#1 billing question: My statement shows a capital fund of $150 quarterly charge, however I would like to $1,000 for the capital fund to remove the quarterly charge.
If you plan to pay the $1,000 instead of $150 a quarter for 2 years you have until the end of June to pay $1,000.
Members can pay $150 now towards the capital and the remainder by the end of June. Or just wait and pay $1,000 by the end of June.
What is due by the end of April?
Your statements shows, March member charges, dues, future capital fund and any quarterly initiation amounts that need to be paid off are due by the end of April.
I requested a status change with my membership, but my status change does not reflect in the quarterly billing.
Status changes submitted after March 16th will not be accepted until the next Board meeting on April 20th.
If your status change is granted in the April meeting, it will be retroactive to this quarters statement.
9-hole best ball shootout at 5:00
Format: Best 2 ball net for each team
Open to men and women.
All levels of skill are welcomed.
If you do not have a handicap the staff provide you with one.
Players under 50 years of age and under 5 index play green tees.
All other players can play their normal set of tees.
Entry: $20 all money goes towards team prizes
Club puts in $100 for skins game!
Win $500 credit for a hole in one!
Limited to first 40 players
Wednesday's special is chicken parmesan $15
Serving from 5:30 to 8
Regular menu also available Online Registration
Bingo on Wednesdays!
Playing from 6 to 7. Play will be in the ballroom.
Play for free!
Club puts in $100 for winnings every week
Pizza, wings & drink specials
Regular menu also available
Sunday brunch served from 10 till 2.
Treat yourself to a mimosa or bloody mary! _____________________________
300 Links Drive | Beaufort, NC | (252) 728-5525
#ABSTRONG FUNDRAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT, Saturday April 24th at 9:00
Dear Sponsor, AnnaBlair "AB" Smith is a 3 year-old little girl that has been diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer, Stage 3 Rhabdomyosarcoma.
Over the next 43 weeks, her parents David and Channing Smith will be accompanying her to Duke Hospital in Durham, NC for chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation.
AnnaBlair is full of personality and loves lipstick, being outside, and playing doctor.
In order to help the Smith family with the costs associated with AB's treatment,
The Beaufort Club is hosting a fundraising tournament on Saturday, April 24th and will be donating 100% of the proceeds.
Please consider participating in this important event by playing on the 24th, sponsoring the tournament, or donating an item for our raffle.
We understand it has been a difficult year for local businesses, so any item or amount you would be able to contribute from your business would be greatly appreciated.
We are happy to pick up any items donated for the raffle.
Samantha Dewar, Beaufort Club Manager
Member Member.......... May 15th & 16th
Member Guest.......... July 16th-18th
Pro Am.......... August 2nd & 3rd
Club Championship..........September 18th & 19th
Event registration will open 2 months prior to each event. _____________________________
Format: Tee times with 6 Teams per flight with full field.
Flighting based on team handicap.
60% of A player combined with 40% of B player.
Players who choose to play the white or gold tees will have their handicap index adjusted.
Entry fee includes:
2 tournament rounds
Breakfast & lunch during play
Drinks on the course during play
Saturday ~ 1st Nine Best Ball
Saturday ~ 2nd Nine Texas Scramble
Sunday ~ 1st Nine Superball
Sunday ~ 2nd Nine Alternate Shot
Tees of play:
Under 50 years of age. Under 10 handicap index ~ Green tees
Under 50 years of age. 10 and over handicap index ~ Blue tees 50 to 64 plus handicap ~ Green tees All other 50 to 64 years of age ~ Blue tees
65 to 74 years of age. Plus handicap index ~ Green tees
65 to 74 years of age. Under 10 handicap index ~ Blue tees
65 to 74 years of age. 10 and over handicap index ~ White tees
75 years of age and over. Under 10 handicap index ~ White tees
75 years of a age and over. 10 and over handicap index ~ Gold tees
Under 65 years of age. Under 10 handicap index ~ White tees
Under 65 years of age. 10 and over handicap index ~ Gold tees
65 years of age and over. Under 10 handicap index ~ Gold tees
65 years of age and over. 10 and over handicap index ~ Red tees
Players can request to move to a more difficult set of tees Best Ball
Each player will receive 100% of their adjusted course handicap.
