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GERARDO AND MEGAN ORTIZ MEDICINE, THEN AND NOW

+ THE 4 MAIN THINGS AT CORDILLERA RANCH TENNIS CLUB PRO-AM BRINGS BRYAN BROTHERS CORDILLERA RANCH 2018 MARKET RECAP

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The Employee Partners at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch are recognized as valuable resources for the satisfaction of membership and the success of The Club, and all levels of employment follow a few simple guidelines to attain these goals.

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2018 saw an increase in lot sales by 25% and the average home sale price by 10%, resulting in the fourth straight year of real estate transactions (including all lot sales, home sales and new home starts) exceeding $100MM.

THE 4 MAIN THINGS

TENNIS CLUB PRO-AM BRINGS BRYAN BROTHERS

CORDILLERA RANCH 2018 MARKET RECAP

ALSO INSIDE: 14 WELCOME LETTER 18 A DAY IN THE LIFE AT CORDILLERA RANCH 24 RANCH SCENE 26 MEMBER TRADITIONS 27 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 32 STAFF PROFILE: JESSICA SWINGLER 42 RULES OF GOLF FOR 2019 44 STAR STRUCK 46 SPRING COURSE CARE 50 FITNESS CENTER RENOVATION 52 CRAFTED DINNER - THE CHEF CULINARY EXPERIENCE 53 SPRING ROUND UP 54 FROM WINE AND BEYOND ... 56 ENTERTAINING, CREOLE STYLE 58 NEW CLUB AUTO DETAIL SERVICE 60 THE NEW SPRINGS SPORTS PARK 62 “MORE THAN A HOUSE” 64 BLUEBONNETS IN BLOOM 66 COLLABORATION IS KEY 75 REAL ESTATE

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MEDICINE, THEN AND NOW CORDILLERA RANCH RESIDENTS, DR.’S GERARDO AND MEGAN ORTIZ, LEAD THE WAY Gerardo Ortiz recognized the need for better emergency care for patients and did something about it.

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WELCOME When I think springtime at Cordillera Ranch and the Texas Hill Country, I think of bluebonnets. Forecasters are calling for spring 2019 to be one of most colorful in recent memory due to fabulous fall and winter rains. The countryside should be covered with Texas Bluebonnets, other wildflowers, blooming Mountain Laurel, Crape Myrtle and sage, and just about every shade of green imaginable as native grasses and trees come back to life. So here’s a little more information about the Texas state flower. According to the Texas State Historical Association, on March 7, 1901, the Twenty-seventh Texas Legislature adopted the bluebonnet, flower of the annual legume Lupinus subcarnosus, as the state flower. On March 8, 1971, the legislation was amended to include Lupinus texensis and “any other variety of bluebonnet not heretofore recorded.” At least four other species of bluebonnet grow in Texas: L. havardii, L. concinnus, L. perennis, and L. plattensis. Contrary to various folk stories and legends claiming that the plant originated outside the state, L. texensis and L. subcarnosus are native to Texas. God bless Texas! In 1933 the legislature adopted a state flower song, “Bluebonnets,” written by Julia D. Booth and Lora C. Crockett. Also in the 1930s, the Texas Highway Department began a landscaping and beautification program and extended the flower’s range. Due largely to that agency’s efforts, bluebonnets now grow along most major highways throughout the state. The flower usually blooms in late March and early April and is found mostly in limestone outcroppings from north central Texas to Mexico. Although early explorers failed to mention the bluebonnet in their writings, Indian lore called the flower a gift from the Great Spirit. Whatever the origin, the bluebonnet continues to be a favorite subject for artists and photographers. I think it’s a rite of passage to photograph pets, kids and families in blue jeans and bluebonnets. We’re lucky to have many areas in and around Cordillera Ranch to view bluebonnets along the hillsides, highways and byways of our daily travels. If you’ve been putting off a trip to the Texas Hill Country and Cordillera Ranch, make your reservations now for a late March to early April visit. If you’re already here and looking for an afternoon getaway, think about Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Wine & Wildflower Journey via Texas Hill Country Wineries or the annual Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet (referenced later in this issue). Don’t take for granted this special part of the world during this special time of year. Enjoy what is sure to be a colorful spring… and take time to smell the flowers along the way.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE AT CORDILLERA RANCH

