The Nogales, Ariz. club was closed in June 2019 for water infrastructure work that came after settlement of a claim related to water overcharges that dated back for decades. To prepare for the reopening, new equipment including mowers has been purchased, the golf course has been overseeded, and some new staff has been hired.
Kino Springs Golf Course in Nogales, Ariz. was set to reopen on December 1st for the first time in a year and a half, Nogales International reported.
The course was closed in June 2019 for water infrastructure work that came after the golf course and the City of Nogales settled a claim related to water overcharges that dated back for decades, Nogales International reported.
“We got everything resolved, and there was no sense in opening up over the summer, so we just kept it closed over the summer,” Owner Art Martori told Nogales International.
C+RB reported in October 2018 on a previous reopening after a five-month shutdown related to financial difficulties (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/course-reopens-at-kino-springs-gc/)
With the latest reopening, Martori said, the course will offer the public 18 holes of play, six days a week, and only be closed on Mondays, Nogales International reported.
To prepare for the reopening, Martori said, he’s bought new equipment, including mowers, hired some new people and overseeded the golf course, Nogales International reported. The latter process, he explained, can cost $50,000 to $60,000 just for the seeding, with another $30,000 to $40,000 in costs for water.
“The course isn’t in the greatest shape, but the greens are in real good shape right now and it will get better through the season,” he added. “We’ll work on it during the season and hopefully next year it will be in really good shape again.
“It’s just the right thing to do,” he said of the reopening. “If we’re going to do anything with Kino Springs, the golf course has to be available to play.”
Golf in general has been booming during the pandemic, Martori told Nogales International. Still, he has modest expectations for the reopening at Kino Springs, considering that the course has been shut down for a while and is not yet in optimal shape. Plus, there’s limited demand in the area, he noted.
The Kino Springs clubhouse will remain closed, but the pro shop will be open, and limited snacks and drinks will be available, Nogales International reported. “It’s just a golf course and a pro shop,” Martori said.