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Volume 8, Issue 4

July/August 2015







31 t • Boerne, Texas • 830-3 ee Str in Ma uth So 2 32 •

your local Design Build Firm servicing the greater Boerne and Texas Hill Country, as well as North San Antonio. Specializing in:

Other Features:

Architectural color rendered master plan including brilliant images and plant descriptions

• Irrigation Installation and Repair (including water efficient drip irrigation)

in both 2D & 3D, outlining 10 months of

• Outdoor Kitchen

color with a balance between evergreen

• Lot Clearing, Cedar Tree Removal and Mulching

and deciduous foliage containing movement

• Outdoor Lighting

throughout, resulting in low maintenance,

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Stop in and see us, our associates are ready to assist you. 32255 IH 10 West, Boer ne, TX 78006


Tel: 830.816.3200


Fax: 830.249.3090







LOVE AND GOLF The Smiths built their Cordillera Ranch home as a future destination for kids and grandkids — and the golf course was pretty great, too. BY CHERYL VAN TUYL JIVIDEN


DREAMY DAYS AND STARRY NIGHTS AWAIT AT TEXAS HILL COUNTRY RESORTS Five exclusive Hill Country resorts provide the ultimate getaways for relaxation, family fun, rejuvenation or whatever your summer plans may be. BY JULIE CATALANO


MAKING CONNECTIONS GVTC’s GigaRegion® and charitable Foundation keep everyone in our community connected. BY BOB MCCULLOUGH


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TEXAS INVESTORS TITLE Performance is our Priority

Commercial, Ranch and Residential Title Transactions

Steve Vallone President

Becky Edmiston

Beverly McCormick

Residential Escrow Officer

Vice President/Escrow Officer

116 W. Blanco Rd., Ste 101 Boerne, TX 78006

p. (830) 816-5888 • f. (830) 816-5889




Garner Custom Homes is an award-winning custom home builder in Boerne and the Texas Hill Country. Since 1998, Garner Custom Homes has been designing and building custom homes, uniquely and exquisitely.

After interviewing several high quality custom builders, my wife and I chose Garner Homes

• All of our homes are designed with the impeccable craftsmanship and commitment to customer satisfaction that the Garner Homes Team has embraced since its inception.

to build our dream retirement home. We could not be happier with our home. We consider the entire Garner team our friends. We could not recommend them more strongly.”

• We specialize in the Design/Build approach to homebuilding. • Our expectation is to provide professional design and construction expertise in hopes of earning trust and creating a timeless, well-built home.

Mark and Marcia Pratt 2320 Clubs Drive

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It’s not always easy to change something that seems to be working fairly well, but that’s exactly what we’ve done with Cordillera Ranch Living Magazine over the past year. After six years of working with the same publishing and ad sales team, last summer the ad sales director role became available. My wife, Sara, calling on her past sales positions, seized the chance to step in and take over as Director of Advertising. It was a natural fit considering her cozy (and expensive) first-hand relationships with so many of the boutique shops in Boerne that are ad clients or prospective clients. She’s not only quickly grown ad sales but it’s also given her a much-needed injection of “adult time” during weeks that had typically been only filled with the insightful conversations (or arguments) of two to eight year olds. She has done a great job with the new role and seems to have helped a happy base of clients grow their brand and sales through the magazine’s exposure. Then, starting with the May 2015 issue, we began working with a new publishing team to help produce the bi-monthly magazine. The Traveling Blender, LLC publishing company is a Boerne-based husband and wife team (Louis and Trisha Doucette) who have approached the magazine with a fresh set of eyes and ideas. You might have noticed a few of the subtle layout improvements they have made to give the magazine a little more reader-friendly style. It’s not that the magazine was in disarray or major need of revamping; after all, the original publisher (Schooley Media) that we partnered with to develop the first six years of the magazine had built a very nice template, layout and luxury style for the magazine. However, as the saying goes, if you’re not improving you’re losing ground. So, with much thought and consideration, this year we took the leap to make a change to something that was working in the hopes of continuing to upgrade it, and we feel it’s been a great move and have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Traveling Blender team. Change is rarely easy but can definitely be rewarding. With the new team’s help, this July issue of the magazine has a fresh mix of stories — and new advertisers — so kick back, enjoy the read and have a great — albeit soggy — summer.


Charlie Hill Vice President Cordillera Ranch

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LIVING 830.336.3570

PUBLISHERS: Cordillera Ranch Development Corporation Traveling Blender, LLC CORDILLERA RANCH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Charlie Hill – Vice President DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING Sara Hill 210.332.8628 EDITOR Trisha Doucette EDITORIAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM Monty Becton, Barry Denton, Shane Reynolds, Robert Rodriguez CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tim Shaw – The Shaw Creative CORDILLERA RANCH SALES 830.336.3570 Clubs of Cordillera Ranch 830.336.9000 Feature article photography by West Vita Photography 830.431.1157,

Cordillera Ranch Living is published bi-monthly through a joint venture between Cordillera Ranch Development Corporation and Traveling Blender, LLC. No reproduction in any form is authorized without the consent of both Cordillera Ranch Development Corporation and Traveling Blender, LLC. Cordillera Ranch Living is a registered trademark of Cordillera Ranch Development Corporation. 808 Highway 46 E, Boerne, Texas 78006. Printed in the USA. All rights reserved 2015. No responsibility is assumed for unsolicited submissions. Manuscripts, photographs, and other submitted material can be acknowledged or returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The content contained does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of Cordillera Ranch Development Corporation, Traveling Blender, LLC, or Cordillera Ranch residents. Cordillera Ranch Development Corporation and Traveling Blender, LLC assumes no liability for misinformation, omissions, or errors.



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PURE CUSTOM HOMES — Robert S. Thornton, a founding member of the Preferred Builder Group, has completed over 85 homes in Cordillera Ranch, each home capturing the personal style of the owner and adapted to its one-of-a-kind Hill Country environment. The company has developed a reputation for building homes with unique and rich character, quality craftsmanship and energy efficiency. True custom design requires addressing specific needs of each client while taking full advantage of the views, terrain, trees and prevailing breeze. The experienced team brings critical and creative thinking and an appreciation of value to the custom design process. From design through occupancy, Robert S. Thornton, LP – Great Homes promises intense supervision and a constant display of faith-based integrity. The long-term satisfaction of current and former clients is their motivation and reward. If you’re in the market for a new home just ask any of our current and former clients, and along with rave reviews of quality and creativity you’ll hear the intangible reasons for our success first hand. Thank you to each of our 85+ friends and clients of Cordillera Ranch for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of your team.


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Cordillera Shindig

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Ladies Tennis Member-Guest

Memorial Day Pool Party

Cordillera Shindig

Photos by Club photographer Kelsey Grudle


MEMBER TRADITIONS Our Ranch Menu is available every day with great new features! Tuesdays


Wednesday Evenings

Come to the Club on Tuesday nights for pasta night! We now offer a made-to-order pasta bar, including salad, pizza, and dessert from 5:00 to 9:00pm! Perfect for the whole family.

We will 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 added for next week’s drawing if winner is not present.)

Sample Manny’s wine picks of the week!


Friday Evenings


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

Join us for an elegant dining experience, live music, and chef’s finest features. Live entertainment is featured from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Advance reservations are strongly suggested.

Remember when Mom used to cook Sunday family meals? We do! Join us at the Club for some home style cookin! $15.95++ for adults and $8.95++ for children 10 and under, from 11:00am to 8:00pm.


Thursay-Saturday Evenings





To make reservations for any of these events, please contact the Club reception desk at 830.336.9000, or reserve your spot online at










Bring the whole family to our 4th of July pool party celebration! We’ll have games for the kids, an incredible “Independence Day” themed buffet, and DJ Dan to play all your favorite summer tunes! (With some fun cocktails to enjoy!) Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm

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. Time: 8:30am Shotgun Entry Fee: $60 Members and $125 Guests, includes guest fees, tee gifts, food and prizes Teams can be formed by 2 Members or 1 Member and 1 Guest Format: One Net BB

Test your skills and all of the things you have learned this summer on the golf course and in our Cordillera Cubs camps. Time: AM Tee-Times Format: Flighted Stroke Play based on age and ability Entry Fee: $25 includes lunch and trophies

MNO events take place throughout the summer. Come out and enjoy 9-holes of golf in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. These events are a great way to get to know your fellow members. Time: 5:30pm Entry Fee: $15

Join us at the pool every Friday during the summer from 5:00 to 7:00pm for a complimentary tasting. We will be featuring different types of poolside wines and cocktails. It will be a great time to enjoy a Friday evening and get to know your fellow members. Let’s have some fun! Join us during July as the Cordillera kitchen celebrates Flavors of Spain. Traditional tastings of great Malbecs will be paired with tapas, traditional paella and a “Texas” style paella. All of this will showcase great wine and great food — Cordillera style!


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. Time: 12:30 Shotgun


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. Time: 12:30 Shotgun


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.

Match Play is a popular format with our members so I hope you will consider playing this year. Players are flighted by handicap. The Championship Flight will play without regard to handicap and matches in all other flights will play off the low handicap in each individual match. Championship flight will compete from the Bear tees, middle flights will compete from the Blue and Ranch tees and the highest flight will compete from the Silver tees. The entry fee is $75 per player and includes food and prizes. Players are guaranteed at least two matches, and the Friday matches begin at Noon. Weekend matches will begin at 8:00am.


