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Woodloch Honors Local Fallen Hero in Folds of Honor Golf Classic

  
  
  
  
  
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“Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces.” –Charlie Dent

For the past two years Woodloch Springs has had the honor to host the Folds of Honor Golf Classic. This tournament brings a holiday feel to the golf course, as players come out to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Humvees were placed on the golf course and local troops came to tend the flags for each group as they entered the 9th and 18th green. The event is a miniature Memorial Day celebrated at our Pocono resort.

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Each year Woodloch honors a local hero. This year that hero was Lance CPL Jacob W. Beisel of Lackawaxen. Jacob graduated from Wallenpaupack Area High School and joined the Marines in September of 2003. He was assigned USMC 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. He had just started his second tour in Iraq when he was killed while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq on March 31, 2006. He was just 21 years old, although he did not have any children an Honorary Scholarship will be awarded in his name and will honor his legacy for years to come.

The Folds of Honor provides annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty. Since its establishment the Folds of Honor has given 7,500 scholarships. Woodloch has since been working to add to that number each year by hosting its Folds of Honor Golf Classic.

I was given the privilege of spending the day on the course with the PGA Honorary President Allen Wronowski. Mr. Wronowski is a member of the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame and was named Director of Golf Development and Relations in 2014 for the Folds of Honor Foundation. We made our way around the course taking pictures with each group of golfers, Mr. Wronowski personally thanked each of the 120 players for being there to support the Folds of Honor organization and our local fallen hero Lance CPL Jacob W. Beisel.  

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Last year the tournament raised just under $10,000 to help fund a scholarship which went to Sean & Ryan Sweeny, son of SSG Paul Sweeny. This year we are proud to announce that we have exceeded our $10,000 mark in fundraising.

If you are looking for an excuse to get out on the golf course in the future, there is no better excuse than signing up for next year’s Folds of Honor Tournament; you will have a great time while supporting the family of a local hero. 

 

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Taking a Step Back: Woodloch's Key to Enjoying Golf in the Poconos

  
  
  
  
  
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“A perfectly straight shot with a big club is a fluke” –Jack Nicklaus

Another summer is upon us in the Pocono Mountains. The winter was long and brutal and it is time to break out the clubs again here at Woodloch Springs Country Club. I have spent many years on this golf course and it seems that a lot of players are getting caught up in the hype of the game. Everyone has to have the best of it all, big clubs, nice shoes, and a low handicap. It seems as though everyone has forgotten a key part of the game… relaxation.

On occasion, I’ll have the group of golfers come off the course, scorecards blank, but smiles on their faces. “How did you play?” I always ask. “How do you think?” is usually the response as they work their way to the Grille Room to get another round of beers. It is times like that I really enjoy it here at Woodloch Springs. The people who come on a great family vacation to forget about all that hype. Those are the people who really know how to golf in my opinion; that group of guys who just goes on a weekend getaway, that wedding party who is just getting to know each other but end up being family by the end of the round, or that family reunion group who seems disconnected at the start of the round and are inseparable by the end.

catskills resorts business meetingsToo many times, I have seen someone get too worked up about their golf game and come off the course more stressed than when they went out. This seems odd to me with all the course has to offer, even if I do have a poor round, I know I really got to spend some time out in the freshest of air and normally with some quality friends. Besides there is always a frosty beer waiting for me in the Grille Room, that keeps my spirits high. Any guest who comes in with a frown on their face, I remind them of the things that they need to take into perspective when they play their second round the next day.

  • Take a few breaths of that Pocono Mountain air before you take a swing
  • Take advantage of those hours of complete peace and quiet
  • A sand trap is not actually a trap, it is just a golfers beach
  • The time spent with your family is always time well spent
  • And lastly, would you rather be at work?

The golf course can almost wake up your senses to take a moment each day, when you are not on this weekend getaway, to appreciate everything around you, even when things are not going so well. Don’t get caught up in all that hype, remember why you are out there, to enjoy yourself and the company you are with. The Pocono Mountains is a place of peace and serenity and this can even be found on one of the areas toughest golf courses. 

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The Woodloch "EDGE"- Insider Tips on How to Win BIG This Summer!

