Snow Golf Tips

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Snow Golf is the ultimate sport for avid golf players in the “off” season.

We know it seems crazy, but there is a level of serious dedication that we didn’t realize comes along with golf playing territory. We know people who hate the winter simply for the unrealistic conditions that the season seems to bring along. But, as always, humanity has found a way around that and people are putting on their winter gear and heading out the door, golf clubs in hand.

 

There are a few tips and tricks that can help your adventure into snow golfing go a little bit smoother, here’s what we found:

  • Dress warm. This may seem like common sense, but don’t take hypothermia lightly. 
  • Take a friend! It may take a little extra convincing, but this isn’t an activity to take on by yourself. (Especially first timers.)
  • Use COLORED balls. It’s going to be hard to find a white ball in a drift of snow.
  • Stay hydrated. You won’t realize you’re getting thirsty in these temperatures, just keep it in the back of your mind.
  • Use your Thermos/Yeti cups. Keep hot beverages/soups hot the whole time you’re outside, giving you something warm to motivate yourself with!

These ideas can make your snow golf trip a little less chilly and a lot more fun!

Are you guys involved in any other “extreme” winter sports? Let us know! 

Maples Seasonal Information

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MAPLES RESTAURANT CURRENT HOURS: OPEN FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS ONLY FROM 5:30-9:00 THROUGH DECEMBER 23RD.  MAPLES WILL THEN BE CLOSED THE REST OF DECEMBER & ALL OF JANUARY, WITH A RE-OPENING DATE (COMING SOON) IN FEBRUARY!

We’ve put out the official notice, folks! It’s hard to say goodbye to our favorite summer evenings with all of our visitors, but we’ll be back soon! We’re going to have a Valentine’s Day dinner in February (date to be determined) and we’ll be sure to let you all in on the information as soon as we get it!
Is there anything you, as a visitor/regular/customer in general would like to see more of on our menu or in the restuarant? If so, please don’t hesitate to send us your suggestions! Feedback from the people who enjoy this place the most is the best way we can improve. 

 

We’ll be featuring a fantastic menu next year, so please stay tuned for any and all updates! If you don’t visit our blog here on our website as much as you’d like, just follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+

Make The Most Of Fall Golfing

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It gets cold quickly here in VA. Then hot. Then cold. Autumn just cannot make up it’s mind.

Fall is tricky around here, and peak leaf season is a short burst of a couple beautiful weeks on the Ellis Maples Golf Course. But if you’re looking to get a little more out of the season (before you freeze out!), then here are a few simple tips.

 

  • Stiff muscles because of cold weather? Get moving! Doing simple exercises like lunges and arm circles can really get your blood pumping, keeping your body much warmer than standing still.
  • Layer up! Wearing the proper clothing layers at a time can help you maintain your body heat easily by simply taking one or two layers off, and when you feel the chill coming back on, you’ve got plenty of options to warm up with.
  • Bring along some warm drinks – taking a sip of hot chocolate or coffee will warm your belly while the cup warms your hands!
  • Avoid the golf cart if at all possible. It might seem tempting, but the extra wind and sitting still will probably chill you. Walk the course and keep your body moving with a steady pace.
  • Buy hand warmers and heat patches for a little extra help! This one is self explanatory, but its an easy way to keep warm!

 

And, when you’re ready to come inside just know that Olde Mill will be waiting for you! If you decide to play and stay, our beds are cozy and warm and the comfort of our rooms will take away any chills you might have gotten on the course.

 

 

Our Lunch Menu Isn’t Here For Long!

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If you haven’t been to Maples Restaurant for lunch yet this season, you should really consider stopping in!

This summer we offered a fantastic lunch menu with lighter fare for a good way to fuel up mid-day. With high-protein salads, light but delicious entrees, and classic sandwiches that are hard to pass up, we had a great turn out this season! We’re grateful for all of the wonderful feedback about taste, presentation, and overall experience of their stays here at Olde Mill.


We encourage you to stop in and try the lunch menu before it takes a break and gets re-worked for next Summer – you have until mid-October!

We can’t wait to see you and if you can’t quite make it, don’t worry, there’s always next year. Plus, we’re happy to see you any time you choose Maples at Olde Mill!

Golf Etiquette Tips for Beginners – Olde Mill Golf Resort

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Having fun is the most important part of your stay at Olde Mill.

Knowing a few things about what to expect on the golf course can help ensure that everyone, including those around you, are having a great time as well! This applies to all levels of golfers – we’re not picking at inexperience here. We simply want to mention what can make things enjoyable for all players that are on the course!

  • If you happen to be playing with a beginner, try to remember you were once a beginner. Help them to learn the game by encouraging and having fun with them. Teach them the basics of etiquette along the way – learning the hard way is always the best experience!
  • Leave the negativity out of it. Compliments, helpful suggestions and keeping a good attitude are all great things to bring with you on golf day. Avoid complaining about bad shots, giving “advice”, (everyone is just having a good time!), and being rude to other players.
  • Playing through is helpful. This means maybe your group is going slower and you can see the group behind you in a hurry or getting frustrated with your speed in general, so you let them play their round first. We suggest marking your balls and just waiting it out. Folks who just wanted a quick round will appreciate it and if you’ve got the time, why not!

