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DE E R MANAG E ME NT AT COR DILLE R A R ANCH DANCING THR OUG H HISTORY - HISTOR IC DANCE HALLS

A BLESSED LIFE

DOC AND GINGER MERRITT C O R D I L L E RARANCH L IVING. CO M

CASA DE CASAS A BETTE R ALTE R NATIVE YOGA FOR GOLF


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A BLESSED LIFE 60 years ago Doc and Ginger Merritt began a life together that would include fulfilling careers, raising a family, biking across the country, running in marathons, fishing together and finally settling down in Cordillera Ranch to enjoy the quiet Hill Country lifestyle and the friendships in a strong community. BY CHERYL VAN TUYL JIVIDEN

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DANCING THROUGH HISTORY Hill Country dance halls are as popular as ever and a living history of the generations before us who built them as community centers in their newly settled homeland. BY JULIE CATALANO

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CASA DE CASAS Burdick & Christofilis, Ltd. built the “house of houses” for their clients who envisioned a combination of grandeur and comfort both inside and out of their new home with spectacular views. BY MAURI ELBEL

ALSO INSIDE: 14 WELCOME LETTER 22 RANCH SCENE 24 MEMBER TRADITIONS 26 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 28 HILL COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS 38 STAFF PROFILE: JOE RADULSKI 44 SEPTEMBER CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS 48 WHAT COSTS MORE THAN $700,000 AND WEIGHS OVER 1,950 TONS? 52 THE FOLEY FOOD + WINE SOCIETY 54 WHITE-TAILED DEER MANAGEMENT 56 YOGA FOR GOLF 58 HOLIDAY SPA SPECIALS 60 A BETTER ALTERNATIVE 66 LEARNING TO LEAD, LEARNING TO SERVE 74 CORDILLERA RANCH REAL ESTATE

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In the land development business, we often get asked, “How in the world did you envision this layout for the subdivision? How did you visualize that this would be the most appealing streetscape and road routing?” For most people, it’s challenging to visualize streets and homes when they see a raw piece of vast, rugged land with trees and creeks. In some development projects it can be fairly easy because you may just be dealing with a flat, uninteresting piece of land, but that’s the complete opposite here at Cordillera Ranch. The natural beauty and rolling terrain covered with massive heritage oaks and sweeping vista views across spring-fed creeks throughout Cordillera Ranch’s 8,700 acres provides us with a rare opportunity. Each new phase of development is meticulously designed and re-designed … and re-designed … until we feel like we have created the best possible neighborhood the land has to offer by maximizing what each lot’s attributes are, such as views, trees or privacy. Balancing the appeal of each home site with the desire for a memorable and inspiring streetscape is a mix of art and science — but mostly art. The end product should produce a positive emotional experience for the homeowner each time he or she drives into the neighborhood. Furthermore, since Cordillera Ranch is a low density community with almost 80% of the ranch remaining in native vegetation at full build-out, designing and developing with the “less is more” philosophy is an essential element of our approach. The artistic design and development process has never been more on display than in the Springs of Cordillera Ranch. Our land design team has collaborated to plan a neighborhood that brings all of these strategies to life. Approximately a quarter of the way into construction of the streets, the site is already evolving into a community. We have peeled back some of the dense cedar to expose massive oaks, the flowing crystal clear water of Panther Creek and panoramic views across the Guadalupe River valley. It’s becoming easier to see how the looped trail system will interconnect the Panther Creek park, greenbelts, amenities and home sites. The countless hours spent walking the mile and a half of planned roads and weaving them around large oaks to preserve expansive boulevards is reaping rewards. To see for yourself the layout unfolding in the Springs of Cordillera Ranch, stop in to our Visitor Center for a tour — there’s no better time than the fall to see the changing colors of the massive Cypress trees lining Panther Creek. Regards,

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PUBLISHERS: Cordillera Ranch Development Corporation Traveling Blender, LLC CORDILLERA RANCH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Charlie Hill – Vice President cphill@cordilleraranch.com DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING Sara Hill 210.332.8628 shill@cordilleraranchliving.com EDITOR Trisha Doucette trisha@travelingblender.com EDITORIAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM Monty Becton, Barry Denton, Shane Reynolds, Robert Rodriguez CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tim Shaw – The Shaw Creative theshawcreative@me.com CORDILLERA RANCH SALES 830.336.3570 info@cordilleraranch.com Clubs of Cordillera Ranch 830.336.9000 Feature article photography by West Vita Photography 830.431.1157, www.westvita.com

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


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CALENDAR

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

Wednesdays

Wednesday Evenings

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

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

Sample Manny’s wine picks of the week!

CORDILLERA RANCH’S SIGNATURE DINING MENU

Friday Evenings

Sundays

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

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

PASTA NIGHT IS BACK!

Thursday-Saturday Evenings

CORDILLERA RANCH GOLD RUSH

SIGNATURE DINING

WEEKLY WINE PICKS

FAMILY MEAL FEATURE

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


CALENDAR

EVENTS November November 10th CLASS EVENT — PINOT AND PEARLS

This special night for the ladies includes dining and shopping with the world’s largest pearl distributor! Register with the receptionist by email at receptionst@cordilleraranch.com or by calling 830.336.9000. Time: 6:00-9:00pm

November 12th SHAFER WINE DINNER Save the date.

November 12th CHEF ISAAC’S COOKING CLASS

Learn how to cook the perfect holiday turkey with Chef Isaac. Register with the receptionist by email at receptionst@cordilleraranch.com or by calling 830.336.9000.

November 21st MGA TURKEY SHOOT SCRAMBLE

Time: 9:00am shotgun Format: 4-Man Scramble Entry fee: $50 includes lunch and prizes.

THANKSGIVING DAY GOLF HOURS

The golf course will close at 3:00pm on Thanksgiving Day and carts must be in at that time.

November 27th TURKEY TROT AND STUFFING STROLL

Did you have more than your fair share of Thanksgiving turkey or pumpkin pie? The “Turkey Trot” is a 5K run (3.2.miles) through the Golf Village. For those of you looking for a shorter route, you can take a 1.5 mile Stuffing Stroll. All ages are welcome, including pets and strollers! Awards will be given to the fastest male and female runners broken down into two age divisions. Breakfast tacos, fruit and assorted pastries will be available upon completion of the run. Time: 9:30-9:50am sign-in and warm-up stretch.10:00am run/walk. Meet in the front of the Golf Shop. Fee: $15 fee includes post-race brunch. Deadline to register: November 24th Register with Shane Reynolds by email at sreynolds@cordilleraranch.com or by calling 830.336.4823.

November 29th GOLF AND TRADING SHOP CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

The popular “Discount Wheel of Fortune” makes its return for one night only. Special discounts ranging from 10 – 40 percent on all merchandise are available by spinning the wheel. Time: 5:00 – 8:00pm Note: All Golf Shop store credit must be used by December 31, 2015.

November 29th 2ND ANNUAL CLUBHOUSE LIGHTING PARTY

Celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree and Clubhouse! Join in the festivities with drink specials and member dining. Time: 6:00-8:00pm

November 26th THANKSGIVING FEAST

In honor of Thanksgiving, The Club will be hosting a holiday-themed feast. Join us for an elegant Thanksgiving lunch with live music from Bernie Martini. Time: Seating is available 11:00am-2:00pm. Reservations are required and a 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect. Fee: $59.95++ for adults, $21.95++ for children ages 6-10, $9.95++ for children ages 5 and under. Reserve your seating with the receptionist by email at receptionst@cordilleraranch.com or by calling 830.336.9000.

December December 5th GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING

This great holiday family activity takes place at the Cabana Grille! We will provide everything you need: the house will be assembled for you and all your kids need to bring is their decorating skills. We will have icing and a variety of candy, and best of all — we will take care of the clean-up! Time: 11:00am-1:00pm Location: Cabana Grille Deadline to register: December 2nd Register with Kelsey Grudle at kgrudle@cordilleraranch.com.

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December 12th BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

It’s a jolly good time at the Clubhouse when Santa joins us for breakfast! Be sure to dress in your Christmas best to have your pictures taken while you tell Santa what is on your wish list. Children’s activities include a reindeer food craft and coloring sheets in the Twin Sister’s Lounge, while adults sip COMPLIMENTARY MIMOSAS and enjoy entertainment from Peter Gloria! Time: Seating times are 9:00am and 11:00am Picture fee: $15 for the first photo, $5 for every additional photo; photos will be available at the time of purchase Deadline to register: December 9th Reserve your seating with the receptionist by email at receptionst@cordilleraranch.com or by calling 830.336.9000.

CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY HOLIDAY HOURS

The golf course and Golf Shop will close at 2:00pm on Christmas Eve and carts must be in at that time. The golf course and Golf Shop will be closed on Christmas Day.

For information on all golf events, contact the Golf Shop at 830.336.4653. For information on dining and other activities, contact The Club reception desk at 830.336.9000.


