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Whether you prefer a little bit of golf and a lot of happy hour, or the other way around, the Club’s Chicks and Sticks ladies’ golf program is an ideal social and instructional outlet for beginning to intermediate golfers who are ready to try it out or perfect their game.

With a diverse and well-rounded selection of classes, plus like-minded fitness friends and instructors, it’s easy to see why group exercise provides benefits ranging from increased performance, social opportunities and motivational support.

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ALSO INSIDE: 14 WELCOME LETTER 18 A DAY IN THE LIFE AT CORDILLERA RANCH 24 RANCH SCENE 26 MEMBER TRADITIONS 27 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 30 LIFE IS BETTER OUT HERE 32 STAFF PROFILE: SARA GARCIA 42 GOLF: CORDILLERA CUP RESULTS 46 CONSTRUCTION ALERT! 48 BRYAN BROTHERS AND FRIENDS DAZZLE CORDILLERA RANCH TENNIS 52 COOL OFF IN STYLE 54 FROM WINE AND BEYOND ... 56 SUMMER CAMP AT CORDILLERA RANCH 60 UPPER GUADALUPE RIVER 62 BOERNE EDUCATION FOUNDATION 66 PASADERA BUILDERS: THE DESIGN OF DILUSSO 74 REAL ESTATE

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INSPIRED SERVICE ANGIE AND BILLY LEMMONS ON HONORING PRESIDENT BUSH AND SERVING OTHERS Inspired by the philosophy of President George H. W. Bush, Billy and Angie both ‘walk the walk’ of public service, recognizing that dedicating yourself for the greater good is both an honor and a responsibility.

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I’ve had several ongoing reminders of our military recently, so I took that as a sign. An email on the origin of “Taps” sent me to the Internet. Its origin is arguable, its lyrics powerful and its simple melody is stirring in marking the end of a day, or the significance of a life. I also attended the Night to Honor our Heroes associated with the Valero Texas Open. Active military representing all ranks and services, wounded warriors, President George W. Bush and corporate supporters gathered to celebrate our military and “Military City USA.” A tremendous evening that I encourage you to attend in the future. Memorial Day is soon upon us and May is National Military Appreciation Month, a month to recognize and show appreciation to our Armed Forces. Following are some dates over the next couple of months that I hope you find worthy of pause not just as you read them below, but briefly on their actual date of observation. May 1, 2019 - Loyalty Day - Set aside for American citizens to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States and to recognize the heritage of American freedom. May 2, 2019 - National Day of Prayer - Annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. May 8, 2019 - VE (Victory in Europe) Day - Marks the anniversary of the Allies’ victory in Europe during World War II on May 8, 1945. May 10, 2019 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day - Acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of the U.S. Armed Forces. May 13, 2019 - Children of Fallen Patriots Day - Honor the families our Fallen Heroes have left behind – especially their children. It’s a reminder to the community that we have an obligation to support the families of our Fallen Patriots. May 18, 2019 - Armed Forces Day - Pay tribute to men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day - Commemorate all who have died in military service for the United States. June 6, 2019 - Anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion in Normandy, France, known as D-Day (1944) June 14, 2019 - Flag Day - Commemorate the United States flag. June 14, 2019 - Army Birthday June 27, 2019 - National PTSD Awareness Day July 4, 2019 – Independence Day So, remember our military, thank a soldier, honor a veteran, fly the flag, reflect on history and at the end of a day in May, listen to “Taps” and view its lyrics (www. youtube.com/watch?v=x9xNoEu3O8c). If you can’t get the melody out of your mind, take that as a sign.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE AT CORDILLERA RANCH

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MEMBER TRADITIONS The Main Dining Room and Twin Sister’s Lounge provide spectacular settings for special occasions, cocktails, entertaining guests and enjoying family dinners. To-Go orders are available by calling the Club receptionist. C-STAR RANCH MENU

SIGNATURE DINING MENU

BREAKFAST MENU

Available in the Main Dining Room & Twin Sister’s Lounge Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00am to 9:00pm Friday-Saturday, 11:00am to 10:00pm Sunday, 11:00am to 8:00pm

Available in the Main Dining Room & Twin Sister’s Lounge Thursday, 5:00pm to 9:00pm Friday-Saturday, 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Available in the Main Dining Room – Saturday-Sunday, 9:00am to 2:00pm Twin Sister’s Lounge – Saturday-Sunday, 11:00am to 2:00pm

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 the perfect accompaniment for Jeffrey’s wine picks of the week. Sample new wines to purchase and enjoy that evening or to take home.

CORDILLERA RANCH’S SIGNATURE DINING MENU

Friday Evenings

Sundays

The Club’s culinary team has updated the Signature Dining menu to reflect seasonal products prepared and presented in a higher level of cuisine to deliver an unparalleled fine dining experience.

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

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

POOLSIDE DINING MENU Available at the Swim Club Beginning May 18 Tuesdays-Sundays, Noon to 8:00pm

Thursday-Saturday Evenings

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SIGNATURE DINING AT THE CLUB

WEEKLY WINE PICKS

FAMILY MEAL FEATURE

For dining and special event reservations, please contact the Club receptionist at 830.336.9000 or receptionist@cordilleraranch.com, or you may reserve your spot online at Clubsofcordilleraranch.com For golf events, please contact Camille Ferguson at 830.336.9165 or cferguson@cordilleraranch.com.


EVENTS May 4 :: Kentucky Derby Party

Time: 3:30 to 6:30pm Location: Poolside Put on your Derby best and join us poolside as we watch the 2019 Kentucky Derby! Watch the races on a big screen while enjoying some Southern Fare, Mint Juleps, Live DJ and more!

May 7-9 :: Ladies Ranch Round Up

This is the sixth year of the Ladies Member-Guest at Cordillera Ranch. The format for the event is Four-Ball Stableford (Max Net Double Bogey). Teams will be divided into flights 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. The team at Cordillera Ranch has planned several fun activities following play on Tuesday and Wednesday. A dinner will follow the Shoot-Out on Thursday.

May 12 :: Mother’s Day Brunch

Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm Celebrate Mother’s Day this year at the Club with a delicious brunch the whole family will enjoy. Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and his team have planned an extravagant menu just for the occasion and Bernie Martini will be here to provide beautiful music for your enjoyment. Advance reservations are required through the Club receptionist.

May 17-19 :: Men’s Senior Club Championship

This year we have combined the Men’s and Senior Club Championship to compete over the same weekend. The Championship flight will be contested over three days while all other flights will compete over two days. Breakfast and lunch will be included on both Saturday and Sunday. We will also include a unique tee gift for each participant this year. Players may choose which flight they would like to compete with-in. 3-Day Championship Flight: Open to all members, played from Nicklaus tee yardage 2-Day Open Flight: Members 54 and younger, played from Nicklaus tee yardage 2-Day Senior Championship Flight: Open to members 55 and over, played from Ranch tee yardage. Flight will be split into two flights after first round 2-Day Super Senior Championship Flight: Open to members 65 and over, played from Silver tee yardage 2-Day Golden Bear Championship Flight: Open to members 70 and over, played from Golden Bear tee yardage

May 25 :: Memorial Day Pool Party

Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm Location: Cabana Grille and Pool Deck Grab your entire family and head up to the Club for a Memorial Day Party that is sure to be a blast. We will have our DJ jamming some of your favorite tunes, games for all ages (adults, that includes you!), snow cones and a buffet of Memorial Day fare. 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 the event!

May 26 :: Cordillera Car Show

Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm Location: Lower Parking Lot Cordillera Ranch is excited to host their first ever car and truck show, featuring antique to new age muscle cars. Advance reservations are required through the Club receptionist.

May 27 :: Memorial Day The Club will be open.

May 28

The Club will be closed.

May 31 - June 1 :: Ball and Chain Couples Invitational

The Ball and Chain Couples Invitational is the inaugural 2-Day Couples Member-Guest. Invite your favorite golfing couple to come experience all Cordillera Ranch has to offer. The format for the event is Eclectic 2 Best Ball; counting one best ball from the men and one best ball from the women on each hole. The Eclectic format allows each team to replace a score on each hole with a lower score from Round 2. Look for more details on the Golf Events Calendar on the Cordillera Ranch website.

June 6 :: W.O.W. Women of Wine – “Pretty in Pink”

Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm Location: Cabana Dining Room Calling all ladies! Come enjoy this Pretty in Pink-themed food and wine pairing experience with food demonstrations by Executive Chef Isaac Cantu paired with selected wines by Jeff Cohen.

June 15 :: The Gauntlet

Time: 9:30am Shotgun Also known at other facilities as Superintendent’s Revenge, this event takes place on the Saturday of the Men’s US Open. In honor of the US Open, Jeff Eldridge and his team will set the golf course extra challenging, allowing you to test your skills! This event is open to all golf members and the format is Two-Person Team Scramble. We will shotgun at 9:30, and breakfast and lunch are included in the entry fee. Look for more details on the Golf Events Calendar on Cordillera Ranch website.

June 27 :: Roy Estate Wine Dinner

Time: 6:30 to 9:30pm Location: Cabana Dining Room Join us for an intimate dinner featuring Roy Estate Wines. Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and his culinary team will craft a custom menu to pair with these remarkable wines. Advance reservations are required through the Club receptionist.

June 29-30 :: Junior Club Championship

Calling all juniors… come test your skills over two days in your own Club Championship event. We will include lunch for you each day prior to your round. Tee times will begin at 1:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Fridays in June

Time: 5:00 to 8:00pm Join us every Friday in June for live music at the pool!

