Wednesday, June 28, 2017 / Troon North Pinnacle course.

Troon North Golf Club Overview, Pinnacle Course Scottsdale, Arizona

Ahh,Troon North in all it’s double headed for disaster holes looking inviting and beautiful. The Giants can conquer anything and the “Little Giant” did it again. This time he put his money in risking all for money and glory. He got both, 1st place in the pot and a 69  net to take 1st place in the event. Way to go my friend, didn’t anyone tell you it’s too hot out there. 2nd place goes to back from vacation and ready to rock Steve Richter with a 71 net. Well done Steve. 3rd place goes to Luke Desautels at 72 net. Get on board Luke. Look who shows up for the Atta-a-Boy, Dave Dean himself at 73 net. Nice job David. The next event is at Quintero another in the crown jewels VGA has lined up for this quarter. This is one beautiful course don’t don’t miss it. Rest of Troon field’s scores are below.


Next up for VGA, Saturday, July 1, 2017 Quintero 7:00:00 AM $55.00. 

Rees Jones has taken a pristine piece of lush Arizona desert and created Quintero Golf Club, often described as the “Purest Golf Experience” in the Southwest. Created in the tradition of some of the world’s most renowned golf courses, Quintero’s focus is to provide members and their guests with the finest playing surfaces, warm personal hospitality and the ultimate challenge for their individual games.
Membership at Quintero provides a totally pure golf experience on a challenging, championship golf course. The course has been created to offer a unique playing opportunity, testing players of all levels of expertise. From the tips, Quintero offers even the scratch golfer a challenge demanding exacting shots from tee to green. Playing over 7200 yards from the Championship tees, and a comfortable 5043 yards from the forward tees, the Quintero experience offers strategic bunker placement, generous landing areas (for the straight hitters) and multi-level bentgrass greens often referred to as some of the smoothest and truest in the Southwest.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 / Wickenburg Ranch

If you didn’t get a chance to get out and play Wickenburg Ranch today, just view the video above to catch what you just missed out on. The video is a promotional from 2015. I’m pretty sure it has done nothing but improve as it matures. Ask those that played it, I’m sure it will be on your lists of must plays next time it appears on our schedule. Dan Campos showed once again why he’s Mr Scratch. He shot a gross 69 and net 65 to win the pretty difficult course today from the tips you say. Well done Danny wish I could have watched. Speaking of Giants, the “Little Giant” Ron Gunderson pulled out a 66 net for second place. Too bad he didn’t enter the prize pot. Third place and 2nd place money goes to Lloyd Snively. Great going Lloyd, I can only hope your slice is cured for good. Two players tied at 71 net, Neal Fisel took the Atta-a-Boy for 4th place and third place money on the scorecard playoff with Margaret Storms. For the first time to my knowledge in the history of VGA, Margaret shares and captures the highly sought after Atta-a-Girl award. Keep on hitting them straight girl. Next up Troon North another course you will want to play so sign up if you haven’t already. Rest of today’s field scores are below.


Next up for VGA, Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Troon North 7:30 AM $52.00.

 


Golf Humor

So you think you have a hitch in your swing?

 

Don’t forget your friends. A friend sent this to me today and I thought it applied here too.  To my Golf friends.

A newlywed young man was sitting on the porch with his father on a hot, humid day; sipping ice tea with his father. As he talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, the father thoughtfully stirred the ice cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look on his son.
“Never forget your friends,” he advised, “they will become more important as you get older.”
“Regardless of how much you love your family and the children you happen to have, you will always need friends. Remember to go out with them occasionally, do activities with them, call them …”
“What strange advice!” Thought the young man. “I just entered the married world, I am an adult and surely my wife and the family that we will start will be everything I need to make sense of my life.”
Yet he obeyed his father; Kept in touch with his friends and annually increased their number. Over the years, he became aware that his father knew what he was talking about.
In as much as time and nature carry out their designs and mysteries on a man, friends were the bulwarks of his life.
After 60 years of life, here is what he learned:
Time passes.
Life goes on.
The distance separates.
Children grow up.
Children cease to be children and become independent. And to the parents, it breaks their heart but the children are separated of the parents.
Jobs come and go.
Illusions, desires, attraction, sex … weaken.
People do not do what they should do.
The heart breaks.
The parents die.
Colleagues forget the favors.
The races are over.
But, true friends are always there, no matter how long or how many miles away they are.
A friend is never more distant than the reach of a need, intervening in your favor, waiting for you with open arms or blessing your life.
When we started this adventure called LIFE, we did not know of the incredible joys or sorrows that were ahead. We did not know how much we would need from each other. Love your parents, take care of your children, but keep a group of good friends. Dialogue with them but do not impose your criteria.
You might send this to your friends (even those you seldom see); who help make sense of your life ……

