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. 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

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.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Scottsdale private golf courses enhances Golf course experience

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Scottsdale private golf courses enhance the playing experiences of all.

Our Pride of Membership program at  Scottsdale golf club is all about the playing on surfaces, which based on your positive feedback, you seem to enjoy.

Starting with the greens, they are as healthy as they have been in the last four years as we don’t overseed them and are entirely Tif eagle Bermuda grass.

In years at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale when we overseeded the greens with a combination of Bent and Poa Trivialis, they were typically inconsistent at best as at the beginning of the season and they were slow, with speeds in the 8’ stimp meter reading, for many months.

They are now considerably faster at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale and far healthier than in the past and we need your help in keeping all surfaces the best they can be.

We MUST fix ball marks on all greens at  Scottsdale private golf courses as many are starting to show and will need to be repaired.  The reason for repairing ball marks right away is that a ball mark repaired right away will heal in 24 hours and not show a mark after a couple of days.  If a ball mark is not repaired and the green is mowed, as they are nearly every day, the pushed up edge of the mark will get scalped and the ball mark will show for 3 weeks. 

To fix a ball mark, simply twist the sides of the scar inward toward the center, and tap down with the flat bottom of the putter head.

We MUST rake all bunkers smoothly at Scottsdale private golf courses out of respect for the players behind your group.  We will always suggest the pull/push method to fill the footprints and smooth out the surrounding areas as you move out of the bunker and leave the rake outside of the bunker as recommended by the USGA.

Lastly, everyone is disappointed when hitting a tee shot right down the middle of the fairway, only to have to play it out of a divot which had not been repaired for play with sand and seed mix.

These comments are all about respect for the, Private golf clubs in Scottsdale and  your fellow members and the club.  Please let us know if you are unsure how to maintain the course at  Private golf clubs in Scottsdale and we will be glad to help.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Scottsdale private golf courses offer Putting Advice

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Why not start the New Year with a recommendation about the phase of the game which we all know is very important at Scottsdale private golf courses. What I am referring to is putting ; which typically makes up around 36 strokes per round provided we take no more than two putts per green. Seemingly none of us pay enough time to really dedicate the time to work on it. When I ask players how much putting  practice they get in per week I sometimes get the response “I play 3 times per week and practice putting  before I play.” We need to define the difference between “warming up” and “practicing”; which in this scenario, I would call it warming up before you play.

Working on lag putting at Scottsdale golf club,  is the first critical step to get a sense, feel, and to learn how to determine the appropriate amount of break the putt might have, left to right, right to left and whether it is uphill or downhill. I understand there are a few putting  aids like Aim Point and Strackaline which assists on green reading, but I would be careful how much value they add beyond generalities. These aids don’t factor in how hard the players are going to hit their putts, thus whether or not they hit it on the center of the putter face. If you don’t hit a solid putt, both the line and speed will be affected, and there is a component many fail to mention when the talk about efficient putting . So, I know these devices may be helpful, but be careful they will help with basic lines, but not specific ones, so rely on your instincts and talents by working on your game, and really dedicating time and I can assure you it will pay dividends. The fact is there are more initial troubles called THREE PUTTS, by not having the correct speed than not having the correct line. Proper pace will be your best friend in the long run.

My advice when reading greens at Scottsdale golf club is to start backwards from the hole and envision an imaginary line from the cup to your ball. Then find the closest point you can roll over on that line, and then roll your putt over that spot. Frankly, that is all you can control when lagging putts, so hit your spot and then watch is nestle close to the hole. Before your round I would suggest you spend time hitting putt from inside three feet, which is about the length we can reasonably expect to make, so you will go to your starting tee in a good frame of mind and with confidence you will make the little ones. I saw a stat that Tiger Woods holed 2691 putts out of 2700 tries in 2002. That is fabulous and we should take heed it is possible, but it can’t happen without spending the time, and how often do we hear people at Scottsdale private golf courses say they had their best round going, only to be derailed buy a few three putts. I also read a stat the Luke Donald went almost 500 holes in tour events without a three putt, which is unheard of as you might guess. In summary for a putt to go in from any distance, there are actually three variables to making more putts. You must have center face contact, which will determine the line and sped, so pay attention to it. Uphill putts are actually easier than downhill putts, so when in doubt, leave your shots a little short of the hole. You are able to make a more confident stroke this way. For a right handed golfer, right to left  putts are preferable as it matches the preferred arc to your stroke, slightly inside to square at impact to back to the inside on the through stroke. In summary, straight putts have to be hit perfectly to go in. On right to left  putts you can play too much break and still find the bottom of the cup. If you hit the putt softly and play too little break you will never make it. The old cliché’ message is that every putt you leave short will never go in! The worst combination is are the downhill, left  to right putts which requires precise line, speed and plenty of touch. Please, as we get into the new year, make a resolution you will practice your putting  at least one hour per week and it will have positive results. See you on the practice greens at private golf clubs in scottsdale.

Friday, January 10, 2020

New Decade at Scottsdale golf club

We truly excited for what the New Year has to bring to private golf clubs in Scottsdale as 2020 marks a new decade in the history of your Club and it is poised to be an amazing time to create new wonderful memories for members, friends, families and guests. With all of the updated facilities and offerings, The Country Club at DC Ranch has truly become the talk of the town as evidenced by our significant waiting lists in all membership categories and strong member satisfaction levels. The team is continually looking at ways to enhance the member experience and I look forward to what is to come next. The winter season at Private golf clubs in Scottsdale is in full swing as we see the scottsdale private golf courses, clubhouse and tennis courts rocking with business. January marks the real kick off our busiest time of the year and there are a number of fun events for your enjoyment planned. We have the Turnbull Wine Dinner on the 22nd, the Annual Meeting and Lobster Bake on the 24th , Ladies Member-Guest Day on the 27th, and to end the month, the David Arthur Wine Dinner on the 29th. We also begin tournament season in January at the Scottsdale golf club where members will compete to be the Club’s best in a number of different formats. In regards to the Annual Meeting, each equity golf member will be receiving 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 20th. The results of the vote for the open positions will be announced at the Annual Meeting along with the annual reports from the Finance, House, Golf and Grounds and Tennis Committees. As we continue through what will be a busy few months, I want to once again remind everyone of the need to make a reservation in our dining room, especially during our dinner service. As you read last month, doing so greatly enhances the level of service that we are able to provide which we believe is paramount to a successful Club experience. For those who have helped us in this I would like to thank you immensely. There are a number of ways that you can make reservations, from Open Table on your smartphones and computers to calling Carter, our Member Services Coordinator or calling our Dining Hosts. 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. Please also note that as we see more guests through the coming months that they must adhere to our Scottsdale golf club policies in regards to dress as we do require collared shirts for Gentlemen in the main clubhouse. For further details on this and other policies, you and your guest can visit the website, under the Clubhouse tab. Lastly, on behalf of the 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 over $200,000 with 99% of 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, aCer taxes, by the total number of months collectively served by the Club’s employees. Please trust me when I say that your giving made a huge difference to many of our employees during this holiday season. Private golf clubs in Scottsdale continue to have so many great things going for it and is truly serves as the home of fun, family and friendliness in the valley and beyond!