LIFE: Cosmetic Procedures, Progress not Perfection LEISURE: Spring Break in Costa Rica LUXURY: Boot Ranch The Fine Art of Living
Contents Volume 15, Issue 11
REJUVENATE Change with the season. Improve your appearance with these options. From Botox to ‘Brotox’, the men have joined the party, Michelle Keller.
SUPPER San Antonio’s finest. Engage all your senses at this extraordinary restaurant, Richard Arebalo.
THE FINE ART LIVING Boot Ranch. Enjoy all the amenities of this exclusive golf club and community.
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EQUIPMENT Tee Box Tools: Upgrade your driver this season.
MIND GAME Ignite confidence with your body language.
TIPS Dave Peltz: Swing easy for effective sand shots.
FITNESS Behind the Scenes: Work on the muscles you don’t see.
YOGA Open up and say ahhh. Yoga poses for neck and chest.
TAKE 3 Spend a few days in Bryan, TX. and you may want to stay.
DRIVE FOR SHOW 2018 Cadillac Escalade: Step up to American luxury.
PUTT FOR DOUGH Tax Cuts & Jobs Act: Here’s how it affects you.
WINE Vouget Burgundy: Journey to Burgundy, taste the difference.
SPIRITS Sangaree Swing: Perfect punch for the back nine.
CIGARS Size and Shape matters.
TRAVEL Spend Spring Break in Costa Rica with beautiful beaches.
THE SWEET SPOT Oh Canada: Four seasons of breathtaking beauty.
SIGNATURE SPOTLIGHT Hole #16 at the Philips Event Center City course.
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Letter from the Publisher
We all know there are a bevy of cosmetic procedures out there. It’s not reserved exclusively for the elite Everyone is getting in on it. I was introduced to a new term, “Brotox”. Yes, men are getting in on the action. I knew OTL had to do a story on how everyone is trying to rage against the aging process. Why give in and go gently into that dark night, especially when all you have to do is make an appointment with a doctor. A quick in and out and you’re looking and feeling better about the person in the mirror. We will explain in detail with Michelle Keller’s story. No matter where I travel, I get asked, “Where are you from?” My answer is always a proud, “Bryan, Texas.” This is the first time I can showcase my hometown in the magazine. The times are changing. With every trip back to Bryan, I notice something different. The city is being renewed like spring. It’s an exciting time for Bryan. We often refer to it as Bryan/College Station, but this time, Bryan needs to get a little individual love. We decided to focus on the vibrant downtown area. We will return in the near future and take a closer look at College Station.
I want to thank all of those who contributed and allowed us access to all of the cool things that are happening. Take 3 in Bryan and you may want to stay. We love all golf courses but candidly speaking they are not all created the equal. This is the case when it comes to Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg. Boot Ranch is incredible. Membership does indeed have its privileges. You can read all about it in OTL, but you can’t just call up and get on. You have to join. If you’re thinking about having a second home or an additional club, take a look. It’s an awesome place with exceptional amenities. I recently got a call from OTL Food Editor, Richard Arebalo. I can almost swear the call was coming from heaven by the sound of his voice. He said he was dinning at Supper restaurant in San Antonio. He may not have been calling from heaven, but most certainly he was calling from cloud-nine. Supper is one of his favorites. This issue is packed with all the good stuff. The new 21018 Cadillac Escalade is truly allAmerican luxury. I have firsthand knowledge of this since I have one. I hope that’s not namedropping. I’ve never posted my car on Facebook, but I just told all our readers. Shout-out to my Covert Cadillac family, sales and service, unmatched. Enjoy the spring, golf, travel, eat and exercise.
Sedric Walker Publisher MARCH 2018
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his is the coming home issue. OTL has hit our stride for the new year. After weathering a cold winter, spring arrives in this issue. There’s no better time of the year. The changing of the season brings enthusiasm and renewed vigor. OTL delivers our spring issue with ways for you to feel youthful again.
PUBLISHER Sedric Walker
GOLF FEATURES EDITOR Carl Mickelson
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Tony Dean
FEATURES EDITOR Richard Arebalo
ART DIRECTOR Leticia Galarza
TEACHING PROFESSIONALS Brech Spradley, Dave Pelz
PHOTOGRAPHERS Frankie Wylie, Conrad Earnest, Miguel Lecouna, LeMans Whitfield, Ornella Shaya, Al Argueta CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Michelle Keller, Al Argueta, Scott Kramer, Leslie Awdykowyz, Kristi Grosse, Tara Maloney, Kelly Vohnn
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Rejuvenate Aesthetically Itâ€™s not Just for Women 16
STORY BY MICHELLE KELLER
Whether we want to call it natural aging, damage from the sun, or the process of a well-lived life, the human body changes in appearance over time. Many of those changes leave us longing for the appearance of youth. But, that isn’t always the case with those seeking cosmetic services.
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ore often than not, cosmetic surgery patients have disliked an intricate detail about their appearance since childhood. Some of us simply aren’t satisfied with the tiny lines that appear as the aging process begins. “If only my nose were a little smaller, my chin a little lower and if those crows feet were gone, I’d feel better.” Sound familiar? A tiny lift here and a small tuck there became an available practice for more than the Hollywood elite decades ago. In our constantly changing society where looking good contributes to feeling good, men are also taking advantage of the alternatives to aging offered in cosmetic procedures. It’s not just for the older generation either. Many younger people are seeking services to improve the fullness and overall appearance in their faces. Most Requested Procedures: 1. Botox - for moderate to severe frown lines and crow’s feet. Other injectables that provide a similar effect are Dysport and Xeomin, which usually cost less per unit than botox. 2. Dermal fillers - Juvederm can be used to fill in lines and wrinkles, enhance lips and some have it injected to make their cheeks appear fuller. 3. Laser hair removal-speaks for itself, we ALL want it gone! 4. Chemical Peels - peels are used to improve the texture of the skin. Some peels are more intense than others. 5. Breast Augmentation/tummy tucks, again no introduction needed here!
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Men are coming in for many different procedures including Botox, they are getting liposuction and breast reduction, and dermal fillers.” MARCH 2018
Both men and women have various reasons for seeking cosmetic improvements. We caught up with a few patrons before and after their procedures and asked where the initial interest in cosmetic procedures initiated. “I became interested in cosmetic procedures because I was unhappy with the size of my breasts, but I was nervous about surgery and changing my body,” said a 42year old stay at home mom who also volunteers in her children’s sporting events and works part time at a wine bar. “Once I got into my early 30’s and had friends that were having breast augmentations and meeting several other women that had had the procedure I decided to explore my options and meet with some surgeons and decide what was best for me.” She continued, “Currently, I’m interested in botox and juvederm/fillers. I’m in my early 40’s but I don’t want to look older. I started to get some fine lines in my forehead and around my eyes.” After her breast augmentation, Botox and dermal injections, she was thrilled with the results. “Botox was a low risk solution to temporarily getting rid of the fine lines and I’m happy with the results. I did have the breast augmentation procedure and I’m elated with my results. I continue to get Botox every 3-4 months because I like the results. It softens the fine lines in my forehead and I enjoy hearing people say, “you’re 42? I thought you were in your early 30s.” Conversely, a 25 year-old man that we spoke to said, “I just feel like botox would improve my overall appearance. I’m considering dermal fillers too. I think they would make my face fuller at my cheekbones. As a sales representative it’s important that I look my best because I am the face of what I’m selling. I’m moving up quickly in my field and these enhancements will only contribute to that.” After receiving Botox and filler he said, “It was literally the best decision I’ve made. I feel more confident when I’m with clients now and my sales percentages have increased since having these procedures. They turned out exactly as I’d hoped and I will be receiving more treatments in the future. It’s exciting to think that I can change what I don’t
or childbirth. It’s important to know that there is no “cookie cutter” approach to a Mommy Makeover. No two pregnancies are alike, no two women are alike. When I meet with a potential client regarding their post-baby body goals, we start with what they would like to fix and every single time it’s something different. It could be they need Kybella, it could mean they need breast reduction, or it could be they need a breast lift. The need always varies from patient to patient, so I work to customize a Mommy Makeover package that will suit the patient’s needs and end goals.” For men she said, “LipoSculpture, Liposuction, Botox and Gynecomastia are the most common.”
