Volume 9, Issue 6
TRIBE TURTURRO AT HOME IN CORDILLERA RANCH
HILL COUNTRY COURTHOUSE S
MOR E THAN JUST A PIECE OF CAKE
PHILIP AND SAMANTHA TURTURRO C O R D I L L E RARANCH L IVING. CO M
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C A L L T O DAY F O R A C O M P L I M E N TA R Y P L A N O R L A N D C O N S U LTAT I O N
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, construction of elaborate county courthouses boomed with economic and civic optimism.
What party is complete without a fabulous cake as the centerpiece? Cordillera’s Melissa Beverage creates decadent and beautiful cakes for clients’ most memorable occasions.
Mild Hill Country winters beckon sportsmen — and families — outdoors for hunting, fishing, camping and other recreation.
HILL COUNTRY COURTHOUSES
MORE THAN A PIECE OF CAKE
WINTER IN THE HILL COUNTRY
ALSO INSIDE: 14 WELCOME LETTER 18 A DAY IN THE LIFE AT CORDILLERA RANCH 28 RANCH SCENE 30 MEMBER TRADITIONS 32 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 40 STAFF PROFILE: COLT DORR 48 GOLF 56 CELLAR CLUB 62 10 GIFT IDEAS THAT PROVIDE LEISURE, RECREATION & ADVENTURE 64 VAN SERVICE AND CAR CARE 66 BISD TRUSTEES LOOK TO THE FUTURE WITH ANTICIPATED LAND ACQUISITION 68 HILL COUNTRY HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS 70 HOME TOUR: PASADERA BUILDERS 76 DEVELOPER’S CORNER 78 CORDILLERA RANCH REAL ESTATE
TRIBE TURTURRO AT HOME IN CORDILLERA RANCH Philip and Samantha cherish God’s guidance, their three children, the Florida Gators and their lives together on the ranch.
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“We ARE going to ENJOY Christmas this year!” That was a demand from my sister at the beginning of October! “We are going to order all the presents early and we are NOT going to be wrapping the day before Christmas. We’re going to bake cookies with the kids and we’re going to enjoy them and one another!” Ahhhhh! It’s as if I felt myself breath for a moment, and I felt as if a ton of weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I was “all in,” while having no idea how I’d climb the Mount Everest she’d just laid in front of me. I decided to hand catalogs to my kids to make it easier on myself. So far I have three catalogs with an average of four treasures circled on each page, courtesy of my seven year-old princess! November and December — how can these two months bring equal amounts of excitement and dread? We all know Thanksgiving and Christmas will be wonderful, but all the blood (well, maybe not), sweat (yes, we live in Texas) and tears (yep!) that lead up to these two holidays will ultimately bring us closer to those we love the most. Family! That’s what it’s all about, right? Strip everything else away and at the end of the day, if we have those we love around us, that is enough. If there was ever an example of a strong family unit, it’s our cover “tribe,” the Turturro family. You can’t go a week without seeing them around the neighborhood… together. Whether it be on the driving range, the pool or the patio of The Clubhouse, they are five people perfectly fit together in one very loving family. So let’s resolve that we ARE going to ENJOY the holidays… really enjoy them with our loved ones. I’m sure we’ve all wished “to be a kid again” at some point in adulthood. Here’s our chance! Approach the holiday season with joy, love, the baby Jesus and presents under the tree — just like a child would. I suppose the adult version might be a stomach full of turkey, a gift or two, a full heart, a solid nap and a certain football victory! I know it’s easier said than done, but really making the time to enjoy the holidays with each other, and finding HIM is the best way to enjoy the holidays. It’s the beginning of November and we’ve got two months to make the most of 2016. 2017 is certainly uncertain! But I AM certain we live in one of the best town’s in America and I KNOW we drive into a strong community each day. I pray for many, many blessings to you and yours this holiday season. See you in 2017! Sara Hill Director of Advertising Cordillera Ranch Living
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MEMBER TRADITIONS Our Ranch Menu is available every day with great new features! Tuesdays
Come to The Club on Tuesday nights from 5:00 to 9:00pm for our popular Mixed Grille! The menu includes salad, a variety of meats and dessert. It’s perfect for the whole family!
Every Wednesday we draw a member’s name from our membership roster. If that person or anyone in their immediate family is in the main Clubhouse at the time of the drawing, they will be awarded the current Club credit. $50 is added to the next week’s drawing if the winner is not present.
Our Prime Rib Buffet is a perfect accompaniment for Manny’s wine picks of the week! Sample new wines to purchase and enjoy that evening or to take home.
CORDILLERA RANCH’S SIGNATURE DINING MENU
Join us for dinner at The Club as we spotlight our chef’s finest steak and seafood creations, delivering an unparalleled fine dining experience.
This elegant dining experience includes live music and our chef’s finest creations. Live entertainment is featured from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Advance reservations are strongly suggested.
Remember when Mom used to cook Sunday family meals? We do! Join us at The Club for some home-style cookin’! $15.95++ for adults and $8.95++ for children ages 10 and under, from 11:00am to 8:00pm.
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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.
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Time: 6:00pm Shotgun Format: 4-Person Scramble Entry Fee: $50 per person, includes GlowBall equipment, food and prizes
November 16-17 - Texas Towne Matches
December December 3 - Gingerbread House Decorating
Time: Seating times are 10:00am and 3:00pm Location: Cabana Grille Come out to the Cabana Grille for this great holiday family activity! We will provide everything you’ll need: a pre-built house, icing and a variety of candy. All your kids need to bring are their decorating skills, and best of all, we will take care of the mess! Register with Kelsey Grudle at email@example.com.
Cordillera Ranch will host on November 17.
November 17 - Class Event: Pinot and Pearls
Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm Ladies, come enjoy a night out while dining and shopping with the world’s largest pearl distributor! Register with The Club receptionist.
November 19 - MGA Turkey Shoot Scramble Time: 9:00am Shotgun Format: 4-Man Scramble Entry Fee: $50, includes lunch and prizes
November 24 - Thanksgiving Day Golf Hours
The golf course will close at 3:00pm on Thanksgiving Day and all carts must be in at that time.
November 24 - Thanksgiving Feast
Seating is available from 11:00am to 2:00pm In honor of Thanksgiving, we will be hosting a holiday-themed feast a holiday-themed feast and live music from Bernie Martini. Reservations are required and a 48-hour cancellation policy is in effect. Reserve your seating with The Club receptionist.
November 25 - Turkey Trot and Stuffing Stroll
Time: 9:30 to 9:50am sign-in and warm-up stretch. 10:00am run/walk. Meet in front of the Golf Shop. Fee: $18, includes post-race brunch and race t-shirt The “Turkey Trot” is a 5K run through the Golf Village totaling 3.2 miles. 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 to replenish your body after the run. Register with Kelsey Grudle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 10 - Breakfast with Santa
Time: Seating times are 9:00 and 11:00am Picture Fee: $15 for the first photo, $5 for every additional photo; photos will be available at the time of purchase We’ll have a jolly good time as Santa joins us for breakfast at The Clubhouse! Be sure to dress in your Christmas best to have 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 enjoy entertainment by Peter Gloria! Reserve your seating with The Club receptionist.
December 24-25 - Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Golf Hours
The golf course and Golf Shop will close at 2:00pm on Christmas Eve and all carts must be in at that time. The golf course and Golf Shop will be closed on Christmas Day.
November 27 - Golf and Trading Shop Christmas Open House
Time: 5:00 to 8:00pm The popular “Discount Wheel of Fortune” makes its return for one night only. Special discounts ranging from 10 to 40 percent on all merchandise are available by spinning the wheel. Note: All Golf Shop store credit must be used by December 31.
November 27 - Third Annual Clubhouse Lighting Party
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm All families are welcome to help us celebrate the lighting of the Christmas Tree and Clubhouse! We will have drink specials and member dining while enjoying entertainment by Bernie Martini for the adults, and the kids will have their own Christmas fun in the Cabana! Register with The Club receptionist.
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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.
