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Volume 10, Issue 3

CREATIVITY AT EVERY TURN

CHERYL LADD AND BRIAN RUSSELL

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THE MODE R NIZATION OF THE R ULE S OF GOLF KAYAKING AND THE UPPE R G UADALUPE R IVE R CONFE R E NCE HOTE L TO LIFT BOE R NE SKYLINE

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Expected to be in place by January 1, 2019, the goals of the modernization effort are to make the rules easier to understand, consistent and fair and reinforce the game’s longstanding principles and character.

Spring showers have primed the waterways, making this a beautiful time of year for exploration, and the Outfitter Center is stocked with everything you’ll need for a great day of kayaking the river.

With meeting space for 400 and 124 extra hotel rooms, the new Boerne DoubleTree by Hilton is expected to boost Main Street business and beyond by keeping tourist and convention dollars in Boerne.

THE MODERNIZATION OF THE RULES OF GOLF

KAYAKING AND THE UPPER GUADALUPE RIVER

CONFERENCE CENTER TO LIFT BOERNE SKYLINE

ALSO INSIDE: 14 WELCOME LETTER 18 A DAY IN THE LIFE AT CORDILLERA RANCH 28 RANCH SCENE 30 MEMBER TRADITIONS 32 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 44 STAFF PROFILE: JACQUES LEBLANC, JR., KATIE DILLARD AND CAMILLE FURGESON 46 CORDILLERA RANCH FAQ’S, MYTHS, RUMORS AND ANSWERS TO SUCH 50 2017 CORDILLERA JUNIOR GOLF PROGRAMS 52 DINING TRADITIONS AT THE CLUB 54 A ROSÉ BY ANY OTHER NAME 56 NAPA VALLEY CELLAR CLUB TRIP 64 HORSES AND KIDS 65 SPA PARTIES 66 LIGHT THERAPY 72 AT THE HEART OF BOERNE 74 DEVELOPER’S CORNER 76 CORDILLERA RANCH REAL ESTATE

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CHERYL LADD SIGNATURE HOMES AND GARNER CUSTOM HOMES Cheryl Ladd, Brian Russell and Trey Garner A collaboration of creative talents produces a Santa Barbara-style home with Texas sensibility in Cordillera Ranch.

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Spring usually brings on a season of renewed energy and new life — a springboard into the rest of the year. This spring Cordillera Ranch welcomes a variety of new people, facilities and activities to the Ranch that will reenergize various aspects of the Club and community. First, we have recently completed the new Clubs Outfitter Center which will be home to the Clubs river kayaking, toobing and fishing operations. This new 3,600-square-foot facility will enhance the Clubs Outfitter operations and also provide a small sporting goods pro shop for essential outdoor goods and apparel. Next door to the new Clubs Outfitter Center is the Property Owners Association new Maintenance Facility. This new base of operations for POA maintenance will provide additional work space, equipment storage and meeting space for the maintenance team, who’s territory has grown to over 5,000 acres and 45 miles of roads. The addition of this quality shop space will be a great benefit to the team’s ability to efficiently oversee the maintenance of the many parks, trails, gates and landscaping areas that are essential to this community. Just up the road, we’ve recently completed the first phase of The Springs of Cordillera Ranch and the new entry upgrade project on the west side of FM 3351. The addition of The Springs provides a variety of new trails, parks and amenities for all residents of Cordillera Ranch. In addition to new facilities, the Club recently rolled out a new smartphone app that allows you to easily handle a variety of tasks with the Club including booking tee times, luxury limo van reservations, accessing the Club event calendar, viewing the Club directory as well as online bill pay and much more. We’ll continue to evaluate additional opportunities to enhance the app in ways that aim to improve member experience. To download the app, go to the app store and search “Cordillera Ranch.” There are also some new faces around Cordillera Ranch that hopefully you’ll meet soon if you haven’t already. Mark Risner recently came aboard as the General Manager for the POA. Mark’s extensive background in community association management has him well-prepared to tackle the many projects and overall operations for the Association. The Club also has some fresh new faces including Graham House and Antonio Armendariz, overseeing the Clubhouse / Food and Beverage operations and they’re already implementing many new strategies to further improve member experiences at the Club. Lastly, we can’t overlook our cover feature this issue, Cheryl Ladd and Brian Russell, who have partnered with Trey Garner of Garner Custom Homes to bring some of their California creativity to a homebuilding design and build operation. As you’ll find in the article — and particularly if you spend any time with the Charlie’s Angels star — their passion for the architectural and interior design process runs deep and results from extensive world travels. This issue highlights a few of these additions but to learn more about how we are growing and enhancing this community, please stop by the Cordillera Ranch Visitors Center for more information. Cheers,

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CALENDAR

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

Wednesday Evenings

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

Our Prime Rib Buffet is a perfect accompaniment for Antonio’s wine picks of the week! Sample new wines to purchase and enjoy that evening or to take home.

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This elegant dining experience includes live music and our chef’s finest creations. Live entertainment is featured from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Advance reservations are strongly suggested.

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

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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CALENDAR

EVENTS May

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May 6 Best of Napa Event

June 2 - 3 The Stampede Couples Golf Tournament

Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm We are celebrating the best of Napa wines during a special evening of wine tastings and excellent food pairings created by Chef Isaac and his team. Festivities will take place in the cabana.

May 9 – 11 Ladies Ranch Round-Up

This is the 5th year of the Ladies Member-Guest here at Cordillera Ranch, but we have a completely new format of play and schedule of events this year. The format will be Four-Ball Stableford (Max Net Double Bogey). Six teams per flight based on combined handicap. Maximum handicap differential is 9. Flight winners advance to Shoot-Out Finals on Thursday following play. Shoot-Out is 3-hole elimination with two finalists playing #18 for the Championship.

May 14 MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

Time: 11:00 to 2:00pm Please join us at The Club as we honor all mothers with a delicious brunch and a gathering of family and friends. Chef Isaac and his team have created an extravagant menu just for the occasion, and Bernie Martini and Trio will provide beautiful music for your enjoyment. Contact The Club receptionist for reservations.

May 19 – 21 Men’s Match Play Championship

Time: Friday, matches begin at 12:00pm Weekend, matches begin at 8:00am Entry Fee: $75 per player, includes food and prizes Match Play is a popular format with our members so we hope you will consider playing this year. Players are flighted by handicap. The Championship Flight will play without regard to handicap, and matches in all other flights will play off the low handicap in each individual match. The Championship Flight will compete from the Bear tees, middle flights will compete from the Blue and Ranch tees and the highest flight will compete from the Silver tees. Players are guaranteed at least two matches.

May 27 MEMORIAL DAY POOL PARTY: CABANA GRILLE AND POOL DECK

Grab your family and head to The Club for a Memorial Day Pool Party that is sure to be a blast. We are starting the holiday weekend off with a splash: our DJ will be jamming some of your favorite tunes, we’ll have games for all ages (adults, that includes you!), snow cones will keep you cool and a buffet of Memorial Day fare will top it off. This event is for members and community residents, so make your plans today! Tickets are available for purchase from The Club receptionist. Thank you to the Cordillera Ranch Social Club for sponsoring this event!

May 29 The Club will be open. May 30 The Club will be closed. For information on all golf events, contact the Golf Shop at 830.336.4653. For information on dining and other activities, contact The Club reception desk at 830.336.9000.

This is the premier Couples Tournament and it always has outstanding participation. On Friday night, there will be a Team Draw Party at the Cabana to form each team. The format will be 9-holes Scramble and 9-holes Shamble. Following play on Saturday, the tournament will conclude with an awards dinner at The Club.

June 10 - 11 Men’s Senior Club Championship

Time: 8:00am Tee-Times Format: 36-Holes Stroke Play, Gross and Net prizes Senior Division: 50-59 years Super-Senior Division: 60 years, plus Entry Fee: $95, includes food and prizes

June 6 - 9 & June 20 - 23 Cordillera Cubs Junior Golf Summer Camps

Ages: 7 – 14 Times: 9:00am to 1:00pm Fee: $225 per camp, includes lunch This is a great way to introduce youngsters to the game as well as intermediate level to juniors. The camp is taught by Cordillera Ranch PGA staff.

June 16 US Open One-Day Member-Guest

This is the second in a series of four events that we will be hosting in conjunction with the four major championships. A member can bring up to three guests and compete in a 2 Net BB format. Each team will be allowed to pick two players competing in the US Open and their scores will be added to the team score. Specific details apply for each team picking their US Open players. This event is a fantastic way to showcase Cordillera Ranch and the incredible Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. Bring a few clients or friends out and enjoy a great day of golf.

Men’s Night Out Dates: Every Thursday in June

Time: 5:30pm Entry Fee: $15 MNO events take place throughout the summer. Come out and enjoy 9-holes of golf in a relaxed, fun atmosphere, and get to know your fellow members. Register by calling the Golf Shop on the day of the event.

June 24 Churrasco Wine Event

Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm Join us poolside for an evening of a variety of grilled and skewer sliced meats paired with the flavors of Argentinian wines.

POOL HOURS May 13-14 & May 20-21

The pool will be fully operational from 12:00pm to 8:00pm, including lifeguards, towel service, and poolside food and beverage service.

May 27- August 20

All pool amenities will be available from 12:00pm to 8:00pm, including lifeguards, towel service, and poolside food and beverage service, with the exception of Mondays, and Tuesdays following holiday weekends.


