Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Scottsdale Tennis in 2023

The weather has been fantastic and the Scottsdale tennis courts have been busy with both tennis and pickleball activities. As we head into the new year and our busy months of February through April we will continue to add to the Scottsdale tennis program with fun and exciting drills, socials, and events. Make sure to sign up for any of our tennis and/or pickleball live ball drills on the Scottsdale golf course APP. They are a fun way to learn, get exercise and play with other members. This is also the time of year to get signed up for private tennis and pickleball lessons with our staff. With the great weather we have in the spring, there are more times available in the late morning and early afternoon. Our Scottsdale golf course staff members are busy teaching Monday through Saturday with a much-needed day off on Sunday. If you would like a private lesson on Sunday, please reach out to me and see what the availability is for that particular week. Lastly, I want to recognize both Alex Guerrero and Fidan Ibrahimova who are in the process of completing certification in their respective areas. Alex recently took the USRSA certification test to become a certified stringer and racket repairer. The certification also has a customer service component to it. He is waiting patiently for the results which will no doubt come back positive. Alex has been a tremendous asset to our program and is eager to make sure your tennis racket is strung properly and ready for you to play your best. Fidan is working towards her USPTA certification which is about a year-long process. She is currently in phase two of a three-part certification process and hopes to have everything completed this spring. Make sure to celebrate them when you are at the tennis shop next. Once again, have a great holiday season. Please let our staff know if you have any needs through the next two months. You can contact Ryan Shomo if you would like your Scottsdale golf course junior player to get involved and start in tennis. See you on the courts!

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Scottsdale golf course uses Fitness Professionals to keep members in shape to play

I first want to congratulate you on this new season. It was surely a hot summer and now we are approaching some of the best weather in the country. I feel that each day brings a new opportunity to not only enjoy life, but also to get healthier, stronger, and happier! One of the most common injuries I have seen in clinical practice over the years has been back pain and it affects many. The goal of this newsletter is to discuss how to improve the functional strength and mobility of the back.

There are many root causes of back injuries but the common denominator is pain! Often so severe it can weigh heavy on both the mind and body! So, how do we rid the body of unwanted pain and tension? How do we improve our recovery and restoration? How can we forge and strengthen the back so you can exercise and navigate at the Scottsdale golf course the world with ease? Many back injuries occur by simply bending and twisting to pick up their kids or grandkids, tying the shoes, and then all of a sudden, the back slips out and the legs crumble. Such simple movements become the pebble in the shoe which can remain persistently painful. Our task as your Fitness and Wellness staff is to help resolve this! Whether you have pain or not, we want to help coach you with your fitness goals! We want to help you be healthy and fit for life so you can play golf at the Scottsdale golf course. Stop in today or email us to get started!


The best prevention for back injuries and pain is daily movement, proper posture, and proper breathing. But what if there is an injury already present and the pain has been there for years? Well, we have to rehab this area.

The problem with the injury rehabilitation process, especially for the back, is that moving hurts! And so then the training process becomes unbearable. We often guard painful areas so much in order to not move them, but we must realize that inactivity weakens the area as well. So, this pickle between having to move the body to rehab the area and protecting the back so we don’t injure it more creates this uncertainty of what to do and where to start, but I always say we must start presently! You have to take inventory of your health! Come get an assessment at the Scottsdale private golf course with one of our professional trainers so we can help design a plan of action.

The Assessment Process

The assessment process takes you through a series of gentle movements to determine the area of concern.

There are many levels to the tissues of the back and we have to determine where the problem is! Is it a muscle tightness problem? Then you need more flexibility training. Is it nerve? Maybe your alignment is off. Is it a nutritional deficiency? Sometimes it is all of these. From the movement and health assessment, we can then design a training program tailored to meet your needs.