TRIBE TURTURRO At Home in Cordillera Ranch By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by Mark Humphries
The Turturro family or the “Turturro Tribe” as they see themselves, couldn’t wait to start enjoying the Cordillera Ranch lifestyle even before they made the move from Spring Branch. So while they joined The Club in 2009, it wasn’t until 2015 that they moved into their home. They credit their fellow members and friends Brian and Tobi Baize for introducing them to Cordillera Ranch. “The golf course was the initial draw. That and the Baize family. Once we started meeting other people, it was an easy decision,” says Philip Turturro. Location was important as well. “Our church is in Spring Branch and all our family is in Boerne so Cordillera Ranch was the perfect location to be close to everything.” Keeping family close was a priority. “When we built our home, we also built a Casita for Samantha’s mom, Debbie, to live,” says Philip Turturro. CordilleraRanchLiving.com | 35
Both San Antonio natives and married for 14 years, Philip and wife Samantha began dating when they were just 16 and 15 years old respectively. “We met through my dad, oddly enough. He was her physical therapist when she broke her ankle playing volleyball in high school. My dad was her older sister’s professor at the University of Texas Health and Science Center and one thing led to another. Although Samantha attended the largest high school in San Antonio and I attended the smallest private school in Texas, God found a way for us to meet,” says Philip. Faith is integral in the Turturro’s lives. God’s guidance is most apparent in the formation of their family. Sons Tommy and Johnny, both six years old, and daughter Sophia, three years old, are adopted. “We met a couple when we were newly married that ran an international adoption organization. Their story convinced us that adoption was definitely something God was leading us into,” says Philip. Tommy, named after Philip’s father, was born in San Antonio on December 22 and came home joyously on Christmas Eve. A local Boerne doctor and his daughter found Johnny in a Haitian village when he was just three weeks old and in dire condition having not eaten in six days. They nursed him back to health and he went to an orphanage. Though they chose to adopt him before he was one year old, it required five years and five trips to Haiti before he came home. “God was good and faithful every step of the way.” Sophia was born prematurely in Colorado. After three weeks in Colorado, Samantha and Tommy brought her home the week of Thanks-
giving in 2013. “The way God knew exactly what child was right for us AND the perfect timing He showed in every case, is nothing short of a miracle,” says Philip. The fulfillment of being a mother resonates with gratitude for Samantha. “I LOVE everything about being a mother. For many, many years I prayed that God would grant me my prayer. My heart’s desire was to be a mommy. After years of waiting, God answered my prayer and then He chose to bless me (and Philip) two more times. Mothering is the most wonderfully and terrifyingly eye-opening blessing from God. God is refining me in ways that I did not know I needed. He has been with me every step of the way. I pray that my kiddos would love Him. I am so thankful for the husband I have and the incredibly different ways that HE brought my children to my husband and me. His fingerprints are all over these precious little lives.” It’s a belief the couple feel so strongly about that they cite a quote by Norma Scarlett on their correspondence, “No child is an accident, for every child is given to the mother God intended.” Their faith also guides their community support. “We are very involved in our church and a ministry in San Antonio called SAHeals, a faith-based, non-profit. I also volunteer at the Kendall County Jail. I’ve been doing so for ten years. I teach Bible study for the inmates on Tuesday nights. Obviously, adoption has been a big part in our life. We are so incredibly thankful for how God has built our family. As adoptive parents, we have been down a long road and there have been
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a lot of highs and lows on this journey. We’ve supported a number of adoption agencies and orphanages overseas.” Philip’s career has always been in the mobile home industry and is the General Manager for Titan Factory Direct with 11 locations in Texas and Oklahoma. Samantha, who was a realtor and still keeps her license active, has a teaching degree, and an L1 coaching certification and coaches CrossFit in Boerne. The boys attend a classical Christian university model school. Samantha says, “The classical Christian approach is a fantastic model that teaches children the ‘old school’ way.” Samantha shares the model’s three basic stages of learning: 1. Grammar (grades K-5), focuses on memorization and teaching as much foundational information as possible. It is absolutely amazing the information that children can retain. 2. Logic (grades 6-8), focuses mostly on the inquisitive side of children. At this phase of life, kids are asking lots of “how” and “why” questions. This teaching method is designed to nurture their forming minds to better reason and discern truth. 3. Rhetoric (grades 9-12), focuses on the idea that highschool students love to talk. So in this stage, it is all about teaching them how to present their beliefs and ideas well and persuasively.
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While the building blocks are essential, it’s the university model aspect that thrills Samantha. “That is the super fun part for me. I graduated from UTSA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Our boys go to school two days a week at the actual school. Then two days a week, I am given the curriculum by the school teachers and I get to teach the boys at home. The lessons are already planned out for the entire year; I just get to co-teach. Our school is only a four-day week. A fifth day is optional through grammar school. We have chosen for the boys to take a music theory/choir class on Fridays.” Teaching at home has required some unique adjustments. “We do have a school-room set up in our home. We converted the spare room. This whole set-up is fantastic for us. I love being a part of the ‘lightbulb’ moments... those moments when it clicks for them. It is super fun! Our motto is ‘Learning with Laughter.’ They get so excited and I get, maybe, even more excited for them.” The experience has given Samantha an appreciation for the education process. “Our boys learn very differently. One is very math minded (like me) and can easily visualize information, where the other is much more artistic (not my strong suit). I continue to be grateful and amazed at the teachers who
day-in-and-day-out have to figure out ways to teach 20-30 kids, five days a week!” She adds, “I also love that through all of our teaching and learning at home, I get to point them back to God. It is such a blessing.” The couple, who remain best friends, make time together a priority maintaining a regular date night, going out for dinner and live music and traveling to favorite destinations like Italy and Maui. They also enjoy college football. “We love the Florida Gators and are huge college football fans. We travel to games every year. We have had a Gator/media room in our last few houses and it’s where we enjoy game day,” says Philip. Their extreme Gator devotion led them to name their one-yearold reverse brindle boxer, Albert, after the University of Florida’s mascot. The striking pet has very rare, dark markings that make him look black. “He is a very sweet dog who loves our children as much as they love him. He is gentle and enjoys bounding around our backyard with the boys,” says Samantha. There are obviously many aspects of living in Cordillera Ranch that the Turturros enjoy. They couldn’t wait to become members! “Our favorite part of living at Cordillera Ranch is golfing
with the family or golfing on a Friday afternoon with the fellas,” says Philip, an avid golfer who enjoys traveling on golf trips. In fact, he says the golf course is something between a passion and obsession. “Our boys both love to golf and love playing flag football. Sophia is the boy’s shadow. She adores them and wants to be wherever they are. Sophia already has clubs and goes to the range with the boys.” Add kayaking on the river, taking walks on the nature trails and taking the kids to the see the horses at the Equestrian Center, and they have covered almost all of the amenities. “We’ve made great friends and love the family atmosphere at The Club and pool.” Ultimately, home is where their hearts are. Philip says, “We absolutely love our four acres and eating dinner on the back patio or poolside in the summer. We feel like the only people on the planet living on a huge ranch. It’s very special. We never know what God’s plans are, but we hope to never leave Cordillera Ranch. This is home and we hope it’s home forever. I want to teach my grandchildren how to play golf at the same place I taught my kids.”
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STAFF PROFILE Colt Dorr 940.654.0164 Outdoor Recreation Coordinator Hometown: Mineral Wells, Texas Family Status/Members: Skye (wife), Katch (4 - son), Kelbi (3 daughter), Kopper (4 mo - daughter) How did you get into your field? I grew up an avid outdoorsman, ultimately resulting in me starting my own small outfitter business. When I was presented the opportunity to come to Cordillera Ranch, I took the job without hesitation. How long have you been with Cordillera Ranch? 6 months What do you like the most about working at Cordillera Ranch? I don’t believe I could narrow it down to one thing, but if I had to it would be the members. They have been extremely accepting and welcoming. What has been your greatest challenge in your business? It is probably the slow times. We sometimes go a few days without members enjoying the outdoor recreation amenities on the ranch and I often wonder, “What are all these people doing instead of enjoying the great outdoors with us?” What has been your most rewarding experience in your business? Getting to show people the rivers and woods; teaching people how to do something I love and watching them grow to love the outdoors as well. What is your favorite aspect of working/living in the Hill Country? I love that you can round any corner and find a small fishing hole or see an
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amazing amount of grazing deer. The people here are great as well. What are your hobbies/interests? Fly fishing, hunting, kayaking; anything outdoors. What’s your favorite sport? Golf Favorite sporting event you’ve attended? Colonial PGA event in Ft. Worth
Favorite quote? “Live a life you don’t need a vacation from.” Favorite movie and why? Almost Heroes. Chris Farley was one of the funniest people alive during this movie. You’ll just have to watch it. Anything else that you would like to share about yourself? I love to play the guitar and sing with my beautiful wife who is a world-class fiddler.
