Wednesday March 29, 2017 The Foothills.

The Foothills Golf Club truly represents what desert golf should be and caters to both power and course management-minded players. The par-72 Championship, links-style course, was designed by internationally acclaimed architects Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. The Foothills Golf Club stretches to almost 7,000 yards with lush rolling fairways, blue lakes, and 65 bunkers set against rough rocky desert terrain. With four sets of tees, The Foothills Golf Club has appeal for golfers of all skill levels and has earned a four-star ranking from Golf Digest, along with being listed as one of Phoenix’s top golf courses.

Beautiful morning cool and perfect temp. We ran a shotgun this morning although hardly seemed necessary with 5 groups and a pretty empty course. I was in the second threesome off hole # 1 with Coy Miller and Ollie Wentzel. Ollie holed out a beautiful 60 yard bird today. A shot to remember. Shortly after starting, the threesome in front of us ran away and we were like Astronauts on the Moon, no one in front of us and no one behind us. Loved the course, the lonesomeness, but hated the way I way playing. Guess every player needs a comeuppance every once in awhile. Some played well as Rich Golz was on fire and won with an outstanding 62 net. Way to go Rich. Tom Giljum took second place at 66 net. When he shows up he usually places. Tied at 69 nets were Kenny Baca and Dave Dean. Ken won third place  on the scorecard playoff and Dave got the ever popular and coveted Atta-a-Boy. Course played well I thought. Fairways and Greens were great except I didn’t hit many of them. Next up Falcon GC and 1st round of the Champion of Champions play. Please let Event coordinators know if you want to get in on the action. More info below. Rest of the field scores below too.


Next up for VGA, Saturday, April 1, 2017 Falcon Golf Club 8 am $33.00 + Sat Champion of Champion play.  Read further down the page to get more info on playing in the Champion of Champions Saturday event. Regular and Champions events are played at the same time.  Check above to see if you in the 2016 Event winners link to see if you qualify.

Falcon Golf Club opened for play in 1997 and quickly became a valley favorite for first class public golf at affordable golf rates. Brian Curley of Landmark Golf Company designed Falcon Golf Club. Majestically nestled around the Estrella & White Tank Mountains, the front nine is target style with desert like conditions and the back nine is more traditional with bunkers, water, and trees separating the fairways and greens. The golf course plays at 6733 yards from the back tees with par of 71. Falcon Golf Club has been known for having greens and fairways in great condition. Falcon is a great venue for tournaments because the golf course is playable for the beginning golfer yet challenging for the advanced golfer.

2017 VGA Special Event schedule

The Champion of Champions Tournament is a two-day stroke play tournament played on two consecutive Wednesdays and two consecutive Saturdays in the first quarter of the year. The tournament is open to all prior year first place winners of the weekly Wednesday and Saturday VGA events. Wednesday winners compete against Wednesday winners and Saturday winners compete against Saturday winners to determine final competition winners for the overall championship. There is a first, second, and third place winner in both groups determined by the lowest 36 hole net score total. Members can play in both the Wednesday and Saturday competitions if eligible by reason of winning both a Wednesday and Saturday event the prior year.

Final tournament winners for first, second, and third place are determined in the following manner:  The first place Wednesday champion competes against the first place Saturday champion in one 18 hole match. The low net score of the match determines the first place winner of the overall tournament and is declared Champion of Champions. The loser of the match earns second place in the overall tournament. The third place winner overall is determined in one 18 hole match between the second place winner of the Wednesday group and the second place winner of the Saturday group. As with the match for first place, the match for third place is won by the low net score. The time and place of each final match is to be determined by the competitors but must be played prior to the annual awards dinner.

The entry fee for competition is $10.00 paid by each participant to the tournament coordinator prior to the first match. No additional fees are required for subsequent matches. The entry fee money is returned to first, second, and third place winners of each group as prize money for their wins. For the overall tournament, The VGA treasury pays $100.00 to the first place winner, $60.00  to the second place winner, and $40.00 to the third place winner at the annual awards dinner. In addition, the Champion of Champions has his/her name added to the trophy and is awarded the trophy for display until the next awards dinner. 2017 Schedule is below.

