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Course Update 5-20-18

Afternoon storms with substantial amounts of rainfall has been the trend over the past week. We received 1.15″ of rain Saturday afternoon and evening, bringing the total to 4.3″ over the past 7 days. Greens are beyond their water infiltration rate and are holding excessive amounts of water. Due to the soft, wet conditions, greens will be backed off of for a couple days until they dry out. I do not want to put unnecessary stress upon them when it is only May.  Other areas of the course may have to let dry before mowing as well to prevent ruts and scalping . Please continue using cart paths and extreme caution in your travels to prevent rutting up the course any further. Keep your fingers crossed and pray for drier weather ahead.

Thank you and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Justin Klaus

5-5-18

Good Morning Members,

Due to winter running later than usual this year, my staff and I will be utilizing the weekend to catch up on mulching the property. Greens will be mowed and rolled, however cups will not be changed this weekend. Thank you for your understanding as we work on getting caught up.

Justin Klaus

From the Pro ~ May 2018

This Spring has not been the best but we anticipate that it will get better, keep your eyes on the horizon and not down at your feet.

Events to keep on your schedule:

  • Memorial Day Weekend– you can play any amount of days you wish, have as many partners as you wish, and the event will be scored over 3 days. This Pick Your Partner event will be a fun filled team event and you may even have a different partner all 3 days.  Simply pick a partner for Saturday, Sunday, or Monday and play best ball of 2, we will pay low team money for the day, as well as the overall weekend low teams.
  • The Men’s Invitational May 31-June1-2– We currently have a few team spots yet to fill, please call the Golf Shop to sign up your team. That weekend will once again be one of the great highlights of this Golf Season.  It is by far an exciting event as well as fun for all, don’t put it off any longer and come join us for some fun.
  • Red Solo Cup Open Saturday June 30th -4pm shotgun with a fun 9 hole par 3 format followed by the band Hy-5 in the outdoor facility.  More details to follow!
  • Ladies Invitational Tuesday 9am Shotgun Start-The Ladies Invitational has been the marquee day for the Summer in the schedule for the last 25 years. Please sign up in the Golf Shop or in the Ladies Locker Room.  Continental breakfast will start the day at 8am and lunch will follow play.  You may sign up with 1,2,or3 guests.
  • Big Skins-Tuesday July 4th
  • Member-Member Saturday-Sunday July 14th-15th
  • The Team Match Play Championship-We are still in search of teams for the TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP. We had 28 teams last year sign up to play but this year we have a few less at this current time.  Just as a reminder that you can play from the Green, White, or Red tees, whichever suits your game.

We have begun sign up for PGA Junior League-the league is for juniors ages 7-13 in the beginner and intermediate stage of learning.  Our club along with Hannastown, Oakbrook, TotterRidge, and Westmoreland will be hosting and traveling to play others teams.  We will need 10-12 juniors to participate to have a team and will play at all the above clubs as well as here.  Juniors will have several scheduled supervised practices here, play away matches at all of the above venues, PGA home and away team shirt with name and number on back, PGA tee-shirt, hat, bag tag, stickers, and drawstring bag.  The matches will be scramble two person team format in 3-3 hole match format, kids will be part of a team and have fun while playing!  Sign up runs thru May 23 and cost for everything will be $175.  We understand that people have vacations  along with other sports and can’t make every scheduled practice or match but don’t miss this fun opportunity to get your daughter, son, or grandchild involved.

I would believe that most of us know when inclement weather is approaching with all the smart devices we have in our possession at any one time.  Our weather siren is sounded for emergency purposes only!  If you hear it you must come in off the golf course or find immediate shelter, anyone playing through a siren blast may not only be tempting fate but also putting your family or friends in danger.

Demo Days-Come join us for demo days and receive a special coupon.

  • Ping Tuesday May 15th – 3-7
  • Cobra-Thursday May 24th 3:30-6:30
  • Mizuno Tuesday May 8th-3-7
  • Callaway TBA

Tee Time Protocol-tee times are always needed, simply call the Golf Shop and we can maximize your enjoyment here at the club.

