Sigel Golf Course

For an "Unsnobby" Golf Experience

7017 State Route 949

Sigel, PA 15860-3403

814-934-1356    814-741-2804    814-752-2150

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Peter D. Messina, Owner/Operator

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Bright days are ahead for the Sigel Golf Course.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has approved all of the dramatic changed needed to improve the golf course.    We installed a new storm water drainage system that now allows storm water to flow through an underground drainage system into a purification ditch and ending into a Stilling Pond prior to entering the high quality stream located on the golf course. This high quality stream is home to hundreds of trout and other aquatic life. 


OOps!   I spoke too soon.  No sooner that we feel that we can open the golf course, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection pops up with an elaborate plan to close my golf course again in 2015.  We paid them $10,000.00 to settle unproven violations, however, we did not went to prolong the closing since 2011, we paid and desperately worked to get our equipment working so that we could open.  So, at the end of April 2015, we graded a new tee box; mowed the greens; filled in depressions and prepared to repair a broken drainage pipe.  We mowed along the stream which we everyone does everywhere.  Without our knowledge, Ronald Lybrook of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection carried through on his statement that even after we paid the fine, he would be back when the Secretary Krancer of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection left office when the new governor was elected.  Secretary Krancer was instrumental in assisting us in getting Inspector Lybrook to work with us so that we could open the golf course.


Mr. Lybrook is a vindictive man as evidenced that on May 1, 2015, he somehow came onto our golf course and supposedly did an inspection and found hundreds of violations.  There are no violations.  The golf course is more stable now than it was when he was forced to approve of the work we were doing.


Is this not the United States of America?  Someone should tell the DEP and the FISH & Boat Commission. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection invaded our property without probable cause and without a warrant and without my permission.  These are Nazi Tactics or maybe Russian type operations where the government agency can come in like that.  Other state agencies such as the Pennsylvania State Police and others use proper procedures to enforce the law.  Lawyers fear the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection to a point where no one will represent us against them.


​Such fear is a product of years of abuse against the very taxpayers that pay their salaries.  They may opress others, but we have pledged a fight to a point of bankruptcy.  These guys should be hauled off to jail.  That includes the trio of henchmen, i.e., the Jefferson County Conservation District; the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission along with the DEP.


Ok, what is it they say I am doing wrong?  1.  A berm at the perimeter of a private pond about 1000  years from the streak in question is unstable and I have been ordered to grade, seed and mulch.   2.  Depressions on the golf course caused by either fallen and heavy storm water runoff after a long winter.  3.  Everyone's property that sets higher than ours has storm water flowing through their properties and onto our lower property bring dirt into the stream.  The DEP ordered me to build what they call an infiltration ditch to catch everyone's runoff.  The water goes into the 3-foot deep x 6-feetx20-feet ditch that is filled with stones and a 12-inch diameter perforated drainage pipe that cleans the water as it flows through the system into a designed Stilling Pond whereby the runoff  is clean before it gets to the stream.  But, Inspector Lybrook and the others say that runoff brings dirt with it into the stream and they blame me.  So, Mr. Lybrook wants me to rebuild the system, but not before I again for the 3rd time hire a consultant.


To show you how arrogant these people are, when they were ordered by Secretary Krancer to meet with me in Meadville two years ago,  District Director  Kelly Burch was so put out that he wondered why the Secretary would bother with me with so many big things going on in the state.  He then stared before walking out the room and said, "Mr. Messina, you do not have the ability or motivation to complete the work."  Lybrook was present at the meeting and heard it too.  Mr. Burch as well at the PaDep forget that they are public servants.  If a state trooper or local cop said that, even to an offender, they would have some answering to do, however, it seldom happens because they are responsible organizations within our society.

Something has to be done with these people.  My wife and I will engage in the big fight.  If anyone who has been mishandled by the PaDep or their partners the Fish and Boat Commission and the Jefferson County Conservation District, please join me in the fight. I need funds,but that is secondary.  I need the support.

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The greens are much bigger and in the best condition ever.  The T-Boxes have been leveled with new topsoil and grass appropriate for T-Boxes.  In response to complaints about  confusing T-Box locations, new "next Tee" signs have been developed so that everyone will know exactly where the next tee is located.  


Many public golf courses advertise that they have 18-holes when in fact there are less than 18 greens.  They just add a few T-Boxes and duplicate the greens.  Here at the Sigel Golf Course we now have 18 separate greens and 18 separate T-Boxes.  There are no duplicates.

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While sand traps make for a challenging round of golf, we have, instead, dug out "grass" traps.  Instead of sand, there is grass.  It will require the golfer to use a wedge to lift the ball over the lip.  Grass traps are attractively challenging.  We now have 18-separate greens (no duplicates) and 18-separate T-Boxes (no duplicates).


The Sigel Golf Course is a family-oriented golf course.  We want you to come with your spouse, children, in-laws, friends, vacationers, campers and office workers for family fun.  Beginners are as comfortable as seasoned golfers at the Sigel Golf Course because we do encourage beginners to play.  We guarantee that self-conscious players do not have to endure "watchers" at the first T-Box.  


Several ponds have been added.  These ponds quickly became occupied by turtles and fish.  Don't know where they came from, but they have found their way into all of our ponds, just as the Canada Geese visit us often, however, they do not stay.  It's interesting to watch the Canada Geese with the mother up front and the father between the little chicks who tend to walk too fast to try to keep up and tip forward.  They grow fast and leave after a few weeks.  


We have also endeavored to offer custom made golf clubs at a fraction of the cost for name brands.  You can go to Dick's Sporting Store and have a specialist size you for a particular type of name brand for an average of $1,200.00.  We can do more.  We analyze your swing with a live ball right outside the golf shop. From there we are able to recommend either a graphite or steel shaft and the flex of that shaft.  Golf grips are such an important part of your club, yet, most golfers continue year-after-year with the same worn grip.  We recommend re-gripping once a year.  The grip should match the size of your hand and there are as many types of grips as there are hand sizes.


The Sigel Golf Course has called itself "unsnobby" since 2004.  While the Sigel Golf Course is an "Unsnobby" golf course with a relaxed dress code, indecent attire is discouraged.  Shirts do not have to have a collar, just so a shirt is worn.  Shorts are OK, just so they are not hanging  indecently below the hips.  While we do not sell alcoholic beverages, we do allow the BYOB concept.  


You can reserve a time for your family reunion at Sigel Golf.  We can arrange for your cookout or you can bring your own food.  Our prices are much lower than a country club and lower than a regular public 18-Hole golf course.  An executive 18-hole golf course is about 1/2 the size of a regulation golf course which means that you play a round of golf after work or 9 holes at lunch time and get back to work in one hour.   A group of 4 can play 18 holes in about 2-5 hours with no wait time as opposed to 5-hours on a regulation golf course with hours of wait time.  It's a no-brainer.  


Come to Sigel Golf and find out!


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