As many of you know, I have only been golfing for about 6 years, but I have been planning and managing events (including golf tournaments) for more than 10 years. Simply put - I know what I'm doing.
So if that's the case, then why - you ask yourself - would I not book enough spots for a tournament?
The tournament was booked before we could anticipate the number of players who actually be playing in tournaments from month to month. In 2011 and 2012, the Ocotillo tournament was not well-attended (less than 30 players one year, less than 20 players the other). So - you can almost understand why they would not expect us to bring more than 44 players to the course, regardless of promises of "merged clubs" etc.
Troon typically allows me to give an estimate of my count, and about 14-30 days out, will allow me to increase or decrease my numbers. Ocotillo is a Troon course, therefore I figured they would let me do this. However, I had forgotten that last year, when we had a few threesomes in our group, the course indicated that they would be selling those fourth spots to single golfers. I was (and am still) unimpressed by this. Instead of offering to work with me on a solution, I was offered an alternate date (Memorial Day weekend) to hold the tournament.
As many of you know (and, as I have waxed eloquent on previous occasions), I book courses based on the relationships. Troon (as a general rule) has treated me well - even when I had to drop numbers in past years. While I continue to believe that Troon is the best golf management company in the Valley, Ocotillo has proven itself to be an exception to the rule. Operationally, they have always done a good job, and I enjoy working with the team there, but whatever force is tying the hands of the sales team needs to be remedied before I will book future tournaments there. In the meantime, I will continue to work with the other Troon courses, Camelback Golf Club (AWESOME team there), and other strong partners.