March 2017 Newsletter


a newsletter for members of the wilmington country club

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE In past years, when I was writing the March President page, we were in the middle of the winter doldrums with snow covering the golf courses and little, if any, outside activity going on at the Club.Well, not this year! As I sit here writing, it is 67 degrees outside and sunny. Many of our diehard golfers have played 5-10 rounds of golf in the past month.This weather has certainly led to increased activity around the Club.When you combine this with our usual dining, fitness and racquet activities, it is wonderful to see the Club busier at a time when things usually are slower. This also translates into good financial results for the Club with January’s revenue and “bottom line” both better than budget. February also looks promising with better than normal activity. Now comes March which is traditionally the most challenging financial month for our Club. By now, many of us have had enough of winter and head for warmer climates. Also, the schools have spring break and families take some vacation time.This leads to some of the slowest activity at the Club. So I encourage all of us, if you are here in March, to come use your Club. Your committees and staff have many great activities planned to keep us


busy and engaged. Thanks for reading. Joseph F. Hacker III President


MEMBERSHIP Please welcome the following new members when you see them at the Club.


PRESIDENT Joseph F. Hacker, III

VICE PRESIDENT GaryW. Ferguson TREASURER Cameron B. McDonald

SECRETARY Melissa Riegel

Steven and Catherine Lucas

NEWLY ELECTED JUNIOR MEMBERS Henry Kirtley Charles Rittereiser Cameron McIlrath Tristan McIlrath


CLASS OF 2017 Richard D. Cates J. Brinton Detwiler Megan S. Greenberg William B. Harman, Jr. Roland C. Pamm Laura Lubin Rossi Edward K.Wissing CLASS OF 2018 D. Michael Gioffre, Jr. Thomas C. Humphrey Randall P. Mitchell John C. Richmond Edward A.Tarlov


Mrs. Mary Ann Bassett Mr.William H. Daiger, Jr. Mrs. Carolyn Dreisbach Mrs. Maureen C. Rhodes Mrs. Kathy Michell Dr. Clifford L. Anzilotti, Jr. Mr. Norman L. Cross Mr. Charles W. Donaghy

20 20 20 20 25 30 30 30

Mrs.Virginia M. Lewing Mr. Charles L. Robinson Mr. James L. Ehret Mrs. Bonnie E. Copeland Mrs. Jo Ann Sears Mr.William H. Davis, Jr. Mr. Edward B. du Pont

30 30 35 40 40 45 70


John S.Wellons MarthaWhite

HONORARY DIRECTORS Richard H. Keller William H. Daiger, Jr.

Neal Forster Painter - 3/03/97


Phil Iannelli Paul Pelham EricWilliams

General Manager - 3/17/97

Robert G. Hackett, Jr. Calvert A. Morgan, Jr. Jay R. Brinsfield Pierre duPont Hayward

Golf Cart Fleet Technician -3/15/04 Assistant Golf Professional - 3/14/12

Clemente Tiempos

Dishwasher/Prep - 3/01/15

IN MEMORIAM The Board of Directors, members, and staff of Wilmington Country Club extend their sincerest sympathy to the families of:

Allen M.Terrell, Jr. John F. Porter, III

Andrea R. Levine - Member 10Years Yeates Conwell - Member 42Years



March Greetings! As we enter into what we hope will be the waning days of winter and prepare for the upcoming outdoor season, there are no detailed topics to discuss. Instead, I have a number of various items that are of a small, yet significant in nature. Think of it as my “Spring Cleaning”. As with any “Spring Cleaning”, some items you dust off and retain, others will be discarded because they are no longer necessary or relevant to your current situation. I’ll leave it up

reestablish the water fountains and ball washers. • In addition to all our regular and routine maintenance, there were a couple of Clubhouse Improvement Projects slated to take place over the winter.The renovation to the Men’s Locker Room wet areas is progressing and turning out quite nicely. We have also replaced the carpet in the Ladies’ Lounge. In April, we anticipate replacing the carpet in both the Men’s and Ladies’ Locker Rooms, as well as the halls and stairways that access those areas.This will be a pretty sizeable effort that may create some moderate inconvenience for a few weeks. We’ll keep you posted. • One of the great privileges of being a member is the ability to utilize your Club’s facilities for private entertaining. If your plans for the year include the opportunity to host a party or business gathering this year, please consider having it at your Club. Our reputation for ease of planning and flawless execution is well known. Let us prove it to you. • Annual, semi-annual and quarterly food minimums come due at the end of the month. In the event you fail to fulfill this obligation, please don’t ask for relief - none can be given. • Your usage of the Fitness facilities has been strong all winter. At times, it could even be considered crowded. To help keep the space safe and organized, please return any exercise devices to their appropriate “home” after use. It is also very important, especially during “cold and flu season” to use the anti-bacterial wipes before and after using a piece of equipment. • Also in the “health and fitness” arena... don’t forget that Massage Treatments are available in the Treatment Room located between the Ladies’ Locker and upper level Men’s Locker Rooms. More information and appointments can be gained by contacting the Fitness Desk. • Sometime this month, the 2017 Edition of the Rules and By-Laws Handbook will be made available. We will notify all members via email with a link to the online version. Hard copies will be placed in each Senior Member’s locker with additional copies available at the Front Desk for pick-up. Once you receive yours, please take a moment to review it. Knowledge and adherence to the Club’s rules and schedules will enhance your usage of the facility as well as that of your fellow member. As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you at your Club. Phil Iannelli General Manager