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For most of its history Texas was a poor, rural state. Its population lived primarily on farms and ranches that were widely dispersed throughout its vast area. Early county courthouses represented an opportunity for a community to demonstrate its economic viability as well as its dedication to the rule of law. Communities would come together and invest vast amounts of time, money and effort to build a courthouse that was often the largest and most substantial building in the county. These buildings were not a reflection of current conditions but instead were built as aspirational buildings to demonstrate to the world the future the community wanted to have. As Texas became a wealthy economic powerhouse over the course of the twentieth century, that fiction became a reality. During the late 1800s to the early twentieth century when Central Texas courthouses were constructed, the area transitioned from a mostly untamed wilderness of 820,000 residents to a booming modern business center with a population of over 11 million — today that number is over 26 million. When the Kendall County Courthouse opened in 1870, Comanche war parties were still a threat. Courthouses did not end this threat but they did establish order and a civil society. The county courthouses of the Hill Country are compelling in part because they are so profoundly optimistic. They speak to a government that is approachable, a society that is progressive and a future that is bright. Although each courthouse tells a great deal about a specific place at a specific time, when looked at chronologically they together tell the story of how courthouse design developed in Texas over the course of seventy years.
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KENDALL COUNTY COURTHOUSE –
The Kendall County Courthouse is the oldest existing county courthouse in central Texas. Although counties would often tear down older structures and rebuild them in the same location, in Boerne they simply kept adding onto their original building. An initial single-story stone structure was built in 1870, a second story was added in 1886 and a more ornate front façade was added in 1910. An annex was built across the street in 1998 that now houses most of the county’s functions.
BANDERA COUNTY COURTHOUSE –
With its blocky central building topped by a tall tower, the Bandera County Courthouse represents an archetypal design from the “golden age” of courthouse design. In addition to acting as vertical landmarks, clocks would often be placed on the faces of these towers to communicate time to the surrounding area. But this was not quite the case in Bandera: the county could not afford to pay for a clock mechanism and so it merely painted a “fake” clock face onto its tower. That remains the case today.
houses 1800’s BEXAR COUNTY COURTHOUSE -
Rather than locating the courthouse in the middle of a public square, in Bexar County the courthouse faces a public plaza. This urban strategy reflects the Hispanic origins of San Antonio. As a result, the Bexar County Courthouse has a main façade that addresses the plaza as opposed to most other courthouses that have four essentially equal facades. This condition has allowed the Bexar County Courthouse to be enlarged over time: it has incrementally expanded to the south without significantly changing its appearance.
COMAL COUNTY COURTHOUSE –
James Riely Gordon was one of the most prolific courthouse architects in Texas. Over the course of the eighteen courthouses he built for counties throughout the state, he developed a unique design that featured a cross-shaped plan that located the building’s entrances at the inside corners where the four short wings intersect. This basic design could be enlarged and embellished depending on the size and budget of the county. The Comal County Courthouse is a good example of a strippeddown version of this design.
By the beginning of the twentieth century, courthouse designs started moving away from the elaborate Victorian styles of the late 1800s and began embracing more classical approaches to design. Domes replaced towers and columned porticos framed formal entrances. The Hays County Courthouse also represents an example of a design that attempts to create interior spaces that are just as monumental as its exterior appearance. This courthouse features a dramatic rotunda that opens up to its central copper dome.
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When a county was established it would designate a town to act as the county seat. But sometimes nearby towns would grow faster in population and call for an election to move the county seat to their town. This is what happened in Blanco County. Although a perfectly respectable courthouse was built in the town of Blanco in 1885, the seat was moved to Johnson City in 1890. The 1916 courthouse that exists there today features a short tower with a small dome on top that was popular of the time.
As the twentieth century progressed, county governments became less central to the lives of individual Texans as the role of city and state governments increased. As a result, county courthouses started to become less grandiose. The Kerr County Courthouse has Beaux-Arts detailing, but it features neither a dramatic dome nor a monumental tower. Like the Bexar County Courthouse, a large expansion was built behind the original building so as to maintain the appearance of its main façade.
GILLESPIE COUNTY COURTHOUSE –
The Great Depression was hard on Texas but funds made available by federal assistance programs such as the Public Works Administration did help pay for the construction of some nice courthouses. The modernistic design of the current Gillespie County Courthouse is similar to other courthouses built at the time. It features abstracted classical details and massing that made use of traditional materials such as brick and limestone. The earlier 1882 courthouse sits next to it and currently functions as the Gillespie County Library. Brantley Hightower is an architect in San Antonio and the founder of HiWorks. His book, “The Courthouses of Central Texas,” was published by the University of Texas Press in 2015.
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Blanco County Courthouse
Courthouses continued: As stately and dignified as courthouses are year round, they take on a special elegance at the holidays, when courthouse lighting ceremonies are central to kicking off the season from late November through New Yearâ€™s Day. Whether the treasured buildings are adorned in simple white lights that highlight their unique architecture or are transformed into brilliant extravaganzas, historic courthouses serve as natural holiday centerpieces for the communities that delight in the annual tradition. Crowds gather in town squares for seasonal music, holiday refreshments, shopping for arts and crafts, and the requisite visit from Santa. This year, the Comal County Courthouse in historic downtown New Braunfels is part of the annual Downtown Lighting Ceremony (November 18). In Kerrville, the Kerr County Courthouse Lighting Ceremony is the finale to the Holiday Lighted Parade (November 19). The grandaddy of all courthouse lighting ceremonies is the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City, where more than 100,000 lights illuminate the courthouse and the surrounding grounds (November 25). Organizers emphasize that no nails or screws are used to hang the lights and no damage is caused to the iconic structure.
SEPTEMBER - CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP MONTH AT CORDILLERA RANCH MEN’S SENIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
In early September we crowned Steve Vallone as the 2016 Senior Club Champion! After opening with a score of 83, he fired a spectacular final round of 73 to win by one stroke over defending champion Nick Mumford who had steady rounds of 80-77. Steve actually birdied his last hole of the tournament by making a long 30 foot putt to win in style. Here are the complete results:
Jacob King captured his first ever Junior Club Championship with a great round of 75 to win by two shots over Zach Heffernan who carded a 77. Jacob got off to a great start with a fantastic 32 on the front and held on down the stretch. Haley Williamson won the girls flight with a great score of 89. Here are the complete results:
OVERALL CHAMPION — STEVE VALLONE Senior Flight 1. Steve Vallone 83-73 2. Nick Mumford 80-77 T3. Rick Webb 83-77 T3. Andrew Tosdevin 76-84 1 Net. Steve Wade 74-74 2 Net. Bill Haywood 72-77 Senior Flight 1. Mike Sheridan 81-78 2. Mac Northington 80-91 1 Net. Jerry Merck 72-74
OVERALL CHAMPION — JACOB KING 1. Jacob King 75 2. Zach Heffernan 77 3. David Sterling 82 Silver Flight 1. Price Hill 92 2. Davis Amerman 97 Girls 1. Haley Williamson 89
LADIES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
We also hosted the Ladies Club Championship in September with 18 ladies competing in two different flights. Congratulations to Isabelle Mumford on winning her fourth championship in a row! She won by 14 shots over Paula Mitchell with rounds of 77-81. Here are the complete results: OVERALL CHAMPION — ISABELLE MUMFORD First Flight 1. Isabelle Mumford 77-81 2. Paula Mitchell 88-84 1 Net. Maria Sayers 70-70 Second Flight 1. Beckie Francis 96-100 2. Jan Newton 105-102 1 Net. Margaret Putney 78-66
MEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Ron Trevino played terrific golf in winning his first Men’s Club Championship with solid rounds of 77-74 for a 13 stroke victory over Runner-Up Bryan Moore. Kirk Pearson took home Low Net honors with a 153 total. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes as the last round was canceled due to inclement weather. Here are the complete results: OVERALL CHAMPION — RON TREVINO Championship Flight 1. Ron Trevino 77-74 2. Bryan Moore 84-80 1 Net. Kirk Pearson 75-78 Presidents Flight 1. Jerry Merck 81-81 2. Regan Gradke 82-88 1 Net. Steve Wade 85-71 First Flight 1. Bob Walker 86-90 2. Bill Haywood 89-87 1 Net. John Williams 83-70
2016 RYDER CUP RECAP Photography by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America
Congratulations to Team USA and Cordillera Ranch member Jimmy Walker on their victory over Team Europe last month at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.
