Monday, July 27, 2020

Scottsdale Golf Club is all about its Members

This former cattle ranch in the Valley of the Sun is proving country clubs can flourish by offering amenities, programming, and service that appeal to all generations Scottsdale Golf Club opened in the late 1990s on a knoll near the McDowell Mountains, The Country Club at DC Ranch, in Scottsdale, Ariz., sits on land that a century ago was part of a working cattle ranch. At its peak, DC Ranch stretched for 43,000 acres and employed cowboys tending to 4,000 head of cattle. Today, it still has a rustic look and feel, captured primarily in the Club’s heralded, 45,000-square-foot Ranch Hacienda Clubhouse, which lends a welcome sense of history to a modern city like Scottsdale. Key to its success, the Club focuses on both the current and future generations. “We are a club who cares,” says Melanie Halpert, Director of Membership and Marketing. “People are looking for the whole package in their country club. They are truly looking for a connection. Our team, along with the members who join, make that possible.” The longevity of the staff speaks volumes about the commitment to keeping members happy and engaged. Though the Scottsdale Golf Club is barely two decades old, many of the staff have been on board for nearly the entire run. Continual improvements and renovations keep the facilities fresh and attuned to the desires of members. Open year-round,  Scottsdale private golf courses offers a full summer camp for kids and an extensive calendar of social events and activities for adults. To encourage participation from all ages, the Club closes its driving range two afternoons a week and transforms it into a nine-hole, par 3 course. It’s been a huge hit, a fun (and fast) golf experience allowing golfers of every skill level to share in the pure joy of the game. There is serious golf to be played here, too. Redesigned by Tom Lehman and John Fought in 2002, the 18-hole course offers memorable views of the Valley of the Sun and climbs dramatically into the mountains on the back nine. Challenge is found in the course’s length, deep bunkers, and subtly breaking greens. There are 400 golf members, but because the club is a diverse mix of retired and working members, it is always easy to get a tee time. Scottsdale private golf courses have come a long way. Without forgoing its rich history it has successfully forged a fresh way to keep country club life fun and engaging

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Private golf clubs in Scottsdale created a full calendar of social distancing events to keep members engaged and active. “We don’t get mulligans in life, so no rules can be broken, no matter who it might be,” said Dick Hyland, Scottsdale Golf Club Director of Golf. While DC Ranch’s Scottsdale private golf courses continued to stay busy, the kitchen and food-and-beverage department organized to-go parties, online cooking classes, coffee pick-up in the valet area, grocery service, homemade hand sanitizer, and holiday take-home parties. The popular “Quaratin-O” curbside drive-through pick-up parade party involved several stations where members stayed in their cars and picked up drinks, desserts, and food, all while live music played in the background. Youth programming was essential as well. The youth department Scottsdale Golf Club at created cooking contests, Zoom craft parties, virtual workouts and pick-up art projects to keep kids busy. The Private golf clubs in Scottsdale Fitness and Wellness department, started zoom classes, online seminars, and do-it-yourself home spa tutorials, while social activities continued with online Happy Hours, book clubs, flower-arranging classes, and online art lessons.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Private golf clubs in Scottsdale get Practice Park renovation

The entire 11 acres at Private golf clubs in  Scottsdale was scraped to the dirt in June of 2019 and re sprigged with Tif eagle Bermuda on the greens, and all other turf is 328 Bermuda which is a better practicing surface then the 419 variety we removed. The boundaries of the park were enlarged to approximately 14 acres which enabled us to get many of the perimeter Horseshoe holes built.

An 8500 SF putting green was built adjacent to the two greenside bunker/ short game areas on the southwest side of the park.

The practice tees on both the north end and 2/3 of the south tee were enlarged and re –sprigged late in the process and do not have as strong a Bermuda base as we will get with this entire Bermuda growing season in front of us. The dew point will climb as well as the humidity kicks in over the next few months, necessities for Bermuda growth.

A little steady rain during Monsoon season would help starting in late June.