Wednesday:  April 5th @ Club West & April 12th @ Aguila G.C.

Saturday:   April 1st  @ Falcon Golf Club & April 8th @ Cave Creek Golf Club.


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Saturday, March 25, 2017 Aguila

The Aquila Golf Course facility offers two golf courses; one is a Championship length course while the other is a par-3, nine-hole course. The championship course provides an excellent game of golf for an affordable price. There are scenic views of mountains and downtown Phoenix as well as a challenging layout featuring several water hazards and bunkers. Although the terrain is rather hilly, it is still relatively walkable. The course has an excellent range of holes that each have a unique character, the par 5’s are especially notable. Native grasses and wildflowers are also present on Aquila’s Championship course, further adding to its natural beauty.

Surprisingly cool early on this morning. Overcast that soon went away caused it I suppose. We went off the back 9 for Aquila’s reasons I’m sure.  I was enjoying the round with Mike Clark, Richard Brooks and Tom Hebert. But 1st place lurked in other parts of the course in the presence of Dan Christiansen who won the 1st place glory with a great 64 net. Way to go Dan seems you are always close to the dough. Tied at 66 nets were three other golfers who scooped all the remaining prizes. Richard Brooks in my group took second place on a scorecard playoff. One heck of a good lefty player I might add. Third place went to Jeff Rhodes also on a score card playoff. Good job Jeff.  In there for the Atta-a-Boy and 1st place among losers Harley Ewing much to my chagrin.  Apologies go out to Jim Bays for temporarily leaving his name off the winners list for the Superstition Springs list last Wednesday. Bad proofing for sure. Venue for for this coming Wednesday has changed from Ocotillo to The Foothills so see you all there. Rest of the field’s scores below. Sorry for this being out so late.


Next up for VGA, Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Foothills @ 7:44 $50.00

The Foothills Golf Club truly represents what desert golf should be and caters to both power and course management-minded players. The par-72 Championship, links-style course, was designed by internationally acclaimed architects Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. The Foothills Golf Club stretches to almost 7,000 yards with lush rolling fairways, blue lakes, and 65 bunkers set against rough rocky desert terrain. With four sets of tees, The Foothills Golf Club has appeal for golfers of all skill levels and has earned a four-star ranking from Golf Digest, along with being listed as one of Phoenix’s top golf courses.

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Professionals living the Hacker’s life.

Wednesday March 22, 2017 Superstition Springs

Superstition Springs Golf Club’s superb championship golf course, array of upscale amenities and impeccable guest service have it earned it recognition among the best daily fee golf course properties in Arizona. Whether you are seeking a picturesque venue for a relaxing round of golf with family and friends or a memorable backdrop for golf tournaments, weddings or corporate meetings, Superstition Springs will exceed your expectations at every turn.

Small crowd today at Superstition CC, but the course and the golfers were great. Tied at 68 net Fred Baldwin and John Euler dueled it out for 1st place. Fred got it on a scorecard playoff. John gets second place. In third place at 70 net, Jim Bays. Thanks to Fred and Neal for pushing my cart and me out of a mud slope today. Next up Aguila, great fun course be there if you aren’t too busy. Rest of the field scores below.


Next up for VGA, Saturday, March 25, 2017 Aguila 8:02 $49.00. 

The Aquila Golf Course facility offers two golf courses; one is a Championship length course while the other is a par-3, nine-hole course. The championship course provides an excellent game of golf for an affordable price. There are scenic views of mountains and downtown Phoenix as well as a challenging layout featuring several water hazards and bunkers. Although the terrain is rather hilly, it is still relatively walkable. The course has an excellent range of holes that each have a unique character, the par 5’s are especially notable. Native grasses and wildflowers are also present on Aquila’s Championship course, further adding to its natural beauty.

