Saturday, September 16th, 2017 / Wickenburg Ranch

Wickenburg Ranch
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.

Looks like the usual suspects rose to the occasion today at Wickenburg Ranch. Dan Campos was so good today shooting a 66 gross and 61 net no 30 handicapper was going take his place at the number 1 slot today. Dan also fired an Eagle today on #7.  Fine round Dan and well done. Larry Burton came in second always close to the money. He scored a 66 net. Tim Haight was third at 68 net and Dan Delgado was rewarded with the Atta-A-Boy for a just out of the money 70 net. Was a little cooler today and hopefully caught a little breeze too. Next up Verrado on Wednesday. Remember the new VGA software link and be sure to bookmark it for all the info on VGA events. Example click on the players name and view their scorecard.

Pos. Player Total
Gross
To Par
Net
Total
Net
Purse
1 Campos, Dan

Valley Golfers Association
66 -10 61 $48.00
2 Burton, Larry

Valley Golfers Association
79 -5 66 $27.00
3 Haight, Tim

Valley Golfers Association
80 -3 68 $18.00
4 Delgado, Dan

Valley Golfers Association
88 -1 70 $0.00
5 Gunderson, Ron

Valley Golfers Association
92 +2 73 $0.00
6 Snively, Lloyd

Valley Golfers Association
101 +2 73 $0.00
7 Silverman, Rusty

Valley Golfers Association
88 +4 75 $0.00
8 Dalton, Tony

Valley Golfers Association
88 +5 76 $0.00
9 Baldwin, Fred

Valley Golfers Association
97 +6 77 $0.00
10 Hebert, Thomas

Valley Golfers Association
99 +6 77 $0.00
11 Fisel, Neal

Valley Golfers Association
101 +8 79 $0.00
12 Clark, Daniel

Valley Golfers Association
98 +8 79 $0.00
13 Currie, Jeffery

Valley Golfers Association
98 +10 81 $0.00
14 Christiansen, Dan

Valley Golfers Association
102 +12 83 $0.00
15 Jennejahn, Barry

Valley Golfers Association
95 +24 95 $0.00
DNF Bays, Jim

Valley Golfers Association
DNF DNF $0.00

Next up for VGA, Wednesday September 20, 2017 Verrado / SG 7:24:00 AM $43.00. 

Verrado Golf Club
Tucked in the foothills of the White Tank Mountains in Buckeye, Arizona, stretching to more than 7,000 yards, and offering jaw-dropping views and rugged natural beauty, Verrado Golf Club is an exceptional West Phoenix Valley golf experience that can accommodate golfers of all levels. After your round, the Verrado Grille restaurant is a great place to relax and take in the Sunset!

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 / Whirlwind Cattail 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.

Patriot and winner of Whirlwind VGA Event 9/13/2017

Al Dan and Ron Amstutz came in tied at 67 nets. Al won 1st place on a scorecard playoff. Ron took second on the same playoff. Bill Myers captured third place with a 68 net tie with Larry Burton on the scorecard playoff of course. Larry settles for the Atta-A-Boy. Pretty hot out there today. A little breeze would have helped. Summer is almost over and double digit temp will reign for the next week. 2nd week of October should be the last of the 100-degree stuff. Must say that I have never see the Cattail course in such great condition. Whirlwind was making it nice for us out there. On a personal note, I wish to apologize to the folks at the Legacy Golf Resort for being a little cavalier in my reporting of the accident that knocked down some of their property. It appeared as I was applauding the damage. I can see why they may have taken it that way. A poor attempt at humor on my part. Legacy has always put out a great welcome for VGA and I  hope I have not damaged that. They have a great course and all the folks there treat us great. Could not possibly be more happy with their service and course. Once again apologies for my flippant remark. VGA is experimenting with some new USGA tournament software that we believe will speed things up and certainly look very professional.

