Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses Affected By Weather

Last month’s weather was very interesting and atypical, especially considering that predictions were for a warmer, drier winter this year. All rain is welcome rain and Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  definitely got our fair share, as did the entire state. Hector Vasquez, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Phoenix, said “the desert rains and high-country snowpack have diminished long-term drought conditions from severe to abnormally dry. However, in order for the drought to be greatly improved, Arizona must receive consistent rainfall over a longer period of time, as well as snow in the mountains, the runoff of which feeds the reservoirs that store Valley water.” Arizona Republic

Now that February is here we should start enjoying some of Scottsdale Private Golf Courses . The turf at most Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  has already begun to respond with increased growth and color. The greens at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  will continue to improve as the underlying bermudagrass starts to emerge from dormancy. Over the course of the month Scottsdale Golf Club will be lowering the heights of cut of all our mowers, spiking and topdressing greens, and slicing rough (very thin slits). These are the initial phases of the Scottsdale Golf Club bermudagrass transition program. Later this month Scottsdale Golf Club will be stripping, leveling, and sodding an area of approximately 13,000 square feet on the front of the main driving range tee. This is the same process which  Scottsdale Golf Club just completed on the back of the Scottsdale Golf Club range tee last month and will provide us with both short term (improved practice surface) and long term (level tee) benefits. Lastly, we offer these reminders for more enjoyable and playable course conditions at Scottsdale Golf Club

1) Please repair ballmarks – ballmarks – ballmarks.
2) Please continue to use sand & seed to fill divots.
3) Please enter & exit at low areas of bunkers.
4) And please keep pushcarts off of tees, collars, and approaches.

Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 Scottsdale Country Club New Board

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the  Scottsdale Country Club annual meeting last month. For those of you who couldn’t be there, I’d like to share the results of our recent election and to welcome this year’s Scottsdale Country Club Board of Directors. We have three new directors joining the board this year: JoeGirardi, John Roussel and Alan Sears who have all been elected to three-year terms.

Rich Burger will chair this year’s Finance Committee and serve as the Scottsdale Country Club Vice President. Rich and his wife Cindy have been members at the Club since 2011 and both love playing golf, and also enjoy many of the other amenities at the Club. In the past few years, Rich served on the Scottsdale Country Club Greens and Grounds Committee before joining the Board and served as its Chair this past year. Rich retired from Coleman Cable, Inc. at the end of 2013 where he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Coleman, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Burns Aerospace Corporation. Cindy and Rich have two daughters, and are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren, all under the age of five - four boys and one girl.

John Misner will chair our Scottsdale Country Club Membership Committee and serve as our Scottsdale Country Club Secretary. John and his wife Angela have been Golf members of the Club for 14 years. John recently retired as the President & General Manager of 12News (NBC) and 12News.com. He now works for Arizona State University having recently joined the faculty at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. In this role, he also serves as a senior counselor to Arizona PBS and is also a special adviser to the Arizona State University Foundation. With this recent change in careers, John is hoping to increase his use of, Scottsdale Private Golf Courses, tennis facility, as well as the other social amenities of the Club.

Janet Pennewell, our Immediate Past President, will remain on the Board during the coming year serving as the Chair of our newly created Facilities Master Planning Committee. Janet and her husband, Larry Josephson, have been members of Scottsdale Private Golf Courses since 2006. They are active golfers and consider the Club their home away from home. Janet is entering her third year on the Board and has served the Club on multiple committees during her time here. Janet works as a realtor for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s, specializing in the local market, but also brings many years of executive level experience working with major financial institutions. Janet’s new Facilities team is challenged to develop solutions to Scottsdale Private Golf Courses   and to communicate to the membership those plans which are in the best long-term interests of the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses   As her team meets over this spring, we will be communicating their findings to all members, since by year-end we expect a membership vote needed on the expansion of those facilities.

