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.

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.

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.

Kids Summer Camps

⛳️ 🎾 🏊🏼‍♀️ Our Summer camps at Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club are now complete.  We had a great turnout of over 50 kids over the 3 different weeks, all learning new skills and making lots of friends in the process.  To register your interest in our Christmas and Easter camps email ashley@rtcgc.com

⛳️ With multiple stations each day golfers were rotated through to test out their skills. We covered all aspects of the game: putting, chipping, full swing and etiquette.

⛳️ Crowd favourites this week for ⛳️ : 🎳, Build Your Own Putting Game, Deserted 🏝️ and Top Golf Chip.

🎾 Tennis had an emphasis on hand eye- ball coordination, key positions, fine motor control and in the space-time location, through fun game.

🏊🏼‍♀️ The swimmers were taught free style, diving, eggbeater, backstroke and freestyle. Flip turns were also introduced and practiced with relay races being a big hit on our final day.

⭐️ It was a fantastic week and all campers did a wonderful job of learning new skills.

🙏 Thank you to everyone who participated in this years Summer Camps!

2023 21st Annual Jadot Cup

The 21st Jadot Cup, held on Sunday, June 4th, at the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club, was a roaring success! With a fantastic turnout of 100 golfers forming 25 teams, this scramble format event was a day to remember. Not only did it bring out the competitive spirit, but it also raised funds for the Turks and Caicos Aids Awareness foundation.

Drumroll, please! Let’s give a round of applause to the first-place team, consisting of the dynamic duo Ian & Gillian Miller and the powerhouse pair Emer & Tim O’Sullivan. They swung their way to victory with an impressive score of 53.74. Congratulations to these golfing champions for their well-deserved win!

Adding to the excitement of the day, the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club unveiled their brand-new scoring software from Golf Genius. It was a game-changer! This cutting-edge software allowed live scores to be posted throughout the tournament, keeping the teams on their toes.  This new softeware added a new level of energy and engagement to the tournament, creating an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

Funds raised will go towards the Turks and Caicos Aids Awareness Foundation.  The mission of the organization is to raise awareness and eliminate stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS through education and community engagement. Efforts are made to create positive lifestyle changes and empower those living with HIV in the Turks & Caicos.  This cause is steadfastly pursued, and ongoing efforts will continue for years to come.

We extend our sincerest gratitude to all the golfers who participated in the 21st Jadot Cup alongside The Wine Cellar and main sponsors Cobrand. Your support and enthusiasm made this event a remarkable success. Together, we made a difference in raising funds for the Aids Awareness foundation and spreading awareness about this important cause.  Together, we made a positive impact and supported a worthy cause. Keep swinging those clubs and spreading joy on the fairways!

Now, let’s take a look at the full results of the tournament:

1ST PLACE TEAM with 53.74
Ian Miller
Gillian Miller
Emer O’Sullivan
Tim O’Sullivan

2ND PLACE TEAM with 54.05
Syed Hassan
Murad Mohamad
Graham Canham
Vaughan Pailsey

3RD PLACE TEAM with 54.49
Mark Fulford
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Justin Simons
Perry Delancy

4TH PLACE TEAM with 55.22
Patrick Slattery
Cole Johnson
Julian Gilpin
Bradley Maidment

5TH PLACE TEAM with 55.59
Jamie McAnally
Sheldon Wilson
Craig Nazareth
Malcolm Campbell

MOST HONEST with 69.71
Giley Williams
Craig James
Julie Boulet
Ollie Stubbs

Closest to the Pin and Long Drive Winners:
• CTP # 4 Blair Mason
• CTP # 8 Craig Nazareth
• CTP # 15 Tim Mack
• CTP # 17 Men Bradley Maidment
• CTP # 17 Ladies Emer O’Sullivan
• L. DRIVE MEN # 18 Aiden Paisley
• L. DRIVE WOMEN #18 Carol Brown

International Women’s Golf Day

International Women’s Golf Day 2023 was a resounding success at the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club on June 1. With a total of 60 enthusiastic participants, the event was filled with exciting activities that showcased the spirit of camaraderie and skill-building.

Organized by our lovely Pro Ashley Gravett, the afternoon started off with engaging events such as the team putting challenge, hit the wine bottle, and a 9 x 3 hole scramble. These activities provided a fun and competitive atmosphere for all the participants, allowing them to showcase their golfing abilities while enjoying themselves.

🏆 Congratulations to our Overall Winning Team: Carol Brown, Ririn Suantari Bell and Andrea Todd with an impressive 23.
😊 Most Honest Team was Louise James, Noel Fulton, Jo Gray and Nieve O’Neil.
⭐️ CLOSEST TO THE PIN WINNERS:
⛳️Closest to the Pin #1 Tazmara Gowens
⛳️Closest to the Pin #2 Andrea Todd
⛳️Closest to the Pin #3 Leslie Foss
⛳️Closest to the Pin #4 Carol Brown
⛳️Closest to the Pin #5 Jess Carey`
⛳️Closest to the Pin #6 Chris Pretorius
⛳️Closest to the Pin #7 Emer O’Sullivan
⛳️Closest to the Pin #8 Emer O’Sullivan
⛳️Closest to the Pin #9 Emer O’Sullivan
🍷Closest to Wine Bottle TIE with Samantha Slattery and Anna Parrish
⭐️ Putting Best Score: Carol Brown
⭐️ Runner Up Putting Best Score: Steph Fitzgerald

At 7:15, the event took a delightful turn as Venessa from The Wine Cellar joined us to craft specialty cocktails. As the ladies mingled and socialized, they took advantage of the fantastic opportunity to make new friends.  The combination of golfing and socializing created a truly memorable experience for all involved.

One of the key aims of Women’s Golf Day is to encourage women to explore the various options available to them in their local communities, including local facilities, lessons, leagues, and other ways to get involved in golf.

International Women’s Golf Day 2023 at the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club was a true celebration of women’s golf. It brought together a diverse group of participants, who not only had fun but also had the chance to expand their knowledge, form connections, and embrace the world of golf. It is events like these that empower women to take charge of their golfing journey and explore the countless possibilities within the sport.

2023 Bob Graham Classic

26th Annual Bob Graham Golf Classic

The Turks & Caicos Islands Golf Association hosted the annual Bob Graham Classic this past Sunday, April 16th, an event that began in 1997 after our fledgling golf association sent a team to the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship which was held in Jamaica that year.  Bob Graham played in the senior division of the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship several years in a row and assisted our fundraising with the Bob Graham Classic, a fun social golf event.  In memory of Bob, the TCI Golf Association is happy to continue this event.

This year’s event was hugely successful thanks to our generous sponsors and all those who participated by playing or bidding on the silent auction prizes as we look to enhance our promotion of golf by forming a structured junior development program. More on that program in the coming months.

Enjoy the slideshow video featuring our sponsors and all of the prize winners!

First Net Winners: Bill Koutsouras, Christina Pretorius, Denise Douglas and Kirk Stewart.
Second Net Winners: Aiden Paisley, Cole Johnson, John Donatien and Mervin Cox.
Third Net Winners: Bradley Reeve, Graham Canham, Syed Hassan and Vaughan Paisley.
Fourth Net TIED win in Retro: Ken Patterson, John Landers, Michelle Patterson and Rob Eydenberg.

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