to you to determine the appropriate course of action. • Just as we did last year, March will be the final month of operating under the winter schedule. Full Tuesday service will resume beginning April 4th. Towards the end of March, if weather and conditions dictate, there may be some “early openings” in the Bag Room,The Hut andThe Pub.These will be communicated in theWeekly Happenings. •We will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17th in all areas. All day, we will be featuring traditional Irish favorites (in addition to the regular menu) as well as a special selection of Irish beer.Yes, you can get them green if you insist! Additionally, in the Pub, we will be hosting a special multi-day March Madness Party, Thursday through Sunday, March 16th through 19th. Of course, we will have a bracket competition as well. Details will be shared via email and our social media accounts. • Social Media accounts?? Yup. Join us on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram to keep up with all the latest that’s going on around your Club. Click here to see what you’ve been missing and to sign up. Don’t worry - all our accounts are private so you aren’t really “out there”. • We will all be adjusting our clocks (spring ahead) on March 12th. I hope you take full advantage of the longer daylight hours to use the Club into the evening.Weather permitting, we’ll also expand the hours of the Bag Room/Range as required. •With the mild winter, we have enjoyed several days of “bonus golf ”. In fact, enough has been played on the North Course to necessitate reopening the Snack Bar on the “honor system”. A limited assortment of beverages and snacks are available for members to self-serve and sign. Because it is so early and the risk of a hard freeze is likely, it would be premature to



We are excited to announce that our new website will be live TODAY, Wednesday, March 1st! This website will be a centralized spot for all Club information including daily dining specials, grounds blog, junior happenings, sports schedules and video tips. It will be easy to navigate and will continue to provide the convenient feature of viewing and paying your statements online, accessing ForeTees for

update your email preferences and contact information. We strongly suggest you choose your email group preferences (Men’s or Ladies’ Golf, Tennis, Squash, Book Club, etc.) so you will receive specific amenity information that you may find beneficial. You will, however, be defaulted to the general email list for Club communications. ACCOUNT STATEMENTS Log onto the website, Click on Account Statements button on your dashboard or the My Account link at the top right of the website. Your current month’s charges will appear exactly as they will show on your monthly statement. You may also view the individual chit detail for most charges. If you have any questions about the charges on your statement, simply click on the contact email address,, and forward your concerns. We will respond to your inquire within 48 hours. Click here to watch our video on how to log-in into the new website and view your statements. If you have any questions or would like assistance with the new website, Please call Meghan Spero, Communications Manager, at 655-6171. Meghan Spero Membership Development and Communications Manager

racquet reservations as well as signing up for group fitness classes. The enhanced calendar features as well as online event registration adds to the functionality of the site! I encourage you to take time and go through the various webpages to familiarize yourself with the layout and location of information.

HOW TO LOG-IN Go to Click “Login” on the menu.

Follow the directions to log in. Your username is your member number (lower case) and the password is your member number (upper case). Example: Username- t123 Password- T123 You will be brought to the member home page called “Member Dashboard”. Here you will be able to view the latest newsletter and important information as well as


Facebook is our primary social media tool highlighting upcoming social events, news, video messages, and happenings around the Club. Instagram provides a pictorial look into a "Day in the Life" at WCC. All event photos can be viewed and downloaded on our Shutterfly gallery.

CLICK TO SEE WHAT YOU'VE BEEN MISSING... Twitter will provide interesting articles and entertaining news.


BRIDGE NEWS THURSDAY BRIDGE NEWS Need a partner? Call Mary Jo Fidance (652-5570) and leave a message stating the date you need a partner! THURSDAY MORNINGS - 9:30 AM Lou Ann Carter, Bridge Manager, (302) 652-6709

BOOK CLUB Our Tuesday, March 7th selection takes us to the village of Piombino Dese, Italy, where Sally and Carl Gable enchant us with Palladian Days , their fascinating account of acquiring and restoring one of the greatest villas in Italy. The house they chose, Villa Cornaro, was built in 1552 in the countryside outside of Venice by Andrea Palladio, a celebrated Renaissance architect. With both humor and loving detail, Sally shares their excitement in acquiring theVilla Cornaro as a summer home and in finding the right people to help them manage and restore it. Their discoveries about the history of Villa Cornaro and the former people who lived there are an adventure story itself. Loving Italy, the Gables immerse themselves in the life of their village. Sally works diligently to learn the language,make friends with the townsfolk and share in their joys, sorrows, and even recipes. Several times a year the Gables open the grounds of the villa for musical and theatrical productions at the behest of the town or the province of Padua. Sally also gives villa tours to earn some money to help with the upkeep of the estate. Join us at 4:00 pm on the 7th as Francie Pyle leads the discussion of this captivating account of owning and restoring one of the greatest villas in Italy.You may get so excited that you will want to see the villa yourself by going on one of Sally’s tours. Our selection for April is The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis who is the New Castle County READS 2017 author. This is the story of Hattie Shepherd, who in 1923 flees Georgia for Philadelphia in hopes of finding a better life and of leaving the violence, deprivation and injustice that black Americans encountered in the South. It’s the story of a mother’s enormous courage as she deals with the tragedy and tribulation that afflict her offspring. It’s the story of the resilience of the human spirit.