WHAT ARE WE SEEING NOW at Scottsdale private golf courses?
The cool season rye grass is saying I can’t take the heat and I am going away and let the Bermuda take my place until October.

This is what we see all over, some turf areas are a brown color, and some places will fill in with Bermuda sooner than others, as we chemically sprayed out the rye to get rid of it a few weeks ago.

Many of you have not seen this process take place as you have not been here this time of year, but as this is a necessary evil each summer as overseeding is in the fall.

Please know the conditions will get better as the weeks go by.

LOCKER ROOM SERVICE RESUMES JUNE 2ND at Scottsdale private golf courses

The ladies’ and men’s locker room services will resume starting Tuesday June 2nd.

We ask that you bring shoes in to the respective locker room  managers one pair at a time, so Todd and Denise can get everyone one  clean pair of shoes before a few get multiple pairs.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

The showers are available but the steam room is not until further notice.


The clubhouse, golf course, Horseshoe, practice areas, bag room and locker rooms will be closed on Monday’s through overseeding and for priority agronomy projects. Aerification week is June 8th through the 12th and the golf course will be closed for a much needed rest after the demanding season.

For those who enjoy numbers, the months of March, April and May accounted for 13,800 rounds against a forecast of 10,500 rounds, oh my!

There was more practicing done off the new practice tees than ever before with some days having as many as 260 people hit balls.

Please keep in mind the proper way to practice is to create a line of divots in front of the last ball you hit.

Please avoid spreading out your divots in your stations as it does not permit others to enjoy good turf to practice from.

Let us know if you need a demonstration.

Lastly, should you need to communicate with us, please contact us in the golf shop at (480) 342-7210.

You are all to be thanked for your cooperation thus far, and into the future.

As for those of you who enjoy the spoken word, please stay tuned.

Stay safe and stay healthy!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Private golf clubs in Scottsdale is committed to providing a safe and fun environment so that everyone can enjoy the tennis and pickleball courts as we navigate through these difficult times.

Private golf clubs in Scottsdale Water Bottle Policy:

  • In order to improve our carbon footprint and reduce waste, the tennis facility will begin to phase out water bottles.
  • We have installed a new water bottle refill station at the ramada with refrigerated water so we now have two places to fill water bottles with ice and water also available in the breezeway.
  • Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  Members are encouraged to start bringing their own water bottles to the courts beginning this weekend and refill at one of our two stations.
  • We will continue to provide water bottles in the refrigerator through the end of June but at that time they will be removed. We will keep a limited supply in the tennis shop in the month of July.
  • We sell water bottles in the tennis shop and they are also available in other areas of the club. We will be receiving some new inventory for the fall as well to have a wider choice in both price and items.
  • Fall league captains will need to add the new water policy to their communication with opponents.
  • Members please encourage your guests to bring a water bottle or jug to the courts.
  • Thank you for helping us reduce waste at the club and attacking the plastic crisis that is going on globally!

Scottsdale golf club  Tennis Facility Update As It Relates To Safety:

  • Guest policy is extended through next week. Immediate family guests will continue to be welcome at the club but outside guests will not be allowed until June 28. We look forward to seeing your guest at that time.
  • Please check in for your court time when you arrive.
  • After play we are continuing to ask that members exit the facility immediately in order to practice safe social distancing.
  • Please stay home if you feel sick and practice safe social distancing when at the facility including no handshakes, high fives, etc. 
  • Please wash your hands when you finish playing.
  • Tennis shop hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to Noon and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to noon. Closed on Mondays.
  • We are extending the policy of not allowing members to touch tennis balls in clinics through June 19. Private lessons will be allowed but only if the member and/or professional is comfortable with it.
  • Towel service will continue.
  • Ball machine is available during tennis shop hours only. Please reserve on Foretees. For the second member please type in machine, ball and it will show up on the court sheet.
  • We are limiting the tennis shop to four members at a time.
  • Demo rackets will only be available during tennis shop hours and must be returned for cleaning after use.
  • Only staff members are allowed to use the tennis ball carts through the end of the summer.
  • Tennis and pickleballs are available for sale in the tennis shop. We also have pickleball paddles for sale at various prices.
  • Tennis and pickleball events will be put on hold through the end of July at  Scottsdale golf club This does not include clinics and camps.