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like about my physical appearance, which in turn nourishes my overall identity.” According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 15.9 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2016. A large amount of these numbers are now being contributed to by men more than ever before. Beleza Med Spa’s Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Staci Hix-Hernandez, FACS, MD, said, “For women, the most common procedure would be Mommy Makeovers. By definition, a Mommy Makeover is surgical intervention designed to address issues that occur in the body as a result of pregnancy
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The difference between LipoSculpture and Liposuction you ask? The term liposculpture originated as a preferred alternative to liposuction. It delineates a practice of lipo etching or superficial liposuction in which more delicate contouring is carried out in the upper layers of the fat. Gynecomastia is a groundbreaking technique for reducing an excess of glandular tissue which makes the male breast look more feminine. It is quintessentially the medical term for male breast reduction. The age range for this procedure varies from puberty to middle age and beyond. One specialist we spoke to said services for men are growing at an increasingly fast pace. “Men are coming in for many different procedures including Botox,” he said. “They are getting liposuction and breast reduction, and dermal fillers. The basic conception is that they are either seeking services to improve their appearance for their career or to match their wives or partners in life who have been receiving treatment for years. Often we see wives with their husbands for a combined treatment day.” Botox, Juvederm, Kybella, CoolSculpting, Ultherapy, CO2 Laser Resurfacing, IPL Photofacials, liposuction, breast augmentation, gynecomastia, ThermiTight, HydraFacial MD, Microneedling with PRP, hair restoration, weight loss options, and NeoGraft name a few of the top procedures offered by Beleza. “You name it and we have it,” said Hix-Hernandez. “We all love what we do at Beleza. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t
be here. Each and every Beleza provider has a passion for aesthetics, skincare and helping our patients reach their goals.” As for the newest and most exciting offerings Beleza Medspa has she said, “We are now offering a new skin tightening procedure call the Thermi and I couldn’t be more excited about it. The Thermi is an internal RFA device to tighten the skin. We have patients who want to tighten their skin, but don’t want a scar. This machine is an excellent solution for them. For more information about Beleza Medspa visit www.belezamedicalspa.com. A recent study by the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience showed an a significant improvement in self-conceptualization and self esteem for those who had the procedure they had been considering for either 5 or even 20 years. Of the 46 subjects who had a susceptible identity psychologically and receptive feelings for facial cosmetic surgery, more than half showed improved self-esteem and self-conceptualization. As a whole, cosmetic procedures have grown and improved by leaps and bounds over time. Many procedures are now outpatient and results can be significant within hours. Those crows feet or small lines that you’ve been staring at for the last five years? They could disappear in a short afternoon session.
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Callaway’s Rogue ($500)
Has two titanium bars right behind the thin clubface. They help to stiffen the crown and sole at impact, thus enhancing ball speed and pop. Callaway enlisted Boeing aerospace engineers to shape the leading edge geometry, thus improving airflow for more clubhead speed.
TOOLS STORY BY SCOTT KRAMER
The first thing almost every amateur golfer looks to upgrade is their driver. And who can blame them? It’s the sexiest club in the bag because it hits the ball the longest. And if the model you’re currently playing is more than two years old, you will likely realize distance gains in a new model. Lucky for you, nearly every major manufacturer recently debuted their new models -- vowing to give players more tee-shot distance, accuracy and better feel. Here are five to consider.
TaylorMade’s M4 ($429)
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Sports a “Twist Face” clubface that helps counteract where golfers most commonly make impact on misses. It’s open with more loft on the high-toe to counter hooks, and closed in the low heel, to correct slices.
Cobra’s high-MOI, adjustablelofted KING F8 driver ($399) Has a fully CNC machine-milled clubface. This means the face is milled and shaped to precise specs. It’s light and thin, so shots leave the face with high initial velocity, while the milling pattern provides surface roughness that reduces spin for more distance.
PING bills the 460cc G400 Max ($435)
As its most-forgiving driver ever -- thanks to a high moment of inertia. Extreme tungsten weighting, a forged clubface, low CG and thin crown help generate long drives that more easily find the center of the fairway. Internal ribs fine-tune the impact sound.
“Power Hole” slots on the crown and sole adjacent to the clubface of Wilson’s Staff C300 ($400)
Help create a large sweetspot that flexes a lot at impact -generating long tee shots. The driver’s loft and sole weights are adjustable.
STORY BY BRECH SPRADLEY, PGA DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION BARTON CREEK GOLF ACADEMY I still remember the famous interview with Tiger Woods and Curtis Strange in 1996 when Tiger was coming out on the Tour for his first pro tournament. Curtis asked him what a “successful week” would look like in Milwaukie. Tiger said he wanted four solid rounds, then added “and a victory would be nice.” He went on to say that he always told his Dad “second sucks and third is even worse.” My thought when I first heard the interview was that here is a young player who had an incredible amount of confidence and wasn’t afraid to let you know about it. In 1997, I went to the Masters Tournament for the first time. I had been teaching golf for four years after graduating from college. After I took in the aura of my first live view of the course, after I broke through all the merchandise tents passed the entrance, I wandered over to the practice area. Just as I was walking towards the putting green, a group of security guards were escorting Tiger towards the putting green. What struck me was the posture and cadence of Tiger’s walk. It was only Wednesday, which was a practice round, but the focus and determination in his eyes was etched in my mind. His body language was that of an athlete who was on a mission. Needless to say, he went on to win the tournament by 12 shots and broke the scoring record with an -18 under par score of 270. Tiger had just won his fourth professional event and first Major championship. He showed the world just how good he really was. Since that time, I have tried to instill in my players the concept of body language. Body language is important for maintaining a positive mental attitude on the course. Our body language affects our emotions and our emotions affect our performance. One exercise I have my players do is called the Acting Exercise. Find a quiet room and pretend you are an actor and exaggerate the role of a confident person. How are you going to stand, hold your head, hold your shoulders, breathe, look of your face and what will you do with your hands? Then, start moving around the room. Gauge the speed you move and gestures you make. Make adjustments in your body language until you feel more confident and a sense of power. Now its time to shift gears and act the role of a negative and defeated person. Pretend you are a person with low self-confidence. Again, ask yourself how you would stand, hold your head
and shoulders, breathe, the look of your face and what you would do with your hands. How would you move around the room and at what speed? Do this for a few minutes. Then, while maintaining this body language, try to feel confident and positive. It’s near impossible. Now shift your body language back to the confident person with a clap of your hand. You will find that it is much easier to feel confident and self-assured. There are two important takeaways from this exercise. The first is that you have discovered a blue print for how you should be holding
yourself on the course to align with confidence and peak performance. Second, you understand that if you are feeling negative and in a state of low confidence and self-esteem, you need to change your body language to break the pattern and shift back to a state of confidence. I tell my players not to wait for good things to happen in golf to act confident and self-assured. Act like you are the most confident player on the course. The feelings will follow. Work on this process just as you would any other area of your game. In other words, “fake it till you make it.” So, stand up tall, shoulders back and walk the course with confidence!
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USE THIS EASY SWING FOR BETTER SAND SHOTS
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STORY BY DAVE PELZ
Have you heard people say you have to make a choppy V-shaped swing to hit a good sand shot? Don’t do it. Let me tell you it easier and more reliable way. Pros use the same swing in the sand as they do out of grass. Picture a shot sitting up in light rough. Take your 60-degree lob wedge and position the ball directly in the center of your stance. You want the club to hit the ball, then make a divot. The bottom of your swing arc, as you move your weight forward in the swing, is just ahead of the center of your stance. I want to contact the ball first and fly it about 50 yards from this light-rough lie, so I take the club back to the Nine O’ Clock position (backswing stops parallel to the ground) and make a smooth swing to a full finish. Positioning the ball in the center of my stance has allowed me to catch the ball clean so it flies reliable distance. Now, let’s move into the sand and take the
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same set up position. This time, you’ll flare your front toe and position the ball in your stance so it is even with the heel of your lead foot. This is a forward ball position. Now, rotate the club face open so the club doesn’t dig when you impact the sand. You’re now ready to make the same swing in the sand as you did from light rough. The exact same swing, but you’re hitting the sand first this time instead of the ball. Remember, from that lie in light rough, the ball flew 50 yards. This time, we’re getting about a 10 yard sand with the same Nine O’ Clock position and smooth acceleration to a full finish. You don’t need a special, complicated swing in the sand. If you just practice putting the ball forward and opening the club face, you can use that same reliable lob-wedge swing you use from light rough. Try this shot. Practice it a little bit and you’ll see your sand shots flying right toward the hole.
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BEHIND THE SCENES STORY BY LESLIE AWDYKOWYZ CERTIFIED POP PILATES INSTRUCTOR We often say that the work done back stage is what makes the show spectacular. All of the “less important” things are essential for any one thing to work at its highest potential, and that is no exception for the
human body. When we think of nice legs, perhaps quads, calves, and glutes come to mind, but let’s not forget about the less talked about muscles like the inner thigh and hamstring.
PHOTOS: FRANKIE WYLIE
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While on your side, hold onto the inside of your ankle with your top hand and prop your head up with the bottom hand. Lift your leg and keep your feet pointing, that will help target the inner thigh rather than your quads. Make small circles going forwards 20 times, backwards 20 times and then small pulses 20 times. Feel free to add ankle weights to challenge yourself a little bit on round two!
