Westwood Monthly: July 2021

Club Championship, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING NO-SHOWS, Westwood Bar Is Open!

7/21/2021

Westwood Golf Club welcomes all amateur golfers to participate in our 2021 Club Championship. The 1 day medal play qualifier is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Click here for more information or to register!

 ***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING NO-SHOWS*** 

Our course has been experiencing a high rate of no-show’s and short-show’s. Please understand that this is ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE and will NOT BE TOLERATED. If you make the decision to book a tee time at Westwood we expect you to show up! If you choose not to, without giving at least 24 hours notice, you will be charged for the entire tee time.

Our Superintendent and Grounds Crew have been hard at work making noticeable improvements to keep the course looking and playing great! If you haven’t golfed with us recently, we invite you to see what we’ve been up to. On Hole 15, the large tree in the middle of the fairway has been removed, along with multiple trees to the left of the green and fairway. In addition to tree work and general course cleanup, all bunkers have been re-sanded, with temporary drainage added on 4 & 8.

Our Tee Time Policy clearly states, Please contact us at least 24 hours prior to your tee time to cancel or reduce the number of players. Golfers who short-show or no-show will be charged for the full amount of the reservation. You may do this during daylight hours in person or 24/7 over the phone by calling (856) 845-2000. The credit card holder is responsible for all players in the group.  We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Course Updates

As our crew works hard to keep our course beautiful, it’s important to remember that every customer at Westwood has a responsibility to do their part as well. Please be sure to address these points every time you’re on the golf course and encourage your playing partners to do the same!

  • Fix ball marks on the greens. We have divot tools available for 50 cents in the pro shop.
  • Replace all divots in fairways and rough. The grass roots will reattach in less than five days.
  • Use the seed mix located on the side of the cart for any divots that cannot be repaired, however, we encourage you to replace the divot if possible.
  • If you see any damage on the course, please contact us at 856-845-2000. (Phone number is located on the scorecard for quick reference)

Please be proactive about these items and it will make everyone’s time on the course more enjoyable!!!

WESTWOOD BAR IS NOW OPEN!

The BRAND NEW Westwood Bar is NOW OPEN and serving up great food and drinks every Tuesday-Sunday! Whether you want to sip cocktails on our covered deck after work, watch the big game with friends, or enjoy a fun evening out with family, Westwood Bar will quickly become your new favorite local spot!

Hours Of Operation:

Tuesday-Thursday/Sunday-12pm-9pm

Friday-Saturday-12pm-10pm

Don’t miss out on upcoming specials and events… Follow Westwood Bar on Facebook & Instagram! Hope to see you soon! Cheers!

Keep Westwood Beautiful!

7/19/2021

Attention all golfers! Our greenskeepers are working very hard to keep Westwood in great shape. We would greatly appreciate your cooperation by following these tips. 

1. Fix ball marks on the greens. We have divot tools available for 50 cents in the pro shop.

2. Replace all divots in fairways and rough. The grass roots will reattach in less than five days.

3. Use the seed mix located on the side of the cart for any divots that cannot be repaired, however, we encourage you to replace the divot if possible.

Also, if you see any damage on the course, please contact us at 856-845-2000 (Phone number is located on the scorecard for quick reference) We appreciate everyone’s assistance as we head through the summer months.

Westwood Bar Is NOW OPEN!

5/19/2021

The BRAND NEW Westwood Bar is NOW OPEN and serving up great food and drinks every Tuesday-Sunday! Whether you want to sip cocktails on our covered deck after work, watch the big game with friends, or enjoy a fun evening out with family, Westwood Bar will quickly become your new favorite local spot!

The BRAND NEW Westwood Bar is NOW OPEN and serving up great food and drinks every Tuesday-Sunday! Whether you want to sip cocktails on our covered deck after work, watch the big game with friends, or enjoy a fun evening out with family, Westwood Bar will quickly become your new favorite local spot!

Hours Of Operation:

Tuesday-Thursday/Sunday-12pm-9pm | Friday-Saturday-12pm-10pm

Don’t miss out on upcoming specials and events… Follow us on Facebook & Instagram! Hope to see you soon! Cheers!

VIEW WESTWOOD BAR’S MENU!

A Note On Arrival Times & We’re Hiring

4/29/2021

Recently we’ve noticed an influx of golfers arriving to the course right at their tee time, or later. This is unacceptable. We ask that you arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled tee time to allow for check in, loading your cart, and getting to the first tee. Failure to do so may result in forfeiting your tee time completely. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

WE’RE HIRING!

Do you or someone you know LOVE the game of GOLF? Are you looking to make extra money this Summer and work in a fun environment? If you answered yes, Westwood could be the job for you!! We’re hiring Starter/Rangers and Golf Shop Staff! To apply, fill out an application online, stop by the Pro shop, or give us a call! Please note that these positions require weekend work. Apply NOW!

