Thursday, November 16, 2017

Scottsdale Country Club Kicks off Season

Scottsdale Country Club is off and running as we head into the month of November! If our winter season kick off weekend is any indication of what the coming months hold, we are going to be in for a busy and exciting time.  Scottsdale Country Club started the festivities with 176 on the golf course to enjoy the freshly overseeded golf course, and finished the day with over 300 members and guests enjoying great food, service and entertainment at the Scottsdale Country Club Season Kickoff Party. Following those fully subscribed events on Friday the 20th, Chef Lenny and his team rolled out new Scottsdale Country Club lunch and dinner menus which have all been positively welcomed. It has been great to see the support of our members and the positive feedback that we received throughout the weekend. Our Scottsdale Country Club management team has worked long and hard over the past few months to enhance the member experience at the Club. The level of excitement here at Scottsdale Golf Club is at an all-time high as we move forward to vote for Phase II of the Facility Master Plan which concludes November 17th when all ballots are due. Feedback from the membership has been very positive over the past few months. We conducted 14 Informational Sessions which covered roughly 240 members. In addition, the renderings around the Scottsdale Golf Club  and the printed brochures have created a significant buzz these past few weeks. The ballots went out to the membership on November 1st through the mail but also were sent to members via email with return instructions attached. We encourage everyone to vote for this project as every vote counts! For those who are unaware, we need a quorum of 25% of the voting Scottsdale Golf Club membership and then a two-thirds approval for the project to pass successfully. If you should have any questions regarding any of the components of Phase II, please do not hesitate to contact me in advance of the 17th. The month of October also represents the beginning of our new fiscal year in which our business plan calls for flat play counts in golf and a small increase in the other operating departments of the. Scottsdale Golf Club As we closed out FY2017, we had another successful year, hitting over $11.1 million in revenues, while also turning in a net profit of $79,535, which then is placed into our capital reserves, increasing the reserves to over $2.4 million. This is important to note due to our capital needs in the coming years. During the month of November you will see communications from the Scottsdale Golf Club on a number of other fronts, including information regarding the Employee Holiday Fund contributions, as well as requests for interest in serving your Board here at the Club for the terms available. Please note that Regular Golf Members are eligible to serve on the Board and the terms for Board service are three (3) year commitments. Following this, we will also be sending out requests for interest for committee service for the coming year in early December which is open to all membership categories. Once again thank you for your support of this wonderful Club and I look forward to seeing you all at the Club in the coming weeks!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses | November News and Updates

Greetings Scottsdale Private Golf Courses! I know this message will put you in a great frame of mind to play golf at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses , as it is only supposed to get to a high of 88 degrees today. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about some of our younger players’ achievements over the last few months as these players are developing nicely.

• Mason Quagliata won his age division in the drive, chip and putt before the Masters Golf Tournament last April in Augusta, Georgia.

• Jonathan Curran won a Hurricane junior golf tournament with rounds in the 60’s, and has been getting some attention from college coaches for his improved play.

• Jackson Whisenhunt was selected to the AGA Goldwater team against the SWSPGA professionals, which is an annual all star competition at Phoenix Country Club.

• Sisters, Brantlee and Bree Howard, had fun this summer as Brantlee made her first hole-in-one at ten years old and younger sister, Bree, advanced in her age group in the drive, chip and putt regionals.

It is nice to see these players working on their games, as well as being good students. I actually had some proud moments this summer as a student of mine over the last two years, Hayden Wood from Oklahoma State University was the medalist in this year’s Men’s US Amateur Championship at Riviera and Bel Air in California, setting the all time low 2-round total at 9 under par.

