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While parents enjoy the many activities at the Clubs, the Kidâ€™s Club provides a fun, safe and engaging childcare environment for young Ranchers to play, learn and socialize.
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ALSO INSIDE: 14 WELCOME LETTER 18 DAY IN THE LIFE 24 RANCH SCENE 26 MEMBER TRADITIONS 27 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 28 STAFF PROFILE: MICHAEL BELIZ 30 BACK AT THE RANCH 38 GOLF 42 LENDING A HELPING HAND 44 TENNIS, ANYONE? 46 A NEW ADDITION AT THE SPA 50 FROM WINE AND BEYOND... 52 FISHING THE CENTRAL COAST OF TEXAS ON KAYAK 56 ENHANCING THE FUTURE WHILE HONORING THE PAST 60 BISD: STAYING IN TOUCH 62 THE ROAD TO FREEDOM 64 SUSTAINABLE, EASY LIVING BY BURDICK CUSTOM HOMES 70 2019 CORDILLERA RANCH MARKET RECAP 73 REAL ESTATE
TOGETHER, LIFE IS FULL DAVID AND CRYSTAL WATTS As partners in love, life and business, the Watts credit teamwork and a deep trust in each other as their means to manage several companies and globetrotting adventures with their family.
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“I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.” Truer words may never have been spoken by many of us. Texas declared its independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836, so as you receive this issue of Cordillera Ranch Living, take a moment to count your blessings that we live in this greatest state by observing Texas’ 184th year of independence. Revere everything Lone Star, whether it be our flag, our beer or part of the Cordillera Ranch logo. One of my favorite classes in high school was the semester we covered Texas History. To put the importance of that class in perspective (at least Texas perspective), American History was also covered in just one semester. If you’re new to Texas, I encourage you to surf the internet for some old text books on Texas History to help with assimilating. Probably better to focus on pre-2000 to avoid the politically correct revisionist history editions. Another memory of this date was being a student at The University of Texas in Austin during the sesquicentennial year. Texans can certainly throw a celebration! Texas definitely gets in your heart and soul. When we travel out of state or out of the country and are asked where we’re from, I take great pride in saying “Texas.” There’s certainly a positive reaction no matter where you are in the world. People from afar still think it’s cowboys on horseback, tumbleweeds and oil wells… and that’s OK. They like Texans. And I really don’t feel safest or at home until we get back to Texas. Definitely a state of mind and being. Enjoy this issue’s Lifestyle article on “The Road to Freedom” to learn more about the Texas Independence Trail, battles and monuments. Enjoy meeting the Watts family as well — faith based, entrepreneurs, oil and gas, ranches and Aggies… you don’t get much more Texan than that!
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MEMBER TRADITIONS The Main Dining Room provides spectacular settings for special occasions, cocktails, entertaining guests and enjoying family dinners. To-Go orders are available by calling the Club receptionist. C-STAR RANCH MENU
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Available in the Main Dining Room Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00am to 9:00pm Friday-Saturday, 11:00am to 10:00pm Sunday, 11:00am to 8:00pm
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Our Prime Rib Buffet is the perfect accompaniment for Jeffrey’s wine picks of the week. Sample new wines to purchase and enjoy that evening or to take home.
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The Club’s culinary team has updated the Signature Dining menu to reflect seasonal products prepared and presented in a higher level of cuisine to deliver an unparalleled fine dining experience.
This elegant dining experience features live music from 6:30 to 9:30pm along with our chef’s finest creations, including a fresh catch of seasonal fish options. 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 ages 10 and under, from 11:00am to 8:00pm.
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EVENTS Fridays in March-April :: Live Music on the Patio
March 28 :: Blockbuster Demo Day
Join us on our Twin Sisters Patio from 6:00 to 9:00pm every Friday for live entertainment and small bites, followed by dinner in the main dining room. Reservations for the dining room are recommended.
Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm Try out the hottest golf equipment from all of the major manufacturers. This is a great opportunity to try new products, get fit properly, purchase equipment at a great price and trade in your dated equipment. Contact the Golf Shop for details.
March 3 :: Men’s Match Play This event is a little different than in years past. The field will be broken into brackets of 8 and matches will be scheduled on your own within defined windows. The winner of the Championship Flight will be crowned the Champion. Contact the Golf Shop for details.
March 5 :: Ladies’ Spring Fashion Show Time: 11:30am Location: Main Dining Room Calling all ladies! Come enjoy an afternoon of fashion as our Cordillera ladies and a few Cordillera men rock the runway along with Joli models! Advance reservations are required.
March 9-13 :: Spring Break Kid’s Camps We have plenty of Spring Break Camp options for boys and girls of all ages: Golf Camp, Art Camp, All-Star Sports Camp, Horse Camp, Intermediate Riding Camp and Principles of Pathfinder Camp. To view the schedule and register, visit the Youth Calendar on The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch website or contact Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 17 :: St. Patrick’s Day Tennis and Pickleball Play Day Contact the Tennis Club for details.
March 16-17 :: Greens Aerification The Golf Course will be closed while we aerify the greens. This is a standard maintenance practice necessary to prepare our greens for the growing season.
March 19 :: Twinges in the Hinges: Orthopedic Exercise for the Upper Body Time: 2:00 to 3:30pm Location: Group Exercise Room Fee: $25 per person, $110 for all five workshops Join Jane Riley, in this series of five workshops and learn how to keep your muscles, joints and bones in top shape. Advance reservations are required online or through Jane Riley at 808.212.8119.
March 21 :: Ladies’ Self Defense Workshop Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm Location: Cabana Fee: $45 per person / $60 for a pair Kevin Durio will teach techniques for standing and ground attacks through hands-on practice, basic weaponry defenses and more for quick methods of self-protection. Advance reservations are required through Kelsey at 830.336.9172 or email@example.com.
March 24 :: Gandona Wine Dinner Time: 6:30 to 9:30pm Location: Cabana Dining Room Join us for an intimate dinner featuring Gandona Wines. Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and his culinary team will craft a custom menu to pair with these remarkable wines. Advance reservations are required.
March 28-29 :: Tennis Mental Strategy Event We welcome Phillip Farmer, the former coach of the #1 doubles world ranking Bryan Brothers for this informative seminar. Contact the Tennis Club for details.
April (Date TBA) :: Fiesta Tennis and Pickleball Play Day Contact the Tennis Club for details.
April 9 :: Twinges in the Hinges: Orthopedic Exercise for the Back Time: 2:00 to 3:30pm Location: Group Exercise Room Fee: $25 per person, $110 for all five workshops Join Jane Riley, in this series of five workshops and learn how to keep your muscles, joints and bones in top shape. Advance reservations are required online or through Jane Riley at 808.212.8119.
April 10 :: Azalea Invitational This one-day Member-Guest event will have a Masters theme and teams will consist of two members and two guests or one member and three guests. Contact the Golf Shop for details.
April 11 :: Easter Eggstravaganza Come out to the Equestrian Center for a fun and “egg-stravagant” afternoon of Easter activities that will include the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, games, horses, unique photo opportunities, an afternoon lunch and more! Advance reservations are required.
April 12 :: Easter Brunch Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm Location: Main Dining Room Spring is in the air and Easter Brunch is on the menu. The culinary team is preparing a tasty menu for your special Sunday. Kids will enjoy an appearance by the Easter Bunny and adults can enjoy a mimosa or two with entertainment by Bernie Martini. This is sure to be a brunch you won’t want to miss! Advance reservations are required.
April 16-18 :: C-Star Member-Guest Our big Member-Guest event moved to spring for 2020 and will kick-off with an optional putting tournament that Thursday followed by five 9-hole matches and a shootout to crown a champion. Contact the Golf Shop for details.
April 21 :: Skipstone Wine Dinner Time: 6:30 to 9:30pm Location: Cabana Dining Room Join us for an intimate dinner featuring Skipstone Wines. Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and his culinary team will craft a custom menu to pair with these remarkable wines. Advance reservations are required.
April 22-23 :: CWGA Fiesta Tournament This individual stroke play event will be contested over two days and will have gross and net competitions. Contact the Golf Shop for details.
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Food and Beverage Manager 979.203.6088 firstname.lastname@example.org HOMETOWN: Alvin, Texas FAMILY: Wife – Joni Daughter – Emersyn Son – Zane HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THIS CAREER? I chose this career path at the age of 15. I started out as a bus boy at Hearthstone Country Club in Houston in 1995 and thoroughly enjoyed serving and taking care of members. I have lifelong friendships from those early days. I will continue to grow as a manager at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch and enjoy this Hill Country living. HOW DID YOU BECOME EMPLOYED AT THE CLUBS OF CORDILLERA RANCH? Working in the club business in Houston, you get to meet and work with a lot of great people. Graham House and I worked together at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston. Through the club network, along with my love for this area of Texas, I have been blessed to be able to work in such a beautiful place. WHAT PAST WORK HISTORY PREPARED YOU FOR THE CLUBS? My love for golf, along with working in a great team have always been a passion for me. This industry makes it fun to wake up and go to work each day. Working for different types of clubs such as corporate, member equity and now private ownership provides well-rounded insight to all levels of service. I get to bring good tactics and new ideas wherever I go. I am looking forward to helping my new team. WHAT MAKES YOUR COLLEAGUES AN ASSET TO THE CLUBS? Our T.E.A.M. works great together and we all have had different experiences in different scenarios over our years of service. Developing game plans and ideas is easy when we all have the same vision: Member Satisfaction! Our staff is eager to learn and looking for opportunities to grow. It is always great to watch your team members grow into bigger roles. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE? I would have to say it was having over 20 couples that were club members in our wedding. The value of the friendships I have made over the years is the most rewarding. As much as I try to be engaging, it’s always fun when your membership is engaging, too. It really makes for a successful understanding of everyone’s needs.
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WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE? Balancing work with my kids’ and wife’s schedules. My daughter Emersyn is in cheerleading and basketball. My son Zane wants to play everything and be everywhere. I try to spend as much time dating my wife as possible. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT CORDILLERA RANCH? The people in this area are just laid back and so nice. They are hard-working people with great American values. Plus, I have always loved this part of Texas! It is a blessing to get to come to work and look out over God’s country. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES AND INTERESTS? I love to golf and play Golden Tee. I enjoy playing pool, cornhole and anything competitive. When I can get away, I enjoy deep sea fishing and going on golf trips. At home, I love to grill steaks and slow cook pork ribs on my smoker. Love me some patio time! I am also a huge Dallas Cowboys’ fan. Go Cowboys! FAVORITE QUOTE OR MOTTO? Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT YOURSELF? I am grateful to have this opportunity for a new chapter in life, and I’m looking forward to meeting new people and making new relationships in this area.