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

SIGNATURE DINING MENU

BREAKFAST MENU

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

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

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

Wednesdays

Wednesday Evenings

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

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

CORDILLERA RANCH GOLD RUSH

Thursday-Saturday Evenings

WEEKLY WINE PICKS

CORDILLERA RANCH’S SIGNATURE DINING MENU

Friday Evenings

Sundays

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

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

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

SIGNATURE DINING AT THE CLUB

FAMILY MEAL FEATURE

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


EVENTS Fridays in March & April :: Live Music on the Patio Unwind after a long week on our Twin Sisters Patio from 6:00 to 9:00pm every Friday with live entertainment and a small bites feature, followed by dinner in the main dining room. Reservations for the dining room are recommended.

March 2 :: Hill Family Estate Wine Dinner

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

March 3, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14 :: Dancing With The C-Stars

Location: Cabana Dining Room Time: Session One 4:00 to 5:15pm, Beginners Session Two 6:00 to 7:15pm, Intermediate-Advanced Cost: $105 Back by popular demand, six Sundays of Country Western dance lessons, with swing or waltz also included. There will be no March 10 class. Register with Debbie Pepper at 830.336.3544.

March 5 :: W.O.W. Women of Wine Mardi Gras

Location: Cabana Dining Room Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm Calling all ladies! Come enjoy this Mardi Gras-themed food and wine pairing experience with food demonstrations by Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and wine from Serendipity Wine Imports.

March 9 :: Crafted Dinner The Chef Culinary Experience

Location: Cabana Dining Room Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and Wine Specialist Jeffrey Cohen have created special wine dinners where you design your own personal dining experience from prix fixe menu selections complemented with wine pairings. Advance reservations are required.

March 12 - 15 :: Spring Break Art Camp

Time: 12:30 to 4:30pm Cost: $195 per child, Ages 4 - 8 This camp is all about being CREATIVE! Here at Art Camp, we are not afraid of a little mess. All materials will be provided; all you need to bring is your smile and creativity! Please make your reservation with Kelsey at kgrudle@cordilleraranch.com.

March 29 - 30 :: Blockbuster Demo Day

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm Try out the hottest golf equipment and receive special discounts on purchases. Companies represented include: Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Ping, PXG, Taylor Made, Titleist, XXIO and more. A representative will be on hand with specific trade-in values for your current equipment. This is a great opportunity to try new products, get fit properly, purchase equipment at a great price and trade in your dated equipment.

April 12 :: Masters One-Day Member-Guest

Time: 11:00am Lunch; 12:30pm Shotgun Format: Two best ball net and select two players from Masters field and their 18 hole score your 2 Net Best Ball Foursomes: 2 Members with 2 Guests or 1 Member with 3 Guests Cost: $525 per team. Entry includes specially themed tee gifts, trophies for net champions, shop credit, lunch and after golf snacks.

April 13 :: Crafted Dinner The Chef Culinary Experience

Location: Cabana Dining Room Executive Chef Isaac Cantu and Wine Specialist Jeffrey Cohen have created special wine dinners where you design your own personal dining experience from prix fixe menu selections complemented with wine pairings. Advance reservations are required.

April 17 - 18 :: CWGA Fiesta Tournament

Time: 9:00am Shotgun Contact CWGA Tournament Chair, Linda Steers, for more details.

April 20 :: Easter Eggstravaganza

Join us at the Equestrian Center for an EGGstravagant afternoon! There will be an egg hunt at 11:00am, an Easter bunny photo opportunity, sack races, hay rides, balloon twisters, face painting, petting zoo and a DJ, along with lunch and drinks available for everyone. Advance reservations required.

April 21 :: Easter Brunch

Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm Spring is in the air and Easter brunch is on the menu. We’ve gathered together some of the tastiest dishes for your special Sunday, along with entertainment by Bernie Martini! Kids will enjoy a special appearance by the Easter Bunny and adults can sip a mimosa or two. This is sure to be a brunch you don’t want to miss! Advance reservations are required.

