October 2021 Newsletter

October 2, 2021 by in Newsletter

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

A MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER:

It is hard to believe it has been a little over a month since I arrived on property to serve as your Interim General Manager. I really appreciate the warm welcome I have received from the members I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with. I feel the pride the membership has in the club and the excitement there is around the many improvements that have been made and the continued plans to improve the club facilities and member experience.

As with so many businesses, we are faced with challenging times hiring staff in all areas, and I appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue our effects to hire staff. The volunteer support from the membership has been phenomenal. We had a few significant events on the books when I arrived, one being the Member/Guest Golf Tournament and with the help of members who stepped up and volunteered, they were all very successful events. I want to especially recognize and thank members Steve Francis, Jim Landreth, Mark and Carole Williams, Jo Vallone, Connie Christensen, and Dick Willis that I have worked with who have given so much of their time to make The WildeWood Club a better place for you and your families to enjoy.

The Back to School/End of Season event held on Sunday, September 26 was attended by over 300 members and guests. The most popular activities were the Bounce House and the pool. The Food and Ice Cream Trucks were a big hit and offered a variety of menu items. I had the Gyro, and it was outstanding. The weather was perfect, and it was an overall great event and a wonderful way to end the pool season.

In closing, I want to remind you that 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 have them give me a call or provide me with their contact information and I will reach out to them. If you would like to invite them out to experience the club with you, let me know and I will be happy to extend them complimentary access to the club for the day.

Thank you for being a member!

Mike Biscotti

MAINTENANCE NEWS:

Could September have been any better of a month? Cool mornings and sunny afternoons are the perfect combination for golf. With the cooler weather, it is time for us to start looking towards our Fall and Winter protocols. As the soil temperatures start to slowly dip into the 60’s our Bermuda grass will begin storing carbohydrates instead of using them for active growth.

For us this means we have fed them one more time on September 20 and we need to begin thinking about the Winter. We may still get a week or two of good growth but for the most part, the grass we have on the course now will be the grass that gets us to March. In turn, we all need to be conscious of fixing our ball marks, filling divots, and where we drive our cart. With our increase in rounds played this year and the added number of carts per round it will not take long for areas to start thinning out, especially where we enter and exit the cart path. The agronomy staff will be utilizing ropes, barriers, and signage to help alleviate these issues.

We were still a little warm in September to start over seeding the tees on 3, 16, and the range but the seed is here and with the 10-day forecast we will likely begin that the second week of October. As I mentioned last month, we will work with R.J. to limit the disruptions to play and the use of the range but there will be about 2 weeks after seeding that we will need to get creative with a few tee placements and/or block the range for a short period of time each day. We certainly appreciate your cooperation. The first week of the month we will apply our first of 3 Fall pre-emergent applications to help prevent our Fall and Winter weeds. As well this month you can also expect to see our pink flags on the course in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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

TENNIS NEWS:

Important Dates:

  • Member-Guest – (October 8th-10th) This is a single gender combo event with 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, and 8.5 divisions.
  • Play for Pink – (October 17th)
  • Member-Member – (November 12th-14th) This is a single gender event with 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 divisions

Member-Guest:

We would like to invite everyone out on October 8th-10th for our second annual Member-Guest Tennis Tournament. This is a single gender combo event with 5.5,6.5,7.5, and 8.5 divisions. Entry Fee is $75 per person. To register, please email Bill Simpson at bill@thewildewoodclub.com. There will be one round on Friday evening, and a full day of matches Saturday. Lunch will be provided in the tennis center mid-afternoon. Dinner will be in the evening, followed by an exhibition match drinks. Please register for dinner and the exhibition if you are unable to enter the event but still would like to be a part of the festivities!

Play for Pink:

Play for Pink is back for another year of spreading Breast Cancer awareness, as well as 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. This event will be from 2-5pm and to register, please email bill@thewildewoodclub.com. Entry fee is a $25 donation. Please make checks payable to the American Cancer Society.

USTA Leagues:

We have a record number of teams this year, so please be patient as our courts are filling up fast!

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. Starting in October, we are restructuring our junior clinics to be run monthly. 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

GOLF NEWS:

THE WILDEWOOD CLUB GOLF HOURS OF OPERATION FOR October 2021:

Golf Hours of Operation for Mondays in OCTOBER 2021:

*THE WILDEWOOD GOLF COURSE IS CLOSED ON MONDAYS.

