Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sign-ups for the Gentlemen’s Interclub

We would like to announce the opening of sign-ups for the Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale Gentlemen’s Interclub. Sign-ups are currently up on Foretees in the Golf Events. There will be a separate sign-up for each event. The first seven players to sign up will get into the tournament, and the eighth player of the team will be a professional. The cost per tournament is $80 per player, and an additional $20 cash.
There have been some changes that the Interclub Committee believe will make the events much more enjoyable for everyone. All of the Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale in our division will play at the host club on the same day. Each club will still be playing against only one other club. The teams will be made up of one professional and seven members. The team will be split into four two-man teams. Each team will compete in a four-ball stableford competition.

Dec 1st:           @ Desert Forest Golf Club, 11:30am lunch, 12:30pm shotgun start
Dec 15th:         @Pinnacle Peak Country Club, 11:30am lunch, 12:30pm shotgun start
Jan 23rd:         @ Desert Mountain-Cochise, 11:30am lunch, 12:30pm shotgun start
Feb 20th:          @ Troon Country Club, 11:30am lunch, 12:30pm shotgun start
March 6th:      @ The Country Club at DC Ranch, 11:30am lunch, 12:30pm shotgun start
April 4th:         @Terravita Golf and Country Club, 12:00pm lunch, 1:00pm shotgun start

Friday, November 18, 2016

Golfer Clinics & Events

Thank you so much for taking part in our Ladies Golf Clinic Survey. Your responses have been a great help for our Professional Staff in determining how to run an educational and fun golf clinic. We want to let you know we are listening and paying attention.

We have determined that offering two clinics at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses , based on skill level will work best for both the student and the teacher. One clinic will be focused more on the Beginner/Casual Golfer. The other clinic will focus more on the Advanced/Casual Golfer. Both will involve a social component, but not every clinic.

For the Beginner/Casual group we want to offer the clinic every Monday on Scottsdale Private Golf Courses, from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM. Lunch is optional and will be prior to the clinic, from 11:45 AM until 12:45 PM in the mixed grill.

We will focus on all areas of golf, including on course instruction. Our end result is to see a growth in confidence, golf game, and knowledge of the game. The first Beginner clinic is scheduled for November 7th.

The Advanced/Casual golfer clinic at Scottsdale Country Club is planned for Wednesday afternoons, 2:30 PM until 3:30 PM. Some days we will offer a social component; you can expect those specific clinics to extend until about 4:30 PM. The social components will include wine & nines, scrambles, and other on course formats to encompass fun and learning. Our Professional Golf Staff will be with the ladies on the course, answering any questions one may have about how to hit a certain shot or ruling. The focus will be more on player development, situational awareness, and social components. The first Scottsdale Country Club Advanced Clinic is scheduled for November 2nd.

Both clinics will include full swing, short game, rules of golf, and golf etiquette. We will provide you with an outline of each clinic to include dates, times, teaching outline, and cost. Next week we will send out an outline of each program.

Please find the Event sign up on Scottsdale Country Club Foretees. The first clinics for each program are up. Next week we will send out an outline of each program and have all the dates posted.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Kicking Off The New Season!

Hopefully, all of you are as excited for the start of the Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale season as we are. Please take a moment to read the following information about our upcoming events and course happenings!

Practice Parks

The north end of the driving range will be open starting soon. It will be open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. This does include the entire north chipping range.


At this point we are pleased with the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses overseeding process. It appears that everything is growing in nicely, however we won’t know for sure until we see our first frost. When the courses do open up for play, we will remain cart path only until November 7th, although Push Carts will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Cart path only will apply to all play with the exception of pre-approved medical situations.

Opening Day

To kick off our season, we are holding a double shotgun event. This involves a 7:30am shotgun start, as well as a 12:30pm shotgun. Currently, both shotguns are fully subscribed. With that said, please feel free to sign-up for either shotgun as a waiting list has been created for both.