MNO events take place throughout the summer. Come out and enjoy 9-holes of golf in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. These events are a great way to get to know your fellow members. Time: 5:30pm Entry Fee: $15

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May 23rd-August 23rd All pool amenities will be available including lifeguards, towel service, and poolside food and beverage service from 12:00pm to 8:00pm, with the exception of Mondays and Tuesdays following holiday weekends. August 29th-30th & September 5th-6th The pool will be fully operational during these weekends from 12:00 to 8:00pm, including lifeguards, towel service, and poolside food and beverage service. September 7th Labor Day Pool Open




What better to celebrate the harvesting of grapes than by joining in a stomp. Two local vineyards make it possible. At Becker Vineyards, stomping is complimentary but on a first-come, first-serve basis. Grab a t-shirt to plant your footprint on, and enjoy wine, bistro foods and other gift vendors. The stomp spans two weekends but Sunday, September 6 at 3:00 is when you get your chance to dress up like Lucy and the Italian women. August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6 Saturdays 10am to 6pm, Sundays noon to 6pm

Becker Vineyards 830.644.2681 :: At Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, the “Order of the Purple Foot” Grape Stomp requires pre-registration for couples and includes lunch, t-shirts, glasses and drink tickets. Plus, each participant’s name will be printed on the label of 2015 “Foot Pressed” red table wine that can be purchased at a discount when it becomes available in November. Register online, only. August 1 & 2, 8 & 9 10am to 2pm

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and Winery 830.885.4076 ::

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Farm-To-Table newcomer Valeria in Boerne is more than its name implies. Their specialty is artisanal food that is free of GMOs (Genetically Modified Food) as well as trans fats and artificial preservatives. Keith Kuhn and wife Kristy have diligently searched the country to find GMO-free foods, such as pork from upstate New York whose diet is 40 percent foraged, to OO flour from Italy for their homemade pizza dough, and corn from South Carolina where heirloom varieties are grown and ground into polenta, grits, etc. In addition, the owners have a farm where plants and animals are raised sustainably and free to pasture. Weekly menus are determined by available products with a variety of cooking styles ranging from French to Mediterranean to country-style. Chef Kuhn can also assist in the perfect wine pairing selection. In fact, look for periodic wine dinners to pop–up. They are open for Sunday Brunch and Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Valeria Farm-to-Table 830.331.1393 ::

SIDEWALK SCULPTURE Beginning in September, The Hill Country Mile will be the setting for a sculpture exhibit — Art al Fresco — featuring up to 10 pieces of art selected by The Boerne Public Art Competition Committee. The 13-month temporary exhibit will be located throughout Boerne’s historic downtown where visitors and residents can enjoy a walking tour of the sculptures and have a chance to vote for their favorite installation. Mayor Mike Schultz believes Art al Fresco will be a draw for visitors, adding, “Boerne is already an art lover’s destination, and this new initiative is going to kick it up a notch.” Art al Fresco

All The World’s A Stage Boerne Community Theatre will end its 2014-2015 season with a production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged. This zany comedy runs July 17 through August 1 and enlists the talent of three actors who run through the entire canon, playing multiple roles as they attempt to depict all of Shakespeare’s works. You don’t have to be a fan of Shakespeare to enjoy the humor and fast-paced, slapstick action. The 2015-2016 season promises to be rewarding as the theatre celebrates its 25th anniversary by revisiting some past hits. The season will open in September with Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.

Boerne Community Theatre 830.249.9166 ::




While vineyards are by no means new to Texas, another Italian favorite is flourishing here as well — the olive tree. The same soil and weather conditions apply, and Texas orchards have found that the Texas Hill Country is similar to other olive-growing places like Southern Europe, California and North Africa. Texas olive oils are now making a statement in the culinary world, not to mention the healthful properties they contain. Olive oil reduces cholesterol levels, prevents cardiac diseases, eases arthritis pain and digestive troubles, slows the aging process and contains vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. There are several notable orchards around the state, but a few, practically in our own back yard, are making awardwinning olive oils and setting the standards for others to do the same.

BELLA VISTA RANCH/ FIRST TEXAS OLIVE OIL COMPANY Wimberley 512.847.6514 :: Jack Dougherty was the first to recognize the similarities between olive growing regions and the Texas Hill Country. In 1998 he decided to give it a shot. Three years and 1,200 trees later, they are hand-harvesting and pressing olives in their “frantoio” (olive pressing facility). In fact, the 2013 Estate Grown Coratina Olive Oil was awarded a Gold Medal at the New York International Olive Oil Competition. Nowadays they sell several flavored and infused oils, in addition to jams (from homegrown fruits and veggies), vinegars and other culinary goodies such as wine. Speaking of wine, they also grow Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc grapes, in keeping with the Mediterranean theme, and even make a blackberry wine and other seasonal fruit wines from berries grown on their property. You can sample wines, olive oils, jams and other gourmet foods in their tasting room, or take a tour of the orchard and olive press.

TEXAS HILL COUNTRY OLIVE COMPANY Dripping Springs 512.607.6512 ::

In 2009, John Gambini and his brother-in-law Rick Mensik began by trying to find the right olive trees and soil conditions for their orchard. They determined the Arbequina olive tree and Mission olive tree, which is actually the only olive tree native to the United States, thrive in Hill Country soil. Their orchard is certified organic and their Miller’s Blend oil was ranked in the top five in the country by the Wall Street Journal. The orchard includes a Tuscan-inspired mill house with a state-of-the-art Italian olive press. Free tastings are available as well as private tours providing opportunities to learn about the industry and discover the proper way to grow olive trees.

UP AND COMING ORCHARD: KRUGIE’S DOUBLE O Dripping Springs Four years ago Jim Kruger decided to leave retail and start an olive orchard. He wanted to be ahead of the game, stating that the olive industry in Texas is where wine was 20 years ago. Planting in a non-traditional high density configuration where trees are only six feet apart, as compared to 30 feet, allows for mechanically removing olives rather than by hand. While the orchard is still about three years from production, keep this name on your radar.

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Love Vita

and Golf

By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen

Photography by Jason Roberts and West Vita

An abundance of great thought and design went into the award-winning Cordillera Ranch Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, but Jack Nicklaus might not have realized its ability to close the deal.The course is

exactly the reason why and the location where Jeff Smith, who was visiting from Clear Lake to play the course with a friend, was inspired to look at a lot on that very trip. “This beautiful place really sells itself

when people visit. It was the golf course that hooked me. Golf’s been a longtime hobby — I grew up the son of a Baptist preacher who was the high school golf coach and we are a golfing family. The course and the setting — I was taken by the beauty of the Hill Country,” says Jeff. While wife Mary thought they would relocate somewhere in the future when their adult children settled after college, Jeff was persuasive. “I thought, let’s create a destination that our children and future grandkids would want to come to instead of us going to where they are.”

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The couple, married 28 years, never considered any other communities. Cordillera Ranch allowed Mary, a Texas A & M (TAMU) graduate with a small bookkeeping company, to be close to her native San Antonio and her mother, Cecylia. The lot, with its dramatic vista, sealed the deal for Mary and Jeff who says, “When I found this lot, I knew this is where I wanted to retire. Part of Cordillera Ranch’s appeal is its country

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setting removed from the city life.” The highly perched lot was key in the planning of the home which the couple designed with architect Gustavo Arredondo. “The lot defined the space — it required a long, skinny, single-story home,” says Jeff who took a year-long sabbatical as a “trial retirement” from his Managing Director position overseeing the southwest region of the consulting firm Alvarez &

Marsal to focus on the design of the home. The dramatic home features opposing wings, one for Jeff and Mary and at the other end, suites for their adult children and their future families. Son Vance, is a senior at TAMU majoring in mechanical engineering. Daughter Aly, who has a business degree from TAMU where she played on the golf team, is employed in Houston with Alvarez & Marsal in the


Management Consulting Division. Aly is engaged to Mark Damiani and will wed this summer in Houston. The home is fronted by a stunning courtyard with rock and water features designed by Brian Riebel of Acacia Landscape and Design of Boerne, who also did the front and backyards as well as the basketball court on their 4.6-acre property. The location affords a pan-

oramic view of the Hill Country and the perfect setting for a spectacular infinity pool by Premier. Though their home is conveniently positioned near the golf course with cart accessibility, Jeff envisioned a golf putting and chipping green in the backyard. Knowing what he wanted, he worked closely with Kevin Detmer of Southwest Greens who led the design and construc-

tion of the complex which includes five hole locations and six tee box locations. Acacia was actively involved in the design of how all the landscaping was integrated with the green and tee box complex. Jeff and Vance then designed an 18hole chip and putt course which uses a different combination of tee boxes and hole locations. Lovingly called the “Smith Course,� it includes a tee box, chipping | 33


mats and a flop shot. “We even had score cards made up for the course and keep course records. We created the Smith 9 that everyone can play and the Challenge 9 that is for lower handicap,” says Jeff. The home capitalizes on the great outlook with floor to ceiling cantilevered windows that open to the patio. “I never take the view for granted — I appreciate it every time I walk through the house,” says Mary citing it as her favorite part. Jeff agrees, “The outside, the view and enjoying outdoor living are the things I like the most.” Mary had hoped to include some of the furnishings from their Clear Lake home but found the high ceilings required a different scale. To help her with the décor, she

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enlisted her decorator from Houston, Tina Anderson, and well as Boerne designer David Collum. The home is punctuated with family portraits and assorted paintings from Santa Fe. It’s not quite done yet, Mary says, “I’ll add some little touches, fill blank walls and add some furniture.” There have been adjustments since they moved into their home in February of 2014, says Mary, “It was hard to leave all the friendships I had fostered. I miss my friends, but I don’t miss the traffic, hurricanes or humidity!” They have enjoyed an abundance of out-of-town guests. “The house is often full of friends and family,” she says. Jeff, a University of Houston graduate, retired after the move but it didn’t

last long. “I’m now involved with several different ventures that are focused on trying to help family, friends or the local community. This is refreshing after 30 years of large corporate consulting work.” Diverse in concept, the new businesses include a board appointment to assist with a strategic plan for a company in Deer Park, and partnering with his brother-in-law on a catering business called Hanson Hill Country Catering at the Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls. Work America Capital is his most passionate endeavor to raise and invest local capital that advances communities and entrepreneurs by creating good jobs and career opportunities. In addition to all his work, Jeff has


found time to support a unique charitable program, Transformation Tour of Homes. He and Mary are among the donors that are providing construction funding for five casitas being built by Stadler Custom Homes in the luxurious master-plan development in Cascada at Canyon Lake. Each casita will be built at cost, with all profits donated to the selected charities: The San Antonio Food Bank, The Arc of San Antonio, Boysville, Military Warriors Support Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. With Jeff’s retirement, community support and new business launches, moving to Cordillera Ranch, selling their home in Clear Lake, planning Aly’s wedding, completing the home’s décor and all the

company they’ve enjoyed, Mary says it’s not yet settled into a new normal. Still, they’ve had time to begin looking for a new church home, and she has joined Chicks and Sticks to grow her golfing skills and enjoys doing pilates at the Club. The couple likes to travel and have planned a fall trip to Italy, Sicily and Malta, and are looking forward to a family trip to Scotland and Ireland when Vance graduates. While they miss the great dining they enjoyed in Houston, they have found many good restaurants nearby, with local favorites including The Creek, Cypress Grill, Bumdoodlers and Leon Springs Grill. They love exploring the Hill Country, especially touring wineries

and the Garrison Brothers™ Distillery. The shift to the Cordillera Ranch community has been warm and inviting. “The friendliness has made the transition so easy and very welcoming,” says Mary. Jeff concurs, “Everyone here is so nice.” Sharing the secret wasn’t hard for the couple. “Our closest friends are moving here!” says Mary. After visiting the Smiths, and golfing the course, naturally they wanted to live here, too. The couple looks forward to creating memories and traditions in the future at their homestead. “I see it full of friends, family and fun,” says Mary, while Jeff sees the family growing, “Grandkids! I imagine spending time with them here, spending time with us.” | 35


Dan Parker 618.971.5882 Assistant Golf Professional HOMETOWN Freeburg, Illinois FAMILY Wife: Kimberly Parker, Daughter: Daphne Parker – four months old EDUCATION I studied Business and Public Relations at John A. Logan Community College and Illinois State University. HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOUR FIELD? I played high school and college golf. After a few desk jobs, I realized my main passion had to do with the game of golf and its surroundings. I have been in the golf business since 2001 and continue to enjoy it every day. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CORDILLERA RANCH? I started April 9th of this year. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF LIVING/ WORKING IN THE HILL COUNTRY AREA? My favorite aspect of working in the Hill Country has definitely been the people I have encountered both at work and also in the San Antonio community. Everyone seems to have a great attitude about life that is contagious. Only being here a month, my favorite activities have been finding new restaurants and touring San Antonio with my family. We are enjoying the historical significance of the city. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS? I enjoy just about all sporting events, especially in person. My wife and I share a love for music and hope to attend The Austin City Limits event this year. Also, my wife and I have become more and more interested in wine over the past few years. We are hoping to take a trip to Napa or Sonoma sometime in the next few years to really gain some knowledge. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPORT? I really enjoy college basketball. March Madness is my favorite time of the year. FAVORITE SPORTING EVENT YOU’VE ATTENDED? The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star game in St. Louis. FAVORITE QUOTE? When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department uses water.