HILL COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

THE TEXAS

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTING TRAIL

Our Texas Hill Country is lovely on its own, but add millions of twinkling lights and it glows brilliantly during the holiday season. With historic courthouses, city parks and main streets to decorate, it’s a ‘Flip the Switch’ moment as each town becomes ablaze with lights. These might be small Texas towns but there’s nothing quaint about them. The holiday extravaganzas with spectacular lighting displays, entertainment and a two-month-long calendar of events fitting for all ages, draw visitors from around the world each year. Visit www.tex-fest.com for complete details.

BANDERA’S COWBOY CAPITAL CAMPFIRE Saturday, December 5 marks the kickoff of Bandera’s Trail of Lights through the City Park. Over a hundred Christmas trees and lighted holiday scenes are open each evening at dark to drive or stroll through, but on the 5th you’ll be delighted to find campfire songs, cowboy storytellers and a Living Nativity. It’s a cowboy Christmas celebration at its best, all set on the banks of the beautiful Medina River. www.banderabusinessassociation.com

DRIPPING SPRINGS’ CHRISTMAS IN FREDERICKSBURG CHRISTMAS – GERMAN-STYLE ON MERCER STREET It all begins on Saturday, November 28 with the annual Lighting of the Christmas Pyramid in Marktplatz, and it just gets better from there. An outdoor ice skating rink, holiday shows at Rockbox Theater, craft and antique shows and the Christmas Journey Drive, a ten-minute drive-through presentation of the Christmas story which takes place December 12-13, are just a few of the activities Fredericksburg has in store. And let’s not forget the Holiday Wine Trail. www.visitfredericksburgtx.org

THE WALKWAY OF LIGHTS IN MARBLE FALLS There’s only one way to describe it: Enchanting. Millions of twinkling lights and over 150 lighted sculptures illuminate the shoreline of Lake Marble Falls. Stroll leisurely through this winter wonderland, and bring your camera — it’s the perfect Christmas card photo-op. The lighting of the Walkway begins with a parade on Saturday, November 21 and continues through New Year’s Day. www.marblefalls.org

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This 10th annual holiday tradition takes place on Saturday, December 5 with a full day of activities, arts and crafts booths, live music, kids’ rides and Santa making his way on his Clydesdale-drawn carriage. But the highlight of the evening is the Lighting of the Tree while being serenaded by carolers. Mercer Street is closed off for the festivities so you can stroll leisurely while enjoying the sights and sounds of the season. Make your way over any evening to enjoy the beautiful lighting displays. www.drippingspringstx.org


HILL COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

BETHLEHEM IN BURNET The Burnet Trail of Lights leads you from Wallace Riddell Park through the Historic Square and on to Hamilton Creek Park. It all begins with the lighting of the courthouse on Monday, November 23, and continues throughout December with craft markets, holiday shows and the Christmas on the Square and parade on the 12th where visitors enjoy a full day of entertainment and vendor booths. Unique to Burnet is Main St. Bethlehem. Open the first two weekends in December, you can journey back in time to discover what life was like in the ancient town. www.burnetchamber.org

OFF THE TRAIL BUT ON OUR LIST

IT’S SNOWING IN BOERNE November 27-28 The 16th Annual Dickens on Main brings the merriment and joy of the holidays to Boerne’s Hill Country Mile, inviting locals and visitors alike to enjoy many festive activities including live musical entertainment, Dickens-era theatrical performances, live ice sculpting shows, horse-drawn carriage rides, snow on Main Street and more. Plus, you’ll find a variety of children’s activities including trackless train rides, a petting zoo, photos with Santa and a 60-foot snow slide. This is also the perfect time to shop for unique holiday gifts. Keep it local for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, with many of the shops staying open late for this two-day special event. www.dickensonmain.com

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JOHNSON CITY’S LIGHTS SPECTACULAR

The Blanco County Courthouse alone has 100,000 lights. Add that to the millions of lights of local homes, businesses, churches and the Pedernales Electric Co-op’s lighted forest, and you have one of the largest light displays in the state. It’s been going strong since 1991 and Southern Living even dubbed it “the centerpiece” of the Lighting Trail. Festivities begin Friday, November 27 with a calendar full of events throughout the month, all of which are free. www.lbjcountry.com

RADIANCE AT THE RANCH November 26-December 31 This is the second year running for the Christmas Light Fest at the Don Strange Ranch. The beautiful ranch setting is the perfect backdrop for this spectacular Christmas light show. Drive through two scenic miles of two million twinkling lights in a professionally designed and installed presentation. New this year - Santa’s Village will be open on weekends serving the famous Don Strange food and drink (you’ll find a limited menu during the week as well), crafts booths and, of course, the star of the show himself – Santa. www.sanantoniochristmaslightsfest.com

HOLIDAY LIGHTED PARADE IN KERRVILLE

Kerrville kicks off the holiday season early with a parade and lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 21. The parade consists of up to 100 lighted floats and the evening’s grand finale is the lighting of the Hill Country’s tallest Christmas tree boasting more than 140,000 lights that flood the area and are complimented by thousands of lights outlining the historic downtown buildings, Peterson Plaza and City Hall. www.kerrvilletexascvb.com

COMFORT AND JOY November 28 It’s a full day of shopping, eating, drinking and holiday merriment when Comfort hosts their annual Christmas in Comfort festival. In addition to the fabulous shops and restaurants in the designated National Historic District, more than 125 vendors line the streets selling a wide variety of foods, arts and crafts and holiday gifts. Shop all day, and then stay for the lighted parade down High Street. Better yet, stay all night in one of the unique B&Bs. www.comfortchamber.com


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A Blessed Life Doc and Ginger Merritt By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by West Vita

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It all began exactly sixty years ago this month when Jerry (Doc) Merritt’s friend convinced him to play the part of the shepherd boy in a Christmas Cantata at his church. “I met and fell in love with the church soloist,” says Doc of his wife Ginger. The two became a pair. Doc went on to dental school in Houston and the Corpus Christi natives were married shortly after Ginger graduated from high school. Doc credits Ginger for supporting him through six years of dental school and orthodontic residency. The young couple both worked hard, with her employed as a secretary and him juggling a job as a Methodist Hospital orderly while going to school. While in the residency program they had two sons, Jeff and Randy, and during the first year of beginning his private practice in San Antonio, their third child, daughter Melissa was born. They raised their family in the Churchill area of San Antonio where they lived for 35 years, and proudly supported their children in their academic and athletic endeavors in their formative years and then through their college years at Baylor University and The University of Texas. Ginger, after attending Incarnate Word College, enjoyed a rewarding career in real estate working for the Guy Chipman Agency. Doc spent 51 years in the orthodontic profession where he completed treatment on an astonishing 8,000 patients. “It’s one of my greatest pleasures, frequently running into folks in restaurants or wherever and receiving their gracious compliments,” he says. Straight teeth were just part of his professional path; he also served in many organizational and leadership aspects, and in addition to serving as president of the Southwestern Society of Orthodontics, local community involvement found him serving as president of San Antonio Youth for Christ and San Antonio Tennis Foundation. As rewarding as his profession has been, it was amplified when his son Jeff followed into the family business. “I can’t think of anything that is much more rewarding than to have a son share in one’s passion. I’m blessed to have had a son pursue the orthodontic profession and join me in my practice in 1985. Some

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of my happiest years of my practice were those when we worked side by side.” Jeff now occasionally calls on his semi-retired father to help with heavily scheduled patient days or when he is off to enjoy some vacation time. It isn’t only professional collaboration that has brought him immense happiness. When Jeff and his brother Randy were teenagers, Doc, his attorney friend Edgar Duncan and his two sons made an unforgettable bicycle trek across the United States. To accommodate their work schedules, the 3,600-mile journey required five two-week summer legs over five years utilizing air service out of San Antonio. Starting at the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Oregon, it was completed near the Atlantic Ocean seaport in Virginia Beach, Virginia. That averaged out to about 65 miles of daily cycling down mostly country roads with loaded bicycles carrying tents, bedding and other sustainable goods. “The trip was a real learning experience for the four big city teenagers, not to mention ourselves, providing the opportunities to experience small town America. For us dads, it was a chance to communicate with our sons because when you are peddling side by side an average of seven hours each day, there’s not a lot else to do but talk.” Not the only athletic endeavor, Doc has in his self-proclaimed “middle-age crazy years” from ages 42 to 57, completed triathlons and seven marathons including the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon twice along with other endurance events. Some of the most memorable include a 900-mile bike trek across Alaska and another 900 miles cycling through Glacier National Park continuing into Canada along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, Alberta. However, the event that demanded the most effort and produced the most pride was Doc’s involvement with his partner Mr. Duncan in team triathlon events that included canoeing along with cycling and running. A good showing in Border to Border, a 475 mile trek across Minnesota, qualified the duo for nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky where they competed and finished second. And while she didn’t participate

