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Volume 10, Issue 4

THE TRAVELED AND GOOD LIFE

DICK AND ANNIE STEPHENS

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The natural landscape, sporting lifestyle and respect for nature’s beauty make Cordillera Ranch wonderfully unique.

Enjoying the healthful benefits of physical activity, relaxation and community relationships are close to home on the Ranch.

One-room schoolhouses were scattered throughout Boerne beginning in the late 1800s, with five still standing today.

OUTDOOR PURSUITS: THE NEW OUTFITTER CENTER OPENS

PERSONAL TIME: THE SPA & FITNESS CLUBS

HISTORY LESSONS: HISTORIC BOERNE SCHOOLS

ALSO INSIDE: 14 WELCOME LETTER 18 A DAY IN THE LIFE AT CORDILLERA RANCH 28 RANCH SCENE 30 MEMBER TRADITIONS 32 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 40 STAFF PROFILE: CASH LANE & PATRICK DRINKARD 42 THE NEW WITTE IN SAN ANTONIO 48 MANAGER’S UPDATE 50 PERFECTING YOUR SUMMER GOLF GAME 56 SUMMER DAY CAMPS AT CORDILLERA RANCH 60 SPRING FLING THROUGH SUMMER LOVE 67 BISD WELCOMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT 68 WHAT DOES THE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION DO? 70 THE DETAILS IN DI LUSSO 76 CORDILLERA RANCH REAL ESTATE

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THE TRAVELED AND GOOD LIFE Dick and Annie Stephens have traversed the world, sharing their experiences with friends and family, and finally landing in Cordillera Ranch to enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

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It’s been said that to know where you are headed, you must first understand your past. Thanks to Bryden Moon and Jerry Jones, we now have more insight on the “past” here at Cordillera Ranch and that will help us in planning the future. In this issue of Cordillera Ranch Living, the article “History Lessons” reveals some stories and images of two old school houses that served kids as far back as the late 1800’s. History seemingly resonates from the hundred-year-old oak trees and limestone canyons in this area. In previous articles, we have chronicled historical post offices that were once on the property, the general store just outside our front gate (recently featured on Texas Country Reporter), and the Georg House, which is a unique old settlers home built in 1872 and still stands today behind the ladies 9th tee box on the golf course (the Georg’s were quite the visionaries, picking up such prime front frontage real estate back then). For us, understanding and embracing that history and the significance of the settlers hundreds of years before us is a passion that we try to integrate into the design of a community that carefully preserves heritage wherever possible. Though that might not sound like a typical real estate developer core value, history and, particularly its preservation, is in our blood. Something you may not know: my dad’s dad served as the first Executive Director of what later would become the Texas Historical Commission. Those genetics, combined with decades of first-hand experiences on the old El Max Ranch (the original ranch that became part of Cordillera Ranch), influence the drive for preserving the character and history of this community. It’s what has driven us to painstakingly land plan around landmarks like the Georg House or the old “stage coach” house on Swede Springs, as well as the many elements of natural historical significance hidden in plain sight throughout this area. Some of this history is even preserved in the facilities at the Equestrian Center (fortunately for Mac Northington, those walls can’t talk). So as you cruise through the community, take notice of the purposeful preservation of the history and character of the ranch. Think back on what it was like to try to be a farmer on 315 acres of remote land where Mr. Georg settled — before there was a beverage cart that would cruise by his back porch periodically. Consider the 2.5 mile Shetland pony ride to a school house no bigger than your pool cabana. Now, soak in all the natural beauty of Cordillera Ranch but with today’s modern conveniences. As always, enjoy the read and have a safe summer! Regards,

Charlie Hill Special thanks to Bryden Moon and Jerry Jones for the contributions to the “History Lessons” article in this issue.

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EVENTS JULY July 4 “Red, White & Blue Pool Party”

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July 4 Patriot Partnership

Time: 8:30am Shotgun Entry Fee: $60 Members and $135 Guests, includes guest fees, tee gifts, food and prizes Teams can be formed by two Members or one Member and one Guest Format: One Net BB Come out to The Club and help us celebrate Independence Day! This two-person team event is great way to get out and beat the heat.

Men’s Night Out

Dates: Every Thursday in July and August Time: 5:30pm Entry Fee: $15 MNO events take place throughout the summer. Enjoy 9-holes of golf in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. These events are a great way to get to know your fellow members.

July 21 Open Championship One-Day Member-Guest

Time: 12:30 Shotgun The Open Championship heads to Royal Birkdale this summer. We will be celebrating the event by hosting a One-Day MemberGuest here at Cordillera Ranch. Format of play will be 2 Net BB of the Foursome and each group will pick two players from the Open Championship field to pair up with and combine scores. This event is a fantastic way to entertain clients or bring a few friends and enjoy a great day of golf at the Ranch.

July 22 Taste Of Spain Wine Dinner

Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm Take a trip to Spain without leaving the Ranch! Assorted tapas with traditional and Cordillera-style paella will be served along with a variety of Sherries and indigenous wines to complement the flavors of Spanish cuisine, all while enjoying a presentation on Spanish Olive Oil.

AUGUST August 11 PGA Championship One-Day Member-Guest

Time: 12:30 Shotgun The PGA Championship will be held at Quail Hollow Golf Club in North Carolina this year. Bring out a friend or client for this event and showcase our top ranked Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course as well as the incredible Cordillera Ranch Clubhouse facilities. Format of play will be 2 Net BB of the Foursome and each group will pick two players from the PGA Championship field to pair up with and combine scores. This event is a fantastic way to entertain clients or bring a few friends and enjoy a great day of golf at Cordillera Ranch.

August 26 Parent-Child Golf and Fishing Tournament

This event is one of the most popular on the calendar with the kids as it gives parents and their children the opportunity to play golf and fish together, and compete against their fellow junior members. Join us as we also recognize our MVP, Most Improved and Sportsmanship award winners.

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The Traveled

and Good L ife By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by Mark Humphries

Some people are destined to be travelers and for both Dick and Annie Stephens it must have been a birthright as the two of them have traversed the world — mostly side by side — landing in Cordillera Ranch where this chapter of their lives includes good friends, new adventures and the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

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Born on Christmas Eve 1934 to depression-era parents in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dick’s father was most grateful to be employed by Sanborn Map Company. “I was often told that my world of traveling began at birth as we had visited 18 states and Canada before I was a year old,” he says. The Stephens family settled in Houston in 1938 and by the early 1940’s, to avoid additional transfers, his father Ted made a career change to insurance, eventually opening his own small company, the T.W. Stephens Insurance Agency. Life in Houston included a couple of moves, the last of which was to a neighborhood that back in 1947 was “considered country living” and was perhaps Houston’s first subdivision, West Lane Place near Westheimer and Post Oak inside what is now the Loop. Dick had numerous jobs throughout his childhood and teen years that eventually helped pay for high school and college expenses. That drive and work ethic was modeled well by his father who retired at 90. “Mom and Dad were very loving parents and set a powerful example for me throughout my life,” he says. Dick was one of the 400-plus students accepted to Rice University in 1952 when all students had generous four-year scholarships, and the football stadium routinely swelled with 70,000 cheering fans. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a B.A. in Economics in 1956 and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Forty years later, Dick was honored to be elected to serve as President of The Rice Alumni Association. After a quick stint with Tenneco Oil Company, Dick reported to active duty with the Army at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. Upon graduation from Belvoir, he was posted to the NATO forces in Orleans, France in April of 1957 where he became a company commander in an Engineer Construction Battalion. But the three-year tour wasn’t just career building. It was also when he met his future wife, Annie, a native of Tigy, a small town near Orleans. Annie, who was born during one of the coldest winters ever in Europe on the eve of the pending WW II, grew up in the Loire Valley where she boarded at and graduated from the College Classic de Jeune Files de Blois. Her education included study abroad and summers with a family in Lymington, England where she perfected her English. The war was a time of profound hardship, deprivation and sacrifice. When it ended, life began to return to normalcy and Dick and Annie met in 1957. She and her father had the opportunity to take a trip in 1958 to Canada and