Louise Roselle, Chair, (302) 421-3603 Ginny Kuhn,Vice-Chair, (302) 656-3801

March 2nd : Game March 9th : Game March 16th : Club Championship March 23rd : Game March 30th : Game Charity Local

Maxine Alexander Section B: Toni Battaglia - Marion Borden First Place: East - West Section A: Judy Jackson (Guest) - Carl DeMartino Section B: Pamela Morrison (Guest) - Mary Kunkemueller Section C: Jane Fox (Guest) - Edythe Mendolia FEBRUARY 2ND First Place: North - South Section A & B: Candy DiSabatino - Mary Jo Fidance First Place: East - West Section A: Liz Fahl - Katherine Hoopes Section B: Toni Battaglia - Marion Borden

JANUARY 19TH First Place: North - South Section A: Thomas Hughes - Maxine Alexander Section B: Winkie Gummey - Katherine Hoopes Section C: Barbara Togman - CindyWright First Place: East - West Section A: Charlotte Bispham - Carl DeMartino Section B: Toni Battaglia - Marion Borden Section C: Carolyn Hooper - Dorothy Newlin (Guest) JANUARY 26TH First Place: North - South Section A: Charlotte Bispham -

MONTCHANIN SOCIAL DUPLICATE BRIDGE WEDNESDAYS Lunch Buffet - 12:30 pm Bridge - 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm If you are interested in joining our group or have any questions, please call Marina Tarlov at 658-1532.



FOOD SERVICE HOURS MONDAY No Clubhouse Food Service Hut: Opens at 5:00 pm TUESDAY No Clubhouse Food Service Hut: Opens at 5:00 pm WEDNESDAY Dining Room: Closed Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

This year's Annual Adult-Child Tea Party "unicorn theme" was our first junior event of the year and it was a great way to get started. Between the creative face-painting, dance party, hand-spun cotton candy, and the enchanted theme, both kids and adults were raving about the good time. Our creative juices are flowing for 2017 and we have an incredible line-up of junior specific events that you will not want to miss! Below is a list of some of our upcoming social Club events and for our juniors we have a fun time planned for our Kids Cake Decorating Class, Top Your Own Pizza, 3V3 Basketball & Tennis, and our Annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt. Stay tuned for even more events as we enter into spring!

Pub: Opens at 3:00 pm Café: Opens at 4:00 pm Hut: Closed

Christine Jordan Clubhouse Manager

THURSDAY Dining Room: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

KIDS CAKE DECORATING CLASS Sunday, March 5th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Learn to decorate your own 6-inch layer cake! $25/Person

TOP YOUR OWN PIZZA Saturdays in April - All day in the Café $5 for 6-inch personal pizza Add your own toppings! CHILDREN’S EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, April 15th The flowers are blooming and spring is in the air. It’s time for breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs hidden everywhere! Look real hard for the egg of gold. There is a big prize to be won or so I’ve been told. Please don’t forget your Easter Basket—any size will do. The Easter Bunny is so excited to share the fun with you! Jackets, but not ties, are required. Make your reservation by calling 655-6171. Please indicate the number of adults and the age of each child attending. $18.00/Person

Pub: Opens at 3:00 pm Café: Opens at 4:00 pm Hut: Closed


FRIDAY Dining Room: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Enjoy a variety of cuts of steak along with your favorite steakhouse sides and starters. Jackets, but not ties required. Make your reservation by calling 655-6171. Regular dining menu will not be available. MARCH MADNESS PARTY IN THE PUB Friday, March 17th, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm A la carte menu: Turkey & Italian Hoagies, Wings with Ranch, Bleu Cheese, Celery & Carrots, Loaded Potato Skins & Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips, Salsa, Guacamole, House Made Potato Chips & French Onion Dip, and Meatball Sliders. House Wine, Bottle & Draft

Pub: Opens at 3:00 pm Café: Opens at 4:00 pm Hut: Opens at 5:00 pm

SATURDAY Dining Room: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Pub: Opens at 10:45 am Café: Opens at 11:00 am Hut: Closed

SUNDAY Dining Room: Closed Tavern/Grille: 10:30 am - 8:00 pm

EASTER BRUNCH Sunday, April 16th Seatings from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Pub: Opens at 10:45 am Café: Opens at 11:00 am Hut: Closed

Beers, Standard Bar Offerings. Complimentary Popcorn for all. All-Inclusive Price - $40

Coat and tie are required for gentlemen of all ages. Appropriate attire is in order for ladies. Reservations required 655-6171. $38.00/Adults $18.00/Children under 12 The lunch buffet will be available from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. No dinner service available.




TAVERN/GRILLE WEEKLY SPECIALS March 1st through March 5th Roast Pork Loin, Braised Red Cabbage, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Apple Cider Sauce

March 8th through March 12th Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread March 15th through March 19th Irish Lamb Stew

Reservation Cancellation Policy If you have made a reservation for the Dining Room or a Club function and are unable to attend, please take a moment to call and cancel. This simple gesture may make it possible for another member who wants to attend to do so. March 22nd through March 26th Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Choice of Green Beans or Coleslaw March 29th through April 2nd Beef Bourguignon over Buttered Parsely Noodles --- Specials cost $12.95 and include choice of soup or salad. Reservations in the Tavern/Grille for parties of 5 or more are appreciated.