  
  
  
  
  
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The great American football coach George Allen once said, "Winning is the science of being toally prepared." Though every once in a while we're brushed with a stroke of good luck, more often than not, champions are crowned through hard work, persistance and mental preperation. (I feel inclined to make a joke about the Cleveland Browns... but that city has been through enough.) 

I've had the pleasure of working in activities with guests for the past 16 years and I feel like I've gotten to know many of you on a personal level. And while we all know that the real joy in competing in Woodloch events is simply forgetting life's troubles and enjoying some smiles with your family and best friends, we all know that winning sometimes just feels really GOOD. 

So be glad that you took the time to read this article. Whether you're a "Woodloch veteran" or new to the game, we thought we'd give you guys just a little heads-up on ways to get an "edge" on your competition this summer. While I can't ensure that this will get a medal on your neck, I can promise you that it will be worth your time to heed our advice! 

 

SCAVENGER HUNT

This one always takes the "newbies" by surprise. Forget any conventional hunts that you may have done in the past- there's nothing quite like Woodloch's Traditional Scavenger Hunt. Every year, we make it a point to make our hunts bigger, more challenging and ultimately better by adding new puzzles and mixing things up.

At its core, though, the same principles will always give teams a competitive advantage. Research our social staff's website, WoodlochEdge.com, thoroughly just before you leave for your stay. There are several puzzles and games that offer list items as a reward, but we also give quite a few FREEBIES. Boom! 

Additionally, it can't hurt to look at our Photo Gallery for additional clues. After all, you might just end up needing to dress up as a certain character! 

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BIG TEAM ATHLETIC EVENTS

You know. The stuff that ONLY happens at Woodloch!

Whether you are competing in our new Sci-Fi Games, Jurassic Loch lake games and our famous Summer Olympics, one thing remains constant: you are going to need to hustle. You don't necessarily need the biggest and fastest team, but there needs to be some heart and motivation as your driving force! Those are the factors that make the biggest difference between being THE BEST instead of one of the rest.

Speaking of size, it's actually a strategic advantage to have some smaller teammates in many of our games!  Nimble, agile and more compact friends on your team come in handy during many of the events in Family Double Dare and Pool Games! Small... but mighty!

Before heading out in that hot summer sun, be ready. Eat a good meal for energy before gametime (we feed you guys plenty here) and don't be afraid to stretch out a bit beforehand. 

There's a better than good chance that many of us haven't ran for a while... and you'll know this because you haven't ran for a while. 

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TRIVIA & MORE

So... maybe athletics aren't your forte- which I understand completely. I was, and still am, the kid that would get hit in the face with a basketball every week in phys ed. Some of the more scholarly individuals find our greatest joys in flexing our intelligence for the gold. Woodloch offers an abundance of great trivia contests to showcase our smarts. As the old saying goes... "10 heads are better than one."

"Name That Tune" and "Woodloch Goest to the Movies," how I love thee! As much of a pop culture aficionado that I may be, I simply cannot tackle this all alone. To win big in these very competitive events, you have to properly recruit. Can't tell Taylor Swift from Katy Perry? Recruit some young blood to help you out. Know that Grandma is a huge film noir fan? She's going to come in handy. Some of the most successful teams we've seen here were the most eclectic groups of individuals you could think of! 

Our Dessert Wars are brand new for summer of 2015. And there a lot of elements to a successful team. Someone needs to be artsy, neat and clean for a stellar presentation. RECRUIT THEM. You need someone with a vivid imagination (young kids are CLUTCH here). RECRUIT THEM. You need someone who is wise with a budget and can make good decision in a bind. RECRUIT THEM. All of these factors collectively make the best Dessert Wars teams! 

 

O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN...

Last but not least, I will say that teams that earn medals always have a good leader. All of these games require a Team Captain. That captain is a coach, cheerleader and judge all at once, and good leadership brings in medals. Your captain must be an adult and somewhat responsible (which should, in theory, limit it to just about one person on your team. Easy decision)

 

THE LESSON TO BE LEARNED

Of course, you can follow all of this advice and simply be beaten. Hey, it happens- we have a lot of guests craving that same Woodloch gold that you are. A long time ago, someone once told me that they never "lose"- either you win big or learn something. Take that knowledge back, grow from the experience and keep trying. 

Because if one thing's for sure, quitters never win and winners NEVER quit!

 

Good luck to everyone out there this summer- may the odds be ever in your favor. 

