Friday, February 22, 2019

Private golf clubs in Scottsdale enjoy Winter Golf


We had a fun Ladies Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  tournament that took place January 20th and was really well received so I need to share the details.

It was the brainchild of Randi Elliott and Judy Etterman, who assigned the Tournament name of The Desert Camp Cup.

Originally it would be an Intra club competition with other Private golf clubs in Scottsdale   thus a ten on ten with a Ryder Cup theme. It quickly grew to thirty and finally ended up with forty four players divided into two teams; the Scorpion's versus the Javelina's.

It started with a pairings party late on Saturday afternoon, which was attended by a vast majority of the contestants of Private golf clubs in Scottsdale. 

I explained it was all about fun and camaraderie at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale   and that the prize was a steak and lobster dinner for the winners and a bowl of Chile for the losers, nothing more!

The teams were drawn by myself and JT Hamamoto, followed by random pairings for the following Sunday’s afternoon competition.

Many of the ladies from Private golf clubs in Scottsdale   were playing with someone they had never played with before from a which was in keeping with the theme.

Once the Scottsdale golf club teams were established, they each huddled with chants you might hear at a high school basketball game, which was fun to listen to for a while.

Sunday arrived with each team sporting team colors to show their collective spirit and off they went, using a format which awarded one point for the front nine scramble win, one for the select drive play your own ball out on the back nine and a third point for the overall.

The eleven matches were played at a nice pace and as the scores were coming in, something was unfolding in a way we could never had planned for, which was that we might have a tie at the end of the Scottsdale golf club competition.

We had one match left to finish, and we figured out if the Scorpion team won all three points, in fact both Scottsdale golf club teams would be tied at 16 ½ half points, and sure enough they did!

A putt-off ensued, and the Scorpion players won with a very close putt within 6 inches.

They then retreated to the Scottsdale golf club wine room to have the Scorpions enjoy the surf and turf dinner while all the Javalina team could enjoy was a bowl of Chili.

Both teams continued the evening with pictures, new friends and knowing they won this major championship with nothing more to win than a dinner.

In all my years of conducting Scottsdale golf club tournaments, I have never heard of any players having as much fun as they had, so on we will go to next year. The next thing you know, the guys will want a similar competition, but the question is, can they have as much fun as the ladies did with but a dinner on the line?

We certainly hope they can, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Scottsdale Private Golf Courses will open its new Fitness and Performance center in April. There will be an emphasis on Golf Fitness, as physical and mental fitness have become a necessity for golfers, of any age, aspiring to optimize their golf game.

Can you discuss the importance of physical fitness for the golfer at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses? What about mental fitness?

JT:  Developing a golf athlete’s rotational power in one of the most important functions to improving their game. There is a lot that goes into being able to swing with power from a physical stability and mobility aspect. As random fitness provides random results, the opposite is also true. Specific, physical fitness provides specific, physical results. Creating speed and power in the gym has a specific recipe. Physical fitness is not just about burning calories and losing weight. To create strength, cardiovascular, flexibility, speed and power, periodizing workouts is key.

Danielle: We all know the importance of going to the gym to get physically fit, but what we do to get mentally fit matters more! This is true because the body follows the brain, not vice versa. Mindfulness practices are worth investing your time, energy, and resources into. Take your mind to the gym, whether it be a home meditation cushion, writing self-inquiries in a journal, cognitive behavioral therapy, or enrolling in yoga classes that practice conscious breathing along with structural lengthening postures. There are numerous ways to connect, and that is what we are doing for our Members here at The Country Club at DC Ranch.

How does the Scottsdale Private Golf Courses aim to offer Fitness for Golfers?

Danielle: Scottsdale Private Golf Courses aims to offer fitness for golfers with scientifically backed methods of exercises that are specific to golf athletes. Our fitness & performance professionals, along with our golf pro’s, want to improve drive, accuracy, and overall wellness and golf game. In the gym, we are set to offer small group classes that focus on golf specific exercises designed to help increase strength, flexibility, balance, rotary power, core stability, mobility, posture and endurance! We strive to create a golf fitness culture that is consistent with specific training, to maximize game consistency and decrease the risk of injury.

