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June 3, 2019
Dear Members & Friends of Canoa Ranch Golf Club and Torres Blancas Golf Club:

We’ve all loved the May temps, cool nights and days but WINDY – wow!  Beginning of summer temps are here and for those of us who much prefer warmer weather, it’s wonderful.  With the days getting warmer, I hope everyone has their sunscreen and hydrating beverages.
Chad’s team has started their summer projects at Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas.  Clearing of over-grown trees and brush has started at both courses, with green side bunker rehab at Canoa Ranch and extra irrigation work at Torres Blancas.  Canoa Ranch had its greens aerified on May 15 & 16, and the greens are healed and smooth.  Our tentative schedule for aerifying the Torres Blancas greens is June 20 & 21.  We should see the Torres Blancas greens completely healed within 7-10 days.
On Saturday May 18th, 32 golfers played in the Member Mixer tournament with appetizers and beer tasting following golf at Torres Blancas.  It was a perfect day for golf which happens frequently in Green Valley.  First Flight was won by Charlie Wolff, Jim Tomlinson, Tony Day and Ben Charles firing a 60 and Second Flight was won by Pam Heydel, Timm Heydel, Don Bjorkman and John McDermot firing a 71.
Over the past 30 days many of our golfers have been asked to sign a golf cart waiver for use of our golf carts.  We have experienced several mishaps with golf carts over the past year, most have been minor scrapes but some have included more serious damage with potential for injuries.  Many golf courses have experienced similar situations, so insurance companies providing coverage to golf courses have started asked that we obtain “acceptance of responsibility” by customers for golf cart usage.  Hope that helps explain the new process.
A few days ago, several golfers voiced concern about what they perceived as golf prices that were too high, and about higher prices in general for many services and products within the Green Valley community.  We had a lengthy discussion about the impact Proposition 206 (mandatory minimum wage law) had on all Arizona businesses, even beyond golf courses.  Mandatory minimum wage increases were initially effective January 1, 2017, as approved by Arizona voters.  The law includes another mandatory hourly increase to $12 on January 1, 2020, with annual increases thereafter based on cost of living increases.  As of January 1st, 2020, Proposition 206 will have increased our overall hourly payroll costs by over 43%.  We all can see how one local restaurant has you place your own food order via kiosk, or two other large businesses have you bag your own groceries, and then pay your grocery bill via kiosk.  I forecast that we will see more technological changes that impact the local job markets like kiosks, along with further price increases year to year as the business community adjusts to this law that has an open-ended automatic wage increase tied to cost of living.  As the customers I was talking with walked away, I heard one say, “I’m not sure I understood the impact of this law to me when I voted for it”.
This past week after one of our women’s leagues finished their round, I overheard a couple ladies talking about all their strokes of the day, and laughing about it.  I thought of this quote that I’d heard before:
  • It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball.  It took one afternoon on the golf course.” – Hank Aaron.
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 Cochran
General Manager – Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas

520-352-1031 (Office)