Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Holiday Greetings from your Golf Course Maintenance team at Country Clubs in Phoenix

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already December considering the above-average temperatures that we have been experiencing at Country Clubs in Phoenix  The overseeded turf grass is responding well as expected with higher water usage over the last couple of months compared to the last 2 years due to unseasonably warmer weather and no rainfall.  As I sit here writing this today, we are approaching 9 months without any measurable rainfall in Scottsdale. The wall-to-wall overseed is being received well by the Country Clubs in Phoenix membership. The non-overseeded Tif-Eagle greens are still growing and holding up to the abundant amount of rounds played. As we move into the 3 coldest months of the year, it is a very critical time that we are taking all precautions to preserve the density and consistency, and overall health of our greens.  In the event that there is frost, we have put protocols in place to minimize any risk of turf damage at the  Scottsdale golf courses 

This month we will also be doing our follow-up pre-emergent application for the control of Poa Annua in all turf areas on the Scottsdale golf courses  This will be the third year of doing these applications in which we have seen significant progress with the elimination of this nuisance weed. 

We hope you enjoy your holiday season and do want to offer these reminders for continued enjoyable and playable course conditions:

Please repair ballmarks.

Please enter and exit at low areas of bunkers.

Please fill divots on the course with sand and seed.

Please drive on fairways instead of rough.

Please keep pushcarts in designated areas.

Thank you for all your help and see you on the golf course in Scottsdale!

Monday, December 7, 2020

Scottsdale golf courses Prepare for Winter Season

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We are off and running as we head into the Winter albeit much differently than we have in year’s past. It is hard to believe we are entering the final part of  2020 here at
Scottsdale golf courses but it is so great to see all that is going on here at the Ranch despite our operations being modified. On opening weekend we were able to have over 500 players enjoy the freshly over seeded golf course and despite the fact that our opening looked a bit different than in year’s past I would call our opening week a success with all of the golf, tennis, fitness and dining offerings receiving great feedback and support. During the weekend, Chef Lenny and his team rolled out new lunch and dinner menus at the main Clubhouse and Ranch House Cantina 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 as our management team has worked long and hard over the past few months to further enhance the member experience at Scottsdale golf courses.

As we sent to the membership this past week I wanted to share a few of our COVID-19 precautions so that everyone clearly understands our approach as we aim to keep everyone as safe as possible at Scottsdale golf courses this coming winter season. As with our approach throughout this pandemic, we have followed the guidelines from the CDC and the Arizona Department of Health Services. It is our goal to remain open in a safe manner for you and our employees this season and we will need your help throughout the coming months to do so. 

As a reminder, we expect members to wear their masks when entering the Clubhouse at ALL times as well as when you cannot maintain proper social distancing, which is for the benefit of you, your fellow members, and our team. Please do not take offense when asked to put on your mask by a team member, as they are instructed to help us all remember when and where you will need to wear a mask. We just ask that everyone be respectful of these guidelines so that our members, staff, and guests feel as comfortable as possible here at the country clubs in Phoenix. The  Golf course in Scottsdale will continue doing our part with staff wearing masks as well as the continued additional sanitation practices that are taking place in all areas of the Club for everyone’s benefit. It is because of these practices that the country clubs in Phoenix remains open in all areas with the 50% max occupancy in the Clubhouse and up to 25% occupancy in the fitness center, which are both in place per the Arizona Department of Health Services. As mentioned previously, we were able to enhance our outdoor spaces this summer which have been in high demand these past few months and will continue to be through the winter which gives us much more seating capacity. In order to properly manage traffic through the Clubhouse, we ask that you make reservations so that we can avoid not being able to take care of you and your guests. It is important that if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or just are not feeling well that you stay away from the crowd.

We recently met with the Board of Directors at the Golf course in Scottsdale and one of the topics which drew a fair amount of discussion was the amount of golf rounds being played.  The focus of the conversation was the continuation of an increased level of activity on both the course and practice facility and how we will be able to manage this from both a player and agronomic standpoint moving forward.

 I can first share with you that all the respected Golf course in Scottsdale in the valley are experiencing the same amount of rounds by numbers as we are to date, and we all expect this trend to continue through this season.  Many players have more time to play and are enjoying it on the golf course as golfing is seen as a safe way to pass time despite the ongoing COVID pandemic.  For example, we forecasted in the month of November we would play 3600 rounds and when the final play counts are tabulated, we will be closer to 4600.  We know your preferred tee time might be difficult to get, but rest assured we are doing our best to get players out as best we can.  We recently went back to a double tee start on the Golf course in Scottsdale  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for multiple reasons, many prefer a morning time year-round and it enables us to get the maximum 18 hole rounds played when we have limited daylight at the end of the day.

Saturday, October 31, 2020


 We are thankful to update you with increasingly good news at Scottsdale private golf courses which we all need in this challenging season.

It has been great to see so many of you enjoying your Club despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Scottsdale private golf courses have focused on being your safe haven during these past few months and the team has worked diligently to stay healthy, stay open, and stay ahead on the ever-changing regulations in our many outlets.
Fortunately, with the recent reopening of the fitness center at Scottsdale private golf courses we now have all amenities back online.  With the approaching fall/winter season we need to make sure that everyone adheres to the rules as outlined by the management team - unanimously supported by the Board - so that we can remain open without undue restrictions or unnecessary closings throughout the season.  None of us enjoy many of these restrictions but they are non-negotiables to continuing operation.  
While the coming winter season will look different at Scottsdale Golf Club than it has in year's past, your Team at the Club is working very hard to make the golf course conditions superb, add additional and upgraded outdoor dining space, and to implement new offerings and services for you and your fellow members so that you can remain engaged at and truly enjoy at the private golf clubs in Scottsdale.

The recent Monsoon Tournament at Scottsdale Golf Club demonstrated how efficient the Team can be and how much fun we can all have despite the safety requirements.  The Team under Kyle and Dick's leadership performed like the well-oiled machine we have so enjoyed and appreciate over the years. The 42 teams of golfers had a great time. Social distancing, masks, plastic cart dividers and so much more were there for safety and not perceived as an impediment to enjoyment. And enjoy the day everyone did. The courtyard food and drink offerings before, after, and on all 18 holes served by enthusiastic Team members were over the top and the course conditions were great. And in addition, there was Heidi's boutique offering of sports clothing accompanied by bubbly and the now/new normal other functions and usage across the Club from full tennis courts, Zigi's gasoline offering, food, gym, to pool fun and more. The day ended with a sell-out Saturday night dinner crowd - spread across all dining spaces indoors and out - with a definite vibrant "buzz."

