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October 1, 2018

Dear Members & Friends of Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas Golf Clubs:

As I write this I find I’m looking at the calendar a lot this month, mainly because of several significant tasks, and I’m hearing from several of our winter friends who are already returning.  Welcome back!

I usually start talking about the weather and this month is no different, however I may stop talking about the weather, because September weather was not our friend.

Our Torres Blancas overseed was originally scheduled to start on Monday September 3.  But on Sunday September 2, we noticed a huge weather front heading for Green Valley, so the Torres Blancas overseed was postponed 3 days until the storm passed, and we’re glad we did.  We received 4” of rain in just over an hour.  The Santa Cruz River actually overflowed its banks and flooded holes 16-18 leaving much debris.  The maintenance team did a tremendous job removing all debris, cleaning these 3 fairways, then getting all winter rye seed down immediately following the flooding.  The Torres Blancas golf course is reopened, with normal cart usage and the overseed looks beautiful.

As reported by Green Valley News, several other businesses in the Amado area suffered incredible flooding and devastation to their facilities.

Canoa Ranch was a similar situation, with a major storm sweeping through on Wednesday September 19, thus delaying the start of our overseed.  Thank goodness we didn’t experience any damage like the flooding at Torres Blancas.  We did get all seed down successfully by Thursday September 20.  We will have two great courses this winter.

Both courses have experienced delays because of the weather during their overseed this year, and now that Torres Blancas is off cart path we’ve heard concerns voiced about the height of the fairways and tees, but mostly about the greens.  Overseeding a golf course is not an easy or inexpensive process, but it is a process that must be followed in order for the grass to mature and grow properly, which can take 6-7 weeks total.  The new grass is very fragile, which means we cannot mow the greens, fairways and tee boxes to the lowest heights immediately or we risk damaging the plant.  We will start to mow all areas a little lower each week at Torres Blancas and will be at optimum height in another 5-6 weeks.  We appreciate your understanding in this gradual transition to ensure the great quality of the turf during the upcoming winter season.

As many customers are aware, we experienced a poor floor install during the August 2017 restoration of the Canoa Ranch dining room.  The Canoa Ranch Grill on The Green was taken down on Sunday September 16, 2018 to prep for demolition of the old flooring.  Our contractor was delayed in starting the job, along with unexpected floor leveling issues.  The original re-opening date was scheduled to be Wednesday September 19, but the Grill on The Green is open again as of September 29th 4PM.  The October specials will be noted in the Green Valley News over the next couple weeks.

Last month I described the state of golf courses across the country, including the impact of an annual $230,000 water expense to Canoa Ranch.  This month I want to describe the impact of Proposition 206 (mandatory minimum wage increase) which the Arizona voters approved in the November 2016 election.  Mandatory minimum wage increases from January 1, 2017 to current date have increased our overall hourly expenses by 39%.  The law also mandates $11 in January 2019, and $12 January 2020, with annual increases after that based on cost of living increases.  Some say this had little impact on our business, but when our labor costs increase this drastically, in addition to increased costs from all our suppliers based on the same Proposition 206, then there truly is a significant increase in our costs, which is passed on to our customers.  Without higher revenues to offset increased costs, golf courses will tragically suffer.

It is a pleasure to announce that Lynn Greenes has joined the Canoa Ranch team as Supervisor – Food & Beverage, reporting to Mick Fox.  Lynn will supervise floor operations in the Canoa Ranch dining room, and will assist with several projects.

Several inquiries have been received about how to book golf or food & beverage events.  Joe Smith is the main point of contact for all golf related events and can be reached via , with Mick Fox being the contact for all Food & Beverage events.  Please contact either Joe, or Mick as we are booking events a year ahead now, especially around the December 2018 Holiday Season and end of March 2019.

Please let your family and friends know about the Banquet/Event Room at Canoa Ranch, which can host almost any occasion for food, entertainment or meetings.  If you have a special event being considered, please contact Mick.

For those who may want to improve their game before this coming 2018/2019 season, John Jacobs Golf Schools at Canoa Ranch is offering golf clinics.  In addition, both Jon Vayre and Marshall Gavre are available for private instruction.  Please call the Canoa Ranch golf shop 6AM-2PM to sign-up.  520-393-1966 ext. 2 or email:

Future member events for your calendars:
  • Sat Oct 13, 2018 at TB – Worst pair of golf pants & hat, Member Guest Golf & BBQ
  • Sat Nov 10, 2018 at CR – Member Guest “Battle of the Branches” Scramble, Appetizers & Veterans Day
  • Sat Dec 8, 2018 at TB – Member shopping late afternoon at TB, Appetizers
I understand that several participants planning to attend the October 13th member guest event already have their costumes selected.  I’m sure this will be a great event!

As always, my thanks to all of you for the support you provide, and the patience you have had as we continue to make improvements at both Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas. 
My best wishes to each and every one of you.
Mike Cochran
General Manager – Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas