Friday, December 22, 2017

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses in the Winter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses Review Overseeding Results

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Scottsdale Country Club Kicks off Season

Scottsdale Country Club is off and running as we head into the month of November! If our winter season kick off weekend is any indication of what the coming months hold, we are going to be in for a busy and exciting time.  Scottsdale Country Club started the festivities with 176 on the golf course to enjoy the freshly overseeded golf course, and finished the day with over 300 members and guests enjoying great food, service and entertainment at the Scottsdale Country Club Season Kickoff Party. Following those fully subscribed events on Friday the 20th, Chef Lenny and his team rolled out new Scottsdale Country Club lunch and dinner menus which have all been positively welcomed. It has been great to see the support of our members and the positive feedback that we received throughout the weekend. Our Scottsdale Country Club management team has worked long and hard over the past few months to enhance the member experience at the Club. The level of excitement here at Scottsdale Golf Club is at an all-time high as we move forward to vote for Phase II of the Facility Master Plan which concludes November 17th when all ballots are due. Feedback from the membership has been very positive over the past few months. We conducted 14 Informational Sessions which covered roughly 240 members. In addition, the renderings around the Scottsdale Golf Club  and the printed brochures have created a significant buzz these past few weeks. The ballots went out to the membership on November 1st through the mail but also were sent to members via email with return instructions attached. We encourage everyone to vote for this project as every vote counts! For those who are unaware, we need a quorum of 25% of the voting Scottsdale Golf Club membership and then a two-thirds approval for the project to pass successfully. If you should have any questions regarding any of the components of Phase II, please do not hesitate to contact me in advance of the 17th. The month of October also represents the beginning of our new fiscal year in which our business plan calls for flat play counts in golf and a small increase in the other operating departments of the. Scottsdale Golf Club As we closed out FY2017, we had another successful year, hitting over $11.1 million in revenues, while also turning in a net profit of $79,535, which then is placed into our capital reserves, increasing the reserves to over $2.4 million. This is important to note due to our capital needs in the coming years. During the month of November you will see communications from the Scottsdale Golf Club on a number of other fronts, including information regarding the Employee Holiday Fund contributions, as well as requests for interest in serving your Board here at the Club for the terms available. Please note that Regular Golf Members are eligible to serve on the Board and the terms for Board service are three (3) year commitments. Following this, we will also be sending out requests for interest for committee service for the coming year in early December which is open to all membership categories. Once again thank you for your support of this wonderful Club and I look forward to seeing you all at the Club in the coming weeks!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses | November News and Updates

Greetings Scottsdale Private Golf Courses! I know this message will put you in a great frame of mind to play golf at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses , as it is only supposed to get to a high of 88 degrees today. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about some of our younger players’ achievements over the last few months as these players are developing nicely.

• Mason Quagliata won his age division in the drive, chip and putt before the Masters Golf Tournament last April in Augusta, Georgia.

• Jonathan Curran won a Hurricane junior golf tournament with rounds in the 60’s, and has been getting some attention from college coaches for his improved play.

• Jackson Whisenhunt was selected to the AGA Goldwater team against the SWSPGA professionals, which is an annual all star competition at Phoenix Country Club.

• Sisters, Brantlee and Bree Howard, had fun this summer as Brantlee made her first hole-in-one at ten years old and younger sister, Bree, advanced in her age group in the drive, chip and putt regionals.

It is nice to see these players working on their games, as well as being good students. I actually had some proud moments this summer as a student of mine over the last two years, Hayden Wood from Oklahoma State University was the medalist in this year’s Men’s US Amateur Championship at Riviera and Bel Air in California, setting the all time low 2-round total at 9 under par.

Please see the additional information regarding the overseeding schedule of events, and golf information for the upcoming season. As we go through the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  program where we are not overseeding the greens this fall, the most significant impact you can make is fixing ball marks properly, which your professional staff can help you with. When we are fixing the ball mark at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses, it is critical that we pinch the green turf together so that when we are finished repairing it, there is no dirt showing in the center. Please do not put the divot tool in and pull the dent up from the bottom . It has long been reported a ball mark not repaired properly will take 3 weeks to heal versus one day when fixed properly. This is a responsibility all share not only here but at all Scottsdale Private Golf Courses.  We appreciate your support.

