Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Repairing Divots at Philadelphia Cricket Club

Divot Repair Guidelines that are posted in divot mix boxes around the course

To help promote the best course and playing condition, members are asked to make sure to follow the above guidelines when repairing divots.  The divot repair guidelines will be posted underneath the lids of the on-course refill boxes as well as in the caddie areas.

In all situations, please use a small amount of mix and smooth with your foot.  Overfilling the divot impairs growth and dulls mowing equipment.

All PCC caddies have been alerted to the divot repair guidelines.  Please be clear with your caddie at the beginning of your round who will be responsible for each course-care task (divots, ball marks, and bunker raking).  This will ensure the courses remain in great shape for the golfers that are following behind your group.

A new re-fill station located out on the course

More re-fill stations can be found at the following locations

Wissahickon
- #4 / #7 Tee, near the water cooler
- #11 Tee, near the native area
- #14 Tee, near the native area
- #17 Tee, near the native area

Militia Hill
- #3 Tee, near the water cooler
- Between #5 green and #6 tees, near the water cooler
- #7 Green, behind the green by the forecaddie walk path
- After #9 Green, near the water cooler prior to the tunnel (same station as #3)
- #12 Green, behind the green in the caddie walk path towards #13
- Left of #16 Fairway, closer to #16 tee





Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Flourtown Patio Time Lapse Videos

Hopefully everyone has had a chance to enjoy the new patio at the Flourtown clubhouse.  Below are two time lapse videos taken throughout the process of tearing down the old patio and the construction of the new patio leading up to the opening ceremony to give you a sense of the change from the old patio and the scope of the work.  Enjoy. 

Time lapse video taken from 1 tee

Time lapse video take from right of 18 green

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Wissahickon User Guide

Below is a link for the Wissahickon User Guide.  This user guide will allow you to familiarize yourself with the changes on the Wissahickon Course and the Flourtown campus so that the club will feel like home when you arrive for that first round of golf or dinner at the club house.

Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 Spring Update

Despite the record-cold winter in Philadelphia, the grounds staff at Philadelphia Cricket remained very productive this off-season.  Major accomplishments included: placing the finishing touches on the Wissahickon Course, completing the brick-work around the new paddle courts, helping construct the new Flourtown patio, constructing new storage bins, building new benches for the Wissahickon course, and installing significant landscaping and hardscaping in many areas of both campuses.  Take a look at the photos below to see some of the work done this winter.

Flourtown Patio

Team Effort: One of our earlier Flourtown patio meetings with all contractors and PCC departments represented.

PCC staff removing snow before taking down the old awning

Demolition starts despite the adverse conditions

Demolition of the old patio

Ready for concrete and the new wall for the patio

The new wall for the patio going up

Ramp for the front of the patio

Rock facing being put on the patio wall

View from the other side

Having our golf course architect, Keith Foster and patio architect, Jim Bogrette review our clubhouse area together has allowed for a seamless transition between golf course and clubhouse.

PCC staff starting the brick-work on the patio deck

Laying Bricks

End of day 1
Bridges


 New Bridge from #9 to #10

Philadelphia Cricket Club grounds crew working alongside bridge crew

Putting on the deck of the bridge

New bridge almost completed!  Final touches.

Walk bridge in between #1 and #2

Brick walk ways at Saint Martins Paddle Courts

 Laying bricks after clearing the snow from the path

Working from the back of the paddle huts to the parking lot

Back of the paddle hut by the practice clay courts

View from the parking lot

Storage Bins
We created seven large storage bins which allow us to store all materials at the maintenance facility.  This configuration eliminates the need for us to dump in high-visibility, member areas.

  Old bins removed, area graded, and back wall supports being put in.

 Back wall going up after a night snow storm.

Nearing completion of the bins

Bins finished with new parking lot

Landscaping and Hardscaping

 New chip seal paths to give the course a classic, natural look

Removing the old asphalt cart path in front of the patio to install a new cobble stone path

The beginning of the cobble stone path that will run in front of the patio

PCC staff installing landscaping around 1 tee

Carpentry  
Our carpenter, George Snear, was hard at work this winter as well, helping with the demolition of the patio and building of the storage bins while building new water cooler houses and benches for the Wissahickon course amongst other things.  The new benches and water cooler houses will give  the course a natural feel and look to it.  Below are some pictures of him putting together one of the new benches.

Cutting the log in half to make two benches

Log cut in half ready to be made in to benches.  Newly finished water cooler house in the background as well.

Drilling out holes for the legs

The legs for the benches

Cutting the legs so they are even.

Finished bench next to a water cooler house and the new bathroom located by 13 and 15 tee box.












Monday, January 13, 2014

Drew Barnett Named Golf Course Superintendent at Knollwood Club



We are excited to inform PCC members that Wissahickon Superintendent, Drew Barnett, has recently accepted the Golf Course Superintendent position at Knollwood Club, in Lake Forest, IL (North Shore of Chicago).

Drew has been with the PCC for the last three years, and his efforts have produced some of the most exciting and productive work in the club's history.

During the St. Martins golf course restoration with Keith Foster, Drew was the primary shaper.  His artistic-eye helped Keith Foster create the course features he was envisioning.  

In 2013, as the superintendent of the Wissahickon course, Drew had the enormous responsibility of overseeing daily tasks and managing all materials which were being purchased through the club.  Drew's diligence allowed the club leaders to make quick in-field decisions, and is one of the chief reasons the restoration project was delivered ahead of schedule and budget.

The Knollwood Club is a historic club with great tradition.  Knollwood was restored by Keith Foster in 2008 - 2009, co-hosted the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in 2012, and will be hosting the 2016 Western Amateur Championship.  Drew's competition was stiff with over 100 resumes submitted by highly qualified candidates from some of the best golf courses in the United States.

We than Drew for all of his hard work and sacrifice during his time with PCC, and congratulate him for landing one of the "Dream Jobs" in the Midwest!  If you are ever in the Chicago area, please look up Drew!

We also wanted to be sure to thank PCC members.  Whether reaching out to your personal contacts, or helping perform mock interviews, PCC members have always played an integral role in helping our superintendents become their best and achieve their own positions.  Drew was the 4th PCC superintendent to be promoted  in such a manner in the last four years.  This form of positive turn-over helps PCC to continue to recruit top talent from across the U.S., which in turn, continues to help our courses constantly improve.

In 2014, we are fortunate to be hiring from within as Pat Miller will assume the Wissahickon Superintendent position.  Pat also played an integral role during the 2013 restoration, and was previously an assistant at Crooked Stick Golf Cub in Indiana.  Pat's biggest accomplishment however, is being married to his wife, Michelle!  Members are likely familiar with Michell's smiling face, as she assists Jim Smith Jr. in the golf shop during summer months.

For those members who would like to congratulate Drew, we have placed a link to his email below.

Congrats Drew!






Golf Course Architecture Magazine Article

Below is an article in this month's issue of Golf Course Architecture Magazine that focus on the new technology that was used by Keith Foster during the construction of Wissahickon's new greens.


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