Bobby is a Flagstaff native whose father was also born and bred in our city. In fact, there have been five generations of the Goitia family in Flagstaff starting in 1918 – when Bobby’s grandfather emigrated from Spain – straight through to the birth of Bobby’s grandchildren.
From 1976 until 2000, Bobby was the proprietor of Bobby’s Butcher Shop. During that time, in the mid-80s, he moved his family to Continental Country Club.
“At the time, it was a good step up from where we were living,” he said. “We found a house that was 98 percent completed and no-one had bought it yet.”
Although he was not a particularly active golfer or tennis player, Bobby said he loved the neighborhood and felt Continental would be a great place to raise his two daughters. (You might have seen one of those daughters, Heidi, on television, where she was an anchor on CBS Channel 5).
Bobby has a long history with Continental as a homeowner, volunteer and, for three years, an employee of the country club.
In 2008, he was appointed to the HOA Board to fill a seat of a retiring member and then ran successfully to keep the position. Shortly after that, the then-General Manager left Continental and the Board was running day-to-day operations. Ultimately, Bobby resigned from the Board and was hired to be the new GM. He retired from that post in 2013.
After taking a break from Continental business for about a year, he returned to the Board. His current term ends in August 2022.
“Being on the Board is important to me because I feel we are a liaison between the Association and the homeowners,” he said. “We are there to represent the homeowners to make sure the club is run properly.”
Bobby said he sees a bright future ahead for Continental.
“We’ve just had a record year for golf and we’ve been making improvements throughout the facility,” he said, adding that once the issues surrounding Lake Elaine are resolved, the club will be in better financial shape.
Some other fun facts to know about Bobby:
He is a gun enthusiast who has been the firearms instructor for Arizona Game and Fish for the past 45 years. “I love teaching the safety aspect of it,” he said.
He is also a big fan of archery and in his youth was a state archery champion.