Friday, May 17, 2019

The Summer at Scottsdale Country Club

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At Scottsdale Country Club we are at the end of what I would call a very successful Winter season here at the Club, ready to head into our next season of fun where we fully launch our phase II enhancements.   Despite the many inconveniences that construction brought the Scottsdale Country Club, especially as it pertained to the amount of parking, everyone was able to enjoy another Season at the Ranch. May is primed to be yet another busy month at Scottsdale Country Club.   Scottsdale Country Club kick off the excitement at the Club as we will also enter into the final demo of our Phase II enhancements in the old fitness center and Ladies Lounge. While some of you may be leaving for the summer season, I can assure you that we will have plenty going on here at the Scottsdale Country Club  for those of you staying with us here in Scottsdale. For those that will be leaving the Scottsdale golf club for the summer, we will be sure to keep you updated as to the completion of construction, which we expect in the Clubhouse to be middle July. We will then start of the Private golf clubs in Scottsdale practice facility enhancements, which you have heard about from Dick Hyland, in June and taking us into the Fall for completion.   

As we enter our summer season you will continue to see full hours of operation at the Private golf clubs in Scottsdale"  , as we aim to keep those who will remain in the Scottsdale area dialed in. For instance, our ever popular Taco Tuesday will be moving back to the Pool and will remain there through the summer season.  The Ranch House will be brought online fully this summer and will be open for breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch Tuesday through Sunday and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. You will be hearing about these and more exciting events a Private golf clubs in Scottsdale during the coming weeks, but please know today that we are maintaining our hours of operation throughout May with the exception of closing on Mondays in order for the Maintenance team to work on the Scottsdale private golf courses after a busy winter of play. The continued extension of our operations at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale is poised to provide a tremendous amount of fun, family and friendliness so please make sure to see the coming communications from Cheri Farias.  

Please remember that as we open the new facilities at Scottsdale golf club and bring them fully operational, it is very important that everyone including your guests are aware of the updated rules and regulations which were put into place by the various Club committees and endorsed by your Board of Directors.  It is also important to know that your Club staff is fully aware of these updated rules and will be enforcing them accordingly in the coming weeks. We ask that if you encounter and issues with another member not conforming to our rules, please inform the staff rather than trying to do so yourself.  Your support and cooperation with this is greatly appreciated!

We hope you enjoy the new facilities and please let us know if you have any feedback for us!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Scottsdale golf club Spring Season

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As we get into our busy spring season here at Scottsdale golf club, I hope that the inclement weather that we experienced through the month of February is firmly behind us!  The next few months will be very exciting at Scottsdale golf club as we have a number of social events, tennis and golf tournaments and completion the fitness center and pool areas which are expected to open Easter weekend.  A few of the upcoming Scottsdale golf club events planned during the month include the second annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Social on the 2nd, the Taste of the Ranch on the 22nd, Ladies and Men’s Golf Club Championships, and then ending the month with the Premier Ladies Golf Event, The Desert Diamond Classic the 25th through the 28th.  These are only a few of the many exciting events during the month so please be sure to review the Club Calendar that is sent out with this newsletter.

Thank you to the many Scottsdale golf club members that voiced interest in serving your Club on the Finance, House, Tennis, Membership, Golf & Grounds and the newly formed Fitness & Wellness Committee.  We were once again able to put together a diverse group of Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  members, some serving the Club for the first time as well as many that have served over the years.  This year we again implemented a mandatory orientation for the new committee members so that we were could set forth the expectations for each committee member and outline the 2019 goals and objectives for each committee.  As many of you know, this is an important way for us to identify potential future Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  Board members.  The partnership that these committees have formed with the management team over the years is one of the main reasons for the success of the Club over the years. 

As we lead up to the Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  phase II enhancements you will be seeing a number of announcements through email, newsletter and Ranch Roundup regarding the new hours of operation for the new facilities and well as the rules and regulations regarding the same.  As a reminder, when we finish the Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  construction on the pool and fitness facilities, we will then move into the expansion of the lady’s locker room and the addition of a meeting room on the second floor, which will take the place of the current fitness center.  That portion of the project will take place through June, which will then take us to the south driving range enhancements this summer and finally the re-paving of our driveway and parking lot which was scheduled through our regular capital asset plan.  Please know that we appreciate your support through the home stretch and for those inconvenienced by a very busy parking lot during this winter season, we also appreciate your patience.