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in the athletics, Ginger was often on the sidelines cheering Doc on. Once the “hobbies of endurance” were out of his system 20 years ago, he and Ginger got back to fishing. For Doc that included a passion for fly fishing. “I found the sport to be very addictive.” Over the years he’s done a lot of stream fishing, mostly in Colorado and Montana, and salt water fly fishing in the Caribbean and in Labrador where he enjoyed catching Atlantic salmon on a fly. He and Ginger had a fishing cabin in Port Aransas for twelve years where she usually caught as many fish casting off their pier as he did laboriously wading the flats, casting to redfish. He’s not often traveling these days to fish, but does enjoy tying his own flies and fishing in the beautiful Guadalupe River. The river was a favorite place for the Merritts when they relocated from San Antonio to be some of the original residents of Cordillera Ranch in 1999. “We sold our Port Aransas property when we discovered that as much as we enjoyed coastal life, Cordillera life with its many activities and an abundance of likeminded neighbors filled our days. Prior to building the golf course, we enjoyed many hours on the water, paddling the Guadalupe River,” says Doc. In addition to enjoying fishing together, Ginger and Doc were avid tennis players and their children were all state-ranked junior players. Doc still enjoys playing golf with his Cordillera golf buddies and has even tinkered with an invention that has improved his game. His handcrafted prototype “head stabilizer” is constructed with Home Depot® supplies. “Golf buddies tell me they can see how much improvement I’ve made by using it. I’m still tweaking it before ‘going public.’” The golf training aid has helped him correct a habit of moving his head during the swing, but Doc says, “I need to post a few better scores, as the proof of the pudding is in the tasting!” When Doc realized he’d put on some pounds after adopting the more sedentary sports of fishing and golfing compared to the triathlons, cycling and marathons he had done, he enlisted Cordillera Ranch trainer Ann-Kristin Allen to develop

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a fitness program for him. In addition to the personal training, he participates in her golf fitness classes. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t credit her for returning me to some semblance of decent fitness. I frequently enjoy walking and carrying my bag in cool weather, and the golf fitness classes have played a major role in my golf improvement to the extent that I have ‘shot my age’ several times in the past six months. I’ve also been blessed to have golf buds who are younger and more talented than I am, and I’ve benefited a great deal from their tutelage as well as instructions from the Club professionals.” Doc and Ginger stay busy enjoying their four grandchildren’s activities, attending events at their colleges and high school. They are also long-time volunteers for Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries, a charitable organization where their son Randy works. “It’s a wonderful source of inspiration. It feels so good to be in a position to help others,” says Ginger whose physical activities have been significantly limited for the last five years as she bravely battles Parkinson’s Disease. Participating in respective men’s and women’s Bible study groups has been rewarding experiences for the couple. Nine years ago, Doc, along with residents Billy Lemmons and Dr. Ken Washburn, reactivated a men’s bible study that had been inactive and the original group of four or five guys has grown to a group of thirty or more regular attendees. “It’s wonderful. There’s so much spiritual insight evident in the leadership of the group, and so many of the guys have been such a blessing to me, studying from the Word and finding inspiration from our shared life experiences,” says Doc. The couple says that they chose their sunset view lot for their sunset years. As they reflect on their life at Cordillera Ranch, they agree on the rewards they’ve enjoyed. “The people have made it blessed,” says Ginger. Doc sums it up, “Being able to be a part of this community and associated with neighbors who have such moral values and experiences from other parts of the world, we’ve gained from the good fortune that God placed us here.”

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STAFF PROFILE

Joe Radulski 830.336.9000 Assistant Golf Professional / Outside Service Manager HOMETOWN Johnson City, New York FAMILY Parents: Amy and Ed Radulski (Still living in Johnson City, NY) EDUCATION I received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and Marketing from St. John Fisher College. HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOUR FIELD? After college I moved to Florida with the plan to play on a couple of mini tours. I found Frenchman’s Creek Beach and Country Club, and as long as I worked full time for them they gave me a place to practice year-round. After working there for a few months they eventually asked me if I wanted to become an Assistant Golf Professional and enroll in the PGA program. Now here I am. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CORDILLERA RANCH? I started working at Cordillera on May 1, 2015. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF WORKING IN THE HILL COUNTRY? You can’t beat the views out in the Hill Country. It reminds me of the views when I lived in Pennsylvania. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY TO DO IN THE HILL COUNTRY? My favorite activity is to go hunting for anything that moves. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS? Watching #Bachelor with my girlfriend while sipping wine on the couch, and taking long walks on the beach. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPORT? I love hockey. I started playing when I was 5 years old. FAVORITE SPORTING EVENT YOU’VE ATTENDED? I would have to say it was going to my first Philadelphia Flyers playoff game with my dad. They beat the New Jersey Devils and afterwards we watched the Devils get on their bus as Flyers fans were heckling them. FAVORITE QUOTE? If you’re not nervous then it just means you don’t care.

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FAVORITE MOVIE AND WHY? Law Abiding Citizen — It’s a great storyline about a man getting revenge for what was done to his family. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE IN YOUR BUSINESS? Definitely, remembering names. No one in my family is good at remembering names so I would have to say this has been a struggle. That being said, I am getting much better at it. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE IN YOUR BUSINESS? The most rewarding experience in this business is constantly meeting new people. FAVORITE ASPECT OR FEATURE AT CORDILLERA RANCH? The golf course is my favorite feature. It is an amazing design and such a beautiful course.


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Dancing Through

History

Kendalia

By Julie Catalano

Sisterdale


Ready to kick up your heels? These historic Texas dance halls promise a nostalgic trip to the past and a real good time in the present.

Twin Sisters

Luckenbach

Anhalt

The slogan for Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc. is darn near perfect: “Saving Texas dance halls one twostep at a time.” It’s a catchy phrase with a serious message. The state’s 400 dance halls (down from 1000) are not quite in danger of extinction, but they could be if steps aren’t taken to preserve these historic structures. It’s not just about the buildings, says president Deb Fleming, although they are treasures in their own right. Dance halls represent significant living history, often telling the stories of entire generations that continue to this day. “European immigrants built dance halls as social and community centers. They really were the heart of the community.” Many still are, and for thousands of Texans and others, dance halls remain a big part of their social lives. To those who’ve never set foot in one, Fleming says, “You’re missing the essence of what Texas really is, and what it was. If you like Texas history, architecture and music, dance halls are about all of this and more.” So saddle up, put on your dancin’ shoes and check these out! Gruene


Anhalt Hall

2390 Anhalt Road, Spring Branch, 830.438.2873, www.anhalthall.com Interior photo by Patrick Sparks, exterior photo by Deb Fleming James Schmidt is one of the directors of Germania Farmer Verein, a German Farmers Club that was established in 1875 as a social and benevolent organization. In 1887 they built a meeting hall and named it “anhalt,” which either means “stopping place” in German or refers to a region in Germany. More than a century later, people are still stopping by for the public dances held every third Saturday of the month. Schmidt is a proud fifth generation member of the verein, with a great-great grandfather who was a charter member, a father who served as treasurer for almost three decades, and two sons who just signed up “so they are sixth generation members.” You can usually find Schmidt working the bar at the dances, when “a fairly good variety of people attend. We’ve got a good core group and every once in a while we’ll get some new people out. Most of them love the place.” The stunning architectural feature of the 60x30-foot hall is the bowed ceiling, with rafters that seem to go on forever. The hall received its historical marker from the Texas Historical Commission in September. The fests — Oktoberfest and Maifest — are the big draws, says Schmidt, held every year on the third Sunday in October and May, a tradition that actually pre-dates the hall. “Those have been going on for 140 years,” he says. “Maybe longer. We serve a full German-style pot roast/sausage meal from noon to 7:00pm or when the food runs out.”

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Gruene Hall

1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, 830.606.1281, www.gruenehall.com Photography courtesy of Gruene Hall For Gruene (pronounced “green”) Hall, it’s all about location. “We’ve been lucky,” says proprietor Pat Molak. “We’re almost halfway between Austin and San Antonio, two minutes off I-35, and right on the edge of the Guadalupe River.” With Gruene now part of New Braunfels and much of it on the National Register of Historic Places, the area is a true Texas destination drawing folks from all over to eat, drink, and yes, dance. “We usually have five different acts a week,” adds Molak, “and on Saturday and Sunday we have bands during the daytime. There’s music every day.” Molak bought the 6,000-square-foot dance hall forty years ago in 1975. Nothing much has changed, he says, since it was built in 1878. “The floor still creaks, the screen door still blows in the wind, it’s got that charismatic ambience. The first time Merle Haggard saw it he said, ‘Boy, I bet it sounds great in here.’ Just walking in, you know it’s the real deal.” Other artists apparently agree, as the hall has delighted visitors with concerts by Emmylou Harris, Chris Isaak, Pat Benatar, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aaron Neville, Lisa Marie Presley, Lyle Lovett, James McMurtry and hundreds more. “At first we didn’t know what we were doing,” says Molak, chuckling, “but it’s continued to prosper. There’s a lot of tourists in Gruene these days.”

Kendalia Halle

1135 FM 3351, Kendalia, 210.863.1100, www.kendaliahalle.com Photography by Jennie Trower Built in 1903, Kendalia Halle is a perfect

architectural example of the type of German halls built in Texas around the same time. The hall is constructed of metal and Oregon red fir lumber that made the journey to Boerne by train and then by covered wagon to Kendalia. But it’s the floor that’s the real star, says Judi Temple, co-owner of the hall with husband Lee who bought the hall 20 years ago. “It’s really two floors, one built in 1903 and one in 1950, so it’s real cushy when you dance on it.” Dancers — often at the mercy of unforgiving concrete underneath the wood — seem to appreciate what some call one of the best dance floors in the state. A major renovation involved straightening the hall using a pulley to move it 12 inches and reinforcing the foundation. Other modifications included interior wood paneling and an insulated roof to help beat the summer heat. Dances are on the second Saturday of every month, and attract crowds of all ages — and their kids and grandkids, of course (no charge for children 11 and under except on New Year’s Eve). Admission includes their popular brisket, chicken or sausage tacos. “Many have been coming to dances here since they were young,” says Temple. “People get to see their friends, enjoy their families and dance.”


Luckenbach Dance Hall

412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, 830.997.3224. www.luckenbachtexas.com Photography courtesy of Luckenbach Dance Hall There’s no place like Luckenbach, and if you haven’t been, the dance hall is as good a reason to go as any. It was built sometime in the 1880s, and that’s all that manager of operations Bobbi McDaniel can say. “I honestly don’t know when, because nobody seems to know that.” No matter. People are too busy having fun hanging out, drinking a cold one and listening to music that seems to go on seven days a week. “We have a Friday night dance usually every week,” says McDaniel, who adds that the hall has been in continuous use since it was built, including the impromptu “performances” when a pickers circle or an itinerant songwriter or a jam session finds its way into the hall. “When the weather gets nasty or raining we’ll move everything into the hall. It gets used all the time.” In 1973 the hall was used by country-rocker Jerry Jeff Walker who recorded his “Viva Terlingua” album surrounded by hay bales (for sound baffles) after writing songs all day in the small, cramped saloon. The hall itself is “in beautiful condition,” says McDaniel. “The dance floor looks brand new but it’s 100 years old.” The year’s biggest draws, dancewise, are the Luckenbach Christmas Ball and the Luckenbach Hug-In and Valentine Ball. “I think our history is unique,” says McDaniel, adding goodnaturedly: “We argue with Gruene all the time about who really is the oldest in Texas.”

Sisterdale Dance Hall & Opera House

1210 Sisterdale Road, Sisterdale, 210.749.1456, www.sisterdaledancehall.com Photography by Allison Jeffers “Gorgeous” is the first word that comes to mind when viewing the Sisterdale property that was once a public dance hall and is now exclusively a private special events venue. But there’s more to this mid-1800s dance hall than a pretty face. “We are on the National Historic Register,” says manager Rhonda Gillikin. “We just got our marker up in September and our monument is up, telling about the historical value of this property. That means if I have a board that needs replacing, I have to buy a board that is 150 to 180 years old.” It also means that for “brides looking for something rustic with a true Texas feel, that’s what we provide. We are authentic.” And rustic doesn’t mean primitive, either. “When the owner bought this in 2007 he poured a ton of money into it for upgrades that would accommodate up to 300 people.” Part of that went into heating and air conditioning. “We’re one of the few dance halls that are completely climate controlled.” In addition to weddings, the hall is available for holiday parties, corporate events, and of course, private dances. One future goal is to take the hall back to its early roots as an opera house, at least part time. “We have a beautiful stage,” says Gilliken, “with the original mural and original hand-painted advertisements from the 1800s. We hope to bring opera back to the hall soon.”

Twin Sisters Dance Hall

6720 US-281 South, Blanco, 830.833.5773, www.twinsistersdancehall.com Photography by Willard Gibbons “Built by German immigrants in the 19th century” reads the Twin Sisters Dance Hall website. And that’s as close as they can get to the age of this historic hall. “We don’t know the exact date it was built and are trying to research it now,” says Jo Nell Haas, president of Twin Sisters Hall Club, Inc., the membership club that owns the hall. “It’s crucial because we are working on getting our historical marker.” Dances are held on the first Saturday of every month, with a rotating roster of local bands and musicians from Dripping Springs, New Braunfels and Blanco. Alternating bands means drawing in a diverse crowd and hopefully some new visitors. Then there are the tried-and-true favorites. “We had Jake Penrod here in August and it was phenomenal. He’s your traditional two-step country artist and people loved him.” The usual crowd, she says, is everyone from “little bitty babies to six-yearolds learning to dance, the middle aged, to grandparents.” Haas’ earliest memories growing up around Twin Sisters are happy ones. “It was fun because that’s where you learned to dance and to meet boys.” She hopes to dispel some myths about dance halls being all about bars and drinking. “These are family places that tell history. I love the personal stories of people, children growing up here. When we took our kids, if they fell asleep we’d put a blanket under the table and they were safe. It still happens all the time.” For more information, Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc, www.texasdancehall.org.

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SEPTEMBER CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS September marked the return of a busy tournament schedule here at The Club. Both the Men’s Senior Club Championship and Ladies Club Championship took place. These events have continued to grow in popularity as they are a great way to test your skills as well as have a chance to meet some different players that may not be part of your regular group. Both Gross and Net prizes were awarded. In addition, Cordillera Ranch hosted the Second Annual Legacy Cup Pro-Am and the Southern Texas PGA Charity Golf Summer tournament. Marc DeWall, PGA, is the Director of Golf at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at mdewall@cordilleraranch.com or 830.336.4653.


SENIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP In early September we crowned Nick Mumford as the 2015 Senior Club Champion! He played consistently over both days with scores of 78-76 for a 4 shot victory over Kirk Pearson. That was just the beginning of a great week for the Mumford family as Nick’s wife Isabelle won her third straight Ladies Club Championship and earlier this year their son Marc won the Tulsa Country Club Championship by 8 shots also! What a fantastic year of golf for the Mumfords!

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS Overall Champion: Nick Mumford Senior Flight Low Gross: Kirk Pearson Senior Flight T2nd Gross: Dan Blake and Ron Trevino Senior Flight Low Net: Kemp Copeland Senior Flight 2nd Net: Steve Vallone Super Senior Flight Low Gross: Mac Northington Super Senior Flight Low Net: Chuck Spencer

Nick Mumford

LADIES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP We also hosted in September the Ladies Club Championship with 25 ladies competing in three different flights. Congratulations to Isabelle Mumford on winning her third championship in a row! She won by 8 shots over Julia Roth with rounds of 83-78. Conditions were tough the first day as rain was persistent throughout most of the morning.

Mac Northington

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS Overall Champion: Isabelle Mumford First Flight Low Gross: Julia Roth First Flight 2nd Gross: Yana Dommert First Flight Low Net: Jane Goles Second Flight Low Gross: Vicki Brantley Second Flight 2nd Gross: Michelle Williams Second Flight Low Net: Barbara Barcroft Third Flight Low Gross: Joni Sloan Third Flight 2nd Gross: Barbara Wynn Third Flight Low Net: Janice Brazil Low Putts: Paula Mitchell

Isabelle Mumford

Cordillera Ranch hosted the Second Annual Legacy Cup Pro-Am on September 27-29. Twelve 4-Person teams competed with private clubs from all over Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana represented. The tournament was sponsored by Martin Apparel and Fennec Golf which are two of the finest manufacturers of both cotton and performance golf clothing available in the industry today. The event gave us a chance to showcase the outstanding facilities here at Cordillera Ranch as well as our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that is ranked #4 in the state. The golf course was in absolutely perfect condition and the weather was fantastic as well with temperatures in the mid 80’s. Teams were comprised of one Club Professional and three members, and the format was a Total Team Quota with adjustments after the first day. The event started with a practice round on Sunday followed by an Opening Dinner. Owner and developer David Hill was on hand to speak a little bit about the history of the Ranch and how the community and Club got started. Also, member David Cottrell, one of the leading authors and speakers in leadership excellence was on hand to speak to the group about leaving a Legacy in business. Monday play was followed by a themed putting contest where fun was had by all. Tuesday play was a morning shotgun followed by an awards luncheon. Congratulations to the team from The Dominion Country Club led by guest PGA Professional Chris Pribyl. Tim Fleming from Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club took home low professional honors for the second year in a row.

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STPGA CHARITY GOLF SUMMER

Legacy Cup Team Winners While we have hosted a few great TGA major events in the past and will continue to so in the future, this event gave us the chance to invite some of the best Club Professionals and their members for a couple of days of golf in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. It was great to see how much fun everyone had and with the support of our partners it was truly a first class event that I know we will be able to build on. We are still somewhat in the infancy of our Club and it was great to attract members of other fine private Clubs that will go back home and spread the word about all that is great about Cordillera Ranch. Hopefully, we may even someday call a few of them homeowners!