Rest your back and hips on the ground and keep your arms on the floor for support. Place your heels on top of the stability ball with your legs extended. Lift your hips, keep your core engaged. Keeping your feet on the ball, bring the ball towards your body and back out to your starting position. Make sure to keep your hips lifted the whole time. Try three sets of 20 reps. Power for speed and stopping in bikes, cars, and boats mostly comes from the rear; the same applies to our bodies. Don’t neglect the less flashy muscles; they are crucial for optimal performance, and remember, the hamstrings are the elevator to the booty!
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Open Up and Say Ahhh: Yoga for Chest & Neck Openers STORY BY KRISTI GROSSE REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER Our day-to-day routines often have us staring down at phones or hunched over laptops, leaving chest muscles contracted forward and necks in pain. To realign our upper bodies, we need to open through the chest
Crescent Lunge (Anjaneyasana): This standing pose utilizes muscles in the entire body to stabilize balance, yet it also is an effective opener of the chest and shoulders. While it strengthens the lower body and opens hip flexors, it helps to expand the spine, lengthen back of neck, and broaden through the chest and collarbone.
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• Begin standing with feet parallel, hip width apart. • Lunge Right leg back, keeping both feet parallel and hips facing forward. • Extend through Right heel and engage both feet into the mat to activate muscles through both legs. • Left knee is bent and in alignment above the ankle. • Tailbone moves downward while hip bones move towards the ceiling to extend the spine. • Back of neck is tall with chin remaining level. •Arms sweep upward while shoulder blades draw down the back to widen the collarbone. • Hold for 5-10 steady breaths. • Repeat on other side.
and shoulders and lengthen the spine. Check with your physician before beginning new exercises. Here are a couple of yoga postures to help release upper body tension.
Camel (Ustrasana): Camel offers a deep opening of the front body while strengthening the back. Repeated practice can stimulate intestinal organs and bring better alignment to the spine.
Instructions • Begin kneeling with legs parallel and hip width apart. • Draw inner thighs backwards while firming glute muscles to protect the lower back. • Reach palms to the back just above buttocks, fingers pointing downward. • Engage shins and top of feet to mat. • Hips move upward and forward. • Shoulder blades extend down ribcage while collarbone expands, heart lifts. • Be mindful to elongate through back of neck to protect the spine. • Breathe deep and steady. • You can remain here or deepen the pose by grabbing inside of heels. • Resist compressing through the spine. • Hold 5-10 breaths then return hands to base of spine. Tuck chin to chest rounding forward into Child’s Pose for a counter stretch.
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‘SUPPER’ AT THE HOTEL EMMA STORY BY RICHARD AREBALO FEATURES EDITOR / OTL MAGAZINE D EACR ECM M H B2E0R1 8 2017
ter providing a bright little spark to selective bites. In between the beets were chips of Indian pappadum (chick pea tostada). Each bite had its own combination of sweet, savory, pepper, herb and a tiny exotic note from a dusting of sumac. The salad paired well with an Elizabeth Chambers Pinot Gris (Willamette Oregon). Tempting too much food, I had to try the Duck Confit Terrine. It was picture perfect. A beautiful square filled with pieces of duck and dotted with brilliant specks of apricots and green pistachios. It was served with a bright green tarragon mustard and a small salad. No Frenchman on the planet would be disappointed with this. Sergio, my waiter brought along a small basket of toasted rounds of French bread smiling and saying, “some people like this”. A small meal in itself, the duck had the perfect meaty flavor and texture and all the little additions added to the pleasure. Jammy sweetness from the apricots, a little tartness from the cranberries, bright herb from the mustard and the little hint of melted butter on the toast. It was amazing. We paired the terrine with a glass of the Bertrand Ambroise Burgundy (2014). The wine was light with mild tannins and tasting of cherry; it was a perfect accompaniment. At this point Chef Jaime (Executive Sous Chef) came out with the new appetizer. Remember ‘fun’. He wanted to get my take on the Crispy Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts with Chile Peanuts and Carmel popcorn! Most places, I would have thought of the unusual combination as a gimmick, but a definite take away is that at Supper, Chef Brand would
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bout a year ago some friends and I were at the Pearl Brewery redevelopment near downtown San Antonio. Once the home of the old brewery, the large site has been transformed into a picturesque district with flower beds, fountains, boutiques, a branch of the Culinary Institute of America. In the main historic brewery building itself now stands the chic Hotel Emma. We wandered into the casual bistro at the hotel expecting a good but average hotel meal. As the salads and appetizers started to arrive I noticed a pattern. The food was unusually pretty – there were edible flowers petals and other small garnishes. Bite by bite the unique flavors and creative combinations started to paint a picture that this place was something really special. I sought out the chef after the meal and complimented him on the unexpected treat. After years of food destination travel, finding a small bistro in San Antonio that would hold up in New York, San Francisco or even Paris was amazing. A year later ‘Supper’ is still that wonderful surprise. Like most successful restaurants these days their ingredients are locally-sourced and of high quality. Chef John Brand and his team transform beautifully these ingredients with what I can only describe as a sense of fun. I arrived early on a chilly and damp morning and was happy to get a sunny and warm table at the back of the restaurant overlooking a small creek that runs through property. Some new items had been added to the lunch menu, but quickly the Duck terrine and the Golden beet salad were top of the list. Having disliked beets as a kid, I am a fairly new but ardent convert. The roasted golden beets were served on a puree of red cabbage and red onion sautéed with red wine and red wine vinegar. It was reminiscent of a German red cabbage – the vinegar and wine (only) leaving a hint of spice. The beets were beautifully nutty and sweet, and to this, chef had grated hardboiled egg and cilantro micro greens, the lat-
Chorizo and Scotch egg with green chile and cornbread.
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7am - 11am
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Dar k chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse, almond cream and a mixed compote.
not just put out something different if it wasn’t really good. True to that, the cauliflower and Brussels sprouts were tender and smoky and the peanuts and mild caramel corn worked! It was all bound with a light Asian style chili sauce with a little heat and bit of sweetness. I kept it as an additional side with the main course. Lunch proper was the Breast of Chicken with Chorizo, Spinach and Braised Chick Peas. Chorizo has been an ‘it’ ingredient for a few years now and many times it will simply overpower a dish. Suppers version turned out to be in-house ‘green chorizo’. Mixed with the soft chickpeas, it was like a flavorful green chili stew. The chicken breast itself was brined and roasted to a beautiful color – it was moist and perfect. Little dots of pink pepper corn again made for a very pretty plate. Sergio suggested a Russian River Chardonnay and it was spot on. Of the three desserts on the menu I remembered the butterscotch and coconut tapioca from my last visit. These were soft dollops of butterscotch creméux and fudge around coconut-flavored tapioca pudding. The dish is then topped with juniper, black sesame seeds and (very mild) pickled black berries. Each component was wonderful on its
own and allowed for endless combinations. Butterscotch and tapioca pudding are two childhood flavors – appreciating the work of a creative pastry chef is a benefit of being an adult. In for a pound, I tried the Spiced Churro with fennel, pistachio semifreddo and chocolate glazed pistachios. These were again playful combinations that were overall winners. Lastly, Pastry Chef Stephanie brought out a beautiful new dessert: thin layers of dark chocolate cake alternating with peanut butter mousse topped with an almond cream and finished with a mixed berry compote. It was restrained in sweetness, delicious, and just a stunning presentation. I had an opportunity to talk with several of Chef Brand’s staff; Executive Sous Chef Jaime Gonzalez (a second Chef Jaime) and waiter Sergio and was surprised to hear that they had been with chef Brand for many years at different venues. This actually made perfect sense. The level of creativity and attention to detail come from strong loyalty. Chef Brands vision is appreciated and obviously protected by his staff. At the end of my meal came a little silver tray topped with a perfect espresso; lemon peel, two kinds of sugar cubes and a tiny glass of sparkling water. Beautiful in every detail like the meal that preceded it.
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The small town of Bryan, Texas began in the 1860â€™s along the nearby railroad. Unlike other agricultural towns, Bryan offered a prospering merchant trade that continues to flourish. The rapid growth of the towns economy attracted many immigrants, mainly Italian, German, and Czech, to lay their roots. The town also became a main exportation center for the abundance of nearby agriculture. BY
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n 1929 the first luxury hotel was built to serve the growing community. The LaSalle was the tallest building standing at 7 stories showcasing a dining hall, coffee shop, and ballroom to accommodate 100 guests. The LaSalle was a staple of the downtown hub until the late 1950’s, when it was converted to a nursing home. By1975 it was closed to the public as the once booming downtown epicenter became less populated. Additional prominent buildings along the main street were the Carnegie Library, founded in 1902 after a generous donation from Andrew Carnegie and served Bryan until 1969. The Carnegie Library is still the oldest Carnegie Library in the State of Texas. Joining these grand buildings, historic
landmarks line the downtown strip offering entertainment to the travellers and residents. Among these landmarks were the Queen and Palace Theaters. Built prior to 1914 and remodeled in 1939, the Queen Theatre was a main entertainment feature until the 70’s, when it too fell victim to the dwindling activity of Main Street. The Palace Theatre was constructed as the City Hall in the early 1900’s but later followed the success of the Queen and was renovated into a movie theater. Among the heritage of the downtown stands the Grand Stafford Theater. Built in 1910, The Stafford, as it is endearingly referred to now, was originally known as the Dixie Theater. Entertainment and music would swirl among the doorways of these majestic buildings in this enterprising location….