CREATIVITY at every turn Cheryl Ladd Signature Homes debuts in Cordillera Ranch with Garner Custom Home collaboration By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by Mark Humphries

Actress, singer, author and humanitarian Cheryl Ladd and her husband Brian Russell are an exceptionally gifted couple who have a long history of collaboration. Nearly forty years ago, Russell penned a hit record for Ladd. Think It Over reached the Billboard Top 40. Ladd was already a fan of Russell who was a recording artist signed to Elton John’s Rocket Records label. Through music, a friendship developed and several years later they were married.


how often they agree. “We are both very creative,” says Ladd, a native of South Dakota, became America’s Ladd. “The ideas just don’t stop but we each have our sweetheart with her breakout role as Kris Monroe in areas. Brian is good with space. He sees the big picture. television’s Charlie’s Angels. She has starred in over forty movies, three television series and even starred on Broad- I, on the other hand, am very meticulous. I enjoy the fine details.” way in Irving Berlin’s smash hit Annie Get Your Gun. Ever “Cheryl also has a great sense of color,” says Russell. versatile, Ladd was at one time the number one recording artist in Japan. She was recently cast in the award-winning “Her palate is truly exceptional. She sees things I never can. That might be because I’m completely color-blind. mini-series The People Versus O.J. Simpson and her latSo I pretty much leave color to her.” est film, Unforgettable, with Katherine Heigl and Rosario At one time, while building Dawson hits the movie screens their Santa Barbara house, Ladd in April. gathered rocks and pebbles from An unrepentant golf enthu“We’ve had opportunities that the surrounding landscape and siast, Ladd penned the best have provided great ideas and mixed them together in order to seller Token Chick: A Woman’s find just the right color for her Guide To Golfing With The we have taken note.” home’s exterior. It turned out to Boys, a must read for those – Cheryl Ladd be perfect for the setting. who love the game and enjoy a Four years ago, the Russells good story. decided to build a home in the Scottish born and raised Hill Country. With lots of family already in Texas, they felt Russell has had his own share of successes. He toured the time was right for a move to the Lone Star State. in Elton John’s band and has written hit songs for artists Their extensive world travels and unfettered access to from Anne Murray to Beyonce. He has produced both superb properties as a result of their film-making have feature films and television series. Russell most recently definitely contributed to their aesthetic. For instance, in authored the suspense novel Scribe, which has received rave reviews. He is currently at work on the sequel, Quiver. the making of The Grace Kelly Story, they were granted access to the palace in Monaco. Opportunities such as Over the years, Ladd and Russell have worked on that have contributed greatly to their sense of style. “It’s many projects together, including the children’s book been amazing,” says Ladd. “We’ve had opportunities that The Adventures of Little Nettie Windship, several televihave provided great ideas and we have taken note. And sion variety specials and most notably The Grace Kelly with our Hollywood experiences, well I must admit, we Story, a highly regarded television movie which was don’t mind adding a touch of glamor.” filmed in the south of France, a place renowned for its For obvious reasons, the couple is very focused on style and design. Interestingly, Russell was the last Hollighting. “Lighting is everything,” says Ladd, “in both film lywood producer to hire Grace Kelly. and home design, and it’s something that is too often One of their favorite collaborations has been in the overlooked.” Her rooms maximize the play of light, from design and building of their own homes, from their Holthe soaring ceilings to walls of glass and strategically lywood Hills view home to their Santa Barbara Mediterranean villa and most recently their French Country home in placed high windows. And at sunset, her houses become the Texas hills. Now they are working together once again absolutely magical. As designers, the Russells enjoy many styles, from Spanwith the debut of Cheryl Ladd Signature Homes. ish Colonial to French Country to Mediterranean chic. Building and remodeling houses has been a long-time “There is no style we don’t like,” says Ladd, “although we passion for the couple who have been married for thirtydo have our favorites. We don’t care for trendy, however. six years. “That’s a hundred and thirty-six in Hollywood Timeless is what we’re after. Our style tends to combine a years,” says Russell. “When we were first dating, one of our favorite things to do was checking out open houses or rather traditional exterior with a more contemporary, open interior. We love livable.” exploring new constructions from Bel-Air to Malibu.” Ladd very much enjoys the process of working with “We’ve gotten to the place that we know within secclients. “I’m so accustomed to working with directors and onds if a house is right for us. It’s all in the feel,” other actors, cooperation has become second nature,” says Ladd. she says. “We want to help people realize their dreams. Here’s how they describe their home building process. We help translate that dream into reality. We are very “It’s actually a lot like making a movie. First we need a good listeners.” great script, then we find the perfect location, next we Cheryl Ladd Signature Homes is the next chapter in hire the very best people we can find and allow them to their lives, and one they very much enjoy. “One of our do their jobs. Lastly we keep a close eye on the budget,” greatest blessings,” they say, “is that we look at life explains Russell. through the same window.” Fortunately, they have very similar taste. It’s uncanny

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“It’s actually a lot like making a movie. First we need a great script, then we find the perfect location, next we hire the very best people we can find and allow them to do their jobs. Lastly we keep a close eye on the budget.” – Brian Russell


that in Austin, predominately in the Lake Travis area before Now they are sharing their view with Trey Garner of expanding to San Antonio. Now 19 years later, Garner Garner Custom Homes, a partnership that came about at Custom Homes is known for its detailed methods. “What the suggestion of David Hill of Cordillera Ranch, and for sets us apart, is that through my background in construcwhich the Russells are most grateful. “We brought Trey a plan,” Ladd explains. “That, coupled tion and project management, we have a smooth process that fully engages our qualified team. We have a Construcwith his eye for a fresh approach, enabled us to translate tion Manager in the field and a Project Manager in the our vision into a beautiful home.” Together they are buildoffice for every home we build. This ing a Spanish Colonial spec home provides responsiveness, communicain Cordillera Ranch. “We are so “What sets us apart, is that tion, research and coordination for happy that we get to work with our clients. It allows an exceptional Trey,” she continues. “He’s a masthrough my background in experience.” ter builder, one of San Antonio’s Beyond the client experience, they very best. He gets us and we get construction and project approach the construction process him and as a bonus, he has the management, we have a differently as well. “During the best staff anyone could ask for.” pre-construction phase is where we The admiration is mutual. smooth process that fully do a lot of work to not only design “They’ve been great partners and are such sweet people,” engages our qualified team.” a beautiful home, but assemble a scope of work in the early stages. It Garner says of Ladd and Russell. – Trey Garner takes a lot of time, but our clients “They both have a great eye for get the benefit. It allows us to work design, architecture and finish together with our clients to direct the project based on out. Cheryl has a great sense of style.” Regarding the common knowledge of the design, the specifications and Cordillera Ranch collaboration, Garner says, “Together they’ve brought important influences to the home. It has a the cost,” says Garner. “We stay involved throughout the plan design process to offer counsel on constructionSanta Barbara-style combined with a Texas sensibility. My favorite aspects are the porte-cochere and the spectacular related items, but also to track plan changes in a detailed way so that our client has a full understanding of their outdoor living spaces.” Garner earned a degree in Construction Science at Texas financials at every stage. There are no surprises.” Garner Custom Homes works in luxury communities A&M University. He started building homes shortly after

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in the San Antonio and Boerne areas building custom homes, with the majority of their projects in Cordillera Ranch. “Cordillera Ranch is such a premier neighborhood — there is nothing else like it. It’s unique to this area and very special to us. The golf course, the shooting club, and all of the amenities cater to a very special, luxury lifestyle. I admire their work to maintain roads and infrastructure so well and their architectural committee is great to work with — approachable and professional.” Garner says the community’s appeal is attracting attention beyond Texas. “I have gotten to meet people from across the United States. People from other regions want to live here, and the abundant inventory of choice lots ensures longevity for Cordillera Ranch’s future residents.” The Russells couldn’t agree more. “We have fallen in love with Texas and the spectacular Cordillera Ranch. We feel blessed to be building the very first Cheryl Ladd Signature Home in such a special place.” CHERYL LADD SIGNATURE HOMES

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Big-Hearted Support Here and Elsewhere Cheryl Ladd and Brian Russell are humanitarians supportive of many causes both in their own backyard and around the globe. Fighting child abuse and promoting child health have been important to Ladd since back in 1978 when she produced, wrote and starred in the movie When She Was Bad. Through it she became affiliated with and a spokesperson for ChildHelp USA (www.childhelp. org), a not-for-profit organization that utilizes intervention, prevention and treatment programs to stop child abuse and change lives. Ladd also champions Food for the Poor as a spokes-

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person and representative along with husband Russell. Food for the Poor (www.foodforthepoor.org) is a Christian organization that brings emergency relief, food and housing to poor families in 17 Latin American and Caribbean countries. Haiti is of particular interest to Ladd and Russell who have done missionary trips there. Africa is also of great importance to Russell. “We are so blessed to give back,� says Ladd. Closer to home, Ladd serves on the Board of Directors of the Boerne Performing Arts and Boerne Performing Arts FOR KIDS.


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STAFF PROFILE

Jacques LeBlanc, Jr., PGA

Katie Dillard

Camille Furgeson

Assistant Golf Professional 281.658.2097 jleblanc@cordilleraranch.com

Assistant Golf Professional 830.336.4653 kdillard@cordilleraranch.com

Merchandise Manager 830.336.4653 cfurgeson@cordilleraranch.com

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

Hometown: Southampton, England

Hometown: Newcastle, California

How has your past work history prepared you for The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch? JL: I am a graduate of the PGA Golf Management program from Sam Houston State University, which specifically prepares students to become a PGA Golf

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Professional. I’ve worked at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston, Wade Hampton Golf Club in North Carolina and the PGA Junior Series. Before Cordillera, I spent three years as an Assistant Golf Professional at Spanish Oaks Golf Club near Austin. Through Spanish Oaks, I was able

to gain experience as a Golf Professional in a service-driven environment, which prepared me for starting this new chapter at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. KD: After college, I played professional golf on the mini tours and the Symetra


I have worked in multiple golf shops including The Ridge Golf Course and Events Center in Auburn, California and The Quarry Golf Club in San Antonio. What makes you and your colleagues an asset to The Clubs? JL: We all bring a variety of backgrounds to the table and we are always striving to keep the success of The Clubs a constant priority. Through our different experiences and personalities, I feel we bring a fresh outlook to any situation. KD: We have a great team that complements each other and is constantly working to ensure an exceptional level of service, not only in the Pro Shop, but throughout the entire club. CF: We all have different personalities and strengths. As a team, we can offer new and innovative ideas to make the golf experience here at The Clubs better each day. What has been your most rewarding professional experience? JL: The opportunities I have been given to travel with members to different courses across the state and country. KD: The gratitude I receive from the members whether it be for a tournament, a purchase or just everyday operations. CF: I love when members come in and ask for help picking out apparel. There is nothing more rewarding than members coming back and feeling good in the merchandise we picked out together. I love the feeling of leaving work each day, excited to come back tomorrow. What are your hobbies and interests? JL: Other than playing golf, I enjoy hunting, fishing and playing the guitar. KD: Golf – I love playing in team events. To me, that is golf at its most enjoyable. Traveling – I love to learn the history of a place and take tours where possible. CF: Golf, fashion, figure skating, hunting and fishing. Tour. I played at clubs across the country and took careful note of what made a club special and unique. I can also offer insight from a player’s perspective about what makes a tournament stand apart from others. After playing professionally, I took the Assistant Golf Professional position at Teravista Golf Club in Round Rock, Texas and later moved to Lighthouse Country Club in Kingsland, Texas as the Head Golf Professional. I learned so much about different aspects of the industry which prepared me to make the move to a bigger club like Cordillera. CF: I believe that as a merchandiser for a prestigious golf club it is very important to understand the game of golf and how clothing can impact your game. In addition to playing the game,

Anything that would surprise others about yourself? JL: Growing up, I lived over-seas for five years in Aberdeen, Scotland. KD: I was an Irish Dancer for almost 10 years and competed in Great Britain’s British Nationals and the World Championships. I stopped dancing to focus solely on golf. CF: I was homeschooled in grades 4-8 because I was a competitive figure skater. I won 1st place in compulsory figure at the ISI Figure Skating World Championships.

