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Mission Statement

The members of the Pittsburgh Field Club are committed to upholding and advancing the proud history, traditions, and purposes on which the Club was founded and ensuring the continuity of such for generations of members to come.


To that end we will:
  • Manage, maintain, and promote our outstanding golf facility at the highest standard of excellence while promoting the fine traditions of the game.
  • Provide a gracious setting for the daily and special social occasions of its' members and guests.
  • Provide excellent programs and facilities for racquet sports, swimming, skeet. and other athletic and social activities.
  • Provide for and ensure the viability of the Club through sound business practices recognizing the dynamic social, regulatory, and environmental responsibilities of our membership and community.
  • Maintain effective human relations, a respectful work environment, and recruitment practices that allow the club to be the preferred employer in the club industry in this region.

Pittsburgh Field Club Dress Code Policy 2022-2 

PITTSBURGH FIELD CLUB DRESS CODE
The Pittsburgh Field Club dress code policy contributes to the tradition, decorum, and dignity of the Club and applies to the entire Club property from the time of your arrival until your departure. Proper dress while using Club facilities applies to all members, their families, guests, and childcare providers. Members must advise their guests of the Club’s dress policy before arrival. Detailed dress code information, as set forth below, may be forwarded to guests by use of the club’s website https://www.fieldclub.org/About_Us or may be obtained at the front desk.
CLUBHOUSE-including Diebold Tavern, Wanamaker Lounge, Terrace, and Porch
Gentlemen:
  • Tailored slacks or Bermuda length shorts.
  • Collared or turtleneck shirts, tucked in.
  • Sport coat or blazer- optional.
  • Dress shoes/casual dress shoes.
  • Hats removed upon entering the clubhouse.
Ladies:
  • Dress, skirts near Bermuda length; khakis or pants; opened collared shirt or sweater.
  • Classic, modest, tasteful, and tailored outfits.
  • Dress shoes or dress sandals.
 
MEN’S CARD ROOM/GRILL
Gentlemen:
  • Button-down, Polo style shirts that are long or short sleeved, turtleneck, or mock turtleneck, that must be tucked in.
  • Tasteful and appropriate tailored slacks or shorts of near-Bermuda or walking-short length.
  • Dress loafers, golf shoes, athletic shoes and closed-toed sandals are acceptable.
  • Hats removed in the card room/men’s grill.
POOL COMPLEX
  • Bathing suits and swim trunks with proper body coverage are required.
  • Swimwear and bare feet are restricted to the Aquatic Center and not permitted in the main clubhouse or parking lots.
  • Cover-ups and plain t-shirts must be worn upon entering and exiting the Aquatic Center.
  • Shoes, sandals, or flip-flops must be worn when walking outside of the pool complex to your vehicle.
  • Infants must wear swim diapers & plastic diaper covers in the pool.
Gentlemen:
  • No cut offs, denim, compression shorts.
  • No exposed underwear worn under swimwear.
Ladies:
  • No Brazil/French-cut thong style and/or revealing swim wear, sports bras, cut-offs, and denim.
GOLF COURSE, PRACTICE RANGE, INDOOR FACILITY IN SHORT GAME AREA
Gentlemen:
  • Polo style shirts that are long or short sleeved, turtleneck, or mock turtleneck, that must be tucked in.
  • Tasteful and appropriate tailored slacks or shorts of near-Bermuda or walking-short length; shoes with non-metal spikes.
  • Hats are to be worn forward and removed upon entering the clubhouse.
Ladies:
  • Tops that are long or short-sleeved, sleeveless, turtleneck or mock turtleneck, that must be tucked in unless designed to flare out 3 to 4 inches below the waist.  No racerback tops.
  • Tailored slacks, capri pants, tasteful and appropriate shorts skorts, skirts and dresses of near-Bermuda or walking-short length; shoes with non-metal spikes.
All:  Please note that some items sold in the golf shop are designed for lifestyle pieces and are not considered appropriate attire for the clubhouse or the golf facilities.
 
RACQUETS COMPLEX
Predominant color of white for Tennis Courts (No predominant color for paddle/pickleball courts)
Gentlemen:
  • Shirt with sleeves, turtleneck, tennis shorts or warm-ups.
  • Warm-ups, sweatshirt, and/or outerwear worn over shirts.
  • Tennis specific shoes.
 
Ladies:
  • Shirt with or without sleeves, turtleneck, mock turtleneck.
  • Warm-ups, sweatshirt, and/or outerwear worn over shirts.
  • Tennis skirt, shorts or skorts.
  • Tennis specific shoes.
SPECIAL EVENTS AT/IN ANY OF THE CLUB FACILITIES
Any dress code to the contrary will be addressed in the invitation/flyer for that event.
UNIVERSAL RULES
The following items are inappropriate anywhere on club grounds regardless of gender:
  • Exposed undergarments.
  • See-through fabric without proper lining.
  • Bare midriffs.
  • Shorts, skirts, skorts and dresses with a hemline shorter than mid-thigh.
  • Clothing or sweatshirts with large brand names, images, slogans, or logos
   (Golf or tennis sweaters with  a hood are acceptable.)
  • Torn, sloppy, un-tailored or the appearance of excessively worn garments or shoes.
  • Bare feet (except at the pool during season and locker rooms).
  • Flip-flops in all dining areas.
  • Denim is not permitted in any venue, except 1882 and the Skeet complex from September through May.               
CHILDREN
All children above toddler age should adhere to the same dress code as our ladies and gentlemen.
 
