Thursday, November 16, 2017
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
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.