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CORDILLERA RANCH

As our community grows, our parks, trails and common areas

Property Owners and their accompanied guests. Guests unaccompanied by a Property Owner are considered trespassing, will be asked to leave and charges may be filed with the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department. Vehicles without Cordillera Ranch windshield stickers may draw the attention of POA personnel. Call the POA main office at 830.336.3501 to report possible violations of the use of our private parks and facilities. To ensure use of ball fields and outdoor areas for a specific date and time, reservations by property owners or members are accepted at the Visitors Center.

continue to expand in size and scope as well. The fabulous spring

What activities are allowed within our parks?

weather has contributed to an increase in activity throughout the

Many activities are possible within the parks of Cordillera Ranch including all pedestrian modalities, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, camping, picnics and many outdoor sports. Reservations and Permits are required for certain areas of the parks; contact the POA main office for more details. Off road vehicles are prohibited in all parks and on all trails — no motorized vehicles/bikes of any kind are allowed on the trails. Noise levels should be kept at a minimum. Disruptive noise and activities will not be tolerated and should be reported to the Cordillera Ranch POA or Visitors Center so that timely action can be taken.

FAQ’s, Myths, Rumors and Answers to Such community. The following answers to frequently asked questions can help you get the most enjoyment out of your amenities and avoid other areas intended for specific usage. What amenities are available to me as a homeowner/property owner?

Cordillera Ranch consists of over 13 miles of trails! Ten miles of trails exist from the Equestrian Center to Pavilion Park on Cordillera Trace to Swede Creek Park and the Guadalupe River Park. Adjacent to the roadways of Swede Springs and Rio Cordillera, new trails have been added for access all the way to the FM 3351 gate. Additional trails under construction in The Springs consist of several miles of looping hard surface trails in combination with nature trails through the new creek side park at Panther Creek. Approximately 100 acres of park land already exist at Cordillera Ranch! Pavilion Park on Cordillera Trace has 20 acres dedicated to a spring-fed pond, ball fields, sport courts, a playscape and pavilion. The Spring Creek Nature Area, Swede Creek Park and the Guadalupe River Parks total over 80 acres of open space with towering trees, flowing creeks and a catch-andrelease fishing lake. New parks in The Springs encompass tens of acres more with natural areas, the spring-fed Panther Creek, beautiful scenic hiking areas, rock out-croppings and a Sports Park that will include a baseball field, soccer field, multi-use sports court and parking for the trail head to those trails. We anticipate many existing property owners and residents using the improved surface trails of The Springs for daily fitness. Who can use the parks, trails and natural areas?

The parks, trails and natural areas are for the enjoyment of

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Are animals allowed in the parks and on the trails?

Our trails and parks were created so you can enjoy the company of your four-legged friends. Horses may be ridden on both. Dogs are welcome in the parks and on trails if on a leash. Please be sure to appropriately dispose of waste from your animals. To whom should stray animals be reported?

In accordance with Cordillera Ranch Covenants, all pets must be contained by a fence and leashed while outside a fence. If animals/pets become a nuisance, contact the Kendall County Animal Shelter at 830.537.3430. To register your pets, visit www.ranchpets.com and click on the register link. For additional information or if you have found or lost a pet, please contact Jay@jay-pennington.com. Our outdoor amenities play a vital role to the Cordillera Ranch lifestyle. Please help us maintain the high quality of these experiences by respecting your fellow members, residents and nearby property owners. For more information, contact the Cordillera Ranch Property Owners Association at 830.336.3501 or Mark Risner, CRPOA General Manager at mrisner@cordilleraranch.com. You can also find all of the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions on the cordilleraranchpoa.com website under the “Documents” tab.


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GOLF


THE

MODERNIZATION OF THE RULES OF GOLF

Five years ago the USGA and the R&A began an in-depth initiative to modernize the Rules of Golf. With the understanding that the Rules have become even more complex and technical than ever before, two important characteristics were identified: 1. Even far-reaching Rule changes should be open for discussion, but golf’s fundamental character and principles such as “play the ball as it lies and the course as you find it” must be retained. 2. Revisions should be assessed with all golfers in mind – not only professionals and elite amateurs, but also beginners, highhandicappers and club and recreational golfers from around the world. THE GOALS OF THE MODERNIZATION EFFORT ARE TO MAKE THE RULES: • More easily understood and applied by all golfers • More consistent, simple and fair • Reinforce the game’s longstanding principles and character HERE ARE SOME OF THE PROPOSED RULE CHANGES THAT WOULD TAKE EFFECT IN 2019: • Relaxed Putting Green Rules: Players may repair spike marks, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt. There is no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. • Elimination or Reduction of “Ball Moved” Penalties: There is no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so. • Relaxed Rules for “Penalty Areas” (Currently Called “Water Hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may now cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and no penalty for touching the ground, water or loose impediments in a penalty area.

• Relaxed Bunker Rules: There is no penalty for touching loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as no grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra-relief option was added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty. • Relying on Player Integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged. • Pace-of-Play Support: There is reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke (and usually play more quickly than that); and other changes intended to help with pace-of-play. • Simplified Way of Taking Relief: There is a new procedure for taking relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from a specific relief area; relaxed procedures for dropping a ball, allowing the ball to be dropped from just above the ground or any growing thing or other object on the ground. As you can see, these proposed changes are definitely more player-friendly, and designed to make the game of golf more FUN and meet the ever changing demands of the global game. This feedback introductory period runs through August of this year and the governing bodies will then work on finalizing the changes in 2018 with a plan to have in place for January 1, 2019. Try out some of these ideas during your next round of golf and let us know what you think! See you on the course, Marc DeWall, PGA Marc DeWall is the Director of Golf at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at mdewall@cordilleraranch.com or 830.336.4653.


GOLF

2017 CORDILLERA

JUNIOR GOLF PROGRAMS Junior Golf Association Mission Statement: Cordillera Ranch Junior Golf Association is an organization dedicated to providing Cordillera youth the skills to learn and play the game of golf while establishing camaraderie among its members in a fun, exciting environment. Ages: 7-14 Description: The Cubs Flight is designed for the beginner junior golfer. Introduction to the game of golf will be taught along with rules and etiquette. The program will concentrate on basic technical skills, performing TPI golf specific movements to introduce golf skills and, most importantly, a lifetime of fun. The junior golfers will have an opportunity to play on the golf course with the golf professionals once the basic techniques and rules are taught. Membership Tuition: $225 (June-October) • CJGA Cap and Bag Tag • Two hours (1:00pm to 3:00pm) of monthly clinics or play days Dates of Clinics (Saturdays): -June 17 -July 22 -August 19 -September 2 -October 28

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2017 Cordillera Cubs Summer Golf Camp The Cordillera Cubs Junior Golf Camps are a great way to introduce youngsters to the game as well as for intermediate level juniors. The focus of the program is to teach each junior golfer at his/her own level of experience. Junior golfers will receive the basics of a good set up that will lead to improvement in all areas of the golf swing, short-game, bunker play and putting. Junior golfers will also leave the camp with a better understanding of golf rules and etiquette. Dates: Session 1 ~ June 6 - 9 Session 2 ~ June 20 - 23 Session 3 ~ July 5 - 8 Session 4 ~ July 18 - 21 Session 5 ~ August 1 - 4 Time: 9:00am to 11:30am (instruction) 11:30am to 1:00pm (swimming and lunch) Ages: 7 - 14 Fee: $225 - Member $250 – Member-sponsored guests (with space available) Instruction: The Cordillera Ranch PGA professional staff Registration: Call the Pro Shop at 830.336.4653


WEEKLY JUNIOR CLINIC The Weekly Junior Clinic will be available to juniors who cannot commit to Cordillera Junior Golf Association clinics or as an addition. The juniors will be taught golf course etiquette, and will be taught and tested on the rules of golf, which will prepare them to play the game by the rules and ready them for a social round. Ages: 6-9 Dates: Session 1: April-May Session 2: September-November Time: 4:30pm to 5:30pm Fee: $25 Per Session Ages: 10-14 Dates: Session 1: April-May Session 2: SeptemberNovember Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm Fee: $25 Per Session Junior Tournament Player Program This program is designed for the “Elite” Junior Golfers who strive to elevate their game to the regional and national competitive level. It is designed to educate the junior golfers on the skills needed to play competitively at the highest level. Each junior golfer will receive a customized personal evaluation that will detail the key elements of each junior’s strengths and weaknesses to their advantage during tournament competition. The program will include regular on course play, competition, skills analysis and instruction to enhance their competitive skills. Juniors entering this program will improve the three most important elements to scoring: driving, wedge play and putting. Dates: Every Wednesday, June 7 through August 9 Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm Fee: $850 for all 10 sessions or $100 per session (Member Price) JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP Date: September 16 Format: Stroke Play by Age-Division PARENT-CHILD GOLF AND FISHING TOURNAMENT Date: August 26 Format: Two-Person Scramble (Nine-Hole) and Fishing Tournament

Bryan Gathright, Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teacher, and Gevin Allen, the PGA Director of Instruction at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, will administer and teach. Bryan has taught numerous players on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, LPGA Tour, as well as, top amateur and collegiate players. During his work with those players at the highest level of their profession, he has had the privilege to teach and observe their strengths and weaknesses. Bryan has had five players earn their PGA Tour playing privileges under his tutelage. Bryan Gathright can be reached at bgathright@cordilleraranch.com. Gevin Allen has been with The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch for the past ten years and has been involved with junior player development from the beginning. He is a U.S. Kids Certified Instructor and TPI Certified Level 3 Golf Professional specializing in Golf Mechanics. Gevin works closely with Ann-Kristin Allen, a TPI Certified Level 3 Fitness Professional, in creating golf fitness programs at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. Gevin Allen can be reached at gallen@cordilleraranch.com. Ann-Kristin Allen can be reached at akallen@cordilleraranch.com. For more information and to register for any Junior Golf Camp, call the Pro Shop at 830.336.4653.