BIGGER and BETTER: What's New at Woodloch for Summer 2015 PART 2

  
  
  
  
  
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I'm a sucker for a good power rock ballad. And I'm a sucker for Journey. So you can bet when the song "Faithfully" hit my eardrums last evening on my ride home, the music was cranked and I suddenly became Steve Perry (in my mind, at least.)

In my favorite line of the song, Perry belts out the line "I get the joy of rediscovering you." Although being apart from what you love isn't easy, it's all that much better when you reunite with that someone (or something). 

Whether it is your first stay with us or you have lost count over years of loyal visits, we find the best way to keep our guests happy- and to raise the bar of our own excellence- is to constantly keep things fresh, new and exciting! After all, we would very much like to maintain our title of #1 Hotel for Families in America in 2016.

The summer of 2015 is no exception.

In addition to several highlighted events already shared in the first part of this blog, here are even MORE reasons why the summer of 2015 could possibly be the best summer in Woodloch's 57 year history!

 

FRIGHT. NIGHT. Are you feeling brave? In the spirit of our beloved Haunted Hayrides, we've decided to host our first ever "Fright Nights" during Monday evenings in the summer. Except there are no wagons to protect you. Traverse our walk-thru Horror-ble trail, full of all sorts of scares... there's a bonfire, acoustic guitar music and tailgate games at the other end. IF you make it through.

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Don't forget to pack your lightsaber and sonic screwdriver. You're going to need them in order to properly tackle our all-new "Sci-Fi Games" at our athletic field!  You'll find yourself protecting the human race from the cyber threat of SkyNet, journeying through space and time in a big blue box and becoming one in the ways of the Force. Assemble a dream team and Monday mornings in the summertime! 

On with the show. Two of Woodloch's most popular shows have been given an overhaul for 2015. Our Broadway-style theme show (Wednesdays and Satudays) salutes the most popular avenues and roads in the country as "Woodloch Travels Down the Streets of America." Our comedic staff show (offered on Friday evenings starting in July) puts a lovingly revises our nation's important moments as "Woodloch Rewrites History!" 

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And after the show, it's the AFTER PARTY. In the spirit of continuing our theme show fun long after the final curtain, be sure to catch our late-night event in the North Lodge with our "Takin' it to the Streets" party! Games, dancing, music, prizes and more await you!

I'll take "SWORDS" for $400, Alex. Think you're the brainiest bunch of them all? Put your money where your mouth is with our newest trivia game, JEOPARDY, adjusted and modified for big groups to all compete!

The Kan CAN. All of those days playing around on the quad between classes are about to pay off- Woodloch is going to be offering the beloved game of KAN JAM. We've used it before in our Olympics and our guests just can't seem to get enough of it, so we're going to be playing tournaments for the elusive Woodloch gold medal all summer long! Speaking of frisbees, there's a new Woodloch game in town! Combining elements of "Ultimate Frisbee" and our tremendously popular "2-Base Kickball" games comes our brand new "FRISBEE BASEBALL" contest. Practice throwing, catching AND running so you're ready to tackle this one during your summer stay!

"I volunteer as tribute." Katniss Everdeen holds a very special place in our hearts! That's why our brand new ARCHERY TAG contests are so much fun! Square off against the opposition with foam tipped arrows in a game that combines archery and dodgeball- may the odds be ever in your favor! 

A river runs through it. The Upper Delaware, to be precise! We've teamed up with the mountain men at Northeast Wilderness Experience to bring our guests a REAL taste of the great outdoors with kayak excursions down the Delaware River. Break free for a few hours and do some rolling... rolling... rolling on the river. 

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Splish. Splash. Maybe Mother Nature is being a little moody. Or perhaps you have been listening to R.E.M. and want to do a little "nightswimming." Our newly remodeled indoor pool complex addresses all of those needs! After months of repair and remodeling, she's back online and better than ever- come check it out! 

What's old is NEW again. On top of all of the brand new events and games we are offering this year, all of our perennial favorites- Scavenger Hunt, Family Double Dare, Pool Games, Olympics, Amazing Race and more- have all been revamped and redesigned to bring more smiles and laughs to our guests for the summer. 

Our resort is ready. Our team is ready. The question is... are YOU ready for all of the adventure and good times that are to be had this year? We look forward to seeing all of your beautiful smiling faces in the coming weeks!

