Golf is a game. Have Fun!Desert Duffers Mission Statement
This mission obviously appeals to many golfers, beginners and low handicappers, because the membership has grown to over 275 and is expected to attract even more in the future. All skill levels are represented. Currently, we tee it up on Tuesdays.
In the fall of 2004, a small group of friends began getting together each week for nine holes of golf. Nothing serious, just to have fun. Word soon spread that this group was having a good time and enjoying the comradeship. People began to ask if they could join the group. It soon became apparent that there was a need for a men’s 9 hole golf group at Quail Creek. The Men’s 9 Hole Golf Association (aka Desert Duffers) was formed.
All skill levels are welcome to join the the Quail Creek Desert Duffers Men’s 9-hole golf association. Once your handicap is established you can join in our friendly team competitions on Tuesdays.
- Get a GHIN number at the Arizonal Golf Association (AGA) at www.azgolf.org. For detailed instructions click HERE.
- Join the 9-hole Desert Duffers golf club at www.azgolf.org.
- Pay the $10 Desert Duffers annual dues for membership. This will be added to the annual AGA dues when you enroll or renew.
- Contact Bill Albert at 520-393-1315 or Bill Drozda at 402-490-5229 for any membership questions.
- Contact Steve Shapiro at 520-274-4150 with any questions regarding payments.
- Register as a new member at our GolfGenius portal at quailcreekduffers.golfgenius.com .
- Get to know the ropes quickly by learning from one of our new-member mentors.
- Show up at the shotgun staging area and have a fun round!
Operations Team News
It is our pleasure to report that we consistently have 120-130 players each week thus far. That number will likely grow as more snowbirds and new residents swell our ranks. Unfortunately, check-ins seem to be getting more chaotic. The Operations Team and their helpers are working extra hard collecting tournament fees and getting everybody accounted for–players, newbies, cancellations and no-shows. We need your help to keep this process as smooth and organized as possible. To that end we request the follow:
- WEAR MASKS at all times while in the Pro Shop and Check-in area. This is a QC COVID-19 prevention policy. NO MASK–NO PLAY.
- CHECK IN at the PRO SHOP to pay your greens fee.
- CHECK IN at the Duffers Table–the “Money” table– to pay your tournament fee.
- This is where we take ATTENDANCE and collect the $5 fee.
- BRING EXACT CHANGE of FIVE (5) DOLLARS . We are not your bank; we can not always accept your big bills, unless of course you want to donate the change to the Quail 6 beer fund.
- Check in at the scorecard table to pick up your scorecard or to find out who in your tee time group has your scorecard.
- It doesn’t matter whether you check in with the pro shop first or the Duffers first.
- IT DOES MATTER that when you check in with the Duffers that you check in at the “Money” table FIRST. This is our MAIN POINT OF ACCOUNTING for all the Duffers who play that day.
No Golf Cart
QC is allowing players, not of the same household, to share a golf cart on the golf course. HOWEVER, due to COVID-19 concerns, if the golf cart owner is uncomfortable sharing their cart with someone else, they cannot be compelled to accept a rider. If you do not have a golf cart, it is entirely your responsibility to make arrangements with others in your tee time group to be a rider in their cart. If they decline then you must rent a golf cart from the pro shop for $10. Please allow for extra check-in time to rent and pick up a pro shop cart.
With the start of multi-course play in December–playing all three courses at the same time–we have been experiencing a higher than normal amount of Duffers playing the same course two and three times in a row (repeats and three-peats). We experienced this to a much lesser degree last year when we were playing four shotguns on three courses. For some reason–or no reason–this has been a much worse problem with tee times on three courses.
The Operations Team is working on this issue. The Golf Genius software that we use to put the weekly games together does a great job of creating diverse pairings based on who played with who and who has been assigned to which tee time. The software cannot create diverse pairings based on course assignments. When the number of three-peats was low, we just kept doing things as we would normally do, figuring that course assignments would average out over time. Due to the much greater number of three-peats in the last several weeks, letting things average out is not an acceptable solution.
To mitigate this problem, the Operations Team has been manually adjusting course assignments. When someone has achieved three-peat status, we ensure they will be assigned each of the other two courses in the next two weeks. Also in an effort to reduce the number of future three-peats, we are also looking at reducing the number of repeats. Our efforts have shown some success. This week we have only two players in three-peat status, though 29 are in repeat status. This effort has doubled our time spent preparing the weekly games. Of course, we are happy to do it because nobody wants to play the same course every week. We only ask for your patience while we work to get you off of the one course treadmill.
Cancellations and No Shows
Cancellations from published games continue to be a challenge. By this we mean that once pairings and teams have been created and published, cancellations turn foursomes into threesomes and twosomes. While for most games blind draws will be assigned for the missing player, it is always better and more fun to be part of a foursome. Occasionally we experience unexpected frost delays, cart path only restrictions or some other restriction that makes playing golf an impossibility for some. We do not consider cancellations under these conditions to be an issue. Cancellations and No Shows under normal conditions is our challenge.
We understand that life happens. When you are dealing with an urgent matter, the last thing on your mind is, “I need to cancel my Duffer game.” We request that if you need to cancel your participation in a game, please do so as early as possible. This will help us to perhaps reassign your orphaned teammates to new teams. Reconfiguring affected teams is much easier to do with shotguns than tee times. Yet we still try to make that happen when we have enough lead time.
The most disruptive situation is the No Show. That is the player that did not cancel with the Game Maker over the weekend through Monday evening or with the Pro Shop on game day. We don’t know that a player is in fact a No Show until the tee time is announced and their teammates are on their way to their starting hole. The cancelling player simply did not show up. At this point it is too late to recombine the orphaned players with another team.
If you find out that you have to cancel from a game, the week before the tee times are assigned, just go to the Duffers Portal Home tab (house icon) and cancel from your game. The deadline for cancelling on the Portal is Friday 9:00 PM the week before the game. If you find out that you have to cancel after the tee sheets are published, between Saturday afternoon through Monday evening, please email or call the Game Maker. Their contact information is on the published Tee Sheet or in the game’s More info section on the Duffers Portal. If you have to cancel on that Tuesday morning, please call the Pro Shop at 393-5820 at least 1 hour before the Duffers first tee time. Your team will appreciate your diligence on this matter.
We thank you for your cooperation in making the Duffers the smooth running well oiled machine that we have enjoyed over these many years.
The Operations Team.