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The Wiseman Family Chris and Jamie Wiseman have been Cordillera Ranch residents for seven months. Chris is a Project Manager with Marathon Petroleum and Jamie is a Physician specializing in Family Medicine and Functional Medicine. They moved here from Kenai, Alaska with their children Reagan who is 7, Brayden who is 5 and Colten who is 4. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE IN CORDILLERA RANCH? Both of us grew up in the San Antonio area and always had a love for the Texas Hill Country. We have lived in many places, initially due to Jamie’s career path in medicine and then Chris’ work in the oil and gas industry. Most recently we lived in Sterling, Alaska along the beautiful
The Norcross Family Ryan and Jessica Norcross are Cordillera Ranch residents since summer, 2019. They moved here from Fresno, California with their children Emma who is 7 and Olivia who is 5. Ryan is the Vice President of Robb Ross Foods and Jessica is a Stay-at-Home Mom. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE IN CORDILLERA RANCH? It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen! When we started talking about leaving California, our good family friends suggested we check out Cordillera Ranch. We looked at other areas in Boerne and quickly realized this was where we wanted to be. The minute we walked into the dining room and saw the gorgeous view outside, we knew this place was special. It’s like this super-secret club that we can’t believe we’ve stumbled onto. The members are all so friendly and have made us feel like we’re amongst lifelong friends. There are so many different services and activities available all the time. Whether it’s golf, the gym, kid’s camps, wine dinners, movie nights, spa services or a fun family event the Club has put together, there’s always something fun to do! Everything about Cordillera Ranch is top-notch. WHAT DO YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN ENJOY THE MOST ON THE RANCH? We love all of the social events: Wine dinners and gatherings with Jeff Cohen, the family Halloween Party, Christmas on the Ranch, Brunch with Santa, anything we get to do as a family. Our kids LOVE the Kid’s Club and all of the different camps they get to be in with their friends. They’re obsessed with the horse camps, riding lessons with Miss Suzy and anything that gets them out to the stables.
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Kenai River. We love being outdoors as a family. Chris loves to fish; Jamie enjoys hunting; our three kids love to be outdoors, whether hiking, swimming or having fun at the lake. Our youngest would be strapped to us starting at six months of age as we hiked glaciers in Alaska. We ultimately wanted to return to the great state of Texas and be closer to family but have the serenity and peacefulness that embodied the great outdoors. We wanted land, views and a sense of community but not quite the isolation that we experienced in Alaska. We knew the schools in Boerne were fantastic and kept finding ourselves coming back to Cordillera Ranch as it checked off our wish list items as well as having all the activities and amenities for us as a family, as a couple and each of us individually. WHAT DO YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN ENJOY THE MOST ON THE RANCH? We love absolutely everything about Cordillera Ranch. Chris gets to enjoy golfing on the weekends when he returns from his frequent work trips. Jamie has even started to take a couple
golf lessons and goes out with Chris to the range to get more practice. Better yet, our two eldest have expressed interest in golf and Brayden is frequently at the range or on the course with Chris practicing and observing. We love being able to come back on Friday evenings in the summer and head to the Club to enjoy dinner outside after the kids are done with soccer practice. The kids absolutely cannot get enough of the Kid’s Club, and the staff there has been amazing to all three kids. We love if we need a date night, we don’t have to travel far and there is the Kid’s Club for the kids. We have enjoyed the family-oriented activities such as the Halloween Bash and Breakfast with Santa. We have enjoyed being Cellar Club members and Jeffrey always has great suggestions for us. Overall, Cordillera Ranch offers many options for our family at our leisure and we are getting to meet new neighbors and friends on a regular basis despite the craziness of having three young kids in school, extracurricular activities and our work schedules. It has been a blessing on many levels that we are truly appreciative and grateful for.
The West Family Jason and Jennifer West and their children, Connor, age 14, Sawyer, age 12 and Walker, age 9, have been Cordillera Ranch residents for seven months. They moved from Argyle, Texas, just north of Fort Worth. Jason is a Trauma Surgeon at Methodist Stone Oak Hospital. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE IN CORDILLERA RANCH? When we were looking for homes in San Antonio, we restricted our search primarily to Cordillera Ranch. There was no other area that could compare with the amenities, quality of homes and the abundant nature activities available. We chose to live here after visiting friends who had moved here five years previously. When we viewed the sunrise through our back window overlooking the Hill Country, we knew we had made the right decision. WHAT DO YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN ENJOY MOST ON THE RANCH? Jason enjoys the golf course and practice facilities as well as the workout room. Jennifer enjoys the hiking trails and workout facility. Our boys like the shooting range, fishing, hiking in the parks, tennis courts and kayaking. There is no place like Cordillera Ranch. Even after seven months, we still say, “It’s like living on a resort.”
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TOGETHER, LIFE IS FULL David and Crystal Watts By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by Mark Humphries
Most people agree that our lives are marked with a fast pace encompassing careers, family and commitments as we attempt to juggle it all. But Crystal and David Watts do it all in a remarkably big way. The couple has mastered their full lives handily managing an active, blended family of three, multiple businesses and a devotion to causes they support.
Teamwork is key, says David, “It is challenging at times but for me it’s because I really do rely on Crystal for so much. In my mind, she handles a lot of our lives and businesses, and I handle the other part. There is no way one of us could do it all. Crystal and I have very similar tastes and expectations in life so it’s a comfort knowing when one of us says ‘go with this’ or ‘do that,’ it’s what the other person would have done.” Crystal adds, “We also have great teams helping us which is gold. We have personal relationships with everyone on our different teams and they know the Watts family well.”
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Both are Texans — David a native of McKinney, while Crystal was raised in the countryside between Crystal City and La Pryor. The couple married in 2014 and share dual passions for the outdoors and wildlife, and a deep admiration for each other. David says, “What drew me to Crystal was and is her desire to be the best at everything she does. She isn’t just my wife; she literally is my hunting and golfing buddy as well. Crystal’s determination and big heart — whether it’s for people or the outdoors — is one everyone can see and is easily attracted to. She rocks!” For Crystal, “David has always been the strongest man I’ve known! When I met him, he had so many dreams and ambitions. He has always spoken to my heart and loved and supported all my plans and dreams,” adding, “One thing that was really special about David was anytime we were together, he always prayed before dinner and I loved him for being such a God-fearing man. He is passionate, witty and spontaneous which makes our journey together an adventure. Most importantly, David’s presence is always there for me and for our family!” Partnering with his father, David started Upland Exploration after graduating from Northeastern State University (NSU). “We basically started in a garage in Houston in 1997. We credit our success to our relationships with people in the business as well as mineral and surface owners. We have always treated everyone fairly and honestly and it has been returned 100-fold. We got our feet wet drilling 20,000-foot vertical gas wells
in western Oklahoma.” With the change in gas prices and the passing of David’s father in 2012, he needed to take the company in a new direction. “So, with the help of my new partner Crystal, we moved the company to Boerne about the same time as the horizontal drilling boom was kicking off. We’ve drilled in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and the Dakotas. Currently our company is focused in the DJ basin, being Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming drilling oil formations,” says David. Together the Watts also own another oil and gas operation based in Boerne called Mbogo Energy. The name has special meaning says David,” Crystal and I are not only husband and wife, but also partners. We love being on safari (which is Swahili for journey). On safari, its 21-28 days with no phones, computers or bills to worry about. We get to be in the amazing outdoors and with each other, and share the day’s adventures at the campfire. So, once we got married, we wanted to form a company that represented us. Mbogo is Swahili for Cape Buffalo which reminds us of our many safaris together.” Having learned hunting and a love of the great outdoors from their fathers, the Watts have a great affinity for the lifestyle. They have hunted worldwide, including South America, Alaska, Canada, Spain, New Zealand and Africa. The passion is a family affair, to include son, Logan Fisher, and daughters, Bailee Fisher and Telli Watts — all holding Texas lifetime hunting licenses. Crystal and David support the Texas
Wildlife Association (TWA) and serve as directors. They are passionate about the hunting heritage — especially youth hunting — and are actively involved in the Texas Youth Hunting Program, put on by TWA and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Crystal says of their help, “Our hunting heritage is under attack more and more each day. The programs we support help maintain a balanced lifestyle for kids and parents who wouldn’t otherwise be able to enjoy the outdoors in a way that would help them appreciate what is at stake. It helps them make an informed and educated
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decision whether that be as small as what bush to eradicate all the way up to who to contact in Congress to talk to about pressing issues regarding private land rights.” They are also lifetime members and are actively involved in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and National Wild Turkey Federation, both non-profit organizations which they have helped raise over a half million dollars for through hunts they have donated on their Back Porch Ranch, which serves as their family home in the Texas Hill Country. The Watts also enjoy time at their Aught Six Ranch in South Central Colorado, which has an historic past. “With David having a college background in Social Studies, he’s an incredible history buff. He’s tracked down most of the original homesteads located on the Aught Six Ranch and obtained copies of the original land grants signed by the president at that time for the Homestead Act. We have started creating signs at those locations all over the ranch for people to enjoy,” says Crystal. David shares, “The
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ranch historically was the playing and hunting grounds for Chief Ouray of the Utes. In 1806, Thomas Jefferson commissioned Zebulon Pike (founder of Pike’s Peak) to search for the headwaters of the Arkansas and Rio Grande. By estimation, two weeks after he discovered Pike’s Peak, he was on the ranch during a blizzard. He lost a couple of men under the conditions. He also harvested some Bison in hopes of surviving the storm. When the storm passed, he made his way through the ranch and found a pass through the mountains that is known as Medano Pass.” Crystal, who studied agriculture and business at Southwest Texas Junior College, has long understood the importance of land management and stewardship, “My parents lived off the land and my father owned a pump company. I grew up working with my dad on many ranches and I remember the urgency of getting water to ranchers when they were out.” Now she is an active advocate, “Land fragmentation is a pressing issue among private landowners. Land management is the basis of our exist-
ence and if we do not take care of our land, what do we leave for our children and grandchildren?” The Watts’ older children, who are both in Future Farmers of America, have fostered their own appreciation. They and their friends have worked the last two summers at the Aught Six. “Logan learned heavy equipment operations before he was a teenager. He also has a passion for livestock and has chosen Agri-Business as his degree plan at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Bailee also has a passion for the outdoors and loves working with our youth hunters at the ranch and at Aught Six. While she has said she would like to attend TAMU, she has not chosen a degree yet. She has, however, expressed interest in large animal veterinarian studies,” says Crystal proudly. The Watts have even been able to merge business and passion with part ownership in Prois, an all-women’s performance hunting apparel company founded by Kristie Pike. Crystal, a member of the professional staff, field tests the gear and has become more involved with the design and creation of the apparel. “I’ve tested a lot of women’s outdoor hunting apparel and Prois is extremely superior to all,” says Crystal. Logan, a talented athlete and football player at Brackett High School is the quarterback and a District Offensive M.V.P. for two consecutive years. The high school senior was recruited and committed to play football for TAMU his junior year. After signing a letter of intent on National Signing Day, he’ll begin college and football in May. David, who was a member of NSU’s National Championship football team, is enthusiastic for his son, “Logan is not only special because he is our son, but God has gifted him with amazing speed and athletic ability. After talking with Coach Fisher at A&M and seeing how excited they are to have him on the team, it was a no brainer! We love following our Aggies and we will even love it more watching Logan grow as an athlete at one of the best universities in the country. Being a college athlete on any level and any place is special and it’s not
for everyone. Seeing how talented Logan is and watching him throughout his high school career has been a blessing. He has had to overcome many obstacles coming from a small school. The limits can only be set by him.” The Watts serve as members of the 12th Man Foundation’s Champions Council and the Diamond Council which support TAMU athletics and student athletes. David says of their Aggie devotion, “My father and mother attended TAMU. My dad played football and later in life he was a 12th Man Trustee. I have unbelievable memories of attending games with my family since I was 4 years old.” Their lives are busy, but family time is paramount, “We have been very fortunate that we get to do family things together a lot. Those are normally hunting trips, attending Aggie football games and trips to ski and snowboard. We spend every Christmas, New Year’s and part of the summer at our Colorado property. We had two full family safaris together in the bush and will be taking Telli on her first safari soon,” says Crystal. Ahead there are plans to include African trips, a golf trip to Ireland and their 10-year anniversary trip, returning to Turtle Island, Fiji where they were married. But much of their time together is enjoyed at Cordillera Ranch where they play golf, and spend time kayaking on the Guadalupe and enjoying the Clubhouse. There are favorite aspects, Crystal says, “The location’s atmosphere and spaciousness are at the top of my list but closely following would have to be all the activities the Club hosts. We’ve had several parties at our home that the Club has catered, we love Chef Isaac’s limitless menus and the staff are all out of this world.” David says it was an obvious fit, “Cordillera has such a beautiful, relaxing environment with plenty of fun activities for all. We love the space and we love the Hill Country. After seeing everything Cordillera had to offer, it was not hard to make the choice.” It’s a lasting choice that includes ongoing investment in the people and community of Boerne.
