At SaddleBrooke Ranch, active adults have a new amenity to enjoy, a Community Garden! The Community Garden is now open and features 110 individual 4 ft x 8 ft boxes for homeowners to lease on an annual basis. The Community Garden also includes material/storage boxes, a storage shed and ramada.

The Community Garden is expected to be a popular amenity for garden enthusiasts. SaddleBrooke Ranch green thumb residents also enjoy the Gardeners Exchange group. This group is dedicated to providing horticultural information for desert gardeners.

It’s no surprise that homeowners enjoy gardening since it includes many benefits such as an opportunity for physical activity, aids in relieving stress, can help boost your immune system and may increase brain health. The Community Garden will also be a place for people to come together and share their efforts.

Newcomers to SaddleBrooke Ranch are encouraged to join the Gardeners Exchange to learn about gardening in the North Tucson area and get answers to questions as well as any gardening challenges they are facing. In addition to this group, the University of Arizona Pinal County Cooperative Extension provides research based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the residents of SaddleBrooke Ranch and SaddleBrooke through a wide variety of outreach activities.

At SaddleBrooke Ranch, homeowners Live Life Inspired with an unmatched 55+ community lifestyle full of social opportunities, fun activities and an abundance of luxury amenities. Give us a call at 866-818-6068 today or request more information here to learn more about SaddleBrooke Ranch!

The SaddleBrooke Ranch Women’s Golf Association (SBRWGA) invites women that enjoy playing 18 holes of golf to join a great group of women that make up our club. The goal of SBRWGA is to promote good fellowship, provide an opportunity to enjoy golf, enable our members to enjoy organized competition and social activities, and to be a member of the Arizona Women’s Golf Association (AWGA).

SBRWGA has experienced exponential growth since it began as an informal golf league in 2011 with 11 members. The Golf Association currently has over 100 members and looks forward to continuing to welcome new members.

The club plays on the SaddleBrooke Ranch championship golf course Tuesday mornings between 8 and 9 a.m. depending on the season. Play consists of a different game every week to keep things interesting, and usually once a month the game involves team play with each foursome. A $5 entry fee is paid by each member on each playday they participate in which then goes to the winning players in each flight. These winnings can then be used to purchase merchandise in the Pro Shop.

In addition to regular games on Tuesday League Day, there are numerous special events and tournaments each year, including President’s Cup, Club Championship, Solheim Cup, Member/Member, Member/Guest, and a Sadie Hawkins couples tournament, to name a few. We also participate in off-site golf events via the Arizona Women’s Golf Association, Southern District Women’s Golf Association, Kachina Dolls golf outings, and the Catalina Cup golf competition.

The SBRWGA has been very conscious and cautious of COVID-19 and has implemented several measures to keep all golfers safe. For example, each player may ride alone in their own golf cart, there are no shotgun starts, no cash payments are made to the Golf Shop, completed scorecards are deposited in a box after the 18th hole, there are no gatherings after golf, golfers are encouraged to wear masks before and after play, wash hands, refrain from indoor gatherings, and social distance as much as possible.

To help new members feel comfortable, a mentor program was established to assist each new member with getting started. For more information, visit www.SBRWGA.com.

Written by: Carol Mihal

For the first time in the five years of the Veterans Day festivities, the complimentary breakfast was preceded by a special SaddleBrooke Ranch  Veterans Club celebration to pay tribute to all of our resident veterans. The ceremony was the highlight of the event this year and seemed to be appreciated by all who attended. The ceremony’s opening began with the playing of patriotic music followed by the colors being presented by Legion Post 132 Honor Guard, followed by an opening prayer by the Post 132 Chaplain.

SaddleBrooke Ranch Veterans Club Opening Ceremony

After the SaddleBrooke Ranch Veterans Club co-organizer Charles Wren made some opening comments, the Veterans Club Roy Thompson explained the Missing Man’s Table’s items’ symbolic meaning. This was another new and inspirational attribute of the celebration. The Missing Man’s Table has many symbolic meanings, all of which emphasize our concern for our men and women still missing in action or are still prisoners of war (POW). A yellow ribbon on the vase represents our continued determination to search for those missing, and the rose represents the life of each missing person and their family and friends. A lemon slice signifies those captured’ bitter fate, and the pinch of salt represents the tears shed for those missing. The Bible shows the strength gained through faith, and the candle is reminiscent of the light of hope. The ceremony presentation concluded with the Legion Post 132 bugler’s playing of Taps.

During breakfast, a slide show was prepared and shown by SaddleBrooke Ranch resident Carol Andrews. Carol invited all resident veterans to send her pictures of them taken during their time of service. It was a challenge to grasp who was who, then and now. Obviously, some changes had been in the making for some time now.

Roy said that he was interested in organizing this celebration to acknowledge and honor those who served, and those still missing in action. He also wanted to provide a venue for the veterans to reflect and talk to one another and perhaps share a part of their stories that only other veterans could understand and appreciate. Roy said he believes that many young men and women of his generation who are today’s veterans, were inspired by President John Kennedy’s call to “ask not what your country could do for you—ask what you could do for your country.” The phrase resonated and challenged many young men and women to look beyond themselves and contribute in ways more significant than just self, but to the public good.

Some joined the Peace Corps, and many others chose the U.S. Armed Forces to contribute to what they saw as a public good. For many of that generation, the call for public good required a significant paradigm change.

The Veterans Club is an organization that provides old (mature) veterans an opportunity to continue giving something of themselves to their fellow man and the SaddleBrooke Ranch community’s public good. The club is a charitable, fraternal, and educational organization endeavoring to perpetuate patriotism and remember our missing and fallen military personnel and history.

Thanks to the Ranch House staff, especially Kelly Cardwell, the Ranch House Food and Beverage Manager, for providing SaddleBrooke Ranch residents a wonderful meal and graciously synchronizing the activities and decorating the ballroom. Thanks also to Ken Robinson, Liaison at Large.

Written by: Evie Thompson