Hound Ears Open event benefits Patients in Need

Winners of the tournament - Bill Deuink, Kevin Walsh,Ron Calhoun, and Scott Sullivan

Winners of the tournament – Bill Deuink, Kevin Walsh,Ron Calhoun, and Scott Sullivan

BOONE, N.C. – Building on a rich history of service to the High Country community, Hound Ears Club recently completed a successful fundraising effort, the 16th annual Hound Ears Open in August.

Hound Ears Club has been privileged for five decades to host an annual benefit to support our community healthcare initiatives through Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). The two-day event included a golf tournament, tennis tournament, putting contest, cocktail party, auction and raffle.


Proceeds from this year’s tournament — just over $138,000 — benefit The Patients in Crisis Fund. The fund cares for patients’ and their families by providing for medication, transportation, housing, and other critical needs when they are receiving treatment from ARHS. Previously, Hound Ears Open support benefitted several other projects including the newly constructed Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge.

This fund was created to support people experiencing extreme financial crisis while they are undergoing medical treatment.

“It is because of dedicated community giving that we are able to offer these special services to our patients in need,” said Kindsay G. Reeder, Major Gifts Officer, Foundation, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.

Over the past seven years, the Hound Ears Open raised in excess of $750,000.

“The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System benefits our community in so many ways. We are honored to be working with them.  Hound Ears residents are very fortunate to have a modern medical system right here in our county,” said Hound Ears Club member and Open co-chair Alma Greene.

“My co-chair, Tim Miller, and I worked extremely well together and we could not have accomplished what we did without the partnership of ARHS staff and management, as well as the team at Hound Ears.”

For the past five decades, Hound Ears Club has supported many community-based projects benefitting the High Country’s regional healthcare system – including the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, Blowing Rock Rehabilitation/Davant Extended Care Center and the ARHS Cardiology Center in Boone.

“Hound Ears Club continues to be a loyal community partner for the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System” said Rob Hudspeth, ARHS Senior Vice President for System Advancement. 

“Year after year Hound Ears joins together in a big way to financially support our annual initiatives to help make healthcare better in our community.  Their dedication and commitment to ARHS is second to none.  We appreciate their time, efforts and enthusiasm in making this tournament the best year after year.”

The history of the Hound Ears Open stretches back to 1970. Following the death of Hound Ears co-founder Grover Robbins from cancer, brothers Spencer and Harry Robbins launched a golf tournament to honor Grover’s memory; the Open continued to grow in scope and size from there.

Centrally located near Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, N.C., Hound Ears Club comprises 750 acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established in 1964, the private community’s golf course was recently named a “Top 100 Tar Heel” course by Business North Carolina for the 11th consecutive year. Memberships are available for residents and non-residents.

For more information, visit the Hound Ears Club website at houndears.com

Changes Are Coming to Hound Ears Real Estate Team

Hound Ears Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Denise Jarvis as the Director of Real Estate/Broker in Charge and Rick Pifer as Real Estate Broker. Both will be joining the Real Estate team later this year or early next year.

imgCurrently serving as the Club’s Executive Assistant, Denise will manage the Hound Ears Real Estate team upon the retirement of current Director of Real Estate John Morris in 2018.

Before moving to Executive Assistant in 2014, Denise had been a real-estate professional since 1989 when she obtained her license in California. She began her Hound Ears career in 2013 as a Broker and Real Estate Assistant.

A graduate of Gardner-Webb University, Denise has won the “Rookie of the Year” real estate award for Northern California and Nevada. She has marketed real estate in California, North Carolina, and Georgia (where she also owned her own company).

Her fiancé, Dr. Perry Fidler, owns Fidler Chiropractic Center in Boone. Denise has a son, daughter and three grandsons. 

“If I were sitting anywhere in the world writing a description of my dream job, it would be Broker in Charge at Hound Ears Club. I have come to love Hound Ears Club and look forward to assisting all current and future residents with their real estate needs,” Denise said.

imgRick Pifer is a member and year-round resident at Hound Ears and has been working as a Realtor (e-PRO, RSPS) for Keller Williams over the past six years.

Prior to entering the real-estate profession, Rick worked in the golf-maintenance equipment business for 30 years — mostly within his family-owned company and later as a consultant/manager for 13 years after with the Company that acquired the family company in 1998.
“I am looking forward to working with all of our fine residents within our gates and showing future home buyers the community we all love and enjoy,” Rick said.
“Hound Ears Real Estate is fortunate to have the privilege of leveraging two high-power superstars in the real-estate world,” Hound Ears Club Chief Operating Officer/General Manager Don E. Vance CCM, CPC said.




Jordan Rucker joins the Hound Ears Club team as Marketing Assistant

Rucker_Jordan 2017 240pJordan Rucker joins the Hound Ears Club team as Marketing Assistant. She will assist the Communications and Membership Department with membership recruitment and programs.

The daughter of Director of Golf Peter Rucker, Jordan brings something special to the team at – a legacy of experiencing Hound Ears as a child. Birthday parties at the pool, junior golf clinics and Fourth of July celebrations are among her most precious memories.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina Asheville with a degree in Mass Communications in 2013, Jordan moved to Orlando, Fla. where she worked at several of the theme parks. Her positions included hairstylist at Walt Disney World, videographer at Discovery Cove, entertainment at Universal Studios Orlando, and guest services team captain at the Holy Land Experience.

“We are delighted to present Jordan Rucker to you as our Marketing Assistant, which is a newly created position,” said Don E. Vance, CCM, CPC, Chief Operating Officer/General Manager.

He added: “Jordan comes to us with a wealth of experience. As our membership and marketing efforts have grown, we believe this position, which reports to Jason Reagan, Director of Communications and Membership, will provide us with the opportunity to continue to grow our membership program. Please welcome Jordan, as you will see her out and about the club and community this season.”

Jordan is pleased to return to Hound Ears and the mountains she grew up in. In her spare time, she can be found hiking and creek walking, taking photos of animals and nature, and spending time with her family.


Release the Hound!

HoundDogHuntPaisley the beagle can hardly hold back his excitement as he tries out the Hound Ears Dog Park. Hound Ears Club member Mark and Cyndy Hunt just adopted the puppy along with Paisley’s sister, Daisy. Our dog park is just one of many world-class amenities that makes Hound Ears Club the premier private club of the High Country. Call 828-963-2137 for more information.

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Go Long or Go home!

womenPGAteesCroppedThe women of Hound Ears Club are some of the finest golfers in the High Country. Don’t believe us? The three amazing ladies in the photo at left shot from the Pro Tees (the longest yardage) during a friendly match this past weekend.  You don’t have to be a long hitter to be a member of Hound Ears (heck, you don’t even need to be a golfer). All you need to have a is a desire to experience the best in mountain living! To find out more about an amazing membership opportunity at one of the region’s finest private, gated communities, call 828-963-2137. Fore real!