Team USA won 17-11 for only the second time in the last 8 matches. I was fortunate enough to attend for the first time and it was an incredible experience. There were a few keys to victory this year and it all started by getting the players and the PGA of America together as a task force was formed which led to a greater bond amongst the players. Captain Davis Love III did a fantastic job in putting the players in a position to win. The golf course set-up favored the Americans as birdies were abundant throughout the competition which got the fans even more involved. The golf was quite possibly some of the best golf I have ever witnessed over three days and the Sunday Singles matches provided some of the best drama we have ever seen. There were so many great matches but Patrick Reed vs Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson vs Sergio Garcia were the two matches that really stood out. Reed defeated McIlroy 1 up in an incredibly passionate and emotion-filled match, and Mickelson halved Garcia as the two made 19 birdies amongst them. Both were pivotal to the US bringing back the Cup! Finally, one of the things that stood out to me was the number of people that dressed up in absolutely crazy, patriotic colors to support their side. It was quite the sight and made for a fun event! Congrats again to Jimmy and Erin and Team USA! Marc DeWall, PGA Marc DeWall is the Director of Golf at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at email@example.com or 830.336.4653.
Photo by Scott Hallaren/PGA of America
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MEMBER-GUEST RECAP What an incredible finish to the C-Star Member-Guest tournament in October! Charlie Hill and his guest from Oak Hills, Michael Sedlak, captured the championship this year with a stunning Shoot-Out victory. They defeated Larry Harper and his guest from The Dominion, Jesse Guerra, on the last hole when Michael hit a great chip from the front of the green to ensure their par, and Larry and Jesse were not able to navigate a two-putt from long distance. We had the usual drama throughout the Shoot-Out as this particular format lends itself to a ton of excitement and fun for all of the teams participating as well as the spectators! Congratulations to all of the flight winners! New for this year, the Overall Champions and Flight Winners all received a custom buckle or money clip from the renowned Clint Orms Silversmiths. Thanks to everyone who played and supported the tournament this year.
HERE ARE THE COMPLETE RESULTS FROM THE TOURNAMENT:
First flight 1. Charlie Hill/Michael Sedlak 2. Rick Webb/Duncan Burke Second Flight 1. Nat Mangum/John Palosi 2. Ben Beyer/Bubba Beyer Third Flight 1. Steve Cruse/Harold Shockley Jr. 2. Dan Blake/Dwayne Garrett Fourth Flight 1. Larry Smith/Drew Smith 2. Paul Liberato/Ben Knowles Fifth Flight 1. Ken Nibling/Gary Dove T2. Jerry Merritt/John Bailey T2. Lance Welch/Tim Ping Sixth Flight 1. Philip Pfeiffer/PJ Pfeiffer 2. John Kester/Andy Cole Seventh Flight 1. Larry Robinson/Jon Jani 2. David Cottrell/Michael Cottrell Eighth Flight 1. Larry Harper/Jesse Guerra T2. Rod Alexander/Jared Moss T2. Reed Smith/John Hurley Ninth Flight 1. David Hill/David Tamminga 2. Bruce Sloan/Jim Curley Tenth Flight 1. Benjamin Pena/Kerry Fisher 2. Robert Hobbs/John Mott
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MORE THAN JUST A
PIECE OF CAKE By Melissa Beverage :: Photography by Mark Humphries
Desserts are a wonderful creation; one that completes an experience like the icing on a cake. A sweet ending at the end of a perfect savory meal brings you full circle in an extraordinary culinary experience, and has you leaving with a smile on your face. My joy comes from being able to provide that smile of joy and feeling of bliss before going home. Better yet, creating a special order cake allows me to send someone home with a sweet treat to enjoy with family and friends — and that means more smiles and joy for everyone. Cakes take my personal joy to a whole new level of sugar high. Creating a special cake gives me the opportunity to contribute to someone’s most precious memories with the simplest of ingredients — butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Despite seeming modest with common, everyday ingredients, cakes can be tedious and intricate in their details, and it is in this process that my happiness is found. The cake… moist, soft, airy and delicious. Under mix the batter and it will be lumpy; over mix and it will have air tunnels. The oven shouldn’t be too hot or it will create a crust with a gooey inside. And most importantly, don’t dare disturb
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the oven or the cake may seem to rise beautifully but in one awful and saddening instant deflate and sink with no hopes of having that airy appeal. This moist, melt-inyour-mouth quality is so simple to attain, but one of the best “secret” ingredients that just about no one would guess. The icing… creamy, velvety, smooth and lusciously sweet. This is literally the glue of the cake. It holds everything together and creates a blank canvas to begin any masterpiece. Icing is the simplest component of the cake as it is only three ingredients in its most basic form. However, simple as it may sound, it is all in the balance and proportion of ingredients, the technique and
“A PARTY WITHOUT CAKE IS JUST A MEETING.” – JULIA CHILD the time needed to yield the perfect result. If you can master making the perfect homemade icing, you can turn any box cake into a delicious dessert by slathering on an amazing buttercream. The vision… this is where the details of intricate designs come from. The piping, fondant, gum paste, flowers and figures are techniques that require training, precision and practice, in addition to creativity. I never considered myself a creative or
artistic person growing up until I found cakes. I discovered my comfort with icing cakes during Mr. Sweeney’s high school geography class. At the end of every unit, we celebrated with a “Culture Day,” which required each student to bring something to class that represented a country from that region. For every Culture Day, I brought a cake with a country’s flag piped on top of a 9x13 cake — to scale and never missing a detail. Every classmate looked forward to
my creations and that was a great feeling of satisfaction. This glimpse of what it was like to share in sweet memories ignited a deeper passion within me. Special occasion cakes have become a unique part of my career. They have afforded me the opportunity to develop special bonds with each client by helping to create the centerpiece for some of their most memorable and one-of-a-kind moments and celebrations: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, accomplishments, baby showers, gender reveals and so much more. Let me celebrate your life’s greatest moments with you and let Cordillera Ranch share these experiences to help make them even greater than you could have imagined. To special order a custom cake for your celebration, contact Amanda Parinella at firstname.lastname@example.org or 830.336.9012. Melissa Beverage is the Pastry Chef at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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DINING The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch is proud to continually create unique products, services and programs designed to provide a world-class lifestyle for our residents. Simply stated, “Life is better out here.” Several years ago The Cellar Club was created to provide our members with the best possible wine-buying experience. Whether you are a wine aficionado, a novice wanting to explore and learn more about wine, or simply, like most of us, someone who just loves to drink wine, we offer exclusive benefits to our members. Some of the benefits that our Cellar Club members enjoy are: • $2.00 off of our many wines by the glass • 20% off of wines purchased when dining at The Club • 20% off of Wine Dinners • Advantage pricing in wines purchased through our retail operation
STOCKING YOUR HOME WINE CELLAR By Manny Ortiz
Each week we conduct wine tastings in conjunction with our Wednesday Night Gold Rush. Members have an opportunity to sample new wines from selected vineyards, and purchase wines for consumption that evening. Additionally, they can order these wines for pickup from our retail shop. The Club also hosts Winemaker Dinners where delicious wine and food pairings are enjoyed with fellow friends and members, along with “best buys” samplings/tastings. We are constantly searching for great values offered through our wine vendors. Our goal is to sell wine to our members at equal to or better pricing found at the local supermarkets, big box stores and wine shops. We are constantly evaluating our pricing against their published internet pricing and we also make an effort to shop our competition. When we find the best deals, we like to share the pricing through email blasts. Looking for help in filling your wine cellar? Manny Ortiz is the Food and Beverage Director at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WINTER IN THE HILL COUNTRY
GET OUTSIDE AND ENJOY! By Shane Reynolds
With the often mild winters we see in the Kendall County area, thereâ€™s plenty of time to remain active in and around Cordillera Ranch, either hunting, fishing or camping.
