Saturday, December 30th, 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 at 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.
Al Dan, Aguila winner.

Al Dan with a 63 net takes first place at Aguila today. I think Al likes Aguila. 2nd place goes to Tom Hebert my cart partner today with a 64 net. Nice work Tom, I tried to distract you as much as possible didn’t work. Dennis Haigwood gets third place at 65 net for the day. Nice work guys. Fred Baldwin gets the Atta-A-Boy at 68 net you played a good game yourself. Next up will be Ocotillo bring a couple of extra sleeves of balls to donate to the water gods. It’s a fun deal so come on out. Rest of the field’s scores Click here.

Pos. Player Total
Gross
To Par
Net
Total
Net
1 Dan, Al

Valley Golfers Association
75 -9 63
2 Hebert, Thomas

Valley Golfers Association
84 -8 64
3 Haigwood, Dennis

Valley Golfers Association
89 -7 65
4 Baldwin, Fred

Valley Golfers Association
88 -4 68

Next Up for VGA,. Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Ocotillo 8:00 AM $53.00.  

Rising out of the Arizona desert like an oasis, Ocotillo Golf Club is a golfer’s paradise. The course encompasses rolling hills lined by mature trees, colorful flower beds and all shapes and sizes of water hazards. An alternative to the desert-style golf so commonplace in the valley, this sanctuary-like course is also one of the best-maintained facilities in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. Boasting a list of amenities normally found only at the finest private clubs and resorts, Ocotillo is recognized as one of the finest daily-fee facilities in the country. Serving as a qualifier course for PGA Tour events, Ocotillo routinely receives a four-star rating in Golf Digest’s annual guide. Ocotillo was also voted as one of the “Three Must-Play” courses in the valley – along with Troon North and the Boulders – in a recent Golf Digest Readers Poll.

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Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 / Club West

VGA Alerts, Only 4 more Days to Renew your Dues and get a $5 Rebate from AGA & and still no Snack shack @ Aguila next Saturday. 

Tee it up at Club West Golf Club! Boasting a stunning 18-hole Brian Whitcomb/Ken Kavanaugh design that serves up 4 sets of tees ranging from 4,985 yards to as much as 7,142 yards from the back tees. The course’s elevation and beauty distinguish itself from other Phoenix, golf courses. Elevation changes that are nowhere more evident than at Club West’s signature par three: the downhill “double green” 17th hole that is highlighted by dramatic views and a tee to green elevation change of over 100 feet. Club West also features a complete practice range, well-appointed golf shop and full-service Agave Bistro that highlights spectacular views from the elegant dining room and patio. The 120-seat dining room also is one of the area’s popular banquet venue and is ideal for wedding receptions, special celebrations, and corporate events.

Club West Course played pretty well today I thought but there was a lot of confusion with collecting the green fees, the holes had been changed around, they were using the old hole numbers but it came out pretty good for most folks. Danny Delgado playing hot still won today with a nifty 62 net. Keep it going, Dan. Rusty Silverman and Dave Dean played to a 66 net tie with the Golden Boy coming in second on a scorecard playoff. Dave Dean settled for 3rd place today even though he scored 5 birdies in the round. Watched him do it most birds I’ve seen for an individual player that I have played with. Well done Dave. The Legend Dan Clark racks up another Atta-A-Boy today he must have a shelf full of them. Fred Balwin scored an Eagle on the # 3 hole today, nice putt I’m told. I also putted for Eagle on that hole which I did Eagle the last time we played there but it was not to be. Got a Bird though. Aguila next Saturday so bring any shacks your want they don’t have any concession there yet. Rest of the field scores can be viewed here. 

Pos. Player Total
Gross
To Par
Net
Total
Net
Points
1 Delgado, Dan

Valley Golfers Association
76 -10 62 5.00
2 Rusty Silverman 

Valley Golfers Association
77 -6 66 3.00
3 Dave Dean 

Valley Golfers Association
77 -6 66 1.00
4 Clark, Daniel

Valley Golfers Association
88 -5 67 0.00

Next up for VGA, Saturday, December 30 Aguila @ 8:00 AM, $ 49 (city card). 

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.

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Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 / Viewpoint

The par-71, 6,324-yard Championship Course at Viewpoint opened in 1996 and features generous tree-lined traditional fairways, immaculate greens, and panoramic mountain views. With more than 40 bunkers and lots of water hazards, strategic course management is a must. We offer four sets of tees to accommodate players of all ability levels.

