made the tournament’s success possible. From Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club to Blue Haven Marina, and headline sponsors including Carlisle Supplies, Casablanca Casino, Jais, TCI Lotto, and TCI Paint, their contributions have left an indelible mark on the community.

As the cheers of victory fade and the greens return to tranquility, the impact of the Wine Cellar Tournament resonates far beyond the fairways. It stands as a testament to the power of sport, community, and generosity, all united in support of a brighter future for the youth of Providenciales.

Results

Full Results

First:  Ted Bayley + Tony Arata + Graham Canham + Vaughan Paisley

Second:  Kirk Stewart + Tim Mack + Bill Koutsouras + Andrea Todd

Third:  Carl Defazio + Kurt Rivers + Joe Camarro + Tyrone Nagthall

Fourth:  Nik Lashley + Blair Mason + Dale Hodgkins + Mike Adamo

Longest Drive Men:  Kurt Rivers

Longest Drive Women: Tazmara Gowans

Best Caribbean Golf Course

Providenciales, 12th January 2024 — The Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club is thrilled to announce that it has been named the Best Caribbean Golf Course in the prestigious 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. This remarkable achievement marks the second consecutive year that the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club has secured the top spot in this category, reaffirming its position as the #1 caribbean golf course.

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards are highly regarded within the travel industry, celebrating excellence and recognizing the top destinations and attractions worldwide. The winners are selected through a combination of expert panel evaluations and public votes, making this recognition a true testament to the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club’s exceptional golfing experience.

Dave Douglas, Director of Golf at the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club, expressed his delight, saying, “We cannot be more pleased with this award. Our dedicated staff has worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that our golf course and its amenities, including our renowned 19 Bar and Restaurant, are in top-notch condition. Our investments have paid off, but the hard work continues. We are determined to defend our title in 2025, and we’ll be working even harder to achieve that goal. Thank you for voting for us, and we look forward to welcoming you to Royal Turks and Caicos in 2024 to showcase this achievement.”

The #1 top ten winners in the Best Caribbean Golf Course are as follows:
1. Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club
2. Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club
3. Robert Trent Jones II at Four Seasons Resort Nevis
4. Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo
5. Cinnamon Hill at Rose Hall Golf
6. Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course
7. Cedar Valley Golf Course
8. East Course at TPC Dorado Beach
9. The Green Monkey at Sandy Lane
10. Tierra del Sol Golf Course

The 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest commenced on November 28th and concluded after four weeks of vigorous voting. The Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club received overwhelming support from its membership, local community, and past golfers, resulting in this unbiased and significant recognition.

Nominees in all award categories are carefully selected by a panel of experts, including editors from USA TODAY and 10Best.com, as well as relevant expert contributors and sources. The public then participates in digital voting to determine the winners. The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website and is promoted across various digital and mobile platforms within the USA TODAY Travel Media Group, as well as through social media and Gannett media outlets.

About Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club:
The Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club is a world-class golf destination situated in the heart of Providenciales. Featuring a stunning 18-hole championship golf course and exceptional facilities, including Titleist Rental golf clubs, EZGO GPS enabled golf carts, exceptional practice areas and the renowned 19 Bar and Restaurant. This club offers a truly unforgettable Caribbean golf experience. (Please contact Samantha for any required images).

About USA TODAY:
USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company founded in 1982. It serves as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA one nation. USA TODAY delivers high-quality content across print, digital, social, and video platforms, reflecting the pulse of the nation and hosting the American conversation. With over 1.6 million daily print circulation and 6.6 million daily readers across digital platforms, USA TODAY continues to be a leader in mobile applications.

2023 Round Up

First of all, a big round of applause to all of you, our fantastic patrons, because without your unwavering support, our teams wouldn’t have had the pleasure of delivering the “exceptional service” we pride ourselves on. We’re truly thankful for your love for golf and for choosing to play with us. Now, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and check out some of our 2023 highlights!

🏆 We teed off the year by proudly snagging the title of the #1 Golf Course in the Caribbean, courtesy of USAToday’s Top Ten! It was a historic first.

🎙️ The legendary David Feherty joined us as our Ambassador for the 8th consecutive year. Yes, you read that right, 8 years! We must be doing something right to keep his passion for our club alive and kicking.

⛳ We had a record-breaking number of golfers visit us – a whopping 5246 UNIQUE players graced our course last year. Talk about making history on the green!

🌟 We welcomed Ashley Gravett as our first female golf pro, and boy, has she been a game-changer! Ashley has taught tons of new lady golfers who joined her clinic and this momentum is set to continue through 2024.

⛳ And let’s not forget, our International Women’s event held in May of this year was a total sell-out! It was an incredible celebration of women in golf, and we’re thrilled that it resonated with so many golf enthusiasts.

💰 Thanks to our wonderful local community, we raised over $200,000 for local charities this year – an absolutely momentous achievement that warms our hearts.

🍽️ We upgraded our restaurant software, making things smoother than a well-struck golf swing. Keep an eye out for our “beta” phase online Pro-Shop Experience – we’re taking convenience to the next level!

👕 RTCGC™ branded wear has become a reality, and we’re convinced these fantastic new items will soon conquer the world – one stylish golfer at a time! Fun fact …. We have sold over 4300 hats this year.

🌞 We’re on the path to becoming almost carbon neutral, thanks to our solar power installation over the cart barn. Launched in June 2023, it’s now in full swing, and we’re well on our way to being eco-friendly champions!

🛠️ Our Maintenance department made significant strides in our green initiatives with the acquisition of an electric greens mower and a couple of electric carts for our staff.

💧 Over 15,000 bottles have been saved thanks to our convenient filter water stations, contributing to our sustainability efforts.

🍻 Our partnership with Turks Head Brewery to develop our signature “Hole in One” Beer has been nothing short of a hit, adding a refreshing twist to the golfing experience.

⛳ Furthermore, we implemented Golf Genius, a fantastic addition that took our Tournaments and Summer League to the next level. With live scoring, online registration, and more, it injected an extra dose of excitement into our events, making them even more memorable for everyone involved.

2023, you’ve been a hole-in-one year for us, and we can’t wait to see what exciting adventures lie ahead on the fairways in 2024. Cheers to golf, community, and a greener future! 🏌️‍♂️🌍🎉

2023 Ryder Cup

2023 Provo Ryder Cup

A great turnout for this annual competition

The North American team delivered a stellar performance, playing inspired golf to clinch a convincing 27 to 15 victory over the long-dominant International Team.

In the 31st Annual Provo Ryder Cup member event, 56 players engaged in spirited competition, with North American challenging the International Team’s reign that dates back to 2006. Despite weather challenges, the weekend unfolded as a delightful showcase of golf, camaraderie, and all-around enjoyment on the 18th and 19th of November.

As Mike Adamo and Assistant Captain Nik Lashley proudly held the cup high, the North American team reveled in the joy of continuing this Annual tradition.
The golf course itself set the stage for excellence, maintaining superb conditions throughout the weekend. A collective expression of gratitude goes out to Sotheby’s, marking their 11th consecutive year of sponsorship—a testament to their enduring support appreciated by all players, captains, and organizers.

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