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the U.S. that included Montreal, New York City, New Orleans and Houston where they stayed with Dick’s family for a week. “It must have gone well. My mom asked Annie’s father in French, ‘When do you think they are getting married?’” says Dick. That happened a few months later in Orleans, with both an American and French priest officiating. “We were married in a fulldress, military ceremony with cross swords at her parish cathedral in 1958.” The couple had what Dick describes as a “storybook” honeymoon, to Paris, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. “What an adventure it was for a young couple, and only 13 years after the end of WW II. The Officer’s Clubs, military facilities and hotels, especially in Germany, were outstanding and we were privileged to be enjoying European hospitality wherever we traveled.” When they returned, they were happy to be gifted with living in Annie’s parents’ picturesque second home in Olivet, not far from Dick’s military base and on the banks of the Loriet River. During their 18 months as husband and wife in France, they welcomed their first daughter Anne Marie. After an honorable discharge as a First Lieutenant, Dick left Europe with his bride and returned to Tenneco where he was assigned to Lafayette, Louisiana in 1960 as a landman. Their five years with Tenneco included working in the Lafayette office as well as a 14-month stint in Oklahoma City where Annie became a naturalized citizen. Just as children can love both of their parents equally, so Annie feels about France and the U.S. Ever since she took her oath of allegiance and to this very day, she proudly votes in every national, local and state election. In 1965, Dick received an enticing job offer to join The Louisiana Land and Exploration Company (LL&E), also a NYSE company, and the couple relocated from Lafayette to the New Orleans area. “Little did we know it would be where we spent the majority of our lives,” says Annie. “We have treasured memories from our time in Louisiana, both in Lafayette and New Orleans, too numerous to list.” Among them, the birth of daughters Claire and Jennifer, Claire’s marriage to Dwight Emanuelson, Jr. in 1987 at Christ Church Episcopal

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The following favorite quotes are part of our daily bread. Annie: Please watch out for each other and forgive everybody — it’s a good life, enjoy it, from Muppet’s creator Jim Henson. Dick: You can easily judge the character of people by the way they treat others who can do nothing for them. “I found this in Forbes magazine some 50 years ago and have attempted to practice it consistently over my adult lifetime. Annie never saw the quote but it is a natural part of her character and she practices it daily.”

Cathedral, and the birth of their two grandsons in Dallas, Dwight Emanuelson, III, (Hillis) and James Emanuelson. Dick had the honor of serving with Dr. Steve Ambrose and Nick Mueller as Directors of the Eisenhower Center, predecessor to the National World War II Museum, and assembling a collection of signed, personalized first edition hardcover copies of all of Ambrose’s books. LL&E employment also offered the opportunity to commission countless hand-carved Louisiana duck decoys, first for Dick’s hunting rig and later as a collector. The collection includes the primitive folk art of nationally noted Native American artists, Laurent Verdin, Sr. and Jr., as well as that of nine-time world champion carvers Tan Brunet and sons Jett and Jude. The artists became close friends of the Stephens, and over the years, over 1,200 of their decoys were given to friends, family and museums. The Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum in the French Quarter, was gifted 430 decoys and wildfowl artifacts in 2012. “There they will be forever on permanent display in their new “nest,” free and open for the public to always enjoy,” says Dick. While raising their family, Annie found time to volunteer, teaching French in Lafayette and again in New Orleans and Metairie where all three daughters graduated from high school. Annie developed a love of tennis, golf and skiing, which she and Dick enjoyed on trips to Colorado. She also traveled often with Dick on his many domestic and international business trips, especially enjoying Hawaii, Hong Kong and Bali. Hunting and fishing trips were fun for the couple as well as visiting many

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LL&E properties and activities like attending the Masters Golf Tournament, the U.S. Tennis Open, the Indy 500 and the New Orleans Saint’s football game in London. Both of them have had so many other memorable events and experiences. One was particularly interesting. While flying from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma, Dick’s flight on Air Thai was hijacked to Calcutta, India. He was released after 12 hours of government negotiations with the hijackers. There was their work-related, around-the-world trip on Lee Iacocca’s private jet with time in London, Paris, Australia and other foreign lands. And then there were the seven or eight trips to Normandy DDay beaches in France, including the 50th anniversary of D-Day with Steve Ambrose and again on its 70th anniversary with Cordillera Ranch friends, the Ainsworths, Hunkes and Pfeiffers. Dick always enjoyed his work and further noted, “My 15 years with LL&E were the best of my working career.” He moved quickly through the ranks of land, exploration, production and management and in 1970 he was elected Corporate Vice President. “My involvement in the Jay Oil Field discovery with Exxon in the Florida panhandle had a great deal to do with my progress as it proved to be the largest oil discovery in the lower 48 states since WW II. He was later asked to author a paper entitled, “The Events Leading up to the Discovery of Jay Oil Field.” His responsibilities continued to expand, including international oil and gas exploration, hard minerals and real estate, both industrial, and their resort development on the island of Molokai


in Hawaii. He also oversaw the company’s ownership, preservation and maintenance of 600,000 acres of Southern Louisiana marshland. In addition to his work, he continued his education through a sponsorship by LL&E at Columbia University’s Executive Program in Business Administration in upstate New York in 1974. The Arab oil embargo created a boom for oil and gas exploration in the early 1980’s and along with it came a job offer for Dick to become President of Freeport Oil Company, the fast-growing oil and gas subsidiary of Freeport Mineral Company. Shortly thereafter, following a merger with McMoRan, the corporate headquarters were relocated to New Orleans and Dick soon became the President of the merged oil and gas subsidiary, Freeport - McMoRan Oil and Gas Co. Some of the highlights of those 15 years at Freeport included a major copper and gold discovery in Indonesia and the opportunity for Dick to interact with seasoned directors including Dr. Henry Kissinger, et al. Dick retired in 1996 at age 62. After Hurricane Katrina hit both New Orleans and Destin in 2005, Annie and Dick elected to temporarily relocate to Dallas where Jennifer and Claire and family lived, with Anne Marie not far away in Austin. “Little did I know at the time that Annie’s wisdom would again prevail and we would make the big decision in 2006 to buy our lot in Cordillera Ranch and begin our relocation process to the Texas Hill Country. Since all three girls had moved to Texas, we decided to follow in their footsteps — and after considerable due diligence, we learned of Cordillera from a realtor. Once found, the decision to buy and build was soon ‘sealed’ when we were referred to Cordillera Ranch residents, Jan and JW Pieper, who shared their enthusiasm for their community,” says Dick. Annie says their Cordillera Ranch experience has been a wonderful chapter in their lives. “We sold our place in Metairie and were living in Destin and Dallas, and had embarked on a two-year, long distance design and building process. Fortunately for us, our due diligence for a builder and lot selection had paid off with Robert Thornton, Dave Morris and their team, along with Stephanie Latham in Boerne, and with some additional input from our long-time architect Arthur Davis and decorator Joe Morrow in New Orleans — it all was masterfully packaged together into an end product of which we are most proud. We are not alone in finding that the Hills and Northingtons have taken the time and effort to further enhance a naturally beautiful part of the Hill Country in close proximity to the inviting and welcoming town of Boerne. We are delighted to be now, over nine years

later, even more impressed than ever with all that they have accomplished on our collective behalf.” The charm of Cordillera’s location enchants the Stephens. “Our three daughters had always enjoyed their summers at Camp Waldemar near Hunt, Texas and Annie has always felt that the area reminded her of her vacation summers in the south of France,” says Dick. “We are happy communing with nature around our home and neighborhood common areas.” They enjoy the numerous Club facilities, including the golf course, exercise facility and dining room. “We also both enjoy the Nature Club, Wine Club and the Progressive Dinner Group. Individually, Annie is a regular Shanghai player and I participate in the Men’s Club gatherings and Hwy 46 clean-up brigade.” What’s particularly appealing is choice, says Dick. “You have the option of doing as little or as much as desired when the spirit moves you.” But the best part, they agree, are the friendships, says Dick. “We have wonderful new friends we have made who are all most sharing during good times and when in need.” Annie and Dick both believe that overall, their lives have been wonderfully blessed. “But we have had medical setbacks that have been totally inexplicable and devastating. Additionally, the loss of Jennifer and then Anne Marie one year later, both to unrelated issues with cancer, has taken a huge toll in our lives which can never be replaced. Our daughter Claire, husband Dwight and grandsons Hillis and James have extended themselves far beyond their normal reach with their care and love to help us work through our collective grief. Our new friends in Cordillera have also been a tremendous help in our attempt to regain our balance in life. We are not alone in losing loved ones and we attempt to be of some solace to others who are experiencing similar setbacks.”