Players will play their own ball on each hole taking the best net score.
Both players tee off. The best tee shot is chosen.
Players then play their own ball until the ball is holed with the best score being used.
Tee shot can be moved 6 inches no closer to the hole without changing
terrain with the exception of the putting green.
Best shot is used for each shot with each player playing from the
chosen ball until the ball is holed. Ball can be moved 6 inches no closer to
the hole without changing terrain with the exception of the putting green.
One ball rule applies.
Players will make a decision who will tee off on either the odd or even holes.
From the tee shot on players will alternate shots until the ball is holed.
If player A hits a ball out of bounds or in a
hazard player B will hit next from the spot player A hit from.
Under no circumstance will a player hit two shots in a row. _____________________________
New in 2021!
Staff will be offering practice sessions designated for women, juniors, beginners & the entire membership.
Each member has the opportunity to attend one session at no charge.
Sessions will last for one hour, cost is $10
Sessions will begin in April.
Quarterly schedule coming soon. _____________________________
PGA Jr. League brings family and friends together around fun, team golf.
Play on teams with friends, wear numbered jerseys and compete in a two-person scramble format.
Open to boys and girls, ages 13 and under, of all skill levels and backgrounds.
Morehead City Country Club is happy to announce that this summer the club will be offering programming for PGA Junior League.
Instruction/practices will be held on Thursdays at 4pm.
First registration is through PGA Junior League.
Access code for registration is: Morehead City CC Click here for registration At sign up you will be charged $75.00
With this fee your child will receive their jersey's and hat's.
Second registration is through the club.
Morehead City Country Club complete programming fee is $120.00. Click here for registration
This fee will pay for instruction/practices, as well as the matches and party that will be thrown for the children at the end of the season.
PGA Junior League will start in June 3rd and run through the summer.
A minimum of 10 instruction/practices plus matches.
Signups for junior league will run through May.
Those looking to sign up for individual practices will have the opportunity to do so for $10.
To participate in matches children must register through PGA.
Fee for matches $15.
If you have any questions regarding signing up or price’s please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Collins by email at email@example.com Or call the golf shop and ask for Andrew at 252.726.4917.
Coaches: Andrew Collins, Nick Eatmon, John Trujillo, Dave Davis & Jackson Soska
Now hiring lifeguards for the pool season.
If interested please contact Nick Eatmon at 252.342.0951
or stop by the clubhouse to pick up an application.
Must be certified by start date.
MCCC will pay for certification for after completing 1 month of work.
Hourly rate between $9 & $13.
Pay determined by experience and job responsibilities. _____________________________
Over 100 families on the waiting list! Don't miss out on the summer, put your name on the waiting list today!
Membership options include full membership & social/afternoon golf memberships.
Social/afternoon golf includes membership rates for golf after 12:30.
Both full and social/afternoon membership categories have options including:
junior (under age of 40), non-resident & resident memberships
All memberships are family memberships and include unlimited use of the driving range.
Many have received a dues restructuring letter. If you do not receive your restructuring letter please contact the business office. Below are frequently asked questions. Members please click here to leave your comments or suggestions for the dues restructuring. Your comments or questions will be given to the Board of Directors. Your questions will be reviewed in the next Board of Directors meeting. Your input will assist in forming additional frequently asked questions which will be published in future newsletters.
Frequent asked questions:
I would like to pay the $1,000 building fund upfront, when is the payment due?
Your bill for the building fund will be available the first of April, you may pay your building fund upfront before receiving your bill. You have until the end of June to pay the $1,000 building fund. If you do not pay the fee upfront you will be subject to a $150 quarterly fee for 2 years. By paying upfront you would save $200. If you would like to pay $1,000 upfront you can pay by clicking here to go to the club website, from there click on bill pay.Payments may be dropped off at the business office or mailed to PO Box 2400, Morehead City 28557.
Questions concerning status change: Most frequent question has been, I'm over 70 with over 10 years of membership or over 70 with over 25 years of membership. What do I need to do to change my membership status?