There will be a BBQ and a beer garden on the south end of the driving range beginning at 11:30am. The $40 entry fee includes both the food and golf.

Tee Times

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses tee times will be open to be made 7 days in advance, starting at 7:00am.

Demo Day

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses will also hold a multi-vendor demo day on the range. This is to include Titleist, Taylormade, Ping, Callaway, and Mizuno to name a few.

We are excited to get this season underway, and look forward to spending it with you all!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses

I am pleased with your feedback regarding the golf instruction pieces in recent newsletters, so I will do my best to continue with topics for everyone. We have seen many junior golfers enjoy some tournament success this summer and I believe it is just the starting point for them. As I talk to them about their goals and objectives, they have high expectations with as to how far they would like to go in the game. I encourage them to write down what their practice and play several Scottsdale private golf courses.

If I had to do it all over again, I would have spent far more time on Scottsdale private golf courses with my short game which is putting, chipping, bunker, pitching than beating balls on the range in search of the perfect swing. I believe it is also extremely important to go on the courses and put your practice to the test as often as possible, and have games with your friends so as to get the competitive spirit activated.

Realizing in this day and age many juniors rely on practice sessions with technology such as Flight Scope, Trackman and the like, I say I have yet to see a player shoot their best score on the practice tee with the help of these tools, so get out and play on our Scottsdale private golf courses.

I also caution you against playing from the “Tips” at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale or back tees all the time for the following reason (although occasionally it offers quite the challenge): Playing from tees that you are not ready for (as you might not hit it far enough to reach greens in regulation) gives you no positive feedback as how to score and play good golf. I recommend that it is helpful to play from a short set of tees where you can reach every green in regulation and have birdie opportunities.

Now the fun begins!

To understand how to handle making birdies and not bogeys as you might experience from back tees.

Your mental aptitude and emotions get tested as you start to play better.

Can you get to one under par and then two, three, four and so on?

And at what point do you get out of your comfort zone, as we say?

This is great for every player from time to time as the name of the game is, “How low can you score?” At every level, there is no substitute for experience in playing at different Private golf clubs in Scottsdale and tournaments. I would suggest you compete as often as you can to get more comfortable playing in tournaments. No matter who you are, and even playing at the highest level on any tour, your nerves are always tested the entire round, especially on the opening holes.

A good way to reduce the stress and anxiety is to understand the situation at hand and embrace it as best you can. It is also helpful to have a plan and routine that you stick with from beginning to end from the first tee shot to the last putt. When you execute this plan the task at hand gets easier over time. If you are prepared to play based on the fact you have practiced and played prior to playing in the tournament, you have a better chance for success. Let it be said, to mention the often used cliché, that a game with no plan is a plan for no game and most likely, poor results.

In summary, it is a delight to watch the growth and development of our juniors, and we would encourage more to come out and give the game a try and test yourself to be the best player you can be. I have worked with many juniors who were diligent with their practice and play habits to eventually get a college scholarship, which you would be surprised to know are abundant for the deserving ones. It is a game for a lifetime, so there are plenty of reasons to keep working on your game and make new friends.

Special Mention: During a one month period, Joe Spencer played some special golf like never before with 2 rounds in the seventies. He shot his age (which will not be mentioned) and topped it off with a Hole-in-One on #16!!! Well done, Joe.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Scottsdale country club is most definitely a year-round Club

Is it hot enough yet for everyone out there? As I looked at the Scottsdale golf club tee sheet this morning and counted 42 total players for the day, I am reminded that we are firmly in the middle of our summer season with only the brave venturing out to the Scottsdale golf club links.

With that being said, we have seen a tremendous response to our Scottsdale golf club “Best Summer Yet” program which has resulted in a full kids camp, as well as record sales in our √° la carte food and beverage offerings during the month of June. Members have continuously talked about how much they love the new small plate offerings on Wednesday evenings in the Bar and Lounge, and the Half Price Wine Night on Saturday evenings, among others.