Westwood Welcomes New Superintendent

3/19/2021

The Spring/Summer golf season is upon us and we are just as thrilled as you for sunny skies and warm temperatures. We are aware that our course conditions were less than favorable last season and want to assure you that we’ve been working hard on course updates and improvements as well as one BIG change… It is with much excitement that we announce our new Golf Course Superintendent, Justin Rieth! Justin wanted to share a message with you:

“I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the golfers of Westwood Golf Club. I am a proud graduate of Penn State University where I studied Turfgrass Science. For the past 15 years I was the Golf Course Superintendent at Northampton Valley Country Club in Richboro, PA. Previously, I was the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Doylestown Country Club and Jericho National Golf Club. I am excited to lead the Greens Department here at Westwood and am eager to showcase our talents to revitalize and improve this outstanding layout. Some of the areas we will focus on is re-defining all fine turf areas, bunker renovations, maintaining greens speeds that are true and fast, and adding attractive course accessories as well as implementing state of the art maintenance practices. All in which will separate Westwood from other area golf courses. Our goal is to maintain consistency in all areas of the course. I will be updating our website daily with Current Course Conditions and will inform you of projects that are underway in the Turf Talk section. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or stop by the maintenance facility. I look forward to meeting all of you out on the golf course!”.

All of us at Westwood are very excited to have Justin on our team! With that being said, we’re confident that our playing conditions this season will be the best yet and only get better in the years to come! Here’s to a great 2021 golf season! See you on the course!

New Course Conditions Page

2/24/2021

When you want to check Westwood’s current course conditions, if there are any restrictions, or if we’re closed due to weather, you can now go to the NEW Course Conditions page on our website! This page is updated regularly by our Superintendent and will be the greatest resource for this info going forward!

You can find the Course Conditions tab next to the Home tab on both mobile and desktop, as well as on our Home Page! Check it out now!

Course Reopening 1/22

1/22/2021

On Monday 1/18 the decision was made to close Westwood out of an abundance of caution. After receiving negative test results from our staff we will be reopening the golf course on Friday, 1/22. During our time closed we vigorously cleaned and disinfected our clubhouse to ensure the health and safety of all.

Since the Coronavirus pandemic began the health and safety of our golfers and staff has been our number one priority. We have been and will continue to follow the recommended precautions as outlined by the CDC and State of New Jersey. This includes remaining vigilant about social distancing, continuing to supply cart wipes and hand sanitizer throughout our facility, and cleaning and disinfecting each cart after use, as well as frequently touched surfaces.

We thank you for your understanding and support and can’t wait to see you out on the course soon!!!

Important Update!

1/18/2021

At Westwood Golf Club, the health and safety of our golfers and staff is always our top priority. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began we’ve had a plan in place that focuses on sanitation, safety and communication, as outlined by the CDC and the State of New Jersey. We continue to follow these procedures which include remaining vigilant about social distancing, providing cart wipes and hand sanitizer throughout our facility, and cleaning and disinfecting each cart after use, as well as frequently touched surfaces.

Today we were informed that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked on January 7th and had no contact with customers. Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing Westwood down until further notice. We will continue to monitor our team closely and communicate where needed to ensure the safety of our golfers and employees.

We plan to reopen in a few days when we have the appropriate staff. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Stay safe and healthy!
-Westwood

Conditions & Course Care

9/14/2020

I hope this message finds you safe and well. First and foremost, thank you for being a loyal customer of Westwood Golf Club. 2020 has been a challenging year to say the least, with usual weather hurdles and learning to navigate a new normal due to COVID-19 and the guidelines put in place.

We appreciate the recent input you’ve given through online reviews and suggestions, and we apologize for the tough conditions right now coming out of the hot season. The weather has been increasingly more extreme in recent years and this year was no different, but rest assured we are making every effort to not only rehab some of the stressed areas but also improve the course as a whole. Below are some of the projects that we are currently working on or have already been completed:

  • Upgrading our fairway mower, greens mower and rough mower.
  • Re-sodding tees 4, 2, 7 and 6, along with 7 fairway in new Bermuda grass. This grass is more tolerant and should correct these over stressed areas.
  • Acquired a new efficient fairway/rough aerator. This will significantly improve the turf on the fairways as we over seed in the fall.
  • Reviewing solutions for Hole 7 green problem area. We are hoping to add drainage that will improve and hopefully correct this green.
  • Invested in a new fleet of utility vehicles.

On another note: It is extremely important to remember that EVERY customer at Westwood has a responsibility to do their part in taking care of the course while playing. This is crucial any time of the year and now especially as we approach the fall growing season. Please read the following points and make sure to address them EVERY time you’re on the golf course and encourage your playing partners to do the same.

  • FIX YOUR BALL MARKS AND ANY OTHERS YOU SEE.
  • RAKE THE TRAPS
  • FIX DIVOTS AFTER HITTING
  • PICK UP TRASH THAT IS VISIBLE OR MAY HAVE FALLEN OUT OF A CART
  • DO NOT DRAG SHOES ACROSS THE GREENS
  • FOLLOW ALL SIGNS AND ROPED OFF AREAS. The ropes are there for the safety of our customers and the health of our golf course. Please do not disregard this due to being lazy.
  • PICK UP ALL USED AND BROKEN TEES. There are new green receptacles next the tee to put used tees in.

Please be proactive about these items and it will make everyone’s time on the course more enjoyable. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you out at Westwood!

Sincerely,
Westwood Management

Update

7/2/2020

Please note that we cannot guarantee single rider carts at this time. If you have any questions regarding this topic, contact the Pro Shop PRIOR to your arrival at Westwood. 856-845-2000.

We continue to do our part and remain vigilant about social distancing and sanitization and ask that our golfers do the same. Please wear a mask when entering the Pro Shop and remove ALL trash from your cart following your round! Thank you! Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at Westwood!

Golf Restrictions Lifted!

6/25/20

On Friday, 6/12/20, Governor Murphy released Executive Order No. 153, effective immediately, removing all golf related restrictions imposed since the beginning of the COVID-19 State of Emergency. This is great news!! As we at Westwood continue to navigate back to “normal” we want to remind our golfers of a few very important things:

  • GOLF CARTS: Please note that due to high demand of carts, and low supply, we ask that if you would like a single rider cart, you book and pay for 2 tee times in advance. However, we continue to encourage walking. We will not be allowing any “ride alongs”, aka non-golfers. While we understand that everyone wants to get out of the house, it is a safety concern, and the health and safety of our golfers and staff remains our number one priority.
  • DRESS CODE: Golf shirt and golf pants/shorts are REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES. NO JEANS. NO TEE SHIRTS. NO TANK TOPS. NO BASKETBALL SHORTS. This will be strictly enforced.
  • NO COOLERS OR OUTSIDE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED. Our snack stand is open everyday with beer, alcohol and snacks for purchase.
  • PACE OF PLAY: Simply put, slow play will not be tolerated. In the interest of all golfers, please play “Ready Golf” and maintain your position on the course by keeping up with the group in front of you. Groups falling behind will be asked to pick up the pace or skip a hole. If any group does not return to an appropriate position on the course within a reasonable amount of time, you may be asked to leave course without refund. ALSO, do not play through any groups as it will slow the entire course.

The health and safety of our golfers and staff is ALWAYS our TOP priority. In addition to providing cart wipes outside of the ProShop and hand sanitizer throughout our facility, our staff thoroughly cleans and disinfects each cart after use, as well as frequently touched surfaces. Although golf related restrictions have been lifted, we continue to do our part and remain vigilant about social distancing and sanitization and ask that our golfers do the same. When your round is finished, remove ALL trash from your golf cart, and please continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC and State of New Jersey

Once again, thank you for your loyalty and understanding! See you on the golf course!!!

Tee Time Policy

5/4/20

This is very important!!! For tee times larger than two people, you MUST call the Golf Shop and you MUST be in compliance with State Issued Executive Order 133 which requires golf courses to, “Limit tee times to two players, except for immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.”. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this order. To view the entire Executive Order please click HERE.

Online Booking & Dynamic Pricing

5/4/20

It was great to see everyone out golfing again this weekend. As mentioned yesterday, we have reimplemented our online booking and dynamic pricing. For advanced tee times please visit our booking engine. You may still call our Golf Shop for tee times and golf rates as rates will continue to be updated: 856-845-2000.

Another note, we have relaxed our cart rules and are currently using our discretion as to how carts are distributed. We encourage walking for now if possible. Thanks in advance for your understanding. Please note that rules and rates are subject to change at any time as this remains a very fluid situation. Last of all be safe and we look forward to seeing you!!!

Online Tee Times Now Available

5/3/20

Good morning! We’re excited to announce that you can now book tee times online! You’ll find our best rates when you book through our website. Another important note, our new Weekday (M-F) rates are as follows:

  • Open-12pm: $60
  • 12pm-Close: $45
  • 9 Holes (only available after 4pm): $35

There will be no 9 hole rates prior to 4 pm. The golf course will be walking only unless you have proof of a physical limitation or are over the age of 65. If either applies, it will be ONE rider per golf cart. At this time, the Pro shop remains closed and there will be no food or beverage service available. We will be following strict guidelines as outlined by the State of New Jersey. Please note that rules & rates are subject to change at any time as this remains a very fluid situation.