“How long is this going to take?” is always the first question. The best answer I have is that it takes 4-6 weeks to adapt to a single training cycle. This means consistent and disciplined work 2-3x per week for 30-45 minutes, for at least a month is what is often what it takes to at least get stable results. It will also take some time to teach you the movements required in the program and step by step we build a foundation of strength in the core, hips, and back which can get you the pain relief you need to get through the day without taking NSAIDs, muscle relaxers, pain meds, etc. We are not looking for quick fixes, we want your pain resolved for good and we have designed a program for just that!

Warming Up on The Power Plate

This is a phenomenal tool that helps to loosen connective tissues, improve blood circulation, and excite the nervous system. These alone can bring pain relief. Before your workout at Scottsdale private golf course, stand on the power plate at level 2 or 3 for 3-5 minutes while doing some gentle overhead reaches, half squats, toe touches, and alternating step-ups. These movements will begin to loosen and prepare the tissues. This device was originally used by NASA as a tool to help with muscle atrophy and osteoporosis which occurs from being in zero-gravity environments. Use these movements to activate and strengthen the legs and to warm the tissues before you go play golf before you work out, play tennis, etc. No matter what, however, make sure you warm and limber yourself up first before you play at Scottsdale private golf course.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Another exciting year of Fun, Family, and Friendliness at Scottsdale golf club

First and foremost, on behalf of the Agronomy Department I would like to welcome back our membership for another exciting year of Fun, Family, and Friendliness. I have received many positive comments regarding the great playing conditions of Scottsdale golf club. “The rough is fantastic, it definitely makes the course much more difficult” to “The pin locations have been really good and different since opening day.” Along with the higher cut of rough this year the fairways were shaped much different than in past years to create more angles on each hole. These are a few of the changes you will see around the Scottsdale golf club this season.

Another positive for the Scottsdale golf course is we have recently hired three new staff members to complete our new desert landscape team. This is something that I have been trying to put together for a few years, so to say that I am very excited to have a dedicated team to maintain the surrounding desert areas on the golf course is an understatement.

On to my next topic…FROST. November has brought some unseasonable cooler weather this year. We have had a few cool mornings with some frost already. This was not what I was hoping for this early in the season. Frost can be very damaging to the turf grass and we want to make sure we are taking all the precautions to preserve the density and consistency of the golf course playing conditions, and minimize any risk of turf damage. We ask for your patience during these times.

Lastly, here is a friendly reminder to everyone of “The Pride of Ownership Program” here at Scottsdale golf course.

Please repair all ball marks.

Please enter/exit bunkers in the lowest area possible.

Please fill all divots with the sand/seed mix provided by the staff.

Please drive carts on fairways.

Please keep push carts in designated areas on the Scottsdale golf course.

Please rake bunker after each shot.

Thank you all for your help with using these simple golf course etiquette practices!

Friday, December 23, 2022

Scottsdale golf course celebrated the Holiday Season

Our most significant tournament at Scottsdale golf course, The Rodeo, was held in recent weeks, with some outstanding golf played by both women and men. Kathi Clarke and Krissy Shanker were both playing well and took the net championship while Penny Rady and Percy Anderson put on their typical good play to best the gross field in the Ladies' championship.

The Men use the Shootout format with all 11 flight winners to determine their Rodeo champions. They play an alternate shot format with teams eliminated playing #18 three times. It all came down to the team of Josh Cormany and Steve Carr in a putt-off to secure the sterling silver belt buckle trophy. The field for both the Ladies' and Men’s fields had the largest participation to date and we look forward to more teams next year.

Recently, I was asked to do a video that focused on the golf course and how we all have the responsibility to adhere to the traditional rules and courtesies of the game. This video had the highest number of views of any I have done to date. So to recap, here you go...because we have one of the better-conditioned golf courses and provide some of the best playing surfaces possible.

Putting Greens:

Let’s start with the most important part of the Scottsdale golf course, the putting greens. No one wants to play on shaggy, ball-marked, slow greens.