For those of you that are returning to town in the coming weeks with the beginning of school, come out and join your friends and family at the Club! For those of you who have supported your Club throughout the summer day after day, it is quite apparent that Scottsdale country club is most definitely a year-round Club. As we continue on through the summer, the management team is putting its final touches on the Club calendar, which is on track to hit the presses at the beginning of September. We are also continuing on with our staff development program that I referenced in last month’s article.

Our Scottsdale country club staff is responding quite well to the coaching, and I look forward to improved results in the fall and beyond. In other staff news, I would like to congratulate Carter Keenan and Marie Frost who have taken on additional roles with the Club, serving as the first Assistant Managers in what is a new comprehensive program at the Club.

In their roles at Scottsdale country club, Carter and Marie will be focused in the daily food and beverage operation, managing the floor throughout service. In addition, they will be exposed to all of the other areas of the operation, including accounting, golf maintenance, golf operations, tennis operations, as well as building maintenance. The goal of this program is to develop the future leaders of our industry as they grow in their careers. We are very excited for both Carter and Marie, so please make sure to congratulate each of them when you are at the Club next!

Lastly, I would like to congratulate our Executive Chef Lenny Rubin who was, as you know, named ACF Chef of the Year for the Western Region. Recently, Chef competed in the national competition. While he came up just short, he did a tremendous job in efficiently creating four courses within an hour period! Having attended the competition, I can say that I am so very proud of his efforts, which only reinforced my feelings that the Country Club at DC Ranch is so lucky to have Chef Lenny leading our culinary team.

Chef is now focused on developing updated menus for the fall season and is excited to bring what he learned from this experience to the Ranch. As we wind down the summer, we are putting the final touches on our plan for the season and we look forward to seeing you all at the Club in the near future.

Upcoming Events at the Scottsdale Golf Club

Please allow this note to bring you up to speed on some of the upcoming events at the Scottsdale golf club Scottsdale golf club as we near overseed and the end of the hot summer months.

This Monday Bill Kostes and his team will be performing a pencil tine aerification and light top-dressing of greens. The Scottsdale golf club greens should be playable the following day and very good by the end of the week.

The golf course is open on Labor Day - Monday, September 5th. We will have an 8:30 a.m. open play shotgun for all who wish to play. There will also be an optional better net ball of partners competition for those who choose to participate. Sign-ups are currently available on ForeTees.

Our bi-annual Scottsdale golf club Ryder Cup competition vs. Silverleaf has been scheduled for Friday, September 16th at Silverleaf and Saturday, September 17th at DC Ranch. Scottsdale golf club Players wishing to play must first qualify. Qualification will take place over the week of Sunday, August 28th to Saturday, September 3rd to ensure that anyone interested in playing has a chance to qualify.

In order to qualify you must first declare your intent to use that day's score as your qualifying score with the Scottsdale country club Professional Staff. Play will be from the Black/Blue combo tees only and each player will be allowed only one qualifying score. Qualifying scores must be attested by another Member (not necessarily another qualifier) and may not be played alone.

The Scottsdale country club Golf Course and Practice Facilities will be closed for overseed beginning Monday, September 26th thru Thursday, October 20th and will reopen for play with our Season Kick-Off golf tournaments on Friday, October 23rd. Registration will be available on ForeTees by this Sunday under the events tab for both the 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. opening day shotguns. We expect this year’s fields to be fully subscribed, so if you plan to play please make sure to sign-up soon to secure your spot.

It is also important to remind you that all Scottsdale country club golf carts will be restricted to cart paths only for the first few weeks thru Monday, November 7th to ensure that the ryegrass is able to successfully establish itself before the cooler winter temperatures arrive. There will be no medical flags allowed during the first week of cart path only October 21-27, no exceptions. If you need a medical exemption from October 28th – November 7th please plan on providing your DMV hang tag or a doctor’s note to the Golf Shop for limited access to the turf areas.

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 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!