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Nestled in the distinctive Sonoran desert, with our superb financial condition, we are the gated
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For The Week of September 18, 2017
In This Issue
Board of Directors Election and Volunteer Committee (EVC)
Board of Directors
While the summer continues, several committees have been working for the community's interest. This points out the continuing need for volunteers in several committees. All of us have talents that could benefit the community – would you please consider giving your time for the benefit of all?
On another note, please join the Board in congratulating Mark Oswald for being nominated PGA Professional of the year for the Southwestern region. Way to go Mark!
The Highlands Board of Directors
Seeking Candidates for The Highlands at Dove Mountain
2018 Board of Directors
Within the September issue of the Highlander and the Week Ahead articles, the Election and Volunteer Committee provided information regarding the February 7, 2018 Board of Directors election. It is very important that those seeking a Director position complete the candidate package and return it to Mary Feldsien, by November 3, 2017. If you still need a candidate package please contact Mary at 520-744-0887 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do intend to be a candidate, please plan to participate in a Prospective Candidate Forum with former Board Members on October 17, 2017 at 2pm in the Tortolita Room. A call in number will be provided if you are not in the area at that time. This will be an opportunity for prospective candidates to ask questions about time commitments and job responsibilities. If you have further questions, please contact Mary.
This is your opportunity to take a leadership role in the governance of our community.
The Highlands Election and Volunteer Committee
Community Photos Over the Weekend
The evening of Saturday, September 16 and the morning of Sunday, September 17, we will be having a photographer taking photos of the golf course and clubhouse amenities. He will be taking still photos and using a drone to fly over the golf course and clubhouse. Please do not be alarmed as you see and hear the drone - he is a professional licensed drone pilot and photographer. He will not be filming any close up shots of your homes or property. This new photography will be used to enhance our website and marketing materials.
Pickleball Courts Construction
The building permit for the new courts has been approved by the Town of Marana. The Board of Directors will be voting on the change order at the September board meeting and the contractor will begin work within the next week.
Golf Cart Parking
Please respect the golf cart parking-only spots that are located throughout the Clubhouse parking lots, including the area in front of the Fitness Center. It is important to save those for our residents who are using their golf carts! Thank you for parking your vehicles in standard spots.
Spa Re-Plastering Delayed
Due to a scheduling conflict, re-plastering of our ten-year old spa will now begin on September 22. The repairs and plaster curing time are estimated to take approximately four weeks. The spa is anticipated to re-open on October 16. Your patience is appreciated during this down time. The pool and deck area will be open as usual.
When You Are Away
If you know you won’t be home at the beginning of the month, please make alternate arrangements with your block captain. If the block captain knows the homeowner won’t be there, they will take the Highlander home and hold for distribution later, per arrangements that have been made. Leaving a Highlander in your information tube sends a message to everyone that you are not home, which we do not want to publicize.
For Their Safety: Children’s Pool Rules and Hours
The Highlands is a beautiful gated community with resort-style amenities, and it is a great place for grandchildren and other young visitors. What is important to remember is that the homeowner is responsible for their young guests’ safety in the pool area. Please remember that Children’s Pool Hours are from 11am-4pm daily and that hot tub use is not recommended for children under the age of 14. The best way to ensure that guests are comfortable, safe and know the rules is to accompany them on the property.
News From the Community Standards Team
It is hard to believe that it is mid-September and in a month the population of The Highlands will almost double. We would like to thank everyone for their help with yard cleanup. The problem is, those weeds and grasses just keep growing, so please keep up with your maintenance efforts. Dead plants should be removed as soon as they turn brown. Your trees and bushes should be trimmed so the branches do not encroach on a neighbor’s house. It is important that everyone talks to their neighbors to resolve yard issues. Our homes are close together, so always consider how your yard affects your neighbor and the neighborhood.
On Monday, September 18 the HOA landscape crew will be working on Hole 2. On Wednesday, September 20 we will be continuing on Hole 2 . Any volunteers who would like to assist us may do so at 7am on either day.
George Berg, Landscape Supervisor
Ballet and Jazz dance classes are back!
Jazz dance class is Mondays at 1pm and Ballet class is Wednesdays at 1pm in the fitness studio. Click here for more information.
