March 2021 Newsletter

March 1, 2021 by in Newsletter

NEWSLETTER by Bart Wolfe, PGA General Manager on March 1, 2021

Dear WildeWood Club Members,

CAPITAL PROJECTS UPDATE

SPLASHPAD

The great weather this week allowed for substantial progress in the installation of our new Splashpad. This project is expected to be completed within the next 1-2 weeks.

DRIVING RANGE RENOVATION

Our Driving Range Renovation will begin on Monday, March 8th. The range will be closed for two to three weeks while the renovation work is being completed. The renovation includes adding one new target green, installation of a synthetic tee on the back portion of the range tee, leveling the three tiers into one tier to dramatically increase the available hitting areas.

We have reached out to some of the local clubs to see if we can get access to their practice facilities while we are closed. If we are successful, we will send out a notice to the membership.

FIREPITS

The lines have been trenched to run Natural Gas to our Firepits. Natural Gas is safer and more cost-effective than the Propane tanks that we used this winter.

STADIUM COURTS REST SHELTER

The Rest Shelter we ordered for the Stadium Courts has shipped. The contractor will install the shelter soon after it arrives.

DUMPSTER ENCLOSURE

The concrete pad for our dumpster has been poured this week. The dumpster will be placed back into the enclosure on Thursday. I would like to thank Paige Easley for volunteering to paint the new enclosure in our WildeWood green.

GOLF REPORT

GHIN HANDICAP SYSTEM

The $35 annual fee for the GHIN Golf Handicap service was charged in February. The fee will appear as a Service charge on your March 1st statement. Golf Handicaps will be required to play in the events on our 2021 tournament schedule. If you would like to be added to the handicap system, please see RJ in the pro shop.

THE WILDEWOOD CLUB GOLF HOURS OF OPERATION FOR MARCH 2021:

Golf Hours of Operation for Mondays for MARCH 2021:

Pro Shop: 11:30 am to 5:00 pm
Tee Times: 12:00 am to 5:00 pm (Carts must be in by 6:30 pm)
Range: 11:30 am to 6:15 pm

*THE WILDEWOOD GRILL WILL NOT BE OPEN ON MONDAYS DURING MARCH.

Golf Hours of Operation for Tuesday to Sunday for MARCH 2021:

Pro Shop: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tee Times: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Carts must be in by 6:30 pm)
Range: 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

Friday-Sunday & Holiday Tee-Times Change
All weekend and holiday tee-times will be available for up to 4 members. Our membership has grown to the level that we can no longer block out tee-times for singles and twosomes on our busy days.

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

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

*These times may change during the month due to weather conditions.

Please call the golf shop or go online if you like to sign up for any GROUP PLAY times. Please remember to sign up for GROUP PLAY on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays AT LEAST 1 HOUR PRIOR to the start time so that scorecards can be made by the pro shop staff.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRO SHOP:

Here are the upcoming FITTING DAYS scheduled at The WildeWood Club:

  • TaylorMade Golf: March 31st – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Mizuno Golf: April 8th – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Callaway Golf: April 15th – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Please email Bart Wolfe at bart@thewildewoodclub.com to book a fitting time.

The pro shop has new MIZUNO IRONS, PING WOODS, and SRIXON IRONS/WOODS available to demo. Please stop by the pro shop to try out these new products.

TOURNAMENT NEWS:

The first member event of the year will be The Shamrock Open on March 20:

Shotgun Start: 8:30 am
Format: Captain’s Choice
Teams: All teams will have 1 A Player, 1 B Player, 1 C Player, and 1 D Player.

Players sign up individually and will be randomly assigned to a team based on their handicap. The goal is to have fun and meet new people!

Please call the golf shop at 803-788-8000 Option 1 or email rj@thewildewoodclub.com to sign up!

*The deadline to sign up is 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 13.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS TO ALL GOLFERS:

Our maintenance staff is working hard to reshape and resod many of the around the bunkers on the course. We politely ask that all golfers do their utmost to not disturb or damage these areas.

Please be courteous to other golfers and limit your range time to one pyramid/one hour on busy days (especially Friday, Saturday, Sunday). This allows for as many members as possible to use the practice facilities.

We strive to keep all members safe and healthy. We aim to provide single carts to members whenever possible. However, due to the high volume of play Friday-Sunday, we ask that all players ride 2 per cart. With over 300 full golf members, we want all members that wish to play to be able to do so.

