Friday, April 13, 2018

 After a record breaking month around the Scottsdale AZ Country Club,  due to unusually warm weather, we slowed a bit but still were able to post another month of better than budget rounds of golf and revenues.  We fully expect this trend to continue at Scottsdale AZ Country Club as there are many important events planned at the  Scottsdale Private Golf Courses this season including all new Blues, Brews & BBQ Social, the Taste of the Ranch, Ladies and Men’s Golf Club Championships, and then ending the month with the premier Ladies Golf Event, The Desert Diamond Classic.

Thank you to the many members that voiced your interest in serving your Scottsdale Private Golf Courses on the Finance, House, Tennis, Membership, Golf & Grounds and Facilities Master Planning Committees.  We were once again able to put together a diverse group of members, some serving the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses for the first time as well as many that have served over the years.  This year we also added a mandatory orientation for the new committee members so that we were could set forth the expectations for each committee member and outline the 2018 goals and objectives for each committee.  As many of you know, this is an important way for us to identify potential future Scottsdale Private Golf Courses Board members.  As we get through the year, we will also begin planning for the introduction of a new Health and Wellness Committee which is expected to be introduced next year as we get closer to the completion of the phase II construction project.

As a part of my monthly reminder, I wanted to once again encourage everyone to make advanced reservations in our Scottsdale AZ Country Club dining outlets especially during our dinner service each week.  As you have read previously, doing so greatly enhances the level of service that we are able to provide which we believe only enhances your Scottsdale AZ Country 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 Scottsdale AZ Country Club Concierge or Dining Hosts to make reservations.  Please also refer to another section in this newsletter in the following pages that refers to the dress code that is present for the Club as all members and their guests are expected to follow these guidelines when using the Club.

As you can see, there continue to be many great things happening here at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses. The Scottsdale AZ Country Club remains 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 continues to be seen as the preeminent Club in the Valley.  I continue to hear great things from the membership on a daily basis but I am always looking to hear from our members and their experiences so that we can continue enhancing the level of member experience at your Scottsdale AZ Country Club.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Scottsdale AZ Country Club Championship Format

The Scottsdale AZ  Country Club tournament will consist of two-man teams divided into flights of six teams based on combined team Scottsdale private golf courses handicap indexes. Using a Better Ball of the Pair format, each team will play five nine-hole matches within their flight to determine the flight champion. Scottsdale private golf courses Flight champions qualify to compete for the Overall Scottsdale AZ  Country Club Championship based on a Shootout on holes #16, #17, & #18.

Nine-hole matches will be played using the match play format.  In four-ball match play, the better ball of the pair will be played against the better ball of the other two players.  A hole is won by the Scottsdale AZ  Country Club team who holes the ball in the fewest NET strokes.

Play will be from the Blue or Blue/White tees based on your assigned flight. Scottsdale AZ  Country Club Players over 70 years of age may choose to play the White tees for the appropriate reduction per Scottsdale private golf courses USGA guidelines. On hole-in-one holes, you may decline this opportunity and play from your designated tee you are playing during the round.

Scottsdale private golf courses Scoring

Scottsdale AZ  Country Club Teams will receive 1 point for each hole won, ½ point for each hole halved, and 0 points for each hole lost. Each match has a total of 9 possible points. This scoring format requires that teams play all nine holes in each match regardless of the number of holes won or lost.  Scottsdale private golf courses Flight Champions will be determined by total points won and not by win/loss record. Flight ties will be broken by a scorecard playoff in head-to-head matches.

Scottsdale private golf courses Handicaps

The handicap of all four players in each match is reduced by the course handicap of the player with the lowest handicap, who then plays from scratch.  Nine-hole handicaps will be used with shots falling as they should on an 18-hole scorecard.
The maximum handicap index and course handicap differential between partners is 10.  If the differential is greater than 10, the higher handicap will be adjusted down to maintain the 10 stroke differential.  Every player is responsible for playing with his correct handicap index as of April 15th, 2018. The committee makes its best effort to obtain correct handicaps. If there is an error, it is the responsibility of the player to report it to the committee immediately. The Scottsdale private golf courses Tournament Committee has the responsibility to adjust handicaps based on the USGA Exceptional Score Probability Table.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Scottsdale country club Announces Its Member Guests

The signups for BOTH Scottsdale country club events opened at 7:00 AM on Thursday, last February 1st. Please note that the new Scottsdale country club registration procedures dictate that the fields will be filled by number of years you have participated in a member-guest, and the tiebreaker from there is based on the timestamp listed on your registration. This means that prompt signups could benefit you greatly in terms of winning the second tie-breaker.

