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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.

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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”
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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

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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!

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Only kidding. 

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?

Fishing

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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:

Kim Kardashian

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: 

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Pumping to clear snow and ice

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Fishing balls out, what else? 

 

In all seriousness, #baldThad or #hairyThad? 

Spring Wedding Trends

With the coming of spring, Wedding Season is nearly upon us! I for one love our Wedding Season, to be able to catch a glimpse of the excitement that is constantly in the air from our latest brides-and-grooms-to-be. It’s inspiring to see each couple’s unique style and décor in action, and to see all the different ways our banquet room transforms from one event to the next!

Spring is a fun, fresh season to get married in and we love the fun trends we’re seeing for this spring:

Pastels

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Blue hydrangeas are the perfect pastel flower, and we love how this arrangement uses some greenery to make it more Springy! 

Naked Cakes

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Naked cakes are becoming more and more popular for this year's weddings. This cake display is perfection with fruit embellishments and lantern accents!

 

Lace Everything

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Lace is the staple fabric for 2015 and you really can't go wrong- it's soft, whimsical, and elegant. 

 

What wedding trends are you loving for 2015?

Employee Spotlight: Casey

Many of you probably already know today’s featured employee- our Head Golf Professional, Casey. This is a golf course, afterall.

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A little background on Casey: Casey is a graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at Penn State University with additional minors in business and economics. Prior to graduating, he completed internships in Chicago, New Jersey, and Las Vegas. He’s also a certified class A member of the Professional Golfers Association of America and oversees all special events, tournaments, and daily golf operations here at Terry Hills. His total involvement with the business: over 12 years!

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If you’ve ever golfed a round, played in a tournament here, or were passing by, you’ve probably run into Casey. He’s the face of our golf and we’re lucky to have such an experienced Pro.

You may think you know him, but we took it upon ourselves to help you get to know him even better.

Favorite Hole to play at Terry Hills:
#9 (Par 5, 504 yards)- It’s unique and challenging.

If you had to pick one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Spicy Chicken Fingers

Favorite brand of golf shirt:
UnderArmour

What are you looking forward to for the 2015 Golf Season?
Playing golf, of course!

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What is your favorite hole to play at Terry Hills?

March Madness

It's our very own March Madness here at Terry Hills. With our Restaurant re-opening in a little over a month, and hopefully the course sooner than that, we are in crunch time. The term March Madness doesn't only apply to the NCAA basketball tournament...

This month, we are working on and fine-tuning some developments that will make our 2015 Season a great one:

  • New & Improved Communications

We want to be able to keep you in the loop about course updates and events, but even more so, we want to be able to keep you in the loop about what you're most interested in... golf specials & restaurant deals. So, we're adding to our Social Media repetiore to make it even easier for you to access us on your favorite social media outlet. In addition to our existing Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, & Google+ profiles, we'll be posting to Instagram and LinkedIn. Want to be one of the first to know about tee time specials, gift card giveaways, special events, freebies, and more? Then follow us! Choose from FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, Google+, and/or Instagram. Hey, we'll even kick it off right now with our Spring Sale:

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We are also excited about adding in some new communication technologies (yet to be announced) so stay tuned! 

  • Video Series

Talk about another form of social media: video. This season we'll be giving you a behind the scenes look at Terry Hills through our video series. From golf tips with our Head Golf Pro, to behind the scenes views of our kitchen, to a full scale look at our banquets & weddings, we want to bridge the gap from you to us. We thought it would be fun, informative, and interesting to let you come upclose and personal. Check out our Youtube Channel now! 

  • Restaurant Grand Re-Opening

With the restaurant reopening looming over us, we're constantly thinking of ways to make this grand reopening "grander" than ever! Stay tuned for news about our specials and news! 

 

In the true spirit of March Madness, we'll try to cut this post short so that we can get back to work on all of the above. We are truly looking forward to sharing a great 2015 season with you, and hope that you'll enjoy all of our efforts to do so! 

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Speaking of March Madness: what team is your pick to take the title? 

 

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