You will either need to write a letter or send an email stating you are over 70 with over 10 or 25 years of membership. If you would like to mail your request letter send the letter to PO Box 2400, Morehead City 28557. Request letters can also be dropped off at the business office or you can email your request to for status change to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those wishing to change to the afternoon/social or widow status membership will grant a request by following following the procedure shown above.
To be granted widow status members must be a member for a minimum of 20 years.
What is the afternoon golf/full social membership dues?
Junior (Under 40 years of age) $350
Over 70 with 10 years of membership $400
Over 70 with 25 years of membership $350
Rates include range fee. Rates do not include $75 a quarter future building fund or clubhouse fund of $150 a quarter or $1,000 upfront.
How long and what will the future building fund be used for?
The future building fund for the foreseeable future will be perpetual. This fund will be used for projects that are not in a normal operating budget. Projects may include, but not limited to items such as new cart/storage facility, upgrade or new maintenance facility, current clubhouse or pool upgrades, irrigation and other golf course upgrades and renovation or new bathrooms for the course.
I joined recently paying an initiation, but there was a no initiation option as well. Do I receive a credit for paying the initiation?
All those joining since September 2017 that did not play an initiation paid a higher dues rate than those who did pay the $1,000 initiation. Those not paying the initiation will be credited for the difference they have paid by paying a higher dues rate from those paying the initiation dues. Those not paying the initiation will need to pay the difference they owe from $1,000 upfront or to pay $150 a quarter until they reach $1,000.
What exactly does the afternoon golf/social member include?
This membership category allows full access to the Clubhouse, pool, and driving range. Members in this category receive membership rates for golf after 12:30, which means there is no charge to walk, $8 per nine to play with a cart before 3:00. $3 to play per nine with a cart when beginning after 3:00. Members in this category have access to the course before 12:30. However, when playing with or without a cart, their fee is $22 for nine holes or $40 for 18 holes. Afternoon golf/full social members' number of rounds are not limited, and they are eligible for member golf tournaments, no matter time of play. This membership does not include voting privileges for Board of Directors, and members within this category are not allowed to run for the Board.
As a lifetime members do I owe the future capital fund?
The future capital fund is meant to be used for future capital projects. These projects are outside of the normal operating budget. Discussion by the Board has been as long as the future capital fund is used for future capital projects lifetime members will owe for this fund.
In the past, we were told there would not be membership fee increases or assessments; what has changed?
The Board of Directors is a representative sample of the membership comprised of men and women from a variety of age groups. The Board voted unanimously to undergo a membership dues restructuring which resulted in the increases. In recent years, the Board of Directors has worked diligently to avoid increases. Increases have been avoided through the Phase I course renovation and Phase II improvements, including pool and buildings associated with the pool. Despite extensive hurricane damage in 2018 and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Board did not increase membership fees. In fact, over the last 10 ½ years, the Club has been able to work without fee increases. Decisions leading to an increase come from several factors, beginning with the Board deciding to cap membership. Past Boards have been able to increase membership to offset increases in operating and maintenance expenses. The current Board determined this method of avoiding fee increases is no longer feasible as participation on the course along with pool and Clubhouse have greatly increased in recent years. Since the last membership fee increase, Club operating, and maintenance expenses have increased by over $1,000,000. The Board is not willing to reduce expenses, which would lower quality. Additional discussion centered around the desire for the membership dues structure to become more equitable. The old membership fee structure has 27 categories, with 21 of these structures being considered grandfathered rates. Restructuring significantly cuts the number of membership categories bringing the Club closer to a more equitable status amongst all active members. The addition of the future capital fund will assist Morehead City Country Club in saving money for future projects. Future projects to include but not limited to course improvements such as beautification, irrigation, drainage, tree program and cart paths. Additional needs include renovated or new bathrooms on the course and maintenance facility upgrades. The future capital fund is considered a capital contribution and is not taxed as income. The Club was incorporated as a C-corp when it was formed in the early 50’s, meaning the Club is taxed up to 39% of total net income after depreciation. The Club has investigated changing to being a tax-exempt Private Club under IRS code section 501 c7. To do this, the Club would have property reassessed from the property value in the early 1950’s. The Club's accounting firm PBMares LLP has advised that this would cost the Club over $1 million in tax due at the time of conversion. Because of the looming tax burden, the Club has been unable to build a substantial cash reserve without paying a significant percentage of profits to taxes.