LEGACY CUP RESULTS Team: 1. The Dominion Country Club 2. El Paso Country Club 3. Baton Rouge Country Club Professional: 1. Tim Fleming 2. Hunter Hidalgo 3. Grant Landry

Thanks to all of you who supported Team Cordillera Ranch in our 100 hole marathon for Charity Golf Summer in August. I really appreciate all of the member support and we completely understand none of this was possible without you. We completed all 100 holes and had a blast doing so! The day got off to an incredible start when Dan Parker aced the 4th hole in our first round! I had a crazy day of three chip ins and a holed bunker shot! The golf was actually really solid from all of the six professionals but you could tell we were getting tired near the end. On the last 9-holes we decided to play a 3-man alternate shot match. The wily veterans of David Murrah, Barry Denton and myself defeated the young gun team of Dan Parker, Joe Radulski and Gevin Allen 1-Up. Bragging rights now secure, I have a feeling this one will be talked about amongst us for quite a while! The day turned out to be a great bonding experience for all of us. While we were definitely exhausted at the finish, your support and donations made it all worthwhile. Thanks to your support, we reached our goal of raising $10,000 for the STPGA Junior Golf Foundation and the local Boerne highschool golf programs.

Special thanks to Barry Denton, Director of Real Estate at Cordillera Ranch as well as Gavin Heap, Managing Director for Martin Golf Apparel and Fennec Golf.

STPGA Charity Golf Summer

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WHAT COSTS MORE

$700,000

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1,950 tons?

By Monty Becton, Marc DeWall and Mark Semm

The bunker renovation project on the golf course at Cordillera Ranch is an extensive project beginning in November of this year and will include the removal and replacement of 1,950 tons of sand and will cost in excess of $700,000. Scheduled for completion in March of 2016, this project is under the direction of General Manager Monty Becton, Mark Semm, Director of Agronomy, and Marc DeWall, Director of Golf, who have coordinated the testing and execution and anticipated how it is going to change not only the playability of the golf course but also enhance the beautiful landscape of the golf course.

Mark Semm and his team have already spent the past year evaluating bunker liners and various sand materials in anticipation of renovating the bunkers on the golf course. Several test bunkers on holes #6 and #12 were installed in the spring of 2015 in order to evaluate specific materials that have become popular within the industry to determine which of the liner and sand products would work best on the Cordillera Ranch golf course. “The installation of these test bunkers allowed us to study the materials and methods in ‘real life’ situations to help determine what liner and sand combination would work best for us. We received a lot of feedback regarding the test bunkers which also helped in the decision process,” says Semm. After trial and error, the Better Billy Bunker Method (www.billybunker.com) liner was chosen. A bunker liner is the interface between the subgrade and the playable sand and prevents contamination of the bunker sand from the soil below. The Better Billy Bunker Method has been used at over 500 golf courses totaling an installation of over 10 million square feet. This method uses a two inch gravel drainage layer over the subgrade which is then sprayed with a polymer that

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1. Current bunker after 1 inch of rain

binds the gravel together. The finished product is a liner that is extremely durable, drains very well and prevents wash outs during heavy rains. The sand selected is Bunker White, available only in California. “We had to go to California to find a sand that met our criteria. It has excellent playability characteristics because it is an angular sand which helps minimize fried egg lies, drains well and has a striking bright white color. These excellent qualities of a bunker sand are almost impossible to find in Texas where sands are more round and soft which lead to more fried egg lies and do not have the brilliant white color,� explains Semm. The sand will be shipped to Texas via rail car, off-loaded into trucks and delivered to the course. One of the greatest benefits of the newly selected materials is the ability to minimize bunker erosion during normal rainfalls. This helps reduce long-term maintenance and allows the bunkers to be in a playable condition more quickly after a rainfall than with traditional mat bunker liners. The actual renovation process is relatively simple. Professional Golf Services

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4. Applying BBB polymer

from Fort Worth was selected as the contractor for this project based on their reputation and certification required to install liners such as these. To begin, the existing sand and old liner will be removed to the subgrade and any salvageable material will be stock piled for use throughout the course. The existing tile drainage will be inspected to ensure proper function

before the two inches of gravel drainage rock is placed over the subgrade and sprayed with the polymer binder. After 24 to 48 hours of cure time the new sand is installed, compacted and raked. “I believe this project will have a significant impact on our golf course, but will also create some challenges during the renovation process. We have more than


2. Removing old material and liner

3. Adding gravel drainage rock

5. Finished bunker after 2 inches of rain

100,000 square feet of bunkers and we’ll have to store the material coming out of the bunkers as well as the sand we’ll be replacing in the bunkers. The new liners also include 1,100 tons of gravel which will need to be staged during the renovation process,” says Monty Becton. The project is scheduled to start in November and be completed by March

2016. The golf course will be open for play throughout the renovation and we will work with the contractor to minimize interference with golfers. While the new bunkers are going to be fantastic for golfers, there will be a “settling in” period with the new sand before it is somewhat compact. Learning to play from the new bunkers will be a

learning curve for everyone. Bunkers will always be considered hazards, but the new bunker sand that has been selected and the drainage system being installed will provide some of the most consistent, playable bunkers possible. This project, along with the other improvements, are slated for the end of 2015 and throughout 2016. As the 10th anniversary of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course draws near, Cordillera Ranch is committed to maintaining a top-rated golf course and facilities. “In addition to the bunker renovation, we have our normal capital expenditure budget to consider. The club will spend in excess of $1 million dollars on capital improvements over the next 14 months, not including our normal operating payroll and expenses,” states Becton. The team agrees, the Better Billy Bunker Method combined with Bunker White sand will bring the “best of the best” in liner and bunker sand to Cordillera Ranch. And the professional golf staff will be there to answer any questions along the way, and help improve your bunker play!

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Open your senses and say “yes” to three of life’s biggest passions, Wine Education, Culinary Excellence and Luxury Experiences! Our quest at the Foley Food + Wine Society is to provide a lifestyle brand that connects like-minded individuals who seek to enjoy the finer things in life. As a valued member of the Clubs at Cordillera Ranch, you receive a complimentary membership to the Foley Food + Wine Society, one of our preferred partners. By Tiffany Hampton Photography courtesy of FFWS

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THE FOLEY FOOD + WINE SOCIETY

LEARN IT TASTE IT LIVE IT •

LEARN IT: Let the FFWS Wine Professor & Sommelier show you how. Ever wonder what the subtle differences are in the bottle shape of your favorite wine, or which glass shape best suits serving a pinot gris and why? Meet The Wine Professor Stuart Ake and The Sommelier Ericka Briscoe. They are here to solve these mysteries and more. Follow their thirst for knowledge and adventures through the vineyards. Members are welcome to submit the wine questions you’ve always been afraid to ask and to check back here regularly for answers and updates. Even in the vineyard, knowledge is power!

TASTE IT: Bring the FFWS dining experience into your home. Our FFWS Executive Chefs have worked hard to create a variety of recipes for dishes that Society members will enjoy preparing, made with easily-accessible ingredients. These dishes will pair nicely with our wines to create amazing flavors to be enjoyed by you and your guests. A perfect wine pairing is provided with each recipe to help recreate the FFWS culinary experience in your kitchen.

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Our members prefer to live life to the fullest extent and being a member of the Foley Food & Wine Society gives you exclusive access to an incredible variety of luxury experiences. The wide range of properties means that there are endless opportunities for you to enjoy. Choose from one of the popular tours and tastings such as the Chalk Hill Culinary Tour or work with our Concierge to build an incredible one of a kind luxury experience for you and your friends. As an Elite Member of the Society, you will receive all the perks of being a Society plus these exclusive benefits just for the Clubs at Cordillera Ranch members.


FFWS Tasting Room at Bacara Resort • 20% off Foley Family Wines when purchased on FoleyFoodandWineSociety. com (some exclusions apply). Foley Family Wines includes premier brands of Chalk Hill, Firestone, Foley-Johnson, Sebastiani, Eos and many more premier brands. • 20% off Wine and Products in our Society Gift Guide (some exclusions apply). • Reward points for purchases of wine on FoleyFoodandWineSociety.com and in any of the Foley Family Wines tasting rooms that can be used on future wine purchases. • Exclusive access and preferred rates to our world-class portfolio of wineries, participating partner resorts, lodges and restaurants in the United States and in New Zealand. • Special offers on exclusive wines, merchandise and rare vintages. • Personal Invitations to Elite Foley Food & Wine Society events both locally and nationally. • Significant Discounts off of wine and/ or shipping (up to 50% of cost, cannot be applied to taxes.) We have created a COMPLIMENTARY account for you so you may take full advantage of your VIP Society membership as well as track your rewards points. You will be receiving an email with your login and password. Once you receive that email, visit www.FoleyFoodandWineSociety.com and login with the username and password provided. You may update your username and password if you wish after logging in for the first time. For discount on your initial purchase please use the following code CCR at checkout to unlock your exclusive benefits. We look forward to sharing with you our three favorite passions—wine, food and travel!

