Friday, December 4, 2015

2016 Premier Scottsdale Country Club Member-Guest tournaments

It’s time to sign up for our 2016 premier Scottsdale Country Club Member-Guest tournaments at the Country Club at DC Ranch. This year, we have added an additional tournament, The Chill, to be played Friday & Saturday, January 8-9. Like the Scottsdale Country Club Round-Up, the Chill will provide an exceptional Scottsdale Country Club tournament experience, but will be shorter (two days) with an optional practice round. The Round-Up, April 27-30, will remain the same, with a five 9-hole Match Play format, at a cost of $1,400 per team. The Chill will be played in stroke play formats of Select Drive Better Ball and Better Ball with a $900 per team entry fee. Additional optional competitions will surround each tournament to peak your interest.

The Scottsdale Country Club Round-Up field will continue to be selected from the point list we have used for years. The Scottsdale Country Club Chill field will consist of teams selected based on the following priorities: (1) the waiting list from the previous year’s Round-Up, (2) next from members with points on the point list but who did not play and were not wait-listed for the previous year’s Round-Up, (3) next teams will be selected by lottery from all remaining Scottsdale Country Club Full Golf Members who did not play in last year’s Round-Up, but who wish to play in the Chill, and (4) finally, if the field is not full, by lottery from Country Club Scottsdale Members who played in last year’s Round-Up, regardless of whether they are in this year’s Country Club Scottsdale Round-Up.

Each calendar year, points will be allocated based on either your participation in a Country Club Scottsdale tournament, or your failure to get into one or both events pursuant to the rules below. Entry into both tournaments will become available on the same date, Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, on ForeTees or by calling the Country Club Scottsdale Golf Shop. The time and date on which you register has NO bearing on your position in the field.
  • The entry deadline for BOTH The Round-Up and The Chill is Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
  • As described above, your points as of the most recent Round-Up will be used to select teams.
  • A Member can only play in ONE of the events in a given calendar year, unless his second choice event is not fully subscribed.
  • Even if a Country Club Scottsdale Member plays in both events in a calendar year (because one was not fully subscribed) he will receive the maximum of 1 point for that year.
  • A Member may register for both events, but must prioritize which event he prefers to play in at the time of registration.
  • A Country Club Scottsdale Member playing in either or both events will receive the maximum 1 point for that year.
  • A Member who signs up for but does not get into either event for a full year will receive the maximum 2 points for that year.
  • A Country Club Scottsdale Member who signs up but does not get into any event for two consecutive years will receive 3 points for the second year he does not get to play.
  • A Member who signs up for either event, is selected, but withdraws, shall receive no points for that event, and if it is the only event for that he signed up for in that year, he will receive no points for that year. A Member who withdraws from one event, may not use his points to prioritize his entry in the other event.
The schedules of events for both tournaments and the current points list are attached for your planning needs. Once the entry deadline has passed the Professional Staff will be able to confirm your position in the respective tournament fields, and will publish them on Thursday, November 19th so that you may make plans with your guests. We are excited about the additions to our Gentlemen’s Member-Guest programs and look forward to hosting you and your special guest this season.

State Medallion Tournament

Cactus League Ladies Interclub team play gets underway on November 5th vs. Troon Country Club. If you are interested in competing this season and are not already receiving the team communications please contact our Scottsdale Golf Club Team Captain Val Hope at so she can add you to the list. Scottsdale Golf Club Team uniforms are available thru the Golf Shop for those who do not already have them. We are looking forward to repeating as Cactus League Champions for 2016 and need your help!

We will again be holding qualifying for the State Medallion Tournament with the help of our AWGA representative Val Hope. The State Medallion Tournament should be one that stirs up some excitement among our Scottsdale Golf Club Lady golfers as it is regarded to be on a similar level as our Scottsdale Golf Club Club Championship. It may not be as grueling a competition as the Scottsdale Golf Club Club Championship, but the rewards of winning this tournament place the winners in the state spotlight…representing our Scottsdale Golf Club. Our state medallion winners, in addition to winning a prestigious medallion, are also invited to represent DC Ranch in a competition of state medallion winners at the end of the year.

The State Medallion competition is open to all Scottsdale Private Golf Club Lady Members who maintain a Scottsdale Private Golf Club DC Ranch handicap index and will consist of two (2) best gross and two (2) best net 18-hole rounds out of a designated four (4) rounds. Players need not participate in all four rounds to be eligible. Determining the winner on the basis of the best two rounds out of four is intended to give players the maximum opportunity to produce two good scores, not to eliminate those players who cannot play all four rounds.

The four qualifying dates for the State Medallion tournament are November 19, 21, 24 & 28. Scottsdale Private Golf Club Players wishing to qualify must indicate their intent to do so prior to the start of play by informing the Golf Staff or signing up online via Scottsdale Private Golf Club ForeTees.

The gross and net winners of the Scottsdale Private Golf Club DC Ranch State Medallion tournament will move on to compete as partners in the AWGA State Medallion Club Team Tournament to be held on January 16th or 17th, 2016 where they will represent Scottsdale Private Golf Club DC Ranch against other state medallion winners from Clubs all over the state.
We anticipate that this season of Ladies golf at the Country Club at DC Ranch will be the best yet and look forward to seeing you all at the Club. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas please don’t hesitate to contact any of your Professional Staff.

Scottsdale Country Club Ladies Day

Scottsdale Country Club Ladies of ALL levels and abilities are encouraged to play in the Scottsdale Country Club Ladies Day as this is all about fun and camaraderie with your fellow Lady golfers. We are especially excited (or maybe nervous…) for the December 10th Beat the Scottsdale Country Club Pro format in which we hope you all plan to play and take a shot at some bragging rights for the season!

Other Scottsdale Country Club Ladies 18-hole organized play is available on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. If you are interested please contact the Golf Shop so that we can put you in touch with the different organizing Scottsdale Country Club Members of each group.

The Scottsdale Country Club Lady Niners 9-hole organized play will take place each Monday beginning November 10th with tee times beginning at 10:40am each week and alternating play between the front and back nine holes. The Country Club Scottsdale Niners play non-competitive social golf, providing you the opportunity to meet other Country Club Scottsdale Lady golfers, have some fun, and enjoy our Country Club Scottsdale beautiful golf course. Players of all levels and abilities are welcome! Participants often gather after play for lunch in the Clubhouse. Registration for the entire season is also available on Country Club Scottsdale ForeTees under the “events” tab.