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / Verrado-Founders course

John Fought and Tom Lehman collaborated on the course at Verrado Golf Club, a voluptuous design that meanders through the old Caterpillar bulldozer proving grounds. It’s up and down for 18 holes and that doesn’t mean “chip and a putt.” The course is good test with chances to score and a handful of memorable and scenic holes.
Where Verrado Golf Course will eat you alive is in the bunkers. Some bunkers are hard to carry, others collect wayward shots. But the fairways are wide enough to avoid trouble, and what appears to be the safe shot off the tee will often bring greenside bunkers more into play. So pick your poison.
While the back nine is far superior to the front, going out still has its fair share of memorable holes. A huge boulder 30 feet tall on the par-4 eighth jets out from the left side around which the fairway shapes itself. A perfect line from the tee box is to take the ball five yards right off its edge, but hitting the boulder is certain death by desert. The boulder was scheduled to crumble via dynamite, but stood up to the TNT and was deemed an immovable object. Open and playable for all skill levels, the Verrado Golf Club is a sublime experience.

Verrado Founders scores for today. In first place Tony Dalton at 69 net. In second place Neal Fisel at 70 net. In third place Dave Dean at 74 net. Atta-a-boys go to the Legend himself, Dan Clark at 76 net and Tony Rodriquez at 76 net. Hot today, standard weather for AZ this time of year. Next up Wickenburg Ranch, one of the outstanding courses we play. Hoping you all take time to play it. Field scores below as always.

 


Next up for VGA, Saturday, June 24, 2017 Wickenburg Ranch 8:00 AM $ 55. 

In early February of 2015, Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club made its debut, and for a course built in the heart of some of Arizona’s dramatic Sonoran Desert terrain, it has made quite a splash. Facilities include our spectacular 18-hole championship course crafted among the rolling hills just north of Wickenburg, along with an interim club facility with a golf shop, a small neighborhood market, and a patio where you can enjoy a cold drink before or after your round amidst the unmatched beauty of the surrounding high desert landscape.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017 / Longbow

Longbow Golf Club provides extraordinary golf at an exceptional value. Inviting tournaments or group outings, Longbow Golf Club offers quality and value beyond the ordinary. Our professional staff is driven to deliver the highest level of golf experience whether it’s on the spacious driving range or in the well-equipped golf shop. Leaving nothing to chance, the creators of Longbow Golf Club have anticipated the guests’ every need and have exceeded their expectations. From its unique architectural elements, a memorable round that is challenging and scenic, to the hearty fare severed up in the grille or on the spacious event patio after a round, Longbow Golf Club is more than just a golf club – it’s an experience. 

Hit them straight but not far. How many times do you have to be told to keep it on the course and don’t get into any trouble. Margaret Storms know what that means and she does it to win at Longbow, a very difficult course. Scored a 69 net to take 1st. Nice work Margaret, someday I’ll take your advice. Three golfers tied at 70 net, Jeff Currie got 2nd on a scorecard playoff with Tom Hebert getting 3rd and Tom Hecocks scored the Atta-a-Boy making it kind of a Tom Tom day. One good bird today and that was on hole #8 by Tom Hebert. Probably paid more than Margaret got for 1st. I’m pretty sure it was hot out there today so hope every one had lots of water to drink. Next up for VGA Verrado-Founders. Rest of the field’s scores below.


Next up for VGA, Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Verrado Golf Club 7:45 AM $40.00. 

John Fought and Tom Lehman collaborated on the course at Verrado Golf Club, a voluptuous design that meanders through the old Caterpillar bulldozer proving grounds. It’s up and down for 18 holes and that doesn’t mean “chip and a putt.” The course is good test with chances to score and a handful of memorable and scenic holes.
Where Verrado Golf Course will eat you alive is in the bunkers. Some bunkers are hard to carry, others collect wayward shots. But the fairways are wide enough to avoid trouble, and what appears to be the safe shot off the tee will often bring greenside bunkers more into play. So pick your poison.
While the back nine is far superior to the front, going out still has its fair share of memorable holes. A huge boulder 30 feet tall on the par-4 eighth jets out from the left side around which the fairway shapes itself. A perfect line from the tee box is to take the ball five yards right off its edge, but hitting the boulder is certain death by desert. The boulder was scheduled to crumble via dynamite, but stood up to the TNT and was deemed an immoveable object. Open and playable for all skill levels, the Verrado Golf Club is a sublime experience.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 / Kierland-Ironwood / Acacia courses

Bob Watson and Rich Golz standing by to tee off on #18 on the Acacia course. The Westin Kierland Golf Club, one of the leading Resort courses in Arizona, is dedicated to providing our guests with a consistently first-rate golf experience by offering a well-maintained, service-oriented golf facility staffed with individuals who act on the values of integrity, passion and teamwork. We strive to create a rewarding work environment for our associates while exceeding the expectations of our valued patrons and owners.