 

VGA is experimenting with some new USGA tournament software that we believe will speed things up and certainly look very professional. This is a link that should become a favorite on your phone or computer. Please go on to it and look around and see what you think about it. Click here to go to it. After you have reviewed it please give us your feedback.  A sample is the new field scores below.

os. Player Total
Gross
To Par
Net
Total
Net
Purse
1 Dan, Al

Valley Golfers Association
80 -5 67 $54.00
2 Amstutz, Ron

Valley Golfers Association
80 -5 67 $32.00
3 Myers, William

Valley Golfers Association
83 -4 68 $22.00
4 Burton, Larry

Valley Golfers Association
81 -4 68 $0.00
5 Watson, Bob

Valley Golfers Association
90 -3 69 $0.00
6 Euler, John

Valley Golfers Association
86 -3 69 $0.00
7 Rankin, Doug

Valley Golfers Association
88 -2 70 $0.00
8 Golz, Richard

Valley Golfers Association
93 E 72 $0.00
9 Ewing, Harley

Valley Golfers Association
97 E 72 $0.00
10 Patterson, Doug

Valley Golfers Association
83 E 72 $0.00
11 Dean, Dave

Valley Golfers Association
85 +1 73 $0.00
12 Nicol, Jake

94 +2 74 $0.00
13 Silverman, Rusty

Valley Golfers Association
87 +2 74 $0.00
14 Haight, Tim

Valley Golfers Association
83 +2 74 $0.00
15 Gunderson, Ron

Valley Golfers Association
95 +3 75 $0.00
16 Dalton, Tony

Valley Golfers Association
88 +3 75 $0.00
17 Fisel, Neal

Valley Golfers Association
96 +4 76 $0.00
18 Giljum, Tom

Valley Golfers Association
91 +6 78

 

Announcing an upcoming event at Antelope Hills course in Prescott, Arizona October 7, 2017, the 2017Jim O’Keefe Match play tournament vs the Saturday Golf League. We would like to get a head count as to how many of our players would want to go. Here is a flyer for the event and tells you how it works.

The regular Saturday will run in concurrence with the Match play event for VGA and SGL. Car pools should be considered and we definitely need to let the coordinators know early you are planning on being there. It’s a one-day event, so if you prefer to drive leave early. Make hotel reservations if you want more shut eye.

Next up for VGA, Saturday, September 16, 2017, Wickenburg Ranch 8:00:00 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, September 9th, 2017 / Legend at Arrowhead and Saturday’s Don Peterson 2 man best ball competition.

Perched on a remote mountain slope just 26 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, The Legend at Arrowhead Golf Club’s award-winning Arnold Palmer-designed championship golf course, delicious dining, an array of amenities and superb service offer a foursome of reasons to visit. Whether you are seeking an exhilarating day of golf with family and friends or a picturesque backdrop for a golf tournament or outdoor reception, we have what you’re looking for.
Saturdays Winners “Don Peterson Two-Man Total Net Tournament” at the Legend @ Arrowhead.  
1st: Tony Dalton and Steve Richter – 141
2nd: Larry Burton and Tom Hebert – 146 by a scorecard playoff.
3rd: Danny Clark and Allen Arndt -146

Saturday’s Don Peterson 2 man best ball competition and a visit to the Legend (Not Danny Clark) at Arrowhead. Not only that it was a semi cool weather day for this time of year in AZ. Larry Burton who refuses to leave town wins again at 68 net. Saturday Big Dogs, Larry is coming for you as he just moved into the top 5 list. Nice work Larry. Tony Dalton tied Larry at 68 net but failed the scorecard playoff test and takes 2nd place. Sorry, Tony. Dan Campos finished up the money slots for 3rd at 69 net score. Alan Arndt, Dan Clark, Tom Hebert, Steve Richter, and Rusty Silverman in alphabetical order will share the Atta-A-Boy for this event because they deserved it and all scored 73 net. Next up for VGA will be Whirlwind on Wednesday great course so I hope you all will make it out there as I plan on donating some money in the pot. Rest of the field scores below.


Next up for VGA, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Whirlwind 7:15:00 AM $48.00. 

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.

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Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 / Legacy and Wednesday Don Peterson’s 2 man Best Ball competition scores.

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!

Today was the  Wednesday “Don Peterson Two-Man Total Net Tournament”    

The winning teams were:
    1st:    Burton and Rankin –  135
    2nd:    Dean and Fisel – 138
    3rd:    Baldwin and Dalton – 141 
Next Saturday will be the Saturday “Don Peterson Two-Man Total Net Tournament” at the Legend @ Arrowhead.  

