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Keowee Key Earns Community Wildlife Habitat Certification from National Wildlife Federation October 3, 2018

Keowee Key Art Connection Spring Show

Keowee Key was honored by the National Wildlife Federation with a Community Wildlife Habitat Certification on October 3, 2018. Four of Keowee Key common areas were certified, and 88 individual owned properties were certified as wildlife habitats to complete the requirements.

It was a beautiful day on the lakeshore when members of the community gathered for a celebration picnic at Marina Villas Common Area, one of the certified habitats. There was a ribbon cutting for a commemorative Butterfly Garden, newly installed at the common area.

Sara Green of the National Wildlife Federation spoke to the group and presented the Community Habitat Certification to Alice Guzick, a Keowee Key resident who spearheaded the application for the community.

Keowee Key is the 112th community in the country and the 5th community in South Carolina to receive this honor. A community Wildlife Habitat benefits the entire community of plants, wildlife and people through the creation of sustainable landscapes that require little or no pesticides, fertilizers and excess watering.

“National Wildlife Federation commends the dedicated residents of Keowee Key and the Lake and Hills Garden Club team for their wildlife conservation efforts and for coming together for a common purpose – to create a community where people and wildlife can flourish,” said Sara Green, NWF. “At a time when communities are faced with the problems of losing habitat development, Keowee Key stands out as a model for other communities to emulate.”

Keowee Key Art Connection Spring Show April 20-22, 2018

Keowee Key Art Connection Spring Show

The Art Connection Spring Show takes place on the third weekend of April. The public is invited to the opening reception which takes place on Friday, April 20th at the Keowee Key Event Center from 5:00 until 7:00.

Join us for some appetizers and a glass of wine as you stroll through the exhibition. The reception features the "Viewer's Choice" awards. The attendees are asked to vote for their favorite art piece, in the themed and un-themed categories.

The Lake and Hills Garden Club is joining us this year in the themed portion of the Show and we ask that you place your ballot for your favorite themed floral design as well. The theme for this year’s exhibit is "Found Objects" and we look forward to an interesting selection in works of art in which your vote will determine the prize winners.

The event runs Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 12:30 pm – 5 pm. A Silent Auction will run through Sunday along with the exhibit. The Silent Auction closes at 3:00 pm on Sunday when the winning bidders will be called. Please come out, join us and view the artwork of your talented community.

Please don't forget to enjoy the "Art Wall" at the Club which features Christi Manning through May 31, 2018. Take a break either before or after your meal at the Club to see the gallery.

Tiger Tennis Day at Keowee Key 2017

Tiger Tennis Day at Keowee Key 2017

Tiger Tennis Day was on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Keowee Key Fitness and Racquet Center in Salem, SC. The Men’s Clemson Varsity Tennis team started the day with their formal practice session for view by our members. It was exciting to watch this 2-hour practice of 10 Clemson players and two coaches right here on our courts. After the practice session, two of the Tigers’ best doubles teams played a 10-point breaker as an exhibition in front the crowd.

A total of 20 Keowee Key Tennis Club members then participated in a Round Robin friendly competition that included the Men’s Clemson team, their 2 coaches and our Keowee Key Pros. Two teams were formed and designated as either the Paws or the Claws! After 3 rounds, the Paws won the event. Each member of the winning team received Official Clemson Tiger Paw branded tennis balls donated by the Clemson team. Our event sponsor, Ingles in Seneca, provided drinks for this event.

Orange & White Tennis Tournament 2017

Orange & White Tennis Tournament at Keowee Key
Carrie Ingersoll, Hal Blanchette, Roger Keranen, & Wendy Jakszta

The Keowee Key Orange & White Tennis Classic was held June 24th, 2017, at Keowee Key Fitness and Racquet Center in Salem, SC. Proudly wearing the colors of our beloved neighbor and National Football Champions, Clemson University, Orange and White were worn by 32 teams that competed against each other on our 8 Hartru courts.

The competition began at 8:30 AM in the morning and played each hour until the playoff was held to determine the winning team. For the second year in a row, the Orange team defeated the White team. The competition ended with a very exciting mixed doubles match featuring our two tennis professionals, Brad Huff and Ward Snyder. Brad partnered with our Senior U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist, Jane Gabe, for the White team and Ward played with Katy Keranen for Orange. The Orange prevailed.

The theme this year was “Motown” and teams played to fun music from the Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, and the Jackson 5. In the inclusive spirit of Keowee Key, all levels from beginners to advanced were welcome, and never forgot what is most important, “having fun.” The 64 participants took a happy memory home with them.

Prem Murugiah & Dan Murray
Paul Ingersoll and Lynn Carlson
Suzette Cross

Men’s Member Guest Golf Tournament 2017

The Keowee Key Men’s 18-Hole Member Guest Tournament was held June 15 – 17, 2017. Sixty members of the KKMGA and their guests came together from all over the United States for three days of competition and camaraderie in the 33rd edition of this premier golf and social event at Keowee Key. The tournament itself pits 60 two-man teams in ten flights in head to head competition over five Nine-hole matches, culminating in a three hole shoot out among the 10 flight winners on Saturday afternoon. This year’s winner was the team of Clif and Gene Smith who prevailed in a thrilling alternate shot competition that was witnessed by over 100 spectators lining the fairways on each of the three playoff holes.

While golf is certainly the center piece of this three-day event, it also featured a fabulous opening cocktail party at the Club in grand style. Daily events for the spouses and companions of the players provided a look at local attractions as well as competition for those who wanted to get into the game. This year a cooking demonstration at The Healthy Olive on Thursday, a brunch, fashion show and putting contest/ fun golf tournament on Friday were all on the agenda for the ladies. Finally, the Awards Dinner Dance at the Club, closed out the event with an amazing meal and many stories of what might have been and wait until next year! This event is always special and this year was no exception. A time to meet new friends, renew old acquaintances, and celebrate the great place we live in with our guests from all over the country, is really what Keowee Key living is all about.

Clif Smith from the sand
Final Shootout Hole #9

Additional Keowee Key Events

Golf

Keowee Key in Salem, SC hosts over 15 major tournaments per year for men and women golfers including 4 league championships. Over 600 resident golfers play in 9 and 18-hole leagues through the year.

Upcoming Golf Events

Tennis

Generous facilities include 8 clay courts, 4 synthetic grass courts and 2 US Open hard courts. Resident teams have claimed 27 USTA League titles, seven State titles, and a National Championship.

Upcoming Tennis Events
 

Pickleball

Keowee Key residents play Pickleball on four lighted state of the art courts. Pickleball is a very social sport that has caught on with over 200 enthusiastic residents.

Upcoming Pickleball Events

The Club at Keowee Key

Choose from casual to formal dining, a bistro or our sports bar - The Club has it all. With a stunning view of the golf course, facilities are available to support resident events such as wedding parties, birthdays and graduations.

Upcoming Events at The Club