 

 

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BIGGER and BETTER: What's New at Woodloch for Summer 2015 PART 1

  
  
  
  
  
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"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees... I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer." 

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Maybe I'm just getting old and more sensitive to the seasons. But after the record setting winter we had this past year, I think I speak for the masses when I say blue skies, blossoming trees and rays of sunshine on our shoulders are a more than welcome sight! The smell of grills firing up, the hum of boat engines on lakes and the cheerful laughter of kids splashing around pools are slowly but surely ushering in the summer of 2015. 

The family and staff at Woodloch are looking forward to making this summer the best in our 57 year history.  While our guests can look forward to enjoying many of the traditional games, activities, food and entertainment that have become staples of their family vacations, we are very excited to share some BRAND NEW reasons to come visit us this summer! 

So... without further adieu...

1. An event 65 million years in the making... Hold on to your butts... and get ready for our all-new "JURASSIC LOCH" theme games at the lake. A tribute to one of our favorite movies of all time, we will be meeting aside the lake every Wednesday in the summer as we track raptors, scale fences, complete in-GEN scientific puzzles and even unleash our inner beast with a dino egg feast. Of course... we spared no expense! 

 

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2. Our Rock N' Roll Carnival. We're not ashamed to admit it- we really LOVE music here. From playing "Name That Tune" to watching live bands during the summer, we just can't get enough of it. That's why we're happy to say our brand new carnival (Mondays in the summer) is themed around all sorts of music! Showcase your Bonham-esque drumming, rock a mean air guitar, send the Beatles on a magical journey on their Yellow Submarine and profess your love for the musicals with Broadway trivia. It's going to... rock. 

3. It's alright to play with your food. It all started with a few cupcakes. Then we started modeling breakfast foods. We've evolved our kitchen based battles to take on some sugary sweets with our brand new "Dessert Wars." Cookies, brownies, cream puffs, cannoli and more will be at your disposal- are you up to outfoxing and outcrafting the competition? 

4. Speaking of delicious things to eat... Woodloch is adding a few new dishes to our menu for this summer- as chosen by our Woodloch guests! We tabulated the votes a few weeks back for our "Foodie Weekend" and are adding Country Potato Soup, Shrimply Devine Pasta and Chocolate Mocha Mousse into the mix of selections offered for the summer. And there are a few other new options coming your way... but we'd like to surprise you with them!  

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5. Who DOESN'T want to be a millionaire? We've dug up some goodies from the days of TV past and resurrected the popular trivia game. Answer correctly, use your lifelines just right and maybe... just MAYBE... you might walk out of the game with a FREE Woodloch Weekend! And that's our FINAL ANSWER. 

6. Woodloch's Late Night Brain Teasers. Late night fun for teens and adults awaits with our spin on the game of QUELF (if I knew what that stood for... I'd tell you.) It's a card game... and no matter what, you have to obey the card. Let's leave it at that- it should make for some very interesting nights this summer!

7. Comedy... on the fly! We're going to play it all by ear this summer as the great comic duo of Isaacs & Baker showcase their famous improv comic act. Family friendly, it's a night in our Nightclub in which almost anything can happen! 

8. I have a story to tell you. Actually, I've got 6 of them! Join us out on the Front Lawn Wednesday in the summer for our brand new "Storybook Games." Based on all of the childhood books that we know and love, the games will put a fun spin these tales, relay style! 

 

And that's not all.

We've got so many brand new things happening this summer that we just couldn't fit it all into one article!  Check out PART 2 RIGHT HERE! 

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New at Woodloch for 2015: Welcome to "Fright Night!"

  
  
  
  
  
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We can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try. 

There are plenty of beautiful things about Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains in the summertime. Sprawling forests. Various wildlife. Shimmering waters. By day, it’s simply “Paradise on Earth.”

Then the sun goes down. And we might as well be at Camp Crystal Lake.

Beautiful canopies now shield light from cascading onto the forest floors. Who knows exactly what (or who) is responsible for that rustling bush. Screeches and growls coming from all sorts of directions... it’s getting kind of nerve-wrecking.

So naturally, since we do LOVE our guests so much, we thought we’d have some fun with this.

