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Website: Office Phone: (479) 782-7211 Email: Fort Smith, AR

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Details on SMP

Congratulations to our friends Pam & Amy of Details Weddings & Events!  Yesterday Jana & Mark's (remember this awesome wedding?) wedding went live on the Style Me Pretty blog!  Be sure to check it out today. Congrats ladies -- you always know how to pull together amazing events!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Inaugural HCC Open House

Come admire the many different ways to utilize the clubhouse at the Inaugural Hardscrabble Country Club Open House on Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 1-4 p.m.  This is a chance to show off our club as the premier, luxury event venue of the River Valley.  Bring a friend to enjoy some of Chef Ben's hors d'oeuvres while meeting local vendors.  This will be a showcase for weddings, business events, birthdays and other private events. 

If you are a vendor in the Fort Smith area and would like to be a part of the showcase, please contact Amanda Lance at (479) 782-7211 or

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Double Wedding = Double Fun & Elegance

I have been a Fort Smith resident for almost three months now and everytime I introduce myself and we get to the "where do you work?" portion of the conversation, the Kamp sisters' double wedding inevitably sparks a series of "oohs" and "aahs." Although I was not able to experience this event first-hand, I feel it to be more than deserving of a post here on "Hardscrabble Happenings." Please enjoy the exquisite details of such a doubly special day. - Amanda

On May 15, 2010, Hardscrabble Country Club was honored to host the double wedding reception of Clay & Ellen Smith and Wade & Emily Pressley. The wedding party of almost 40 is shown below on HCC's 18th Hole.

Sisters/brides Ellen and Emily helped their mom Elaine Kamp plan a spectacular champagne-colored, elegant event for 700+ guests. To accomodate all of their friends and family, a tent was brought in from Festivities of Springdale, AR and set as a gorgeous outside dining room.

Once again, I need to thank Jody Rhoads at Memories by Jody of Van Buren, AR, for allowing us to use his beautiful photographs.

All of the classic white flowers were designed by Lisa Neumeier Bobel at L Designs of Fort Smith, AR.

Chef Ben prepared a wonderful menu for Clay, Ellen, Wade & Emily to wow their guests. Try not to get hungry looking at the next few shots...

A pasta bar is fun and thouroughly delicious way to feed a large number of guests.

Guests were able to dine outside under the tent and take in the soothing sounds of the Don Bailey Jazz Trio.

As one of the grooms, Wade Pressley, works for West-Ark Oil it was only appropriate for his cake to be this awesome oil tanker.

And, as an avid Razorback fan, groom Clay Smith was represented by this delicious-looking Hogs' football cake.

Emily and Wade shared their first dance in HCC's Main Dining Room before many of their guests.

Next up was sister Ellen and new husband Clay Smith.

The happy couples share in the cake-cutting duties.

The crowd danced all night long to John Williams and the A440.

Both couples exited amidst hundreds of their "sparkling" guests.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Pressley!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Smith!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Julia & Josh Carmack's Reception

June proved to be a very busy month at Hardscrabble and we finished it with a great reception for Julia and Josh Carmack on June 26 Mother-of-the-bride Sheila Humphrey was so much fun and so gracious about everything involving the planning on our end.

A very special thanks to Jody Rhoads at Memories by Jody of Van Buren for allowing us to use his gorgeous photography!  Above:  The wedding party take a few shots on the 18th Hole.

The wedding party arrived in a trolley after the ceremony at Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Fort Smith.
Julia & Josh made their entrance to 370 of their friends and family and the beautiful floral decorations by Lisa Bobel of L Designs, Fort Smith.

The cake topper on their cake was used in Julia's grandmother's wedding (as shown in the picture beside the cake).  What a fun way to incorporate and honor family on your big day!
Julia & Josh's guests chose between three entrees:  Crispy Baked Chicken, Farm Raised Tilapia, or Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, shown above.  Impressive fact about Chef Ben's kitchen and HCC's waitstaff:  that night they served 370 people in under 30 minutes
Guests danced the night away to DJ Bret Wilson of American Sound Mobile DJ & Karaoke of Fort Smith.
The newly Mr. & Mrs. Carmack said goodbye to friends and family before leaving for their honeymoon.
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Josh Carmack!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Christmas in July Update

Kudos to everyone who has booked their 2010 Holiday Party already.  There have been a few more dates that have been booked.  The most current list is now:

1:  Junior League of Fort Smith General Meeting

4:  Diane Wajszczuck Wedding Reception

7:  DAR Christmas Luncheon

8:  WGA Meeting

10:  Janice Riggs' Dinner Party

11:  Kay Aclin - Birthday Party Luncheon

11:  First National Bank Dinner Party

15:  Alma School District Christmas Party

17:  Fort Smith Board of REALTORS(c) Christmas Party

18:  Citizens' Bank Christmas Party

Please contact me as soon as possible to book your holiday party.  (479) 782-7211 or

Monday, July 5, 2010

Water Aerobics to Begin at HCC

Water Aerobics classes will begin on Saturday, July 10th at 9:30 a.m. at our pool. No need to sign up, just show up to enjoy a great, refreshing workout led by Kelsey! Weekly sessions will be offered on the following days and times:
Tuesdays 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Thursdays 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Saturdays 9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m.

