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

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.

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.


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.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Friday Fun Day: Center Cut

The Black Friday challenge was so well supported that we have decided to offer another chance to compete with your friends on Friday June 10th at the Scottsdale private golf Club.

We will have a 12:00 shotgun start for the first 120 Scottsdale Golf Club players to sign up on Foretees under the event tab named CENTER CUT.

You are welcome to bring up to three guests in this 2BB of 4 Stableford scoring format where you can WHEEL (have multiple partners for a fee) to increase your chances of winning.
The entry fee per a Scottsdale Golf Club member is $50.00, and guests are set at $100 which includes guest fee/cart, lunch, prizes and Hors d’houevres.
The Scottsdale Golf Club course will be played from the forward tees to hole locations in the center of each green, so we can encourage all players to shoot their best round ever and have fun doing it!
Please consult this Scottsdale Golf Club event sheet for more details.
If you think it might be too easy, then see if you can GO LOW!

Scottsdale Private Golf MEN’S DAY SATURDAY:
Keeping the momentum going, on Saturday June 18th we will be holding an 8:30 Scottsdale Private Golf shotgun start with accompanying competition for the men. Should anyone else like to participate and beat-the-heat, they are more than welcome to play in the shotgun – however will not be included in the men’s game.
On Scottsdale Private Golf  Foretees you will find the tab to sign up; This carries with it a $30.00 per person entry, which includes lunch and prizes and a Red ,White and Blue game.
The format per 4 person Scottsdale Private Golf team is each player will play 4 holes from the red, white and blue tees of your choosing and all play on #9 and #18 will be from the Scottsdale Private Golf black tees(Wherever we put them), from there it will be a two best balls of three competition.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

George Sokolis Farewell

George Sokolis, one our Scottsdale Golf Club PGA apprentice golf professionals who has been at the Scottsdale Golf Club  for the last three years, will be leaving the club to pursue additional education beyond the degree he currently has with the hopes of venturing into the business world.

If you happen to go through the Scottsdale Golf Club golf shop before his last day on Friday, please take a moment to wish him a fond farewell.

On behalf of not only all departments he worked closely with over the years, but the membership as well, we wish him and the entire Sokolis family the best.

Good luck George and thanks for all you did!

Scottsdale Golf Club RATES RECAP

Scottsdale Golf Club Summer rates for guests accompanying a member are $50. For $60, the guest can receive an included lunch from a set menu prior to their tee time. Drinks are excluded. A member may bring up to 7 guests, however this requires prior approval from the Scottsdale Golf Club golf shop.

Scottsdale private Golf Club CLUBHOUSE MEMBERSHIP GOLF :

Starting June 1St, Scottsdale private Golf Club Our BEST SUMMER YET program is encouraging all of our Scottsdale private Golf Club Clubhouse members to take advantage of their privilege to play 6  total  rounds of golf during the months of June, July, and  August for this summer only.

This offer for the remainder of summer was overwhelmingly supported by your Scottsdale private Golf Club Board of Directors.

We want you to experience this great game of golf at  a preferred Scottsdale private Golf Club  rate of $50.00 per round any day of the week on a space available basis. Simply start by calling the Scottsdale private Golf Club golf shop 3 days in advance of the day you wish to play, noting that starting times can be made after 11:00 each day.

You are also welcome to invite up to 3 guests, with their guest fee being $70.00 per person.

We hope to see all of our clubhouse members taking advantage of this opportunity over the next three months.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Scottsdale Private Golf Three P's

Over time I have tried to bring up a few topics which would set the Scottsdale Private Golf Club apart from many clubs in golf and I believe I have a few, which when we all buy into what they represent, we will set ourselves apart from the rest. Simply put, they are the three P’s 1- Scottsdale Private Golf Pride of Ownership: We will keep fresh in your mind with each newsletter , which mandates fixing ball marks, repairing divots, and raking bunkers smoothly. 2- Posting your scores: This keeps the Scottsdale Private Golf game and handicaps fair for all and the committee is being very diligent in keeping a close grasp on this practice. 3- Scottsdale Private Golf Pace of play: Can we ever say enough about this? To date I know of no one who has ever admitted he was a slowplayer, thus ruining the enjoyment of a round for others behind them, not to mention some might not finish their round in the maximum 4 hour time frame we request.

