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Volume 11, Issue 1

January/February 2018







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The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo brings two weeks of exciting entertainment and lots of educational opportunities for Texas youth, and it makes a huge impact on the city’s economy.

Treat yourself to the finest of dining experiences with crafted prix fixe menu selections complemented by specially selected wines, allowing you to personally design your most memorable meal.

Between Boerne Performing Arts and Boerne Community Theatre, tremendous talent and world-class performances are big in this small town.






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It’s been a year since I’ve attempted to type out a letter that might draw someone’s attention (hi mom and dad — okay so there’s two)! I suppose if any of us are given the opportunity to write a welcome letter or any sort of reflection, we search for some wisdom to impart. What insight can I share that might make an impression on someone or cause someone to pause? After about three minutes, I realized nobody needs another opinion or advice! We get opinions from every side, often passed on to us as factual information — and I’m not even touching “fake news.” Who knows what to believe? I don’t consider myself as cynical, but more and more I find myself asking, “so what??” So, instead of pushing more unsolicited opinions or fake news, I decided to research some interesting — and random — tidbits about 2017: • This year, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the world’s richest person — for four hours — thanks to a surge in Amazon stock on July 27, which increased his worth by $1.1 billion to $90.9 billion. It meant he overtook Microsoft’s Bill Gates (who had owned that title for 17 of the past 22 years). By noon the next day, Bezos’s stock had fallen and Gates moved back to the top spot. But, partially thanks to my diligent efforts, Amazon’s stock surged again in October and Bezos has since regained his position as the world’s wealthiest person. • A University of Texas report found that participants performed 10 percent worse on a memory test and 5 percent worse on a math test when their mobile phones were on their desks, compared with when they were left outside the room. Students even underperformed when the phones were in a bag, which was out of sight but still in the same room. Only Longhorns would spend time researching something like this. • After a chihuahua was lost on a Welsh mountain for five days when it ran to fetch a stick, a heat-seeking drone found it in 20 minutes. We live in a world where drones find lost chihuahuas. • The average millennial spends 2.2 days of the year taking selfies — a full hour a week. Meanwhile, the Irish Medical Journal suggested that hospitals should list “selfie-related wrist injury” on admission forms, as it happens so often. As I said in my letter last year, heading into 2017, there were certainly many uncertainties! If you’re reading this now, then you survived another year of chaos and questions. So, here’s to a very blessed, healthy and happy 2018. Please, no selfie-related injuries. My Very Best,

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Wednesday Evenings

Every Wednesday we draw a member’s name from our membership roster. If that person or anyone in their immediate family is in the main Clubhouse at the time of the drawing, they will be awarded the current Club credit. $50 is added to the next week’s drawing if the winner is not present.

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Friday Evenings

Join us for dinner at The Club as we spotlight our chef’s finest steak and seafood creations, delivering an unparalleled fine dining experience.

This elegant dining experience features live music from 6:30 to 9:30pm along with our chef’s finest creations, including our Texas Bounty of fresh, seasonal fish options. Advance reservations are strongly suggested.



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January 1

February 3 The Wine and Dinner Experience

The Clubs will be closed on New Year’s Day.

January 12-13 The Wine and Dinner Experience

Time: 5:30 to 9:00pm Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and Wine Specialist Jeffery Cohen have created special wine dinners where you design your own personal dining experience from prix fixe menu selections complemented with wine pairings. Advance reservations are required.

January 12-14 MGA Cup Qualifying Format: Stableford Entry Fee: $10

January 25 Murder Mystery Show and Dinner

Price: $59.95++ per person, includes Dinner and Show Time: 6:30-9:30pm Please join us for America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show! Solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a prime suspect! Over the course of the night, costumed detectives will uncover clues, interrogate audience members that may or may not be part of the show, and help everyone get closer to solving the mystery. Please call The Club receptionist at 830.336.9000 to make your reservations today. Limited seating is available. There is a 48-hour cancellation policy to avoid being billed.

January 27 Silverado Wine Dinner

Time: 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Dinner Location: Cabana This will be a wonderful evening of wine and dining with excellent pairings created by Chef Isaac and our Wine Specialist, Jeffery Cohen.

January 27 MGA Two-Man Partnership Time: 9:00am Shotgun Format: TBD Entry Fee: TBD

Time: 5:30 to 9:00pm Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and Wine Specialist Jeffery Cohen have created special wine dinners where you design your own personal dining experience from prix fixe menu selections complemented with wine pairings. Advance reservations are required.

February 4-5 GCSAA National Championship Time: TBD

February 14th Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu

Indulge your taste for romance! Join us for a romantic evening at The Club featuring live entertainment and a special Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu. Treat your sweetheart to a fabulous four course dinner and enjoy the music and vocals of Bernie Martini on piano. Specially selected wines and champagnes will be available to complement your dining experience. Reservations are required and are available starting at 5:00pm.

February 16-18 MGA Cup Qualifying

Format: Individual stroke play Entry Fee: $10

February 26-27 Greens Aerification

The golf course will be closed.

For information on all golf events, contact the Golf Shop at 830.336.4653. For information on dining and other activities, contact The Club reception desk at 830.336.9000.

Meant to Be The Gerch Family at Home in the Texas Hill Country By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by Mark Humphries

Fate, fit and faith. These are principles that have shaped the lives of Todd and Catherine Gerch.

Not unlike one of those sweet Hallmark Channel movies, the couple met in a delightful, twist of fate. Todd attended Notre Dame, earning his undergraduate degree in Finance. There he became friends with fellow students, Anthony Rossmiller and Anthony’s girlfriend Christine Holmberg. When the two friends wed, Todd traveled from Pennsylvania to serve as a groomsman, while Catherine flew in from her native California to be the maid of honor for her sister, the bride, Christine. That’s how it all started; at the wedding. As Todd finished up graduate business

school at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Catherine began her teaching career after obtaining her Master’s degree in Education from Stanford. After a year of long distance dating, Todd finished school and the couple set out for a full summer of travel. The travel included a continent-wide road trip, an Alaskan Cruise and two weeks in Hawaii. “It was an amazing three months. We truly appreciated how special it was and that it would never happen again,” says Catherine who has had a great affection for Hawaii after traveling there multiple times | 37

each year to compete in water polo and open water swimming in college. Two years after meeting, they wed in Hawaii, a place so special to them that they purchased a Kauai villa that they would frequent four times a year. Their home base at the time was Los Angeles and it was there that Catherine obtained a second Master’s degree from California State University-Los Angeles, this time in Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in curriculum design. While she worked developing curriculum for the California State University-Los Angeles and teaching English


as a second language courses at Santa Monica College, Todd continued his work in private equity. They traveled often with visits to Ireland, Australia, Mexico, France and all over the U.S., always marking their New Year’s wedding anniversary with a celebratory trip. The birth of first child, Allison, in 2009 prompted Catherine to become a stay-at-home mom. With the impending arrival of second daughter, Charlotte, the young family moved to a larger home in Manhattan Beach. The property in Hawaii became a delightful escape where Catherine and their young daughters

would spend the summers with Todd visiting as he was able. It wasn’t long before the couple began making a conscious decision to leave the California life behind. “We began planning an exit strategy so we could reprioritize faith and family,” says Catherine. Todd adds, “Los Angeles was not where we wanted to raise our kids. We wanted a caring neighborhood, a place to move that would create good memories for our children growing up in a community.” There was a void in the golden state, says Todd, “We didn’t even know our next door neighbors. It’s just a different environment.”


