July 1, 2020
Dear Members & Friends of Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas Golf Clubs:
The monsoon season typically starts about June 15, but we see the dew points start rising closer to the beginning of July. That's when we start seeing our first thunderstorms. As of Tuesday June 30th the Green Valley dewpoint is 44.1 degrees, vs. the 55 degrees that typically defines the actual start of monsoon season.
June has always been a problem for mosquitos at Torres Blancas. We’ve done a great job of keeping Torres trimmed up this year, although the mosquitos have been numerous, but not as bad as last year. We’ve turned a call into the Pima County Health Department to help address the mosquito issue there. It turns out that Pima County has placed traps in several locations around Torres Blancas. We were also informed that the Pima County mosquito traps have not been capturing as many mosquitos as were anticipated by the County after the phone calls they received. We are also looking into placing traps of our own. FICO, across the river does have a very good mosquito prevention plan in place per Pima County so there remains a question about where the mosquitos are coming from. Just a heads up, bring some mosquito spray with you, but be careful where you stand when you apply your mosquito spray. If using any type of aerosol or spray container, applying mosquito spray while standing on the grass may kill the grass where you are standing. Check this out - https://www.extension.iastate.edu/turfgrass/blog/dr-nick-christians/mosquito-spray-can-kill-grass
Remember, on March 18 we furloughed 80 of our 120 full-time and part-time personnel. This included 12 of our course maintenance personnel. We have started bringing back the maintenance crew, with 10 brought back so far. We are in the process of determining when it makes sense to reopen the Grill on the Green at Canoa Ranch. With all the apprehension associated with COVID-19, many customers are still wary of being in a restaurant, thus all Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas staff have agreed that we wait a bit longer to reopen Grill on The Green. The take-out business at Canoa Ranch has been quite successful, and will continue until we decide to completely open the dining room. As of June 29th, Governor Ducey has paused all Series 6 and Series 7 Liquor licenses, which has impacted our ability to serve beer, wine or spirits at both Torres Blancas and Canoa Ranch. Series 6 & 7 licenses are both considered to be a bar. We are hopeful that the AZ Board of Liquor will yet today, clarify the Governor’s June 29th executive order and allow us to continue selling wine, beer and spirits.
For now, the Canoa Ranch “take-out” window will continue to be available 11am – 6pm daily by calling 520-393-1933 with your order, or by ordering at the to-go window on the east side of the Canoa Ranch Clubhouse.
Please mark your calendars with the following overseed dates:
• Torres Blancas overseed Sept 8 – 20, reopening cart path only Sept 21 – 27
• Canoa Ranch overseed Sept 23 – Oct 11, reopening cart path only Oct 12 - 18
This month’s quote again tells us about our world of today, "Golf is like a chain, you always have to work on the weakest links" by George Archer. Over the past few months, I’ve noticed a tendency for some of our family and golfing friends to be more susceptible to concerns associated with their future. What will COVID-19 do to me and my family, are my friends OK to go out with. Next time you think about your family or friends, maybe sit and consider your “weakest links”, then consider calling that friend or family member to just say “hello”. Then go golfing, and practice that golf oriented “weakest link”.
We are almost done planning for our 2021 membership drive, and anticipate publication of that plan in early August. If anyone has suggestions for the 2021 membership plan, please email your thoughts to me. I cannot promise your idea will be included, but it will be considered.
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, and enjoy the basics!
Mike Cochran - General Manager
Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas