Member – Guest Golf Tournament

With 60 participants and a gallery of about 90 spectators, the Member-Guest Tournament is the Plantation’s premier golfing event of the year. The three-day tournament this year featured 24 men’s teams and six ladies’ teams. In addition to golf, players enjoyed several nights of formal dinners and cocktail parties.

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Today’s Lesson: Crabbing!

Give a kid a crab and he or she will eat for a day. Teach a kid to crab and they will have fun for a lifetime! Natalie Johns and Denise Dominguez, from Owner Services, and Brays’ naturalist, Bruce Lampright, hosted a Kids Camp here at Brays Island Plantation on Thursday and Friday. The kids enjoyed activities ranging from putt putt golf to painting bird houses. And of course, they got to catch and eat crabs!

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Wildflower Meadows

Brays Island Plantation is awash in color as the spring wildflowers don their finest. The open fields are particularly beautiful right now as numerous tiny wildflowers join forces to become stunning blocks of blues, whites and yellows. Our naturalist Bruce Lampright has been kind enough to identify some of the most prolific wildflowers currently in bloom.
  1. Toad Flax
  2. False Dandelion
  3. White Clover
  4. Yellow Wood Sorrel
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Beaufort Ranked #7

Smithsonian Magazine recently released their “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014″ list. The list was compiled with the help of Esri, a geographical informational systems company who helped rank towns based on their strengths in categories such as history, science, visual arts, music and education. Here is what they had to say about Beaufort…

“To describe…the low country of South Carolina, I would have to take you to the marsh on a spring day, flush the great blue heron from its silent occupation, scatter marsh hens as we sink our knees in mud, open you an oyster with a pocketknife and feed it to you from the shell.”

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Brays Owners Visit Los Chanares

Los Chanares March 8 – 2014 from FlyWays Argentina on Vimeo.

Brays owners, John Breedlove and Mike and Jennifer Smith, join Guy and Stacy Davies from Holland & Holland at Los Chanares in Argentina. Living, playing and traveling with “birds of a feather” is one of the benefits of living at a place like Brays. Looks like you guys and ladies had a great time!

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Flushing Trial

Brays Island Plantation hosts an annual flushing trial for owners and their dogs. The event featured some great dog work this year, but after the smoke cleared, Margie Fischer and her lab, Jessie, took the top honors. Rounding out the top three were Bob Ariail in second and Dick Hollington in third. Go girls!

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Gun Club’s 2nd Annual Club Championship

Wednesday February 5th marked the Gun Club’s 2nd Annual Club Championship shoot. Twenty nine shooters competed in an all day event that included a unique round of 100 Sporting Clays, a round of 25 Skeet targets, and a round of 25 Trap targets. The weather was a challenge in the morning but the sun came out and made for a beautiful afternoon and evening at the Gun Club. The Ladies shot the Sporting Clays course in the morning while the Men battled it out on the Skeet and Trap Field. Once the rain disappeared the Men took to the clays course in the afternoon while the Ladies took their turn on Skeet and Trap. John Hickey bested the field and took the honor of High Over All Champion. Tracy Wilkins finished a close second and last year’s champ Bill Coleman rounded out the top 3. In the Ladies’ Division, Bev Connell took 1st place for the second year in a row, followed by Donna Ducci and Annette Mueller. The day concluded with an awards ceremony and a wonderful dinner prepared by our Food & Beverage Department at the Gun Club. Thank you to all participants for making this another successful Gun Club event and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

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Final Beach Ride of the Season

Tomorrow’s ride down the beaches of Hunting Island State Park will be the last of the season. Anyone interested who has yet to participate in this event should be sure to keep it in mind for next year. Here is a short video of a beach ride from earlier this winter. Hope you enjoy!

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Meet Brays’ Resident Dog Trainer

Watch as Brays’ new resident dog trainer does his thing! Brent Murphy joined the Brays Island staff as head dog trainer October 28 and is excited to be working with the dogs on the plantation. Although his specialty is steadying dogs to wing and shot, Murphy said no job is too big or too small.

“Here at Brays Island Plantation, we offer everything a dog can need,” says Brent. “We offer boarding, training, development, puppy skills. Pretty much anything that you can ask for, we offer. Any breed is welcome. If there is something I don’t know, I’ll make it my priority to find out everything I can about the dog and what I can do to fit the owner’s needs.”

Murphy offers a wide array of training including steady to wing and shot, flushing, retrieving and basic obedience. Owners can schedule a session for their dog by contacting Brent at bmurphy@braysisland.org.

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Honey Smoked Shrimp, Sweet Corn Johnny Cakes and Jalapeno Apple Butter

Twice a month, Chef Ron Andrews hosts a four-course meal combined with a cooking demonstration. Featured below is a recipe for the first course from a recent Chef Demo. Bon appetite!

Honey Smoked Shrimp
2 lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1½ C Water
1½ t Salt
1T Brown Sugar
1T Honey
Zest from 1 Lemon
1 oz Sweet Tea Vodka

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