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STAFF PROFILE

Cash Lane Golf Course Superintendent 325.277.3671 clane@cordilleraranch.com Hometown: Eldorado, Texas

Patrick Drinkard Equipment Manager 678.368.6350 pdrinkard@cordilleraranch.com Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

How did you come to work at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch? CL: With desire and devotion to the golf course industry, I knew the opportunity to work at Cordillera would be a blessing. I applied for the opening and now here I am, enjoying it. PD: Jim Osbourne (used to work at Cordillera Ranch) was the superintendent at my last course and mentioned Cordillera Ranch needed a qualified Equipment Manager. What is your past work history that prepared you for The Clubs? CL: While attending Western Texas College in the turf grass management program, I accomplished two summer internships with Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth. After graduating, I spent time as an Assistant Superintendent at Pine Tree Golf Club in Boynton Beach. Returning back to Texas, I was the Superintendent at The Club at Waterford in Marble Falls, then Superintendent at Blue Lake Golf Club in Horseshoe Bay. PD: I have worked at many types of clubs from 36-hole executive, 18 semi and private, to 45-hole resort, all of which I learned something new from and continually try to improve myself and course conditions. What makes your colleagues an asset to The Clubs? CL: The GCM team works extremely

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Patrick Drinkard

hard to provide a beautiful golf course for our members. The job requires long hours in the heat of the summer. All crew members have importance with every little job they do. We all get a reward by noticing the improvements and compliments as they come. PD: Everyone has an important role in maintaining the course, and our team works together to prepare the course each day for members. What has been your most rewarding professional experience? CL: Probably working the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club. PD: Being asked to help the GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America) on the Equipment Manager’s task group that is helping to promote and improve the Equipment Manager image for future technicians.

Cash Lane

What do you like most about working at Cordillera Ranch? CL: I love the property. The great Hill Country truly shows her beauty out here. PD: The opportunity to exceed member’s expectations of the golf course conditions. What are your hobbies and interests? CL: I’m actually an avid golfer and played collegiate golf while attending WTC. I enjoy hitting the ball around when I get an opportunity. I also love to work on my yard and landscape at home. PD: Obtaining a private pilot’s license. Favorite quote or motto? CL: Hard Work Pays Off PD: The pursuit of excellence and innovation - KMHS Marching Band


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WITTE

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By Julie Catalano :: Photography courtesy of The Witte Museum

envisioned what the New Witte is like today.

After the completion of a $100 million project involving more than 170,000 square feet that can only be described as transformational, the original facade of the 91-year-old mainstay on Broadway Street is gone, replaced by a gorgeous Adventure Walk featuring fossils and native plants leading to the new Susan Naylor Center. There, the H-E-B Lantern — a “glass box” that serves as the entry — contains the first, but not the last, OMG moment, as

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museum-goer could have possibly

guests are greeted by the Nora and Steve Burkhart life-sized Quetzalcoatlus sculpture (“Quetzy” for short), one of the largest known prehistoric flying animals. In the background, realistic pterosaur images soar through the digital sky. The comparisons to a Jurassic Park-like vibe are inevitable. “People walk in and are just awestruck,” says Witte president and CEO Marise McDermott, referring to the Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery. “It’s so much bigger than people imagine.”


And that is just the beginning. Because it is so overwhelming, and the exhibits cover so much time and space in the history of Texas, they are organized into what they call Texas Deep Time, divided into what the state looked like millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed, thousands of years ago when prehistoric people lived, and hundreds of years ago when the more familiar cattle kings, cowboys and vaqueros shaped the Texas landscape. Highlights include full-size dinosaur cast skeletons such as the 39-foot Acrocanthosaurus and the 40-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex; and molded dinosaur footprints recreated from those found at nearby Government Canyon Natural State Area. “Everybody loves dinosaurs,” says McDermott, “and we’ve learned so many new things about them since when we were young. There are a lot of ‘aha’ moments in the Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery.” Moving forward in time, the McLean Family Texas Wild Gallery will look somewhat familiar to longtime Witte fans, where the taxidermy dioramas of old (remember the bobcat?) have a new home in a state-of-the-art high-tech space and im-

mersive galleries featuring flora and fauna from all the regions of the state. It also contains a particularly fun surprise — an animated sky that goes through a day in Texas, with a storm that occurs every 15 minutes and then quickly goes away. Just like Texas. George Strait fans have a special treat in store with his narration in the Mary West and Richard Traylor Sounds of South Texas, featuring the beautiful sounds of animals and birds from morning ‘til night.

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The Kittie West Nelson Ferguson People of the Pecos Gallery is both fascinating and poignant, offering a unique look at how a prehistoric people lived, hunted, cooked and socialized, right down to a display that shows a domesticated dog in their midst. Visitors of all ages can participate in the hands-on labs that accompany every gallery, where they can “dig” for dinosaur “bones,” try out the tools of ancient peoples, and explore the

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rock art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands in the Lifeways and Nancy Smith Hurd Rock Art Labs, to name a few. Not to be missed: The Gates Mineral Company Orientation Theater that takes viewers through the entire Witte experience through the Texas Deep Time narrative, from prehistoric to contemporary. Other must-sees: The new gift shop, twice as big as the old one, and featuring display furniture made from the wood of trees that had to be taken down during the reconstruction (they did plant 60 additional trees). And because the New Witte is now an all-day experience, they now have a Marketplace where guests can grab a quick lunch from an assortment of food, snacks and beverages. The outside is just as wonderful as the inside, featuring six major gardens and riverside landscapes including the Texas Wild Garden, the Science Garden, Tuleta Garden, Aqueduct Plaza and entry gardens at the Feik Family Orientation Pavilion and the Tex Elliott Family South Texas Heritage Entry Court. These newly renovated and expanded spaces join the existing impressive — and in some cases also renovated and expanded


— spaces such as the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center, the H-E-B Body Adventure and the B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center. McDermott is especially excited about the additional staff that came to the table to make the New Witte what it is. “We have a lot of new curators and educators,” she says, including a paleontologist, geologist, archeologist, anthropologist, natural-

ist, even a couple with backgrounds as Disney Imagineers. Exhibition designer Gallagher & Associates worked with Lake Flato Architects on the new design.” Perhaps the most exciting is that for the first time, the Witte will be able to host two major exhibitions at once. “Before we could only have one at a time,” says McDermott. This summer, both Wild Weather and Whales: Giants of the Deep will run from May 27 to September 4, 2017. Wild Weather explores how scientists are working to improve severe weather forecasting to lessen the impact on communities and lives. Whales: Giants of the Deep brings the world of whales to life, including the surprising fact that there are more than 25 species of whales living in the Gulf of Mexico. So what’s next for the Witte? “Right now, we’re just enjoying having people experience the New Witte,” says McDermott. “So many people who have come since the opening have enjoyed all the themes that people are used to seeing at the Witte, but in 174,000 square feet of change. It’s exactly what people were waiting for.” For more information, www.wittemuseum.org.

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MEMBER SERVICES

MANAGER’S UPDATE

Summer is in full swing and the end of June represents the end of the second quarter. I can’t believe 2017 is already half in the books. It’s been an exciting year so I wanted to update everyone on several items regarding The Club. By Monty Becton, General Manager

We recently added AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) to both comfort stations on the golf course. The Clubs’ safety committee suggested the addition of these golf course units in combination with units in the main Clubhouse, Fitness, Tennis and Equestrian Centers and the new Outfitter Center. The Club currently has more than 50 employees who have been First Aid, CPR and AED certified by the American Heart Association. We host these classes at The Club for our employees twice each year.

The Dallas Morning News 2017 golf course rankings were released in May and our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course once again ranked in the top 10 in the state of Texas. This year we secured the number 6 spot, outranking any other golf course in the Hill Country, Austin, Houston or San Antonio. Hole #16 continues to be named one of the most beautiful holes in the state.

The new mobile app and software that we rolled out in January seems to be popular because year-to-date we’ve had more than 500 Apple and 47 Android users download the app. We’ll continue to enhance this tool as updates become available.

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This summer we will be updating and expanding our Wi-Fi coverage. By the end of July, you will have access to wireless coverage on our back patios and pool complex, along with increased speeds in other areas of the Clubhouse.

You’ll notice contractor crews working on the golf course this summer. They will be sodding areas that need improvement on both the golf course and practice park. We don’t anticipate any significant disruption regarding play, but please be on the lookout for them and take precautions when necessary.


Graham House, Clubhouse Manager, has added a couple of key positions to his team.