What will set the golf facilities and amenities at The Country Club at DC Ranch apart from other clubs?

JT: We have a lot of plans for Scottsdale Golf Club .  We plan to renovate the practice facility entirely.  This includes increase tee space, enhancing the short game and putting green areas as well as plans for a player development center.  We will add more greens and redesign our practice areas with our performance center in mind. In our Performance Studio we plan to utilize cameras to video players’ swings, Trackman and other technologies to create the most advanced tech center in the area.  We are working hard to develop programs that work well with the new fitness facility and all that it has to offer our golfers

Danielle: As a strength coach, I believe that a variety of equipment brands at our facility creates versatility for the majority, however, my choice of Keiser fitness equipment is my crown jewel. We are the first Country Club in Scottsdale to bring Keiser’s functional trainers, and other Keiser pieces to the private Club setting. What is unique about Keiser is that they use air technology instead of iron to engage the muscles, connective tissue, and joints. This allows for workout regimes necessary for sports specific training, like golf speed and power, to safely improve physical performance in ways not seen with traditional strength training methods.




What are you  most excited about for the Scottsdale Golf Club new fitness facility?  

JT: While the golf renovations at Scottsdale Golf Club are essential to getting our club to the forefront of clubs in the area, I think by having the fitness and sports training aspect that we can tie in to golf and tennis instruction is essential.  The goal is to create better players by improving their movement; and it takes team work.

What sets our Fitness Golf Program apart from other Scottsdale Golf Clubs in the Valley?

Danielle: Our amazing Scottsdale Golf Club Team!  Our team truly loves to work together! We pride ourselves on group minded action plans to get the job done. It takes the Strength Coach, Sports Dietitian, Golf Professional, and other health experts here at our Club to shift the results. Leaning into one another as a group mind, truly gives the member an advantage to facilitate change where desired.




To Learn more about becoming a member at The Country Club at DC Ranch please contact Melanie Halpert, The Club’s Director of Membership and Marketing at info@ccdcranch.com or 480-342-7246


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale get ready for 2019

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I am truly excited for what the New Year has to bring to the Scottsdale golf club. 2019 will mark the completion of the Scottsdale golf club phase II enhancements that everyone is closely watching in person and online.  On that front, construction continues to trend on time and on budget with the pool in the process of being excavated.   I would expect the construction with the pool itself to take roughly 4 weeks, meaning we will begin on the surrounding pool deck in early February.  For those interested in tracking the progress, take a look at the live streaming camera which shows considerable changes on a daily basis.  This webcam can be found on the private side of our Scottsdale golf club website at www.ccdcranch.com.  In Club operations news, mid January marks the start to our busiest time of the year with a number of fun events for your enjoyment planned.  .  Each Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale equity golf member will receive ballots to vote for the open positions for the Board at the beginning of the month.  These ballots are due back to the Club or sent via mail on or before January 21st. The results of the vote for the two open Board positions will be announced at the Scottsdale golf club Annual Meeting. 

My monthly reminder, as we enter a very busy new year at Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale, please remember to make a dining reservation, especially during our dinner service.  As you have read in previous newsletters, making a reservation greatly enhances the level of service that we are able to provide, which we believe is paramount to a successful Club experience.  This will also be true once we open The Ranch House as part of the phase II enhancements in late April.  There are a number of ways that you can make reservations at Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale; from Open Table on your smartphones and computers to calling the Concierge or Dining Hosts to make reservations.  We will continue to closely manage the reservation process at the Club which will only help you and your fellow members in having a great dining experience.

Lastly, on behalf of the Scottsdale golf club staff, please accept my sincere thanks and gratitude for your generous contributions to the annual Employee Appreciation Fund.  As a result, your total contribution to the fund was nearly $200,000 with 99% of Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale Country Club Members participating!  As you likely already know, every employee of the Club (with the exception of myself) receives a portion of this fund – calculated by dividing the total amount of funds available, after taxes, by the total number of months collectively served by the Club’s employees. The support from the Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale membership to our staff is so wonderful to see and I thank you for that!  Please trust me when I say that your giving made a huge difference to many of our employees during this holiday season.  The buzz in and around DC Ranch continues to be very positive with so many engaged and friendly members and staff and for that I am very grateful.