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DINING

TRADITIONS AT THE CLUB By Graham House

With summer just around the corner, anticipation of several celebrations and events, enjoyed annually by many families on the Ranch, grows. As The

Memorial Day

The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of Union war soldiers with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged but Memorial Day was not declared the official name by federal law until 1967. After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress’ change of date within a few years. ............................. The Memorial Day Pool Party will be held on May 27 from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

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Father’s Day

The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first “unofficially” celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother on the anniversary of her death at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States had begun upon her mother’s death in 1905, as she wanted to honor her by continuing the Mother’s Day Work Clubs she had started in the 1850s. Through her organization, Anna’s mother sought to educate other women on poor sanitation conditions that contributed to the high mortality rate of children. In 1908, the US Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would have to also proclaim a “Mother-in-Law’s Day.” But in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day be held on the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor mothers. ....................................................

After Anna Jarvis’ successful promotion of Mother’s Day, the first observance of a Father’s Day was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father, when in December 1907, the Monongah Mining Disaster killed 361 men — 250 of them fathers, and leaving around a thousand fatherless children. Clayton suggested that her pastor honor all of the fathers. However, the celebration of Independence Day overshadowed her attempts to establish Father’s Day. Many others also attempted to establish Father’s Day as a national holiday. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson spoke in Spokane at a Father’s Day celebration, and he wanted to make it an officially recognized federal holiday but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed throughout the entire nation, but he stopped short at issuing a national proclamation. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a Father’s Day proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “singling out just one of our two parents.” In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. The day was finally made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. ....................................................

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Club will be held on May 14 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Akaushi Beef from The Clubs’ Butcher Shop.

how some of these national traditions began.

Mother’s Day

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In recognition of Father’s Day, reward your dad with


Independence Day

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2 when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4. Historians have long disputed whether members of Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. ....................................................

The Fourth of July Pool Party will be held on July 4 from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

felt that every child needed to learn to swim as part of a proper education, along with mathematics, writing, astronomy, etc. In fact, it was standard education to teach children to swim in pools, dating all the way back to 400 BC. Competitive swimming was first introduced in the early 1800’s in Britain by the National Swimming Society. And in 1896, swimming was first included in the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. One of the first in-ground swimming pools in the United States is actually the oldest pool in Texas — Deep Eddy Pool in Austin. Deep Eddy began simply as a swimming hole in the Colorado River that flows through Austin. Cold springs rose from the river banks and people swam in the river where a large boulder formed an eddy. In 1915, A.J. Eilers, Sr. bought the land surrounding the swimming hole and built the concrete pool. The pool served as the centerpiece of a resort, the Deep Eddy Bathing Beach, which featured cabins, camping and concessions. The first recorded above ground swimming pool in the United States (and one of the first in the world) dates back to 1907, and is credited to the Philadelphia Racquet Club. The first swimming pool to literally cross the Atlantic Ocean was installed on the Adriatic cruise ship from White Star Lines in 1907. .................................................... Enjoy your summer at The Clubs’ Cabana and Aquatic Complex, opening weekends beginning May 13 with full summer hours beginning May 27.

For more information on dining and other events, contact The Club reception desk at 830.336.9000. Graham House is the Clubhouse and Lodging Manager at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at ghouse@cordilleraranch.com or 210.219.9005.

Summertime at the Pool

The “Great Bath” is the earliest public water tank in the ancient world. It existed over 5,000 years ago in the Pakistani city settlement of Mohenjo-daro, but the most prominent pool history comes from the ancient Greeks and Romans whose militaries used pools to physically train for war. The great Greek philosopher Plato

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DINING

A ROSÉ BY ANY OTHER NAME Champagne has long been reserved for special occasions — the celebratory toast, the christening of a ship. It’s considered a luxury, with intoxicating hues ranging from gold to salmon and full, bold flavors that tempt your taste buds. Champagne’s exclusive production adds to its distinct appeal. So distinct, in fact, that on July 5, 2015, the World Heritage Committee added the Vineyards, Houses and Cellars of the Champagne region as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But before imbibing in a little bubbly, let’s have a brief history lesson. In the late 1600s, Dom Pierre Perignon was a Benedictine monk and wine maker and spent considerable time trying to prevent bubbles in his wine — a result of Champagne’s cold climate and short growing season. Yeast on grape skins convert the pressed juice to alcohol, but colder temperatures stop this fermentation process. Once the weather warmed in spring, the fermentation began again in bottles, creating trapped carbon dioxide which in turn creates bubbles (Fun Fact: there are approximately 49 million bubbles per standard-sized bottle today). This resulted in an unstable product as the bubbles were causing bottles to explode. Perignon prevented these explosions by way of British ingenuity who developed thicker glass as well as cork seals. He was also the first noted wine maker to blend different grape varieties and grapes from different vineyards (assemblage), and develop a pressing method to extract white juice from black grapes. While Perignon never intended to create Champagne, his research laid the groundwork for Champagne production today. So what sets Champagne apart from other sparkling wines? Reserved only for wines produced in the Champagne region of France, the regulations and standards for producing Champagne are the most stringent of any wine producing in the world. This is referred to as the “Champagne Method” (Méthode Champenoise). This same method, when followed outside the Champagne region, is referred to as the Traditional Method. Three components contribute to the distinctiveness of Champagne. The aforementioned climatic conditions are one. The climate and landscape (terrior), consisting of chalky soils resulting from billions of years of crushed seashells, gives it minerality and an acidic nature. And finally, traditional Champagne employs one or a combination of three grape varieties: Chardonnay (freshness), provides acidity, brightness and a creamy mouth feel; Pinot Meunier (fruitiness), which contributes

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the fleshy aspects of stone fruit; and Pinot Nior (structure), the most finicky and boldest of the three grapes brings the most tannins. To simplify Champagne production, the primary fermentation is like most other wines: naturally occurring yeasts are sometimes aided by cultured yeasts and act as the catalyst that converts sugar to alcohol (fervere). Once the yeast’s life cycle is exhausted and the alcohol content has reached 15 percent per unit volume, it falls to the bottom of the fermentation tank as sediment (lees). This base wine (cuvée) is then bottled and goes through a second fermentation (tirage) where sugar and more yeast is added — creating bubbles from the trapped carbon dioxide — and it is required by law to age a minimum of one-and-a-half years to fully develop; however, the best Champagnes are aged an additional five to six years. After aging, spent yeast cells are removed through riddling (le remuage) where bottles are inverted at a 75 degree angle and turned daily. While at this angle, the neck is frozen in an ice-salt bath which freezes the wine containing the spent yeast cells, the cap is removed, forcing out the plug of frozen wine and leaving behind clear Champagne. At this point, base wine and sugar are added (dosage) before finally being corked and wired. Many other regions of the world produce sparkling wines to the exact Traditional Method. In California, Moët and Chandon was the first to produce Traditional Method sparkling wines with great success due to the cool climate of the Carneros region of Napa, making it most suitable for growing these noble grapes. Adding other growing and production regions was simply out of necessity as the Champagne region is fully developed. Back to a little history. The Clicquot House was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and later run by his son François. Upon his sudden and early death in 1805, Madame Clicquot took over the company. By 1816, she had invented the first riddling table and process to remove settled yeast, and in 1818, she created the first true “Rosé d’assemblage” by adding Pinot Noir grown in the Bouzy village of Champagne to the cuvée. It wasn’t until 2004 that Veuve Clicquot Rosé was launched, and another two years before supply matched demand. Veuve Clicquot is often called “The Red Wine Drinker’s Champagne” because of its higher percentage of Pinot Noir, making it bolder and richer in style. Now when you toast to a special occasion, consider the appealing versatility of Champagne and how it’s a lovely pairing to so many cuisines. What better indulgence from aperitif to digestif? In celebration of Mother’s Day, enjoy your favorite bottle of Rosé or Champagne at a special Mom’s price. Special thanks to Gina Livingston, Moët Hennessy Portfolio Manager for Southern Glazer’s Distributors.


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NAPA VALLEY CELLAR CLUB TRIP Our 5th annual Cordillera Cellar Club trip took us back to the wineries of Napa Valley, which we had not toured since our first and second wine trips beginning in 2012.

Although this was our first winter trip, Napa Valley was beautiful as mustard season was in full bloom, the valleys were a lush green and our resort was a fairyland of moss-covered trees. Previous trips were during summer months, with our third trip focusing solely on the wineries of Sonoma and our last trip to Santa Barbara’s central coast region where we recreated our own Cordillera version of an exclusive Sideways (the wine movie) tour.

Our trip began on Sunday when we all met in San Francisco, and was hosted once again by Debbie Pepper, Membership Director and “unofficial wine tour operator.” We had many veteran Members from our previous trips, including Warren and Lettie Goehringer, David and Gail Sanders, Benjamin and Selena Pena and Kathy Shelton. Enjoying their first Cellar Club trip were Todd and Tara Dunn, Kurt and Amy Pennington, Joe and Sandra Hegyesi and Jeff and Ann Boies. We were also fortunate to have member guests John and Tracy Herrmann join us, as well as Teri Wenglein, a veteran of three previous wine trips and our “unofficial” trip photographer.

Chateau Montelena

This year, we took a page from the famous wine movie Bottle Shock about the historic 1976 Paris blind tasting of Chateau Montelena which put California at the forefront of the wine world. It was in Paris in 1976 that the who’s who of the French Benjamin and Selena Pena, and John and Tracy Herrmann wine and food establishment gathered for a grand tasting at the Inter-Continental Hotel. Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay, rated above all other wines! The results proved that Chateau Montelena could produce some of the world’s finest wine and that the California wine industry had come of age.

