Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Every year at this time I hear the same comments from golfers everywhere, regarding the overseeding program at Scottsdale Private Golf Clubs. “Just when the weather starts to get cooler and the course seems to be in great condition, we close down for overseeding.”
This is absolutely true and we don’t welcome it any more than the golfers do, but it is necessary to go through this program at Scottsdale Private Golf Clubs. This time frame gives us the best chance of success to get a good stand of cool season Ryegrass, which is the grass we play on from October through April. In April when the temperatures rise, the Bermuda wakes up and the Rye goes away.
For those who are here, we ask that you take your belongings from your locker with you while we are closed for the overseeding. We will be cleaning all of the lockers at this time.
With the above being said, we should remind you of where we were last year and what we will be doing this fall to enhance our playing surfaces. Many Scottsdale Private Golf Clubs players, including our course re-designer Tom Lehman, have commented that overall the course conditions continue to get better year after year, especially the greens. Part of the reason for this is that we decided NOT to overseed the Tif Eagle greens last fall. Not having cool season grasses such as Bentgrass and Poa Trivialis interfering with the Bermuda space and growth enabled the greens to get healthier, denser and stronger throughout the year. On many days they were double cut, and rolled to get the speeds we all enjoy. As a result of that decision we have received a tremendous positive response from Scottsdale golf club golfers as to the quality and playability of our putting surfaces; therefore, we will not be overseeding the greens this year.
In addition, in our quest to continue to provide the best possible Scottsdale golf club playing surfaces throughout the entire year, we will also NOT be overseeding the primary cut of rough (those areas outside the boundaries of the intermediate rough cuts). The primary rough is the only area of the course which will go off color, which we believe will be only 60-75 days when we have our coldest temperatures.
This practice will enhance the quality of the Bermuda turf and reduce the issues in transition of the course back to Bermuda grass in the spring, not to mention the opportunity to reduce the water on this part of the course. If you have been reading about the drought conditions the city and state are facing in the future, it is the responsible way for the Scottsdale golf club to be prudent with our water allocation.
Tom Lehman also mentioned that reducing water at the Scottsdale golf club will allow the course to play firmer and faster. In addition, the bunkers will be drier and more consistent. When I mentioned this to Tom, he was very supportive of this practical approach and it will enable the Scottsdale golf club course to be played differently in the summer than the winter, which is also part of his design plan. We will be able to narrow the fairways in the fall by changing the mow patterns of the cool season grasses. The contrast between the vibrant green Rye and the beige primary rough really frames the holes nicely as Tom Lehman pointed out to me. Many of you will recognize this new look as it is similar to the way the PGA Tour sets up courses in Palm Springs at the beginning of the Scottsdale golf club tournament year.
Speaking of the water issues, we and the other Scottsdale Private Golf Clubs that are supplied with irrigation water by the City of Scottsdale recently went to a meeting with City officials regarding this issue. The City indicated that we are approaching drought conditions and we might see water reductions at Scottsdale Private Golf Clubs as soon as 2020, and very possibly 2019. The CAP (Central Arizona Project) water from the Colorado River we utilize has been depleted over the years and many of our lakes in the state are below 50% capacity.
In the future, the Scottsdale Private Golf Clubs throughout the Southwest may have reduced water allocations on exponentially more expensive water available. Our goal is to begin making provisions by not overseeding some areas, or by turf removal throughout the course. We will keep you informed as we receive more updates from the City. Should you have any questions please contact either me or the agronomy team for further clarification.
It will be a great season at Scottsdale Golf Club on a beautiful course!
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
As we Scottsdale Private Golf Clubs progresses through our construction for the Phase II enhancements, we thought it would be good to provide the membership of Scottsdale Private Golf Clubs with a brief FAQ outline for what to expect through the process and beyond. What follows are some of the questions that have been posed to staff and management over the past few weeks. As always, if you would like to keep up to date with the progress on this exciting Scottsdale Private Golf Clubs project, you can simply log in to the club website home page which provides a great vantage point to view where we are. Many members check with this option regularly as we average around 100 hits to the link on a daily basis! I hope this helps and if you should have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask!
