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September/October 2015

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PREFERRED

BUILDERS FAIR

and Grand Opening of The Springs of Cordillera Ranch

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3RD. 10am - 3pm PARTICIPATING BUILDERS

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Builders Fair: 10am - 3pm

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PURE CUSTOM HOMES — Robert S. Thornton, a founding member of the Preferred Builder Group, has completed over 85 homes in Cordillera Ranch, each home capturing the personal style of the owner and adapted to its one-of-a-kind Hill Country environment. The company has developed a reputation for building homes with unique and rich character, quality craftsmanship and energy efficiency. True custom design requires addressing specific needs of each client while taking full advantage of the views, terrain, trees and prevailing breeze. The experienced team brings critical and creative thinking and an appreciation of value to the custom design process. From design through occupancy, Robert S. Thornton, LP – Great Homes promises intense supervision and a constant display of faith-based integrity. The long-term satisfaction of current and former clients is their motivation and reward. If you’re in the market for a new home just ask any of our current and former clients, and along with rave reviews of quality and creativity you’ll hear the intangible reasons for our success first hand. Thank you to each of our 85+ friends and clients of Cordillera Ranch for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of your team.

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HOME AT LAST One of the first homeowners in Cordillera Ranch, the Webb family has embraced the expansion and addition of first-class amenities while enjoying the Hill Country lifestyle. BY CHERYL VAN TUYL JIVIDEN

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WE COORDINATE, YOU CELEBRATE From a grand affair to a casual dinner party, the capable Cordillera staff executes one-of-a-kind celebrations through thoughtful details, perfectly paired foods and exceptional service. BY AMANDA PARINELLA

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A HOME FOR FAMILY Garner Homes built a luxurious home that is comfortably scaled for empty nesters yet spaciously welcomes visiting friends and family. BY MAURI ELBEL

ALSO INSIDE: 14 WELCOME LETTER 18 RANCH SCENE 22 MEMBER TRADITIONS 24 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 26 HILL COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS 36 STAFF PROFILE: P.J. BERGERON 38 MESSAGES FROM THE PAST 42 THE LEGACY CUP AT CORDILLERA RANCH 48 ROY ESTATE: NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA 50 CORDILLERA CELLAR CLUB TRIP 52 SUMMER CAMP WINDUP AT CORDILLERA RANCH 56 SPA AND FITNESS AT CORDILLERA RANCH 58 THE OLYMPIC ROSE 62 THE HUNGER BUSTERS 72 DEVELOPER’S CORNER 74 CORDILLERA RANCH REAL ESTATE

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Ten years ago Jack Nicklaus was putting his magic touches on the Signature Course at Cordillera Ranch as he made final, subtle adjustments to fine grading of the tees, fairways and greens. The general construction of the course was about 2/3rd complete during the Summer of 2005, and the Zeon Zoysia fairway grass was rolling out like pristine carpet on the canvas he shaped into one of the most revered tracks in Texas. It is hard to believe it has been ten years since all of the craziness and excitement that comes with golf course construction of that magnitude and anticipation. It seems like just yesterday when Jack was driving the soon-to-be-fairways standing in the back of a pickup sketching his vision like Picasso with a paint brush. One of the misconceptions about Jack Nicklaus’s design work is that he’s merely licensing his name to it and his designers really create the course; nothing could be further from the truth, particularly when it comes to his top-tier design service of a Nicklaus Signature course. His involvement is extremely handson and his passion for the product was evident by how in-tune he was with every fine detail of each hole the moment he arrived at the property for site visits. Sure, Jack has some of the most elite and experienced design staff in the world to help craft his vision, but make no mistake about it, Jack’s skill with a pencil and drafting board would rank him among the greatest golf course designers even without his unmatched resume of 18 Major championships. Countless times he’d notice some seemingly obscure (and unbeknownst to Jack) field adjustment that had been made during the 6-week gap since his prior site visit. It kept everyone on their toes and was a constant reminder that Jack had a crystal clear vision for how he wanted each shot to look, and approached it with the same precise focus and expression that he had when staring down a victory-clenching 15-foot putt on the 18th hole of a Major Championship during his prime. It’s fun to reflect back on where we were ten years ago and see where we are today. From the completion of grassing in January 2006, to the soft opening in June 2006, to official opening in May 2007 and then eight years of the course maturing into one of Texas’ most highly regarded golf courses, it’s been a fun ride and one that has been great to share with all of the supportive Club members. Scrolling back through some of the photos from ten years ago I came across this one of hole 16 and thought I’d share this progress photo alongside the completed photo of hole 16. Hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy some of Nicklaus’s finest work at Cordillera Ranch. If not, don’t let another ten years go by before checking it out. Hole 16 under construction

Cheers,

Charlie Hill Vice President Cordillera Ranch

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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 trish@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 winner is not present.)

Sample Manny’s wine picks of the week!

CORDILLERA RANCH’S SIGNATURE DINING MENU

Friday Evenings

Sundays

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

Join us for an elegant dining experience, live music, and 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 10 and under, from 11:00am to 8:00pm.

PASTA NIGHT IS BACK!

Thursay-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 September September 4th BEN HOGAN DEMO DAY Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

September 16-17 LADIES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

September 4th – 6th MGA CUP QUALIFIER

Time: AM Tee-Times Format: 36-Hole Stroke Play flighted by handicap Gross and Net Prizes Entry fee: $75 includes food and prizes

September 7th LABOR DAY

September 19th TITLEIST FITTING DAY

The Club will be open.

Time: 8:00am to 2:00pm

September 25th OKTOBERFEST

Join us for the evening as we celebrate our German Hill Country heritage through Oktoberfest! Enjoy different types of Karbach beer as well as specialty cocktails, brats, turkey legs and spaetzle! It’s Oompah at its best with live music and fun for all! Time: 6:30 to 9:30pm

September 27th – 29th LEGACY CUP PRO-AM

Format: Team Quota Teams competing from all over Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana

September 8th

The Club will be closed.

September 12-13 MEN’S SENIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP Time: AM Tee-Times Format: 36-Holes Stroke Play Senior Division: 50-59 yrs. Super-Senior Division: 60 yrs. Plus Gross and Net prizes Entry Fee: $85 includes food and prizes

October October 1st SHIRLEY ROY WINE DINNER

Shirley Roy, owner of ROY Estates in Napa Valley, California, will be our guest for an evening of wine and dining with excellent pairings created by Chef Isaac. Time: 6:30pm to 9:30 pm

October 3rd MGA CUP FINAL

Time: 9:00am shotgun Format: Top 40 qualifiers competing in yearend final

October 3rd GLOW BALL TOURNAMENT Details TBD

October 3rd CORDILLERA RANCH PREFERRED BUILDER’S FAIR

Learn about cutting edge home features and the latest building trends while you visit with each of our Cordillera Ranch Preferred Builders. Live music by Jim Thomas. Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm Location: Cordillera Ranch Clubhouse

October 15th - 17th C-STAR MEMBER-GUEST

We have some exciting things planned for the 10th Annual C-Star Member-Guest! As we continue to build member traditions, the popular format and schedule of events will remain the same this year. For those of you that played in the event last year, you know what a great tournament it has become. Each year the event has grown in popularity and it is always our goal to host a tournament that truly showcases the lifestyle and amenities that make Cordillera Ranch so special. *For more information about this event which is the highlight of the entire golf calendar at Cordillera Ranch, please contact Director of Golf Marc DeWall at 830.336.4653. Format: 45 Holes Non-Elimination Four-Ball Match Play

October 19th – 20th GREENS AERIFICATION Course closed

October 21st – 22nd MGA TRIP TO HORSESHOE BAY

October 24th HALLOWEEN HORSE COSTUME CONTEST AND PUMPKIN DECORATING Bring the kid’s in their favorite Halloween costume to decorate pumpkins and vote for the best horse costume! Time: 1:00 to 3:00pm Location: Equestrian Center

October 30 HAUNTED HALLOWEEN FRIGHT NIGHT

Join us if you dare for a night of fright! Head on up to The Club for a spooktacular evening of fun! We will have frightfully good music with children’s games, a haunted house and a costume contest. We’ll be grilling your favorite foods, and did I mention the Halloween treats? You won’t want to miss it! Please contact our receptionist by email at receptionist@cordilleraranch.com or by phone at 830.336.9000 to make your reservation today! RSVP: No later than Wednesday, October, 28th Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm Location: Cabana Grille and Pool Deck

FOR INFORMATION ON ALL GOLF EV ENTS, CONTACT THE GOLF SHOP AT 830.336.4653. FOR INFORMATION ON DINING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES, CONTACT THE CLUB RECEPTION DESK AT 830.336.9000.

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HILL COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

CONCERT IN THE CAVE

80 feet underground in a cathedral-like space are the fantastic formations in the Cave Without a Name. School Field Trips may have brought you to the cave, but nothing compares to the experience of attending monthly concerts performed in the Throne Room. The ceiling is a series of ancient solution domes that were carved out by water at least 150,000 years ago. These domes contribute to the incredible acoustics, and musical performances showcase vocal and instrumental combinations whose sounds are even further intensified in the space. Visually, the background stage is the beautiful Queens Throne, surrounded by ponds from an underground spring. Performing artists can be found on the website, and it’s best to purchase tickets online in advance.

