Monday, June 19, 2017

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses Summer Update

If you practice your short game on the north chipping green, please note the great Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  Bermuda surface on the green. It is most important to note that this surface has NOT been overseeded the past two fall periods. This is the type of surface we will experience when we do not overseed Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  the greens this fall. We expect they will be excellent for 10 months from February through November and good in December and January when the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  coolest temperatures arrive and the Bermuda goes dormant. But rest assured, they will still be green in color as they have the last few years with the use of new colorants in the fertilizer spray tank.
Lastly, we will be renovating and changing out the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  Bermuda grass on the south chipping green this summer. It will be sprigged with a new variety of Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  Champion Bermuda grass named G12. This process should take 75 days from start to finish and be usable by September.

All of the endeavors will give us better playing surfaces year round, and we sincerely believe you will enjoy the improvements.

Our eventful May has come and gone and the reputation of our Scottsdale Golf Club golf course as a fair and challenging venue was borne out again by the results of two Open qualifying events. Men and women participants both were very complimentary of conditions and playability. Also, this summer’s Scottsdale Golf Club tee leveling project which started is moving along nicely and our Scottsdale Golf Club turf which was treated with a ryegrass removal product is showing signs of rye plants fading and disappearing. The Scottsdale Golf Club upper putting green conversion project will start early this month with the spraying out of the existing turf (overseeded Tifeagle). We will be re-sprigging it with the new Champion G12 bermudagrass later in the month. The green will be out of play for the most part of the summer. Starting on the 12th we will be aerating and topdressing our fairways, approaches, rough, and the Scottsdale Golf Club driving range and clubhouse lawns. We plan on completing this operation, weather permitting, before the end of the month. Aeration and topdressing are the most beneficial operations that we perform and ensures us continued quality playing surfaces. We will be collecting all the aeration plugs (green waste) and disposing of them appropriately.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Scottsdale Country Club Summer Golf Events

To start the summer season, we wanted to keep you apprised of some of the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  agronomy practices which are in process, or will happen in the fall. A number of Scottsdale Private Golf Courses   have watched as the tee leveling project started on hole #1. This will continue for 9-10 weeks, finishing with the black/blue tee on #18.

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  goal is to level the tee surfaces as some of the edges have fallen and the amount of tee space has been greatly reduced. Our plan to offset this is to strip the appropriate tees, install a heavy metal support band, refill with material, level it, and re-sod and grow it back in.

Each Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  tee has been evaluated for the amount of repair required. There are some worse than others, and some that require little to no maintenance. Because of this, we are evaluating each Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  tee one at a time, and making the appropriate repairs then and there. On the right, you’ll notice several stages of the work.

We will continue to have the course open for play and will be moving tee markers around as need be. The USGA officials we are aligned with say this tee movement will not have any effect on your handicap.

Please take a few minutes to read these updates with information about upcoming Scottsdale Country Club events, and golf course conditions.

US Open/Men’s Day

On Saturday June 17th, there will be an 8:00am shotgun start for our Scottsdale Country Club Men’s Day event. There will also be an 8:00am Open Play shotgun for member play. There will be another open play shotgun at 1:00pm.

Sign-Ups for these are open on Scottsdale Country Club Foretees.

The Practice Green on the south side of the practice park has closed because it has been treated with chemicals to kill of the existing Bermuda Grass. We will be replacing the Bermuda Grass with a brand new strain of G12 Champion Bermuda. The green should be playable by early September.

Greens Aerification

We will be aerifiying our greens on July 10th and 11th. The Scottsdale Country Club Golf Course and Practice Facilities will be closed on July 10th. The Golf Course and practice greens will remain closed on the 11th, but the Scottsdale Country Club Practice Range will be open. The Golf Course and practice greens will reopen on July 12th.

