Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Divot Repair Guidelines that are posted in divot mix boxes around the course
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
- #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
- #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
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
Friday, May 16, 2014
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
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.
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
End of day 1Bridges
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
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
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
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.