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~shared by John Pillar and Jeff Hugaboom
Cue the David Bowie tune- ch-ch-changes are on the way at the Country Club at Woodloch Springs.
It all starts with personnel at the Clubhouse- we will have a few exciting additions to our golf team this year! Josh Deal has taken over the role of Head Professional and most of the daily operations duties. Josh had worked for us in 2012 & 2013 and was a perfect fit for us at Woodloch. His fun outgoing personality has left a lasting impression and we look forward to him providing outstanding service in all areas.
Prior to joining the team, Josh spent time as a PGA Apprentice at such well-respected clubs as New Haven Country Club in CT, Grayhawk Golf Club in AZ, and The Manor Golf and Country Club in GA. Josh is a Connecticut Native and a proud UCONN Alum. He looks forward to serving you this 2015 golf season!
Jason Kuiper will be joining the professional staff at Woodloch Springs as the Director of Instruction. His most recent position was at Orange Lake Resort as the Head Teaching Professional at The McCord Golf Academy as well as a Golf Operations Manager. He has been in that position since 2009 where he worked through the PGA program obtaining Class A membership in 2011.
His love for the game brought him into this industry in 2003 as he worked at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Pennsylvania. It was there that he took on different roles from service staff all the way up through teaching professional before moving to Florida in 2008. He decided to make golf his career after completing an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA in 2006 and a Masters of Business Administration from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA in 2008. He currently resides in Davenport, FL with his wife Lindsay and their dogs Eva and Chip.
Course wise, we are off to an exciting and challenging start to the 2015 golf season. Last fall we hired The George Ley Company to start a bunker renovation project on 9, 18, 8, 17 and 3. We focused on green side bunkers, fixing drainage, replacing sand, reshaping and removing sand traps. Removal and reshaping of the sand traps will not only improve the golf experience, it will grant the maintenance crew additional hours to focus on other areas of the course.
The winter was not kind to the northeast. Ice and cold temperatures resulted in injured greens from Philadelphia northward. The maintenance crew was proactive throughout the winter removing snow and melting ice with black sand. We were able to minimize but not prevent all damage to greens. Some greens have relatively small areas of damage or none at all, number twelve is heavily damaged. We have created a temporary green in order to minimize traffic and facilitate healing. The greens have been aerated and damaged areas have been seeded. We have ordered a topdressing sand specifically mixed to encourage recovery. The sand is mixed with dark organic material for heat absorption and water retention, and fertilizers to stimulate growth. In addition, twelve will be covered to further accelerate healing time, and will reopen as soon as possible. The chipping green was not aerated and will be used to patch damaged areas on the course. This process will start next week, and will make a big improvement to the damaged greens. With warm beautiful weather on the horizon, we anticipate a lightning quick return to pinnacle conditions.
Lastly, with the arrival of golf season comes the return of all those great tournaments. In addition to golfing with star athletes of tomorrow and paying homage to true American heroes, 2015 will feature a brand new tournament for both golf and soccer fans alike. Our first ever "Foot Golf Invitational" will be held Monday, June 29th. We are excited to host this one-of-a-kind event on our course!
Our entire team is excited to provide a season of new and entertaining golf events for the season and we hope you all participate in the FUN!
Here's to a great 2015 for everyone- see you on the links!
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I’ve often heard the game of baseball described as a, “nine- inning vacation complete with a ball park hotdog.”
What if I told you that Woodloch, with the help of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, have up their sleeves the ability to turn that “nine- inning vacation,” complete with the professionals themselves, and team them up with YOU on a spectacular 18-hole golf course to play a round for a great cause!? Now, that there sounds like a vacation!
Yes.. let that sink in, YOU, can play with a future New York Yankee’s player!
On August 6, 2014, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of major league baseball's New York Yankees, will be at The Country Club at Woodloch Springs for the 6th Annual Pinstripe Golf Classic, the ultimate pro-am golf tournament. There will be a shot gun start at noon! All proceeds will go to benefit the Cody Miley Memorial Art Scholarship Fund that has been established for Cody Miley, the 17-year-old son of Railriders manager, David Miley, who died in a car accident in 2008. Each foursome will pair up with a player or manager from the RailRiders.