Dick Hyland presented a plan to the Scottsdale Golf Club Committee with an estimate and color rendering of the Scottsdale Golf Club Practice Park Renovation from his wish list that he spoke about in the last Trails End newsletter.

The components were the following:

• A 6000 sq. ft. putting only green in the desert area behind the west cart staging area;

• A Scottsdale Golf Club mini performance, fitting, instruction building on the currnt instruction tee;

• The existing south end short game area will be reworked in its current location for chipping, pitching and bunder practice;

• East of the south practice tee would be an Scottsdale Golf Club 18 hole putting course;

• On the outer edges of the entire range would be either a Scottsdale Golf Club 9-hole pitch and putt course for junior and family practice and fun at designated times when full practice is limited;

• The north end practice tees will be leveled and connected for more practice stations;

• The north end short game area will be expanded;

• The Committee acknowledged we should look into time, space and fun for kids, families and competitions during events. The architect who drew these thoughts indicated he has never seen or done a practice area as complete as this would be. Discussions will continue, but Dick’s thinking is to start on the practice areas first before any course adjustments would commence in the future.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scottsdale Country Club's New and Exciting Projects

Greetings Scottsdale Country Club Member! It is amazing how fast time flies here at the Scottsdale Country Club! I truly cannot believe that we are entering our Scottsdale Country Club fall overseeding of the golf course as it seems that we were just finishing a successful Scottsdale Country Club winter season. We are completing what has been yet another active summer here at the Scottsdale Country Club, and the feedback that we have been receiving from those who have been around this summer is amazing.

The Scottsdale Country Club is continuing to see record usage and revenues with a projection of another increase in participation in the coming Scottsdale Country Club year. With that being said, we are more excited than ever for the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses winter season to come, as we have focused a great deal of our attention this summer in planning some fun new offerings for the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses winter season.

Mike Sharp and his team have gone through additional service training once again this summer focusing on service consistency and menu knowledge, which were two areas members were looking for improvement based on the end of season survey feedback. We are also very excited about the offerings that Chef Lenny and his team will introduce towards the end of the month. For those that have not been around this summer, we will move the popular Fried Chicken Special to Wednesdays along with the regular menu. Thursday will continue with our always entertaining Burger Night, and Fridays will return to “Five Feature Friday” where Chef and his team have been able to showcase their significant culinary talents. On Saturday evenings, we will continue with our “Half Price Wine Night” for bottles $200 and under, along with our Prime Rib Dinner Special. We will then continue to finish the week with our Sunday Night Italian Buffet in the Mixed Grille featuring an ever rotating mix of your Italian favorites. For each of these nights other than Sunday, we will also be offering an รก la carte dinner menu so you can be sure to find something great! In addition to all of this, Chef Lenny and his team at the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses will be making various menu updates each month through the winter season giving you an opportunity to try some new favorites.

In Facility Master Planning news, we have conducted eight (8) focus group sessions with Scottsdale Private Golf Courses through the summer allowing us to review the plan with over 120 members. From these sessions we have further refined the details of Scottsdale Private Golf Courses Phase Two. There will be additional informational sessions during the month of October for those who have yet to attend a session. I would recommend that each of you take the time to learn more about this exciting project with the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses and, if you are not available to attend a session, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I would be more than happy to clear some time to review the key components of the plan for the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses. These sessions will then lead up to a vote of the membership during the month of November.

As you can see, it is full steam ahead here at the Club and we are ready to show what we have been working on this summer. Our goal is to take the member experience at the Club to an enhanced level in all areas. I believe you will see the difference when you return.

Friendly reminder - Members walking their dogs on the path must keep dogs leashed at all times. No dogs are allowed on Club grounds. Wherever you may be at the moment, enjoy what is left of summer . . . and know that the entire staff is extremely excited to see you all back on the Ranch soon!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Country Club Scottsdale announces new Junior Tennis Clinic Schedule October 3-28 (No clinics on Halloween)