OK, it was warm but certainly not hot by Arizona Standards. Nice breeze that did nothing but melt the sweat off your brow. Dave Dean and Rich Golz tied for 1st today. Dave got 1st on a scorecard playoff and Rich had to settle for 2nd. Frank Szakal captured 3rd with a 67 net all by himself. “El Presidente”, Tony Dalton was the winner of the Atta-a-Boy today at 68 net. Kierland played great today I thought. Grass in the fairways was great and greens were fast and true. I guess I had never played the Acacia course before so I didn’t know about the requirement that you must be part Mountain Goat to get out of the funnels on last part of the course. Puts a real strain on leg muscles old timers don’t use much, at least me anyway. Longbow is next up so be sure to get out for that one. Rest of the fields scores below.


Next up for VGA, Saturday, June 17, 2017  Longbow 8:00 AM  $ 38.  

Longbow Golf Club provides extraordinary golf at an exceptional value. Inviting tournaments or group outings, Longbow Golf Club offers quality and value beyond the ordinary. Our professional staff is driven to deliver the highest level of golf experience whether it’s on the spacious driving range or in the well-equipped golf shop. Leaving nothing to chance, the creators of Longbow Golf Club have anticipated the guests’ every need and have exceeded their expectations. From its unique architectural elements, a memorable round that is challenging and scenic, to the hearty fare severed up in the grille or on the spacious event patio after a round, Longbow Golf Club is more than just a golf club – it’s an experience.

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Saturday, June 10,2017 / Palm Valley

Palm Valley Golf Club has two distinct 18-hole layouts, superb conditions, and complete practice and dining facilities make it a true gem of the West Valley and a must play destination for those visiting the Phoenix area. It’s a supreme challenge for the low handicap golfer yet forgiving for someone who wants an enjoyable experience regardless of the score. The Arthur Hills-designed Palms Course, a par-72 layout that covers 7,015 yards from the back tees, features one of the finest closing holes in the region — the par 5 18th with a lake on the left side of the fairway that wraps around a three-tiered green. The par-62 Lakes Course, designed by Hale Irwin, offers a shorter, quicker round of golf although no less of a challenge. The Lakes Course winds through the desert with many of its greens guarded by water. Palm Valley features a well-appointed golf shop, practice facility and the Fairway Grille, a full service bar and restaurant with several big-screen TVs plus a spacious patio offering spectacular views of the golf course and surrounding mountains. Palm Valley also is home of the Waterfront Pavilion, a popular venue for weddings, banquets and special events. Less than 20 miles west of downtown Phoenix, Palm Valley Golf Club is located in the heart of the West Valley’s top sports and entertainment venues at 2211 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85395 — just minutes from University of Phoenix Stadium, Jobing.com Arena, Camelback Ranch (spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox), Goodyear Ballpark (spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians) and Phoenix International Raceway.

Where is it found, and if you find it, can you use it? Where is that certain something that appears in a golfer’s game, then disappears, then returns again. Bursting forth like the Man of Steel. Unlikely, but Ron Amstutz smashed the field by 7 strokes at Palm Valley today with a pretty stunning 60 net. Oh, how the side pot gamblers must have moaned. Well done Ron, a most commendable round. To the others, very good golfers like Fred Baldwin and Jim Bays settled for a 67 net tie for second place. Fred got second on a  scorecard playoff and Jim Bays got third.  Another tie for the Atta-a-Boy at 68 net. The “Golden Boy” Rusty Silverman and Lloyd Snively shared that prize. Good work gents and atta a boy.  Next Wednesday we play Westin Kierland which I say,  “You do not want to miss”. Great facility, great course, and you will have a great time playing there I’m sure. See you there Wednesday. Rest of the fields scores are below.


Next up for VGA, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Kierland 7:12 AM $48.00. 

You are invited to experience The Westin Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale Arizona. Honored as one of the “Top 10 Public Courses in Phoenix/Scottsdale” by Golf Advisor and ranked by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 9 Most Cheerful Golf Courses,” Westin Kierland Golf Club is a Scottsdale “must play”. As one of the leading resort courses in Arizona, we are dedicated to providing our guests with a consistently first-rate golf experience by offering a well-maintained, service-oriented golf facility staffed with individuals who act on the values of integrity, passion and teamwork. We are committed to creating a rewarding work environment for our associates while exceeding the expectations of our valued patrons and owners.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 / Whirlwind Devils Claw course.