April 25 :: Far Niente Wine Dinner

Format: Ryder Cup (Four Ball, Foursomes and Singles) Entry : $220 (Includes food, team uniforms and bragging rights) Friday Night Pairings Party: 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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

March 23 :: Spring Round Up

April 26 - 27 :: El Compadre Member/Member

March 22 - 24 :: 13th Annual Cordillera Cup

Location: Poolside Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm Join us poolside for some dancing, great food, and entertainment by Smoke Wagon. This will be a fun-filled evening you don’t want to miss! Advance reservations are required.

March 26 :: MOBB Men of Bourbon and Beer Location: Men’s Grille Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm

Time: Friday Shotgun Start 1:00pm Saturday Shotgun Start 9:30am Cost: $650 per team This event is totally revamped for 2019! The Format this year will be 6 holes scramble, 6 holes shamble and 6 holes alternate shot. We have selected some very unique tee gifts that you do not want to miss out on, and the Trophies are spectacular! The entry fee also includes lunch on Friday afternoon before Shotgun. Dinner is moved to Friday night, and Saturday morning will start with breakfast before morning Shotgun, followed by lunch prior to shootout to determine the El Compadre Champion. Don’t be left out!

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The 4 MAIN THINGS

By Marc DeWall :: Photography by Kelsey Guzman

In July of last year, after serving as the Director of Golf here at Cordillera Ranch, I was fortunate to move into my current role as General Manager. One of the things that attracted me to this position was the incredible culture that had already been established here at The Club and throughout the community. My predecessor, Monty Becton, helped establish that culture by creating “The 4 Main Things” which I truly believe have been very well received by our employees. I did not see a need to change that and have learned more than ever before the invaluable resource we have with our Employee Partners. “The 4 Main Things” have served as an integral part of the culture for our Employee Partners for many years. New employees go through a New Hire Orientation where these items are discussed in detail and why each one is so important to the success of The Club. They are all tied together and when one of the 4 lags behind, The Club suffers. Each employee is given a card to always carry with them and to serve as a reminder to always keep these things in the forefront of everything they do at The Club. The 4 Main Things at Cordillera Ranch • Be the friendliest and most engaging Club in the world: I have always said that what makes Cordillera Ranch so special are the people. We have some of the kindest and most generous Club members I have ever been around in almost 30 years in the industry. Our Employee Partners recognize this and one of the things that is so enjoyable for me is watching them build relationships and serving our members. It is quite a goal and focus to be the friendliest and most engaging Club in the world but I can tell you we truly strive to serve our members with this in mind.

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• Create unique products, services and programming designed to provide a world-class lifestyle. (Life is better out here.): We have some amazing people on the team that love to create special and unique events for our members. We are so fortunate to have seven Clubs here on the Ranch and strive to utilize them all in a way that our members will enjoy. This means both Club events and private events operated with outstanding attention to detail and working to go above and beyond expectations. It has been fun to think outside the box and continue to push the envelope and as we are always looking for new ways to engage with our members. • Deliver a financial return to our partners: It is always interesting for me to listen to our members when they travel elsewhere and get back to Cordillera Ranch and they tell me how proud they are to be a Member and live in the community. While I always understand The Club is a business, I truly believe we have a great product that has tremendous value. 2018 was an outstanding year for The Club and community and those of you that attended the “State of the Community” address back in February by President and COO Charlie Hill know that more real estate was sold last year than at any point in our history. We have a very successful Club that is well capitalized with only limited short-term debt, allowing for continued reinvestment in the facilities. Given the challenges with other high-end Clubs around the country, this is something I never take for granted. • Become the employer of choice in Boerne and San Antonio: There are lots of things that make Cordillera Ranch an attractive place to work — many of them are mentioned in this article. Take a look at the Employee Recognition Program in place and some of the 2018 highlights.