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WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM New for 2020, the USGA updated our handicap system to the World Handicap System. Previously, there were six handicap systems around the world. This change provides a consistent measure of ability for all golfers regardless of geographic location. As a result, your handicap may have lowered after this introduction on January 6. Below are some of the major changes and how they will affect golf at Cordillera Ranch. • The number of scores required to establish a Handicap Index is now three 18-hole scores (was five) u Six 9-hole scores will also establish a Handicap Index • Handicap Indexes will be calculated using the best 8 scores out of the most recent 20 (was 10 out of 20) u This is a driving factor behind Handicap Indexes being lower • Course Handicaps will now be the number of strokes needed to shoot par (was to shoot the course rating) u Course Handicaps will change more from tee to tee than before u This will allow players to compete from different tees with out any additional adjustments • The maximum Handicap Index for men and women will be 54 (was 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women) u The CWGA will continue to limit course handicaps at 40 for CWGA Events • Handicap Indexes will update daily through the GHIN website/app u Cordillera Ranch will update handicaps every Tuesday morning for regular play u We encourage all play at the Club to play off this weekly trend u All tournament play at the Club will play off this weekly trend (unless noted otherwise)
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• There is now a Playing Conditions Calculation that will automatically adjust score differentials for adverse conditions u In order for a score to be considered for the PCC adjustment, it must be posted on the same day you played u The range of differential adjustment is -1 to +3 • Net Double Bogey is now the max score on any hole for any handicap u If you get a stroke on a Par 4, your maximum score would be 7 u If you don’t get a stroke, your maximum score would be 6 MAX SCORE = PAR + 2 + HANDICAP STROKES There are other minor changes with the World Handicap System that will impact how your Handicap Index is calculated. This list above serves as a brief overview to explain how certain changes will apply to golf at Cordillera Ranch. While the USGA and World Handicap System encourage players to post their own scores through the GHIN website/app, the Golf Shop will continue to post scores on a daily basis. To ensure your scores are posted the day they were shot, please turn your scorecard into the Golf Shop one hour before we close. As always, if you have any questions or would like to talk about this in more detail, please stop by the Golf Shop or give me a call. Everyone has been preparing for a busy spring. I look forward to seeing you on the course, Corey Roberson Corey Roberson is the Director of Golf at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at email@example.com or 830.336.4653.
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THE GOLF PERFORMANCE CENTER
IS IN FULL SWING By Robert Rodriguez :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle
Nearly a year since opening, the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch is one of the top instruction facilities in the state. Designed by architect Jim Terrian and operated under the leadership of Director of Instruction Bryan Gathright, the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch boasts two bays — constructed by industry leader Tim Cutshall — on the west end of the Club’s Practice Park. One bay features a FlightScope® Launch Monitor, which provides an innovative combination of 3D Doppler Tracking and image processing. Cutshall installed the radar so that it integrates with camera and video data, and provides instructors and students launch characteristics of each shot. The other bay is outfitted with a TrackMan Launch Monitor. TrackMan is at the forefront of launch monitor technology and is trusted by countless tour pros. While TrackMan and FlightScope are similar, TrackMan has greater flexibility when it comes to tracking putts and short game shots. TrackMan also has an integrated simulator that will be installed later this summer. Each bay includes a three-camera system integrated with the TrackMan and FlightScope Launch Monitors that provide instant feedback on every shot and helps instructors develop a
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custom plan for improvement. This technology also allows the Cordillera Ranch instruction staff to optimize custom-fit club fitting capabilities. Additionally, the Golf Performance Center has new fitting components from Titleist®, TaylorMade®, PING and Callaway. “We will continue to have demo days and the big Blockbuster Demo Day (on March 28), but with the addition of these new tools, our golf professional staff will be able to custom fit our membership right here at the Club,” says Corey Roberson, Director of Golf at
The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. The benefit of getting fit by a golf professional is the ability to test product from different vendors at the same time. “Our goal is to help each member play better golf. That might mean a new driver or set of irons, or maybe your current equipment just needs to be tweaked a little to accomplish that goal. The process starts with testing a player’s current equipment and identifying areas of improvement. One of the biggest areas of improvement I’ve seen with players are long irons, hybrids and fairway woods that do not fly high enough to have stopping power and are too close together in carry distances. We can identify these opportunities and find clubs that will help people play better golf,” explains Roberson. The Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch is one of the few facilities in Texas implementing the Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Plate. This premier swing analysis system provides a unique combination of the state-of-the-art pressure plate technology (Balance Plate) and a highly-advanced force plate. It allows instructors to study detailed foot pressure data and center of pressure patterns. The 3D Motion Plate also provides horizontal and vertical force measurements of the amount of torque and ground reaction forces generated during each swing. This data is invaluable information for analysis throughout the golf swing as the ground is the source of power and energy in the swing. The 3D data is perfectly synchronized with high-speed video images and TrackMan and FlightScope Launch Monitor technology. Artificial putting surfaces are located inside the Golf Performance Center, and just outside the building sits two new 4,500-square-foot bentgrass greens — one for pitching and chipping and one for putting. The chipping green is contoured to accept shots from several angles and distances, including those from the 1,400-square-foot practice bunker. Two teeing areas — one reserved for the Golf Performance Center and another for general usage — ensures that members can improve all facets of their game on the west end of Practice Park. Almost a year in operation, The Golf Performance Center is proving to be one of the biggest assets to the Golf Club — and golfers — at Cordillera Ranch. Gathright sums it up, “All of this incredible technology, combined with our instructors’ passion for making our members better players, certainly makes the future of golf instruction at Cordillera Ranch exciting.”
APPROVAL FROM OUR MEMBERS: “BRYAN, I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR HELP OVERHAULING MY SWING! We’ve made a lot of progress. The Performance Center has literally been a game-changer for me. As you know, you can tell me what I’m doing wrong and what I need to do to fix it, but it is very hard to put that in a swing. As a visual learner, being able to see what you are telling me and looking at the same issue of someone with a good swing, it is much easier to grasp what you want me do. Sometimes I even do it correctly! Shot tracker was also invaluable when I got new wedges for determining exactly how far I was hitting those clubs. Thank you so much!” — PAUL T. HORNE “BRYAN IS A TRUE AMBASSADOR OF THE GAME OF GOLF. His experience and depth of knowledge immediately recognized the necessary adjustments needed to improve both our golf swings. The new facility has wonderful visual tools to help students see their own progress with Bryan’s teaching. Bryan’s enthusiasm and positive comments have made our golf practice fun, instead of frustrating. His teaching skills have improved both of our games as well as our confidence on the course.” — LIZA & CARL ROBINSON “HEY BRYAN, I JUST WANTED TO SEND YOU A MESSAGE AND TELL YOU THANKS FOR ALL OF THE WORK. I know we still have a good amount of work to put in, but it is the most confident I have been about my golf swing in a long time. Also, the things we are working on make a lot of sense to me, it’s just a matter of breaking 20 years of bad habits… That is why I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you and the time you’re spending with me on improving my golf swing.” — DAVID WHITE
Bryan Gathright is the Director of Instruction at The Clubs of Cordillera ranch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.373.6055. Corey Roberson is the Director of Golf at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at email@example.com or 830.336.4653.
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HELPING HAND Cordillera Ranch Once Again a Venerable Contributor to Valero Texas Open Charities By Robert Rodriguez :: Photography courtesy of Valero Texas Open
Corey Conners, the 2019 Valero Texas Open champion.