Please see the additional information regarding the overseeding schedule of events, and golf information for the upcoming season. As we go through the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  program where we are not overseeding the greens this fall, the most significant impact you can make is fixing ball marks properly, which your professional staff can help you with. When we are fixing the ball mark at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses, it is critical that we pinch the green turf together so that when we are finished repairing it, there is no dirt showing in the center. Please do not put the divot tool in and pull the dent up from the bottom . It has long been reported a ball mark not repaired properly will take 3 weeks to heal versus one day when fixed properly. This is a responsibility all share not only here but at all Scottsdale Private Golf Courses.  We appreciate your support.

Dick Hyland presented a plan to the Scottsdale Golf Club Committee with an estimate and color rendering of the Scottsdale Golf Club Practice Park Renovation from his wish list that he spoke about in the last Trails End newsletter.

The components were the following:

• A 6000 sq. ft. putting only green in the desert area behind the west cart staging area;

• A Scottsdale Golf Club mini performance, fitting, instruction building on the currnt instruction tee;

• The existing south end short game area will be reworked in its current location for chipping, pitching and bunder practice;

• East of the south practice tee would be an Scottsdale Golf Club 18 hole putting course;

• On the outer edges of the entire range would be either a Scottsdale Golf Club 9-hole pitch and putt course for junior and family practice and fun at designated times when full practice is limited;

• The north end practice tees will be leveled and connected for more practice stations;

• The north end short game area will be expanded;

• The Committee acknowledged we should look into time, space and fun for kids, families and competitions during events. The architect who drew these thoughts indicated he has never seen or done a practice area as complete as this would be. Discussions will continue, but Dick’s thinking is to start on the practice areas first before any course adjustments would commence in the future.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scottsdale Country Club's New and Exciting Projects

Greetings Scottsdale Country Club Member! It is amazing how fast time flies here at the Scottsdale Country Club! I truly cannot believe that we are entering our Scottsdale Country Club fall overseeding of the golf course as it seems that we were just finishing a successful Scottsdale Country Club winter season. We are completing what has been yet another active summer here at the Scottsdale Country Club, and the feedback that we have been receiving from those who have been around this summer is amazing.

The Scottsdale Country Club is continuing to see record usage and revenues with a projection of another increase in participation in the coming Scottsdale Country Club year. With that being said, we are more excited than ever for the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses winter season to come, as we have focused a great deal of our attention this summer in planning some fun new offerings for the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses winter season.

Mike Sharp and his team have gone through additional service training once again this summer focusing on service consistency and menu knowledge, which were two areas members were looking for improvement based on the end of season survey feedback. We are also very excited about the offerings that Chef Lenny and his team will introduce towards the end of the month. For those that have not been around this summer, we will move the popular Fried Chicken Special to Wednesdays along with the regular menu. Thursday will continue with our always entertaining Burger Night, and Fridays will return to “Five Feature Friday” where Chef and his team have been able to showcase their significant culinary talents. On Saturday evenings, we will continue with our “Half Price Wine Night” for bottles $200 and under, along with our Prime Rib Dinner Special. We will then continue to finish the week with our Sunday Night Italian Buffet in the Mixed Grille featuring an ever rotating mix of your Italian favorites. For each of these nights other than Sunday, we will also be offering an รก la carte dinner menu so you can be sure to find something great! In addition to all of this, Chef Lenny and his team at the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses will be making various menu updates each month through the winter season giving you an opportunity to try some new favorites.

In Facility Master Planning news, we have conducted eight (8) focus group sessions with Scottsdale Private Golf Courses through the summer allowing us to review the plan with over 120 members. From these sessions we have further refined the details of Scottsdale Private Golf Courses Phase Two. There will be additional informational sessions during the month of October for those who have yet to attend a session. I would recommend that each of you take the time to learn more about this exciting project with the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses and, if you are not available to attend a session, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I would be more than happy to clear some time to review the key components of the plan for the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses. These sessions will then lead up to a vote of the membership during the month of November.

As you can see, it is full steam ahead here at the Club and we are ready to show what we have been working on this summer. Our goal is to take the member experience at the Club to an enhanced level in all areas. I believe you will see the difference when you return.

