New Member Orientation
Congratulations on your admission to membership at Glen Oak Country Club! We are certain that you will enjoy the amenities and friendly atmosphere at the club for many years to come. As you have elected to become a golf member, a brief, personal orientation is in order. This pamphlet will supplement the orientation, and serve as a quick reference guide to the golf program here at Glen Oak.
Glen Oak’s 18 hole, par 72 golf course is renowned for its immaculate grooming and smooth, brisk greens. The first nine opened in 1953, with a second nine holes added in 1961. The course architect was James Harrison, who was trained by and worked under Donald Ross, and designed many courses in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. It features 5 tees, gold (championship), blue (men’s), white (senior men’s), red (ladies championship), and green (ladies).
The course crosses public roads 6 times, and extreme care should be exercised at each crossing. In order to maintain the exceptional course conditions we enjoy it is vital that all players adhere to cart regulations, replace divots, repair ball marks, and rake the bunkers after playing from them. Any specific questions regarding these topics should be addressed to the professional staff, who will be happy to provide clarification or instruction. A copy of the local rules for play is appended to this document. All players are urged to familiarize themselves with them.
Midsummer, the course opens at 7 AM on weekends and 7:30 weekdays. Starting times in the “shoulder” seasons are later, and are dictated by prevailing conditions. On occasion, course openings are delayed by frost.
PGA Head Golf Professional — Bob Sedlak
1st Assistant Golf Professional — Matt Mortell
Golf Instructor — Beth Sedlak
Head of Outside Operations — Tom Joyce
Golf Course Superintendent — Gino Marchetti
Assistant Superintendent — Jerry Decker
Golf Shop Direct Lines
The start and end of the golf season at Glen Oak are dictated entirely by weather. Typically, the greens open in late March or early April, and close sometime around Thanksgiving, though prevailing conditions may extend or shorten the season. Glen Oak allows play on temporary greens when the course is not snow covered. The driving range typically opens in mid-April. The Club’s competitive season begins in Mid-April with the GAP matches and ends in mid-October with the October Invitational. Leagues play begins in early May, and runs until the end of September.
There are a variety of leagues at Glen Oak, all of which are blessed with enthusiastic participation. It is important to be aware of the league schedules as they affect course availability for those not participating in them.
Ladies Tuesday Morning Group- Starting in early May and ending in September, the Glen Oak Country Club Ladies Golf Association plays on Tuesday mornings, typically with a 9:00 shotgun start. Course availability is somewhat limited until 11:30 on Tuesdays, and the course will on occasion be closed until 2:00 to accommodate this group. Ladies wishing to join the GOCCLGA should contact the golf shop.
Tuesday Twilight- A men’s handicapped league, the Tuesday Twilight has over 120 participants. Starting early May and ending in August, it occupies both the 1st and 10th tees from 2:30 until 6:00 Tuesday nights.
There is very limited opportunity for 18 hole rounds on Tuesdays. Players wishing to play 18 holes will need to tee off no later than 1:00. We urge you to contact the golf shop with any questions about course availability, especially on Tuesdays.
Ladies Wednesday Twilight- Starting early May and ending in late August, the Ladies Twilight League occupies on nine from 5:00 until approximately 7:30. The format is handicapped match play, better ball of partners. The nines alternate week to week, and all play for the day starts on the side that the ladies will be using that evening. Consequently, anyone wishing to play 18 holes should plan on teeing off by 3:00 on Wednesdays when the ladies are playing.
Thursday Scratch- A non-handicapped, better ball of partners, match play league featuring gold and blue tee divisions. The Thursday scratch league occupies the 1st and 10th tees from 4-6pm on Thursdays. Players wishing to complete 18 holes should plan to tee off no later than 2pm.
Fall League- The fall league runs from early September to mid-October on Tuesday afternoons. It will be individual, handicapped match play. Course availability will depend on the number of participants. Men’s and ladies’ divisions.
The club uses the Foretees web based program to reserve tee times and record play. The direct link to Foretees is www.foretees.com/glenoakcc . Your default user name is your member number and your password is your last name, first letter capitalized.
Weekend tee times are assigned by lottery. Players may enter a tee time request one week before the desired day. The lottery assigns times Thursday morning, and the tee times are available by 8am Thursday mornings for the following weekend. Historically, players have had little difficulty in obtaining tee times near the time requested. You can also sign up on Foretees for club events, and view tee sheets indicating when the course will be unavailable due to tournaments, leagues, or other events. The professional staff will be happy to help you learn the Foretees program as it is of great utility to staff and membership alike.
Driving range & practice areas
The driving range opens at about the same time as the course throughout the year, and stays open until dusk. The grass tee is used almost exclusively, but on occasion players will be asked to use mats. Depending on the placement of the teeing line shots of 230 – 270 yards will fly over the net at the back of the range. For safety reasons, it is imperative that players not allow shots to carry over the net. The fee for range privileges is bundled with the mandatory bag storage fees.
There is a practice putting green adjacent to the 1st tee. Players are asked to putt and chip only when using this area. The short game practice area located near the 4th tee should be used for more extensive practice. This area features two bunkers, an apron, and rough from which to practice.