King of Swingsign-up is now under way to find a match Play Champion, Matches will begin   mid-May.  We have 5 openings currently available, please don’t get shut out.  Bill Thompson is very excited about defending his championships (two consecutive), come see if you were born to be The King of Swing.

Team Championship-the field for the Team Championship has continued to grow.  We hope the fill completely however if the field is not filled by May 15th we will draw matches and byes will be awarded randomly to the a few lucky teams.  I hope that you will find a partner and sign up for this event that promises to be one of the great traditions of Summer @ LCC.

Ladies Late Tees Play Evenings– Every Tuesday evening from June through the end of August we will have Late-tee times at 5:30 pm.    All L.C.C. ladies are welcome to join us for a relaxed time to play.    This is golf for all skill levels.  Please join us after work or for evening golf with LCC friends!   John will be on hand some of the evenings for a quick clinic.  Please call the Golf Shop for details or to sign up!

Mothers Day– Your Mom called and said she wants Ligonier Country Club Gear!  Stop by the Golf Shop to buy Mom the newest LCC Sportswear for Mothers Day. We have a great selection of outerwear for enjoying the Pavilion!   Free Gift wrapping is available!

Opening Day April 28th; check the website next week for the winners.

The innovation in clubs will certainly make your head spin with so many options, let us help you through the info overload.  Last year we have purchased an Ernest Sports Launch Monitor, and have had very good luck with fitting both Woods and irons this early season.  We have more demo clubs this year than ever before, multiple demo putters and quite a few demo wedges.  The Golf Shop carries everything from great value starter sets for both ladies and men such as Tour Edge, through top line equipment such as Ping, Titleist, Taylormade, Mizuno, and Callaway.  Let your local Golf Shop help you instead of some big box store that does not know your name and doesn’t care if you ever come back following your purchase.

Upcoming Exchange Days (updated as of 4-25)  Cart Cost is Now $25–Full Golf Members Only

  • Wednesday May 23rd -Somerset CC
  • Monday June 18th Donegal Highlands GC
  • Monday July 16th Latrobe Elks
  • Tuesday July 17th Ebensberg CC
  • Monday July 30th GlenGary
  • Thursday July 12th-Champion Lakes GC
  • Monday August 20th Valley Green GC

LCC also belongs to the Tri-County Golf Association, the Association is a group of like minded clubs that allow members of member clubs to enjoy golf at a variety of place, you may visit the TCGA website or our web site to see a list of clubs.  Both the TCGA and exchange days are restricted to Full Golf Members only!  The Golf Shop must make the arrangements for the TCGA with member clubs.

New Range Hours-The Practice Range will close on Sunday evening at 5pm so that weekly work can be performed.  The range will be open 100+ hours a week but must be closed once a week to make it more attractive.

Congratulations to Bill Rosa($180) who won the Masters Par 3 Pool, second place was a tie between Chris Antonikas, Christian Giannone, and Chris Mendillo ($73 each).  The US Open is right around the corner.

On the Course ~ April 2018

Its hard to believe we still had snow on the ground just one week ago today. Winter has lingered on longer than anyone has wanted to see. I am pleased that even with the snow, rain, and cold weather my staff and I have been working relentlessly to provide the best conditions for opening day on Saturday, April 28th. Greens were deep tined along with topdressed Monday and Tuesday. Conditions will play a little softer than the norm for a few days. I am pleased to say all the grass has been cut, cleanup of winter debris is almost complete, and mulching of the landscape beds will begin as soon as possible. My staff and I thank you for your understanding as we continue to work hard to provide great playing conditions and beautiful aesthetics as Spring temperatures slowly approach.

Sincerely,

Justin Klaus

From the Pro ~ April 2018

Wow!  Lets not dwell on things that we can’t change.  We have plenty of great events to look forward to in the upcoming months, let’s look ahead and not back.  The Shop is full of clubs along with demo clubs, bags, Spring clothing, grips, push carts, and much more; stop in to see what’s new for 2018.  We hope to see you soon!

