Happy New Year! As we move past the Holiday Season I am truly excited for what the New Year has to bring to Scottsdale golf courses as we thankfully put 2020 in our rearview mirror. While 2020 was obviously a very difficult year to navigate through, we have done it; and now we should all be excited to turn the page to 2021 and all that it will bring to the Club, its members, and staff. I am so proud of the team at Scottsdale golf club as they have adapted throughout and provided the membership with a Club experience that has kept our membership engaged, despite some of our limitations in offerings. Thank you to the many members who have taken the time to acknowledge the extreme efforts of the team throughout the year, as it is very much appreciated. Despite all of the craziness of 2020, The Club continues to truly be the talk of the town as evidenced by our significant waiting lists in all membership categories and strong member satisfaction levels. The Scottsdale golf courses team is continually looking at ways to enhance the member experience and I look forward to what is to come next as we continue to evolve.
The Winter season at the Best golf course in Scottsdale is in full swing as we see the Golf Course, Clubhouse, and Tennis courts rocking with business, especially golf and tennis, which both have seen record numbers of participation. In Club business, we will be having our Annual Meeting for Golf Members on January 22nd at 5 p.m. and as of this time we expect this meeting to take place in the courtyard. By now, each equity Golf member should have received a ballot to vote for the open positions for the Board. 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 we continue to be operating at 50% occupancy. As you have read previously, doing so greatly enhances the level of service that we are able to provide which we believe is paramount to a successful Club experience, but it also helps us manage the social distancing factor at the Best golf course in Scottsdale. 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 the Concierge or Dining Hosts to make reservations. Please also note that as we see more guests through the coming months, they also must adhere to our Club policies with regards to COVID which we fully expect to be with us through the rest of our busy winter season.
Lastly, on behalf of Best golf course in Scottsdale, 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 $203,000, 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, after 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. The Club continues to have so many great things going for it and it truly serves as the home of fun, family and friendliness in the Valley and beyond!