Wine, Wine & More Wine!
Now that the restaurant is in full swing for the season, the exciting, special events we have to offer are endless!
Coming up tomorrow is our 2nd-ever Wine Dinner, appropriately named "Taste of Spring", as it falls in the first week of May. Our first Wine Dinner was held last November, so we went with a "Harvest" theme. Tables decked with gourds and squash, rustic Fall colors, and a hearty menu accented by Fall flavors made for a great evening of wine and food.
We were pleased to partner with some local New York State food producers to add in an element of "eat local" as well. We featured food products from Yancey's Fancy, Deb's Bakery, & Harrington's Produce- all of which are Genesee County natives, plus Wine Ice Cream from Northern New York-based Mercer's. This wine dinner was such a hit, that we wanted to keep a similar format going forward for our second time around.
Our Taste of Spring Wine Dinner will highlight 5 courses, all of which are expertly-paired with their own wine. In keeping with the "Spring" theme, we chose a lighter, more delicate menu than what was served in the fall, and of course 5 new wines. We made sure not to repeat any wines for those dual-offender diners. We also, again, wanted to feature some local favorites, so we'll start off the evening with a cheese course provided by Yancey's Fancy, and finish with a delectable dessert from Buttercrumb's Bakery in Corfu.
We are suckers for a theme, so in going forward, we'd love to plan each of our wine dinners around a particular theme. And luckily, this world has a lot of different wines, so the theme possibilities are endless: NYS Wines, Italian Wines, All Reds, All Whites... and let's not stop there. We're also toying with the ideas of a Bourbon Tasting, a Craft Beer Tasting, and so on. Feel free to let us know what theme you'd like to see for our future spirits dinners!
If you don't have reservations for tomorrow night's wine dinner, there is still time and room.. albeit both are limited. Give us a call as soon as possible to make a reservation, or simply keep it in mind for this autumn when we host our next one!
Dishing Out Lunch, Dinner, and about our Banquet Manager
The long wait is finally over. Our Restaurant reopens on Monday, April 20th! It’s been a quiet, lonely few months without the operation of our restaurant, so we’re excited to once again serve you all the paninis, beef on wecks, fish fries, and whatever else your stomach desires! Mine is currently screaming Eggplant Parmesan Flatbread: breaded eggplant topped with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, Asiago and Romano cheeses served in a grilled flatbread... but I digress.
In the anticipation of our restaurant waking from its hibernation, we thought there would be no better employee to feature than the woman behind it all- our Restaurant & Banquet Manager: Danielle.
Danielle has worked in the golf course and restaurant business for over 17 years. She earned her business degree in Golf Club Management from SUNY Delhi and has been a Board Member of the Western New York Ladies Public Links for the past 7 years. She is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Genesee. Danielle oversees daily operations of the restaurant and coordinates banquets, parties, weddings and functions at our banquet facility… in other words: she does it all! And we’re not just talking Restaurant and Banquet Facility- Danielle is no stranger to the golf course either.
She holds our 2013 and 2014 Ladies’ Club Championship titles, and our 2014 Women’s Match Play title! If you’re still not convinced that Danielle is the master of all trades, just take a peek at (virtually) any review ever written about Terry Hills. Here’s only a snippet of what our customers are saying about our Restaurant & Banquet Manager:
“Danielle helped us out with the planning of almost our entire wedding and was a superstar the day of the event!”
“Danielle coordinated the day of our dreams and we couldn't appreciate her incredible work any more!”
“Danielle, I sincerely thank you for the perfect day. You’re amazing”
See? If you weren’t going to take my word for it… there you have it- superstar! Booking your private event at Terry Hills ensures you’ll have an expert Event Planner helping you along the way! And just in case all of the above information wasn’t enough for you to get to know Danielle (plus, so many of you already do); we quizzed her a bit more on the important stuff:
Best meal you’ve ever made: Does a bowl of cereal count?
Favorite Food at Terry Hills: Lunch: Pittsburgh Salad, Dinner: Chicken Marilee
Least favorite or most challenging hole: Hole 14 (Par 3, 147 yards)- Can’t hit a straight shot!
If you could travel to one destination, what would it be? Ireland
Wine & Cheese or Beer & Pizza? Scotch & Chocolate! Or Wine & Cheese
(Speaking of Wine & Cheese- who is coming to our Spring Wine Dinner on May 7th?)
Favorite memory from your time at Terry Hills: Demolition Day - October 2004 - Taking the first swing with the backhoe through the old restaurant
Crazy to see all that has changed over 10 short years, and excited to bring you even more fun changes this year! In addition to our Wine Dinner series, we'll have contests & giveaways, Patio Happy Hours, and more!
Hope to see you Monday!
Superintendent Spotlight and Course News (that you've been waiting for)
We thought it was appropriate to introduce you to our Superintendent on the eve of the first nice weather of the year. Say hello to our course Superintendent, Thad. He’s the main reason why we’re able to claim our public course has “Country Club conditions”. We often hear that our course is the first to dry up after a major rainfall, or unfortunately, after winters like these. Of course it’s all true, with all the credit going to Thad and his grounds crew.
Thad graduated from the Turf Management Program at SUNY Delhi and has been employed in the golf course industry since 1989. He is a member of the New York State Turfgrass Association and has been an active member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) for over 14 years. He is also a board member of the Western New York Golf Course Superintendent's Association (WNYGCSA). Thad is responsible for all phases of Golf Management and Agronomic operations, cost control, and grounds crew personnel. Thad is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Genesee.
Thad was also a cornerstone participant in this past November's #NoShaveTerryHills campaign. We had fun watching him itch his way through the month, growing out both his beard and his hair for charity!
This November, we're adding in a twist where our fans can vote for which look stays: #baldThad or #hairyThad.
Enough with the boring details, here’s a little fun insight on him:
Favorite Hole to play at Terry Hills?
16 – it’s the hardest par 4 on the course.
Outside of golf, what is your favorite hobby?
Vanilla or Chocolate? Burger or Hot Dog?
Neither vanilla nor chocolate, don’t really have a sweet tooth, but I’ll take a burger anytime.
Celebrity you dislike most:
Biggest challenge you face for the upcoming season?
Providing conditions that everyone expects
Thad says he’s poised and ready to go working on golf course accessories, and getting the course into playable condition. For those of you reading this hoping for an update on the course’s status, thanks for sticking through til the end!
We'll be open Friday, April 3rd for Walking Only! Past that, it's TBD. Don't you just love WNY weather? Close to 70 degrees one day, two days later a snow storm. We will be sure to keep you posted in more ways than one what the status of the course is, and when we'll be open past this weekend! Tee times are filling up quickly for Friday, so make yours before you miss it.
Finally, if you're ever curious about what goes on behind the scenes with our Maintenance Department, follow @terryhillsmaint or @terryhillsny on Twitter! Thad tweets (and we retweet) some great shots of himself knee deep in water, and other various tasks required of him to maintain the course. For example, here's a look at our famous horseshoe hole 14 from the eyes of the Superintendent:
Pumping to clear snow and ice
Fishing balls out, what else?
In all seriousness, #baldThad or #hairyThad?