Our new Director, Joe Girardi, will be chairing the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  Golf & Grounds Committee which will mark the first year that the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  Greens & Grounds and Golf Committees will be combined. The goal of this committee will be tomaintain play counts throughout the year, as well as identifying opportunites to enhance the on-course experience, at the same time expanding sustainability efforts with our agronomic approach to the course. Joe has been a member of the Club since 2013. He has served on the House Committee, as well as the ad hoc committee coordinating the recent club house and tennis facility renovations. Joe has been an attorney over the past 40 years, focusing his practice in environmental law and commercial real estate. Joe and his wife Shannon have been members of Oak Park Country Club in suburban Chicago for 25 years where he served on various committees. John Roussel has been a member of the Club since 2014. During his time at the Club, he has served on both the Finance and Tennis Committees. For 2017, John will be serving as Chair of the Tennis Committee. As an active tennis player, John is perfectly suited to chair this committee as we aim to continue growing our tennis program at the Club. John is also an active golfer and holds a single digit handicap. John and his wife, Bonnie, very much enjoy the club and the wonderful facilities and programs that are available to members. In his professional life, John serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Shamrock Foods Company. Over the years, he has served on boards of many private companies, as well as several non-profit organizations.Our third new Director, Alan Sears, will Chair the House Committee. He has been a member of the Club since 2012 and uses the Club frequently for many purposes -- for family, social, sports, and business and as an extension of their neighborhoodhome for family and friends. For the past 20+ years, Alan led a start-up legal group from a single team member based in Scottsdale to now 250+ FTE’s and 3,000+ allied lawyers in 45 nations, providing a range of legal services from strategic planning, training, funding and advocacy, including litigation and legislative support. Alan has previously served as a member of the House Committee which he will chair in 2017. Alan andhis wife, Paula, both support the golf and tennis programs and are excited about the opportunity to protect the value and the experience that is found nowhere else in the U.S. aiming to keep The Country Club at DC Ranch thriving and increasing in value and quality.

Finally, I am honored to serve as your Club President this year. Mywife, Marty, and I have been members of the Country Club since we moved to Scottsdale in 2009. We enjoy playing golf several times per week, and occasionally can be found at the pool when our four grandkids visit from Seattle. We also very much enjoy the dining and club events. I am entering my third year on the Board, having served as Chair of the Finance Committee these past two years. Serving as Vice President to Janet this past year, gave me a good appreciation for the challenges of our club. Itis because of the exceptional work of those who have served in the past, that DC Ranch is very well positioned to become the premier club in the valley, achieving the highest levels of membership satisfaction. Our new Board will focus its efforts during the next year in completing those initiatives that were identified during the development of our 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. While we identified golf as a declining sport nationally, we have agreat program under Dick Hyland’s fine leadership.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Greetings Scottsdale Golf Club members!

We certainly hope everyone had a great holiday having fun with family and friends, which is what it is all about, isn’t it? We are now moving into the championship phase of the year which starts with both match and stroke play competitions. The signup deadlines for a few of them have expired and the brackets have been made by random draw as recommended by the USGA. For the remaining few that are still available, please be sure to sign up on Foretees as soon as possible. The match play brackets are posted in the locker rooms, as well as in the golf shop, so be sure to check them out and contact your opponent to schedule your match.
A reminder for this year at  Scottsdale Golf Club: there is no booking of starting times beyond the seven days in advance period. In addition to this, you are asked to contact the professional staff when you have decided which tees you will play from for the entire competition. There will be no changing tees from match to match.
The Chill,  our Winter Gentlemen’s Member/Guest will be held in January.

We are pleased to see so many ladies committed to working on their golf games with the support of our PGA professional instruction staff. We are averaging twenty-four (24) per week through the first five weeks of instruction, focusing on course, full swing, as well as all phases of the short game and uneven lies. If you would like to participate, please be sure to sign up on Foretees or call the golf shop to ensure the proper amount of instructors are available.

We believe that Thursdays are more about socializing, with golf and a friendly competition coming as a bonus to this, and it's that atmosphere that has driven our Thursday ladies numbers to double from last season. As always, should you like to participate in this we ask that you sign-up ahead of time on Foretees to reserve your spot.

We are pleased to announce Penny Rady and Debbie Hajekerou, who played admirably against their fellow DC Ranch competitors, and qualified to represent us all at the AWGA State Medallion Championship at Pebble Creek, January 14th and 15th. Good luck, as we know you will try
your best on every shot! The Club had two men’s teams compete in the AGA Team
Championship at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. The teams of Mike Thorell with Gordon Jakel played well, as did Steve Mindak and Alfred Hackbarth. Way to go gentlemen!

I'm sure some of you have practiced your short game at the north end of the practice area and found yourself wondering; “what experiment is being done on the green?”. In summary, from south to north, each third of the green has test plots with three varieties of Bermudagrass being considered for the future. The southernmost is G12 Champion Bermuda, the middle third is Mini Verde and the
northern third is our currently used Tif Eagle. The Scottsdale Country Club green has not been overseeded in two (2) years, yet the green color on the western half of the green is colored fertilizer and the brownish eastern half is dormant Bermuda.
We are testing to see whether or not we really need to overseed our greens at all, how playable they would be in the cooler temperatures, and what the recovery time would be from ball marks and old cups healing. One thing we do know is we can keep them green and they will transition nicely in
the spring and should be smooth and fast. Please practice your short game and let us know your thoughts.