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A club is a haven of refuge and accord in a world torn by strife and discord. A club is a place where kindred spirits gather to have fun and make friends. A club is a place of courtesy, good breeding and good manners. A club is a place expressly for camaraderie, merriment, good will and good cheer. It humbles the mighty, draws out the timid and casts out the sorehead. And a club is one of the noblest inventions of mankind.

Michael Sturlin joined our team as Beverage Manager in June after being referred to us by Steve and Debbie Mayfield. Prior to joining our team, he was a Fine Wine Salesman for Southern Glazer’s. Be sure to give Michael a warm welcome. Jessica Swingler returns after graduating from Texas Tech and working at the UT Golf Club. You may remember Jessica from her summer internship at our Aquatics Center several years ago. She will join our team the first week of July as a floor supervisor, so be on the lookout for her friendly smile.

We have revised The Clubs Rules and Regulations. Several items needed to be updated and relate to changes associated with technology, new amenities and redemptive right, along with several other amendments. You can find a copy of our Rules and Regulations on the Member website or via The Club app. One area I would like to touch on is non-solicitation as it relates to Members. We take the privacy of our Members seriously and must ensure we stay mindful of personal boundaries. One of the benefits of private club membership is the ability to relax and enjoy spending time with your friends and guests without being interrupted or interfered with. I like the club description highlighted above because it captures the essence of club membership. If you are a swimmer, you can relate to that ‘bath-tub’ feeling found in many pools that are subjected to our hot Texas sun. To provide a more refreshing experience, we’ve added a new chilling system to our lap pool. We’re optimistic that this new equipment will keep the temperature in our large pool cooler as the temperatures rise.

I hope you’re all having an enjoyable summer and I look forward to seeing you around The Club. Monty Becton is the General Manager of The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at 830.336.4024 or mbecton@cordilleraranch.com.

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GOLF

Perfecting Your Summer Golf Game By Gevin Allen

Before you hit the course this summer, here are a few pro tips that will help you chip, putt and stroke at the top of your game.

t GOLDEN TRIANGLES When hitting a chip or pitch shot, keep the triangle of the elbows consistent from the address position. When done properly, the elbows should remain the same distance as it was at address as you turn your body freely towards the target. Missed shots are caused by changing the position of the arms from the address position and changing your spine inclination from the ground. At the finish, the club points towards the center of the body and the elbows are hugged on your sides. The right elbow position at the top of the swing determines the consistency of downswing. During the top of the backswing, create a triangle with the elbows. This ensures the separation of the elbows are maintained from the address position. From this position, the right elbow will go down to a proper swing path toward the golf ball and remain connected to the body. t

t THE PERFECT SPEED The speed of a putt determines the line. The faster the ball rolls, the less it will break. The optimum speed is for the ball to pass the hole by 18 inches if you miss the putt, regardless of the distance of the putt. When practicing, place a tee 18 inches past the hole as an intermediate target. When hitting a putt, you should strive for the putt to stop past the hole but short of the tee. Putt downhill and uphill before a round to get the feel of the green before you play.

t CALIBRATE YOUR FEEL Although some say practice strokes are unnecessary, how many times have you putted a second ball and performed better than the first putt? Practice strokes are a great way to calibrate your target to the stroke. Take practice strokes looking 18 inches past the hole. Step up to the ball and make the same stroke. With practice, the length of your stroke will be appropriate to where you are looking. Practice a variety of putts with different distances and breaks. Gevin Allen, PGA, is the Director of Instruction and Player Development at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at gallen@ cordilleraranch.com.

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OUTDOORS

OUTDOOR PURSUITS The Outfitter Center Opens At Cordillera Ranch

By Shane Reynolds :: Photography by Paul Williams

Very few clubs or communities in Texas have embraced a natural landscape and active outdoor lifestyle as Cordillera Ranch has. Fewer still have managed to capture a sense of place and outdoor tradition with such timeless authenticity and character. With a deep respect for nature’s beauty on the Ranch, it is the sporting lifestyle and the Guadalupe River that makes Cordillera Ranch wonderfully unique.

Inside the new Outfitter Center Pro Shop

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On May 19, 2017, we celebrated the opening of the NEW Outfitter Center at Cordillera Ranch. Thanks to the 50 or so members who celebrated the evening with us! The Outfitter Center Pro Shop carries lines of apparel and accessories for all your outdoor and river recreation needs. We are a dealer for several kayak companies, including Jackson Kayak, Ocean Kayak and all the brands within Johnson Watersports. We also carry products and offer special orders on Costa del Mar, Northwest River Supply, Columbia, Reddington, Sage, Temple Fork Outfitter, all Pur Fishing brands and many other outdoor companies. We guarantee you will not find a better price, and we will match any retail pricing. Our newest product, now available for rental and trips, is the STAND UP PADDLE BOARD — designed especially for the river. A great start is a paddle on Swede Creek Lake before moving out to the river. In classic Hill Country fashion, the new Outfitter Center blends local materials and aesthetics into a space that captures the imagination of the outdoor lifestyle. Dig a bit deeper, however, and you’ll discover a “home base” for one of the finest outfitter programs in Texas. From the Outfitter Center, our staff coordinates and conducts guided fishing excursions of all forms — from fly fishing for reds on the Texas coast, to catching bass on the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake, to heading south to the Devils River for smallmouth bass, and beyond. Should you prefer to fish on your own, the Outfitter Center offers a shuttle and launch service for your personal boat, giving all Cordillera Ranch Members access and use of our most precious resource — the river.

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Many owners have discovered the rejuvenating and cardiovascular attributes of kayaking the river. Miles upon miles of river await exploration for those inclined to engage this natural wonderland. Whether for pleasure or an evening sunset paddle, or for sport as a programmed exercise event, kayaking offers a unique form of fitness in a setting that will inspire you to uncover your best self. Toobing is also a popular pastime in the Hill Country and we have plenty of toobs on hand for those family gatherings. Beyond exquisite golfing and dining, The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch offers an adventurous Outdoor Pursuits program encompassing nearly any outdoor activity under the sun or moon. Spend an afternoon of kayaking, paddle boarding, shooting, riding horses, practicing archery or fishing just minutes away from your home. The new Outfitter Center is the hub for all things outdoor on the Ranch! Shane Reynolds is the Director of Recreation & Outfitter at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at outfitter@ cordilleraranch.com or 210.616.6051, or the Cordillera Ranch Outfitter Center at 830.336.4823.


OUTDOORS Cordillera Cubs Golf Camp Ages: 7 – 14 Time: 9am - 1pm Fee: $225 Dates: July 5 - 8; July 18 - 21; August 1 - 4 The Cordillera Cubs Junior Golf Camp is a great way to introduce youngsters to the game as well as intermediate level to juniors. This camp is taught by Cordillera Ranch PGA Professional staff. Lunch included. Outdoor Pursuits Camp Ages: 9 – 14 Time: 8am - 5pm Fee: $345 Dates: July 18 - 21; August 1 - 4 An adventurous camp designed for older kids, it will include daily trips off the Ranch, fishing, river kayaking and exploring the great outdoors! Lunch, snacks, water and all fees will be provided.

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With summer in full swing, it’s not too late register for the exciting camps offered at Cordillera Ranch. Camps keep kids active, enjoying the outdoors, learning to swim and having fun! The primary goal of the Clubs’ Summer Camp Program is getting kids outdoors and learning about the different activities found on the Ranch, and our summer camp staff strive to have kids enjoy the physical and healthful benefits of experiencing the breeze, the sunlight and the sounds of being outdoors as well as staying physically active, socializing and learning new skills. Instead of watching movies or sitting in front of a computer screen, kids are tromping through the creek, playing games, learning to ride horses, swimming and identifying insects and plant species. The variety of camps offers something for everyone! Shane Reynolds is the Outdoor Recreation Director at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at outfitter@ cordilleraranch.com or 210.616.6051, or the Cordillera Ranch Outfitter Center at 830.336.4823.

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Cowboys & Indians Horse Camp Ages: 7+ Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm Fee: $280 Dates: July 11 - 14 This is a place for boys to be boys! It includes four days of cowboy and Indian-style horseback riding, roping, trail rides, target shooting, archery, fort building and outdoor lunches. Lunch included. Ye Haw Boys & Girls Horse Camp Ages: 6+ Time: 9am - 1:30pm Fee: $280 Dates: July 25 - 28 Horses, Horses, Horses! This camp is all about horses, filled with horseback riding, trail rides, horsemanship, crafts, exciting games and more. Boys and girls will enjoy being around horses and will want to learn more. Lunch included.