Starting in October, Water Walking will be added to the pool activity schedule on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9am. The first class will be Tuesday, October 3. This class provides an easy, safe, and effective way to increase aerobic fitness, endurance, and muscle strength. Simply walking 1 mile in water is similar to walking 2 miles on land and burns up to twice the calories! Class is held in shallow water; participants do not need to be able to swim. Mark your calendar and come and give it a try!
Be well, Pandora
Healthy Lifestyle Tip
Shop the perimeter of your grocery store – where food tends to be the healthiest and isn’t primarily packaged and processed.
NEW…The Highlands Pickleball Association hopes to see you on the courts. They have scheduled drop-in play time specifically for new and intermediate players on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8am. New players can come and receive introductory lessons, play with others who are at your level, and practice what you are learning. Intermediate players can drop in and play with others at their level or play with experienced players who can answer questions and give coaching tips.
NEW… Drop-in play is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7am and Wednesdays at 6:30pm. All are welcome!
Men’s and Women’s Tennis mixed doubles play is 7-9am. Women play Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Men play Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Drop-ins welcome any time after 9am.
Fitness Center orientations are available by appointment. To schedule, please contact Pandora Larsen, Lifestyle Director at 572-6084. Find the current Fitness Class schedule here.
New Class: “Motion is Lotion”
When: Starts Wednesday, October 4 at 2:15pm
Where: Fitness studio.
What: This class is open to everyone, but will specialize in exercises for members with neurological disorders.
Cost: $30 for 4 classes
Please purchase tickets at the front desk.
Pool Activity Schedule
In addition to recreational swimming, our pool has many uses including lap swimming, water aerobics, and water volleyball. Priority times are listed below. During non-priority times, the pool is open to everyone. Please share the space.
Priority to Lap Swimmers: 6-8:30 am Daily
Water Aerobics: 9-10 am (Monday, Wednesday & Friday)
Water Volleyball: 2-4 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday)
Children’s Hours: 11am – 4 pm Daily (Children under the age of 14 may use the pool from 11-4 pm daily. Guests under the age of 18 must be under the direct supervision of an adult parent/guardian or resident. Children 6 and younger must be accompanied in the water by an adult parent/guardian or resident at all times.)
Head Golf Professional
Monday, September 18 Ladies Putting League 3pm
Tuesday, September 19 Sunbird League 6am Tee Times
Wednesday, September 20 Men’s Special Event 7am Fwd Shotgun
Thursday, September 21 Men’s Putting League 9am
Thursday, September 21 Divots and Donuts 7:30am
Thursday, September 7-22 Practice Range Closed (Overseeding)
Around the Corner
September 7-22 Practice Range Closed (Overseeding)
September 23 Public-Guest Golf Outing, 60 players 8am Shotgun
September 25 – October 15 Golf Course Closed, Overseeding
October 2, 3 and 4 Fall Member Prescott Trip
The following dates are subject to change based on weather and plan growth.
October 16 Golf Course Re-Opens, All Carts on Paths only
November 8 Handicap Flags allowed to drive on the Golf Course
November 13 All players allowed to drive on the Golf Course
We need to return our Callaway Demo Clubs for credit to get the new inventory. Please return any demo clubs you have as soon as possible. Thank you!
2017-2018 Clinic Schedule Click here for the schedule.
Men’s Clinics: Thursdays, 9am
Womens Clinics: Thursdays, 10:30am
$10 per player, each clinic is limited to 14 players
Please visit or call the Golf Shop (579-7000) to sign up
November 2 Putting
November 9 Chipping
November 16 Bunkers
November 23 Full Swing (Approach Shots)
November 30 Full Swing (Tee Shots)
December 7 Full Swing (Course Mgmt)
December 14 Putting
December 21 Chipping
January 4 Bunkers
January 11 Full Swing (Approach Shots)
January 18 Full Swing (Tee Shots)
January 25 Full Swing (Course Mgmt)
February 1 Putting
February 8 Chipping
February 15 Bunkers
February 22 Full Swing (Approach Shots)
February 27 Full Swing (Tee Shots)
March 8 Full Swing (Course Mgmt)
End of Summer Golf Shop Merchandise DOT Sale
All Men’s and Women’s apparel with yellow or orange dots will get 30% to 40% off. Don’t miss out. Come see for yourself.
Golf Course Tee Sheet Schedule for June through September
All play will be 6am single tee start except for a few event days. See the Golf Calendar on the website for special event dates.
September: Starting times will be on #1 tee, 3rd week of September will be #10 tee.