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Italics

Enroute from the airport, we stopped at Italics with a cave tour followed by a delicious catered wine lunch paired with their estate wine and blends in their lovely estate home in Coombsville just east of Napa. While quietly unknown, Coombsville was discovered in the 1990s when many well-known up-valley wineries expanded their productions building their brands on Coombsville Cabernet. We were welcomed with Texas-style hospitality from Taylor Martin whose father and grandfather, Mike and Ken Martin,


became owners in 2014 when they sold their large Texas producing company (citrus, onions and melons). The Martins entered the Napa wine scene by acquiring the label 13 Appellations from vintner Steve Reynolds, as well as 71 acres in Coombsville, and began producing their Bordeaux varietals along with Appellations, blended from each of Napa Valley’s other AVAs.

Domaine Chandon

After leaving Italics, we stopped at Domaine Chandon where we toured their beautiful grounds and experienced and compared several vibrant sparkling wines. Ending our day with sparkling wines was a perfect toast to our first day in Napa before heading to our exclusive lodging at Calistoga David and Gail Sanders Ranch, an Auberge Resort and our “home away from home” for the next five days. We absolutely loved the lodging experience where everyone enjoyed their own 1,200-square-foot lodge with wonderful amenities, including indoor/outdoor fireplaces and a private outdoor shower.

Trinchero Family Estates

Day 2 began with the historic Chateau Montelena where we were treated to a unique and extraordinary private tour and tasting experience, learning the history of Jim Barrett’s vision of creat-

ing a First Growth standard of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Even though it was Chardonnay that made history, it’s today’s Cabernet Sauvignon that makes the real statement. We started with a 2007 Chardonnay followed by a vertical of four vintages of the acclaimed Montelena Jeff and Ann Boies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Our history lesson complete, we headed over to the well-renowned Gotts Roadside where we were welcomed and treated by our hosts from Trinchero Family Estates to all the “Gotts favorites,” — a smorgasbord tasting of their famous burgers, sides, salads and every kind of milkshake imaginable! After this delicious gorging (truly), we were treated to a tour and tasting at Trinchero’s beautiful culinary center in an exquisitely appointed private room where we learned the history of the Trinchero family and how they became owners of some of the most sought after vineyards in Napa and a portfolio of more than 45 global wine and spirits brands.

Kuleto Estate

We made a quick stop at Dean & DeLuca’s to spend a little time before heading up the winding road where Kuleto Estate sits magnificently on the mountaintop overlooking Lake Hennessey and Pritchard Hill — and another winery owner with Texas roots… Bill Foley of Foley Family Wines. Our Kurt and Amy Pennington grounds tour was cut short due to intermittent rain but we enjoyed the beautiful views and a lovely catered dinner and wine tasting featuring their 2013 Estate Chardonnay and Cabernet. Day 3 began with a very special tasting and visit to Quintessa. Our Quintessential Quintessa experience began with a unique cave and winery tour featuring the winery’s eco-sensitive design integrat-

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Quintessa

ing nature and winemaking with a gravity flow process. Grapes are crushed on the winery roof and flow into the fermentation room below. Sitting at the foot of the Vaca Mountain range, the winery is a natural mosaic of hills and valleys with a variety of soils and microclimates producing beautiful wines. Later, we Joe and Sandra Hegyesi hiked to a private pavilion overlooking Dragon’s Lake with sweeping views of the vineyards below. There we tasted two extraordinary library vintages, two block samples and their current release — starting with 2010, a 2013 current release, block samples from two different vineyards and their 2015 Illunination. What a wonderful way to start our day!

Reynolds Family Winery

Our last stop of the day was the perfect ending to a perfect beginning at Reynolds Family Winery where we not only enjoyed wonderful wines, but met owner Steve Reynolds and learned about his interesting journey from dentist to farmer to wine grower/ operator and now owner of Todd and Tara Dunn a full-time family business. Just south of Stags Leap, the growing conditions here are ideal for producing big, rich, complex wines and Reynolds’ 9+acres are planted solely in Cabernet Sauvignon. However, Steve also sources fruit from multiple vineyards throughout the valley to produce other blends, as well as Pinot and Chardonnay. We thoroughly enjoyed the barrel tasting and Steve’s red blend Persistence, Reynolds Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet, Merlot and the tasting favorite, of course, Steadfast! We ended our day at LaTravigne in St. Helena for a casual pizza and Italian fare before heading back to Calistoga Ranch.

Round Pond Estates

Not to be outdone, we next enjoyed another extraordinary lunch and tasting experience at Round Pond Estates just down the road in Rutherford. We started with an intimate and informative estate garden tour learning about the “farm to table Il Pranzo” luncheon, which included a guided tasting of their estate grown artisan olive oils, red wine vinegars and estate wines followed by our delicious meal with paired wines. The experience was the perfect combination of fresh air and fresh foods on the covered terrace overlooking the vineyards.

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Day 4…. ahhh… our “rest and revive day.” Most of the guys played golf at Silverado Golf Resort while everyone else stayed at the resort to enjoy Calistoga’s relaxing spa facilities before heading to St. Helena for a little shopping. The evening dinner was at PRESS restaurant in St. Helena…. everyone’s favorite


Castello di Amorosa

dinner as it has been on previous trips! We also sang Happy Anniversary by phone to Robbie Shelton who was unable to join Kathy for the trip — a fun, fun evening! Day 5 featured two stops — the first of which was Castello di Amorosa, the only authentic medieval (13th century) Italian Tuscan castle and winery built in America. We entered this amazing castle by drawbridge and began our tour. The castle is over 121,000 square feet, including an enormous Great Hall with two-story replicated Tuscan frescos painted by Italian artists and a 500-year-old fireplace… a history lesson in murals! We especially enjoyed the dungeon and torture chamber which contained original torture devices that were horrifically on display along with original knight armor and so much more… a true museum. We also toured the underground chambers with ancient Roman cross-vaulted ceilings and arguably the single most impressive wine barrel room in the U.S. We thoroughly enjoyed our reserve tasting in one of the barrel rooms which featured Italian-style varietals including a Super Tuscan, Sangiovese and a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc as well as a Spumante, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, followed by lunch.

part of the original property and Chateau, restoring the estate to its historic dimensions. We toured the grounds, barrel rooms and the exquisite Chateau, so lovingly revitalized under the Coppolas ownership. The Centennial Museum was truly amazing, showcasing movie memorabilia and Warren and Lettie Goehringer Oscars from many of Coppola’s film, as well as a ‘48 Tucker sedan from the movie Tucker. Our grand finale was a private reserve tasting in the South Barrel Room overlooking the exquisite terrace and Chateau grounds with wine educator and Master Sommelier Anthony Mueller. Great history, great education and great wine! Our trip concluded on Thursday with a cave dinner at Calistoga Ranch where we toasted the end to another fabulous trip, making new friends and lasting memories. Come join us on our next wonderful wine adventure! Debbie Pepper is the Director of Membership at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. She can be reached at dpepper@cordilleraranch.com or 830.336.9000.

Inglenook

Our last, but certainly not least, visit was an impressive Chateau tour and tasting at historic Inglenook, originally founded in 1879. In 1975, after many changes in ownership, Francis and Eleanor Coppola purchased part of the historic Inglenook Estate, and in 1978 produced the first vintage of Rubicon, the estate’s flagship wine. In 1995, the Coppolas purchased the remaining

Teri Wenglein, Debbie Pepper and Kathy Shelton

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KAYAKING and the Upper Guadalupe River By Shane Reynolds :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle

With spring upon us and most of the waterways in the Hill Country running well above average, this is a great time to explore and enjoy the Upper Guadalupe River between Sisterdale and Guadalupe State Park.


There is no better way to explore the Guadalupe River than by kayak. The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch has a fleet of kayaks for our members and their guests to utilize and invite you to come give it a try. As the Outfitter for The Club, we offer complimentary Learn to Kayak classes during the spring and summer. We teach kayaking on Swede Creek Lake, a very controlled environment and a great place to learn to paddle before heading out onto the waters of the Guadalupe. The Club has all sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks, which are the easiest and safest kayaks to paddle. Sit-on-tops have similar hull shapes to their traditional counterparts, but instead of sitting inside the kayak, you sit in a molded-in depression on top. Siton-tops share many benefits with traditional sit-insides, but are easier to use. There are sit-on-tops for fishing, surfing, touring, scuba diving and more. Sit-on-tops have a few advantages over sit-insides, one of which is comfort. Paddlers with large body types, long legs or limited flexibility feel less confined paddling a sit-on-top. One of the biggest benefits, though, is the self-rescue. Because sit-on-tops have an open deck rather than an enclosed one, there is no risk of being trapped in the boat if it tips over — no need to practice rolls or wet exits, which really appeals to new paddlers. From its headwaters outside Kerrville, the Guadalupe River flows over a limestone bed lined with beautiful, huge, old Cypress trees accented by Pecans, Sycamores, Elms, Live Oaks and others that add to the scenic attraction of the river. The river is slightly narrower near the headwaters with shallow banks and gravel bars, and with fewer rapids. The gradient increases as it moves towards Cordillera Ranch, where rapids exist just below the ranch at Bergheim as the river makes it way towards Canyon Lake and ultimately towards the Gulf of Mexico. The water quality in the Upper Guadalupe is generally very good. However, it will become muddy after a rainfall, and may become cluttered with debris during flood stage conditions. The river slows down during the dog days of summer unless there is adequate rainfall to keep the water flowing. The Upper Guadalupe is a free flowing river at the mercy of rainfall and spring flow. We have three spring-fed creeks on Cordillera Ranch that contribute to this beautiful waterway. The first is Spring Creek, which has steady flow as it drops underground in dry times just south of the bridge across Cordillera Trace. The next is Swede Creek, which has a steady constant flow and feeds the lake at Swede Creek Park. The last is Panther Creek, which is in The Springs of Cordillera Ranch on the east side of FM3351. This beautiful creek is also lined with Cypress trees and has a steady flow down into the Guadalupe River. Early spring to late June is generally best for kayaking, followed by late September through early November. With proper cold weather gear, the Upper Guadalupe can be

RIVER DISTANCES AROUND CORDILLERA RANCH Hwy 474 to Swede Creek at Cordillera Ranch

13 miles

Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area to Swede Creek at Cordillera Ranch

11 miles

Swede Creek at Cordillera Ranch to Bergheim Campground (FM 3351) 1.8 miles Bergheim Campground (FM 3351) to Edge Falls Road