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FAVORITE MOVIE AND WHY? Caddyshack ... if you have to ask why, you probably haven’t seen it. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE IN YOUR BUSINESS? The greatest challenge has always been the time away from my family. In the golf business, holidays and weekends are typically the busiest times of the operation, so it requires the most attention from an employee standpoint. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE IN YOUR BUSINESS? The relationships that I have made and maintained over the years from the golf business have definitely been the most rewarding. I have friends from ten years ago that I met through golf that live 1000 miles away from me but we still stay in touch. FAVORITE ASPECT OR FEATURE AT CORDILLERA RANCH? The incredible views from the golf course. It really makes hitting a bad golf shot easier to handle! ANYTHING ELSE THAT NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? My favorite memories growing up were listening to St. Louis Cardinal baseball games on the radio while my dad and grandpa cooked on the bbq grill in the back yard.

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By Sara Hill

We hear it so often but are we really brave enough to do it? I’ll admit that I’m not… but I did let a certain suggested goal for the 2015 Shindig seep into my head and my heart this year, and by God’s grace, the goal was met. It was actually exceeded! So without further ado, together with our underwriters, sponsors, donors and partygoers, we are able to give the Bergheim Volunteer Fire Department $435,000.00! Personally, I’d like to thank my co-chair Amy Ogden for her unwavering help and support. The 2015 Shindig committee is a strong and able group of ladies and one brave man! I’d put this group up against any other to plan an event and raise a great amount of money! And our Board: these ladies have hearts of gold for God and our community. They spend countless hours of thought and prayer to guide the CRS Corp in good faith and stewardship. I appreciate their trust and guidance, and the opportunity to lead Shindig. I can’t say enough great things about the staff at Cordillera. This crew is the best! They are an amazing team and were always willing to help in every capacity. Together with the Event Ignition and Illusions, we pulled off an amazing event. I am forever grateful. Poolside at the Clubs of Cordillera provided the perfect backdrop for the 2015 Shindig. You can’t outdo God’s beauty or provide a more perfect setting than Cordillera Ranch. Finally, I send a sincere thank you to our guests whose generosity and support contribute to Shindig’s success. This was truly a community of people who rallied behind a cause and made great things happen. Kendall County will reap the benefits for years to come from what we accomplished on May 2, 2015. Thank you all for coming together to have a great time, for a great cause, that will make a great difference! | 39

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would like to extend a sincere thank you to our Trifecta Underwriters. Because of your support and generosity, we presented the Bergheim Volunteer Fire Department with a check for $435,000.

Diane and Phil Pfeiffer A very special thank you to Bettie Burton and Ed Sypniewski.


TEXAS HILL COUNTRY RESORTS For travelers to these great getaways, it’s the destination, not the journey. By Julie Catalano

Imagine the ultimate in rest and relaxation for a perfect adults-only vacay. Or perhaps you fancy family fun, exploring native flora and fauna. Plan the perfect wedding and share the joy with friends. Take a class, learn a new skill or lounge by the pool. Find inner peace at a serene, luxurious yoga retreat. The beautiful Texas Hill Country is dotted with delightful properties ranging from rustic to ravishing, with something for everybody under the summer sun.

PANIOLO RANCH, BOERNE 830.324.6666 :: Photography courtesy of Paniolo Ranch With a name like Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy), you would expect this fabulous resort to have island touches, and you would not be disappointed. Accommodations like the Pineapple House (the most romantic), the Lanai Suite, O’hana

House (the most private), and Mele House offer a luxurious respite from the city in a beautiful setting about 13 miles north of Boerne. Set on 100 acres overlooking a picturesque lake and hills, guests can be as active or leisurely as they like. Nature lovers will delight in a glimpse of a white-tailed deer, jackrabbit, wild turkey, and more. Lounge by the pool with a perfect summer read, picnic by the lake, go on a fossil hunt or self-guided photo safari, or stop by the resort’s whimsical art studio where you can take a jewelry making class or work on a painting. “We want this experience to be a personal one, giving our guests the opportunity to get in touch with themselves and nature,” says owner Judy Kennell. The ranch is also an ideal location to explore nearby towns like Comfort (14 miles), Sisterdale (two miles), and to enjoy the scenic Guadalupe River, a mere three miles away. If you’re tuckered out from your travels, indulge in room service for a casual meal on your private patio. Property policy: Call the ranch for policies regarding children and pets.

ESCONDIDA RESORT, MEDINA 830.589.3772 :: Photography courtesy of Escondida Resort Escondida means “hidden,” and with its secluded 125-acre location on Medina Mountain about 16 miles south of Kerrville, the name fits. The location is what first drew longtime television journalist Bob Phillips (Texas Hill Country Reporter) to purchase the property in 1999 and build a hotel and spa with business partner Christy Carnes. Now city-frazzled guests looking for a warm welcome receive it from general manager Dawn Bostick and her assistant Pam Nelson. “It is all about the service,” says Bostick.” When a vegan couple booked a stay, Nelson — who is also the chef — learned to cook vegan. “We treat everyone the same way.” In addition to the comfy, Spanish-style rooms, guests looking for the ultimate can book the Owners Retreat, the private wing of the original hacienda with master bedroom, master bath, full kitchen and private patio. Bostick says the lure of Escondida is “its disconnect from the world.” With no cell phone service and limited Internet, kicking back and connecting with nature is what brings people back year round. “In spring, the wildflowers are in full bloom. Both the pool and the spa bring in summer visitors and parents who are picking up their children at nearby Camp Lonehollow.” Autumn features colorful fall foliage and “a magnificent traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Afterwards we even put out leftovers, just like home.” Property policies: Adults only, 21 and up.

TRES LUNAS, MASON 325.347.6480 :: Photography courtesy of Tres Lunas About 40 miles northwest from Fredericksburg, co-owner Carol Conlee describes Tres Lunas as “a luxurious adventure.” Carol and husband Craig added two more “R’s” to the usual rest and relaxation vacation: renewal and rejuvenation. Boasting a picturesque location on Muesebach Mountain, elliptical infinityedge pool, gourmet cuisine, sweeping vistas and high-powered stargazing at the Lunar Garden, the real breakout star

is the all-inclusive yoga retreat package. The specialized stay (starting at three days) includes accommodations, healthful cuisine (no refined sugars or caffeine used in the vegetarian fare) and two classes a day in an immersive experience which focuses, says Carol Conlee, “on a soulful unity in nature.” Yoga guests stay in either an elegant Zen poolside suite or the Una Luna Casita, a three-bedroom house with all the comforts of home and then some. Yoga guests often say they feel “fully renewed,” says Conlee, recalling a poignant story of a couple from New York who later reveals that the woman had recently recovered from a life-threatening illness. They chose Tres Lunas over a yoga retreat in Costa Rica and couldn’t have been happier with their choice. Adds Conlee, “After seven days of outdoor yoga, peaceful hikes, all-inclusive meals and daily meditations, they left having created a ‘demarcation’ into a very new life filled with so much promise, feeling refreshed, renewed and radiantly connected. What an honor.” Property policies: Adults only. | 43

SAGE HILL INN ABOVE ONION CREEK, KYLE 512.268.1617 :: Photography courtesy of Sage Hill Inn Ideally situated between Austin and San Antonio, this 21-year-old property is immensely popular thanks to renovations that included a new pool deck, expanded kitchen, new spa, large outdoor fire pit and multiple room remodels on the 88acre property. Seating in the dining room is family style for breakfast and dinner (the evening meal is included in the room rate). Fresh and tasty fare features almost 100 percent locally sourced ingredients, with a good selection of wines and local beer. Personal service includes lots of suggestions for nearby attractions and

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activities, and helpful tips for the miles of biking and hiking trails that surround the inn. Check out the lovely flower, herb and vegetable gardens, and don’t be surprised if you spot some of the local wildlife — deer, blackbuck antelope, wild turkey, foxes and birds. And that’s really the appeal, according to co-owner John Banczak, “Part of being in the Hill Country is actually being in the ‘country.’ Guests love that Sage Hill is surrounded by almost 3,000 acres of true open space Hill Country yet is only a short drive from Austin. Our guests are able to truly get away, yet still enjoy the luxury they are looking for — stylish rooms, great food and service.” Property policies: Adults, and 12 and over. No pets.

CANYON OF THE EAGLES, A CALIBRE RESORT, BURNET 512.334.2070 :: Photography courtesy of Canyon of the Eagles Can’t bear to leave your furry family member behind? No problem at Canyon of the Eagles, a nature-based destination resort set on 943 acres, about an hour’s drive from Austin and about 19 miles from Burnet. Extremely pet friendly, dog lovers enjoy Bark Before Dark Yappy Hours every Friday, and the entire month of August is devoted to the Dog Days of Summer, with special programs and discounts. Dog-free travelers as well will find plenty to do, with programs built around the

great outdoors. “Everything we do here is nature-based,” says sales and marketing director Alisha Workman, describing programs in sustainability, guided nature hikes and astronomy activities. The resort has 61 hotel style rooms, 34 tent camping sites and 24 RV sites. “It’s a nice mixture of those who want to stay in the resort and those who want to rough it.” Wildlife includes feral hogs, two endangered birds (golden cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo), frogs, the American bald eagle, and “roadrunners galore.” Workman calls the resort “digital detox.” “There are no televisions, the rooms have stained concrete floors to cut down on maintenance from tracked-in dirt and stickers. We are not luxury nor do we claim to be, but we have all the comforts of a hotel.” Most of the guests, she adds, “are out exploring anyway.” And the dogs love it. Property policies: Kids 10 and under stay free. Pets welcome (on leash, up to two per room, no more than 150 pounds each pet, fee applies).

