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September 1, 2019

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

September is upon us, which signals the end of our summer and the beginning of overseed for our winter golfing season.  Last year on Sunday September 2nd we experienced a huge thunderstorm that dropped 4 inches of rain on us in one hour, subsequently flooding 3 holes near the Santa Cruz at Torres Blancas.  A light rain would be great, but we are certainly making a request to Mother Nature to spare us this drenching rain during our 2019 overseed period.

Going back in time to memory lane, in late 2014 Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas were in less than ideal condition, and Scottsdale Golf Group was brought in to manage the recovery.  Since 2014 the courses have continued to improve, with professional staff being put into place to further the improvements with both courses.  Further improvements have certainly been made over the past few years.  Our thanks to Scottsdale Golf Group for identifying the path to recovery during these difficult years. 

Effective August 7, 2019 Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas Golf Courses in Green Valley, AZ are no longer managed by Scottsdale Golf Group.  Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas will be self-managed, with Mike Cochran remaining as General Manager reporting directly to the golf course owner.  This is a positive step for us financially.  We are still committed to further improving golf course conditions, and to continue providing great dining opportunities via a very professional staff, which remains in place.  Any questions concerning this change should be forwarded to Mike at or 520-352-1031.

With this separation from Scottsdale Golf Group, we are excited to announce that we are planning our own Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas Golf School and Academy program, with Jon Vayre as the Director of Instruction.  Jon has over 30 years of experience and is one of the best instructors in southern Arizona. If you need help with any part of your game give Jon a call at 520-235-9821 or email at .

Our membership plan for the 2020 season has been very well received.  Several new options are available to choose from.  If you haven’t signed up for a GREAT golfing membership yet, you’ll want to review these offerings.
Overseed dates are soon upon us, Torres Blancas starts 9/3/19 - reopening 9/16/19 and Canoa Ranch starts 9/16/19 - reopening 9/30/19.  If all goes well these will be the dates to plan on – but remember weather, machinery and other unanticipated items can easily impact these scheduled dates.  As in past years, you’ve recently seen fairway and green surrounds purposely dried out to prepare for overseed.  During August we sprayed pre-emergent and Bermuda suppressant chemicals to help the overseed.
On Saturday August 10th Canoa Ranch hosted 104 golfers who played in the Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce golf tournament.  A big shout goes out to the Chamber and all participants; we truly enjoyed the day with you!
On Saturday August 17th the annual, “Beat the Staff” Member/Guest event was held.  Our staff was beat by 1 stroke, with 32 members & guests playing against 3 staff groups consisting of: (team 1) Mike Hertel, Tom Poore, Jon Vayre and Butch Helle; (team 2) Debra Driggs, M. J. Cooley, Susan Gibson and Denise Pape; and (team 3) Dale Curl, Al Rodriguez, Gary Walker and Joe Smith.  The gross score winners were Tony Kochevar, Ralph Butz, Dean Hebb and A.J. Kochevar with a GROSS score of 55.  The net score winners Barb Bennett, Kelsie Bennett, Jo Palowez and Kurt Palowez won with a NET score of 52.  Alex’s kitchen team cooked a wonderful chicken marsala lunch after the golfing event.
Upcoming events for your calendars include!
  • Sat Sep 7, 2019 at CR – 8AM Shotgun Member Mixer with lunch afterwards
  • Sat Oct 12, 2019 at TB – 12 noon - Forward Shotgun – Bestball Golf & Outdoor Grilling
  • Sat Nov 9, 2019 at CR – 12 noon - Member/Guest Golf, Putting Contest & Dinner
We’ve seen fewer and fewer mosquitos in the past couple weeks, so for those golfers who have been avoiding us because of these pesky creatures, please come back and to enjoy golf and dining at Torres Blancas.
I heard a golfer come in this past week and complain about how other golfers in their foursome were taking advantage of the pencil on the scorecard, so I thought this quote might calm the anxiety, “Stay true to yourself and listen to your inner voice. It will lead you to your dream”, by James Ross.
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.

Mike Cochran
General Manager – Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas
520-352-1031 (Office)