The addition of the clubhouse capital fund has been included to assist in completing Phase III of Club renovations, which is the new Clubhouse. Discussions concerning this fund centered around the need to make sure the Club would be able to complete Phase II without coming back to the membership for additional increases. The Board is focused on completing Phase III improvements in a timely manner with a goal of being in the new Clubhouse in the first half of 2023. The Board determined the needs of the current and future members for the future Clubhouse. The Board is not willing to sacrifice on this project as the feeling is to complete the project to the best of the Club’s ability to meet every member’s high expectations. This will be a project not only the current membership will be proud of, but it will assist in ensuring the long-term success of Morehead City Country Club.
Morehead City Country Club has and always will focus on value. When evaluating the Club’s new membership fee structure, the Board of Directors determined the Club will continue to remain an outstanding value when compared to local clubs and clubs across the Carolinas. By the time of the completion of Phase III, the Club will have made over $12,000,000 in improvements since 2017.
Will there be additional membership fee increases?
Club history supports minimizing membership fee increases. As mentioned, fees have not increased in 10 ½ years, and there has not been a building fund since 2008. Additionally, range fees have not increased in 14 ½ years, and cart fees have not increased in over 13 years. Each year the Club will evaluate items such as but not limited to inflation, number of members, level of service, overall facility conditions, and membership demand when determining membership fees. As an example, inflation expenses for the Club are now budgeted at over $2,500,000 a year. Every 2% of inflation could result in $50,000 in yearly expense increases.
Why build the new Clubhouse now?
The goal is to be in the new Clubhouse in the first half of 2023. At that time, the Club will have been through approximately 6 years of renovations. The Board of Directors have worked hard to keep fees down by completing the overall project in phases. However, the Board has determined the time has come to begin the clubhouse project. The Club is “busting at the seams” in all areas and has exceeded 120 families on the waiting list.
There are valid concerns over building cost increases. While there are hopes building costs will come down soon or at least during the project, forecasting these costs over the next two years is nearly impossible. What the Board does know is interest rates are near historic lows. The Board wants to act swiftly to provide favorable financing. Choosing a bank and obtaining financing will happen in short order once building prices are finalized. Building prices are to be finalized in April.
What are the current goals and mission of the Club?
For nearly a decade, the Club has stated a mission of providing value throughout the Club. By increasing value not only in golf, but in food & beverage, a variety of social opportunities, and through the new pool, Club membership is now more attractive to a broader range of those in the community and region.
In golf operations the Club has budgeted wisely to continue increasing the maintenance budget. This year’s budget’s largest increases are in payroll for grounds maintenance. The Club budgeted hiring additional staff to concentrate on detail work and beautification in the next few months. The crew has worked tirelessly on deferred maintenance in recent years. This year has been no exception, as you can see over the winter with the crew working on numerous drainage projects. The Board has continued with overall course improvements including the replacement of trees, replacing old cart paths, and the construction of a new bridge. In the coming years, you will see continued improved turf conditions, new drainage work, landscaping to enhance property beautification, further improvements in cart paths, and tree renourishment. The goal for the golf course as stated for nearly a decade is to be a top course in the Carolinas, a course that a wide variety of golfers can enjoy day in and day out.
Food and beverage operations have grown tremendously in recent years. The Club’s goals are to continue to provide new offerings, building towards the new Clubhouse. Recent growth despite setbacks from COVID-19 can be seen through food sales. In the 2010-2011 fiscal year, food sales were $58,569. This fiscal year's expectations are food sales to approach $325,000. Social activities before COVID-19 were ever-expanding. Parties' participation was routinely over 200. This past year has been a setback, but hopefully, the Club can get back to social events in the summer. Bands such as Liquid Pleasure have already been booked. Under safe conditions, the Club hopes to get back to a full social calendar beginning in May.
