Hello to all. As one of our many seasonal residents, I am glad to be back at SunBird! So here we go with the first newsletter of the 2021-22 season:
The SunBird Men’s Golf Club would like to invite all golfers who are new or not yet members of the club to consider joining. The Men’s Club provides the opportunity to participate in weekly (Thursday) gross/net stroke play, scrambles, and/or other format tournaments. All events are handicapped. Membership in the club requires a membership in the Arizona Golf Association (AGA) and its GHIN handicap system. The dues for 2021-22 are $55 if paid online at www.azgolf.org or $60 if paid in the Pro Shop. Why the extra $5, you may ask. Well, I’m guessing they want to persuade us to act like millennials and use our computer or smartphone apps!
After Dec. 15, the dues will increase to $60 and $65, respectively. For Arizona Golf Association or GHIN handicap questions, contact Membership Chairman Fred Garmeson at 480-895-9363.
We encourage all members and prospective members to attend any of the monthly SunBird Men’s Club general business meetings, which are held on the first Tuesday of each month in the clubhouse ballroom, east end, at 9 a.m. Hear firsthand about current club and course issues. Hey, there’s free coffee and donuts, too!
Below are the more notable issues discussed in the December Executive Committee meeting:
1. Jack Cooper has proposed for the Men’s Club to put together two home and home tournaments this season; one with Palo Verde and the other with Sun Lakes. Jack is finalizing details with both clubs.
2. Back by popular demand, the Pro Shop will be setting up play dates again with local high school teams.
3. The Pro Shop is planning on hosting a SunBird Masters Tournament for Jan. 9.
4. The golf course will have a starter at tee box 1 in the mornings to ensure golf groups go off at their scheduled times.
5. The golf course has had two open course worker positions for quite some time, and now has a third opening (think COVID-19 related labor shortages). There are a number of SunBird residents who have been volunteering to help out here and there to bridge this labor gap to help keep the course in tip-top condition. If you are interested in finding out where/how you may be able to lend a hand, please contact Wayne Onyx, our volunteer head of the Greens Committee. One thing we golfers can all do is to carry sand bottles on the course and fill our divots, as well as ones left by others, if we want to keep our golf course looking top notch.
As we started last season, we will continue the Sandbaggers Roll Call for those Thursday golfers who seem to be so good achieving low net scores. Due to our 500-word limit per newsletter, we will have to skip this month.