LCC Blog

From the Pro ~ May 2019

We are so excited to get off to a better start this year than the last few Spring beginnings, the weather although chilly has been somewhat dry and windy.  This Spring has surpassed the last several in terms of numbers of players and allowed the Superintendent Staff a quick start with the golf course. 

Opening Day April 13th-It was a beautiful crisp early morning start that rounded into a wonderful day.  The food was excellent and the course was ready as always.

Ladies –1st-Karen Murphy, Karen Hough, Joan Treskovich, Pat Warren  - Prox. Winners—Carol Onufro, Karen Hough

Men- 1st Lester Botkin, Mark Elliott, Bill Benton, Larry Giannone 2nd Mike Cunningham, Rick McLeary, Chuck Vecchiola, Terry Warren 3rd Jim Biss, Keith Visconti, Jack Krall, Vince Detore 4th-Bj Torau, Chris Kerr, Jay Vreeland, Bob Stewart 5th Ken McCracken, Dave Gilbert, Doug Sisson, Mike Snyder---Proximity winners-David Paladino, Lester Botkin, Mark Parish, Rick McLeary, Todd Cline, Stan Treskovich, Bj Torau

Thank you for playing!!!!!

Events to keep on your schedule:

  • Saturday May 11-Couples 9 hole Golf-Swing and Swear-this light hearted fun golf event will start at 4pm and conclude on the patio with The Bricks (fantastic local acoustic band). Reservations following play for the patio are strongly recommended.   There will be no score keeping only proximity prizes.  Couples can sign up separately and be paired or can always bring guests.  Come join us for a great night of golf and music.
  • Senior Championship-Saturday May 18th morning tee times—sign up in the Golf Shop. Divisions will be 50-60, 61-70,71 +.  Play will be divided into both Ladies and Men’s group.  
  • Spring Member-Guest- Friday May 24th-a 11:30 lunch will begin the festivities followed by a 1pm shotgun, following golf we will have dinner and give away prizes. As we do at this event each year we will also give away a membership to one lucky guest.  This has been a great event year after year and sells out quickly therefore register early.  
  • Memorial Day Weekend- you can play any amount of days you wish, have as many partners as you wish, and the event will be scored over 3 days. This Pick Your Partner event will be a fun filled team event and you may even have a different partner all 3 days.  Simply pick a partner for Saturday, Sunday, or Monday and play best ball of 2, we will pay low team money for the day, as well as the overall weekend low teams.
  • The Men’s Invitational June-6th-7th-8th. We currently have a few team spots yet to fill, please call the Golf Shop to sign up your team. That weekend will once again be one of the great highlights of this Golf Season.
  • Junior Camp Tuesday June 18th-Thursday June 20th-stop in Golf Shop for details
  • Ladies Invitational Tuesday July 2nd @ 9am Shotgun Start-The Ladies Invitational has been the marquee day during the Summer in the schedule for the last 20 years. Please sign up in the Golf Shop or in the Ladies Locker Room.  Continental breakfast will start the day at 8am and lunch will follow play.  You may sign up with 1,2,or3 guests.
  • Big Skins-Thursday July 4th
  • Member-Member Saturday-Sunday July 13th-14th

I would believe that most players know when inclement weather is approaching with all the smart devices we have in our possession at any one time.  Our weather siren is sounded for emergency purposes only!  When the siren blows you must come in off the golf course or find immediate shelter. Anyone playing through a siren blast may not only be tempting fate but also putting your family or friends in danger.    

The dress code policy has been reviewed by the club and any denim of any kind is still not permitted on the golf course, putting green, or practice range.  The Golf Shop has been instructed to not allow anyone in denim onto the golf course.  Here are two simple tests for denim:

A-“wonder if this is denim”?  Then it probably is

B-anything that has rivets

Demo Days-Come join us for demo days and receive a special coupon.

TaylorMade Thursday May 2nd 3-7

Cleveland Wedge Fitting Friday 17th 12-2

XXIO (especially made for Senior Golfers with slower swing speeds) Friday May 17th 3-6

On Line Tee Times--Tee Time Protocol- we now have an online tee-time system- the new system is up and running and we are staying ahead of the curve keeping up with all the new parts of the program.   Currently you can log onto the website and book times, we know there is a learning curve but it will be easier as you use it more, please don’t shy in using the program since we can always fix any issues when you arrive here at the Shop.  Tee times are always needed.

King of Swing-sign-up is now under way to find a match Play Champion, Matches will begin   mid-May.

Mothers Day- Your Mom called and said she wants Ligonier Country Club Gear!  Stop by the Golf Shop to buy Mom the newest LCC Sportswear for Mothers Day. We have a great selection of outerwear for enjoying the Pavilion!   Free Gift wrapping is available!