For further information regarding the Scottsdale country club tournaments, please refer to the notice sent December 26th labeled "2018 Gentlemen's Member-Guests: The Round Up & The Stampede". We've also copied it below for your reference:

"As we announced last season, we will be continuing the process of hosting two identical Scottsdale country club Gentlemen’s Member-Guest tournaments to accommodate 120 teams total, 60 teams in each field. Please see below for the dates of the two upcoming Gentlemen’s Member-Guests:

Scottsdale country club The Round-Up: April 25th-28th
Scottsdale country club The Stampede: May 9th-12th

Also, please note the following rules and regulations for registering for the two Gentlemen’s Member-Guest events:

  • All Country Club Scottsdale registrations were done through ForeTees, which opened for both events beginning at 7AM last Thursday, February 1st.
  • The registration deadline was Friday, February 16th at 5PM. The final fields was announced Sunday, February 17th.
  • Entry fee for Country Club Scottsdale The Round-Up and The Stampede remained the same as last year, $1700 per team.
  • The handicap differential must be no greater than 10 between partners based on your April 15th verifiable index.
    •  All Country Club Scottsdale member participants will have their accounts billed a non-refundable 50% of the entry fee once the fields are set Sunday, February 17th. 
    •  The non-refundable remaining 50% of the entry fee will be charged to the member’s account 30 days prior to the event. No refunds will be given at that time, for any reason.
    •  In the event one of the tournaments is oversubscribed, participation will be determined based on the number of years of participation in both The Round-Up and the Stampede combined. For any questions regarding the number of years you have played in Country Club Scottsdale The Round-Up and Stampede, please contact the Golf Shop. In the event there is a tie based on number of years of participation, the ties will be broken based on time and date of registration of the 2018 event.
  • Country Club Scottsdale Members may be allowed to participate in only one of The Round-Up or The Stampede each year.
  • Guests are allowed to participate in only one of The Round-Up or The Stampede each year.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Winter Season is here Scottsdale country club

It is hard to believe that we are in the middle of the winter season here at Scottsdale country club with the warm temperatures that we are seeing throughout the past few weeks. As you can imagine this only helps increase the level of member participation in all areas of the Scottsdale country club.

I’d like to share the results of our recent Scottsdale country club election and to welcome this year’s Scottsdale country club Board of Directors. We have two new directors joining the board this year; Priscilla Johnson and Bob Kline who have all been elected to three-year terms. In addition, Ron Kruse and Janet Pennewell were elected to an additional two years on the Board which will take us through the construction phase of our expansion project which is still slated to begin in late May.

For the coming year, your Scottsdale country club President will be Ron Kruse, who will be entering his second and final year in this position. The continuity in having Ron and Janet continue their service on the board will help us immensely as we enter into an exciting time at DC Ranch.

As Ron reviewed at the Country Club Scottsdale annual meeting, some of our main goals for 2018 are as follows:

• Keeping Phase II on time and on budget
• Selecting a provider of financing for the Country Club Scottsdale project
• Achieving the business plan and member satisfaction despite the Country Club Scottsdale construction
• Hiring a Country Club Scottsdale fitness director to develop new programs and guide equipment selection/layout
• Enhancing Country Club Scottsdale golf events, course improvement and Training• Continuing the growth of tennis participation and programs
• Continuing new member integration despite construction
• Maintaining food and beverage results despite construction

As I stated at the Country Club Scottsdale Annual Meeting, I truly believe that we are in a solid position with an experienced leadership team, a strong financial position, and an engaged and supportive membership. All of these factors will generate a buzz in the market as we aim to achieve even higher levels in 2018 and beyond. From a rules standpoint, I want to once again remind everyone of the need to make a reservation in our dining room, especially during our dinner service, as well as adhering to the Club’s dress code as we enter into our busiest months of the year. This is especially important with all of the guest activity that typically takes place during the next four months. We will continue to closely manage these two areas so please make sure that you and your guests understand the rules in advance of using the Club.