Built into the ancient, native landscape is 36 holes of championship golf designed by renowned architect Gary Panks. A true test of golf, the Cattail and Devil’s Claw courses truly are desert golf, evolved. Staffed with talented and devoted professionals, Whirlwind Golf Club has become one of the premier golf facilities in the Southwest. A round at Whirlwind is quiet, peaceful and feels like a destination golf club, yet it is only 11 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Experience for yourself the best golf and dining experience in the south Valley.

Summer is rapidly heating up and Whirlwind’s Devils Claw course is surrounded by some pretty hot desert. The course was very Troon like and mostly perfect in every way. A cool breeze kept us all from sweating too much. Surprise Neal Fisel went from being a Monkey’s butt in Green Valley to a very excellent 61 net today to take first place. Well done Neal, well done indeed. Hey, who is this Chuck Quigg guy. Well  he’s in second place with a nice 65 net. Also well done Chuck. Back from a European vacation and ready to get going again. Steve Richter gets third at 66 net. Welcome home Steve. Tony Judd accepts the Atta-a-Boy at 67 net. Rest of the field’s scores below.  Next up for VGA, Saturday, June 10, 2017 Palm Valley 7:00 AM $ 30.

Palm Valley Golf Club has two distinct 18-hole layouts, superb conditions, and complete practice and dining facilities make it a true gem of the West Valley and a must play destination for those visiting the Phoenix area. It’s a supreme challenge for the low handicap golfer yet forgiving for someone who wants an enjoyable experience regardless of the score. The Arthur Hills-designed Palms Course, a par-72 layout that covers 7,015 yards from the back tees, features one of the finest closing holes in the region — the par 5 18th with a lake on the left side of the fairway that wraps around a three-tiered green. The par-62 Lakes Course, designed by Hale Irwin, offers a shorter, quicker round of golf although no less of a challenge. The Lakes Course winds through the desert with many of its greens guarded by water. Palm Valley features a well-appointed golf shop, practice facility and the Fairway Grille, a full service bar and restaurant with several big-screen TVs plus a spacious patio offering spectacular views of the golf course and surrounding mountains. Palm Valley also is home of the Waterfront Pavilion, a popular venue for weddings, banquets and special events. Less than 20 miles west of downtown Phoenix, Palm Valley Golf Club is located in the heart of the West Valley’s top sports and entertainment venues at 2211 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85395 — just minutes from University of Phoenix Stadium, Jobing.com Arena, Camelback Ranch (spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox), Goodyear Ballpark (spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians) and Phoenix International Raceway.


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Saturday, June 3, 2017 / Verrado Founders course

John Fought and Tom Lehman collaborated on the course at Verrado Golf Club, a voluptuous design that meanders through the old Caterpillar bulldozer proving grounds. It’s up and down for 18 holes and that doesn’t mean “chip and a putt.” The course is good test with chances to score and a handful of memorable and scenic holes.
Where Verrado Golf Course will eat you alive is in the bunkers. Some bunkers are hard to carry, others collect wayward shots. But the fairways are wide enough to avoid trouble, and what appears to be the safe shot off the tee will often bring greenside bunkers more into play. So pick your poison.
While the back nine is far superior to the front, going out still has its fair share of memorable holes. A huge boulder 30 feet tall on the par-4 eighth jets out from the left side around which the fairway shapes itself. A perfect line from the tee box is to take the ball five yards right off its edge, but hitting the boulder is certain death by desert. The boulder was scheduled to crumble via dynamite, but stood up to the TNT and was deemed an immoveable object. Open and playable for all skill levels, the Verrado Golf Club is a sublime experience.

He’s back, Tony Rodriquez wins the Verrado Founders event today with a 68 net score. Great to see you back winning again Tony. No stranger to winning, John Adair took second on a scorecard playoff with Kenny Baca after tying at 70 net. Kenny gets third place. Tony Dalton and Dan Delgado share the Atta-a-Boy after a 74 net tie. It was a hot day in the Phoenix area today but still great in the mornings. But look out. Next up Whirlwind so don’t miss out on that one. Rest of Founders scores are below.


Next up for VGA, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Whirlwind 8:06 AM $42.00.

Built into the ancient, native landscape is 36 holes of championship golf designed by renowned architect Gary Panks. A true test of golf, the Cattail and Devil’s Claw courses truly are desert golf, evolved. Staffed with talented and devoted professionals, Whirlwind Golf Club has become one of the premier golf facilities in the Southwest. A round at Whirlwind is quiet, peaceful and feels like a destination golf club, yet it is only 11 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Experience for yourself the best golf and dining experience in the south Valley.

Golf Humor.