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If you’ve visited the Cordillera Ranch Golf Shop in the last year and a half, you have probably noticed some changes. In January of 2014, Sarah Mason joined the team as Golf Shop Manager. Her challenge was to breathe some life into the Golf Shop and create a relaxed and fulfilling experience for members and guests. Sarah’s career in golf started in 2003 when she worked as a Golf Shop Attendant at The Hyatt Hill Country Resort Golf Club in San Antonio. Her six years there taught her all aspects of the business including membership relations, golf operations, tournament planning and operations and buying/merchandising. She credits much of her success to her beginnings with the Hyatt and mentor Jennifer Roddy who was the Buyer/Merchandiser, and Sarah eventually replaced

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her when she moved on. Sarah joined The Association of Golf Merchandisers which provided merchandising workshops and networking opportunities to help further her career. In 2007, Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club was named PGA Merchandiser of the Year for the Southern Texas Section. The club also earned a spot on the Golf World’s Top 100 Golf Shops list. In 2010, Sarah was hired by the PGA Tour as the Merchandise Coordinator for their newest network addition, TPC San



“I have travelled extensively around the country playing premier golf courses and I would put our shop up against any of them. In fact since her arrival, Sarah has cost me a lot of money.” – Ken Nibling

Antonio, and in 2012 was promoted to Merchandise Manager. She worked in conjunction with the PGA Tour Merchandise Headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to manage the merchandise for the Golf and Retail Shops, as well as the Tournament Merchandise for Valero Texas Open and AT&T Championship. During Sarah’s time with TPC San Antonio, they were named as one of the Top 100 Golf Shops in the Resort category. In late 2013, Sarah was ready to move on and broaden her experience. Marc DeWall and The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch gave her that opportunity, and from her very first visit, she knew it was something she was meant to be a part of. The rest, as they say, is history. In her short time here, she has thrived on the relationships with members and guests and has channeled that into the Golf Shop. Throughout the year, Sarah attends golf merchandise shows and meets with vendors to select the apparel and accessories that you see in the Golf Shop. Every January she travels to Orlando for the PGA Merchandise Show with over 1,100 exhibits and 40,000+ industry professionals from 74 countries to view and book fall apparel and accessories for the shop. She is able to network with other buyers/merchandisers and gather some insight into

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the state of the golf business while bringing fresh ideas back to the club. In August of each year, Sarah attends The Texas Active Lifestyle Show (TALS) in Sugar Land to view and book spring apparel and accessories for the shop. TALS is a regional show, offering an AGM Educational Conference and networking opportunities with vendors and golf business professionals. Sales representatives from several companies also call on Sarah throughout the year for one-on-one meetings to review their lines and receive feedback on how their product is performing in the shop. As in any business, these relationships are a good foundation for our success. Just as the game of golf has evolved, the golf apparel industry is ever changing to fit the needs of the game, and it is important to keep the Golf Shop fresh. Because we have such a unique space, it takes some strategic planning to ensure that we are offering our members the perfect selections. By trimming down the

list to about six core apparel lines, we have the opportunity to really showcase them and build a relationship with our vendors. Our core apparel vendors include Nike, Footjoy, Greg Norman/ Dunning, Peter Millar®, Martin and EP Pro. There are also seasonal apparel vendors that are brought in to cater to the Cordillera Ranch lifestyle. Those vendors include Columbia® Sportswear, Southern Tide® and Tommy Bahama®. Another department that Sarah has enhanced is the accessories/gift department. Since we are off the beaten path, it’s nice to have a place to come for those last minute gifts for a friend or family member. Some of our best-selling gift items include Sterling Cut Glass Barware, 2UNDR Men’s Undergarments, Nexbelt™, Kingmade Jerky, Circle E Candles and Spartina 449. Trunk Shows at the Golf Shop have also provided the opportunity for more merchandise options in a convenient location. So whether you’ve been a golfer for years, you’re new to the game, or just want to come by and say hi, Sarah is excited to share all that the Golf Shop has to offer.







“Cooking is like love: it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

– Harriet Van Horne

By Isaac Cantu Photography by Kate Henson If you were to talk to most farmers, they will quite often tell you that the quality of their product starts with the quality of the seed. Such is true in the building of a great culinary team. A chef is only as good as his team. This may sound easy, but it is not. You might go through five cooks before you get the right one, but once you do, hold on tight. A lot of training, mentoring and pure passion goes into assembling the right team. I credit my mentor Chef Scott Cohen at La Mansion Del Rio Hotel in San Antonio. I had the passion to succeed and he provided me the tools and knowledge. Over 11 years, I worked my way through the ranks as Cook 2 to Executive Sous Chef, then Chef de Cuisine. My favorite part of being a Chef is the ability to wake up each day and do what I love to do — taste food, create new dishes and combinations, learn new techniques, and make people smile through their taste buds. At the Club, Christopher Mendoza and Melissa Beverage make up the Sous Chef team. Both are graduates of the Texas Culinary Academy in Austin. Melissa focuses on creating “sweet” things, but don’t let that mislead you. She is well rounded in meat and fish fabrication along with sauces and soups. Christopher is the Chef de Cuisine and runs the P.M. service along with every other facet of kitchen life. Christopher loves precision in the execution of well-designed plates. Creating delectable dishes for mass consumption is his niche. Then there is the team. It is comprised of young, passionate chefs who are the tools to execute the vision. Each team member has a role in the kitchen with their daily assignments, but each is trained to work all stations – Garde Manger (The

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Cold Kitchen), Grill and Sauté. Some have mastered each one, and some are in the process and training to master. I would like to introduce a few teammates. Greg Lopez is my “Pit Man.” He takes pride in all the pit smoking that is done here at the Club. Daniel Wageman is a young chef that is learning all stations, especially the mid slot. That means that he doesn’t work a set station but helps at all of them in setting up and service execution. Felicia Lee works the grill station. She cooks meat, fish and poultry to perfection, while plating tedious presentations. Andrew Guzman works in the pantry and grill. He has been here from the beginning and has welcomed and embraced the new philosophy and culture. Michael Guzman is the Garde Manger chef. He can work everywhere but prefers to focus on all cold food preparation. Philip Aguilar is our opener. He is trained in all areas but takes pride in opening the kitchen for everyday service. Andrea is a new addition. She works in the pastry area but is versed in jumping in and helping the line. Then there is the heart... Carlos. Carlos has also been here since the beginning. He is the dishwasher, but he doesn’t just wash dishes.

He cuts, cleans, plates, you name it. He is a machine that helps accomplish all of what the team sets out to do every day, which is to have a great smooth service. I chose to work at The Clubs of Cordillera because of the culture they were growing and the evolution that the Culinary department needed. Here at the Club we have a very diverse group of members, and a very diverse flow of business. We can do fun and casual food, fine dining, volume and custom dishes. It’s challenging every day, with something new around every corner. The pressure of catering, breakfast service, lunch service, dinner service and special events are just a few things that must be dealt with on a daily basis. That’s without remembering to use salt and pepper. But the atmosphere at the Club makes every step an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Development and growth, nurturing and mentoring — that is what Cordillera Culinary is all about — building a new generation of great chefs. Isaac Cantu is the Executive Chef at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at

Front row, left to right: Felicia Lee, Michael Guzman, Andrew Guzman, Andrea Herrera, Madeline Murphy. Back row, left to right: Melissa Beverage, Christopher Mendoza, Greg Lopez, Christopher Rogers, Daniel Wageman, Carlos Flores, Isaac Cantu

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf

“With enough butter, anything is good. If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” – Julia Child

“Cooking is an art, but all art requires knowing something about the techniques and materials” – Nathan Myhrvold

“If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.” – Remy, diminutive rat chef from Ratatouille

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“First we eat, then we do everything else.” – M.F.K. Fisher


Guadalupe River with a bunch of friends or family members. You take a break from the constant downstream action to get out and stretch. When you turn your attention back to the river — reality hits — your group has already disappeared out of site.

Many river trips consist of small groups of boaters who don’t often boat together. Whether or not you boat together often, it is a good idea to have a safety discussion before launching. There are at least three topics that should be discussed before each launch: river hazards, river signals and group dynamics. The most important issue to discuss is the hazards on the run. Hazards include trees, holes, waterfalls, etc. That is, any river feature that could potentially cause you to have a bad day. The Club outfitter staff will help identify potential river hazards before launching you on your trip, but it’s a better idea to educate yourself

and others on these potential hazards. Next on the agenda, boaters should adopt some formula for staying together. I like the policy where everyone keeps visual contact with the next boater to the rear. This allows the group to spread out when desired, while giving everyone the confidence that they won’t be left running a rapid solo. Other recommendations include appointing a lead and a sweep, which works well when some members of the group are pushing their abilities. The worst policy is “Every man for himself.” Let’s avoid that one. Finally you want to make sure that everyone uses a common set of visual signals for communicating on the river. The American Canoe Association (ACA) has endorsed a set of Universal River Signals and they serve as a good place to start. These signals have the advantage that they are known to paddlers around the world and in all paddle sports. The most important signal to know is EMERGENCY. Waving your hands frantically, waving a paddle over your head or three long blasts on a whistle are universally accepted distress signals. If you notice anyone using this signal, you should stop what you are doing and lend a hand.


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When using signals to communicate hazards on the river, the basic concept is “Don’t point at the hazard.” To signal STOP, form a horizontal bar with your hands or paddle and move it up and down for attention. To indicate ALL CLEAR, form a vertical bar with your paddle or with one arm held high. To signal DIRECTION or a preferred course through a rapid or around an obstruction, lower the previously vertical signal toward the direction of the preferred course. You don’t have to be limited by these signals — they can be changed (slightly) or augmented to create a more complete language. The important thing is to talk about them and let everyone in the group know what the signals are. The main point is to discuss the run before you start. If you are new to the river, be sure to let others know what your skill level is. Have fun, be safe and enjoy the beautiful Guadalupe River! Shane Reynolds is the Outdoor Recreation Director. He can be reached at or 210.616.6051, or the Cordillera Ranch Outfitter Center at 830.336.4823 for detailed float times and current river conditions.


