Post Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
History of the Clock
For those of you who may not know, we did have
a clock before, but quite frankly, it just wasn’t ‘putting’ it. Especially
during Daylight savings, don’t even get our members started! The importance of
having a good clock on our golf courses is to make sure players can arrive at
tee time promptly and prevent slow play throughout the game.
As we were having our 2019 clubhouse remodel,
the staff’s main focus was to ensure our new clubhouse was top notch and ready to
go for all to enjoy! Behind the scenes, some members had a plan of their own.
A passionate member of The Forest by the name
of Peter Connor decided that The Forest needed its own iconic and high-quality
clock that would last forever. Thank goodness- no more winding the clock
forward or back an hour twice a year, or having to worry about the members
teeing off at the right time! Not only that, the historic clock Peter had in
mind can be seen throughout America’s finest golf courses, country clubs, and resorts
and not in many country clubs locally.
Peter started taking donations for the new
Verdin clock, starting with just a few friends and then creating a chain
reaction of donations. In about two days and 27 participants later, they had
all the funds they needed to purchase the customized Forest Country Club clock
we all know and love today. One of the most important parts was finding the
right spot to showcase the beauty and intricate custom design and also, so
that’s it’s legible for tee times. Thus, the Verdin Company clock found its
home at The Forest Country Club.
This particular Verdin clock is the two-faced
Howard replica with moonlight LED backlighting and clear Arabic font, and
allowing tee time to be seen at dusk or dawn. Verdin has been the master in the
art of handcrafted clock design since 1842. Their clocks serve as a gathering
place and a focal point for some of America’s most exceptional golf courses,
Country Club’s Meaning to You
To Peter Connor, the country club can’t just
be limited to one thing. He and his wife, Fran Connor, say that it’s the
“greatest part of our social life.” Between friends, food, and playing, it’s
all the things in a club you could ask for.
The Forest is leading the Country Clubs of
Southwest Florida by example, especially when it comes to our member
interaction. So, we want to hear what The Forest means to you! Share on
Facebook or Instagram what our country club means to you. We want to hear about
your best experiences because, for us, it’s simply stepping foot in The Forest.