A Message from Mike and the Staff at Golf Maintenance
September is the month where staff knows that overseeding is right around the corner. The course has continued to remain in great shape. I have spoken to superintendents from Starr Pass and Saddlebrooke and was informed that they have had over 14” of rain from the summer monsoon so far. We haven’t been as lucky! From July 9 to September 2, our course has only received 3.322”.
Please remember that the Driving Range Tee will be closed for overseeding September 7th through the 23rd. Also the wedding lawn and the front of the clubhouse will be overseeded and closed from September 11 through 25. The course closes for overseeding on September 25 and will reopen on October 16. Plans are to keep carts on paths until Monday November 13th. Handicap flag holders will be off paths on November 8. Please remember that we are protecting the new over seeded turf. It needs to mature and be healthy before we release cart traffic on it. Your patience is appreciated.
1) As mentioned in the August message, staff verticut and top-dressed the greens on the third of August. I have been informed from many who played afterwards that the greens were in great condition. Staff was able to complete this practice before 12pm. We will work with the golf shop to see how we can incorporate this practice into the summer of 2018.
2) Staff has been applying chemicals to keep the algae under control in both of our lakes on the course. We have been asked if we are feeding the fish and or coloring the water. We have had to treat the water more this summer due to the high temperature and the recent higher humidity. This also keeps the midge flies under control and less of a nuisance to residents and golfers alike.
3) Sod was installed around the new tree on eight. Staff also repaired areas on one. These were located on the snake tee and in the rough area by the green. Staff will evaluate the health of the turf in front of the green side bunkers on five and the left green side bunker on six. If sod needs to be installed these areas will not be over seeded.
4) Staff continues to work with the Ad Hoc team to review future renovation plans for the bunkers and greens. These ideas will be presented to the entire community when plans and costs have been studied.
5) Staff sprayed for goose grass and crab grass during the month of August. Two applications of chemicals have been applied to control these problem turf weeds. The goose grass is especially bad along the wash area on eight. We are pleased with the control but will need to address this area next spring/summer. Staff may need to sprig or sod areas where infestation was extreme. This is a result from years of overseeding the rough. The Bermuda grass base is weak and competes with tree roots, cart traffic and over seeded rye grass for seven plus months a year.
September is a busy month for us. It’s ironic that we are looking at overseeding when our grass is in such great shape. Hopefully we will get some more needed rain before the monsoon is over.
Events and Activities
Food and Beverage
Food & Beverage Director
The Highlands Bar and Grille will be closed from Monday September 25 through Sunday October 15
September Dinner Specials
Summer Appetizer: Barbeque Sidewinder Fries with shredded turkey, jalapenos, tomatoes, green onion, mixed cheese and sour cream, $8
Fried Chicken Caesar Salad: Fresh Chopped romaine lettuce topped with fried boneless chicken, croutons tossed with Caesar dressing & parmesan cheese, $8 Petite $12 Full
Chorizo and Mussel Pasta: Chorizo sausage, spinach, mussels, and garlic sauteed in white wine lime sauce and tossed with pasta, $16
Entrée includes your choice of soup or salad
Tuesdays: Highlands Burger Night
1/2 pound burgers cooked to order with sides and much more…
Appetizer and Pizza Menu Available
Menu to Go... Call 579.9583 or 579.8882
It’s time for your Flu Shot
The Highlands will be doing their first flu shot clinic on Thursday, September 28 from 7:30-11am in the Craft Room. Sponsored by Safeway.
Mark your Calendar: We will have a community Shred-It Day on Saturday, October 28 from 9-11am in the circular drive in front of the clubhouse. $5 per banker’s box.
Our Annual Garage Sale that takes place in the tennis court parking lot will be on Saturday, November 11 from 7am-Noon. This will be a community-wide garage sale with all of Dove Mountain.
Wednesday, September 20
Board of Director’s Meeting, 3pm, Dove Mountain Ballroom
View the menu.
Grille & Bar Hours
Bar till 6pm
Bar till 6pm
Billy’s Burger Night 5-7:30pm
Dinner Action Station “Asian Stir Fry” 5-7:30pm
Bar till 6pm
Bar till 6pm
Monday thru Sunday
Front Desk 579-9574
M-F 7:30am - 4pm
Main Gate 579-2458
Golf Shop 579-7000
Bar & Grille
Menu To Go 579-9583
Snack bar 579-8882