Now Taking Tee Times!

5/1/20

We are now taking tee times over the phone only. Please give us a call to book your spot at 856-845-2000. We apologize in advance for the temporary rate increases. They are as follows:

  • 18 holes from 6am-12pm: $75
  • 18 holes from 12pm-4pm: $60
  • 9 holes twilight, only available after 4pm: $40

There will be no 9 hole rates prior to 4 pm. The golf course will be walking only unless you have proof of a physical limitation or are over the age of 65. If either applies, it will be ONE rider per golf cart. At this time, the Pro shop remains closed and there will be no food or beverage service available. We will be following strict guidelines as outlined by the State of New Jersey. Please note that rules & rates are subject to change at any time as this remains a very fluid situation.

We’re committed to keeping you updated and informed. Please be on the lookout for future emails and Facebook posts. Once again, thank you for your loyalty and understanding during this unprecedented time. See you on the golf course!!!

-Westwood Golf Club

Course is Opening!

4/29/20

It’s official, Westwood will be opening this Saturday, May 2nd!!! We will begin taking tee times shortly. Please be on the lookout for upcoming emails and Facebook posts regarding tee times and course restrictions!

We look forward to seeing you on the course soon.

COVID-19 Update

3/21/20

To our Golfers & Guests: Following Governor Murphy’s address to the State of New Jersey this afternoon, Westwood Golf Club has decided to close until further notice.

Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak began, the health and safety of our golfers, guests and staff has been our number one priority. We want to thank you for your continued support and cooperation during such an unprecedented time. We’re optimistic that this will be a very temporary situation.

As soon as we get any new information we will pass it along to you, so please be on the look out for future emails and Facebook posts. Once again, thank you for your support and understanding as we are all navigating this very new and fluid situation together.

Please stay safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon!
-Westwood Golf Club

COVID-19 Update

3/20/20

Per new recommendations issued by the Department of Health, Westwood will be open for WALKING ONLY until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

It is important to remember that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a very fluid situation, with new updates happening quickly. We will continue to monitor developments from our state and local governments and as things continue to evolve, we will let you know.

Also, please always remember to always follow the CDC’s main guidelines for the public:
STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK
WASH your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
AVOID touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
COVER your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw it in the trash

Thank you,
Westwood Golf Club

COVID-19 Update

3/16/20

In light of new guidelines outlined today by the State of New Jersey, Westwood Golf Club will be making necessary changes to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Your support and cooperation will be very much appreciated by your fellow golfers, friends, family and our staff.

Our restaurant will be closed until further notice. This obviously comes at a time when we were ecstatic to open our beautiful new restaurant for our golfers and community to enjoy. It is our hope that this situation will be temporary, and as things continue to evolve, we will let you know.

Our golf course will remain open for play. We are fortunate to have 119 acres of fresh air and want to reiterate that the golf course is an open and safe place to be. However, there are some guidelines that we’re asking all golfers to adhere to:
If you are sick or not feeling well, PLEASE STAY HOME. The golf course isn’t going anywhere.

We’ve provided cleansing wipes outside of the Pro Shop for your use, but it is suggested that all golfers bring their own hand sanitizer for use while golfing.
Use social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others) as much as possible.

Please leave the flagstick in the cup, do not pick up other golfers clubs, and forgo the handshake at the end of the round.
Clean out your trash from the golf cart when you finish your round!!!
WASH YOUR HANDS! THOROUGHLY AND OFTEN!
We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting door handles, toilets, faucets and sinks throughout Westwood. Our staff will continue cleaning and disinfecting the steering wheels, seats, and handrails of golf carts after each use.

The safety and well-being of our employees, golfers, and guests is always our TOP priority. We will continue to monitor developments from our state and local governments and want everyone to feel comfortable with knowing that Westwood is a safe and welcoming place to visit and enjoy.
-Westwood Golf Club

COVID-19 Update

3/13/20

At Westwood Golf Club, the safety and well-being of our employees, golfers, and guests is always our priority. We are aware of the presence of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and want to inform you that we have been actively monitoring new developments as they arise. We will continue to monitor and adhere to guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization and the New Jersey Department of Health.

We have been taking precautionary measures and have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting door handles, golf carts, toilets, faucets and sinks throughout Westwood. We want our golfers and guests to feel comfortable with knowing Westwood is a safe and welcoming place to visit and enjoy.

Our staff will continue to follow the recommended precautions below from the CDC, and we encourage our guests to do the same. (www.cdc.gov):

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If you have traveled recently, we ask that you please use your best judgement when it is appropriate for you to visit Westwood. We also ask that should any member of your family or any person you had close contact with test positive for Covid-19 that you please inform us.

Stay safe and healthy!
-Westwood Golf Club

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