Our Country Club Scottsdale Lady Niner golfers also participate in the Northeast Valley Niners Interclub. No 'joining' obligation, no handicaps required, just sign up for the outings and enjoy golf in a non-competitive format, topped off with a glass of wine and appetizers following play for only $35 per player. It’s fun, it's social, it's non-competitive... and you have the opportunity to play with other like-minded golfers at clubs like Ancala, Boulders, Legend Trail, Desert Highlands, Anthem, Rio Verde, Tonto Verde, TerraVita and Troon Country Club. We also get to show off our beautiful Country Club Scottsdale course and clubhouse on January 25th when we host the event. If you are interested in joining the Lady Niners and receiving their communications please contact the coordinators Barbara Baker at or Joanne Stock at

Scottsdale Golf Club Ladies’ Golf 2015-2016 season

As we begin the Scottsdale Golf Club 2015-2016 season of Ladies’ Golf at The Country Club at DC Ranch we want to ensure that you are aware of all the playing opportunities and activities available at the Club. Please take a moment to read below and familiarize yourself with this year’s Scottsdale Golf Club programs and upcoming events.

We have been delighted to have numerous requests to increase the frequency of our Scottsdale Golf Club Ladies Instructional Clinics and provide more opportunities to introduce new players to the game. Beginning November 17th and continuing thru April organized instruction will be available on Tuesday’s from 1:00–2:00pm bi-weekly, and Thursday’s from 9:30-10:30am on opposite weeks with the exception of holiday’s and conflicting tournament dates.

Our qualified Scottsdale Golf Club Professional Staff is dedicated to helping you play better golf and have more fun and we are looking forward to everybody’s participation regardless of your current level of play. Sign-ups are available online thru ForeTees or by calling the Scottsdale Golf Club Golf Shop. Individual instruction is also available and can be coordinated with your Professional of choice. Please contact the Scottsdale Golf Club Golf Shop for rates and availability.

The Solheim Cup, our biennial competition between Scottsdale Private Golf ,Club The Country Club at DC Ranch and The Silverleaf Club, is scheduled to be played this December 2nd & 3rd. 12 Ladies will represent DC Ranch in this year’s competition and must qualify for the team the week of November 15-21.

Scottsdale Private Golf Club Players wishing to qualify must indicate their intent to do so prior to the start of play each day by informing the Scottsdale Private Golf Club Golf Staff or signing up online via ForeTees. Qualifying rounds must be played with other Members who can attest their score. Scottsdale Private Golf Players may designate a minimum of one day and a maximum of two days to qualify with the better of the two scores counting as their qualifying score. The qualifier format is Individual Net Stroke Play. The 12 players with the lowest net qualifying scores will move on to compete in the 2015 Solheim Cup.

Our 18-hole organized Scottsdale Private Golf Ladies Day will be held on Thursday’s throughout the season with play beginning with a 9:00am shotgun start, with optional lunch following golf. Sign-ups for the entire season are available on ForeTees under the “events” tab and we ask that you register by Tuesday prior to each event. Attached please find additional details along with the schedule of play dates and games for the season.

Country Club Scottsdale Member/Guest tournament and USGA Rule 14-1B

Since our last Scottsdale Country Club newsletter communication, I can certainly see most of our Scottsdale Country Club membership has arrived for the season, if our initial Scottsdale Country Club golf events are any indication. We are very fortunate you support our Scottsdale Country Club tournaments as you do, for most all of them are full field events. It started with our Scottsdale Country Club opening day shotgun starts, and most recently we finished our Country Club Scottsdale Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Rodeo member/member tournaments. We are confident the Country Club Scottsdale Ladies field will grow in the next few years, as we are seeing that more Country Club Scottsdale women are picking up the game through our clinics and nine-holers and are venturing down the path of the 18-hole round. Those ladies who played this year mentioned how fun it was to meet and play with members they never knew.

The Gentlemen’s Rodeo had a full field which was terrific, which also meant everyone was able to play. It has always been my belief the five-match format is best for a member-member event so you get to play with different fellow members every nine holes. Every division was very competitive and results are enclosed for your review.

Due to the extremely popular Round Up Gentlemen’s Member/ Guest Tournament each April, we added an additional 2-day Country Club Scottsdale Member/Guest tournament January 8th and 9th, 2016, and you guessed it, we have a full field signed up already. Again, thanks for your support.

We knew this day would come sooner or later when the USGA will implement as of January 1, 2016 Rule 14-1B which prohibits anchoring a club when making a stroke regardless of the club, a type of stroke, and regardless of where they are made on the course. Belly putters or long putters are still permitted – they just can’t be anchored to the body. A player may hold the club against his/her forearm or hand in making a stroke (Matt Kuchar) as long as it does not go beyond the elbow joint.

If you have any questions as to whether your current stroke has an anchor point, please contact your Country Club Scottsdale professional staff for clarification. Please be reminded there is no local rule which overrides this USGA rule and we are told by officials you cannot post a score if you are anchoring your club.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Scottsdale Country Club 2015 Men’s Interclub Matches

This is a final reminder to respond if you would like to participate in this year’s Scottsdale country club Men’s Interclub matches.  Please reply to this email or to Drew Darrow at ddarrow @ with your interest in playing as well as your shirt size no later than Friday, October 16th.  Our first match takes place on Wednesday, November 18th at Scottsdale country club Desert Highlands so team uniforms must be ordered as soon as possible.

This season’s matches have been scheduled as follows:

  1. November 18 & 23 vs. Scottsdale country club Desert Highlands Golf Club
  2. December 7 & 9 vs. Scottsdale country club Troon Country Club
  3. January 7 & 11 vs. Scottsdale country club Scottsdale country club Desert Forest Golf Club
  4. February 4 & 8 vs. The Mirabel Club
  5. March 14 & 25 vs. Scottsdale country club The Boulders Golf Club

It is important to mention that Scottsdale private golf players of all abilities with handicap indexes ranging from scratch or better to 21.0 are encouraged to participate in the Interclub.  Scottsdale private golf Golf courses will be set up between 6,200 – 6,400 yards.  The more balanced our team is with a range of handicaps the more competitive we will be.  Keep in mind the whole idea is to have fun while meeting new people and playing other Scottsdale private golfcourses in a friendly competition.

The Scottsdale private golf team selection process has been tweaked again this year in an effort to field as competitive a team as possible, as well as eliminate the amount of last minute cancellations we have experienced the past few years.  These last minute withdrawals not only leave us scrambling just to field a team but they also result in a less balanced, less competitive team due to handicap inequities against our competitors.  Therefore, we have abandoned the pre-season commitment form used in the past and will be asking for players to confirm their interest in playing in BOTH the home and away matches on a monthly basis.

It has been agreed upon by all participating Scottsdale private golf clubs that their teams will be chosen in a similar manner.  Scottsdale private golf Players who are available to play in both the home and away match each month will be divided into A, B & C groupings according to their current handicap index at the time of selection.  Three players from each handicap group will then be drawn to represent DC Ranch for that month’s matches.  Every effort will be made to include as many members as possible throughout the season and afford everyone on the team equal playing opportunities.

As is the case each year, a few changes have been made to the East and West divisions giving us the opportunity to play some different clubs than last year.  We will compete in the West division against Scottsdale private golf club Desert Highlands, Troon Country Club, Desert Forest, Mirabel and The Boulders.  Come seasons end we hope to be on top of the division and face the winner of the East division in the Championship match to be scheduled in April.   