So what caused the despair to this once vibrant strip of business and society? As the years went by, the nearby community of College Station, just 4 miles away, was going through its own prosperous boom around the Texas A&M University. In addition, the 60’s brought shopping centers, such as Townshire and Manor East Mall, closer to the spreading residential communities. The proximity challenged the pull of the once thriving Downtown Bryan. With this decline, many of these rich historical businesses closed down. However, the late 80’s sparked dreams of breathing new life into the formerly prosperous area. Today, the revitalization of Downtown Bryan is evident with the remodeling of the LaSalle Hotel and many other buildings.
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Numerous storefronts, and restaurants continue to open annually. The grand glory days of Bryan are here again for the communities of Brazos County. Let’s stroll down Main Street and explore all it has to offer: In 2000, the LaSalle Hotel was reintroduced to the community as part of the National Historic Hotels of America. It boasts 55 guest rooms, along with a business center, the LaSalle Hotel is home to the newest bar to Downtown area. Located on the first floor of the LaSalle, is the newly opened Downtown Elixir & Spirits Company, the second venture for successful owner of the West End Elixir, Dustin Batson. Dustin and long time local friend, Bill Allen, have collaborated on this newest endeavor to offer over 100 custom craft cocktails with made from scratch mixers, and local craft beers from the Brazos Valley. Coming soon will be the addition of a gourmet menu with Cajun flare. Dustin is a veteran and both Elixir establishments are proud to be predominantly Veteran run. If the frequently packed house of the West End Elixir is any indication of his future prosperity in Downtown Bryan, The Downtown Elixir is sure to be the newest Hot Spot! The live music tradition of the LaSalle courtyard will continue. After all, it was made famous in The Front Porch Song by Texas favorites Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett. And speaking of famous, the LaSalle is notorious for its ghostly guests that enjoy the hotel too much to leave. The Downtown Elixir & Spirits provides undertones of its haunted history with a satirical nod in the double meaning of their bar title. Whimsical touches can be seen throughout the bar and in the ouija board logo. They will offer murder mystery dinners at a later date for a frightfully fun evening. Steps away from the LaSalle courtyard is another hot spot of BCS, the Proudest Monkey. This hip spot offers up some of the best tacos in town. Their great success has
also produced another neighboring business with their recent opening of All the King’s Men, serving up mouth-watering brisket and smooth Texas Bourbon to wash it down. The revitalization of Downtown Bryan has cultivated an array of antique stores and art galleries, even the locally owned yoga studio and tea house, Om Grown. The local coffee shop, Harvest, is the best place in Bryan to get an excellent cup of coffee. The quiches are quite tasty too, but make sure to try the slow brew or Harvest Latte. A trip through Bryan will not disappoint. New restaurants and bars, such as RX Pizza, featur-
ing handmade dough for the hottest pizza, and the authentic Czech Kolache Capital are mingled amongst long-standing favorites of the community. Casa Rodriguez opened in 1978 and is still a Tex-Mex Must in the region, as well as Margie’s, famous for their delicious diner-style burgers. The old-fashioned sandwich shop with homemade desserts and breads, Must Be Heaven, is a fan favorite among the nearby businesses. From the casual gourmet American cuisine of Maddens to the authentic Italian pizza and calzones of Papa G’s Pizzeria you surely will have your pick of places
to eat. Owner of Caffe Capri, Rami Cerone, established his restaurant after graduating from A&M in ’95, right as the efforts for the revitalization was just getting underway. He describes his restaurant as affordable casual Italian cuisine with a creative menu and wine list. He consistently is voted the Best Italian food in the area, and I can concur to Caffe Capri’s deliciousness. Due to their growing market, he plans to expand their balcony in the near future. No downtown would be complete without a good old pub to serve as a local watering hole. Mur-
phy’s Law offers up an Old World atmosphere and plenty of worldly beers from the Irish pub staple of Guinness to a nice selection of Italian and German imports. If a cold pint works up your appetite, the adjacent Bavarian Brauhaus will not disappoint. The German cuisine pays homage to the rich ancestral culture that helped to build Bryan. Can anyone say Prost! Dessert is not far away with The Chocolate Gallery, featuring beautifully crafted gourmet chocolates and delectable desserts from ice cream to cupcakes. No trip to Downtown Bryan is
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complete without stops to two local favorites, The Village Café and Downtown Uncorked. The Village Café is somewhat chameleon as a restaurant and coffee house during the day and a live music and special event venue at night. Numerous local artists and photographers showcase their work along the walls. Next door is the lively Downtown Uncorked Wine Bar. Their cozy setting beckons you to follow their motto of “Life’s Fast…Uncork…Sip Slow”. With their vast selection of wines and beers, it can be difficult to make a selection, however their knowledgeable staff will point you in the right direction. Locals and tourists alike have sent many a nights sipping a fine vintage at Uncorked with friends, including the bar owner, Melba, whose friendly disposition are quite welcoming. And what pairs better with wine than their delectable cheese plates, tantalizing desserts, and delicious flatbread pizzas. However, if gourmet cuisine is your desire, just a short jaunt off the Main Street is Christopher’s World Grille. Christopher Lampo is an executive chef that blends his global travels with creative recipes to highlight the experiences and cultures that “remind him of his happy places.” His wine list pairs as beautifully with his menu as the décor of the 100 year-old renovated ranch house that is now his award winning, 5-star restaurant. This is casual elegance at its finest and worth the visit. According to Abigail Noel, marketing coordinator for The Downtown Bryan Association, the revitalization efforts began over ten years ago and is continuing to gain momentum. Fourteen new businesses opened in 2017 alone with more designated for 2018. This next year will focus on increasing the residential options in the downtown area, along with the addition of more retail and office space. Currently there are 75 residents living in the
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vibrant downtown community with plans to more than double its residency. Two more successful restaurateurs in the Brazos County decided to open second locations in the downtown area in 2017. Ronin Cooking, known for its elegant farm-to-table cuisine, now occupies the newly renovated Icehouse On Main in Bryan. They preserved the original rustic aesthetics but created a more modern feel with an openair kitchen and evolving seasonal menu. Blackwater Draw Brewing Company gained fame in their first location along the popular Northgate in College Station and is finding similar notoriety among the Downtown Bryan scene. It is a full scale brewery specializing in unique craft brews. In fact, it is Bryan’s largest brewery. Fun games and even yoga classes focused around beer enjoyment all compliment this fun taproom. Other great places to find a nice cold beer are the Bavarian styled brewery and beer garden, BryanCollege Station (BCS) Zoigl Brewery and funky musical joint, The Revolution Café & Bar. Opening in January of 2017 BCS Zoigl Brewery was conceived by a group of friends that wanted to collaborate over something that brings everyone together: craft beer. Serving as a community brewery where artisan brewers can collaborate with minimal investment, new and exotic beer styles are abundant at BCS Zoigl Brewery. The Downtown Bryan Association purchased the Queen Theatre in 2010 and a resuscitation effort began. She is now scheduled to be reopened, coming this May 2018, as a performance house and single screen movie theater. The Queen remains a popular engagement spot for the locals. The other theater from that era, The Palace, was converted to an open-aired moviehouse and amphitheater. Retro classic films and frequent events often take center stage from their weekly free
C h r i s t o p h e r ’ s Wo r l d G r i l l e s i g n a t u r e f r e s h b e r r y N a p o l e o n i n a p r a line cup is perfect ending to a spectacular dinning experience. concerts in June to their monthly First Friday concerts. First Fridays are sponsored by Downtown Bryan and attract residents and tourists to partake as the Downtown Bryan becomes alive with street musicians, magicians, food vendors, and local artists encouraging the public to lounge a bit with friends, or catch one of the free live music acts at the Palace and Grand Stafford. Being a popular tour stop for many college rock inspired bands, some Texas greats also graced the stage of The Stafford, such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Earl Keen. It comes alive every First Friday with a free line up of musicians eager to rock the house. From monthly events larger yearly festivals, Downtown Bryan delivers to the public’s desire for fun, food, and friends. Perhaps the most well-known event in Bryan is the Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival. This popular event began in 2007 to celebrate the beef and wine industry of Bryan, honoring Bryan’s nearby
Messina Hof Winery and quickly became a Brazos County must do! The entire downtown area closes its streets after the final weekend of this festival as tents host wineries across Texas, along with breweries, craft vendors, and plenty of local artists and live music guaranteed to create a vibrancy among its culture. So mark your calendars for this year’s Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival Event September 28-30th. Downtown Bryan is not just about restaurants, bars, and shops though. Law and real estate offices are speckled between the storefronts and event centers from the historical Astin Mansion to the hip Square One Event Center offer beautiful venues for weddings and parties. Open every Saturday the Brazos Valley Farmers Market, reflects the areas agricultural past. With many cultural activities from dining or shopping, to music and cocktails, the revitalization efforts of Bryan will not disappoint.