Hunting is the most popular winter outdoor activity, but there are many other options. If you’re not a hunter, but you’re a gun and shooting enthusiast, then you should definitely try the sporting clays course, wobble trap, 5-stand and flush at the Gun Club, or come out and shoot at our hand gun or archery range. The Gun Club is located on the far west end of the ranch in a beautiful Texas Hill Country setting. If you are interested in an upland bird or deer hunt, we have a great relationship with our friends at Joshua Creek Ranch. Only 30 minutes from Cordillera Ranch, Joshua Creek Ranch occupies a uniquely diverse terrain including miles of Joshua Creek and Guadalupe River bottomland planted in fields of grain crops for prime pheasant hunting habitat; borders of limestone bluffs that rise to oak and elm studded pastures lush with prairie grasses providing perfect quail hunting cover; and densely wooded areas conducive to Texas deer hunting, both Whitetail and Axis. You’ll call it paradise when you experience the combination of this pristine hunt country with the outstanding cuisine and up-scale lodging accommodations at Joshua Creek Ranch.
If shooting is not something you enjoy, consider some local trout fishing. Many people do not realize we have an outstanding trout fishery only 34 miles from the Clubhouse at Cordillera Ranch. When Canyon Lake was impounded in 1966, the cold water released from the bottom of the lake created an ideal environment
for trout. San Antonian Harry Jersig was president of the Lone Star Brewing Company and also a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department commissioner, and at his behest the brewery financed a three-year stocking program in the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam. Although its proximity to Jersig’s home may have had something to do with the choice of location, the main reason lay in the way Canyon Dam was constructed. Many dams use floodgates located at the top of the dam to release water. Canyon Dam is different — it releases water from near the bottom of the lake. Water from this deep level is cold and rainbow trout, which are native to frigid mountain streams in western North America, thrive in cold water. The Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam normally remains below 70 degrees Fahrenheit year-round for up to 10 miles below the dam, allowing rainbows to survive most of the year. Fast forward to the present day and now the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited (GRTU) lead the charge on stocking. The state stocks trout during the winter (five sites from Canyon Dam downstream to Camp Hueco Springs), and anglers can now
enjoy the serenity of fishing for trout on cold winter days. Although the stocking sites are popular, many fly-fishing enthusiasts instead seek a restricted 9.5-mile stretch of the river. That area is defined in the TPWD’s Outdoor Annual as being from the second bridge crossing on River Road in Comal County upstream to the easternmost bridge crossing on FM 306.
In addition to the trout stocked by TPWD, trophy-sized trout stocked by the GRTU lurk there and may be kept only if caught on artificial lures or flies. GRTU began providing lease access points for its members in the late ’80s, and there are now roughly 17 such access points. GRTU annually stocks approximately 12,000 pounds of rainbows up to 18 inches in length at six to nine different sites. An agreement was negotiated between GRTU and the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority that helps provide a minimum flow from the dam during the warm weather to maintain a temperature in which trout can survive. If you are not experienced with trout fishing or fly casting, I encourage to contact Colt Dorr with our Outdoor Recreation program. He enjoys introducing others to the art of fly fishing and we have equipment as well. There’s a lot to learn about trout and trout fishing, and it often seems bewildering to a beginner. A free event in February near the river may help unveil some of the mystery, though. It’s an expo of trout fishing lore called TroutFest, and is presented by GRTU with valued assistance from TPWD staff. Colt will be taking a group of our Club members to this event and you will see us advertise the program as we get closer to the date. Other rivers and lakes in the area, including the San Marcos, Frio, Nueces and Sabinal River near Bandera, are great as well during mild winter days for warm water species. We’ll also be offering some outings to the coast during the winter months in search of speckled trout and redfish. As the Outfitter at Cordillera Ranch, we can guide or arrange for your family or guests to do a variety of outdoor recreation activities, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Whether you’re looking for an upland bird hunt, an offshore fishing trip, a family camping adventure or a backpacking trip to a secluded wilderness area, it’s my pleasure to be of service to you. Have a great winter! Shane Reynolds is the Outdoor Recreation Director at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at outfitter@ cordilleraranch.com or 210.616.6051.
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10 GIFT IDEAS
THAT PROVIDE LEISURE, RECREATION & ADVENTURE By Shane Reynolds
Do you struggle finding the right gift for a loved one, child, grandchild or friend? Consider one of our gift certificates from The Club that will certainly be well received by anyone who needs a bit of fun or relaxation in their life.
This package accommodates a group of four and includes all kayak equipment and shuttle service to enjoy a half day on the beautiful Guadalupe River. $75 (value of $100)
This package includes a complimentary hot stone treatment and aromatherapy. $100 (value of $135)
5-STAND AND FLUSH PACKAGE AT THE GUN CLUB
This package accommodates a group of two, three or four shooters and includes shotguns, shells and eight rounds (200 birds) on the 5-stand and flush field. $150 (value of $216)
HALF-DAY SPA EXPERIENCE WITH
MICRO PHOTOTHERAPY FACIAL WITH TAMMERA
Choose a package of four facials for $220 (value of $300) or a package of eight facials for $400 (value of $600).
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This package includes an indulgent Salt Glow with Foot Reflexology, Skin Care Mini Facial and Paraffin Dip for hands and feet, followed by a one-hour massage for the ultimate relaxation. $360
This package accommodates a group of four riders on any operational day in 2017. $175 (value of $200)
SPORTING CLAYS PACKAGE AT THE
This package accommodates a group of four shooters and includes shotguns, shells and four full rounds (400 birds) on the sporting clays course. $325 (value of $436)
1.5 HOUR FLY FISHING LESSON WITH LEFTY RAY CHAPA OR COLT DORR
This lesson will be held at Cordillera Ranch and includes all fly fishing equipment needed and is a great introduction to the art of fly casting. $175
ONE-HOUR TRAIL RIDE
KAYAK FISHING TRIP ON THE DEVILS RIVER
This spectacular river is the best in Texas by far! Any angler and adventurer would love to spend four nights on this bass fishing outing. This certificate could be for one or two anglers, your choice. $625 per person. (This trip is usually $695 per person.) Call for more details.
ONE NIGHT AND ONE DAY KAYAK FISHING
TRIP TO PORT ARANSAS
This trip accommodates a group of four and includes transportation, lodging, meals and all kayaking and fishing equipment, if needed. Good on any two-day period in 2017. $595
Please contact Kelsey or Shane at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch to purchase any of these great gift certificate ideas. Kelsey Grudle is the Recreation Coordinator who handles the Spa & Fitness operation and can be reached at 830.446.2711 or kgrudle@cordilleranch. com. Shane Reynolds is the Outdoor Recreation Director and can be reached at 210.616.6051 or email@example.com.
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LUXURY LIMO VAN SERVICE
The Club provides members with a van shuttle service to and from San Antonio and Austin utilizing two 11 passenger Mercedes Luxury Limo Vans in fleet. This service has proven to be extremely popular with our members for their transportation needs. Whether itâ€™s a Spurs game, a night out on the River Walk, a drop-off or pick-up at the San Antonio airport or a shuttle service to a wedding, our friendly Club staff drivers are on standby to take great care of your family and guests. To reserve transportation, contact Shane Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.616.6051. AUTO WASH & DETAIL SERVICE
The Clubâ€™s Auto Wash Service is coordinated by Ben Bailey. Ben is an auto enthusiast and takes pride in keeping vehicles looking sharp. Contact him today to have your automobile pampered why you enjoy The Club! The Auto Wash Service is available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with additional service Tuesday through Thursday available to our monthly Clean Car Club members. Reservations are encouraged but drive ups are more than welcome and based on availability. To schedule a car wash service, contact Ben Bailey at bbailey@cordilleraranch. com or 210.683.1266.