Cordillera Ranch member JimmyWalker has been getting it
“Cordillera Ranch is one of our top sponsor courses and one of the most popular,” says Lillian Riojas, Executive Director of Public Relations and Creative Services at Valero Companies. “We have several top sponsors who request [playing] Cordillera Ranch every year. “By far, the food is the most memorable on the hospitality side,” Riojas added. “We work with club’s food and beverage staff to design a terrific pre-round breakfast and post-awards dinner. They have always impressed our top sponsor guests.” Cordillera Ranch is also one of the sponsors for the “Night to Honor Our Heroes” event on Friday, April 3. Beginning at 5:00pm at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, the Night to Honor Our Heroes celebration honors the active military representing all ranks and services, and wounded warriors. Guests will admire rare collections of military artifacts on display, and hear from engaging and moving speakers, all while socializing with military and business leaders in the community. A year ago, former President George W. Bush entertained the crowd with funny and inspirational stories from his presidency and continued work with wounded warriors.
done on the course at theValero Texas Open for years, posting a win in 2015 and two top-5s in 14 career appearances. For years, Cordillera Ranch – the community – has also been getting it done the week of the Valero Texas Open, both on its course and off. The Club and community will host a Valero Benefit for Children golf event for the 11th straight year on Monday, April 6. The festivities begin at 8:30am with breakfast and player registration, followed by golf at 10:00am. Lunch and an awards reception will occur immediately after golf. A year ago, Benefit For Children participants played 17 golf tournaments on 13 different golf courses, including Cordillera Ranch. The annual charity event featured approximately 2,600 attendees, and should top that number in 2020. Proceeds from the remarkable Valero Benefit for Children event help children’s charities across the U.S. The result is a network of strong, well-supported agencies with the means to help thousands of disadvantaged youths. The Valero Benefit for Children, thanks to the generosity of many business partners and sponsors, supports hundreds of agencies that make a lasting difference in children’s lives. The 2019 Valero Benefit for Children, together with the Valero Texas Open, generated a record $15 million in net proceeds for charity, once again making the Valero Texas Open one of the top charitable tournaments on the PGA TOUR. In the 97-year history of the tournament, more than $155 million in net charitable contributions have been distributed. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, email Troy.Haby@Valero.com.
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Those interested in purchasing a table or sponsoring the Night to Honor Our Heroes event can call 210.345.3847 or email Sales@ ValeroTexasOpen.com. “We try to partner with events and charities that will really make an impact on the local community in a big way and in a segment that we strongly support,” says Charlie Hill, President and Chief Operating Officer at DH Investments, the developer of Cordillera Ranch. “The military is just that – we have supported Military Warriors Support Foundation by hosting a fundraiser and have been a big supporter of Valero’s Night to Honor Our Heroes because it’s so important to continually and consistently support the heroes in Military City U.S.A. and around the world.”
Left to right- Lisa Bowling, Bobbie Sanborn, Theresa Butler, Melissa Williams, Joe De Luna, Debbie Williams, Teri MacAluso, Kelley Gosdin, Mary Whittington and Elaine Barber
TENNIS, ANYONE? ByJoe De Luna :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle
2020 tennis is off to a great start, despite a wet winter that delayed some events at the Tennis Club. In January we hosted a Ladies Boot Camp and a Junior Play Day, and we look forward to a Mardi Gras Tennis and Pickleball Play Day on February 28, as well as Spring Break play in the All-Star Sports Camp. 44 | MARCH/APRIL 2020
CORDILLERA RANCH TENNIS CLUB LADIES BOOT CAMP On January 9 and 10, Cordillera Ranch Tennis Club hosted its Second Annual Ladies Tennis Boot Camp. The two-day Boot Camp was a high-energy, two-hour clinic with drills, playbased games and some match play. Some of our members play on USTA teams, some play in fun leagues and others just wanted to burn some calories and work on their game. Participants had a chance to work with different pros as they rotated courts to work on a variety of skills. This year we also featured our Fitness Director Jane Riley as she introduced our tennis players to the TRX and Rip Trainer as one of our court rotations. It was a great two-day workout and we look forward to another in the fall. Thank you to all who participated.
Kids Left to right- Reagan Shelton, Charlotte Gerch, Michael Menkmeller Below- Allison Gerch, Tessa Granato, Julia Hansen
CORDILLERA RANCH TENNIS CLUB BACK-TO-SCHOOL JUNIOR PLAY DAY Cordillera Ranch Tennis Club hosted our first Back-to-School Junior Play Day on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, January 26. We had twenty-one kids of all ages and levels participate. The Play Day consisted of two hours of drills and games on multiple courts. After the games, the group got to hit for targets on the prize court. Prizes included hats, towels, grips, t-shirts and tennis balls. When the prize court was completed, the kids enjoyed pizza and chocolate chip cookies on the Tennis Club patio. It was a great day for the kids at the Cordillera Ranch Tennis Club! See you on the courts! Joe De Luna is the Director of Tennis at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.363.9004.
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ADDITION AT THE
SPA By Ashley Clark
As a Master Lash Technician and Licensed Esthetician, all of my work is based on the sole purpose of making my clients look absolutely radiant — the right way. Classic,Volume and Hybrid Eyelash Extension Services are truly an art form that must be properly mastered in today’s beauty industry, and after nearly five years of extensive experience in the Boerne and Greater San Antonio areas, I am privileged to be introduced as a new addition to the Spa Team at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. Since the beginning of my career, it has always been my goal to artistically transform my clients’ lashes by specifically customizing each individual session so that every end result leaves them feeling especially beautiful. My extreme passion for esthetic beauty compels me every day to provide only top-quality eyelash extension services that are safe, healthy and long-lasting. By working with some of the best adhesive, lash extension and product brands in the business, I guarantee my services will leave you feeling nothing short of completely satisfied, whether you are looking for a new everyday look or something fit for a special occasion. My eyelash extension services will also allow for more relaxing personalized sessions in the comfort and convenience of the Cordillera Ranch community. I provide a variety of services that are tailored specifically to your individual lifestyle demands, while fulfilling all of your lash goals. Looking for something natural yet still beautiful? Whether you want to simply enhance your beauty or capture a different side of yourself, I can make it happen. The revolutionary Classic Flat Lash procedure allows for a single synthetic, light-weight, one-to-one lash extension to be applied to your natural lash resulting in a very lovely one-to-three coat mascara look. This style is great for all eye shapes and meant for most lash types.
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I use current and advanced techniques in order to give each client the look that fits them the best. My Volume 6D Lashes are of the highest quality and are premade of elegant silk. They provide the most popular, stunning, fullest and longest-lasting lash style that I have available. By applying a very fine, single, lightweight, six-lash fan to one natural lash, this service results in a three-to-four coat mascara look. This set is designed for any eye shape and all lash types. I love contributing something extra to clients whenever they need it. My trendy, specialty Hybrid Lashes utilize an alternating pattern application technique by applying a combination of both synthetic individual extensions and silk 6D fanned Volume lashes to your natural lashes. Hybrid services also allow for the most room to navigate extremely customized looks such as the much sought-after “point-tip” applications. This style is meant for all eye shapes and most lash types. Furthermore, I also provide convenient refill options. If you have ever had or currently have eyelash extensions, you know that there are times when life just happens and getting to your lash refill appointment can be stressful. At the Clubhouse Spa, a standard one-hour refill is available along with beneficial extended refill options. This concept allows for you to add more time during your lash extension refill without having the expenditure of a new full set. Additional details are readily available during your consultation performed prior to your scheduled appointment. Are you ready to start your lash journey? Contact me today and get the perfect look you’ve always wanted. I look forward to my journey here at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch and I am ready to help members live a better and more beautiful life! Ashley Clark is the Master Lash Technician and Licensed Esthetician at The Clubs at Cordillera Ranch. She can be reached at 210.607.9528 or email@example.com.
PATIO EXPERIENCE By Graham House
The spring brings us relief from an unusual winter season and opens the opportunity to relax outside during the evenings on the Twin Sisters Patio. As breathtaking 25-mile views of the gorgeous Texas Hill Country unfold before you, this is your time to recharge on Fridays with sunset crafted cocktails, a culinary tasting station, live entertainment and a community of friends. Every Friday at the Club during March and April brings back the Twin Sisters Patio experience.
COCKTAILS & WINE Our amazing mixologist team creates inventive signature cocktails with fresh seasonal ingredients that are truly special. Popular patio cocktails include the Peach Raspberry Julep, Tequila Old Fashioned and Bacon Bourbon Bloody Mary with Smokey Chili Paprika Salt. The heart and soul of the team’s cocktails inspire a sensation that hits you — this place is truly special. You won’t miss our Wine Specialist on Friday nights. Jeffrey Cohen piques your interest to try wines outside your normal boundaries of flavor and terroir. Jeffrey provides exceptional
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hospitality with insight into winemaking and guidance in finding a wine that you are emotionally enamored with. There is a romance with wine and Jeffrey gives you a personal wine experience that complements the sweeping vistas from the patio and evening time around the firepit.
CULINARY TASTINGS There is so much to tell about the Friday culinary offerings that it couldn’t possibly fit on one page. Upon your arrival at the
Twin Sisters Patio, our culinary team members will be preparing special tastings that pair wonderfully with the crafted cocktails and wine of your choice. Tropical Watermelon-Citrus Shrimp Tostadas, Warm House-Made Sweet & Sour Chicken and Crisp Firecracker Shrimp are a few of the selections featured in the past. Our Ranch and Signature Menus are also available on the patio. Friday is
known for the fresh fish feature. The process starts with Executive Chef Isaac Cantu spending time to source the freshest fish available. When the dock receives the fish from the boat, it is flown overnight to the Club where Chef Isaac personally fillets the fish in preparation for Friday night. Another item, when seasonally available, is our selection of cold-water oysters. Blue Points and Prince Edward Island oyster selections are very popular and a great beginning to your perfect patio experience.
LIVE MUSIC As the sun sets, live music fills the air as we welcome musicians with local roots. J Wagner starts the season off. As a songwriter from Austin, Wagner has been dubbed “A number one best bet” by the Austin American-Statesman, and the Dallas Morning News has called him “A Texas folk music staple.” The Austin Chronicle gives his album, “The Runaway Kid,” a perfect “Four Stars” and refers to Wagner as “A commander of words and ideation,” awarding him with their pick for best Local Singer-Songwriter for 2014. Wagner’s minimalist approach has been described as a relief — new like spring after a long, hard winter — and sublime as the sun setting on the Twin Sisters Patio. Every patio has a story and this is ours. Graham House is the Clubhouse and Lodging Manager at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 830.336.9164.
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From Wine and Beyond… By Jeffrey Cohen
In this edition, I want to invite everybody to the many wine events that will be coming up this year.We have tried to spread the events out and we have many newcomers to the Club.We have also tried to build a diversity of events so that each will be fresh and enjoyable to attend. We will have wines from Howell Mountain, Napa, AlexanderValley, Paso Robles and possibly a collection from Italy. A few of the wine dinners will consist of wineries that we will be visiting on the upcoming Napa trip in July.These have been notated with an asterisk. March 4 Cellar Club Appreciation Meet & Greet Thorlief Egeli (Vintures Portfolio Owner and Vintner of Imago Mundi)
March 21 Clays & Crawfish with Dueling Pistols Tasting
March 24 *Gandona Wine Dinner
April 21 Skipstone Wine Dinner
I would now like switch gears to St. Patrick’s Day and leave you with a couple of cocktails to master at home or enjoy at the Club. The first is a great dessert; the second is superbly simplistic.