Don Peterson

The Don Peterson’s 2 man Best Ball Event:  an annual Two-Man Best Ball Tournaments for both a Wednesday and a Saturday event.  Golfers that enter the normal VGA event will be ranked by handicap with the lower half labeled A and the upper half labeled B.  The tournament chair will assign pairs for the two-ball tournament, one player from the A list and one from the B list.  The VGA will post $200 as prize money for both tournaments, $100 for first place, $60 for second, and $40 for third.  The event is named The Don Peterson Two-Man Best Ball Tournament in honor of our President Emeritus Don Peterson.  The normal VGA event will run in conjunction with best ball tournament.  This year’s tournament schedule is Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at the Legacy Golf Course and Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at the Legend @ Arrowhead Golf ClubPlease note there is no extra fee for signing up so don’t let money hold you back. “2-Person Best Ball” is a golf format for teams comprised of two golfers. Those two golfers play their own golf balls throughout and the lower score between them on each hole counts as the team score. Two-Person Best Ball can be used in tournaments or by any group of four golfers (who want to play 2-vs.-2). 

In the regular event, Larry Burton took first today at Legacy with a 66 net. Larry don’t you have business in the east somewhere. New comer Jake Nicol takes 2nd at 67 net. Good start Jake. Neal Fisel getting back on track from vacation came in third at 68 net. Lucky me I get the Atta-A-Boy at 69 but must share it with Doug Rankin also at 69 on a rotating basis. Next up The Legend @ Arrowhead. Know Danny Clark will be there. Rest of the Field below.


Next up for VGA, Saturday, September 9, 2017 Legend @ Arrowhead 7:30:00 AM $40.00 

Perched on a remote mountain slope just 26 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, The Legend at Arrowhead Golf Club’s award-winning Arnold Palmer-designed championship golf course, delicious dining, array of amenities and superb service offer a foursome of reasons to visit. Whether you are seeking an exhilarating day of golf with family and friends or a picturesque backdrop for a golf tournament or outdoor reception, we have what you’re looking for.

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Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 / Talking Stick South

Recognized as a top public golf course by Golfweek magazine, Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, boasts the largest public practice facility in the valley to ensure you have the best opportunities to warm-up and practice your swing. Go no further for a fantastic golf outing for your corporate event or personal group. Whether planning for a group of 16 or 300, Talking Stick Golf Club is here to make sure your event is a success. Whether it’s an event or just a casual outing, grab a bite to eat before your round at the Wildhorse Grille for a warm, southwestern breakfast or relaxing lunch. No matter if you are planning a first class wedding or getting a quick meal in, the Wildhorse Grille will treat you with unmatched service. Take advantage of our soft rolling landscape and surroundings to have the wedding of your dreams, offering both you and your loved ones a chance to rejoice and celebrate in the atmosphere that fits your style, complete with a customized menu and an on-site coordinator to help you plan along the way. Having opened in 1998, both the O’odham and Piipaash golf courses (formerly North and South courses) were designed by the design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The O’odham (North) Course is a links style adventure through grasslands and ingenious bunkering, while the Piipash (South) Course is a more traditional layout with its tree-lined fairways, creative water hazards and smaller, sloped greens, showing that even our golf courses are so much more than common. At Talking Stick Golf Club, you are also moments away from experiencing all there is to do at the Talking Stick Resort. Recognized as a four-diamond resort in Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort is home to Arizona’s largest poker room, as well as a spectacular casino that hosts 800 multi-denominational slot machines, more than 50 table games, and is open twenty-four hours a day for your convenience. Known for providing nightly entertainment and music, the resort is a fantastic place to relax after a round of golf.
Recognized as a top public golf course by Golfweek magazine, Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, boasts the largest public practice facility in the valley to ensure you have the best opportunities to warm-up and practice your swing. Go no further for a fantastic golf outing for your corporate event or personal group. Whether planning for a group of 16 or 300, Talking Stick Golf Club is here to make sure your event is a success. Whether it’s an event or just a casual outing, grab a bite to eat before your round at the Wildhorse Grille for a warm, southwestern breakfast or relaxing lunch. No matter if you are planning a first class wedding or getting a quick meal in, the Wildhorse Grille will treat you with unmatched service. Take advantage of our soft rolling landscape and surroundings to have the wedding of your dreams, offering both you and your loved ones a chance to rejoice and celebrate in the atmosphere that fits your style, complete with a customized menu and an on-site coordinator to help you plan along the way. Having opened in 1998, both the O’odham and Piipaash golf courses (formerly North and South courses) were designed by the design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The O’odham (North) Course is a links style adventure through grasslands and ingenious bunkering, while the Piipash (South) Course is a more traditional layout with its tree-lined fairways, creative water hazards and smaller, sloped greens, showing that even our golf courses are so much more than common. At Talking Stick Golf Club, you are also moments away from experiencing all there is to do at the Talking Stick Resort. Recognized as a four-diamond resort in Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort is home to Arizona’s largest poker room, as well as a spectacular casino that hosts 800 multi-denominational slot machines, more than 50 table games, and is open twenty-four hours a day for your convenience. Known for providing nightly entertainment and music, the resort is a fantastic place to relax after a round of golf.

