Pittsburgh National Golf Club Review


May 19th, 2014 04:36

Reviewer

First Name RIP
Last Name DeerRun
Handicap 10

Course Review and Comments

I have played this course since it opened. I suffered thru the bad times, enjoyed the good, I still believe in the potential of the course, but I have come to the conclusion the end is near.
The current owner has no idea on how to run a golf course. He does not understand the money this course could generate if it were to be managed correctly.
It's possible I may be wrong, and he may be managing the facility to meet his own goals. There are the mineral rights etc, and he does not need to make money, maybe this is a write-off for him. If that is the case, then as the owner, it is his right to run the place into the ground. But if that is the case, would it not be easier just to close it down?
Very little that has been done makes sense, and the evidence is plentiful:
- The superintendent who was trying to bring the course back was let go. In fact, a lot of good people who helped in a positive way have been let go over the past year.
- People who were very good at dealing with the public were fired for bogus reasons
- What was done in the main bar was very nice, but the wall that created the 4-star restaurant (which never served a meal) cut the room in half and eliminated the patio. More money was spent to try to open that area up, time will tell.
- Money spent on cutting the pro shop in half.
- One of the few grass ranges in the area has not been used in over a year, now open for teed practice only. This is easy money, pick of the balls and cut the grass. But the grass is now sparse, needs more time. Why was this not properly completed?
- Traps taken out on one and eight, replaced with dirt and mud. Why was this not properly completed?
- Tee torn out on seven, s till a pile of dirt. Why was this not properly completed?
- No work done on the par 3 tees - they are a disaster already
- Dandelions in full bloom, clover in abundance.
- What were once rated as the best fairways in the city, are in a state of decline. Hard Pan areas are expanding rapidly,
- Raised prices in the bar area, $20 for a pitcher of beer, a $1 charge for ice to keep a $15 six-pack cold. Guys are leaving after their rounds to go elsewhere. They are forcing people out. I believe the manager of the restaurant is a major issue.
In my opinion, you cannot maintain a course with a part time superintendent, and with minimal staff and budget. Once the greens fees go to $55 on June 1, I predict play will decline, it is not a $55 course at this time. Once play declines, the price will drop, and the people who drive carts close to the greens and refuse to fix divots and ball marks will return, and the downward spiral will continue. I have nothing against Rose Ridge, it has its place. But unless something is done soon, Pgh Nat'l is on its way to becoming a Rose Ridge, with higher potential.

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Date course was played Sunday 18th of May 2014
Price paid for golf 40
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Play Again Yes
Recommend No

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