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale Have Opening Day

Please be reminded that you may book a tee time for Opening Day Golf at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale tomorrow morning.  

Tee times at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale will be off the 1st and 10th tee starting at 7:30 AM – 9:20 AM for the morning wave and again at 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM for the afternoon wave.  Please keep in mind that the golf course is going to be very full and the pace of play is going to be very important for our ability to turn and start on time and also for everyone’s enjoyment. 

Opening Day Golf at Scottsdale Golf Club will include a Two Person Better Ball Game, prizes, food and drinks on the golf course.  The cost for this event will be $40/Person to your account.

Tee times for the rest of the weekend will start at 7:30 AM off of the First tee only.

Opening Week Events Overview at Scottsdale Golf Club

North Driving Range and Short Game Area Open:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Junior Golf Orientation: 4:00 PM at the Ranch House Cantina


North Driving Range and Short Game Area Open:  8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Horseshoe Short Course Opens at:  2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Fitness at Scottsdale Golf Club

  • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM: Field Games on the South Range Tee ($20)
  • 7:30 AM - 7:45 AM: Field Games Podium Prizes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: TAQUATA at the pool ($20) *includes 1 mimosa after class
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch n Learn “Lift Busters” Debunking the top 5 fitness myths that claim they work, but are scientifically a waste of your time and resources. At The Ranch House *includes healthy lunch ($40)
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Aquaholics at the pool ($20) *includes 1 adult libation after class.



North Driving Range and Short Game Area Open:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


6:00 AM - 6:25 AM: Yoga+ Beats® sitting meditation on the fitness lawn (complimentary)

6:30 AM - 7:45 AM: Yoga+ Beats® Vinyasa Flow on the fitness lawn ($35) *Bloody Mary’s & Mimosa drink specials to follow class.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: SUP Yoga at the pool *limited to 10ppl & 1 class per day ($35)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch n Learn. “Benefits of Juicing, Tonics, and Chocolate!” at The Ranch House ($30) includes delicious samples!

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: SUP Yoga at the pool *limited to 10ppl & 1 class per day ($35)

6:30 AM - 7:00 PM: Yoga+ Beats® sitting meditation on the fitness lawn (complimentary)

7:00 PM - 8:15PM: Yoga+ Beats® Slow Flow on the fitness lawn ($35). *Beer & Wine drink specials to follow class

renity of the classic art of Yoga with the on-water fluidity of Stand-Up Paddleboard. Boards will be anchored in the pool. $35/member, $50/guest. 


Opening Day Golf: 7:30 Tee Times (1st and 10th)


Golf: Tee Times starting at 7:30 AM (1st Tee Only)


Golf: Tee Times starting at 7:30 AM (1st Tee Only)

The Horseshoe Short Course: 2:00 PM Tee Times

Driving Range Closes at 1:45 PM for The Horseshoe.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Three Shot Hole at Scottsdale private golf courses

If you have a tendency to make the occasional big number on a Par 5, it is a good idea to come into the hole with a different strategy.  Think of the hole in 3 shots, working from the green backwards.  Before hitting your tee shot at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale think of where you want to hit your third shot from.  What is your most comfortable yardage? 75 yards, 100 yards, 120 yards???  Your goal should be to hit your third shot from a very comfortable yardage.   

After deciding where you want the third shot to be hit from, you now think of how to get there.  For example, if you are playing a 500-yard par 5 and you want to be 100 yards for your third shot, all you need is 400 yards out of your first 2 shots.  That can be broken down in a number of ways (250-150, 225-175, 200-200).  This doesn’t necessarily mean that you will always need to hit driver off the tee at Scottsdale golf club.  Try this strategy and you should be able to hit the green in regulation more often and give yourself more birdie looks and eliminate the big numbers.

Tip #3 Picking the Right Club (Layup and Approach Shot)

Knowing how far you hit your clubs at Scottsdale private golf courses (carry and total distance) is key for both laying up on a Par 5 and also for hitting your approach shot.  It is important when laying up that you LAYUP.  If you can’t reach the green on your second shot, it is better to lay up to a comfortable yardage than it is to leave yourself with a 40-70 yard pitch shot.  It is also important to avoid laying up into trouble.  Make sure that you pick a club that can’t reach certain fairway bunker or hazards to ensure an easier approach shot.  

When hitting your approach shot into the green at Scottsdale private golf courses it is important to hit a club that will carry the correct yardage to land on the green.  With a majority of the greens at DC Ranch being surrounded by bunkers, it is important to play a club that will take the bunkers short of the green out of play.  Learning your carry and total yardages with each club will allow you to hit more greens in regulation on Par 5’s and give you more birdie opportunities and easier pars at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fall overseeding at Scottsdale Golf Club


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It is amazing how fast time flies here at the Scottsdale Golf Club. I truly cannot believe that we are entering our fall overseeding of the golf course at the end of the month.  Thankfully we are back to where all areas of the Club are reopened, albeit with limited capacity in the Clubhouse and the Fitness Center.  The Club has been fortunate to weather this difficult year and I am thankful to my team that they have all worked together to keep the membership and each other engaged.  Without them, none of this is at all possible.  As we move forward, we need all Scottsdale private golf courses in compliance with the guidelines that the Club is following as they are required by the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services.  We will continue to communicate these to you but our biggest need is to have you wearing a mask when in the clubhouses with the exception of when you are SEATED.  All other times we require you wear them for the safety of our members and staff.  Not wearing masks in these areas will not be allowed until further notice so thank you in advance for your continued cooperation.

As we lead up to our Winter at Scottsdale Golf Club, we will be making some minor improvements to the s side of the main Clubhouse where we will be enhancing the outdoor dining spaces which include the south patio and fire pit area along with the addition of permanent heaters and misters.  Those projects are expected to start this week and are expected to be completed by opening the weekend following the overseeding closure.   There will be minimal disruption in that area but it may be a bit of an eyesore for a few days.  As a reminder Scottsdale private golf courses
will remain open during overseeding despite the closure to the course and driving range.
In Club Governance news, following the successful vote to update the Club Bylaws, the Board and Management are working to put those significant changes, namely the introduction of the Capital Dues program, into practice for the coming fiscal year which begins October 1.  For those interested in finding the new Bylaws, they can be found on the member side of the Club Website under the Club Info section.  As we get through the rest of the summer, the Club Committees are in the process of making some minor updates to the Rules and Regulations as well.   

There has been a buzz around private golf clubs in Scottsdale in recent weeks as more members and guests have been enjoying the Club and we look forward to keeping that going through the coming months.  With that being said we all know that many of the experiences that you have come to enjoy at the Club over the years will need to be re-imagined to keep everyone safe.  We look forward to having you experience the Club in this new manner as we view this as a tremendous opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Country Club at DC Ranch Experience!  Wherever you may be, enjoy the ‘rest’ of your summer….and know that the entire staff is very much looking forward to seeing you all back on the Ranch soon!