Scottsdale Country Club Summer Golf Events

  • June 17th- US Open Men’s Day – 8:00am Shotgun
  • June 17th – Open Play Shotgun – 1:00pm Shotgun
  • July 4th- Independence Day Shotgun – 8:00am Shotgun
  • August 9th- Putt Your Eyes Out – 3:00pm Shotgun
  • August 23rd- One Club Championship – 3:00pm Shotgun Start
  • August 26th- President’s Cup Qualifier
  • September 8-9- President’s Cup Vs. Pinnacle Peak Country Club
  • September 13th- Reverse Par 3 Tournament – 3:00pm Shotgun

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Scottsdale Golf Club Couples Club Championship

When you see Percy and Mike Anderson around the, Scottsdale Golf Club please congratulate them for winning the Scottsdale Golf Club Couples Club Championship overall with some terrific teamwork with both rounds under par. Well done team Anderson! I have been asked to address a few topics which have come up over the last few weeks that need clarity:
Scottsdale Golf Club is pleased with our decision to add the use of push carts a few years ago, and we are even more pleased to see that so many of you enjoy this option. The Scottsdale Golf Club lends itself well to walking, and we hope to see our push cart rounds continue to climb as the years go by. An interesting fact for you -- 40% of all of our walking rounds at Scottsdale Golf Club are taken with a push cart! Having said this, there are guidelines with push carts that we need to stay true to, in the same sense that golf carts must follow specific operational rules. We ask that you and your friends continue to adhere to these rules as they are supported by your Scottsdale Golf Club Golf Committee and are attached to the handle of the cart to reference during your rounds.
We encourage you to bring guests to Scottsdale Country Club to enjoy a round of golf when possible, but please understand the following: You are welcome to reserve one starting time, not two per day if your goal is to play 36 holes in a day. It is our goal to see that everyone play one round before a group plays two rounds. You are welcome to play 36 holes and can do so after you have completed your first round, by checking with the Scottsdale Country Club golf shop staff. You as Scottsdale Country Club members are also welcome to bring a maximum of 3 guests, per round. These guests have no restrictions to their play other than Saturday mornings before 11:00 a.m. where play is reserved for member only.
Many golfers should be reminded that we will meet any price on clubs, bags or balls that you find at any store in the valley.  Scottsdale Country Club also has the ability to order any products you may need, and can get any products anyone else can get. Due to limited inventory space in the golf shop, we often don’t have room to carry large quantities, but the option to special order items is extremely valuable. If you see a product from somewhere else, please ask us to help you with that purchase. We are glad to do so.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Exciting Events at Scottsdale Country Club

After a slower month around Scottsdale Country Club due to unusually wet weather, we rebounded this month and posted another month of better than budget rounds of golf and revenues. We expect that trend to continue at Scottsdale Country Club as there are many events planned at the Club during the month, from the Cliff Lede Wine Dinner, The Taste of the Ranch, and then ending the month with the premier Ladies Golf Event, The Desert Diamond Classic. These are only a few of the many exciting events during the month, so please be sure to review the Scottsdale Country Club calendar that is sent out with this newsletter. Thank you to the many members that voiced your interest in serving your Scottsdale Country Club on the Finance, House, Tennis, Membership, Golf & Grounds and Facilities Master Planning Committees. We were able to put together a diverse group of Scottsdale Country Club members, some serving the Scottsdale Country Club for the first time, as well as many that have served over the years. As many of you know, this is an important way for us to identify potential future Board members at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  The combination of the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  Golf and Greens and Grounds Committees has allowed us to add the important Facilities Planning Committee which will be looking at additional improvements to Scottsdale Private Golf Courses in the coming years. As we come to our 20th anniversary at the Club in 2018, it is important to look at what updates are necessary as we continue to evolve as a full-service family Club striving to maintain our mission of fun, family and friendliness. As a part of my monthly reminder, I wanted to once again encourage everyone to make advanced reservations at the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses.  As you have read previously, doing so greatly enhances the level of service at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses that we are able to provide which we believe only enhances your Club experience. For those who have helped us in this effort, I would once again like to thank you immensely. There are many ways that you can make reservations, from Open Table on your smartphones and computers to calling the Concierge or Dining Hosts to make reservations. As you can see, there are many good things happening here at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses. The Club is quite vibrant, with an engaged membership enjoying their Club, and a team of staff members looking to continue moving the needle to ensure that The Country Club is seen as the preeminent Club in the Valley. Having attended the Arizona Golf Association Annual Awards where Jerry Mahanke was awarded the Updegraff Award along with over 30 of his friends from the Ranch cheering him on, it is amazing to see all of the comradery that the Club membership demonstrates. Couple that with my recent attendance at a regional Governance Summit on Scottsdale Private Golf Courses   with Ron Kruse, Janet Pennewell and Rich Burger where our Club operation was the envy of the group, you all have a great deal to be proud of. Please keep up the good work as we aim to continue striving to be the best!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Scottsdale Country Club Stretching Hours

As daylight hours stretch in the next few months, the Scottsdale Country Club practice park remains open until 5:30 p.m.