POOL HOURS

May 18, 19 and May 25, 26, 27 All pool amenities will be available, including lifeguards, towel service, and poolside food and beverage service from 12:00 noon to 8:00pm. May 28 The pool will be closed. May 29, 30, 31 All pool amenities will be available, including lifeguards, towel service, and poolside food and beverage service from 3:00 to 8:00pm. June 1 – August 18 All pool amenities will be available, including lifeguards, towel service, and poolside food and beverage service from 12:00 noon to 8:00pm, with the exception of Mondays. Monday’s ALL POOLS CLOSED (with exception of May 27)

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Cleve and Tammy Hogarth Members since 2017 :: Moved from Sugar Land, Texas

We were originally introduced to Cordillera Ranch in 2005 as frequent guests of good friends who built here and immediately developed a favorable appreciation for this unique community. With Cleve’s semi-retirement in 2017, our relocation alternatives were focused on the Texas Hill Country and, specifically, Cordillera Ranch was top of the list. To us, Cordillera Ranch is so much more than a large development with beautiful homes. The scale of the property, the range of amenities and The Clubs make it truly unique. But most importantly, it’s the people — warm, approachable and with so many interesting backgrounds and interests. In the year-anda-half residing here, we have already developed many great friendships. We regularly enjoy many of the facilities and amenities of the Ranch and The Clubs including golf, fitness, dining, wine, the pool, river and shooting. We also participate in social organizations including the wine club and nature club. We are convinced that we have the best of both worlds living in such a unique community without congestion, but with easy access to big city services whenever we want.

We appreciate the staff in the dining area as they manage to always accommodate our requests for the unusual ways we like things cooked. On holidays, we are thankful for the convenience to be able to order and pick up food so we can enjoy the holiday. We use the shuttle services regularly, and Ben is always on time and never complains about the amount of luggage that accompanies our travels. Last, but not least, the Gun Club is top notch. Shane and his staff are knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoy “date night” at the Gun Club frequently as it is something we enjoy as a couple.

William and Dawn Hrynyshyn Members since 2016 :: Moved from San Antonio, Texas

For Dawn and our three children, Cordillera Ranch and The

Finally, one of the best value propositions of The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch is the diverse offerings that allow us to “weave in and out” of our quality of life living at the Ranch. It is truly “better out here”! As a family, we enjoy spending time down at the Guadalupe River, swimming at the pool with friends, or

Clubs are the epitome of “living your best life”. We moved back

playing tennis and golf. Members all say that living on the Ranch

to Cordillera Ranch in August of 2016, once our new home was

is like living in a vacation spot year-round. We are hopeful that

completed by Garner Homes. After living in Cordillera Ranch from

as their kids grow up and continue to make so many memories

1999-2001, we promised ourselves we would move back after

here at the Ranch, that it will remain a place where they can

our three children left for college. During our initial residency, The

invite their friends to come and stay a while. Our family has an

Club did not exist and now that we are back, we are making up

open-door policy and we want to be able to welcome anyone

for lost time. Once Debbie introduced us to Membership and all

that wants to be a part of this great place and all that God is

the offerings, we hit the ground running.

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STAFF PROFILE

SARA GARCIA

Assistant Manager, Cordillera Ranch Property Owners Association 830.336.3501 :: sgarcia@cordilleraranch.com

HOMETOWN: Pleasanton, Texas HOW DID YOU BECOME EMPLOYED AT CORDILLERA RANCH? I was looking to transition to a more permanent full-time position within the real estate industry. I applied for this position with the hopes that I could contribute to the growth of the POA and learn the real estate development side of the business. After several interviews, I was offered the position and feel blessed to have this opportunity. WHAT PAST WORK HISTORY PREPARED YOU FOR THE CORDILLERA RANCH POA? I have an extensive background in residential real estate, customer relations management and member services. As a licensed realtor, I’ve helped many clients buy, sell and build homes. This has been a great asset in my day-to-day operations of working with the Architectural Review Committee, builders and our property owners. WHAT MAKES YOUR COLLEAGUES AN ASSET TO THE CORDILLERA RANCH POA? EXPLAIN HOW YOU WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM. My colleagues are the best! I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by people who are a wealth of knowledge and I know I can reach out to at any time. Some have been with CR for years and some from the beginning. They always welcome questions and freely share the history of this amazing place, which allows me to see the vision and strive to uphold those values. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE? I helped a client sell her parents’ house. Her parents had passed away and the thought of selling the home where she grew up was more than she could bear. I took care of every detail and guided her through each step. The house sold quickly, and my closing gift to her was a canvas painting of the house. We still keep in touch and she’s shared that when she’s missing her parents, she looks at the painting and it helps her reminisce the happy memories. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE? My greatest professional challenge has been to have a good work/life/mom balance. As a mom of three boys, I feel pulled in many directions. However, I strive to learn and grow professionally and be a good example for them, and when I’m with them, I work hard at being present and intentional with our time together.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT CORDILLERA RANCH? The people are amazing! From the staff to the residents, it’s like a small town. I love learning the history of the community, how it was developed, how it’s grown and how it’s growing. I think it could have its own zip code one day. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES AND INTERESTS? I love hanging out with my husband and kids. I enjoy watching my sons play sports, going to concerts, food festivals and sporting events. My favorite place to visit is Vail, Colorado. FAVORITE QUOTE OR MOTTO? Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. ANYTHING THAT WOULD SURPRISE OTHERS ABOUT YOURSELF? I’ve been published twice! Both happened my senior year at UTSA while I was working on my bachelor’s degree in communications; one was a research paper about health communication and the other was a public relations case study on toll roads.


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INSPIRED S E R V I C E Angie and Billy Lemmons On Honoring President Bush and Serving Others By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by Mark Humphries

A review of what keeps Angie and Billy Lemmons busy reveals they have servants’ hearts. The inspiration for their vast, humble service is largely drawn from President George H. W. Bush. Billy explains, “President Bush said it so well ‘ … There could be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others.’” CordilleraRanchLiving.com | 37


More than a quote, the Lemmons have embraced it as a way of life. For Billy, a Managing Partner and cofounder of EnCap Flatrock Midstream in San Antonio, and formerly a Vice President at Enron, the road to community service came in the form of an invitation twenty years ago, “A young man named Israel Hernandez was in the first class of the Bush School of Government and Public Service. While he was in the program, he interned on my team in Houston to get some energy industry experience. I was honored when Israel invited me to attend his graduation. I met President Bush afterward outside the library. I can still remember shaking his hand and then being

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in a picture with him, Israel and some of Israel’s family and friends. It was a lifetime highlight moment for me. One of the world’s greatest leaders and I still remember how warm and friendly he was to everyone.” It was particularly special that the meeting occurred at Texas A&M, as both are alums. A native of Riviera, Texas, Billy, a registered professional engineer holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and Angie, a San Antonio native, holds an accounting degree. Both have M.B.A.’s from the Mays Graduate School of Business at Texas A&M. They met at A&M and married soon after graduating in 1984. Angie remembers well the impact of the commencement speaker at her graduation, then Vice President George H.W. Bush, “The thing I remember most was how amazed I was to have someone as important as him there. I can’t remember his words, but I do know that that’s when I became a HUGE fan of George Bush.” Shortly after his presidential election in November 1988, President Bush chose to locate his Presidential Library and Museum at A&M — a decision based in large part to the campus, it’s military traditions and the Aggie Core Values: Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity and Selfless Service, which aligned with his own. “It has been heartwarming to see, over the years, how much President Bush loved A&M and the Aggies loved him right back,” says Billy. Billy serves as a trustee of the Texas A&M Foundation which manages the university’s $2 billion endowment, but it was in 2017 that his relationship began with the Bush family as a Texas A&M appointee of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, recently renamed The George and Barbara Bush Foundation. “My role as a trustee really grew out of our involvement at A&M. I’ll never forget when I got the question “…would you serve if you were asked?” For Billy, the role is profound, “What an incredible honor and responsibility it is.” Billy serves with other trustees Jeb Bush, Neal Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger and former cabinet members James Baker, John Sununu, Andrew Card and Lynn Martin overseeing future development of the library and school and directing the growth of the foundation. “The library is considered a crown jewel at TAMU, and the school serves as the living legacy of the incredible lives of George and Barbara Bush and hosts numerous U.S. and foreign leaders speaking on world


affairs and public service. It’s important that we use the Presidential Library to communicate the incredible story of their lives so that future generations can follow their positive examples. And maybe more importantly, The Bush School of Government and Public Service produces the leaders that continue the legacy and belief that public service is in fact a noble calling.” Billy says it’s an exciting time for both, “There’s a lot going on right now. In 2022 we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Presidential Library and the Bush School. The timing is appropriate to upgrade facilities and exhibits and continue the growth of the school mission, including scholarships. David Jones, who was a long-time advisor to the President, is CEO of the foundation and is doing a great job leading this effort, along with Jeb Bush who is taking a personal interest in it.” The respect is mutual. “Billy brings a tremendous leadership background and a very keen interest in President Bush and his career, so it’s been a very, very good match. He and Angie have attended both of our recent trustee gatherings that we’ve had in Kennebunkport, Maine and he’s become a real important player for us on that trustee board,” says David Jones, adding that Billy is part of the campaign committee tasked with helping fund these initiatives that are on the drawing board for the next three to five years. The capital campaign is, according to Billy, in a quiet phase with

