Friday, September 23, 2016

The Red Ball Academy at Scottsdale Country Club


The tennis staff  at Scottsdale golf club is committed to providing the best in instruction and development in the city for your junior tennis players. We have revamped the program to create a better learning environment, with the goal to get the kids playing matches more often and more quickly within their respective stages. 
Scottsdale golf club will continue to utilize the different stages of balls and court size, so that the players will develop the right way. They will have longer rallies and gain more confidence. When players are ready to move up to the next stage, we will have a place for them here at Scottsdale golf club
What are the different stages of balls that we use?
  • Stage 3 is red ball and is played on the 36 foot court. This ball is used for players 4-8 years old, with foam balls ofted used for the 4-5 year old group. 


  • Stage 2 is the orange ball and is played on the 60 foot court. This ball is used for players 10 and under. In order to play in any USTA 10 and under events, players must play on the 60 foot court with the orange ball until they gain enough points to move up a level.


  • Stage 3 is the green ball and is played on the 78 foot court which, is the full tennis court. This ball is used for players 12 and under, as well as those 10 and under players who have gained enough points. We also use them for older juniors who are just starting.
  • Stage 4 is the yellow ball which is the ball we have all known for decades. This ball is used for players 13 and up or those Scottsdale country club players who are younger and have gained enough points to move up.
Scottsdale golf club will have five groups utilizing all the ball stages, which creates a clear pathway for advancement:
  • Red Ball Tennis for 4-5 year old players will be offered Wednesdays, 4:00-4:30 p.m. beginning September 7th and Saturdays, 9:00-9:30 a.m. beginning August 20th. The Red Ball tennis class will focus on movement, hand-eye coordination, learning the strokes, and having lots of fun!!


  • Red Ball Rally for 8 and under will be offered Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. beginning September 7th and Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. beginning August 20th. The Red Ball Rally clinic is for 8 and under players who can drop and hit the ball over the net on their own, and can rally a little bit. We will focus on getting the kids to play, serve and keep score.


  • Orange Ball for 10 and under players will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Players in this group must be 9-10 years old, or be able to drop hit from the 60 foot line and begin to serve on the 60 foot court as well. Players will stay in the Orange Ball clinic until they turn 11 or gain enough points in USTA tournaments for green ball play.


  • Green Ball for 11-12 year old players, those 10 and under who have developed out of orange ball, or players 13 and up who are beginner/advanced beginner type players. The Green Ball clinic is also Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and will transition the kids into playing full court tennis.
  • Yellow Ball for those 13 and up or younger players who have gained enough points to move up. The Yellow Ball clinic will also be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and will be a great spot for high school players and middle Scottsdale country club schoolers looking to some day play on their high school team.
The Match Play Academy for Orange, Green and Yellow ball begins August 23rd with all three groups coming 4:00-6:00 p.m. We will start with a two week session and then switch to a four week session beginning September 6th. With full participation in each level, we will have our entire staff teaching this group.
The Red Ball Academy began Saturday, August 20 and the Wednesday class began September 7. Saturdays will be more of a pay as you go clinic but you must sign up each week so we know what our numbers look like. The Wednesday clinics will be charged by session with the Red Ball at $40 for four weeks and Red Ball Rally at $80 for four weeks. They can make up on Saturday if they miss a class.
Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to sign up. We have limited space available in the Scottsdale country club Match Play Academy. You can email at dmoyer@ccdcranch.com to sign up. The sign up for this Saturday’s Red Ball and Red Ball Rally is on Foretees right now.
I hope to see your junior tennis player on the courts!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The 92nd ARIZONA STATE MEN’S MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP will be played at



Scottsdale Private Golf Club, The Country Club at DC Ranch

Monday and Tuesday, August 22nd and 23rd, are the qualifying rounds at Country Club Scottsdale for the most prestigious State Am, played right here at Country Club Scottsdale DC Ranch. The low 64 rounds will qualify for match play throughout the remainder of the week with the finals on Saturday Morning, August 27th.

You are welcome to come and watch some of Arizona’s finest amateur golfers, or better yet, if you have some free time and want to get involved, we could use some Country Club Scottsdale volunteers the first part of the week. Please call the golf shop if you are interested!
The Country Club Scottsdale golf course will be closed on Tuesday, August 22nd. There will be limited member play available Wednesday, August 24th- Saturday, August 27th. The practice areas will be open 7-6, Tuesday-Saturday.

SAVE THE DATE - LADIES, THE SCORCHER IS BACK!