FAQ’s on Phase II Is there an option to swim at the Community Center while the Pool is closed even if I am not a DC Ranch Resident?
Yes, please contact Cheri or Carter at 480- 342-7200 and you will be given a FOB to access the community center pool for lap swimming. Please note that FOB access will not be granted for any purpose other than for lap swimming.
Will the Scottsdale Golf Club current fitness room be open until the new facility is completed?
Yes, current fitness room will remain open until completion of the new facility after which point the ladies locker room expansion and new board room will begin construction. It is expected that this portion of the project will likely begin in May and be completed in 60 days.
What kind of activities will there be for my family while the pool is closed?
During the fall and early spring seasons, we will host movies on the back lawn, entertainment for kids during dinner service, Taco Tuesday in the Scottsdale Golf Club Clubhouse, games on the patio and putting green.
What is the name of this Scottsdale Golf Club Phase II building?
There will not be one specific name for the new facility. Instead, there is the new Fitness and Performance Center on the top floor of the new building. On the bottom floor of the building which includes the lockers, restrooms, and showers along with the Kids area which will continue to be known as the Corral with the space for the Tweens being known as the Hideout. Lastly, there is the new casual dining restaurant which will be known as The Ranch House which is a new indoor 60 seat offering poolside. The Ranch House will also feature a Poolside Bar unlike any other Scottsdale Private Golf Clubs.
Will the Scottsdale golf club pool have lanes for swimming?
There will be lap swimming available during certain times of the day with 4 lanes that are 75 feet in length which is regulation for short-course swimming pools. What are the depths of the pool and will a diving board or slide be added? There will be a beach entry section at the northwest corner of the pool leading to a max of 36” in kids area to 60” at deepest point of the main pool. Given the fact that the pool is much shallower than the previous pool, there will be no diving allowed, nor will there be a slide. We will however continue to offer the large play slide during certain club events.
Will there be a separate kid’s pool at Scottsdale Private Golf Clubs?
With the new design, we will offer one large pool with a beach entry area for the kids which is attached to the main portion of the pool. As was expected with the previous pool, parents are responsible to watch their kids when using the pool.
Will there be a lifeguard on duty?
At specified times there will be a lifeguard (weekends, themed dinners and events) but we will not have a guard on duty all the time.
What type of golf fitness programs will be offered at Scottsdale golf club?
As we finalize the equipment selection we will work at offering both private programming as well as group programming as determined by both our fitness team and golf professional staff. These details will be shared with the general Scottsdale golf club membership as we get closer to the launch of our new facility.
Will there be a mirror on the wall for golf swing checks?
There are mirrors on specific walls however Golf Clubs will not be used in the fitness center. There is a plan for Phase III improvements which would call for significant updates to our practice center which would also include a teaching center that would have golf simulator training. Currently the Club also has Trackman technology available with the professional staff to assist in game development.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the new Scottsdale golf club Facility in the Spring!
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
I want to keep you updated first and foremost on the monsoon activity that Scottsdale private golf courses has experienced over the last month at the club.
In summary, we have had a little over 3” of rain during the time which is a blessing and a curse.
Scottsdale private golf courses had a great deal of repair work to do as the washes were running as fast as I have seen in a long time, but this complimentary water is always welcome. This has contributed to the Bermuda grass growing to the extent we had to increase our mowing schedule to keep it closely mown at a height that is appropriately playable on Scottsdale private golf courses.
The greens at Scottsdale golf club are the best they have been at this time of years and will only get stronger and healthier in the next few months. We will not be overseeding the Scottsdale golf club greens again this fall and expect they will be very good as we move through the fall and winter months.
Staying with Agronomy for a minute,
As some have seen we expanded the 1st and 17th Scottsdale golf club greens to their original specs as designed by Tom Lehman in 2002. What appears to be a 419 Bermuda grass collar is actually the same green putting green turf, Tif Eagle, as the other greens on the Scottsdale private golf courses
They are to be played as your ball is on the putting surface and can be marked, cleaned and replaced.