NEW Rodeo Horse Camp Ages: 8+ Time: 9am - 1:30pm Fee: $280 Dates: August 1 - 4 This is a great camp for beginner to intermediate riders who want to learn more about rodeo-style riding. The barn has many ex-rodeo horses that are eager to show kids how it is done. We will spend hours in the saddle learning how to barrel race, pole bend, perform a western pleasure trail class and even a fun halftime show. But wait, there’s more! On the third day we will host a horse show for family and friends to enjoy. Trophies and prizes will be awarded at the end of the day! Lunch included. Giddy Up Horse Camp Ages: 6+ Time: 9am - 1:30pm Fee: $280 Dates: August 7 - 10 This camp is all about horses! Your kids will learn fun facts about horses while practicing their riding skills, going on an adventurous trail ride and enjoying fun games and unique crafts. Lunch included. Creative & Crafty Art Camp Ages: 6 – 10 Time: 12:30pm - 4:30pm Fee: $195 Dates: August 15 - 18 Kids will learn unique art techniques while creating beautiful masterpieces using different mediums throughout the week. Each day boys and girls will experience something new and fun! There will be opportunities for your crafty artist to work on individual projects and to collaborate on group projects. NEW Glitter & Sparkle Art Camp Ages: 6 – 10 Time: 12:30pm - 4:30pm Fee: $195 Dates: July 11 - 14 This camp is for girls who are in LOVE with ART! We will be creating all the things girls like best such as painting, jewelry, ceramics and more. They will learn unique art techniques while creating beautiful masterpieces using different mediums throughout the week.

tice large and small motor skills, social interaction and creativity while having fun and trying new things. NEW Cooking Camp Ages: 8 – 14 Time: 10am - 12pm Fee: $145 Dates: July 11 - 14; August 15 - 18 This hands-on cooking camp will focus on garden-to-dinner table cooking with an experienced cook! All cooking materials will be provided. Tennis Camp Ages: 8+ Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm Fee: $180 Dates: July 5 -7; July 18 – 21; August 1 – 4; August 15 – 18 Tennis Camp is for players of all ability levels. We will focus on

NEW Little Crafter Art Camp Ages: 4 – 7 Time: 12:30pm - 4:00pm Fee: $175 Dates: July 5 - July 7 Calling all little crafters to come learn, play and experience hands-on art projects. Each day we will be creating new and fun masterpieces! Your crafty little one will prac-

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kid growing up in the Texas heat. We will be swimming at the Blue Hole Regional Park, Jacob’s Well Natural Area, The Hamilton Pool Preserve and a TBA swimming hole. Kids must be 8 years and older with basic swimming skills. Lunch and all entry fees will be provided.

stroke fundamentals and strategies for single and double plays, with fun games and drills. NEW Pickle Ball Camp Ages: 8+ Time: 9am - 12pm Fee: $170 Dates: August 8 – 11 Pickle Ball is the fastest growing sport in America. It is great fun, easy to understand and learning it is a blast! Healthy snacks and equipment will be provided. Growing Up in Nature Camp Ages: 5 – 12 Time: 10:30am - 2:30pm Fee: $195 Dates: July 25 – 28 This camp is an elementary level look at nature. We will be investigating wildlife from bugs to slugs, fish, birds, plants and mammals of all kinds. This camp will link kids to the local wildlife while using the Cordillera Ranch outdoors as our zoo! Discovery Camp Ages: 4 – 7 Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm Fee: $195 Dates: July 5 – 7; July 18 – 21 Discovery Camp is designed to be a fun learning experience for the young and curious trying to find their way. Focus is on motor skill challenges, team games, crafts and team building. NEW Texas Swimming Holes Ages: 8+ Time: 10:30am - 5pm Fee: $295 Dates: July 11 – 14; August 15 – 18 This camp is designed to please every

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Geocaching and Leadership Camp Ages: 8 – 16 Time: 10:30am - 3pm Fee: $260 Dates: August 8 – 11 We will be hunting geocache treasure using G.P.S., creativity and brains. We also will be exploring the great outdoors, dealing with safety, cooking and survival skills.


DINING

SPRING FLING

THROUGH SUMMER LOVE By Isaac Cantu :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle

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Spring symbolizes new growth and rebirth of the land, allowing so many things to emerge in the culinary world. There is excitement in the kitchen as we have the chance to change menus to reflect the new and bountiful produce that will be offered at local markets and from our farmers through the end of summer. Jewel-toned rainbow carrots and figs, and peaches and heirloom tomatoes — the quintessential fruit and veggie of our Texas summer — are just a few ingredients that the Cordillera Culinary Team will be presenting over the next few weeks. This past spring, the Cordillera Culinary Team had the opportunity to begin working with a great chicken product from Crystal Valley Farms. This two-and-a half-pound, whole chicken, home-grown in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan, is raised without antibiotics, and on non-GMO corn and soybean-based feed. It is also air-chilled vs water-chilled, one of the most important factors and the true selling point for us. Air chilling is a slower process which provides more effective tenderizing, less water waste and absorption and, therefore, a more flavorful product. In fact, its full flavors that were shown during the tasting of this product surpassed other farms and made it to our note pad of menu ideas for this season. The Culinary Team came up with a beautiful Half Roasted Rosemary Chicken dish that has subtle flavors of rosemary, sweet carrots, garlic mashed potatoes and peas. A pretty simple dish you might say, but very intense as well, with flavors that complement each like only fresh ingredients can. So while the Half Roasted Rosemary Chicken dish was created as the cool breezes of spring were blowing, it’s seasonality will last through the hot months of summer and beyond in your own kitchen. Please come join the Culinary Team of Cordillera Ranch and celebrate our seasonal summer menu, and enjoy recreating this dish on you own.

“Spring Fling – Summer Love” Half Roasted Rosemary Chicken Yields Two Portions

INGREDIENTS: 1 2.5 pounds whole chicken, cut in half, removing breast bone 1 cup Rosemary Italian Vinaigrette 10 oz Potato Puree 6 oz Honey-Glazed Texas Carrots 4 oz Garden Peas 2 oz Natural Au jus For the ROSEMARY ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE: (Yields One Quart) ¼ cup Rosemary, minced 2 T Italian Parsley, minced 1 T Oregano, minced 2 T Thyme, minced 1 T Chives, minced 1 T Garlic, minced 1 T Shallot, minced 3 T Dijon Mustard 2 oz Red Wine Vinegar 3 oz White Balsamic Vinegar 3 cups Canola Oil Salt and Pepper to taste Add all ingredients to a blender, except oil. Slowly add oil while blender is running to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper. For the CHICKEN: Marinate each half of the chicken in ½ cup of the Rosemary Italian Vinaigrette by rubbing generously all over the chicken and allowing to sit overnight in the refrigerator. Season with salt and pepper all over and roast in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken, around the thigh, reaches 165 degrees. Serve with potato puree, Texas honey-glazed carrots and sautéed garden peas. A natural reduction of chicken stock or chicken drippings with a little whole butter, (note: cold butter), mounted, or slowly added, can be used as the natural au jus.

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FITNESS

Personal Time

Group Exercise is offered within the fitness spectrum and is a great way to incorporate support, friendship and structure into your fitness routine. Classes range from yoga to spinning to mat Pilates and traditional aerobics, motivating you to By Shane Reynolds get the most from your workout while enjoying a fun, social atmosphere. Pilates is a popular system of exercises that utilizes various pieces of equipment to help you stretch, strengthen, balance and tone the body. The Club offers a highly trained PMA-certified Pilates instructor equipped with a Reformer (a springloaded Pilates machine), Arcs (arch-shaped equipment for back mobility), Tower and other equipment to create the full Pilates experience. Exercise programs are tailored to each person’s specific needs. The Spa offers several massage therapists and many massage options including Therapeutic and Swedish to Reflexology and Hot Stone. Relaxation and healing are the ultimate outcome. The Clubs’ esthetician enjoys enhancing the look and texture of facial skin as well as providing a sense of relaxation and peace. Your self-confidence is sure to increase and you will leave with a general feeling of well-being. A large challenge faced by many of the families on the Ranch is childcare. Finding a babysitter for those evenings you’d like to enjoy dinner with your significant other, a quick round of golf or a workout is no longer a decision maker for your activities. The Kid’s Club is available, not only as a means of childcare while you participate in the many activities available at The Clubs, but also as a place of social interaction for your child. From games to books to arts and crafts, there is something for every child. Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms are available to unwind after a round of golf, spa service or workout, or simply gather and spend time with friends. From shoe service, steam showers and food and beverage options, the Locker Room is the ultimate retreat. Members and their guests are invited to experience all the Spa & Fitness Club has to offer and enjoy the many services, people and beautiful scenery that make Cordillera Ranch such a wonderful place to call home.