A grad school roommate who was from Seguin had always spoken highly of Texas, something Todd never forgot. Intrigued by the many Texans they knew in their circle of friends in California, many from Houston who all wanted to return to the Lone Star state, Todd and Catherine decided to explore their options and quickly realized there was great potential. There were a couple of strong draws in their minds, “It isn’t cold in Texas and there’s no state income tax,” says Todd. With that focus, they used the internet to determine their target visits, which would span nine months. Todd and Catherine visited Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and Houston in succession. While they enjoyed aspects of each city, they could not envision themselves raising a family and living there. But they knew in their hearts that Texas was the place they wanted to be and refused to give up the search. “We couldn’t even pronounce it,” Todd chagrins about chancing upon Boerne. In fact, they had never heard of the Hill Country. After a visit, they found they loved the town. They made their way to Cordillera Ranch and were besotted. “It looked like everything we were looking for. It had the luxury club environment, and there’s nothing else really like it,” says Todd. Catherine agrees, “Cordillera Ranch is so pretty and friendly. We bought a lot on the spot before we headed back to California. It absolutely felt right. A perfect fit.” In quick step, Todd resigned from his private equity investing firm, they sold their home and their Hawaiian villa, and the family moved to a rental home in Cordillera Ranch six months later. While living there, Catherine felt drawn to another lot in Clubs Village, and in 2015 they moved into their newly constructed home. That wasn’t the only big change for the family that year. On a July 4th visit to see Todd’s family and grandmother in Nebraska, the couple found themselves enjoying outstanding coffee at Scooter’s Coffee. Catherine, so enchanted by the brew, pondered how great it would be to have the Nebraskabased brand in Texas. “It was totally a ‘God thing’,” she says. They signed a franchise deal for five stores. “Just two years later we opened our first one in Bergheim.” A second location opened in September of 2017 in San Antonio. With Todd multi-tasking as a stay-at-home dad and day trader, it allows

Catherine to be at the helm of the businesses. “She’s the boss, doing all the site selections, construction oversight, the hiring — she runs everything. I help out where I can with support and monthly accounting,” says Todd. A third location site has been selected and is slated to open in 2019. The family is faith centered. “It was part of the draw to Cordillera Ranch. There’s a majority of Christian supportive residents. We knew it would help us grow in that way,” says Catherine. “Our goal in moving to Texas was to lead Christ-centered, focused lives.” Being a lover of language and a student of Latin, Catherine liked the word Credimus and the couple chose it as their family motto. The word, meaning “we believe,” is front and center in their home. “We chose to display this in the center of our house for a number of reasons. First, it is important to us that our house and our decor accurately reflect our personalities and our beliefs. It’s the very first thing that any guest who walks through our front door sees. It is a bold statement and one that we spent many years pushing aside. Having ‘Credimus’ as a focal point in our house serves as a daily reminder to us and everyone who is in our house that we are here to serve the Lord first. We specifically picked this uncommon phase so that we would have a talking point about our beliefs with our guests as well as having a constant reminder about our faith in our house.” That faith came knocking quickly when their next door neighbors Randy and Rozanne Frazee invited them to dinner. “It was an answered prayer,” says Catherine. The couple invited the new residents to attend the church were Randy served as Senior Minister. The couple have developed many other connections in the neighborhood. Todd says, “We’ve found lots of families in their 30’s to 50’s with young children. The Kids Club is amazing. It allows us to order food for the kids, they get to play with their friends and have fun while we enjoy dinner with the other parents at The Club.” Their children enjoy the Equestrian Center, martial arts and tennis. “There’s great program involvement, and we’re looking forward to getting them more active,” says Catherine about their daughters. “We are also very active. Before we had our

pool, we would spend every day at The Club pool and we met great friends there.” Todd, who is a regular early morning gym user and has his workout buddies he sees every day, agrees, “We use every amenity here; we’ve also rafted and kayaked.” Those friendships are celebrated often with informal and impromptu entertaining in the Gerch home. “At the last minute, we like to invite friends over for dinner while the kids run around and play,” says Todd. “Cordillera residents are the most giving people; everyone brings things,” marvels Catherine. “This community! It leaves me speechless. We love it!” | 41

STAFF PROFILE Mark Risner General Manager for the POA 830-336-3501

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas Family Members: Wife – Heather (retired military and now a special education teacher at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary) Six kids total – Five daughters and one son. Logann 6, Saige and Sierra 16, Taryn 20, Morgan 23 and Michael 31. How did you come to be employed at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch? I was relocating back to Texas from Denver and put my resume out on several job search websites. My background and experience caught the attention of the management here and everything fell into place. I had already purchased a home in Boerne and was in the process of moving back so the timing was great. How did you choose your occupation? Since I couldn’t play second base for the Astros, I started out in apartment management and found it was a nice fit for me. I’m a people person, and I like to problem solve and wear a lot of different hats in my job. This lends itself well to POA management. What has been your most rewarding professional experience? I have been fortunate to work for several companies that supported the Food Bank of Colorado. Sitting on the committees for the annual charity drive and heading up mobilized teams that volunteered their time and energy was very rewarding. It helps keep things in perspective when you think about what we can do when you pool your resources and focus your efforts. What has been your greatest professional challenge? There have been a few over the years. Running my own management company early on in my career involved me in every aspect of the business. Learning accounting, marketing, office management and doing all the board meetings was like being thrown into the deep end of the pool. I had to learn how to swim quickly. It taught me to appreciate all the things other people go through in their individual jobs. What do you like most about working at Cordillera Ranch? The best part of working here is being surrounded with great people. The staff and management group have all been gracious and welcoming since I’ve been here. The fact that people


stick around so many years is a testament to the culture at Cordillera Ranch. It makes it fun to come to work every day. What are your hobbies and interests? I took up golf when I was in my early twenties and have been hooked ever since. Also, I’m a San Antonio native so I have been a diehard Spurs fan since the George Gervin days. Go Spurs Go! Favorite quote or motto? That’s an easy one. “Life is short, eat dessert first.” Anything that would surprise others about yourself? I was a competitive tournament pool player in my younger years. Most meaningful personal experience? One of my passions is health and fitness. While I was working as a full-time property manager, I decided to get certified as a Personal Trainer. For several years up until I moved back to Texas, I moonlighted as a fitness trainer, helping people reach their fitness goals.

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LET’S RODEO! February 8–25, 2018

By Angela Rabke :: Photography courtesy of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo


For two weeks each February, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo takes over the Alamo City, transforming the area around the AT&T Center into a mecca of western tradition, exciting entertainment, educational opportunities, community service and a LOT of animals.

While the enthusiasm for the rodeo extends throughout the city, many folks don’t know that the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization “that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas.” Since the organization’s inception, over $186 million has been given to educate Texas youth. And according to a 2015 economic impact study by Trinity University, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has created a cumulative impact on the City of San Antonio of over $250 million. For all of the good the rodeo does for the community, it’s also straight-up FUN. With over two million visitors each year, people of all ages revel in opportunities to shop, eat, learn and be entertained at the world’s best rodeo. In fact, San Antonio’s has been named the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for 13 consecutive years — an honor that is completely unprecedented. In the rodeo world, this is the equivalent of winning an NBA National Championship for 13 years. According to Lauren Sides, the Communications and PR Manager for the rodeo, “No PRCA sanctioned rodeo has ever received the designation back to back for 13 years. Rest assured, rodeo goers will always see the best of the best here. Not only the top bucking stock, but also rodeo athletes. The Rodeo of the Year award by the PRCA is considered the highest honor in the sport of rodeo worldwide because nominees and winners are voted on by PRCA rodeo contestants, stock contractors, contract personnel, committees and members. What sets us apart | 45

from other rodeos in the circuit are the over 6,000 volunteers that work endlessly to meet the high standards of the PRCA rodeo community, their legendary Texas hospitality and uncompromising commitment to support our mission.” And there are so many ways that kids benefit from the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. Livestock and Art Auctions financially reward students for their hard work, students from all over South Texas learn about agriculture and livestock through field trips and the greater community jumps into the opportunity to enjoy the grounds. “There are a few new attractions coming on the grounds this year that you will want to check out,” says Sides. “Step into the Butterfly Encounter exhibit and you will be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies all while learning

two drink tickets, complimentary parking and a commemorative chair,” says Sides. For many guests, the upbeat acts that occur at the beginning and throughout the rodeo performances are their favorites. “Before the Rodeo officially begins, visitors are treated to our grand entry, which includes the Palomino Patrol Drill Team, a group of riders galloping at high speeds around the arena, and the Palomino Patrol posting our colors. These beautiful palomino horses and riders are decked out from nose to saddle, toting the American flag.” Later, everyone has a laugh when the next generation of rough riders hits the Rodeo arena for the Mutton Bustin’ competition. The audience goes wild as young rodeo contestants take a thrilling ride on the back of a sheep, attempting to hold on for six

