MOON VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Posted on October 07, 2010

Commemorating the Rich History of Arizona?s Most Esteemed Private Club





Scottsdale, Ariz. - Moon Valley Country Club, one of the most respected and successful private facilities in Arizona, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a day-long celebration on October 16, 2010.

Members will commemorate the club's rich history by gathering together for a celebration featuring tennis and golf tournaments along with family-fun activities that include a pool party, rock-climbing wall, and an evening dinner and dance party. Approximately 1,000 members are expected to attend to celebrate the occasion.

"This event marks an exciting day for the members and staff at Moon Valley Country Club," said Steve Leonard, the club's general manager. "We are all very proud of the strong family values, first class amenities and welcoming atmosphere that have defined this club for the past five decades. We look forward to building upon this legacy as we continue to deliver an experience that is unique to any private club in our region."

Club History
In the late 1950s Bob Goldwater, a prominent Phoenix businessman and golf enthusiast, envisaged an area of undeveloped desert land in north Phoenix as an ideal setting for a golf course and residential community. By joining with several partners, Goldwater's vision became a reality in 1960 when the 18-hole golf course at Moon Valley Country Club opened for play.

Nearly 25 years later, the golf course and its facilities were purchased by Karsten Manufacturing Corporation and Karsten Solheim, the famous inventor of PING golf clubs. Immediately, Solheim made plans for improvements that were carried out over several years, including a clubhouse expansion and the addition of the 18-hole Moonwalk Executive course.

Enhancements to the club continued into the 1990s with the completion of a new pro shop and fitness center, racquetball courts, gymnasium, and an eight-lane Olympic-size swimming pool. The clubhouse was also renovated and a skywalk added for convenient access to the fitness center. In 1999, Moon Valley Country Club selected renowned golf course architect Bob Cupp to make improvements to the design of the main course, along with improvements to the tees, bunkers and landscaping.

In the summer of 2003, Karsten Manufacturing offered to sell the assets of the club back to the members. After extended negotiations, the sale was completed in March 2004 and Troon Golf was hired to manage the day-to-day operations of the club. In 2008, the clubhouse underwent its most recent and extensive renovation, winning "The Private Club Renovation of the Year" award by Golf Inc. magazine. Improvements included redesigned dining facilities, renovations to the 18th green and clubhouse locker rooms and the creation of a child watch area. These changes have positioned Moon Valley ahead of the game in a highly competitive private club market.

In Moon Valley's long history, it has hosted many prestigious amateur and professional golf tournaments, including the PING Standard Register LPGA Tournament from 1993 to 2003. In 2001, Annika Sorenstam recorded an iconic round, shooting a 59 as she went on to win the tournament.

Moon Valley Country Club has long represented a unique alternative for clubs in the region with its family oriented and relaxed atmosphere. In addition to 36-holes of golf, the club features a full-sized gymnasium, eight tennis courts, fitness center with an indoor golf training studio, Pilates studio, two racquetball courts, aerobics room, golf shop and four locker rooms. For more information visit www.moonvalleycc.com





Scottsdale, Ariz. - Moon Valley Country Club, one of the most respected and successful private facilities in Arizona, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a day-long celebration on October 16, 2010.

Members will commemorate the club's rich history by gathering together for a celebration featuring tennis and golf tournaments along with family-fun activities that include a pool party, rock-climbing wall, and an evening dinner and dance party. Approximately 1,000 members are expected to attend to celebrate the occasion.

"This event marks an exciting day for the members and staff at Moon Valley Country Club," said Steve Leonard, the club's general manager. "We are all very proud of the strong family values, first class amenities and welcoming atmosphere that have defined this club for the past five decades. We look forward to building upon this legacy as we continue to deliver an experience that is unique to any private club in our region."

Club History
In the late 1950s Bob Goldwater, a prominent Phoenix businessman and golf enthusiast, envisaged an area of undeveloped desert land in north Phoenix as an ideal setting for a golf course and residential community. By joining with several partners, Goldwater's vision became a reality in 1960 when the 18-hole golf course at Moon Valley Country Club opened for play.

Nearly 25 years later, the golf course and its facilities were purchased by Karsten Manufacturing Corporation and Karsten Solheim, the famous inventor of PING golf clubs. Immediately, Solheim made plans for improvements that were carried out over several years, including a clubhouse expansion and the addition of the 18-hole Moonwalk Executive course.

Enhancements to the club continued into the 1990s with the completion of a new pro shop and fitness center, racquetball courts, gymnasium, and an eight-lane Olympic-size swimming pool. The clubhouse was also renovated and a skywalk added for convenient access to the fitness center. In 1999, Moon Valley Country Club selected renowned golf course architect Bob Cupp to make improvements to the design of the main course, along with improvements to the tees, bunkers and landscaping.

In the summer of 2003, Karsten Manufacturing offered to sell the assets of the club back to the members. After extended negotiations, the sale was completed in March 2004 and Troon Golf was hired to manage the day-to-day operations of the club. In 2008, the clubhouse underwent its most recent and extensive renovation, winning "The Private Club Renovation of the Year" award by Golf Inc. magazine. Improvements included redesigned dining facilities, renovations to the 18th green and clubhouse locker rooms and the creation of a child watch area. These changes have positioned Moon Valley ahead of the game in a highly competitive private club market.

In Moon Valley's long history, it has hosted many prestigious amateur and professional golf tournaments, including the PING Standard Register LPGA Tournament from 1993 to 2003. In 2001, Annika Sorenstam recorded an iconic round, shooting a 59 as she went on to win the tournament.

Moon Valley Country Club has long represented a unique alternative for clubs in the region with its family oriented and relaxed atmosphere. In addition to 36-holes of golf, the club features a full-sized gymnasium, eight tennis courts, fitness center with an indoor golf training studio, Pilates studio, two racquetball courts, aerobics room, golf shop and four locker rooms. For more information visit www.moonvalleycc.com

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