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May 1, 2019

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

The pollen is out, the pollen is out!  For all of us that suffer from allergies, it’s been a challenging month.  It will get better as our Arizona late spring has finally arrived.  With the days getting warmer, I hope everyone has their sunscreen and hydrating beverages.

The vast majority of our winter visitors have left Green Valley and have said their goodbyes.  Be safe, play golf, enjoy your summer and we will see you again this fall.

Chad has some challenging projects ahead of him for the summer, improvements to greenside bunkers, and clearing over-grown trees and brush at both courses.  He has started the greenside bunker rehab work at Canoa Ranch, and has greenside bunkers completed on hole #1.

Normal maintenance work includes aerifying the greens at Canoa Ranch on May 15 and 16.  We will be using ½ inch tines, then topdressing using 50 tons of USGA grade sand to fill in the holes.  With the favorable temperatures, we should see the greens completely healed within 7-10 days.  This process is critical in maintaining healthy turf.  Core aerifying alleviates compaction, provides oxygen and nutrients to the root zone, removes thatch and organic matter, while creating a fresh new layer for the grass to grow.  This regular practice, combined with proper fertilization and preventative fungicide applications, will help create an improved sand-based root zone, which is necessary for proper drainage, nutrient uptake and reduction of diseases typically experienced during summer monsoon months.

Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 12th.  Chef Alex has prepared a Special Breakfast Brunch Menu which will be served from 8am to 3:00pm featuring Eggs Benedict, French Toast & Berries and more delicious Breakfast items!  For our guests who prefer to dine later in the morning or early afternoon, and in addition to our Breakfast Specialties, we will also be featuring Specialty Entrees’ such as Creamy Asiago Chicken, New York Strip Steak & Grilled Salmon filets which will be served from 11 to 3pm.  Reservations are required, so please call 520-393-1933 or 520-393-1966 ext. 4.  More information will follow, but please call for your reservation.  (Our Regular Menu will not be available on Mother’s Day.)

On Saturday April 13th 40 brave souls golfed in the 2nd annual Superintendents Revenge member/guest tournament with dinner following golf at Torres Blancas.  It’s not every day that a golfer must sink a putt through the opening of a toilet seat!  Lots’ of fun by all! First Flight was won by Carol & Tom Aslakson, Marlene & Bob Stephenson firing a 61 and Second Flight was won by Robin & Brian Ashe, Kathy Anderson and Dave Ames firing a 66.

Please reserve the date:  On Sat May 18, 2019 8:30AM at Canoa Ranch for a Member Mixer – including golf followed up with appetizers and beer tasting.  Please feel free to invite members from other clubs.  A signup sheet will soon be at the Canoa Ranch golf shop.  (This event was originally scheduled for Saturday May 11th but had to be moved to May 18th because it conflicted with Mother’s Day.)

This week after several golf events were completed with the usual friendly banter regarding how each other scored, I thought this quote represents several of the comments I overheard:
  • “Most people play a fair game of golf, if you watch them.” by Joey Adams.
I close this newsletter by acknowledging Mr. Gene Taylor who recently passed away.  Mr. Taylor lived immediately adjacent to our Torres Blancas golf course, and he was frequently right there pulling weeds and trimming trees with Mary and our gardening crew!

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 CochranGeneral Manager – Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas
mcochran@canoaranchgolfclub.com
520-352-1031 (Office)