The Spa & Fitness Club at Cordillera Ranch

This is a fast paced world we are living in. Our lives are high stress environments full of countless hours at our jobs, commutes, family and the endless activities we all participate in. But things are easier on the Ranch!

The amenities at the Spa & Fitness Club allow us to use our time more efficiently while improving our health and building lasting relationships with our friends and neighbors. Offering state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, personal training, Pilates, yoga, golf fitness training, numerous group fitness options, massage therapy, light therapy, facials and a Kid’s Club, there is something for everyone. We all know the importance of being physically active and the health benefits associated with it. The Club helps facilitate these goals with Precor® cardio and strength equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and a StepMill. A variety of strength machines and free weights suit the many preferences and styles of weight lifting, and Personal Trainers are ready to assist those who prefer a personalized workout developed to focus on their unique situations.

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Shane Reynolds is the Director of Recreation at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at sreynolds@cordilleraranch.com or 210.616.6051, or the Cordillera Ranch Outfitter Center at 830.336.4823.


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COMMUNITY

HISTORY

LESSONS By Julie Catalano

Remember when an entire school was one small structure? Memories of one-room schoolhouses evoke a time in Texas history that will never be repeated. A new school year is just ahead — what better time to hear tales from back in the day? Panther Creek students, circa 1944, Jerry Jones second from right Panther Creek School, Illustration by Bettie Edmonds

Cordillera Ranch has a direct link to the one-room schoolhouse with the remnants of Panther Creek School still on its property. Kendall County amateur historian Bryden Moon explains: “There were two schools here, both called Panther Creek and both on different sites within Cordillera Springs. The first one was down by the creek and dates back to the late 1800s, with the first mention of it going back to Kendall County Commissioners notes dated June 17, 1878.” The school house also served as a voting place for Precinct No. 2, one of five election precincts. “The second school was built closer to Highway 3351, right at the turn of the century,” adds Moon.

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Retiree Jerry Jones of WaterStone attended the second Panther Creek School from 1942 until he started high school in Boerne in 1950. His family lived in the Sueltenfuss house that was the original post office, now on Cordillera property. Jones remembers a porch on the schoolhouse that faced gravelly Kendalia Road. In front was “a big rock that somebody had put there as a step, and that was it. At the back door there was another rock step.” There was no plumbing and no electricity. Bathrooms were outhouses — one each for boys and girls. A potbellied stove provided heat in the winter, and “in the summer you opened the windows, three or four of them on each side of the school.” Grades 1-8 studied together, ranging in size from three or four students up to 21. How did the teachers teach all the grades at once? “They just did,” he says. “When the teacher talked, everybody kinda knew what was going on with everybody.” Although his parents often drove the 2.5 miles to school, Jones had another mode of transportation — a Shetland pony named Tucky. “I’d tie him across the road to a different tree every day so he could graze.” Jones learned an important lesson from a onetime mishap. “You don’t take the rope off his neck until you get the bridle on.” Tucky bolted with the saddle and headed home, leaving Jones to follow him on foot. “(When I showed up) my dad said, ‘I figured you’d be along in a little while.’” A typical school day included lessons, recess and an hourlong lunch that usually included softball. “We had one teacher that if we let her bat, she’d knock that ball over the fence and we’d have to climb over it to get the ball. We learned that if we kept her batting like that she’d forget what time it was and we’d get an hour and a half.” After lunch they put their heads


down on their desks — two to a desk with wooden seats that folded up — to listen to a daily chapter from a storybook. Maps were nonexistent “until somebody scrounged up a map of the world from somewhere, Panther Creek School and that was handy, ‘cause we’d dream about those places we could go.” Sometimes excitement was a little closer to home, like an especially cold day at the schoolhouse. “My dad built a big ol’ fire in that little stove,” says Jones. “One little girl ran to the window and said, ‘Oh look, it’s snowing!’ My dad thought how could it be snowing? What had happened was that a spark had set the roof on fire. It wasn’t snow, it was ashes. My dad told us to go tell [the neighbors] to bring some water. We ran down the road about three-quarters of a mile and got them all stirred up.” The fire was out by the time Jones returned. “My dad took a seesaw board and leaned it up against the wall, climbed up and got on the roof and stomped out that fire with a sack he got out of his truck. It wasn’t a big fire. We got the rest of the day off.” At Christmastime, “we’d take art paper and cut it into little strips and make chains and put them across the room. They’d usually have a little play and all the parents could come and

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watch. We always had a Santa Claus and you could always guess who it was ‘cause you could tell.” Except for one year, when a local childless couple was enlisted to shake things up a bit. “My dad got the idea to dress up [the wife] as Santa Claus and nobody guessed who it was ‘cause it was a woman. [Everybody] just had a fit when they found out.” Jones brushes off any observation that those were hard times (“If you don’t know any better it’s not bad.”), adding that he enjoyed school. “It was really fun. I learned a little bit, how to read and write, all the basic stuff. It’s kind of neat looking back on it.” Yes, indeed. Special thanks to Bryden Moon and Jerry Jones for their assistance in the research for this article, and to Pleasant Valley Community Center & Historic School for providing the historic photos and illustrations for Panther Creek and Pleasant Valley Schools.

L to R: Jerry Jones, Fred Heiligmann, Charles Smith, Irene Williams, LaMerriel Dietert, Margaret Dietert, Ervin Heiligmann, Dietel Williams, Jean Dietert (Margaret’s daughter), John (Cowboy) Williams, Kenneth Schwartz

Pleasant Valley School, Illustration by Bettie Edmonds

Most of the early schools of Boerne and Kendall County are gone, but some live on, including a new one that will build on the past as it looks to the future.

PLEASANT VALLEY SCHOOL What began as a one-room schoolhouse in rural Boerne around 1885 is now the Pleasant Valley Community Center & Historic School in Bergheim. It has a direct connection to Panther Creek School when, in the early 1950s, that building was moved board by board to the Pleasant Valley site as an addition to house more students. www.pleasantvalleycenter.org Combined Panther Creek and Pleasant Valley Schools, Illustration by Bettie Edmonds

Courtesy Pleasant Valley Community Center & Historic School

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Dietert Historical Archives Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)

Courtesy Bryden Moon

BALCONES SCHOOL The wood-framed Balcones School is located one-and-ahalf miles south of IH10 on Boerne Stage Road. In her blog “Conrad’s Stories,” author Kathryn Adam-Hurst describes her family’s experience there: “During the 1908-1909 school year, [my grandfather] was the oldest boy in the school....In 1936, Texas was celebrating its Centennial. The school teacher took a number of the Balcones students on the train to experience the State Celebration and Fair.” (Source: conradsstories.wordpress.com. Sept. 9, 2011)

BOERNE SCHOOL The school on 402 E. Blanco Street in Boerne (Marker #1337 – 1986) was the beginning of the first official public school system in town which dates back to 1873, when the Boerne Gesangenverein (singing society) donated land for the two-room stone schoolhouse. Upon its completion in 1874, the Gesangenverein was granted the deed, “in consideration of the benefit accruing to us and our children from the establishment of an institute of learning in the Town of Boerne.” A small frame building was added around the turn of the century, separating the upper and lower grades. In 1910 a new two-story stone school was built and sold to the City of Boerne Utilities in 1951. www.kendallcountyhistory.com

By Henry Gideon, Courtesy BISD

VAN RAUB SCHOOL

Courtesy Bryden Moon

KREUTZBERG SCHOOL The wood-framed Kreutzberg School building is located six miles north and one-half mile east of Boerne High School on Kreutzberg Road (the road to Cave Without a Name) on two acres, next to the old Kreutzberg Shooting Club. www.txkendall.com

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Named for the historic community near Cibolo Creek and for businessman Van Raub Byron, the original school was established in 1885. The new Van Raub School will be constructed on a 19-acre tract on Dietz Elkhorn Road; the old community schoolhouse will be incorporated into the plan of the new campus. “Once Van Raub Elementary opens in fall 2018, we anticipate developing plans that will call for the utilization of the historic building as a district-wide resource center for student learning, perhaps with a focus on local and regional history,” says David Boggan, Director of Communication for Boerne ISD. “The opportunities are boundless and we are very pleased to have the historic building as a reminder of the importance of public education through the years.” www.boerne-isd.net