Countdown to Scottsdale Golf club Course Re-opening Date

The countdown begins as we get closer to our Scottsdale golf club course reopening date of October 16th just a few weeks away. We believe we had a good catch of rye grass during the overseeding weeks. Night time temperatures were cooler and we had very little wind or Monsoon activity.

This summer we were very aggressive with our Scottsdale golf club agronomy practices, such as aerifying, verticutting and topdressing the greens with the hope they continue to get healthier than ever before. The goal is to provide the best playing surfaces possible at Scottsdale golf club but it must be requested -- we need your help. Many are not familiar with the Scottsdale golf club adopting a Pride of Ownership program years ago, and in summary, it is about fixing ball marks, filling in divots with sand and seed, and raking bunkers smoothly. If we all do our part, we will assist the Scottsdale golf club Agronomy team in providing these surfaces.

As we mentioned, our Scottsdale golf club opening rounds will be on Friday, October 16th utilizing a 1st and 10th tee start from 8:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. and a second wave from 12:00 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. Please sign up on ForeTees seven (7) days in advance. The first week Scottsdale country club reopens, all carts must stay on paths from October 16th through October 25th without exception. Medical and DMV will be permitted to drive carts in fairways from October 26th through November 6th when cart path restrictions are no longer in effect.

We have a limited number of four-bag attachments and push carts available on a first come-first serve basis on your day of play. Our Scottsdale country club season kick-off shotgun starts are on Friday, October 23rd at 7:30 a.m. and the other at 12:30 p.m. Registration has been open for many weeks, so times might be few for this fun day.

During this opening weekend, we will have a demo day on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the south end of the practice park. This is our big multivendor day with Titleist, Callaway, Ping, Sun Mountain, Taylor-Made with its new M1 clubs, and new to the club industry, PXG Golf.

Please stop by or reserve a fitting time in advance by calling the golf shop at (480)3427210. In addition to our opening weeks of play, we have our premier tournament for fall, our Member/Member. The Scottsdale country club Rodeo will be played by the women on November 10th and 11th, and the men on November 12th through the 14th.

Please sign up on ForeTees soon, if you haven’t thus far. I’ve saved the best for last as far as openings go by telling all golfers the south end practice area will reopen on Saturday, October 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Scottsdale country club North end tees and short game area will reopen on Tuesday, October 20th.

I recently was asked what I thought about the state of the game of golf, which to me seems very simple, both on the men’s and women’s PGA and LPGA. What Jordan Speith and Jason Day accomplished was terrific, and not far behind were Ricky Fowler and Rory McIlroy. I envision these four to be very competitive for many years to come.

Not to be outdone, some LPGA players emerged with some of their best season to date, moving in and out of the #1 position throughout the year, such as Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, and the youngest #1 player in the world, Lydia Ko. I believe these young players and many more will be fun to watch compete. In closing, we are excited about the upcoming season and look forward to seeing everyone back at the Scottsdale country club.

The Country Club at DC Ranch "Rules & Regulations" and employee related news

Okay, I’m going to say it again– it’s good to be ! Scottsdale private golf ! Last month I shared some of the key concerns still facing so many private golf and/or country clubs across the state and across the country…..and how fortunate Scottsdale private golf is to be the exception to the rule, e.g., financial stability, a ‘full’ equity Golf membership, leading edge on capital reinvestment and a ‘best practices’ club governance structure that has benefited the club greatly over the course of the last five years. Most importantly, however, it’s that “fun, family and friendliness’ culture you’ve created that defines Scottsdale private golf,

The Country Club at DC Ranch – a culture that continues to be the basis for our success. So why am I repeating myself again this month? Simply because of the chatter of discontent that I’ve heard recently. Yes, I understand that the decision mid-summer to leave the Rules & Regulations “as is”, and to enforce accordingly as it pertains to prohibiting pets on club facilities and/or use of the cart paths for any reason other than golf, created some angst with some Scottsdale private golf Members. And, of course, the decision to implement a Scottsdale private golf‘Player’s Services Fee’ this month has not been the most popular decision in all quarters of the Club either. But, other than that, I’m perplexed about why else our membership might be dissatisfied with their Club.

So I ask, if there is any area of the Scottsdale private golf Club in which you, individually or collectively, feel that Scottsdale golf club club leadership / club management is not meeting or exceeding your expectations, please share your thoughts with me at your earliest convenience! A Scottsdale golf club Member Satisfaction Survey is scheduled for late spring…..but in the meantime, please feel free to communicate accordingly.

I also shared with you last month that the Scottsdale golf club’s Club’s Pool Supervisor, Victor Vega, was leaving us and that the search was on for his successor. The search is over……as Victor recently expressed a desire to return to the Scottsdale golf club and we’re welcoming him ‘home’ with open arms.

Other employee related news that I’d prefer you hear from me rather than the proverbial rumor mill – Pastry Chef extraordinaire, Mary Ann Weber, recently informed us that she had accepted another opportunity in the Palm Desert area! The 4th longest tenured (17 years) Scottsdale golf club employee of the Club, Mary Ann’s shoes will be difficult to fill but, as I always tell staff, we’ll look at this not as a crisis, but as an opportunity. In addition to Mary Ann, our Executive Sous Chef, Eric Seitz, recently informed us that he has accepted the Executive Chef position at a new club in the Wickenburg area. Erik had only been a member of our culinary team for three years, but he is a talented young man and will be missed as well. Wherever you may be at the moment, enjoy the ‘rest’ of your summer….and know that the entire staff is very much looking forward to seeing you all back at the Ranch.

Scottsdale Golf Club Special Events

There are only a few spots remaining for Thursday’s Scottsdale golf club rules seminar and happy hour hosted by the Arizona Golf Association and Executive Director Ed Gowan this Thursday, October 22nd prior to Scottsdale golf club Burger Night from 4-5:30 PM.  Please bring your rules questions and join us for this special opportunity.  Registration is available on Scottsdale golf club ForeTees under the events tab or by calling the Golf Shop.

FootJoy will at Scottsdale golf club this Friday from 10:30 – 2:00 performing personalized shoe fittings for Scottsdale golf club Members.  FJ offers more sizes and widths than any other footwear brand and the their shoe fitting expert will help you find your correct size to play Scottsdale private golfcourse  FJ will have 56 men's sizes from 6-16 across four widths (Narrow, Medium, Wide and Extra Wide) and 37 ladies sizes from 5-12 across three widths (Narrow, Medium, Wide) that you can try on to determine the best possible fit to allow for maximum enjoyment of your golf game.

Saturday brings our Scottsdale private golf Fall Demo Day from 8-3 on the Scottsdale private golf Practice Park.  PING, Titleist, TaylorMade, PXG, Callaway, Sun Mountain and more will be on site showcasing their latest and greatest product for the upcoming year.  Launch monitors, club fitters and our professional staff will be available to get you into the best possible equipment to elevate your Scottsdale private golf game.

