July 2020 Newsletter

July 2, 2020 by in Newsletter

NEWSLETTER by Bart Wolfe, PGA General Manager on July 2, 2020.

Dear Wildewood Members,

TENNIS NEWS

New Head Tennis Professional

The WildeWood Club’s Tennis department would like to introduce our new Head Tennis Professional Adam Elliget.

Adam grew up in Summerville South Carolina, were he trained to be in the top 3 in the state from the 12s all the way up to the 18s.  During this time, he also held top southern rankings and top national rankings.  In college Adam earned 3 times doubles All-American and a singles All-American honors all while graduating magna cum laude from Lander University.  During the summers and after graduation Adam worked as a tennis professional at Creekside Racquet and Swim Club out of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

We are excited to have him join our ranks as another asset adding value to our tennis program.  Adam will be working with both adults as well as juniors, and is currently open for private, semi-private, and group lessons.  To book a lesson with Adam, please contact the Tennis Center at 803.699.2446 or by cell at 843.509.0095.

Court Reservation Schedule

Saturday mornings have become a popular time for us here at the tennis courts.  And with the weather getting to a point that makes afternoon play difficult for most, we are asking our members to make reservations for either 8am or 10am.  This will maximize our court utilization as well as give everyone a reprieve from the heat.

Combo Team sign-ups

There is still time to sign up for the USTA Combo League.  Please let Bill Simpson know if you would be interested in playing or have not been contacted by a team captain yet!

GOLF NEWS

Upcoming Tournaments/Events:

Friday, July 3rd: Red, White, and Blue Tournament

  • Shotgun: 8:00 am
  • Men:
    • 6 Holes Captain’s Choice from BLUE TEES
    • 6 Holes Best Ball from WHITE TEES
    • 6 Holes Modified Alternate Shot from RED TEES
  • Ladies:
    • 6 Holes Captain’s Choice from WHITE TEES
    • 6 Holes Best Ball from RED TEES
    • 6 Holes Modified Alternate Shot from RED TEES
  • Cost:
  • Golf Members – $25 (plus applicable cart fee)
  • Tennis Members – $65
  • Social/HOA/Guests – $70
  • *Cost includes golf, prizes, and buffet following play*
  • *Additional guests may attend cookout for additional $15 (tax included)*

Please call golf shop or email rj@thewildewoodclub.com to sign up your 2-player team! The deadline to sign up is Thursday, July 2 at 6:30 pm!

COUPLES FRIDAY NIGHT WILL NOT BE HELD ON FRIDAY, JULY 3 DUE TO THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE TOURNAMENT.

Saturday, July 4th: Flag Day
All players teeing off from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm that keep an active handicap may participate!  Cost: $10

Junior Golf Camp-July 20th & 21st. (Monday-Tuesday)
8am-Noon Each Day. Age 5-16.  $100/Junior includes lunch, snacks, and drinks daily.
RSVP to Bart@thewildewoodclub.com to sign-up your Junior today.

Callaway Wedge Fitting Clinic-Thursday, July 23rd 5pm-7pm
$159 includes a 1.5 hour wedge clinic and a custom Callaway wedge. Additional wedges may be purchased at $125 each. Please RSVP to Bart@thewildewoodclub.com.

Sunday, July 5th: Last Tee Time at 5:00 pm
The Greens/Maintenance Staff will begin verticutting the greens in preparation for aerification at 5:00 pm.

Monday, July 6th and Tuesday, July 7th: WILDEWOOD GOLF COURSE CLOSED FOR AERIFICATION

*Please note that the Greenkeeping Staff will also be spraying very powerful insecticide during this time that requires all neighborhood residents to stay off the golf course entirely for both days for their safety. The golf course will reopen on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 am. We thank you in advance for your cooperation!