With all of this being said, we look forward to a busy next few months and know that you will enjoy all that our team has planned during this time. The calendar is packed with a number of golf, tennis and social events for your enjoyment so please make it a point to be here as much as possible!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses in the Winter

Here we are at  Scottsdale Private Golf Courses in December, and the weather is great. This helps the nonoverseeded Bermuda greens at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses
to continue to show some growth. From a playability standpoint, many have commented the greens are the best they have been this time of year . . . ever. So far the plan is working, whereby we will color the putting surfaces with a green pigment in the fertilizer through the remainder of the season. I have mentioned (to anyone who will listen) in order to keep the greens as they are at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses or make them even better, is to fix all ball marks. This means that only grass is showing after you fix it, and not dirt. We gave out hundreds of custom divot tools during the opening weekend at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses.  They look like mini forks and were built for our Club by CMC Golf Design. Many have said this is the best and easiest tool to fix ball marks, and I agree. If you would like one, please ask the golf shop staff.

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses GOLF VIDEO: A few weeks ago I did a 40 second golf video regarding our opening day plans, carts off paths and the like. Melanie Halpert told me when she posted the video on Instagram, it got over 1000 views in the first 24 hours. This being said, if it was watched by that many people, you can expect I will be using this vehicle of quick communication in the next few weeks. I am going to show new golfers, and refresh experienced ones, how to properly rake a bunker, fix ball marks, repair turf divots with sand and seed, and other topics anyone would like me to address. This is a great way to communicate and have fun at the same time. So, stay on the lookout for them.

Scottsdale Golf Club PRACTICE TEES: Thanks for your help in preserving the south practice tee by working on your game on the north end of the range on Mondays and Wednesdays. This is a big help in preserving the tee turf, so thanks!

Scottsdale Golf Club PLAN UPDATE: We are delighted the Phase II Plan was approved by the membership by such an overwhelming margin, but don’t think for a minute we have forgotten about future enhancements to the golf program. We have already built a plan for the Scottsdale Golf Club practice areas. I can show and explain the plan if you are interested. We are working through a long range plan for the golf course that was done a few years ago. We will prioritize what the order of improvements will be and share them at the appropriate time. Specific to the practice areas, I asked a friend in the industry if he had ever seen a practice park with a plan as encompassing as this and he said, NO, it might be one of a kind. We will keep you informed as plans continue to develop for Scottsdale Golf Club.

FITTING DAY: Ryan Gillen, our staff professional who is a certified club fitter with a launch monitor, will be taking appointments for a fitting day.

DRESS CODE FOR MEN: Please be reminded the Scottsdale Golf Club rule states all men will be wearing caps with the bill facing forward and shirts ARE TO BE TUCKED IN while on any part of the course or practice area. Thanks for your understanding.

Scottsdale Golf Club MEMBER GUEST UPDATE: We expect the Round Up and Stampede member/guest tournament information and sign up opportunities will be on Foretees the first week in January, So stay on the lookout and we will keep you updated as well.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses Review Overseeding Results

Welcome all to the start of the 2018 Scottsdale Private Golf Courses season! The weather for our Scottsdale Private Golf Courses overseeding this year was a little warmer than usual. The result of this is an abundant crop of bermudagrass -- which is not necessarily a bad thing. It will become more  apparent at  Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  when temperatures drop and the bermudagrass turns a tan color. We will be using colorants to mask this change. We have kept ryegrass seeding rates and heights of cut of our turf the same as last year due to this Spring’s successful transition at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses.    Speaking of heights of cut, we have a new look to the course this years as Tom Lehman has designated new fairway lines. Also, we have a new look to our Scottsdale Country Club tees as a tee leveling and banding project was completed over the summer and more colorful landscaping added to the #1 and #10 tee complexes. Another very noticeable change to the Scottsdale Country Club course this years is the non-overseeding of our greens. Our goal in doing so is to provide the truest surfaces possible over the longest period of time. This decision was largely based on the excellent performance of the chipping green at the north end of the driving range for the last two seasons. We will continue to evaluate the three varieties of ultradwarf bermudagrass on the north chipping green (TifEagle, MiniVerde, and Cham;ion G12), as well as the upper putting green on the south end of the Scottsdale Country Club range by the #1 tee. We successfully converted it over the summer to Champion G12 bermudagrass. This is the same variety that covers the south third of the north chipping green. As we open from overseeding, please remember when driving on the Scottsdale Country Club course to keep cart traffic in the fairways as opposed to the rough. This will help keep the longer grass blades in the rough from getting matted down. Lastly, we all hope this year’s golf season is your most enjoyable ever!

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!