Monday, August 31, 2020

MY HANDICAP DOESN’T TRAVEL from Scottsdale Golf Club

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We were in a meeting with a few USGA officials last week regarding Scottsdale Golf Club

and slope ratings as compared to other clubs around the valley.

We relayed to them the comment from many members who, on the rare occasion play away from the club; lose bets and say their HANDICAP DOESN’T TRAVEL.

These USGA rules and handicap officials quickly responded “Your handicap doesn’t travel because YOU don’t travel.”

They said when you finally play an away course, where you don’t have the familiarity you do at home, you SHOULD expect on most away rounds, you will shoot 3-5 strokes higher than at your private golf clubs in Scottsdale home course. It sounds to me like you might want to get in some away games in the near future!

HOT AND HUMID at Scottsdale private golf courses

The hot and humid weather at  Scottsdale private golf courses is here to stay for the next 4 months at least but the good news is the Bermuda grass thrives with the heat and humidity.

You will see all fairways, greens, rough and tees fill in and get more density as the months go by which will make for better playing surfaces, and position us for a better overseed from September 28th through October 22nd and we will reopen on the 23rd.

Specifically, #13 green at Scottsdale Golf Club is getting healthier by the day and the newly resodded green surrounds are knitting together nicely.

The north chipping green was re-sprigged 12 days ago and is filling in after being enlarged by 900 SF.

The Scottsdale Golf Club HORSESHOE course was re-sprigged with 328 Bermuda grass and is getting great traction with the greens maturing after one year of growth.

Our goal in the next few months is to build a nice sized Tif Eagle Bermuda grass nursery on the northwest side of the practice tees for use on the golf course as necessary in the future.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

I realize what we are experiencing with this Pandemic; no one alive has been through this.

Scottsdale Golf Club is doing what we can to follow the protocols, policies, and procedures as defined by the CDC and medical experts so that we can keep the club open with as many amenities as possible.

We have mentioned in many of the videos to date that not only has our club played more golfers than ever before since March 15th, but also more than the surrounding Scottsdale private golf courses in the valley as well.

Scottsdale Golf Club almost 5000 rounds ahead of our forecast since October, which no one could have predicted.

I took my best guess when asked about next year’s play starting after we return from overseed, and I have every belief we will not play as many rounds as this year.

We still need to adhere to the most critical directives since this pandemic started, which are Social Distancing, washing your hands repeatedly, and wearing a mask whether you like it or not. We hope that there will be a vaccine found and our fears will perhaps turn into hope for the future.

Scottsdale private golf courses will keep everyone apprised when directives change but know we will error on the side of caution along the way.

Scottsdale private golf courses is pleased to offer as many single rider carts since our play is not as active as it was many months ago, but when we reopen after overseeding, we won’t have enough carts for everyone to have their own.

We will however have clear vinyl separators between the driver of the cart and any passenger, whether they are family or not.

Scottsdale Golf Club will continue to check on shotgun starts, but for the upcoming season we will be using a first tee start so we can help maintain the social distancing between golfers as best we can.

We are closely monitoring our tournament schedules as well, with the primary strategy being safety, which is our number one priority for all members and staff.

We have had an immense amount of support from you all as you have expressed that we should do whatever we can to stay open. I am pleased to report we have not closed golf at all and with your cooperation, we will continue to offer golf each day.

We thank you for your cooperation through this time and hope to have your continued support and understanding.

Monday, August 10, 2020

PLAY THE CORRECT TEES at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale

As I was checking on play this morning, I was asked a question that I am frequently asked, which was “How many players are playing from the correct tees at Scottsdale golf club ” My answer has been the same for many years; not enough. Here is my thinking:

The game is a sport where we challenge ourselves on each and every shot and hope that our score reflects our timeless hours of practice and preparation.

Many others play the game only for the social aspect and fun at Scottsdale golf club.

I believe you can accomplish both if you play from the correct tees that fit your skill, meaning, how many greens can you REACH in regulation, not how many you HIT in regulation, as that is a different question.

Too many players at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale play from tees too far back and their chances of reaching and hitting greens is very small.

I would encourage you to track a few of your rounds and count the number of greens you had birdie chances on and if the number is consistently low, you might consider moving up a tee and this will enable you to have more fun as well at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale.

This is a true story about when I was competing years ago and playing my best. When I would go out to play with amateurs or members, they would expect I would want to play “From the Backs” (as they would call them). Little did they know even at my level, that wasn’t always as much fun as they would expect.

I made them an agreement that we would start one tee forward and when they started to make too many birdies, we would move back a tee. To date, many years later, we have never moved back one time!

A great way to get your confidence up at Scottsdale private golf courses is to play for fun from a more forward tee and see how many greens you can hit in regulation and thus, how many birdie opportunities you can have in a given round.

Wouldn’t it be fun to go home and tell your family you just shot your best round ever?

Lastly, remember, golf is a game of a lifetime, but it shouldn’t take you a lifetime to play it!

A fast player keeps good friends!!

Monday, July 27, 2020

Scottsdale Golf Club is all about its Members

This former cattle ranch in the Valley of the Sun is proving country clubs can flourish by offering amenities, programming, and service that appeal to all generations Scottsdale Golf Club opened in the late 1990s on a knoll near the McDowell Mountains, The Country Club at DC Ranch, in Scottsdale, Ariz., sits on land that a century ago was part of a working cattle ranch. At its peak, DC Ranch stretched for 43,000 acres and employed cowboys tending to 4,000 head of cattle. Today, it still has a rustic look and feel, captured primarily in the Club’s heralded, 45,000-square-foot Ranch Hacienda Clubhouse, which lends a welcome sense of history to a modern city like Scottsdale. Key to its success, the Club focuses on both the current and future generations. “We are a club who cares,” says Melanie Halpert, Director of Membership and Marketing. “People are looking for the whole package in their country club. They are truly looking for a connection. Our team, along with the members who join, make that possible.” The longevity of the staff speaks volumes about the commitment to keeping members happy and engaged. Though the Scottsdale Golf Club is barely two decades old, many of the staff have been on board for nearly the entire run. Continual improvements and renovations keep the facilities fresh and attuned to the desires of members. Open year-round,  Scottsdale private golf courses offers a full summer camp for kids and an extensive calendar of social events and activities for adults. To encourage participation from all ages, the Club closes its driving range two afternoons a week and transforms it into a nine-hole, par 3 course. It’s been a huge hit, a fun (and fast) golf experience allowing golfers of every skill level to share in the pure joy of the game. There is serious golf to be played here, too. Redesigned by Tom Lehman and John Fought in 2002, the 18-hole course offers memorable views of the Valley of the Sun and climbs dramatically into the mountains on the back nine. Challenge is found in the course’s length, deep bunkers, and subtly breaking greens. There are 400 golf members, but because the club is a diverse mix of retired and working members, it is always easy to get a tee time. Scottsdale private golf courses have come a long way. Without forgoing its rich history it has successfully forged a fresh way to keep country club life fun and engaging