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OUTDOORS

WHITE-TAILED DEER MANAGEMENT at Cordillera Ranch

By Matt Haire, Lenny Tomasini and Shane Reynolds, Cordillera Ranch Photography by Kelsey Grudle

Cordillera Ranch is entering its third year trapping white-tailed deer as part of our overall Wildlife Management Plan (WMP). The Wildlife Management Plan is the first step any landowner in Texas must complete in order to apply for any wildlife management permit issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The WMP at Cordillera Ranch was developed under the leadership of TPWD District Leader, Rufus Stephens. The TPWD District is made up of biologists, wildlife technicians and technical guidance biologists. A Wildlife Management Plan gives information on a property’s historic and current use, establishes goals for the property and provides a set of activities designed to integrate wildlife and habitat improvements to meet goals. The WMP at Cordillera Ranch was designed to meet the needs of the white-tailed deer as well as the needs and desires of the overall development of Cordillera Ranch and its property owners. The WMP addresses the requirements of the white-tailed deer based on the habitat available as well as

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its potential availability. During the course of the WMP development, several deer censuses were taken and it was estimated there were 2,500 white-tailed deer on approximately 5,000 acres. This one deer per two acre ratio was approximately five times what the wildlife biologists estimated the carrying capacity should be; a one deer per ten acre ratio was recommended. When the deer per acre ratio is out of balance, it has a detrimental impact on the overall health of the native deer on the ranch. So it was recommended that measures should be taken to try to reverse the increasing number of deer and decrease the deer per acre ratio. To be clear though, Cordillera Ranch greatly values the natural wildlife that are so important to the Hill Country and such a natural attraction; the WMP in NO WAY is an attempt to eliminate deer or reduce them to the point that you don’t see them in the landscape. We all want to see them as we drive through the community; we just don’t want to see them in such great numbers that they are covering the roadways and causing an ecosystem imbalance.

Deer management in Texas has changed dramatically in the past few years. With new and more diverse permits now available from TPWD, land managers have more flexibility now than ever before to improve the quality of their white-tailed deer population. However, with more choices comes more potential for confusion. Cordillera Ranch has a Trap, Transport & Process Permit (TTP) that allows the Cordillera Ranch Property Owners Association (CRPOA), using a licensed contractor, to setup large traps (drop nets) throughout the community. The TTP is a permit mechanism to help reduce deer population densities in areas where whitetailed deer are overpopulated. Through use of this permit, areas with surplus white-tailed deer can be trapped and donated to a processing facility that then sends the meat on to charitable organizations for human consumption. Under the TTP, captured deer at Cordillera Ranch are transported live to a processing facility where they are subsequently killed and processed. All deer captured pursuant to this permit must be handled and killed


in a humane manner. The CRPOA TTP allows deer to be trapped and processed from October 1 through March 31. Within the scope of the Cordillera Ranch Wildlife Management Plan, the contractor engaged by the CRPOA has been able to capture enough deer to keep the population flat but reducing the deer per acre ratio has been difficult thus far. CRPOA staff and management met with the contractor this summer to evaluate ways to improve the harvest numbers (it is important to note that the contractor only gets paid for deer captured — there is no flat fee). One of the biggest challenges the CRPOA has in generating higher trapping numbers is the number of available trap sites and locations that are close in proximity so they can efficiently be monitored and activated. CRPOA has traps setup on as many CRPOA-owned sites that meet the contractor’s criteria but could use more sites. The CRPOA owns only a very small portion of the land in Cordillera Ranch. This has presented a challenge and proven to be more difficult than originally anticipated. As a result, some property owners

have offered their lots for use in certain situations. For those who have offered the use of their land, we are grateful. The CRPOA Board has approved a payment of $100, the equivalent of the most recent Deer Harvest Special Assessment for 2015, to each property owner that volunteers the use of their land AND for which the property is actually utilized as a trapping site. For a site to work, it must meet the following conditions: 1. Must be visible from a roadway to allow our trappers to trigger the release on the net after visually confirming presence of deer. 2. Must be fairly flat and free of objects such as trees and larger rocks for an area approximately 80-100 feet in diameter. 3. Vehicles must be able to get within 150 feet of the trapping site. Once we have confirmed the site meets our terrain requirements, we will begin the process by mowing the area around where the net will be erected and a feeder will be installed to attract deer to this specific site. A number of these sites have already been prepped around the community if you would like to see what they look like. There are sites clearly visible from the road on Sun River, Verde Point and Rio Cordillera. Lenny Tomasini, the CRPOA Maintenance Manager, along with Matt Haire, CRPOA Manager, attended the Deer

Management Symposium at Texas State University in May of 2015. Several deer management methods were discussed at this symposium but the research reaffirmed that for the situation at Cordillera Ranch the TTP program is the best method to continue using when considering cost efficiency and effectiveness. Under the agreement with the CRPOA Contractor, the POA pays $125 per whitetailed deer captured and $25 per deer to process. If the contractor fails to catch deer, they are not compensated. Any exotic deer caught in the net inadvertently may be sold by the contractor, with the CRPOA receiving 50 percent of the sale. It should also be reminded that feeding deer on your property in Cordillera Ranch is prohibited (with the exception of properties being used for the TTP program). CRPOA staff will be more aggressively pursuing fines for those violating this rule as it is completely counter to the TTP efforts. With a habitat the size of Cordillera Ranch and the limitations we have managing white-tailed deer (no hunting, no exterior high fence, etc.), it’s easy to understand why this issue is not a simple one. If you’re willing to allow us to evaluate your property as a potential trapping site or have any questions, please call the office and speak to Lenny Tomasini or Matt Haire at 830.336.3501.

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By Ann-Kristin Allen :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle

Most often people think of yoga as someone doing seemingly impossible and weirdly twisted exercises while chanting and burning incense. This might come from images of ancient ashrams and traditional yoga practices. Over 5000 years old and originated in India, yoga has quickly become one of the fastest growing movements in fitness. The meaning of the word yoga is most often described as “union� and said to be for the purpose of uniting the body and the mind. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world and adapted to fit the modern lifestyle. Yoga is a constant training of your body, utilizing the force of gravity against

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your own body weight and creating weight bearing, strength building exercises and flexibility, which in return help the body move easily through the full range of motion. Breathing awareness and use of the breath are the fundamental practices of yoga. Proper breathing improves the quality of the poses by increasing the blood flow to the muscles, body temperature and improving endurance. Golf, on the other hand, is often thought of as a game of technical skills while it is also an athletic sport. Golfers are required to train their bodies just as an athlete in other sports to improve their skills and the prevention of injuries. In addition, a golfer is constantly challenged by the

requirements on the body and mind. At The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, as certified Yoga for Golfers instructor, I am teaching a unique and proprietary yoga methodology called Yoga for Golfers, developed by Katherine Roberts. This methodology fuses Western biomechanical science with Eastern mind/body conditioning and applies it to every dimension of the golf swing to drive improvement in performance, from the first tee to the last putt. The uniqueness of golf, from other sports, is the ever-changing conditions. The temperature, wind, course conditions and noises are all factors. Being mindful and staying in the present is what Yoga for Golfers teaches, a skill needed to


What is the importance of Diaphragmatic breathing in your golf game? Diaphragmatic breathing is the expansion and contraction of the diaphragm done by breathing in and out of your nose. Benefits include: • Improving the blood flow to the entire body and relieving tension in the muscles that inhibit movement. • Placing you in the “zone” by quieting the mind. • Improving your energy level during the round.

play your best golf and encounter various conditions. Yoga for Golfers focuses on achieving body symmetry, balance, alignment through the swing to increase power, as well as enhancing flexibility and core development to improve mobility, strength, power and endurance. The program’s emphasis on breathing awareness to quiet the mind is taught to achieve focus and relaxation between shots. There is a direct correlation on proper breathing and releasing tension of the golf swing to improve rhythm and tempo. As we graciously go through the aging process and become more sedentary, the first to go is our flexibility. With reduced flexibility we might experience a “balance challenge.” Without adequate balance, your golf game is a “challenge” as you set up to the ball. Good posture is essential for all yoga poses and an efficient golf swing. A poor posture can lead to pain and injuries when it is not addressed. I encourage everyone to learn more about Yoga for Golfers. Ann-Kristin Allen is a TPI Certified Fitness Professional Level 3 and a Certified Yoga for Golfers Level 2. She can be reached at akallen@cordilleraranch.com or 210.367.5942.

Yoga and golf are both conducted in three plane motions. During the golf swing, the trunk and/or spine moves along these three planes of motion at the same time. The three planes are sagittal, frontal and transverse.

Sagittal plane is the forward and backward bending of the body. In golf, we bend forward at the address position and bend slightly back during the follow through.

Frontal plane is the lateral side bending of the body. In the backswing we bend left at the top of the backswing (for right handers) and bend slightly right at impact and to the finish.

Transverse plane is the rotation of the body. During the backswing we rotate right and left through the follow-through (for right handers).

