Recognized as one of the premier private clubs in Arizona, Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia is celebrating its 10th anniversary marked by impressive industry accolades, a distinctive operating philosophy and steady membership growth. Since Blackstone Country Club opened in 2005 within the 7,100-acre master planned community of Vistancia in Peoria, the standout Club has received national recognition for its championship golf course and spectacular clubhouse  setting.

Jim Engh designed the 7,089 yard, 18-hole, par 72 championship course, inspired by the links courses of Ireland and the concepts for a selection of the holes were incorporated into the design. The course also features a dramatic terrain of natural Sonoran desert vistas coupled with deep channels, sheer rock faces and an elevation change on every hole.

Offering a member-centric philosophy has led to nearly triple the membership over the last few years. “We believe our members are our most valuable assets, helping to evolve and enhance our member offerings, and ultimately serving as ambassadors for new members,” said Scott Heideman, general manager of Blackstone Country Club.

Resort-inspired experiences are offered throughout the 30,000-square-foot clubhouse. Cozy courtyards with fireplaces welcome members to an outdoor great room overlooking the desert and mountain range. The clubhouse offers exceptional dining, a wide range of member programmings, and a full calendar of children’s activities.

Head golf professional Aaron Bedal, who has been with Blackstone Country Club since opening, says there is no better job in the world than being the golf pro at the club. Bedal has known some of the younger golfers playing in the junior golf program since they were toddlers. “It’s so much more than a golf course or a country club -- it’s a real family here. I enjoy working with our active members here every day and getting to know them personally,” he said.

While Bedal has seen so many advances in golf instruction over the years, it’s the growth of the interest in golf from the club’s younger members that he is most passionate about. “We really want to grow the game for the kids and have even more young golfers learning and enjoying the game; that is a big focus for us in 2016,” he said.

Blackstone Country Club also hosts several charitable golf tournaments each year, raising more than $600,500 in charitable donations since opening.

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