On May 4, Harbor Hills was the honored host for the annual For Kids’ Sake Golf Tournament. This is a special celebration of life for one little girl – Malia Jusczyk. It started in 2011 with her diagnosis of a very aggressive childhood cancer known as neuroblastoma. With the help of local resident physician Dr. Jay Shaktawat and Dr. Srinivas Attanti, Malia was declared cancer-free in July, 2012. Now a healthy 10 year old, Malia is the inspiration for the For Kids’ Sake Foundation, created by her dad, Glen Jusczyk. This volunteer-based nonprofit raises money for research and treatment of pediatric cancer. It also provides financial assistance to the families of children similarly diagnosed.
Dr. Shaktawat and his associates brought the For Kids’ Sake parent and child golf tournament to Harbor Hills six years ago. He rallied local physicians to sponsor the fundraiser. “My daughter is the same age as Malia,” Shaktawat commented. “They played together and Malia’s joy and love of life never waivered. I was inspired to bring awareness and support to this remarkable child and her foundation.”
According to the Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Society, “For families affected by neuroblastoma, the medical costs alone typically exceed $500,000 with many costs not covered by health insurance. This experience can devastate a family financially.” Malia’s mom, Megan, explained that only 3.8 percent of all cancer research goes to pediatric cancer.
Over ninety golfers from our area participated in this 8AM shotgun scramble. Malia herself was a strong, young contender! Mom Megan again expressed her gratitude to those who generously give their time and money to support the foundation. All proceeds benefit families struggling with pediatric cancer. For more information, visit forkidssakefoundation.org.
Line Dancers Classes:
3:00 p.m. Beginners Line Dance Class
4:00 p.m. Advanced Line Dance Class
All members are welcome. Line dancing class will teach you all the moves and steps you need to enjoy line dancing at parties or even on the squares in town. Line dancing is good for your brain as well as your body. Come and enjoy the camaraderie.
The new beginner line dance started on Tuesday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m. Regi has taught 10 dances already, so if you have a little experience in line dancing, you can still join us. We dance on the carpeted area in the Harbor Room next to the Grille Room, so sneakers with deep treads are not recommended. Shoes that allow your feet to slide on carpeting are best. Please email Regi at email@example.com with any questions. There is no fee. The class is open to all members of the Harbor Hills Country Club.
Jazz lovers take note! For the sounds of a hot sax and a cool voice, Alan Darcy will entertain us this Friday night and the public is warmly welcomed. Darcy has performed at the Naples Beach Hotel, the Clearwater Jazz Festival, Miami’s South Beach and Disney. His musical creativity and improvisational skills bring to mind the jazz greats of old; Stan Getz, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. And it’s Pasta Night, with a delectable selection of pastas, sauces and toppings. Call 352-753-7000 for a very special evening.
Visit Harbor Hills any Sunday to enjoy our always popular Sunday Brunch. Dine on an array of buffet items while enjoying the view of our signature 10th hole overlooking expansive Lake Griffin. Upcoming events include our spectacular Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday. Reservations are always required.
Golf is not our only game at Harbor Hills Country Club! We are one of the few facilities offering short court tennis and pickleball on a Har-Tru (soft) surface. John Natolly, USPTA Elite Tennis Professional, is extending a special invitation to Villagers to come out and play at a special rate. Our Junior Summer Racquets Camp is now taking reservations for summer camp, ten weekly sessions from June 4 through August 16. Three age groups are offered for ages from 6 to 18. Kids learn to play the fun and healthy racquet sports of tennis, pickleball, badminton and ping pong in a beautiful setting. Reserve your spot by Friday, May 31. Contact John at 352-753-9376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members are welcome at the Harbor Hills Memorial Celebration on Monday, May 27. Choose golf and cookout or cookout only. Join us at the flags in front of the clubhouse at 12:15PM and a classic American cookout will follow. Call 352-753-7000 for reservations.
TENNIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, JUNIORS
Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black once said, “When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn’t play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.” Justice Black echoed the sentiments of many recreational players. We play for exercise, fresh air, some competition but mostly fun!
The Harbor Hills tennis facility is well-known in the state. As the premier tennis facility in the area, USTA league play, tournaments and charity events frequently take place in Harbor Hills. John C. Natolly, USPTA Elite Tennis Professional, is Director of Racquet Sports at Harbor Hills. With obvious pride, John explains that the Harbor Hills racquet sports program has been extremely active for many years. He would know, having been the director for more than 26 years! ‘We have nine tennis and four pickleball courts with well-maintained original Har-Tru (soft) surfaces that provide the most comfortable and best playing experience for our members and guests.’
The Harbor Hills Racquets Association (HHRA) is actively involved in our InterClub Tennis Matches and enjoyed their first “away” tennis match at Golden Ocala Country Club. It was extremely close, at 2 matches won to 3 matches lost (2-3). Gene Armbrister is the current 2019 President, taking over for our past President of three consecutive years, Giac Modica.
Youngsters ages 4 to 18 can get top-notch instruction in seven week sessions of ‘Junior Tennis Stars.’ The program covers proper fundamentals, games and basic drills to encourage a love for the sport. More advanced instruction is available.