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Private golf clubs in Scottsdale created a full calendar of social distancing events to keep members engaged and active. “We don’t get mulligans in life, so no rules can be broken, no matter who it might be,” said Dick Hyland, Scottsdale Golf Club Director of Golf. While DC Ranch’s Scottsdale private golf courses continued to stay busy, the kitchen and food-and-beverage department organized to-go parties, online cooking classes, coffee pick-up in the valet area, grocery service, homemade hand sanitizer, and holiday take-home parties. The popular “Quaratin-O” curbside drive-through pick-up parade party involved several stations where members stayed in their cars and picked up drinks, desserts, and food, all while live music played in the background. Youth programming was essential as well. The youth department Scottsdale Golf Club at created cooking contests, Zoom craft parties, virtual workouts and pick-up art projects to keep kids busy. The Private golf clubs in Scottsdale Fitness and Wellness department, started zoom classes, online seminars, and do-it-yourself home spa tutorials, while social activities continued with online Happy Hours, book clubs, flower-arranging classes, and online art lessons.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Private golf clubs in Scottsdale get Practice Park renovation

The entire 11 acres at Private golf clubs in  Scottsdale was scraped to the dirt in June of 2019 and re sprigged with Tif eagle Bermuda on the greens, and all other turf is 328 Bermuda which is a better practicing surface then the 419 variety we removed. The boundaries of the park were enlarged to approximately 14 acres which enabled us to get many of the perimeter Horseshoe holes built.

An 8500 SF putting green was built adjacent to the two greenside bunker/ short game areas on the southwest side of the park.

The practice tees on both the north end and 2/3 of the south tee were enlarged and re –sprigged late in the process and do not have as strong a Bermuda base as we will get with this entire Bermuda growing season in front of us. The dew point will climb as well as the humidity kicks in over the next few months, necessities for Bermuda growth.

A little steady rain during Monsoon season would help starting in late June.

WHAT ARE WE SEEING NOW at Scottsdale private golf courses?
The cool season rye grass is saying I can’t take the heat and I am going away and let the Bermuda take my place until October.

This is what we see all over, some turf areas are a brown color, and some places will fill in with Bermuda sooner than others, as we chemically sprayed out the rye to get rid of it a few weeks ago.

Many of you have not seen this process take place as you have not been here this time of year, but as this is a necessary evil each summer as overseeding is in the fall.

Please know the conditions will get better as the weeks go by.

LOCKER ROOM SERVICE RESUMES JUNE 2ND at Scottsdale private golf courses

The ladies’ and men’s locker room services will resume starting Tuesday June 2nd.

We ask that you bring shoes in to the respective locker room  managers one pair at a time, so Todd and Denise can get everyone one  clean pair of shoes before a few get multiple pairs.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

The showers are available but the steam room is not until further notice.


The clubhouse, golf course, Horseshoe, practice areas, bag room and locker rooms will be closed on Monday’s through overseeding and for priority agronomy projects. Aerification week is June 8th through the 12th and the golf course will be closed for a much needed rest after the demanding season.

For those who enjoy numbers, the months of March, April and May accounted for 13,800 rounds against a forecast of 10,500 rounds, oh my!

There was more practicing done off the new practice tees than ever before with some days having as many as 260 people hit balls.

Please keep in mind the proper way to practice is to create a line of divots in front of the last ball you hit.

Please avoid spreading out your divots in your stations as it does not permit others to enjoy good turf to practice from.

Let us know if you need a demonstration.

Lastly, should you need to communicate with us, please contact us in the golf shop at (480) 342-7210.

You are all to be thanked for your cooperation thus far, and into the future.

As for those of you who enjoy the spoken word, please stay tuned.

Stay safe and stay healthy!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Private golf clubs in Scottsdale is committed to providing a safe and fun environment so that everyone can enjoy the tennis and pickleball courts as we navigate through these difficult times.

Private golf clubs in Scottsdale Water Bottle Policy:

  • In order to improve our carbon footprint and reduce waste, the tennis facility will begin to phase out water bottles.
  • We have installed a new water bottle refill station at the ramada with refrigerated water so we now have two places to fill water bottles with ice and water also available in the breezeway.
  • Private golf clubs in Scottsdale  Members are encouraged to start bringing their own water bottles to the courts beginning this weekend and refill at one of our two stations.
  • We will continue to provide water bottles in the refrigerator through the end of June but at that time they will be removed. We will keep a limited supply in the tennis shop in the month of July.
  • We sell water bottles in the tennis shop and they are also available in other areas of the club. We will be receiving some new inventory for the fall as well to have a wider choice in both price and items.
  • Fall league captains will need to add the new water policy to their communication with opponents.
  • Members please encourage your guests to bring a water bottle or jug to the courts.
  • Thank you for helping us reduce waste at the club and attacking the plastic crisis that is going on globally!

Scottsdale golf club  Tennis Facility Update As It Relates To Safety:

  • Guest policy is extended through next week. Immediate family guests will continue to be welcome at the club but outside guests will not be allowed until June 28. We look forward to seeing your guest at that time.
  • Please check in for your court time when you arrive.
  • After play we are continuing to ask that members exit the facility immediately in order to practice safe social distancing.
  • Please stay home if you feel sick and practice safe social distancing when at the facility including no handshakes, high fives, etc. 
  • Please wash your hands when you finish playing.
  • Tennis shop hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to Noon and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to noon. Closed on Mondays.
  • We are extending the policy of not allowing members to touch tennis balls in clinics through June 19. Private lessons will be allowed but only if the member and/or professional is comfortable with it.
  • Towel service will continue.
  • Ball machine is available during tennis shop hours only. Please reserve on Foretees. For the second member please type in machine, ball and it will show up on the court sheet.
  • We are limiting the tennis shop to four members at a time.
  • Demo rackets will only be available during tennis shop hours and must be returned for cleaning after use.
  • Only staff members are allowed to use the tennis ball carts through the end of the summer.
  • Tennis and pickleballs are available for sale in the tennis shop. We also have pickleball paddles for sale at various prices.
  • Tennis and pickleball events will be put on hold through the end of July at  Scottsdale golf club This does not include clinics and camps.

