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September 10, 2018

Dear Members & Friends of Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas Golf Clubs:
For those from any of the northern States, September is a very colorful month with trees turning colors to their beautiful reds, yellow, and burnt orange.  Here in Green Valley we experience reduced temperatures which is wonderful, some final monsoon storms, and our annual overseed process as we ready for the winter season and our winter visitors.

This year our overseed dates are:
     Torres Blancas – start Mon 9/3, reopen Sat 9/15, and off cart path only on Sun 9/23
     Canoa Ranch – start Mon 9/17, reopen Mon 10/1, and off cart path only on Mon 10/8

Chad and his maintenance crew are hard at work with the Torres Blancas overseed.  We experienced an exceptionally heavy monsoon rain on Sept 3, which delayed our start because the river actually overflowed its banks and crested onto holes 16, 17 & 18, so we had some cleanup to do.  We were able to schedule overseed work around these three holes, then go back after cleaning the debris off 16, 17 & 18 and complete the overseed on those holes.

Several people have inquired about the cost of overseed over the past couple months so I’ll share some general thoughts as an educational basis.  This year for both Canoa & Torres combined we purchased approximately 57,000 lbs. of winter grass seed; and a variety of chemicals, fertilizers and sand with an overall cost of about $70,000.  Then add on extensive maintenance labor to do the work, and the extra water required for the seed to grow.  Prepping a golf course for a winter season is expensive!

As many customers are aware, we experienced a poor floor install during the August 2017 restoration of the Canoa Ranch dining room.  This flooring will be replaced during the Canoa Ranch overseed period.  So please note as the flooring is replaced, that the Canoa Ranch Grill on the Green will be unavailable from Mon Sept 17, reopening on Wed Sept 26.  Typically, on Sunday & Mondays the Abrego Grill is not open, but during this period where Canoa Ranch dining is unavailable, the Abrego Grill will available for lunch and dinner.

On August 15th, Shelby Futch of the Scottsdale Golf Group spoke and took some questions while visiting Canoa Ranch.  The primary point of conversation were the challenges to golf courses currently nationwide.  There are approximately 125 golf courses closing annually, many because the cost of water to the vast number of golf courses is a challenge – some as high as $600-$700K annually.  The Canoa Ranch water bill is $230K per year, likely very similar to other local golf courses who purchase water from a retailer.  Shelby touched on industry needs to consider workable alternatives to save water, as Canoa Ranch has started, by identifying areas where water is not needed, in addition to other water saving efforts.  Several members stated that both courses are in the best shape ever experienced over the past 15 years, with a few areas needing maintenance attention after the monsoons.  One member expressed her gratitude regarding the innovative membership options offered for the 2019 season.
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.

Executive Chef Alex and Mick have initiated food and beverage discussions for our Fall, Winter, Spring menus at both Abrego Grill and Grill on the Green.  In addition, we are planning special events for both restaurants in October and November and beyond – wanting to spice things up with entertainment, fun, and friends.  As a matter of practice, because we manage both properties, there are different offerings for food and entertainment.  We are able to offer venues at Grill on the Green that can’t be offered at Abrego (i.e. serving areas, kitchens, design) and vice versa.  Both Alex and Mick make every effort to accommodate guests at both locations equally.  They are putting packages together for both restaurants that are sure to please guests.  They are considering Sunday Brunch, Football Fun Nights, 3 O’clock Happy Hours, theme nights (Halloween), dinner theatre and international cuisines to name a few.  I know the two are working together and enjoy exchanging ideas.  Please let your family and friends know about the Club Room at Canoa Ranch, which can host almost any occasion for food, entertainment and meetings.  If you have a special event upcoming, please give Mick a call.

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:

On Saturday September 8th we hosted the annual Beat the Staff event, with 32 members and guests attending plus our 4 staff members.  Before the event started, one member asked if we were going to hand out sticks for the days event – let’s see how many people figure this one out.  Winners of event included:  Tony Kochevar, Ralph Butz, Joe Smith and Bill Phinney were our gross score winners with a score of 54, and they also took low net with a 51.  Our staff members this year included MJ Cooley, Les Atwood, Mike Hertel, and Tom Poore.  The staff team finished with a gross 60.  Since Tony, Ralph, Joe & Bill took both low gross and low net, each received a voucher for $450 good towards a future membership.  To all - great job golfing and consuming the wonderful foods provided by Alex’s team and served by Mick’s team!

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
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