My husband and I bought our home in August 2017. After years of nomadic life chasing one research opportunity after the next, we had finally decided to settle in Tucson. And, after renting two homes in four years, we knew we wanted to buy in Oro Valley.
We saw the community as safe, welcoming, burgeoning and thriving. Our three children were quickly welcomed into the neighborhood, an infusion of energy among many retirees. While the golf course is a nice, quiet neighbor, we never gave any thought to it beyond that as we do not golf. We basically understood that the town had bought it. Nobody ever shared with us that its future was in jeopardy.
My biggest issue with closing the golf course is the town officials have been deliberately vague about the long-term plans for the land. You cannot reasonably make a short-term decision without commitment to long-term plans. As a homeowner who put down 20 percent on our home in 2017, I cannot afford to let the town take a wait-and-see approach. Besides when you won’t commit as the town council, it casts suspicions on your motives in the first place.
I am not beyond compromise but it seems that the town overwhelmingly supports keeping the Conquistador Course open. And as a former budget analyst for the state of Illinois, I am embarrassed by how different entities of the town seem to have different numbers at play and different projections. Talk about chaos. I cannot pay the price for the town’s chaos. My Canada Hills HOA and others have offered to absorb some of the course’s expenses, which is more than can be said for other public facilities like the aquatic center and area parks. I understand that there is no sense in throwing good money after bad money, but it seems like there has been no earnest debate on what the numbers really are or how they could be turned around. It’s as if there is some arbitrary, secretive goal that has gone unmet and the only answer is to shut down the whole operation. What nonsense.
I am confident that if Oro Valley closes this course, many of its residents like me will have to consider foreclosing on their home because we will forever be stuck making up the monies lost at the Town’s whim. Imagine what a high foreclosure rate will do to the town on top of its make recreational appeal. Town revenues will plummet. Town reputation will falter. And for what? Nobody knows because the town council is not saying. There is absolutely no transparency.
Let me be transparent: keep the course open.
In 2008 I bought my home in Oro Valley due to the Canada golf course and its 14th fairway running past the homes back yard. In 2008 I paid $20,000 more to live in the home in Oro Valley that was built in 1993, and was smaller than a new home I could have bought in Pima County that was larger, and with all new amenities. The home I did purchase in Oro Valley I also spent another $50,000 in upgrades because I was very impressed with, and wanted to live in the city of Oro Valley since moving to Pima County in 1983.
My wife and I are both extremely happy with our home and the city of Oro Valley, but today things are being threatened with possible change that will effect not only my home but also the city we love. The political leadership of Oro Valley is not thinking reasonably, but only politically. When the town had their first meeting about purchasing the El Conquistador property, I was at the public meeting and spoke to the Mayor and Council members about what they were going to inherit. They assured us that they believed the beauty of the property running through our town, and the possible recreational benefits were worth the immediate cost. I then sat down, and waited to see what was going to happen, and was very pleasantly surprised to see how the golf course was slowly turned into an extremely beautiful course, and how the membership stayed, and supporting the recreational center as it grew into an outstanding following, and how its golf course drew visitors from all over Tucson and guests visiting the area. Closure of the course will change all of this, and effect much of Oro Valley’s commerce. It needs to stay at 36 holes, and it needs to stop being a political game for the politicians of the city trying to gain votes over its presence.
I moved to Oro Valley from the east coast about five years ago. I chose to rent in this beautiful area because of the way the town takes care of the total environment. The golf course is a beautiful setting that roams throughout this community .It enhances the beauty of what I consider my new place of retirement. It would be a major mistake to remove.
We moved to Oro Valley because of the diversity of recreational areas and desert and green spaces. This is what makes our town so unique.
There are plenty of desert trails to walk in throughout Oro Valley (over 50 acres according to the Town’s website), as well as easy access to Catalina State Park. The golf courses are a great attraction for tourism and business, and accessible to many people who cannot afford to go to a private golf course.
Troon has done a wonderful job making these first-class courses, and if the proper amount of marketing was put into promoting them, I believe that they could not only be self-sustaining, but profitable.
I am a marketing professional and will be retiring in a year. I’d be happy to volunteer my expertise to help make that happen…and I don’t even play golf. But I see the broader value in the sport, not for just seniors, but golfers of all ages. I see younger golfers enjoying themselves on the community golf courses and know that would not be possible if they or their parents had to paid the higher fees from private courses. The social value of the courses can also be seen in the fundraising tournaments for nonprofits in Tucson.
Those who support the closure and subsequent tearing up of the golf courses do not understand or even worse, do not care, about the potential health risks resulting from such senseless actions. Having experienced the misery brought on by Valley Fever, all persons potentially affected by this scourge should be informed and rethink the implications of this disease, While this health concern is uppermost in my mind, and even though I am not an El Conquistador golf member, the loss of the beauty and walkability after hours of the golf courses just destroys the essence of what is special about Oro Valley. And what is clearly a negative impact on all Oro Valley residents is the residual economic impact on the town and our own pocket books. Hopefully, the Mayor and Council members will objectively evaluate the options and implications of their decisions and intelligently conclude that the golf courses should be supported and managed for the present and future of Oro Valley. Stop the uncertainty and get on with the business of maintaining a safe and enjoyable place to live!!!