Next summer we anticipate enlarging the balance of the Scottsdale golf club greens to their original design specs as this will give us more hole locations on each green.
Monsoons also have high winds which break many branches off all types of trees and in some cases uproot them or break them in half on Scottsdale private golf courses.
We lost three fully grown trees at Scottsdale golf club, one on the North practice tee, another to the left of the Blue tee on #2 and a third to the right of the Black tee on #10.
They could not be saved, but fortunately they are not what we consider “strategy trees” which affect your play of the hole. They have been removed along with other debris and hopefully we can keep up with the monsoon activity.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Melanie Halpert, Director of Membership and Marketing at Scottsdale golf club, The Country Club at DC Ranch, will have been with Scottsdale golf club 18 years this fall. In this role, Halpert is responsible for engaging new members and marketing the Club locally and nationally.
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of DC Ranch, The Scottsdale golf club will also hit its 20th milestone this October. During that time, Halpert has watched the prominent north Scottsdale private golf courses and the community grow to what it is today. In fact, it was recently recognized as the Best Golf Community 2018 by AZ Foothills magazine.
The New Orleans native moved to Arizona shortly after college and hasn’t looked back. Although she’s thousands of miles away from her hometown, Scottsdale golf club ambiance is reminiscent of the Southern hospitality she’s accustomed to.
Scottsdale private golf courses feel like home. Making people feel welcome is just part of what I enjoying doing most. The people are what makes The Club stand out; the members and my coworkers are my second family,” said Halpert.
Initially, she represented both Scottsdale golf club, The Country Club and Silverleaf Golf Club before two separate teams were developed. She clearly remembers working from the trailers down the road near Desert Camp.
“We all worked out of trailers. It’s hilarious to look back on. There wasn’t a lot around but there was darkness and a lot of javelina,” laughed Halpert.
When asked why she’s chosen to stay at Scottsdale golf club, The Country Club after all these years, she emphasizes that the people are irreplaceable.
“I’ve seen a lot of the member’s children grow up here, go off into the world and come back with families of their own,” said Halpert.
She also truly enjoys what she does. Technology has played a huge role in how her career has evolved over the years at Scottsdale private golf courses due to social media, video, and digital marketing. According to Halpert, all of the technological advancements have helped deliver on the DC Ranch promise.
The Country Club is currently undergoing a 8.5 million renovation to be completed in the spring 2019 that will include, a new fitness center, a group exercise room, a resort-style pool, a casual indoor dining room, a poolside bar, a tween room, an expanded kid’s playroom, an expanded ladies’ lounge and a larger clubhouse kitchen.
“I’m excited about this renovation because it will have something for everyone. It’s going to be family-friendly which helps build traditions and memories. It’s also great for the community as a whole,” said Halpert. “A successful Scottsdale private golf courses helps keep real estate values solid.”
Although approximately 70 percent of Club members are residents of DC Ranch, members no longer have to own property in the community to be a member and come from near and far.
“DMB has never strayed from their vision. The Club continues to deliver its original promise of bringing people together through exceptional hospitality. It’s still the same as it was when I started 18 years ago. Scottsdale private golf courses have a modern, forward-thinking approach and will continue to expand its facilities and offer more to its members over the next 20 years. ,” she said.
For more information on The Country Club’s 20th anniversary events, visit ccdcranch.com.
Friday, August 17, 2018
We will never give in to the warm weather when it comes to golf events at; Scottsdale private golf courses to the extent that we have a few more 9-hole competitions, to encourage camaraderie if nothing else. Scottsdale private golf courses, held our first Tacos and Tees 9-hole couples event on Tuesday afternoon July 31st. w Scottsdale private golf courses will do it again on August 28th and September 11th. The format is a select drive 2 best balls of 4. Taco Night at the Scottsdale golf club with friends will finish off the fun event. Wednesday, August 1st we are starting our 9-hole competitions at 3:00 p.m. with varying formats. The first one being the one club challenge, followed by an alternate shot format on August 15th, Bass Ackwards (the 9 is played backwards) on August 22nd, the three club best ball on August 29th the handicap mulligan shotgun on September 5th, and finally the bisque shotgun on September 19th. These competitions are open to Scottsdale private golf courses members wishing to play, so please sign up on Foretees.