We are continuing to spot seed some of our golf course greens to keep them healthy, dense and green through the next few months. Combined with light topdressing and verticutting, the surfaces should be very playable and roll nicely.

We know there are many Scottsdale Country Club golfers who have shot their age in their career and want to recognize you on a plaque in the Clubhouse, yet we have only had a few respond. If you have done this terrific feat, please contact us so we can recognize and record your fine play. One thing we have learned is that Jack Fairfield has scored better than his age more than 35 times. Oh my! We know
there are many more of you, so please let us know.

Let’s go play!

Friday, February 3, 2017

New Year at Scottsdale Country Club

Happy New Year from Scottsdale Country Club!

As we move past the holiday season I am truly excited for what the New Year has to bring to us. The last few months have gone by very quickly, and we have seen high levels of usage, as well as many positive comments from members around the Scottsdale Country Club .

January is also poised to be a month of excitement as we kick off our busiest time of the year at Scottsdale Country Club.  We begin with the Hourglass Wine Dinner on the 11th, The Chill Golf Tournament from the 12th thru the 14th, Ladera Wine Dinner on the 25th and finally, the Annual Meeting and Lobster Bake on the 27th. We also begin the tournament season in January here at the Club, where members will compete to be the Club’s best in a number of different formats.

Speaking of the Annual Meeting, each equity golf member will be receiving ballots to vote for the three (3) open positions for the Board at the beginning of the month. These ballots are due back to the Club, or sent via mail, on or before January 20th. The results of the vote for the three (3) open positions will be announced at the Annual Meeting, along with the annual reports from the Finance, House, Golf, Greens and Grounds and Tennis Committees.

As we continue through the next busy few months, I want to once again remind everyone of the need to make a reservation in our dining room, especially during our dinner service. As you read last month, doing so greatly enhances the level of service we are able to provide. We believe reservations are paramount to Scottsdale Private Golf Courses. For those who have helped us in this way, I would like to thank you immensely. There are a number of ways that you can make reservations, from Open Table on your smartphones and computers to calling the Concierge or Dining Hosts at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses. We will continue to closely manage the reservation process at the Club, which will only help you and your fellow Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  members in having a great dining experience.

Lastly, please accept my sincere thanks and gratitude for your generous contributions to the annual Scottsdale Private Golf Courses!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy New Year from your Scottsdale Private Golf Courses

Our current La NiƱa condition has been keeping temperatures very comfortable so far for Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  this season. They did dip slightly in early December but warmed shortly thereafter.
October was the hottest on record in Arizona. The bermuda plants outgrew our poa triv and bentgrass overseed and that is why we continue to seed our greens. Please remember that all turf species will continue to slow their growth at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  this month, which will result in slightly quicker green speeds, as well as a bit more roll on the fairways.

We hope all Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  are looking forward to our second annual ‘Chill’ member guest event this month. Course conditions, weather depending, should be very nice. On Monday following the Chill, we will be stripping, leveling, and sodding an area of approximately 16,000 square feet on the back of the main driving range tee. This is the same process which we have employed the last two Scottsdale Golf Club seasons. Our other projects this month will include thinning desert areas adjacent to the course, removing the ubiquitous desert broom, spraying desert (DG) areas for winter annual weeds, raising (leveling) irrigation heads and drains, and overall golf course grooming.

Please enjoy your golfing, and we hope to see you on the Scottsdale Golf Club course!
We also offer these Scottsdale Golf Club reminders for more enjoyable and playable course conditions:
1) Please repair ballmarks.
2) Please use sand & seed to fill divots.
3) Please enter & exit at low areas of bunkers.
4) Please keep pushcarts off of tees, collars, and approaches.

Important January dates: 1 (New Year’s Day), 12 (Full Moon), 12-14 (The Chill)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Scottsdale Country Club Holiday Season Update

We are off and running at the  Scottsdale Country Club after a busy November, which concluded with a well-attended Thanksgiving weekend, both from a food and beverage and golf standpoint. It was great to see many members and their families enjoying the various activities throughout the week, which ended with the annual Cowboy Cookout. As we recover from Thanksgiving and continue through the Holiday Season, I can’t help to think about how thankful I am for all that I have in returning to the  Scottsdale Country Club.