We’re very excited to announce that for the first time EVER, Woodloch will be kicking off our brand new “FRIGHT NIGHTS” in July. Those brave enough to dare enter our HORROR-ble Trail will traverse a mile of “walk thru” scares and shenanigans. “Our Haunted Hayrides are always very popular in the fall,” says Joey Ranner, Social Director. “We thought we’d bring a smaller version of them to our summer guests who may not have had a chance to experience them yet.”

The first ever Fright Night will be an exciting conclusion to summer Mondays starting July 13th. The day will start with our brand new “Sci-Fi” games at the athletic field and continue with our brand new "Music Carnival" and “Dessert Wars.” As the sun sets, all ages are invited to our North Lodge lawn complete with a bonfire, petting zoo, tailgate games and live music for the evening. Of course, we encourage the brave and bold to head up to the trail and take the walk!

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If you can’t catch our brand new fright nights, remember- we’ve already started plotting- err, I mean “planning” – our 2015 Haunted Hayrides. And I think I speak for all of us when I say it is an honor, a privilege and a joy being able to scare happy people on their vacations.

 

See you all in the woods… 

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The "Woodloch Way" to Manage Your Next Family Reunion

  
  
  
  
  
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You might not have it all together… but together, you have it ALL.

No matter who you are or what you have been through, it’s safe to say that once life begins, paths veer off in all sorts of different directions. Our experiences bring us to all different places for all sorts of different reasons, yet one thing will ALWAYS remain the same: your family (for better or worse).

Wherever we all branch out to, there’s no denying that everything eventually leads back to our roots.

Yet sometimes, as way leads on to way, we find ourselves going months, years and sometimes even decades without spending quality time with those most closely related to us. And in the process, you deny yourself a portion of your own identity. Your family is- and always WILL be- your best link to your own past, and also the most likely to stick with you through stormy seas in the future.

Thus, the appeal and need for multi-generational family reunions.

Of course, like everything worth doing in life, it’s going to take some good old fashioned WORK to make your reunion everything that it can and should be. Whether you are hosting a small gathering or swinging for the fences with 100+ relatives, know this from the get-go: you don’t have to do it all alone! You’re not the only one in the family (clearly) so you shouldn’t have the sole burden of arranging everything yourself. So before any decisions are made, form a Reunion Committee of sorts to split up the planning. We get the distinct feeling that you will thank yourself down the road.

And you know what? Since we feel like guests are a part of our “family” as well… we’re going to hook you up with a few helpful hints to make your reunion one for the ages.

First things first: establish date, location, and guest list– a seamless reunion is planned an awful lot like a wedding (hopefully at a substantially lower and divided cost), but approach it with that mentality. Broach the subject during a larger gathering (birthdays, anniversaries etc.) and get the ball in motion.

  • DATE: For a large reunion (for argument sake, let’s say over 30 guests) we’d suggest planning a year or so in advance. That might seem like a large amount of time but in reality it really isn’t. Kids play sports. Uncle Marshall and Aunt Lilly are going to Italy in the spring. Cousin Eddie bought an RV and is going cross country for the holidays. You get the picture. Life happens and pinpointing an exact date is going to be a challenge. HOWEVER, it is imperative that once you find a date, you need to stick to your guns.  In a perfect world, everyone would be able to attend, but we all know how that goes.
     
  • GUESTS: Before any invitations are sent out at all, have a clear and defined list of guests. Are we making this a “Smiths Only” affair? Are we sticking with just Grandma Walton’s kids and grandkids? Or is the entire town of Hawley going to be invited? Take the time (with your helpful committee) and create an established guest list.
     
  • LOCATION: A very large part of the success of your reunion rides on venue selection. Accommodations? Dining arrangements? Activities? Travel decisions? They ALL rely on where you decide to hold your event. (All of these decisions are streamlined when you book your reunion with us... just sayin'.)

Again, we live in a world that is far from perfect, so with venue comes the consideration of costs. Is  it feasible to have a relative host the event at their home? Might you seek out a vacation home or possibly a resort to host your affair? Are you going to board a plane and go all out in Tahiti? All families are different, and there are pros and cons to each scenario. You need to talk about this, come up with a concrete plan and book.

Once all of these decisions have been made, draft up some save the date invites and send them in the mail. Coordinate group emails and group chats on Facebook  to keep everyone in the loop on things.

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We’ve hosted our share of family reunions (big & small with all sorts of “families”) and we’ve learned a few things along the way.

