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I trust everyone had a good winter in spite of the excess snow and extremely cold temperatures. I have received many questions the past month asking about how the courses are coming out of winter compared to last year. Below are two frequently asked questions and the responses; as well as updates on Winter Projects and Opening Day Preparation. Course Questions 1. How did the courses respond to all the snow? The snow provided a nice blanket to the turf and protected it from extreme temperatures and wind. Although there are a few winter injury spots on a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Westfield Greens
Today marked the start of the removal of several Austrian Pine trees in the common rough between #5 and #6 on the South Course. Over the past decade, because of a general decline in health, many trees of similar stature have been removed. The decline is primairly due to two key factors; Diplodia Tip Blight (fungus) and Pine Shoot Borer (insect). Although not all trees in this area will be removed, other Austrian Pines have been identified and will be removed throughout the remainder of this week. The removal of the trees will, no doubt, have some impact on the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Westfield Greens
#5 Green South Course Comparison Saturday, April 12 Wednesday, April 2 As a follow-up to last Friday's blog post, here's an update on the status of the winter damage on the greens at WGCC. Additionally, at the end of this post, you will find links from industry websites with related information/stories. Current Status The comparative photo above is reflective of most areas impacted by the winter weather. They are starting to develop a green hue in comparison to the tan/yellow color of previous weeks. As mentioned in the last post, the winter injury was brought on by excessive cold temperatures,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Westfield Greens
With the extended cold weather we've had it's hard to believe the 2014 WGCC Opening Day is knocking on our door. We've received many questions regarding how the weather has impacted the courses. All areas overwintered well, however, there are areas of discoloration on the some of the greens on both courses. The areas that are yellowish/tan were exposed to the extreme cold weather (pictured below). Other areas on the greens that were snow covered came through as normally expected. Although we can't predict how long it will take to return the areas to full green, it will take a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Westfield Greens
Seems like the recent weather cycle is playing out the theme of Groundhog know, the movie where Bill Murray's character keeps waking to the Sonny and Cher song "I've Got You Babe". The replay obviously has been the humid weather and afternoon thunderstorms. It has rained 12 of the last 14 days totaling 5.38"...with 1.14" occurring last night and this morning. Fortunately there is a front projected to push through on Thursday, with a few days of drying weather following. Until then we will keep the squeegees handy and try to maintain the course the best we can! Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Westfield Greens
The 2013 Minute Men Ohio Open Championship will take place on July 1,2,3 at Westfield Group Country Club. The championship field consists of golfers who are Ohio residents or any Ohio PGA Section member in good standing. Amateurs must have a USGA index of 4.0 or less to be eligible. Dominic Antenucci, Executive Director of the Northern Ohio PGA. commented on the site selection of WGCC, “Westfield Group Country Club is a great fit for the Minute Men Ohio Open because it offers a true test of golf, and its consistently excellent playing conditions meet the PGA of America’s high... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at Westfield Greens
Late this week, turf fans will be installed adjacent to South Course greens #4 and #8. The decision to purchase the fans was based on the annual challenges of the growing environment of these areas and a recommendation of the USGA, after a site visit last August. The weather the past two years has been extremely challenging to maintain high quality turf on the greens, primarily because they are located in a the low lying micro-environment. At times in late July and August, because of poor air movement, the areas become extremely warm. This puts an incredible amount of stress... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at Westfield Greens
Construction equipment lined up and ready to depart WGCC On Tuesday, December 18, Frontier Golf shut down the North Course Bunker Renovation Project and headed back to Pittsburgh for the winter...looking to return as soon as practical in the spring. Although the late November and early December weather was decent for project work, Hurricane Sandy took away 12 days of work in early November, which prohibited the project from being completed this fall. #7 Greenside approach area The following is a project status through December 18th. Holes Completed - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,11,12,13,16,17,18 Remaining Work - #9 Fairway bunker and grass swale are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Westfield Greens
Drainage installed on #12 greenside bunker Progress on the bunker renovation has benefited from the awesome fall weather we've had lately. Two truck loads of sod are scheduled to come in on Tuesday and will help complete holes #16, #3 and #6. Click on the link to see progress on hole #3. Hole #3 Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at Westfield Greens
With the rain from Hurricane Sandy, the project was at a standstill until Tuesday of this week. 10 working days were lost, although 10 day forecast looks really enocuraging so hopefully we can make up for the lost time. When work started on Tuesday, the first order of business was to repair wash-out areas. The 5.5" of rain caused exposed slopes to some cases severely. Yesterday, we were able to get back on track with the finish grading of some areas, additionally here's what's happened since the last update: Holes - 1,2,13,17 and 18 are complete Hole 16 has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at Westfield Greens
WGCC Storm update Wind Damage - We lost a total of four trees ( see photos ) and numerous large branches throughout the property. Here is a breakdown NC - One Spruce at Club Entrance, One Willow in common rough between 6/7 SC - One Spruce left of 3 tee and one Silver Maple behind 17 green Total rainfall from Saturday until 7:00 a.m. today is 4.35"...Our main reservoir is now about 2/3 capacity and we are using this event to continue filling. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2012 at Westfield Greens
