December 2021 Newsletter

December 1, 2021 by in Newsletter

NEWSLETTER by Mike Biscotti, General Manager on December 1, 2021

A Message from the General Manager:

My last official day at the club will be Saturday, December 11. I will be returning the following weekend to be here for the Holiday Brunch with Santa.

It has been a pleasure serving as your Interim General Manager the last few months. With the addition of a Head Golf Professional and Membership/Events Director the new General Manager will have the key staff members in place to focus his efforts, with guidance and support from Pinnacle Golf and the Board of Directors on enhancing the facilities and the overall member and guest experience. I believe the club is positioned well to experience continued membership growth and long-term success.

December is going to be a busy month with the start of the remodel of the downstairs and a full schedule of events. The first phase of the remodel will begin on Monday, December 6th. This will require us to relocate the pro shop and food and beverage operations to the tennis center. Food and beverage service will remain there until the remodel is completed and the pro shop will move into the upstairs dining room after the first of the year.

The bar at the tennis center was not built to serve as a kitchen so the menu will be somewhat limited. Latonya will use her culinary skills and creativity to offer different sandwich options as well as prepare a variety of her wonderful soups. As for beverages, we will have available can soda, Powerade, can beer, wine, and hard liquor. The hours of service will remain the same, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with the possibility of keeping the bar open later if the membership will support it.

As I mentioned, we have a busy schedule of events in December.

  • Saturday, December 4 – Bat Mitzvah
  • Saturday, December 4 – Toys for Tots Bike Build
  • Wednesday, December 8 – John Pate holiday party
  • Saturday, December 11 – Wedding and Reception
  • Sunday, December 12 – HOA 7 holiday party
  • Sunday, December 19 – Holiday Brunch with Santa
  • Friday, December 31 – Members New Year’s Eve party

Clubs are built by friends inviting their friends to join the club. If you know of someone who is interested in learning more about membership, please contact Kimberley Bagley our Membership Director at kimberley@thewildewoodclub.com or provide her with their contact information and she will reach out to them. If you would like to invite them out to experience the club with you, let her know and she will be happy to extend them complimentary access to the club for the day.

Golf Course:

November was a dry month that allowed us to get some things done around the course. We have finished our winter pre and post emergent herbicide applications, mowed collars and approaches down, and started our brush work for the year. We’ve started on hole 1 and will work around the course cleaning out of bounds lines thru the winter. We’ve added a new employee with an extensive background in plant materials who has started working in our beds around the course. Next time you’re out, be sure to check out his work around 4 restrooms.

Over the next few months, we will work thru the course cleaning overgrown areas and picking up pinecones. We will also begin root pruning to help the thin turf areas around trees.

The biggest news is I am resigning as the Superintendent of The Wildewood Club. My last day at the club is Wednesday, December 8. It has been an honor to work with, and for you all in a time of such growth of the club and it is my truest hope that when we look back, we can say the golf course is in better shape today than it was when we inherited it 2 years ago. With your continued support of the agronomy staff, I believe this course has potential to be the best in area. Thanks again for the opportunity to be part of The Wildewood team.

*PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THE GOLF COURSE BY REPAIRING BALL MARKS ON GREENS AND TAKE A SAND BOTTLE WITH YOU TO FILL IN DIVOTS.

Golf Shop:

Golf Hours of Operation for Tuesday to Friday in DECEMBER 2021:

  • Pro Shop: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tee Times: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (Carts must be in by 5:00 pm)
  • Range: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Golf Hours of Operation for Saturday and Sunday in DECEMBER 2021:

  • Pro Shop: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Tee Times: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (Carts must be in by 5:00 pm)
  • Range: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • *THESE TIMES MAY CHANGE MID-MONTH DUE TO CHANGING WEATHER/LIGHT CONDITIONS.

These are the DAILY GROUP PLAY TIMES for the month of NOVEMBER. You can sign up online or by calling the golf shop. DAILY GROUP PLAY is a SHOTGUN START at the times listed below:

  • Tuesday: Seniors Play Day – 9:50 am/ Ladies Play Day – 9:50 am
  • Wednesday: Wednesday Morning Group – 10:00 am
  • Thursday: Seniors Play Day – 9:50 am/ Ladies Play Day – 9:50 am
  • Friday: Friday Morning Group – 10:00 am
  • Saturday: Catfight – 8:40 am/ Dogfight – 8:50 am
  • *THESE TIMES MAY CHANGE MID-MONTH DUE TO CHANGING WEATHER/LIGHT CONDITIONS.

*PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE YOUR CART WITHIN 15 YARDS OF THE GREEN. THIS INCLUDES PLAYERS WITH HANDICAPPED FLAGS.

Golf Course Etiquette:

  • Pace of play is important. Please always maintain a steady pace by playing “ready-golf” and keeping up with the group ahead of you.
  • Always allow faster groups to play through if there are open holes ahead of you.
  • Tee time privileges may be suspended for members because of consistently slow play that backs up other groups.

Tee Times:

Please call to CANCEL your tee time if you are not going to use it. This allows the staff to open that time on the tee sheet for other members.

Practice Facilities:

The practice facilities are available to Full Golf Members only.

Guest Fees:

Tuesday – Thursday: $45
Friday – Sunday: $55
*THE SAME GUEST MAY PLAY A MAXIMUM OF 2 ROUNDS PER MONTH.

Tennis:

Kids Night Out (Laser Tag in the Tennis Center!)

Back by popular demand, we will be hosting another great evening of laser tag on Saturday December 4th from 7pm-9pm. PARENTS: THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!!!!

USTA Team Captain’s Meeting

Monday December 6th – For all those who have or plan on captaining a USTA team this spring, please RSVP to Bill Simpson by Monday, December 6th. We will have a Team Captain’s Meeting on Monday, December 6th at 5:30 for Bill to give approval to team captains as well as discuss any divisions that may have multiple teams. If you cannot attend, please inform Bill if you are or are NOT planning to captain a team this Spring. Team captains MUST receive approval from the club before making a USTA team.

Tennis Center Hours

Winter Hours are changing starting December 1st at the Tennis Center. These hours will be just for the months of December and January, or sooner if we see a need to go back to our normal times. New Hours of operation is as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8am-8pm
  • Friday: 8am-6pm*
  • Saturday 8am-3pm*
  • Sunday 12pm*-6pm
  • *Indicates a change from normal time.

Member-Member

Ladies Champions
2.5 Division – Pillaure Cleary/Gaby Quarles
3.0 Division – Kerry Ford/Shirley Schoonover
3.5 Division – Amy Bigham/Wyndi Green
4.0 Division – Connie Christensen/Francine Moring

Men’s Champions
3.0 Division – David Ford/David Zalesne
3.5 Division – Jay Cleary/Alex McDonald
4.0 Division – Alan Brill/Herb Cooper

USTA Leagues
As we gear up for Spring Season, please be on the lookout for communication from the club for more information on signing up for our Spring USTA Season. Spring Captain’s Meeting Monday, December 6TH at 5:30pm

Clinics

Ladies Clinics –

  • 2.5 – Tuesday 9:00-10:30, Saturday 10:00-11:00
  • 3.0 – Monday 9:00-10:30
  • 3.0/3.5 – Saturday 9:00-10:00
  • 3.5 – Friday 9:00-10:30
  • 4.0 – Wednesday 9-10:30, Thursday 9:00-10:30
  • *These Clinics are open to all players; however, you must be rated at the same level of the clinic that you attend or play on a WildeWood team at the same level of the clinic that you attend.

Kids Clinics – Junior Clinic Sign-Up

Parents can sign up their juniors at the beginning of the month, for the Red, Orange, or Green levels. This new monthly structure is for all levels from Red Ball 1 to Green Ball. The Yellow Ball Clinic will run as normal due to the crazy schedules of our high school participants. Parents can still drop their kids off on a clinic-to-clinic basis at a slightly increased price. However, if we cannot get at least 4 kids signed up for each month, then we will cancel that clinic for the month.

To sign your children up, please email Bill at bill@thewildewoodclub.com or by calling the Tennis Center at 803.699.2446.

  • Yellow Ball Clinic (Ages 13-16): Monday and Wednesday 4:30-6, Friday 4-5:30
  • Green Dot Clinic (Ages 11-12): Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-5:30
  • Orange Ball Clinic (ages 8-10): Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:30
  • Red Ball Clinic 1 (Ages 6-8): Monday and Wednesday 4:00-4:30
  • Red Ball clinic 2 (Ages 3-6): Monday and Wednesday 3:30-4:00

We politely ask for help in forwarding any club emails to your family members.

The WildeWood Club Staff would like to thank our members for their patience and understanding during this transition time here at the club. Thank you for being a member!

Mike Biscotti
Interim General Manager
(803) 788-8000 Option 3
mike@thewildewoodclub.com

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