As you can see, there continue to be many great things happening here at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale.  The Club remains vibrant, with an engaged membership, a growing waitlist of those prospective members looking to join the Club and a team of staff members looking to continue moving the needle to ensure that Scottsdale Private Golf Courses continues to be seen as the preeminent Club in the Valley.  Please note that in the coming months as we work towards an update of our Scottsdale golf club Strategic Plan, you will be asked to complete an operational survey so that we can continue improving as a Club and tailoring our membership offerings to the needs of the membership. We are always looking to hear from our members and their experiences so that we can continue enhancing the level of member experience at your Club!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Scottsdale private golf course to open new Fitness and Performance Center

How excited are YOU for the grand opening of the  Scottsdale private golf course new fitness and performance center? Me too! As we forge forward with planning operations, we have a continuous goal to host fitness programming that offers something for everyone at Scottsdale private golf course
. Below, you will find a few, not all, with class description to come. The full-service menu and their descriptions will be posted to our website in early April, along with our first quarter fitness class schedule for Scottsdale private golf course.

Complimentary classes at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  

  • Daily Wellbeats® Fitness classes on demand via a 70-inch TV screen (Spin, Zumba, Barre, and many more)
  • Guided Meditations (M-Sat.)
  • Wellness Seminars
  • Weekly outdoor cycling rides during optimal months.
  • Weekly Facility Orientation.

Group Fitness at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  

  • Yoga (i.e. yoga basics, golf yoga, yoga flow, family yoga-all ages) 
  • Golf Stretch Improve your strength and flexibility of the muscles used most during golf. Done regularly, these specific exercises will improve your overall general fitness and significantly enhance your golf game. 
  • TRX Using webbing called a "suspension trainer" allows users to work against their own body weight. The field of suspension training is a form of resistance training that includes bodyweight exercises in which a variety of multi-planar, compound exercise movements can be performed for a total body sculpt!
  • Aqua Fitness A FUN water workout in the new Scottsdale private golf course pool, that offers less impact on your back, shoulders and knees. This session will incorporate stretching, core and strength training in the pool, using water for resistance and comfort.
*24-hour enrollment is rewarded. $5 per class with 24-hour pre-enrollment, with a $20 no show charge. $15 walk in rate available if space is available.

Specialized Performance Training at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  

SMPT (Stability & Mobility Performance Training) 
Affordable personal training for sports specific outcomes. These group classes offered at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale   are designed to help increase golf and tennis performance. Strength, flexibility, balance, rotary power, core stability, mobility, speed, posture and endurance is consistent with specific training, to maximize lifestyle health, game consistency and decrease risk of injury. SMPT is a customized, small group workout, led by a performance coach, Monday through Saturday. These classes will strategically utilize the fitness & performance facility, including outdoor space, weather permitting. You may attend as many weekly sessions offered with your monthly enrollment!  We ensure varying levels of fitness will be accommodated! Whether you want to train for golf performance, tennis performance, or lifestyle health and fitness, this specialized training class offers specific results, flexibility, affordability, accountability, and connection. 60 minutes.

  • Enrollment includes a comprehensive baseline, group physical screen
  • New program routines are designed around participants every 4-5 weeks for muscle adaptations
  • 1:8 (trainer: client)
  • Month to month enrollment 
  • Clients enroll for desired class dates, 7 days in advance of each week’s consistent schedule.

*$199/month (unlimited classes per month)

Junior’s SMPT certification—ages 12-15.
If your children under the age of 16, desires to use the new facility at Scottsdale Golf Club,  this program is a regulated solution. Junior Stability & Mobility Performance Training offers our youth the opportunity to learn how to strength and use cardio equipment respectfully, in a performance facility. Students will learn foundational movement patterns that prepare and enhance their youthful bodies for lifestyle or sports specific fitness & performance training. Students will learn how to load properly, execute perfect form, and cultivate body awareness. Principle movements will include but are not limited to squatting, deadlifting, pushing, pressing, pulling, and dragging. Additionally, they will learn proper gym etiquette. After they have completed the certification process, they are signed off to be able to work out in the Club fitness and performance facility without a private trainer during staffed hours, before the regulated minimum age of 16.  