3.8 miles

Edge Falls Road to Guadalupe State Park

4.25 miles

Guadalupe State Park to Spring Branch Road

4 miles

Spring Branch Road to Hwy 281

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paddled in the winter when temperatures are permissible and adequate flow is available. Summer paddling is fun and adventurous with adequate rainfall, but can be a bit challenging in the small rapids when flows are below 100 cubic feet per second (cfs). Summer temperatures should be considered a hazard if proper precautions are not taken. Always have protective clothing, sunscreen and plenty of non-alcoholic liquids to prevent dehydration. I have paddled every section of the Upper Guad between Comfort and Canyon Lake over the past eleven years. During that time I have witnessed many changes in the character of this river. The Upper Guad is my favorite Hill Country river to paddle because it is serenely beautiful, seldom crowded and offers an enjoyable paddle trip for almost any paddler. There are some good Class II drops, and at high water levels some of them can become Class III ratings. The Upper Guad is a pool-and-drop river, typical of most Texas rivers. I have paddled the Upper Guad in the heat of the summer and cold of winter. The giant Cypress trees that line this river make for a beautiful paddling experience in the spring and fall when the grasses are green and the trees are in full bloom. I highly recommend this river for anybody wanting to experience the joys of kayaking. The River Club also has toobs, which offer a slow-paced and intimate way to enjoy the river. Headwinds can also be a challenge unless the water is moving, so plan trip distances according to flow rate and wind conditions for the most enjoyable paddle trip. Shane Reynolds is the Outdoor Recreation Director at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at sreynolds@ cordilleraranch.com or 210.616.6051, or The Cordillera Ranch Outfitter Center at 830.336.4823 for detailed float times and current river conditions.

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Imagine yourself running the Guadalupe River with a bunch of friends or family members. You take a break from the constant downstream action to get out and stretch. When you turn your attention back to the river, reality hits, your group has already disappeared out of site. Many river trips consist of small groups of boaters who don’t often boat together. Whether or not you boat together often, it is a good idea to have a safety discussion before launching. There are at least three topics that should be discussed before each launch: river hazards, river signals and group dynamics. The most important issue to discuss is “what are the hazards on the run?” Hazards include trees, holes, waterfalls, etc. That is, any river feature that could potentially cause you to have a bad day. Club Outfitter staff will help identify potential river hazards for you before launching you on your trip, but it’s a better idea to try and educate yourself and others to these potential hazards. Next on the agenda, boaters should adopt some formula for hanging together. I like the policy where everyone keeps visual contact with the next boater to the rear. This allows the group to spread out when desired, while giving everyone the confidence that they won’t be left running a rapid solo. Other recommendations include appointing a lead and a sweep, which works well when some members of the group are pushing their abilities. The worst policy is “every man for himself.” Let’s avoid that one. Finally you want to make sure that everyone uses a common set of visual signals for communicating on the river. The American Canoe Association (ACA) has endorsed a set of Universal River Signals and they serve as a good place to start. These signals have the advantage that they are known to paddlers around the world and in all paddle sports. The most important signal to know is EMERGENCY. Waving your hands frantically, waving a paddle over your head or three long blasts on a whistle are universally accepted distress signals. If you notice anyone using this signal, you should stop what you are doing and lend a hand. When using signals to communicate hazards on the river, the basic concept is “Don’t point at the hazard.” To signal STOP, form a horizontal bar with your hands or paddle and move it up and down for attention. To indicate ALL CLEAR, form a vertical bar with your paddle or with one arm held high. To signal direction or a preferred course through a rapid around an obstruction, lower the previously vertical signal toward the direction of the preferred course. You don’t have to be limited by these signals; they can be changed (slightly) or augmented to create a more complete language. The important thing is to talk about them and let everyone in the group know what the signals are. The main point is to talk about the run before you start. If you are new to the river, be sure to let others know what your skill level is. Have fun, be safe and enjoy the beautiful Guadalupe River!


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OUTDOORS liefs, stress triggers, self-management and other core issues that may be standing in the way of achieving excellence. Lesson activities may involve group tasks using several horses or it may pair up one student to one horse; this dynamic can offer a myriad of learning opportunities for both intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. One example of this may start out with students individually paired with a horse with the aim of getting “their horse” to pass between two marked cones. Then, as a variation or continuation of this same exercise, we might have the entire group work as a team to get one horse (that they collectively select) to pass through the cones... only this time “without talking.” Suddenly, students are able to determine the difference between solving problems independently and that success sometimes means reaching out to others for assistance. Developing this wisdom is essential to navigating through all of life’s adversities. Students begin to understand cause and effect, how what they verbally say (or don’t say) and physically do will relate not only to themselves but to their peers, classmates and family. This mirror-like heightened awareness that results from interacting and working with the horses naturally provides guidance for students to arrive at a clearer sense of self, self-awareness and improved self-confidence. This process encourages communication of conflicts and insight into problems with the goal being relief of symptoms, changes in behavior, improved social and vocational functioning and personal growth. These skills are easily transferred into real life by helping to develop a plan to nurture other areas of their life. At The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, one of our “Main Things” is to offer unique programming for our members and their guests. Contact Katy Burbank at the Cordillera Ranch Equestrian Center to learn how Equine Facilitated Learning can help adolescents foster invaluable life skills, such as: • Responsibility for self, actions and a life plan • How to trust and be trustworthy • Body language and social cues • Coping skills • Setting goals and follow-through • Resiliency to reassess if obstacles arise • Self-confidence and self-esteem • Provide insights into stress and personal management • Building important social and relationship skills • Concept of personal and time management • Self-initiative and motivation

HORSES AND KIDS: A Non-Traditional Approach To Horsemanship And Learning By Shane Reynolds :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle

In today’s competitive world, it has become much more imperative to get ahead of the pack early in life. However, due to greater stress rates amongst school-aged children, especially in high school and collegiate prep schools, it is much harder to remain competitive. On the premise of preparing students to learn how to be successful, working with horses can give kids the confidence and skills they need to work towards goals in other areas of their lives. Katy Burbank, the New Equestrian Manager at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, has realized that horses can serve as the missing piece of the puzzle to help adolescents prepare for adulthood and to harness their energy, motivation and goals into a design for future successes. Katy has combined her love of horses and past experience in Equine Facilitated Therapy to develop a lesson program where horses are utilized as teachers for youth who are yearning to excel but are struggling with competition, grades, peer pressure, concentration and concerns about their future. Horses rely on their instinct and intuition, and because of this they are adept at reading non-verbal cues and reflect back to the individual with their responses. They are sentient beings with emotions, memories and empathetic abilities providing an environment that is supportive and non-judgmental. The horse is the teacher via cause and effect, creating a challenging arena to process students’ limiting be-

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Katy Burbank is the Equestrian Manager at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. She can be reached at 210.249.8116.


SPA

KEEP CALM And Spa On By Kelsey Grudle

Everyone says it. “We should get together more often.” Now you can host the ultimate gathering with your girlfriends with a Spa Party at the Cordillera Ranch Spa Club, or as we like to call them here on the Ranch, “Sparties.”

Sparties are increasing in popularity as they provide a unique way to host traditional celebrations such as birthday parties, wedding and baby showers and bachelorette parties. With little effort on your part, you and up to six of your friends, ages teens to adults, can delight themselves in a selection of different massage and skin care treatments, and other amenities including our dry sauna. First, you are lured in by the intoxicating scent of candles, oils and lotions, and an attentive staff that is waiting to greet you. You slip into luxurious robes and are treated to cocktails, a delicious catered lunch with your own dedicated server and spa services of your choice. With massage therapy ranging from light pressure to deep tissue and hot stone massages, and a variety of organic facials, there is really something for everyone. And these services are taken to the extreme with the most exquisite products, lovely surroundings and private relaxation and locker rooms — you’ll never want to leave. We even offer childcare. Our Kid’s Camp Center is available for your children and our friendly counselors will engage your child in fun activities such as games, arts and crafts, or reading while you unwind.

So when it’s time for you and your girlfriends to revive, rejuvenate, restore and reconnect, consider the ultimate in pampering with a Sparty at The Cordillera Ranch Spa Club. For more information and reservations, contact Kelsey Grudle at kgrudle@cordilleraranch.com or 830.446.2711.

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FITNESS By Ann-Kristin Allen :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle

This past October we attended the 2016 World Golf Fitness Summit at New Orleans. The 2016 WGFS brings together the world’s leaders in athletic performance to discuss the latest research and application of golf fitness, and an opportunity to interact face-to-face with those coaching, training and healing the world’s best golfers. This is where we were introduced to LightMD.

LIGHT THERAPY:

AN ALTERNATIVE TO PAIN MANAGEMENT

LightMD is trusted by the Titleist Performance Institute as one of their premier vendors. It is a highly programmable system that allows access to the full spectrum of red through infrared light. This is important because different parts of the body — skin, tissue, muscles, etc., respond best to different wavelengths, as proven by countless research. This is to reduce pain and recovery time as it reduces inflammation and increases cellular energy, tissue strength and circulation. We have had a chance to incorporate this treatment into our regular practice of golf instruction and golf fitness, and the results at The Club have been impressive.

“I returned from my second ski trip this year with a very noticeable case of tendonitis in my left wrist (caused by repetitive pole plants). I had a similar condition in my right elbow two years ago, also caused by skiing. Then, the pain persisted for at least nine months, and definitely affected my ability to play and practice golf throughout the spring, summer and fall. This time, AK recommended light therapy from LightMD. I had one 20 minute treatment. To my amazement, within a few days, I was 100% pain free.” - Kemp Copeland

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Light - A New Paradigm for a Healthy Life, by Richard K. Williams, CEO, LightMD and Dan Schell, President and Inventor, LightMD As we age, particularly if we engage in exercise or competitive sports, our bodies invariably experience physiological stresses associated with being subjected to injury, disease, immune distress and even normal hormonal changes. The result of this relentless cascade of misfortunes is reduced circulation and a systemic decrease in tissue and organ oxygenation, in turn causing inflammation, muscle fatigue and tightness, decreased range of motion, localized tissue pain, a greater propensity for injuries (primarily from hyper extensions or muscle cramps), and in many cases the onerous onset of chronic pain invariably leading to debilitating arthritis of muscles and joints. If, however, cells are regularly flooded with energy in the form of photons of the right wavelengths, i.e. infrared and certain colors of visible light (such as red light), the non-ionizing energy naturally absorbed by cells’ organelles (especially mitochondria) can stimulate cell regeneration, invoke tissue repair, release nitrous oxide (NO) to enhance blood flow through vasodilation, generate increased levels of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) to power cellular metabolism, and together suppress or eliminate pain. The science of repairing tissue or suppressing pain through the use of non-ionizing radiation (light) is known as photobiomodulation therapy (PBT), also commonly referred to as “phototherapy.” While many hardware platforms and commercial gadgets promise efficacious phototherapy treatments to suffering patients, the truth is the vast majority of phototherapy devices lack the power or the required degree of control and knowhow to insure light penetrates the body’s epithelial layer and is absorbed, i.e. metabolized, by the underlying tissue targeted.

