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. www.ccdcranch.com 480-342-7246


Friday, May 15, 2020

Scottsdale Golf Club Tennis procedures during Stay at Home

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As we continue to provide a safe,  fun and welcoming environment at the Scottsdale Golf Club  tennis facility, I want to take a minute to remind everyone of the tennis and pickle-ball guidelines that were set forth and will continue through at least May 31. The guidelines will now include the resumption of lessons and clinics this weekend with Cardio Tennis on Saturday and then private lessons and clinics on Sunday.

The Scottsdale Golf Club tennis department takes the health and safety of all our members and staff seriously and we are taking every precaution to provide a clean environment at the tennis facility so that you can take advantage of the services we are still providing.

Through the end of the month we will continue the following adjustments to the tennis/pickle-ball program and facility:
  • Tennis lessons, clinics and drills will continue but are limited to a maximum of 10 members and two (2) pros to comply with the guidelines limiting groups to 10 or less or break groups up into small groups of four or less depending on numbers.
  • All organized tennis and pickle-ball play, socials, events have been cancelled through May 31. 
  • The May Tennis Camp has been canceled and new exciting drills have taken its place on the schedule.
  • No guest play is allowed with the exception of immediate family members (sons and daughters).
  • Scottsdale Golf Club Members and staff are asked to follow the national guidelines of social distancing of six feet or more and no handshakes, high fives, etc. If you feel sick at all, please stay home. Wash hands before and after tennis.
  • The tennis shop will be officially open every day through May from 7 a.m. to noon.
  • We have suspended all food and beverage at the tennis shop with the exception of water bottles in the refrigerator between courts 2 and 5. Members are encouraged to bring their own water from home if possible. For now the water/ice machine has been shut down.
  • Towels are no longer available so members must bring their own towels.
  • Tuesday Night Pickle-ball has been taken off the event sheet. Members may play pickle-ball but groups must be limited to 10 or less. Please book either court 3 or 4 on the court sheet and specify that you are playing pickle-ball.
  • Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale Members can book courts on their own on Fore-tees but there is a max of two courts per group of players (8 players total).
  • The community pickle-ball paddles and balls are no longer available but we do have paddles and balls for sale in the tennis shop. 
  • We will be sanitizing equipment regularly throughout the day including ball carts, mowers, hoppers and everything in the tennis shop.
  • Junior clinics and lessons will continue going forward but will also have limited participation.
  • Participation in any of our drills or clinics is voluntary and anyone who is not comfortable to come is supported 100% by the staff and other members.
  • The tennis shop doors will be closed during business hours but we will allow two members max to enter the tennis shop at one time.
  • We have many new clothing items and would encourage members to stop in one or two at a time.
  • Only the tennis staff at Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale  will be allowed to touch the tennis balls in the teaching carts before, during and after lessons. 
  • Tennis ball cans are for sale to members in the tennis shop but members will not be allowed to borrow tennis balls from the teaching baskets. The tennis shop can order Red, Orange and Green Dot balls for your home if requested.
  • We ask that members do not congregate together before and after playing.
  • Please sign up in advance on Fore-tees for court time and clinics as space is limited.
  • No shows or last minute cancellations for clinics will be billed for the full amount.
  • If you cannot make a booked court time reservation, please cancel the reservation or let the tennis shop know so that others can reserve the time.

Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions. This is an unprecedented time and we are doing our best to provide the safest environment for our Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale members so that you can still enjoy your club if you so choose.
Scottsdale private golf courses and small group lessons will resume on Sunday, May 3rd. Lessons should be booked directly with each staff member.

Cardio Tennis will resume at its new time on Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Space is limited in all of our clinics so please sign up in advance. Because of limited space, there will be a 100% charge for no shows or last minute cancellations (within four hours).
Junior Clinics will resume at its new time. You can contact Ryan Shomo if you have questions at rshomo@ccdcranch.com

Monday, April 27, 2020

COVID Golf Rules at Scottsdale Golf Club



Another beautiful weekend at Scottsdale Golf Club of terrific weather for golf and did we ever have members and their families taking advantage of the sunny, blue skies and temperatures in the 80’s.


We are pleased to tell you that that was due to the respect you had for your fellow members by following the STAY AT HOME directive by the Governor

We can’t let our guard down.

Since we have no guest play at Scottsdale Golf Club, everyone we are speaking about is a member so there are no excuses for everyone doing the right thing at all times!  Private golf clubs in Scottsdale believes we know the only way the club will continue to stay open with carts permitted, is to follow the rules.

If we have someone not tell us they have been out of town or out of the country, and not go through the mandatory 14 day quarantine period, yet are infected with the virus and it spreads throughout the membership we could be shut down in a flash.

We need to protect all members at Scottsdale Golf Club and we need your help in this regard.

This  SOCIAL DISTANCING rule is no exception ,regardless of how one perceives it, it is a minimum of 6 feet of separation between all people at ALL times.  We don’t get mulligans for any rules we break, no matter who it might be!

Just a reminder of a few of the rules:

*We can only have a max of two carts per group with one driver and one player walking at all times.

*There are no walking carts on Scottsdale Private Golf Courses holes 12-13-14 and you still are not permitted to have two non -family players jump on a cart at any time, either in the passenger seat or on the back of the cart holding on to the frame.

