May 1, 2020
Dear Members & Friends of Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas Golf Clubs:
We have been fortunate that golf courses were allowed to remain open, even though our food & beverage operation has been significantly downsized, and transitioned to handle take-out only, as a result of precautions with COVID-19.
COVID-19 has had significant impacts to the manner in which we manage Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas. As previously mentioned in April, 80 of 120 fulltime and part-time employees have been furloughed. We have implemented new cleaning techniques on all golf carts; decreased inventory levels for both food, golf merchandise, and liquor allowing us to recapture cash tied up in these inventories. We have implemented procedures limiting the number of people in the golf shops, implemented a new food and beverage take-out only business at Canoa Ranch. It was interesting that this food & beverage take-out business was accepted immediately at Canoa Ranch golf course, but was not at Torres Blancas. Our maintenance team consists of only 4 people, so if you see one of the maintenance team members – please congratulate them for the efforts made to keep both golf clubs in great shape.
Expectations abound regarding whether restaurants will be allowed to reopen soon. Governor Ducey may announce that decision at any point, but for now he has extended the stay at home order until at least May 15th. When we do reopen our dining rooms, we will have additional procedures in place like; providing more distance between tables, frequent cleaning of all condiment containers, single use paper menus or laminated menus that are sanitized after each use, staff members wearing gloves and masks as needed, having a staff member that only takes payment and does not handle food in any capacity.
But 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.
Mother’s Day this year is Sunday May 10th. We will be offering a great Mother’s Day dinner (take-out), please call 520-393-1933 to reserve your Mother’s Day dinner. Look for another eblast soon with menu options.
Rumors always amaze me, and even though I provide monthly factual updates regarding the sale of Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas I continue to hear rumors that we have been sold, or are being purchased by some unknown group. For those that have been hearing the rumor that Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas have been sold, sorry to say that there is no truth to the rumor. However, if you know of someone who is interested in the golf courses and who is financially capable of a purchase, please have them get in touch with me directly.
We’re starting to see much higher temperatures. Just a reminder not to store your golf clubs in a car trunk for extended periods. The various adhesives tend to breakdown in intense heat, and may result in damage or even loss of heads or broken shafts.
We’ve again offered the 2020 Summer Players Card. Initial cost is $195.00 + tax, then play at either Canoa Ranch or Torres Blancas for $15 + tax per round. Card may be used from May 15 – 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 month’s quote tells us a bit about simple vs. complicated in our world of today, “As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” by Ben Hogan. So, my friends and golfers, stop and smell the roses or enjoy the views, and golf to your hearts content.
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