Golf Humor Truisms

  1. Always concede the fourth putt.
  2. Bunkers have the unnerving habit of rushing out to meet your ball.
  3. Coincidentally the only remaining set of clubs in the professional’s shop was made especially for you.
  4. Curing the faults in your swing can never be affected in just one lesson from a professional.
  5. Curly, downhill, left-to-right putts are usually followed by curly, uphill, right-to-left putts.
  6. Delicate chip shots over bunkers always catch the top of the bank and fall back.
  7. During the first round with a brand new set of clubs, the ball has to be played from a road.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 Tres Rios

Tres Rios offers 18 holes of traditional championship golf. No more losing your golf balls in the desert! You will notice the serene and breathtaking views of the Estrella Mountains, abundant wild life, and no hint of urban develpment during your round. Tucked cozily into the desert foothills, this oasis insulates golfers from the desert environment, lending an opportunity to soak up Arizona’s warmth and sunshine in the sanctity and shade of stately eucalyptus trees. Make sure to reserve your tee time now to ensure your opportunity to play this oasis in the desert!

Tres Rios was in perhaps the best condition that I have seen it lately. Amazing what a little rain will do for the Desert. Fairways were good mostly covered with great grass and the greens were all good I thought and held well. High temp for the day on the course hit only 88.  In fact I liked it so well I won with a 62 net. This time I didn’t hit the wrong ball or any of the other stupid things I can do on a golf course. To coin a VGA phrase, I was “Luckier the Bosiak” If I hit into a tree down the fairway It went through and magically appeared on the fairway on the other side. So I accepted the luck, the fate, what ever it was and come home smiling. In second place and playing a new rack of Forged irons and other amazing stuff he doesn’t even need because he is the one to beat gross wise every time. Danny Campos came in with 4 birdies and a gross 66 with a net 63. Sorry Dan you deserved it. Third place at 64 net was Jim Bays, who by the way sold me the Bridgestone E6 balls I played with today. Thanks Jim they worked well for me. Next up Superstition Springs so try it out if you haven’t played it. Rest of the field scores below.


Next up for VGA, Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Superstition Springs.  ShotGun Start @ 8:00, $50.00.  

Named by Golfweek among “America’s Best Golf Courses,” Superstition Spring Golf Club’s magnificent par-72, 7,005-yard championship golf course was designed by Greg Nash to blend seamlessly with its serene natural surroundings in Mesa, just 25 minutes from Scottsdale. Beautiful mature trees frame emerald Bermuda fairways and immaculately-maintained greens, with striking mounding, expansive bunkers and picturesque water features creating both strategic diversity and a stunning backdrop for golf. While challenging for scratch golfers, five sets of tees on each hole enable golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy this imaginative golf gem.
A former host of a PGA TOUR Qualifying event, Superstition Springs’ superb conditioning, excellent playability and outstanding service have earned it recognition as one of the region’s most desirable locales for golf tournaments, corporate outings, and golf league play.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Sun City CC

We are celebrating our 50th anniversay this year! Welcome to Sun City Country Club, a semi-private golf club that is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Proud home of the 2016 Arizona Women’s Open and the 2015 & 2017 Arizona Special Olympics Golf Championships, Sun City’s original championship country club is one of those few golf courses that offers a nice break from the typical desert-style layout. Lined with large shade trees, our course makes it an easy choice for fun golf. And the design of our golf course is great for all skill levels making this a great family course.

Today it was Chad Olberding taking first place at Sun City Country Club. He did it with a scorecard playoff with Bill Heller as they both tied at 69 net. Bill took 2nd place. Third Place went to John Euler at 71 net. Fred Baldwin gets the Atta-a-Boy all by himself at 73 net. Next up Tres Rios, rest of the field below.


Next up for VGA, Saturday, March 18, 2017 Tres Rios 8:00 $45.00.  