RYDER CUP qualifying and competition:
Other Scottsdale private golf courses have challenged a team from our club to compete in a best ball competition with our club on Thursday September 13th at Silverleaf and at Scottsdale golf club on
September 14th in a singles competition. Our qualifier for the 9 positions on our team will be on any of the three days, August 24, 25 or 26th. Please let the golf shop know which net round your qualifying for before you start. The remaining 3 positions for our 12 player Scottsdale golf club team will be captain’s picks, which likely will be the Men’s Regular, Senior , Match play champions for
A few weekends ago we fielded a team to include golf professional JT Hamamoto with junior golfers Jonathan Curran, Mason Quagliata and Tristan Stearns to win the full field junior golf tournament sponsored by Oakley sunglasses. If you see any of these talented young players around the Scottsdale private golf courses club, please congratulate them for their victory against other
It will soon be time to overseed Scottsdale private golf courses.We realize we fortunate last year having a warmer fall/winter than normal during our first year we did not overseed the greens, but we will not overseed them again this year. We believe they are stronger, healthier and more resilient than in years past and should be very good putting surfaces once again.
The dates for overseed prep and mow down at Scottsdale golf club begin on Monday September 17th through Sunday September 23rd and we close the golf course and practice tee on Monday September 24th and the course reopens on Friday, October 19th with our traditional MEMBERS ONLY a.m. and p.m. shotgun start competitions followed by a 20-year anniversary dinner party that evening at Scottsdale golf club. Please sign up for your preferred Shotgun, as fields will be limited in the morning.
Enjoy the rest of your Summer and stay hydrated!
Monday, July 2, 2018
Please be reminded that starting in the Scottsdale Golf Club will be closed during the summer. If you need your golf clubs on Monday, there will not be any Scottsdale Golf Club staff at the club to access the bag room or locker room for your shoes. Please be sure to make arrangements for your golf clubs on the Sunday evening beforehand.
Scottsdale Golf Club SUMMER RECIPROCAL PLAY
Scottsdale Golf Club will continue with the reciprocal program we have had in the past. We will have a $50 rate for members and $80 rate for guests to play at DC Ranch, which is in line with the other clubs in the area. Reservations can be made 3 days in advance through our Scottsdale Golf Club Shop. You must contact one of the Golf Shop staff members in order to make a tee time. Please do not call other clubs as they will refer you to our Scottsdale Golf Club Golf Shop to make the tee time request. Members may make tee times at other clubs from 9AM - 1PM, barring other club events happening throughout the Summer. The clubs we have a relationship with this summer from June 1st until September 15th are the following:
Phoenix Country Club
Pinnacle Peak Country Club
Troon Country Club
Phoenix Country Club
Pinnacle Peak Country Club
Troon Country Club
Monday, June 11, 2018
Here we are at the end of what I would call a very successful winter season here at Scottsdale Golf Club Scottsdale Golf Club is excited kick off the construction portion of our Phase II enhancements. While some of you may be leaving for the summer season, I can assure you that we will have plenty going on here at the Scottsdale Golf Club. For those of you staying with us with us here at Scottsdale Golf Club look for so excellent programming. For those thaScottsdale Golf Club dialed in.
The program, coined last year as “The Fun Never Ends” will be full of fun and new offerings despite the warm temperatures at Scottsdale Arizona Country Club and the beginning of construction. For instance, our ever popular Taco Tuesday at Scottsdale Arizona Country Club will be moving to the Clubhouse in early June and will remain there through construction. You will be hearing more about these exciting events at Scottsdale Arizona Country Club during the coming weeks, but please know today that we are maintaining our hours of operation throughout May with the exception of closing on Mondays in order for the Scottsdale Arizona Country Club Maintenance team to work on the course aer a busy winter of play. The extension of our operations is poised to provide a tremendous amount of fun, family and friendliness at Scottsdale Arizona Country Club so please make sure to see the coming communications from Cheri Farias.