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ingly shaped “strategic quirkiness” as an homage to classicera courses like National Golf Links in this 7,000-yard layout that sits in the shadows of Kyle Field. www.tamucampuscourse.com.
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Home to a pleasing parkland-style layout designed by Ken Dye, Pebble Creek Country Club winds artfully through gently-rolling well-forested land. At just under 7,000 yards, this 25-year-old private course is known for sharp conditioning, traditional shot values and family-friendly recreation in and around its 40,000-sq-ft clubhouse. www.pebblecreek.cc
Miramont Country Club Situated on one of the finest pieces of property in the Brazos River Valley, Miramont Country Club’s 7,174-yard pristine Robert Trent Jones Jr. design takes full advantage of rolling terrain and acres of mature oaks. While wideflashed bunkers and plentiful lakes and native areas make Miramont visually intimidating, generous landing areas make the 10th-Best Course in Texas (according the Dallas Morning News) quite playable. The palatial, European-inspired clubhouse is just as stunning as the lush 18hole course, expansive practice area and four-hole Family Course. www.miramont.cc
Texas A&M Traditions Club For alumni and devotees of all things Aggie, Traditions Club is the luxury playground of their dreams, complete with maroon and white golf carts and a well-appointed clubhouse filled with masterfully-curated tributes to the university’s deepest campus traditions and finest onfield achievements. Surrounding by a booming
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residential enclave, this acclaimed 7,121-yard championship course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II, Traditions Club is also home to a vibrant resort-caliber swim center with aquatic features for every member of the family and cozy outdoor bar and casual dining space.www.traditionsclub.com
Formerly Briarcrest Country Club, Bryan’s Phillips Event Center welcomes group social and corporate outings of all kinds. After a complete renovation in 2014, the well-appointed clubhouse and grounds are perfectly suited for golf outings, weddings, quinceaneras and large business functions. The golf course is well maintained and still a treat to play after four-plus decades. A straightforward design, this 6,678-yard track requires keen strategy off the tee and straight drives if you want to take advantage of the shorter holes. With water on half the holes, you’ll find there’s a premium on placement and plenty of situations in which driver isn’t always the best play off the tee. With a creek crossing the fairway at 245 yards out, the 510-yard hole puts the risk/reward proposition right in your face. The clubhouse features HD Golf Simulators that may be used by the hour. The Quarry Bar & Grill features a contemporary, upscale sports pub environment with stylish gathering spaces indoors and out. This trendy eatery specializes in casual dining and a rich array of cocktails. Learn more about this unique property at www.phillipsevents.com.
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The 2018 Cadillac Escalade nameplate stands tall among the world’s elite luxury Sport Utility Vehicles. This niche market is becoming more competitive with improved performance and technology. With that said this year’s Escalade holds firm to its place as one of the world’s best ultra-lux SUVs. For 2018 Cadillac adds to the Escalade line-up a new 10-speed automatic transmission that compliments a 6.2-liter V-8 engine which delivers 420 hp and 460lb-ft to the pavement. This match up helps get the Escalade’s full figured 8000 plus pound body to 60 mph in an impressive 5.9 seconds. Cadillac offers the Escalade in several variations that climb the ladder of luxury to the Platinum edition. The trim level that elevates your game and the price tag to the mid-90-thousand-dollar range. You can also
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choose to outfit your Escalade with more room with the long wheel base ESV edition. The 2018 Escalade handles well on the road offering exciting acceleration and braking. The ride is surprisingly stiff for such a luxurious vehicle, but we find that comforting considering the size of this vehicle. We prefer the sporty ride to a slushier less confident alternative. The list of standard and optional features is very long and includes items like the classic bling of the Escalade’s front grille, 20-22inch rims depending on the trim level, plush leather filled interior with many variations to suit your tastes, convenient power-retractable running boards, top to bottom LED headlights and taillights that really set this ride off on the road. The 2018 Cadillac Escalade received a four-star overall rating out of a possible five stars from the NHTSA. The 2018 Cadillac Escalade is not for the faint of heart. This big, bold SUV is a status symbol of luxury and success. Take a test drive and experience it for yourself. The Escalade is the A-game and will not disappoint.
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STORY BY JIMMY B. COFFMAN, CFP®, CPA, CFA On December 20, 2017, the U. S. House and Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This is the largest major tax reform in over three decades and contains a whole host of tax provisions that impact individuals and businesses. With a few rare exceptions, the TCJA affects 2018 returns, filed in 2019. Below are highlighted some of the provisions that will affect individuals. • New Tax Rates and Brackets. For the years 2018-2025 seven tax brackets apply for individuals. These range from 10% to 37% and this new law changes (primarily increases) the income levels that fall into each bracket. • Personal Exemption Deduction was Eliminated. Under pre-TCJA law, the deduction for each personal exemption was $4,150, subject to a phase-out for higher earners. For tax years 2018-2025, the deduction for personal exemptions is eliminated. • Standard Deduction Increased. Under pre-TCJA law the standard deduction amounts were $6,500 for singles and $13,000 for married filing jointly payers. For tax years 2018-2025, the standard deduction is increased to $24,000 for married filing jointly payers and $12,000 for singles plus the current law additional standard deduction for the elderly and blind. • State and Local Tax Deduction Limited. For tax years 2018-2025, a taxpayer’s itemized deduction for State and local taxes is limited to $10,000 of the aggregate of (1) state and local property taxes and (2) state and local income taxes paid in the tax year. • Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions Eliminated. • New Deductions for Business Income from Pass-through Entities and Sole Proprietorships.
For tax years 2018-2025, an individual generally may deduct 20% of qualified business income from a partnership, S corporation, or sole proprietorship income. • Child Tax Credit Increased. For the tax years 2018-2025, the child tax credit is increased from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child under the age of 17, subject to changes in the phase-outs and refundability provisions. • Affordable Care Act Individual Mandate Repealed. • Recharacterization of Roth Conversions Eliminated. • Estate and Gift Tax Retained with Increased Exemption Amount. For estates of decedents dying and gifts made after 2017 and before 2026, the TCJA doubles the base estate and gift tax exemption amount from $5 million to $10 million and is indexed for inflation. The major economic benefit of the TCJA, in my opinion, is the reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35% to a flat 21% for years beginning 12/31/2017. This serves to decrease income tax expenses for corporations by as much as 40%. This will serve to provide net income to fund additional employment, plant and equipment expansion, increases in salaries and benefits, etc. This is a very broad overview of some of the changes that are coming. There are many more that may affect tax payers in different ways. Please review your individual situation with your tax advisor. Jimmy is one of the longest tenured team members at Austin Asset, a fee-only financial planning firm. He is an expert at helping clients prioritize and find a balance in their wealth planning strategy. For over 40 years, he has worked with individuals and businesses, guiding them in their financial and investment needs.
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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Boot Ranch Offers Hill Country Elegance Redefined
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STORY BY CARL MICKELSON
ne of Texas’ most desirable private golf club communities has somehow gotten even better. Fredericksburg’s magnificent Boot Ranch community is quickly blossoming into the thriving Hill Country community its original developer- former PGA Tour star Hal Sutton- envisioned. Living there, or joining Boot Ranch Golf Club, is discovering the difference between having it all and hav-
ing more than you could have ever envisioned. Since purchasing Boot Ranch in 2015, Terra Verde Group and Wheelock Street Capital has invested more than $6 million in posh community amenities, striking golf course improvements (overseen by Sutton) and alluring real estate offerings. “A dozen years into this luxury community’s history, it feels like the beginning of a wonderful new era,” says marketing director Barbara Koenig.
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Originally opened in 2006, Boot Ranch was conceived as a destination club and residential community that combined the best elements of all the greatest clubs Sutton had visited and admired (and he’s seen them all). Today, Boot Ranch is widely considered one of the top 10 layouts in the state and the club’s amenities, unique infrastructure and concierge-level service make the community stand tall as one of the most desired zip codes for golf-minded homebuyers and anyone who’s dreamed of living the ultimate Texas Ranch lifestyle. The panoramic Hill Country setting gives Boot Ranch Golf Club an almost-unfair advantage in comparison to other elite golf designs in the state. Legend Jackie Burke once told Sutton “God sure used a lot of paint brushes when he painted this landscape.” The 7,155-yard Hal Sutton signature design winds through a setting so hilly and picturesque, you feel as though you should be taking all that beauty in on horseback. This is the rugged, inspiring beauty that’s made the Hill Country famous.