Thank you Scottsdale golf club members for your participation in the tennis and pickleball program. We hope to see you soon!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Scottsdale Golf Club Member Update

As we continue to navigate through these challenging times, each day brings new encounters. 

Because the Corona virus situation is so fluid, Scottsdale Golf Club meets regularly to analyze the current situation and study potential scenarios as we move forward.  It is hard to imagine that we are already over a month into our modified operation as a private golf clubs in Scottsdale.  It seems that on a daily basis our great team continues to reinvent themselves with the many needed offerings and services for the membership which has been tremendous to see. Who knew how to make hand sanitizer with grain alcohol, how paella is cooked, or the details of converting from rye to Bermuda grass and so much more? Who knew we could provide curbside service at such a level – with lots of smiles – and that we could even save you a trip to the gas pump – or that golf carts could be sanitized several times a day??

The support of the membership with these services has been tremendous which speaks to the resiliency of our Club community.  We can assure you that we will continue offering these services through the closure of our clubhouses and we fully expect that many of these additions will become a part of our long term future as a Club.  As many of you have read, with the three-phase “Open up America Again” plan issued from the White House Task Force we fully expect, if and when, the time is right to open up more of our operation, we will do this in stages as we can become more functional.  We can assure you that we will communicate to you our developing plans as relevant, when the time is right to do so, in order for you to fully understand what to expect.

It will be very important that as we further open Scottsdale Golf Club in the coming weeks that everyone understands the importance of conforming to the guidelines as set forth by the governing authorities and the Club as we cannot put our membership and staff at unnecessary safety risks.   

It is important to remember that the strong financial performance at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses and assembling such a fabulous Team of employees of the Club over the last several years was hard-earned and has put us in a position to weather this crisis.  We want to maintain the responsible and effective stewardship of the Club and will always act with prudence as it relates to Club finances and care for our Team.

Speaking of our team, much gratitude and many thanks should be extended to the over 140 of our generous members who have contributed to the Employee Assistance Fund thus far, which has generated almost $100k which is significantly helping to offset our continued payment and retention of the staff.  We can assure you that your generosity is noted and that every employee joins in profusely thanking you for your ongoing support.  Our goal is to be able to continue to support our tremendous team through this tough time and thankfully, because of you, prudent planning, and lots of hard, hard work we remain on track to do just that.

As you know we have put a number of rules and regulations throughout the private golf clubs in Scottsdale and we need to continue adhering to these on a daily basis to ensure we are able to continue to provide an outlet for our members to navigate through these times.  We know it gets wearisome to maintain “social distances” and how much we miss hugging and shaking hands but must continue to persevere. It is important that each of you continue to support us on that front until the time comes that we can further welcome you back to your home away from home.

We hope you and your family are staying safe and doing well.  Your support and understanding of Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  is greatly appreciated during these difficult times.  We remain committed to making decisions that put the health and safety of members and employees first, as well as protecting the Club’s tremendous assets. We know the best days for The Country Club at DC Ranch are before us.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale Adapt to New Rules with Covid-19

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Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale are of the belief that Governor Ducey will be giving us a message within the next week regarding his plans for the future of in our case, Scottsdale Private Golf Courses

The social distancing parameters are still in place at  Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale and we are not changing any of the rules that we have set forth thus far.  We are still expected to remain a minimum of 6 feet apart at all times.  This includes carts being parked and range stalls being set.  We realize that the double tee start might make this difficult but please know this is just a test of our operation and how we can improve for the enjoyment of the membership at Scottsdale golf club.