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It started as a short-term solution for kids who were runaways or who were having family difficulties. Now, almost 40 years later, Roy Maas Youth Alternatives’ efforts to help troubled youngsters continue to grow to meet a never-ending need for assistance. It started as a short-term solution for kids who were runaways or who were having family difficulties. Now, almost 40 years later, Roy Maas Youth Alternatives’ efforts to help troubled youngsters continue to grow to meet a never-ending need for assistance. Much of the organization’s work now takes place at the MeadowLand Campus, a 40-acre facility in Boerne that functions as a long-term residential treatment center for up to 80 children ages 6 to 17. MeadowLand deals with more-serious emotional problems, usually resulting from severe abuse and neglect. The campus is also site of the MeadowLand Charter School that helps MeadowLand residents and other at-risk youth in the Boerne Independent School District to achieve academic success. The nearby Burdick Community Center, which opened in 2012 to accommodate up to 350 guests, serves the MeadowLand community as a gathering place for a variety of activities, and it’s also available to local organizations for their evening and weekend special events. All

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proceeds from rentals benefit Roy Maas Youth Alternatives. So much good has been accomplished since September 1976 when Maas spearheaded the opening of the Bridge Emergency Shelter and took in 16 boys from broken homes. Two years later, the Bridge and Girlsville merged to become Youth Alternatives Inc., the “umbrella concept” now operating as Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA), named in honor of the first executive director. The organization has since provided counseling and shelter to more than 80,000 youths in crisis. It has grown into several entities with the mission of “restoring hope, one child at a time,” says CEO Bill Wilkinson. Today, the Bridge Emergency Shelter in San Antonio provides round-the-clock care for up to 20 children ages 5 to 17 who need a safe place to stay for a short period of time. The Family Counseling and Resource Center offers individual and family counseling, crisis intervention and life skills training for at-risk children and families.

The TurningPoint Transitional Living Program prepares homeless young people to live on their own and to prevent their future involvement with social service and judicial systems as adults. It has three houses for 18- to 21-year-old males and one house for 18- to 21-yearold females. Last but not least, the Youth Alternatives Thrift Shop at 3103 West Avenue in San Antonio coordinates all donations and provides job training for TurningPoint residents. It also offers shopping bargains and raises money for Youth Alternatives programs. This happens to be a particularly exciting time of year for young Youth Alternatives clients because of the approach of Thanksgiving. Approximately 100 of them will be treated to a Thanksgiving feast generously donated by Lana Duke, owner of two Ruth’s Chris steak houses in San Antonio and soon a third on La Cantera Terrace across from The Rim shopping complex on I-10. On November 22, Duke and her employee volunteers will gather at the Ruth’s Chris Concord Plaza location


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and prepare 200 pounds of turkey and all the trimmings. “Along with a delicious meal, I like to give a lot of love and encouragement,” says Duke, who grew up in the Canadian foster care system and who knows firsthand what it means not to have a supportive family. “I share my own story with the children in hopes they will be inspired enough to succeed in their own dreams. This year’s theme is ‘Never Give Up.’ If my story can help them see a glimmer of hope and encourage them to keep trying and strive to find their own happiness in life, then that is my greatest success.” In addition to hosting a special Thanksgiving dinner every year for the past decade, Duke has visited Youth Alternatives campuses, conducted etiquette dinners and run a summer job training program for older teens and young adults, even hiring former residents. A former TurningPoint resident went through Duke’s training/internship program and still works at Ruth’s Chris. Other success stories include a young man who’s now in the Navy performing paralegal duties and a young woman who earned an associate degree on her way to enrollment now at Texas State University in San Marcos. These and other young people who’ve triumphed over adversity can trace their achievements to the stability that Youth Alternatives offers in an atmosphere of love

and attention that their families couldn’t provide, says Lisa Brothers, grants and outreach coordinator. To continue accomplishing its vital mission, Youth Alternatives will break ground on a new and larger Bridge Emergency Shelter, thanks to a sizeable donation from the Valero Energy Foundation as well as being named recipient of the Charity Ball Association’s 60th Anniversary Significant Impact Grant. Completion of this project in late 2016 will enable the Family Counseling and Resource Center to expand into the area currently occupied by the Bridge and will mean more counseling services including play therapy, music therapy and art therapy. “We’re also proud of our new out-patient clinic for child and adolescent psychiatry,” Brothers says. “There is such a shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists that families are waiting six to nine months just to get an initial consultation/assessment. Through a grant from the United Way, we began partnering with the psychiatry department at the UT Health Science Center

to provide a clinic on Thursday mornings for children up to 17 years at our Family Counseling and Resource Center. “By getting children the help they need before they get placed in foster care, we’re working to reduce abuse and a breakdown of families before the judicial system gets involved.” Unfortunately, family breakdowns continue, just as they did four decades ago. As Maas once observed many years ago, “Our children have many obstacles to overcome. We provide the help and tools children need to understand that they can lead a positive life and become productive citizens in our community.” That’s a better alternative to becoming entangled in one problem after another emanating from a rocky start in life. Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives www.rmya.org Donations: 210.340.8077 Counseling Center: 210.340.7971 The Bridge: 210.340.7933 Thrift Shop: 210.340.0811 TurningPoint: 210.349.3610

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“It is nice to see organizations return asking for our students’ help at their events because they were pleased with them in the past.” – Lori Hodo ties and be a one-stop resource where you could volunteer with many different organizations. We based it on Galatians 5:13-14 - . . . serve one another in love…” With a modest goal of 20 – 25 students the first year, Hodo was thrilled to have 130 sign up. This school year membership hovers around 100. Open to any high school student, the group includes students from Champion, Boerne, Geneva, TMI, Bracken Christian and for the first time, home schoolers. Hodo couldn’t be more pleased. “I love that it is one group with all these different schools involved as there doesn’t seem to be many chances for area kids to be in the same group all together.” Student members can serve in a variety of ways to meet their suggested 25 volunteer hours each school year. The group to-date has provided 2,378 volunteer hours including support of the Patrick Heath Public Library community events, the I Am Second Fun Run, school carnivals, professional artists events, Hill Country Animal League pet adoptions, Sam’s Kids backpack stuffing, various PTO events, cotillion dances, church fundraising dinners and the Boerne Parks and Recreation’s Easter Egg Hunt. “It is nice to see organizations return asking for our students’ help at their events because they were pleased with them in the past,” Hodo says. The group also supports donation drives for organizations such as the San Antonio Children’s Hospital, Blessings in a Backpack, the homeless ministry organization Taking It To The Streets and the Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center. BSO is student-led and there are many

Galatians 5:13-14 “. . . serve one another in love…”

opportunities for members to chair an event, coordinating logistics and interfacing with event leadership. Hodo’s children are leaders themselves; daughter Hannah was the BSO president its inaugural year, Grace, a senior, serves as the current president, and freshman son Douglas is t-shirt chair. Middle school son Hayden will participate in the future. The students can choose their involvement in the group, says Hodo. “Their participation level is their choice, whether it is to just list on their resume or if they catch fire for serving others, we are just honored that anyone would care to join and help our little idea become a reality.” Recognizing students are well served for college admissions by logging volunteer hours, Hodo hopes they also develop perspective. “The (organization’s) premise was to create a desire to serve others and put others before yourself. Hopefully, it will instill a heart for service in these kids that will continue way into their adulthood that in turn, they can pass along to their kids. Maybe one specific event would spark an interest to a student that they might want to pursue in college in terms of studying or volunteering or eventually a career in that area, or chairing an event provides skills and confidence they need to put themselves in more positions of leadership in school or their youth group. We don’t take any credit for that happening — we just provide an outlet where possibly a seed is planted. The student’s desire takes over and they grow personally because of that experience they had.” Both as the founder and as a citizen, Hodo is honored by what the BSO and its members are accomplishing. “It’s cool to see kids sign up, wear their t-shirt around town, see them in action at events and get kind feedback from these organizations. I am extremely proud and impressed with these students and their eagerness to get involved and serve — their parents should be proud of them and I hope the community is appreciative of their efforts, too.” www.boernestudentorg.com

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By Mauri Elbel :: Photography by Craig MacCasland and Paul Williams When the Texas Hill Country’s quieter, more serene lifestyle called out to a relocating California couple, Cordillera Ranch seemed to have it all. Offering uninterrupted panoramas of rolling hills dotted with oaks and graced by sunsets, the convenience of being closer to family and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, Art and Carey Yeager had everything they dreamed of right in their backyard. Just needing the perfect house, they turned to Damon Christofilis of Burdick & Christofilis, Ltd. “The goal from the beginning was to create the ‘casa de casas’,” explains Christofilis, president. “It was always the mantra we collectively used when putting our heads together on idea collaboration.”