LightMD’s Unique Phototherapy System Based on over a decade of case studies and engineering developments, the ABP1003 Phototherapy System available in the USA exclusively from LightMD represents the state-of-theart in medical-grade phototherapy. Each system comprises a touch-screen based “LightMachine” central controller and two sets of 3D-bendable flexible hypoallergenic polymeric LightPads, with each of the six LightPads containing hundreds of super-luminous (i.e. high-brightness) red and infrared LEDs. In use, the snug fit offered by its bendable LightPads to the human torso and appendages insures superior energy coupling into affected tissue with minimal unwanted reflections or scattering. Each LightPad is driven in a programmed sequence or “treatment” (typically lasting 20 minutes) comprising alternating intervals of red and infrared light (to control penetration depth) pulsed at prescribed rates to maximize energy coupling to specific tissue types. Treatments, in turn, are organized into sequences called “protocols” to insure pain, inflammation, and infection are combatted systematically to speed recovery. LEDs are driven at their maximum possible brightness to insure treatment efficacy yet to avoid burn risk and insure photobiological safety (a safety level lasers cannot guarantee). Moreover, based on a decade of exhaustive case studies, the importance of LED pulse frequency rates and the system’s versatile control of these pulse rates cannot be overstated. For example, high frequency pulsed operation reduces pain by controlling signal transduction throughout the nervous system while lower frequencies are used to stimulate the release of nitrous oxide (NO) thereby improving vasodilation and tissue oxygenation. As a class II device, the light therapy offered by LightMD is based on FDA audited and approved technology now authorized for use in the USA, in Taiwan, in Dubai, and across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with more countries coming soon. In addition to its global medical, safety and GMP (good manufacturing practices) certifications, the device is also protected by numerous claims granted by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (US PTO) to its FDA approved manufacturing business partner Applied BioPhotonics Ltd. Ann-Kristin Allen is a TPI Certified Fitness Professional Level 3, a Certified Yoga for Golfers Level 2 and an Eldoa Certified Level 2, LightMD provider. She can be reached at akallen@cordilleraranch.com or 210.367.5942.

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COMMUNITY

CONFERENCE HOTEL TO LIFT BOERNE SKYLINE Local governments, tourism gurus and developers see project as economic catalyst.

By Kevin Thompson :: Renderings courtesy of Phoenix Hospitality Group

Later this year, a four-story, 124-room Hilton DoubleTree Hotel will rise among these hills. Located in South Boerne or “SoBo,” the upscale facility will offer 7,500 square feet of meeting space, a sit-down restaurant, a full-service bar and a resort-style pool. It’s been a long time coming.

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Years in the Making Hospitality industry veteran Larry Woods has directed Boerne’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for nearly ten years. “We’ve been talking about a conference center hotel for much of that time,” Woods said. “This won’t be your average DoubleTree. It will be a tremendous anchor for SoBo.” The project isn’t Hilton’s first look at Boerne. Ten years ago, local hotelier Ed McClure planned to wrap a DoubleTree around the historic Ye Kendall Inn. Then came financial crisis. “Our industry was extremely adversely affected by the downturn,” lamented McClure, who sold his interest in Ye Kendall Inn in 2012. Since then, McClure has constructed five Hilton brand hotels around San Antonio, primarily through public-private partnerships. “We’ve had success in communities that see hospitality as a critical component of economic development,” McClure noted. McClure built one conference center hotel on “a depressed strip” in Live Oak northeast of San Antonio. Now the street is lined with new restaurants and retail. IKEA is building close by. “The hotel has had an enormous impact,” McClure observed. “It was a brilliant move by the City of Live Oak.”

Here to Stay McClure and his wife Elisa still live on the same Kendall County property where they once operated the award-winning Guadalupe River Ranch in the 1990s. Their grown kids live in Boerne and work in the business. “We have come full circle,” said McClure who connected with land developer Ross Partlow last year to explore options for a full-service hotel in Boerne. Since relocating to Boerne from Corpus in 2007, Partlow has been improving vacant land for commercial use, first on Highway 46 East and now along Interstate 10. Partlow takes a balanced tack. “We have a long-term outlook that an out-of-town developer might not have,” Partlow explained. “We live here. Our kids go to school here. We have a deep understanding of the market. We’re sensitive to the community’s concerns, and we understand what’s lacking.”

Need for Space The CVB’s Woods knows exactly what’s lacking: meeting space. “We’re missing state association business on a regional level, not to mention corporate business,” Woods stated. “75 percent of the business of the proposed hotel will be business we don’t currently get because we don’t have the space.” Presently, the largest meeting space in Boerne is 4,500 square feet, but it’s attached to a hotel that only has 42 rooms. “We’re upside down,” Woods said. While critics wonder whether the project will negatively impact existing hotels in town, Partlow thinks differently. “We will have meeting space to host 400 people, but we’re only building 124 hotel rooms,” he said. “When we host large events, all hotels stand to benefit, not to mention other local businesses and restaurants.” “The sky is not falling,” assured Woods who noted that

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hotel visitors in Boerne spend on average $95 per day. That translated into $15 million of economic impact last year. But most of that happened on weekends. “Weeknights are our weak nights,” Woods quipped. “The proposed hotel will bring people in Monday through Thursday. It will fill a huge void.” McClure agreed, “Boerne’s Main Street will really stabilize when we get enough people to spend money on Tuesday night or Wednesday afternoon.”

A Team Effort Late last year, the Boerne Kendall County Economic Development Corporation worked with city and county leaders to craft a multi-tax abatement package to entice McClure and Partlow. Local government officials hope the new hotel will help achieve a longstanding goal: stymie the leakage of spending into Bexar County. “Many people who visit Boerne end up staying at La Cantera or The Eilan,” Partlow explained. “A full-service hotel will minimize that seepage. We want people not just to visit, but to stay and spend their dollars. Everyone wins at that point.” According to McClure, disposable income will go into the quality of life aspects of Boerne: galleries, restaurants, bars and attractions like Cibolo Nature Center. “People will come to Boerne for the reasons we live in Boerne — and they’ll leave some of their money behind.” Though McClure claims it’s his “absolute skinniest” tax rebate deal to date, the net present value of the incentive package is estimated at $3.5 million. The developers will get 75 percent rebates on real estate, hotel and sales taxes for up to fifteen years. McClure said the project wouldn’t happen but for local government involvement. “On the Riverwalk or even at La Cantera, you can very easily make assumptions that even a banker can understand — no offense to bankers,” McClure explained. “But there is no established market in Boerne. We needed help to secure equity, debt and a commitment from Hilton.” Taxpayers didn’t take it in the shorts, however, at least according to Partlow. “Our elected officials really studied and understood the vision and benefits of this project,” he observed. “They were very tough. They negotiated a fair deal for the local community.” Partlow noted the tax incentives are totally selffunded by the performance of the project. The city and county are paying nothing “out-of-pocket.”

Positioned for Success Even with millions of dollars of public investment, the $24 million project is not without risk. “This is a capital-intensive and management-intensive business,” stated McClure. “There are more ways for things to go wrong than right. But with our industry experience, we will mitigate those risks.” Woods is equally confident. “Hilton would not allow it to be built if there was a good chance it would fail.”


COMMUNITY

AT THE HEART OF BOERNE:

THE PATRICK HEATH PUBLIC LIBRARY By Mauri Elbel :: Photography by Mark Menjivar

“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft, and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen.”

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These famously-quoted and eloquently written words from British journalist and author Caitlin Moran couldn’t be a more fitting way to describe what the Patrick Heath Public Library means to the quaint community of Boerne. “For this community, this is the one space that allows anybody to use it,” says Kelly Skovbjerg, library director. “People come here to hold meetings. People come to study and socialize. There’s a middle school across the street and we have 100-plus school kids here every day after school. On any given day, we have anywhere from 600-700 people here on average.” Those are big numbers for little Boerne, a bucolic Hill Country town of 14,000. But folks come from all around Bexar County and the surrounding pint-sized towns of Comfort, Kerrville and Bandera to visit the 30,000-square-foot library tucked in the heart of Boerne and set back on one of the last remaining green spaces on the town’s Main Street. “When people drive up, they are very surprised when they walk in the door,” says Skovbjerg. “It is surprising for a town of this size to have this large of a library and such a vast amount of resources.”