Terra d’Oro, Barbera, 2014 Glass $7.50 / Bottle $30.00

Long celebrated in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy for its role in Barbera d’Alba and Barbera d’Asti, Barbera has found a home in the rolling foothills of Amador County.Amador Barbera produces elegant wine with layers of soft fruit, exotic spice, and voluptuous mouthfeel.Terra d’Oro Barbera was fermented in stainless steel for a full two weeks, extracting maximum color and flavor. For this vintage, the Barbera was aged in small French and Hungarian oak barrels for 15 months. Terra d’Oro Barbera showcases the refreshing acidity of the grape with inviting aromas of sweet red fruit and fresh toasted bread. Enticing flavors of cherry cola and blueberries coat the palate, and polished tannins lead to an elegant, round finish. Grapes for theTerra d’Oro Chenin Blanc &Viognier are handpicked from select vineyards.The Chenin Blanc, a versatile white grape varietal that can range from dry to very sweet and typically offers high acidity, comes from the Clarksburg appellation in the Sacramento Delta. This region is well-known for producing Chenin Blanc thanks to the rich soils and maritime influence.TheViognier is from our Voteau Vineyard in Amador County. The high elevation, warm days and cool nights bring intense varietal character to the fruit.Viognier is most notably produced in the Loire Valley of France and is great for blending with Chenin Blanc to add a plush character to the wine. The Terra d’Oro Chenin Blanc & Viognier displays luring aromas of juicy tropical fruits, fresh lemon and hints of spice.The palate showcases flavors of pink grapefruit, papaya, and subtle sweet mango. Terra d’Oro, Chenin Blanc Viognier, 2014 Glass $7.50 / Bottle $30.00

Dining Room Attire Jackets, but not ties, are required for gentlemen on Thursday evenings.Ties are required on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Steakhouse Night Thursday, March 9th

No need to travel into Philadelphia for a superb steak dinner!

Come experience the Wilmington Country Club Steakhouse on Thursday, March 9th, in the Formal Dining Room.

Enjoy a variety of cuts of steak along with your favorite steakhouse sides and starters.

Reservations required call the Front Desk 655-6171. Jackets, but not ties, required.

The regular dining room menu will not be available.



L E T ' S C E L E B R A T E















Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm

Bridge 9:30 am

Junior Field Event 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WCC Squash Championships Finals Night








No Clubhouse Food Service

No Clubhouse Food Service

Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm Delaware State Squash Championships Finals Night

Bridge 9:30 am

Adult-Junior Paddle Event

Steakhouse Night Dining Room

Golf Shop Closed WCC Book Club 4:00 pm Ladies’ Lounge

Golf Shop Closed

Kids Cake Decorating Class 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm








No Clubhouse Food Service

Bridge 9:30 am

March Madness Specials in The Pub

No Clubhouse Food Service

Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Tavern & Grille Specials March Madness Party 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Pub Men’s Twilight League Call in 9:00 am 655-6022

High School Match First Tee North Restricted at 3:00 pm

Golf Shop Closed

Golf Shop Closed

Spring Break Squash & Tennis Camps

Spring Break Squash & Tennis Camps

March Madness Specials in The Pub

Spring Break Squash & Tennis Camps

Spring Break Squash & Tennis Camps








Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm High School Match First Tee North Restricted at 3:30 pm Spring Break Squash & Tennis Camps

March Madness Specials in The Pub

No Clubhouse Food Service

No Clubhouse Food Service

Bridge 9:30 am

Spring Break Squash & Tennis Camps

Golf Shop Closed

Golf Shop Closed

Spring Break Squash & Tennis Camps

Spring Break Squash & Tennis Camps







Men’s Invitational Call in 9:00 am 655-6022

No Clubhouse Food Service

No Clubhouse Food Service

Bridge 9:30 am

Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm

Golf Shop Closed

Golf Shop Closed

National Junior Doubles Championship 3v3 March Madness Basketball/Tennis Tournament 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

High School Match First Tee North Restricted at 3:00 pm

Board of Directors Meeting 5:30 pm




DEVELOP YOUR FUNDAMENTAL MOTOR SKILLS Ver tical Jump Test - Tr y it your self in the Fitness Center!

Our Fitness Staff is on site with our group exercise instructor s and per sonal trainer s. Member s can schedule a per sonal training session with any of our per sonal trainer s: Rick Howard, Corey Ryan, Chris Weiss, Maria Lucey and Beth Sheehy. ONE HOUR PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS OR FITNESS PROFILE Individual: $67 Package of 5: $310 ($62/hour) Package of 10: $570 ($57/hour) GROUP PERSONAL FITNESS SESSIONS 2 people: $40/per son 3 people: $30/per son 4 people: $25/per son 5 or more people: $20/per son MASSAGE Tracy, Susan, and Vicki have set aside available hour s each week but request at least twenty-four hours advance notice, as they are not onsite staff. Some time slots are already filled; other hour s may be available. TRACY HALTERMAN therapeutic Wednesday:12:30 pm - 7:30 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm



To me yoga is the integration of body and mindful moving along with the rhythm of your breath. Yoga is one of the most challenging things you can do and through practice and a bit of patience, you will improve your endurance, strength, and flexibility regardless of age or ability. Our Balance class, is a perfect opportunity to begin your journey! Through mindful movements, but most importantly focusing on our breath and breathing techniques, you will be able to start changing the chemistry of your body in a positive manner. Breathing is a very under-appreciated skill, yet the benefits are many. From relaxation to stress-relief to improving your physical health, being cognizant of your breath during yoga movements will allow you to fully benefit from your Balance class. I hope that you will consider joining me to discover these wonderful benefits. Our Balance class meets Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 am.