Cave Without a Name 830.537.4212 www.cavewithoutaname.com

Trish McCabe

WINE COUNTRY TRAIL

Our Hill Country, that is! Every October marks the annual Texas Wine Month Trail and this year 46 wineries have joined in to participate. Yes, 31 days to visit 46 wineries. While not all wineries offer the same fare, you can expect general tastings of new vintages to an occasional “library tasting,” and you might stumble upon a food and wine pairing or two. You can simply take a self-guided tour, but if you buy a Trail Pass, you receive special discounts on wine purchases. Plus, $5 from every ticket is donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a partnering in honor of Breast Cancer Month where the Texas Hill Country Wineries Association has already contributed $12,000 from sales over the past three years. The Trail Pass includes a Trail Tasting Passport, a fun way to document your stops along the way. However, Passport stamps are limited to four a day in an effort to encourage drinking in a responsible manner and to promote a more indepth visit and learning experience at each stop.

Texas Wine Trail 872.216.9463 :: www.texaswinetrail.com

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WANT MORE WINE?

The 25th Annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Festival coincides with Texas Wine Month. It’s billed as “A full-course celebration of Texas Food, Wine, Beer, Music, Specialty Booths, Food Courts and Fun for all,” and it really is. All ages will enjoy the Saturday, October 24th event at MarktPlatz (the 100 block of West Main Street) with live entertainment and games such as the “grape” toss, wine and food tastings, cooking demos by Texas chefs — and a handful of breweries have even joined in. But the fun starts on Thursday with a seated dinner at Messina Hof, followed by tastings and entertainment at Wildseed Farms on Friday, and finally Saturday’s Patron Party with a delicious gourmet brunch to kick-off the rest of the day’s activities. All events require separate tickets, but some include your Saturday Fest as well.

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest 830.997.8515 :: www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com.

Drive-Thru Gallery

Just west of Johnson City, The Sculpture Ranch & Galleries is a showplace for outdoor artists and their work. Started by Italian artist Benini over 15 years ago, The Sculpture Ranch is literally an artistic journey of epic proportions. Visitors drive through the outdoor gallery of large-scale contemporary pieces, stopping along the way to explore close-up and even interact with some of the installations. Back at the indoor galleries, exhibits rotate and currently feature artist Peter Mangan from Blanco. Admission is free but donations are accepted. September 2nd is the reopening of the ranch with new owners dedicated to carrying on Benini’s vision.

The Sculpture Ranch and Galleries 830.868.5244 :: www.sculptureranch.com

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HILL COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

Oktoberfest at its Best

The Texas Hill Country is known for its small German towns, and when celebrating German heritage, no place does it better. Sizzling bratwurst, craft beers and polkas will keep all ages entertained. So don your lederhosen and grab your stein! Prosit!

AUTUMN PORTER

The Boerne Brewery is introducing a new seasonal brew inspired by traditional fall flavors. This sweet potato porter is made with yams and pumpkin pie spices but don’t be fooled — this doesn’t taste like dessert — it’s very much a beer with a background of sweet potato flavoring. Named “Geist der Berg,” or “Ghost of the Hill,” local artist Alexis Souza is designing the label based on ironwork at Boerne Cemetery, and an early-October release date is expected. Find it at all the local Boerne haunts where other Boerne Brewery labels can be found. If you want a sneak peak, they will be pouring samples, along with about 11 other local brewers, at Textember Fest at Kerrville’s Grape Juice restaurant, September 12th. Visit their website for a complete list of retailers.

Boerne Brewery

830.688.9693 :: www.boernebrewery.com

CRAFT BEER & GERMAN FOOD What would Oktoberfest be without German food? Beer and brats go hand-in-hand, so if want 12 solid hours of all-you-caneat sausage, sauerkraut and German potato salad, then head over to Bestfest 2015 at Fredericksburg’s MarktPlatz on October 17th. The event is complete with live polka bands and dancing.

Bestfest 2015 www.visitfredericksburgtx.com

ANNUAL DUCKTOBERFEST In honor of Oktoberfest, The Dodging Duck is bringing back their craft beer Ducktoberfest. This lager is an annual favorite that been around a while — and it’s no wonder — it won a silver medal in the 2002 World Beer Championships. Mildly hopped, this beer is on the mellow side, making it a perfect pairing to a number of beer snacks and German-style sausages, and its pale harvest orange coloring is perfectly seasonal. The Dodging Duck always has at least four of their craft brews on tap. Look for Ducktoberfest in early-October.

The Dodging Duck 830.248.3825 www.dodgingduck.com

OOMPAH!

German food, beer, artisans, kids’ activities and simple family entertainment make the 35th Annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg a fun and affordable event for all. For three straight days, October 2-4, you can sing, toast and chicken dance in true Oktoberfest fashion. There’s even a dominos tournament.

Octoberfest

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Lobo Oktoberfest

Another award-winning fall favorite is Lobo Oktoberfest from Pedernales Brewing Company. It won a gold medal in the Marzen/Oktoberfest category at the US Open Beer Championship this year. All the major retailers carry it so grab a pack before it’s gone.

Pedernales Brewing Company 830.998.7486 :: www.pedernalesbrewing.com

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HOME AT LAST By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by West Vita

One might consider the Webbs pioneers of sorts. Back in 1998 they purchased one of the first 10 lots in Cordillera Ranch. Vita

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It all started on a relocation trip. Coworker Paul Bratloff, who was also relocating to San Antonio, suggested they visit. Johanna, a Clear Lake City native was skeptical, “(I thought) it was way too far from San Antonio, but agreed to drive up and take a look at it. After cresting the hill at the entrance, we were both sold.�

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The 6-acre lot they chose was on Pebble Creek. “When we first looked at the lot, there were no roads, and we had to pass through the cattle gate and past grazing cows to get to it. We had to use a lot of imagination.” Once the home was built in 1999, the family moved from Houston after Rick’s employer Phibro Energy was purchased by Valero. The road to home wasn’t exactly easy, Johanna recalls, “The builder, Joe McCart, even had to use a generator for the first few months of building because the power lines didn’t reach that far yet. We had a lot of faith in what was happening here and we weren’t disappointed.” So thrilled, that when Rick was transferred to the United Kingdom in 2005 they sold their home but not before buying another lot of 8-acres on Greystone Circle to build upon when they returned. An early return caught them without a design or construction plans to build so they bought a small house in Boerne. When the market changed, they chose to find an existing home, “We eventually stumbled on a house and knew we could make it just what we needed.” The home on Wood Crest was built by Damon Christofilis, and with some self-made improvements and the assistance of Carl Powell, the home was renovated and a new casita was constructed. The couple, who are both engineers and met at Texas A&M, enjoy do-it-yourself projects. That included painting the home’s interior to their “perfection” standards, Johanna said, “We are best as a couple when we are doing those sorts of things together.” The casita they built was designed to provide housing for the Webb’s parents should it be needed in the future. For now, it serves as guest quarters for friends, and family, but also for Rick’s occasional out-of-town customers. Rick, a native of Flower Mound, Texas serves as Vice President for Nustar Energy working in business development. The family is often in the casita to play shuffle board on a 16foot table. It also serves as a changing facility for guests enjoying the beautiful Tahoe Blue Quartz-finished Artesian pool. “They did such a great job; it isn’t easy pleasing two engineers with a construction project! They totally worked with me and got it right,” said Johanna. The low maintenance pool with its shallow sunshelf is the centerpiece of the yard and central to entertaining guests. Sons Zack, 21 and Jake, 18 have often had friends over to swim and for parties. “It’s awesome to be the house where they’ve all gathered,” Johanna said of her son’s peers. The kids aren’t the only ones to enjoy the outdoors with guests. Rick and Johanna enjoy hosting wine dinners and having friends over. And while Rick cites the pool as his favorite feature, he adds that the wooded outdoor living area and fireplace are very special. “It’s a great place to enjoy cigars late into the evening appreciating the backyard,” says Rick. “We’ve always sought the treed views versus the hilltops.” Rick has high praise for the social benefits of the neighborhood. “We have brought customers to a number of the Wine Dinners at Cordillera over the past two years. Several of my customers are in Houston so it is easy for them to come join us

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for dinner, a round or two of golf, then stay at our house before they head back to Houston. Rick was eager for the golf course to be built — it was while they were in Europe — and he’s enjoyed it ever since they returned. “I love the Hill Country layout and views of the course. With all the various tee boxes, it can be a fun day with lots of birdies or back up to the Bear tees, and it is all the course my scratch golfing buddies can handle! But my favorite parts of the course are the greens. I can’t read them yet, but they are great! Jake has also been developing his golf skills. There’re many other favorite things about life in Cordillera. Zack likes how nice and quiet it is outside — a perfect setting to read. Jake agrees with his brother, “You don’t notice anyone living near you.” He also says driving in the neighborhood has always been fun. One thing they all appreciate is the night sky over Cordillera. “Stargazing in the early years was spectacular,” said Rick who remembers when his brother-in-law would visit and sleep outside on top of a sleeping bag to watch the stars at their first home. With degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, Johanna’s career has included Space Station work for McDonnell Douglas, and during years rearing children, her own business as a database applications developer for small to mid-sized companies. Currently, she is completing her Master’s of Science degree in Biotechnology at the University of Texas San Antonio. As part of the program, she is working at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio’s Office of Technology Commercialization department. But come summer’s end, she’ll be on the hunt for a new job.