Thank you Scottsdale golf club members for your participation in the tennis and pickleball program. We hope to see you soon!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Scottsdale Golf Club Member Update

As we continue to navigate through these challenging times, each day brings new encounters. 

Because the Corona virus situation is so fluid, Scottsdale Golf Club meets regularly to analyze the current situation and study potential scenarios as we move forward.  It is hard to imagine that we are already over a month into our modified operation as a private golf clubs in Scottsdale.  It seems that on a daily basis our great team continues to reinvent themselves with the many needed offerings and services for the membership which has been tremendous to see. Who knew how to make hand sanitizer with grain alcohol, how paella is cooked, or the details of converting from rye to Bermuda grass and so much more? Who knew we could provide curbside service at such a level – with lots of smiles – and that we could even save you a trip to the gas pump – or that golf carts could be sanitized several times a day??

The support of the membership with these services has been tremendous which speaks to the resiliency of our Club community.  We can assure you that we will continue offering these services through the closure of our clubhouses and we fully expect that many of these additions will become a part of our long term future as a Club.  As many of you have read, with the three-phase “Open up America Again” plan issued from the White House Task Force we fully expect, if and when, the time is right to open up more of our operation, we will do this in stages as we can become more functional.  We can assure you that we will communicate to you our developing plans as relevant, when the time is right to do so, in order for you to fully understand what to expect.

It will be very important that as we further open Scottsdale Golf Club in the coming weeks that everyone understands the importance of conforming to the guidelines as set forth by the governing authorities and the Club as we cannot put our membership and staff at unnecessary safety risks.   

It is important to remember that the strong financial performance at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses and assembling such a fabulous Team of employees of the Club over the last several years was hard-earned and has put us in a position to weather this crisis.  We want to maintain the responsible and effective stewardship of the Club and will always act with prudence as it relates to Club finances and care for our Team.

Speaking of our team, much gratitude and many thanks should be extended to the over 140 of our generous members who have contributed to the Employee Assistance Fund thus far, which has generated almost $100k which is significantly helping to offset our continued payment and retention of the staff.  We can assure you that your generosity is noted and that every employee joins in profusely thanking you for your ongoing support.  Our goal is to be able to continue to support our tremendous team through this tough time and thankfully, because of you, prudent planning, and lots of hard, hard work we remain on track to do just that.

As you know we have put a number of rules and regulations throughout the private golf clubs in Scottsdale and we need to continue adhering to these on a daily basis to ensure we are able to continue to provide an outlet for our members to navigate through these times.  We know it gets wearisome to maintain “social distances” and how much we miss hugging and shaking hands but must continue to persevere. It is important that each of you continue to support us on that front until the time comes that we can further welcome you back to your home away from home.

We hope you and your family are staying safe and doing well.  Your support and understanding of Scottsdale Private Golf Courses  is greatly appreciated during these difficult times.  We remain committed to making decisions that put the health and safety of members and employees first, as well as protecting the Club’s tremendous assets. We know the best days for The Country Club at DC Ranch are before us.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale Adapt to New Rules with Covid-19

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Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale are of the belief that Governor Ducey will be giving us a message within the next week regarding his plans for the future of in our case, Scottsdale Private Golf Courses

The social distancing parameters are still in place at  Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale and we are not changing any of the rules that we have set forth thus far.  We are still expected to remain a minimum of 6 feet apart at all times.  This includes carts being parked and range stalls being set.  We realize that the double tee start might make this difficult but please know this is just a test of our operation and how we can improve for the enjoyment of the membership at Scottsdale golf club.

This has many goals to achieve.
1 - The weather is headed toward the balmy 100 degrees and it gives us the best chance for more 18 hole rounds to be completed before it gets too hot.
2 - Most of our  Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale players especially in the summer months (which we deem as May through September), prefer to play in the morning and a double tee start allows us to offer this more so than a straight tee.
3 - The majority of our 18 hole play at  Scottsdale Private Golf Courses   will be finished by 6PM, which AT THIS POINT IN TIME is when we require the carts to return to the clubhouse.
4 - When the time comes, NOT YET, when some of our group play will resume, players will get back to the clubhouse sooner by way of a double tee start than a straight tee start, in some cases by up to an hour.
5 - Those choosing to play only 9 holes or less will have more times as we can start play off #1 AND #10, thus more players.
We ask that you understand that if we don’t experiment it on an active day, we will never know the correct decision to make as we move forward the rest of the summer, especially with the goal of getting more members out to play.
Lastly, we have no idea as yet when guest play will be permitted, as YOU; our member is our first priority.
We will keep you informed as best and fast as we can as to the path we will take and in advance, thanks for your cooperation and understanding in these ever changing and demanding times.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Country Club at DC Ranch’s creativity and innovation has been the key to its success during Covid-19

Innovation keeps the Members and Employees engaged at The Country Club at DC during COVID-19

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 2020) Just as the city of Scottsdale anticipated its busiest month of the
year, the Country was hit with the sad news of Covid-19 and the closings of business. Without hesitation the employees at The Country Club at DC Ranch came together to create a full calendar of social distancing events to keep the members engaged and active.

Arizona’s Governor, Doug Ducey, declared the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy and Stay Connected” platform. Scottsdale private golf courses were approved as an essential business, so the course was allowed to stay open. The Club followed every social distancing rule and protocol to keep the members safe and healthy. As Dick Hyland, The Club’s Director of Golf stated “We don’t get mulligans in life so no rules can be broken, no matter who it might be.” With members at home with nothing to do, the tee sheet was and continues to be full every day. The Club has been grateful to have the opportunity to keep the members engaged during the challenging time. In fact, we predict golf will become even more popular than before, as people who had not played prior started doing so during social distancing as a way to be healthy and stay active.

While the golf course continued to stay busy, the kitchen and food and beverage department organized to-go parties, online cooking classes, coffee pick-up in valet, grocery service, homemade hand sanitizer, and holiday take home parties. The highlight for the members was the Quaratin-O, curbside, pick-up, parade party. Employees set up several stations where members would stay in their car and go through a drive-through party and pick up drinks, desserts, and food, all while live music played in the background. It was a true spectacle in making memories for the members Youth programming was essential with all the little ones at home. The youth department jumped on the opportunity to be creative and help the parents. Cooking contests, zoom craft parties, virtual workouts for kids, and pick-up art projects were perfect ways to keep the kids busy.