SUSAN BROWN therapeutic Monday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Tuesday Evening

VICKI RUDAWSKY sports Tuesday & Thur sday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm







Boot Camp Emily Windfelder

Hot Vinyasa Emily Windfelder

Boot Camp Emily Windfelder

Hot Vinyasa Emily Windfelder

6:00 am

Golf Fitness (Squash Building) Corey Ryan *Yoga Foundations Mary Currie TRX Chris Weiss

Golf Fitness (Squash Building) Corey Ryan *Yoga Foundations Mary Currie TRX Chris Weiss

Golf Fitness Corey Ryan

7:00 am

*Yoga Foundations Mary Currie

FIT Maria Lucey

FIT Maria Lucey

7:15 am

*Yoga Foundations Mary Currie

8:00 am

Body Sculpt Maria Lucey *Balance Mary Currie

Body Sculpt Maria Lucey *Balance Mary Currie

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie Tri Fit Mary Harrison

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie Tri Fit Mary Harrison

FIT Maria Lucey Krysta Lafferty

8:30 am

9:00 am

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie

Shape Up Beth Sheehy

9:15 am

*Foundations Mary Currie Senior Fitness Mary Harrison (Beginner Level)

9:45 am

10:00 am

Restorative Yoga Beth Sheehy

10:30 am

Yoga Foundations Beth Sheehy

Warm Yoga Flow Beth Sheehy

Restorative Yoga Beth Sheehy

6:15 pm


$14/Session *$16/Premium Session $140 Unlimited 30 Day Rate $380 Unlimited 90 Day Rate All classes are one hour in length unless otherwise noted. Limited space and pre-registration is preferred. Walk-ins welcome, space permitting. Due to the overwhelming response to our classes, if you sign up for a class and do not attend without canceling at least 24 hours in advance, you will be charged even if you have an unlimited package. Sign up online at or call (302) 655-6171 ext. 2113.



As we optimistically exit the restraints of winter months and enter the start of our real golf season, we’d like to turn some attention to a subject that normally draws little print attention but is very often the subject of golfer’s discussion... the rough. It goes without saying that golfer expectations about the quality of turf on golf courses has increased dramatically as popularity and media exposure have grown over the past fifty years. Greens, tees, fairways, and even bunkers have grown in demand for predictability and consistency. More recently, for probably similar reasons, rough areas are starting to fall into a similar level of attention. Being located in the Mid-Atlantic is a significant and somewhat uniquely challenging factor when it comes to establishment and maintenance of rough grasses on the golf courses. Prolonged periods of heat and disease-stress during the summer, limited coverage of irrigation, copious populations of trees competing for water and nutrients, as well as high amounts of cart traffic result

in a tricky dilemma to establish and maintain consistent rough. Grasses available for rough add greatly to the challenge. Of the common varieties of cool season grasses (the Mid-Atlantic is too cold for season long warm weather grasses such as Bermuda or Zoysia) that are used for golf course rough in this region, each has their own list of positives and negatives. In most climates, choosing a rough grass that is best suited for the area and expectations of the golf facility is fairly straightforward; however, this idea does not hold true for the Mid-Atlantic region. Unfortunately, there is no perfect species of grass that will stand up to the wide-ranging weather patterns and temperature differences experienced in this area throughout the year. Turf-Type Tall Fescue (which was used on the South Course primary rough and green surrounds during the 2007 renovation) is the preferred species for our area.The lower water requirements, reasonable disease resistance, and moderate tolerance to cart traffic place it above other contenders.Add in the fact that it is resistant to nearly all of the chemical control options available to combat undesirable weeds, such as Poa annua, it might be seen as ideal. The South Course already has a strong population of Turf-Type Tall Fescue, but the North Course is a mixture of different grasses. We use Turf-Type Tall Fescue in any seeding we do on both golf courses in an effort to increase populations and have already initiated a more aggressive pre-emergent chemical control program aimed at providing a cleaner weed free stand of rough throughout the season. This application combined with our typical spring preventative weed control should reduce the need for spot treatments on broadleaf weeds throughout the golf season. This will also allow for more time and man hours available for cultural programs dedicated to compaction relief through the use of vertical slicing and other aeration methods. We will be implementing a newer, slightly more expensive, fertilization program that takes advantage of slow release technology for nitrogen uptake to the plant. Several coatings of protective layers that break down at different temperatures allow for season long feeding of the plant through one application in early spring time. This dramatically cuts down on labor costs associated with spreading fertilizer throughout the season and will allow us to focus more of our attention on weaker heavily trafficked areas. In conclusion, as our programs continue to increase the amount of Turf-Type Tall Fescue throughout the property, growth habits in the rough will even out and ultimately provide more consistent and predictable lies. As golf and technology advance, and our players expectations continue to grow, our current and long term program commitments will follow suite insuring the very best presentation we can accomplish. Dan Pierson Director of Grounds



tennis pavers

#4 south sodded

downed spruce

#14 south cross bunker



GOLF HOURS OF OPERATION GOLF SHOP Monday & Tuesday: Closed Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm BAG ROOM Monday: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm DRIVING RANGE Monday: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