*MEMBERS MAY WALK/PLAY THE COURSE AFTER 11:00 AM ON MONDAYS. THIS ALLOWS THE PROPER AMOUNT OF TIME FOR THE GREENS KEEPING STAFF TO WORK ON THE GOLF COURSE.

*PLEASE MAKE SURE TO BRING YOUR OWN WATER WITH YOU AS THE PRO SHOP AND OTHER FACILITIES WILL BE CLOSED.

*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 Hours of Operation for Tuesday to Friday in OCTOBER 2021:

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

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

  • Pro Shop: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tee Times: 7:50 am to 5:00 pm (Carts must be in by 7:00 pm)
  • Range: 7:20 am to 7:00 pm

*THESE TIMES MAY CHANGE MID-MONTH DUE TO CHANGING WEATHER/LIGHT CONDITIONS.

These are the DAILY GROUP PLAY TIMES WILL BE CHANGING for the month of OCTOBER. You can sign up online or by calling the golf shop. DAILY GROUP PLAY is a SHOTGUN START.

  • Tuesday: Seniors Play Day – 9:00 am/ Ladies Play Day – 9:00 am
  • Wednesday: Wednesday Morning Group – 9:00 am
  • Thursday: Seniors Play Day – 9:00 am/ Ladies Play Day – 9:00 am
  • Friday: Friday Morning Group – 9:00 am
  • Saturday: Catfight – 8:40 am/ Dogfight – 8:50 am

TOURNAMENT RESULTS:

2021 Member – Guest

1st Flight

  • 1st Place: Tyler Forbes/Jason Hnat*
  • 2nd Place: Fulton Jones/Greg Keilman*
  • 3rd Place: Michael Wilson/Todd Gease

2nd Flight

  • 1st Place: Pete Clough/Jerry Weidner*
  • 2nd Place: James Martin/Steve Fabry*
  • 3rd Place: Dick Swartout/Steve Shay

3rd Flight

  • 1st Place: Greg Johnston/Allen McNeill*
  • 2nd Place: Wayne Earhardt/Lang Foster*
  • 3rd Place: David Knight/Cam Harvin

4th Flight

  • 1st Place: Keith Gardner/Jim Taylor*
  • 2nd Place: Roger Wiseman/Bobby Bartlett*
  • 3rd Place: Steve McClam/Randy Musselwhite

5th Flight

  • 1st Place: Al Jones/Alan Slaten*
  • 2nd Place: Ron Hopson/Mark Kingman*
  • 3rd Place: Suzann Bartley/Regina Watts

6th Flight

  • 1st Place: Ramesh Yajnik/Amit Yajnik*
  • 2nd Place: Shufy Rowe/Nick Rowe*
  • 3rd Place: Neal Kemp/Aaron Mayes

7th Flight

  • 1st Place: Greg Ryle/Adam Gaffney*
  • 2nd Place: Adam Reichel/Evan Reichel*
  • 3rd Place: Dave York/Jim Price

*Made it to 14-team playoff.

Playoff Results

  • 1st Place Overall: Pete Clough/Jerry Weidner
  • 2nd Place Overall: Shufy Rowe/Nick Rowe

*THE PLAYERS WHO RETURNED THEIR SHOES FOR A NEW SIZE/WIDTH SHOULD RECEIVE THEIR NEW PAIR BY MID-NOVEMBER.

Thanks to all the participants and congratulations to the winners!

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

MEN & WOMEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
OCTOBER 2 & 3 – 9:00 AM SHOTGUN

WOMEN’S 18 HOLE SCRAMBLE
OCTOBER 28 – 9:00 AM SHOTGUN

PHILHARMONIC TOURNAMENT
*The golf course will be closed to all walkers on Monday October 11 for this event.

BOY SCOUT TOURNAMENT
*The golf course will be closed to all walkers on Monday October 18 for this event.

SPRING VALLEY BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
*The golf course will be closed on Friday October 29 for this event.
The range will be open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for members.

DEMO CLUBS:

PLEASE RETURN ALL DEMO EQUIPMENT TO THE PRO SHOP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE NEED TO SEND BACK OUR CURRENT STOCK OF DEMOS TO GET NEW PRODUCTS FOR NEXT YEAR.

ADDITIONAL EMAIL LIST:

Members that have been added to the additional email list will receive any email that is sent out to all WildeWood members (Golf, Tennis, Social/HOA). They will not receive all daily emails that are sent out to Full Golf Members. 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

Bill Simpson – Director of Tennis
RJ Catarino – Director of Golf Operations
Latonya Lavant – Food and Beverage Manager
Megan Epting – Business Office Manager

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