This year the season kicks off with Opening Day on Saturday April 28th.  Format for both Men and Ladies this upcoming year will be Best 2 Balls of 4.  Different this year will be that sign-up for both Men and Ladies will be closed at Noon on Friday the 27th.  Teams will be made at that time with the existing players, this denotes a change for the ladies that always usually signed up to play the day of the event.  Breakfast will be served at 8:30, with the Shotgun start at 9:15am.  All teams will be computer generated ABCD; no pre-set teams will be accepted.    We will begin the day with Coffee and Doughnuts, Play Golf @10am, have Lunch and give away the Prizes.

Ladies Day Tuesdays- in April, May, and September the Ladies Association will begin play at 10am, and during the Summer months play will begin at 9am.  On Tuesday the 1st tee will be closed ½ hour prior to the beginning of play, general play will be able to start from 8am-9:30 in April, May, and September.

The Masters Tournament is slated to begin April 5th and we have a pool that will make the event more fun.  For $10 you will pick you a player from A, B, C columns and the lowest weeks scores on all par 3’s played, therefore all players must make the cut .  Please call the shop prior to 6pm Wednesday the 4th to sign up.  Call and we will send out a sheet via text or email.

We very recently mailed out the Men’s Invitational letter, if you do not receive any kind of notification by April 1st please alert the Golf Shop.  This year’s dates will be May 31, June 1 and 2.  If you have missed this event in the prior years, mark it on your event schedule for this summer.  Field is limited so please sign up by May 16th, however if we get the allotted teams prior to the deadline a waiting list will be invoked.  This is the premier event of the Men’s Golf Season, try it once and you will be hooked.

Spring Member-GuestWednesday May 2nd 1pm Shotgun-The day begins with a lunch for you and your guests beginning at 11:30 followed by a 1pm shotgun start time. The event being a Best 2of 4 format, with plenty of Closest to the Pins, Long Putts, and Long Drives.  Bill and his staff will follow up play with a great dinner and we will calculate the scores, collect the proximities and hand out the prizes.  Our guarantee is that every guest will leave LCC very happy and extremely well fed.  This event is open to all membership categories, and is a great way to entertain clients, show off our facility, introduce people you wish to join, or a great way to say Thank You to that person that plowed your driveway all winter.  This event will replace the Fall Member Guest, and will contain a drawing for free minimums for a lucky Member, and someone’s guest that day will be drawn for a FREE Golf Membership.

Tri County Golf Courses-Please go onto the Tri-County website (www.tri-countygolf.com) to find the list of clubs that are members.  I think it would be a great golfing summer if you hit all those clubs, $30 during the weekdays, and $35 on weekends you have quite a selection.  You must make tee times through our Golf Shop and be a full Golf Member to enjoy this special perk.

Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls are now Buy 3 get one free in a Spring Customer Appreciation Sale, balls must be ordered thru Titleist and can be imprinted up to 3 lines of text.  Numbers can either be 1-4, 5-8, or your special 2 digit number.  This program runs thru the first 2 weeks of April and can’t be used for corporate logo balls.

Mothers Day Sale-we will have some great sales the week of Mothers Day, plus (as always) free gift wrapping.

Upcoming Events:

  • Mizuno Demo Day Thursday May 8th 3-6:30
  • Ping Demo Day Tuesday May 15th 3-6:30
  • Cobra Demo Day Thursday May 24th 3-6:30
  • Senior Club Championship Saturday May 19th Morning TEE TIMES Will be assigned
  • Ladies Opening Tuesday-April 17th at 10am
  • Men’s Stag (1st of Season)-Wednesday June 13th 1pm Shotgun-The day begins with an optional lunch for you and your guests. 1pm will be the start time with the event being a Best 2of 4 format, with plenty of Closest to the Pins, Long Putts, and Long Drives.  Bill and his staff will follow up play with a great dinner and we will calculate the scores, collect the proximities and hand out the prizes.  Our guarantee is that every guest will leave LCC very happy and extremely well fed.  This event is open to all membership categories, and is a great way to entertain clients, show off our facility, introduce people you wish to join, or a great way to say Thank You to that person that plowed your driveway all winter (you owe them a lot of thanks).
  • Memorial Day Best of 2 Weekend Event3 days of regular tee-times, play with a different partner every day, or stick with the same partner all 3 days. You can play any amount of days, or the entire weekend.    

