All posts by Harley Ewing

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, / Verrado Founders

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.

Verrado Founders Scoring

Nobody beats “Hard Hitting” John Adair on his course. John won it three ways today, 1st with a 64 net score,  2nd with 4 birdies, third with an Eagle on hole # 15. What a day and well done John in everyway. Dave Dean got 2nd place with a 69 net and Jim Niblack got 3rd with a 70 net. Atta Boy honors go to Doug Rankin at 73 net. Please, to shop any confusion with the scoring it will presented like this. Flt 1 and Flt 2 if needed will be listed separately but the overall winners are the 3 lowest net scores from both flights. They are the winners of the Big Dog points too. Others will be given money and  recognition in their individual Flight. If there is only one flight, same as always except please remember lowest net scores win the Big Dog points event if they didn’t enter the money pool. Also if you are going to play any tees other than the main tee listed on the tee sheet, make sure you mark your scorecard as such, and it would be a good idea to make sure the coordinator is aware of it. 

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Next event up for VGA, Click here for Pueblo El Mirage info.

You’ll never wait long to tee off here. Carefully designed on 6,600 yards, our 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course, designed by Fuzzy Zoeller, is ranked one of the best in the valley, and it’s waiting for you. It is pure paradise. Pueblo El Mirage’s golf course will challenge you – yes – even if you’re the most seasoned player. With delicate levels of difficulty, you’ll continuously fall for it’s challenging ways, pristine greens, radiant lakes and what seems like endless rolling fairways. Water comes into play on 13 holes. Just picture a 118-yard, par-3 requiring a tee shot over water to a peninsula green. Now, keep imagining it, or you’re welcome to come experience it at signature hole #3. We are big believers in quality and affordability, which is why our year-round golf rates are affordable. You are able to purchase to play by day, week, month, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Afterward, stop in the El Mirage Sports Bar and Grill to enjoy our great food and beverage offerings.

Saturday, 12/8/2018, / Superstition Springs

Something different for AZ golf, Fog?

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.

Superstition Springs scoring

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Next up for VGA, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Verrado-Founders 8:00 AM $ 55.00+

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.

Wednesday, November 5, 2018, / Foothills

Welcome to 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.

Foothills Scoring

Foothills winner Richard Brooks.

Hey, Richard Brooks strikes gold in the Ahwatukee Foothills golf course not only did he take 1st  place with a 67 net today but scored the only Birdie today worth $51. Nice going, Richard. Second place goes to my cart partner today Warren Mehan with at 69 net and you were worried. Third place goes Cathy Harvey also at 69 as she lost out on the scorecard playoff. Dave Dean walks out with the Atta Boy at 70 net. 

Big Dogs 

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Next event up for VGA, Click here for Superstition Springs GC info.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 Superstition Springs 8:00 AM $ 55.00

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.

Saturday, December 1, 2018, / 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

Union Hills Scoring

Flight 1, Ben Hughes took 1st place with a 65 net and well done Ben. John “Hard Hitting” Adair was 2nd tied with Al Dan at 67 nets. Al gets third on the scorecard playoff. The “Golden Lad” Rusty Silverman added another Att Boy to his collection but he had to share it with Chad Oberding, Danny Delgado, and Larry Burton. All had 72 nets. 

Flight 2, Bill “The Carver” Heller chopped up the field with an array of new ways to carve up a course. He must have as he scored a 59 net and won by six strokes. Six, six, six Bill? Sherwood Begay captured second place at 67 net followed by Neal Fisel at 68 for third place. Lloyd Snively accepted the Atta Boy at 69 net. Sure it was pretty chilly early this morning but it warm up. See everyone at the Foothills in Ahwatukee Wednesday. 

