January 1, 2021
Dear Passholders & Friends of Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas Golf Clubs:
As you are reading this, you’ll likely be reflecting a bit on 2020. During 2020 we saw the loss of our normal way of life, the wearing of masks which I believe will continue through 4Q21, the loss of good friends and family members due to COVID-19, a political election, the failure of many a business, with many businesses remaining on the edge of fiscal solvency. Recently I’ve seen a tee shirt that reflects my sentiments as a business manager during 2020 - dare I share it? The tee shirt says “Wine (noun), the glue holding this 2020 s…show together.” So, to the customers that have stuck with us during 2020, I give you my honest thank you for your continuing support!
Oh, and come out and have that glass of wine, to celebrate the end of 2020. To each and every one of you, my best wishes for the safest and most enjoyable year in 2021!
So far during this winter season we’ve experienced 24 frost delays as compared to 14 last year. When we experience a frost delay, that also impacts the practice putting and chipping greens.If you believe your tee time may be impacted by a frost delay, please call us on the Frost Delay and Information line – 520-352-1082. Being that time of year for colder weather, we anticipate more frost delays over the next 45-60 days.
Several people have asked for help understanding why we have frost delay, so here’s my description. When moisture freezes and ice crystals form on the grass leaf, the grass becomes brittle and fragile. Pressure from foot or cart traffic damages the living plant tissue. Damage does not appear right away, but will show up in the following days as the plant is unable to repair itself and begins to die. Frost damage can occur on any grass, but low-mowed grasses, such as golf course fairways and putting greens are most vulnerable. When frost is present, we will delay the time the course opens to protect the grass. Canoa Ranch is a canyon style course with lots of low-lying areas and Torres Blancas being adjacent to the river, are both susceptible to frost.
I want to thank everyone for the voluntary donations to our maintenance teams. Donations were provided by the following individuals or groups. If I missed your name, or didn’t get a portion of your name from the donation list – please accept my apologies. The maintenance team members say “thanks to all of you!”.
Dan McGuire, Pete & Kathie Petersen, Bob Keegan, Kurt & Jo Palowez, Rick & Karen Hoen, Judy Willoughby, Jim & Bonnie Wollin, Linda & Bruce Morgan, Jack & Laura Doyle, Barb & Kelsie Bennett, Canoa Ranch Ladies Golf Assoc. (CRWGA), Steve & Mary Miller, Dorothy North, Russ & Diane Michels, Bill Phinney, Jim & Diane Mork, Torres Tuesday League, TRLGA – Judy Ellyson, John Cook, Ross Messick, Carl ?, John & Marsha Chess, and Luke Coker.
Our 2021 Passholder plan was released on Monday August 10th, with great results so far. 2021 passholder sales are 16.7% above last year’s sales to date. Thank you to those Passholders who have renewed already!
Many of our customers can recollect what the Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas greens fees were a year ago, and we have many a customer arriving with an air of frustration at new golf and dining rates. Before Proposition 206 was approved by Arizona voters in November 2016, Arizona's minimum wage was $8.05 an hour. But with the initiative's passage, minimum wage increased in 2017 to $10, then to $10.50 in 2018, $11 in 2019, $12 in 2020 and now $12.15 on January 1, 2021. That’s a 50.9% increase in four years. Every business that intends to remain financially viable must increase prices to cover the increased costs, so that’s why golf and dining prices are higher than last year.
Chef Alex has been working on family sized meals for “Take-Out”, so please look for our formal announcement very soon.
Mark your calendar for future events, more information to follow:
• Sat Jan 9, 8:00 - at TB - Passholder/Guest Golf and Lunch- signup sheet is at Torres
• Sat Feb. 6th 8:00AM – Shotgun Passholder/Guest Golf & Lunch
• Sat Mar 6, 8:00AM - TB - Day 1 of Women’s Club Championship
• Sun Mar 7, 8:00AM - CR - Day 2 of Women’s Club Championship & Awards Lunch
• Sat Mar 19, 8:00AM - TB - Day 1 of Men’s Club Championship
• Sun Mar 20, 8:00AM - CR - Day 2 of Men’s Club Championship & Awards Lunch
This month’s golf quote comes from a member of our staff, "Golf is an easy sport to capture how well one has done in the past. As in day to day life, the challenge with golf is to define how well you will do in the future; committing to practice, and to enjoy your friends and family.” During this challenging year, remember to live – commit to practice – enjoy your friends and family – and yet be safe.
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. Be safe, enjoy life and your golfing experience with us!
Mike Cochran - General Manager
Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas
Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas Golf and Dining Policies
Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas continue to actively monitor CDC and AZ guidelines for COVID-19. We make periodic procedural adjustments to maintain as safe an environment as possible for golfers, guests in our dining facilities, for visitors and our employees.