My oh my, Ron Amstutz came to play today and did he ever scoring a 60 net score for 1st place at a cloudy and cool Viewpoint course today. Must have had something good for breakfast this morning as he was on fire. Nice round Ron. Second place and walking the course and playing very steady golf Jim Belanger or as he is known to me Mark Belanger in with a 67 net. Nice work Jim and enjoyed the round with you and Tom Giljum. Third place goes to John Bucco with a 69 net and well done John. Atta-A-Boy goes to our past Presidente, Tom Hecocks with a 70 net. I know you were wearing your shoes today. Rest of the Scores are here.

Pos. Player Total
Gross
To Par
Net
Total
Net
Points
1 Amstutz, Ron

Valley Golfers Association
76 -11 60 5.00
2 Belanger, James

Valley Golfers Association
82 -4 67 3.00
3 Bucco, John

Valley Golfers Association
97 -2 69 1.00
4 Hecocks, Tom

Valley Golfers Association
79 -1 70 0.00

Next up for VGA, Wed, Dec 27, 2017, Club West – SG start 8:30:00 AM $45.00. 

Tee it up at Club West Golf Club! Boasting a stunning 18-hole Brian Whitcomb/Ken Kavanaugh design that serves up 4 sets of tees ranging from 4,985 yards to as much as 7,142 yards from the back tees.
The course’s elevation and beauty distinguish itself from other Phoenix, golf courses. Elevation changes that are nowhere more evident than at Club West’s signature par three: the downhill “double green” 17th hole that is highlighted by dramatic views and a tee to green elevation change of over 100 feet.
Club West also features a complete practice range, well-appointed golf shop and full-service Agave Bistro that highlights spectacular views from the elegant dining room and patio. The 120-seat dining room also is one of the area’s popular banquet venue and is ideal for wedding receptions, special celebrations, and corporate events.

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Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 / Troon North-Monument Course

If you didn’t get to play today’s event here’s a flyover view.

Troon North Golf Club stands as a hallmark of the Scottsdale desert golf experience with two 18-hole courses stretching through the natural ravines and foothills in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak. Giant granite boulders lie strewn across the rugged landscape of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, where Troon North Golf Club combines iconic golf with the visual sensation of the desert landscape, providing a standard unmatched in the American Southwest. Revered as Scottsdale’s crown jewel, the challenge, visual sensation, and special ambiance of Troon North sets the standard by which all other courses are measured. The immaculately groomed fairways, bentgrass greens, and exceptional customer service create the renowned Troon Golf Experience. Troon North’s Monument and Pinnacle courses consistently rank at the top of every golfer’s must-play list. Recent course renovations by original designer and British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf have created two new layouts that bring his original concept to life. Golfers in search of the classic desert golf experience are returning to Troon North Golf Club again and again to enjoy Weiskopf’s true vision. Whether you’re playing for the first time or a regular at Troon North, these two Scottsdale courses in sunny Arizona offer golf connoisseurs the best in desert golf!
Jake Nicol

Jake Nicol pronounced Nichol showing more progress by taking first place at Troon North-Monument course with a 68 net score. Way to go Jake no easy task well done. Second place goes to none other than Robert Inman one off the winning pace at 69 net. Robert scored an Eagle on Monday at San Marcos for which he received nothing to see how golf gives and takes. This time you score big time way to go Bob. A tie for third place with John Bucco and Jim Niblack getting 70 net scores. John gets the third place money on the scorecard playoff and Jim settles for the Atta-A-Boy. Mr. Eagle Dave Dean picked up another Eagle on hole #5 known as “The Swale” take a look the Green and you will know why. Nice work Dave. Next, up for VGA, this Saturday is Viewpoint out in Mesa. A very fun and challenging little course try it you’ll like it. Rest of the field’s scores click here.

Pos. Player Total
Gross
To Par
Net
Total
Net
Points
1 Nicol, Jake

Valley Golfers Association
87 -4 68 5.00
2 Inman, Robert

Valley Golfers Association
95 -3 69 3.00
3 Bucco, John

Valley Golfers Association
97 -2 70 1.00
4 Niblack, Jim

Valley Golfers Association
82 -2 70 0.00

Next event scheduled for VGA Saturday, Dec 23, 2017 Viewpoint @ 8:30 AM $ 45. 