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“We had a lot of faith in what was happening here and we weren’t disappointed.” - Johanna Webb

That won’t be the only change when fall is in the air. Zack will return as a senior computer science major at the Colorado School of Mines and plans to continue on for his master’s degree. Jake will begin his freshman year at Georgia Institute of Technology studying computer engineering. The boys will miss their two majestic Maine Coon cats, Jack Jack and McKenzie. But they say they’ll really miss their mom’s cooking. Their favorite dishes are those with Hungarian roots: Chicken Paprikash and Seven Chiefs, the families’ traditional Christmas dinner. While she won’t have as many to feed with the boys both gone for school, she and Rick will have plenty of opportunity to frequent favorite area eateries: Mary’s Tacos, Little Gretel, Boerne Wine Company for the good wine and snacks, the Grill in Leon Springs, Random Truck Park, Taste of Boerne Truck Park, Po Po, Bumdoodlers and Bear Moon Bakery.


STAFF PROFILE

P.J. Bergeron 830.336.4004 Controller & Director of Human Resources HOMETOWN Morgan City, Louisiana FAMILY Married to Christy (15 years in November). Three daughters: Emily, Claire and Abby. EDUCATION Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, Bachelor of Science in Finance; FBI or Faith Bible Institute, Three year satellite course that takes you chronologically through the Bible. HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOUR FIELD? A job at Ford Motor Credit is what brought me to Texas. I landed my first country club job at Willow Fork Country Club in Katy, Texas where I spent six+ years as the Controller. I moved on and spent two years at Walden on Lake Houston in Humble, Texas. The Club at Sonterra in San Antonio was my next destination where I spent seven years as a Regional Controller. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CORDILLERA RANCH? I started May 1, 2015 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF WORKING IN THE HILL COUNTRY? The scenery and wildlife makes up for the longer commute. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY TO DO IN THE HILL COUNTRY? My family enjoys the Cibolo Nature Center and the downtown shops, both in Boerne. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS? Road trips with the family — taking the off-the-beaten path. We enjoy visiting museums and historical sites. Texas does a great job preserving and promoting their history. I also play golf when I find the time. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPORT? Golf. I have been privileged to play courses from California to England. FAVORITE SPORTING EVENT YOU’VE ATTENDED? Interacting with Payne Stewart at the 1999 Houston Open / Being at the second to last Houston Astros game in the Astrodome / Watching our high school win the state

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championship for football in which Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel was the quarterback. FAVORITE QUOTE? “The driver on the road is not safe when he reads the signs, but when he obeys them. “ - AW Tozer FAVORITE MOVIE AND WHY? Courageous . As a father, it challenges you in so many positive ways, both spiritually and being a better role model for your kids. I challenge all men to watch this movie. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE IN YOUR BUSINESS? Going through the 2008-2009 recession and how this impacted the club business. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE IN YOUR BUSINESS? I had the pleasure of being at Willow Fork Country Club and Walden on Lake Houston when they reached their Trigger/Cap for Full Golf members. I also enjoy meeting new people within the business and creating lasting friendships. FAVORITE ASPECT OR FEATURE AT CORDILLERA RANCH? The views are incredible. I am truly blessed to work with great people at a great facility. ANYTHING ELSE THAT NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? I have lived in the San Antonio area since 2008. I can juggle three balls, and briefly held the hacky sack record back on Elk Street in Morgan City in the mid-1980’s. The competition was fierce!


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MESSAGES FROM THE PAST By Julie Catalano

Historic post offices are welcome stops for Hill Country travelers on a nostalgic journey to days gone by.

THEN – Guadalupe-Schiller Post Office/Sueltenfuss Home

Once upon a time, rural post offices were more than a means to send and receive mail. They served as gathering places where family and friends could stop and rest, grab a cold drink or a quick bite, catch up on the latest community happenings and restock supplies. The good news? Some of them are still doing just that.

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THE EARLY DAYS: GUADALUPE POST OFFICE AT CORDILLERA RANCH In a fascinating bit of postal history, Cordillera Ranch has ties to the very beginnings of the post offices in these parts. Amateur Kendall County historian Bryden Moon tells the story of how the earliest post office in the area ended up at Cordillera’s Outfitter Center as the second location of the Guadalupe Post Office (the first was opened by Charles Wenzel in 1875 along the Guadalupe River). “Until that time, the closest area post offices were at Curry Creek in Kendall County, and Spring Branch in Comal County,” writes Moon in the article “The Post Office Grudge” for the Texas Story Project at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Five years later in 1880, Wenzel sold his land to Henry Koch, who served as the new postmaster until he handed off the entire operation in 1883 to Prussian-born Caspar Sueltenfuss, who promptly relocated the business to his property — part of which is now the present day Cordillera Ranch, where the Sueltenfuss house eventually became the Ranch’s Outfitter Center. “Typically, in those days, the postmaster’s house was the post office,” explains Moon. Postmasters, he adds, didn’t deliver. “They held the mail, and people would come to the house to drop off or pick up.” The Sueltenfuss house/ Cordillera Outfitter Center, he says, “is small but incredibly handsome,” and was home to Caspar, wife Anna and their nine children. “Obviously it’s been worked on and restored. There is nothing left of the post office.” For some reason — according to Moon, no one really knows why — Caspar Sueltenfuss changed the name of the post office from Guadalupe to Schiller in 1890. “Lore has it that the Guadalupe County mail was getting mixed up with the Guadalupe post office mail, but that’s unsubstantiated.” An educated man, Sueltenfuss decided to rename the Guadalupe Post Office after German poet/philosopher/playwright Friedrich Schiller. “When you named the post office, you started naming the region, that’s just how it worked,” says Moon, who says that most communities developed around post offices, stores, schools or churches. For about six years, the Schiller Post Office overlapped with a “new” satellite office in Bergheim that opened in 1901. By January of 1907 the Schiller Post Office was no more, ultimately transferring its operations to Bergheim.


BERGHEIM GENERAL STORE AND POST OFFICE 843 Texas 46, Bergheim 78004 830.336.2112 Stanley Jones, owner of the Bergheim General Store and Post Office, holds a document treasured by all in his family. “This is a letter that my grandfather Alfred Engel wrote about his father and the kind of life they had in the early years here.” The “father” is Andreas Engel, an Austrian-born immigrant who was the first postmaster of the Bergheim Post Office, and Jones’s great-grandfather. Jones’s grandfather Alfred writes in part about how Andreas Engel became the postmaster for the post office that he named: [Friedrich Hofheinz] begged Andreas Engel to become the postmaster but Andreas said he had no building and no name. But Fred was hard to say no to and I can remember it well. He just came and brought all the post office equipment along and he brought the Boerne postmaster and the two appointed Andreas Engel as postmaster. But actually the place had no name, so Andreas Engel decided on Bergheim to which the other

two agreed. Translated, Bergheim means Hill Home or more romantically Home in the Hills. A little corner in the house was partitioned off and that became the first post office in Bergheim in 1901. After Andreas, Alfred became the postmaster in the late 1960-early 1970s, followed by his daughter Bernadine Cobb, and then Jones’s great-aunt Helen Marquardt. Jones took over in the early 1980s and has been there ever since. The 1903 structure has the original floors and is a true general store. “We sell groceries, clothing, work jeans and shirts, hardware, feed, fencing and hay,” says Jones. The store itself does not have a restaurant, but popular Boerne-based The Kitchen Cabin food truck is occasionally on site with its signature homemade tortillas, Tex-Mex and Hill Country fare. Call the store for the schedule.

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KENDALIA GENERAL STORE AND POST OFFICE 2545 RR 473, Kendalia 78027 830.336.2450 Retired postmaster Lanette Edmondson looks back fondly on her “29 years, six months and 19 days” as the Kendalia postmaster from 1979 to 2008. “I got to know the stamp collectors really well. They’d call and say ‘Do you have anything new before I drive out there?’ I met some really interesting people from all over the world.” “The very first Kendalia area post office was at Hodges in 1856, then Hodges Mill,” says Donna Jonas, library director at the Kendalia Public Library and author of the two-volume Kendalia: A History of the Settlement 1847-1957 (2012). “The next one was at Curry’s Creek, which was a residence. The door had a slot in it where people would slide their envelopes along with their pennies for postage.” Today the Kendalia Post Office is housed in the Kendalia General Store owned by Mindy Ingram, a quaint place with an old Coca-Cola chest for cold beers, a lunch counter with sandwiches, burgers and specials, and a table where visitors can work on a puzzle at their leisure. It’s that slower pace that Edmondson says is often missing in modern times. “When you’ve got 20 people in line you can’t be talking to everyone. There were no lines in Kendalia.”

RIO MEDINA GENERAL STORE AND POST OFFICE 3980 FM 471 N., Rio Medina 78066 Store: 830.538.2441. Post Office: 830.538.2562 Rio Medina is about five miles north of Castroville, located on the Medina River, and was settled by the Boehme, Wengenroth, Burrell and Wurzbach families in the mid-1800s. According to the Medina County Historical Commission, the first mercantile business in the community, then known as San Geronimo, was established in 1908 by Alexander Boehme, who also applied to Washington for a post office within his store. When the name San Geronimo Post Office was denied, it was renamed Rio Medina and Boehme was appointed postmaster. The store sold groceries, hardware, feed, dry goods, notions and patent drugs. (Source: Rio Medina Store and Post Office, Medina County Historical Commission, 2014). Today, the cozy Rio Medina General Store — which has been in continuous operation since 1908 — is a favorite among motorcyclists and others looking for an old-time, onestop shopping experience, “just like when your grandparents were kids,” as the locals say. Still the hub of the small community, the store features dry Alsatian sausage, local favorite parisa, homemade sandwiches, hardware, farm and ranch supplies, antiques, collectibles, store memorabilia and of course a full-service post office.