about the butterfly lifecycle. You can also get up close and learn more about the official large mammal of Texas at Texas Longhorns 101. For something more thrilling, there will be a variety of high energy attractions alternating throughout the event such as Pompeyo Family Dog Show, X-POGO and Chicago Boyz.” There is so much to do that there’s almost not enough time, so the organization has new extended hours on Thursdays — Shops at the Rodeo, food and select attractions are open until 10:00pm with live music until midnight. The rodeo itself is hours of entertainment, and packages thrilling rodeo events like barrel racing, team roping and bull riding together with top notch performances by country, classic rock and comedy artists on the famous rotating stage in the middle of the arena. “Artists such as Brett Eldredge, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson are some of the stars that are great for the country music fans, and if you want to take a step back into classic rock, you can see Foreigner and Goo Goo Dolls,” shares Sides. The most enthusiastic fans can get up close and personal, and enjoy the music with the Star Experience ticket. “This is perfect to enjoy some of our Texas hospitality. For only $200 each, you will receive a reserved Rodeo performance seat in the ‘Fan Zone’ — stage-side seating on the ‘dirt’ during the concert, a first-class catered meal,

seconds under the big lights of the AT&T Center. Mutton Bustin’ takes place during every Rodeo performance, excluding the Finals — and if one Rodeo performance isn’t enough, guests can take advantage of the Final 5 package. With this package, you can catch the PRCA semi-finals and finals, followed by the last five evening music acts of the Rodeo. This provides the best seating available and the same seat for all performances. Visitors can feel good about the time and money they spend at the Stock Show & Rodeo because of the profound impact it has on the youth of Texas. Sides says, “The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is comprised of a family of people who volunteer their time and resources and are committed to the well-being and betterment of their community. Over 6,000 hard-working and loyal volunteers that serve on 45 committees are the heart and soul of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo; they are the foundation by which over 60 years of success has been built. They work tirelessly to plan and conduct the Stock Show & Rodeo each February as well as the annual events that are held in support of the main event. Contributing countless hours each year, the volunteers are the driving force that supports the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo’s mission.”


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JIMMY WALKER CHALLENGE RECAP By Marc DeWall :: Photography courtesy of the American Junior Golf Association

Cordillera Ranch was proud to once again host the AJGA Jimmy Walker Challenge for the second time in November. It was a great three days that showcased what makes the Cordillera Ranch community and Club so special. Thanks to member Claudine Coleman and all of the Cordillera Ranch members who supported the event in so many ways. The event kicked-off with a Junior Am Fundraiser that was followed by three days of great competition from some of the very best junior golfers from all over the country. The juniors loved the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course and the camaraderie formed during the tournament is what makes this event so special. Here are few fun facts about the event and also a recap of the competition.

Quick Facts • The event featured 32 players on two teams • The event was a match play tournament • The teams for the event were Team Baltusrol and Team Cordillera • Three days of competition featured Four-Ball and Foursomes formats • The field featured players from nine states • There were 17 AJGA champions in the field

Tournament Storylines Team Names The significance of Team Baltusrol and Team Cordillera cannot be lost on an avid golf fan. Baltusrol Golf Club is where Walker claimed his first major victory at the PGA Championship, while The Clubs at Cordillera Ranch hosted the Jimmy Walker Challenge for the second straight year. Jimmy Walker Gives Back Jimmy Walker continued to prepare male junior golfers in the United States for match play tournaments through the second year of his event, the Jimmy Walker Challenge. During his AJGA

days, Walker was named a 1996 Rolex Junior All-American and played in 14 events, including three appearances at the AJGA Boys Junior Championship, now the AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. Strong Field The event featured a top field with the highest-ranked player (Reid Davenport) No. 11 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Three of the top-25 boys in the Rolex AJGA Rankings played and 14 of the top-50. Seventeen players who participated have also won an AJGA event and 12 have been named Rolex Junior All-Americans. | 49

Complete Results: Reid Davenport, Austin, Texas & Clay Merchent, Noblesville, Indiana (Baltusrol), def. Ricky Castillo, Yorba Linda, California & Charles Osborne, Reno, Nevada (Cordillera), 1 up Matthew Riedel, Houston, Texas & Austin Coggin, Vestavia Hills, Alabama (Cordillera), def. Kyle Cox, Carrollton, Texas & Joseph Pagdin, Orlando, Florida (Baltusrol), 2 up James Song, Rancho Santa Fe, California & Alexander Yang, Carlsbad, California (Baltusrol), def. Jun Min Lee, Mission, Texas & Ryan Smith, Carlsbad, California (Cordillera), 2&1 Mason Nome, Houston, Texas & Connor Creasy, Abingdon, Virginia (Cordillera), def. Darren Lin, Chino Hills, California & Edward Wu, Temple City, California (Baltusrol), 4&2 Jackson Rivera, Rancho Santa Fe, California & Jackson Van Paris, Pinehurst, North Carolina (Cordillera), def. Turner Hosch, Dallas, Texas & William Moll, Houston, Texas (Baltusrol), 1 up Results Team Cordillera retains trophy with tie Teams matched in points after all three days of competition On the final day of competition, which featured periods of rain, Team Cordillera won the last match of the day to even the score at 12 apiece and retain the Jimmy Walker Challenge title. In 2016, Cordillera defeated Baltusrol 16-8. The decisive match of the day was the final one between Team Cordillera’s Andrew Lewis of Carmel, Indiana and Matthew Denton of Austin, Texas, and Team Baltusrol’s Brian Stark of Kingsburg, California and Dylan Menante of Carlsbad, California. The match came down to the final hole with Team Cordillera holding a 1 up lead. Lewis stuck his approach shot to seven feet and made the putt to win the hole and close out the final day of competition with a retention win for Team Cordillera.


Cameron Sisk, El Cajon, California & Alex Zhu, San Ramon, California (Baltusrol), def. Sampson-Yunhe Zheng, Orlando, Florida & Scott Roden, Dallas, Texas (Cordillera), 1 up Nicholas Arcement, Thibodaux, Louisiana & Dawson Ovard, Frisco, Texas (Baltusrol), def. Aaron Du, Lake Mary, Florida & Aaron Chen, Fremont, California (Cordillera), 2&1 Andrew Lewis, Carmel, Indiana & Matthew Denton, Austin, Texas (Cordillera), def. Brian Stark, Kingsburg, California & Dylan Menante, Carlsbad, California (Bartusrol), 2 up Marc DeWall is the Director of Golf at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at or 830.336.4653.

Dr. Charles Clark operating on a soldier in Iraq. AP Photo 2004

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THE WINE AND DINNER EXPERIENCE At The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

January 12 & 13 February 3 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm January brings a new year and a new special event experience with a monthly Wine & Dine. Gastronomy presented by Executive Chef Isaac Cantu is a culinary performance with crafted courses that incorporate provisions and ingredients from local purveyors. Simultaneously, Wine Specialist Jeffery Cohen will provide pairings at a personalized level to explore new horizons and enhance your experience into a total gastronomic delight. Due to acquiring the fresh local ingredients and limited seating, reservations are required in advance. No large parties are walk-ins will be permitted. To make reservations for these events, please contact The Club reception desk at 830.336.9000.

Oven Roasted Butternut Squash ~ Maine Lobster “Cappuccino”

Spanish Serrano Ham Wrapped ~ Akaushi Filet Mignon

Grilled Brioche, Sherry Crème

Shaved Marble Potato Saladaise, Kale Butter,Tobacco Shallots

Wine Pairing ~ 2012 Inglenook Blancaneaux, Rutherford

Wine Pairing ~ 2013 Numanthia Termes Tempranillo, Termes

Crisp Skin Texas Red Snapper

Café Au Lait Gateaux

Steamed Jasmine Rice, Chili Spiced Foraged Mushrooms, Jalapeno ~ Tumeric Nage

Misterio Cake, Espresso Crème, Hazelnut Macaron Wine Pairing ~ 2001 Fattoria Lavacchino Vin Santo,

Wine Paring ~ 2015 Twomey Sauvignon Blanc, Napa/Sonoma


January 25 6:30pm to 9:30pm $59.75 per person, includes a three-course dinner and entertainment. This special event is limited to the first 65 reservations, and a 48 hour cancellation policy is required to avoid being billed.

Solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room and you may find yourself as a prime suspect! Over the course of the night, costumed detectives will uncover clues, interrogate audience members that may or may not be part of the show and help everyone get closer to solving the mystery. Reserve early! We’re dying to see you. To make reservations, please contact The Club reception desk at 830.336.9000. | 53


Silverado Vineyards


Cordillera Ranch By Jeffery Cohen, Wine Specialist

My return to Cordillera Ranch has been so uplifting and welcoming. It has been incredible to reconnect with so many people and, at the same time, get to meet new families. As we look back at 2017, we have all had great times with some hardships along the way. Many, like me, have made resolutions to become better. This is where I will need all of your help! I am determined to talk to every member at The Club this year. If we haven’t met yet, please take a moment to introduce yourself as I will be doing the same thing. I am also equally determined to bring new, (out of the box) programming so we can all learn more about wine, beer and spirits. I hope to have everyone participate and attend our many events throughout 2018. With this in mind, our first Wine Dinner of the year will be on January 27 with a reception at 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7:00pm. We will all enjoy the fine wines of Napa Valley and the Silverado Vineyards. Silverado has been a storied winery since 1978, when Diane and Ron Miller purchased the 93 acres and were one of three to plant Cabernet in the Stag’s Leap District. 1981 saw their inaugural vintage of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, although the Cabernet was not released until 1984 to allow proper aging. Silverado Vineyards has been the topic of much press in the industry, and especially as pioneers. Just one accolade from the past was the #3 Wine Spectator ranking that the 1990 Limited Reserve Cabernet received. Stephanie Eberle of Crawford Malone will be our Guest Speaker for the Silverado Dinner. Please sign up early because the limited seating will fill up quickly. Moving on in the schedule, we will all have a chance to bring out the bubbles again, so to speak. St. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and Cupid is circling. This is always a great time to remember all of the loves in our lives. Everybody has a different idea of their perfect celebratory meal so I will leave you a couple of mine and then, of course, talk about the wines that make the meals harmonious.

For many, Filet Mignon and Lobster is the go-to perfect meal, but not always the easiest to pair wines with. You have the question of “do I do red, do I white or do I do both?” I would recommend a nice buttery Chardonnay, such as Chappellet or Rombauer, both out of the cool climate of Carneros. These will not overpower the delicate Lobster. If you enjoy wines from France, especially Burgundy, you would enjoy a Puligny Montrachet. If pairing for the Filet Mignon, I would advise again from Burgundy an outstanding Gevrie Chambertin or Nickel and Nickel’s En Route Pinot Noir. If you are a Cabernet drinker all the time, then I would suggest a Cab from the Horse Heaven Hills growing area of the Columbia Valley. The Cabs from Washington are just a little softer than their southern counterparts in Napa and Sonoma. This will allow you to enjoy your Filet as well. My next pairing will take us to Italy. I LOVE a slowly braised Osso Bucco. It is rich, umptuous and I accompany it with a ragu of vegetables. For this, I go to the great Super Tuscans of Bolgheri. Many have heard of Sassicai and Ornelaia, however, there are so many to choose from. A very nice one that is reasonably priced is the Solaia by Allegrini. It is a Cab and Merlot blend with just a touch of acidity from Sangiovese. I’ll leave you with one more tip that I say often. If you cannot think of the perfect wine for any meal, you can always go to the bubbles. There is not a food or cuisine that will not pair with Champagnes from France, Cavas from Spain, Proseccos from Italy and Sparkling Wines from the good ol’ USA. May your New Year be filled with health and happiness and outstanding friendships! Jeffery M. Cohen is the Wine Specialist for The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at | 55


Stewardship and Conservation in Cordillera Ranch By Shane Reynolds :: Photography by Terry Vine

Taking care of the natural resources within Cordillera Ranch, which face increasing pressures and demands from a growing community, is a task that requires everyone to lend a hand at whatever level they can. passing on key messages of conservation and ethics to the next This topic came to mind when I received a phone call from a generation who call Cordillera Ranch home. Cordillera Ranch property owner who reported a lot of broken We’ll use fishing as an example. You can begin by engaging glass at the park on the shores of the Guadalupe River where we your kids in a discussion of ethical dilemmas they might face launch kayaks. The location is also a great place for young kids while fishing at Swede Creek Lake or the Guadalupe River. Practo enjoy the banks of this beautiful waterway. When I arrived, ticing catch and release fishing and the use of barb-less hooks I was shocked to see approximately 12 beer bottles shattered is one example. Explaining that wetting into hundreds of pieces on the edge of your hands when handling fish helps minithe river. As I began to pick up all of the “Here is your country. mize the damage to the fish’s protective glass, my mind drifted to wonder who Cherish these natural wonders, slime is another. A good rule of thumb is might be so compelled to trash such a to remember that ethics are caught, not pristine environment. I thought, yes, we cherish the natural resources, taught. So set a good example when you were all teenagers at some point, but for cherish the history and take youngsters or guests fishing. some reason I never would have considHere’s a good role model activity for ered breaking glass next to a river. romance as a sacred heritage, demonstrating environmental responOne of the best places to begin to for your children and your sibility: place a plastic bag in your teach kids about conservation and stewpocket while at Swede Creek Lake or the ardship is right where you live. Whether children’s children. Do not let it’s a two-acre lot or a 50-acre estate, selfish men or greedy interests Guadalupe River. Without saying a word, begin to walk around and pick up trash. your “backyard” is an important part of a skin your country of its beauty, Your children and guests will hopefully larger natural community and ecosystem. copy your actions and start helping with The large expanse of neatly trimmed turf its riches or its romance.” the cleanup. that’s pleasing to some is a very inhos~ Theodore Roosevelt Passing on good conservation habits pitable environment for wildlife, and the and ethics can be challenging. However, practices necessary to maintain such a the benefits to fish and wildlife are extremely important. Dislandscape often contribute to water quality and quantity probcussing with children and guests the consequences of incorrect lems. By making different landscaping choices, property owners actions and how those actions can hurt wildlife is a starting can do their part to assure a healthier habitat and cleaner creeks point. As a resident of Cordillera Ranch, you have the opporand lakes. One the great benefits of living in Cordillera Ranch tunity, one by one, child by child and guest by guest to set an is the fact that most of the property is required to remain in its example for future generations to follow as they begin to enjoy natural state with native grasses that flourish in the Hill Country. Teaching stewardship, conservation and environmental ethics the wonderful environment and great outdoor resources of Cordillera Ranch and elsewhere. to children can often be challenging. Can you teach someone how to act in the outdoors? Not really. However, you can make Shane Reynolds is the Director of Outdoor Recreation at The them aware of the consequences of their actions. You can also Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can reached at sreynolds@cordillead by example and show them what they can do to promote or 210.616.6051, or the Cordillera Ranch Outfitter the conservation of our natural resources and the creatures Center at 830.336.4823. that live there. Here are some tips you might find helpful in




By Kelsey Grudle :: Staff photography by Kelsey Grudle

Photo by Terry Vine

Year after year, countless New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier and exercise more are made. While these are a priority at the beginning of the year, they have often been abandoned by the end of January, leaving a feeling of hopelessness and failure. A New Year does symbolize a fresh start, but it’s important to remember that it isn’t a time to make sweeping changes, trying to implement as many improvements as possible all at once. It’s really about reflecting on past behaviors and setting attainable goals to make positive lifestyle changes. Starting with small, short-term goals and focusing on improving one or two behaviors at a time is a realistic approach that will provide feelings of accomplishment as well as the motivation to keep going. It’s equally important to ask for support in reaching your goals, whether it be friends and family to cheer you on, or professionals who can coach you towards a successful outcome. This year, let The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch fitness and spa professionals help you achieve your goals. For exercise plans, nutrition guidance, pain management and relaxation, they can guide you on your health and wellness journey.

