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.

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 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.