 Please keep in mind that this last rule was set in place by the BOD many years ago as a player was riding on the back of the cart holding on to the frame, slipped and fell backward off the cart and got seriously hurt , and it could have been fatal, and It could happen to anyone!!

We don’t have enough carts, and sanitization methods were not demonstrated by players thus far, to have individual carts for holes 12-13 and 14.

*Two family members may ride on a cart at any time.

*No Tailgating with food and beverage not purchased at the club as this could result in our loss of our liquor license.

If you have any questions please contact the golf shop, 480-342-7210.

THE GOOD NEWS:

All in all, we are doing a very good job in our quest to keep the course with carts available to play and we hope this never stops at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses


PLEASE, let’s all be in compliance of 100% of all rules at all the time and remember, this is serious, and not to be taken lightly.

All things we are experiencing regarding the privilege to play golf in this beautiful environment at  private golf clubs in Scottsdale should not be taken for granted.  We are optimistic we will get out of this Pandemic in due time, but in the meantime:

Remember, we will NOT GET ANY MULLIGANS if we don’t comply!!!!

Let’s continue to enjoy our golf and the other Club amenities that we have available to you at this time.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale respond to COVID-19


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We wanted to take a moment to check in with everyone to make sure you are all doing well through this tough time.  Scottsdale private golf courses continue to be here for all of you as much as possible, from our modified Golf offering, our to-go Food and Beverage service along with our Ranch Essentials program and outdoor fitness classes.  As you have read in many of the updates from the Club we are all in this together but we need to make sure that we take the necessary precautions to remain safe.  Our “new normal” will likely cause quite a few changes at Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale but we are viewing this as an opportunity to become better in everything we do while still being focused on delivering upon the mission of our Club.  We have challenged our team that while we are on a bit of a pause with much of the operation, now is the time to look to planning for the future and we can assure you that all are working down this path currently.  When we get back to normal, whenever and whatever that means, we want to share a lot of the new ideas with you!

Speaking of our Scottsdale Golf Club team, we would be remiss if we didn’t thank them for all of their efforts during this time!  They have been instrumental in keeping this Club operational as well as safe and without their hard work and dedication to the Club, none of this would be possible.  For those staff that aren’t able to work we have been in constant contact with them and will continue to be throughout the time that they are not able to work.  We can tell you that they are so very thankful of the Club and its members commitment to paying them through the closure.  The Scottsdale Golf Club members have the far pledged over $75,000 to help support the staff through the Employee Assistance Fund which will most definitely help us to be able to continue paying our team.  While many Clubs are implementing similar programs, many other hospitality organizations are not able to do so and thus have eliminated a majority of their staffing base.  The members of the Club have continually told us we need to do everything in our power to retain our great team and our commitment is to do just that!

As we move forward through the month of April and likely beyond, our goal is to continue with the same services that you see today but we will need your consistent buy in to make that happen.  We will continue having staff circulating around the private golf clubs in Scottsdale premises in the coming days and weeks to enforce the safety precautions we put into place to make sure that everyone is practicing the proper social distancing.  We make sure that everyone understands the importance of what we have put into play for YOUR safety and we need to be vigilant in following the rules as set forth each and every day.  We have had a number of wonderful comments from our members about the fact that we have remained open in some capacity and we don’t want to have to change that if at all possible!  

Monday, March 30, 2020

Scottsdale golf club Announces 2020 Member-Guests

Scottsdale golf club currently has 68 teams registered for this year’s “Stampede” Gentleman’s Member-Guest. The field is limited to 60 teams, and wanted to give you an update about the field and which teams are currently on the waiting list. Members earn 1 “point” for every member guest event they have previously played in over the years. Scottsdale golf club Members who have earned more “points” are given priority when it comes to member-guest registration. Attached you will find the list of all registered teams and whether they are in or out as of today, along with when they registered.
“The Round Up” Gentleman’s Member-Guest at Scottsdale private golf courses, currently has 45 teams registered, with 15 positions still available to get to our field max of 60 teams. This event runs from Wednesday, April 15th through Saturday, April 18th and uses the 5-match format. We would encourage any of you who are able to play in “The Round Up” to register for that event so that we are able to accommodate as many teams as possible across both “The Stampede” and “The Round Up”. The deadline to sign up for both events is Sunday, March 1st at 5:00 PM
Scottsdale golf club Tournament Information

Championship Format: The tournament will consist of two person teams divided into flights of 6 teams per flight. Flights will be based on combined team handicap indexes. Each team will play 5 nine-hole matches within its flight to determine the flight champion. Flight champions at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale qualify to compete for the Overall Championship in a Sudden Death Shoot-Out following Thursday’s 9-hole match.
Scoring: Private golf clubs in Scottsdale Teams will receive one point for each hole won, 1/2 points for each hole tied, and zero points for each hole lost. The maximum points a team may win per match is nine. There are forty-five possible points in each flight.
Handicap: The course handicaps of all four players in each match are reduced by the course handicap of the player with the lowest handicap, who then plays from scratch. The maximum allowable course handicap differential between partners is 12 strokes. In the event of a differential greater than 12, the higher handicap player will be adjusted down to achieve the 12 stroke differential.
Every player is responsible for playing with their current handicap index as of March 14th, 2020. 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.