The physical environment is as good as it gets. I’m surrounded by a very talented team that I truly enjoy working with each day, as well as a membership that is like no other. Just yesterday someone asked me what I like best about being back at the Scottsdale Country Club after a few years away, and the answer was easy - “I love the staff and I love the membership.” With that in mind, I do realize how fortunate I am and am looking forward to what is shaping up to be an exciting future.

Regarding our tremendous team here at DC Ranch - I would be remiss not to make note of the career achievement of Dick Hyland. As many of you know, on November 22, Dick was inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame, a feat that is very much warranted due to his dedication to growing the game of golf at the highest levels. The countless Club Professionals that he has mentored, and his commitment to providing the best golf experience possible for the members of the clubs he has led, are all appreciative of his work over the years. If you haven’t already done so, please stop by and congratulate Dick on this tremendous career achievement.

As we continue on through a busy holiday season, it is important to remember that we must be respectful of the other members, as well as adhere to Club Rules and Regulations. You can find the Scottsdale golf club dress code in our newsletter in the Rules Reminder section (Page 3). In addition, it is very important that through this busy time, we remember to make reservations when dining at the Scottsdale golf club. We are actively managing our reservations, and in order to be able to provide the best level of service possible, we will continue taking reservations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for most of the tables in the Wine and Piano rooms next to the bar. Therefore, on busy nights, you may not be guaranteed a table without a reservation.

We ask that you plan ahead in order for our Scottsdale golf club to provide the best service. Please also know that we will need you to commit to being seated at the reserved time, as your table will only be held for fifteen minutes after the reserved time. This is all done so that we can control the flow of orders in and out of the kitchen, as no dining outlet can be successful if all orders are coming in at the same time.

Lastly, as we move through the holiday season and see increased traffic in our fitness room, please note that we do not allow group exercise classes in the fitness room. Due to the small confined space in the fitness room, Club approved personal trainers are available on an individual basis. Looking ahead, the month of December is always an important month for the Club as we initiate the process of soliciting candidates for the Board of Directors and, of course, volunteers to serve on our various committees.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Dick Hyland, Director of Golf, Inducted Into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame

The Selection Committee of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame recently named Dick Hyland, Director of Golf at our Scottsdale Country Club, The Country Club at DC Ranch, to its list of new inductees for 2016.  The Induction Ceremony was held on Tuesday, November 22 at Paradise Valley Country Club.  

Hyland embraces a wide range of talent and services that has brought him to this pinnacle in his career, including:
  • Demonstration of outstanding qualities of leadership
  • Demonstration of strong moral character
  • A substantial record of service
  • Recognized and regarded as a model PGA Professional

As Hyland mentioned in his speech, “I would not be successful without the support of the membership and staff at The Country Club at DC Ranch, and I can tell you they have been terrific with all of our initiatives. I know with receiving this award tonight there is a responsibility that goes with it, and I am fully prepared to accept the challenge. I am very fortunate to contribute to the golf landscape in Arizona in a small way over the last 30 years and I do not plan to stop any time soon.”

It is a tremendous honor to be a part of Who’s Who” in the world of golf. Included among the 90 other Arizona Golf Hall of Fame members are Karsten Solheim, Tom Weiskopf, Bob Goldwater, Heather Farr, Billy Mayfair and Dr. Ed Updegraff.

Hyland’s passion is running golf operations that keep members happy, and teaching young pros how to serve their clientele. The following quote from Dick says it all - "I've never really had a job - I've had a career. A job has hours and limitations, and a career does not. My greatest thrill is to see the young professionals who have worked with me over the years go on to successful careers." At last count, he has placed over 50 PGA professionals to head Golf Professional, Director of Golf or Instruction positions in the industry.

Hyland brings over 30 years of experience and numerous awards to Scottsdale private golf courses and is recognized as one of the top performers. Throughout his career, Hyland has participated in the design and start-up of 12 Scottsdale private golf courses, implemented global planning for club operations, and has been recognized for his expertise of managing golf professionals, agronomy teams and retail personnel.

The Country Club at DC Ranch has been a center point of the Scottsdale community for 20 years and features one of the most well-maintained private golf courses in the Valley. The championship golf course, designed by the famed PGA pro Tom Lehman and John Fought, offers a traditional golf experience wrapped in panoramic views of the Sonoran desert.