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OF HYDRATION By Ann-Kristin Allen :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle

Summer is here and it is time for outdoor activities. As the temperature is rising, so is the importance for hydration. Most of us are familiar with the phrase “staying hydrated,” but what does that really mean? The average adult loses about ten cups of water daily just by living, breathing, sweating, urinating, etc. You might not be aware that your body, on an average, consists of 55-75 percent of water, depending on how well hydrated you are. That is about 10 to 12 gallons of water. Water makes up about 83 percent of blood, 73 percent of muscles, 25 percent of body fat and 22 percent of bones. Your body has water in every cell, tissue and organ. It helps move nutrients, eliminate waste, regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, moisturize skin and provides many other benefits. We can live a few months without food but we will only last about 10 days without water. Next to the air we breathe, water is the most important element. Most experts believe the majority of Americans are under hydrated. The most

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recent recommendation to determine how much daily water is required for each person to maintain normal bodily functions is half of your body weight in ounces of water. As an example, a 200-pound person would be recommended to drink 100 ounces of water per day. When we add hot, humid temperatures, dehydrating items (like alcohol) and prolonged physical activity, our need for

SYMPTOMS OF MODERATE TO SEVERE DEHYDRATION • Low blood pressure • Fainting • Severe muscles contractions • A bloated stomach • Rapid and deep breathing • Convulsions • Fast, weak pulse

CAUTIONARY MEASURES TO ENSURE PROPER HYDRATION • Consume half of your body weight in ounces of water. • Consume 25 percent of your required ounces of water upon rising, 50 percent during the day (during a round of golf, prolonged outdoor activities) and 25 percent in the late afternoon or early evening. • Replace equal amounts of water if you consume alcoholic beverages. Keeping track of how much water you consume throughout the day and staying sufficiently hydrated can mean a difference to your back nine of golf, final set of tennis or general well being on a hot day spent outdoors. Ann-Kristin Allen is the Fitness Director TPI Certified Fitness Professional Level 3 and Certified Yoga for Golfers Level 2 at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. She can be reached at


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Hunting, fishing and other forms of outdoor recreation have been a way of life for many Texans since the beginning of this great state. With each new hunting season, hunters flock to the fields and forest in pursuit of their favorite quarry. Whether you hunt to put food on the table, for the excitement of the chase or for the relaxation and pleasure of being in the field on a crisp autumn day, hunting continues to be a popular pastime for many Texans. “A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than by a mob of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.� -Aldo Leopold

I grew up in the Piney Woods of East Texas, hunting with my father and grandfather in a renewable pine forest planted by Kirby Lumber, where my father worked. As we ventured from our vehicle into the pine forest on a cold winter morning in search of whitetail, my father would plant me at the bottom of a pine tree in a creek bottom before day break and say, “Son, don’t leave this spot until I return for you.” For a young boy, this was a challenge. To sit, wait and hope for a deer to cross my path was a lifelearning experience that I didn’t realize at the time. I certainly learned patience, perseverance, self-control and many other qualities that hunting bestows upon a youngster. I also vividly remember running through flooded timber with my father and his friends after an evening of roosting wood ducks, which was and is illegal. We were running from a game warden. He was not as familiar with the property as us, and found himself chasing ghosts in the dark as we headed for a vehicle left at a conspicuous location for this exact scenario. This was yet another experience that began my transformation into a lifelong outdoorsman and the development of my own hunting ethics and traditions. Unfortunately, in today’s society fewer youngsters and adults experience these memories and the enjoyment associated with the hunting experience and our wonderful outdoors. I have read many studies over the years that indicate the number of hunters across the United States has declined significantly. Although much of this decline is likely associated with our state’s aging population, decreased interest by our youth may also be contributing to the decline. Youngsters and adults are involved in numerous other activities which compete for their free time and interests. Expansion of youth athletic programs, video games and the Internet craze are a few of the activities which occupy a large portion of our children’s time today. State fish and wildlife agencies across the nation have reported significant declines in the number of youth hunters. Here is my call to action! Please

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“For us hunting wasn’t a sport. It was a way to be intimate with nature, that intimacy providing us with wild unprocessed food free from pesticides and hormones and with the bonus of having been produced without the addition of great quantities of fossil fuel. In addition, hunting provided us with an ever scarcer relationship in a world of cities, factory farms, and agribusiness, direct responsibility for taking the lives that sustained us. Lives that even vegans indirectly take as the growing and harvesting of organic produce kills deer, birds, snakes, rodents, and insects. We lived close to the animals we ate. We knew their habits and that knowledge deepened our thanks to them and the land that made them.” – Ted Kerasote Written by Kerasote in his book Merle’s Door: Lessons From a Freethinking Dog, the above passage is something that far too few hunters will ever read because it doesn’t come from a book that is specifically about hunting. In my opinion, this magnificent paragraph is a perfect encapsulation of why hunters hunt in the first place, and why they view hunting as a morally acceptable pursuit.

consider taking your son, daughter or grandchild on a hunting or fishing excursion this year. Texas Parks and Wildlife has implemented special seasons or hunts to provide youth hunting opportunities. The primary objectives of these special seasons are to encourage youth to participate in hunting and to develop an interest and appreciation for the outdoors and our state’s natural resources. In addition, special youth seasons provide an excellent opportunity for adult mentors, while not carrying a firearm, to provide one-onone instruction to the youth on various aspects of hunting such as proper gun safety, hunter ethics and the development of hunting skills. All of these seasons are established during times when kids are out of school and when ranches are not crowded with other hunters. As the Outfitter for The Clubs of Cordil-

lera Ranch, I have access to a myriad of resources to arrange hunts. From a network of ranches through the Texas Deer Association to personal relationships with ranch owners and guides for dove, duck and goose hunts, I can help arrange native or exotic hunts in Texas. Most importantly, I’m available to take your children or grandchildren on hunting trips. If life is too busy or if the thought of organizing a hunting trip is daunting to think about, this is a service offered to our members with the Club. After living in California for 11 years and constantly educating others on the hunting lifestyle and heritage passed on to me through my family, I often struggled to find the right message to convey. Each fall, I would search to find the source of the feelings that arose as the crisp morning air and the changing colors of the land and sky stirred something deep in my soul. The most often challenge I had when defending my hunting heritage was “why.” The books below will help in understanding the “why” of our hunting heritage and our obligation to pass along hunting traditions. They are not a collection of “how to hunt” publications; they’re explorations into the things we know — in our souls — about hunting, but cannot always find the right words to describe them. After reading one or two or three of these you may find it easier to explain why you hunt. A Sand County Almanac Aldo Leopold The Sacred Art of Hunting James Swan Heartsblood: Hunting, Spirituality, and Wildness in America David Peterson Beyond Fair Chase: The Ethic and Tradition of Hunting Jim Posewitz Inherit the Hunt: A Journey into the Heart of American Hunting Jim Posewitz If I can be of any assistance to our members, I am always a phone call or email away. Shane Reynolds is the Outdoor Recreation Director. He can be reached at or 210.616.6051, or the Cordillera Ranch Outfitter Center at 830.336.4823.


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Ask about the Cordillera Ranch lifestyle, and residents say they can’t wait to get home to their relaxed, laid-back, tranquil environment. But there’s one aspect of life at the Ranch that’s anything but slow and steady — high-speed Internet service provided by GVTC Communications. One of the leading fiber-optics communication providers in Texas, GVTC has created a fiber network spanning more than 2,200 miles in the Hill Country, the far northern reaches of San Antonio and the

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Gonzales County area to the east. In June 2014, the company launched the GVTC GigaRegion® in partnership with the cities of Boerne, Bulverde and Gonzales, and now thousands of those high-speed fiber connections can be found throughout the GVTC service area, including 644 at Cordillera Ranch. “Fiber-to-the-home is something that is rarely made available outside of large, dense metro areas,” says Mark Gitter, a 14-year Cordillera Ranch resident who also happens to be GVTC’s chief financial officer. “To have fiber available as well as the latest technology offerings for cableTV, home security and super high-speed broadband is a ‘big city’ benefit we can enjoy in addition to the awesome beauty of Cordillera and the Hill Country. We really get the very best of both worlds.”

Josh Pettiette, another GVTC executive who’s building a new home in Cordillera, has experienced GVTC fiber-to-the-home at his family’s current residence for more than 10 years. “Once you’ve had access to that level of service, it becomes a requirement going forward,” Pettiette says. “Therefore, fiber-to-the-home access via GVTC was key to our decision to relocate to Cordillera.” GVTC Communications Manager Bruce Forey says fiber technology “is highly regarded in the industry for building communications networks. Fiber line is not prone to deterioration from the elements, and it lasts at least twice as long as other technologies before having to be replaced.” An added benefit of fiber-to-the-home is that it can instantly accommodate the latest technological upgrades for years to

GVTC technicians make the company’s first fiber-to-the-home connection to a residence in far north San Antonio back in 2004. GVTC fiber network now spans 2,200 miles and includes Cordillera Ranch. come, and for cities in the GVTC GigaRegion®, the availability of gigabit Internet speeds enables them to compete with larger cities for business development. GVTC, headquartered in Smithson Valley with a customer care store at its corporate office and in Boerne, began in 1955 as a telephone cooperative connecting Hill Country residents with plain old telephone service, or POTS, as it’s called in the industry. In the past six decades, the company has grown into a full-service communications provider that offers digital cable-TV with more than 100 high-definition channels, phone service, interactive home-security monitoring and high-speed Internet for both residential and business customers, Forey points out. Details can be found at In addition to connecting customers to fiber technology and other telecommunications services, GVTC is making connections with the communities it serves through The GVTC Foundation. In 2006, GVTC CEO Ritchie Sorrels came up with the idea of The Foundation “to set GVTC apart as a company known for its caring and concern about the communities where our customers live,” says Paula White, Foundation president. The mission is “to profoundly enhance the quality of life…through charitable contributions and volunteer service.” White proudly notes the Foundation thus far has awarded more than $1.7 million to

hundreds of non-profit organizations in the 11-county GVTC service territory as well as scholarships to top-notch high school seniors. The support falls into six specific areas — education, youth services, health and human services, volunteer emergency services, cultural endeavors and public charity. In 2014, total grants and scholarships amounted to $303,144. Meanwhile, GVTC employees last year donated 17,080 community-service hours, White says. More than 60 employees among a work force of 230-strong actively serve the Foundation in some capacity. Funding comes from an annual employee pledge drive in which the company matches every dollar given at 150 percent. This year, 87 percent of GVTC employees participated, and when the employee and company contributions were tallied, the Foundation wound up more than $250,000 richer. Other financial support comes from the GVTC Charitable Golf Classic each May, non-employee donations from businesses and individuals, the annual Charitable Partnership Campaign (whereby GVTC matches all customer donations) and memorials/honorariums.

“We have some of the best talent in the business employees who are committed to delivering on our promise of superior customer service. We are local; we live here. And we are all blessed to work for a great company that shares its strong values in our communities.” -Josh Pettiette

“One of our long-term goals is to make members of the public aware that they can make donations to the Foundation,” White says. “We also want individuals to know they can bequeath funds in their wills to be used as they designate or put into general use.”

GVTC CEO Ritchie Sorrells (left) and The GVTC Foundation board of directors commemorate the results of the 2014 employee pledge drive. Eightyseven percent and all of GVTC’s board of directors participated. With a 150 percent GVTC match, the pledge drive raised $252,984 for the Foundation. (l-r) Ritchie Sorrells-CEO, Paula White-president, Bruce Forey, Sonia Aguillon-vice president, Jim Patterson, Robin Alva-secretary, Rick Cheshier and Jeanie Hake-treasurer. The Foundation gained additional strength in 2012 with the establishment of the Endowment Fund with seed money from the GVTC Board of Directors. “We decided to start the fund so the Foundation would go on in perpetuity,” White explains. “Thus, funds would always be available to distribute to our communities. Our hope is to award scholarships someday from the interest earned from our Endowment Fund.” Pettiette, an 11-year GVTC employee, says it’s not surprising the company excels in community service as well as communications technology. “We have some of the best talent in the business — employees who are committed to delivering on our promise of superior customer service,” he declares. “We are local; we live here. And we are all blessed to work for a great company that shares its strong values in our communities. I think that’s why GVTC is such a great partner with Cordillera Ranch, in that we share many values in delivering on the high expectations for the people we serve.” For GVTC, it’s all about making connections. | 61


What career are you hoping to pursue? Physical Therapy Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? Other than college, I hope to play in the LPGA.