Our tif- eagle Bermuda grass greens which are not overseeded, are some of the best in the Southwest. They typically have a Stimpmeter reading between 11 and 12 feet which is very fast. They are clean, and due to our maintenance practices of verticutting and topdressing regularly, they do not have grain and hold their intended line of roll very well. What we can do to help the Agronomy team is to fix ours and other ball marks as we walk the greens to our ball. Use the divot tool and twist/push the turf to the center of the imperfection and finish off the repair by smoothing out the turf by tapping your putter head to smooth the green. This practice will keep the greens in the best condition possible, and as they say, a ball mark that is not repaired will take weeks to heal.

Driving on Fairways:

This is preferred as shorter turf has more sun exposure thus a chance to heal, whereby driving in the rough will mats own the rye and lay over and not get any sun and heat and will stunt the Bermuda growth and it will die.

Fairway divots:

It is essential to repair divots in the fairways with sand and seed from the bottles on the carts, rather than trying to replace the divots. After you have filled the divot with sand/ seed tamp it level with your foot or club so another player’s ball will roll through or over the imperfection.


Every player at a Scottsdale private golf course must rake their way out of any bunker and have the sand be as smooth and level as possible. It is very disappointing to have to hit a bunker shot from a previous player’s footprints, or a shot not repaired. Use the pull/push method of raking the bunker to remove lines, rake teeth marks, or anything else. When leaving any bunker,

The USGA asks that the rake is placed outside the bunker, parallel to the line of play. They do not suggest rakes either entirely in the bunker or half in half out.


Whether hitting a tee shot at a Scottsdale private golf course, especially on par threes, it is your responsibility to pick up all broken tees, or tees left behind in the metal tee bins adjacent to the tee markers. Keep the tee clean of debris inclusive of tobacco products or sunflower seeds.

Lastly, Please note the dates and times of all Scottsdale private golf course tournaments which are now starting for the season, and can be seen on Foretees. You will notice you will be asked and responsible for declaring in advance, the tee box you are playing from so the professionals are properly informed. Should you have any questions, please let us know.

The plan is to have a fun, competitive season of golf, and should you have any questions, please let us know. Keep an eye on the progress of the new golf house as the construction is really moving along and we hope the finish is not too far away.

Last week I was asked what I thought of the recommendation of keeping your head down when you swing….My response was it might be a better thought to keep your head up and your eyes down as your eyes see the ball, not your head. Keeping your head down with your chin buried in your chest will restrict your shoulder turn on your backswing, just a thought….


Monday, December 12, 2022

Scottsdale Golf Club Kicks off the Season

The weather outside, as I write this at Scottsdale Golf Club could not be more beautiful…and we are seeing so much more activity at the club…whether it be the Fitness and Performance Center, the Racquet Center, Food and Beverage Outlets, and certainly not forgetting the beautifully manicured Golf Course and Practice Facility.

With that said, I wanted to take a moment to kindly remind our members and your guests of just a few mentionables…

Dining Reservations at Scottsdale Golf Club

Now, more than ever, with the increase in activity at the club and in the clubs’ restaurants, we would like to ask and/or remind our members that reservations are greatly welcomed…

There is an inherent benefit to making a reservation, as we may not always be able to accommodate walk-ins. Reservations allow us to prepare for you and your guests, as well as give you the peace of mind that your table is guaranteed for that meal period.

Being on time for your reservation at Country Club Scottsdale is not just the cordial thing to do, but it also allows our management, service, and culinary teams to plan appropriately for that meal service.

Please know that these procedures have been designed and implemented with your best interest in mind. Our Country Club Scottsdale culinary and service teams strive to provide you with the best product and service possible, and by adhering to these guidelines you are helping to ensure the best possible experience for everyone. 

 Guest Policy

 Below is again a gentle reminder of our Club Guest Policy for Country Club Scottsdale and would ask that you read through and acknowledge it.

Unaccompanied guests are prohibited from any use of Club Facilities without the prior written approval of Club Management.

Members may request the use of certain Club Facilities (tennis, swimming, and dining facilities) by non-resident unaccompanied family guests in accordance with the following parameters:

Guest is defined as follows: A relative by blood or marriage inclusive of parents and grandparents of the Members; children (under the age of 24 that are married, do not reside with the Members, nor attend college on a full-time basis, or are over the age of 24). Any such guests must be staying at a member’s residence in order to be able to utilize a guest pass during their stay. The approval of any guest will be made at the discretion of Club Management in advance on a case-by-case basis. All guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times when on Club property.