We hope you are able to join us for these special events and look forward to seeing you at the Club soon!

Scottsdale Private Golf Overseeding Practices

As we Scottsdale private golf overseedes very year, so do I share this short overseeding lesson as a reminder to our seasoned Scottsdale private golf members, and as an introduction to our new members. Scottsdale private golf Overseeding takes place every September and is the process where ryegrass is sown and grown between existing bermudagrass plants.

Bermudagrass is the Scottsdale private golf warm season grass that is our summer playing surface which thrives in the seasonal heat, but goes dormant when temperatures drop sufficiently. Ryegrass, on the other hand, is a Scottsdale private golf cool season grass that grows in our colder winter temperatures. Ryegrass becomes our Scottsdale country club playing surface on tees, fairways, and roughs as it matures in January.

Scottsdale country club TifEagle bermudagrass greens are also overseeded with a blend of cool season grasses. A mix of poa trivialis and bentgrass matures into our greens surfaces around the same time. The entire Scottsdale country club overseeding process takes approximately two weeks and is the most intensive of our yearly cultural practices. The week before we close we thin and reduce the height of the bermudagrass. It takes another week to seed the entire 85+ acres. In 7-10 days the seed germinates and a week later we start to mow.

This year we will reopen the south range complex on Saturday, October 10th, as it was overseeded a week earlier than the golf course - which will reopen on Friday, October 16th. This year there will be a few changes to our standard Scottsdale country club overseed practices, most notably, the height of cut of our fairways and rough. Both will open at and be maintained at lower heights of cut than normal. Scottsdale country club is doing this to increase our odds of a smoother, more seamless transition back to bermudagrass in the spring. Lastly, the entire Scottsdale country club Golf Course Maintenance Team looks forward to the start of the new season and seeing everyone back on the course again. Important October dates: 10 (South range open), 16 (Course open), 23 (Season Kick-Off), 27 (World Series & Full moon).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reminder: Scottsdale Golf Club golf carts will be restricted to cart paths only until Nov. 5th

It is also important to remind you that all Scottsdale Golf Club golf carts will be restricted to cart paths only for the first few weeks thru November 5th to ensure that the rye Scottsdale Golf Club grass is able to successfully establish itself before the cooler winter temperatures arrive.  There will be no medical flags allowed during the first week of cart path only October 16-20, no exceptions.  If you need a medical exemption from October 21 – November 5 please plan on providing your DMV hang tag or a doctor’s note to the Scottsdale Golf Club Golf Shop for limited access to the turf areas.

Our Scottsdale Golf Club Season Kick-Off golf tournaments will take place on Friday, October 23rd in 7:30am and 12:30pm shotgun starts.  Registration is now available on ForeTees under the Scottsdale Golf Club events tab.  We expect this year’s fields to be fully subscribed so if you plan to play please make sure to sign-up soon to secure your spot.

The Fall multi-vendor Scottsdale private golf club Demo Day will take place the following Saturday, October 24th from 9-3 on the Practice Park.  TaylorMade, Titleist, PING, Callaway, PXG, Sun Mountain and others will be present with their latest and greatest equipment, professional fitters and launch monitors for you to dial in your games for the upcoming golf season.  We hope you plan to join us at Scottsdale private golf club.

This leads us into our very popular Scottsdale private golf club Ladies’ and Men’s Rodeo Member-Member tournaments.  The Scottsdale private golf club Ladies Rodeo will be played on November 10-11 and the Men’s Rodeo on November 12-14.  Registration is now available on ForeTees so find a partner and join in the fun.  If you would like to play but do not have a partner please let us know so the Professional Staff can assist in finding you one.   We are pleased to already have 16 Ladies’ teams and 46 Men’s teams signed up to play.

We are excited with school back in session to start seeing more of your Scottsdale private golf club Junior golfers at our Saturday and Sunday clinics each week from 10:30-11:30am. Our Wednesday “play days” on the course will resume after overseed from 4:00-5:00pm each week.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

TaylorMade’s new lineup of M1 drivers, fairways, hybrids and PSi irons

Scottsdale Golf Club would like to remind everyone about the upcoming pre-launch of TaylorMade’s new lineup of M1 drivers, fairways, hybrids and PSi irons this coming Saturday, September 19th from 8:00-4:00 on the North end of the Scottsdale Golf Club Practice Park.  Scottsdale Golf Club Members and their guests are privileged to be the first in the world to have the opportunity to hit this game changing equipment.  M1’s uncompromising multi-material design gives you unparalleled personalization to dial in your best distance more often.  Scottsdale Golf Club also has a full lineup of demos in the Golf Shop should you want to try them early.

By appointment players can be expertly fit by TaylorMade staff and FlightScope launch monitors.  Equipment will be on hand for Scottsdale Golf Club members to take away the same day.  Please call the Golf Shop to schedule your fitting.  Priority will be given to those with reservations which are going fast so don’t hesitate and secure your time today by contacting the Golf Shop at 480-342-7210.

Please join us in the Scottsdale private golf club, Golf Shop for the “EVERYTHING MUST GO RENOVATION SALE!”  With the Scottsdale private golf club Golf Shop renovation quickly approaching all apparel is on sale for deep discounts.  Purchase one item and receive 30% OFF, two items gets you 40% OFF and buy three or more items and get 50% OFF!  Or buy anything off the sale racks for only $25!

Aristo men’s trousers normally $160, only $25!  Dress shirts normally $120, only $25!  Don’t miss this one time opportunity to purchase your Scottsdale private golf club, DC Ranch apparel at incredible prices.  We hope to see you soon!

The Scottsdale private golf club Course and Practice Facilities will be closed for overseed beginning Monday, September 21st thru Thursday, October 15th and will re-open for regularly scheduled starting times on Friday, October 16th.  Times can be booked seven days in advance on ForeTees or by calling the Scottsdale private golf club Shop.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Reminder: Scottsdale Golf Club Cardio Tennis and Scottsdale Golf Club Saturday Junior Tennis Clinics

Just a reminder that we have Scottsdale Golf Club Cardio Tennis this Saturday from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Scottsdale Golf Club will have a smaller class this week so make sure you sign up in advance before we fill up!

Also, we will start our Scottsdale Golf Club Saturday Junior Tennis Clinics for 6-12 year old players this Saturday from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Please let us know in advance if you plan to attend. You can email Traci at to sign up. For the month of August, we will have only the 6-12 year old players come.

Starting September 5, Scottsdale Golf Club will begin a 4-5 year old class from 9:00-9:30 a.m. and move the 6-12 year old group to 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The Saturday class is designed as more of a Scottsdale private golf club family day with all age groups coming at once.