Plan… but don’t overplan. While it certainly is important to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time together, you just might make people hate you by becoming a micro-manger. Be flexible and acknowledge the fact that you’re working with a diverse group with diverse interests. It’s OK to split up for portions of your event. We suggest publishing an activity sheet that lays out the imperative must-attend events and letting family members choose how to use their time.

Besides, we all know that Mother Nature will do whatever she pleases, so things might have to vary. Don’t stress- take it as it comes and enjoy the moments. Adults may wish to consider babysitting services at some point- adults need to unwind and be with just “grown ups” for a night or two. Along those lines, consider hiring a photographer to capture candid moments and group portraits. Money well spent.

  • Consider limitations. They come in various forms, but mainly consider physical and dietary issues your family members may have. Ski mountain retreats are beautiful, but it would be somewhat sad to have a good portion of your family not be able to traverse the hills because of walking disabilities. Furthermore, there’s nothing more annoying like booking a great restaurant and finding out your sweet mother can’t enjoy a meal due to lack of gluten-free options. Issues like this are easier to deal with early in the process than they are at that moment!
     
  • Remember WHY you are there. In the mix of all the planning, banter, back and forth and traveling, sometimes the reasons are unfortunately lost.  You are there to spend good quality time with those you hold to be important in life- make the most of it. Ditch the cell phones, laptops and tablets- trust me, they will be there when you return back to life as usual. Vacations are best spent wireless.
     
  • Catch up with your relatives. Now is the PERFECT time for some of the younger family members to hear stories from Grandma and Grandpa (possibly embarrassing ones about their parents… those are always good). Maybe Uncle Jesse and his college bound niece get to have a good heart to heart, chock full of advice that will help her in the coming year. These little moments, as trivial as they might seem at the time, are going to be talked about and remembered for years to come. Embrace them. 
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We hope this helps you a bit on planning a fantastic family reunion. With that in mind, Woodloch is very pleased to announce that we will be attending this year’s “Global Family Reunion” June 6th, 2015 in Queens, NY. It’s the biggest, most extraordinary and most inclusive family reunion in history. Come meet fascinating cousins you never knew you had — and learn about how we are building a Family Tree of the entire Human Race. Guests include Dr. Oz, performing artist Lisa Loeb, Ted Allen of The Food Network and renowned illusionist David Blaine!

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You've all seen the pictures. A friend of yours who loves the Beatles travels to London and low and behold, a picture is snapped of him crossing Abbey Road. Your cousin Sally heads to LA on a business trip and sure enough is captured on film on next to Charlie Chaplin's star on Hollywoods "Walk of Fame." And we all know someone who has traveled to Italy and single handedly supported the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

No matter where you travel to, it's nice to know that there are trademark sights and landmarks that provide the perfect photo opportunities to document your escape. And while Paul McCartney has never stayed with us, and all of our buildings are structurally sound, I like to think that in the magical universe of "Woodloch Land," we have our own little features that define us and have provided families with awesome locations for that ever important group photo for the past 55 years.

So, I've taken the liberty of compiling a list of "10 Pretty Awesome Photo Ops at Woodloch Pines Resort." 

1. Fisherman- He's one of the first "personalities" you'll run into upon your arrival to Woodloch! Situated right outside our main registration desk, the classic fisherman has seen many generations of families grow up here at Woodloch. Year after year, he stays in the same spot; the fish must still be biting.

2. A photo with ___________ by the Front Desk- You never know who you might run into as you check in for your vacation experience at Woodloch. It might be an old friend, a favorite staff member, JK, or depending on the season, Frankenstein, the Easter Bunny, or Jolly Old Saint Nick! Be ready for anything...

3. Main Lobby Fireplace - Our resort has grown a bit since opening its doors in 1958 (understatement), but the main lobby fireplace has been a staple from the get go. Crackling fires burn throughout the winter, but our fireplace is the perfect place for your family to assemble for a portrait that says "we're classy . . . but here to party."

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4. Fishing Dock - To me, when I get a spare moment to soak it in, Lake Teedyuskung is breathtakingly beautiful, and any picture you take is bound to be an instant classic. However, migrate over to our small fishing dock next to the Tea House dock for a full beautiful view of the lake, passing boats, and of course all those "skilled" water skiiers.