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some interesting plans. “One thing that’s already been announced is that the Presidential Library will be receiving a retired Marine One, the helicopter you see taking the President to and from the White House. I’ve seen some renditions of the new building that will house it and it will be amazing. We’ve also taken the early steps to land (literally) Air Force One when it is retired in a few years. President Bush took delivery of the current Air Force One while he was in office and it has been used by every President since. A formal request has been made to the Secretary of the Air Force, and this was the first step in what will be a lengthy process. In a great bipartisan act, the entire Texas congressional delegation sent a letter endorsing the request. This plane has been a part of so much history and it would be a huge attraction for the library. Before his passing last fall, President Bush made it clear that he was excited about this opportunity for the library.” While Billy serves in his role, Angie participates in many events. In 2017, together they had the memorable opportunity to visit with President and Mrs. Bush in their home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Their admiration grew even greater Billy says, “We’ve been lifelong admirers and supporters of President and

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Mrs. Bush, and really their entire family — and it’s been because of the great examples of leadership they set; old-fashioned values that our world needs so much today — that it’s possible to be both strong and compassionate, to give the credit to others, and remembering to be grateful. President and Mrs. Bush lived such incredible lives of service to others and what a team they were! President Bush had such a dignified, yet down-to-earth


style of leadership… he was strong, compassionate, humble, funny and he never took himself too seriously. And Mrs. Bush was such an incredible force on every front. She, too, had the gifts of humility and humor.” Billy served as an honorary pallbearer at services for the President in Houston. “I’ve always said that no one had a better resume to serve as President of our great nation, and some are beginning to say that he may in fact be the greatest one-term President. We’ve had the incredible pleasure of getting to know many of the family members, as well as many of the President’s former cabinet, staff members and advisors. It’s incredible to see the love and devotion they carry to this day for President and Mrs. Bush.” The Lemmons’ service extends beyond their alma mater and President Bush’s legacy. After her retirement from a career in public accounting with Ernst & Young and in various corporate accounting positions, Angie turned her attention to raising their three daughters and volunteering. Over the past 18 years, Angie has served as a board member and officer of numerous non-profit organizations including the Boerne Education Foundation, several Boerne organizations and the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO’s) at all of her daughters’ schools, from elementary through high school. She has served on special committees of the Boerne Independent School District in leadership roles studying everything from zoning to class rank methodologies. “When they were younger, all three of our girls participated for many years in the sport of Acrobatic Gymnastics. Because this sport had such a positive influence on our girls, we helped found

and continue to support the Acrobatic Gymnastics Foundation which helps economically disadvantaged athletes continue to participate in the sport. As a family, we’ve been involved for several years with Family Legacy Ministries which provides Christian education to orphans in Zambia. We’ve been to Zambia twice with our daughters and look forward to returning. And we’ve all been involved in various ways with service organizations such as Hill Country Daily Bread and YoungLife. We’re big believers in the power of quality education, the life lessons that come from participation in youth sports, and the call to service and hope that comes from faith,” says Angie. The Lemmons moved to Cordillera Ranch 17 years ago as one of the first homeowners in the development. Their home pays homage to their allegiance says Billy, “There’s plenty of diplomas, football helmets and pictures from Aggieland!” The legacy continues as all three of their daughters were accepted into the Business Honors Program in the Mays Business School. Oldest daughters, Hayley and Kelsey, work for management consulting firms in the Dallas area while the youngest daughter, Avery, is in her freshman year at A&M. The family has always enjoyed spending time on campus, especially during football season. “We have a second home that’s a ten-minute walk from Kyle Field — we’re up there all the time. It’s also been fun to meet many great Aggies at Cordillera and in the Boerne area. Some have joined us at our ‘tailgate’ house when they come up for the games. We haven’t missed very many home football games since we were students!”

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GOLF

The Team Northington flag is once again flying high outside the Men’s Grille after defeating Team Hill, 65 – 55, in the 13th Annual Cordillera Cup. The Ryder Cup-style event proved to be very competitive again this year. Team Northington held a slim lead after Day 1 of Four Ball and Foursomes matches: Team Northington 32 – Team Hill 28. Day 2 consisted of 60 individual matches, which proved to be very competitive as well, with Team Northington 33 and Team Hill 27. Thank you to everyone who played in the event and once again helped make the Cordillera Cup a great success. We are definitely in full-swing with our golf calendar. Our next big events coming up are the Ranch Round-Up Ladies Member-Guest, Club Championship and Senior Club Championship, and our new event taking the place of the Stampede called Ball and Chain Couples Member-Guest. As you read this article, we have finalized all the planning for the Ranch Round-Up. This is a great event with a few new twists for this year. On Tuesday night — the Hoedown — our ladies will have the opportunity to jump on a mechanical bull and test their bull bucking skills. We will have caricature artists drawing pictures of the teams and a DJ which is sure to make for a great evening. On Wednesday afternoon, after completion of Round 1, ladies will be entertained by artists from Painting With A Twist for a day of painting and wine around the pool. This is sure to be a great time! The biggest change to our calendar this year is the addition of our Ball and Chain Couples Member-Guest which is replacing the Stampede. Ball and Chain is a twoday member-guest event on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. The format for this event will be Two Best Ball Eclectic Counting, one score from the men and one score from the women on each hole. The Eclectic format allows each team to replace a score on each hole with a lower score from Round 2. We are organizing this event to be just like our other member-guest events at the Club. The price for this event is set at $1,200 and includes tee gifts, prizes, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Help us make this event a success. All of this planning has been a lot of fun and the Golf Professional Team is excited to see these events quickly approaching. We need your participation to make all of the events a success, so come join us at the Club and on the course.

Tom Northington, Mac Northington

David Hill, Mac Northington

Happy Golfing! Daren Johnson, PGA

Daren Johnson is the Director of Golf at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at djohnson@cordilleraranch.com or 813.468.7444. 42 | MAY/JUNE 2019

Tom Northington


Team Northington

Matt Childs, Mac Northington

Ken Nibling, Alex Preston, Aldon Williams

Mike Sheridan

Team Hill

Paul Robishaw

Colin Boyd

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GOLF

GIRLS GONE

GOLFING The Chicks and Sticks Program at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

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By Debbie Pepper :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle The Club’s “Chicks and Sticks” program was initiated in 2012 as both an introductory ladies’ golf program for beginners and as a golf “tune-up” for those advanced beginner/intermediate players. Having started the same program at my previous club, The Club at La Costa in Southern California, I was excited to present the idea to Cordillera Ranch, hoping to have the same success introducing more ladies to the game of golf in a fun, non-threatening environment. As a non-golfer most of my adult life and an avid tennis player, I didn’t take up golf until my 50’s and never saw myself falling in love with the game. Due to my exposure in the club industry and hosting golf teams in the annual Club Corp tournaments at Pinehurst Resort every year, I slowly became enamored and decided to take a few lessons. It didn’t take long before I couldn’t

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wait to get out on the range and practice. I found the game not only good for my business, but a wonderful social outlet. I fell in love with the nuances of so many spectacular golf courses that are each beautifully designed and challenging in their own way. I was hooked and realized that if I could take up the game — as a former disbeliever who thought golf was boring — then there was an opportunity for other women to forge the same path. Initially the program was promoted as “Ladies’ Golf Happy Hour” in hopes of enticing those who were unsure or not as interested in learning golf as they were in socializing at a fun happy hour afterwards. In other words, the catch phrase “a little bit of golf and a lot of happy hour” that I have used often to recruit ladies to join the program has proven quite successful. We all understand that the game of golf can be intimidating and espe-


cially so for ladies who have never picked up a golf club before. Thus, promoting the program as a golf clinic followed by social happy hour has worked well and, in the seven years since it began, we have recruited nearly 100 ladies as part of our “Chicks and Sticks” program which is what we call it today. More importantly, a good majority of ladies who had no original intention of ever playing golf have used it as a launching pad and are now playing weekly and enjoying the game! Sessions include a one-hour and fifteen-minute golf clinic followed by an hour or more of social happy hour afterwards. Sessions run once a week for six weeks at a time, from spring to early summer and then start back up as a fall session. We divide the ladies into two groups of beginners and advanced beginners/intermediates. Led by two golf professionals, the sessions are divided into introductory basics, golf swing, irons, long clubs/woods/drivers, short game/ pitching/chipping, putting and the last session is always on-course playing a few holes. Additionally, we are not only blessed to learn to play on one of the top-rated golf courses in Texas, but we also enjoy a world-class Practice Park which includes our two-sided driving range with areas for short-game practice. Our two additional practice holes make it easy when working on more advanced teaching such as hitting approach shots or downhill or uphill lies since we are having a clinic an 2016 Valero Texason Open actual golf hole instead of just the practice range. Today, just as it was in 2012, Club Members are moving in from all over and the program is the perfect vehicle to gather new and old members together in a fun setting to help them get connected and involved. Many of our original beginning ladies are now playing and joining the Nine Hole groups, and the more advanced have moved on to join the Eighteen Holers as well as our CWGA and are becoming even more involved. Our “Chicks and Sticks” program feeds into the Club’s very involved CWGA and we are all part of the growing surge of women golfers worldwide as reported in the National Golf Foundation’s 2018 Golf Industry Report. Those statistics report that women now comprise 24 percent of all golfers — an increase of more than 13 percent over the past five years. So, what are you waiting for? It’s spring and there’s no better time to get out and enjoy great weather, great camaraderie and give the game of golf a “swinging” chance! Try it... I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Debbie Pepper is the Director of Membership at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. She can be reached at dpepper@ cordilleraranch.com. CordilleraRanchLiving.com | 45