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NEW SUPERINTENDENT The Boerne ISD Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to name Dr. Thomas Price for the superintendent’s position for the school district. Price, who formerly served as Deputy Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer in Humble ISD, northeast of Houston, follows David Stelmazewski, who has served as Boerne ISD superintendent since December 2011 until his retirement on June 30, 2017. Stelmazewski arrived in Boerne in 2008, serving as the first principal of the newly opened Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School. Under his leadership, Boerne-Champion quickly rose among the state’s leading academic campuses; the school attained Exemplary status in state accountability ratings in 2009, 2010 and 2011. “If we do what is right for the students and prepare them for the world they will face after graduation,” he said many times, “then we have done our jobs.” In his five and a half years as superintendent, Stelmazewski led two successful bond initiatives that have facilitated the district’s response to rapid enrollment growth while also significantly enhancing classroom technology and reinforcing security on all campuses. Those bonds, together totaling $274.5 million, provided funding for a new and expanded Fabra Elementary School, renovations and expansions at the eight other district schools, and three new campuses that will come online over the next three years. Donna Sharp, Boerne ISD Board of Trustees President for 2016-2017, says of Stelmazewski’s successor, “It has been a true pleasure to get to know Dr. Price and to envision him in the role as the next leader of our school district. Having followed a thorough, collaborative search process, we can say with confidence that we found in Dr. Price someone who matches the qualities and characteristics expressed by the community as desirable in our next superintendent. His record of success is impressive.” That record includes Price’s service as Deputy Superintendent for the 41,200-student Humble ISD, which he began in 2012. Under his leadership, Humble ISD was named to the National College Board’s AP District Honor Roll, recognizing increased student participation in advanced placement courses and increased AP test scores. He also guided the district to an increased emphasis on dual credit programming, CTE certifications and internships, and double-digit gains in college readiness scores. He offered oversight for a multi-district science/math collaborative that partnered with Rice University

and other institutions to enhance professional development and revise existing elementary science and math programs. In 2015, Humble ISD earned the HEB Excellence in Education award as the best large public school district in Texas. Two district high schools — Kingwood and Quest Early College — are recognized on the U.S. News list of top high schools in the state. Prior to his tenure at Humble ISD, Price served as superintendent at Splendora ISD, Sealy ISD and Anderson-Shiro CISD. He also was assistant superintendent at West Orange-Cove CISD. Both Anderson-Shiro and West Orange-Cove are Chapter 41 districts that must operate under the same “Robin Hood” provisions encountered in Boerne ISD. Earlier in his career, Price served as executive director for an elementary at Port Arthur ISD, principal at Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD and assistant principal at Beaumont ISD. His career in public education began with teaching assignments in Anahuac ISD, Hardin-Jefferson CISD and Beaumont ISD. Price’s education includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and both Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from Lamar University. He and his wife, Donna, have three children, Christopher-26, Sean-17 and Savannah-15. Combining input from faculty, staff and community members, the Board developed a candidate profile and engaged the Texas Association of School Boards to assist in the search. From a field of more than 60 applicants, the Board identified six candidates for initial interviews. Through the vetting process, which included a visit by trustees to his current district, Dr. Price emerged as the sole finalist. Thanks to David Boggan, Director of Communication, Boerne ISD. www.boerne-isd.net

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POA

WHAT DOES THE

PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION DO?

By Mark Risner :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle

We get asked the question from time to time, “What does the Property Owners Association do?” Usually it’s a new owner or sometimes a long-time owner who never had the occasion to ask. There is a very simple answer to that question: We strive to ensure that this is a place you are proud to call home, is well-maintained and that the covenants are enforced. There are a variety of different efforts and initiatives that contribute to that ultimate goal; it takes quite a large team to oversee operations of a development that spans thousands of acres.

The New POA Maintenance Facility We are tasked with many responsibilities, not the least of which are maintaining the landscaping and roads throughout the community. You might not know it but there are close to fifty miles of paved roads all owned and maintained by your POA. Although the roads are currently in good condition overall, we routinely evaluate products and applications to improve and preserve the quality of the roads. A healthy portion of the reserves are dedicated to this very purpose. In 2016, we used over $1.5MM in our road reserve fund to repair and improve a significant amount of roads throughout the community. We are currently working on final evaluations of some additional road repairs to implement in the second half of 2017. The landscape and maintenance crews, all direct employees of the POA, have one of the most difficult and important jobs.

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They are in charge of keeping a clean manicured look while also preserving the natural Hill Country beauty. The crews take a lot of pride in their work and are on property throughout the day working on the many miles of common areas, roads, gates, parks, trails and entrances. They can be seen on mowers, water trucks, maintenance trucks and tractors as they start early in the day and often finish late to cover a lot of ground. One of the great features at Cordillera Ranch are the parks and lakes. Our crews work to keep them litter-free and assure they are maintained to the standards you would expect. Recently the POA staff has been implementing its semi-annual aquatic vegetation clean up in Swede Lake. They apply an aquatic herbicide to help promote a healthy underwater environment for marine life.


The Association oversees the access controls (i.e. gates) throughout the community. This has been an area of intense focus recently as we work to limit access to the community to property owners, their approved guests and approved contractors. In a community this large with four access points, this is more complex of an overhaul than it may appear to be; however, we have made great strides in developing a solution to implement and hope to have more specifics to report in the next few months. As part of the Association responsibilities, we have an Architectural Review Committee. This committee is the governing body that reviews building plans for any construction in the community to ensure compliance with the Covenants and Design Guidelines. We work with the builders, architects, engineers and owners with the goal of using a firm but helpful hand to build a home that conforms to the guidelines while protecting the trees and native areas. Builders are thoroughly vetted with specific qualifications that must be met in order to build homes in the community. It

developed database of homeowner emails allows us to blast out important news or topical information to the membership (if you’re not receiving our emails, please email me at mrisner@cordilleraranch.com or go to cordilleraranchpoa.com and register your email address). The POA office handles all the financial management for the association including collection of the annual assessments as well as payables for the Association’s expenses. We have high expectations of everyone who does work at Cordillera Ranch. That is why we evaluate ongoing contracts and work closely with all the vendors who provide services so that we get the best value and results for the community. Our office also acts as the archive for the Association’s documents. All the construction plans, governing documents, plats, maps and individual homeowner files fill up quite a bit of space. We do keep extensive historical electronic files as well for owner payment histories, budgets, contracts and communications. Our administrative office is currently located on Cordillera Ridge near

Landscaping Maintained By The POA is the ideal of being consistent with the design guidelines and protection of the covenants that has preserved and increased property values. Through the years since inception, this committee has kept that mindset and instilled a standard and culture that has set Cordillera Ranch apart from other communities. The beautiful homes here also generate a lot of interest in the resale market. Our office works with realtors, lenders and title companies to provide them with all the information and documentation they need. We then provide an orientation for the new owner as well as vehicle stickers and gate openers once it’s time to move in and enjoy living in their new home. Owners also rely on us as a first line of communication and look to us for problem solving related to community issues. We strive to communicate with our residents whenever needed. Using a well-

the Visitor Center, but we will be moving to the new Vista Office location when it is completed later this year, just across Cordillera Trace. The Cordillera POA Maintenance staff is currently in process of moving their operations over to the new Maintenance facility located just north of Rio Cordillera on FM 3351. At the end of the day, all the things our POA team does, in addition to the contributions from everyone who is involved with Cordillera Ranch, lead back to preserving the culture and appeal of this beautiful and scenic Hill Country community. We truly believe, “Life is better out here.” Mark Risner is Cordillera Ranch Property Owners Association General Manager. He can be reached at 830.336.3501 or mrisner@cordilleraranch.com.

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HOME TOUR

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DI LUSSO By Mauri Elbel :: Photography by Doug Gaidry

Those living in the luxurious homes nestled in the Di Lusso Villas at Cordillera Ranch don’t experience the typical building process. For starters, the stress and hassles that often plague building a custom home are non-existent. With most of the details taken care of, homeowners receive the benefit of moving into a spectacular high-end home without the headaches.

