Totteridge Golf Club opens up to public
TribLIVE Sports Videos
One of the top golf courses in Western Pennsylvania has gone public.
Totteridge Golf Club, which opened as a private, membership-only course near Greensburg in 2001, has become the latest private country club to open its course to the public. It will also be a semi-private facility.
It joins Oak Tree, Alcoma, St. Jude and Duquesne as private clubs to go public because of the struggling economy.
Totteridge, which is ranked No. 11 in Pennsylvania by Golf Digest, and No. 3 in Western Pa., behind only Oakmont Country Club and Laurel Valley Golf Club, is considered by many golfers a hidden jewel.
Before it became public, some elite celebrities were seen playing the course including Mario Lemieux, Michael Jordan, Colorado pitcher Jason Marquis and PGA golfer Rocco Mediate, who bought a townhouse on the property.
Owner Tom Tanto hired San Antonio-based Foresight Golf to maintain the club and Rees Jones-designed course.
Armen Suny, acting general manager at Totteridge and project manager for Foresight Golf, said the decision to go public was made during the winter.
"We looked at the golf market across the country, and there are fewer clubs and fewer memberships," Suny said. "We have one of the finest golf courses in the country, and we wanted to open it to the public so they could experience it and see our properties."
Totteridge is a golf community still offering properties.
"We're doing a lot of different things," Suny said. "Jones designed the course for championship events. We want to make the course more player-friendly. We've cut the roughs down and are putting the tee locations to suit all types of players."
Another thing they've done is to allow juniors to play free with a paying adult.
"Many people who have already played the course said they are coming back," said Suny, who grew up in Philadelphia.
Suny also has worked at Merion Golf Club, Aronimink Golf Club and Rolling Green Golf Club near Philadelphia, and for Castle Pines Golf Club, Cherry Hills Country Club and Shadow Creek.
"We're just kicking off advertising and installing a new system," Suny said.
The club recently named Frank Heinen the new pro. Ed Miller, chief operating officer of Foresight Golf, and Suny are graduates of Penn State's golf course management program.Additional Information:
Check it out ...
The Totteridge Golf Club Web site offers an extensive look at the course if you're considering a round of 18 at the Greensburg facility.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Eagle egg breaks, parents abandon nest
- Toole decides to remain at Robert Morris after interviewing with Fordham
- Warrant issued for Hopwood man accused of burglary
- Improperly tapped gas line a possibility in NYC blast
- Ligonier Valley YMCA marks start of 32,000-square-foot expansion
- Penguins coach Johnston’s mother dies
- West Virginia men’s basketball team hopes best is yet to come
- Key Pennsylvania judicial races dot landscape
- Norwin High School health teacher charged with selling heroin
- Region’s Goodwill spends $51.6M in 2014, report says
- Airstrikes intensify in Yemen as Egypt, Saudis consider ground forces