Friendly reminder - Members walking their dogs on the path must keep dogs leashed at all times. No dogs are allowed on Club grounds. Wherever you may be at the moment, enjoy what is left of summer . . . and know that the entire staff is extremely excited to see you all back on the Ranch soon!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Country Club Scottsdale announces new Junior Tennis Clinic Schedule October 3-28 (No clinics on Halloween)

Country Club Scottsdale announces new Junior Tennis Clinic Schedule October 3-28 (No clinics on Halloween)
  • Red Ball Rookies (4-5 year old players)
    • Wednesday 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    • Cost: $60 for four weeks
  • Red Ball Rising Stars
    • Wednesday (6-8 year old players) 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday (6-8 year old players) 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Cost: $80 for four week session, one day per week. $140 for two days per week.
  • Match Play Academy (9+ year old players)
    • Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Players in this group must be at least 9 years old or be able to rally and serve from the 60 foot court.
    • Country Club Scottsdale kids are divided into Orange Ball (9-10 year old), Green Ball (11-12 year old) and Yellow Ball (13+)
    • Cost: $160 for one day per week for four week session, $280 for twice per week
  • Friday Country Club Scottsdale Junior Tennis Night and Pizza Party is Friday, October 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Ages 8-12
    • Cost: $10 per person includes pizza, tennis and movie night.
Come out for to Country Club Scottsdale for a fun night of tennis and pizza with tennis pros Ryan and Traci! They will have fun tennis games on Country Club Scottsdale courts and then head to the Scottsdale Golf Club Corral for pizza, fun games and a movie. Please sign up in advance as we have a minimum and maximum number of participants.
  • Scottsdale Golf Club Junior Tennis Halloween Costume Party Friday is October 27
    • Ages 6-12 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Put on your Halloween costume and enjoy a fun night with the Scottsdale Golf Club tennis pros on the courts! We will get a jump on Halloween with some fun games, candy and a movie. Please sign up on Scottsdale Golf Club Foretees or email Traci Guy at tguy@ if you have any questions.
  • Adult Tennis News
    • Tuesday Adult Drill 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    • Cost: $30 per person
  • Doubles Strategy Drill
    • Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Cost: $30
  • Cardio Tennis Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Cost: $30
  • Head Tennis and Pickleball Demo Day/Arizona State Men’s Tennis Exhibition and Meet and Greet
    • Sunday, October 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Cost: Free
Come out for a fun afternoon of tennis and pickleball and enjoy getting to meet the Arizona State Sun Devils Men’s Tennis Team at Scottsdale Golf Club.They will be putting on an exhibition and interacting with our members. This is a great chance to get to see some high level tennis up close and personal. Head Racquet Sports will be there for a demo day as well to try out new tennis and pickleball rackets. We will have four courts of tennis and four courts of pickleball going at the same time. Please sign up in advance so we know how many people to expect. See you on the courts at Scottsdale Golf Club!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Naturally produce Hormones by working out at Scottsdale Golf Club

I’ve touched on this several times in past articles at Scottsdale Golf Club and I drill this fact home every day with my clients at Scottsdale Golf Club. When you train “correctly” at Scottsdale Golf Club and with high enough intensity, studies have shown this type of training will naturally induce the production of growth hormone within your body. This is a huge and significant thing in the world of anti-aging and fitness. Why? Because Human
Growth Hormone is the “it” factor for staying young and it’s best to make your own then get it from a shot by working out at Scottsdale Golf Club.

Growth hormone (GH) is a small protein made by the pituitary gland and secreted into the bloodstream. GH is controlled by a complex set of hormones produced in the hypothalamus of the brain and in the intestinal tract and pancreas. Among its many biological effects, GH promotes an increase in muscle mass and a decrease in body fat. The pituitary puts out GH in bursts; levels rise following exercise at Scottsdale Golf Club and while you sleep, and it is these two aspects that you want to take advantage of and maximize.

