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Where the Mountains Meet the Fairways

Nestled against the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, SaddleBrooke One provides residents and guests with 27 holes of parkland style golf featuring undulating fairways and tall native trees. Register and receive a free round of golf for yourself and another guest. Play 9 or 18 holes on any combination of courses. Also enjoy 50 percent off breakfast or lunch at the RoadRunner Grill. Take advantage of this opportunity before it's too late and before it's too hot!

Beat the Summer Heat

Grab a buddy and come play in our AGA Golf Days two-person scramble! Enjoy 18 holes with cart, range balls, AGA Swag bag and a chance to win an Acura with a hole-in-one at ASU Karsten Golf Course. Register today! The first 20 people to sign up will be entered into a drawing to win an AZGolf Insider Magazine autographed by Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals.  
Saturday, June 25th
ASU Karsten Golf Course 7:30am Shotgun 




Welcome to the Team

Liz Durnan
Liz is our new Member Service Coordinator. She will be supporting members with any questions related to membership including GHIN, TPP, the AGA website, joining the association, etc.. She will also be involved in the event planning and coordinating throughout the year. We are excited to have her as a part of the AGA team!. Learn more about Liz.
Mike Mason
As our PJ Boatwright Intern, we intend to expose Mike to as many aspects of the association as possible. For the summer his focus will be on the tournaments, but he will also learn about the rules of golf, how to rate a golf course and the ins and outs of promoting the Arizona Golf Association. Welcome, Mike, to the Arizona Golf Association.
Learn more about Mike.
Rules Trivia
Question: A piece of mud adheres to a player's ball. The player lifts the ball under a Rule which does not permit cleaning. When he replaces the ball, may he place it facing another direction so that the mud would not interfere between the clubface and the ball?

57th Father/ Son Championship Success 

Once again, Antelope Hills was the host of the 57th Arizona Father/Son Championship held this past weekend. An astonishing total of 459 fathers and sons from Arizona and beyond converged on the two golf courses. 

One father could play with up to three sons in a Chapman format (alternate shot). At least one member of the family had to be a member of the AGA. For those sons that did not have a handicap, we put them in a separate division and used the Scheid method to flight them after the first round. We ended up with two Pro divisions, 16 handicap flights and 10 Scheid flights.

This year's event had an assortment of activities. Nationwide provided a photo booth, prizes from spinning the wheel and the opportunity to win a Yeti Cooler, that will definitely come in handy with the summer days approaching Arizona. AGA also created a Snapchat geofilter for the enjoyment of all those excited to show everyone all the fun they were having with family and friends. Finally, the sponsor of the event, Valley Acura Dealership, hosted the hole-in-one contest on the 14th hole of the North Course. Many were close but unfortunately no one drove away in the 2016 Acura RDX. Better start practicing for next year!

After 36-holes of heat, wind and father/son bonding, Michael and Tom Marreel were the 57th Annual Father/ Son Champions shooting a blistering 63,64=127. 

Remember to vote for you favorite Best Dressed Father/Son pair. Go to our Facebook page, "like" the AGA Page, "like" your favorite team outfit and share with your friends. The team with the most "likes" as of Friday, June 17th at 4:00 pm will be the winners! First place will win a $100 gift card to Van's Golf Shop (per person) and second place will win a $50 gift card to Van's Golf Shop (per person).

If you would like any photos from the event of have any photos from the event, please send any photos of the Father/Son event to Joselyn Wojtalewicz

Handicap Seminar

The AGA Handicap Department is pleased to announce an upcoming USGA Handicap Certification Seminar taking place on Wednesday, June 29th at the AGA office in Scottsdale. Although no longer a USGA club compliance requirement, handicap certification seminars are intended to educate golfers and club administrators on various handicap related topics such as:

  • Highlights of the USGA Handicap System 
  • The important role the Handicap Committee in the oversight of members
  • Intricacies behind how a Handicap Index is calculated to encourage equitable competition
All attendees must pre-register for this seminar by contacting AGA staff member, Derek McKenzie via via email, or by phone 602-944-3035. Please provide your name, GHIN number and list of club(s) you represent. CLICK HERE for more details.

Volunteers of the Month

Over the past weekend, the AGA worked with a group of long-time volunteers that continue to assist us us with the annual Father/Son tournament in Prescott. From registration to scoring, these individuals have been there for us - some have been volunteering for over 20 years. The Arizona Golf Association would like to recognize all those individuals. We so appreciate your dedication and commitment to helping us run a first-class event.

A Fiesta Weekend in Tuscon

Embark on a culinary marathon of Tuscon's delectable Mexican restaurants on Saturday, June 18th, at 6pm at the JW Marriott Starr Pass. The Tuscon 23 will bring together the restaurant from the best 23 miles of Mexican food in America. In addition to the culinary delights, The Tuscon 23 will feature traditional music and dance performances from across Latin America. Call to purchase tickets (520) 797-3959 x 7.

Build up your appetite by playing in the Bunker to Bunker Play and Stay Charity Golf Tournament at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa. On June 18th, Bunker to Bunker will host a two-person scramble starting at 7:30am with 18 holes of golf including a BBQ lunch and a free bounce back round. That's 2 rounds of golf, lunch and tons of prizes for only $82. The tournament benefiting the Special Olympics has limited space, so register now! Play the tournament or stay and play for the whole weekend enjoying golf, friends and the best Mexican cuisine around! 

Andrew's Tip of the Month

This Month, Andrew is demonstrating two set of drills to improve lower body and core stability with torso rotation. One set using a Stability Ball and Medicine Ball, the other using a cable apparatus with a leather medicine ball. Call Andrew at 602-638-3000 or email for a complimentary golf performance screening in Scottsdale of Mesa.


It's that time again for the 7th annual Octoberfest tournament in Puerto Penasco Mexico. Join us at the Maya Palace for a weekend of fun, food, drinks and great golf on the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. 

The format will be a 36-hole four person shamble where each player hits his/her drive and the best is selected. Each player then places a ball on that spot and completes the play of the hole with that ball. The best two of four scores are used per hole. Make a hole-in-one and win a year of unlimited golf for two in Vidanta Golf Puerto Penasco. Raffle prizes and proximity awards such as closest to the hole, longest drive and precision drive will win: golf balls, golf clubs, golf lessons, custom club fitting, Stay and Play Vacation, and much, much more. Did we mention FREE beer on the course all day Saturday?!

For more information on pricing and lodging CLICK HERE. 


Congrats To...

... Matt Dorchinecz and Zachary Backer winners of the AZ Four-ball Championship
... 2016 AZ Senior Stroke Play division champions, Bryan Hoops (Masters), Mark Coward (Senior), David Rasley (Legends) 
... Michael and Tom Marreel winners of the 2016 Father/Son Championship 
... Past Patriot All-America players Bryson DeChambeau, Nick Hardy, Charlie Danielson, Kyle Mueller, Patrick Rodgers and Aaron Wise who have qualified through Sectional Qualifying for the 2016 U.S Open

Save the Date:

June 23- 24th: 2016 Falcon Amateur: Falcon Dunes Golf Course 
June 25th: AGA Golf Day: ASU Karsten 
June 29th: Handicap Seminar: AGA Office 
More upcoming events 

Trivia answer: Yes, provided the ball is replaced on the spot from which it was lifted. However, if the player rotated the ball in such a way so as to "tee" it on the mud, he would be in breach of Rule 20-3a. (Decision 21/5)

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