“We’re seeing record real estate sales thanks to our ownership’s commitment to making Boot Ranch the premier private golf club community in Texas.” A family-friendly Lake Club opened in 2017 on the spring-fed Longhorn Lake, complete with treehouses, jumping platforms and plenty of room to fish and swim. A two-mile hike and bike trail leads from the Lake to Ranch Club, its four pools and resort-style gathering spaces. The new five-acre Metzger Park greenspace will be the centerpiece of the community’s newest residential enclave. “Our latest amenities are in-tune with the family-focused desires of our members,” Koenig adds. Only a couple of miles from charming and historic downtown Fredericksburg and famous Enchanted Rock, Boot Ranch’s 2,050-acre luxury community has been artfully etched into the quintessential Texas Hill Country splendor surrounding it. The 55,000-square-foot castle-like Clubhouse Village sits high on a bluff, revealing 25-mile views of alluring hills, creeks, meandering oaks, stone formations and rapturous panoramas that somehow exhilarate and soothe your senses all at once.
putting surface, will you wanting to stay around to chip and putt there for hours. A new stocked fishing station just beyond the green supports that notion. This hole was the filming location for a pivotal scene in the golf film Seven Days in Utopia, based on the popular book by local and Boot Ranch member Dr. David L. Cook. Three meticulously-appointed Comfort Stations have been added along the course to enhance the round and show off the local cuisine. An unbelievable spot on the course where you can spend hours is the 34-acre practice park. Inclusive of a finely-groomed short course and massive driving range, this practice area is the envy of every club, or even golf academy, in the nation. A 35,000-sq-ft Chet Williams-designed Putting Park (the largest in Texas) recently opened at Boot Ranch in the Metzger Park section, which features greenspaces and will be the eventual home of Boot Ranch’s General Store. Boot Ranch marries the best of ranch living with modern luxury, with three an array of options for discerning homebuyers. Home sites range in price from around $250,000 to $2,500,000 (1/2-acre – 18 acres) inclusive of club membership, with custom floor plans ranging from 2,500 to 15,000 square feet.
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“The first time golfers play this course, it seems more about taking in all the natural beauty than shot values, but they soon discover this is an exceptional championship layout that challenges you and holds your attention for all 18 holes,” says director of golf Emil Hale. “Whether you’re a scratch player of a 30-handicapper, the golf course is fun to play and the setting is just one-of-a-kind.” The golf course is the essential blend of everything experienced golfers have come to love about playing in the Texas Hill Country. Plunging elevation changes, vistas that go on for days, rippling creeks and rock outcroppings pull you into nature like few other settings can. The memorable par threes, elevated approaches and strategic fairway designs (that are generous but demanding) make Boot Ranch a great shotmaker’s course. The native areas have been thinned out and the bunkers have been reshaped, re-lined and filled with an attractive new White Bunker sand blend. “The golf course is more playable for the average golfer now,” says Hale. “Many bunkers have been reduced in size and the roughs have been reduced so it’s easier to find and play your ball when you miss the fairway.” The green formation on the short par-four 4 10th, with its waterfalls and cavernous creek fronting the
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One of the newest offerings within Boot Ranch is the Village Homes, which each comprise three luxury condominium residences priced from $1,250,000 to more than $2 million. House-Lot Packages from preferred builders, who specialize in the coveted local architecture, start at about $1.25 million. An innovative, multi-structure offering, the Overlook Cabins are on 1/2 to 1-1/2 acres properties with floorplans ranging from 1,800 to 4,000 sq ft, including lot, membership and completed structure of from one to four bedrooms. These homes are designed in the traditional Fredericksburg architecture, mirroring the native stone and beloved farmhouse design seen in the area’s historic homes. Fractional ownership is available in one of several “Sunday Houses,” built as an homage to the small homes that area settlers built in Fredericksburg for use on their visits into town to attend stock up on food and supplies Saturdays before attending church on Sundays. Each Sunday House at Boot Ranch is actually a five-building complex clustered around a central courtyard, with four individual bedroom suites and a central “Gathering House.” Each Gathering house features a fully-equipped chef-designed kitchen, a fireplace, room for large family gatherings, and large wrap-around porches for taking in the stunning views and sunsets. Far ahead of its time and Texas’ current population boom when it first opened, Boot Ranch recently reported record highs for home and property sales. “We’re passionate about the notion that Boot Ranch is the most beautiful place in the Texas Hill Country. It’s the perfect setting for this resort-caliber community where owners can golf, fish, dine, swim, relax and generally enjoy the Texas outdoors,” says Koenig. “Many people say
they just want to get their kids and grandkids out of the city, even if for only a few days or weeks at a time.” Owner and member privileges include access to the immaculate 55,000-square-foot Clubhouse Village (beautifully designed in rustic native stone and hand-etched timbers that recall Tuscan village elegance), casual and fine dining with Executive Chef Casey McQueen, a fully-stocked wine cellar, golf shop, ReStore Spa & Fitness Center, the 4.5-acre Ranch Club with pavilion, pools, tennis and sports courts, 10 member/guest lodge suites, a trap and skeet range overlooking Longhorn Lake, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and fishing. Fredericksburg is growing in exciting directions. Still one of the most captivating and charming small towns in the South, this German village-inspired town is home to a thriving art scene, a farm-to-table culinary movement and, most noticeably, it’s become home to a wealth of high-quality and popular wineries, including the award-winning family-owned Messina Hof Hill Country Winery. “The quality of life here is hard to describe without sounding like you’re exaggerating, but it’s really incomparable,” says Koenig. Just 75 miles from San Antonio and 85 miles from Austin on scenic routes, Boot Ranch is easily accessible and worth the drive. Just as it does on island time, the clock ticks noticeably slower in the intoxicating Texas Hill Country. And, man, those sunsets... If you think you’ve seen one finer than the ones enjoyed from the fireside terrace of Boot Ranch’s Clubhouse Village, you owe it to yourself to get there and compare. Visit BootRanch.com to learn more about the singular Hill Country experience offered at Boot Ranch.
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CHAUVENET-CHOPIN VOUGEOT BURGUNDY STORY AND PHOTO BY RICHARD AREBALO FEATURES EDITOR / OTL MAGAZINE
When I first started taking sommelier training classes, it was a really daunting task to remember the exact locations of all the wine producing regions in the world in addition to their sub-regions, climates and characteristics. In Burgundy for example just keeping straight where Côte de Beaune was in relation to Mâconnais or Côte de Nuits was a challenge. I find it amazing that there are Master Sommeliers and even rare wine connoisseurs that can identify wine not to just to the subregion but individual villages and sometimes the parts of a particular vineyard just by taste and smell. One particular vineyard that is noisome for this kind of micro analysis is the Clos de Vougeot in the NuitsSaint-Georges (Côte d’Or) in Burgundy. This area near the city of Dijon has been producing wine for well over a thousand years. The Cistercian monks created Burgundy’s largest wall-enclosed vineyard, the Clos de Vougeot, in 1336. A recurring theme apparently is that this particular vineyard due to its terrain and composition produces a very wide variation of quality. Vineyards nearby produce some of the most expensive wine in the world and yet others in proximity produce very standard wines. Benjamin Lewin, one of 300 Masters of Wine and publisher of five books on wine, relates that the monks, as far back as the middle ages knew all about the strong variation in quality driven from the terroir in the Clos de Vougeot. They supposedly used the wine from the bottom of the slope in the vineyard for communal use, the wine from the top for visiting bishops, and reserved the wine from the middle for princes and the pope. Today, Clos de Vougeot is still divided into a hundred different parcels owned by more than eighty different wine makers. Founded in 1985, Chauvenet-Chopin is one of the younger wine houses in the area but still produces a good variety of wines. In Nuits-Saint-Georges, they farm premier crus Aux Argillas, Les Chaignots, Les Mergers and Aux Thorey, as well as AOC Nuits-Saint-Georges from the northern part of the appellation. Additionally, they work a parcel in AOC Chambolle-Musigny, AOC Vougeot and grand cru Clos de Vougeot. A strong recommendation recently resulted in our tasting the 2010 Chauvenet-Chopin Vougeot. The 2010 Côtes de Nuits vintage in general was very well rated and
a wine dealer friend said they were drinking beautifully. Chauvenet-Chopin ‘Vougeot’ though not the Grand Cru designation, is produced in the classical style. The wines are 100% Pinot Noir, and kept 14-16 months in 228L oak barrels with 40 % new oak. Our bottle was showing a just a hint of orange in the color, but it was mostly a nice garnet and the taste did not seem to be affected. The nose was the expected elegant mix of earthy, mushroom notes with notable violets and some cherry. The taste was medium bodied with prominent black fruit – black cherry and plum, and the tannins were fairly mild. There finish was long and had a hint of wood. In every way, it was a very nice example of an elegant Burgundy. We happily paired the wine with a simple French salad and some Greek styled roasted lamb. The Chauvenet-Chopin ‘Vougeot’ is just AOC Vougeot and has a price point of about $70. It is modest given its neighbors, but it certainly shares a relationship in style with its pricier cousins.
