Tuesday, September 16, 2014
THE “INFERNO” Scottsdale Golf Club THE COUNTRY CLUB AT DC RANCH
The 4th annual “Inferno” golf tournament, at Scottsdale Golf Club The Country Club at DC Ranch’s version of the “hottest event on grass” had been played recently. The brainchild of the Club’s Director of Golf Dick Hyland, the tournament has exploded in popularity becoming one of the Scottsdale Private Golf Club most popular annual events.
“We were consistently seeing heightened golf activity during our summer months and we thought it was only natural to develop a Scottsdale Private Golf Club tournament in July, our hottest month. Thus, the Inferno was created,” said Hyland. “Golfers love to play golf and despite temperatures in the triple digits, the Inferno concept has caught on and many of our Scottsdale Private Golf Club members and their guests look forward in great anticipation to this tournament every year. Our staff does a masterful job in setting up the golf course and providing the absolute greatest care and comfort for all of our participants, many who come in from all parts of the United States.” Even some of the flights or playing divisions within the Inferno have adopted less than cool monikers like Hades, Wildfire, Sahara, Death Valley and Fahrenheit among others.
The 2014 Scottsdale Golf Club Inferno playing field will be limited to the first 60 teams that register. An entry fee of $375 includes two days of golf, carts, prizes, drinks and, most importantly, a black golf shirt. Teams competed using four separate nine-hole formats. First day competition featured a two-person scramble followed by a select drive-alternate shot. Day two consist of a nine-hole better ball followed by a hit, switch and pick format. All competitors in the Inferno must have a current verifiable USGA handicap. “There was Shoot-Out, closest-to-the-pin contests along with hole-in-one prizes which this year are being sponsored by Bob Wesley Jewelers and Porsche of North Scottsdale. We’re always implementing optional competitions for the field to fully enjoy and keep the players totally engaged in the day’s activities,” added Hyland. Past hole-in-one sponsors have included Bentley of North Scottsdale, Right Honda, Right Toyota and BMW Scottsdale.
One of the elite private clubs in the Southwest, Scottsdale Golf Club, The Country Club at DC Ranch is currently undergoing a major restoration of its clubhouse. The nearly $4 million project will include a complete re-design of the interior dining area along with the integration of a new greenside bunkering system that will be in place for the playing of the Inferno. Total restoration is set to be completed by early November 2014.
Initially developed by Scott Miller Design, the spectacular golf course at Scottsdale Golf Club,The Country Club at DC Ranch was re-designed in 2002 by Tom Lehman and John Fought and the Par 71, 6,888 yard layout has received numerous accolades since then.