Scottsdale Country Club MEMBER GUESTS
There will be limited play availability for those not participating in any of the upcoming Scottsdale Country Club member/guest tournaments, such as the Scottsdale Country Club Desert Diamond Classic for women, as well as the Round Up and the Stampede for the men. Please sign up on Foretees 7 days in advance.

Scottsdale Country Club PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP
Can we ever say enough about how we should take pride in our Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  conditions and playing surfaces? We should all do our part and then some in making sure we properly rake bunkers to a smooth finish, repair ball marks, and fill divots with sand and seed from the bottles on the carts and around the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  

We are pleased to provide brand new sod on the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  practice tees. This is to provide all golfers the best surfaces possible throughout the year.

We have not over-seeded the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  North chipping green the past two years, and if you haven’t yet, you should take a look at its conditions. It is amazing how playable it is right now, and we suspect it will be this way through the remainder of the year. Some clubs in the area with Bermuda grass do not, and we find that their greens are very good 10 months out of the year, and good the two colder months of December and January. Because of this, there has been some discussion by the Golf Committee (Golf and Greens/Grounds combined this year) as to the possibility of not overseeding greens on the golf course in the future. I look forward to seeing you all on the tee, as we continue through our 2016-2017 season!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Scottsdale Golf Club Golfers

Dear Scottsdale Golf Club Golfers,
We have had some indifferent weather of late which I have not experienced in my 30 years in the valley. We had almost 3 inches of rain with cold, and wind gusting over 30 miles an hour which caused over 600 rounds to be cancelled during the month of January!

Now the weather is going to offer Chamber of Commerce Days, just in time for the WMO Phoenix Open at the Scottsdale Golf Club TPC this week with temperatures in the mid 70’s. This should make for some great Scottsdale Golf Club golf on the PGA tour this week. Now to what I really enjoy talking about, which is how to get players to understand some golf terminology and swing shapes as it relates to club path and plane. The pictures shown are from some very fine players to the fabulous ball striking Tiger Woods, to some stars of today such as Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, and Louis Oosthuizen. Please look at the red line first which shows each player’s backswing path and plane, and the yellow is on their downswing. In a perfect world, if in fact the swing is a perfect circle in shape, the closer the two colors are on top of each other, the better. If the yellow is on top of the red, the club is going through impact is from the outside going across the impact area which typically might indicate a fade. If the yellow is underneath the red, the club is traveling from the inside which might indicate a draw for a right handed Scottsdale Golf Club golfer. We see all kinds of loopy in-to-out or out-to-in paths, combined with flat or steep shapes all the time, but in the best of all worlds the lines are on top of each other.Let’s see what your line shapes are some time when you practice at Scottsdale Golf Club
Scottsdale Country Club Pride of Ownership
Everyone needs to do their part with bunker repair, not to mention fixing ball marks and filling divots.

Scottsdale Country Club Upcoming Summer Tee Leveling Project
We will be leveling many of the tees on the Scottsdale Country Club golf course this summer beginning mid-May through probably July.

First and foremost, you should know the golf course will remain OPEN during this project. We will go one tee at a time on each hole where needed, strip the sod, level the tee, wrap it with a metal band to support the tee and then re-sod it. The reason is many of the Scottsdale Country Club tees were not banded when the tee was built, and now the sides are falling away, the centers are crowned and not level and they need to be repaired to provide all players the best surface possible for long straight tee shots. Lastly, when you see Jerry Mahanke around the Scottsdale Country Club, please congratulate him for being recognized by the Arizona Golf Association for all his contributions to the game of golf and enhancing the growth of the game with his spirit. See you in the next few weeks during the Scottsdale Country Club Championships.