Some ask me why I play Scottsdale Private Golf course so fast and it comes from growing up and trying to get in as many holes before dark as possible, not to mention when I listened to my Scottish friends, they say the faster you play the more time to socialize after the round as opposed to during it. I believe players are not prepared to play immediately when it is their turn, and if you waste 30 seconds per hole, over the course of a round that is 9 minutes. I was asked how others could play faster so I have enclosed an article I wrote for a magazine with some pointers in an effort to help Scottsdale Private Golf members. I hope they help and if you have any questions, please come in and contact us. The last thing you want is a reputation that you are holding up the field! Enjoy your Scottsdale Private Golf round, and remember these three P’s.”

There are four critical factors that discourage new golfers from enjoying the game and keep current Scottsdale Country Club golfers from playing more than they do: the Scottsdale Country Club game needs to be more accessible for all, more affordable, more fun in order to attract new Scottsdale Country Club golfers, while pleasing the current Scottsdale Country Club golf enthusiast, and finally, there is the issue of slow play which we are addressing here. We need to teach or retrain Scottsdale Country Club players to help the problem of slow play. Even though golf is said to be a social game, perhaps playing faster will allow for more quality social time at the end of the round instead of during it. First, take a minute to prepare for the round by making sure all you need is easily accessible from your bag, cart, or caddie.
• Head covers, if needed on the clubs to prevent scratches, should be situated in the top compartment so they can be reached easily. If you don’t need the covers, put them in the cart or inside the bag.
• Group your irons for grab-and-go play. Have the mindset that every time you put a club in the bag, you take 1 to 3 clubs out based on what you know of your next shot. On an approach shot, you can typically guess which one of the three clubs will do the job.
• It is not imperative to put your club in the bag after every shot. Get in the cart with the cub in your hand and go to your next shot.
• While your cart partner is hitting his next shot, walk or drive to your ball and prepare to hit.
• Certainly getting accurate yardages is important for all players, so be swift in looking for a yardage marker, a hole location sheet or using a yardage device.
• On the tees and full swing shots, play when you are ready and it is safe to play. Be alert and get in the game!
• If in a bunker, rake your way out to a low point where it is easier to exit rather than climbing out on a steep slope.
• When driving to the green it is typically best to park your cart behind the green or the nearest exit point. Never park in front of the green where you are walking back into play after you have finished putting ultimately holding up the group behind you.
• In a perfect world, continuous putting would be in place. You putt out when it is your turn regardless of how far away from the flagstick your ball lays. Line up your putt from behind your ball only – that is where you typically get your first and best read of the green. Circling the hole aimlessly should be discouraged.
• Once you have picked up your ball marker, take no more than 15 seconds to hit your putt. The first player to hold out tends to the flagstick as all remaining putts are holed. Faster play also means more space for additional golfers. More golfers mean more activity at the club and the potential for more revenue, more new friendships, and possible business connections.

Faster play means more family and friends time. It will give you more time after the round for quality socializing. I have yet to listen to a golfer say they played poorly because they were asked to play faster. I have heard players say they had no rhythm, timing or flow to their round as they were continually waiting to hit their next shot. So, where does it start and who are the culprits for slow play? The first groups of the day set the pace and should be reminded of this. As they set the pace so follows the groups behind them. The old adage still holds true, it’s “keep up with the group in front of you,” not “stay in front of the group behind you.”

Each course should be timed by hole so players know where they should be relative to the time they started. Slow play is gradually eating away at everyone’s enjoyment of the game, and in turn, golfers find alternate things to do with their time. It is the game for a lifetime, but it shouldn’t take you a lifetime to finish a round. I was first introduced to golf as a caddie when we had a chance to play at the end of the ay, and our goal was to get in as many Scottsdale Country Club holes as we could before dark. As a foursome we could easily get in 18 holes in three hours walking and carrying our clubs. We need to get back to these times and take responsibility for our pace of play so every player at all levels can continue to enjoy this game for years to come. Of all the issues affecting our game, slow play is perhaps the easiest for all golfers to fix.