Country Club Scottsdale announces new Junior Tennis Clinic Schedule October 3-28 (No clinics on Halloween)
  • Red Ball Rookies (4-5 year old players)
    • Wednesday 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    • Cost: $60 for four weeks
  • Red Ball Rising Stars
    • Wednesday (6-8 year old players) 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday (6-8 year old players) 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Cost: $80 for four week session, one day per week. $140 for two days per week.
  • Match Play Academy (9+ year old players)
    • Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Players in this group must be at least 9 years old or be able to rally and serve from the 60 foot court.
    • Country Club Scottsdale kids are divided into Orange Ball (9-10 year old), Green Ball (11-12 year old) and Yellow Ball (13+)
    • Cost: $160 for one day per week for four week session, $280 for twice per week
  • Friday Country Club Scottsdale Junior Tennis Night and Pizza Party is Friday, October 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Ages 8-12
    • Cost: $10 per person includes pizza, tennis and movie night.
Come out for to Country Club Scottsdale for a fun night of tennis and pizza with tennis pros Ryan and Traci! They will have fun tennis games on Country Club Scottsdale courts and then head to the Scottsdale Golf Club Corral for pizza, fun games and a movie. Please sign up in advance as we have a minimum and maximum number of participants.
  • Scottsdale Golf Club Junior Tennis Halloween Costume Party Friday is October 27
    • Ages 6-12 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Put on your Halloween costume and enjoy a fun night with the Scottsdale Golf Club tennis pros on the courts! We will get a jump on Halloween with some fun games, candy and a movie. Please sign up on Scottsdale Golf Club Foretees or email Traci Guy at tguy@ if you have any questions.
  • Adult Tennis News
    • Tuesday Adult Drill 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    • Cost: $30 per person
  • Doubles Strategy Drill
    • Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Cost: $30
  • Cardio Tennis Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Cost: $30
  • Head Tennis and Pickleball Demo Day/Arizona State Men’s Tennis Exhibition and Meet and Greet
    • Sunday, October 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Cost: Free
Come out for a fun afternoon of tennis and pickleball and enjoy getting to meet the Arizona State Sun Devils Men’s Tennis Team at Scottsdale Golf Club.They will be putting on an exhibition and interacting with our members. This is a great chance to get to see some high level tennis up close and personal. Head Racquet Sports will be there for a demo day as well to try out new tennis and pickleball rackets. We will have four courts of tennis and four courts of pickleball going at the same time. Please sign up in advance so we know how many people to expect. See you on the courts at Scottsdale Golf Club!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Naturally produce Hormones by working out at Scottsdale Golf Club

I’ve touched on this several times in past articles at Scottsdale Golf Club and I drill this fact home every day with my clients at Scottsdale Golf Club. When you train “correctly” at Scottsdale Golf Club and with high enough intensity, studies have shown this type of training will naturally induce the production of growth hormone within your body. This is a huge and significant thing in the world of anti-aging and fitness. Why? Because Human
Growth Hormone is the “it” factor for staying young and it’s best to make your own then get it from a shot by working out at Scottsdale Golf Club.

Growth hormone (GH) is a small protein made by the pituitary gland and secreted into the bloodstream. GH is controlled by a complex set of hormones produced in the hypothalamus of the brain and in the intestinal tract and pancreas. Among its many biological effects, GH promotes an increase in muscle mass and a decrease in body fat. The pituitary puts out GH in bursts; levels rise following exercise at Scottsdale Golf Club and while you sleep, and it is these two aspects that you want to take advantage of and maximize.

As I mentioned, it’s not just any type of exercise that promotes GH. For example, long distance or endurance events do not promote GH and will actually break muscle down rather than build it up. Think of the difference in body types with elite marathoners vs. elite sprinters. Quite frankly, most elite marathoners (in my opinion) look worn out and emaciated. Elite sprinters, on the other hand, look strong with well defined muscles and low body fat. The key is doing intense anaerobic, fast twitch muscle training with very little rest in between sets at Country Club Scottsdale.

With resistance or weight exercises, you must perform compound movements. These are exercises that recruit a lot of muscles at once like push ups, pull ups, squats and dead lifts easily completed at Country Club Scottsdale fitness facility.  Interval sprinting is another form of anaerobic exercise that produces growth hormone. Whether you use the treadmill, recumbent bike at Country Club Scottsdale. or elliptical trainer — it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you do short, very intense sets of anaerobic exercise followed by a precise, minimal amount of recovery time at Country Club Scottsdale.  I’ve been in the field of anti-aging for many years now and I can
tell you there is always a split in how to obtain the "fountain of youth.” There is no simple answer.  Here at Scottsdale Golf Club we offer many ways to stay healthy and fit. Swimming at the Scottsdale Golf Club
pool, working out in the fitness room, eating healthy, and playing golf at Country Club Scottsdale.  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fitness for Golfers at Scottsdale Country Club

Golfers at  Scottsdale Country Club should Flip It!