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Sangaree Swing STORY BY SPEC’S Much like modern club design is based off older clubs, the sangaree is the original form of the modern sangria. This punch is the per-
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1½ oz merlot 1 oz bourbon ¼ oz simple syrup 4 cherries Lemon slice for garnish
fect way to finish the back nine feeling fine! You’ll find all the ingredients, and an enthusiast or two, at your neighborhood Spec’s.
PREPARATION Muddle cherries in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, simple syrup, wine and bourbon. Shake well and strain into a glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.
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STORY BY TARA MALONEY
There is no perfect cigar, just the right cigar for you. What is right for your taste buds and sense of smell may differ from mine. The joy is in the journey, one smoke at a time. The sheer number of shapes, sizes and brands can seem overwhelming at times, but with a little knowledge and curiosity, the rewards are well worth it. There are so many sizes and shapes today you could get lost in a forest of information. There was a time when it was all uniform and the name indicated the size and shape. Now a Churchill can range from 6 3/4 to 8 inches; this discrepancy occurs in all the sizes. The standard way to describe a cigar is by the length in inches and diameter or â€œring gaugeâ€?. A cigar which is 6 1/2 X 46 is six and a half inches long and 46/64 inches in diameter. A name a manufacturer chooses to call a size and shape may not be familiar, but you will eventually figure out what size you like. If you like a Churchill, then with time, you will be able to look at a cigar and know it fits within that size and shape no matter what creative name it has been given. The tobacco used in a cigar will determine the strength, not the size or shape. You should note, however, that thinner cigars will most likely smoke hotter than the thicker cigar. I smoke several different sizes and shapes depending on the cigar and brand. There are two main categories of size and shape: Parejos are straight-sided cigars. They have an open foot for lighting and need to be cut before smoking. Corona, Churchill, Robusto, Corona Gorda, Double Corona, Lonsdale, and Figurados include any cigar which is not a straight-sided round. Pyramid, Belicoso, Torpedo, Perfecto, Culebra, etc. I discovered size does matter when I tried to smoke one of my favorite cigars and my local shop was out of the size and shape I usually smoke. No problem. Right? I didnâ€™t enjoy the cigar near as much yet I still liked the cigar enough to finish it. The blend was the same but the cigar smoked differently and the overall experience
changed. When my local shop received their shipment with the size I liked, I purchased it with hesitation. My concern was could the manufacturer have made changes to the blend and that is why I did not like it the last time? My fears were unfounded; the cigar was as fantastic as I remembered. However, if I had never tried a different size, I would not have known that it made a difference. Explore different sizes and shapes. Go to your favorite cigar and smoke the box-press or torpedo and see if it makes a difference. My first box-pressed cigar felt strange to me. But, the more I smoked them the more I came to appreciate the shape. You will notice a difference in mouthfeel, taste and the way it smokes between the sizes and shapes for some of the blends. Eventually, you will find your favorite within each brand and blend. Enjoy the adventure and keep smokey.
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RICA STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL ARGUETA
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fter a long, cold winter the idea of some adult fun in a sunny, tropical locale has universal appeal. The timehonored tradition of Spring Break, once largely associated with college kids partying in Mexican beach resorts, has matured somewhat, with more destinations becoming viable options for a springtime getaway. Costa Rica, meaning “rich coast” has long been associated with ecotourism and adventure travel. Its national parks and nature reserves make excellent venues for hiking, white-water rafting, and volcano climbing. The country, after all, is the birthplace of adrenaline-inducing outdoor activities such as rainforest canopy ziplining. There’s no shortage of venues offering the opportunity to zip from tree platform to tree platform along a steel cable while dangling high above the forest floor. More recently, Costa Rica’s coastlines have matured into attractions worthy of the country’s name. For those wanting a more traditional spring break of lounging beachside or poolside with a cocktail in hand, Costa Rica offers excellent beach resorts rivaling those of Mexico and the Caribbean. Most of these are located in the country’s Guanacaste province, in the northern part of the country bordering Nicaragua. Whereas the rest of the country can be quite rainy, the tropical dry forest ecosystem lining the coastline of Guanacaste makes for excellent beach weather. Further adding to the region’s appeal is accessibility, as there’s no need to fly through Costa Rica’s capital (San José) unless you want to. Several U.S. carriers fly multiple times daily to Guanacaste’s Liberia Airport (LIR). From there, it’s just a short drive to the beaches and some wonderful resorts.
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Just a 20-minute drive from Liberia Airport, El Mangroove is a sleek beach hotel built on the shores of Playa Panamá. A long, reflective lap pool is lined with cabanas and leads out to the beach. The sea here is tranquil and excellent for activities like paddle boarding. The rooms offer a modern take on traditional beach hotels, with cool accents like patios featuring colorful hammocks and Mexican-style beach chairs. A phenomenal restaurant and bar overlook the swimming pool. This is an Autograph Collection hotel. North of Playa Panamá, on Peninsula Papagayo, is Hyatt’s own version of modern and traditional beach style fusions. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is a stylish luxury beach resort crowned with some impressive architecture. The lobby, housed under a large curved roof lined with traditional Costa Rican reeds, overlooks sprawling gardens and a broad, blue bay. A large riverine swimming pool meanders through grounds set above the hotel’s private beach. There are two restaurants and a bar to keep you fed and plied with cocktails. Heading south, just over an hour from Liberia Airport, is Guanacaste’s prettiest beach - home to the Westin Playa Conchal. The beach here gets its name (and its white color) from the tiny white seashells that have been ground up over time into sand. Although the waters of the Pacific coast off Guanacaste are often a deep blue, the ocean water here looks turquoise, much like the beaches on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. It also draws comparisons to Hawaii, as it’s lined with plumeria trees.
Since my first visit to Guanacaste almost 20 years ago, the beach town of Tamarindo has grown from a sleepy surfers’ enclave into a full-blown beach town.
2019), will surely suit your tastes. All this development brings to mind some early reporting done by Conde Nast Traveler back in the 1990s, when Costa Rica was just starting to become a household name on the list of desirable vacation destinations; like Hawaii or Paris. One story asked in its title, “What Price Paradise?” wondering if the country had gotten away from its eco-friendly roots and perhaps sold its soul in the process. All this was being pondered as plans for the development of Peninsula Papagayo’s first hotel were underway. I still think back to that article 20-some years later and wonder what the future holds. But I don’t think about it for too long. There are still plenty of wild beaches left in Costa Rica. And I’m on vacation. So I order a glass of Guatemalan Zacapa Centenario rum from the beachside bar and watch the sun dip into the Pacific Ocean where once there was nothing but rocks, sand, and the sounds of the sea.
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Since my first visit to Guanacaste almost 20 years ago, the beach town of Tamarindo has grown from a sleepy surfers’ enclave into a fullblown beach town. Myriad restaurants, shops, and hotels line the streets along the shore of what is easily one of the widest stretches of beach on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. The coastline here is dotted with black volcanic rock, which only adds to its beauty. Surfing is still a big part of the draw here, for beginners to experts and everything in between. South of town about a 30-minute drive along Playa Mansita is the sprawling JW Marriott Guanacaste, built in the style of a large hacienda. As the Guanacaste coast continues to develop, new hotels are being built and others will continue to evolve. The Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo recently reopened after a $35 million-makeover. A luxurious Rosewood property, complete with residences, is slated to open in 2019. And for the rock stars out there, the Hard Rock Hotel Papagayo (opening in
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Algonquin Provincial Par k is a provincial par k located between Georgian Bay and the Ottaw a River in Centr al Ontario, Canada, mostly within the Unor ganized South Par t of Nipissing District. Established in 1893, it is the oldest provincial par k in Canada.
Some Of The Sweet Spots of Canada STORY BY KELLY VOHNN
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I realized once I agreed to take on this writing assignment that there are quite a few sweet spots in Canada, so I tried to narrow things down a bit with just some of the sweet spots in this vast country that I have had the pleasure of experiencing first hand. I’m writing this article in the middle of January, on a lake an hour and a half North East of Toronto and looking outside admiring the falling snow. One of the beautiful things about Canada is that almost the whole country has four seasons and depending on where you are, each season can be breathtakingly beautiful. Having grown up in Ontario, most of my expe-
riences of Canada take place there and most of my “sweet spots” will reflect this. This year is the 125th anniversary of Algonquin Provincial Park. This park runs between the Georgian Bay to the Ottawa River and separates Northern Ontario from Southern Ontario and is 2,955 sq mi which is about a quarter of the size of the country of Belgium. It is home to 2,400 lakes and a plethora of wild life. The beauty of the park has attracted many artists including members of the famed Group of Seven. You can perform several outdoor activities while preserving the natural wildlife. You can camp, but you must enter the campgrounds on foot.
ronto Blue Jays and an assortment of concerts. On the other side of the CN Tower is Ripley’s Aquarium. It is quite huge and very beautiful to tour through. Take a walk East, down to Old Toronto and check out the St. Lawrence Market which has been going since 1803. Here you can buy fresh pastries, meats, antiques and art. If you are into history and art, the Royal Ontario Museum is a must!! Changing their featured exhibits on a regular basis will ensure visitors to keep coming back for more. There is so much to see and explore just roaming about in this city that some call “New York City run by the Swiss”. Mention Canada to any skier or snowboarder and their eyes will widen with delight and the conversation will then be based around Whislter! Whistler is in the province of British Columbia on the West Coast of Canada in the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains. It has over 200 ski runs and was rated the #1 Ski Resort by Ski Magazine in
Hike to Hike to turquoise waters of picturesque Garibaldi Lake n e a r W h i s t l e r, BC, Canada.