Junior Camp- will be held on Wednesday June 27th thru Friday June 29th.  We are only taking 25 youth for this year’s camp, and we anticipate camp filling up quickly.  The camp will be 8-12 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.  Please call the Golf Shop to register ASAP. 

One Day Junior CampsThursday June 7th 8:30-12:30.  The other One Day camp date will be Thursday August 2nd from 8:30-12:30

King Of Swing-The Annual event will begin in May, sign up fills up quickly, and we just take the first 31 and last years King of Swing (Bill Thompson).  Draw is done randomly and the event will be played at 90% handicap.  This single elimination event is one of the most fun events of the year.  Call the Golf Shop to enter.

The Two PERSON Team Championship-Signup is going on as we speak and several teams have already signed up to become this year’s CHAMPIONS.  The Championship is a BETTER BALL MATCH PLAY Single elimination Team Tournament.  Last year’s Champions Corey Riddell and Al Jurica have already said “we are ready for all challengers this year.”   Wow-we have never had taunting champions.  Players can play the Tee that they normally play and all handicaps will be adjusted accordingly.  If you want to play more golf this Summer this is certainly a way to get started.

Cart Cards and Guest Cards are on sale until April 15th.

Some Tri-County courses do not want exchange days, they don’t see a benefit for their club. Both Exchange Days and Tri-County days are reserved for Full Golf Members only, Social Members and guests are welcome, but must pay the applicable green fee.  Please do not put Ligonier C.C. in an uncomfortable position by allowing guests to participate.  Exchange days and Tri-County are rewards for being a Full Golf Member.  We have asked the participating courses to keep a sign-in sheet and forward to our Golf Shop.

Just as a reminder to all members:

  • The Club understands that athletic clothing is reaching all new demographics, we would like to remind everyone that new Under amour, Nike, and Adidas shirts must have an 1 ½ inch collar on them to be considered a Golf shirt. Please refer to the Dress Code in your Membership booklet to alleviate all questions.
  • Members are always responsible for their guests.
  • In order for the Golf Shop to serve you better, TEE TIMES are always required.
  • Look for the return of the Late-Tees Thursday bi-weekly golf to be finalized in the May news.
  • Jeans are not permitted on the course following March 31st.
  • Please be aware that the parking lot speed limit is 15 miles per hour, my young men and women are in the lot trying to service you with your bags and carts, please be aware as you pull thru the lot.

The Golf Shop will open at 9am weekdays until April 13th, on the 17th we will begin opening on the weekdays at 7:30 and Tee-Times will begin at 8am.  We will continue to open at 7:30 on the weekends until Memorial Day when the Golf Shop will begin to open at 6:30; we are trying to accommodate players that wish to get out on the course earlier.

From the Pro ~ March 2018

Wow that was quite the winter!  Freezing sub Zero days followed by days where the rain wouldn’t stop followed by days of flooding.  That will be my rant about the weather for the year and now onto brighter and better days ahead.

Please keep this in mind while you traverse the golf course this summer.  Golf grants more than a diversion from work or the time we can spend with our family or friends.  Golf offers–according to a Swedish study–a chance to prolong to your life up to 5 years.  Golf encompasses 1-2% of all charitable giving in the United States with 3.6 billion dollars raised annually.  Golf challenges you to connect socially without the use of any electronic devices.  Golf licenses you an outlet to be active far beyond any other sport.  Golf is Ultra cool.