I know one way for sure hose to turn a Scottsdale Country Club golfers world upside down. No, I’m not talking about a swing change. I’m talking about literally turning a Scottsdale Country Club golfers world upside down with an inversion table. Actually, I shouldn’t limit the suggestion to use an inversion table to only Scottsdale Country Club golfers. The benefits apply to anyone that has a spine and lives under gravity. Inversion tables are certainly popular on the PGA & LPGA tour, but all backs will benefit from this very simple but highly therapeutic activity.  Inversion therapy ahas been around for centuries with some historians tracing its roots all the way back to Hippocrates, so it is nothing new. When we think of inversion therapy, we tend to think of relief for back pain. Our spines take a daily hit because of gravity, and eventually as those days turn into years, that constant compression causes a loss of fluids between the discs which unfortunately results in lost height, as well as, spinal pain. And this loss in height isn’t only a long term measurement. You actually lose height between morning and night every day — as much as half an inch or more. It is in the eight hours that you lie on your back and sleep (when compression is reduced) that fluids partially replenish to the discs. Over time though, we lose about two inches in height in a lifetime because of this incomplete process.

Inversion therapy at  Scottsdale Golf Club is the great equalizer. When inverting the body as little as 60 degrees, gravity is offset and the spine decompresses, allowing fluid to return completely between the discs. Staying in this inverted position for as little as 3 to 20 minutes a day is all it takes at Scottsdale Golf Club. Other benefits include reduced nerve pressure, realignment of the spine, and relaxing tense muscles. Another important bonus of inversion therapy at Scottsdale Golf Club is flushing the lymphatic system. This can be accomplished by gently rocking back and forth on the inversion table.

Inversion is very relaxing at Scottsdale Golf Club and personally for me, is better than yoga. It’s simple, easy, and the table is conveniently in the home.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Monsoon Storm Our Body Needs for members at Scottsdale Country Club

We know about the seriousness of drought conditions at Scottsdale Country Club and the harm that can come from too little water for our land and Scottsdale Private Golf Courses . Likewise, we should know about the seriousness of drought conditions in our members at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses that can come from drinking too little water. We call that dehydration. Golfers in general at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses just don’t drink enough water. But the need to drink plenty of while golfing Scottsdale Private Golf Courses in Arizona’s hot and dry climate cannot be emphasized enough. It’s hot out here at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses (Did I say that already?)

Dehydration is no laughing matter at Scottsdale Country Club.. That’s because too many people use thirst as an indicator for when to drink water and how much. Thirst is not a good gauge for your need for water. In fact, if you are thirsty, you could be well on your way to being dehydrated. Symptoms of moderate to mild dehydration include a dry or sticky mouth, fatigue or lethargy, decreased urine output, dry skin, headache, constipation, and dizziness. Severe dehydration on the other hand is a very serious matter. This is a medical emergency that requires a 911 call and immediate care at a hospital or urgent care clinic. Symptoms include extreme thirst, irritability and confusion, very dry mouth, lack of sweating, little or no urination, sunken eyes, low blood pressure, rapid heart beat, fever, and in the worst cases, delirium or unconsciousness. The key to preventing dehydration while playing at Scottsdale Country Club is to drink plenty of water ahead of time. Be sure to drink water throughout the day while at Scottsdale Country Club, particularly before and during any kind of exercise or exertion at Scottsdale Country Club This is a very active community of golfers, tennis players, hikers, etc. So before you even begin your activity, you should load your body up with good quality water, preferably “electrolyte enhanced”. “Electrolyte” is another name for your body’s ions, those molecules which are electrically charged. They are used by your cells to create and carry voltages across cell membranes like a communication network. Many sports drinks have electrolytes in them, but as I wrote about last month, they are also laden with sugars and other not so healthy ingredients.

So if the pictures you see of our beloved state with dry and cracked land, barren of life because of drought disturb you, that’s nothing compared to what could happen to our bodies from drought. Drink up!