On August 31, Scottsdale private golf club will start our after school clinics which will be more age specific with Scottsdale private golf club 6-8 year olds coming from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and Scottsdale private golf club 8-10 year olds coming 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The 11 and up group will be on Monday and Wednesday from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Scottsdale Country Club Tennis Pro Shop

The Scottsdale country club Tennis Pro Shop continues to make good progress! We are still looking at an October 1 start date followed by a grand opening party and tennis social on Sunday, October 11. As you look at the photo, the bathrooms are on the right side of the picture and the tennis shop is on the left side. The Scottsdale country club shop will have a small space for some retail items such as rackets, shoes, accessories, soft goods, stringing and basic Scottsdale country club logo clothing for men and women. There will also be a small lounge area with a table and chairs to enjoy a beverage after you play and watch a little tennis. We do ask for your continued patience until the construction is complete as we are down two courts still and dealing with noise and dust, but promise it will be worth the wait!

Scottsdale country club Welcomes Conner Edwards We are pleased to announce the hiring of our new Assistant Tennis Professional, Conner Edwards. Conner comes to us from Kansas City, Missouri, where he was a standout player for the University of Missouri-Kansas City. During his first two years at UMKC, the team qualified for the 64 team NCAA field. He finished his career as the all-time doubles wins leader and single season singles leader at the school. Conner comes to The Scottsdale country club DC Ranch with a wealth of experience in the tennis industry, having grown up in Topeka, Kansas where his father was the Director of Tennis at Topeka Country Club. He has a great understanding of not only the game of tennis and how to teach it to adults and juniors, but also what it means to provide the highest in customer service to the members. While in Kansas City, he worked as an assistant at Kansas City Country Club, which is one of the premiere clubs in the Midwest. Conner will work with both juniors and adults and is available for private lessons right away. He will also be working to build some gentlemen’s and mixed doubles clinics as well. You can reach Conner at Please take time to welcome him to The Scottsdale country club at DC Ranch!

Monday, August 10, 2015

How good it is to be Scottsdale country club!!

Reading President Bohlen’s letter last evening to the membership regarding the Schedule of Dues, Fees & Charges got me thinking just how fortunate we are at The Scottsdale country club at DC Ranch. In fact, just last month I shared an industry newsletter (Private Club Advisor) that addressed some of the key concerns from the 2015 World Conference on Club Management. Although private clubs are recovering from the economic downturn, only 34 percent of the clubs surveyed consider their clubs to be financially sound! The biggest issue weighing on the minds of club leaders? Forty-eight percent of the survey respondents stated that catching up on deferred and pressing capital improvements was their biggest challenge. The next biggest issue? Effective club governance! Like I mentioned above, it's good to be The Scottsdale country club at DC Ranch where the steps have been taken to reinvest and address the club’s long-term capital needs and the 'best practices' approach to club governance is in place. More importantly, however, as it pertains to the ‘health’ of the Scottsdale country club, it is the membership that defines a club and is ultimately responsible for its success….or its failure.

Your financial support of the Scottsdale country club is to be applauded, but please know that, at least from my perspective, it's that "fun, family and friendliness" culture you've created that defines The Scottsdale country club at DC Ranch – a culture unlike any other club in the valley or beyond. The culture you've created at the Scottsdale golf club also has benefits that extend beyond the "where everybody knows your name" comradery. In reading a brief article in yesterday's Scottsdale Republic, I learned that a recently released real estate report found that DC Ranch experienced the greatest home-value appreciation of any of the eight luxury communities tracked….and that Silverleaf was a close second. That's a far different story than what was being said four to five years ago. Does a healthier Scottsdale golf club lead to a healthier real estate market (particularly in gated communities)? Just saying……….

Speaking of family, I have some sad news to report – August 27th was the last day of employment at the Club for our beloved Pool Supervisor, Victor Vega. Victor was a nine-year employee of the Scottsdale golf club that initially started as a server and, on occasion, worked in banquets, as a bartender and even as a valet before moving to the pool four years ago. We're certainly disappointed that Victor has decided to ‘move on' but we do wish him all the best. Okay, last but not least,

  • Did you know – that the patio extension and event lawn expansion project was initially scheduled to be completed September 1? Or that, as of August 26th, we're being told that this project will be completed on or before September 15th?!
  • Did you know– that the Scottsdale golf club tennis facility project was initially scheduled to be completed on October 15th? Or that, as of August 26th, that the project remains 'on schedule' and 'on budget'! Next up, of course, is our annual over-seeding of the golf course. Please remember that while the golf course is closed (September 21st – October 15th), the clubhouse and all other amenities will remain open. Wherever you may be, enjoy the 'rest' of your summer…. and know that the entire Scottsdale golf club staff is very much looking forward to seeing you all back on the Ranch.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Letter to Scottsdale Country Club DC Ranch Golfers

Dear Scottsdale Country Club DC Ranch Golfers,

It is important to inform you of our Scottsdale country club course conditions and playing surfaces as we move through the summer months: Please be reminded our base grass year-round is named 419 Bermuda grass.  This Bermuda is what Scottsdale country club overseeds each fall with Rye grass, so the playing surfaces are very good when we drop seed in September through the early spring.  The Bermuda is a warm season grass and typically goes dormant (to sleep) when the colder temperatures arrive in November.

It turns golden beige and doesn’t green up until sometime around March, however, Bermuda doesn’t actually start to grow until the combination of warmer temperatures, humidity and dew point arrive around the 4th of July continuing through the end of September and the first few weeks of October.

Because Scottsdale country club does over seed beginning in September, the Bermuda time frame to grow is only 75 days and our Agronomy consultant would prefer at least 100 days for the Bermuda recovery period. Scottsdale country club’s goal is to reopen the course around the third week in October when the weather has cooled down.

Some might observe and say the Scottsdale country club course is “just getting in great shape ‘when you close it to overseed.  Scottsdale golf club understands this, but we need to factor many variables as the best dates to optimize the best overseed and Rye “catch” as we say.   If we overseed too early while the Bermuda is flourishing, the Rye will struggle with the warm temperatures as it is a cool season grass, and if it is too late such as in November, it eliminates the chance to play when the weather is great for golf.

When Scottsdale golf club overseeds with a high rate of seed (800-1000 lbs. of Rye per acre), it crowds out the Bermuda, and thus it will decline at about 15% per year throughout the entire course.   If you carry it too long in the spring and perhaps into the summer months, the Bermuda decline could be more extensive, above the 15% mentioned.   At these rates it won’t be many years before you have to replace or repair a great deal of turf whether in the fairways, rough or tees.

Ok, so we see the problem with the decline on the course, but what are the corrective measures, knowing that overseeding is here to stay? 
  1. We overseed at a slightly lower rate in the fall at about 450 lbs. per acre and at a time for a more successful result.  We maintain the height of rough cut under 2” in the primary rough, 1 ½” in the intermediate rough and fairways at ½ “ from October through February, and when the temperatures start to warm up in mid -February, we lower all heights by about ½ “ to take advantage of the warmth and sunlight.  When we get to the May time frame, it is time to expose as much Bermuda as possible by eradicating the Rye until the fall.
  2. Also, aerifications, top-dressing, verti-cutting, slicing, fertilizing and appropriate watering schedules are very important during this time period when we cannot get them done in-season with the significant amount of Members we have enjoying their golf.