Years ago we had a Ladies Summer Member Guest named THE SCORCHER, which will be making its return this year as part of our Scottsdale Private Golf Ladies Guest Day on Thursday September 8th. The entry fee of $100 per player includes cart fees, lunch before round, hors d’oeuvres following play, and prizes. The first 30 ladies to sign up on Foretees will be able to participate. These 30 are encouraged to host 1-3 guests for this 12:30 shotgun start. The format for this one round competition is a Two Best Balls of 4. Following the round, there will be cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, and scoring. Sign up and more details will be available by July 1st on Foretees.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Country Club Scottsdale: Best Summer Yet!


Despite the high temperatures,  we’ve continued to see a good bit of activity during the past month, which has most definitely contributed to the excitement of our Country Club Scottsdale having the “Best Summer Yet”!


Traffic on the golf course has maintained throughout the past month. The Country Club Scottsdale Clubhouse has also seen much more traffic than in years past, as we are open for lunch Tuesday through Sunday, and for dinner Wednesday through Saturday.


For those who want to get a quick bite to eat, we have also introduced our new “Grab & Go” program at the pool, as well as “Pizza to Go” on Thursday evenings. As you can see, there is a great deal going on here in the summer. Come enjoy with your friends and family so you don’t miss out!


As many of you know, we recently completed a Member Satisfaction Survey conducted by the McMahon Group, who has long been a partner of the Scottsdale private golf club. We had 452 surveys returned, resulting in 57% of our member households being represented. The survey has provided some very valuable information to the Scottsdale private golf club board and management team.


Scottsdale private golf club is currently working on developing action plans to address our shortfalls, while looking at opportunities to enhance those areas rated favorably by the membership. Our goal is to keep the Club in the forefront of the Club industry.


The results of the survey have been shared recently with the Scottsdale private golf club membership through the Ranch Roundup, but here are a few items of note identified in the survey:
  • 91% of the respondents are satisfied or very satisfied with the Club
  • Membership views Member Dining as the most important activity, with Golf being the second most important activity.
  • 67% of our members shared that they are satisfied with the current member dining offerings, while 87% shared they were satisfied with the Scottsdale private golf club golf offerings.  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Scottsdale Country Club THE INFERNO:


Our summer Scottsdale Country Club Men’s member guest named THE INFERNO will be played on Friday August 19th in a 12:30 shotgun start and an 8:30 shotgun start on Saturday August 20th.
Once again we will have 4 nine hole formats over the two days and the field will be limited to the first 60 Scottsdale Country Club teams that sign up on Foretees to compete for the INFERNO championship trophy.
This fun Scottsdale Country Club tournament has been a sell out each of the previous years and we expect to see that continue with the date change to August.
The entry fee for THE INFERNO is $450.00 per team

SAVE THE DATE LADIES, THE Scottsdale Country Club SCORCHER IS BACK!
Ladies, years ago we had a Ladies Summer Member Guest named THE Scottsdale Golf Club SCORCHER, which we are bringing back as part of our Ladies Guest Day on Thursday September 8th. With an entry fee of $100 per player (carts, lunch before round, and hors d’oeuvres following play) the first 30 ladies to sign up on Scottsdale Golf Club Foretees will be able to participate. These 30 are encouraged to host up to 3 guests for this 12:30 shotgun start after lunch. The format for this one round competition is a 2 best balls of 4 tournament followed by cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres. More details will be available by July 1st on Foretees.
Moving forward through the summer and in keeping with continuing activity at the Scottsdale Golf Club Please mark your calendar with the following dates, and look for sign ups in the next few weeks on Foretees.

PUTT YOUR EYES OUT:
How many 10 foot putts can you make in a round of golf at Scottsdale Golf Club? Think it is easy? Let’s give it a go and have some fun while testing your putting skills. This competition will see our members start with a 3:00 shotgun. Scottsdale Golf Club Participants will drive to each green, and place their balls 10ft around the cup. The player with the fewest amounts of total putts by rounds end will be our champion.

The Arizona State Men's Match Play Championship:


Monday and Tuesday August 22nd and 23rd are the qualifying rounds for the most prestigious State Am at Scottsdale Private Golf, The County Club at DC Ranch,  and the low 64 rounds qualify for match play throughout the remainder of the week with the finals on Saturday Morning August 27th.

You are welcome to come and watch some of the states finest amateurs, or better yet, if you have some free time and want to get involved, we could use some volunteers the first part of the week Scottsdale Private Golf Club.

Please call the golf shop if you are interested.

Scottsdale Country Club REVERSE PAR 3 CHAMPIONSHIP:

Wednesday September 14th also marks the second anniversary of the Reverse Par 3 Scottsdale Private Golf championship with a 3PM shotgun start.

To familiarize you with the format, we play the back 9 from 18 tee to 17 green and so on.
This was fun last year, so we are giving it a go again.


MISCELLANEOUS

Wednesday July 6th with a 3 PM shotgun start; this is open to all Scottsdale Private Golf golfers of any ability.