BRIAN MICHAEL COOK Son of Mary and Michael Cook Geneva School of Boerne

Recognizing the High School Seniors of Cordillera Ranch JOSHUA BEALL Son of Angelique and John Beall Memorial High School, Houston What college will you be attending? Austin Community College and later transfer to UT Austin or possibly Baylor. Why did you choose that college? To make better grades for the Freshman year. What career are you hoping to pursue? Marketing, Sports Management or Entertainment Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? I would like to take another Mission Trip with my dad, become a certified scuba diver and learn how to play golf.

KATHLEEN ANN CHILDS Daughter of Lisa and Matt Childs Boerne High School What college will you be attending? The University of Arkansas Why did you choose that college? I chose to go to The University of Arkansas because of the beautiful campus and

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town, special programs that allow me to have the opportunity to fully excel in not only academics, but also lifelong leadership skills, and the overall feel of the welcoming and exciting atmosphere the campus gives off due to the student school pride and involvement. What career are you hoping to pursue? Physical or Occupational Therapist for special needs kids Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? I plan on attending graduate school to fully earn my degree in Physical or Occupational Therapy so I can pursue my career.

TAYLOR COLEMAN Daughter of Claudine and Tony Coleman Claudia Taylor Johnson High School What college will you be attending? Arizona State University, full golf scholarship Why did you choose that college? I chose that college because of its golf team record and the coaches.

What college will you be attending? Texas A&M University Why did you choose that college? I feel, for me, it is the best school in Texas. What career are you hoping to pursue? Petroleum Engineering Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? I want to do Missionary work, travel and hunt.

BRITTANY FELICE COSTER Daughter of Christi and William Coster The Winston School of San Antonio What college will you be attending? Providence Place of San Antonio Why did you choose that college? I think it will prepare me for a career. What career are you hoping to pursue? I would like to be an Early Childhood Teacher. Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? I want to continue to volunteer with the animal shelter.

KELSEY LIVINGSTON COSTER Daughter of Christi and William Coster Boerne High School What college will you be attending? University of Alabama

Why did you choose that college? I choose Alabama because I loved the campus and people there. What career are you hoping to pursue? Interior Design Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? I hope to continue my volunteer work with kids with disabilities.

DAVIS ANDREW DUNN Son of Tara and Todd Dunn The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands What college will you be attending? Purdue University. Go Boilermakers! Why did you choose that college? I chose Purdue because of their engineering program and available scholarships. What career are you hoping to pursue? Chemical Engineering Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? Following graduation, I plan on taking a family vacation and spending time with friends.

BEN ESCOBAR Son of Melody and Herb Escobar The Atonement Academy, San Antonio What college will you be attending? John Paul the Great Catholic University Why did you choose that college? It provides many opportunities in California to pursue my dream of filmmaking. What career are you hoping to pursue? Film Producer/Director Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? I would like to impact the culture for

Christ through media production High School Awards: Winning first place in state music competition for original instrumental performance on the ukulele, third place for electric guitar, and fourth for acoustic guitar.

ANNIE LAURIE VICTORIA GIBSON Daughter of Stephanie and Reed Smith Westlake High School, Austin What college will you be attending? The United States Naval Academy Why did you choose that college? Throughout my life, I have loved and admired my grandfather who served in the United States Air Force and then later was head of manufacturing for the V-22 Osprey program at Bell Helicopter. Through our relationship, I developed a strong interest in becoming a leader and in serving my country with the potential of flying aircraft or serving in whatever capacity my talents will have the greatest impact. The Naval Academy also gives me the opportunity to participate in a Division I Varsity Woman’s Rowing program for which I was recruited. What career are you hoping to pursue? I plan on pursing a Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering degree. My dream is to eventually fly the V-22 Osprey in honor of my grandfather. Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? I hope to spend as much time as possible with my family and on June 10th, I leave for a week with my crew team for Florida to compete in The 2015 Youth National Rowing Championships.

LUKE HENDRY Son of Tory and Gary Hendry Boerne High School, Summa Cum Laude What college will you be attending? The University of Texas at Austin Why did you choose that college? I chose The University of Texas at Austin

because of its academic excellence. I plan to double major in Journalism and Economics, and The Moody College of Communication and College of Liberal Arts are both ranked nationally. I would like to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism and the Longhorn Network will allow me to have first-hand experience throughout my undergraduate studies. Another reason I chose to be a Longhorn is because of the diversity. Lastly, I love sports. The University of Texas will continue to be a dominating school in athletics. Whether it be going to football games with 101,000 other Longhorn fans or interviewing athletes for Longhorn Network, UT is the place for me. What career are you hoping to pursue? I plan to pursue Broadcast Journalism. I have loved watching sports and news anchors since I was a very young and have dreamed of being a broadcast journalist. I plan to be an anchor for a national broadcast someday. My love for sports, news, politics and the world have continued to motivate me to become a respected journalist who can inform our citizens of important news and information. Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? After high school I plan to Intern with as many networks as I can and learn more about the industry. Another passion I have is travel. I would like to continue to explore new countries and cultures. I also, plan to continue my golf career. Even though I will not be playing competitively in college, the game I have grown to love will always be a priority.

MADISON KIDD Daughter of Andrea and Scott Kidd Boerne High School What college will you be attending? Texas Tech University What career are you hoping to pursue? I am undecided. | 63

HANNAH KAYLIE MOYER Daughter of Dr. Laura Givens and Mr. Scott Steele San Antonio Christian High School

CARA IRENE RICKERT Daughter of Traci and Greg Rickert Boerne High School

What college will you be attending? Texas Christian University Why did you choose that college? I fell in love with the campus, the academic rigor, the huge array of different student organizations and extracurricular activities available, and the overall environment at TCU when I toured it and attended a football game. What career are you hoping to pursue? Nutritional Science, eventually becoming a dietician Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? Other than college, after High School I want to get a part-time job, get involved in a youth group or bible study and enjoy my time with family.

What college will you be attending? Maryville University in St. Louis, MO Why did you choose that college? Collegiate tennis, the Forensic Psychology/Criminology Program and a Global Scholars International Program offering a double major at the end of four years. I will be attending Oxford in England this summer to work on my first semester hours under the Global Scholars Program. What career are you hoping to pursue? Criminal Profiler with the FBI Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? Travel the world and continue doing mission trips, and obtain the last 11 highpoints in the United States (I have already submitted 39 out of 50 states’ highpoints).



Daughter of Michelle and Iain Nicholson Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School/Boerne Academy What college will you be attending? Northwest Vista Why did you choose that college? Community college seems like a good place to go for students such as myself that are still searching for the most suitable career path. What career are you hoping to pursue? Sports Medicine or Psychology are my two main career options. Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? I would like to attain a job that actually feels appropriate for my preferences and is much easier to enjoy. I want to purchase my own dependable vehicle and eventually move out on my own.

Son of Dawn and Jeff Schwarz Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colorado What college will you be attending? Rice University Why did you choose that college? I like the size, the academic atmosphere, the proximity to home and I’ll get to play baseball there. What career are you hoping to pursue? Something in engineering Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? I’d like to play baseball for as long as I can, though I know that’ll end. After that, I want a family and a job that I love.

PALMER WENZEL Son of Pam and Rusty Wenzel Boerne – Samuel V. Champion High School What college will you be attending? Texas A&M

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Why did you choose that college? It has a strong Physics Department and because other friends are going there. What career are you hoping to pursue? Physics / Engineering Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? I want to enjoy the summer, and possibly play baseball in college.

TESS WILLIS Daughter of Natalie and James Willis Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School What college will you be attending? Longwood University Why did you choose that college? Longwood University’s tennis coach made an offer to me to compete on their NCAA Division 1 Level Women’s Tennis Team. It has been my goal for years to play competitive college tennis so I feel honored to be a part of their team this fall. What career are you hoping to pursue? I am hoping to pursue a career in Computer Programming and possibly earn a teacher’s certification in teaching computer science to students wishing to go into the same field. Other than college, what else would you like to do after High School? My plan after high school is to compete in many tennis tournaments and achieve a high enough rank to start competing in higher level tournaments. Tennis has been my passion since I was 13 and I want to see how far I can go in competing and taking it to the next level. Going pro is not an easy task, but in my opinion it doesn’t hurt to try and shoot for the stars, especially if it’s something you love doing.

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Beautifully ACCESSIBLE By Mauri Elbel :: Photography by Siggi Ragnar

When Edward and Tracy Van Reet designed their retirement home in the quiet hills of Cordillera Ranch, they wanted a beautiful design that didn’t look or feel any different from a traditional house. But the couple also needed a home that was completely accessible and functional for Tracy, who has mobility impairments and relies on a motorized wheelchair.

“What we wanted was a home that was wheelchair-friendly and accessible to my wife’s disabilities but didn’t look like a rehabilitation hospital,” says Edward. “We wanted it to look like any normal house, both for aesthetics and future resell value, but we wanted it to work for her and her disabilities.” Relocating from the hubbub of Houston to the quieter landscape of the Texas Hill Country, the Van Reets set their sights on Cordillera Ranch due to its combination of country life and the nearby city conveniences. “We wanted to be out of town but not so far out that it was an ordeal to go to the store or seek medical attention –– to be in the country but close enough to civilization so the Cordillera Ranch area worked really well for us,” says Edward. The couple worked closely with Authentic Custom Homes, LLC to design and build a home around their needs. “They wanted it to look and feel charming and quaint but still be accessible and contain all the things she (Tracy) would need for comfortable living,” says Adrianne Peña Carnes, director of operations. What resulted was a spacious, singlestory, 4,300-square-foot Hill Country home that blends flawless finishes with wellplanned functionality throughout the main living areas, kitchen, three bedrooms, media room and expanded sewing room and laundry room. Elements like Leuder stone found on the home’s exterior and cedar stained beams on the interior ceilings further the Hill Country feel of the home. With an open floor plan, the design features ample room to maneuver across the entire home but still maintains the visual effect of distinct rooms. The main doors into the home from the front, garage and back are four feet wide, and the majority of the internal doors and hallways are four to five feet wide to accommodate a power wheelchair. Special design considerations remain at play throughout the home, ranging from the sliding barn door and motion sensor lights in the pantry to the touch faucets found throughout the kitchen and bathrooms. More durable, easier-to-maneuver hard flooring selections are found throughout the home. Vein cut porcelain | 67

tile is featured in the living area, kitchen and entry foyer, which has a special mosaic decorative insert that adds a sparkle as light is funneled through the mahogany-framed true divided light door from the Front Door Company. A five-inch engineered maple was selected for the bedrooms. In the master bathroom, vanities are built at the proper height for a wheelchair to fit beneath them, featuring elegant finishes like custom clear alder wood cabinetry with granite countertops and sinks with Delta速 faucets that turn on and off by the touch. The master shower allows for easy two-way access with