Monday, February 25, 2019

Private golf clubs in Scottsdale Annual Meeting

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It is hard to believe that we are in the middle of the winter season at   the Scottsdale private golf course with the warm temperatures that we are seeing throughout the past few weeks.  As you can imagine, this only helps increase the level of member participation in all areas of the Scottsdale private golf course It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Club’s annual meeting last month. For those of you who couldn’t be there, I’d like to share the results of our recent election and to welcome this year’s Scottsdale private golf course Board of Directors. We have two new directors joining the board this year: Allan MacDonald and Jim Patterson who have all been elected to three-year terms.    For the coming year, your Club President will be Alan Sears who served as your Vice President this past year.  Alan is very familiar with the Club governance and is committed to the following goals in 2019:

-Given the strong recent results of the Scottsdale private golf course operation, keep “what works working” - cash flow in balance and membership full.  We don’t want to just protect values, we want to constantly enhance the member experience and opportunities.

-To successfully complete and open Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  , Phase II with required new processes and operations adjustments with excellence.

 -To review & update with full participation and feedback from every class of membership at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale    the current Strategic Plan. Discerning what you, your families, and the next generation of families and members desire and need through surveys and focus groups, etc. 

The remaining Scottsdale private golf course  Board assignments for 2019 are as follows:

  • Mr. John Roussel, Vice President/Treasurer – John will also serve as the Chair of the Finance Committee and Co-Chair of the Tennis Committee
  • Mrs. Priscilla Johnson, Secretary– Priscilla will serve as Chair of the Membership Committee
  • Mr. Ron Kruse – Ron will serve as the Immediate Past President and serve as Vice-Chair the Finance Committee
  • Mr. Joe Girardi- Joe will Chair the Golf & Grounds Committee
  • Mr. Bob Kline- Bob will Chair the House Committee
  • Mrs. Janet Pennewell- Janet will Chair the newly formed Fitness & Wellness Committee
  • Mr. Jim Patterson- Jim will serve as Vice Chair of the Membership Committee
  • Mr. Allan MacDonald- Alan will serve as Vice Chair of the Golf Committee and co-chair of the Tennis Committee

As I stated at the Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  Annual Meeting, I truly believe that we are in a solid position with an experienced leadership team, a strong financial position and an engaged and supportive membership which will continue to generate a buzz in the market as we aim to achieve even higher levels in 2019 and beyond.  The expected April opening of the Phase II enhancements is sure to be exciting and please stay tuned for the coming information regarding the programming in these areas as well as the updated rules and regulations for each amenity.  Please also keep in mind that the final stages of the project are the expansion of the Ladies Locker Room and the repaving of the parking lot, all of which is expected to be completed this summer.

I am pleased to announce that Private golf clubs in Scottsdale   Employee Scholarship Foundation has been formed as a 501(c)3 organization and its initial Board of Directors is made up of Buck Braund (President), Jerry Kleven (Vice President), Tim Pfeiffer (Secretary), Doug Ideker (Treasurer), Allison Highmark, Odell L’Heureux and Mike Thorell.  The Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  Foundation Scholarship will provide educational funding for full-time employees, and dependents of full-time employees children and grandchildren), of the Country Club at DC Ranch. Scholarship awards are for one year of undergraduate college, university or trade/vocational school education that leads to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or license or certificate.  We will begin fundraising efforts this spring for this exciting cause and due to how the organization was set up as a non-profit, contributions can be tax deductible.  If you should have any questions about this exciting new program please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the people above or myself for further information.   

We look forward to a busy next few months and know that you will enjoy all that our team has planned during this time.  The calendar is packed with a number of golf, tennis and social events for your enjoyment so please make it a point to be here as much as possible!

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 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  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.