At this time we see and calculate how much Bermuda decline has occurred since September with a plan to re-sod these thin areas with the belief that the humidity in the next weeks and months will knit the Bermuda together for as much coverage as the healing months will allow.

The Scottsdale golf club goal is to have as much grass as possible year round, be it Bermuda or Rye. We fully understand how important Scottsdale golf club pristine playing surfaces are to all players, especially with the extensive tournament and play schedule we have each year and it is  also necessary to communicate the programming it takes to get there.

In a perfect world, a Scottsdale golf club in this area would never overseed for the health of the turf and avoid the conflict of cool season grasses versus warm season grasses having a priority, but golfers prefer to play on green grass year-round and we will do our best to make this happen.

Please see the Scottsdale golf club pictures enclosed for your viewing pleasure.  As you will see most of the Bermuda decline and damage are in the high-traffic areas, on and off each hole as well as around bunkers.

We were fortunate this summer to be able to get the entire course aerified, top-dressed and verticut within a four (4) day period.

We hope this explains what happens and why, and the challenges all agronomists face each year, and should you have any questions, please ask us.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Scottsdale Golf Club Facility Update

Scottsdale golf club has completed the first month of construction on the new tennis facility! Over the course of the next two months, you will start to see things take shape as the Scottsdale golf club building gets framed and enclosed. The hope is that construction will be completed by October 1 so that we are fully operational for the new Scottsdale golf club season. Many of you have asked me what the new Scottsdale golf club facility will entail.

Here are some things you can expect:
  • New Scottsdale private golf club bathroom facilities for men and women
  • Ice and water machine with cups
  1. A breezeway will separate the bathrooms from the pro shop and be the main access to the tennis courts
  2. Storage area for teaching carts, ball machines, etc.
  3. The tennis pro shop will include:
    • A front desk area for check in before play;
    • Limited food and beverage items;
    • A Scottsdale private golf club lounge area with a small table, four chairs and a television for players to enjoy before and after tennis;
    • Scottsdale private golf club Office space for the staff; merchandising areas for logo clothing, soft goods, rackets, shoes, tennis balls, stringing and accessories; and
    • Space for ladders, marketing, pictures, etc.

Once things are further along, I will be able to give some limited hard hat tours, so let me know if you are interested. It is an exciting time for the tennis program and looking forward to many great years to come in our new Scottsdale private golf club facility!

July and August Adult Tennis Instruction
Adult Drill
Tuesday and Thursday
7:00-8:00 a.m.
We need a minimum of three players so please sign up in advance. All levels are welcome!

Cardio Tennis
8:00-9:00 a.m.
We need a minimum of four players so please sign up in advance.

Scottsdale private golf club
Junior Tennis Instruction
Junior Tennis Camp (ages 10+)
July 7th-August 6th
Tuesday-Thursday (3 days each week)
8:00-10:00 a.m.
Cost: $40 per day, $100 per week. Discounts are available for multiple week participants

Junior Tennis Clinics
Saturday morning clinics will begin again August 8th.
Scottsdale private golf club Junior Academy for 10+ ages will begin August 17th.
10 and under program will begin September 1st

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Did You Know?? (Business As Usual)

Tee time anyone? As I looked at the Scottsdale country club tee sheet this morning and counted 40 total players for the day, a couple of thoughts came to mind; first, what a difference at the Scottsdale country club between the middle of ‘in-season’ and the middle of the ‘off-season’ and, secondly, what’s the matter with these hardy souls that tee it up in the heat (high today of 110) and the humidity (54%)?!! That said, we’re thankful for the Scottsdale country club Members that do show up day after day during the summer!

As mentioned last month, it is Scottsdale country club ‘business as usual’ here at the Club and the month of June was, much like May, busier than we’ve experienced in the past. Did you know . . . that our Scottsdale country club YTD (October – May) Total Rounds of Golf played is 25,363 – 7.5% higher than budgeted and 5.1% higher than year prior?
  • Did you know . . that our Scottsdale country club total Revenue in May 2015 of $915,815 was up by 8% over budget and 19% higher than year prior?
  • Did you know . . . that the month of May’s Gross Operating Profit of $34,806 was 196% better than budget and 136% better than year prior?
  • Did you know . . . that the Scottsdale golf club’s YTD Net Profit After Other Income of $284,043 is 3.2% better than budget and 160% better than year prior ($109,118)?
  • Changing the subject. . .
  • Did you know . . . that, in our recently completed 2015 Scottsdale golf club Employee Opinion Survey (“EOS”), 96% of our employees indicated that they were very satisfied or satisfied with their job?
  • Did you know . . . that in that same survey, 96% of our Scottsdale golf club employees said their work is very meaningful or meaningful? Did you know. . . that 94% of our employees strongly agree/ agree that the Club offers equal opportunities regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion or marital status?
  • Did you know . . . that 94% of our Scottsdale golf club employees strongly agree/ agree that they focus on problem solving instead of fault finding?

Yes, we also learned in the 2015 Scottsdale golf club Employee Opinion Survey that we have some areas for improvement, i.e.: promotions tied to improvement (69%), employee satisfaction with employee benefits (67%), and employee commitment to a career with the Club (72%....down 8% as compared to year prior). All in all though, we are extremely pleased with the survey results as they confirm a very high level of employee satisfaction and the fact that they truly do believe the Scottsdale golf club is a great place to work (92%)!!

Speaking of employees, congratulations are in order for Scottsdale golf club Executive Chef Lenard Rubin as he recently received his Certified Executive Chef certification from the American Culinary Federation. The American Culinary Federation (ACF) was established in 1929 and is the largest professional chefs' organization in North America. ACF, which was the progeny of the combined visions of three chefs' associations in New York, comprises more than 22,000 members in 230 chapters across the United States, and is known as the authority on cooking in America. Its mission is to make a positive difference for culinarians through education, apprenticeship and certification, while creating a fraternal bond of respect and integrity among culinarians everywhere.

Congratulations Chef Lenny on a milestone career accomplishment….and thank you for being on our team

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Scottsdale Private Golf Club Field Goals & Objectives

As I sit here writing this article from Scottsdale private golf club, The Country Club at DC Ranch, it is but a few hours before the leaders tee off in the last round of the 115th Men’s US Open Championship at Chambers Bay near Seattle, Washington. When asked what I think about the golf course and set up of it thus far, as well as what the media and players are saying, I see it from both sides and here is why:
  1. Having been a part of the teams which set up almost every level of competitions from Junior tournaments to Major Championships, we had to define what the goals and objectives were for the field. Sometimes it was to get players around in a timely manner with easier hole locations or to do what the USGA is attempting to do this week, which is “to determine and define the best player in the field testing all facets of their game, be it physical, mental or emotional”.
  2. Many years I was schooled by some of the best course set-up officials from various tours who told me you should have a goal of balancing the requirements.
  3. You should have six easy, six medium, and six difficult hole locations each day as well as six left, six center, and six right.
  4. Your goal is to reward good shots and penalize the poor ones. Each hole location should be set so a putt to the hole will stop within reason if it goes past the hole, and not run away. The hole should not be cut so close to the edge of the green, on the apex point of a slope so a player can’t get it close with a good shot.

