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!
Militia Hill #1
St Martins #9