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BISD TRUSTEES LOOK TO THE FUTURE WITH ANTICIPATED LAND ACQUISITION
The Boerne Independent School District’s third middle school is one step closer to reality with the approval of the purchase of a 142-acre tract of land at the eastern edge of the district, the proposed site of the new school. Located southeast of the intersection of Highway 46 East and Farm Road 3351, with access off Highway 46, the contract price for the property is just under $3.7 million, roughly $26,000 per acre. BISD’s planned third middle school is part of the $175 million bond package overwhelmingly approved by voters in May of this year. The school will join two new elementary schools also part of the package, along with district-wide expansions and improvements to existing schools and facilities. Calling the approval of the land acquisition a “very forward-thinking move on the part of our board,” Superintendent David Stelmazewski points out that the site doesn’t just serve the district as the home of its next middle school. “It also offers us flexibility 10 years or more into the future
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when the district grows to the point of considering a third high school.” BISD has to stay focused on the future, as explosive growth in the area requires that supply stay at least one step ahead of the demand. That demand comes in the form of district enrollment, which continues to climb steadily. The district closed the 2015-2016 school year with more than 7,800 students. Although the official 20162017 figures have not yet been recorded by the state, current enrollment was just over 8,200 after the first week of school. BISD enrollment projections are going in only one direction: up. Within the next five years, the number is expected to reach 9,800 students, and by school year 2025-2026 the district is looking at more than 12,300 enrollment. Not surprisingly, BISD is among the 76 rapid growth school districts out of the state’s 1,100 districts. Known as a “destination district” because of its outstanding record of high academic standards, the award-winning BISD offers everything from the basics to gifted and talented programs, career and techni-
cal training, arts programs, top organized sports teams and the latest in technology. As an example, the new $20.8 million 90,000-square foot Fabra Elementary at Johns Road and Lattimore — a prototype for BISD schools to come — opened this August, part of a previous bond election in 2013. Voters in Boerne, Fair Oaks and surrounding neighborhoods have historically placed great value on public education, approving record levels of bond funding in the past two elections. Meanwhile, the district must complete its due diligence process before this newest land transaction can be completed, but Stelmazewski is optimistic about what the third middle school will mean both for much-needed relief and the district’s legacy. “This site will help relieve some of the congestion and transportation challenges we face with our current school configuration and help us serve our students and families better,” he says. “Just as previous school boards are to be commended for purchasing the tract on Dietz-Elkhorn that is to be the site of our sixth elementary school, this school board will be remembered for its foresight someday when the doors open on new school facilities on this beautiful site.” CONSTRUCTION OF THREE NEW SCHOOLS:
Elementary #6 (Dietz-Elkhorn adjacent to Fair Oaks Ranch), projected opening 2018-2019 school year Elementary #7 ((Esperanza subdivision off Hwy 46 East), projected opening 2019-2020 school year Middle School #3 (southeast of Highway 46 East and Farm Road 3351), projected opening 2019-2020 school year For more information, visit www.boerne-isd.net.
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www.comfort-texas.com Christmas in Comfort on November 26 is the town’s annual extravaganza — 31 years and counting! It begins the Saturday after Thanksgiving with a full day of activities, starting with 125+ art, craft and food vendors on 7th and High Streets. A visit with Santa and live entertainment lead into the much-anticipated Lighted Parade capped off by festive fireworks. (No entry fee.) FREDERICKSBURG
array of events. Impossible to catch (or even list)
www.visitfredericksburgtx.com Starting with Thanksgiving weekend all the way to New Year’s Day, this Hill Country hotspot has a treasure trove of holiday riches. Where to begin? Get your skate on at Eisbahn, the outdoor ice skating rink at downtown Marktplatz that opens November 26 to January 3 ($10 fee). On December 2, the Light the Night Christmas Parade and Afterglow lights up Main Street (free). Tour seven area homes decked out in holiday finest during the 59th Christmas Home Tour and Market at the Pioneer Museum (entry fee). Ring in the New Year with dances at Luckenbach Dance Hall and a USO-Style Hangar Dance at the Hangar Hotel (entry fees).
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For anyone who’s ever celebrated the holidays in the Hill Country, it’s no secret that there are hundreds of events every year — lights, music, food and family fun beckon one and all to a dazzling
www.visitboerne.org Dickens on Main on November 25-26 is back for its 17th magical year. This popular event features a glittering tree lighting ceremony, theatrical performances, carriage rides, Santa’s Workshop, a 60-foot snow slide, ice sculpture shows, a Dickens Market of handcrafted gifts and much more — all against a backdrop of a decorated historic downtown that evokes a trip back in time. The Weihnachts Parade on December 3 is themed “Lonestar Christmas,” with up to 100 lighted entries traveling down Main Street. Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair is a holiday favorite at the Kendall County Fairgrounds, also on December 3, with handcrafted wood, ceramics, knitted and crocheted items, homemade jellies and more. (No entry fees for all events.) DON STRANGE RANCH, BOERNE
www.sanantoniochristmaslightsfest.com The ultimate drive-thru Christmas light spectacular features two million lights in two scenic miles of dazzling displays on WaringWelfare Road. Or hop a hayride under the stars and leave the driving to them. Cap off the evening with a visit to Santa’s Village, where Santa is in residence every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night before Christmas, plus live music by area bands and choirs,
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www.lbjcountry.com For a small town (pop. 1,785) Johnson City does the holidays big time. There’s the flipping of the switch on November 25 that illuminates the entire town, including the eye-popping Pedernales Electric Cooperative headquarters, ablaze with one million LED lights for the 27th year of Lights Spectacular. On November 26, the Christmas Parade features themed floats and other entries. Weekends bring carriage rides, hayrides, food and music. November 25-27 is the final Market Days until spring, with artisan crafts and treats at Courthouse Square. (No entry fee.) KERRVILLE
www.kerrvilletexascvb.com Finish off (or start) your holiday shopping at the 8th Annual Sleighbell Boutique Holiday Market on November 18-19 at the Inn of the Hills Hotel & Conference Center, then enjoy the 16th Annual Holiday Lighted Parade on November 19, followed by the 45-foot tree lighting ceremony. From November 18 to December 3, the Hill Country Arts Foundation presents “Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol,” a sequel to the Charles Dickens classic (tickets required). On December 1, listen to the sounds of the season in a concert by the Symphony of the Hills at the Callioux Theatre (tickets required). A very special evening with Michael Martin Murphey features cowboy songs, poetry and stories at the Cailloux Theatre on December 17 (tickets required).
PASADERA BUILDERS Makes its Mark on Cordillera Ranch, Then and Now By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by Doug Galdry
Pasadera Builders spent 15 years in the Houston market before moving to the Texas Hill Country and developing a relationship with Cordillera Ranch. In 2009 their efforts were fulfilled with the opening of the Di Lusso Villas at Cordillera Ranch. At its core, Di Lusso is based on luxury and simplicity with the convenience of a â€œlock-and-leaveâ€? villa community including landscape maintenance, architectural lighting and remote access to security and HVAC systems for all residences.
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Gabriel Garcia, Partner at Pasadera Builders, says the real differentiator with Di Lusso Villas is, “the higher level quality product that is more authentic to the architecture. It’s not designed to fit in; it leans into the trends making design contrails with newness and forward thinking. Our means, methods and discerning tastes were perfected in Houston’s elite innerloop market and we brought them here. We build with high-end custom products that befit sophisticated clients. We offer better products from the start as our standard, so that clients never feel ‘I wish I had’ when their home is completed.” In addition to the construction, part of the appeal of Di Lusso is the themed synergy set against the stunning Hill Country views of the gated enclave. Patterned after Old World Tuscan charm, the residences feature limestone masonry and traditional three step integral colored stucco exteriors. Imported Italian clay tile roofs feature exposed tail rafters and detailed wood soffits cornices. All have anterior courtyards and modular paver driveways. A Pasadera hallmark is their unmatched detailed finishes. “Our mindset towards details required us to educate local trades to our ways,” says
Garcia. “We’ll go to the best quality vendor regardless of where they are.” Those details, Garcia says, are more appropriate for the architecture, including square corners on sheetrock, true full depth baseboards, solid wood inch and three quarter interior doors and lighting control systems for each room, to name a few. “Lighting is one of the most important aspects of our homes. Low voltage lighting with halogen lamps lit to the right level of brightness and direction caters to our sophisticated client.”