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HYE MARKET & SPIRITS 10261 W. Highway 290, Hye 78635 830.868.2300 :: hyemarket.com About 20 miles east of Fredericksburg on Highway 290 on the way to Johnson City, it’s no surprise that this historic post office at the back of Hye Market has enduring ties to the 36th President of the United States. Lyndon B. Johnson claimed that he mailed his first letter there at the age of four, and owner Jason Cook says that LBJ maintained P.O. Box 276 his entire life. But nothing illustrated Johnson’s fondness for the post office more than showing up at the general store in October 1965, with Lawrence O’Brien in tow, to swear in O’Brien as Postmaster General of the U.S. Cook keeps an historical photo of the event in the post office. “I’m trying to find film of it, so I can put it on a loop for everyone to watch.” These days, Hye is the place to watch, thanks to a steady stream of visitors to the booming Fredericksburg/Johnson City area. Inside the 110-year-old building with original pine floors, doors and pressed tin ceiling, the Hye End Tasting Room hosts weekly tastings of local wines and beers. The deli/cafe boasts a diverse menu of sandwiches and salads, and the market features gifts, jewelry, sauces, spices and spirits. Named for town founder and first postmaster Hiram “Hye” Brown, the tiny town has a big future, says Cook. “For a time some residents thought Hye was going to become a ghost town, but these businesses have come back and put it on the map.” Special thanks to the following for their help with resources in compiling this roundup: Bryden Moon, Jason Cook, Lanette Edmondson, Donna Jonas, Stanley Jones, Mindy Ingram and Bonnie Jaks. For more info, Texas State Historical Commission, tshaonline.org

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THE LEGACY CUP AT CORDILLERA RANCH Cordillera Ranch will be hosting the 2nd Annual Legacy Cup Pro-Am September 27-29. We are extremely excited and honored to host this event as it will give us the opportunity to once again showcase our great Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and all that the Club and community have to offer. Club professionals from some of the finest facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana will be bringing three amateurs to participate in a two-day tournament. Teams will play a practice round on Sunday, September 27 before competing over the next two days in a Team Quota format. The field will consist of 18-22 teams and there is a professional purse as well as team prizes. Ryan Polzin captured Low Professional honors last year with scores of 72-70. Participants will be staying at the Eilan Hotel & Spa in The Rim. Martin/ Fennec apparel is the title sponsor of the event and will provide a great tee-gift package and support of the tournament. It should be a special event for everyone involved.

SEPTEMBER TOURNAMENTS September marks the return of a busy tournament schedule here at the Club. Both the Men’s Senior Club Championship and Ladies Club Championship take place this month. These events have continued to grow in popularity as they are a great way to test your skill as well as a chance to meet some different players that may not be part of your regular group. Both Gross and Net prizes are awarded. Jarratt Jones is the defending champion in the Men’s Senior and has won the event all eight times it has been played. Isabelle Mumford won the Ladies Championship last year and will be defending her title this year and gunning for her third straight title.

MGA CUP FINAL The MGA Cup Final takes place in early October and is the culmination of our members qualifying for the event by playing in various Club events throughout the year. The Cup Final will have the Top 40 players participating in a one-day Stableford competition. Jerry Merck is the defending champion and in good position heading into the Final.

10TH ANNUAL C-STAR MEMBER-GUEST The 10th Annual C-Star Member-Guest is the highlight event at the Club each year and will take place October 15-17. The format will once again be the five 9-hole matches that allow for great camaraderie for everyone playing. We have a very special and unique event planned for all of the participants this year. After the practice round on Thursday, we will be heading to Dave Pelz’s “World’s Greatest Backyard” and “Golfer’s Paradise” to experience his incredible shortgame area. The tournament continues to showcase the spectacular lifestyle here at the Ranch and I hope you will consider playing in the future. See you on the course, Marc DeWall, PGA Director of Golf, The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch mdewall@cordilleraranch.com | 830.336.4653


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WE COORDINATE, YOU CELEBRATE By Amanda Parinella :: Photography courtesy of Cordillera Ranch

Planning a special event can be as enjoyable as the party — the journey to your destination — if you’re working with the capable staff at The Clubs of Cordillera. It’s no secret that Cordillera Ranch is a special place to live and celebrations centered around the natural beauty and unique features of the property become exceptional events with one-of-a-kind experiences reflecting each individual client’s personality. Engage your guests in an event customized from every thoughtful detail down to each bite of a perfectly paired food and wine dinner or themed event. Whether your gathering is a grand affair or an intimate dinner party, an office luncheon or other special occasion, Cordillera Ranch is the perfect venue. Here are a few testimonials from members that have celebrated their private event with The Club:

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FAIRYTALE WEDDING Photography by West Vita Meredith Storrie’s parents are longtime Cordillera Ranch residents and members of The Club. With fiancé Steve, they have been fortunate to visit many times and it has become a truly special place for them. So it’s no wonder that the site was chosen to celebrate their wedding in May of 2015. ”Steve and I met at the end of 2011 while living in Northern Virginia. Shortly after getting engaged in February of 2014, we relocated to Minneapolis. At first, we weren’t quite sure where to have our wedding. We knew we wanted to create a “wow-worthy” event and that we wanted to hold it in a place that had great significance for us. Once we met with Manny Ortiz and Amanda Parinella at Cordillera Ranch, we immediately knew it was the perfect fit. And we were right! I couldn’t be happier to say that I don’t think we had a single interruption to a perfectly orchestrated event. Amanda worked diligently with us to arrange toasts, dances, the cake cutting, and the bouquet and garter tosses in a way that surprised and delighted the guests. Multiple guests commented that the food was not only the best wedding food they’ve ever eaten, but some of the best food, period. Amanda and DJ Dan were even able to accommodate an impromptu serenade by Steve’s uncle — an opera singer for the San Francisco opera — without even the slightest hiccup. We couldn’t have picked a better way to introduce so many of our close friends and family to the beautiful Texas Hill Country and wouldn’t have done a thing differently. Last week, my five year old niece asked when we could get married again because she had so much fun the first time around! I suppose we could always come back to renew our vows....”

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TEXAS TUSCAN

Robin Bull wanted a Tuscany-themed dinner party at her home in Cordillera Ranch. This time The Club staff came to her, designing and catering an authentic Italian meal that appealed to every guest. “I had a very clear vision of a family dinner in Tuscany in mind for my party of about 60 people. When I met with Amanda and Isaac, they understood exactly what I was looking for and they translated it into a magical Italian evening. Isaac created the perfect menu from the Antipasti to the La Famiglia Cucina and topping off the evening with Dolce. We worked together to make sure we included a nice range of dishes that pleased every range of palates and dietary needs from the toddlers through the great grandparents; the meat and potato lovers to the vegetarians. Everything came together so nicely. As much as anything, the staff’s professionalism and ability to take charge of facilitating the service made the party a success. Everything came together exactly as planned. If it didn’t, I had no idea as they handled everything beautifully. Amanda, Mikey, Tyler, Cally and Kat worked so very hard getting everything set up and organized, then serving and cleaning up. I didn’t have to do a thing. Once the party started, I just enjoyed the party. I just can’t say enough. I have received so many compliments about what an over the top, perfect Tuscan evening it was. Everything was perfect!”

CORPORATE CAMARADERIE

When David Sander’s decided to host a corporate event outing with his company at the Ranch, he utilized all seven of The Club’s facilities so every guest could explore and choose an activity to their liking. “I contacted Monty about the possibility of a Pioneer Natural Resources Corporate spring event at Cordillera Ranch. I ex-

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plained there would be 40 geoscientists, executives (including the CEO) and a few spouses. They organized a perfect day allowing guests to pick between golf, kayaking, sporting clays, tennis, horseback riding or shopping, followed by a great cocktail sunset and dinner in the Cabana Grille. I was so impressed with the staff’s organizational efficiency, plus great food. Gail and I followed up with having our son’s fall wedding at The Club ... it, too, was perfect!”

EXTENDED CELEBRATION

Joy Othites knows how to celebrate! Her birthday began with a private catered dinner at her home on a Friday night, and was followed by a party at the Cabana Grille the next evening. She and her guests enjoyed a sit down dinner with entertainment as well as a photo booth. “My birthday celebration last December was more than I could have envisioned due to the fabulous staff led by Manny Ortiz and Amanda Parinella. Working with Chef Isaac was an enjoyable experience as he was able to bring my vision to fruition and I was able to enjoy the celebration knowing that the details were in capable hands.”


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ROY ESTATE:

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“This vineyard continues to go from strength to strength and the wines are a tribute to Shirley Roy who has carried on so impressively in the absence of her husband.” — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2013

From Monty Becton, Club Manager “I think of ROY Estate with romance and passion. I believe I am both honored and blessed to be where I am.” – Shirley Roy

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Jimmy Walker approached me earlier this year and suggested that we invite Shirley Roy to do a wine dinner here at The Club. I told Jimmy that my wife and I had actually toured Roy Estate and participated in a tasting at their home, so I enthusiastically agreed to start working on the details. I hadn’t had time to contact Shirley Roy prior to Jimmy winning the Texas Open, so as he was raising the Trophy across town at the TPC, I was on the phone with Shirley asking if she would personalize a large format bottle of her wine and send it to us so we could present it to Jimmy that week. She was delighted to participate in the victory celebration and also agreed to host a dinner here which is scheduled for Thursday, October 1st. Please RSVP to our receptionist at 830.336.9000 in order to meet Shirley and attend this very special dinner.