M E ET O U R PR OF ESSI ON A L S Ann-Kristin Allen, 210.367.5942 Ann-Kristin Allen brings four decades of experience and passion, calling Cordillera Ranch a home base since 2006. In the pursuit of ensuring her clients’ goals, she is well known and highly respected in the fitness world as the “trainer of the trainers” due to her unique, innovative, intelligent and fun coaching style. AK works with this Aristotle quote in mind, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Inspired at an early age by Dr. Kenneth Cooper, known as the “Father of Preventive Medicine” and for the aerobics revolution, AK holds six certifications from the Copper Institute in Dallas. For the past 17 years, AK has devoted her training to understanding the correlation of body mechanics as it relates to the game of golf. She is a TPI Certified Fitness Professional Level 3 and Level 2 Yoga for Golfers, Certified Instructor and advisory board member. AK is continuing her studies under Dr. Guy Voyer (MD and DO) to obtain her Diploma in Soma Training. Dr. Voyer is a world-renowned expert on the fascial system of the body, and a Soma Trainer is skilled in understanding the fascial system of the human body and how it relates to muscular,

spinal and visceral health and function. AK is a ELDOA Certified Level 3, which is part of Soma Training, but also a standalone program. In technical terms, ELDOA means Longitudinal Stretching with Osteo-Articular Decoaptation. In simple terms, the ELDOA is used to target a specific joint (region) to decompress, relieve pain and restore function and balance. AK is also a Certified Light MD provider at Cordillera Ranch. Light MD is a FDA-approved modality to reduce pain and increase circulation. It has provided a high success rate for the members. In January 2018, AK will begin her one-year coaching program with Garrett Kramer, founder of Inner Sports and author of Stillpower and Path of No Resistance. She is part of a select group of coaches who are not only dedicated to their players, clients and their own careers, but also to changing the face of performance coaching. Kris Cranknell, 210.860.7322 Did you know that The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch has a room dedicated to all things Pilates? Pilates is a popular system of exercises that utilize various pieces of equipment to help to stretch, strengthen, balance and tone the body. Our Pilates studio features top- | 59

of-the-line equipment, including a Pilates reformer, Cadillac and wunda-chair. Not familiar with Pilates? Wondering what a reformer reforms and if a wunda-chair is for sitting? Our highly trained Pilates instructor Kris Cracknell would love to answer any questions and share her love and knowledge of this incredible movement system. Kris brings seven years of teaching experience, and as a perpetual student and practitioner, she recently completed a Masters in Pilates Teaching program. She has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of clients, ranging from professional athletes to weekend warriors recovering from injury, and everyone in between. Private lessons are available so take advantage of the many benefits of Pilates without leaving the ranch! Kevin Durio, 214.232.8603 With 20 years of training experience, Kevin Durio is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and The Cooper Institute, and is a trained instructor in law enforcement, military and fire service fitness issues through Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC). Kevin is also a certified boxing coach under USA Boxing, the governing body of International Games, Pan Am Games and Olympic boxing, and has over 40 years of Martial Arts training, holding the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt with additional training in a number of diverse Arts. He specializes in teaching youth, junior and adult Martial Arts and women’s self-defense workshops here at The Club. Recently, Kevin published a book titled Naked Fitness I. It is an easy to follow and truly simplified guide to begin your new fitness life, aiming to alleviate the fear and hesitation of starting a fitness routine and incorporating it into a healthier life. Kelly Vizzone, 210.442.9061 As a fitness professional, Kelly demonstrates how to live a vibrant life! She first fell in love with teaching group exercise classes while attending The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Kelly continued to teach fitness and obtained a national certification through ACE Fitness, along with several other certifications in


exercise. Kelly teaches a wide variety of classes that include Yoga, Aqua Zumba, Barre, Step, PoundFit and more. This summer, Kelly will introduce Paddle Board Yoga to The Club. She believes that fitness should be accessible to anyone that wants it in their life and even to those who are not sure if they do! While many people train or exercise with a specific goal in mind, Kelly likes to remind people of something that she has learned through her yoga practice: “Exercising for health is about the journey, not the final destination.� She is always excited to serve the members at Cordillera Ranch with her many years of experience and loves to share her passion of music and movement through fitness. Amanda Rebollar, 773.701.1797 Amanda has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 2010. With advanced training in Reflexology, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, her specialties include back, shoulders, feet, glutes and neck. She is continually learning new ways to relieve pain using alternative methods of healing the body to balance, align and relieve the tension that causes stress and discomfort. Amanda dedicates herself to her work and takes pride in helping members in managing their pain. Tammera Aranda, 817.909.2152 Tammera Aranda has worked in the spa industry for over twenty years and brings the best skin care treatments to Cordillera Ranch. As a certified esthetician and massage therapist, Tammera has found her true passion in skin care and strives to customize each skin treatment to the unique needs of her clients. Tammera appreciates the opportunity to be a part of a team of spa professionals at Cordillera Ranch who bring their greatest knowledge and experience to promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle, and to help members and their guests feel their best.

Kelsey Grudle is the Recreational Supervisor at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. She can be reached at or 830.336.9000, x 172.


Tango Fire

All Of BOERNE’S A STAGE By Julie Catalano :: Photography courtesy of Boerne Performing Arts

It certainly seems that way. With a wealth of talent and an outstanding lineup of performances that puts Boerne on the map year after year, there’s nothing small town about the brilliant upcoming theatrical season. The mission statement of Boerne Performing Arts (BPA) is “Bringing the world of performing arts to Boerne” and their seventh season at the 985-seat Champion Auditorium promises to deliver in a big way. The season fittingly kicks off with Tango Fire, a hotter-than-hot dance troupe from Argentina making their Boerne debut on January 23, 2018. But the sizzle doesn’t stop there. Known for their successful student outreach program in partnership with the Boerne Independent School District — where every third, fourth and fifth grader attends a free one-hour version of the evening performances — BPA decided to “hit another group of ‘kids’ in our community this year,” says Sue Tal-

ford, BPA Marketing and Publicity Director. Tango Fire will teach a one-hour tango class to a group of 55+ at Kronkosky Place in Boerne. “The troupe had done a couple of these in London with seniors. We won’t always have this opportunity, so we thought we’d try it here.” On February 15, the Accordion Virtuosi of Russia will make you rethink the stereotypical squeezebox, according to BPA Artistic Director Greg Talford. “In Russia, the accordion is a highly revered instrument.” The 30-piece ensemble, formed during the siege of Leningrad during World War II, plays everything from Scott Joplin to Strauss in dazzling feats of musical prowess. “If you don’t go you won’t know,” says Greg with a twinkle.

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His favorite mantra has a history. Years ago when he first proposed The Ten Tenors from Australia, a concerned resident questioned “who was going to want to listen to a bunch of men singing,” recalls Greg. Now, adds Sue, “That’s the one we get the most requests for from our adult audience.” The “Wonder from Down Under” will be making its third appearance as a special event on February 20 with Wish You Were Here, a tribute to musical legends gone but not forgotten — David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, John Lennon and more. Rounding out the regular season on April 13, and back by popular demand, is Japanese drum group TAO with its brand new large scale drumming production, Drum Heart. “That’s the group the kids love the most,” says Sue. “Our main goal is variety,” says Greg, “and we try to make sure we hit the entire spectrum of adults and kids.” Especially the kids. Adds Sue: “We don’t expect them all to go into the performing

The Ten Tenors

Accordian Virtuosi of Russia

arts, but we hope we’re creating audiences for the future.” For some it is a life-changing experience. BPA is entering its third year in a joint scholarship venture with Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation for high school seniors. “Last year we ended up giving three $5000 scholarships to young performers and artists who will attend universities in San Antonio, Denton and Scotland,” says Sue. “Cordillera Ranch has been a Silver Sponsor of BPA since day one,” says Sue; board member Mary Colacurci is a Cordillera Ranch resident. “It’s such a good group of people on the board that gets everything done,” says Sue. “We think Boerne is a special town,” adds Greg. “It’s about giving back and we think that’s important. That’s something we can do.” For ticket information,, 830.331.9079.