ENFORCEMENT
The Board of Directors has empowered PFC managers and employee partners to enforce our dress code.
Members must understand the foregoing rules are neither all-inclusive nor conclusive, due to the nature of fashion and personal taste. The Board of Directors and GM/COO reserves the right to judge members dress code decisions on a case-by-case basis.  

Members assume the responsibility to inform their guests as to the contents of the dress code so that it does not fully fall solely upon the staff to do so once the guests arrive at PFC.
 


 

Pittsburgh Field Club History

Near what is now the corner of Forbes Avenue and South Braddock Avenue in the Regent Square section of Pittsburgh was the original home for the Pittsburgh Cricket Club, chartered into existence on April 1, 1882. Cricket was the only sport played at the Cricket Club until 1895. At that point, after golf was introduced to the Cricket Club members by John Moorehead Jr., three rudimentary golf holes were constructed as the Club was reorganizing to provide its members lively activities in all branches of sport and social recreation.

New clubs like the Duquesne Country and Athletic Club (DCAC) were forming at that time with emphasis on team sports such as baseball, football, and basketball. On June 6, 1896, the newly named Pittsburgh Field Club applied for and was granted a charter under the intent to be a country club where sports were to be played as recreation and social features of club life were to be given special prominence.

On July 3, 1914, Henry Clay Frick, the owner of the land on which the club resided, terminated the lease immediately leading to a decline in membership and an immediate search for other property. Later that year, under the leadership of member J.H. Tonkin and his newly formed grounds committee, the Club purchased 171 acres on which the property still exists. Construction of the golf course began in August of 1914 under the watchful eye of Alexander H. Findlay, the “Father of American Golf”, and was completed and open for play on June 1, 1915. The original clubhouse was also completed in June of 1915 just in time for a formal grand opening. Sadly, on April 14, 1924, the original clubhouse burned to the ground. One year later, a new clubhouse was constructed which still exists today.
The Club has evolved throughout the years and continues to provide its members, their families and guests the opportunity of numerous activities, both social and athletic. Since its inception in 1882, the club has offered the following sports: Cricket, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Paddle Tennis, Skeet Shooting, Fishing, and Bowling plus numerous social and family activities.   

 THE GOLF COURSE What started as a three hole course on the H.C. Frick property in 1895, to today’s 18 hole layout complete with unparalleled practice facilities and course conditions, the story of golf at the Pittsburgh Field Club is ever changing.

The original design of the golf course at its present day location was done by Alexander H. Findlay and was constructed by Fred Pickering. Many of the original holes or parts of the original holes are still in use today; however, some of his original holes like the 600 yard par 6 #12 played to an island green followed by “Gibraltar”, a 165 yard par 3 with its green perched on top of a sharp cliff have gone away.

Since that time, the golf course and property have undergone numerous changes. Properties were purchased that are now the practice area as well as the current #11 and #12 holes. Modifications to the golf course have been done by Donald Ross, Albert (A.W.) Tillinghast, Willie Park Jr., Emil Loeffler & John McGlynn, Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills, Craig Schreiner, Tripp Davis, and Keith Foster which have created the layout that exists today.

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

In May of 1937, The Pittsburgh Field Club hosted the PGA Championship with players competing for a purse of $12,000. Players such as Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Paul Runyan, and defending champion Denny Shute competed over two days of stroke play qualifying followed by four days of match play. In the end, Denny Shute defended his title defeating Jug McSpaden on the first hole of sudden death.

 In June of 1953, the Field Club hosted one of the qualifying rounds for the US Open that was contested at Oakmont CC. At that time, all players with the exception of the defending champion had to participate in 36 holes of stroke play qualifying Tuesday and Wednesday before the championship proper. The US Open was eventually won by Ben Hogan who defeated Sam Snead by six shots.

In July of 1959, the Field Club hosted the Western Open a long standing tour event rich in history and tradition. Scores were low and on the final day, the final pairing consisted of Arnold Palmer and Mike Souchak. Palmer missed a 3 ½ foot putt for par on the final hole and Souchak claimed victory with rounds of 67-66-69-71-273 and took home his $5000 fist place prize. Incidentally, a 19 year old amateur named Jack Nicklaus led the amateur group of players.
 In 2003, The Field Club hosted one of the qualifying rounds for the US Amateur Championship that was contested at Oakmont CC. A field of over 300 players competed to make it to match play. In the end, Nick Flanagan defeated Casey Wittenberg in 37 holes.
  The Field Club has also hosted many Pennsylvania Golf and Western Pennsylvania Golf Association events over the years to continue its history of championship golf.
 

THE ELEVATOR

 The original 18th hole at the Pittsburgh Field Club was a severely uphill 277 yard par 4 that played to the top of “Pike’s Peak”; the site of the present day practice putting green. The hole was modified in 1930 but the strenuous, severe uphill climb for golfers was still there. Golf cars were unheard of and on hot summer days, the risk of fatal heart attacks was real. Tradition and anecdotes indicate that fatal heart attacks did occur and as a result, the final chapter of the hole was written in 1938. In that year, an elevator was erected beside #17 green which transported golfers up 70 feet to the 265 foot long bridge leading them to the newly constructed 18th tee at the top of the hill. The hole became a par 3 and remains that way today. The elevator ride to the top takes 39 seconds and still transports thousands of golfers every year.