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– Robert Parker,

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– Shirley Roy

From Shirley Roy ROY Estate is an exclusive, family-owned and operated, Napa Valley Estate Grown, small production, ultra-premium winery. How did the husband and wife team (the late Charles Roy, civil engineer and architect and Shirley Roy, accountant), owners/operators of 14 HQ Business Centers in New Jersey become vintners of world class wines? A love for the Napa Valley, an industry rollup buyout by a REIT, and a “retirement project” that quickly evolved into a vision of its own. Serendipity brought the Roys to Johnny Miller’s Double Eagle Ranch in 1999 where they embarked upon planting a vineyard to produce the best possible wine from this special property, once the home to the Pomo Indians. ROY Estate’s magical 17-acre vineyard is nestled in its own tiny valley in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains south of Stags Leap in Napa Valley. Renowned winemaker Helen Turley designed the vineyard in 2001 with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Piña Vineyard Management planted the vineyard and farms it today. Philippe Melka joined the team as winemaker in 2005 and continues to craft beautiful wines. As both a winemaker and viticulturist, Philippe’s philosophy is to let the vineyard speak through the wine. We discovered that this vineyard has two “voices,”

resulting in two extraordinary wines from our estate grown fruit. Charles’ untimely passing in 2010 and Shirley’s relentless hard work, dedication and passion have made the vision for ROY Estate a reality. How did I meet Jimmy Walker? In 2012, I was invited to pour the only Cabernet Sauvignon presented at the inaugural Salon hosted by Clint Eastwood for the Professionals & Amateurs at the

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Jimmy came over to taste our wines and told us that he enjoyed them and had them in his cellar. He’d been introduced to ROY by a friend who worked in the wine industry and was a big ROY fan. ROY has become a fixture at that event in Pebble Beach and we’re now entertained by the likes of Darius Rucker, Huey Lewis, Charles Kelley, Bill Murray and Clint Eastwood. Jimmy and Erin joined me for dinner in my home last year when they were in Napa for the Frys.com at Silverado CC. I’m just 1.3 miles as the crow flies from Silverado…. or 2.6 miles if you must get in a car. I hope they enjoyed my cooking! We sure had a ball having them visit.

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Cordillera Cellar Club Trip:

The Wine Regions of Santa Barbara Our 4th Annual Cordillera Cellar Club Trip recreated our own Cordillera version of an exclusive Sideways tour, wining and dining our way through the wine regions of Santa Barbara, including Santa Rita Hills near Lompoc, and wineries in and near the quaint little town of Los Olivos and Santa Ynez Valley. The wine movie Sideways (for those of you not familiar with the film) made Pinot Noir famous and became a trip theme for recreating and visiting many of the same wineries and locations in the movie. The Santa Rita Hills, where much of our time was spent, produces extraordinary Pinot

Noirs due to the proximity to the coast, cool Pacific air and afternoon fog, resulting in very intense and flavorful wines. We extended this year’s trip one additional day making it a six day/night trip allowing our group to not only enjoy bountiful wine tastings and dinners, but two days of personal leisure time to explore the beautiful sights of Santa Barbara, beaches and amenities staying at the exclusive oceanfront Bacara Resort. Additionally, The Sandpiper Golf Course, just down the road from Bacara, offered oceanfront golf and spectacular scenery.

“Our recent Santa Barbara experience was outstanding and I would highly recommend to anyone who shares a passion for wine education and good food, to consider signing up for the next Wine Cellar Club trip! Debbie and Manny gave such excellent attention and planning to every detail — from our private tour of President Reagan’s Library and Museum and unique experiences like our Air Force One White House luncheon, to the carefully selected wineries and dinners. Each experience surpassed expectation! It is truly difficult to say which one was my favorite! Moreover, I know the friendships that we formed on this trip will be meaningful and lasting, which is important to me as we look forward to living at Cordillera!” - Joanne Williams

Day One

Arriving on Sunday morning, we were greeted with a champagne toast by our wonderful host Tiffany Hampton of the Foley Food & Wine Society. There was more sparkling wine to take with us on our motorcoach to The Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley. At the Reagan, we enjoyed a private White House Luncheon just adjacent to Marine One in the Air Force One Pavilion. After lunch we had a private docent tour of Air Force One, Marine One and the library/ museum. What a grand way to start our first day, followed by a welcome

wine reception hosted in the Foley Wine Room at Bacara before heading to our welcome Tuscan dinner on the balcony terrace at Bacara.

their lovely courtyard. Later that evening we enjoyed a truly extraordinary wine dinner at Fiddlehead Cellars Estate Vineyard (Fiddlestix) out in the countryside near Lompoc. Dinner was served in the vineyard’s rustic barn with wide open views of the mountains and a

spectacular sunset in the distance. Owner and winemaker Kathy Joseph, recognized as a pioneer among women winemakers, delighted us with her wine journey stories and her passion for creating stylistic Sauvignon Blanc and silky, textural Pinots. A truly memorable evening.

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Day Two Our day began with an interesting wagon vineyard tour at Babcock Winery with owner Bryan Babcock learning about his unique viticulture innovation on “canopy pivoting” whereby the grapevine pivots upside down rather than the standard vertical shoot positioning. This revolutionary technique reduced his farming costs by 30 percent and made for a very interesting and educational stop. We then headed to Foley Estates where they once again rolled out the red carpet with a wonderful plated lunch paired with reserve wines in

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pairings selected.The vineyard tours also turned out to be more educational than just walk in my field as the focus was on their winemaker’s role in creating new approaches to the planting and harvesting of their grapes. And not too bad to

drink wine while staying in a California Spa Resort with an Oceanside golf course nearby” - Chuck and Keitha Schofield

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“We had such great camaraderie with neighbors and new friends with more than splash of wine added in. Each winery visit was a unique experience for us, with the wide number of varietals we tasted and the interesting food

Day Three We ventured to Los Olivos and the Santa Ynez Valley for a quick shopping stop and tasting at Byron before heading to lunch at Lincourt Winery for a casual picnic-style lunch and great wines on the covered patio. Lincourt was the first acquisition where Bill Foley launched Foley Family Wines in 1996. (Read more about Bill Foley and The Foley Food & Wine Society in next month’s magazine.) After lunch we headed to Firestone Vineyards for a vineyard tour and private reserve tasting in the Barrell

Room. Dinner that evening was at the Harbor Restaurant at Stearn’s Wharf in Santa Barbara where we had an unexpected surprise when a baby whale surfaced outside the restaurant and we all went racing to take pictures! After dinner we boarded the Azure Seas for a private sunset yacht cruise enjoying truffles, cheese, port and wines…. and the wonderful companionship of each other.

Day Four

The day began in a leisurely way — golfing, shopping, spa treatments, beach walks and exploring — everyone’s personal pleasure. We joined back together late in the afternoon to return to the countryside near Lompoc to enjoy a fabulous paired wine dinner in the Barrel Room at Sanford Winery. We had several single vineyard exclusive wines and were fortunate to taste the Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir exclusively sourced from the estate vineyard planted in 1971 — the first vineyard planted in the Santa Rita Hills.

“This was our first trip with Cordillera and definitely will not be our last. It was a great combination of fun, education and camaraderie. It was so organized that everything was taken care of for us, we just had to show up and participate. It enabled us to focus on the fun.” - Tim and Jennefer Reardon

“The Cordillera Santa Barbara Wine Trip, like last years’ Sonoma Wine Trip, exceeded our expectations! The combination of new wineries, tasting wines we can’t easily get in Texas, exceptional food, perfect 72 degree weather and sharing with Cordillera friends made for another ‘over the top’ experience. I’d love to describe a few special moments but ‘what happens on the wine trip stays on the wine trip’” - David and Gail Sanders

Day Five

Day Six

On our last day in Los Olivos, we visited Andrew Murray Winery for an educational blending class of Rhone varietals and tastings. Then it was off to Fess Parker Winery for another delicious courtyard lunch featuring Santa Maria Style BBQ and tastings. We even met Fess Parker’s young grandson who helped serve us! We enjoyed fun shopping and coonskin caps and headed back into Los Olivos for more shopping before one of our favorite dinners at Mattei’s Tavern, originally built in 1886 as a stagecoach stop. We enjoyed meeting Chef/Partner Robbie Wilson whose Santa Ynez Valley-inspired menu of locally sourced product wowed our group. But the fun actually began before dinner when we all took turns playing bocce ball on the outdoor lawn adjacent to our dining room. A very fun and lively evening!

This was our last leisurely day before heading into downtown Santa Barbara for a reserve tasting at the Margerum tasting room. Our final dinner was at The Wine Cask where we enjoyed wonderful wines and dinner with farewell tributes and enjoyed the camaraderie of new friends.