The Member must request a Guest Card from Club Management and register the guest with the Club prior to the guest’s arrival. The Club will consider all such requests on a case-by-case basis. These cards will be issued through Club Management and its administrative staff. Requests must be made in writing to Club Management who will then issue the cards for the use of Club Facilities (excluding golf course facilities) in advance of any such usage.

All charges incurred by the guest must be posted to the sponsoring Member’s account during the guest’s stay.

Such Guest Cards will be issued for a maximum of ten (10) consecutive days. Unaccompanied guests must carry their Guest Card with them at all times when on Club Property.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Country Club Scottsdale Expands Tennis Program

In an effort to continue to provide a fresh and fun tennis schedule, we are very excited to announce revamped Saturday morning adult drills at Country Club Scottsdale.

We have a great group of players at Country Club Scottsdale and want to continue improving our clinic offerings with consistently fun, fast-paced drills with players of your level.  The new name will be Grip N Rip Drill and we will now have the advanced drill on Foretees for signup as well. You should continue to sign up for the drill that you have always come to for the time being.

Here is what to expect from our new Saturday morning Grip N Rip clinics moving forward at Country Club Scottsdale.

Grip N Rip Format – All classes will follow the same format of fast-paced drills and games, mixing around partners within your level as you go.  The drills and games will be consistent week to week so you will know what to look forward to!

Same Levels and Times – Advanced Grip N Rip will continue at 8 AM, followed by 9:30 Grip N Rip group.  Ryan will post court assignments according to levels each week.

All Signups on Foretees – We will no longer take any signups via email or text so please make sure to sign up on the tennis events page under Grip N Rip.

Going forward, Ryan Shomo will be the lead professional at Scottsdale Golf Club on Saturdays overseeing both the adult and junior drills, and Director of Racquet Sports, Dave Moyer will now be available for lessons on Sundays.

We are very excited to improve our Saturday mornings at the Scottsdale Golf Club. We think this will be a high-energy class that everyone will love so come on out and join us.

Remember, the format will still be a fun, live ball format but with a new name and a slightly new structure.

We look forward to seeing everyone there at Scottsdale Golf Club! We still have room in this week's Live Ball Drill so it's not too late to sign up.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Scottsdale golf course hosts 2022 Member-Member Rodeo

We are excited to see everyone at the Scottsdale golf course for the 2022 Men’s Rodeo, Member-Member event!  In advance of the tournament, we are providing the tournament information, including the flights, pairings, and structure for your reference.  

Please remember to bring $250 cash for your team buy-in monies to be collected at registration at the Scottsdale golf course.

We will also be conducting a side competition on the Country Club Scottsdale Horseshoe. This will feature a 5-hole alternate shot competition that teams may buy into at the tee during the competition that afternoon.  The buy-in will be $20 per team and we will payout the top 3 teams, 50%/30%/,20%.  Players must choose two clubs each to play with.

We will be sending two links to the parimutuel betting on Homestretch, similar to what you used for the Inferno.  Expect these links no later than tomorrow morning.  There are two betting options:

1)     Bet any team to win their flight

2)     Bet any team to win, place or show in the overall tournament

All bets need to be placed by the start of play at Country Club Scottsdale.  Reminder, as part of the team buy-in, your will purchase your team in both bets.  $5 for the flight winner and $15 to cover the win, place, and show for your team overall.  All teams will be covered in the parimutuel to ensure robust payouts!

This year’s tournament at Country Club Scottsdale features 11 flights, consisting of 6 teams in each flight.  We will be awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place credit book to each flight, and the top three teams in the Shootout.  The Rodeo Champions will receive championship trophies and their names will be etched into the perpetual board, soon to be located in the Men’s Locker Room.     

Please let us know if you need anything in advance of next week, otherwise, we are looking forward to seeing everyone.