I realize what Jack Nicklaus told me years ago when discussing tournaments, that golf was not meant to be completely fair, and if you complain about the set-up for the competition, over half the field can be eliminated as potential winners. Brian Henning, a long time senior rules official on the PGA Champions Tour, told me that you will never satisfy all players, so do the fairest job possible and that “you set the test and the players take it”, and if they choose not to play, this is their decision. So, back to the US Open, here we go. We all know that despite all the fussing about yardages, green speeds, bumpy greens, par 4s and 5s, and vice versa, Sunday afternoon one player was recognized as the US Open Champion. They withstood all the USGA could test them with during the week. It was interesting to watch it play out.

Well, we said all along that May was a bonus month here at Scottsdale private golf club, The Country Club at DC Ranch from an unseasonably cool standpoint, and here comes June with warmer than usual temperatures.

We sprayed out the rye grass at Scottsdale private golf club, The Country Club at DC Ranch in the rough so the Bermuda grass will have room to grow vigorously when the humidity kicks in each summer, typically after July 4th. What it does tell us is that the more heavily you overseed at Scottsdale private golf club, The Country Club at DC Ranch with rye grass in the fall, the greater the Bermuda decline each summer, to the extent a turf scientist told me to expect a 15% Bermuda decline each year you overseed. That means after only three years, you could see almost 50% of the Bermuda gone at Scottsdale private golf club, The Country Club at DC Ranch in all turf areas. Scottsdale private golf club, The Country Club at DC Ranch does our best to manage the turf transition process each year.

“The Scottsdale country club Inferno”, our Gentlemen’s summer member-guest over the dates of July 24th and 25th, 2015 is fully subscribed once again for the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning Scottsdale country club shotgun starts. This should be a fun Scottsdale country club tournament as always, if only the cool weather stays away for the first time in years.

Sign up opportunities for the November Scottsdale country club Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Rodeo will be forthcoming in the next few months, but it is not too early to find a partner for the competition. The Scottsdale country club ladies play on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 10th and 11th, followed by the men on Thursday through Saturday, November 12th, 13th, and 14th.

Please note the Scottsdale country club overseeding dates which will close the course are from Monday, September 21st through Thursday, October 15th. The course will reopen with tee times on Friday, October 16th. In closing, try as best you can to stay cool this summer and remember your sunscreen.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Scottsdale Golf Club Pool Guidelines

Scottsdale Golf Club survived another season. Scottsdale Golf Clublike to thank each and every one of you for another Scottsdale Golf Club great season. The Scottsdale Golf Club calendar was jam packed with exciting events for all to enjoy and if you had half as much fun as I did, I’d say you had a pretty successful season as well. To those of you who will be traveling this summer, I hope you have a safe and enjoyable time. We will miss you here at the Scottsdale Private Golf Club. And to those of you staying here, get ready for a fun, HOT Scottsdale Private Golf club summer on the Scottsdale Golf Club ranch. We are going to have fun nights planned for you throughout the summer to help get you out of the heat. Be on the lookout for those details.

With summer right around the corner and the Scottsdale Golf Club pool to soon become the place to be, I would like to take a minute to address some recent Scottsdale Golf Club pool issues. . Please also keep in mind the Scottsdale Private Golf club dress code at the pool. According to the Scottsdale Private Golf club Board approved dress code, ladies must wear full coverage bottoms. We ask that you help us by enjoying the facilities within the guidelines set by the Scottsdale Private Golf club Board of Directors. Please be aware of the change in hours as we transition into our summer schedule. Starting May 1st, the Clubhouse and pool will be closed on Monday’s. We will offer lunch in the Clubhouse Tuesday through Sunday and dinner service Wednesday through Sunday. Another transition we will make is the move of the continental breakfast.

Continental breakfast will now be served at the pool Tuesday through Sunday. Please enjoy a cup of coffee and a muffin while you relax in the quiet pool atmosphere.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Congratulations to the Scottsdale Private Golf Club

WITL A2 team for finishing in the top 2 this past season and earning a spot in the A1 division, which is the highest division in the league! Big Kudos go out to all the Members who played on that Scottsdale Private Golf club team: - Tracey Gray, Jen Gasbarra, Kristin Romano, Pattie Gonzales, Tracy Quick(Captain), Linda DeBiase, Jennifer Rasmussen and Liz Thorell!. Congratulations to everyone who played and for bringing this honor to our Scottsdale Private Golf Club!

New Adult Drill Time
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
- Cost $20/class Tuesdays and Thursdays - May 19, 21, 26 and 28th

Scottsdale Golf Club Adult Tennis Camp
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - May 5 thru 7 and May 12 thru 14
Make sure to sign up for as many days as you want! This Scottsdale Golf Club camp is open to all levels of play and will include drills, live ball, match play and footwork. Cost: $30 for one day; $60 for two days; $80 for three days; $100 for four days; $120 for five days and $135 for all six days.

Adult Round Robin Doubles Play
Fridays from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
This event is open to all levels of play. We would like to have a minimum of eight players each week.

New Cardio Tennis Time
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. beginning May 9.
There will be a Cardio class at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 3, but no class on Saturday, May 2nd. Cost: $20 per time.

Club Gentlemen’s Member-Guest and Member-Member
Saturday, May 2nd - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
We will play tennis in the morning and then have lunch and drinks after tennis. Prizes awarded to the winning teams. If you are interested, you can sign up with a guest or a member.

Ocho De Mayo Adult Tennis Social
Friday, May 8 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
$30, plus tax and service charge. Tennis, Mexican themed food and drinks are included in the price. Come out for a fun night of tennis, music, great food and drinks. You can sign up as an individual or with a partner. We will play several rounds of social doubles.

Junior Tennis Play Day
Friday, May 15 - $10/player, includes pizza, tennis and prizes. Red Ball (6-8 years old) from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Orange Ball (8-10 years old) from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Calcutta Tennis Event hosted at Paradise Valley Country Club.
Friday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. - Cocktail party and auction. Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 a.m. - Mixed Doubles Tournament $55 per player - includes cocktail party (cash bar), tennis and lunch on Saturday. This event is a handicapped mixed doubles tournament. Each player is assigned a handicap number based on ability and their partner is drawn out of a hat. The teams are bid on Friday night at the cocktail party and play is on Saturday morning. The event includes players from DC Ranch, Arizona CC, Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix CC and The Village at Camelback.