As I mentioned, it’s not just any type of exercise that promotes GH. For example, long distance or endurance events do not promote GH and will actually break muscle down rather than build it up. Think of the difference in body types with elite marathoners vs. elite sprinters. Quite frankly, most elite marathoners (in my opinion) look worn out and emaciated. Elite sprinters, on the other hand, look strong with well defined muscles and low body fat. The key is doing intense anaerobic, fast twitch muscle training with very little rest in between sets at Country Club Scottsdale.

With resistance or weight exercises, you must perform compound movements. These are exercises that recruit a lot of muscles at once like push ups, pull ups, squats and dead lifts easily completed at Country Club Scottsdale fitness facility.  Interval sprinting is another form of anaerobic exercise that produces growth hormone. Whether you use the treadmill, recumbent bike at Country Club Scottsdale. or elliptical trainer — it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you do short, very intense sets of anaerobic exercise followed by a precise, minimal amount of recovery time at Country Club Scottsdale.  I’ve been in the field of anti-aging for many years now and I can
tell you there is always a split in how to obtain the "fountain of youth.” There is no simple answer.  Here at Scottsdale Golf Club we offer many ways to stay healthy and fit. Swimming at the Scottsdale Golf Club
pool, working out in the fitness room, eating healthy, and playing golf at Country Club Scottsdale.  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fitness for Golfers at Scottsdale Country Club

Golfers at  Scottsdale Country Club should Flip It!

I know one way for sure hose to turn a Scottsdale Country Club golfers world upside down. No, I’m not talking about a swing change. I’m talking about literally turning a Scottsdale Country Club golfers world upside down with an inversion table. Actually, I shouldn’t limit the suggestion to use an inversion table to only Scottsdale Country Club golfers. The benefits apply to anyone that has a spine and lives under gravity. Inversion tables are certainly popular on the PGA & LPGA tour, but all backs will benefit from this very simple but highly therapeutic activity.  Inversion therapy ahas been around for centuries with some historians tracing its roots all the way back to Hippocrates, so it is nothing new. When we think of inversion therapy, we tend to think of relief for back pain. Our spines take a daily hit because of gravity, and eventually as those days turn into years, that constant compression causes a loss of fluids between the discs which unfortunately results in lost height, as well as, spinal pain. And this loss in height isn’t only a long term measurement. You actually lose height between morning and night every day — as much as half an inch or more. It is in the eight hours that you lie on your back and sleep (when compression is reduced) that fluids partially replenish to the discs. Over time though, we lose about two inches in height in a lifetime because of this incomplete process.

Inversion therapy at  Scottsdale Golf Club is the great equalizer. When inverting the body as little as 60 degrees, gravity is offset and the spine decompresses, allowing fluid to return completely between the discs. Staying in this inverted position for as little as 3 to 20 minutes a day is all it takes at Scottsdale Golf Club. Other benefits include reduced nerve pressure, realignment of the spine, and relaxing tense muscles. Another important bonus of inversion therapy at Scottsdale Golf Club is flushing the lymphatic system. This can be accomplished by gently rocking back and forth on the inversion table.

Inversion is very relaxing at Scottsdale Golf Club and personally for me, is better than yoga. It’s simple, easy, and the table is conveniently in the home.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Monsoon Storm Our Body Needs for members at Scottsdale Country Club

We know about the seriousness of drought conditions at Scottsdale Country Club and the harm that can come from too little water for our land and Scottsdale Private Golf Courses . Likewise, we should know about the seriousness of drought conditions in our members at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses that can come from drinking too little water. We call that dehydration. Golfers in general at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses just don’t drink enough water. But the need to drink plenty of while golfing Scottsdale Private Golf Courses in Arizona’s hot and dry climate cannot be emphasized enough. It’s hot out here at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses (Did I say that already?)