AGRONOMY

By Jeff Eldridge :: Photos by Nick Menger As you can see from the photos, transformation of the west end of the practice park is well underway! The wrapping up of construction on the Performance Center signaled the start of work on new greens, tees and a practice bunker which are designed to perfectly complement the fabulous indoor performance building. This new area will feature two new 4,500-square-foot greens — one for pitching and chipping and one for practice putting. The chipping green will be contoured to accept shots from several angles and distances including shots from the 1,400-square-foot practice bunker. Contours on the practice green will be much more subtle and will allow for extended sessions to hone in your putting stroke. The complex will feature two teeing areas — one next to the building which is reserved for use with the Performance Center and the other farther south which is for general usage. The Performance Center tee will be 2,500 square feet in size, while the main tee measures a generous 18,000 square feet. All areas are designed and will be grassed to mimic areas on the golf course. The tees will be grassed in Zeon Zoysia to match the tees and fairways on the course and the greens will be Bentgrass just like the greens on the course. The bunker will be constructed just like the golf course bunkers and will feature the same white sand shipped in from California. As soon as construction finishes, we will begin the next stage of the project which is called “grow in.” During this time period, we will customize our water and fertilizer inputs to ensure a timely and successful opening and we anticipate a mid-summer opening of the teeing surfaces. The greens are somewhat of a wild card with a late spring seeding date but, depending on Mother Nature, should be looking good to open mid to late winter. When all is said and done, the west end will offer a wonderful area to practice both indoors and out and we are very excited to provide this fantastic amenity to members and guests!

Jeff Eldridge, CGCS is the Director of Agronomy at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at jeldridge@cordilleraranch.com or 830.336.9179. 46 | MAY/JUNE 2019


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CORDILLERA RANCH TENNIS By Joe De Luna :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle There was much anticipation on the sunny afternoon of Friday, April 5th at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch Tennis Club as members and guests waited for the arrival of the greatest men’s tennis duo of all time. The energy around the tennis courts could be felt as amateur participants and Club pros finished their warm-up and prepared for Mike and Bob Bryan (winners of a staggering 118 titles — the most ever), Ryan Harrison (2017 French Open Doubles Champion) and Marty Fish (former top 20 player and current Davis Cup Captain) to roll into the parking lot so the Pro-Am could begin. Adults and kids alike were wide-eyed and giddy when the brothers and fellow touring pros stepped out of their vehicles and proceeded to the tennis courts.

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The Pro-Am began with Wayne Bryan, the brothers’ father, addressing the intimate crowd of around 60. Wayne, a showman himself, started things off by remarking about how beautiful the Ranch is and how thankful they were for the opportunity to play in such a great setting. Introductions were made, the players were paired and just a few moments later, the Pro-Am was under way. The format was four rounds of doubles with each amateur playing with a Club pro or a touring pro. After the scores were tallied, there was a tie break played for each place with the highlight being the first and second place playoff which pitted the top two amateurs against each other — one playing with Mike Bryan and the other with Bob. This was wildly entertaining as we are all used to them playing with each other, not against. The brothers’ commentary and dialogue before, during and after points was humorous and witty. The crowd laughed, cheered and engaged in friendly banter with the brothers as they went back and forth with amazing shots and their signature chest bump with their amateur partners. As for the winner? Well, on that day we all felt as if we had won. Their down-to-earth personalities and tennis greatness were constantly on display. All the touring pros were extremely gracious and humble, taking pictures, selfies and signing autographs. The Bryan Brothers and friends truly dazzled the Cordillera crowd from beginning to end. We will look forward to their participation in a future San Antonio Pro Tennis Classic and perhaps a second visit to the Ranch.

Joe De Luna is the Director of Tennis at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at 210.363.9004 or jdeluna@cordilleraranch.com.


FITNESS

BETTER TOGETHER: The Advantages of Group Exercise Group Exercise classes provide much more than cardio regimens and shouts of encouragement. The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch Group Exercise program is a series of one-hour classes offering a variety of health benefits, fitness diversity, social opportunities and psychological support. From Cardio Resistance Training and Yoga to Indoor Cycling and Pilates Reformer classes, the Group Exercise schedule has something for everyone, and fitness professionals that will encourage, challenge and guide you every step of the way. Whether you are new to exercise or already have an avid workout schedule, there are great advantages in exercising with a group.

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Article and photography by Kelsey Grudle

HEALTH BENEFITS There is power in working out in groups. Overall, exercise is known to have many health benefits including improving sleep, reducing stress levels, gaining strength and increasing mental alertness and energy levels. Research also shows that exercising with a group of people increases social bonding, produces a higher pain tolerance and boosts your competitive drive, creating an increase in your athletic performance. So, whether you are surrounded by cyclists or breathing together in yoga, working out with a group of people allows you to perform better and push yourself harder. DIVERSITY A well-rounded fitness program alleviates boredom and allows exposure to new kinds of exercise. The Club’s Group Exercise schedule offers a variety of workout styles and opportunities. Year-round classes such as Yoga, Indoor Cycling and Pilates Reformer are consistently available, and during the summer,


seasonal classes such as Paddle Board Yoga and Aqua Zumba in the Cordillera Ranch Pool are offered. Each month the schedule changes as new classes or once-a-month master classes are added. This May, we are introducing a new Pilates Tower Flow class which will bring a more deliberate pace than traditional Pilates Reformer classes. As the Fitness Center renovation nears completion, we look forward to introducing small Group Exercise classes on the Precor Queenax®, a unique and functional bodyweight training system. SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES Attending a Group Exercise class may be the motivation you need to get out and meet people in our community. It’s more fun exercising in a group setting than working out on your own, and Group Exercise classes are a wonderful place to meet people who have similar lifestyle goals and needs. It’s an easy way to make new friends, have good conversations and discuss exciting accomplishments with other participants before and after classes. MOTIVATIONAL AND ACCOUNTABILITY SUPPORT A group environment can provide a sense of belonging, social support and accountability. You may find that exercising with a group puts you in contact with people at the same fitness level as you and with similar fitness goals. Plus, a group setting may help you stay accountable to your own exercise regimen, and once you start working out with a group of people, you might develop relationships that keep you coming back in support of yourself and your fellow friends. Our team of fitness professionals are also here to guide, challenge, encourage and support you throughout the classes. The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch fitness team encourages you to give a class a try and see how wonderful the benefits of working out in a group setting can be. Look for the Group Exercise schedule posted each month or visit The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch website to view the online fitness calendar. Kelsey Guzman is the Recreation Manager at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. She can be reached at 830.446.2712 or kgrudle@cordilleraranch.com.

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DINING

Cool Off

In Style

HEIRLOOM TOMATO-BURRATA BOWL Shaved asparagus, Bibb lettuce, aged Modena balsamic

By Graham House :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle

As the summer sun heats up, the Swim Club is the ideal setting to escape in pure relaxation. Perfectly perched on one of the highest points on the Ranch, overlooking the Guadalupe River Valley, the Swim Club offers awe-inspiring views and a casual atmosphere for entertaining. Sun worshippers and recreational swimmers alike can find a home in the turquoise waters of the pool or escape to the adults-only, negative-edge pool. Lounging by the pool allows you to relax and enjoy poolside service from our staff. Your children will have a great time playing in the Kiddie Pool or taking a ride down the water slide. Activities are held every day to keep your kids entertained. Games include Giant Jenga, Cornhole, Hula Hoop, Bowling and Ping Pong.

POOLSIDE DINING Beginning weekends, May 18 May 28: Pool closed May 29-31: Open 3:00 to 8:00pm June 1: Open fulltime 12:00 noon to 8:00pm with the exception of Mondays

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GRILLED SWEET CHILI SALMON SANDWICH Avocado, shaved cucumber, vine ripe tomatoes, lemon mayonnaise, toasted sourdough bun


COCONUT SHRIMP SLIDERS Asian cabbage slaw, sesame peanut dressing

“BERRY-BERRY” BABY SPINACH SALAD Sliced strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, shaved almonds, crumbled Greek feta, balsamic vinaigrette

TEXAS DOG Grilled Akaushi jalapeno-cheddar sausage, spiced brown mustard, griddled onions and peppers, toasted hoagie bun

CORDILLERA GRIDDLED FAJITA TOSTADAS Refried beans, melted cheddar and jack cheese, Tequila lime crema, fresh pico de gallo Graham House is the Clubhouse and Lodging Manager at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at ghouse@cordilleraranch.com or 830.336.9164.