THE BAILEYS® IRISH FLOAT
2 small balls Vanilla Ice Cream 4 oz Baileys® Irish Cream 1 cup Guinness Beer Top with Chocolate Syrup *Parfait Glass Drink Immediately
*Adamvs Wine Dinner
June 23 The Prisoner Wine Company Wine Dinner
July 12-18 2020 Napa Trip
July 23 Imago Mundi Wine Dinner
August 18 Terlato Portfolio Wine Dinner
THE IRISH BUCK 2 oz Irish Whiskey Squeeze of lime Fill with Ginger Ale *Collins Glass
Daou Wine Dinner
October 13 *Davis Family Wine Dinner
November 12 Burgess Cellars Wine Dinner
See you at the Club…
Bubbles & Big Reds Holiday Show
December 17 Clos du Val Wine Dinner
Jeffrey Cohen is the Wine Specialist at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
CENTRAL COAST OF TEXAS ON KAYAK Fishing the Texas Coastal Bend offers some of the greatest inshore fishing excitement around.The Coastal Bend of Texas is generally considered to be about a 150-mile stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast, starting at the southern end of Matagorda Island and extending to the Mansfield Cut in Kenedy County at the southern edge of the Padre Island National Seashore. It includes Refugio, San Patricio, Aransas, Nueces, Kleberg and Kenedy Counties. It has an extensive estuary bay system created by several rivers that wind their way through Texas to the Gulf Coast and are protected by some barrier island systems along the Texas coastline. 52 52 || MARCH/APRIL NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 2019
By Shane Reynolds
KAYAKS AFFORD INSHORE ANGLERS STEALTH WHEN FISHING SALTWATER FLATS The sun had nearly completed its nightly descent, trailing a long amber tail across the glassy waters of the Lighthouse Lakes Trail. I took one last look around. About fifty yards to the west I saw the silhouette of an arched rod and happy angler. It had been a good day. Smiling to myself, I decided to paddle over and tell my buddy it was about time to head home. This is a scene that friends, members and I have repeated time and again in the clear/green flats of the Aransas Pass area since discovering the effectiveness of fishing from kayaks. Kayak fishing is not only effective, but also affordable and user friendly. STEALTH ON THE FLATS The shallow, clear flats of the Coastal Bend area have long been a favorite destination for wade fishing. However, believe it or not, as effective as wade fishing is, fishing from a kayak can be even better.
There is no other craft capable of covering water as shallow and as silently as a kayak. My kayak affords me complete mobility in scant inches of water. Also, I am able to move much more quietly in the kayak than in a boat or wading. The kayak advantage is never more defined than when covering a shallow flat with a soft, muddy bottom. These areas often hold concentrations of fish, but are difficult and tiresome to wade. A kayak, on the other hand, allows you to skim along these flats in relative comfort and without the fish-spooking splashing and bottom disturbance that often accompanies wading through knee-deep mud. Kayaking also allows you to avoid common wade-fishing nuisances such as stingrays and jellyfish while still being able to reach the shallow spots normally reserved for wade fishermen only. Once on the chosen fishing destination, the large amount of storage space on a kayak is a definite advantage over wading belts and shirt pockets. And, if honeyhole number one is not producing, it is a small inconvenience to paddle off in search of more prosperous waters as opposed to being limited to those that can be reached by foot. Essentially, a kayak combines a boater’s ability to cover water, store equipment and avoid painful stingrays with the wade fisherman’s ability to fish shallow flats quietly and thoroughly. WHAT YOU NEED The most basic and essential piece of equipment is, of course, the kayak itself. There are several manufacturers who offer a wide variety of sizes, styles, colors and options. The Outfitter Center at Cordillera Ranch offers Jackson and Ocean Kayaks, a few of the best fishing kayak manufacturers on the market. We are also a dealer for these brands and can order any type of kayak you’d need for the rivers, lakes or bays in Texas. Depending on which make and model you decide on, fishing kayaks can run anywhere from $500 to $2000. For saltwater use, the sit-on-top variety is preferable to the enclosed cockpit style that is popular for river riding. These models usually offer more stability and a large roomy cockpit. Sit-on-tops are also much easier to get in and out of, and are more comfortable if you plan to spend any length of time on the water. Usually sit-on-tops will come equipped with either recessed storage areas and straps or waterproof hatches. The type of storage you choose is a personal preference. Next, you need to select a paddle. Traditionally, kayakers use double-bladed paddles. However, some fishermen prefer singleblade, canoe-type paddles. The double-bladed paddle gives the user more speed and maneuverability but can be awkward and clumsy when trying to cast. A short, single-blade model can be easily stored in the cockpit while fishing, but can be tiring to use when paddling substantial distances. Two-piece, doublebladed paddles offer the best of both worlds. They can be used as a double-blade when covering long distances and, once in
a fishing area, they can be broken down and used as a singleblade or push-pole for tight quarter maneuvering. In addition to the kayak and paddle, there are several basic pieces of equipment that are a must on any kayak adventure. First, since you will be fishing, you need to select a rod and reel as well as a reasonable assortment of tackle. While some people opt for mountable rod holders, it is usually easier to lay the rod in the cockpit of the kayak so that it is always available for a quick cast or two. Generally, a small assortment of artificial lures ranging from soft-plastics to top water lures in one or two utility boxes will be adequate. Once underway, these can be tossed into the cockpit within arm’s reach. Since kayaks are light (usually under 75 lbs.), it is advisable to bring a small drift sock to ensure you maintain a fishable speed while drifting. A small mushroom anchor is often helpful if you plan to fish structure or in case of emergency. Lifejackets should always be worn while kayaking, even in the relatively calm bay waters. Polarized sunglasses, sunscreen and fresh water all help fight the heat. KEEP IT SAFE, ENJOYABLE When packing for a kayak trip, pack light but never sacrifice the essentials for a safe, comfortable trip. Things like a firstaid kit, compass, flashlight, sunscreen and water don’t take up much space. However, these items can make all the difference in the world should something go wrong. Before departing, alert someone to your plans. Let them know when you plan to leave, when you expect to be back and what area you intend to explore. Check the wind, tides and weather before embarking on your trip, and always wear a lifejacket while on the water. If you ever have any questions about fishing the coast or would like to plan a trip with the Club Outfitter staff, don’t hesitate to contact us. TIGHT LINES! Shane Reynolds is the Outdoor Recreation Director at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.616.6051, or the Cordillera Ranch Outfitter Center at 830.336.4823.
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KIDS JUS T WANT TO HAVE F UN !
With the Kid’s Club, parents can too. By Kelsey Grudle A challenge faced by many families on the Ranch is childcare. Finding a babysitter for a quick round of golf, a workout or on those evenings when you’d like to enjoy dinner with your significant other does not have to be a decision-breaker for your activities. The Kid’s Club is available not only as a means of childcare while parents participate in the many activities available at the Clubs, it’s also as a place of social interaction for children.
The Kid’s Club provides a fun and safe childcare environment for our young Ranchers. Not only will children be cared for by our qualified staff, but the Kid’s Club is also a place of learning and socialization. From books, games, arts and crafts and movies, there is something to engage every child. We have many options for entertainment and games, including our recently added Xbox One. The Kid’s Club also hosts special events for children throughout the year. Watch for Movie Nights, Science Nights, Craft Nights, LEGO Nights and more!
KID’S CLUB SPRING HOURS OF OPERATION: Tuesday 5:00pm - 9:00pm Wednesday 9:00am - 12:30pm | 5:00pm - 9:00pm Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday 9:00am - 12:30pm | 5:00pm - 9:00pm Saturday 9:00am - 9:00pm Sunday and Monday Closed
KIDS CLUB FEES: Hourly: $9 per child $6 for each additional sibling
AGES: Children must be a minimum of 18 months old
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Sofia, Hensley, Hannah, Anna, Lexi and Kelsey.
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RESERVATIONS: A 24-hour advance reservation is recommended so that we can adequately staff the Kid’s Club. Contact Kelsey at 830.336.9172 or email@example.com to make your reservation.
Relax and Rejuvenate The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch Spa Services invite you to relax and rejuvenate with an array of services including massage therapy, facials, and personal training. Jane Riley Fitness and Wellness Director Personal Trainer 808.212.8119
Kelly Vizzone Yoga Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor 210.442.9061
Tammera Aranda Esthetician and Masseuse 817.909.2152
Natalie Sales Group Exercise Instructor 956.455.3145
Amanda Rebollar Masseuse 773.701.1797
Michael Reyes Personal Trainer 210.392.3519
Amy Steinwald Masseuse 773.218.9816
Mike Miller Personal Trainer 573.201.5381
Ashley Clark Master Lash Technician and Esthetician 210.607.9528
Kevin Durio Personal Trainer 214.232.8603
Kris Cracknell Pilates Instructor 210.860.7322
Kelsey Grudle The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch Recreation Coordinator 830.446.2711
For more information about the state-of-the-art fitness facility and spa services, please call 830.336.9000 and visit
E NHANCING T HE F UTURE
THE PAST By Brianna Botine
The Lodges at Cordillera Ranch Opens Second Unit Named after the Georg Homestead of 1872, an original pioneer home left respectfully undisturbed in Cordillera Ranch, the grand opening of the new Georg accommodations at The Lodges at Cordillera Ranch promises to be a welcoming home-away-from-home for visitors.
This uniquely designed space offers the feeling of renting an entire house just for yourself. Included are four deluxe rooms with three that lock off to a common area featuring full kitchen, dining and living areas. Large bay windows and a patio offer a gorgeous view overlooking hole #3 of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. This space is ideal for hosting a large group and has already been booked for corporate retreats, family reunions, golf outings and as a bridal suite. The common area may be booked with a minimum two-room reservation. The new Georg accommodations joins The Elmax, which opened in summer 2019, consisting of four Luxury Suites and two Luxury Rooms. With premium bedding and linens, Club-
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made aromatherapy, custom packages and access to the Clubhouse for gourmet dining, our ultimate goal is to leave a lasting impression for you and your guests. The Lodges are available to all Cordillera Ranch members and their guests, as well as guests of the Club. Ask about our Lodge Pass or Lodge Pass Plus programs to lock in preferred rates for your group for an entire year! Lodging reservations can be made on the clubsofcordilleraranch.com website under “THE LODGES,” the Club’s Mobile App under “LODGING RESERVATIONS” or by contacting the Lodging Concierge, Brianna Botine, at 830.336.9177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A UNIQUE CBD EXPERIENCE Sunday, April 12 at our Bergheim store location, for our Pur IsoLabs “CREATE YOUR OWN TINCTURE” custom blending event. Enjoy an afternoon of learning all things CBD, sampling CBD infused olive oil, and indulging in CBD cocktails. RSVP required. Call (830) 336-2199 for more information and to RSVP.