The golf shop would be happy to setup a reciprocal round for any members at another course in the area on Monday and Tuesday. We currently have a reciprocal relationship with:

  • Camden Country Club
  • Columbia Country Club
  • Cobblestone Park Club
  • Orangeburg Country Club
  • Country Club of Lexington

Spring Valley Country Club would also be available for reciprocal play but they are aerifying their greens on Monday and Tuesday as well.

Please email rj@thewildewoodclub.com if you would like to set up a reciprocal round when we are closed for aerification.

Saturday/Sunday, August 8th & 9th and Saturday/Sunday, August 15th & 16th: Match Play

Flighted by Tees:

  • Blue Tee Flight
  • White Tee Flight
  • Gold Tee Flight (Men)
  • Gold Tee Flight (Ladies)

Saturday/Sunday, September 12th & 13th: Men’s and Women’s Club Championships

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, October 2nd, 3rd, & 4th: Men’s and Women’s Member – Guest Tournament

  • Practice Round on Friday with Optional Skins Game
  • Cocktail Party Friday Evening
  • Dinner on Saturday Evening

Saturday/Sunday, October 24th & 25th: Men’s and Women’s Member – Member Tournament

Golf Hours of Operation on Mondays for July 2020:

Pro Shop: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tee Times: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Range: 9:30 am to 30 MINS BEFORE SUNSET (allows the golf staff to pick the range, chipping greens, and putting greens)

Golf Hours of Operation on Tuesday to Sunday for June 2020:

Pro Shop: 7:00 am to 6:30 pm
Tee Times: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
Range: 7:00 am to 30 MINS BEFORE SUNSET (allows golf staff to pick the range, chipping greens, and putting greens)

*These times may be affected by the weather*

Here are the DAILY GROUP PLAY times for the month of JULY. You can sign up online or by calling the golf shop. Tee times for the DAILY GROUP PLAY at the times listed below and will be back to a SHOTGUN START. Please note the change in the DAILY GROUP PLAY times:

  • Tuesdays: Seniors Play Day – 8:30 am/ Ladies Play Day – 9:10 am
  • Wednesdays: Wednesday Morning Group – 8:30 am
  • Thursdays: Seniors Play Day – 8:30 am/ Ladies Play Day – 9:10 am
  • Fridays: Friday Morning Group – 8:30 am
  • Saturdays: Catfight – 8:10 am/ Dogfight – 8:20 am
  • Sundays: Blitz – 8:20 am

The golf shop is offering club regripping services. We have several grip styles in stock and plenty of other styles that can be ordered. Upgrade to some new grips today!

New TaylorMade and Odyssey putters have arrived in the pro shop!

MAINTENANCE NEWS

June was a great month for us down at the maintenance shed. The warm weather paired with some afternoon thunderstorms kept us green and growing well.  We did start to see some Goosegrass pop up in the thin areas in the fairways on several holes but that is all yellowing out nicely and should be gone by the time we heal from aerification in a few weeks.  We did run into a few mechanical issues with our bunker rake towards the end of the month but have a new motor in it now and we look forward to getting back in them and finishing our summer edging and re-distribution of sand we had begun earlier in the month.  Looking ahead, we start our course aerification  Monday, June 6th and 7th.

As long as the weather cooperates with us, our plan is to aerifiy all greens, tees, and begin fairways this week.

We may have a few fairways to finish throughout the week and our following closed Monday but ideally, we will have all the short grass aerified by the 13th.

Bumpy and sandy greens are never a fun time for golfers but I assure you it’s for the long term benefit of the course. I have attached a quick video from the USGA that is a great explanation of the process. Later in July we will begin our second round of sodding.  We have identified a few more tees and a couple of bunker faces to re-grass before the fall.

https://www.usga.org/videos/2013/03/27/usga-course-care-video–why-aerate–2257797353001.html

As always, I would like to thank everyone for the continued support and look forward to seeing you all on the course. If there is ever any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me at Grayson@thewildewoodclub.com.

Regards,

Bart Wolfe
PGA General Manager
(803) 788-8000 Option 3
bart@thewildewoodclub.com

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