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its doorless walk-through/drive-through shower, plenty of room for maneuvering and dual shower heads including a hand wand. A patient transfer system is hidden in the ceiling which can hoist Tracy directly out of her wheelchair and into the bathroom or shower. “It is not obvious at all; in fact, most people think it is track lighting,” explains Edward. The kitchen is a cheery space boasting creamy yellow walls, granite countertops, custom clear alder cabinetry and drawers, stainless steel appliances and a Moen® touch fau- | 69

cet that pours into an apron front sink. “The perimeter of the kitchen is stained cabinetry and dark granite, and we made the island to look like a piece of furniture in the center with painted black cabinetry and a different granite countertop,” says Carnes. Inside the kitchen, the island boasts a built-in table to accommodate Tracy’s wheelchair; the microwave drawer is at wheelchair height; the range features controls on the front rather than the top; and vent hood controls as well as the disposal are mounted on the sides of the cabinets for easy access. Two single ovens were installed rather than a dual oven system so that the bottom oven controls remain at wheelchair height. Rather than relying solely on cabinets, an abundance of drawers were chosen due to their greater accessibility. The natural cast stone vent hood coordinates with the fireplace that sits across from it, becoming the focal point of the living room. Other spaces provide plenty of turning space. The powder bath, ripe with texture and colors, features a Metropoli copper

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“What we wanted was a home that was wheelchair-friendly and accessible to my wife’s disabilities … We wanted it to look like any normal house, both for aesthetics and future resell value…” – Edward Van Reet sink surrounded by Verde Borgonia granite and multihued crystal glass tile backsplash. An expanded laundry room provides a roomy area for Tracy to maneuver in front of machines even when the doors open. No stairs or thresholds were used in the house other than those leading from the back patio to the yard, but there is also a wheelchair-friendly path. There is enough room in the garage to enter and exit the wheelchair ramp Toyota® van and to maneuver around two full-size vehicles. An outdoor spa and therapy pool features a

handicap lift system for ingress and egress. Home automation was incorporated, allowing Tracy to control everything from lighting and window shades to security cameras and a media entertainment system from a hand-held device. “Besides the location of the home, I think some of the features I like the most is that it is a very open space design,” says Edward. “There are no barriers to my wife getting around in a power wheelchair which is a bit larger than a standard wheelchair and requires a little bit more room.” Authentic Custom Homes has over 30 years of experience designing and building luxury homes throughout the Texas Hill Country. Founded by Israel Peña, the team attributes their success to their design-build approach. Truly integrated with home designers, interior designers and project managers all under one roof, the team works together from day one to develop a home plan that fits their clients’ visions. Visit their website at, or call 830.816.7100.



Our beautiful town of Boerne consistently receives honors on “Top Places to Live” lists as an ideal destination for families, retirees and businesses. As a result, the rapid rate of growth in residential, commercial and mixed-use development has resulted in the need for considerable traffic improvements. We visited with Kendall County and TxDOT to learn what’s in store for our roadways.

I-10 CORRIDOR Area: I-10 at Dominion Drive to Ralph Fair Road/FM 3351 Scope of Project – Phase One: • Converting existing two-way frontage roads between Boerne Stage Road and Ralph Fair Road to one-way • Replacing overpass at Ralph Fair Road • Reconfiguring entrance and exit ramps • Intersection improvements at Ralph Fair Road • Turnarounds at Ralph Fair Road • Sidewalks and wide shared lanes for bicycles Construction Dates: Begin Summer 2013, End Summer 2015 Scope of Project – Phase Two: • Converting existing two-way frontage roads between Dominion Drive and Ralph Fair Road to one-way • Adding new turnarounds at Boerne Stage Road and Dominion Drive • Operational improvements at Boerne Stage Road and necessary construction of ramp reconfigurations Construction Dates: Begin Fall 2014, End Summer 2016 Area: I-10 between Ralph Fair Road/ FM 3351 and Fair Oaks Parkway Scope of Project – Phase One: • Converting existing two-way frontage roads to one-way • Constructing a new I-10 overpass at Old Fredericksburg Road/Buckskin and adding four new ramps • Reconfiguring entrance and exit ramps Construction Dates: Begin Late 2015, End 2018

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Scope of Project – Phase Two: • Constructing a new 5-lane bridge at Fair Oaks Parkway Construction Dates: Begin Late 2016, End Early 2018 Area: I-10 at Scenic Loop Road Scope of Project: • Reconstructing main lanes and overpass bridges • Widening all approaches for improved operations Construction Dates: Begin Early 2016, End 2018 Area: I-10 West SH46/Bandera Road Scope of Project: • Construction of I-10 frontage road between SH46/Bandera Road and Christus Parkway • Reconfiguring entrance ramps • Intersection improvements at SH46/ Bandera Road Construction Dates: Begin Spring 2015, End Fall 2015 Area: I-10 Managed Lanes between Ralph Fair Road/FM3351 and La Cantera Parkway A managed lane operates separately from the general purpose mainlanes and incorporates a combination of pricing strategies, vehicle eligibility and access control. The managed lanes will be added to approximately 5.7 miles of the I-10 corridor. The number of existing general purpose lanes will remain, and the use of managed lanes will involve a choice: utilized free of charge by mass transit, military, emergency responders and registered vanpools – all others would pay a toll. Scope of Project: • Expanding I-10 to a total of eight lanes

(four in each direction) • The additional four lanes would be managed lanes (two in each direction) • Constructing entry and exit access points in each direction in the vicinity of Dominion Drive • Existing general purpose (non-toll) lanes will remain Construction Dates: Begin Late 2016 to Early 2017, End 2020

BOERNE Area: Herff Road Scope of Project – Phase One/ Widening Project: • Constructing two southbound lanes and two northbound lanes with a center median between SH46/River Road and Old San Antonio Road • Constructing a new bridge over Cibolo Creek to provide for the two northbound lanes Construction Dates: Begin December 2014, End Summer 2015 Scope of Project – Phase Two/ Extension Project: • Constructing two southbound lanes and two northbound lanes with a center median between Old San Antonio Road and US Business 87/South Main Street (between Wal-Mart and Dog & Pony Grill) • Constructing a new bridge over Menger Creek for both southbound and northbound lanes Construction Dates: Pending Area: SH46/River Road at Plant Avenue – Pedestrian Safety Improvements Scope of Project: • Construction of new crosswalk, curb extensions and illumination • Proposed construction of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) and Pedestrian Hybrid (HAWK) Signals Construction Dates: Pending Area: US Business 87 and SH46 Pavement Improvements Scope of Project: • SH46 from US Business 87 to Boerne City Park • SH46 from I-10 to US Business 87 • US Business 87 from I-10 North to South Construction Dates: Pending

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When we first started planning the Di Lusso Villas, we felt there was a market for new homes in the Clubs Village with less land to take care of and the convenience of fully automated lock-andleave homes without compromising the quality of craftsmanship. In other words, some people wanted to put some of the cost associated with the spaciousness of a one-to-three-acre lot into upgraded home finishes and design. So the Di Lusso Villas were born several years ago and have continued to expand and grow to a point that we’re now well into Phase 2 of Di Lusso. Di Lusso Phase 2 brings with it the first offering of golf course frontage lots in the villas. Five of these golf frontage home sites with long views across the Guadalupe River Valley were initially offered and only two remain. We’ve just recently broken ground on our newest villa available for sale on one of these final two golf-front lots. This 0.38-acre home site still gives you plenty

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of room to breathe the relaxing Hill Country breezes while the common area maintenance package that comes standard only within the Di Lusso Villas enclave alleviates the headache of maintaining your lawn and flower beds. Also, this isn’t your traditional “golf course” home site — there’s nearly 200 feet of separation between the home and the fairway with a nice tree cluster and native vegetation preserve providing plenty of buffer from the duffer. This 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home inspired by acclaimed architect Roy Braswell is scheduled for completion in early 2016. Featuring imported-Italian clay tile roofs and old world sealed stucco, 10 Alberi Lane reflects the warmth and charm of an authentic Mediterranean hillside home. Moving to the home’s interior you’ll get the sense of an airtight, solidly built home as you hear the thud of the solid 2-1/4 inch thick eight-foot high

Mahogany door swing shut and peer across the hardwood floors into an expansive room with massive Douglas Fir beams finishing off the elevated ceiling. This 4,780-square-foot home provides all of the comfort and warmth while also opening up plenty of natural lighting through a mix of well-placed windows. There’s much more to this new villa than can be put into words; you’ll need to see it first hand to really appreciate it. It’s the beauty and quality of a custom home without all of the time spent planning, designing and selecting on your own— Pasadera Builders has made it very easy. Stop dreaming about your escape to a new, impeccably crafted custom home with a gorgeous Hill Country view and contact Cordillera Ranch at 888.66. RANCH for your opportunity to secure this new home. You can also go to for more information on the villas and this particular property.