Flight 1

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Flight 2

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Next event up for VGA, Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Foothills 8:00 AM $ 40.00

Welcome to 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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, / Trilogy @ Power Ranch

Eighteen holes of spectacular Arizona championship golf meander their way through the cleansed desert of the Queen Creek wash, following with every turn the subtle elevation changes of the area. The par-71 Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch located in the southeast Phoenix Valley was designed by golf course architect Dick Bailey and stretches over 6,900 yards. Natural undulations and strategically placed mounding combine with Trilogy’s natural setting to create a golf course that is able to both challenge the accomplished player and accommodate the novice.

Power Ranch Scoring revised

Apologies to John Euler as he and Richard Brooks tied at Power Ranch with  67 net totals. I totally missed looking at the all golfers scoring. John won the event and Richard was 2nd on a score card playoff. Because John did not enter the net jackpot. He gets 1st place Big dog points but no money. Richard is still 1st for money standings 2nd for Big Dogs. Bill Heller and Harley Ewing tied at 68 nets with Bill taking 2nd place money and 3rd place Big Dog points and Harley 3rd place money and the Atta boy on the scorecard playoff.  Sorry Ben you lost the Atta Boy. The course was great greens were better. Should play the next time it comes up.

Big Dog All Golfer scores
Net Jackpot scores

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Next up for VGA, Saturday, December 1, 2018, Union Hills @ 8:00 AM $ 45.00

Welcome to Union Hills Golf and Country Club! 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 and Country Club. A semi-private club with all the amenities you would expect from a Greg Nash designed 18-hole championship golf course. Nash’s name is synonymous with beautiful, playable golf courses that provide fun, fair challenges to players of all abilities while blending seamlessly with their natural surroundings. Plus Union Hills offers first class practice facilities, and a clubhouse featuring a Large Dining Room, The Del Grill and Cocktail Lounge, Off-Track Betting, a fitness center and pool.

Saturday, November 24, 2018, / Aguila

About Aguila 18… Gary Panks links design course Challenging layout and design for all levels of golfers Transition areas feature native grasses and wildflowers Set at the base of South Mountain with scenic mountain views Three lakes come into play on five holes Scenic skyline views of downtown Phoenix Continuous cart paths and four sets of tees Aguila (Spanish for Eagle) logo displays the ancient Aztec design of an eagle on merchandise and apparel

Aguila Scoring

Flight 1 wow what happened to the A players? James Flodin took 1st with a 70 net, Ron Amstutz took 2nd at 71 net and Richard Brooks got third in a tie with Danny Campos and Alan Arndt at 72 net. Determined by a scorecard playoff. Danny scored the Atta Boy. Flight 2 winners were Lloyd Snively the winner with a dramatic 62 net way to go, Lloyd. Ron Gunderson took second a stroke behind at 63 net. Stephen Jordan got third at 66 net and Ken Baca takes home the Atta Boy. 

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Next event up for VGA, Click here for Trilogy @ Power Ranch GC info.

Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
Eighteen holes of spectacular Arizona championship golf meander their way through the cleansed desert of the Queen Creek wash, following with every turn the subtle elevation changes of the area. The par-71 Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch located in the southeast Phoenix Valley was designed by golf course architect Dick Bailey and stretches over 6,900 yards. Natural undulations and strategically placed mounding combine with Trilogy’s natural setting to create a golf course that is able to both challenge the accomplished player and accommodate the novice.
Trilogy at Power Ranch Scorecard

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 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.

Kokopelli Scoring

Fred Laskowski back from Prescott and in VGA as a member again comes out and kicks some butt. Won it with a 66 net. Followed by three players who shot 68 nets. Bill Myer who stole my 2nd bird from me took second place with  Larry Burton his cart partner getting 3rd place and The Golden Lad Rusty Silverman captured the Atta Boy all of it on a scorecard playoff. Saturday is Aguila see you there. 