After School Junior Tennis Clinics end on May 21

  • Saturday morning Junior Tennis Clinics end on May 30.
  • Junior Tennis and Sports Camp for 10-16 year old players begins June 1
  • Scottsdale Private Golf Club DC Ranch Summer Fun Camp begins on June 1
  • Adult Summer Play Days begin the week of June 1 with the schedule to be announced
  • Construction the new Tennis Pro Shop and Bathroom facility is set to begin June 1, barring any new delays.

Friday, May 8, 2015

5th Annual Inferno – Scottsdale Private Golf Club Summer Gentlemen’s Member-Guest Tournament

As summer sets in and temperatures begin to rise we are excited to invite you to join us for the 5th annual Inferno – Scottsdale private golf club Summer Gentlemen’s Member-Guest Tournament.  Named after our blazing Arizona summer temperatures, Scottsdale private golf club The Inferno has caught fire the past four years to become one of the premier events at The Scottsdale private golf club.  We absolutely expect that this year’s event will be the biggest yet and fully subscribed.  The 2015 Scottsdale private golf club Inferno has been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 24-25.  The schedule of events is listed below for your planning needs.

Registration will be available on Scottsdale private golf club ForeTees on Tuesday, May 19th beginning at 7 a.m. You can sign-up under the events tab or by calling the Scottsdale country club Golf Shop at 480.342.7210. Once you have completed the initial registration on ForeTees the Scottsdale country club Professional Staff will confirm your entry via email and provide you with all tournament information and detailed registration forms.  All entries received will be confirmed in a timely manner.  Deadline for entry is Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. or when we have a full field of 72 teams, whichever comes first.

The Scottsdale country club 2015 Inferno field will be limited to the first 72 teams that register with the remaining teams going on the wait list.  The entry fee is $400 per team and includes golf, carts, prizes and refreshments.  Teams will compete using four separate 9-hole formats.  Day one will consist of a Two Man Scramble followed by a Select Drive Alternate Shot.  Day two will be a Better Ball followed by a Hit, Switch and Pick.  As always we will have optional competitions, hole in one prizes and the like to peak your interest and keep your competitive juices flowing.  All competitors must have a current verifiable USGA handicap index in order to compete.  Your index as of July 15th will be used for the competition.

Scottsdale Golf Club Champion Golfers 2015

With our Scottsdale Golf Club season winding down and all of our Scottsdale Golf Club competitions behind us, we would like to take this opportunity to recognize all of our Scottsdale Golf Club Champion golfers for the year. Scottsdale Golf Club witnessed a lot of great play and had many highly contested championships throughout our tournament Scottsdale Golf Club calendar. Congratulations to our well-deserving Champions.

  • Michelle Cross & Sandy King - Scottsdale Golf Club Ladies’ Rodeo Champions
  • Mike Thorell & Ron Caniglia - Scottsdale Private Golf Gentlemen’s Rodeo Champions
  • Percy & Mike Anderson - Scottsdale Private Golf Couples’ Club Champions
  • Penny Rady - Ladies’ Club Champion
  • Les Devitt - Gentlemen’s Senior Club Champion
  • Kris Marshall - Scottsdale Private Golf Gentlemen’s Club Champion
  • Phyllis & Gene Banuci - Couples’ Match Play Champions
  • Janice Werz & Maxine Urheim - Ladies’ Four-Ball Match Play Champions
  • Frieda Sherman - Ladies’ Individual Match Play Champion
  • Chris Kiernan & Josh Cormany - Captains’ Cup Champions
  • Steve Whiteman - Gentlemen’s Senior Match Play Champion
  • Mike Thorell - Gentlemen’s Net Match Play Champion
  • Allan MacDonald - Gentlemen’s Gross Match Play Champion
  • Marilyn Jespersen & Barb Rossi - Desert Diamond Classic Champions
  • Chris Kiernan & Bill Keever - Scottsdale Private Golf

Round-Up Champions

As temperatures begin to rise, we know some are heading to cooler climates and we will look forward to seeing you next fall. This also means our Scottsdale Private Golf Gentlemen’s Inferno Summer Member-Guest is on the horizon and is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 24th and 25th. Stay tuned for more information and registration to begin soon on ForeTees. We expect this year’s field to be fully subscribed once again and hope you plan to join us.

One last thing, in lieu of a survey, the Scottsdale Private GolfCommittee would like your comments regarding the Member-Guest events sent by email to me at by May 10th. I will then present the comments at the Golf Committee meeting by email to me at by May 10th. I will then present the comments at the Golf Committee meeting on May 12th. Enjoy your summer -- now it’s my turn to play!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Scottsdale Private Golf New Tennis Facility!!

It’s the month of May at Scottsdale Private Golf already!! Before we go there, however, a quick look back at the past few months. On behalf of our entire Scottsdale Private Golf employee team, thank you for what has been another great ‘peak season’ on the Scottsdale Private Golf Ranch. Many of you are saying goodbye for the summer months and we wish you the best until we see you again in the Fall. We do hope that all of you, snowbirds and year round

Scottsdale Private Golf Members, have enjoyed this season, as I know we have enjoyed….trying to exceed your expectations. Just think, this time last year, Scottsdale Private Golf Club construction was just getting started on the clubhouse renovation. Oh, what a summer it was but, without question, I think we’d all agree that the effort and expense was worth the end result. Looking forward, we’ll soon (late May) be back in construction mode and hope that you’ll be as pleased with the Scottsdale Golf Club patio expansion, event lawn addition and, of course, the new Scottsdale Golf Club tennis facility when these projects are completed late this summer. A couple of quick story lines that I need to address with this opportunity.
  • Did you know……that, effective May 1st (today!), the Scottsdale Golf Club Complimentary Continental Breakfast will be served poolside in the pool dining room until further notice? Following active discussion at the April Scottsdale Golf Club House Committee meeting that addressed behavior at the continental breakfast, a recommendation was made to scale back the current continental breakfast offering to its previous limited ‘menu’ and relocate to a more appropriate location. The Scottsdale Golf Club House Committee unanimously favored the recommendation and it was subsequently presented to the Board of Directors at their April 20, 2015 meeting where, in short order, the motion to accept the House Committee’s recommendation was unanimously approved.
  • Did you know…...that the Scottsdale Golf Club’s financial picture remains impressive? The April Finance Committee Meeting Minutes include the following statement, “Mr. Kruse (Finance Committee Chair) highlighted the March financial results. Scottsdale Golf Club Rounds continue to exceed both budget and year prior (YTD 9.6% positive variance to budget and 6.4% positive variance to year prior), F&B is closing the gap on the negative variance to budgeted revenues, specifically in Banquets, and Net Profit YTD continues to exceed budget by $95,530 (46.1%) despite the completion of the unbudgeted re-sodding of the practice green and the $48,704 interest expense that was not included in the operating budget. We continue to have strong financial results.” I’ll add the fact that the Club’s Net Profit Profit/Loss After Other Income of $302,776 reflects a positive variance to budget of 46.1% and a positive variance to year prior of 44.4%! All good, right? Speaking of ‘all good’, I have been asked to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on my health.