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Living up to its ideal, the “house of houses” was completed last October –– a 4,700-square-foot, three-bedroom, three and a half-bathroom rustic-meets-elegant home brimming with an eclectic mix of hand-picked furnishings and finishes. From the beginning, Christofilis handled the project himself, a rarity in the sea of builders who often rely on employees to act as liaisons between clients. “By design, I prefer not to have anyone in between myself and my clients,” says Christofilis. “It limits the quantity of homes we can build, but to us, it’s not about quantity. It’s about quality.” Once the couple had narrowed down their real estate options, Christofilis assisted them with detailed lot analysis, taking everything from terrain and trees to orientation and breezes into consideration for each property. “My clients and I have a multifaceted conversation where I provide them with my knowledge and expertise so they can make an educated decision of which property will give them what they are

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looking for,” he says. “My goal in each project we build is to take the God-given attributes of a property and meld them with the lifestyle my clients are seeking so that when the project is complete we can collectively be proud that we were great stewards of the piece of property we got to work with.” The Yeager’s number one priority was having a long-range view so they selected the lot capable of soaking in spectacular vistas from all around. Over the past decade, Christofilis and his wife, Sherry, have lived in several model homes in Cordillera Ranch which they use to demonstrate everything from products and finishes to the company’s caliber of workmanship to their prospective clients. Using the layout of their current home as an example, Christofilis visually demonstrated how his clients could rotate the core of the house in a way that would maximize views. Now, whether looking out from the ample windows featured in the Yeager’s main living spaces or relaxing on the terrace that steps down to the hot tub and pool,

incredible views surround. Inside, sophisticated elements and luxurious finishes speak to the couple’s lifestyle and tastes. “The Yeagers are a very decisive couple who had built a number of houses before so they came to the table knowing exactly what they wanted,” says Christofilis. Envisioning an elegant, sophisticated master suite, the Yeager’s luxurious bathroom doesn’t disappoint. Positioned in the back of the house, a free standing bathtub serves as the focal point of the spacious bathroom with a triple pop down ceiling featuring individual light coves centered up above and gleaming marble floors down below. Calcutta Gold marble countertops and honey onyx marble shower tiles add formality while custom cabinets with a pewter metallic patina play off Brizo® brushed bronze fixtures. A ribbon of windows flood the space with sunlight and outdoor views which Christofilis was able to further capitalize on during the framing process. “The goal was always to capture the views from the great room and terrace,


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MacCasland but I saw the opportunity to also do so in the master bathroom,” he says. He came up with the idea to make the structural framing disappear in the corner of the bathroom, giving way to uninterrupted views through the two pieces of glass that meet together, but he credits his project manager, Jason Hurt, for transforming his concept into reality. Another spontaneous design feature arose during the slab construction when Christofilis noticed an opportunity to create a stepdown into the wine grotto. He knew the couple, wine enthusiasts, would appreciate the “wine cellar” feel that would result from just a few descending steps. “There was nothing in the floor plan drawn for that –– it was just one of those ideas that you come up with during the

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process,” he says. “It’s instances like this that truly define the word ‘custom’ home.” A feeling of grandeur exists throughout the home, conveyed through dramatic features and scale, but thoughtfully-selected furnishings give nod to the homeowner’s lifestyle and tastes to maintain a welcoming, warm vibe. Passing through the lushly landscaped courtyard, guests are greeted in the entry by the couple’s baby grand piano sitting beneath a vaulted groin ceiling before continuing past the bar into the great room, a space punctuated by massive Douglas fir timbers and corbels. The kitchen is a chef’s dream, wrapped by custom cabinets and stunning Fusion Black granite countertops with uniquely thoughtout spaces, like the extraordinary pantry adjacent to the kitchen, built specifically with the homeowners in mind. “For Carey, an avid baker, having a destination pantry was a must,” Christofilis says. “It’s no ordinary pantry. Every time Carey came to the job site, she brought cookies or brownies and trays of freshly baked goodies so having this pantry as an extension of the kitchen was important to her.” Outside, two gorgeous reclaimed Moroccan doors were incorporated into the fence bordering the pool. Whether conversing on the terrace or at the bar sitting

adjacent to the wine grotto, cozy spaces invite guests to sit, talk and enjoy the views. Christofilis credits the design’s success to a valuable team –– namely Hurt, who has been working by his side for more than 13 years, and interior designer Barbara Burger of Studio Domaine. “There is a pretty cool synergy between my clients, myself, Jason and Barbara that results in a collaboration where the sum of the parts is better than the individual pieces,” he says. “We have an awesome team and throughout the process, we find ourselves throwing out ideas and goals and collaborating on concepts that together result in a better mousetrap.” Christofilis says a home’s potential cannot be fully realized until the perfect furniture, window treatments, rugs and decor are in place. “A house like this really isn’t complete until the decorator is done working her magic,” says Christofilis, his testament proven through Burger’s interior selections seen in the two inviting guest bedrooms which each hone a unique style –– one projects a rustic feel while the other is more whimsical and fun –– as well as the various rooms outfitted in furniture she helped the Yeager’s choose and purchase on a weekend trip to Dallas Market Center. Since moving in a year ago, the Yeagers have hosted multiple parties and have welcomed visiting friends and family to share their spectacular home. “We knew all along hospitality and entertaining was a big deal for them, and in the end, the home functions spectacularly in that capacity,” says Christofilis. “We really did achieve their goal of creating their ‘casa de casas’.” Burdick & Christofilis, Ltd., a partnership between Damon Christofilis and Art Burdick, has been building at Cordillera Ranch and surrounding Hill Country developments for over 14 years. Their commitment to a personal one-on-one builder/client relationship, coupled with award-winning attention to detail and superb construction, has provided the custom home builder a reputation that encompasses intelligence and integrity. Call Damon at 210.373.7768 or visit their website at www.burdickhomes.com.


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MLS# 1093162

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

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

306 RIO CORDILLERA $1,495,000

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4,442+/- Square Feet

Garner Homes

Now under construction in the heart of the neighborhood, this French Country Transitional home includes four bedrooms and an in-home office in 4,442 +/- square feet of living space. The large wood clad windows and high ceilings flood the open plan with natural light. Handsome appointments such as rough sawn timber beams, masonry fireplaces and hand-scraped hardwood floors blend perfectly with chrome fixtures, a spa-like freestanding bath tub and stylish lighting to create an organically elegant home. Enjoy regenerative outdoor living overlooking 4.56 acres of countless hardwoods and the comforts of a pool, spa and outdoor fireplace. This convenient, central location provides great access to community parks, entrances and the Clubs Village. • • • •

4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage Game room and study Viking appliance package Large outdoor living space

• Swimming pool and spa • Central water • February 2016 Move-in

62 OAKLAND HILLS $1,675,000

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5,068 Square Feet

MLS# 1125788

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

5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3+ car garage Professional kitchen appliance package Oversized, covered patio Golf cart garage

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• Oversized master closet • Architecture by Gustavo Arredondo • Classic construction by Stadler Custom Homes


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60 OAKLAND HILLS $1,735,000

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5,136 Square Feet

MLS# 1089030

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

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

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

50 OAKLAND HILLS $1,575,000

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5,361 Square Feet

MLS# 1118282

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

44 OAKLAND HILLS $1,299,000

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5,280 Square Feet

MLS# 1131935

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

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

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1838 CLUBS DRIVE $1,142,000

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4,267 Square Feet

MLS# 1089152

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

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

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

10 ALBERI LANE $1,490,000

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4,780 Square Feet

MLS#1118558

High quality construction, finest hand selected materials and immaculate attention to detail by Pasadena Builders combine to ensure a lasting legacy. Authentic Italian materials and construction methods abound including imported Italian clay tile roofs, old world sealed stucco & slab stone counters. Additional accents include wood windows, beams of Douglas Fir, solid eight – foot mahogany doors and red oak or natural travertine flooring. Cooking surrounds feature rustic cherrywood cabinets and an array of gourmet technology. Natural light permeates through architecturally refined elements. • 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2+ car garage • Designed by Roy Braswell • Di Lusso gated enclave • Lock & leave convenience • Golf course frontage, located on hole #3 • Stunnning Guadalupe Valley views and golf course views • Closest proximity to The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch • Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase The depiction of this home is an artist’s rendering. The actual features and/or designs may vary from those depicted.

700 CLUBS DRIVE $2,295,000

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5,996 Square Feet

MLS# 1115234

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

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$2,249,000

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5,465 Square Feet

MLS# 1038461

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

25 AUGUSTA $2,295,000

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7,299 Square Feet

MLS# 638461

This Stadler Custom Home was featured as the “WOAI Concept Home.” The ultimate entertainment home on more than 1.5 acres overlooking the 15th tee box on the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage Enormous gourmet kitchen features Miele appliances and abundant counter space Coffee bar in master bathroom Two-sided salt water aquarium visual in both study and entry way The ultimate outdoor living area with a fireplace, cascading waterfall pool, hot tub, and a full outdoor kitchen State of the art Zenpanion electronic/audio/visual home automation system Private outdoor putting green Golf simulator room and golf cart garage Numerous water features Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase

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LOT 4, CLUBS DRIVE $2,400,000

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5,586 Square Feet

Garner Homes

This stately Italian traditional home has a commanding architectural presence and an open, comfortable floor plan. Entering through a courtyard into the dramatic foyer looking over the pool and spa, one will find an open kitchen and living area, five bedrooms, including an attached casita, five and one-half bathrooms, a game room and an oversized outdoor living area. Luxurious features such as handsome beams and unique ceilings pair wonderfully with handscraped wood floors, a masonry fireplace and large open doors and windows. • • • • • •

5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 3+-car garage Attached casita Oversized outdoor living Swimming pool with spa Viking® appliance package Master Full Golf membership available for purchase

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