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Saturday, December 16th, 2017 / Union Hills

In the Phoenix area, discover one of the northwest valley’s hidden treasures… Less than five minutes from the 101 Freeway and Union Hills Drive lies one of the valley’s best-kept secrets… Union Hills Golf & Country Club. A semi-private club with all the amenities you would expect A Championship Greg Nash designed 18-hole golf course; first-class practice facilities, A clubhouse featuring Large Dining Room, The Del Grill and Cocktail Lounge
Tom Hecocks

With 3 good birdies, Tommy of the no shoes Hecocks on a scorecard playoff wins the Union hills event today under cloudy skies. Tom and Mike Roether scored identical 68 nets but Tom got 1st place and Mike settled for a 2nd place using the scorecard playoff system. In third place and playing very well with his new driver shaft Bill Heller is hitting the ball much straighter lately finished with 66 net. Easier to see and find your ball in the fairway as I well know. Danny Delgado also playing well lately tied Tom Hebert for the Atta-A-Boy at 68 nets they agreed it required no playoff. Next, up for VGA, Wednesday will be the Troon North Monument course one of the finer courses we play. Get out and play eh? Rest of the field results click here.

Pos. Player Total
Gross
To Par
Net
Total
Net
Points
1 Hecocks, Tom

Valley Golfers Association
73 -7 65 5.00
2 Roether, Mike

Valley Golfers Association
77 -7 65 3.00
3 Heller, Bill

Valley Golfers Association
96 -6 66 1.00
4 Delgado, Dan

Valley Golfers Association
84 -4 68 0.00
5 Hebert, Thomas

Valley Golfers Association
85 -4 68 0.00

Next up for VGA, Wed, Dec 20, 2017, Troon North – Monument @ 8:10 AM $59.00. 

Troon North Golf Club stands as a hallmark of the Scottsdale desert golf experience with two 18-hole courses stretching through the natural ravines and foothills in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak. Giant granite boulders lie strewn across the rugged landscape of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, where Troon North Golf Club combines iconic golf with the visual sensation of the desert landscape, providing a standard unmatched in the American Southwest.
Revered as Scottsdale’s crown jewel, the challenge, visual sensation, and special ambiance of Troon North sets the standard by which all other courses are measured. The immaculately groomed fairways, bentgrass greens, and exceptional customer service create the renowned Troon Golf Experience. Troon North’s Monument and Pinnacle courses consistently rank at the top of every golfer’s must-play list. Recent course renovations by original designer and British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf have created two new layouts that bring his original concept to life. Golfers in search of the classic desert golf experience are returning to Troon North Golf Club again and again to enjoy Weiskopf’s true vision. Whether you’re playing for the first time or a regular at Troon North, these two Scottsdale courses in sunny Arizona offer golf connoisseurs the best in desert golf!

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 / Kokopelli

Conveniently located within the El Dorado Lakes community near Arizona State University and just 20 minutes from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport, Kokopelli Golf Club in Gilbert offers the service and amenities of an upscale private club, at daily fee prices. Open to the public seven days a week for golf, tournaments, dining and special events, the club also offers attractively-priced membership options – offering avid golfers unlimited access and an array of exclusive benefits and privileges.

Can you believe it Harley Ewing won it today at Kokopelli his personal nemesis course with a nifty 65 net.  A course on which I almost had a heat stroke one Summer past. Even scoring 2 Birds on # 1 and #7. I played very well until taking a 7,6,6,8 on the last 4 holes. Oh well enough about me, Three other players came in tied at 71 nets. Gordon Lukert the Dean of VGA came in 2nd on the scorecard playoff beating out Dave Dean who got 3rd place and Doug Rankin who scored the Atta-A-Boy award. Kokopelli can be a tough track and I think it played that way today. Sad to hear Richard Brooks suffered a severe (11 stitches) cut on his leg from the bottom of a Golf club bag. He was ok to drive himself to the hospital after some remarkable first aid given by Jeff Stone and others at the course. We all wish you well Richard and hope to see you out playing with us soon. Rest of the field’s scores click here.

Pos. Player Total
Gross
To Par
Net
Total
Net
Purse Points
1 Ewing, Harley

Valley Golfers Association
92 -7 65 $57.00 5.00
2 Lukert, Gordon

Valley Golfers Association
97 -1 71 $34.00 3.00
3 Dean, Dave

Valley Golfers Association
83 -1 71 $23.00 1.00
4 Rankin, Doug

Valley Golfers Association
88 -1 71 $0.00 0.00

Next up for VGA, Saturday, Dec 16 Union Hills 8:00 AM $ 45. 