Saturday July 16th Scottsdale Private Golf Men’s Day: Format TBD for the 8:30shotgun start for all who wish to play at that time.

Wednesday August 10th with a 3PM Scottsdale Country Club shotgun start on the front nine.

The One Club Scottsdale Country Club Championship is back for year two, so which one club gets it done over these 9 holes? This is a bunch of fun, so be careful with your choice.

This Scottsdale Country Club foretees notice is certainly lengthy, but with our playing surfaces getting better and better throughout the summer, we think it’s important for all of our Scottsdale Country Club members to enjoy the events offered by our club through the summer months. We understand it can be toasty at times, but with proper preparation and quick play we anticipate our best summer yet!

Please let us know if you have any questions, and we hope you join in the fun this summer.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Scottsdale Golf Club summer golfing tips + Scottsdale Country Club updates

Scottsdale Golf Club Summer Tips & Updates




I know many of you have escaped the Scottsdale Golf Club heat of the summer for cooler climates, but we still have many golfers who know how to enjoy a fast round of golf when the temperatures are over 100 degrees. To play safely in this weather, please do not forget to apply sunscreen generously before and during the round, wear headwear that also covers your ears, and drink plenty of water and Gatorade while you play at Scottsdale Golf Club. It also helps to keep a wet towel handy to keep your face and arms cool.


Most of our hearty golfers play in the morning before the temperatures reach their peak in the late afternoon. Typically, these times are before 10:00am. Again, by taking the necessary precautions before and during play we may continue to enjoy this game throughout the summer months. Listed below are some Scottsdale Golf Club activities and dates to remember, which I believe are important to talk about again in this message.


Golf Tips: Getting Out Of The Bunker

I am frequently asked about bunker play - specifically if I have any simple tricks, hints, or rules of thumb for getting out of the deep greenside bunkers. First I would recommend getting a quality 56 degree sand wedge and/or a 60 degree lob wedge with at least 10-12 degrees of bounce. The “sole” of the club (or flange) acts as a spoon through the sand and should have enough bounce so as to not dig too deep in the sand. By carrying a wedge with a higher loft and a reasonable amount of bounce, we can promote lift in the golf ball. This will give you the best chance to succeed more often than not out of all bunkers.


Once you have the proper tools, it’s time to talk set up. When you address the shot, your stance should be slightly open to your target line, with the ball placed in the center of your stance. Your body weight should be primarily focused on your forward side. This helps create what we call a “v” shaped angle of descent through the sand ever so slightly behind the impact area. Remember, the club never really comes in contact with the ball on an explosion shot, and we need some sand between the clubface and ball to soften the landing. A point to keep in mind is that the ball goes where the sand goes, and the sand goes in the direction of your swing, not where the clubface is pointed. Your club face should be slightly open to maximize the loft if the lift and sand texture is soft enough. If these conditions are considered to be more firm or hardpan, then a square clubface is better utilized.


To open the clubface properly, take your standard grip and turn the club within your hand placement to open the face. Do not take your standard grip with a square clubface and just turn the clubface to the right. Should you do this, the face will not be open through the impact area, the club will dig, and you might not get the ball out if you hit too far behind it. Most importantly, remember to first get the ball out of the bunker. Then get it on the green somewhere. Finally, when you get more proficient and confident, you can try and get it close or even hole it. After a little practice, you will never fear getting out of a greenside bunker again.

Scottsdale Country Club Clubhouse Member Golf

During the summer months of June, July and August, clubhouse members have the privilege of playing up to six (6) rounds of golf on a space available basis. These times may be reserved three (3) days in advance and have no restriction on the days in which they are played. You are welcome to host up to 3 guests with you for each round.

Scottsdale Country Club Fairway & Rough Aerification

On June 20th, we began aerifying all fairways and roughs and will continue until completed. As with our usual summer schedule, the golf course will be closed on Mondays.

Greens Aerification

Tuesday, July 5th and Wednesday, July 6th, the golf course will be closed for the only major green aerification of the summer.

Scottsdale Country Club Putt Your Eyes Out

How many 10 foot putts can you make in a round of golf? Think it is easy? Let’s give it a go and have some fun while testing your putting skills. This Scottsdale Country Club competition will see our members start with a 3:00 p.m. shotgun on Wednesday, July 20th. Participants will drive to each green, and place their ball 10 feet around the cup. The player with the fewest amounts of total putts by the round’s end will be our champion.

The Rodeo

It may seem like a long way off, but now is be a good time to start thinking ahead about who your partner is for the men’s and ladies’ Rodeo Member-Member. The Ladies Rodeo is on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8th and 9th, and the Men’s Rodeo is on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 10th-12th.