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June 1, 2021

Dear Passholders & Friends of Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas Golf Clubs:
We were having a great series of spring temperatures, then wham – 95 degrees.  I have to share, I enjoy the warmer weather, and what it brings to the golf courses.  The courses get a chance to rest a bit from the heavy winter season cart traffic, and the Bermuda starts growing again.

Many people regard May 31st or Memorial Day as just another holiday, or get it confused with Veterans Day, but it has a special meaning for many.  Tambra Bolton describes it, “This is the day we pay homage to all those who didn’t come home.  This is not Veterans Day, it’s not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom.”  Lee Greenwood feels just a bit different, “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.  And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”  Please remember the fallen who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, thus allowing our freedom to continue.

On June 30th & July 1st we initiate some summer transitional work at Torres Blancas, including aeriation of the greens.  We will be using a medium tine this year to allow water a better chance to seep deeper into the greens.  It will take 7-9 days for the greens to fully recover, so plan your tee times accordingly in early July.  Canoa Ranch will be open for 18 holes during this period.

After the aerification we will follow up with a light sand topdressing.  The main reason we aerate greens is to introduce oxygen into the rootzone and release gases built up in the soil.  Aeration also allows better drainage as the greens will seal up and not allow water to penetrate easily if we don’t perforate the surface regularly.  I know aeration is not popular with our guests but it is one of the most important maintenance practices we accomplish each year.

Employees at Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas are currently at a 82% vaccination rate, and as such will provide us the opportunity to support “social distancing and optional mask usage”.  We have updated our signage “highlighting” Gov. Ducey’s order #2021-06 and its impact to both golf and dining.  Customers and employees may still wear masks if personally desired.  Dining occupancy space has been increased, and tournaments and events are now being accepted again – if you need space for a celebration or golf outing – please call us.

Since the CDC has loosened the restrictions associated with COVID, we have decided it’s time to get water back onto both Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas.  New water coolers are being purchased and will be placed back on both courses by approximately mid-June.

Both Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas offer adult beverages, made possible by the liquor licenses held by both courses.  Recently a few younger adults brought in a backpack full of iced beer, which had not been purchased at Canoa Ranch.  Our course ranger caught the backpack and stored it in the golf shop until the golfers completed their round.  The golfers said they had no idea there are serious consequences to bringing in their own beer.  I wanted to take this opportunity to share that bringing alcohol onto our premises, that has not been purchased here, can have serious consequences to our liquor licenses.

Our Torres Blancas maintenance crew under the direction of Javier Villa has gotten a good start clearing the underbrush and excess foliage between the 5th fairway and 7th fairways.  Our goal is too have clear views between these fairways by fall this year.  Remember the large bunker we removed from the 7th fairway.  These are both projects oriented at making Torres Blancas a more attractive golf course.  When you see Javier next time, please tell him thanks for the efforts of his team.

On Saturday May 8th the Margaritaville event was held at Torres Blancas, with many a Margarita consumed afterwards.  Many thanks to the 56 passholders and guests that participated!
Winners include:
First Flight
1st – 64 – John Quintinski, Craig Duran, Allison Duran and Jerry Morningstar
2nd – 66– Bill Garber, Bill O’Neal, Steve Kapptie and Toni Kapptie
3rd – 68 – George Christopher, Jerry Stoew, Mike Stowers and Brandon Dean

Second Flight
1st – 74 – Kurt Palowez, Jo Palowez, Kelsie Bennett and Sandra Marrs
2nd – 74 – Dave Spence, Sherry Foti, Rick Hatfield and Sue Hatfield
3rd – 75 – Kaylee Purtle, Jackie Purtle, Joel Purtle and Keith Hagerrich

Jon Vayre and Mike Hertel provide Golf Schools, Academies, and Clinics.  Please visit our websites for further information.  If you need help with any part of your game give Jon a call at 520-235-9821 or email at jonvayre@icloud.com , or call Mike H at 520-222-4700.  Jon is now a certified PING fitter, so if you need a new set of clubs, or maybe just a new putter or wedge, please give Jon a call.

We’ve again offered the 2021 Summer Players Card.  Cost is $179.00 + tax, then play at either Canoa Ranch or Torres Blancas for $15 + tax per round.  Card may be used from June 1 – September 30.  Up to 3 guests may accompany the card holder, at $25 + tax per round. Card is not valid with any other discounts, promotions or league play.  Cardholder only is also eligible for 10% off food or beverage on date of play.

This months’ quote is shared by a local staff member, “Remembering the fallen can be hard, if we knew not who they were as a person, but we must remember that they were a son or daughter, a husband or wife, a father or mother.  When you are next on the tee, breathe a sigh of relief that we are still a free nation, and give thanks to the fallen who no longer play.”
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
520-352-1031 (office)