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: B I S D STAYING IN TOUCH By Leah Williams
Boerne Independent School District keeps lines of communication open. With more than 9,000 students, about 20,000 parents and 12 campuses in the Boerne Independent School District, Superintendent Thomas Price, Ed.D., knows the importance of communications — not just talking, but listening. BISD has a redesigned website, social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and even a new YouTube series. “We’re trying to create various formats where we can share what’s going on at the district,” he says, “and make it easier for everyone to have a voice at the table.” Cordillera Ranch Living magazine recently talked to Dr. Price about how BISD is reaching out.
CRL: TELL US ABOUT THE NEW YOUTUBE SERIES, BOERNE INSIDER! Dr. Price: Boerne Insider is designed to shine the light on some of the great things that BISD kids and staff are doing that sometimes get overlooked because there’s so much going on. Our premiere episode was in December 2019. My co-host is Courtney Darter Bruce, BISD alumni and parent. BISD Director of Communications Jocelyn Durand is doing a great job behind the scenes as director. Each monthly segment will make sure we spotlight students as much as we can. We’re experimenting and hopefully we’ll get better as we go!
CRL: WHEN YOU CAME ON BOARD IN 2017, YOU CREATED SEPARATE ADVISORY COMMITTEES FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS AND STAFF. HOW IS THAT WORKING OUT? Dr. Price: The three committees are Parent Advisory, Student Advisory and Staff Advisory, and they each meet separately. It’s been fun. I have learned a lot. It’s easy to get isolated and hear from the same people over and over again, and I wanted to make sure that I was hearing the concerns of a wider range of people. The Parent Advisory Committee gives us a chance to answer questions and clarify rumors or issues. One of the challenges from the Staff Advisory Committee was how to attract more substitutes, which resulted in the board raising substitute salaries. For the Student Advisory Committee, we’ve addressed things like dress codes, and when we were looking to contract
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for cafeteria food services, the company came in and cooked for the students, who then rated the meals on a scorecard. This year, when we introduced a new incoming group of students, we asked the old group to explain what we do on this committee. “The administrators listen to us,” said one student. “They don’t give us everything we want, but we feel listened to.”
CRL: HOW ARE MEMBERS OF THESE COMMITTEES CHOSEN? Dr. Price: The Parent Advisory Committee is for any parent who wants to attend. As the group has grown, they selected lunchtime meetings as the most convenient. For the Staff Advisory Committee, each campus sends two teacher representatives, either voted on or selected by the principal. The Student Advisory Committee starts at Grade 8 with a program called Students of Character where students vote on their peers. We have a boy and girl representative in each grade from Mark T. Voss, North and South Middle Schools, Boerne High School and Champion High School.
CRL: HOW AND WHY DID THE PARENT AND STAFF SURVEYS CHANGE THIS YEAR? Dr. Price: One of the things we got feedback on was that people were tired of answering surveys twice a year. So we changed it to once a year for both parents and staff and it looks like we’re still getting just as many people completing the survey. This year we added students from Grades 3 and up. We want to ask them things, too, like how can we make it better, how can we make learning enjoyable but still hold everybody to high standards.
CRL: HOW ARE SURVEYS CONDUCTED? Dr. Price: It’s all electronic. We use customer-support and survey company K-12 Insight. All surveys are anonymous, with this safety net: If someone sends in anything really ugly or threatening, the company is able to trace it back. Otherwise, there are no consequences to speaking your mind. We need to hear the good, the bad and the angry. Sometimes anger is justified, and we can always do better.
CRL: WHAT’S NEW AND NEXT? Dr. Price: We’ll just keep going and growing. A recent demographic study shows BISD growing by at least 500 students a year for the foreseeable future. Registration for school year 2020-21 opens March 1 — the Skyward link from the BISD website is making enrollment/registration much easier, especially for multiple children from the same family. With growth like this, we can’t leave communications to chance. Improvement and development must be focused and intentional, otherwise we risk losing that small town feel that makes BISD so special. For more information, visit www.boerneisd.net Facebook and Twitter and Instagram @boerneisd
THE ROAD TO
FREEDOM The Texas Independence Trail Region brings Texas’ valiant struggle to life. By Julie Catalano From the opening shots in Gonzales to the final battle cry at San Jacinto, the Texas Independence Trail Region embodies a defining — and defiant — moment in Texas history, when converging factors fueled a rising insurgency against Mexico, who initially welcomed Americans to Texas after winning independence from Spain in 1821. By 1835, the increasingly autocratic Mexican President Antonio López de Santa Anna demanded submission from the Texans in the areas of religion, government, taxes and trade, and Texans wanted self-government. The Texas Independence Trail Region illustrates that rousing story across 28 counties stretching from Bexar County (San Antonio) to modern Harris, south to Goliad, and north to Washington County. Here are a few highlights:
ing aftermath: 300 soldiers from the Texian army of the Republic of Texas and their commander James Fannin were executed in the Goliad Massacre at Presidio La Bahía on March 27, 1836. More than 30,000 visit the presidio each year, at least 5,000 of those for the Annual Goliad Massacre Living History Program, this year on March 28-29, 2020. Reenactors and living historians from across the state gather to recreate the last days of Colonel Fannin’s command. www.presidiolabahia.org
cannon that started it all is on prominent display at the town’s art deco museum complex along with period weaponry, uniforms and artifacts. In the fall, the city holds a Come and Take It Celebration with parade, carnival and battle reenactment. www.gonzales.texas.gov
FANNIN BATTLEGROUND STATE HISTORIC SITE, FANNIN About 10 miles east of Goliad, this site honors the revolutionary soldiers who fought the Battle of Coleto in 1836 and were executed at the Goliad Massacre at Presidio La Bahía. The 14-acre landscaped grounds feature a commemorative stone obelisk, interpretive exhibit and group pavilion. www.thc.texas.gov
PRESIDIO LA BAHÍA, GOLIAD
GONZALES MEMORIAL MUSEUM, GONZALES Known as the Lexington of Texas (for one of the battles that began the American Revolution), Gonzales is the site of the first skirmish of the Texas Revolution on October 2, 1835. Uneasy about the growing Texas uprising, the Mexican government demanded the return of a small cannon they had lent the town to defend against the Comanches. The Texans instead displayed a banner taunting “Come and Take It” and the Texans prevailed. The
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Regarded as the world’s best example of a Spanish frontier fort, the 18th century restored presidio is a National Historic Landmark. The complex of rock construction connected by an eight-foot-high rock wall contains the museum (originally officers’ quarters), Our Lady of Loreto Chapel (the only completely original structure and in continuous use since the 1700s), and the enlisted men’s barracks. The Battle of Goliad on October 10, 1835, was the second skirmish of the Texas Revolution with the victorious Texans occupying the presidio. The final battle of the Goliad campaign — the Battle of Coleto on March 19-20, 1836 — was a Mexican victory with a devastat-
SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, SAN ANTONIO In 2015, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) designated the group of five Spanish colonial missions a World Heritage Site. Missions San Jose, San Juan, Espada and Concepción are on park grounds; Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) is in downtown San Antonio. The grounds of Mission Concepción, the oldest unrestored stone church in the U.S., was the site of the Battle of Concepción, October 28,
1835 — the first major armed conflict of the Texas Revolution. The four park missions are considered archeological sites and active Catholic parishes with regular services (Mission Concepción is currently closed for a months-long dome restoration). Free guided tours are weather- and staff- dependent. www.nps.gov/saan
THE ALAMO, SAN ANTONIO About five miles north of the Missions National Historical Park is the site of the Battle of the Alamo, a disastrous defeat for the Texian army. Emboldened by their victory at Mission Concepción, the rebels attacked and took the Mexican-held San Antonio at the end of 1835, using the mission as their fort. About two months later, Mexican president/dictator General Antonio López de Santa Anna led more than 1,500 troops to overtake the 100 or so defenders inside the mission’s walls. The 13-day siege lasted from February 23 to March 6, 1836. Now more than 2.5 million visitors a year walk the serene mission/fort and hallowed grounds in the heart of downtown that honor the fallen heroes of the Alamo, with hundreds of artifacts and documents kept by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Alamo’s caretakers since 1905. www.thealamo.org
BATTLES FOR THE REPUBLIC Travel in the footsteps of the rebels at visitor-friendly sites perfect for day or weekend trips. Those italicized have a spot on the Texas Independence Trail Region, part of the Texas Heritage Trails Program from the Texas Historical Commission, dedicated to preserving the state’s cultural and historical resources. (source: www.american-historama.org) October 2, 1835 | Battle of Gonzales | Gonzales | Texan Victory October 10, 1835 | Battle of Goliad | Goliad | Texan Victory October 28, 1835 | Battle of Concepcion | San Antonio de Bexar | Texan Victory November 4–5, 1835 | Battle of Lipantitlan | San Patricio | Texan Victory November 26, 1835 | Grass Fight | San Antonio de Bexar | Texan Victory February 27, 1836 | Battle of San Patricio | San Patricio | Mexican Victory February 23 – March 6, 1836 | Battle of the Alamo | San Antonio de Bexar | Mexican Victory March 2, 1836 | Battle of Agua Dulce | Agua Dulce | Mexican Victory March 14, 1836 | Battle of Refugio | Refugio | Mexican Victory March 19–20, 1836 | Battle of Coleto | Goliad | Mexican Victory April 21, 1836 | Battle of San Jacinto | Near modern La Porte | Texan Victory
signed here on March 2, 1836, bravely marking the beginnings of the new nation of the Republic of Texas while the war with Mexico was still ongoing. Highlights of the expansive and picturesque grounds along the Brazos River include the Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall and the Barrington Living History Farm, home of the last president of the Republic where visitors can watch interpreters in period clothing carry out the duties of a working farm. www.visitbrenhamtexas.com
EPILOGUE – THE TEXAS ANNEXATION
SAN JACINTO BATTLEGROUND STATE HISTORIC SITE, LA PORTE
WASHINGTON-ON-THE-BRAZOS STATE HISTORIC SITE, WASHINGTON COUNTY Revered as the Birthplace of Texas, the state’s Declaration of Independence was
Museum of History houses more than 30,000 artifacts. On April 17-20, 2020, the San Jacinto Day Festival features music, games, food, children’s activities and a living history “Timeline of the Texas Revolution” with demonstrations of major events at Gonzales, the Alamo, Goliad and more, culminating in the iconic Battle of San Jacinto where Texas finally won its hard-fought independence. www. sanjacinto-museum.org
The decisive 18-minute Battle of San Jacinto was fought here by Texian troops led by General Sam Houston on April 21, 1836. With the defeat of the Mexican Army of Santa Anna, the now famous battle cry of “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!” rings through the ages as the victorious end of the revolution. At today’s 1,200-acre park, the 567-foot San Jacinto Monument is the country’s tallest war memorial with an observation floor at 480 feet. At its base, the San Jacinto
Just nine years later, Texas was annexed by the United States, becoming the 28th state on December 29, 1845 and a contributing factor in the Mexican-American war from 1846-1848. The Treaties of Velasco — two documents in the aftermath of the Battle of San Jacinto between Antonio López de Santa Anna and the Republic of Texas — were never recognized or ratified by the Mexican government. Only with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 (official title: the Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Limits and Settlement) that ended the Mexican-American war did Mexico forfeit all claims to Texas and acknowledge the Rio Grande River as the U.S.-Mexico border. For more information, visit www.texasindependencetrail.com; Texas Historical Commission, www.thc.texas.gov; Texas State Historical Association, www.tshaonline.org
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BURDICK CUSTOM HOMES
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By Dan R. Goddard
BURDICK CUSTOM HOMES
Recently returning as a Preferred Builder at Cordillera Ranch, award-winning Burdick Custom Homes has put more than three decades of experience into a “spec” home in the Clubs Village, showing why Burdick is one of the most trusted names in Texas Hill Country custom home building. Designed for easy living with low maintenance and flexible indoor/outdoor entertainment options, the Transitional-style house combines the clean lines of modernism with the rustic appeal of traditional metal, wood, glass and limestone. 66 | MARCH/APRIL 2020
A covered patio and pool set in a grove of majestic oak trees features easy access to the game room, dining and great room. Outside, a Berridge metal roof is accented with stucco and Texas chopped cream limestone. A detached mother-in-law suite or guest house forms an enclosed auto court with a threecar garage. This would also make a great workshop, hobby or exercise room. “The garage was designed to save some magnificent trees on the left side of the house; a driveway to the side would have eliminated the trees,” Art Burdick, Burdick founder and CEO, says. “We have always been at the forefront for energy efficiency, elimination of waste and other environmentally sound building practices. Our logo for more than 30 years is Diana, the Nesting Deer, symbolic of our commitment to create beauty in harmony with nature. We were focused on conservation long before it was in vogue.”
