Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Time Lapse Video of St Martins Brick Patios

We set up a few time lapse cameras in various locations to capture the construction process of putting in the brick paths at St Martins.  Two areas that we focused on were the two patios that connected with the walk path that goes from the squash courts to the paddle courts.  Please take a look at the two videos below to get an idea of just what went in to the construction of these two patios.

Construction of the patio outside of the Tennis Shop

Construction of the patio outside of the Blue Room

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Large brick patio outside Blue Room

As the brick path goes from the squash courts to the paddle courts it widens outside of the Blue Room to create a large brick patio that can be used for large outdoor events at St Martins.  Below are pictures taken from our time lapse camera of the process involved to install the patio.  Even through the inclement weather the crew worked at a rapid pace to get the patio installed quickly.

Adding the base layer for the patio

Installing drainage for the patio

Drainage pipe being installed under the patio

Compacting the base layer before putting down the sand layer

Tarp laid down ahead of the snow storm to keep it from getting wet and freezing

Removing the snow the next day

Sand layer in the foreground for the path that runs from the squash court and will tie into the patio

Bricks being staged as loads of sand are being brought in

Sand layer being put down by one crew as another crew follows behind laying bricks

Patio being laid as the path continues toward the paddle courts

End of the patio and the continuation of the path in the foreground.  Dry sand being put down on top of the patio to fill the cracks and the entire length of the path in the background.

Dry sand being brushed in to the cracks of the patio to secure the bricks

The end of the patio and the continuation of the brick path toward the paddle courts.

View of the patio from underneath the archway outside the Blue Room

2015 PGA of America Professional National Championship Volunteers

This year, the Philadelphia Cricket Club will be hosting the PGA of America's Professional  National Championship.  The event will take place from June 24th to July 1st with the first two rounds being played on both the Militia Hill course and the Wissahickon course.  The final two rounds will be played on the recently restored Wissahickon course.  Both courses will provide a tough test for the field of 312 golfers.  The event is going to be broadcast by the Golf Channel.

To help ensure a successful tournament we are asking for volunteers starting June 24th, when the practice rounds begin to July 1st, the final round of the tournament.  If you or anybody else would be interested in volunteering, please click on the link below and fill out the volunteer form.  We will be following up with more information for all the volunteers as the tournament gets closer.

PNC Turf Volunteer Form

Friday, January 16, 2015

St Martins Brick Path Update

Despite the cold weather, our staff has made great progress on the brick-path work at St Martins. This connected network is increasing member-safety and convenience, while also creating larger, multi-purpose event spaces.

See below the expanded landing outside of the tennis shop, and the connecting walk-paths to the squash courts.

The old landing between the porch and tennis shop.

Starting the newly-expanded landing.

Checking the lines and fine tuning the bricks.

The landing is coming to a close as the sun sets. 

Patio viewed from the existing outdoor patio

The brick-path coming from the squash courts will connect to the paddle tennis parking lot.

Before and After.  Previously, members walked much of our St. Martins campus with vehicle traffic.  The new paths allow for full, safe separation of pedestrians and vehicles. 

Front of the club house before.

Leveling the sand layer in preparation for the bricks

Laying bricks as we approach the end of the walk path

The new walk path connecting the main entrance to the ballroom.

Monday, December 8, 2014

2014 Best U.S. Private Renovation
Best U.S. Private Renovation 2014

In the January 2015 issue of GOLF Magazine, Philadelphia Cricket Club was recognized for the best Renovation at a Private Club in 2014 for the work done on the Wissahickon course by Keith Foster.  Thanks to Keith and everybody who helped!  You can read the full article from Golf Magazine here

Pat Miller Named Superintendent at Hawthorns Golf & Country Club

We are excited to inform PCC members that Wissahickon Superintendent, Pat Miller, has recently accepted the Golf Course Superintendent position at Hawthorns Golf and Country Club, in Fishers, Indiana.

Pat joined PCC in January of  2013, as the assistant superintendent of the Wissahickon course.  Pat came to PCC from Crooked Stick GC to be part of the historic restoration project on Wissahickon.  He played an integral role during the project, and made sure the course was in championship condition before the grand opening.  This included overseeing construction of the new patio at the Flourtown clubhouse. 

Pat and his wife, Michelle, who most of you know from the golf shop, are looking forward to going back to the Midwest and being closer to family.  If you are ever in the Indianapolis area, please look up Pat and Michelle! We thank Pat for all of his hard work and sacrifice during his time with PCC! 

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.  Pat was the 5th PCC superintendent to be promoted  in such a manner in the last five 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 2015, we are fortunate to be hiring from within as Andrew Goehler will assume the Wissahickon Superintendent position.  Andrew played an integral role during Wissahickon’s restoration, and was previously the Golf Course Superintendent at St Martins during the restoration project that saw St Martins transformed into the course it is today.

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

Patrick Miller

Congrats Pat!