We are fast approaching the new golf season as the long, cold winter months come to a close. The Learning Center and Driving Range has seen increased usage as our membership attempts to shake the rust off from the winter hiatus. With the arrival of the new season, there are many items of interest that should be noted on your calendar. Here are a few below: Early season sign-up sheets will be e-mailed to you and available on our website within the upcoming weeks. If you are not computer savvy, you may stop by the Golf Shop and seek assistance from our staff. The 2017 GAP Team Matches are fast approaching, and by now you should have received an e-mail with registration information.The GAP Matches are a traditional kick-off to the Men’s Golf season and offer a unique opportunity to experience both a competitive and social event with other golfers in the Philadelphia area. Wilmington fields 3 separate teams to compete home and away each week.The matches will take place this year on Sunday, April 23rd & 30th and May 7th. More information regarding the GAP Team Matches may be found on the GAP website at: Please contact the Golf Shop if you are interested and indicate your availability for each week as well as your preference of playing home or away. Please note, all participants must have a valid GHIN Handicap. We are looking forward to a successful GAP season! Additionally, we have registration dates coming up for some of the year’s most popular events:




It is important to note that entries for both events will be taken by telephone only . All players must contact a member of the Golf Shop Staff at (302) 655-6022 to register. No voicemail messages or e-mail entries will be accepted. In the event that you may not be able to personally call to register, you may have anyone call for you, however, there will be a limit of one entry per phone call. These events traditionally fills up fast, so make sure you have the date marked and are ready to register. Once the events are sold out, we will place any additional entries on a waiting list. We will provide additional details concerning these events later in the month. Whether you are a competitive golfer, a casual golfer or a beginner, we hope to serve your needs. Make a pledge in 2017 to participate in an event, take a few lessons and try some new equipment.Take advantage of all that Wilmington Country Club has to offer in the great game of golf.

WOMEN’S EIGHTEEN-HOLE GOLFERS Leslie Porter Secretary Spring is coming! Our Opening Coffee and Scramble will be on Tuesday, April 11th at 8:30 am. Please reserve your place by calling the Front Desk at (302) 655-6171. WGAP TEAM Our WGAP team is still looking for a few good women. Remember to pay your dues by March 10th in order to compete this season and to enjoy playing on some wonderful courses throughout the Philadelphia area. Contact Bernadette Murphy at for more information. 18-HOLERS' ASSOCIATION Membership in the 18-Holers’ Association is a great venue for meeting new people and making lasting friendships. So, if you enjoy all that golf has to offer, please contact Kathy McCormick at or Jill McDonald at Looking forward to seeing everyone on the course! Jill McDonald President Jan Hobbs Vice President Katherine Klocko Treasurer


Spring is nearly upon us, which means the golf season is fast approaching! Following up on last month’s article about obtaining the proper putter for your putting stroke, this month’s topic is about obtaining the proper clubs for your golf game. The first step in preparing your bag for the upcoming season is to realize that the days for a set of clubs to come in one box are over. Filing your bag with the essential equipment for a round of golf is now a process of picking and choosing between several types of clubs. Keep in mind when choosing your weaponry that you are only allowed a maximum of 14 clubs in your bag according to the rules of golf. To help you start the process of preparing your bag, we recommend you include two important clubs - a driver and a putter. The driver will be your longest club in your bag, both in length and distance.The driver will also be your club of choice most of the time when hitting off a tee. A putter is essential in your bag since it is used on and around the green. That leaves 12 other club options you can use to fill your golf bag. Most sets of irons sold today start with a 5 iron and go through the pitching or gap wedge.That brings the total number of clubs in your bag to 9. Here’s where the fun starts… choosing the next 5 clubs. An important point to keep in mind when choosing your clubs is that there should only be a 10 yard difference in distance from club to club. Clubs included to fill the rest of the gaps could be fairway woods, hybrids, long irons and different lofted wedges. We have a number of new demo clubs available to try. We recommend you come by the Golf Shop and ask the staff to help figure out how to fill the yardage gaps in your bag. Good golfing!



Wednesday, April 12th marks the Opening Event for 9-Hole Lady Golfers. Members will soon receive an email invitation for a Breakfast Buffet followed by a Golf Clinic/Informational Session. The 9-Hole Ladies’ Golfers will join the 18-Hole Ladies’ Golfers for a joint Cocktail Party on Tuesday, May 16th. If there are any members who are interested in joining the 9-Hole Ladies, please send an email to Membership Chair, Donna Julian, 9-Hole Lady Golfers are a great group. A fun way to make friends and improve your golf game in a relaxed atmosphere!