Tommy “no shoes” Hecocks scored a 64 net to take the Talking Sticks event today. Well done Tom. Unfortunately for Tom, he not only can not afford to buy shoes but can not afford the prize pot either. Geez Uncle G would have loaned it to you. He got 3 birds but no 1st place money. Tied at 67 nets, Steve Richter and the “little giant” Ron Gunderson. Steve took 2nd  and 1st place money on the scorecard playoff and Ron got 3rd place and 2nd place money. Doug Patterson thanks, Tom and accepts the 3rd place money with his 68 net effort. Slipping in for the Atta-A-Boy Tom Hebert at 69 net. Heard it was very muggy out there today. Next up Wednesday, Legacy hopefully all the smelly water holes are dry by now. Rest of the field’s scores below.

Talking Stick 9-2-2017


Next up for VGA, Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Legacy 7:30:00 AM $37.00. 

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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Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB, located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in historic Cave Creek, Arizona, features a Scottsdale area par 70, championship course with dramatic elevation changes and unspoiled desert terrain. Our stunning, high desert course invites you to match your skills against nature while enjoying the unparalleled and unforgettable surrounding desert. It’s where Mother Nature plays!

Winners today, Dan Christiansen 1st place at 65 net. In a tie at 66 Net, Larry Burton gets 2nd place on the scorecard playoff. Ron Gunderson also at 66 net got third. Dave Dean takes the Atta-A-Boy. Rest of the field scores below. Next up Talking Sticks. See you there.


Next up for VGA, Saturday, September 2, 2017, Talking Stick (+) 7:30:00 AM $45.00. 

Talking Stick Golf Club
Play at One of the Top Rated Golf Clubs in Scottsdale
Designed by legendary course architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, the two distinctive championship golf courses at Talking Stick Golf Club offer a variety of scenery and memorable experiences.
O’odham Course
Features a links design with grasslands and unique bunkering.
Piipaash Course
Offers a more traditional layout with tree-lined fairways and water features.

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Saturday, August 26th, 2017 / Red Mountain Ranch

For over 30 years, Red Mountain Ranch Country Club—nestled in the far northeast corner of the valley—has served as an unmatched reflection of what life in the east valley is all about: strong and distinctive communities boasting exceptional schools; parks and open spaces; convenient access to shopping and recreational amenities; and extensive arts & cultural opportunities. The beauty of Red Mountain Ranch Country Club is its versatility. Whether you’re primarily a golfer who believes the best way to conduct business is out on the course, or your interests are more focused on the fine dining side of social interaction, we guarantee the club has something just for you. For instance, once you’ve played its Dye-designed masterpiece, you’re going to want to return again and again to conquer this shot-maker’s course with its challenging holes.