Accordian Virtuosi of Russia






TO COMMUNITY “We are in our 27th year and going strong,” says Christine Crowley, Executive Director of Boerne Community Theatre (BCT). That’s not an easy task for a community theatre, but BCT is no ordinary community theatre.

BCT 2018 Season Incorruptible, January 26-February 10 Time Stands Still, March 2-10 Singin’ in the Rain, April 13-21

The Complete History of America (Abridged),

Today Crowley is especially excited about a recent performance that featured a service she calls “great and unique. It was closed-captioned, just like it is on television.” The high-tech feat was accomplished using a captioning bar hung from the back of the stage and an operator in the booth. Crowley hopes to raise the funds for more such shows. “It will bring people in who haven’t been able to come to the theatre.” Raising BCT’s profile is a big part of Crowley’s role as Executive Director, a post she has held since September 2017 but built on a 14-year involvement with BCT. Crowley comes full circle with Incorruptible, the play she first appeared in in 2003, and is now directing for its opening on January 26. BCT especially shines with its youth activities, headed by Youth Programs Director Patricia Hausman. There are three summer drama camps for children ages 8-13, each two week session ending with a musical; the after school program BCT Academy, which also has a showcase at the end of the semester; and the Teen Troupe for ages 13-19, with two full stage productions in the fall and spring. Crowley has nothing but praise for Haus-

man: “It’s stunning what she is able to get out of those kids. The youth programs have just blossomed under her leadership.” BCT’s newest program is ACTIII@BCT – a Reader’s Theatre for ages 40 and up, aimed primarily at people “who either want to dip their toes in theatre for the first time or those who have been away from performing and want to get back in.” Traditionally, community theatre relies heavily on community support, and BCT is no exception. “We have a co-producer for each show,” says Crowley. “For $1,500 they get their name on the poster and the publicity, and a free production of the show for their invited guests.” The Cordillera Ranch community is also represented by two BCT board members Don Norton and Diane Treusdell, along with veteran actress Karen Hogg. “We are always looking for ways to connect with the community,” says Crowley. “The demand for cultural activities is growing because Boerne is growing.”

May 11-26

The Hallelujah Girls, July 20-August 4

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By Mark Risner As we reported in the prior Cordillera Ranch Living magazine issue, the Cordillera Ranch POA is in the process of an upgrade to our access control system. If you missed the prior article and want to go take a look, here is a link: http://www. 30/the-new-access-control-and-gate-system/ Below is a list of FAQ’s about some of the access control changes planned that you may find helpful. As noted in the article, part of the upgraded system involves adding RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) transponder readers at each perimeter gate. Property owners will add transponder stickers to their vehicles, which will automatically activate the gate to open as you arrive. Where else is this RFID technology used?

All of us have used or have been exposed to this technology. “Toll tags” on toll roads, plastic tags on merchandise to prevent shoplifting, microchips implanted in our pets, and microchips placed on shoes to track runners in marathons are all examples of how this technology is already in use. How will the new RFID system work?

Each vehicle will have its own RFID tag mounted on the front windshield or headlamp (predetermined by make and/ or model of car). As you approach a gate, a reader will receive a signal from the tag mounted on your car and will operate the drop arm.

already use this system. As your vehicle approaches the drop arm, the reader receives a signal from the RFID tag, which lifts the arm and holds it open until your vehicle passes over the magnetic loop in the pavement, and then drops the arm about 1.5 seconds after your vehicle clears the loop. Signage will be posted as a visual warning about single vehicle access, video surveillance and eminent danger of damage to vehicle and liability of driver. Seeing how quickly the drop arms operate as cars ahead approach the system will be a deterrent as well. However, the system will be tested by tailgaters and drop arms will be broken. Drop arms will be replaced as soon as possible after an incident. Drivers will be responsible to pay for damage to the drop arms and their own vehicle. When will the system be activated?

You’ll start seeing physical signs of progress with the construction of infrastructure in January 2018. As the system becomes operational, it will be tested by a small group and then rolled out to the community thereafter. We’re hopeful all of this can be accomplished by the end of Q1 2018, and we will notify all residents and members when they need to have RFID readers installed on their vehicles. How many RFID tags can I get?

loaner car, rental, on a motorcycle or with a non-resident friend?

1) You can enter through one of the gates monitored by our guard or virtual guard system (Hwy 46, FM 3351/Rio or Joe Klarr Road entry) and stay in the visitor’s lane and the guard (or virtual guard through call box and video camera system) will let you in after verifying your identity or that your guest is on your approved guest list. 2) You (or your guest) can pull up to the call box at all perimeter gates and use your “direct dial code” which will call the phone number you have set (we recommend updating the phone number it calls to your cell phone) and then when that call is received by the resident, the resident will push “9” and it will open the gate. Theoretically, if you did not have your vehicle with RFID and had your cell phone registered as the number the gate will dial, then you could pull up to the call box, type your direct dial code, your cell phone would ring and you simply push “9” on your cell phone to let yourself in.

RFID tags?

Will our clickers and gate access

A single tag may be purchased for each vehicle registered to your home or property in Cordillera Ranch. Club members will need to provide membership information to obtain RFID tags. Just as there was a charge for clickers, there will be charge per RFID tag. The CRPOA will share methods of payment and when you will be able to purchase the new transponder tags in future communications.

codes (not direct dial codes) re-

Does a vehicle have to be physically present for the installation of the RFID tag?

tailgating into the community?

Yes. We’ll have staff trained for the proper installation of the RFID tags and a test reader will be present to provide immediate confirmation that your RFID tag is functioning properly. With thousands


How will I gain access if in a

Will there be an expense for the

How will the RFID system reduce

The drop arms will be programmed to allow only one vehicle through at a time. This is accomplished via a magnetic loop in the pavement. Our exit gates

of vehicles to be processed, a schedule for installation will be provided to allow for groups of property owners to come purchase new transponders and have them installed by CRPOA staff.

main active after the conversion to RFID tags? Do I have to turn in a clicker for each tag?

While converting to the RFID system, clickers will remain active, but once we have fully transitioned to the new system, clickers will no longer work. Notification of such timing will be posted and communicated once we are comfortable the system is up and fully operational. At that time, all gate access codes (which are different from “direct dial codes” mentioned above) will also cease to work. We won’t require existing clickers be exchanged for RFID tags. Feel free to add old clickers to your collection of 8-track tapes and rotary phones.




The new year is upon us and much like the past year, 2018 has a lot of exciting new projects underway that will be great additions to the growing community. Before we nose dive into 2018, let’s look back at a few highlights from 2017:

Outfitter Center

Outfitter Center Pro Shop

 The new Clubs of Cordillera Outfitter Center was completed earlier last year and has provided a perfect new base camp for all of our outfitter operations, not to mention adding a retail shop for some unique Cordillera outfitter gear and apparel. If you haven’t visited the new operations headquarter for all of the kayaking, tubing, fishing and other outdoor pursuits, be sure to give a call to the Clubs Director of Outdoor Recreation, Shane Reynolds, and check it out.


POA Maintenance Facility

 The new Cordillera Ranch POA Maintenance Facility opened for operations and has provided a much-needed upgrade for the POA’s Maintenance Director, Lenny Tomasini, and his staff. Their upgraded workshop space, maintenance areas and offices will allow our POA staff to have the resources necessary to keep this community in top shape for years to come. One added bonus to the new Maintenance Facility is that it allowed for space for one Bergheim Volunteer Fire Department

The Springs of Cordillera Ranch

water truck to be based there, which will help the BVFD respond more rapidly to fires in our community.  The first phase of the Springs of Cordillera Ranch was completed and homes are under way in this new addition to the community. Garner Custom Homes’ model home was completed during the year and Garner also broke ground on their first spec home; if you haven’t stopped in to check out Garner’s model, it’s worth seeing. They have staff there most days so feel free to pop in. Stadler Custom Homes is starting soon on their first home and numerous other lots have sold in this growing area. We also started work on the remodel of the old “Foreman’s Home” in the Springs, which will serve as an additional Visitor Center for the community.

