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.