Tres Rios offers 18 holes of traditional championship golf. No more losing your golf balls in the desert! You will notice the serene and breathtaking views of the Estrella Mountains, abundant wild life, and no hint of urban development during your round. Tucked cozily into the desert foothills, this oasis insulates golfers from the desert environment, lending an opportunity to soak up Arizona’s warmth and sunshine in the sanctity and shade of stately eucalyptus trees. Make sure to reserve your tee time now to ensure your opportunity to play this oasis in the desert!

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Saturday, March 11, 2017 Palmbrook

Originally opening in 1972, Palmbrook Country Club offers the most FUN Golf Country Club experience in Sun City, Arizona. The 6,500 yard Jeff Hardin designed golf course offers an exceptional park style tree lined golf course with newly updated bunkers and course amenities. The brook meandering through the back nine enhances the beauty of the course while putting a premium on well hit tee shots.

Arizona golf at it’s finest today. Palmbrook course was in great condition and played fair and true as it usually does. Dan Christiansen and Coy Miller tied at 64 net and Dan won on a scorecard playoff. Coy got 2nd place. Dan Clark and Harley Ewing tied at 65 net and Danny got 3rd on a scorecard playoff. Harley adds another Atta-a_Boy to his trophy room. Guess I can tell how stupid I am for hitting the wrong ball on the last hole, but you already know that. Next up for VGA is Sun City CC in Sun City. Been out there so much lately think I should live there. Rest of the scores below.

 

Next up for VGA, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Sun City CC – shotgun 8:00 $40.00

Despite the typical Arizona climate, Sun City Country Club is not a typical desert-style course. Sun City Country Club is lined with large shade trees, a classic layout forcing accurate shots and good iron play. Our 18 hole course is as challenging as it is enjoyable. With four sets of tees, play at Sun City Country Club spans between 5,145 and 6,275 yards, making it a treat for players of all skill and experience levels. SCCC is a par 72 golf course, and the variety and challenges on these grounds has made it a long-time Arizona golf favorite! Home to the 2014 & 2015 Arizona Women’s Open, we know that you will enjoy a club that has withstood the test of time.

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When two minds are in a totally different place.

Wife’s Diary:
 
Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it.
Conversation wasn’t flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn’t say much. 
 
I asked him what was wrong; He said, “nothing.”
 
I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset.
 
He said he wasn’t upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it.
On the way home, I told him that I loved him. 
He smiled slightly, and kept driving.  I can’t explain his behavior. I don’t know why he didn’t say, ‘I love you, too.’
When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent.
Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. We had sex, he fell asleep; I cried. I don’t know what to do. I’m almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.
 
 
Husband’s  Diary: 
 
A two-foot putt.. Who the hell misses a two-foot putt?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017-Hillcrest

Hillcrest Golf Course plays over 7,000 yards from the tips posing a challenge to even the biggest hitters. There are, however, plenty of doglegs, water hazards, and white sand bunkers to keep them in check. Generous fairways, an all grass layout, and an absence of blind shots make Hillcrest a perfect site for any caliber of participant. Choose from multiple tee placements, which allow play from 5,500 to over 7,000 yards. The course can also accommodate up to 288 players. With elegant yet comfortable surroundings and impeccable service from a knowledgeable staff, it’s easy to see why Hillcrest is the venue for more than 100 corporate and private events annually. As the nation’s largest golf school, John Jacobs’ offers a variety of individual and group instruction options to help you achieve your goals, whether it’s polishing your back swing or revamping your game. The Club features a double-ended driving range as well as extensive short game practice areas for putting, pitching, and bunker shots.

Another great day in Arizona for golf. Today Hillcrest in Sun City was the venue and once again Tom Giljum the winner at a great score of 63 net. Pretty good score I’d say. Second place went to John Adair at 66 net. Rock-em and Sock-em approach works for John. There he is again, Fred “Steady Freddy” Baldwin is always around the money. Today Fred got 3rd place at 68 net. Dave Dean, Chad Olberding, and Doug Rankin received Atta-a-Boys today as they tied at 73 for the coveted award. Next up Palmbrook get out there. Rest of Hillcrest field below.