Golf Humor submitted by Uncle G.

The Outdoorsman: During his physical, the doctor asked the patient about his daily activity level. He described a typical day this way: “Well, yesterday afternoon, I waded along the edge of a lake, drank eight beers, escaped from wild dogs in the heavy brush, jumped away from an aggressive rattlesnake, marched up and down several rocky hills, stood in a patch of poison ivy, crawled out of quicksand and took four leaks behind big trees.” Inspired by the story, the doctor said,“You must be one hell of an outdoorsman!” ”NAH,” he replied, “I’m just an awful golfer.”

Saturday, December 9th, 2017 / Francisco Grande

Francisco Grande, the legendary Arizona golf resort, is located halfway between Phoenix and Tucson and is just 45 minutes from the Phoenix airport and an hour drive from Scottsdale. The Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort offers its guests luxury accommodations in the Tower, superb food, outstanding golf, and excellent value. This traditional 7400 yard Arizona golf course is one of the most historic in the Southwest and is overseeded every winter and has over 1500 mature trees and three lakes in a parkland setting. The Arizona Hotel & Golf Resort has recently undergone an $ 8 million renovation of its hotel rooms and suites, including the golf course and all its dining and meeting facilities. Out of the 101 guest rooms, 64 are in our tower, including spacious suites overlooking our golf course and pool area. Every guest room in the tower is oversized and has a large, inviting balcony with expansive views of the golf course and the mountains in the distance. The resort’s restaurants and watering holes provide a variety of casual and upscale dining and entertainment options.
Rusty Silverman “The Golden Boy”

The Golden Boy from PVAZ steps up again and takes the Francisco Grande event today with a scorecard playoff win over the Legend Daniel Clark. Both tied at 67 nets. Rusty also moved up to 1st place in the Saturday Big Dog competition as he moved past John Adair. In the third spot, Gordon Lukert took it with a one stroke off the pace 68 net. Hope you won at Snake as it appears the money ran out before it got to you. Well done, however. Tim Haight at 69 net scored the Atta-A-Boy.

Pos. Player Total
Gross
To Par
Net
Total
Net
Points
1 Silverman, Rusty

Valley Golfers Association
78 -5 67 5.00
2 Clark, Daniel

Valley Golfers Association
87 -5 67 3.00
3 Lukert, Gordon

Valley Golfers Association
93 -4 68 1.00
4 Haight, Tim

Valley Golfers Association
78 -3 69 0.00

Next event up for VGA, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Kokopelli – 8:00:00 AM $42.00. 

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.

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Wednesday, December 6th,2017 / Legacy

The Legacy Golf Club, rich in heritage and history, is an 18-hole par 71 championship golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Gary Panks. Located on what was once Dwight B. Heard’s 7,500-acre ranch, the golf club is rich in Arizona heritage and history. Taking great pride in preserving and integrating many of the historical structures and monuments, our 18-hole championship golf course offers a unique look and an added opportunity to experience some Arizona history and of the Heard legacy, from which the golf club takes its name. The original two-grain silos, built in 1902, still remain along the 18th fairway and were once the tallest structures in Maricopa County. The Sierra Vista House, which marks the 1st tee, was visited on occasion in the early 1900’s by Theodore Roosevelt and Pancho Villa. Come make your own history at the Legacy Golf Club!
Doug Patterson wins the Legacy Wednesday event with a net 66.

Oh my, Doug Patterson is at it again and wins the VGA Legacy event with an outstanding 66 net today. Way to go D2. Tied at 67 nets, Richard Brooks takes 2nd on the scorecard playoff while also at 67 net Tom Giljum is in at 3rd place. Jake Nicol gets the Atta-A-Boy today and shall be known in this domain as Flying Eagle for his Eagle on hole number 8 today. This guy tells me he has only been playing golf for 4-5 months. We got a hidden gem in him. Played with him today and he hit two big blasts to get within 20-30 yards and holed the Eagle with a pitch shot nine iron. Worse yet I was fooling around on the lower left part of the green fringe and didn’t even get to see it go in. Next event up for VGA is Francisco Grande the San Francisco Giants old training ground in Casa Grande. If you haven’t played this one you should with its great history there and most of the time in great condition. Free lunch provided for us too. Good to see Jeff Stone back in town and playing with us again. I pulled a senior moment on him as I mistook him for Robert Inman uncle of Bradley Rinehart. I told him everyone in a golf hat looks like Robert Inman to me. Don’t think he bought it though. Anyway, welcome back Jeff and where are you Robert who was scheduled to play today. Also great to see Rich Golz out to visit us today back from two surgically repaired knees. Getting around quite well with his new racing cane. Rest of the field results are here.