CART PATH ONLY daily updates are sent by email. Please make sure to check the email associated with your member account on cold/wet days for these updates. We aim to send these emails out by 7:00 am when necessary.

Please make sure to be ON TIME and CHECK-IN for your tee time before going out to play.

Jeans, gym shorts, sweatpants, work out shirts, cut off shirts, and sandals are not allowed at any time on the WildeWood golf course or practice facilities. All shirts must have a collar. Members are responsible for informing their guests of our dress code policies.

WILDEWOOD RESIDENTS/WALKERS/DOG WALKERS:

WALKERS AND DOG WALKERS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE WILDEWOOD GOLF COURSE FROM 8:30 AM TO 5:30 PM. THIS IS DONE FOR YOUR SAFETY AND FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF THE PLAYERS. THE WILDEWOOD GOLF COURSE IS A DANGEROUS PLACE TO WALK WHEN THERE ARE 100 TO 120 PLAYERS HITTING GOLF BALLS ALL OVER THE COURSE THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

Please pick up after your pet. Please make sure to throw pet waste bags into a trash can. Please do not leave them on the ground. We have had several instances of bags of pet waste being left on the ground in different areas of the golf course. We thank you for helping us to keep litter off the golf course.

Please do not allow your dog to walk near any TEES, GREENS, OR BUNKERS. This helps to prevent any unnecessary damage to the golf course.

State law requires all pets must be on a leash when walking on the golf course or in the WildeWood neighborhood.

TENNIS REPORT

Reminder

  • Please wear face masks while inside the tennis center.  Once downstairs, you may take it off to play tennis.
  • Please remember to sign in and pay for all guests BEFORE you go on court.
  • Please sign in when playing indoors, and as always be respectful of ending your session promptly when others are waiting for their court!
  • Please reserve a court through reservemycourt.com BEFORE going onto a court.  *if you have any issues reserving a court, we would be happy to reserve one for you!  You can reach us at the Tennis Center at 803.

Adult Clinic Schedule

Please find below the Ladies clinic schedule:

Cardio Tennis – Tuesday/Thursday 12-1pm, Saturday 8-9am (Saturday clinics start Jan. 9)

  • 2.5 – Tuesday 9:30-11, Saturday 10-11:00
  • 3.0 – Monday 9:30-11
  • 3.0/3.5 – Saturday 9-10:00
  • 3.5 – Friday 9-10:30
  • 4.0 – Wednesday/Thursday  9-10:30

*These Clinics are open to all Tennis and Golf Members, 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.

Junior Clinics

After School Kids Clinics:

  • Yellow Ball Clinic (Ages 13-16):  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 4:30-6:00
  • 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 from 4:00-4:30
  • Red Ball clinic 2 (Ages 3-6):  Wednesday 3:30-4:00

*Age and ability level will also help us determine which clinic your child should be in.

Tennis Court Maintenance

As the weather is finally warming up, we are going to have to add more clay to all of our clay courts.  We will do this with our USTA home schedule in mind, but on days that we close one court, that court will be closed for 24 hours.  Please do not go on a court unless you check www.reservemycourt.com first as a court may look playable but is in fact down for maintenance.  

MAINTENANCE REPORT

To say February was a wet month would be an understatement, in our line of work we certainly appreciate a good rainstorm but much more so in the growing months than the winter.  3 of our 4 closed Mondays and 15 of the 28 days were rain days. 

I know there was some disappointment about the number of cart path only days but please know it is not a decision that RJ and myself take lightly.  The added cart traffic from single riders, dormant grass, and over 6.5 inches of rain made for some very thin turf in areas that we need to protect until we can get into growing season again. 

Due to the weather conditions, we were not able to complete all the projects we would have liked to in February but we will continue working diligently though March to try and get caught up before mowing season arrives in April. 

We were able to get our Spring pre-emergent sprayed and get most of the exposed bunkers sodded.  We will have another sod delivery the first week of March to finish up 18 green side. 

Our goal for March will include the root pruning that we were unable to do in February, complete the renovation of the driving range tee, and our course wide fertilization on March 8th

We look forward to the longer, warmer Spring days and seeing you all on the course. 

Grayson Clark
GCSSA

WILDEWOOD SWIM TEAM

The WildeWood Club will field a swim team again in 2021. A registration form and more details will be sent out in the next two weeks.

At this time, The Columbia Swim League plans to have a competitive season this year with meets on Monday & Thursday afternoons. This could change due to Covid-19.

Regards,

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

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