Next up for VGA, Saturday, March 11, 2017 Palmbrook 8:00 $45.00.  

Originally opening in 1972, Palmbrook Country Club offers the most FUN Golf Country Club experience in Sun City, Arizona. The 6,500 yard Jeff Hardin designed golf course offers an exceptional park style tree lined golf course with newly updated bunkers and course amenities. The brook meandering through the back nine enhances the beauty of the course while putting a premium on well hit tee shots.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017 Cave Creek

Cave Creek an 18 Hole Championship Course. 15202 N. 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85023

Conditions had to be perfect, my guess anyway based on the number of great scores reported. Tom Hebert got 1st with a 61 net. Well done Tom. Bill Heller (68 net) won 2nd on a scorecard playoff with Scott Sheetz (68 net) getting 3rd. Tied at 67 nets for the Atta-a-Boys were three players two of whom (John Adair and Fred Baldwin) got Atta-a-Boys and for the first time in my memory anyway an Atta-a-Girl was awarded to Margaret Storms. Well done golfers. Next up Hillcrest on Wednesday. Rest of the scores below.

Next up for VGA, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Hillcrest CC 8:00 $47.00.  

Hillcrest Golf Course plays over 7,000 yards from the tips posing a challenge to even the biggest hitters. There are, however, plenty of doglegs, water hazards, and white sand bunkers to keep them in check. Generous fairways, an all grass layout, and an absence of blind shots make Hillcrest a perfect site for any caliber of participant. Choose from multiple tee placements, which allow play from 5,500 to over 7,000 yards. The course can also accommodate up to 288 players. With elegant yet comfortable surroundings and impeccable service from a knowledgeable staff, it’s easy to see why Hillcrest is the venue for more than 100 corporate and private events annually. As the nation’s largest golf school, John Jacobs’ offers a variety of individual and group instruction options to help you achieve your goals, whether it’s polishing your back swing or revamping your game. The Club features a double-ended driving range as well as extensive short game practice areas for putting, pitching, and bunker shots.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Kokopelli

Kokopelli Golf Club’s breathtaking par-72, 6,716-yard championship layout was designed by golf course architect Bill Phillips to blend seamlessly with its beautiful natural surroundings within the El Dorado Lakes community in Gilbert, AZ. Large stands of mature trees frame rolling Bermuda fairways and fast-breaking greens, with seven serpentine lakes, impressive mounding and unique bunkering creating both strategic diversity and a stunning backdrop for golf. The golf course is complemented by an expansive golf practice facility open daily until 10 p.m., with a team of top PGA teaching professionals available for private and group instruction for golfers of all ages and abilities. To book a tee time, click here. For more information about golf instruction, tournaments or clinics, please call (480) 926-3589.

A little cool this morning, wish I could blame that for Xing out on my third hole of play. Definitely was not my day, lost my car keys. Chef Bo R Dee behind the counter ended up with them how I don’t know, after I had asked him twice if I had left them on the counter ordering my lunch.  Thanks to Doug Rankin for spotting them on the counter by the cash register. After consuming my $12 hamburger, I think I left there with a bad taste in my mouth. After my wife arrived to rescue me with the wrong keys my day was shot. Thanks to Rich Golz for sticking it out with me, he kept me sane. Now to the real news, Golf. Kokopelli is one tough little course and proved it again. Winner at 69 net Fred Baldwin. Second place went to Jim Bays (70) net who happened to kill my one and only bird on # 12 a 378 yard par 4. Nice work Jim. In third place was one of my group for the day, Bob Watson at 71 net. Bob played a steady game and didn’t once tell me how many putts he had. Thanks Bob and sorry for accusing you of stealing my keys. Sure I accused everyone anyway. Next up Cave Creek, rest of the scores below. Don’t forget to check out the golf humor below, it’s a good one.

Next up for VGA, Saturday, March 4, 2017 Cave Creek 8:30 $49.00. 

Cave Creek an 18 Hole Championship Course. 15202 N. 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85023

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Non Sequitur