Tennis members do not have to reside in Harbor Hills. Memberships are available for non-residents. Members play tennis, short court and pickleball year-round without any costly court fees. Contact John at the Harbor Hills Tennis Pro Shop at 352-753-9376.
Looking to keep that blissful feeling of gratitude and love all year long? Angel Snugs is a perfect solution! Harbor Hills resident and friend Bobbie Powell started our local group four years ago. Since then, this 501 (c)(3) has grown along with two flourishing Angel Snugs groups from The Villages.
Angel Snugs was started in 2006 in Sanford by Angi Farrugia. Angi knit hats for children hospitalized in the Arnold Palmer oncology ward. When Angi’s story reached Bobbie, Bobbie was touched and motivated to take action. With the assistance of area organizer Jen Smith, Bobbie created an Angel Snugs group for those living within and outside of The Villages.
Today, talented men and women put their crochet, looming and knitting skills to good use. The groups create imaginative hats for children undergoing radiation, chemotherapy and other lifesaving procedures. Hats are sent to 80 hospitals covering 37 states and Canada. Twelve Florida hospitals regularly receive hats from Angel Snugs. The children choose their own hats and the most imaginative snugs are in demand. Envision a hat with yarn fashioned as a pony tail, curly worms or Phyllis Diller’s wild hair!
Have a caring heart but only a half hour a week to spare? Volunteers can create a loomed hat in thirty minutes. The group of men and women meet at Water Oak Clubhouse on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 1-4PM. Patterns, yarn and help are free and available to help new members create that first “snug” or warm hug. Participants can stay for a short while or the entire class, enjoying friendship and cake!
Bobbie’s message is heartfelt. “This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference and bring smiles to a children’s oncology ward.” Yarn donations are needed and appreciated. Call Bobbie at 352-678-5679, Jen at 352-250-3431 or visit angelsnugs.org.
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.
The bridge club meets every Wednesday afternoon, in the club lounge, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Membership is open to all members of Harbor Hills Country Club. Members are required to volunteer as hostess (or co-hostess) once every eighteen months. Hostess duties include checking in members, and setting up the tables with cards and score sheets. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board, which is located immediately to the right of the door as you enter the Ladies Locker Room, on the lower level. If you have questions regarding the Bridge Club, please contact Anne Zenker 352-750-1537. Email email@example.com
Shang Hai Club
Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.
A contract rummy game, which meets every Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM in the lounge. Game is open to all club members. Sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board in the Ladies Locker Room.
Select Thursdays at 6:15 p.m.
This challenging game is played two Thursday evenings each month, in the Lounge, at 6:15 PM. Any member interested in playing, (individual or couple) please contact Sue Hritz at 751-4066.
(Notice to all card and game clubs: Please call one day in advance with your attendance numbers so that tables may be set up for your group. We would like to request that the hostess, or host, for bridge clubs, Mah Jongg and Shang Hai, notify the club in advance of the names of any houseguests or non-members that will be attending their groups. All guests of members (houseguests and non-resident day guests) are required to pay a $5 fee each time they play. Residents who live, or own a home in the Harbor Hills Community, and who are not members of the Club, may not attend these groups.)
The Harbor Hills Garden & Women’s Club is a popular social club that meets on the first Friday of each month from October through May. Club members sponsor an interesting variety of programs and speakers. Annual dues are $20 and membership is open to all members of the Harbor Hills Country Club.
On May 3rd, the Harbor Hills Garden & Women’s Club is hosting a unique event titled ‘A Very Garden Wedding.’ Historian Leigh Anne Brown will transport us through time, sharing stories with her nostalgic array of wedding dresses. The oldest gown in her collection dates back to the 1860’s. Leigh Anne began collecting in the mid-1990’s. She merges her knowledge of history with her background as a wedding planner into this unusual fashion event. “We look at the distinctive women – the Victorian, the flapper, Rosie the Riveter,” she said. “We are the product of the generations that have come before us.” The presentation includes lunch at the picturesque Harbor Hills clubhouse. The deadline for registration is April 26th. For information, members can contact Event Director Barb Tarinelli, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event concludes another successful season of the Harbor Hills Garden & Women’s Club. Appreciation is extended to Judy Monin, President; Shirle Mabie, Vice President; Frankie Smith and members of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and other volunteers. They have worked hard to create another outstanding season!
And speaking of brides, Harbor Hills Country Club is one of Central Florida’s premier wedding venues. The view from the Harbor Terrace overlooking Lake Griffin provides an extraordinary backdrop for memories and photos. Christy Rich, Harbor Hills wedding coordinator, organizes everything for the couple whether it be a wedding or vow renewal. For information contact Christy at 352-753-7000 or email@example.com.
HOP ON OVER TO THE HARBOR HILLS EASTER BRUNCH!
Colorful flowers, fresh air and fun are all facets of springtime in Central Florida. In celebration, Harbor Hills invites you to enjoy an exceptional Easter brunch on Sunday, April 21. It includes a hot buffet station, a carving station and salad and dessert stations. The hot buffet station includes Chicken Coq Au Vin and Salmon with Red Pepper Coulis. The carving station features lamb with mint jelly, oven-baked ham and prime rib.