The Fitness and Wellness department started zoom classes, online seminars, and do it yourself home spa tutorials, while the social activities continued with online Happy Hours, book clubs, flower arranging classes, and online art lessons. The Country Club at DC Ranch was determined to keep its members informed through ongoing communication which included text messaging, videos, social media, and the Club’s very popular APP.

With the social distancing guidelines slowly loosening, The Club is now working on safely opening the other departments of The Club. The Scottsdale golf club prides itself on keeping and paying all of its employees during this time. The Country Clubs of the world have truly become the safe haven at this time and will continue to be. Because Clubs are typically small communities, we have the ability to keep people safe in small groups while keeping everyone informed.  Genuine, welcoming and warm in spirit, The Country Club at DC Ranch celebrates families and friends coming together to enjoy the best of times in a truly distinctive setting – including private golf clubs in Scottsdale on DC Ranch’s classic course layout, redesigned by Tom Lehman and John Fought. It is one of the most classically designed courses in the Valley – resulting in a golf experience that is aesthetically more interesting and strategically more challenging.

Poised prominently on a knoll near the McDowell Mountains, The Country Club at DC Ranch’s stunning 45,000 square-foot Ranch Hacienda Clubhouse combines the most charming aspects of historic Arizona architecture with those of great Western resorts of the 1920’s and 30’s. www.ccdcranch.com 480-342-7246

Friday, May 15, 2020

Scottsdale Golf Club Tennis procedures during Stay at Home

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As we continue to provide a safe,  fun and welcoming environment at the Scottsdale Golf Club  tennis facility, I want to take a minute to remind everyone of the tennis and pickle-ball guidelines that were set forth and will continue through at least May 31. The guidelines will now include the resumption of lessons and clinics this weekend with Cardio Tennis on Saturday and then private lessons and clinics on Sunday.

The Scottsdale Golf Club tennis department takes the health and safety of all our members and staff seriously and we are taking every precaution to provide a clean environment at the tennis facility so that you can take advantage of the services we are still providing.

Through the end of the month we will continue the following adjustments to the tennis/pickle-ball program and facility:
  • Tennis lessons, clinics and drills will continue but are limited to a maximum of 10 members and two (2) pros to comply with the guidelines limiting groups to 10 or less or break groups up into small groups of four or less depending on numbers.
  • All organized tennis and pickle-ball play, socials, events have been cancelled through May 31. 
  • The May Tennis Camp has been canceled and new exciting drills have taken its place on the schedule.
  • No guest play is allowed with the exception of immediate family members (sons and daughters).
  • Scottsdale Golf Club Members and staff are asked to follow the national guidelines of social distancing of six feet or more and no handshakes, high fives, etc. If you feel sick at all, please stay home. Wash hands before and after tennis.
  • The tennis shop will be officially open every day through May from 7 a.m. to noon.
  • We have suspended all food and beverage at the tennis shop with the exception of water bottles in the refrigerator between courts 2 and 5. Members are encouraged to bring their own water from home if possible. For now the water/ice machine has been shut down.
  • Towels are no longer available so members must bring their own towels.
  • Tuesday Night Pickle-ball has been taken off the event sheet. Members may play pickle-ball but groups must be limited to 10 or less. Please book either court 3 or 4 on the court sheet and specify that you are playing pickle-ball.
  • Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale Members can book courts on their own on Fore-tees but there is a max of two courts per group of players (8 players total).
  • The community pickle-ball paddles and balls are no longer available but we do have paddles and balls for sale in the tennis shop. 
  • We will be sanitizing equipment regularly throughout the day including ball carts, mowers, hoppers and everything in the tennis shop.
  • Junior clinics and lessons will continue going forward but will also have limited participation.
  • Participation in any of our drills or clinics is voluntary and anyone who is not comfortable to come is supported 100% by the staff and other members.
  • The tennis shop doors will be closed during business hours but we will allow two members max to enter the tennis shop at one time.
  • We have many new clothing items and would encourage members to stop in one or two at a time.
  • Only the tennis staff at Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale  will be allowed to touch the tennis balls in the teaching carts before, during and after lessons. 
  • Tennis ball cans are for sale to members in the tennis shop but members will not be allowed to borrow tennis balls from the teaching baskets. The tennis shop can order Red, Orange and Green Dot balls for your home if requested.
  • We ask that members do not congregate together before and after playing.
  • Please sign up in advance on Fore-tees for court time and clinics as space is limited.
  • No shows or last minute cancellations for clinics will be billed for the full amount.
  • If you cannot make a booked court time reservation, please cancel the reservation or let the tennis shop know so that others can reserve the time.

Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions. This is an unprecedented time and we are doing our best to provide the safest environment for our Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale members so that you can still enjoy your club if you so choose.
Scottsdale private golf courses and small group lessons will resume on Sunday, May 3rd. Lessons should be booked directly with each staff member.

Cardio Tennis will resume at its new time on Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Space is limited in all of our clinics so please sign up in advance. Because of limited space, there will be a 100% charge for no shows or last minute cancellations (within four hours).
Junior Clinics will resume at its new time. You can contact Ryan Shomo if you have questions at rshomo@ccdcranch.com

Monday, April 27, 2020

COVID Golf Rules at Scottsdale Golf Club

Another beautiful weekend at Scottsdale Golf Club of terrific weather for golf and did we ever have members and their families taking advantage of the sunny, blue skies and temperatures in the 80’s.

We are pleased to tell you that that was due to the respect you had for your fellow members by following the STAY AT HOME directive by the Governor

We can’t let our guard down.

Since we have no guest play at Scottsdale Golf Club, everyone we are speaking about is a member so there are no excuses for everyone doing the right thing at all times!  Private golf clubs in Scottsdale believes we know the only way the club will continue to stay open with carts permitted, is to follow the rules.

If we have someone not tell us they have been out of town or out of the country, and not go through the mandatory 14 day quarantine period, yet are infected with the virus and it spreads throughout the membership we could be shut down in a flash.

We need to protect all members at Scottsdale Golf Club and we need your help in this regard.

This  SOCIAL DISTANCING rule is no exception ,regardless of how one perceives it, it is a minimum of 6 feet of separation between all people at ALL times.  We don’t get mulligans for any rules we break, no matter who it might be!

Just a reminder of a few of the rules:

*We can only have a max of two carts per group with one driver and one player walking at all times.

*There are no walking carts on Scottsdale Private Golf Courses holes 12-13-14 and you still are not permitted to have two non -family players jump on a cart at any time, either in the passenger seat or on the back of the cart holding on to the frame.

 Please keep in mind that this last rule was set in place by the BOD many years ago as a player was riding on the back of the cart holding on to the frame, slipped and fell backward off the cart and got seriously hurt , and it could have been fatal, and It could happen to anyone!!

