Welcome to Wildwood Golf Club in Allison Park

Wildwood Golf Club is a full service Private Counrty Club located just north of Pittsburgh in Allison Park. Our beautiful  18-hole Championship golf course provides our Members with that one of a kind "Western Pennsylvania" golf experience .

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Wildwood Course News - Pittsburgh Golf

As the golf season quietly drew to a close this fall, so did the course construction projects enacted on the grounds at Wildwood.  My last update had Aspen Course Construction buttoning up the finishing touches on holes 2 and 7 while continuing to sculpt the forward tees on holes 1, 2, 4, 7, 12, 13, 14, 17, and 18.  The work did not slow down since that time as we broke ground on the installation of the range floor target greens.  With the help of our staff, Aspen hauled in significant amounts of soil to build up these gently rolling targets that are to be seeded with ryegrass, contrasting nicely with the surrounding fescue and bluegrass currently on the range floor.  This great improvement will provide golfers distinct targets in addition to promoting an improved aesthetic from Sample Road.  
The work was not over yet as we welcomed XGD systems to Wildwood in early November to install greens drainage in holes 1, 6, and 16.  Cold hardy golfers who ventured onto the course since that time likely noticed the extensive drainage networks XGD expertly installed, but were delighted to find that said surfaces were ready for play upon completion of the process.  Benefits from this procedure have already been realized in these green’s ability to effectively drain water…a cornerstone of successful turfgrass maintenance. 

Continuing with course improvements this fall, The Greens Department made great strides in renovating several problematic bunkers throughout the course; most notably the bunkers at 9 green as well as the rear and left bunkers at 18 green.  These bunkers were prioritized due to their inability to drain water following even minor rain events.  In addition to providing golfers with more consistent sand conditions, the Greens Department will realize a marked labor efficiency improvement as a flooded bunker takes 4x as much labor to prepare for play compared to a well-drained bunker.  This dynamic change will permit our staff to devote labor to more value added tasks, ultimately leading to labor savings in the long term. 

As temperatures begin to drop, the greens department will devote attention to the trees throughout the property.  Tree pruning and removal is most efficient when completed under frozen ground conditions, due to the use of heavy pieces of equipment such as our backhoe and dump truck.  In addition, pruning during this time of year reduces the risk of disease transfer, specifically Oak Wilt.  This disease is known to severely affect mature Oak stands, similar to the ones found on and around Wildwood Golf Club.    Much like turfgrass, trees cannot thrive in areas high in relative humidity and insufficient sunlight.  That being said, pruning promotes the health of the trees via improved air circulation and sunlight penetration.  Careful management of asset trees throughout the property ensures the beauty of these trees will be enjoyed for years to come. 

Of course, the season would not be complete without acknowledging Old Man Winter’s harvest.  The Greens Department works hard to ensure all drives, lots, and walks on property are clear of snow and ice so the membership and their guests can enjoy all that Wildwood Golf Club has to offer in the winter months. During this time, I kindly ask that golfers respect the incidence of frost as well as temporary greens where applicable.  

Check out photos of the aforementioned projects, happenings at Wildwood Golf Club, and Abbey via the Instagram page for The Wildwood Greens Department!  Search user WGC_Greens or search #wildwoodgolfclub.   I wish the membership of Wildwood Golf Club a Happy New Year.  See you in 2015!

Tom Fisher
Superintendent
tfisher@wildwoodgolfclub.org
412-487-1234

Course Weather

Sat
Chance Snow
high 24°
low 22°
Sun
Wintry Mix
high 35°
low 17°
Mon
Snow Likely
high 19°
low 1°
Tue
Mostly Cloudy
high 25°
low 20°