Today's sunshine and wind combined with only .10" of rain over the past few days have provided conditions for shaping, sodding and cart path construction. Since it's been a while since I've updated the blog, here's an update on the progress, as well as video updates on holes #17 and #7 Holes #1 and #18 - Everything is complete excpet for the cart path work, which begins tomorrow. Hole # 2,3,4,5,6,9,16 and 17 - Bunkers and swales shaped, irrigation and drainage being repaired/installed. Hole #13 - Majority of sodding complete, new fairway areas sprigged/seeded and carth path base installed. Hole... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Westfield Greens
Sod installation started on #18 yesterday...nice to see green over brown! Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at Westfield Greens
This week has progressed well, in spite of the wet weather. Here's an update on where we are: Started installing the bunker liners in the bottoms of the bunkers Monday morning. The liners serve as a barrier to prevent soil and rocks from contaminating the sand. Placed sand in the bunkers - 4" of sand in the middle and 10" around the lip. Piles of sand aournd the perimeter will be spread once the sod is laid and begins to knit. We will begin to install sod around the bunkers today, this is the last phase in the process. We... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Westfield Greens
After a week that offered about 2.25" of rain, the sun was out and conditions were optimum for a very productive day. Progress included: #18 - Fairway drainage located and new lines laid out #1 - Back left bunker was filled in and right front bunker was reshaped...both areas are considered "roughed in" and will require additional fnish work #3 - Progress was made on fairway and greenside bunkers. Filling in fairway bunkers closest to the tees on both the left and right, adding a bunker on the left and right side of the fairway between 125 - 100 yards... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at Westfield Greens
In spite of having over 1.75" of rain since last Saturday, the bunker renovation project continues to move forward. Here's an update on where we are: #13 has been shaped and drainage and irrigation are almost complete and ready for grassing #18 fairway bunkers have been shaped and greenside bunkers have been excavated. New cart path has been cored out and drainage is being installed click for video of #18 progress #18 Bunker Renovation Progress Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Westfield Greens
Bunker Renovation Project update... Made a lot of progress on #13 today, click on video link to see. Pictures show progress on #18. Hopefully the rain forecasted for tonight won't set us back too much. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Westfield Greens
Progress on #13...we will be identifying the specific location for the fairway bunker later today. Started removing cart path and moving soil on #18 earlier today. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Westfield Greens
NC Bunker Renovation work rained out today due to .70" of rain through 1:00...forecast looks good to resume work tomorrow. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Westfield Greens
The much aniticpate WGCC North Course Bunker Renovation commenced today with the staging of construction materials and equipment at the North Course Maintenance Facility and groundbreaking on hole #13. Frontier Golf from Pittsburgh has been contracted to execute the renovation plans designed by golf course architect Craig Schreiner The main objectives of the project include; Improve playability, Improve aesthetics, Improved maintainability and Improve drainage Plan of attack includes beginning with the largest work areas which include #13, #18/#1, #7 and then working in areas which are in proximity of one another. For plan details see the entire layout... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at Westfield Greens
If your club hosts charity golf outings as a revenue generator throughout the summer, there are some important facets of the event to take into consideration so that club and event organizers will walk away satisfied. via Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 25, 2011 at At Your Service
In the following article, "Undercover Boss - How Secret Shopper Programs Can Tell You What Your Members Won't", Westfield's Steve Numbers, corporate services leader at Westfield Insurance, contributed advice and a sample survey to the article. It includes great tips on starting your own secret shopping program and what you can expect to gain from it. Steve manages the customer service training and customer surveys for corporate hospitality operations at Westfield Insurance. via Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 21, 2011 at Westfield Greens
Get a taste of spring and information on your lawn, landscape and flowers at the Westfield Lawn and Landscape Show, Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Smucker Hall at the Westfield Insurance Home Office campus. Talk with lawn and garden retailers/equipment suppliers Learn first-hand about products/services avialable in our area Ask a Westfield landscape/turf expert about landscape managment, lawn managment and lawn mower maintenance. *Please submit your question prior to the event at and watch for answers to be posted on the Westfield greens blog at You'll be entered into a prize drawing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at Westfield Greens
The winter months at most golf facilities in the north are usually quiet ... reserved for clubhouse renovation or maybe even one or two special member events. If your facility is open in the winter months, you may have members eager to get out on the golf course for some fun and recreation. Traditional winter outdoor fun such as sledding and cross country skiing provide a great deal of fun and exercise. If you allow these activities at your facility, provide specific locations on the course and communicate these areas to members. Activities such as snowmobiling, ice fishing and ice... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Westfield Greens
\ Cooling a fairway by syringing Above average temperatures across the midwest and mid atlantic states have reaked havoc on many golf courses. The loss of turf on golf courses has been caused by excessive temperatures, rainfall and heavy disease pressure. Although it is challenging to manage turf under these conditions, below are a few rules most golf course superintendents follow to minimize turf loss on greens, tees and fairways: Cooling the turf by syringing (see picture above) during the hottest part of the day Mowing in the morning only Controlling cart traffic with directional signs or stakes Venting greens... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2010 at Westfield Greens