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CELLAR CLUB

From Wine and Beyond…… By Jeffrey Cohen I would like to start with a countdown to the pool season. The soft opening will be the weekend of May 18 and 19. We will have new, exciting drinks as well as your favorites from years past and everyone is working to make this an epic summer at the pool. Here is a sample of the wine and refreshers available poolside:

WINES BY THE GLASS CHAMPAGNE & ROSÉ Chateau de Berne Inspiration Rosé Lamarca Prosecco Chandon Brut 187m

WHITE WINES Montasolo Pinot Grigio Pounamu Sauvignon Blanc Canyon Road Chardonnay William Hill Chardonnay

RED WINES Left Coast ‘Calli’s Cuvee’ Pinot Noir Trinity Oaks Cabernet

REFRESHERS Blueberry Mojito Captain Morgan White rum, fresh blueberries, fresh mint, simple syrup, club soda Seersucker Lemon Refresher Seersucker Lemon gin, house-made lemonade, club soda Classic Moscow Mule Belvedere vodka, fresh lime juice, ginger beer Choice of Flavor: Cucumber Mule Poolside Margarita Choice of Flavor: classic, strawberry, prickly pear, mango Sauza Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, simple syrup Watermelon Cooler Western Sons vodka, watermelon, fresh lime juice, fresh mint Classic Pina Colada Bacardi rum, fresh pineapple juice, Coco Lopez

Now that we have shed our coats and sweaters, and pulled out the shorts and sandals, it is time to ‘summerize’ our wines. Firstly, find your favorite Rosé! Rosés are exceptional at quenching your thirst and can be made from any red varietal. At the Club, we have rosés from Malbec, rosés from Sangiovese and, of course, the Provençal Grenache and Carignan. There literally are rosés from all over the world. The next porch pleaser, patio pounder or whatever you wish to call your poolside wine, is the Sauvignon Blanc. They range from a domestic citrusy style, to a grapefruitty and grassy New Zealand style to a minerally and creamy style from the Loire Valley. The latter mentioned are normally called Sancerres. The final, but certainly not least, wine that I would like to mention is a Vouvray in Loire, or Chenin Blanc in other parts of the world. They are a perfect pairing for a Spinach Salad that has fruit and some goat cheese. You can even enjoy Chenin with a simple bowl of fruit. As we approach the summer and peaches are right down the road, this is the wine to go to. Although fruity, they do come in dry or sweeter styles. Please make sure and check your alcohol level to insure you have a dry wine. Any labeling of alcohol above 12 percent will yield you the dryer style and of course the opposite for a sweeter style. As many are stuck on reds, just remember a little CHILL on those will help them go down easier all summer. As I close, I want to thank everybody that has attended our last events: Our second installment of the MOBB was very well received — the winner being the Redemption High Rye. For those that attended the Hill Family Estates Wine Dinner, we were awed by Ryan Hill who took us on a stroll of the Napa Valley. Ryan, being from a fifth generation farming family, had great insights on how times have changed through the years. We even had an impromptu Sabering of Champagne. We also welcomed Rob Mondavi Jr. out here to the Club for a seminar. The Mondavi family, after the many generations, have spread out to several different wineries around the world but mostly Napa and Sonoma. Nevertheless, the practices that were passed down from the legendary Robert Mondavi are still being practiced in their vineyards and their households. Rob Jr. gave a compelling seminar for about an hour and a half. During his speech, the attendees tasted through five of his wines. This was a true evening to remember. See you all at the Club…….

Poolside Daiquiri Choice of Flavor: classic, strawberry, prickly pear, mango. Light rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup

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Jeffrey Cohen is the Wine Specialist for The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at jcohen@cordilleraranch.com.


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The best summer camps in the Hill Country are at Cordillera Ranch! Our camps offer something for every boy and girl. From art to horses, golf and tennis, to specialty camps for cooking and outdoor adventures, we have it all, and we’re excited to offer new camps this year for kids to enjoy. Camp counselors provide high-quality instruction and supervision in a fun atmosphere and our primary goal is to get kids excited about learning and enjoying the different activities found at the Ranch. Campers will get to enjoy many of the outdoor amenities including Swede Creek, the Guadalupe River, the Equestrian Center and the Cordillera Ranch Pool. Instead of watching movies or sitting in front of computer screens, kids are tromping through the creek, playing games, learning to identify plant species

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and experiencing new activities. Our camps have many benefits including staying physically active, socializing and learning new skills, but when it comes down to it, camp is just plain fun! If you have any questions or would like to register your camper, please email us at summercamp@cordilleraranch.com. NEW – SCHOOL’S OUT HORSE CAMP Dates: June 4-7 | Time: 9:30am-1:30pm | Ages: 6 + | Fee: $280 School is out and summer is HERE! What better way to spend the first week of your summer vacation than on horseback? This camp is for kids of all riding levels, ages 6 and up. We will learn about basic horsemanship, horse care and spend lots of time riding. Other games and crafts will make this week an unforgettable way to jump into summer. Lunch is included. Contact the Equestrian Center at 936.556.1295 NEW – EXPERIENCED EQUESTRIAN CAMP Dates: June 18-21 | Time: 9:30am-1:30pm |Ages: 8 + | Fee: $280 Calling all of our experienced horse riders! This camp is specifically for kids who have been taking consistent riding lessons. Our focus will be on challenging your knowledge, playing fun games on horseback and pushing you to become an even better rider and horseperson. Lunch is included. Contact the Equestrian Center at 936.556.1295


SADDLES & SPLASHES CAMP Dates: July 23–26; August 6–9 | Time: 9:30am-2:00pm| Ages: 7 + | Fee: $320 This is a horse camp that will beat the summer heat! We will start each morning at the Equestrian Center, riding and learning basic horsemanship. After lunch, we will head to the pool for water games and fun. Lunch is included. Contact the Equestrian Center at 936.556.1295 NEW – LITTLE EXPLORER’S ADVENTURE CAMP Dates: July 30-August 2 | Time: 9:30am-1:30pm| Ages: 4-7 | Fee: $195 This camp is a chance for your little explorer to be outside and enjoy nature! We will have plenty of opportunities to play outside, examine bugs, go on hikes and cool off by ending the day with water activities. Lunch is included. Contact the Equestrian Center at 936.556.1295 TENNIS & SWIM CAMP Dates: June 4-7; June 25-28; July 9-12; August 6-9 | Time: 10:00am-2:00pm | Ages: 6-14 | Fee: $225 Tennis and Swim Camp is a great camp combination that offers tennis for beginners to intermediate level players and a great cool down with games and activities at the pool! Lunch is included. Contact the Tennis Shop at 830.336.4660 ALL-STARS SPORTS CAMP Dates: June 11-14; July 30-August 2 | Time: 10:30am-3:00pm | Ages: 6 + | Fee: $245 All-Stars Sports Camp is an endless collection of sports and activities that challenges kids and helps to develop confidence while having fun in the great outdoors. We will be playing tennis, pickleball, kickball, swimming and much more. Lunch is included. Contact the Tennis Shop at 830.336.4660

COWBOYS & INDIANS HORSE CAMP Dates: June 25-28 | Time: 9:30am-2:30pm | Ages: 7 + | Fee: $315 This is a place for boys to be boys! At this camp we are not afraid of a little dirt. It includes four days of horseback riding, roping, trail rides, target shooting, archery, fort building and outdoor lunches. Lunch included. Contact the Equestrian Center at 936.556.1295

OUTDOOR PURSUITS CAMP Dates: June 18-21; July 9-12; July 30-August 2 | Time: 8:00am-5:00pm | Ages: 9-14 | Fee: $355 An adventurous camp designed for older kids, this camp will include daily trips off the Ranch. We will have fun fishing, river kayaking and exploring the great outdoors! Lunch, snacks, water and all park fees are included. Contact the Outfitter Center at 210.616.6051

UNICORN PRINCESS HORSE CAMP Dates: July 9-12 | Time: 9:30am-1:30pm | Ages: 4-7 | Fee: $280 It doesn’t get much better than little girls and horses — unless there is glitter, unicorns and pink on top! Your little cowgirl will get to brush our horses, ride and even go out on our trails on horseback. We will have plenty of fun crafts, games and indoor activities. Lunch is included. Contact the Equestrian Center at 936.556.1295

CORDILLERA JUNIOR GOLF CAMP Dates: June 4-7; June 18-21; July 9-12; August 6-9 | Time: 9:00am-1:00pm | Ages: 7-14 | Fee: $275 The Cordillera Junior Golf Camp is a great way to introduce youngsters to the game as well as an intermediate level to juniors. This camp is taught by Cordillera Ranch PGA Professional Staff. Lunch is included. Contact the Golf Shop at 830.336.4653

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COOKING CAMP Dates: June 11-14; August 6-9 | Time: 10:00am-12:00pm | Ages: 8-12 | Fee: $145 This hands-on cooking experience will focus on preparing delicious food and plating presentation, all taught by a knowledgeable chef. Throughout the week we will learn how to make different dishes and how to create beautiful presentations that will capture the eye! All cooking materials will be provided. Contact the Recreation Center at 830.446.2711 NEW – LITTLE CHEF’S COOKING CAMP Dates: July 23-26 | Time: 10:00am-12:00pm | Ages: 4-7 | Fee: $145 Calling all little chefs to learn and grow in the world of cooking! This camp will teach your young chef the safety skills and knowledge while in a kitchen. We will dive into hands-on, sensory cooking projects that let your camper experience the look, feel, smell and taste of their food creations. All cooking materials will be provided. Contact the Recreation Center at 830.446.2711 NEW – LITTLE CRAFTER ART CAMP Dates: June 4-7 | Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm |Ages: 4-7| Fee: $195 Calling all little crafters to come learn, play and experience hands-on art projects. Each day we will be creating fun masterpieces using different art mediums. Your crafty little artist will practice large and small motor skills, social interaction and creativity while having fun and experiencing new things. All materials are provided — you just need to bring your smile and creativity! Contact the Recreation Center at 830.446.2711 CRAFT QUEEN’S ART CAMP Dates: June 25-28 | Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm | Ages: 6-10 |Fee: $215 This Art Camp is for those girls who are in LOVE with ART! We will be creating all the things girls like best such as painting, jewelry, ceramics and more. We will be learning unique art