On the outside, the contemporary, glass-surrounded structure designed by O’Neill Conrad Oppelt Architects (now known as OCO LPA) is an architectural stand out that coalesces harmoniously with its picturesque Hill Country setting dotted with live oaks and landscaped with native plantings. The modern design, defined by expansive windows, indigenous limestone and reclaimed regional longleaf pine on both the interior and exterior, connects the structure to its surroundings and allows natural light and rolling Hill Country views to pour in from multiple spaces and levels. The LEED Gold Certified library, completed in 2011, features sustainable materials spanning desks crafted from recycled sunflower seed husks to flooring made from recycled materials while the structure’s site orientation effectively maximizes on natural light and shading to reduce energy usage. An interpretive area located at the north end of the building includes a windmill, water tank and historic smokehouse that allows people to enjoy the natural beauty of the site, and just last year, an amphitheater was added behind the property. Named after Patrick Heath, who served as Boerne’s mayor from 1987-2007 and was a strong advocate for libraries, the library’s mission is to open doors to people of diverse backgrounds and needs and to enrich lives and equip people with unique opportunities to engage and connect in a global society. “Our overriding goals are lifelong learning — to be able to provide resources and space for people to learn throughout their life, to offer those kinds of resources that allow people to be entertained, and to provide a space to connect and a quiet place to study and read,” says Skovbjerg. Through its expansive adult, youth and family programming, wealth of resources and impressive services, there is no doubt the library is fulfilling its mission. Just as astounding as the visual design that meets the eye on the outside is what unfolds inside the stunning structure on a daily basis. “We have a little bit of everything — 50,000 plus physical resources rang-

ing from DVDs, audio books and printed books, plus thousands of digital resources,” says Skovbjerg. “We have eight different places that people can rent to have meetings, ranging from conference rooms to community rooms to study rooms.” There are also up to eight different book clubs for adults going on at all times covering diverse genres ranging from mystery to nonfiction, and heaps of children’s programs that occur almost daily, explains the library director. Various story times are geared to babies through 5-year-olds and occur throughout the week. After school programs take place every school day except Thursdays — kids can participate in robotics on Mondays, fitness programs on Tuesdays, Spanish and French clubs on Wednesdays and beginning ballet on Fridays. All of the programs are free to attend and open to the public. Older students can take advantage of the library’s wealth of resources and databases such as tutor.com, which allows them to connect with online tutors for homework assistance, job help, GED prep and more for free. The library also features a teen area geared to grades 6 and above where monthly clubs ranging from crafting and photography to writing and anime take place. A slew of enriching and exciting programs and events are already underway for the summer months, built around the library’s 2017 theme “Build A Better World” and designed to appeal to all ages, from children’s performers brought in each Monday to teen and adult programs. Online reading tools allow visitors to track the books they read and earn points for coming to the library throughout the summer. “In small towns, especially, libraries are very important,” says Skovbjerg. “They are a community hub. It’s the only place a person can go and be fully welcomed in and stay all day. A library is only as good as its community.” For more information on the Patrick Heath Public Library including hours and programs, visit www.boernelibrary.org.

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PREFERRED BUILDER HOMES

Deliver Best Resale Value Again in 2016 By Charlie Hill

CHRISTO FILIS CUSTOM HOMES

THE VALUE PROPOSITION When evaluating what builder to select for your custom home, you want a builder whose product is going to stand the test of time and deliver the highest quality craftsmanship that will result in strong value over time. Preferred Builder homes consistently have the highest resale value in Cordillera Ranch. In fact, Preferred Builder homes accounted for two-thirds of the resale homes in 2016 and those homes sold for 44 percent more than resale homes not originally built by Preferred Builders. Generally speaking, Preferred Builder homes’ higher level of craftsmanship and quality have given them an edge in the resale market. One myth about the Preferred Builders at Cordillera Ranch is that they are more expensive than other builders because of the marketing fee they pay to Cordillera Ranch. This is simply an inaccurate assessment of how all builders (and frankly all businesses) operate. Israel Pena of Authentic Custom Homes explains, “Our marketing relationship with Cordillera Ranch allows me to focus on operating a homebuilding company and delivering the best possible home for my client. I’ve effectively outsourced a major part of my marketing and branding to Cordillera Ranch — there’s not a successful company in any industry that exists without some marketing budget.” It’s likely that because of the scale of Cordillera Ranch’s annual marketing budget and the ability to create a consortium of marketing power with the builders, that the Preferred Builders have a more cost-efficient marketing operation and thus can allocate less dollars per home to marketing. Simply put: the Cordillera Ranch Preferred Builders have a marketing economy of scale that allows better cost efficiency than some equallysized custom builder competitors. The Preferred Builders’ cost efficiency does not end with marketing. The Preferred Builders are each consistently Authentic Custom Homes building three to five more homes in

You have found the perfect property for your dream home and now you just need to match it with the perfect builder to turn your vision into reality. Where to begin the search? First, it’s important to understand that building a custom home is not a transaction: it’s a relationship and a commitment that should not be oversimplified. Furthermore, it’s a relationship that often extends beyond the time you actually move into your home and for that reason, choosing a builder that carries a reputation of following through on commitments is critical. Cordillera Ranch’s four Preferred Builders have long-standing reputations of standing by their homes. Although it is not a requirement to use a Preferred Builder, their reputation for delivering the highest quality homes and value has allowed them to build the majority of homes in Cordillera Ranch. These builders account for 70 percent of the homes currently under construction and among the many reasons most owners put their trust in these Preferred Builders is their referral base from former customers. Their extensive experience in building custom homes in Cordillera Ranch and their knowledge of these uniquely comprehensive and detailed design guidelines is extremely valuable — and makes the design and building process easier for clients.

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Cordillera Ranch than other builders. This leads to economies of scale with trades and suppliers that is difficult to achieve otherwise. In addition, each of the Preferred Builders have most, if not all, of their construction jobs within Cordillera Ranch which allows for much more cost-efficient — and effective — job supervision. The value proposition of a Preferred Builder extends beyond their cost-efficient model. How valuable is your time? Do you want to partner with a builder that has built 30+ homes in Cordillera Ranch and will save you time and money in the design review process or one that may still be sorting through the nuances and thus may lead to costly delays or change orders? “It saves everyone time and provides great comfort to clients when I can confidently guide a client through the site layout process by understanding what has worked for me previously in the community on a similar lot,” says Damon Christofilis of Christofilis Custom Homes. “There is a lot of art in laying out your home site here, and if you approach it any other way then you probably haven’t maximized the beauty of your lot and ultimately the value of your home,” adds Ray Stadler. Many homeowners were living elsewhere during the home building process so having a Preferred Builder they could trust to navigate the process and communicate throughout has been essential. “We were living in Virginia during the building stage and only came to check on the progress about once a month. I think that speaks a lot about Garner Homes — they kept us thoroughly informed of all progress and decisions that needed to be made,” said Tim and Jenefer Reardon, who built with Garner Custom Homes. In summary, choosing your custom builder can make or break the ease and enjoyment of your building experience. To learn more about each of these Preferred Builders, stop by the Cordillera Ranch Visitors Center or call us as 830.336.3570.

Christofilis Custom Homes

Garner Custom Homes

Stadler Custom Homes

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46 VERDE POINT $1,399,000

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6,574 Square Feet

MLS# 1226976

Spacious living, indoors and outdoors, is redefined in this beautifully appointed 2-acre compound. Three separate living quarters provide the feel of a family compound covered with canopies of Live Oaks and an acre of manicured lawn. A wall of glass disappears into pockets and opens the main dwelling for all to enjoy the vast gathering areas of the kitchen, eating area and spacious great room featuring a towering fireplace and rough sawn beams. The study converts to an additional guest room via a Murphy bed. Interior finishes of wood stone, custom cabinetry and special ceiling treatments complete the allure. The outdoor kitchen and covered patio with a fireplace and a fire pit allow for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining. Detached guest quarters have their own living areas with a kitchen/kitchenette for added functionality. • • • • • • • •

4 bedroom, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage Chef’s kitchen with Dacor® appliance package Arched galleries, reclaimed wood beams, brick accent and hand-troweled walls Large arched windows and glass doors Cave stone, stucco and tile exterior Luxurious, oversized master suite Rio Cordillera gate and Outfitter Center convenience Golf Membership available for purchase through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

47 SWEDE SPRINGS $1,197,000

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4,515 Square Feet

MLS# 1205126

This Santa Barbara style, open concept home sits on 3.45 acres with great Oak trees, and it’s an easy stroll to the 60 acre park/Guadalupe River. With 4,515 square feet of living space and an additional 1,000 square feet of outdoor space, this home boasts a gourmet kitchen with an eat-at bar, flex space for a nursery, exercise room or office and a rear sun room offers additional living space or a game room. Interior finishes include tile and wood flooring, floating beams and reclaimed wood walls in living areas. The entry courtyard with a wall fountain offers a serene and welcoming entry to the home. • 4 bedrooms, 6 baths, 3 car garage • 3.45 acres • Bonus room above garage • Entry courtyard / Rear veranda with grill • Jenn-Air appliances

208 RIO CORDILLERA $635,000

• Central utilities • Simple lines and details • Golf Membership available for purchase through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

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3,504 Square Feet

MLS# 1228087

This gorgeous four-bedroom Hill Country-Style home sits on a large lot of 5.76 heavily wooded acres. Classic and casual Hill Country design includes a standing seam metal roof, stucco and stone accents, and multiple covered porches. Other highly desirable features include a large veranda and outdoor seating area for casual entertaining around the stunning swimming pool. This large lot is fenced on the perimeter and is suitable for horses. • • • • • •

4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 car garage Mesquite wood floors Central vacuum system Swimming pool with water feature Bonus room/game room upstairs Master Golf Membership available for purchase through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

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3,834+/- Square Feet

MLS# 1187458

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

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

62 OAKLAND HILLS $1,750,000

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5,068 Square Feet

MLS# 1217420

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

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

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

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1205 CORDILLERA TRACE $1,995,000

8,469 Square Feet

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MLS# 1220933

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

103 WOOD GLEN $1,335,900

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4,468 Square Feet

MLS# 1183098

Live a true Tuscan hilltop, resort lifestyle every day! Robert Thornton’s classic craftsmanship features stained concrete floors and interior stone elements, and a functional floorplan with multiple, sizeable patios to enjoy panoramic views in every direction. The finest finishes inside are complemented by the ultimate in outdoor entertainment featuring a wine room with a 650 bottle cellar, pizza kitchen, large outdoor fireplace, covered patio, pool and hot tub. Extensive landscaping and lighting complete this Italian dream! • • • •

4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage Stained concrete and Hickory wood floors Spacious bedrooms each with own bath Outdoor living includes pool with spa and waterfall, upper terrace with fireplace, wood fired pizza oven and detached Wine house • Great views from this hilltop retreat • Golf Membership available for purchase through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

75 ST. ANDREWS $975,000

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3,654 Square Feet

MLS# 1236276

This is the only home with a pool located in Clubs Village of Cordillera Ranch priced under $1MM. Inside, design details include a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a four-burner gas cook top, granite countertops throughout, stone and wood floors in downstairs living areas, the master bedroom and two guest rooms downstairs and a study complete with French doors, hardwood floors and an adjacent bath. Outside offers spectacular Hill Country and golf course views from the large, second floor game room and covered balcony, while below is a covered outdoor living area with a beach entry pool, spa and waterfall. The oversized garage includes a separate space and door for a golf cart. • • • • •

4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2+ car garage Efficient, functional open floor plan End of cul-de-sac solitude Great proximity to The Clubs and amenities Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase

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