Our beautiful new Golf Shop display behind the counter has finally been installed, just in time as we rev up the 2017 Golf Shop merchandise season! In last month's Bulletin, Eric shared a bit about our experience at the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and we are excited about our upcoming merchandise line-up. Our spring merchandise is already starting to arrive and some of the lines are currently on display. For example, Footjoy Shoes, B. Draddy, and Footjoy Women's golfleisure. We encourage you to stop in the Golf Shop to see what's new and what will soon be on display in April.

Chad Halvonik is currently working at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida. He also spent two summers working at Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket. Chad is a Penn State graduate in Professional Golf Management. While in school he did internships at The Country Club of Rochester, The Kittansett Club and Woodmont Country Club.While at Penn State he won several events and is a certified Titleist club fitter. Chad will report in early April after finishing the season at John’s Island.

CURRENTLY IN THE GOLF SHOP Footjoy Shoes Footjoy “New" Women’s golfleisure Peter Millar B. Draddy Zero Restriction Tail GG Blue Adidas Tween Apparel ARRIVING IN MARCH & APRIL Footjoy Men’s Apparel

Adidas Men’s Donald Ross Johnnie-O VineyardVines

Dan Taylor will be coming to us from Medford Village Country Club in Medford, New Jersey where he serves as the First Assistant. Dan graduated with honors from the Penn State Professional Golf Management program. While at Penn State he did internships at The Ace Club, Tavistock CC Roxiticus CC and Pine Hill GC. Dan is married to his wife Kristen. Dan’s interests outside of golf include photography, playing guitar & drums, snowboarding and soccer. Dan will start March 1st. 20

Women’s Greg Norman Adidas and Ecco Shoes “New” Rule 18 from Bobby Jones Icikuls Travis Mathew Polo (Men’s,Women’s and Kids) SanSoleil Jamie Sadock Under Armour

new golf shop fixture

footjoy women's golfleisure

b. draddy

contourfit footjoy shoes


Listed below are several events in the upcoming months and our spring and summer junior racquets programs. Be sure to sign up early, especially for our junior summer programs since several of these programs fill up. Keep giving us feedback about our new reservation and event sign up web and mobile application. We will try to work out the few remaining kinks in the system with our provider ForeTees. This easy to use program has been a great addition to our racquets program, especially with being able to book courts and events on your phone. We are fielding 8 USTA tennis teams this spring atWCC. We are looking for guys for our 3.5 18 & over and 4.0 40 & over teams. Let us know if you would like to play. Two fun junior events in March include our WCC Junior Field Day on Friday, March 3rd from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. We will be dividing into two teams and competing in fun activities in the Indoor Tennis Courts. Pizza, drinks, and snacks will be served. On Friday, March 31st from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm we will hold a March Madness 3v3 Basketball Tournament for 12 & under and 13 & over juniors. We will form teams or juniors may sign up together as a team. Sign up for these and other events in the Racquet Shop. See you on the courts. Ed McQuillin Racquets Director SPRING BREAK JUNIOR RACQUET CAMPS March 13th - March 16th & March 20th - March 23rd

SQUASH 5-8Years:11:30 am - 12:30 pm 9-10Years:1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 11-13Years: 2:30pm - 4:00 pm High School: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

TENNIS Red (5-8 years):12:30 pm -1:30 pm Orange (8-10 years): 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Green/Yellow (10-13 years) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm High School & High Performance: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 1st : WCC Squash Club Championship Finals Night Wednesday, March 1st : Men’s Paddle Member Guest, 6:30 pm Friday, March 3rd : WCC Junior Field Day (Indoor Tennis Courts), 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 8th : Delaware State Squash Singles and Doubles Finals Friday, March 31st : March Madness 3v3 Junior Basketball &Tennis (12 & under, 13 & over), 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Friday. March 31st - Sunday,April 2nd : National Junior Squash Doubles Monday,April 17th :Wilmington Ladies' Tennis Cup Begins Friday,April 21st : Junior Tennis Carnival (Benefits Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring), 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Saturday,April 23rd : Legends Squash Doubles Event, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday,April 24th : Philadelphia Ladies' Tennis League Begins UPCOMING RACQUETS EVENTS




JUNIOR TENNIS CLINICS MUNCHKINS (3-4 YEARS) Wednesday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Session 4: $51, $22/drop-in Session 5: $136, $22/drop-in

WCC ACADEMY ORANGE ACADEMY Tuesday: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Thursday: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Session 4: $69, $28/drop-in Session 5: $184, $28/drop-in GREEN ACADEMY Tuesday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Thursday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Session 4: $99, $33/drop-in Session 5: $264, $33/drop-in YELLOW ACADEMY Tuesday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Thursday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Session 4: $99, $33/drop-in Session 5: $264, $33/drop-in HIGH PERFORMANCE 1 Tuesday: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Session 4: $99, $33/drop-in Session 5: $264, $33/drop-in

6:45 pm to 7:45 pm Men’s CardioTennis

TUESDAY 9:00 am to 10:00 am Ladies’ Clinic (3.5 and above) 10:00 am to 11:15 am Ladies’ Singles Clinic

RED 1 (5-6 YEARS) Wednesday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Session 4: $134, $22/drop-in RED 2 (7-8 YEARS) Wednesday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Session 4: $51, $22/drop-in Session 5: $136, $22/drop-in RED 3 (7-8 YEARS) Wednesday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Session 4: $51, $22/drop-in Session 5: $136, $25/drop-in ORANGE (8-10 YEARS) Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Friday 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Session 4: $60, $25/drop-in Session 5: $160, $25/drop-in

