Prevent disease with early detection

The best weapon against devastating disease is early detection. HealthScreens offers preventative ultrasound screenings that enable individuals to detect potential early disease processes before symptoms occur.

The Sun City Country Club will host this service in mid-August. Appointments can be scheduled at any of the following Arizona Sunset Golf Association events:  July 10 at Verrado, July 24 at Sun City Country Club or August 7 and August 8 at Troon North. The following screenings will be offered: stroke, aneurysm, gallbladder, kidney, liver, thyroid, heart, circulation and osteoporosis.

One active golf couple said, "All this took just a few minutes of our time and the total cost was less than a day of golf and dinner." Dr. Patrick Quinn of Cardiac Solutions says, "If more people at a younger age take advantage of HealthScreens, early detection of problems can be brought to the attention of their doctor. With this screening, many heart attacks and strokes can be prevented."
Be proactive. Stay healthy. Keep golfing. Go to or call MaryAnn at 602-803-9653 for more information.


The Soil Moisture Meter

By Jeff Plotts, Director of Golf Course Maintenance at TPC Scottsdale

Today we will look at a critical tool in desert greens management, the soil moisture meter. This tool is very beneficial in maintaining proper moisture, speed and firmness of the greens.

The tool will measure the percent of moisture in volumetric water content which is the volume of water per unit of soil. In short, through formulas, this gives us an idea of how wet or dry the green is in a specific location. Through multi measurements, we can get an average of the overall moisture content of the green. As well, when we take our measurements we can find those areas that may need a little extra water to maintain uniformity throughout the green.

It is our objective to only use the overhead irrigation once the greens reach a set percentage on average. The key indicator for overhead watering is the percentage measurements in the lowest areas of the green or typically the wettest areas of the green. Percent of organic material in the green, weather conditions, exposure and turfgrass health are all things that must be taken into consideration when setting the percentage of volumetric water content goals. Through proper and consistent evaluation our team can make environmentally conscious decisions on watering and can feel comfortable with the overall health of the greens which leads to better playing conditions.


AWGA Mixed Stix Tournament

Join the Arizona Women’s Golf Association during their Mixed Stix Tournament on July 31st – August 1st at Tubac Golf Resort . The cost of this tournament is only $170 per person and includes green fees, cart fees, range balls, awards, and more! Each team must consist of one man and one woman who must be a member of the AWGA or the AGA. The format shall consist of 36 holes of Four-Ball stroke play. Lowest gross score will claim championship prize!
Click here for more information and to sign up or contact the AWGA office by phone at 602-253-5655.


AGA Online

As technology evolves, more and more people are looking online to keep up with what’s happening in the world. Arizona Golf Association members are no different, so we’ve made keeping up with the AGA as easy as clicking your mouse.

Blogs are a great way to learn about topics that interest you. The AGA produces an array of golf-related blogs. From the homepage, you’ll find them under the heading “AGA Blog” located a little ways down the page on the right. Use the scrollbar to see what’s new with each one. We blog about topics like rules, handicapping, greens and general topics. You’ll even find a blog by former Arizona Republic and East Valley Tribune golf writer Bill Huffman. We invite you to read our blogs, comment on what you read and share them with friends.

Facebook is another widely popular online communication tool. The AGA launched a Facebook fan page which you’ll find at Stay up-to-date on our Facebook activity by clicking on the “Like” button and joining our more than 380 fans. What are we posting? Announcements about upcoming events, links to AGA contests and promotions, photos from a recent AGA events and more. We welcome your comments too! One AGA Facebook fan posted, “AGA on FB? I think it’s ‘one small step for AGA…a giant step for its members’! Please keep up the great job!” Our Facebook fan page is an excellent way for you to stay connected with us, so make it a regular stop when you’re online. Just remember to call us with questions specific to your membership or to which you need a quick response.

A third way to stay in the loop with AGA activities is through Twitter. If you’re not familiar with Twitter, it’s a real-time information site that allows users to send short bursts of information called tweets (140 characters maximum) to their followers (the people who subscribe to their tweets). You’ll find us at Click “Follow” to receive our tweets on your Twitter homepage. While some of our tweets are similar to our Facebook posts, you’ll also find unique ones, so make sure you join us on both social media sites. During the US Open, Ed Gowan tweeted throughout each day of the event as a walking rules official. You just never know what we’ll tweet next. 

If you are curious about Facebook or Twitter, but have never used them before, use these links to create an account: Facebook signup, Twitter signup. If you have questions about either, both sites have extensive help sections that are sure to answer any question you might have.


Palmbrook launches sports membership

Palmbrook Country Club, located in Sun City, recently launched a new sports membership. Sports members enjoy unlimited use of the club’s tennis courts and golf practice facilities, and never have to pay for range balls again. The membership also includes full social privileges, which means access to casual and fine dining restaurants, live music on certain evenings and various interest group meetings. For those who enjoy playing a round of golf, sports members have limited golf course privileges. For more information and pricing contact Debbie Ciliberti at 623-977-8333 or [email protected]