We don’t have enough carts, and sanitization methods were not demonstrated by players thus far, to have individual carts for holes 12-13 and 14.

*Two family members may ride on a cart at any time.

*No Tailgating with food and beverage not purchased at the club as this could result in our loss of our liquor license.

If you have any questions please contact the golf shop, 480-342-7210.


All in all, we are doing a very good job in our quest to keep the course with carts available to play and we hope this never stops at Scottsdale Private Golf Courses

PLEASE, let’s all be in compliance of 100% of all rules at all the time and remember, this is serious, and not to be taken lightly.

All things we are experiencing regarding the privilege to play golf in this beautiful environment at  private golf clubs in Scottsdale should not be taken for granted.  We are optimistic we will get out of this Pandemic in due time, but in the meantime:

Remember, we will NOT GET ANY MULLIGANS if we don’t comply!!!!

Let’s continue to enjoy our golf and the other Club amenities that we have available to you at this time.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale respond to COVID-19

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We wanted to take a moment to check in with everyone to make sure you are all doing well through this tough time.  Scottsdale private golf courses continue to be here for all of you as much as possible, from our modified Golf offering, our to-go Food and Beverage service along with our Ranch Essentials program and outdoor fitness classes.  As you have read in many of the updates from the Club we are all in this together but we need to make sure that we take the necessary precautions to remain safe.  Our “new normal” will likely cause quite a few changes at Private Golf Clubs in Scottsdale but we are viewing this as an opportunity to become better in everything we do while still being focused on delivering upon the mission of our Club.  We have challenged our team that while we are on a bit of a pause with much of the operation, now is the time to look to planning for the future and we can assure you that all are working down this path currently.  When we get back to normal, whenever and whatever that means, we want to share a lot of the new ideas with you!

Speaking of our Scottsdale Golf Club team, we would be remiss if we didn’t thank them for all of their efforts during this time!  They have been instrumental in keeping this Club operational as well as safe and without their hard work and dedication to the Club, none of this would be possible.  For those staff that aren’t able to work we have been in constant contact with them and will continue to be throughout the time that they are not able to work.  We can tell you that they are so very thankful of the Club and its members commitment to paying them through the closure.  The Scottsdale Golf Club members have the far pledged over $75,000 to help support the staff through the Employee Assistance Fund which will most definitely help us to be able to continue paying our team.  While many Clubs are implementing similar programs, many other hospitality organizations are not able to do so and thus have eliminated a majority of their staffing base.  The members of the Club have continually told us we need to do everything in our power to retain our great team and our commitment is to do just that!

As we move forward through the month of April and likely beyond, our goal is to continue with the same services that you see today but we will need your consistent buy in to make that happen.  We will continue having staff circulating around the private golf clubs in Scottsdale premises in the coming days and weeks to enforce the safety precautions we put into place to make sure that everyone is practicing the proper social distancing.  We make sure that everyone understands the importance of what we have put into play for YOUR safety and we need to be vigilant in following the rules as set forth each and every day.  We have had a number of wonderful comments from our members about the fact that we have remained open in some capacity and we don’t want to have to change that if at all possible!  

Monday, March 30, 2020

Scottsdale golf club Announces 2020 Member-Guests

Scottsdale golf club currently has 68 teams registered for this year’s “Stampede” Gentleman’s Member-Guest. The field is limited to 60 teams, and wanted to give you an update about the field and which teams are currently on the waiting list. Members earn 1 “point” for every member guest event they have previously played in over the years. Scottsdale golf club Members who have earned more “points” are given priority when it comes to member-guest registration. Attached you will find the list of all registered teams and whether they are in or out as of today, along with when they registered.
“The Round Up” Gentleman’s Member-Guest at Scottsdale private golf courses, currently has 45 teams registered, with 15 positions still available to get to our field max of 60 teams. This event runs from Wednesday, April 15th through Saturday, April 18th and uses the 5-match format. We would encourage any of you who are able to play in “The Round Up” to register for that event so that we are able to accommodate as many teams as possible across both “The Stampede” and “The Round Up”. The deadline to sign up for both events is Sunday, March 1st at 5:00 PM
Scottsdale golf club Tournament Information

Championship Format: The tournament will consist of two person teams divided into flights of 6 teams per flight. Flights will be based on combined team handicap indexes. Each team will play 5 nine-hole matches within its flight to determine the flight champion. Flight champions at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale qualify to compete for the Overall Championship in a Sudden Death Shoot-Out following Thursday’s 9-hole match.
Scoring: Private golf clubs in Scottsdale Teams will receive one point for each hole won, 1/2 points for each hole tied, and zero points for each hole lost. The maximum points a team may win per match is nine. There are forty-five possible points in each flight.
Handicap: The course handicaps of all four players in each match are reduced by the course handicap of the player with the lowest handicap, who then plays from scratch. The maximum allowable course handicap differential between partners is 12 strokes. In the event of a differential greater than 12, the higher handicap player will be adjusted down to achieve the 12 stroke differential.
Every player is responsible for playing with their current handicap index as of March 14th, 2020. The committee makes its best effort to obtain correct handicaps. If there is an error, it is the responsibility of the player to report it to the committee immediately.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Private golf clubs in Scottsdale help you maintain your 2020 Goals

Starting the New Year, we hopefully have some goals and objectives for our golf games at  Scottsdale private golf courses. Whatever your current handicap is, why not try and work to get it lower by 5 strokes, which should be achievable for many. That might be as simple as spending more than 40% of your practice on your short game at Scottsdale private golf courses. In the last newsletter we discussed putting, which is the most critical component of the game as you utilize your putter more than any other club. Let’s talk about what everyone wants, which is the magic wand for hitting it longer and straighter with their driver off the tee.

My first recommendation is to get fitted for a driver at  Scottsdale private golf courses that matches your physical abilities and get the proper club which helps you get the ball in the air at the correct trajectory and spin rate, and as well get the shaft flex and length that fits you. It is critical to get these two parts as dialed in as possible. On many occasions, if you do not generate a great deal of club speed, a higher club driver such as one with 10.5 or 12 degrees might work best. Any club with 8 or 9 degrees and the ball will not get in the air high enough. Please be certain that in your effort to hit it farther you don’t get caught in the trap to think that a longer club will get it done for you. In many cases the additional length of the shaft might occasionally get you a few extra yards, but it might cost you some straighter tee shots as it is more difficult to control and get your swing shape. What you should understand is that you are trying to build a repeatable swing that can easily be reproduced on the practice areas and taken to the course. You should try and swing with no tension in your hands and arms restricting proper movements as much as possible. Your goal should be to understand you are trying to swing the club through positions not to positions.