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techniques while creating beautiful masterpieces using different mediums throughout the week. All materials are provided. Contact the Recreation Center at 830.446.2711 CREATIVELY CRAFTY ART CAMP Dates: July 23-26 | Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm |Ages: 6-10 | Fee: $200 We will be learning unique art techniques while creating masterpieces using different mediums throughout the week. Each day, boys and girls will be experiencing something new and fun! There will be opportunities for your crafty artist to work on individual projects and to collaborate on group projects. All materials are provided. Contact the Recreation Center at 830.446.2711 NEW – LEGO® ENGINEERING CAMP Dates: June 11-14 | Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm | Ages: 8-12 |Fee: $185 This unique camp is for those boys and girls who love LEGOs and love to learn! We will explore LEGO engineering and building, play LEGO games, and each day we will have a different LEGO theme to ensure kids will have plenty of fun! All materials are provided. Contact the Recreation Center at 830.446.2711 NEW – KID’S OLYMPIC CAMP Dates: July 16-19 | Time: 10:00am-3:00pm | Ages: 4-14 | Fee: $300 This is a NEW Camp your camper doesn’t want to miss! Throughout the week will have games and friendly competitions in different sports and activities such as tennis, golf, equestrian, swimming, archery and more. On the last day of camp, we will have a Kid’s Olympic Ceremony and Awards Party. Lunch is included. Contact the Recreation Center at 830.446.2711 READY TO RESERVE A SUMMER CAMP SPOT? Give us a call! Camp Coordinator phone numbers are at the bottom of each Camp description, or email us at summercamp@cordilleraranch.com.


OUTDOORS

UPPER GUADALUPE RIVER By Shane Reynolds :: Photography by Terry Vine

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 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. They 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, and they 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 while paddling a sit-on-top. One of the biggest benefits, though, is the self-rescue. Because

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they 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. For the more athletic and daring, we have inflatable stand-up paddle boards designed especially for the river environment. For fishermen, we also have a raft that will hold our guide and two fishermen, one on the back and one on the front. 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 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


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Early spring to late June generally offers the best conditions, followed by late September through early November. With proper cold weather gear, the Upper Guadalupe can be 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. 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. I have paddled every section of the Upper Guadalupe between Comfort and Canyon Lake over the past 13 years. During that time, I have witnessed many changes in the character of this river. The Upper Guadalupe 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 Guadalupe is a pool-and-drop river typical of most Texas rivers. I have paddled the Upper Guadalupe in the heat of the summer and cold of winter and 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. For detailed float times and current river conditions, contact become cluttered with debris during flood stage conditions. The Club Outfitter Shane Reynolds at sreynolds@cordilleraranch.com river slows down during the dog days of summer unless there is or 210.616.6051, or the Cordillera Ranch Outfitter Center adequate rainfall to keep the water flowing. at 830.336.4823. 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 RIVER DISTANCES AROUND CORDILLERA RANCH flow as it drops underground in dry times Hwy 474 to Swede Creek at Cordillera Ranch 13 miles just south of the bridge across Cordillera Trace. The next is Swede Creek, which has Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area to Swede Creek at Cordillera Ranch 11 miles a steady constant flow and feeds the lake Swede Creek at Cordillera Ranch to Bergheim Campground (FM 3351) 1.8 miles at Swede Creek Park. The last is Panther Bergheim Campground (FM 3351) to Edge Falls Road 3.8 miles 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.

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COMMUNITY

BOERNE

EDUCATION

FOUNDATION Delivers Innovation to Boerne ISD

By Kevin Thompson :: Photography by Jocelyn Durand, courtesy of Boerne ISD If your annual property tax bill reads, “Boerne Independent School District: $10,000,” it’s effectively incorrect. Boerne ISD doesn’t keep all those taxes. Your bill should read, “Boerne Independent School District: $8,800 / State of Texas: $1,200.” As a “Robin Hood” school district, Boerne ISD pays roughly 12 percent of its collections to the state. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) then redistributes the funds to “property poor” school districts, defined as those having less than $319,500 of property value per student. All the while, Boerne ISD spends less per student than the state average. Two decades ago, supporters of public education in Boerne committed to offsetting the 12 percent outflow to other school districts by founding the Boerne Education Foundation (BEF). BEF raises private funds that flow to all Boerne ISD campuses both on a per capita basis and through a direct grant program called Teacher Impact Grants (TIGs). Last year, BEF raised more than $365,000 for innovative academic initiatives within Boerne ISD. “Without BEF, we wouldn’t be able to do many of the things we do in BISD because of all the money we send to the state,” Boerne ISD Superintendent Dr. Tommy Price said. “BEF provides us with above and beyond tools we aren’t able to buy through our normal operating budget.”

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Price has seen BEF’s impact particularly on Boerne ISD’s teachers. “If you look at video footage of the teachers BEF awarded grants to,” continued Price, “you see genuine surprise and enthusiasm on their faces. Some of them have tears in their eyes. To them, it’s a huge sign of support. That, to me, is the essence of BEF.” Boerne High School physics teacher David Locke has experienced BEF’s support firsthand. He received a TIG to purchase carts and tracks so his students could better study velocity, acceleration and momentum. “The tracks BEF funded are aluminum,” Locke explained. “They replaced cheaper plastic tracks that were becoming warped. The warped tracks likely adversely affected the data that students collected.” Locke also requested BEF fund optics kits used in conjunction with the tracks. Specialty mirrors and lenses enhance the learning experience. “I appreciate all that BEF does for the schools of Boerne ISD!” Locke said. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) requests are becoming more common as TEA has increased its focus on those subjects. Boerne ISD mathematics coordinator Dr. Linda Gann helped a group of elementary math teachers apply for a BEF grant two years ago. “We needed a common set of math resources across Boerne ISD,” Gann explained. “To guide students through


a learning process that includes tactile modeling, pictorial representation and abstract understanding, we asked BEF for standardized manipulatives for teachers to use with their students.” BEF funded the acquisition of modeling bars, blocks, flash cards and shaping tools that can be customized to a student’s particular learning level. “The objects allow for differentiated instruction that keeps kids engaged,” stated Gann. “Teachers can work with certain students in small groups while others continue to be challenged in their own workstations. It’s been a phenomenal, grassroots approach — a pivotal turning point for us.” Curington Elementary School second grade teacher Shanna Estes was among those who received the hands-on teaching tools. “My class is already benefiting from the guided math kits,” Estes said. “The students have something they can manipulate, ensuring a deeper understanding than if I just used a worksheet to teach the same concepts. The more hands on I can make my lessons, the greater the depth of understanding becomes for my students.”

with students. “Hearing about it is a lot different from seeing it,” BMSN student Logan Ratliff said. “When you hear about it, you envision it how you want to see it. You make it better than it really would be. When you actually see it, that’s the reality and you can’t change the reality.” “BEF has helped our students become time travelers and explorers of the universe!” stated McLaughlin. “The virtual reality headsets help make learning authentic for the students.” Even librarians are getting in on the act. Cibolo Creek Elementary School librarian April Brinson received a TIG in 2017 to enhance science instruction through her library collection. “We increased our nonfiction collection by almost 10 percent,” Brinson explained, “and the titles we added have already been checked out more than 700 times. Students are able to learn more about a science class topic or a topic they simply find fascinating. We are so thankful for the addition.”

Boerne Middle School North (BMSN) educational technology specialist Lisa McLaughlin is helping teachers deepen student understanding across multiple subjects. Using a BEF grant, the school purchased a set of Oculus virtual reality headsets. “Students are taking technology they’re familiar with and merging it with what we want them to see, giving them purpose and direction and making it an educational experience. That’s our goal,” McLaughlin said. McLaughlin used the headsets with English / Reading teacher Stacie Murrah and Social Studies teacher Bret Bunker to bring topics like the dust bowl and wildfire damage to life for seventh graders. “We wanted to incorporate some of the history with this virtual technology,” said Murrah. “I hope they can relate what they see not only to the novels we’re studying but to their present-day life.” Bunker agreed, “We’re trying to combine the novel they’re reading with the history they’ll be getting in Texas history in a way that builds a bridge between the classes.” The integrated approach is catching on

To learn more about BEF or to make a donation, visit www.BoerneEducationFoundation.org.

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LIFESTYLE

GEORGE H.W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Texas A&M University, College Station, 979.691.4004, www.bush41.org Photography courtesy of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

HAIL TO THE

CHIEFS: TEXAS PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES As the only state in the union with three presidential libraries, Texas holds a prominent place in U.S. history and its leaders are recognized at world-class institutions that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. These repositories of historical riches document the fascinating lives and times of men who once held the highest office in the land. 64 | MAY/JUNE 2019

With more than 100,000 artifacts, 4.5 million documents and 1.5 million photographs and videos preserved for posterity, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum offers an immersive experience that is both educational and entertaining. In the past year, that experience was somber as well. Former First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush (1925-April 17, 2018) passed at age 92, followed seven months later by her husband of 73 years, President George H.W. Bush (1924-November 30, 2018). Their final resting place is on the grounds of the library, next to their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age three in 1953. “It has been Photo by Butch Ireland very busy this year,” says Warren Finch, library director. “Visits went up after Mrs. Bush’s death, then rose again in December after President Bush passed. March of this year has been one of the busiest periods we’ve had.” But life goes on, as will the continued growth of the library and museum. “We’re always updating the museum with current technology and information,” says Finch, “and we have an active museum program where we rotate traveling exhibits, like the one on display from July 1-January 5, 2020, ‘Wit and Humor: American Political Cartoons.’” This presidential library was the first one where a visitor could walk into an Oval Office replica and sit behind the desk. Among other additions, plans call for a future full-scale replica of the Oval Office “down the road,” says Finch. “We have a lot of things on the radar.”