WEDNESDAY 9:00 am to 10:00 am Ladies’ CardioTennis 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm Mixed CardioTennis

THURSDAY 9:00 am to 10:00 am Ladies’ Clinic (3.5 and above) FRIDAY 10:00 am to 11:00 am Ladies’ CardioTennis 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Ladies’ Clinic (3.0 and below)

SESSION SCHEDULE Session 4: February 20th - March 19th Deadline - February 15th Session 5: April 3rd - May 21st Deadline - March 29th

SATURDAY 8:00 am to 9:00 am Men’s CardioTennis 9:00 am to 10:30 am Men’s Round Robin 9:00 am to 10:00 am Ladies’ CardioTennis

GREEN/YELLOW (10+ YEARS) Friday 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Session 4: $60, $25/drop-in Session 5: $160, $25/drop-in

SPRING BREAK CLINICS March 20th - March 24th

Deadline - March 15th March 27th - March 31st Deadline - March 22nd

HIGH SCHOOL Monday 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Wednesday 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Session 4: $69, $28/drop-in Session 5: $184, $28/drop-in



SUMMER CAMPS JUNIOR TENNIS CAMP June 5th - August 25th 5-6Years:10:15 am - 11:45 am Tennis and Squash $125 per week or $30 per day 7-10Years:10:15 am - 12:15 pm $160 per week or $37 per day 10-13Years: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm $210 per week or $42 per day High School/High Performance: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm $125 per week or $30 per day JUNIOR SPORTS CAMP June 12th - August 11th Tennis, Squash, Paddle, Golf, Swimming, Arts & Crafts. Lunch & snack provided daily. 5-6Years: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm $195/week 7-12Years: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm $280/week JUNIOR SQUASH CLINICS June 5th - August 25th 7-9Years:12:45 pm - 2:15 pm $125 per week or $30 per day 10 & Older: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm $125 per week or $30 per day

WCC SQUASH FINALS NIGHT Wednesday, March 1st 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm The finals of all the Club Championship draws. Juniors and adults singles and doubles. Concession stand style food & drinks. Come support our players! Click to view the schedule. DELAWARE STATE FINALS NIGHT Wednesday, March 8th 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Finals of all the Delaware State Squash Championship draws. Juniors and adults singles and doubles. Come support the players! Featuring a chit bar with snacks. US NATIONAL JUNIOR DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS Friday, March 31st - Sunday, April 2nd Some of the best juniors in the country, including some of our own, will be competing for a National Championship in squash doubles. CHAMPIONS IN TRAINING Tuesdays and Thursdays

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm, Ages 5-6 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm, Ages 7-8 Sundays

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm, Ages 5-6 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm, Ages 7-8 OLYMPIANS IN TRAINING Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm, Ages 9-10 Sundays 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm, Ages 9-10 NATIONAL TRAINING SQUAD Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm, Ages 11-13 Sundays 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm, Ages 11-13




Friday, March 3rd 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Indoor Tennis Courts

THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON! Men’s Division 2 will be moving up to Division 1 next season. Thanks to Club Representatives and Team Captains for a fun and successful year.

All juniors age 7 and older will be divided into two teams and will compete in fun tennis and fitness events. $10/junior for pizza & snacks Sign up with the Racquet Shop 655-6513 3V3 MARCH MADNESS BASKETBALL & TENNIS Friday, March 31st 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Indoor Tennis Courts 2 Brackets 12 & Under and 13 & Over $50/team - includes t-shirt and food Sign up with the Racquet Shop 655-6513

Men’s A Club Champs: Michael Ashley and Andy Podolsky Men’s B Club Champs: George Kimbiris and Dan Leung Ladies' B Club Champs: Debbie Ashley and Lisa Mester

Ladies' Member-Guest was Mardi Gras theme.Thanks to all our participants and hosts, Joanie Isken and Debbie Ashley, for a fun filled night of paddle, laughs, and hurricanes.


AREA EVENTS Wednesday, March 1st WCC Men’s Member-Guest Saturday, March 4th - Sunday, March 5th Junior Nationals Friday, March 3rd - Sunday, March 5th Men’s 45+/55+/65+ Nationals &Women’s 45+/60+ Nationals Monday, March 6th Men's Super G, 6:30 pm at Area Clubs Thursday, March 9th - Sunday, March 12th Men’s andWomen’s APTA President's Cup and Nationals Friday, March 10th - Sunday, March 12th Nationals Friday, March 17th - Sunday, March 19th APTA MXD 50+/60+ Nationals & Husband/Wife 50+ Nationals


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Philip Iannelli, CCM General Manager Keith VanYahres Assistant General Manager Christine Jordan Clubhouse Manager

Tip Tribbitt, CEC Executive Chef Barbara Henderson Manager of Banquets Donna Schroeder

Controller Susan Mathias Administrative Assistant Meghan Spero Membership Development and Communications Manager Dan Pierson Director of Grounds Joe Guillebeau Director of Golf Bob Lennon Teaching Professional Ed McQuillin Director of Racquets Ed Chilton Assistant Director of Racquets Clark Verchick Chief Engineer

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