WHY HAVE THE DI LUSSO VILLAS BEEN SUCH A POPULAR CHOICE FOR SO MANY FAMILIES? IN A FEW WORDS: • Stylishly timeless design: The carefully-planned architecture maximizes views, function, art and efficiency • Convenience: People enjoy the walking-distance convenience to the Clubhouse, the convenience of not having to start from scratch with custom plans and the convenience of lockand-leave home automation and exterior maintenance. • Craftsmanship: Pasadera Builders is primarily focused on building only in the Di Lusso Villas; with that comes meticulous attention to detail at every step of construction. The quality of craftsmanship and level of detail in these villas is an obvious distinction once you set foot in one of these homes. • Location: Situated in a private gated enclave just a short walk from the Clubhouse and two minutes from one of Cordillera’s exit gates, Di Lusso gives you prime location of being near the heartbeat of the community but also just around the corner from a quick trip to town. | 75




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209 SWEDE CREEK $1,389,900


6,036 Square Feet

MLS# 1093162

Traditional Hill Country living in this masterfully designed and appointed home by Authentic Custom Homes. 4.52 acres of mature trees and panoramic views provide a relaxing backdrop and comfortable lifestyle. Open floor plan includes spacious great room and adjoining kitchen. Custom millwork, ceiling treatments and plantation shutters complement hardwood and stone flooring throughout. • • • • • • • • • • •

5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3-car garage Porte-cochere connects home to oversized garage French glass doors and divided light windows provide abundant light Gourmet kitchen with commercial grade appliances Oversized rooms throughout Butler’s pantry with climate controlled wine cellar Relaxing master suite and inviting guest suite downstairs Three spacious bedrooms upstairs Outdoor, covered living includes fireplace and built-in grill Convenient to Swede Creek Park and the Guadalupe River Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase


116 VALLEY KNOLL $509,000


3,024 Square Feet

MLS# 1085874

Located at the end of a cul-de-sac with stunning Hill Country and Guadalupe River Valley views, this single-story home, with a native stone exterior, is on a 3.5 acre flat lot with ample space, privacy, large mature oaks and views. Home has been recently upgraded with new interior paint, hardwood floors/carpet, stainless steel kitchen appliances (Bosch 5-top gas cooktop) and new light fixtures. An all new outdoor environment includes new landscaping, large Rainbow Systems playscape and patio-mounted flat screen TV. • 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, game room/office, 2 car garage • New hardwood floors and carpet recently installed • All new Bosch stainless steel kitchen appliances/ Bosch 5-top gas stainless stove cooktop • Entire new front and back yard landscaping with new irrigation system; completely re-sodded with Zoysia • Long Hill Country and Guadalupe River Valley views off of the rear of the home • Outdoor entertainment center with flat screen connection • Back lawn is fenced with gates and an invisible fence for dogs that covers about 2 acres of the property • Great buy for family wanting move-in ready home with a view on a spacious lot with privacy • Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase

60 OAKLAND HILLS $1,735,000


5,136 Square Feet

MLS# 1089030

Now Available! 5136 Square feet of brilliantly designed elegant living on Hole #7 of the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Currently under construction and awaiting your preferences of interior element selections. • 4 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath, 3.5 Car Garage • Designed by Gustavo Arredondo • Secluded living in Clubs Village • Fabulous Oak Trees • Panoramic Views · One-story convenience · Exceptional outdoor living · Efficient outdoor kitchen

· Stunning pool and spa · Wood and travertine floors throughout · Chef’s Kitchen with premium appliance package · Oversized rooms · Signature ceiling treatments · Stadler Custom Homes quality • Master Full Golf Membership Available







The depiction of this home is an artist’s rendering. The actual features and/or designs may vary from those depicted.

50 OAKLAND HILLS $1,625,000


5,361 Square Feet

MLS# 1118282

Luxurious Stadler custom home with spectacular panoramic views of the fairways, greens and lake of holes #4, #5 & #6 of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Elevated above the course, you can enjoy your serenity and privacy within the exclusive Clubs Village. A gourmet kitchen adorned with Wolf gas range, Sub Zero appliances, custom made Alder cabinets and breakfast bar/table. Hardwood floors, stained concrete, hand troweled walls and wood beam trusses complete the great room area. Outside living includes an outdoor kitchen and scenic terraces overlooking the infinity pool and Hill Country views beyond. Master suite is complete with relaxing bath and adjacent, oversized fitness studio with access to outdoor patio. • 5 bedroom, 5.5 baths, 3 car garage • Multiple covered patios and terraces • Infinity edge pool with hot tub and adjacent fire pit • Stadler’s signature ceiling treatments • Study finished with hardwood shelving and cabinets • Manicured, fenced-in back yard is perfect for kids or pets • Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase


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44 OAKLAND HILLS $1,299,000


5,280 Square Feet

MLS# 1019540

Tuscan-style home by Stadler Custom Homes with a bright, open floor plan that overlooks the fifth fairway of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. • • • • • • •

4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 3 car garage Tall windows, travertine and wood floors, custom window treatments, lux ceiling treatments Chef’s kitchen with premium stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, built-in coffee maker, eat-at island and additional breakfast bar Master suite and its sitting area have great views of hole #5 and the Hill Country beyond Master spa bath with his and her vanities, coffee bar with wine fridge, oversized closet, built-in dressers, granite counter tops, and travertine throughout Outdoor living area, including fireplace, kitchen with gas grill and fridge, and dual rock water features looks out over breathtaking Hill Country views and hole #5 of the golf course Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase

1838 CLUBS DRIVE $1,142,000


4,267 Square Feet

MLS# 1089152

Partners in Building is under construction on their first luxury, custom home in Cordillera Ranch. It is a single story Hill Country jewel with beautiful natural stone and luxury lifestyle features throughout. Contact John Moon at 210-978-2424 for more information. • • • • • • • • • • • •

4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 3-car garage Single Story Towering ceilings in the family room Panoramic views through the family and breakfast rooms Expansive covered patio with complete summer kitchen and fireplace Spacious master suite with lavish bathroom and enormous walk-in closet Formal dining room and private study off the foyer Open game room with adjacent media room Large wine room Intricate ceiling treatments throughout Three additional bedrooms with private bathrooms Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase

The depiction of this home is an artist’s rendering. The actual features and/or designs may vary from those depicted.

10 ALBERI LANE $1,490,000


4,780 Square Feet


High quality construction, finest hand selected materials and immaculate attention to detail combine to ensure a lasting legacy. Authentic Italian materials and construction methods abound including imported Italian clay tile roofs, old world sealed stucco & slab stone counters. Additional accents include wood windows, beams of Douglas Fir, solid eight – foot mahogany doors and red oak or natural travertine flooring. Cooking surrounds feature rustic cherrywood cabinets and an array of gourmet technology. Natural light permeates through architecturally refined elements. • 4 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath, 2+ Garage • Designed by Roy Braswell • Di Lusso gated enclave • Lock & leave convenience • Golf course frontage • Panoramic Texas Hill Country Views • Closest proximity to The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch • Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase The depiction of this home is an artist’s rendering. The actual features and/or designs may vary from those depicted.


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700 CLUBS DRIVE $2,495,000


5,996 Square Feet

MLS# 1115234

One of the largest estate properties in the Clubs Village at 4.39 acres, 700 Clubs offers expansive views across the Guadalupe River Valley. Panoramic views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and an infinity pool adjacent to extensive outdoor living areas in this Burdick & Christofilis classic. Immaculate landscaping and gardens accent the outdoor experience. Throughout the open design, travertine and wood plank flooring give way to trowel finished walls that merge into uncased, hardwood doors. Overhead, beams of Douglas fir and varied, elegant ceiling treatments provide individuality to each room. Natural light fills the home through custom windows that feature an expansive, butt-edged glass window in the breakfast room. • 4.39-acre estate, one of the largest in Clubs Village • 4 bedroom, 4.5 baths, 2 car garage • Oversized master suite with spa bath, dual entry shower and custom closet • Outdoor fireplace and outdoor kitchen with swim up bar • Alder cabinets and with granite counters in kitchen • Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances • Extensive wine cellar with adjacent tasting room • Full fitness room • Oversized laundry and utility room • Abundant storage • Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase

445 AUGUSTA $2,249,000


5,465 Square Feet

MLS# 1038461

Experience the feel of the Tuscan sun as you take in Burdick & Christofilis’ new Model Home on the 17th Fairway of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. 3 Bedroom, 4 Bath home has a fabulous game room and bar off of the large covered patio. Enormous, vaulted kitchen and great room give way to 10’ tall sliding pocket doors that open to patio. Master suite includes decorative ceiling with timbers, lavish master bath with a hammered copper slipper tub. Adjacent to master bath is a flex room that has multiple use options. Circular courtyard completes the feel on the front of the home. · 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 3-car garage · Fully equipped outdoor kitchen · Custom infinity pool and spa · Stone and wood flooring in all gathering areas · Panoramic views · Countless Burdick & Christofilis Signature features · Convenient to Cordillera Ranch Clubhouse · Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase

25 AUGUSTA $2,395,000


7,299 Square Feet

MLS# 638461

This Stadler Custom Home was featured as the “WOAI Concept Home.” The ultimate entertainment home on more than 1.5 acres overlooking the 15th tee box on the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. • • • • • • • • • •

4 bedroom, 4.5 bath, with 3 car garage Enormous gourmet kitchen features Miele appliances and abundant counter space Coffee bar in master bathroom Two-sided salt water aquarium visual in both study and entry way The ultimate outdoor living area with a fireplace, cascading waterfall pool, hot tub, and a full outdoor kitchen State of the art Zenpanion electronic/audio/visual home automation system Private outdoor putting green Golf simulator room and golf cart garage Numerous water features Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase



AUTO DEALERSHIPS Cavender 210.477.8300

FLOORING Travertine Doctors 210.632.8030

Mercedes 830.981.6000

FINANCE Centennial Bank 830.816.5199

BUILDING PRODUCTS Texas Timber Frame 877.680.1680 CORDILLERA RANCH PREFERRED BUILDERS Authentic Custom Homes, LLC 830.816.7100 Burdick & Christofilis Custom Homes 830.229.5176 / 210.497.2200 Garner Homes 210.493.1686 Great Homes, Robert S. Thornton, L.P. 830.249.3646 Partners In Building 210.978.2424 Stadler Custom Homes of San Antonio, LP 830.980.4198 CHARTER PLANES Jet Linx 210.892.0800 DENTISTS Chet Hawkins, DDS, MAGD, FACD 830.249.7870 Anita Myers, DDS 830.816.5160 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Billiard Factory 210.490.1426 / 800.641.9367

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Frost Bank 830.249.6633

Dynamic Environments 830.249.7525 Green Space Lawn & Maintenance 830.331.8781 TITLE COMPANIES Texas Investors Title 830.816.5888

Sonora Bank 830.331.9118

POOLS & OUTDOOR LIVING Pristine Pools 210.623.0505

GUTTER SYSTEMS Quality Gutter Systems 830.816.3322

MUSIC Hearts’ Home Acoustic 830.331.9840

HEALTH CARE Sports & Family Medicine of Boerne 830.816.5800

PHOTOGRAPHY Jena Craig Photography 830.370.8433

HOME TECHNOLOGY GVTC Communications 830.885.4411 / 800.FOR.GVTC

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Hill Country Montessori 830.229.5377

Sterling Home Technologies 830.537.3410

REALTORS Debra Janes Luxury Realtor 210.573.4040

HUNTING Spey Creek 559.303.4289 / 559.901.9505 INSURANCE State Farm 830.249.9505 ginny, LANDSCAPE DESIGN Acacia Landscape & Design 830.816.3200 C4 Landscape & Design 210.241.7972

REHABILITATION FACILITIES Cibolo Creek Rehabilitation 830.816.5095 SPA SERVICES The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch 830.336.9000 WOMEN’S CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Daisy Pearl Boutique & Gifts 830.331.1349

New Landscape Design and Installation | Landscape Restoration and Updating | Drainage and Irrigation Quarterly Landscape Maintenance Programs | Insect Misting Systems And more! C4 Landscape & Design is a full service landscape and design company serving the Hill Country and all of Northwest San Antonio. Our success is derived from high standards of service and care for our customers, along with our commitment to a responsive and honest approach to conducting business. Call today for your FREE ESTIMATE (210) 241-7672.


808 Hwy 46 East Boerne, Texas 78006


Cordillera Ranch Living July/August 2015  
Cordillera Ranch Living July/August 2015