 The Lodges at Cordillera Ranch first phase broke ground along hole #3 of the golf course. This initial phase will comprise two buildings with 10 rooms for short-term lodging for Cordillera Ranch property owners and Club members who haven’t built yet, guests of Cordillera Ranch and prospective new property owners and members.  After completing bunker renovations to the golf course in 2016, the Club undertook the re-sodding of numerous fairway, rough and tee box turf areas as well as replacing much of the practice park and adding a new Zoysia nursery.

Cordillera Ranch Visitor Center

 Various Clubhouse enhancements included pool area modifications, major Wi-Fi enhancements allowing complete coverage throughout the Clubhouse village, a complete overhaul of the Champions Gallery, the addition of a new Clubs app for better service, and fitness area additions and equipment upgrades. It’s been a busy year around Cordillera Ranch but 2018 has more in store. A few of the projects on tap for 2018 are outlined below:  Cordillera Ridge, the newest addition of premier hilltop lots located near the Highway 46 entrance, will be platted and developed by the end of the 2018. These 2 to 4+ acre lots provide a unique mix of large estates with expansive flat building sites perched atop the highest hill in the community, offering panoramic views of the Guadalupe River valley and Cibolo Creek valley.  We will also be releasing the final phase of estate-sized golf course frontage home sites (Unit 207F). This phase of lots includes 12 lots along hole #12 and 9 lots across Clubs Drive that have stunning views and privacy. Unit

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207F is slated to be under construction by mid-2018.  The new Cordillera Ranch Visitor Center is on track to be completed in 2018, which will provide a stunning new headquarters for Cordillera Ranch operations as well as DH Investments, Pasadera Builders and some Cordillera Ranch POA staff. The breathtaking setting and cutting-edge showroom will further enhance CR Realty’s edge as the broker of choice for Cordillera Ranch property sales.  The Cordillera Ranch POA is also under way on access control system improvements, which will be fully implemented in 2018. These upgrades will include new software to better process residents and guests entering the community. An RFID transponder system will replace the current gate clicker system, which ultimately should provide faster access into the community for residents and better access management controls for the POA staff. Further, the addition of barrier arms (or drop arms) will help curb unapproved guests from tailgating their way into the community. The barrier arms, combined with the elimination of gate codes, are aimed at stopping unauthorized vehicles from entering Cordillera Ranch. As has been mentioned in prior communications, these access control changes will be a challenging transition, so we appreciate everyone’s patience as we endeavor to tighten access to the Ranch. These are just a few of the projects on tap for 2018, so it looks to be another busy year on the Ranch. If Cordillera Ranch Development or the Cordillera Ranch POA can be of assistance with any of your real estate needs, feel free to stop by the Visitor Center or give us a call at 830.336.3570. | 69




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EXPECTATIONS When Gary and MaryWhittington decided to build their second home, they were each looking for different things. Gary, a successful business owner with accounting firms in Corpus Christi and Alice, was interested in acreage. Mary, on the other hand, wanted to find a spot with community opportunities, as well as amenities like tennis and golf. After a friend recommended Cordillera Ranch, they knew it was the perfect solution. 70 | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

“I was born and raised in South Texas,” said Gary. “I played football for Southwest (now Texas State University), and when I lived in San Marcos, I really fell in love with the Hill Country… but after graduation we returned to South Texas to put down our roots. Moving to the Boerne area was an opportunity to get back to the Hill Country. My wife is from Pennsylvania, and we both knew that we wanted to be close to an international airport.” Cordillera Ranch, with its proximity to San Antonio, as well as to their established life in Corpus Christi, was an ideal location that provided the ranch environment that Gary was interested in, along with the sense of community that Mary was looking for. | 71

The couple chose Cordillera Ranch Preferred Builder Damon Christofilis and his team to help them create their dream home. “When I first came to look at the area, our realtor took me by Damon’s home,” said Gary. “He was out in the yard and I was able to meet him, and when Mary came back she also met him in passing. It was coincidental and turned out to be a great personality match for us. We just felt really comfortable with him and his team, and we never looked at using anyone else.” They worked with Damon to find a gently sloping lot next to the golf course, and then designed the home for the lot. The couple had extensively remodeled a home before, but this was their first time building from the ground up. “A lot of folks our age want to downsize,” shared Gary, “but we had the viewpoint that ‘If you build it, they will come.’” They looked at several homes in the area to help refine their plan, and set out to construct a central Texas gathering spot for their loved ones. Architect Gustavo Arredondo, who often collaborates with Christofilis, helped turn their ideas into workable blueprints, and with plenty of space to work with, they started construction on


their dream house, a warm and comfortable place to accommodate plenty of family and friends. The home blends many different styles, and the couple was inspired by looks ranging from Tuscan to Mediterranean to South Texas Ranch. “In a way, this house had been evolving in my mind for years and years,” shared Gary. “Mary and I both had our own priorities, but by and large we were on the same page.” Both wanted the house to have a nice flow and an open floor plan. Mary served as the point person during the construction process, traveling often to check the progress in person while Gary continued to work full time down south. Her design priorities included the creation of an amazing outdoor living space that would take advantage of the sweeping views. A large infinity pool captures a stunning view of the golf course, and includes a unique step that allows swimmers of every height to perfectly perch their beverage on the ledge. Surrounding the pool area are giant sliding doors that create a seamless transition from indoors to the outdoor spaces, which were designed and implemented by John Hackett of Dynamic Environments. A rainy spring slowed down the

pool construction a bit, but the wait was well worth it. Big copper fire pots, inspired by those at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, provide visual and literal warmth on chilly Hill Country nights. Throughout the 5,900-square foot home, Used Chicago brick is featured prominently. The couple worked with interior decorator Barbara Burger to achieve the look, which threads throughout all of the interior and exterior surfaces of the home. Mary and Barbara spent countless hours traveling to market and selecting the pieces that turned the house into a home — with a lot of personal touches. Gary was also involved in the process, and personally designed a unique and fully functional home office that enables him to stay fully integrated with his two accounting businesses. With five generous bedrooms, the couple has plenty of space to accommodate their two grown daughters, Ashley and Amanda, who both have successful careers in Houston. The home also includes a comfortable “man cave,” where the décor integrates precious mementos and memories of their son Ryan, whose life was lost in a car accident. While the home is new, personalized details throughout give a sense of history, personality and warmth. | 73

The couple has been pleasantly surprised by many things about the home. Utility and property insurance bills have been much lower than Gary anticipated, and Mary was thrilled with the amount of brick work Christofilis was able to work into the design. “Damon and his team just went over the top. We showed them some photos at the beginning of the process and he really exceeded our expectations. There is probably 50 percent more brickwork that we anticipated, and it really ties everything together.” They love everything — the location, the flow, the view, the outdoor amenities and the way it is decorated — what started out as a house, has evolved into a dream home. Damon insists that the Whittington’s were an amazing couple to work with. “They had plenty of ideas that we led them through in the spirit of building a truly ‘custom’ home.” He also credits long-time Project Manager Jason Hurt for having the ability to verbalize, think through and pull off meticulous details that demonstrate his passion for his craft. Although the couple still splits their time between Cordillera Ranch and Corpus Christi, they are looking forward to completing their transition soon. “Everything about this process has completely exceeded our expectations. 100 percent of the people we’ve met are warm and welcoming, and we can’t wait to live here 100 percent of our time.” CHRISTOFILIS CUSTOM HOMES

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38 VAQUERO PASS $839,000


4,003 Square Feet


A family home placed within majestic Live Oaks on a level, one-acre lot, this Hill County transitional design will be completed late spring of 2018, but is available for purchase now. Exterior materials include a metal roof, metal siding accents and native stone with brick accents. Clean architectural lines follow to the interior, where simplicity is intentional and appreciated. This home has four bedrooms, including a downstairs master, guest suites and game room. Upstairs features two full bedrooms and a bonus room that can be adapted as a playroom or media room. Additional areas include a dining room, spacious study, laundry room, upstairs study alcove, covered outdoor living space and side-loaded, three car garage.