Glen Oak has a very active tournament program. Players wishing to play in the events pay $125 into the tournament prize fund at the beginning of the year, which covers the entry into most of the tournaments. Members wishing to opt out of the prize fund should contact the office. Tournament winnings are awarded in the form of golf shop credit, which is redeemable for merchandise or club repair, but not lessons. The golf shop keeps an electronic record of all member credits. The golf shop also runs “scrambles”, pick up games that are open to all and are not part of the prize fund.
Glen Oak’s premier event is the Irving Jackman Memorial Tournament, a three-day, two man tournament that is known throughout the area for the quality of the field and the food and entertainment that complement it.
Lessons & Clinics
Private lessons and clinics are available through all of the professionals on staff. Rates and packages vary according to the instructor. We are happy to tailor a lesson package or clinic to your needs! In addition to the junior clinics, Glen Oak offers a ladies beginner clinic on Wednesday evenings starting in May and running through September. Please contact the golf shop for further details.
The Golf Shop
The golf shop is stocked with the latest men’s and ladies’ equipment and fashions. Equipment is almost all priced at the manufacturers minimum advertised price, which is generally the same or less than it will sell for at other pro shops or off-course locations. All clothing is priced at retail, and members and their guests get a 25% percent discount from that price. Many items will be marked at a higher discount from retail. The golf shop accepts cash, credit cards, or a charge to club accounts. Members may also redeem their tournament winnings on merchandise or club repair. Special orders are gladly taken.
Cart / Walk Rules & Fees
Golf carts or push carts are required at Glen Oak on weekends before 3 PM and for all adult tournaments.
Cart Fees: 9 Holes – $11 (including tax) / person
18 Holes – $21 (including tax) / person
Push carts are available on a first come, first served basis. Push cart rental fees will be the same as regular cart fees. Push carts may be used at all times.
Walking privileges are limited to members and junior guests. All other players must take a golf cart.
Any time November through April
Any time Monday through Friday
Weekends and Holidays after 3 PM
Any time golf carts are restricted to cart paths
9 Holes – $5.00
18 Holes – $10.00
Members may walk without fees at the following times:
April 1 – July 30 – After 6 PM
Aug 1 – Sept 30 – After 5:30 PM
Oct 1 – Nov 30 – After 5 PM
Any time the course is restricted to temporary greens
Guest Rules and Fees
Guests are encouraged, and welcome at any time at Glen Oak. A member may bring up to 7 guests at a time, but should make arrangements at the golf shop before arriving with more than one group. They must adhere to all the same rules of etiquette and decorum that govern members’ behavior at the club. Guests may play up to 8 times per year, including tournaments, but excluding the Jackman Memorial. Guest play records begin April 1st and end October 15th. Members are strongly encouraged to verify with the golf shop that the course will be available at the time they wish to bring guests.
9 holes – $20.00/ person
18 holes – $40.00 / person
Weekend & Holidays
9 holes – $27.50/ person
18 holes – $55.00 / person
After 2 PM
9 holes – $20.00/ person
18 holes – $40.00 / person
Weekdays After Labor Day – October 31
Weekdays and weekends after November 1
18 hole Cart & Green Fees – $45 / person
Junior Green Fee
(Junior member under 18 hosting guest under 18)
$15.00 / person (normal cart fees apply)
All members pay for and receive bag storage. The annual fee is $115 dollars for the 1st bag, with a spouse’s bag being $75 additional. The fee for range usage is included in this charge. Your bag will be loaded on a cart when you arrive for play, and your clubs cleaned and replaced when you finish.
Arriving for Play
Members arriving for play should check in at the golf shop to pay for their cart or walk fees. Fees are payable by member charge account only. The member will be presented a copy of the bill to sign, and provided with a copy of his own if desired. The bag room staff will retrieve the member’s bag and load it onto a cart where appropriate. Members are asked to avoid entering the bag room. If you are arriving to the club with your bag, please leave it at the bag drop in the lower lot and push the button to signal a member of the staff to retrieve it.
The golf staff has been instructed to strictly enforce the dress code at Glen Oak. The dress code applies to both the golf course and all practice areas. Broaching the subject can be embarrassing for both the staff and the member, so compliance is greatly appreciated.
Men must wear a collared shirt or mock turtleneck, and slacks or shorts that fall near knee level. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Denim is prohibited, regardless of color. Cargo shorts, while not prohibited are discouraged.
Ladies may wear slacks, culottes, shorts, or skirts of an appropriate and tasteful length. Denim, tennis shorts, sweat suits, cut offs, and other inappropriate clothing is prohibited. Specific questions regarding the dress code should be addressed to the golf professional staff.
Glen Oak recognizes that junior golfers represent the future members of the Club, and that the continued health of the organization depends on cultivating their interest in the game. Juniors under the age of 11 are to be accompanied on the golf course and practice areas by an adult. Juniors may earn the privilege of playing without an adult by passing a written test and on course evaluation administered by the professional staff.
The Club offers junior clinics in the Spring and a weekly junior golf group in the summer months. Dates and times will be announced in the club newsletters. Individual junior instruction is also available through all members of the professional staff.
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