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December 1, 2018
 
Dear Members & Friends of Canoa Ranch Golf Club and Torres Blancas Golf Club:
 
This newsletter is being distributed just a couple days shy of the anniversary for our December 4, 2016 fire that had such a significant impact on us.  We are all quite happy that the entire experience is behind us, and that our updated Canoa Ranch clubhouse is very functional.  This is just one item that we’re thankful for this year.
 
Thanksgiving is now past us, but chatter in the golf shops suggest that our customers enjoyed themselves, many a statement has been heard regarding too much turkey, dressing; and yes, even too much wine – imagine that.  For us, Alex’s kitchen staff and Mick’s dining room staff held a marvelous dinner for over 370 people.  Our thanks to all who supported us and attended this Thanksgiving dinner buffet.
 
One of my favorite holiday seasons is just ahead of us.  Most of our December banquet room event schedule is already full, but if you still need a location for an event, please call Kay to talk about potential room availability.
 
This year has seen significant improvements to course conditions, all made possible via the hard work of the Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas maintenance teams, under the direction of Chad DeKorte – our Superintendent.  As tradition has it, Chad will be accepting Christmas donations for the maintenance team annual holiday lunch currently scheduled for Wednesday December 19, and I thank you in advance for your thoughts and donations.  Donations will be taken and logged by anyone in the Canoa Ranch or Torres Blancas golf shops.
 
Our winter visitors are back with us, and with that we encounter a few questions at the start of every winter season regarding course conditions.  With the first couple hard frosts, customers will see the summer Bermuda grass and crabgrass go dormant.  The dormant Bermuda actually looks like the grass has died but that isn’t really the case.  Over the past 7-8 years prior management companies had never applied herbicides to control unwanted grasses and weeds.  For ultimate control, a consistent and recurring annual fertilizer and herbicide program must be in place.  We started such a program during 2018, so we’ll see big improvements during 2019.  But in the interim, the Bermuda grass is only going dormant for the colder winter months and will easily flourish come early spring.  As Shelby Futch stated, it took years for Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas to deteriorate and will take several years to repair, but with all the work done by Maintenance this year, we have the best course conditions in years.  As a point of information, Chad is working with turf vendors and other Scottsdale Golf Group Superintendents to develop a plan to improve the Canoa Ranch greens back to a superior condition during 2019.


During the colder winter months, typically December & January, we experience “frost delays” which potentially will delay our first few tee times.  When the combination of the low overnight temperature and dewpoint are just right, we get the frost delay.  At both Canoa and Torres on these mornings, golf shop personnel will email all names on tee sheets.  If you are part of a group, your group coordinator will receive the frost delay email and should be forwarding it to group participants. 

With the much welcome return of our winter guests, I’d like to encourage any guest to make a reservation when dining (lunch or dinner) at either Canoa Ranch or Torres Blancas so we can ensure appropriate staffing is in place for your meal with us.  We truly do use reservations to assist in our staffing levels.  Reservations are not accepted in the bar area, which is intended as an overflow waiting area for incoming dining customers when tables may not be yet available.
 
Public players now have the opportunity to make advance tee times out to 10 days, an increase from the past 7 days.  Members have the ability to make tee times 14 days in advance.  Our approach to getting cheaper rates for tee times, is based on the idea that the earlier you book your tee time – the better rate you will receive similar to customers purchasing airline tickets way in advance.  Dynamic pricing will typically reward customers who make advance tee times with better rates, and if using our website – no booking fees.

MJ has been successful in purchasing a supply of Jack Nicholas golf calendars for 2019.  These calendars contain pictures of exceptionally beautiful courses, along with a different golfing tip every month.  Supplies are limited, get one soon – I have mine already.
 
Upcoming member events to note on your calendars, with detailed information to be sent out, so please save the dates:
  • Sat Dec 8, 2018 at CR – Member shopping night at CR with free appetizers & drinks
  • Sat Jan 12, 2019 at CR – Member Guest Golf - wine tasting & appetizers
  • Sat Feb 9, 2019 at CR – Member Guest Devil Ball Scramble & Dinner
  • Sat Mar 9 & Sun Mar 10, 2019 at TB/CR – Women’s Club Championship (CR & TB)
  • Sat Mar 23 & Sun Mar 24, 2019 at TB/CR – Men’s Club Championship (CR & TB)
  • Sat Apr 13, 2019 at TB – Annual Superintendents Revenge Member Guest Tournament, Dinner, & Member/Guest shopping at TB (with Food donations to GV Food Bank)

Please note the following Holiday Hours

     Christmas Eve Day – Mon Dec 24
     Torres Blancas Golf - normal open to 2PM & Abrego Bar only 11:00AM to 2:00PM
     Canoa Ranch Golf - normal open to 2PM & Grill on the Green 9:00AM to 2:00PM

     Christmas Day Tues Dec 25
     All operations will be closed at both Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas
 
     New Years Eve Day – Mon Dec 31
     Torres Blancas - Golf normal open to 1PM & Abrego Bar 11:00AM to 4:00PM
     Canoa Ranch Golf - Golf normal open to 1PM & Grill on the Green 9:00AM to 9:00PM
 
     New Years Day – Tues Jan 1, 2019
     Torres Blancas – Regular hours
     Canoa Ranch Golf – Regular hours
    

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.
 
My best wishes to each and every one of you for a great Holiday Season,
 

Mike Cochran
General Manager – Canoa Ranch & Torres Blancas
mcochran@canoaranchgolfclub.com