Since Cathy and I have been with the Ligonier CC we have watched as many of you have as the Club has changed and evolved.  Here would be a few of the highlights:

  • Irrigation system
  • Lakes on #11-12
  • Cart Paths
  • Green complexes on #1-5-13-Putting Green
  • Establishment of Practice facility
  • New Golf Shop/Cart barn
  • Numerous tree programs both planting and removal
  • Golf course equipment
  • Tee complexes including #17-18
  • Renovations in the Clubhouse
  • New Pavilion
  • Establishment of forward tees

 

We look forward to a great year and all the upcoming Golf Events for 2018:

Masters Par 3 Tournament April 4th conducted at Ligonier CC. The Par 3 9 hole event will begin with a 5pm shotgun start.  Following play of The Par 3 event which will be held at 50% handicap, we will draw each tournament participant a player in the Master’s Tournament.  Last year’s Wednesday Par 3 Tournament winners were Ed Elliott (Gross) and Janet Barker (Net) and last year’s draw winners were Jim Mendillo-Sergio Garcia, 2nd Rick Stephenson-Justin Rose, 3rd Grace Rigoni-Charl Swartzel.  You may sign up with the Golf Shop as an individual golf to be paired or you may sign up as a group.

Opening Day-Saturday April 21st10 am Shotgun Start, A great way to kick off your season. Breakfast will include coffee and doughnuts, with lunch buffet to follow play.  Both the Ladies and Men’s event will be 2 Best Balls of 4.  Sign up ends for both Men and Ladies on Thursday April 27th  at 5pm. (Ladies must also pre-sign to play)

Ladies Opening Tuesday-April 17th at 10am—Thru the end of May the beginning time will be 10am, June-July-August play will begin at 9am, September start time back to 10am.

One Day Member Guest-Wednesday May 2nd-as usual we plan on a nice day of golf, food, and fun. Just as last year one of guest participants will walk away as a New Golf Member.  The event will begin with lunch at 11:30, a 1o’clock shotgun start, and dinner and prizes to follow play.  This event is open to both Golf and Social Members that wish to bring guests.

Men’s Invitationalthe dates are as follows: Thursday May 31st, Friday June 1st and Saturday June 2nd, a change to the schedule includes an afternoon shotgun start for the Thursday optional Practice Round, Tournament play Friday and Saturday. Please watch your mail for the flyer.

3 Day Junior Golf Camp Wednesday June 27-Thru Friday June 29th  -only 25 participants taken-sign up early

1 Day Junior Camp-Thursday August 2nd from 8:30am-12:30

1 Day Junior Camp-Thursday June 7th from 8:30am-12:30

Club Championship Schedule Change –we are currently looking at moving the dates to September, as soon as we pin dates down we will announce the dates via e-mail.

Exchange Days-we will announce the schedule in the April Links.

 

Golf Shop News

Pa. State Women’s Amateur-Ligonier CC is proud to welcome the Women’s State Amateur Championship in August of this year.  This Championship is the highlight of Women’s Golf in the state of Pennsylvania and we are very proud as a Club to be hosting this prestigious event.  Look for more information to follow via e-mail and The Links.

Team Championship-the first 32 two person teams to sign up will compete to be the Match Play Team Champions of LCC, your team can be two men, two ladies, mixed couple, white tee players, green and white tee players, basically you decide.  Play will begin from the green tees, white tees (handicaps will be adjusted accordingly), and ladies may play from the red tees.  The event will be 80% of full handicap working off the trend (daily calculation of handicap by GHIN) throughout all play.  The draw will be done by computer, and will begin on May 1st.  The Golf Shop will set the conditions of play, time parameters, etc.  Returning Champions Al Jurica and Corey Riddell.

Get a Grip Month- Lets get those old grips off your clubs prior to play this season. Start the year fresh and save some cash!  Every regular golf grip installed will be $1 off and all putter grips will be reduced as well.

King Of Swing-Individual Season long Match Play event.  Play will begin May 1st, and is limited to first 31 players entered.  Bill Thompson is the 2017 Defending King Of Swing, and he recently had this to say “I hope I get Furia in my first round match”.  Call the Golf Shop to sign up.  Brian Quinn was the Runner-up in 2017.

The Cart and Bag Room will be open on March 1st, please don’t hesitate to bring your equipment up in early spring, get your new grips put on prior to Spring play or let us pump up those tires on your pushcart.  The fee schedule is as follows:

  • Bag Storage $80-clubs cleaned after every use
  • Range Pass $125-unlimited range balls
  • Cart Storage $60
  • Cart and Bag $125
  • Cart, Bag, and Range $230
  • 2 Storage $140
  • 2 Range $225
  • 2 Bag and Single Cart $190
  • 2 Bag and 2 Cart $240
  • If you do not see an arrangement that suits your needs please call the Golf Shop

Pro V1 Loyalty Program-Order 3 Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x Dozen, get 1 free.   Imprinting is free and includes side imprinting as well as specific number capabilities.  Orders may be placed thru the Golf Shop starting March 1st, promotion ends April 12th.  If Pro-V1 is your golf ball then this is the promotion for you!

Custom fitting-Ping-Mizuno-Callaway-Titleist is now available, drivers, irons, and woods.  We promise you, “we just won’t sell you clubs, we will fit you and you will see your game get better”

The Golf Shop hours for March are as follows: Tuesday-Friday 9AM Open, Saturday-Sunday 7:30 Open.  Shop and Clubhouse closed on Mondays however the course is open to walking golf members.

Hole In One Club-the pool will be hold over to start the 2018 season.  There is $1000 in the pot to begin the year.   We will begin taking money on April 1st, and continue to grow the pot thru Opening Day.  Once Opening Day arrives all that have paid in will be eligible to win half cash/half credit for a HIO.  Once someone wins the original pot we will bill the next $10 entry to your account.  The stipulations are as follows: 1) HIO must take place at LCC; 2) the HIO must be witnessed by a player in your group over the age of 16.

First Tee-The First Tee of Pittsburgh is a non-profit organization which depends on the donations of Golf Clubs and individuals to help at risk youth the good word of Golf.  The programs taught at the First Tee are targeted at young people in the inner city teaching them the core values centered on Golf.  We have been taking donations for the program for over 10 years, annually Dan McDonald and I load up my Jeep and deliver the bags, clubs, shoes, and balls.  We will make another such trek in late March, please bring any donations to the Golf Shop prior to March 20th.

GHIN-If you are Golf or Social Member that does not have an established Handicap, the Golf Shop will be happy to accommodate you, contact the Golf Shop with your intention to have a USGA Handicap.  You will be billed directly through the office a yearly charge of $25, after 5 18- hole scores you will have your GHIN Handicap, if you are playing in an event here or at another facility most places prefer or even require that you have an updated USGA handicap.  If you currently have a handicap thru GHIN but wish to cancel you must call the Golf Shop by 3-31 or you will be billed the $25.

If your Company or Golf Event needs anything related to the Golf industry no matter how large or how small please do not hesitate to contact John, Cathy, or Brian at the Golf Shop.  We handle dozens of in house and out of house events throughout the year, and we are sure we can upgrade all your company or event needs.  We handle imprinted tees, Poker Chips (new), coffee cups, umbrellas, Tee Shirt and hat combination packs (nice discount), Golf Shirt and hat combinations, Golf or dress shirts, Personalized head covers (with your personal signature, or company logo), leather embossed wallets, Glassware for the Company Trophy or best salesperson, golf books with your company contact info inside the cover, Golf Bags from Ping or Sun Mountain with company logo.  Most anything you can think of with your logo we can do!  Stop in the Shop and we can show you samples, or have a sample sent directly to your home.  Individual and Company references upon request.  Our unique selling point is that you know we always have your best interest in mind!  Please stop in the shop for a list of references.

Golf Bash-Greensburg Hose Company #2 holds an annual Golf Bash Sunday March 11th, please call the Golf Shop if you wish to purchase a ticket or tickets.

Winter Hours

The Clubhouse and Pro Shop are closed for the months of January and February.

The Office is open 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Thursday, weather permitting.

Please call 724-238-7620, press 2, and then extension 5 to leave a message until February 12th when additional staff members will return.