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Next up for VGA, Saturday, November 24, 2018 Aguila-W/City card 8:00 AM $ 49.00 

About Aguila 18…
Gary Panks links design course
Challenging layout and design for all levels of golfers
Transition areas feature native grasses and wildflowers
Set at the base of South Mountain with scenic mountain views
Three lakes come into play on five holes
Scenic skyline views of downtown Phoenix
Continuous cart paths and four sets of tees
Aguila (Spanish for Eagle) logo displays the ancient Aztec design of an eagle on merchandise and apparel.

Sat, Nov 17, 2018,/ Stonecreek and Awards Dinner

Etched into the desert on pristine terrain in the heart of Phoenix, Stonecreek Golf Club’s magnificent par-71, 6,871-yard championship course was originally designed by Gary Grandstaff and Roy Dye, brother of the iconic Pete Dye and part of the Dye Designs dynasty. The course was subsequently re-designed by noted golf course architect Arthur Hills & Associates to modernize course infrastructure and bring it up to today’s standards while incorporating numerous environmentally-friendly maintenance and agronomy practices. The result is an adventurous, breathtaking links-style layout that has been rated four stars by Golf Digest. Mature trees frame emerald green Bermuda fairways and hilly, elevated greens, with creek beds meandering throughout the course and coming into play on five holes – adding to the course’s beauty as well as its strategic diversity. While challenging for scratch golfers, five sets of tees on each hole enable golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy this picturesque desert golf gem, which features panoramic vistas of the Squaw Peak Mountains from every hole.

Stonecreek Scoring

Rusty “Golden Boy” Silverman today’s 1st flight winner and 2018 Big Dog Winner for Sat. with a total of 50 Big Dog pts, 2nd place to Bill Heller 32 pts, & 3rd toTony Dalton 30 pts.

Rusty Silverman takes 1st place for 1st flight players. The Golden Boy scored 65 net and well-done sir. 2nd place was Al Dan at 69 net and Ben Hughes with 2 Birds comes in third place with a 72 net. Barry Jennejahn takes home the Atta Boy. Flight 2 winner was Steady Freddy Baldwin with a 65 net. Great work Fred. Margaret Storms right there again for 2nd place. Tom Hebert captured 3rd place with a 71 Score. Eddie Little takes the Atta Boy with a 77 net score. See you Wednesday at Kokopelli.

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Next up for VGA, Wednesday, November 21, 2018, @ Kokopelli 8:00 AM for $49.00.

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.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, / Sundance

Sundance Golf Course-Signature Hole
Hole # 6 is a par 3, 175-yard hole requiring a precision shot over the golf course’s only water feature. The lake offers enough mental challenge for most golfers that greenside bunkers were not needed to add to the hole’s difficulty so none were added at the time of design. The green offers plenty of challenge already with the built-in undulations and severe slope that can easily guide your ball toward the lake that surrounds 65% of the green’s surface. 
http://www.sundancegolfaz.com/golf/
Sundance Golf Course-Signature Hole
Hole # 6 is a par 3, 175-yard hole requiring a precision shot over the golf course’s only water feature. The lake offers enough mental challenge for most golfers that green side bunkers were not needed to add to the hole’s difficulty so none were added at the time of design. The green offers plenty of challenge already with the built-in undulations and severe slope that can easily guide your ball toward the lake that surrounds 65% of the green’s surface. 
http://www.sundancegolfaz.com/golf/ 

Sundance Scoring

Warren Meehan takes 1st place with a 69 net on a chilly Sundance track. Tom Willis captured 2nd in a tie with Tom Giljum who got 3rd both scored net 74s. A scorecard playoff determined the Tom/Tom finish. Rich Golz captured the Atta Boy all by himself at 76 net.

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Next up for VGA, Saturday, November 17, 2018, StoneCreek, Shotgun Start, 7:00 AM, $ 55.00 + Annual get together, with free Lunch for Members and handing out prize money for 2018 winners.