A large portion of membership growth, along with food and beverage gains in recent years, has come from the pool. A new reality: last fiscal year, over 200 memberships did not play a single round of golf. This has led to the average member today playing approximately 30% less than in the past. The increase of new members from the pool has lowered the average membership age from 65 in 2013 to 60 years of age today. The pool, once an afterthought, has become a thriving point of business for the Club. You will see continued pool improvements with additional umbrellas, chairs, personnel, and implementation of a new sound system in 2021.
Morehead City Country Club strives to be the #1 value club in the Carolinas. The Club plans on reaching this goal by having a legitimate top-tier course in the state, while providing a resort-style pool the entire family can enjoy. Our Club will build the social calendar to be the premier social calendar for country clubs in eastern North Carolina. The Club's focus on the new Clubhouse will be to keep the overall atmosphere the same, but at the same time give opportunities for fine dining and formal events. The Clubhouse will be traditional in overall style with a truly unique rooftop area. The rooftop area will be the perfect place to grab a drink with friends, sit back and watch live music, enjoy dinner inside or out while watching the sunset. However, quite possibly the most fun part of the rooftop area will be watching fellow members trying to navigate the difficult 9th & 18th holes!
Does the Club have plans on reducing membership?
Membership is based on rounds of golf and overall club activity. This past year the Club had a much higher demand for golf than years past. Current full membership has a number of grandfathered members who did not play golf this past year. The Club expects for some of these members to move their membership to an afternoon golf/social membership with the rate change. The plan currently is not to decrease overall membership, but the expectation is to decrease full membership.
Why doesn’t everyone pay the same amount in membership dues?
Grandfathering membership dues has been a practice used for a number of years and has served the Club well. There has been no set timetable, but every few years the Board of Directors would increase membership dues on new members. In the past, when there was no initiation, this was a way to encourage members to stay with a club. In essence, if they dropped their membership and wanted to rejoin, they may be subject to a higher dues rate. Different membership categories have been adopted over the years and have led to growth in membership. These categories are non-resident, junior, and the afternoon golf/social categories. Giving members over the age of 70 a discount with 10 or 25 years of membership is a way to show appreciation to those members. Consolidating dues even further is not something the Board of Directors has decided on. However, the Board of Directors has voted to increase initiations to $5,000 for all those now looking to go on the Club’s waiting list. With continued success, it is reasonable to assume initiations will increase.
Are there improvements the membership can expect once the Clubhouse is complete?
During clubhouse construction, the Club would like to build a new cart barn. The new cart barn would be used for membership bag storage along with storage for the Clubhouse. Maintenance improvements under discussion are improvements to the maintenance building and the use of the pond by 2, 3 & 4 as an additional irrigation pond. Further improvements to include continued sod/landscaping, tree program, drainage, irrigation, and cart path improvements. As the course assets age, there will need to be an eye on the future to ensure top playing conditions. Additionally, the Club intends to use the current Clubhouse as a multi-use building. The current event space will potentially be as an exercise facility. The remainder of the clubhouse future is not as certain. Most likely the current grille and kitchen will stay in place. Other rooms may be used as additional exercise rooms, game rooms, and a golf simulator could be in the Club’s future for the current Clubhouse. Expansion in ladies room bathrooms could make room for showers. Many have asked about tennis courts/pickleball courts. There is an area to do both, however no plans have been put in place.
Reaching 50 foot in height the clubhouse will have a grand feel.
The low country style design with wrap around porches will surely catch your eye.
The clubhouse will provide ample views of the golf course.
Holes 9 & 18 will be located in close proximity.
From the roof area holes 8 & 16 will also be within view.
Speaking of views there will be no better place to watch those Newport River sunsets.
Members will be able to enjoy a large patio between the clubhouse and 18th green.
Patio will be available for use daily.
Patio will also allow for overflow for large parties.
This area will be constructed to allow easy access to be tented.
Members welcome to your grand entrance.
As soon as you walk into the foyer you will see through the clubhouse to the Newport River.
The ballroom located through the double doors.
The golf shop will be located to the right of the stairs.
The ballroom/event space will allow for up to 250 participants.
The first floor formal ballroom will allow the club to hold and host a number of events from weddings to band parties.
The second floor members lounge will have a large bar area with multiple surrounding tables.