Masters Week Par 3-The annual Ligonier/Masters Par 3 event was held April 10th.  Everyone had fun!!!!  The winners were:  Closest To Pin #4 Fred Planinsek, #6 Dave Gallatin,#8 Seth Matthews----Long Putt #9 Lou Bruzda-----$25 each----Low Net Women  Tie 1st Jackie Elliott-Raina Jones 25--$65 each-----Low Net Men  Tie 1st Fred Planinsek-Rick McLeary--$65 each-----Pick Your Pro 1st Seth Matthews-Tiger Woods-$100 -Tie 2nd-3rd Rick McLeary-D.Johnson—Jim Elliott-Brooks Koepka-$50 each

The innovation in clubs will certainly make your head spin with so many options, let us help you through the info overload.  Last year we purchased an Ernest Sports Launch Monitor and have had very good luck with fitting both Woods and irons this early season.  We have more demo clubs this year than ever before, multiple demo putters and quite a few demo wedges.  The Golf Shop carries everything from great value starter sets for both ladies and men such as Tour Edge, through top line equipment such as Ping, Titleist, Taylormade, Mizuno, and Callaway.  Let your local Golf Shop help you instead of some big box store that does not know your name and doesn’t care if you ever come back following your purchase.

Upcoming Exchange Days (updated as of 4-25) Cart Cost is Now $25--Full Golf Members Only

  • Wednesday May 22nd Somerset CC
  • Wednesday June 12th Summit CC
  • Monday July 22nd Glengary GL
  • Thursday August 1st Champion Lakes GC
  • Thursday August 15th Latrobe Elks

LCC also belongs to the Tri-County Golf Association, the Association is a group of like-minded clubs that allow members of member clubs to enjoy golf at a variety of place, you may visit the TCGA website or our web site to see a list of clubs.  Both the TCGA and exchange days are restricted to Full Golf Members only!  The Golf Shop must make the arrangements for the TCGA with member clubs. 

We recently sent out Open Rounds Private Club Membership information.  We are happy with the way people have signed up, the places that you can play, and the ease of use navigating the website.  Several members have used the service already and loved the ease of booking.

New Range Hours-The Practice Range will close on Sunday evening at 5pm so that weekly work can be performed.  The range will be open 100+ hours a week but must be closed once a week to make sure we bring you nice conditions.

Congratulations to Tom Moore($180) who won the Masters Par 3 Pool, second place was a tie between Bob Swann and Paul Zanotto $90 each----Tie 4th Art Hoopes, Dave Strauser, Ray Zelenak.  The PGA Championship is right around the corner.   

Question of Month:

Q-How are we playing out of bounds this year as a local rule?

A-We will play the local rule on non event days and play the regular (old way) on Club Tournament Days.  The new local rule will read as follows: Following hitting the golf ball out of bounds you may under penalty of 2 SHOTS take the ball out to the fairway at the point that the ball crossed the out of bounds and drop.   You will then be hitting your 4th shot.

Opening Day 2019 Winners

Opening Day April 13th-It was a beautiful crisp early morning start that rounded into a wonderful day.  The food was excellent and the course was ready as always.

Ladies –1st-Karen Murphy, Karen Hough, Joan Treskovich, Pat Warren  - Prox. Winners—Carol Onufro, Karen Hough

Men- 1st Lester Botkin, Mark Elliott, Bill Benton, Larry Giannone 2nd Mike Cunningham, Rick McLeary, Chuck Vecchiola, Terry Warren 3rd Jim Biss, Keith Visconti, Jack Krall, Vince Detore 4th-Bj Torau, Chris Kerr, Jay Vreeland, Bob Stewart 5th Ken McCracken, Dave Gilbert, Doug Sisson, Mike Snyder---Proximity winners-David Paladino, Lester Botkin, Mark Parish, Rick McLeary, Todd Cline, Stan Treskovich, Bj Torau

Thank you for playing!!!!!

New Website

Welcome to our new Website! 

We've been working with 1-2-1 Marketing since January to bring our guest a fresh look and our member a more integrated experience. 1-2-1 works closely with our long-time sales system Club Prophet Systems, so no more second log ins or being directed to a separate site. CPS is integrated right in the Member's Area. 

We've also added Online Tee Time Reservations to the Member's Area and you'll find a forum that will have a thread dedicated to course updates. These are both new options to us, so please allow for a learning curve on our part!

The site went live at Midnight on March 29th, so please give us a few weeks to work out any bugs or make some tweaks. 

