Thursday, July 23, 2015

Competitive Golf at Philadelphia Cricket Club

It has been an active month; as the PGA of America's Professional National Championship, our very own member / guest, the Ross and Smith tournament, and the Philadelphia Open have all been played at PCC within a 30 day period.
Below are some photos of the work being done for all the tournaments and the end results.

Aerial shot taken from TV crane by #18 tee on Wissahickon during PNC

Professional National Championship

On June 25th, Philadelphia Cricket Club welcomed 312 of the best golf club professionals and teachers who are members of the Professional Golfers' Association of America for a 4 day tournament, vying for 20 spots at the upcoming PGA Championship at Whistling Straights.  Despite some nasty weather before and during the tournament, the whole week went off without a hitch thanks to a great effort by the grounds staff and volunteers.  Below are some pictures from the week.

The crew and volunteers having dinner before going out for the afternoon shift

The fleet lined up and ready to attack Wissahickon and Miltia Hill fairways for an afternoon cut.

And the fleet is off to mow 12 fairway behind the last group

Half of the fairway mowers finishing the morning mow on Militia Hill #8

 The other half of the fleet mowing the fairway on Wissahickon #6

Finishing divots on Milita Hill fairways for the evening despite the heavy rain

Dan and the PGA performing course set up for the next day as the rain continued to come down.

Trying to get the divots on the range filled in before the heavy rain.

Everyone in good spirits though as the rain finally started to let up.

Rainbow over Wissahickon.

Flight deck cleaning pattern on greens to ensure all ball marks get filled.

Raking the Great Hazard for the Professional National Championship.

The grounds crew with Matt Dobyns on Wissahickon #18

Aerating the practice tee right after the trophy presentation to help speed up the recovery process

The turf guys celebrating the official end to the PNC after a long week.

Ross and Smith Tournament

Just a week and a day after the PNC ended, it was the practice round of the PCC member / guest Ross and Smith which meant the rest for the grounds crew was short lived, but everyone was pumped to give the members and their guest the same conditions they had just watched on TV.

Getting ready to send the R&S balloon up for all to see.

Aerial Shot of Wissahickon right before the beginning of R&S

Putting Contest on Wissahickon #18 under the lights.

Philadelphia Open

The Philadelphia Open, on of the major tournaments conducted by the Golf Association of Philadelphia came to PCC just 10 days after the final day of the R&S.  Another short lived break for the Wissahickon golf course and the crew.  Luckily the week of high temperatures and humidity broke for the tournament and provided us with a beautiful day for golf, which was a welcomed change after the downpours of the PNC and R&S.

Early morning mow to get the course ready for the Philadelphia Open

Raking the "church pew" bunkers on #4 early in the morning

Afternoon greens mow ahead of the 2nd round

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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

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!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 End of Year Update

Thanks for a great 2014

It's hard to believe just a year ago we were putting the finishing touches on Wissahickon!

Wissahickon #7 with the reestablished "Great Hazard"

Fast-forward a year later and the work performed on Wissahickon has helped the club attract nation-wide attention, provide our existing members an enhanced golf experience which they will enjoy for the rest of their lives, and grow our golf membership.  Visitors who toured Wissahickon spoke of the transformation in jaw-dropping terms.

 Wissahickon #18 with the new patio in the background

It is fitting that the one year anniversary of the completion of the Wissahickon Restoration comes during the Season of Thanks.  Work of such scale is rarely seen in the club industry, which made the commitment level of our entire membership all the more special.  Thanks to every PCC member for the trust and faith that they placed in our hands.  We feel fortunate to have been able to serve our membership during a critical time in the club's history.

Church Pew bunkers on #4 Wissahickon during sunset

Flourtown in 2015

Next June 28 - July 1, PCC will host the PGA of America's 2015 Professional National Championship.  Both courses will be "going live" on the Golf Channel to over one million television viewers.  Tournament preparations, many of which have permanent, season-long benefits to our membership, are underway.  We are currently creating discreet, perimeter paths along certain areas of the course to allow PCC staff and PNC tournament contractors to better navigate the property and minimize traffic on the courses.  Most of these paths are hidden, but visually, they look similar to the ones we have at St. Martins.  During everyday play, these paths will allow us to be even quieter during your rounds.

Path to the left of #2 Militia Hill
 Path behind #3 Militia Hill makes getting to and from the shop less intrusive to play

Members visiting the golf shop this winter will also notice the large, temporary scoreboard, which is currently under construction for the PNC tournament.  This board will also serve to recognize PNC tournament-partners and patrons, many of which are likely to be PCC members.

PNC scoreboard currently under construction

St Martins Winter
Now that the East Wing project is finished as far as the building and the interior, we will finish the landscaping and hardscaping on the outside as weather and ground conditions allow.

Brick work being down outside of the new East Wing Project

We have utilized all of the excess soil from all of our St Martins projects to recreate a smaller recreational field that is positioned parallel to and just outside the perimeter fence of the pool.  This field is surrounded by a privacy-berm for those using the pool and field.   Select gates surrounding the field will be alternated in how they open and lock to provide a safer drop-off area for children participating in Camp Cricket and for safer general use of the field.  When not in use for Camp Cricket, the field will serve as a a nice overflow play area for children using the pool.  The additional space beyond the berm outside of the field and out of view from members using the pool, will be used for daytime employee parking.  By shifting more of our employee parking to this area, it will free-up more parking spaces for members in our general parking lot.

Preparing the athletic field and privacy berms

Laying Sod on the berm

View of the athletic field from the paddle tennis parking lot

Athletic field with drainage installed

We also repaired areas of the parking lot that were disturbed due to any construction work.  Following the winters plowing and salting, we will seal and re-stripe the lots in a similar fashion to the work which was performed at Flourtown parking lot prior to the spring 2014 opening of Wissahickon.

We hope everyone has a happy holiday season with your family and friends, and look forward to seeing you all in 2015! 

Wissahickon #16
 Militia Hill #1

St Martins #9