Tony Dalton is smoking hot lately as he scores a 63 net at Red Mountain Ranch. Now as anyone knows who has played that track, it isn’t easy by any means. A 76 gross score indicates the game he had today. Well done Tony. Second place goes to Larry Burton playing as steady as can be at 67 net. Third goes to Tim Haight working his way back to winner form. Dan Campos takes the Atta-a-Boy at 70 net. Next up

 


Next up for VGA, Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Rancho Manana 7:30:00 AM $35.00. 

RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB, located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in historic Cave Creek, Arizona, features a Scottsdale area par 70, championship course with dramatic elevation changes and unspoiled desert terrain. Our stunning, high desert course invites you to match your skills against nature while enjoying the unparalleled and unforgettable surrounding desert. It’s where Mother Nature plays!

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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 / We Ko Pa Saguaro Course

The Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club combines distinctive desert-golf traits with the timeless traditions of golf course design. For example, it’s built for walking with greens situated near to the next tee. It follows the natural movement of the land; they didn’t move much dirt. And the playing corridors are wider when compared to target-golf design. AWARDS AND ACCOLADES Like its sister course, Saguaro has garnered numerous awards and accolades from golf industry leading publications. Golf Digest give it the 21st spot in its 2015-2016 list of the “Best in State Rankings: Arizona,” which considers both public and private courses across the state. And, Golfweek magazine honored Saguaro with three “Golfweek’s Best” rankings: 5th on the “Casino Courses” list for 2016; 2nd “Best Courses You Can Play: State by State” in Arizona for 2016; and No. 30 on Golfweek’s 2017 list of America’s “Best Resort Courses.”

Dave Dean struggled a bit but was able to overcome and win on a scorecard playoff with Tim Haight. Both had 71 nets but Dave had the better back nine. John Euler takes 3rd place with a 75 net  score. Dan Christiansen took the Atta-a-Boy home. Funny that usually goes to John. Rest of the fields scores are below.


Next up for VGA, Saturday, August 26, 2017 Red Mountain 7:37:00 AM $39.00 

This spectacular Pete Dye Signature Course (the only one in the state of Arizona) features 18 championship holes with fabulous elevations and contours, undulating greens, challenging bunkers with some of the most breathtaking views of the Arizona Valley.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017 / Raven @ South Mountain

Larry Burton gets 1st place with a net 61, Jeff Rhodes gets 2nd with a Net 63 in a score card play off with Doug Rankin also 63 net. Severe computer problems today will put the whole score sheet in as soon as we get it straightened out. Hot and muggy, today. Wednesday We Ko Pa don’t miss that one. 

Next up for VGA, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 We Ko Pa  Saguaro 7:30:00 AM $48.00

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Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 / Golf Club of Estrella

Located just 30 minutes west of downtown Phoenix, this spectacular desert golf course, nestled in the master-planned community of Estrella, features challenging play in the midst of breathtaking beauty. This dramatic course of Nicklaus Design, with Jack Nicklaus ll as the primary designer, flows along the contours of the land, allowing washes and hillsides to remain in a pristine state. Golf Club of Estrella, consistently ranked by Golfweek magazine as one of the Top-Twenty Public Courses in Arizona is the ideal venue for tournament groups, charity events and corporate outings. Out staff provides pre-planning expertise to insure that your event will exceed all expectations.

If it was as nice in the Estrella area as it was in Gilbert, the VGA had great golf weather for August anyway. Dick Zibert took 1st place with a 65 net. Tom Giljum scored a 69 net for 2nd and Larry Burton got third with a 71 net. Dave Dean scored 72 for the Atta-a-Boy. Next up The Raven @ South Mountain, very nice course, you ought to try it. Rest of the fields scores are below.


Next up for VGA, Saturday, August 19, 2017 Raven @ South Mtn 7:30:00 AM $50.00. 

Raven Golf Club Phoenix’s spectacular championship golf course, array of world-class amenities and unparalleled guest service have earned it recognition among the nation’s top daily fee golf properties – including 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, “#5 Golf Course in the State” by Arizona Magazine, and “#1 Guest Service in North America.” From its manicured greens and expansive practice facility to its picturesque air conditioned wedding and event pavilion overlooking the 18th hole, Raven Golf Club Phoenix offers a remarkable golf, dining and special events experience in the shadows of South Mountain.

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