This bar expected use is to be predominantly used as an adults only lounge.
Sit at the bar or in your favorite rocking chair on the porch and watch your friends finish the 18th!
The member's lounge is meant to have a casual feel, no need for a sport jacket and dress shirt.
Locker rooms will have a number of half lockers along with showers.
Locker rooms are available for both men and women.
The locker rooms are located on the second floor.
Conceptually the new cart building will allow an area for members to store their bag and or pull/push cart.
Second floor multipurpose restaurant and seating area.
The restaurant is to be open daily.
Conceptually a large pocket door will be able to divide the room.
By dividing the room the club will have options for smaller member bookings.
At the same time this gives those wanting to hold a meeting or to play cards a place to convene.
Rooftop lounge will be the place to be!
The rooftop lounge is destined to be a spot talked about throughout the county and state!
Three sets of stairs and two elevators will be available for the rooftop area.
Members will primarily use a large elevator to go to the rooftop area.
The primary passenger elevator has the ability to transport 15 or more members at a time.
An additional service elevator will assist the staff in providing daily food and for special events.
Outside of the rooftop bar, sit by the fire with your favorite drink and enjoy the sunset.
Enjoy a meal outdoors on a summer evening.
Listen to your favorite local artist play live music.
Watch your friends try to navigate the 9th & 18th holes. So many opportunities to enjoy, this will be a spot like no other!
Can you imagine the views while 40+ feet above the Newport River? _____________________________
MCCC COVID-19 UPDATE
From the beginning of the pandemic, MCCC has been monitoring all Federal, State and local guidance
on maintaining a safe workplace for our employees and members and have been following such guidance diligently.
Employees must maintain social distance, wear masks, wash their hands and monitor their health on a daily basis.
Capacity at the club has been reduced to a level below the guidelines required by the State of North Carolina.
Cleaning of public areas within the club occur on a regular basis in accordance with CDC recommended guidelines.
Members are notified and encouraged to wear masks at all times while on the premises
and to maintain social distance between other members and staff and to frequently wash their hands.
Such notices are posted throughout the club as required by all regulatory guidelines.
The notices also inform the members that they should NOT enter the club premises should they have a fever,
or exhibit other symptoms that may indicate they have COVID. Members should also not enter the club if
they believe they may have been in close contact with anyone suspected of being infected with COVID-19.
Close contact is spending 15 cumulative minutes or more within 6 feet of an infectious person,
regardless of if they are wearing a mask. Close contact is also any physical contact for any length of time.
As of April 6th no staff member of MCCC is currently positive for COVID nor are any exhibiting symptoms of it.
As with any business, church, restaurant, retail store or other operation in Carteret County, it is almost a certainty
that someone has entered the facility that may have had COVID. CDC and regulatory agencies advise that once an individual
knows they are infected, they should notify individuals that they have been in close contact with and quarantine.
Recently, MCCC has been notified that a member(s) may have had COVID while at the club and this was
investigated with staff and appropriate actions were taken by the club in accordance with all regulatory guidelines.
MCCC is prohibited by law from disclosing any health information on a member and will rely upon the affected
member(s) to notify possible contacts as set out in the CDC guidelines.
We recommend that if a member has questions about our procedures or possible COVID exposure,
that they call and speak with the General Manager to avoid unintentional and inaccurate misinformation.
Social Media or hearsay can often cause the dissemination of inaccurate or completely false information.
Also remember that MCCC is prohibited by law from revealing specific medical information about staff or members
to other members but we will strive to provide the most accurate information we can in accordance with
current regulation on this serious issue. Unfortunately, we are still dealing with the pandemic and ultimately
each member has to decide for themselves whether they feel safe spending time at the club.
As a small business and as a golf course, MCCC is one of the few allowable locations members can socially
distance to get away from the uncertainties of today’s events and enjoy the fellowship of other members.
Hopefully, if the membership will follow the guidelines, and we as a club, diligently follow all mandated requirements,
we will be able to continue to offer a safe place for our membership to relax in these uncertain times.
And be advised that if circumstances warrant, we will adjust our operations and policies to ensure all staff and members are protected.