THE BURDICK CUSTOM HOMES PORTFOLIO reflects an attention to architectural detail, creative and innovative features, thoughtful site placement and, most importantly, a commitment to accommodating each homeowner’s lifestyle through a collaborative process from start to finish.
Alexia A. Herber, President of Burdick Custom Homes and a lifelong resident of Kendall County, says sustainability plays an important role in Burdick’s construction. “We have just begun incorporating electric car chargers into our homes as a standard feature and have also begun prewiring for solar in the event our clients choose to incorporate it,” Herber says. Burdick, Herber and Monika Morris, Vice President of Design, worked with Paul Latimer from Basic Drafting Group to create the stunning design. “Significant thought was put into room layouts for flow and function as well as to make sure there is correct wall space for furniture placement,” Herber says. “We work as a team to review each and every detail — including providing ample storage space and custom cabinetry with built-in conveniences.” During her 14 years with Burdick, Morris has seen home styles change and evolve. In designing a spec home, she sought to create what is most in demand now. “In the past four to five
years, the contemporary home design style has become popular — simple clean lines with interiors that highlight the space,” Morris says. “Some find the contemporary style a little strong and others feel the rustic look that so many of us enjoy here in Texas is just that — the ‘look’ of Texas which may not be as timeless as other styles. One of the growing trends we have seen, which solves so many of these issues, is the Transitional style — a blend of traditional and contemporary.” At approximately 4,828 square feet, the four-bedroom house at 2917 Clubs Drive combines both curved and straight lines as well as a mixture of both masculine and feminine touches. The colors are light and airy with both painted and stained cabinets, hardwood, tile and carpet floors with tall baseboards, but no crown molding. White plumbing fixtures are contrasted by brushed nickel, chrome and brushed brass faucets. “Mixing metals is one of the newest trends out there so the light fixtures will
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mix the colors from the faucets as well as adding other metals in those spaces like black and copper,” Morris says. “The great thing about this style is families coming from an Old World, Traditional or Rustic style home can still use their furnishings with the Transitional style and not have to replace everything.” Other special features include a walk-through pantry that doubles as a caterer’s kitchen with its own sink, dishwasher and refrigerator greatly facilitating entertaining large groups. You can enjoy a wonderful indoor/outdoor lifestyle with the game room (complete with wet bar) that leads to the spacious covered patio with gas grill. The patio also opens to both the dining and family room via expansive sliding glass doors. In front, the open foyer is enhanced by a beautiful glass-enclosed wine storage. For over 30 years, Burdick Custom Homes has been serving the San Antonio area designing homes that are known for their meticulous and timeless style. Art Burdick has been in the home building profession since 1974 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971. He began his career in San Antonio by joining efforts with a local builder/developer and started Schaefer-Burdick, which at the time was primarily a production building company and was ultimately ranked 127th largest builder in the United States. He served as President of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association in 1982 and continues to serve on its board of directors. He eventually decided to focus on the higher-end custom home building market and
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developed Burdick Custom Homes. Part of the decision to move to the luxury market was the ability to better manage and thoroughly supervise each house but also the ability to expand on his creativity and develop those personal relationships missing in his volume builder business. “We have had the motto, ‘Our Designs Vary, Our Reputation Doesn’t,’ for many years now,” Herber says. “We are known for our timeless designs that are not limited to one single style. We have done Spanish, Mediterranean, Hill Country, Modern, Contemporary, French Country, Traditional, Craftsman and now Transitional. We utilize six or seven different architects or plan designers to achieve a home that is unique for each owner. The Texas Hill Country market is nothing new to Burdick, who has been building in the area since 1978 when he first built in Fair Oaks Ranch. Over this time, the team at Burdick has seen tremendous growth, but waited until they felt logistically capable of handling both the construction and customer service in expert fashion before building at Cordillera Ranch. What truly represents the foundation of Burdick’s history is the personal service and professional relationship they have with their clients. In 2019, Home Builder Digest named Burdick the No. 1 Custom Home Builder in the San Antonio area. BURDICK CUSTOM HOMES
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2019 CORDILLERA RANCH
FOR THE FIFTH STRAIGHT YEAR, Cordillera Ranch real estate sales transactions (including all lot sales, home sales and new home starts) exceeded $100MM, surging to a record $132MM in total real estate activity in 2019. Home sales and new home starts drove the record activity, largely due to continued increases in average home prices as well as a large jump in the number of homes sold during 2019. While total lot sales were below 2018â€™s record lot sales for the community, they remained on par with the prior five years of activity. Combined lot and home sales totaled 113 in 2019, down from 124 in 2018.
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TOTAL LOT AND HOME SALES (#) (even those without price)
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AVG. HOME SALES PRICE and # HOMES SOLD
TIGHTER HOME INVENTORY in Cordillera Ranch drove the average resale home price up 11% to $1.2MM and the average price per square foot of resale homes jumped 15% to $267 per square foot.
AVG. HOME SALES PRICE/SF
LOT SALES during the first three quarters were below 2018 figures but a strong 4th quarter of lot sales â€“ 56% above the prior four years average for the period â€“ finished the year off strong with 60 total lots sold (of which pricing was available on 58) in the community during 2019 at an average sales price of $253k. The Springs experienced increased sales in 2019, and the second phase was recently platted with numerous lots in this phase already sold. Phase 2 of the Springs offers home sites that are 70% larger on average than Phase 1 and many view and creek-front home sites. As has been the case for several years, Clubs Village lots and homes sold at a higher average price than areas outside Clubs Village. Lots in Clubs Village have averaged $340k over the past three years, 67% higher than the average lot price outside Clubs Village, while Clubs Village resale homes averaged $1.4MM, a 37% premium over non-Clubs Village homes in recent years. Also consistent with prior years, the majority of the home sales have been in the Ranch community (73%) versus the rest of the community capturing 27% of the home sales. This is primarily due to the fact that there is typically a
greater inventory of homes in the Ranch as there are approximately three times as many home sites in the Ranch community. As was the case in prior years, homes built by Preferred Builders continued to command the highest resale value in 2019, with an 18% higher resale value over homes built by non-Preferred Builders. IN ADDITION TO THE VALUE ADDED FOR HOMES BUILT BY PREFERRED BUILDERS, homes with Master Full Golf Memberships also influenced the average sales price during 2019, with a 28% premium in home sales price for homes sold with
a Master Full Golf Membership ($1.51MM) versus those without ($1.18MM). Cordillera Ranch Realty continues to be the leader in real estate sales in Cordillera Ranch, representing 75% of the lot sales in the community and 32% of the home sales. With unmatched market knowledge, access to the largest list of prospective Cordillera Ranch buyers, and the most sophisticated real estate professionals located in the community and ready on short notice to open and show a home, Cordillera Ranch Realty listings sell for a higher average price per home than outside realtor listings. New home construction activity remains strong with 46 homes currently under construction, 15 of which are in Clubs Village and 6 in the Springs. Additionally, there are currently another 38 homes in architectural review committee, indicating continued strong home construction activity for 2020. If there are any real estate needs that CR Realty can help you with, please feel free to give us a call at 830.336.3570 or stop by the Visitor Center and speak with one of our Cordillera Ranch representatives.