Basically, the general practices of life like common courtesy are what we’re talking about here. Nothing special, just treat your neighbor as you’d like to be treated! People of all skill levels started off brand new and the Ellis Maples course is a perfect place to test your skills!

For an official PGA Golf Etiquette list, click this link!

Best Days of the Week to Play Golf at Olde Mill

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We Know The Best Days To Play Golf!

And it might sound cheesy, but it’s any day YOU – the golfer – come and treat yourself to play!

All year round we get to experience the smiles, laughs, and eye-widening from customers that come from all over the world to play golf at our incredible Ellis Maples. We’ve got unbelievable views no matter where you turn, so while this post may be a little bit silly, we want you to understand that there is no bad day to come to Olde Mill!

There are plenty of activities in the area if your golf round gets rained out, and lucky for us, the rain never sticks around too long! Hiking, kayaking, wineries to explore, and tons of Blue Ridge Parkway attractions. Being less than 5 minutes away from the Parkway offers our visitors easy access to  one of America’s favorite scenic routes! We’ve got a local area guide to help you decide on the other activities available to jump in on while you’re here!

If you need any further help planning your stay, call us to ask about less crowded times and exciting events happening at Olde Mill! Depending on the activities/holiday timing, our schedule is always changing and we’d love to give you the most accurate update on the information you’re looking for. 

Why Hosting a Corporate Golf Outing Is A Great Idea

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Plenty of businesses consider offering a golf outing and we’re sure you’ve met someone who’s attended one before.

They’re great fun and an excellent way to hang out with the people in your business who make the most out of your job! However, have you ever considered the other benefits?


  • It’s a stand-out move. Making your staff or clients feel as though they’re worth the extra effort of planning a golf outing (which takes nearly nothing at Olde Mill!) can make a difference in morale, relationships, and general satisfaction of the business itself.
  • You’ll increase awareness of your brand. Lots of businesses take the golf outing opportunity to offer t-shirts, cups, towels, and other merchandise that features their logo. Some companies go as far as hiring a photographer for the event – a smart idea to capture the memories for everyone, even those who weren’t able to attend.
  • If you decide to invite current and prospective clients, you can allow for them to mix and mingle naturally and they’ll most likely discuss your relationship and the nature of your business together with one another. Networking can be a magical thing.
  • You know what they say – a well run golf day reflects your business and how it runs. Okay, don’t quote us on that but it’s true! If you give off the impression of a smooth, easy flow, people will take it as an indicator that you have things handled. Mismatched schedules and mixups can happen in the blink of an eye without proper planning, making it look like no one knows what’s going on, something none of us want to happen.

Above all, use the opportunity to thank and recognize your staff/employees/clients/whomever you decide to invite. Giving the opportunity for these individuals to feel appreciated can improve your relationships with them and motivate them to continue with their progressions.

Mother’s Day Brunch!

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Celebrate this Mother’s Day by joining us at Maples Restaurant on May 14th, from 11:00-2:00 for our Mother’s Day Brunch!

Cost: $25 for adults, $12 for children. Reservations are strongly recommended! Please call 276-398-2211 or 395-2578 to reserve your table!

The Menu:

Crab Cakes with Dijon Sauce

Roast Beef

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Glazed Ham

Omelet Station

Peel & Eat Shrimp

Seafood Penne Marinara 

Fresh Vegetables

Mashed Potatoes

Mac & Cheese

Fruit Display

Rice Pilaf

Pasta Salad

Tomato Bisque Soup

Garden Salad

Wedge Salad

Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Lots of House-Made Desserts

 

Celebrating on Mother’s Day is a great way to bring your family, friends, and loved ones all together to recognize the strength and love and care that mothers give to those around them. We encourage you to offer her a brunch (and view) she’ll remember for years to come while making brand new memories.

 

Prom Specials 2017

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 Prom is just around the corner and we’re excited to help you celebrate!

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We’ve designed a special menu just for our prom-goers that includes a full, three course dinner (even taxes and gratuity) with plenty of options to choose from! It’s the perfect opportunity to have a beautiful evening with the ones you love the most while staying within a reasonable budget. Our restaurant offers a beautiful mountain view – give your date (or treat yourself!) to a grand evening before the party really begins – AT PROM!

Here’s a preview of the menu we’ll be offering:

  Reservations are encouraged! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone and we’re so glad to offer this dinner special to our community!

 

Easter Brunch Buffet

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Join Us For Our Easter Buffet!

This Easter Sunday, April 16th, Olde Mill will offer a Easter Buffet from 11:00am to 3:00pm! We highly encourage you to make reservations as soon as possible! Our annual Easter Egg Hunt (with the Easter Bunny!!) will also take place at 1:00pm.

Buffet Prices:
$24.00/adult
$12.00/child

Easter Buffet Menu at Maples Restaurant:

Glazed Ham
Scottish Salmon Filet
Sliced Roast Beef with Mushroom Gravy
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Peel & Eat Shrimp
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Grilled Vegetables
Macaroni & Cheese
Tomato Bisque
Tomato Mozzarella Salad
Deviled Eggs
Wedge Salad with Bacon
Garden Salad
Seasonal Fruit Display
Homemade Desserts

Reservations are strongly recommended! Call 276-398-2211 or 276-398-2578 today.