For a library and museum with plans to keep expanding, they can expect plenty of help that has been in place for some time, adds David Jones, president and CEO of The George and Barbara Bush Foundation. “President Bush hand-picked about 90 people 25 years ago to serve on his Board of Trustees. That group helped raise the money to build the library. Two years ago we re-engaged the group and added a significant number of folks from the Texas A&M community, inviting them to join the Board of Trustees.” Cordillera Ranch resident Billy Lemmons, trustee of both the Texas A&M Foundation and The George and Barbara Bush Foundation, was one of those. Jones says the efforts of the foundations “will help us attract visitors so we can tell President and Mrs. Bush’s story.” It’s a story that President Bush himself was astonished to see on his first walk-through at the library, right before it was dedicated in 1997. Jim McGrath, foundation consultant and post-White House spokesman for President George H.W. Bush says he will never forget it. “President Bush was quiet, very quiet,” recalls McGrath. “I said, ‘what do you think, sir?’ He said, ‘It’s very nice, but it’s all about me. There’s too much me.’” That exchange, says McGrath, showed that “the humility that his mother had inculcated into him from a young age was still there. It was vintage George Bush for him to think that his presidential library was too much about himself.”

and 43. Opened in 2013 and the newest of the 13 U.S. Presidential Libraries, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute (opened 2009) — the nonpartisan, public policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Institute focuses on three impact centers: domestic excellence, global leadership, and an engagement agenda on leadership development, policy and taking action on pressing challenges. The Bush Institute Military Service Initiative focuses on post 9/11 veterans and their families. “Portraits of Courage” was a collection of oil paintings by President G.W. Bush that was on display at the Presidential Center in 2017 and is now available in book form. Through October 16, 2019 at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a special exhibit “Presidential Retreats: Away from the White House” that features four retreats: Camp David (MD), Prairie Chapel Ranch (TX), LBJ Ranch (TX), and Walker’s Point (ME), and how U.S. presidents have used these special places for work and rest.

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LBJ PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY Austin. 512.721.0200, www.lbjlibrary.org

GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL CENTER Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 214.200.4300, www.bushcenter.org Photography courtesy of The National Archives and Records Administration, and the Bush Center.

Oval Office Replica

For the Bush family, politics and public service are definitely a family affair. The firstborn son of George H.W. and Barbara Bush, George W. Bush (July 6, 1946- ) is part of only two sets of father-son presidents in U.S. history (the other being John Adams and John Quincy Adams). The similarity of their names prompted their shortcut nicknames, or 41

As mythic figures go, it would be hard to find anyone more imposing than 36th President Lyndon Baines Photo by Frank Wolfe Johnson (1908-1973), a towering figure at 6’4” in more ways than one. Johnson assumed the mantle of the presidency during one of the country’s darkest hours, taking the oath of office barely two hours after President John F. Kennedy was slain by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The Bible he swore on is in the LBJ Presidential Library, along with the Presidential Limousine, a replica of the Oval Office reproduced exactly as it looked during LBJ’s White House years, and the Legacy Gallery that sums up the impact that the Johnson presidency had on America: “If you have watched PBS, received financial aid for college, enjoyed wildflowers on the side of a highway, enrolled in Medicare, or visited a national park — then chances are that legislation passed by LBJ has had a direct impact on your life today. Johnson’s vision of a Great Society covered such a wide range of topics that it would be difficult to live a life free from the effects of his Presidency. From the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act to requiring that seat belts be worn in cars, LBJ has made significant changes to everyday life in America.” (Source. lbjlibrary.org/exhibits)

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PASADERA BUILDERS


The

DESIGN of DILUSSO By Dan R. Goddard :: Photography by Doug Gaidry

Resembling a Tuscan village tucked away in the Texas Hill Country landscape, the Di Lusso Villas at Cordillera Ranch are designed to be a safe, serene retreat for busy people.

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With a reputation for using products of exceptional quality and a superior attention to detail that can be seen in each home, Pasadera Builders has been the builder of the Di Lusso Villas for ten years, a “lock-and-leave” community providing landscape maintenance, architectural lighting and remote access to security and HVAC systems for each villa in the secure, gated enclave. “The villas in the Di Lusso Village, as the residents call the enclave, is represented with authentic, traditional Italian architecture — its consistency being self-evident,” Gabriel R. Garcia, partner at Pasadera Builders, says. “What is uniquely different about Di Lusso is while the exterior architecture is consistent, the interiors reflect the taste of each villa resident. Our clients are unique in their own rights with experiences and tastes that are authentically original from where ever they come from.” Whether homeowners prefer classical, museum contemporary or traditional, there are no motif restrictions and an array of design options. “The classic style is the easiest design to understand and implement,” Garcia says. “By definition, this style uses more painted elements with profiles a bit more ornate yet not fussy.” In a Hill Country contemporary look, Pasadera Builders uses warm, inviting materials and interlaces them with contemporary elements and influences. “For those clients that desire contemporary interior design, we focus on the canvas — which consists

of the walls, floors and ceilings — to display the crisply stated elegance of modernism with furniture and thought-provoking artwork. Contemporary design is not achieved by being devoid of detail, but by using the details that require a discerning eye. An example would be placing the base flush with the wallboard using a simple reveal,” explains Garcia. “The traditional design style, while on the wane today, is still achieved appropriately by installing the same elements used previously but with an updated look,” Garcia says. “Being current with this style is important and can be executed, for example, with smooth beams that are bleached or natural floors and ceilings with lighter hues and thin profiles.” A Pasadera Builders hallmark is their unmatched detailed finishes, which homeowners select to match their preferred styles, and Garcia believes that one of the most important details is the lighting. “Pasadera focuses on the type, the placement, the color and the method of each luminary because a great deal of effort is put into making the finish selections, and it would be a shame to not put that same emphasis on lighting the selections,” he says. Whatever the clients’ scheme, motif or design style is, Pasadera Builders maintains an architectural consistency on the exterior architecture, while the interiors are completely malleable. And not just through interior finishes, but also by moving interior walls and changing room sizes and functions. Beginning with a

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base plan, they work with each client to make it uniquely theirs by modifying the home to fit their needs and desires. The home building process is relatively short –– the average time from purchase to move in is generally within a year. Pasadera Builders engages some of the industry’s best in their product development with renowned architect Roy Braswell designing master architecture plans and Nicole Winmill of NR Interiors coordinating interiors. Patterned after Old World Tuscan charm, Di Lusso Villas feature limestone masonry and traditional three-step integral colored stucco exteriors. “Our stucco is field finished by hand with the authentic process not susceptible to fading by the sun,” Garcia says. “We use solid wood windows and doors befitting the upscale market of Cordillera Ranch.” Imported Italian clay tile roofs feature exposed tail rafters and detailed wood soffits and cornices. All have anterior courtyards and modular paver driveways. Understanding the discerning tastes of their clientele, Pasadera Builders delivers elegant, unique designs combining artistic, elevated concepts with pristine, meticulous craftsmanship. “These homes were designed for the demographic who prefers a lock-and-leave home that is in the Hill Country but with all of the amenities of a resort,” says Garcia of the floorplans that suit established couples looking to build a primary home or add to their home portfolio with a second home they don’t have to worry about when they are away. Conducive to this lifestyle, the homes require very little maintenance. “Homeowners don’t have to own a lawnmower or weed eater. The yard maintenance is handled by the Di Lusso owners association maintenance team. This allows our clients to enjoy traveling or visiting family without the concern that their villa needs attention. We appointed each villa with a control system that allows for remote review and access of the home, which provides a comfort of knowing the status of the home from everywhere and anywhere.” Pasadera Builders is a full-service building team known for its technical knowledge, ability and artisanship specializing in high-end residential construction in the San Antonio and Hill Country areas. Before moving to the Texas Hill Country and developing a relationship with Cordillera Ranch, they spent 15

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years in Houston honing skills in luxury construction in a highly competitive market. The residences in the Di Lusso Villas are available in eight base plans with customization available as well as varied interior design styles ranging from contemporary to classical and traditional, and for residential projects, Pasadera Builders knows the end goal is not to build a house, but to create a home. PASADERA BUILDERS

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The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch

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Recreation Supervisor 830.446.2711

For more information about the state-of-the-art fitness facility and spa services, please call 830.336.9000 and visit

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7373 BROADWAY, SUITE 106, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78209 210.826.0660 WWW.SHETLERFINEJEWELERS.COM OPEN MONDAY – FRIDAY, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., OPEN SATURDAY BY APPOINTMENT


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46 LEDGESTONE TRAIL $1,330,000