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Each room only has one light switch and there are no electrical receptacles on the walls as they are all housed in the baseboards. “Walls are the canvas for life. These sorts of details allow you to feature what you want without distraction, be it art or family photos.” Pasadera engages some the industry’s best in their product development with renowned architect Roy Braswell designing master architecture plans and Nicole Winmill of NR Interiors doing their interiors. “We do classical, museum contemporary or traditional — there are no motif restrictions and an array of design options.” One design style they’ve developed and been a leader in is what Garcia calls “the two coast design,” that they started back in 2006. “We unite East and West to the Hill Country interjecting and influencing the design with material samples to create a style Nicole coined, ‘Hill Country Contemporary.’ We add warm, inviting materials and interlace them with contemporary elements and influences.” There’s also uniqueness in the Pasadera’s client. “Our clients are typically adding to their home portfolio. They’re used to a certain style, quality of product and the lock and leave aspect. This is their grand finale, forever home.” Currently there are three Pasadera homes under construction and the holidays will bring a spec home, “unlike anything we’ve done before,” says Garcia. But, you’re in luck if you want one now as two resale Pasadera listings in Di Lusso Villas are currently available. You can find more information on Pasadera Builders on Houzz. PASADERA BUILDERS
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New Vista Office UNDER CONSTRUCTION By Charlie Hill
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If you’ve been in or out the Highway 46 entry on Cordillera Trace in the past couple of months, you’ve probably noticed the sitework underway on the west side of the road between the two gates. After a couple of years of planning, the new Cordillera Ranch Vista Office is under construction. The approximately 10,000-square-foot office development will be the new home for the Cordillera Ranch Visitor Center, DH Investments, Pasadera Builders and the Cordillera Ranch POA administrative office. The new offices, set for completion in the third quarter of 2017, will replace the original offices for these various operations that have been in place for 15+ years up on Cordillera Ridge. The new office will offer spectacular panoramic views
across the community and the Guadalupe River, similar to the existing hilltop location. Jim Terrian of J. Terrian Designs successfully implemented the vision of designing a functional office environment inside blended with a Hill Country Transitional residential-looking exterior. The concept renderings offer a 3-D view of the office. So the next question most people ask is, “What are you doing with the current offices?” The plans for the Cordillera Ridge hilltop are in progress and will include an exclusive gated enclave of homesites to be offered in 2017. Stay tuned for more details on the hilltop layout and offering of new lots; in the meantime, please use caution as you approach the new office construction area and pardon our dust!
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Cordillera Ranch Realty Homes for Sale 1 - 2612 Rio Cordillera 2 - 47 Swede Springs 3 - 200 Riverwood 4 - 528 Cordillera Trace 5 - 2866 Clubs Drive 6 - 24 Di Lusso 7 - 28 Bella Collina 8 - 307 Augusta 9 - 1205 Cordillera Trace 10 - 108 Spring Ridge 11 - 122 Greystone Point 12 - 239 Greystone Circle 13 - 237 Santa Fe Trail 14 - 103 Wood Glen 15 - 307 Horseshoe Bend
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2612 RIO CORDILLERA $826,000
3,431 Square Feet
Designed and built by Authentic Custom Homes, this newly renovated single story traditional ranch style home sits on 3.84 acres. The gourmet island kitchen features stainless Bosch appliances, double oven, gas cooktop and granite counters. An open great room features large windows and a wood burning fireplace. Conveniently located near the East gate, nature trail, Swede Creek Park and Guadalupe River. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3 car garage Hardwood and tile flooring throughout home Screened porch and covered patio Canyon Creek pool and spa Study/piano room finished with extensive hardwood shelving Plantation shutters and custom cabinetry Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase
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47 SWEDE SPRINGS $1,197,000
4,515 Square Feet
Inspired by the Santa Barbara style, this open concept design features multiple flex spaces offering a variety of uses, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and additional space above the garage prepared for a game room or additional bedroom and bath installation. The flexible spaces can either host a nursery, an exercise room, an additional home office or a home theater. The rear sunroom offers additional space for eating or a second office space, and the kitchen overlooks a spacious outdoor area where young children can play safely. The front entry courtyard provides a serene and welcoming entry to the home. With 4,515 square feet of living space and nearly 1,000 square feet of outdoor space, this home fulfills the practical needs of a modern family. • 5 bedrooms, bathrooms, 3 car garage • 3.43 acres • Bonus room above garage • Entry courtyard / Rear veranda with grill
• Jenn-Air appliances • Central utilities • Simple lines and details • Golf Membership available through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch
200 RIVERWOOD $1,195,000
4,521 Square Feet
This beautiful custom home seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living with serene views and privacy! Intricate finishes and attention to detail abound in this custom home by Burdick & Christofilis. Exceptional windows and French doors lead to inviting outdoor living and views from virtually every room. Hand troweled walls complement travertine and wood flooring, the stone fireplace surround and vaulted ceilings with rough-hewn beams. The kitchen showcases furniture-inspired glazed cabinetry and commercial grade appliances featuring a Wolf gas range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher. The owners’ retreat features a spa-like bath, coffee bar and spacious areas. The downstairs suite-inspired guest retreat includes a sitting area, private patio and direct access to the pool. An upstairs bonus room is large enough for a game room or entertainment area and the home office/study/library is the epitome of wood craftsmanship. An outdoor oasis includes living/dining area, fireplace and custom salt water pool with hot tub. • • • • • •
4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage Intricate stone and woodwork Multiple covered porches and outdoor living Resort-style pool with spa Outdoor kitchen Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase
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528 CORDILLERA TRACE $1,499,000
6,012 Square Feet
Limestone, stucco and barrel tile adorn this stylish home featuring a covered patio, outdoor fireplace, summer kitchen, pool and spa. Indoor styling includes inlaid marble, travertine and wood flooring in the living and master areas. The recently remodeled kitchen, baths and Master Suite provide latest in luxury. A split level media room could also serve as a wine cellar. Walls of glass reveal stunning views of the 10 acre surrounds. This is a great estate for the equestrian enthusiast. A seven-car garage provides ample space for all the toys. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 7+ car garage Burdick & Christofilis Custom Home 10 acres – perimeter fenced and gated Luxurious master suite Large secondary bedrooms Pool/patio area includes outdoor kitchen and fireplace Beautifully landscaped Close proximity to Hwy 46 entrance and The Clubs Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase
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2866 CLUBS DRIVE $1,250,000
3,834+/- Square Feet
Now under construction by Stadler Custom Homes! This stunning single story Hill Country Traditional home fronting the 9th hole of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course has all of the conveniences of Clubs Village living — access, proximity to The Clubs and refined living. This home showcases views to the north of Twin Sisters from the guest suite and study. The rear of the home provides soothing views of the golf course, clubhouse and beyond, with refreshing southeast breezes and the comforts of a large covered outdoor living space and outdoor kitchen. The spacious master suite includes a luxurious bath, oversized closet and convenient utility room access. Open living areas seamlessly transition from kitchen to dining to great room. Natural light fills the home and the surrounding natural beauty is showcased from every room. • • • •
3 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3 car garage Efficient, single story living Bedrooms isolated for privacy Secluded guest suite with private garage access
24 DI LUSS0 $999,000
• Available for October move-in • Optional pool designed and available • Golf Membership available through The Clubs at Cordillera Ranch
2,751 Square Feet
Tuscany meets Texas in this fabulous, gated hillside enclave of Di Lusso. 24 Di Lusso provides the finest selection of materials and finishes embodied in this downsized home experience. But don’t be fooled by size as luxury abounds with an imported clay tile roof, cave stone veneer and clay paver courtyard inviting you into an interior experience featuring wood floors in living areas, carpeted bedrooms and travertine kitchen and baths. The kitchen features stone counters, custom cabinets and stainless professional grade appliances. The large home office can double as an additional bedroom, and flex space provides an opportunity for a craft room, workshop or conditioned storage. Outdoor covered patios at the rear of the home overlook beautiful Live Oaks and native landscaping while welcoming cool, prevailing breezes. • • • • • • • •