5. Waterslide- And while we're down on the lake, let's talk "action" shots. While there's nothing more adorable than watching your kids construct sand castles, it's hard to compete with the joyous smiles our guests share with us as they plummet down our waterslide!

6. The Inn WaterfrontHave you been plotting- I mean "planning"- your fairytale wedding since you were young? If so, I'd say there's an 83% chance you dreamed that it would take place at the Inn waterfront, even if you've never seen weddings, spa retreatit before in your life. The tranquil water and astounding views will not only stir emotions in the manliest of men but also provide a pristine canvas for all of those lovely wedding photographs!

7. Zipline- There's nothing like capturing your loved ones with an expression of pure enjoyment - or fear - in their eyes. Both are equally possible thanks to Woodloch's 600-foot Eagle Eye Zipline. Snap a shot as they zoom by at over 35 mph through the trees or as they free fall from our Tarzan Swing! Memories...travel deals

8. Climbing Wall- Yodel-ay-hee-hoo! Do you have what it takes to scale 30 feet vertically to the summit of Woodloch's climbing wall? If so, why not immortalize the moment with a proper photograph (taken from the ground, of course). 

9. Theme Night- Staying with us on a Wednesday or Saturday night? You will regret missing the spectacle of Theme Night

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As you arrive for dinner, snap a quick shot with our characters in the traditional greeting line, then catch a new set of characters parade through on parade! 

10. The Deer That Never Moves- Looking to spot some wildlife, but keep coming up short? Fear not, we've found a solution to this issue! Situated underneath a tree on our main lawn is a deer that never moves. A nice silver medal to actually having to track down wildlife to film, this ceramic creature will ALWAYS hold a special place in my heart, and I have a feeling others will agree with me!

 

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PHOTO OPS OF ALL...

.... are the ones that you create with the people you love most in the world! It doesn't have to be at a certain place or a certain time. Remember, a photograph captures a moment and immortalizes all of the feelings so that you can take them with you year-round! Plan as you might, the best pictures will set themselves up when you least expect it! And that's a BEAUTIFUL thing.

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**Immortalize and share your best photos with us- you can follow and tag us on Instagram (@Woodloch) or hit us up on Twitter (also @Woodloch)... who knows, we might even repost our favorites to share with ALL of our friends! 

 

WE'D LOVE TO KNOW- where are YOUR favorite photo spots? Comment below!

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Woodloch Staff Honored in Annual Meeting

  
  
  
  
  
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~shared by J. Ranner

A person who feels appreciated will ALWAYS do more than what is expected. 

Many moons ago, the enlightened troubadours simply known as "The New Radicals" taught me one of life's most important lessons- you only get what you give. I have to say that in almost every facet of my life thus far, this has been true. What you put into something will most definitely affect what you get out of it. 

Imagine yourself (or perhaps you're already there) working day in and day out at a job in which you sense little to no appreciation is being sent your way for a job well-done. How long are you seriously going to consider staying there? I think most rational people would answer that with, "not long." For the most part, happy employees lead to happy customers. Happy customers lead to happy owners. 

Perhaps that is why the Kiesendahl family is beaming. Every year, Woodloch takes the time to recognize the dedicated service of many of our employees during their Spring Appreciation Meeting. "Once temperatures warm up and spirits are starting to lift, we feel it's the perfect time to show gratitude for all that our employees do," says John Kiesendahl, owner. "We take tremendous pride in our staff and feel it's necessary to acknowledge what they bring to our business."

Over 160 of Woodloch's employees were recognized for at least 10 years of dedicated service- including 25 of them with at least 30 years of employment. Employees are given both gift certificates and golden nametags in recognition of their service. "All resorts have amenities, accommodations and food," says Kiesendahl. "The people associated with Woodloch have been, and always will be, Woodloch's most valuable asset." In an industry where employee turnovers are typically pretty high, Woodloch has maintained a significantly higher retention rate.

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Additionally, Woodloch took the time to recognize two staff members for their yearly "Aunt Mary and Aunt Marge Award." This honor is bestowed upon two employees (one front of house, one behind the scenes) that routinely go above and beyond the call of duty to give Woodloch guests an outstanding vacation experience.  This year's recipients were Wesley Halliday from the bar and Basilio Perez-Carrasco from grounds maintenance. "Both of these gentlemen showcase our tradition of warm hospitality day in and day out. I couldn't be more proud to call them a part of our team," says John. Both Wes and Basilio were rewarded with a stay at the resort so they, too, can enjoy "The Woodloch Experience." Afterwards, all employees were invited out to The Clubhouse at Woodloch Springs for dinner, drinks and dancing on a beautiful spring evening.  