“What a marvelous trip! Taking a journey like this allowed us to see the wineries in depth, meet the winemakers and enjoy intimate tastings with up-close views of the vineyards and operations.The wines were amazing and the food exquisite. Best of all were the lasting friendships formed with others who share a common passion.Thank you Debbie and Manny for making it possible.” - Bettina Tolin (Chef and Restaurateur) CordilleraRanchLiving.com | 51


OUTDOORS

SUMMER CAMP WINDUP AT

CORDILLERA RANCH By Shane Reynolds :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle The end of summer, camps and activities and the return to home and school can be an emotional and challenging transition for both parent and child. No one wants to rush the close of summer but the summer season does end (sadly). 2015 was a wet summer in the Hill Country through mid-July, and our campers had the pleasure of spending lots of time in and around water. As we transition to fall, we wanted to share a few photos and thoughts with our Members that may assist you in helping transition your children and grandchildren back into their normal family life. Arm yourself with a lot of patience and restraint! As kids transition from summer camp, traveling and spending long days outside, they need time to decompress. Hopefully you find time to sit and talk to your kids or grandkids about their experiences over the summer. When kids get back home from traveling and summer camp, what they will most likely need and want is some downtime to reconnect with friends and family and catch up on sleep! After a fully scheduled summer of activities, allow them unstructured time before the start of school without a new schedule of activities. Camp at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch has promoted making

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new friends, verbal communication, appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoors, teamwork and responsibility. Camp has shown your kids and grandkids that fun is possible through ‘unplugging,’ without cell phones, electronic devices, television and electronic games. This kind of healthy fun lifestyle should be encouraged and continued throughout the school year. Hopefully a small part of that summer spirit will allow your child to keep these summer behaviors alive year-round! Our staff at The Club would enjoy hearing any constructive feedback. Let us know your campers likes and dislikes about their experience, and we appreciate your feedback. Our staff may not always hear from the children and are constantly looking for ways to improve their camps. As you and your kids and grandkids prepare for the school year, we wish you a great fall and winter season on the Ranch. Look to The Club website and emails for great school year programs and activities we will be offering around The Club. Shane Reynolds is the Outdoor Recreation Director. He can be reached at outfitter@cordilleraranch.com or 210.616.6051, or the Cordillera Ranch Outfitter Center at 830.336.4823.


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FITNESS

SPA AND FITNESS at Cordillera Ranch This is a fast paced world we are living in — high stress environments full of countless hours at our jobs, commutes and the endless array of activities we all participate in. There is good news in all of this… things are easier on the Ranch! Members at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch enjoy the things that before would consume hours of their day but are now at their fingertips and convenient to the most important place in the world — home. The Spa and Athletic Club provides amenities that will not only allow us to use our time more efficiently but also keep us healthy while building lasting relationships with our friends, neighbors and community. The Clubs’ Spa and Fitness Center offers new and state-of-the-art Precor® cardio and strength equipment, personal training, Pilates, massage therapy, golf fitness training, facials, yoga, numerous group fitness options and a Kid’s Club. There is something for everyone. From treadmills and ellipticals to bikes and a stepmill, your cardio needs are covered. There is also a variety of strength machines and free weights to suit the many styles of weight lifting. Personal Trainers are ready and willing to assist those who prefer a personalized workout developed to build strength while focusing on each client’s unique situations. Group Exercise is offered within the fitness spectrum and is a great way to incorporate support, friendship and structure into your fitness routine. Classes range from yoga to mat Pilates to traditional aerobics, and you will be motivated to get the most from your workout while enjoying a fun, social atmosphere. Pilates is a popular system of exercises that utilize various pieces of equipment to stretch, strengthen, balance and tone the body. The Club offers private lessons with a highly trained PMA certified Pilates

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By Kelsey Grudle Photography by Kelsey Grudle

instructor equipped with a Reformer (a spring loaded Pilates machine), Arcs (arch shaped equipment for back mobility), Tower and other equipment to create the full Pilates experience. Our trainer will work with you to assess your fitness goals, and exercise programs are tailored to each client’s specific needs whether the goal is to increase core strength or develop a more therapeutic program. Either way, Pilates is a great experience that builds strength, increases self awareness and a sense of well-being. Pampering is conveniently located and hassle free on the Ranch. The Spa offers several massage therapists and many massage options including Therapeutic and Swedish to Reflexology and Hot Stone Massages. Relaxation and healing are the ultimate outcome. The Clubs’ esthetician enjoys enhancing the look and texture of facial skin as well as providing a sense of relaxation, peace and increased self-confidence. A large challenge faced by many families is childcare. Finding a babysitter for those

evenings you’d like to enjoy dinner with your significant other, a quick round of golf or a workout is easy on the Ranch. Kid’s Club is available not only as a means of childcare while you participate in the many activities available at The Club but also as a place of social interaction for your child. From games to books to arts and crafts, there is something for every child. Men’s and Women’s locker rooms are available to unwind after a round of golf, a spa treatment or workout, or simply gather and spend time with friends. From shoe service, steam showers and food and beverage options, the Locker Room is the ultimate retreat. Members and their guests are invited to experience all the Spa and Athletic Club has to offer and enjoy the many services, people and beautiful scenery that make Cordillera Ranch such a wonderful place to call home. Kelsey Grudle is the Recreation Coordinator. She can be reached at kgrudle@cordilleraranch.com.


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The Olympic Rose By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by Kate Henson

The USA Track & Field (USATF) announced

recently that Rose Monday will be the Assis-

tant Coach – Woman – Distance for Team USA

at the 2016 Olympic Games is Rio de Janeiro,

Brazil. This is her second time joining Team

USA as she served as the assistant coach for

women’s distance for the U.S. women’s team

at the Olympic Games in London in 2012.

“I am humbled and honored to be nominated and selected to represent the United States on my second Olympic Team USA Coaching Staff. I will have 22 athletes that I will be responsible for,” says Monday. Track and Field differs to other team sports like soccer, volleyball and basketball where the team trains together. The track and field athletes have their individual personal coaches; however, the International Olympic Committee only allows a few personal coach credentials per Nation and the USA is usually allotted five. “My role will be to

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facilitate all training sessions among a myriad of other duties for my middle and long distance athletes during the training camp in Houston prior to our departure to Rio as well as during the Olympic Games.” Monday says Team USA is blessed to have a full complement of three qualifiers per event for a delegation of approximately 126 athletes. “My goal is to create the environment that takes the pressure off of the athletes, allowing them to compete at their best and to come home with the most medals.”


There are many things that have contributed to Rose Monday’s success as a worldclass athlete and now her second turn as the women’s distance coach for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games, but none more important or constant than husband, John. “John’s made all this possible,” says Rose. A self-proclaimed late bloomer athlete, she says, “He believed in me before I believed in myself.”

The Cordillera Ranch couple met on a blind date and have been together 38 years and married for 35. Rose says John enabled her to not have to work full-time allowing her to devote the time needed to develop her sport early on. Rose always knew she wanted to be an Olympian after she saw Bob Beamon at the podium with a gold medal for his world record long jump. That goal lead her to California State University Northridge, and with John at her side, from three Olympic Trials to two bronze medals, a silver and a gold at the World

Masters and coaching stints including one at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2000-2007. The Mondays have two adult children, son Jack, 20, a sophomore at West Point and Mary, 22, a recent graduate of Texas A&M. Rose was able to juggle being a mom and fully participate in both her sport and career because of John. “I was able to balance work and parenting. I’d pick them up after practices, and when Rose was traveling we’d use technology to let the kids connect with mom,” says John who has worked for AT&T

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for 35 years. John is quick to credit his children for their role in Rose’s support, “It’s a partnership for the whole family. They’ve had their responsibilities and it’s all transitioned into their strong work ethic.” John says there were hardships, “The hardest part when she was an athlete was the need for encouragement, as athletes are always measured. I kept her on an even keel and have always been her biggest supporter.” In that regard, John says it’s part of his management style at work as well. Rose agrees, “There are ebbs and flows and a series of highs and lows, and in a very short period of time— it can be heartbreaking.” John cites the greatest sacrifice were the times Rose was gone. Rose says it was John who helped her along the way to accept the realities of her athletic life. “He told me I was never fully happy. Even if I won it wasn’t satisfying because to me it wasn’t fast enough.” In those words, Rose had an epiphany from God making her realize she wanted to appreciate the moment, “I avowed I will totally appreciate running, I will enjoy the smell of the grass when I run, and even the bad times, not just the times that had me winning on the track.” She said that understanding cemented her philosophy that success is a journey NOT A DESTINATION. Her faith is an important part of her life. “I always pray. I ask to execute the race plan, win or lose, and ask God to let me use the gift I’ve been given.” Coaching has it demands. John says, “She’s respected as one of the best coaches in the world.” Part of that achievement has included deep connections with young athletes over the years, relationships that she maintains still today. “It’s easy to get overinvolved. She’s a perfectionist and so involved in their lives,” he says remembering her college athletes and calls at 3 a.m., “That was hard.” Rose’s coaching philosophy is drawn from her own experiences as an athlete and her coaches. She’s also willing to share her coaching secrets, “The art of coaching is knowing how to switch the workouts up. That’s what I do best. I have to have a pulse on their lives and situations so they don’t crack. Knowing each individually and knowing their stressors is key.” Rose says one of her mentors said long ago not to get overly caught up in your work and sport, and remember that family always comes first. She took that to heart when her daughter was in middle school and entering High School. To make more time to enjoy with her children, Rose quit a great coaching job at UTSA. “Our mission was to invest our time in the kids,” says John. It allowed Rose to be more involved in Jack’s athletic pursuits, particularly his track activities. As Jack excels then and now in the 800 meter, Rose confirms she was very much mom coach to him, “I would send signals from the stands. It’s such a blessing for him to run — he’s a talented runner.” Daughter Mary, like Jack, was a swimmer. Monday is a personal coach to three women, but also as the 2016 Olympic Assistant Coach, will facilitate and oversee 21 Olympians while in RIO. She’s very coach-driven and athlete-