Dehydration is no laughing matter at Scottsdale Country Club.. That’s because too many people use thirst as an indicator for when to drink water and how much. Thirst is not a good gauge for your need for water. In fact, if you are thirsty, you could be well on your way to being dehydrated. Symptoms of moderate to mild dehydration include a dry or sticky mouth, fatigue or lethargy, decreased urine output, dry skin, headache, constipation, and dizziness. Severe dehydration on the other hand is a very serious matter. This is a medical emergency that requires a 911 call and immediate care at a hospital or urgent care clinic. Symptoms include extreme thirst, irritability and confusion, very dry mouth, lack of sweating, little or no urination, sunken eyes, low blood pressure, rapid heart beat, fever, and in the worst cases, delirium or unconsciousness. The key to preventing dehydration while playing at Scottsdale Country Club is to drink plenty of water ahead of time. Be sure to drink water throughout the day while at Scottsdale Country Club, particularly before and during any kind of exercise or exertion at Scottsdale Country Club This is a very active community of golfers, tennis players, hikers, etc. So before you even begin your activity, you should load your body up with good quality water, preferably “electrolyte enhanced”. “Electrolyte” is another name for your body’s ions, those molecules which are electrically charged. They are used by your cells to create and carry voltages across cell membranes like a communication network. Many sports drinks have electrolytes in them, but as I wrote about last month, they are also laden with sugars and other not so healthy ingredients.

So if the pictures you see of our beloved state with dry and cracked land, barren of life because of drought disturb you, that’s nothing compared to what could happen to our bodies from drought. Drink up!

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Country Club Scottsdale Staff Announcements

We are pleased to announce that we have two Country Club Scottsdale staff members who have become certified as Level I Introductory Sommeliers. Recently both Carter Keenan and Drew Shelburne have accomplished one of their personal goals of taking their wine knowledge to the next level. With this accomplishment, both Carter and Drew join the ranks of Alfredo, and Country Club Scottsdale officially now has a total of three (3) Sommeliers on hand to assist our Country Club Scottsdale members with their wine selections.

Country Club Scottsdale Pastry Chef Guillermo Magana was selected as our Scottsdale Golf Club Employee of the Month for April due to the amazingly passionate effort that he put into the Easter Brunch for our members. He spent countless hours at Scottsdale Golf Club and at home, creating incredible showpieces out of chocolate and preparing a delicious and beautiful array of desserts with an intense desire to WOW our Scottsdale Golf Club members. Equally amazing was Guillermo’s patient and intense tutelage and mentorship of his assistant, who because of this was able to grow immensely, enabling her to help him make Easter so special. Easter aside, Guillermo came to us last November from The Phoenician Resort and has taken the Pastry and Bakery items served at the Scottsdale Golf Club to a whole new level. He has been innovative in creating new exciting things and at the same time got us back on track with the traditional items that our Scottsdale Golf Club members had come to love over the years. Not only is he creative, professional, hardworking, kind and funny, he is an amazing Scottsdale Golf Club team player who will do anything to aid in the success of the team in all areas, not just pastry. Before working at the Phoenician, Guillermo held positions at Gigi’s Cupcakes, Binkley’s Restaurant, and The Four Seasons Resort. He has a degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and in Pastry and Baking from The Art Institute of Phoenix.

Monday, August 28, 2017

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As the Scottsdale Country Club summer season winds down, we wanted to keep you apprised of some of the Scottsdale Country Club agronomy practices which are in process, or will happen in the fall. A number of Scottsdale Country Club players in this last week have watched as the Scottsdale Country Club tee leveling project started on hole #1. This will continue for 9-10 weeks, finishing with the black/blue tee on #18. The goal is to level the Scottsdale Country Club tee surfaces as some of the edges have fallen and the amount of Scottsdale Country Club 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 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 Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  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.


If you practice your short game on the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  north chipping green, please note the great 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 the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  greens this fall. We expect they will be excellent for 10 months from February through November and good in December and January when the 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 Bermuda grass on the south chipping green this summer. It will be sprigged with a new variety of 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 Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  improvements.