Cindy and Tu's Wedding Reception

On June 12th, Cindy Dang and Tu Nguyen celebrated their wedding at Hardscrabble. Fresh fruit and a chocolate fountain were enjoyed by their 250 guests before being treated to a five-course meal of soup, salad, Tenderloin with Marsala Demi-glace and Rosemary Garlic Jumbo Shrimp with Lemon Beurre-Blanc, fried rice from "Fried Rice" of Fort Smith, roasted duck from Mr. Albert Truong, and Chef's Trio of Desserts.
After this spectacular meal, Cindy and Tu's guests burned a few calories by dancing to DJ Josh Pham. Stacy Vo provided the gorgeous flowers for this big night while Diane Le captured the couple's unforgettable moments as the photographer. Disclaimer: the pictures shown are not professional pictures but are some quick shots I took before and during this event. I am certain Diane Le's pictures are much better than anything I could do. =)
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Nguyen!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Caitlin's 10th Birthday Party

It's been a busy week at the Club. Clean-up from The Classic is almost finished -- to see results from last week go to their website,

Also, we have hosted the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce for lunch on Tuesday and St. Edward Hospital for a meeting Wednesday which included breakfast, lunch and yummy snacks.

Thursday was a double-event day: the Sebastian County Republicans hosted a fundraiser and Caitlin P. hosted her 10th birthday party. Since Caitlin's party was so much fun, I decided to share a few pictures from her spectacular event.

Caitlin chose the fun combination of zebra and pink. After arriving at the Club in a limo, Caitlin and her friends headed to our East Porch to eat dinner, open presents, and all of the birthday festivities.

Caitlin and her friends enjoying the delicious buffet.

After dinner, cake and presents, the girls joined in on the Bingo games in the Main Dining Room.

Caitlin, we hope you had a great birthday! Happy 10th!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Fun

Call today to book the pool and have the coolest party around!

Christmas in July

I know it seems crazy to already be thinking about the holidays but this is your chance to reserve your ideal room, date & time at the Club. Here are the dates that are already spoken for:
December 1 - Junior League Meeting
4 - Diane Wajszczuck's Wedding Reception (should be VERY fun)
7 - DAR Christmas Luncheon
8 - WGA Luncheon

Christmas Eve is on a Friday this year.

Book your holiday party today and you won't have to stress about it in November. Contact me at or 782-7211.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

That's Classic!

This week Hardscrabble has the privilege to host the only PGA event in Arkansas: The Fort Smith Classic. Today the Pro-Am is finishing with John Daly set to tee-off at 1:00. Here's a sneak peak at the fun and excitement taking place.

Visit for more information about this awesome charity tournament.

Players warming-up on the putting green before tee-off.

Putting green and cart return.

Practice swings on the driving range.

Membership Director Allison Moore is working hard! She has the secret to beating the heat this year: a Club Special! Stop by and visit Allison for more information on becoming a Hardscrabble member.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Jana & Mark Kostelnik's Reception

On May 29 Jana and Mark hosted nearly 150 guests at Hardscrabble. Photographer Meredith Melody Hubbell of Little Rock captured many wonderful images of their special night. Our beautiful course provided the perfect backdrop for a few pre-reception portraits.

Jana and Mark's guests enjoyed an amazing combination dinner from our Chef of filet char-grilled steak topped with braised baby spoon spinach marsala demi glace and chicken piccata on a bed of creamy risotto. Entertainment was provided by deuling piano players who guests danced to all night long.

The exquisite tables (and all of the other little details) were designed by mother-daughter team Pam Hornberger and Amy Hardin of Details Weddings & Events of Fort Smith. Unforgettables of Fort Smith and Eventures of Fayetteville provided the linens, chair covers and ties, table runners and flower arrangement holders for the elegant look.

Robert and his team from Expressions! Flowers of Fort Smith transformed the Club, inside and out, into a forrest wonderland with their gorgeous arrangements and special touches. Both pictures used for the header of this blog feature photos from Jana and Mark's night and showcase what a beautiful job that was done by all.

Jana and Mark provided their guests with an amazing night of food and fun -- AND our members were able to enjoy a (center)piece of their evening. This masterful arrangement created by Expressions! was savored by members the next morning as they enjoyed Sunday Brunch.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Kostelnik!

All photographers were used with the permission of the photographer Meredith Melody Hubbell.