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centered in her thinking. She always wanted to be a lawyer and as fate would have it, she was instrumental in drafting legislation as a member of the AAC Athletes’s Advisory Committee 31 years ago that now forms the current rules and regulations for athletes’ rights. “I’ll fight for athletes’ rights till the day I die.” “It’s an adventure of a lifetime. Carrying bags to Oslo, Rome, Berlin and hanging with world-class athletes has not been bad,” John says about sharing all this with Rose. It’s also allowed the family to experience the world, with two weeks at a time in Olympic locales like London. “We’re both grounded and both have demanding careers. These are high points.” As for Rose, she says she’s excited about Brazil as she’s never been there before. She is also thrilled about the runners, “I’m excited about the athletes that are running. The USA has the best Track and Field Team in the World and I am looking forward to being there to support the athletes to go out and do what they do best… win medals.” It’s also fulfilling for her to see athletes she worked with at the

Pan American Games in Toronto when she was a junior coach, “Those babies are now Olympians on the senior stage.” She’s also very grateful, “It’s a cool job to have. What an honor.” Keep your eyes peeled — Rose often trains her athletes in the hills of Cordillera Ranch. That runner you’re sharing the road with might just be a future medal-winning Olympian athlete.

Run “I am enjoying an incredible season. I have won 7 of my last 9 races, with one of those losses including an unfortunate fall in the final of the USA National Championships. I recovered from that and went on to win three straight races. I had the honor of representing USA at the World Relays in the Bahamas. Our 4x800 team won the Gold medal and set the American Record. It was an unbelievable experience.” @007TrackFan on IG

A Maggie Vessey Update Cordillera Ranch residents often ask the Mondays about Maggie Vessey who lived with their family in Cordillera Ranch and trained in the neighborhood. Vessey is a champion American middle distance runner specializing in 800m now living in Los Angeles. We caught up with her to see what she’s up to on the track and off:

Runway Maggie, 2014 Spike’s Personality of the Year, is trying to do her part to show the individuality of athletes and rally the fan base to be more excited about Track and Field. Her custom-made race outfits combine high-performance function and creative expression. Her unique fashion point of view has been noticed as she was recently recognized by New York Magazine as “the most stylish athlete right now.”

“I began designing my own competition wear. It has enjoyed a great reception, being featured in many publications worldwide, including: InStyle Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Runner’s World Magazine, Milan’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, Pakistan’s The Newsletter and France’s Le Figaro Madame Magazine. It is my desire to expand from high fashion competition wear to women seeking fashion forward workout wear.”

LA Life & Remembering the Ranch “I definitely miss my days at Cordillera Ranch. My heart warms when I think of my time living there. I especially miss dining at the Club and having the opportunity to chat with everyone. It was a great time in my life getting to know the wonderful people of Cordillera and I hope to return for a visit very soon.”

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S R E UST

COMMUNITY

B R GE

N U H HE

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By Bob McCullough

Kathy Bandujo, Karen Shouse and their fellow hunger busters have a strong appetite for community service that won’t be satiated until they know no child in the Boerne area in without enough to eat. Kathy Bandujo of Fair Oaks Ranch hungers to help others whose stomachs are empty, especially kids in the Boerne area who need food to do well in school. “Many people are just unaware how many children live in poverty in our area,” says Bandujo, who first learned of widespread hunger as a volunteer at Hill Country Daily Bread. That stark reality contrasts with the many upscale neighborhoods in and around Boerne. But the fact is one in five Boerne Independent School District (BISD) students qualifies for the federal National School Lunch Program. Bandujo happened to be in her dentist’s office when she read a magazine article about a national movement called Blessings in a Backpack (BIB). She learned BIB started in Louisville, Ky., 10 years ago and now operates in 44 states; she on the spot decided that Boerne needed its own BIB chapter to fight hunger among school children, and she immediately enlisted the help of neighbors Cindy Offutt and Karon Shouse. The trio approached BISD Superintendent David Stelmazewski, who endorsed their efforts and helped them launch a BIB pilot program at Cibolo Creek Elementary at the start of the 201314 school year. Students in need receive their breakfast and lunch during the week at school, so BIB concentrates on provid-

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ing take-home food items every Friday during the school year so the youngsters can make it through the weekend. In addition to Cibolo Creek, BIB assists Currington, Fair Oaks Ranch, Fabra and Kendall elementary schools. “Last year, we served approximately 230 students a week,” Bandujo says. “This year, we’d like to help at least 300 and up to 350, if possible. We’d love to eventually add the middle and high schools, but that’s way down the road because we still aren’t serving all the elementary school kids yet.” She notes that each BIB chapter operates independently and must raise all the funds it needs – $125 per child for the entire school year – to purchase food, recruit volunteers and set up its distribution system. BIB solicits funds from generous civic clubs like Rotary, churches, social groups, foundations, companies and individuals. “I think it’s important people know that our local BIB chapter is all-volunteer,” Shouse says. “There is no paid staff or offices. Every dime we raise is used solely to purchase food for the kids. We’ve also received a few grants, but we really need to expand that avenue for funding in order to grow. In fact, one of the things we really need is a volunteer willing to be our grant writer.”

Bandujo maintains that BIB’s effectiveness relies on both monetary support and dedicated volunteers. “On any given packing day, we’ll have between 10 and 25 volunteers,” she says. “PTO volunteers from each of the five elementary schools always help out, plus we have faithful volunteers from Our Savior Lutheran Church and the Kendall County Area Democratic Women’s Club. And, of course, we have individuals who’ve heard about BIB and who want to help. We pack the bags during the school year from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays at the Rainbow Senior Center at Kronkosky Place at 17 Old San Antonio Road in Boerne.” Prospective volunteers can learn more from Bandujo at 210.862.8484 or Shouse at 830.446.1618. Additional information about BIB is available at www.blessingsinabackpack.org, and online monetary donations can be made by designating the Boerne chapter. Other donations such as peanut butter and canned chicken are also welcome “because they’re two of the more costly items we use,” Bandujo says. “If we can get them donated, it stretches our budget to buy more food and serve more kids.” BIB operates mainly during the school year because food is distributed through the elementary school classrooms, however hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. To tackle this challenge, BIB has joined other organizations in launching the Boerne Community Coalition (BCC), which involves local government, businesses, churches, civic groups, nonprofits and individuals in feeding children during the summer months. This first summer of BCC collaboration “has made a dent in the need, but it’s going to take several years to fully meet our goal,” Bandujo reports.

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Looking out on the rolling Hill Country views surrounding Dr. Robert and Lisa Bowling’s palatial Cordillera Ranch home, no one would question why the couple dreamed of moving to this part of Texas. “When we found out we had the opportunity to move to the Hill Country, we were elated,” Lisa says. Empty nesters with three grown daughters, the Bowlings had initially downsized to a home that would fit the two of them after their girls graduated from school. But Lisa says they quickly realized that was a mistake. “Not only do the girls come back to visit, but they bring husbands and children with them,” she says of their growing

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family that has expanded to include two sons-in-law and three grandchildren, all residing in Texas. The Bowlings knew they wanted a larger home to accommodate their entire family comfortably. But they also wanted to settle down in a spot everyone would want to visit –– situated on a picturesque piece of land where they all could relax together with views that weren’t hindered by neighboring rooftops or power lines. “We found the perfect lot in Cordillera Ranch,” says Lisa. “Moving to Cordillera Ranch was the best decision ever. It is like living on a resort all of the time. Our family loves to visit because there is so much to do.” At first they looked into purchasing an existing home, but Lisa says it quickly became evident that they were pickier than they wanted to admit. Plus, time was on their side and they had the opportunity to build the home they were envisioning. When Garner Homes was recommended, they met with Trey Garner and it was a perfect fit from the start. “We did not even look at other builders,” says Lisa. “Trey Garner started working with us while we were trying to select our lot. Being flat landers from Southeast Texas, we needed help seeing how our dream home would fit into the elevation here. Trey worked with us as Jim Terrain drew our house plans. It was a pleasant experience from our first meeting until closing.” Working alongside Garner’s professional team, the Bowlings were able to achieve their goal of building a house that felt cozy with just the two of them but also comfortable and spacious when accommodating visiting family and friends. With 4,444 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, four-and-one-half bathrooms, a voluminous living room, an expansive outdoor living area with an infinity edge pool and outdoor fireplace, an upstairs den and a spacious master suite, the Bowling’s home has more than enough room for everyone. In fact, Lisa says since moving in last November, they have welcomed company almost every weekend. “It is definitely a home where all of our family loves to visit,” says Lisa. “We have not only our daughters and their families visit often, but also our parents. Everyone enjoys it.” This is likely due to the fact that they played a pivotal role in the design, making thoughtful decisions alongside Garner Homes that would suit their family both now and well into the future. “They poured over the details and thought forward to how their grown children, grandchildren and friends could use this space as their own,” says Garner. Thoughtful design decisions can be detected throughout the house, such as the Bowling’s dream master suite area complete with a sitting room containing a TV, coffee bar and refrigerator and a door that leads to the outside living area; an exercise room looking out on their spectacular view; and an opulent master bath that drips with both luxury and functionality, evidenced by shimmering chandeliers and a secondary washer and dryer. “Since most of the time it is only the two of us, we wanted a more intimate space for our everyday living,” she says, adding that it feels as if they have their own little apartment to retreat to with their Labradoodle, Miley, when guests aren’t visiting.