PREFERRED BUILDERS: HIGHEST IN RESALE VALUE
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46 LEDGESTONE TRAIL $1,330,000
3,702 Square Feet
An inviting grand foyer provides an option to retreat to the luxurious Master Suite or proceed into the expansive living space. The vast great room features a fireplace focal wall, wood beams and wall of windows to maximize natural light. The gourmet kitchen steals the show with a premium appliance package, custom cabinetry and sophisticated modern finishes. Other areas include four bedrooms, each with en-suite bath and walk-in closet, a flex room, a large pantry and a utility room. The Master Suite features a luxurious spa-like bathroom with his and her vanities and a freestanding tub. This Modern Farmhouse combines a rustic feel with an industrial vibe and showcases the sleek elegance of modern design to create an inviting space you’ll love to call home. • 4 bedrooms/4 full and 1 half bath/ 3 car garage • Authentic Farmhouse character with sophisticated modern finishes • Grand, open-concept great room with a vaulted beam ceiling
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Spa-like Master Suite Flex room with barn doors Spacious mud and utility areas Outdoor kitchen Master Full Golf Membership Available
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28 SWEDE SPRINGS $3,699,000
10,103 Square Feet
This 8.22-acre estate is a showcase of exquisite taste fronting the picturesque bluffs and waters of Swede Creek Lake, including a walking path to the park. Unmatched designer touches, impeccable attention to detail and upscale finishes throughout include elegant fixtures, soaring ceilings, marble flooring, interior stone walls, detailed iron work and a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. The outdoor living and entertaining are both relaxed and exhilarating. This property offers exceptional Hill Country living at its finest and is the perfect canvas for any lifestyle. • • • • • • •
7 bedrooms/8 full and 2 half baths/3 car garage Temperature controlled wine cellar Commercial Grade Kitchen features upscale appliances Owner’s wing with his and her baths Guest rooms with en-suite baths Fully equipped gym $125,000 pool allowance
175 RIVERWOOD $2,600,000
CAREY YEAGER Listing Agent :: 830.388.6363
6,013 Square Feet
This is Guadalupe River frontage living at its finest in this 6,013-square-foot, recently completed Garner-built custom home on 9 acres. The open, one-story floor plan is great for family and friends to gather and spill out to the covered patio with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, pool and tree house that even the grown-ups enjoy! All secondary bedrooms are Jr. Master Suite-caliber, each with an en-suite bath. This is a great family compound under one roof! Acreage consists of countless hardwood trees, open areas and easy access to the river, with great equestrian property potential. • • • • • •
7 bedrooms/7 full and 1 half bath/4 car garage Oversized circle drive Easy Guadalupe River access Large rooms and high ceilings throughout Multiple dining areas in close proximity Master Full Golf Membership Available
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107 LEGACY POINTE $1,397,000
3,707 Square Feet
Classic Hill Country architecture defines this beautiful custom home. Quality features and finishes throughout include high ceilings, rustic beams, interior stone walls and creative custom cabinetry. The superb kitchen showcases a lineup of Viking® appliances. The outdoor living areas include covered summer kitchen and dining spaces with an adjacent fireplace, and a gorgeous water feature and panoramic Hill Country views complement the privacy that abounds on this 4.9-acre, privately gated and fenced property. A detached garage provides additional space for a workshop. • • • • • •
3 bedrooms/3 full and 1 half bath/3 car garage End of cul-de-sac privacy Great horse property potential Adjacent to miles of walking/riding trails Close proximity to Swede and Guadalupe River Parks Backs up to large generational ranch
114 VALLEY KNOLL $1,450,000
JOHN KUHRY Listing Agent :: 512.424.9924
5,855 Square Feet
This incredible Hill Country family home was built by award-winning Burdick & Christofilis. An open floor plan has multiple gathering areas indoors and out. The Master and guest suites are located downstairs with three bedrooms and a game room upstairs. A large island kitchen includes Dacor® appliances and a dream pantry. Outside, panoramic views span open spaces, a stunning covered outdoor kitchen, living area, spa and pool, and a fenced garden with pear, peach and apple trees and extra room for herbs and vegetables. 3.33 fenced acres on a private cul-de-sac provides room to roam and have fun! • • • • • •
5 bedrooms/4 full and 2 half baths/ 3 car garage Master suite with luxuriant bath and dual access Spacious living with large windows and natural light Large closets and extra storage throughout Separate dining room and living room Multiple home offices
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543 CORDILLERA TRACE $1,049,000
4,223 Square Feet
Stunning, long-distance views combined with privacy and an outstanding floorplan describe this elegant Mediterranean home in the Texas Hill Country’s most exclusive country club community, Cordillera Ranch. The home features four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder room, a beautifully remodeled kitchen, plantation shutters, and a gorgeous Keith Zars pool and outdoor fireplace. • • • • • •
Outstanding views of the Twin Sisters mountains 4 bedroom/3 full and 1 half bath 1 story, built in 1999 4 car garage and workshop 5.01 acres Pool and outdoor fireplace VANCE WALLER Listing Agent :: 830.388.2828
2917 CLUBS DRIVE Contact for Details
Rendering/Design subject to change
4,683 Square Feet
Enjoy all the amenities of highly desirable Clubs Village living in this spectacular new transitional home. The master suite has a spa-like bath and oversized walk-in closet with custom floorto-ceiling adjustable shelving. Intricate ceiling details adorn the open living spaces of this 4-bedroom home (each with en-suite baths). Entertain in the Chef’s kitchen with caterer’s walk-thru pantry, the spacious game room complete with wet bar, or the expansive outdoor living area overlooking a sparkling pool. Enjoy your privacy with the gated auto court. The detached flex room with full bath could serve as a private office, workshop, golf cart storage or guest suite. • • • • • • • • •
4 bedrooms/4 full and 1 half bath Detached guest suite/flex room with bath Gated auto court with 3 car garage Game room with wet bar, library Glass-encased wine storage Chef’s kitchen with walk-thru pantry/caterer’s kitchen Extensive outdoor living area Desirable Clubs Village location Master Full Golf Membership Available
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LOT 13 OAKLAND HILLS Contact for Details
4,837 Square Feet
This distinguished design from the award-winning team of Garner Homes and J. Terrian Designs is to be built to achieve the best of what Cordillera Ranch has to offer: dramatic views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, closeness to Cordillera Ranch’s Clubhouse and isolation from the chaos of city living. The plan has 4,837 square feet of living space and 621 square feet of outdoor living space to take best advantage of the views and environment that this lot produces. The home has both traditional Italian and modern Hill Country elements including a large and inviting floor plan with four bedrooms, four-and-one-half bathrooms (including an attached Casita), a study, large kitchen, working pantry and oversized game room, complete with a wet bar. • Gourmet kitchen • Climate-controlled wine storage • Outdoor kitchen • Design details: Tile roof, high ceilings, timber beams, interior stone accent walls, designer details throughout • Centralized utilities (water, sewer, propane) • Hand-scraped wood and natural stone floors throughout • Large windows and doors flood the home with natural light • Landscaping package ($50,000 allowance) • Pool allowance of $100,000 • Master Full Golf Membership Available
52 OAKLAND HILLS $2,980,000
6,885 Square Feet
This Clubs Village estate rises above the fifth hole of the golf course for views of seven holes, Hill Country vistas and the Guadalupe River valley. Stately exterior features include a flat tile roof, rock with stucco accents and copper roof accents. Multiple patios open up walled courtyards leading to gardens, a water wall fountain and spa-like pool. The finest of finishes inside include furniture-grade walnut floors, cabinets, doors, beams and staircase; stone counters and floors of French limestone, marble and travertine; Grohe fixtures and professional appliances; four fireplaces; and countless other details identifiable to a discerning eye. • • • • • •
4 bedrooms/4 full and 3 half baths/3 car garage• Walled circular driveway 10,000-gallon rain harvesting tank Elevator for easy second story access Master Full Golf Membership Available Oversized 2nd bedrooms with en-suite baths
• Two living areas, kitchen, dining, study, master suite, exercise, laundry, 2nd office, garden and craft rooms BARRY DENTON Listing Agent :: 210.827.8384
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25 AUGUSTA $2,182,700
7,300 Square Feet
This sprawling Stadler Custom Home has sweeping views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Hill Country beyond. It includes a fabulous kitchen with everything for the culinary enthusiast, and a spa-like master wing with a luxurious bath, enlarged changing areas, fitness room, coffee bar and private study. A media/game room, golf simulator, elevator, large guest suite and spacious secondary bedrooms complete this special home. Outdoor ambiance includes multiple decks and patios, a beach entry pool, cascading waterfall and putting green.
• 4 bedrooms/4 baths/1 powder room/1 pool bath • 3 separate garages with additional golf car garage • Two-sided salt water aquarium • Electronic/audio/visual home automation • Three fireplaces • Oversized corner lot • Master Full Golf Membership Available
1305 CORDILLERA TRACE $1,325,000
4,679 Square Feet
Elevated living provides beautiful views from every room. Custom touches account for splendid living indoors and out. Recent renovations showcase updated trends in flooring, window coverings and lighting, and warm colors and abundant natural light create a charming sense of home. The island kitchen features stainless appliances, granite counters, gas cooking and a spacious pantry. The new outdoor kitchen is a grill master’s dream. A pool, spa and artificial putting and chipping greens can satisfy the outdoor enthusiast for hours. • • • • • •
4 bedroom/5 baths/ 3 car garage Isolated Master Suite includes bonus room 5.34 acres Private gate and fencing Two water wells and storage tanks Master Full Golf Membership Available
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105 APPLE ROCK $1,975,000
5.270 Square Feet
Transitional transformation that must be seen to be believed! A year-long renovation creates timeless elegance and functionality. Canopies of Live Oak trees create a backyard outdoor oasis enjoyed from covered patios, Ipe wood decks and a pool with water feature. Interior conversions include light colored flooring and woodwork with an open floor plan throughout the great room, kitchen and outdoor living areas, and an enlarged Master Suite with private secondary bedrooms. A large home office enables working from home. An oversized utility space includes climate-controlled storage. • • • • • •
3 bedroom/3 full and 1 half bath/3 car garage All new appliances High ceilings and large windows provide natural light 4.66-acre estate setting Private location adjacent to large ranch Outdoor kitchen, dining and living takes advantage of prevailing breezes
314 HORSESHOE BEND $1,690,000
6,430 Square Feet
BARRY DENTON Listing Agent :: 210.827.8384
An exceptional opportunity is yours with this rare five-acre family compound. Two homes provide the ideal situation for family living in the main home, with extended family, housekeeper or live-in help in the over-sized casita. The main home features 4,307 square feet with a spacious floorplan and quality finishes. The 2,150-square-foot casita has been recently added and provides independent living. Dwellings are separated by an oasis of sparkling pool, spa and waterfall features, and each has an outdoor kitchen and multiple fireplaces. • • • • •
6 bedrooms/5 full and 1 half bath/3 car garage End of the road privacy with dramatic views Close to Equestrian Center/Sporting Clays and west entrance Main home has master and guest suite down with secondary suites and game room up Casita has two bedrooms, full kitchen, fireplace and patio CAREY YEAGER Listing Agent :: 830.388.6363
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Cordillera Ranch Realty Homes for Sale 1 - 46 Ledgestone Trail 2 - 28 Swede Springs 3 - 175 Riverwood 4 - 107 Legacy Pointe 5 - 114 Valley Knoll 6 - 543 Cordillera Trace 7 - 2917 Clubs Drive 8 - Lot 13 Oakland Hills 9 - 52 Oakland Hills 10 - 25 Augusta 11 - 1305 Cordillera Trace 12 - 105 Apple Rock 13 - 314 Horseshoe Bend
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