Etched into the desert on the pristine terrain in the heart of Phoenix, Stonecreek Golf Club’s magnificent par-71, 6,871-yard championship course was originally designed by Gary Grandstaff and Roy Dye, brother of the iconic Pete Dye and part of the Dye Designs dynasty. The course was subsequently re-designed by noted golf course architect Arthur Hills & Associates to modernize course infrastructure and bring it up to today’s standards while incorporating numerous environmentally-friendly maintenance and agronomy practices. The result is an adventurous, breathtaking links-style layout that has been rated four stars by Golf Digest. Mature trees frame emerald green Bermuda fairways and hilly, elevated greens, with creek beds meandering throughout the course and coming into play on five holes – adding to the course’s beauty as well as its strategic diversity. While challenging for scratch golfers, five sets of tees on each hole enable golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy this picturesque desert golf gem, which features panoramic vistas of the Squaw Peak Mountains from every hole.

Saturday, November 10, 2018, / 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.

Francisco Grande Scoring

Steady Freddy trying to earn his nick back. He Did, got 1st place with 62 net. Nice play Fred, well done. Margaret “Storming” Storms, stormed in for 2nd place at 67 net. Way to go Margaret. Neal “Stretch” Fisel had 3rd all to himself with a 70 net. Lloyd Snively and Ben Hughes split the Atta Boy with 71 net each. Next up Sundance see you all there. 

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Next up for VGA, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Sundance 8:00 AM $ 37.00.

Sundance Golf Course-Signature Hole
Hole # 6 is a par 3, 175-yard hole requiring a precision shot over the golf course’s only water feature. The lake offers enough mental challenge for most golfers that greenside bunkers were not needed to add to the hole’s difficulty so none were added at the time of design. The green offers plenty of challenge already with the built-in undulations and severe slope that can easily guide your ball toward the lake that surrounds 65% of the green’s surface. 
http://www.sundancegolfaz.com/golf/ 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, / San Marcos

The San Marcos Golf Course boasts a recent multi-million dollar renovation and now includes a brand new state-of-the-art irrigation system that produces year-round premium playing condition, expanded lakes, new tee boxes, reconstructed bunkers with new sand, and green enlargements on a handful of holes. The result is a strategically-diverse and visually stunning layout that makes for an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all playing abilities.

San Marcos Scoring

Richard Golz scored an excellent 62 for 1st place in today’s San Marcos VGA golf event. Nice score and well done Rich. Fred Baldwin took 2nd with a 68 net. Harley Ewing and Bob Watson tied at 72 nets with Harley taking 3rd place and Bob got the Atta Boy on the scorecard playoff.  

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Next up for VGA, Saturday, November 10, 2018 Francisco Grande (2) 8:00 AM $ 45.00.

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.

San Marcos Scorecard

San Marcos Info and flyover.


Saturday, November 3, 2018, / Falcon Golf Course

Come out and play one of the Valleys Greatest Values for Golf ull “Grass” Practice Area Professional 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.

Falcon GC Scores Flight 1

Flight one winner Ron Amstutz with a 66 net. Dan Delgado 2nd place at 70 net. Third goes to Larry Burton at 71 with Dan Campos picking up the Atta Boy. For the Second Flight, 1st place goes to Rich Perry with a stunning 62 net score, nice shooting Rich. Second place to Bill Heller at 69 net. Third to George Kowalchik with a 70 net. Atta Boy tie at 72 net with Rich Golz and Eddie Little sharing the coveted prize. With regret the Jim O’Keefe cup was not played today.

Flight 2

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Next up for VGA, Wednesday, November 7, 2018, San Marcos @ 8:00 AM for $43.00+.

The San Marcos Golf Course boasts a recent multi-million dollar renovation and now includes a brand new state-of-the-art irrigation system that produces year-round premium playing condition, expanded lakes, new tee boxes, reconstructed bunkers with new sand, and green enlargements on a handful of holes. The result is a strategically-diverse and visually stunning layout that makes for an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all playing abilities.

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