Adult cost is $32.95. Pricing is reduced for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under eat free. Unlimited champagne and mimosas are $8.79. Serving times are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations required. Call 352-753-7000.
Club members and their families are encouraged to grab your Easter baskets and meet us at the back of the clubhouse on Saturday for a special Easter egg hunt filled with surprises. The hunt will begin promptly at 2PM. The Easter bunny is making a special appearance!
March was an exciting month for golf members. Both men and women competed for the 2019 Harbor Hills Club Championship. Congrats to repeat winner Wanda Kurka. Kathryn Dannelly is the low net champion. The men’s champion is Ravi Velappan, second place Kevin Chun and third place, Jay Shaktawat.
The Harbor Hills Men’s Golf Association hosted the 2019 Presidents Cup Stroke Play. The low gross winner is Bill Collier. The low net winner is Leo Chancellor. Harbor Hills golf members are always excited to participate in the Member-Member Match Play. Five flights were fielded with the overall winners Butch Carlson and Steve Gordon. Bruce Wiegmann stunned with ‘closest to the pin’ on both days. Congrats to all!
And congratulations to the Harbor Hills Ladies Charity for another spectacular event! The Unique Boutique clothing sale raised more than $12,000 to help those in need in our local community.
Where does the time go? Between visiting with family and friends, wonderful vacation trips, eating at the Club, and some days choosing not to do anything, we must be at the HH Garden and Women’s club enjoying lunch and special programs! January – Bingo, February – Fashions by Soft Surroundings, and March – Arrangements by Peddlers Wagon. But wait there is more!! April our new Chef Rick will be showing off his culinary skills by providing a cooking class. Our final program in May will have a Bridal Party brunch, and viewing with presentation of vintage bridal gowns, by Portrait of a Bride.
We are currently looking for volunteers for President and Vice President of our club. Shirle Mabie and Judy Monin have agreed to stay on the board for another year to provide our nominees with a year of “shadowing” before they take office.
Please answer the call you might be receiving from our Nominating committee to say YES – I WOULD LOVE to be nominated.
Can’t wait to see you at our next meeting- First Friday of the month. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Judy Monin: MoninJudy@gmail.com
It has been well documented the incredible aerobic exercise you get while playing Tennis and Pickleball. The rhythm of vibrant total body movement followed by systematic resting intervals is one of the most efficient and accelerated ways to get in shape! A recent 30 year study indicated tennis players live as much as 10 years longer!Great news for you if you have been contemplating taking up TENNIS or even getting back into this fun and healthy lifestyle sport.
There is a lot of excitement at the Harbor Hills Racquets Center this year with most recently added fun racket sport – Pickleball. Typically played on macadam or concrete, a hard surface used in road and home construction, we are one of the very few clubs in the country to offer a “soft” playing surface to this extremely popular sport. To further enhance the playing comfort, we offer an outdoor location with greater wind protection for a truer ball flight, reduced noise, easy line calls, comfortable play, and convenient stadium viewing! Please come out and join in all the fun on Monday @ 4:15 pm, Thursday @ 2:00 pm, and Saturday @ 10:00 am.
Back by popular demand, we are offering our “Basic Tennis Fundamentals” Clinic for players on Thursday @ 9:00-9:45 am and our “Basic Pickleball Fundamentals” Clinic also on Thursday @ 1:00-1:45 pm. Sure to be a great time we focus on footwork, technique, and habit forming reactions with fast paced exercise and drills to sharpen up you shots ,while practicing a variety of repeated point winning situations.
Please make a note to enjoy short court on “Ladies Day” on Wednesday @ 10:00 am.
Short Court is played on a shorter 60 ft. court with a low compression, lighter tennis ball, resulting in longer rallies and more fun!”Men’s Day” is on Thursday @ 8:30 am. No reservations are needed and play is open to all ability levels.
I am extremely proud of our “Junior Stars” tennis program. The next eight week Fall Session is scheduled to begin March 23rd, so please sign your youngster up today! “Future Stars” classes for Boys and Girls ages 4-6 are scheduled for Saturdays @ 8:30-9:00am,“Rising Stars” ages 7-10 @ 9:00-9:45 am, and “Brightest Stars” ages 11-15 @ 9:45 am -10:30am. Tennis is always rated high by the experts for exercise and life long health benefits. It nurtures positive individual growth with appreciation of self and others, while emphasizing high values, ideals of personal integrity, good sportsmanship, fair play, and clear thinking to make sound decisions. If you would like a reminder startup “flier” sent to your email address, please let me know.
Please take the time to refresh yourself with the “Tennis Court Reservation Policies,” especially for busy 8:15am and 10:15am morning reservation times. We continue to add new members and guests, so the possibility of “walk on” courts are limited! Copies are always available at the Racquets Center.
Racquet Competitive Tip:
Let others cheer the winning man, as there is one I hold worth the while, is he who does his very best and loses with a smile! Anonymous
Looking forward to seeing you on the Courts!
John C. Natolly – USPTA Elite Tennis Professional
Director of Racquet Sports
Harbor Hills Country Club