If you spot an issue, feel free to let us know. Email the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As we get used the new site, you'll find us adding more options like improved online registrations. Look for emails or check back here for updates. 

From the Pro ~ Nov 2018

As we come to the close of a soggy 2018 it is hard to believe that the rain really never quit this season, however we look forward to a better 2019. The weather conditions suspended or cancelled nearly every golf event this season including the cancellation of the Club Championship on 3 separate occasions. However after seeing the devastation that the Southeast region of our country had to endure perhaps we should count our Blessings and not our problems.

Justin and his staff worked thru some bad conditions this past week to finish the airification of the green surfaces and if the weather complies this week they will begin an aggressive verti-cut of the fairways. The verti-cut will take a lot of the sponginess out of the fairways next year. We currently have Off-Season rates for Guest Fees as well as an Off-season special:
$80 for an 18-hole foursome with cart (for all membership categories)
$50 for a 9-hole twosome with cart (all categories)
Social and Evening memberships will be permitted to tee off as early as Noon
(for November 2018)

2018 Chili Classic- a great day of weather and Golf was capped off by a great big thunder storm that blew everyone off the course. The prizes were handed out by luck of the draw but we did salvage the proximity winners from the rain: Proximity winners were: Jeff Vince, Dave Horner, Jeff Newcomer, Mike Murphy, Bill Thompson, Stan Treskovich, Mark Elliott, Fred Hohman, Dave Smail, and Ray Zelenak. We hope all 84 that played had a great time!

With your newsletter you will receive info on Personalized Golf Balls from Titleist. You may order 1-144 Dozen with any name, message, or your company personal message (no company logos). The personalization can be 1 line, 2 lines or 3 lines, with no more 17 characters in each row. Ink color comes in blue, red, green, black, and pink. Call the Golf Shop with any questions or to receive an extra order sheet, 724-238-5438 ext. #3. Cutoff date to order is Dec. 1st in order to guarantee Holiday delivery.

2018 The Hole In One Club officially ended as of close of business 10-20 and starting again on Opening Day of 2019. Thank you for participating, all monies collected from 2018 will roll over into 2019. We wish you the very best of luck in 2019!

Sharpen the saw- have you started off-season stretching and weight training yet?

Once again we are asking that everyone in bag storage will please have your bags, clubs, push carts, and club runners out by the end of November. We must do cleaning, painting, and general maintenance, and would like to have the facility clear. Last year we had a few break-ins during the winter months (a.k.a. chipmunks), please don’t forget your equipment. Thank you in advance.

As usual the Golf Shop will be closed every Monday and Thanksgiving Day in November. The Golf Shop opens at 9am Tuesday-Friday, and 7:30 on the weekends.

Holiday Sale- look for emails containing times and surprise sales.

A great big Thank you goes out to all that supported the club during the 2018 season. By bringing guests, playing in events, purchasing golf material from the shop, and visiting the Club on a regular basis you have contributed to a successful 2018. Once again Thank You from our Golf Staff, John, Cathy, Brian, JD, Jake, Gunnar, Austin, Cooper, and Sara. Thank you for your support!

October 12, 2018

As the year is coming to an end and Fall like temperatures start to set in my staff and I would like to thank all the members and their guests this year. It has been a challenging year to say the least. We have already recorded record rainfall for the area and it is only mid October. We currently sit at 61″ total. I am highly disappointed to start out my first year at LCC with the weather conditions we have been presented, and unfortunately we were unable to showcase my staff and I’s full potential to create a fun and challenging course. This year has been filled with decisions to mow or not to mow, to pump bunkers or not to pump bunkers, to try to do this or wait for better weather, However, all the decisions I have made throughout the year is to better this course not only for this year, but for years to come. It has been the hardest year to manage turf in Western PA ever, and I feel with the shortcomings we have at LCC; drainage or the lack there of, soil profiles, organic matter, clay content and not enough sand, and bunkers continuously washing out, we maintained the course in playable conditions and did not jeopardize the turf health moving into next year. We are scheduled for Fall aerification the week of October 22nd. My staff and I will be performing at least 2 aerifications per year moving forward and topdressing the greens weekly throughout the growing season. The more sand profile we can build over the next 3-5 years the more firm and dry the greens will play. We will continue to install proper working drainage in areas that are needed throughout the year. This will help remove water from the surface faster, dry the course down faster, improve playing conditions, and allow carts out sooner. There is a lot of work to be done over the next several years, and I am beyond blessed and excited to be the man leading the charge. My staff and I have one goal; to provide the best and most enjoyable course for our members. Thank you all again for the understanding of this difficult year and we are looking forward to 2019 already!

Your Turf Management Team