There will be snack stations along the course featuring peanuts, cracker jacks, and jumbo franks, all the baseball go-to food provided to you on the golf course. A “beer tasting” tee and “Moon Shot” hole will be just some of the unique perks to your day of golf. There will be gift bags, raffles, silent auctions, and presentations from the RailRiders organization and Woodloch. Upon completion of the tournament there will be a cocktail hour featuring an open- bar, hors d’oeuvres, and crudité. A four-course dinner will be served featuring delicious foods such as chicken, beef and fish entrees, as well as pasta, salads, and desserts.
Now, I know what you might be thinking…you’re either “team golf” or “team baseball,” and can’t quite see the lines that connect both sports. Well, with the help of an extensive google search, here is a list of the top three similarities between baseball and golf that I came up with…
1.) Most people don’t realize that baseball and golf swings are basically the same, they’re just on different planes. A baseball bat is swung on a very “flat” plane because the ball is in the air, and a golf club is swung on a more tilted plane because the ball is on the ground. Regardless of where the ball is, both swings demand a similar sequence of events to ensure solid contact.
2.) In baseball, before you swing the bat forward and hit the ball, you have to get all your momentum on your back leg, you shift your weight onto your back leg before the pitcher throws. Once the ball is on its way, you move that weight and momentum forward into the ball. In the golf swing, this same process is accomplished with the backswing then you are now ready to come forward with your club and hit the ball.
And last, but not least…
3.) Most golfers have serious problems with proper athletic sequencing, the ability to start the forward motion of the golf swing from the ground. Most people start the forward motion of the golf swing from the “top”, their hands. In a baseball swing, at the top of the backswing your upper body is still moving backwards for a short period as the lower body is moving forward. This sets the bat in a “lagging” position where the bat trails the forward motion and power is stored in the hands and wrists waiting to where it is needed most, at impact. In the golf swing this ability is the single greatest separation of the “haves” and “have-nots” when it comes to striking the golf ball well.
So, everything’s set up... the vacation that lasts longer than nine-innings, the cocktails, the 18-holes of golf with a professional baseball player, AND the tips to help, the only thing that’s waiting is you!
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~shared by Sara Coons
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Here at Woodloch, we have different types of cocoons. Our cocoons burst open every spring, and out of them come lovely golf carts to be used by all of the fabulous golfers at Woodloch Springs.
There is almost nothing more fun than to unwrap those cocoons that have been covered since December. Golf time at Woodloch Springs has finally arrived. I know that I personally cannot wait to hit my brand new Ping I20 driver and irons.
For some, it is hard to shake off the winter rust. I tell people that it is best to start slowly so as not to injury yourself before golf season even starts! I always recommend some sort of work out or stretching beforehand; a little will go a long way!
I recommend checking out Body Balance for Performance or a Titleist TPI certified physical therapist or golf instructor. This has been a great help not only for my golf game but also in my daily physical fitness.
Keep an eye out for my next blog where I will share my favorite drivers of 2012. Until then, keep it in the fairway!
Jared Cottell, PGA
Head Golf Professional
The Country Club at Woodloch Springs
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With a little luck, it's goodbye winter and hello golf season!
Well, if there’s one good thing about the “winter that never was” this year, it’s that the award-winning championship golf course at Woodloch Springs is slated to open on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th! The golf maintenance staff is working diligently to get the course ready and available for what just might be the earliest season opening ever for a course that is rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play."
Holes one through nine will be available, weather permitting, with an early season special rate. The cost is only $25 for nine holes, and for $35, golfers can enjoy unlimited golf and play those nine holes as much as they would like. Don’t have your clubs out of winter storage yet? Don’t worry; the Pro Shop at Woodloch Springs also offers rentals at a mere $15 for nine holes or $25 for eighteen or more holes.
So celebrate the golfing way by wearing some green and hitting the greens this St. Patty’s Day, and get a taste of what this championship course has to offer!
Until the start of the full season, hours of operation will be Tuesdays through Sundays 9 AM to 4 PM.