As instructors we want you to be mechanically sound not mechanically bound. You are not a robot and the more fluidity you can maintain throughout, the better off you will be while playing Scottsdale golf club.  The club is moving in a circular motion around your body based on the most correct, athletic posture you set up with each and every swing. The length of the your club will determine the path and plane of that circle. The shorter the club the more upright your plane and a longer club would give you a rounded swing plane. Generally speaking, you should determine the ball flight you are after be it a slight draw right to left for a right-handed golfer or left to right producing a left to right ball flight or fade. There are two different swing paths when hitting the fade or draw at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale.  If your swing path is more inside out it will enable a draw flight or outside in for a fade is what you need to understand. Please keep in mind the clubface position through impact is the most influential factor in where the ball initially starts and you need to be keen to the clubface position at all times during your swing.

If it relates to the clubface position at impact which will help get it to impact squarer as much as anything you do, and that is your hand placement on the handle. If your hand placement is not proper to begin with relative to a square clubface, then you will be forced to manipulate the grip end during the swing at whatever MPH you can move the club, in an effort to square the clubface at impact, and to that I say, good luck! We know that a grip alignment change might feel awkward at the start, but I can assure you it is the right thing to change in the long run. Regarding the last pre swing checkpoint to double check when you are practicing is where you are aligned, which has a great deal of bearing on your swing path, and how to check it. The late Hall of Fame teacher, Harvey Penick, says the feet alignment has relevance on your overall alignment to your intended target line, but more so your line across your thighs, hips and shoulders.. This will also give you the best chance to return the club to impact squarely more often than not and make solid contact, which is really crical. In summary, check your pre swing boxes, hand placement, as it is your only contact with the club. Aligning properly relative to your swing line enables you to establish your best path to impact. Lastly, taking the most athletic posture to POSITION you to swing the club as fast as you possibly can, thus hit is as far as possible. Keep the swing thoughts to a minimum and play like a musician, and not a mechanic at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Scottsdale golf club elects New Board Members

It is hard to believe that we are in the middle of the Winter season at  Private golf clubs in Scottsdale with the warm temperatures that we have seen recently and the coming warmer temperatures. As you can imagine this only helps increase the level of member participation in all areas of the Club. With the Waste Management Open here we are poised at yet another great month of member participation  Private golf clubs in Scottsdale. It was wonderful to see 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 Board of Director for Private golf clubs in Scottsdale . We have three new directors joining the board this year: George Droll, David Goldberg and Rob Maruster who have all been elected to three-year terms. In addition, Alan Sears and John Roussel were elected to an additional two years on the Board. For the coming year, your Club President will be Alan Sears who will be entering his second and final year in this position. As Alan reviewed at the annual meeting, some of our main goals for 2020 are as follows: 

• We must update our Scottsdale golf club Bylaws which have been amended several times but during the past months we have discovered we have several shortcomings with operations and serving you. 

• Update our Master Plan for Improvement of Club Facilities – this will involve surveys and small group discussions – but we need to determine what is essential for our future and timing for the same. Examples would include the need to replace and update our now 22-year old irrigation system at Scottsdale golf club; during that closure improving the course and especially bunkers; men’s locker room; office space for our Team; as well as the proper amount of storage space among others. 

• As we look at what we MUST do and what we would like to do as we look ahead, we want to develop a plan for the next 5-10 years for enhancing our Capital Reserve generation and to develop alternatives to large, periodic assessments as for Phase I and II. As I stated at the 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 2020 and beyond. From a rules standpoint, I want to once again remind everyone of the need to adhere to the dress code. With all of the member and guest usage of the Scottsdale private golf courses clubhouse these past few months, we have had a number of issues with people not adhering to the rules in place, namely with hats being worn into the Clubhouse in the evenings, shirts not being collared and torn/ripped jeans, none of which are allowed in the main Clubhouse. Please note that it is the responsibility of each member to communicate the dress code to their family and guests as we will be having the management team carefully monitor this moving forward. Thank you very much for your cooperation in this as it is important that all rules at the Club apply to all members. With all this being said, 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!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Scottsdale golf club JUNIOR GOLFERS

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Scottsdale golf club JUNIOR GOLFERS under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult while on the course. Juniors are not permitted to play without an adult if not pre-approved by the professional staff at Scottsdale golf club regarding pace of play and passing a rules test on etiquette during play, proper use of push carts and walking rules and regulations.

JUNIOR GOLFERS approved to use an electric golf cart must be 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.

We understand it might seem fun to allow children take the steering wheel, but for their safety, please refrain from doing so on Scottsdale private golf courses.

We are building a new reminder notice which we will send to the responsible adult in the family so there are no discrepancies as to the Club’s Rules and Regulations.

The DESERT DIAMOND CLASSIC, which will take place on March 23-26, 2020, is currently open for registration and will be until February 1, 2020.  At which time we will allow sport social members to fill the field.  The ROUND-UP and The STAMPEDE Member-Guest registration will be open on Saturday, February 1, 2020 on Foresees.  The dates for The ROUND-UP and The STAMPEDE are April 15-18, 2020 and April 30 –May 2,2020 respectively. They will be available for the first 60 teams for each tournament, which will fill up very quickly!

Your guest name at the sign up is not important. Please put your first preference on the appropriate sheet and your second choice on the waiting list.

PUSH CART REMINDERS FOR ALL Scottsdale private golf courses

To help keep the conditions of our Scottsdale private golf courses  at the highest level, please observe the following guidelines when using a push a push cart:

-         Push carts must stay at least 20 yards from all greens and approaches.
-         Push carts are not permitted on or to park on any practice area complex or golf course tee.
-         Push carts are not permitted on green collars or the areas between the greenside bunkers and greens.
-         Push carts are not permitted to go over the turf on the south short game practice park to get to the first tee.

Walking is a great way to enjoy the game of golf at Scottsdale golf club  but when used without care, push carts can cause damage to the course.  By following these guidelines, the golf course will continue to be in great shape.

 We want all players at Scottsdale golf club to enjoy their golf at the club each and every round inclusive of their practice sessions.

Pace of play at FOUR hours or less pertains to every player, every round on private golf clubs in scottsdale.

Whether it be in casual play, matches, club championships, member-guests or whatever the competition you are competing in that day, your pace will be closely monitored on Visage.

We will continue to ask you to help us in our quest to make certain everyone follows the above mentioned rules and requests for better golf now and in the future.

Thanks for your help on all fronts and know the staff will be diligent in reminding you and your junior golfers as to the way we make golf more enjoyable for all at Scottsdale golf club.

If at any time you are uncertain of our procedures please find your golf professionals at private golf clubs in scottsdale for assistance.