Miss your chance to qualify to play in the U.S. Open this season? Well come on out and we’ll pair you up with one of the Pros competing at Merion!
How it works:
Each player will be paired up with a participant in the U.S. Open by a random drawing to take place prior to your round.
After you complete your 18-hole round, simply hand your score card in to the Pro Shop. Your gross score will then be adjusted using a Peoria handicapping system. Your net score added to the gross final round score of your ‘partner’ will determine your ‘team’ score.
Who can “Play with the Pro”:
This event is open to any age or skill level. All scores will be handicapped to level the playing field for each participant.
Cost: This event is included with any regular priced 18-Hole greens fee (cart required).
Prizes will include:
- 9 &18 Hole Golf Passes
- Cart Passes
- Free Range Balls
- WGC Gift Cards
- WGC Logo Merchandise
- AND MORE!
Number of prizes awarded will be based on number of entrants.
Each year golf courses in our area deal with possible ravages of winter including snow mold, turf desiccation and ice damage (suffocation). We, at Westhaven Golf Club, have taken a pro active approach concerning the various potential causes of turf damage over the last several years.
The plant species on the greens (poa annua and bent grasses) usually is unable to survive under ice cover for extended periods of time (between 30-60 days). Lately this has required removal of snow and ice one to three times per winter season. The winter of 2011-2012 ice was removed on three separate occasions, and the winter of 2012-2013 snow and ice removal occurred twice.
The process of snow and ice removal is extremely labor intensive, requiring timely removal of the snow cover from the ice, then an application of a material to attract the rays of the sun to melt the ice. Once the ice is softened and begins to melt it can be safely removed from the turfgrass.
The equipment used in this process can range from: a pick-up with a snow plow, a tractor with front-end loader, a super rake, walk behind snow blowers, and good old-fashioned shovels and squeegees. The methods and equipment used varies based on the thickness of the ice, depth of snow (on the greens as well as getting to the greens), and cooperation from mother nature. The overall process can take between 3-5 days to clear all 18 greens as you are limited to the peak sunlight and warmth hours of the day.
While this process can be time consuming and brings along risks of its own (namely damaging the turf with the equipment) we saw extremely positive results in the Spring of the 2012 season. It is our hope we can replicate those results this coming season.
Below are a few pictures of the work that occurred this past winter.
step 1: remove snow cover from ice
slowly loosening ice from turf surface
final stages of removing ice during melting
What a great time to get away from the Wisconsin winter! The PGA Merchandise show in Orlando offered the perfect excuse to enjoy some sunshine, warmth, and an incredible amount of insight into what the 2013 season will have to offer.
With a chance to meet with representatives of all the major brands (including: Nike, TaylorMade, Calloway, and Titleist) and see the newest technology being released this spring it got rather over-whelming! There is no shortage of adjustable drivers hitting the market as evidenced by the TaylorMade R1, Nike VR_S Covert, Calloway X Hot, and Titleist 913. In irons the trend is thinner faces and deeper cut cavities that are designed to allow the face more flex and give a metal wood effect to add yardage for each club.
Spring and summer apperal lines were also on display for the fashion concious featuring bright colors and cool/dry fits.
Best of all- you never know who you will bump into while wondering the show floor!
We look forward to offering many of these new lines in the Pro Shop this season!
This week representatives from Westhaven will be attending the annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. With all the industry leaders gathered in one place it is the ideal way to see what is new in the world of golf. This is the place that TaylorMade, Titleist, Calloway, Ping, and all the other big names reveal thier new “toys” for the upcoming season. It is a great opportunity to see and learn about all the new technology and ideas that drive the game of golf.
We will be posting “teasers” of the show on FB and Twitter through-out the week so “like” and “follow” us to get a sneak peak at the newest items before they reach the stores!
Recreational activities of individuals during the winter months (such as cross-country skiing, hiking, and sledding), while enjoyable and healthy for humans, can be detrimental to turfgrass.
If the activity takes place upon bare and frozen turf, while in it’s dormant state, wear damage has no chance to recover until the next growing season. If the activity takes place upon bare turf, with the surface thawed and the sub-surface frozen, root mass may be sheared off by any sideways motion- severely damaging or possibly killing the turf.
Activity that occurs upon snow covered turf causes the snow to; become compacted, lose most or all of it’s insulating properties, and be prone to ice creation in the compacted area. If the ice is solid and persists long enough it will lead to turf suffocation and partial or complete death of the turf.
Our goal is to provide our guests with excellent turf conditions throughout the playing season- starting with the spring thaw. Unnecessary winter activity could jeopardize spring and early summer conditions and cause significant outlays of labor and materials to re-establish damaged turfgrasses.
For these reasons we do not allow any unauthorized access to the course during the winter months and have “No Trespassing” signs posted around the perimeter. While we apologize for any inconvenience we do appreciate everyone’s cooperation in keeping off from the turfgrass.
~Jim Hall, Course Superintendent
We are now closed for the 2012 season. Thank you once again for another wonderful year of golf!
To reduce the risk of damage over the winter months no activity is allowed on the course. This includes, but is not limited to; skiing, snow shoeing, dog walking, jogging, sledding, etc. The perimeter of the course has been posted with “NO TRESSPASSING” signs stating these restrictions. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in these regards so we can provide the best possible playing conditions when spring arrives.
Did the mowers break-down?
Many of our customers and neighbors have noticed the grass in certian areas is not being mowed, and questions of “why?” are being asked.
The answer is: we are in the process of adding environmental zones to the course, in out-of-play areas. The reasons behind these additions are numerous (too many to cover in this forum). A page dedicated to these areas will be posted on the site in the near future. These areas will be playable (able to be hit out of if golf balls enter them) but carts will be restricted from entering them.
We appreciate any feedback and hope all of our guests will assist us in the transitional period by respecting these zones.
Welcome the the new and improved Westhaven Golf Club website! We hope you will enjoy all the new features and changes. Take some time to look around and see what Westhaven has to offer you this season. More pages will be added over the coming weeks as we continue to transition to the updated format – check back often to see what’s happening!