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Blending traditional elements with touches of elegance, this Mediterranean home features countless selections with light finishes and contemporary styling. Throughout the interior, the couple gravitated to finishes and furnishings which exude a comfortable, transitional feel. Native Texas stone and stucco clad the home’s exterior featuring a tile roof while the interior boasts eye-catching elements such as barn doors made from reclaimed wood that the Bowlings found themselves, wooden beams, expansive windows, hand-scraped wood floors and exquisite stone flooring throughout. “The Bowlings did a great job of keeping the color palette and finish selections neutral and timeless,” says Garner. “The large windows help bring the outside into the home, and that helps to keep from getting lost under the high ceilings. None of the rooms are unnecessarily large; each space was designed with purpose and none of it was done wastefully. All of

these elements help maintain the comfortable feeling of this large home.” The back yard features versatile areas geared to all ages and interests –– a quiet area for reflecting, a playscape for the kids, a covered living area beneath the patio perfect for conversing and a pool for recreating –– all positioned to soak in the stellar views. “When building our house, we wanted to bring the outside in –– we wanted lots of windows and wanted to see the views from all rooms,” says Lisa. “We wanted a nice outdoor living space. We very much enjoy our outdoor living, outdoor kitchen and infinity pool. You can find us there most evenings and weekends.” Both sides attribute the project’s success to a solid client/ builder relationship and constant collaboration. “I think the team really stepped forward on this project to place the house in a perfect location on the site, and Robert and Lisa did a knock out job of bringing their own great taste

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with the couple until everyone was happy. “They truly helped us build our dream home,” Lisa says. “Now, as much as we love our home and it is perfect for us, we are already looking to the future. We laugh as we tell the Garner team that they will see us again. We loved the entire building process from picking out the lot to drawing the design to making it all really come to life. We would definitely do it all again. And we would go directly to Garner Homes to make it all happen.”

to the design table,” says Garner. “They contributed to both the awesome floor plan and the elegance you see in the finish selections.” Today, the Bowlings say there are so many things they love about their new home that it’s difficult to narrow the list down to a few favorites. “I cannot tell you how happy we are with

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our house –– I wake up every day with a smile,” says Lisa. “I am a very detailed person –– I’m sure Trey Garner and our building supervisor Jason Goss would agree.” Through it all, Lisa says she is most pleased with the way Garner remained extremely attentive to all the small details and didn’t seem to mind when they came up with out-of-the-box ideas; instead, working

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DEVELOPER’S CORNER

Developer’s Update

activity passed a new milestone

By Charlie Hill

this year: there were over $100

Cordillera Ranch real estate

million in lot sales, home sales

New Clubs Village Development: Units 207B, 207C, 207D, and 207E under construction to be completed in 4th quarter 2015.

and new home starts during the 12 months ended 6/30/15. Busting the $100 million mark resulted from a combination of increased number of sales as well as higher average price points. New home starts averaged in excess of $1.2MM per start (excluding lot price) while home resales have averaged slightly over $1MM (homes had an average age of eight years old) and lot sales averaged approximately $300k per lot. Nearly 60% of the lot sales were in the Clubs Village area while the majority of the home resales were in the Ranch community due to a much greater proportion of home inventory in the Ranch community. New development activity is progressing well with the 2nd quarter release of the new Golf Frontage Estate lots along hole 11 offering panoramic views of the golf course and clubhouse. Also, in August we released six additional Estate lots in Clubs Village near hole 11 (Unit 207E) offering expansive flat building sites, massive heritage oaks and breathtaking views to the north and northeast. These six Estate lots range from 1.23 - 1.7 acres with gentle topography, offering the largest usable lot area in all of Clubs Village. Both of these sections of lots will be completed in the 4th quarter of 2015 and lots are available for sale now. Lots in these sections range from the $200’s to $400k+.

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New Springs of Cordillera Ranch Development: Unit 301 under construction to be completed by early 3rd quarter 2016.

You may have seen the construction work commencing across FM 3351 for the new section in the Springs of Cordillera Ranch. The contractor is making steady progress and is on track to deliver these lots in 2016. We will begin offering select estate lots from 1-3 acres in this area starting this fall, with the official launch the afternoon of the October 3rd Preferred Builders Fair (don’t miss this event). Design and construction of a unique new array of trails, parks and amenities for the Springs of Cordillera is also underway and we’ll be releasing more details on these features later this year. Aptly named for the Cypress-treelined spring fed creeks that meander through this 2,300-acre portion of Cordillera Ranch, the Springs will again elevate the amenity offering for this unparalleled community. Miles of refined walking and biking trails combined complemented by rugged nature trails all interconnect to parks along Panther Creek that will give residents the relaxing connection

with nature that’s a hallmark of the Texas Hill Country and particularly Cordillera Ranch. The Springs of Cordillera will offer a diverse mix of 1-3 acre creek-front lots, big view lots, equestrian estates ranging from the mid-$100’s to $300k+ as well as 0.7-1 acre lots ranging from the low $100’s to $200’s. New custom homes with all of today’s architectural creativity and Cordillera’s signature, highly restrictive design guidelines will range from $600k to $1.5MM+. Furthermore, these estate home sites will be complete with central water, wastewater and propane gas services as well as GVTC Fiber-tothe-Home telecom: the conveniences of the city with the spacious natural beauty of the Hill Country. Along with these ongoing developments in this community, we’re also busy designing the new Lodges at Cordillera near the clubhouse which is on track for 2016 delivery and will offer a short-term lodging option for property owners yet to build in the community,

Club members, member and property owner guests as well as future Cordillera residents seeking the perfect home in the community. Additionally, design is in process for a new Cordillera Ranch Visitor Center, Clubs Outfitter Center and POA maintenance facility. Many great things are in the works for this expanding community in the coming years, and we look forward to continuing to carry out the mission of developing a meticulously planned lifestyle neighborhood that preserves the character and beauty of this naturally beautiful ranch for generations to enjoy in the future. To learn more about current activity or future plans please feel free to call the Cordillera Ranch Visitor Center at 830.336.3570, stop into the Visitor Center, come to the October 3rd Builders Fair or check us out online at cordilleranch.com. Also, you can also follow us on social media at facebook.com/cordillera.ranch or on Twitter and Instagram @ cordilleraranch.

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Cordillera Ranch Realty Homes for Sale 1 - 84 River Crossing 2 - 209 Swede Creek 3 - 306 Rio Cordillera 4 - 62 Oakland Hills 5 - 60 Oakland Hills 6 - 50 Oakland Hills 7 - 44 Oakland Hills 8 - 1838 Clubs Drive 9 - 10 Alberi Lane 10 - 700 Clubs Drive 11 - 445 Augusta 12 - 25 Augusta 13 - 116 Valley Knoll

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84 RIVER CROSSING $949,000

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4,607 Square Feet

Timeless Hill Country elements inside and out are evident throughout this entire 2.06acre property. Sisterdale cream limestone and a standing seam metal roof portend interiors with complimentary limestone facades, travertine and wood flooring, warm earth tones and exquisite ceiling treatments. The living room features high ceilings and oversized, glazed windows that bring the outdoors in. The thoughtfully crafted kitchen is designed for entertaining. Granite counters, Alder cabinets, gas stove and adjacent breakfast room overlooking outdoor living complete the open areas. Attention to detail is carried outdoors with a covered kitchen and dining area, a stained bead board ceiling and travertine patio surrounded by an inviting outdoor escape. • • • • • •

4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths Kitchen includes double islands, double ovens and double dishwashers Detailed ceiling treatments throughout Luxurious master suite and bath Towering oaks and abundant outdoor space Outdoor, covered living includes kitchen, oversized spa and fire pit

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209 SWEDE CREEK $1,389,900

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6,036 Square Feet

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

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306 RIO CORDILLERA $1,495,000

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4,442+/- Square Feet

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

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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 $1,625,000

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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

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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 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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445 AUGUSTA $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 $2,395,000

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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, with 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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116 VALLEY KNOLL $509,000

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3,024 Square Feet

MLS# 1085874

Located at the end of a cul-de-sac with stunning Hill Country and Guadalupe River Valley views, this single-story home, with a native stone exterior, is on a 3.5 acre flat lot with ample space, privacy, large mature oaks and views. Home has been recently upgraded with new interior paint, hardwood floors/carpet, stainless steel kitchen appliances (Bosch 5-top gas cooktop) and new light fixtures. An all new outdoor environment includes new landscaping, large Rainbow Systems playscape and patio-mounted flat screen TV. • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, game room/office, 2 car garage • New hardwood floors and carpet recently installed • All new Bosch stainless steel kitchen appliances/ Bosch 5-top gas stainless stove cooktop • Entire new front and back yard landscaping with new irrigation system; completely re-sodded with Zoysia • Long Hill Country and Guadalupe River Valley views off of the rear of the home • Outdoor entertainment center with flat screen connection • Back lawn is fenced with gates and an invisible fence for dogs that covers about 2 acres of the property • Great buy for family wanting move-in ready home with a view on a spacious lot with privacy • Master Full Golf Membership available for purchase

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