If all of this sounds appealing to you, then you are in luck. Our team is looking to expand and will be hosting an on-site Job Fair May 26th, 2015 from 2 to 5 PM at The Inn at Woodloch. Look your best, bring your resume and meet face to face with departments that are looking to hire. The resort, our brand new Market, The Boat House Restaurant and our sister property spa- The Lodge at Woodloch, will be conducting on site interviews, so be your best self! We look forward to seeing you! 

vacation packages mountain resortBasilio & Wes - Recipients of 2015 "Aunt Mary & Marge" Award

 

 


The 2015 Update at Woodloch Springs Golf Course

  
  
  
  
  
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~shared by John Pillar and Jeff Hugaboom 

Cue the David Bowie tune- ch-ch-changes are on the way at the Country Club at Woodloch Springs. 

spa resortIt all starts with personnel at the Clubhouse- we will have a few exciting additions to our golf team this year! Josh Deal has taken over the role of Head Professional and most of the daily operations duties. Josh had worked for us in 2012 & 2013 and was a perfect fit for us at Woodloch.  His fun outgoing personality has left a lasting impression and we look forward to him providing outstanding service in all areas.

Prior to joining the team,  Josh spent time as a PGA Apprentice at such well-respected clubs as New Haven Country Club in CT, Grayhawk Golf Club in AZ, and The Manor Golf and Country Club in GA.  Josh is a Connecticut Native and a proud UCONN Alum.  He looks forward to serving you this 2015 golf season!

Jason Kuiper will be joining the professional staff at Woodloch Springs as the Director of Instruction.  His most recent position was at Orange Lake Resort as the Head Teaching Professional at The McCord Golf Academy as well as a Golf Operations Manager.  He has been in that position since 2009 where he worked through the PGA program obtaining Class A membership in 2011.

golf lessonsHis love for the game brought him into this industry in 2003 as he worked at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Pennsylvania.  It was there that he took on different roles from service staff all the way up through teaching professional before moving to Florida in 2008. He decided to make golf his career after completing an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA in 2006 and a Masters of Business Administration from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA in 2008.    He currently resides in Davenport, FL with his wife Lindsay and their dogs Eva and Chip.

Course wise, we are off to an exciting and challenging start to the 2015 golf season. Last fall we hired The George Ley Company to start a bunker renovation project on 9, 18, 8, 17 and 3.  We focused on green side bunkers, fixing drainage, replacing sand, reshaping and removing sand traps.  Removal and reshaping of the sand traps will not only improve the golf experience, it will grant the maintenance crew additional hours to focus on other areas of the course. 

The winter was not kind to the northeast.  Ice and cold temperatures resulted in injured greens from Philadelphia northward.  The maintenance crew was proactive throughout the winter removing snow and melting ice with black sand.  We were able to minimize but not prevent all damage to greens.  Some greens have relatively small areas of damage or none at all, number twelve is heavily damaged.  We have created a temporary green in order to minimize traffic and facilitate healing.   The greens have been aerated and damaged areas have been seeded.  We have ordered a topdressing sand specifically mixed to encourage recovery.  The sand is mixed with dark organic material for heat absorption and water retention, and fertilizers to stimulate growth.  In addition, twelve will be covered to further accelerate healing time, and will reopen as soon as possible.  The chipping green was not aerated and will be used to patch damaged areas on the course.  This process will start next week, and will make a big improvement to the damaged greens. With warm beautiful weather on the horizon, we anticipate a lightning quick return to pinnacle conditions.

Lastly, with the arrival of golf season comes the return of all those great tournaments. In addition to golfing with star athletes of tomorrow and paying homage to true American heroes, 2015 will feature a brand new tournament for both golf and soccer fans alike. Our first ever "Foot Golf Invitational" will be held Monday, June 29th. We are excited to host this one-of-a-kind event on our course!  

Our entire team is excited to provide a season of new and entertaining golf events for the season and we hope you all participate in the FUN!

Here's to a great 2015 for everyone- see you on the links!


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