Vision Statement
The Highlands' vibrant, fun, friendly and caring lifestyle offers a high quality golf experience and abundant amenities and services.
Nestled in the distinctive Sonoran desert, with our superb financial condition, we are the gated
active adult community of choice in Southern Arizona.

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

Website Update

In preparation for the launch of our new website we have been asking you to update your email addresses on your personal profile page.  Every resident has a user login to a personal profile - you can share an email or each resident of a home can have their own email.  Remember if you don't want the address to appear for others to see you can check the lock next to your email address.

One of the improvements you will be seeing is subscribing to email lists rather than us emailing all of you about things you aren't involved in. 


Give it a try!


Website Team 

Election and Volunteer Committe (EVC)

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

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. 

Thank you, 

The Highlands Election and Volunteer Committee

From Mark

Mark Oswald
Community Manager

Please note that the Billiards room is now accessible by keypad for residents only. The pool code that is printed on your monthly statement will give you access. 

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.

HOA Landscape

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
Certified Arborist  WE10508A
The Highlands at Dove Mountain


Pandora Larsen

Lifestyle Director

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.  

POP Tennis 
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
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.)


Preston Otte
Head Golf Professional

Scheduled Events        

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 

Demo Clubs
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 

Session 1

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)

Session 2

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)

Session 3

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.

Food and Beverage

Claudette Halpern
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

Events and Activities

Aileen Fundingsland
Activities Coordinator

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.


Weekly Schedule

Wednesday, September 20

Board of Director’s Meeting, 3pm, Dove Mountain Ballroom


View the menu.

Grille & Bar Hours


Brunch 8am-2pm 

Bar till 6pm


Lunch 10am-2pm 

Bar till 6pm


Lunch 10am-2pm 

Billy’s Burger Night 5-7:30pm


Lunch 10am-2pm 

Dinner Action Station “Asian Stir Fry” 5-7:30pm


Lunch 11am-2pm 

Bar till 6pm


Lunch 10am-2pm 

Dinner 5-7:30pm


Lunch 10am-2pm 

Bar till 6pm

Snack Bar

Monday thru Sunday


Contact Us

Front Desk  579-9574
M-F 7:30am - 4pm

Main Gate  579-2458

Golf Shop  579-7000

Bar & Grille
Banquets  579-8881
Menu To Go  579-9583
Snack bar 579-8882