Pos. Player Total
Gross
To Par
Net
Total
Net
Purse Points
1 Patterson, Doug

Valley Golfers Association
76 -5 66 $57.00 5.00
2 Brooks, Richard

Valley Golfers Association
76 -4 67 $34.00 3.00
3 Giljum, Tom

Valley Golfers Association
81 -4 67 $23.00 1.00
4 Nicol, Jake

Valley Golfers Association
87 -3 68 $0.00 0.00

Next, up for VGA, Saturday, Dec 9, 2017, Francisco Grande 8:30 AM $ 47(lunch). 

Francisco Grande, the legendary Arizona golf resort, is located halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, and is just 45 minutes from the Phoenix airport and an hour drive from Scottsdale. The Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort offers its guests luxury accommodations in the Tower, superb food, outstanding golf, and excellent value. This traditional 7400 yard Arizona golf course is one of the most historic in the Southwest and is overseeded every winter and has over 1500 mature trees and three lakes in a parkland setting. The Arizona Hotel & Golf Resort has recently undergone an $ 8 million renovation of its hotel rooms and suites, including the golf course and all its dining and meeting facilities. Out of the 101 guest rooms, 64 are in our tower, including spacious suites overlooking our golf course and pool area. Every guest room in the tower is oversized and has a large, inviting balcony with expansive views of the golf course and the mountains in the distance. The resort’s restaurants and watering holes provide a variety of casual and upscale dining and entertainment options.

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Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 / Falcon Golf Club

Come out and play one of the Valleys Greatest Values for Golf Full “Grass” Practice Area Golf Instruction Available– Call Pro Shop at 623-935-7800 or book your Tee Time online. This Curley designed Golf Club is majestically nestled around the Estrella & White Tank Mountains. Featuring a front nine target style golf with desert-like conditions and the back nine is championship style with bunkers, water, and trees separating the fairways and greens. The golf course plays at 6,733 yards from the back tees with a par of 71. Falcon is a great venue for tournaments as the golf course is playable for the beginning golfer yet is still challenging for the advanced golfer.
Bill Heller

Beautiful Arizona day for golf at Falcon Golf Club. The winner today on a scorecard playoff none other than Bill Heller with a 66 net score. The old cliche says a short memory goes a long way nice work Bill. 2nd place goes to Neal Fisel at 66 net who tied Bill but lost the playoff. Three guys tied at 68 net with Dennis Haigwood getting 3rd place, Chad Oberding and John Pierce tying for the Atta-A-Boy all by the scorecard playoff. Next up Legacy on Wednesday. All results click here.

Pos. Player Total
Gross
To Par
Net
Total
Net
Points
1 Heller, Bill

Valley Golfers Association
99 -5 66 5.00
2 Fisel, Neal

Valley Golfers Association
87 -5 66 3.00
3 Haigwood, Dennis

Valley Golfers Association
93 -3 68 1.00
4 Olberding, Chad

Valley Golfers Association
87 -3 68 0.00
5 Pierce, John

Valley Golfers Association
97 -3 68 0.00

Next up for VGA, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Legacy – SG start 8:28:00 AM $50.00. 

The Legacy Golf Club, rich in heritage and history, is an 18-hole par 71 championship golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Gary Panks. Located on what was once Dwight B. Heard’s 7,500-acre ranch, the golf club is rich in Arizona heritage and history. Taking great pride in preserving and integrating many of the historical structures and monuments, our 18-hole championship golf course offers a unique look and an added opportunity to experience some Arizona history and of the Heard legacy, from which the golf club takes its name. The original two-grain silos, built in 1902, still remain along the 18th fairway and were once the tallest structures in Maricopa County. The Sierra Vista House, which marks the 1st tee, was visited on occasion in the early 1900’s by Theodore Roosevelt and Pancho Villa. Come make your own history at the Legacy Golf Club!

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