This has many goals to achieve.
1 - The weather is headed toward the balmy 100 degrees and it gives us the best chance for more 18 hole rounds to be completed before it gets too hot.
2 - Most of our  Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale players especially in the summer months (which we deem as May through September), prefer to play in the morning and a double tee start allows us to offer this more so than a straight tee.
3 - The majority of our 18 hole play at  Scottsdale Private Golf Courses   will be finished by 6PM, which AT THIS POINT IN TIME is when we require the carts to return to the clubhouse.
4 - When the time comes, NOT YET, when some of our group play will resume, players will get back to the clubhouse sooner by way of a double tee start than a straight tee start, in some cases by up to an hour.
5 - Those choosing to play only 9 holes or less will have more times as we can start play off #1 AND #10, thus more players.
We ask that you understand that if we don’t experiment it on an active day, we will never know the correct decision to make as we move forward the rest of the summer, especially with the goal of getting more members out to play.
Lastly, we have no idea as yet when guest play will be permitted, as YOU; our member is our first priority.
We will keep you informed as best and fast as we can as to the path we will take and in advance, thanks for your cooperation and understanding in these ever changing and demanding times.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Country Club at DC Ranch’s creativity and innovation has been the key to its success during Covid-19

Innovation keeps the Members and Employees engaged at The Country Club at DC during COVID-19

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 2020) Just as the city of Scottsdale anticipated its busiest month of the
year, the Country was hit with the sad news of Covid-19 and the closings of business. Without hesitation the employees at The Country Club at DC Ranch came together to create a full calendar of social distancing events to keep the members engaged and active.

Arizona’s Governor, Doug Ducey, declared the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy and Stay Connected” platform. Scottsdale private golf courses were approved as an essential business, so the course was allowed to stay open. The Club followed every social distancing rule and protocol to keep the members safe and healthy. As Dick Hyland, The Club’s Director of Golf stated “We don’t get mulligans in life so no rules can be broken, no matter who it might be.” With members at home with nothing to do, the tee sheet was and continues to be full every day. The Club has been grateful to have the opportunity to keep the members engaged during the challenging time. In fact, we predict golf will become even more popular than before, as people who had not played prior started doing so during social distancing as a way to be healthy and stay active.

While the golf course continued to stay busy, the kitchen and food and beverage department organized to-go parties, online cooking classes, coffee pick-up in valet, grocery service, homemade hand sanitizer, and holiday take home parties. The highlight for the members was the Quaratin-O, curbside, pick-up, parade party. Employees set up several stations where members would stay in their car and go through a drive-through party and pick up drinks, desserts, and food, all while live music played in the background. It was a true spectacle in making memories for the members Youth programming was essential with all the little ones at home. The youth department jumped on the opportunity to be creative and help the parents. Cooking contests, zoom craft parties, virtual workouts for kids, and pick-up art projects were perfect ways to keep the kids busy.

The Fitness and Wellness department started zoom classes, online seminars, and do it yourself home spa tutorials, while the social activities continued with online Happy Hours, book clubs, flower arranging classes, and online art lessons. The Country Club at DC Ranch was determined to keep its members informed through ongoing communication which included text messaging, videos, social media, and the Club’s very popular APP.

With the social distancing guidelines slowly loosening, The Club is now working on safely opening the other departments of The Club. The Scottsdale golf club prides itself on keeping and paying all of its employees during this time. The Country Clubs of the world have truly become the safe haven at this time and will continue to be. Because Clubs are typically small communities, we have the ability to keep people safe in small groups while keeping everyone informed.  Genuine, welcoming and warm in spirit, The Country Club at DC Ranch celebrates families and friends coming together to enjoy the best of times in a truly distinctive setting – including private golf clubs in Scottsdale on DC Ranch’s classic course layout, redesigned by Tom Lehman and John Fought. It is one of the most classically designed courses in the Valley – resulting in a golf experience that is aesthetically more interesting and strategically more challenging.

Poised prominently on a knoll near the McDowell Mountains, The Country Club at DC Ranch’s stunning 45,000 square-foot Ranch Hacienda Clubhouse combines the most charming aspects of historic Arizona architecture with those of great Western resorts of the 1920’s and 30’s. 480-342-7246