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“The process of building couldn’t be any easier,” says Gabriel Garcia, partner at Pasadera Builders, which has been building in Cordillera Ranch for a dozen years. “We have already handled 90 percent of all the work required in building your dream home. The only thing left is selecting your preferred styles and unique finishes that make it yours.” Secondly, once you move into one of the homes in Di Lusso Villas, which each boast their own unique blend of Old World Tuscan charm, spectacular Hill Country vistas and high-quality detailed finishes, the homes require little maintenance. Each villa in the gated enclave comes with the convenience of “lock-and-leave” common landscape maintenance, lighting, secured gate and trails. “These homes were designed for the demographic who prefers a lock-and-leave home that is in the Hill Country but with

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all of the amenities of a resort,” says Garcia of the floorplans that suit established couples looking to build a primary home or add to their home portfolio with a second home they don’t have to worry about when they are away. “Homeowners don’t have to own a lawnmower or weed eater. The houses are designed with control systems that can be operated from anywhere on the planet where there is a signal via a smart phone, tablet or computer, allowing you to control the different aspects ranging from climate control and lighting to security.” Finally, the home building process is much shorter –– the average time from purchase to move in falls within a year. But what might stand out most are the exceptional quality products and superior level of detail that can be seen in each home –– a concept that Pasadera Builders has perfected over the years. After spending 15 years in the inner loop of the competitive Houston market, Pasadera Builders created a forward-thinking, streamlined process that values quality and authenticity rather than sourcing products meant to emulate a certain look. “If it looks like a wood door, it is a solid wood door,” Garcia simply states. Rather than building what’s already been deemed “hot,” Garcia says the company strives to explore where design is headed –– to gain a leading edge before it ever becomes a trend. This translates to the various home styles on offer, ranging from classic traditional to transitional or contemporary. Pasadera Builders’ design philosophy manifests in its building process as well. For example, Pasadera Builders is passionate about the mud set process –– homes have an added layer of mortar underneath


which allows the use of larger, more unique pieces on tiles and walls that marry up to three-quarter-inch solid wood floors, explains Garcia. For this home, a silver vein cut marble forms the walls and floors of the master bath, creating a visually stunning backdrop for the sleek, spa-like solid surface standing tub. A multifaceted stacked walnut wall has been expertly installed by the trim carpenter in the dining area, where a forged brass fixture with seeded glass dangles above the table. A wine wall, custom built on a walnut

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inlay with stainless steel bottle holders, maximizes wine storage efficiency while remaining aesthetically appealing. There are 26 lots in Di Lusso I and another 21 lots in Di Lusso II, of which 19 out of 47 remain available. Nine base floor plans, designed by architect Roy Braswell and his team, have been designed to fit uniquely on each property, taking advantage of the Hill Country views and maximizing privacy for outdoor living spaces. Plans range from 2,500 square feet to 4,800 square feet, and each include multiple room options that can be adapted based on the clients’ wants and needs. While the exteriors are already mapped out, the interiors are completely malleable. “We keep an architectural consistency on the exterior architecture but the interiors are yours,” says Garcia. “Whatever your scheme, motif or design style is, we can achieve

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that. Not just through interior finishes but also by moving interior walls and changing room sizes and functions.” Beginning with a base plan, Pasadera Builders works with each client to make it uniquely theirs by modifying the home to fit their needs and desires. From the second meeting, homeowners are working closely with Nicole Winmill of NR Interiors, who assesses their unique design styles and desires and comes back with various vignettes until everything is just right. Whether Di Lusso’s homeowners are building their primary home or one of several secondary homes, they get the enjoyment of being within walking distance of The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch clubhouse, fitness center and spa, with the added bonus of having a low-maintenance home with superior details. “I think first and foremost, there is a higher level of quality in these homes,” Garcia says. “The quality of these homes is second to none in any upper-scale market you will find.” PASADERA BUILDERS

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46 VERDE POINT $1,399,000

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6,574 Square Feet

MLS# 1226976

Spacious living, indoors and outdoors, is redefined in this beautifully appointed 2-acre compound. Three separate living quarters provide the feel of a family compound covered with canopies of Live Oaks and an acre of manicured lawn. A wall of glass disappears into pockets and opens the main dwelling for all to enjoy the vast gathering areas of the kitchen, eating area and spacious great room featuring a towering fireplace and rough sawn beams. The study converts to an additional guest room via a Murphy bed. Interior finishes of wood stone, custom cabinetry and special ceiling treatments complete the allure. The outdoor kitchen and covered patio with a fireplace and a fire pit allow for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining. Detached guest quarters have their own living areas with a kitchen/kitchenette for added functionality. 4 bedroom, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage Chef’s kitchen with Dacor® appliance package Arched galleries, reclaimed wood beams, brick accent and hand-troweled walls Large arched windows and glass doors Cave stone, stucco and tile exterior Luxurious, oversized master suite Rio Cordillera gate and Outfitter Center convenience Golf Membership available for purchase through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

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This gorgeous four-bedroom Hill Country-Style home sits on a large lot of 5.76 heavily wooded acres. Classic and casual Hill Country design includes a standing seam metal roof, stucco and stone accents, and multiple covered porches. Other highly desirable features include a large veranda and outdoor seating area for casual entertaining around the stunning swimming pool. This large lot is fenced on the perimeter and is suitable for horses. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 car garage Mesquite wood floors Central vacuum system Swimming pool with water feature Bonus room/game room upstairs Master Golf Membership available for purchase through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

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2866 CLUBS DRIVE $1,250,000

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MLS# 1187458

This stunning single story Hill Country Traditional home fronting the 9th hole of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course has all of the conveniences of Clubs Village living — access, proximity to The Clubs and refined living. This home showcases views to the north of Twin Sisters from the guest suite and study. The rear of the home provides soothing views of the golf course, clubhouse and beyond, with refreshing southeast breezes and the comforts of a large covered outdoor living space and outdoor kitchen. The spacious master suite includes a luxurious bath, oversized closet and convenient utility room access. Open living areas seamlessly transition from kitchen to dining to great room. Natural light fills the home and the surrounding natural beauty is showcased from every room. • • • • •

3 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3 car garage • Available for move-in Efficient, single story living • Optional pool designed and available Bedrooms isolated for privacy • Golf Membership available for Secluded guest suite with private garage access purchase through The Clubs of Study convertible to fourth bedroom Cordillera Ranch

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LOT 13 OAKLAND HILLS $1,680,000

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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 • Right to purchase Master Membership (to include Golf)

62 OAKLAND HILLS $1,649,000

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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

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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 through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

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25 AUGUSTA $2,295,000

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7,300 Square Feet

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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

107 GREYSTONE CIRCLE $2,949,000

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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

1205 CORDILLERA TRACE $1,995,000

8,469 Square Feet

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MLS# 1220933

Timeless Mediterranean architecture set on 5.46 hardwood studded acres has rear orientation to the north and commanding, long views across the Guadalupe River Valley. An open floorplan has spacious rooms including a stately master suite, a great room concept encompassing living, dining, kitchen and breakfast and a trophy room to die for. An attached casita includes galley kitchen, living area and bedroom with en suite bath. A resort-style pool area with attached spa, LED lighting, fire pit, and beautifully landscaped, spacious covered and open air entertainment areas provide the perfect exclamation point to this rare, must-see estate. • 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, 5 car garage • Floorings of stained concrete, travertine and wood • Wood elements throughout include Douglas Fir architectural beams, mesquite floors and alder cabinets • Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances • Large windows for generous natural light and beautiful view corridors • Fireplaces in great room, master suite and trophy room • Additional spaces include kids’ playroom, media room, two home offices and oversized pantries • Centrally located for great access to all Cordillera Ranch amenities • Golf Membership available for purchase through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

WWW.CORDILLERARANCH.COM | 830.336.3570


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Double R Drygoods Unmatched Quality and Service in Boerne and Fredericksburg. We are excited about our expansion on River Road in Boerne, providing more space and exceptional products for our clients. Our extensive inventory is from only the finest manufacturers, and our design room provides endless options for custom and special orders.

Boerne Location | 412 River Road Boerne, Texas 78006 | 830-331-2412 Fredericksburg Location | 237 ½ E. Main Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 | 830-997-9438


Christopher Voss Inc. FOURTH GENERATION IRON CRAFTSMAN Celebrating 20 Years in Business and 100 Years of Voss Family Craftsmanship.

210.843.4332 www.christophervoss.com


CORDILLERA RANCH LIVING

808 Hwy 46 East Boerne, Texas 78006

PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FULTON, MO PERMIT #38

Cordillera Ranch Living July/August 2017  
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