• 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 car garage • 2 bonus living areas • Transitional finishes • Covered outdoor living • 1.02 acre tree covered lot • Upscale appliance package • Stone, stucco and metal exterior elements • Large windows for natural light • Generous landscaping • Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase

176 RIVERWOOD $1,095,000


4,219 Square Feet

MLS# 1259623

Featuring Authentic Custom Homes’ styling and quality, many renovations and updated elements inside and out have been made to this timeless Hill Country architecture with a wraparound porch. Large windows frame Hill Country views. High ceilings, a spacious island kitchen, large master suite and an oversized bed/bonus room provide great living in coveted areas. Covered outdoor living is complete with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace, and manicured grounds include new landscaping, a circular drive and private gate. • • • • • • • • •

LOT 13 OAKLAND HILLS Contact for Pricing

4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3 car garage Wood and tile flooring throughout Rejuvenating pool with waterfall grotto and spa Bonus room ideal for game room, media or fifth bedroom 2.12 acres with mature oaks Perimeter fenced and gated Panoramic views to the north Closest proximity to Swede and Guadalupe River parks Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase


4,837 Square Feet


This distinguished design from the award-winning team of Garner Homes and J. Terrian Designs is to be built to achieve the best of what Cordillera Ranch has to offer: dramatic views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, closeness to Cordillera Ranch’s Clubhouse and isolation from the chaos of city living. The plan has 4,837 square feet of living space and 621 square feet of outdoor living space to take best advantage of the views and environment that this lot produces. The home has both traditional Italian and modern Hill Country elements including a large and inviting floor plan with four bedrooms, four-and-one-half bathrooms (including an attached Casita), a study, large kitchen, working pantry and oversized game room, complete with a wet bar.

• Gourmet kitchen • Climate controlled wine storage • Outdoor kitchen • Design details: Tile roof, high ceilings, timber beams, interior stone accent walls, designer details throughout • Centralized utilities (water, sewer, propane) • Hand-scraped wood and natural stone floors throughout • Large windows and doors flood the home with natural light • Landscaping package ($50,000 allowance) • Pool allowance of $100,000 • Master Membership - Full golf available for purchase


62 OAKLAND HILLS $1,495,000


5,068 Square Feet

MLS# 1217420

62 Oakland Hills is situated on 1.89 acres, making it one of the largest golf course frontage lots in Cordillera Ranch. Strategically set amongst majestic Oaks, this exclusive, private setting offers exceptional views across the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Clubs Village valley. Single story living with two building masses is separated by an entry foyer and galleries. Private family living on one side is countered with multiple gathering areas on the other, including an open great room-kitchen-dining concept and a stunning game room. A comfortable guest suite is tucked away for privacy. The oversized, outdoor living area includes an outdoor kitchen and captivating surroundings that may have you spending more time outdoors, than in. An idyllic location for a future pool could add to the ambiance from the entry, great room, master suite and outdoor living area. • • • • • • • •

5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3+ car garage Professional kitchen appliance package Over-sized, covered patio Golf cart garage Over-sized master closet Architecture by Gustavo Arredondo Classic construction by Stadler Custom Homes Golf Membership available for purchase through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

3 MAYACAMA $1,688,000


4,451 Square Feet

MLS# 1275512

Behind the exterior alabaster walls of this classic Spanish Revival home, lies an unexpectedly contemporary interior. Soaring ceilings and walls of glass encompass a dramatic living space filled with natural light. An open, efficient floor plan unveils a design that is both elegant and intimate with just a touch of glamor. The home offers an expansive great room, four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a stunning gourmet kitchen, a wood-beamed formal dining room plus an office and upstairs flex space. This Live Oak-enclosed sanctuary is perfectly situated for easy access and is within walking distance of Cordillera Ranch’s spectacular clubhouse. This exquisite home is the very first collaboration between Garner Homes and Cheryl Ladd Signature Homes. Ladd’s inspired design and hand-selected finishes are rendered to an exacting standard by Trey Garner, one of the Hill Country’s top builders. The use of the finest of materials and assiduous attention to detail result in a significant house, one you will be proud to call your home. • Designed by Cheryl Ladd in collaboration with award-winning MSA Architecture & Design. • 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage • High ceilings and timber beams • Wood window package • Hand scraped oak and natural stone flooring. • Thermador appliance package, including built-in refrigerator/freezer • Pool and spa, outdoor kitchen, dozens of Live Oak trees on lot • Master Golf Membership available for purchase

25 AUGUSTA $2,295,000


7,300 Square Feet


This sprawling Stadler Custom Home has sweeping views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Hill Country beyond. It includes a fabulous kitchen with everything for the culinary enthusiast, and a spa-like master wing with a luxurious bath, enlarged changing areas, fitness room, coffee bar and private study. A media/game room, golf simulator, elevator, large guest suite and spacious secondary bedrooms complete this special home. Outdoor ambiance includes multiple decks and patios, a beach entry pool, cascading waterfall and putting green. • • • • • • •

4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 1 powder room, 1 pool bath 3 separate garages with additional golf car garage Two-sided salt water aquarium Electronic/audio/visual home automation Three fireplaces Oversized corner lot Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase


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51 MUIRFIELD $1,695,000


5,698 Square Feet

MLS# 1261254

Superb Clubs Village lifestyle! Outside, you’ll find cul-de-sac privacy, golf course frontage with views of holes 12-15 and a serene entry featuring a walled courtyard with a water feature and gardens. Beautifully appointed throughout, interiors include soaring ceilings, arched windows, floors of stone and wood, Thermador® appliances, stone counters and island dining in the kitchen, a wine cellar off the dining room and a master suite with a fireplace, sitting area, fitness and spa-like setting. Recent improvements include a pool and spa, screened patio and fenced back yard. There is private Casita access from the courtyard. • 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths/3 half baths, 3 car garage with additional golf cart garage • Classic Mediterranean architecture by Jim Terrian • Unsurpassed craftsmanship by Authentic Custom Homes • Designed with timeless interior finishes • Extensive natural light via large windows and multiple sky lights • Additional rooms: library, robust home office, over-sized game room, fitness off master suite • Large secondary bedrooms, each with full en suite baths • Gracious amounts of storage • Located on Hole #14 tee box of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course • Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase

107 GREYSTONE CIRCLE $2,199,000


10,770 Square Feet

MLS# 1242501

With Hill Country French architecture situated on five acres with exquisite details inside and out, the main house features a copper roof, marble foyer with marble circular staircase, two-story formal study/library, piano room, formal dining, breakfast, gourmet kitchen and pantry, great room and wine alcove. The resort-style pool with a water wall leads to a cabana featuring a pizza oven, full kitchen, game room, bedroom, fitness area, massage room and sauna and steam rooms. The guest house has a full kitchen, living area, two bedrooms, a utility room and four car garage. • • • • • • • • • •

7 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half baths, 6 car covered parking/garage Gated drive with fenced perimeter Gourmet kitchen and pantry Beautiful wood floors and intricate woodwork throughout Private cantera stone balconies and porches Bonus Rrooms - Home Theater, Art Studio, Summer Kitchen Downstairs Master Suite with “His & Hers” baths/closets Multi- use sports court Legacy Oak trees and native landscaping surrounds Golf membership available for purchase through the Clubs of Cordillera Ranch.


4,643 Square Feet


MLS# 1258301

Nestled among towering Live Oaks, solitude awaits on this on 4.04 acre privately gated and fenced Hill Country estate. Timeless Hill Country architecture features an open floor plan with a large living room and multiple dining areas, and hardwood and tile throughout the main level. The backyard oasis is complete with a new swimming pool and waterfall, a large covered porch with motorized screens, and panoramic vistas to the North. • • • • • • • • •

4 bedroom, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage Open floor plan, stone fireplace and wet bar Extensive woodwork and glazed kitchen cabinets Roman inspired master bath showcases columns and bath 2 main level guest bedrooms, each with en-suite bath Recently updated media room opens to viewing balcony Large covered rear patio complete with motorized screens Oversized 3 car garage with epoxy flooring finish Fully fenced perimeter with privacy gate




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