Scenic view at To r o n t o c i t y waterfront.
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Another favorite sweet spot of mine in Ontario is Niagara on the Lake. This quaint, little town is nicknamed “The loveliest town in Canada”. It is the only town in Canada with a Lord Mayor…. How quaint. It has the oldest Anglican and Catholic churches in Ontario and is home to the Shaw Festival where George Bernard Shaw’s works can be seen from April through to November. It has beautiful wineries and is home to one of my favorite artists, Trisha Romance. Horse and buggy’s can be found throughout the town almost taking us back a century. Travel a little South West of Niagara on the Lake and you will run into Niagara Falls which is one of the largest tourist attractions connecting Canada and the US. The photo we are using represents the time of year which I am writing this article and was taken by Adam Klekotka during one of the cold spells here. Which reportedly Canada was colder than Antarctica and even Mars. But whether you visit the Falls in the Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, it is a beautiful sight to behold. There’s a lot of history to soak in and has a reputation for being a very romantic hot spot for couples with tons of heart shaped tubs to choose from in your hotel room. The last sweet spot in Ontario that I’m going to acknowledge in this article is Toronto!! This is the city I was born and raised in and I will always be a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs Fan!! (that’s hockey for you nonNorthern folks LOL). But seriously, Toronto is one of the greatest cities in the world, in my humble opinion. It’s vast multicultural cuisine leaves no palette dissatisfied. I used to live by High Park, which in comparison is a little like Central Park in New York. It was an unbelievable lifestyle where I had all the nature I wanted on my morning walks and, in the afternoon I shopped at all the fresh shops for dinner, or as Canadians call it, supper. Some fun things to do in TO is visit the CN Tower which is the third tallest tower in the world by pinnacle height at 553.33 m and has a rotating restaurant where you are sure to see the whole entire city and parts of Lake Ontario. Right beside the CN Tower to the west, is the Dome called Rogers Centre with a retractable roof where they hold baseball games by The To-
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2015, 2016 and 2017. It hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics for the Nordic, Luge, Skeleton and Bobsled events. In the summer people flock to the mountain to mountain bike. The village itself in Blackcomb has won multiple awards for it’s design. The Peak 2 Peak gondola which runs from Whistler to Blackcomb holds records for the highest and largest unsupported cable car span in the world. When I was 19, I took my first trip out to the West Coast to visit a friend. On the way to the airport to go back home, my friend decided I should go see Whistler. I was wearing a mini skirt and high heels. We did a little bit of climbing that day. I’m proud to say, I have climbed a couple of mountain ranges in high heels and have also gone through jungles barefoot. But those stories are for another time. Let’s travel further East of Canada and meet the most European city in North America. Quebec City is also one of the oldest cities in North America and was first settled by French explorer, Jaques Cartier in 1535 where he built a temporary fort. In 1541 he attempted to build a permanent settlement but was interrupted by the harsh winters and the hostile natives. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec are the only fortified city walls remaining in the America’s North of Mexico. Within the walls of Old Quebec lies the beautiful fortress, Chateau Frontenac. I was very blessed to do a gig there years ago
and I was enchanted by its beauty. This absolute stunning structure is one of the worlds leading hotels. Quebec City nestles in the St. Lawrence River Valley and the population is made up of only 1.5% Anglophone’s which includes the city as well as the whole metropolis. It hosts the worlds largest winter festival called Quebec Winter Carnival. This is a Pre-Lenten festival or in other words, a winters version of Mardi Gras. The carnival began there in 1894 and has been celebrated annually since 1955 when the mascot, Bonhomme Carnaval made his first appearance. The carnival hosts millions of visitors a year and among the celebrations they have ice sculpting contests. A snow version of Burning Man, perhaps?? There are many more sweet spots in Canada and I hope to be able to write about them in the future. We have such an amazing East Coast with wonderful music and holds very interesting history as well. The prairies have their own unique culture too. We have delightful cuisine such as poutine and it’s quite entertaining to see some parts of America creating their own versions. The Canadian people are very friendly and diverse. We celebrate cultures and embrace their heritages. I’ve lived in several parts of the US and have traveled to many countries in the world and I’m always proud to say that I’m Canadian.
Levis Chateau Frontenac of Old Quebec, a UNESCO wor ld heritage t r e a s u r e o n A u g u s t 2 7 , 2 0 1 4 i n Q u e b e c C i t y, C a n a d a MARCH 2018
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No. #16 City Course at Phillips Event Center
Water and Bunkers on All Sides, Challenge Accepted This 18-hole Dr. Marvin H. Ferguson design offers a park-land style of play with tight fairways and small greens that are sure to challenge golfers of all skill levels and ages.Â From the champion tees, the course measures just under 7,000 yards and is rated at a par 72, offering the perfect landscape for a day on the
green. The signature hole, #16, is a long uphill par 3 with a wide green, sloped heavily toward the hazard. Golfers take note: the green is guarded by water and bunkers on all sides. Distance is crucial. The tee shot must factor in both elevation and wind to insure proper length.
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1 Avery Ranch Golf Club 512-248-2442 www.averyranchgolf.com 2 Harvey Penick Golf Campus www.harveypenickgc.com 512-926-1100 3 River Place Country Club www.riverplaceclub.com 512-346-1114 4 The University of Texas Golf Club www.utgolfclub.com 512-266-6464 5 Barton Creek Country Club 512-329-7999 www.omnihotels.com/hotels/ austin-barton-creek/golf 6 The Hills of Lakeway 512-261-7200 www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/ The-Hills-of-Lakeway 7 Falconhead Golf Course 512-402-1558 www.falconheadaustin.com 8 Grey Rock Golf Club 512-288-4297 www.greyrockgolfandtennis.com 9 Austin Country Club 512-328-0090 www.austincountryclub.com 10 Onion Creek Club 512-282-2150 www.onioncreekclub.com
13 Jimmy Clay & Roy Kizer Golf Course 512-974-4653 www.austintexas.gov/golfatx 14 Morris Williams Golf Course 512- 974-8333 www.austintexas.gov/golfatx 15 Lions Municipal Golf Course 512- 477-6963 www.austintexas.gov/golfatx 16 Great Hills Country Club 512-345-6940 www.greathillscc.org 17 Spanish Oaks Golf Club 512-421-8530 www.spanishoaksgc.com 18 Blackhawk Golf Club 512-251-9000 www.blackhawkgolf.com 19 Forest Creek Golf Club 512-388-2874 www.forestcreek.com 20 Teravista Golf Club 512-651-9850 www.teravistagolf.com 21 Twin Creeks Country Club 512-331-5900 www.twincreeksclub.com 22 Georgetown Country Club 512-930-4577 www.georgetowncountryclub. net
11 Cimarron Hills 512-763-8700 www.cimarronhills.com/golfcourse
23 Lake Cliff Golf Club 830-798-0695 www.lakecliff.com
12 Balcones Country Club 512-258-1621 www.balconescountryclub.com
24 Boot Ranch Golf Club 830-997-6200 www.bootranch.com/golf
25 Wolfdancer Golf Club 512-308-4770 www.wolfdancergolfclub.com 26. Landa Park Golf Course 830-221-4350 landaparkgolfcourse.com 27 La Cantera Golf Club www.lacanteragolfclub.com 210-558-4653 28 The Quarry Golf Club 210-824-4500 www.quarrygolf.com 29 Golf Club at Briggs Ranch 210-670-9400 www.briggsgolf.com 30 Dominion Country Club 210-698-3364 www.the-dominion.com 31 Canyon Springs Golf Club 210-497-1770 www.canyonspringsgc.com 32 TPC San Antonio 210-491-5800 www.tpc.com/sanantonio 33 Cordillera Ranch Golf Club 830-336-3571 www.cordilleraranch.com/ cordillera-golf-club 34 Tapatio Springs Resort & Conference Center 830-443-9681 www.tapatioresort.com 35 Escondido Golf & Lake Club 830-598-7800 www.escondidotexas.com 36 Horseshoe Bay Resort 877-611-0112 www.hsbresort.com/activities/ golf
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