2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage Walled courtyard entry with access to dining room Pantry and utility provide secondary access to kitchen and butler’s pantry Master suite has direct access to its own covered patio Aluminum clad, wood windows complement the warm, wood finishes throughout High ceilings with varied treatments throughout Adjacent to Di Lusso’s private path to The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch Golf Membership available
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28 BELLA COLLINA $1,599,000
4,862 Square Feet
Rarely available, a Tuscan-inspired, hillside villa overlooks #3 green of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and 20 mile views of the Guadalupe River Valley beyond. This finest selection of materials and finishes embody this luxury home, including an imported clay tile roof, stone veneer, clay paver drive and a courtyard with fountain. Interior features include wood floors in the living areas, carpeted bedrooms and stone baths, and a kitchen with stone counters, custom cabinets and stainless professional grade appliances. An exceptional outdoor living area includes a summer kitchen and fire pit. This provides the closest proximity to The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch clubhouse and the conveniences of golf, dining, fitness, pools, tennis and social. • • • • •
4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2+ car garage High ceilings with solid, wood beams Rotunda provides circular staircase to below, both inside and out Direct access to the outdoors from every room Large living area downstairs that can serve as additional living room/game room/ media room • Second master suite downstairs • Window coverings throughout • Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase
307 AUGUSTA $2,490,000
5,734 Square Feet
NOW IT CAN BE YOURS! This stunning home fronts the 16th green of the Nicklaus Signature Golf Course — voted the MOST beautiful golf hole in Texas, and perhaps THE most sought after golf course frontage lot in Cordillera Ranch. Views of the 16th from every major room and outdoor living area. The finest of finishes throughout include stone and wood flooring with hand-troweled walls, a gorgeous great room, gourmet kitchen and wine cellar, a game room with a full bar, spacious bedrooms, each with an en-suite bath, and tremendous storage. The outdoor living includes a dual fireplace, outdoor kitchen and spa with a waterfall. Impeccably appointed! • • • • • •
4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage Spacious, covered outdoor living and additional terraces Travertine flooring throughout most indoor/outdoor main level living Fabulous ceiling features and lighting Views of 16th Hole from most rooms Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase
1205 CORDILLERA TRACE $1,995,000
8,469 Square Feet
Timeless Mediterranean architecture set on 5.46 hardwood studded acres with rear orientation to the north and commanding, long views across the Guadalupe River Valley. Open floorplan with spacious rooms including stately master suite, great room concept encompassing living, dining, kitchen and breakfast and a trophy room to die for. Attached casita includes galley kitchen, living area and bedroom with en suite bath. Resort-style pool area with attached spa, LED lighting, fire pit, and beautifully landscaped, spacious covered and open air entertainment areas provide the perfect exclamation point to this rare, must-see estate. • 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, 5 car garage • Floorings of stained concrete, travertine and wood • Wood elements throughout include Douglas Fir architectural beams, mesquite floors and alder cabinets • Resort-style pool area with great access from all areas of the home • Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances • Large windows for generous natural light and beautiful view corridors • Fireplaces in great room, master suite and trophy room • Additional spaces include kids’ playroom, media room, two home offices and oversized pantries • Centrally located for great access to all Cordillera Ranch amenities and access points Golf Membership available through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch
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108 SPRING RIDGE $729,000
3,539 Square Feet
Hill Country views, big Texas sunsets and spacious indoor and outdoor living provide for relaxation and entertaining. Recent interior renovations include new kitchen appliances, flooring rehab, plumbing hardware and paint throughout. Warm, earth tone interior colors with ceiling treatments are in specialty rooms. Fabulous, scenic views are the inspiration for this Hill Country pleasure. A Southern exposure off the rear of the home and a covered back porch lead to an outdoor living experience that includes an extensive patio, beach entry pool, hot tub, water feature, fire pit and pavilion with outdoor kitchen. • • • • • •
4 bedrooms, 3+ bathrooms, 3 car garage 3.48 acres End of cul-de-sac solitude Versatile bonus room upstairs Crown molding, custom cabinets and plantation shutters Convenient to miles of nature trails
122 GREYSTONE POINT $1,599,000
7,053 Square Feet
This Burdick & Christofilis Hill Country custom home features the finest finishes in spacious indoor and outdoor living. The Chef’s kitchen contains island prep area and Sub Zero, Wolf and Bosch appliances surrounded by custom knotty Alder cabinets and granite tops. Premium electronics throughout provide fingertip control of the Lutron lighting system, upgraded fixtures, whole home audio, motorized shades and surround sound/media projection. The covered Lanai overlooks the pool, landscaping and long Hill Country views beyond.
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5 bedrooms, 4/2 baths, 3 car garage Master suite with study Manicured landscape with mature hardwoods End of cul-de-sac solitude Natural stone and wood flooring Guest suite could serve as second master Golf Membership available through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch
239 GREYSTONE CIRCLE $2,250,000
6,769 Square Feet
This award-winning hilltop home with fabulous Hill Country views from virtually every room was totally renovated in 2011 by Garner Homes. Hand-scraped wood floors, the finest of custom cabinets, leather finished granite counters, chef appliances, a spacious pantry and dual islands featuring a breakfast bar punctuate the kitchen. The relaxing master retreat has a sitting room overlooking the pool and the Hill Country beyond, with a cut stone fireplace and luxurious bath. Spacious secondary bedrooms each have an en-suite bath featuring unique patterns in travertine floors and walls. The entire home features cut stone fireplace surrounds, custom built-in cabinets, dressers and shelving, custom ceiling treatments and walls of glass. The outdoor living area has a pool, hot tub, Endless Pool Spa, summer kitchen and vast covered patios. A spacious casita has two bedrooms each with its own bath, kitchen, laundry and storage. The garage includes an upstairs apartment, room for four vehicles and a work space. • • • • • •
7 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, 4 car garage • Gated entry and circular drive Intricate wood and beamed ceiling treatments Interior stone archways and walls • Oversized, resort-style infinity edge pool Large exercise room • Crestron all-house lighting, sound and security Adjacent 10 acres available for sale to combine into ~20 acre estate Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase
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237 SANTA FE TRAIL $539,000
3,177 Square Feet
This beautiful, cozy home is strategically located to take advantage of ample privacy and views from its heavily treed 4.07 acres. It has good proximity to the Equestrian Facility and the West Gate for convenient access to Boerne. A new roof is currently being installed. The island kitchen features stainless appliances and extensive quartz counters. • • • • • •
4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2 car garage Wood burning fireplace Plantation shutters Hardwood and tile flooring Rock-faced breakfast bar Unique alcove for wine storage
103 WOOD GLEN $1,399,100
4,468 Square Feet
Live a true Tuscan hilltop, resort lifestyle every day! Robert Thornton’s classic craftsmanship features stained concrete floors and interior stone elements, and a functional floorplan with multiple, sizeable patios to enjoy panoramic views in every direction. The finest finishes inside are complemented by the ultimate in outdoor entertainment featuring a wine room with a 650 bottle cellar, pizza kitchen, large outdoor fireplace, covered patio, pool and hot tub. Extensive landscaping and lighting complete this Italian dream!
• 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage • Stained concrete and Hickory wood floors • Spacious bedrooms each with own bath • Outdoor living includes pool with spa and waterfall, upper terrace with fireplace, wood fired pizza oven and detached Wine house • Great views from this hilltop retreat • Golf Membership available thru The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch
307 HORSESHOE BEND $759,000
3,655 Square Feet
This Robert Thornton custom home features hickory floors and cabinets as well as custom wood cased windows throughout. The open floor plan has a spacious kitchen complete with a Wolf® stove and Sub-Zero® refrigerator. An isolated master suite includes a spacious bedroom and home office, while sizeable secondary bedrooms are downstairs. An additional guest suite includes a full bath, kitchenette and large closet upstairs. Outside, this hilltop estate with a gated entrance provides privacy and gorgeous views from multiple outdoor living areas. • 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage • Isolated on 4.92 acres with long Hill Country views • Covered outdoor living on front and back of home • Rustic Hill Country design and finishes • Easy access to west gate, Equestrian Club and Gun Club • Golf Membership available through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch
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