3,702 Square Feet

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MLS# 1318480

An inviting grand foyer provides an option to retreat to the luxurious Master Suite or proceed into the expansive living space. The vast great room features a fireplace focal wall, wood beams, a wall of windows to maximize natural light. The gourmet kitchen steals the show with a premium appliance package, custom cabinetry and sophisticated modern finishes. Other areas include four bedrooms, each with ensuite bath and walk-in closet, a flex room, a large pantry and a utility room. The Master Suite features a luxurious spa-like bathroom with his and her vanities and a freestanding tub. This Modern Farmhouse combines a rustic feel with an industrial vibe and showcases the sleek elegance of modern design to create an inviting space you’ll love to call home. • Authentic Farmhouse character with sophisticated modern finishes • Grand open concept great room with a vaulted beam ceiling • Spa-like Master Suite • Flex room with barn doors

• Gourmet kitchen and large walk-in pantry • Spacious mud and utility areas • Outdoor kitchen • Master Full Golf Membership Available

107 LEGACY POINTE $1,397,000

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3,707 Square Feet

MLS# 1372364

Classic Hill Country architecture defines this beautiful custom home. Quality features and finishes throughout include high ceilings, rustic beams, interior stone walls and creative custom cabinetry. The superb kitchen showcases a lineup of Viking® appliances. The outdoor living areas include covered summer kitchen and dining spaces with an adjacent fireplace, and a gorgeous water feature and panoramic Hill Country views complement the privacy that abounds on this 4.9-acre, privately gated and fenced property. A detached garage provides additional space for a workshop. • • • • • •

3 bedrooms/3.5 baths/3 car garage End of cul-de-sac privacy Great horse property potential Adjacent to miles of walking/riding trails Close proximity to Swede and Guadalupe River Parks Backs up to large generational ranch

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199 RIVERWOOD $1,850,000

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4,844 Square Feet

MLS# 1378747

The ultimate Guadalupe River frontage and Hill Country view home! Arrive home to classic, timeless architecture. Enjoy panoramic views and abundant natural light through walls of windows from virtually every living area including the great room, dining, kitchen, breakfast, office and master bedroom suite. Timber and stone floors complement cabinets and window woodwork as they rise to meet rough-hewn beams and high ceilings. The kitchen provides for any gourmet’s needs. Oversized owner’s quarters include an office, sitting area, bath, his/her closets and dressing area. Getting to the river is half the fun as easy water access awaits. The cypress-lined river bank provides a beautiful canopy for watching the river run by or casting a line into crystal clear waters, and boulder outcroppings are perfect for diving and a rope swing. • • • • •

4 bedroom/3.5 baths/3 car garage 2.92-acre view and river estate Fourth bedroom nice for game or media Stunning cut stone fireplace façades Large secondary bedrooms with en-suite baths

25 AUGUSTA $2,295,000

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Ranch and river view lower patio Covered outdoor living with fireplace Fire pit with sitting area Adjacent 2.76-acre lot available Master Full Golf Membership Available

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7,300 Square Feet

Model shown by appt.

This sprawling Stadler Custom Home has sweeping views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Hill Country beyond. It includes a fabulous kitchen with everything for the culinary enthusiast, and a spa-like master wing with a luxurious bath, enlarged changing areas, fitness room, coffee bar and private study. A media/game room, golf simulator, elevator, large guest suite and spacious secondary bedrooms complete this special home. Outdoor ambiance includes multiple decks and patios, a beach entry pool, cascading waterfall and putting green. • 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 1 powder room, 1 pool bath • 3 separate garages with additional golf car garage • Two-sided salt water aquarium • Electronic/audio/visual home automation • Three fireplaces • Oversized corner lot • Master Full Golf Membership Available

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10 ALBERI LANE $1,999,000

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4,854 Square Feet

MLS# 1372145

This beautiful villa has it all! Located on the third hole of the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, enjoy panoramic Texas Hill Country views and the closest living to The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. An open floor plan and great room concept includes a dream kitchen with eat-at bar, over-sized secondary bedrooms — each with its own bath, and additional rooms that include a bar, game room and media/den. Outdoor living showcases the golf course and long Hill Country views, multiple patios, a waterfall, fire pit and large artificial putting green with pitching tees. • • • • • •

4 bedrooms/4.5 baths/2+ car garage Private drive seclusion Walled courtyard Architecture by Roy Braswell Lock-and-leave convenience Whole home generator

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5 DI LUSSO DRIVE $999,000

2,730 Square Feet

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MLS# 1372359

Rarely available and highly desired! Travertine floors, wood beams, high ceilings, a neutral color palette, granite counters and custom cabinetry are highlighted in this open floor plan that includes living, breakfast and kitchen areas. Outdoor living spaces feature a spacious front courtyard, covered patios and Hill Country views of beautiful Texas sunrises and sunsets. The luxurious master suite opens to a private covered patio. Conveniently located near The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch with easy access via the Di Lusso private cart path. Adjacent Lodges at Cordillera Ranch will provide additional accommodations. • • • • • •

Lock-and-leave convenience Grounds maintenance included Tuscan-inspired design Single-story living… No steps Easy Joe Klar Road gate access Master Limited Golf Membership Available

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52 OAKLAND HILLS $3,250,000

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6,885 Square Feet

MLS# 1378748

Perhaps the most meticulously styled home in Cordillera Ranch, this Clubs Village estate rises above the fifth hole of the golf course for views of seven holes, Hill Country vistas and the Guadalupe River valley. Stately exterior features include a flat tile roof, rock with stucco accents and copper roof accents. Multiple patios open up walled courtyards with brick pavers leading to gardens, a water wall fountain and spa-like pool. The finest of finishes inside include furnituregrade walnut floors, cabinets, doors, beams and staircase; stone counters and floors of French limestone, marble and travertine; Grohe fixtures and professional grade appliances; and countless other details identifiable to a discerning eye. • • • • • •

4 bedrooms/4 full and 3 half baths/3 car garage• • Oversized 2nd bedrooms with Walled circular driveway en-suite baths 10,000-gallon rain harvesting tank • Two living areas, kitchen, dining, Elevator for easy second story access study and master suite, Four fireplaces plus exercise, laundry, 2nd office, Master Full Golf Membership Available garden and craft rooms

LOT 13 OAKLAND HILLS Contact for Pricing

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4,837 Square Feet

This distinguished design from the award-winning team of Garner Homes and J. Terrian Designs is to be built to achieve the best of what Cordillera Ranch has to offer: dramatic views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, closeness to Cordillera Ranch’s Clubhouse and isolation from the chaos of city living. The plan has 4,837 square feet of living space and 621 square feet of outdoor living space to take best advantage of the views and environment that this lot produces. The home has both traditional Italian and modern Hill Country elements including a large and inviting floor plan with four bedrooms, four-and-one-half bathrooms (including an attached Casita), a study, large kitchen, working pantry and oversized game room, complete with a wet bar. • Gourmet kitchen • Climate controlled wine storage • Outdoor kitchen • Design details: Tile roof, high ceilings, timber beams, interior stone accent walls, designer details throughout • Centralized utilities (water, sewer, propane) • Hand-scraped wood and natural stone floors throughout • Large windows and doors flood the home with natural light • Landscaping package ($50,000 allowance) • Pool allowance of $100,000 • Master Full Golf Membership Available

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337 PARK RIDGE $2,590,000

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6,591 Square Feet

MLS# 1376992

Cordillera Ranch’s Premier Equestrian Estate provides 26 acres to roam with easy access to miles of additional riding. This gorgeous Texas Hill Country property features an exquisitely remodeled home with soaring 28-foot ceiling with wooden beams and trusses in the great room and an adjacent gourmet kitchen. An isolated master suite is complete with a fireplace, sitting area and large closets. Additional spaces include dining and breakfast areas, an office with a fireplace, a wine closet and media room. Outside, immaculate grounds, tremendous Live Oaks, an outdoor living/kitchen area and a swimming pool with large patios are perfect for entertaining. Equestrian amenities include a four-stall horse barn, additional guest quarters, an outdoor kitchen, lighted riding arena, acres to ride and access to additional miles of riding trails. • • • • •

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5 bedrooms/6 baths/3 car garage Classic Hill Country architecture Four fireplaces Artificial putting green Hot tub and water feature adjoin pool

Covered outdoor stall areas Cedar-lined Tack Room Drive-thru barn with stables Outdoor wash rack Covered storage for trailers and implements

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329 PARK RIDGE $799,000 (Furnished)

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3,324 Square Feet

A winding, forested driveway creates a peaceful arrival to this secluded, charming home nestled amongst hundreds of Live Oaks on 3.81 acres. Hill Country architecture and styling is featured inside and out, with all furnishings included. The interior boasts beautifully stained concrete floors; high, timber frame trusses and beams; a soaring stone fireplace along with additional interior stone elements. There is a large, covered outdoor patio off the main living area, and the isolated master suite includes an additional outdoor living space with a fireplace. The main home is 2,476 square feet; the casita is 384 square feet; the loft over the garage is 464 square feet. • • • •

4 bedrooms/4.5 baths/2 car garage Open kitchen, dining, living room floorplan Additional bedrooms are easily locked off Large windows – great natural light

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Low maintenance landscape Convenient to Hwy 46 entrance and The Clubs Property backs up to generational ranch Master Full Golf Membership Available

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Cordillera Ranch Realty Homes for Sale 1 - 46 Ledgestone Trail 2 - 107 Legacy Pointe 3 - 199 Riverwood 4 - 25 Augusta 5 - 10 Alberi Lane 6 - 5 Di Lusso Drive 7 - 52 Oakland Hills 8 - Lot 13 Oakland Hills 9 - 337 Park Ridge 10 - 329 Park Ridge


1499 S. Main Street

Next to the Dog & Pony Grill

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