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