2018 Cordillera Ranch Employee Partner Recognition The Cordillera Ranch Employee Recognition Program is an important element to attracting and retaining great people to serve our members at Cordillera Ranch. Senior staff and Department Heads are not eligible to participate in the recognition program but they do have a say in determining where employees fit into each category and the special award winners monthly and annually. Here are some highlights from the year-end party which was held in January: EMPLOYEE CATEGORIES • 28 Ranch Hand employees • 28 Wrangler employees • 22 Trail Boss employees

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10 YEAR SERVICE AWARDS Nick Menger :: Trevor LaBorde EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR :: Dillon Rios Thank you for the continued support you give our employees every year. We look forward to continuing to serve you and to a great 2019!

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Purpose: To help create a rewarding and enthusiastic work environment by recognizing those employee partners for their continued commitment to Cordillera Ranch. Dillon Rios Ranch Hand (Bronze Star) • Minimum 3 months of service • Employee has completed new hire orientation • Demonstrates the ability to be on time and complete shifts as scheduled • Uniform is worn correctly with nametag displayed at all times Wrangler (Silver Star) • Minimum 6 months of service • Has not had any unexcused or excessive absences from scheduled shifts • Demonstrates the ability to be competent, enthusiastic and sincere when interacting with members, their guests and other Employee Partners • Has the ability to work well with others, and contribute to a healthy and exciting work environment Trail Boss (Gold Star) • Minimum 12 months of service • Demonstrates the ability to lead other Employee Partners in completing tasks • Shows the ability to form relationships with other departments of Cordillera Ranch in order to ensure that outstanding customer service is provided seamlessly to members and their guests • Can be trusted to help other Employee Partners to learn the skills and methods required of their position with Cordillera Ranch

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STAFF PROFILE

JESSICA SWINGLER

Service Director 830.336.9163 :: jswingler@cordilleraranch.com

Hometown: Austin, Texas How did you become employed at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch? I started as an intern with the Texas Tech Hospitality Program in the summer of 2013, working as a pool server! After graduation, I pursued a career as a cake artist in Austin but realized how much I missed Cordillera Ranch. When I found out they had a management position available, my family and I jumped at the chance to move to Boerne and it was our best decision yet. What past work history prepared you for The Clubs? I’ve been an avid employee in the club industry since high school. I’ve served, bartended, worked special events and also did beverage cart driving for a couple years. Before returning to Cordillera Ranch, I worked as the Service Manager at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin. The club industry is in my blood and I have a passion for human connection relationships. What position were you in prior to receiving this promotion? I started as the Dining Room Manager, and during the summer I ran the pool operations as the Cabana and Pool Manager. What are your primary goals in your new position? I enjoy enhancing our members’ experiences and want to bring it to the next level! We will continue to focus on the finer details and create a positive team atmosphere. The food and beverage program at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch just keeps getting better and better! What has been your most rewarding professional experience? Running the pool operations as the Pool Manager last summer was incredible. I enjoyed being with the kids every day and getting to know the families. I successfully trained a new team and excelled professionally in just three months. And to top it off, I was in a cast for the most of it due to an accident in the spring! What has been your greatest professional challenge? I was in a major accident that took me out of work for about a month, and when I returned, it was a challenge to perform normal office duties. My amazing team was supportive and patient during my road to recovery and I received warm wishes from the members as well.

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What do you like most about working at Cordillera Ranch? I enjoy the membership that we have and the team I work with. It makes the day very fun being surrounded by happy people. Favorite quote or motto? Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently. Anything that would surprise others about yourself? I have played golf since I was two years old. My grandfather is in the PGA as a teaching professional and taught me to love the game. Most meaningful personal experience? My father is a rodeo clown and I’ve had the opportunity to travel to 28 states over eight summers with the PRCA rodeo circuit!


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edicine M THEN AND NOW Cordillera Ranch Residents, Dr.’s Gerardo and Megan Ortiz, Lead the Way By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by Mark Humphries

You could say Dr. Gerardo Ortiz had a date with destiny. Born in Mexico City, he was delivered by his OB/GYN grandfather. Perhaps that’s where his future in medicine started to formulate. Years later, he would deliver a program for compassionate and patient-centric Emergency Room care.

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Gerardo moved with his Mexican father and Guatemalan mother to New Orleans as an infant and became a naturalized citizen at age 7. His future bride, Megan Lenhart Ortiz, relocated with her family to Lubbock after she was born in the small Colorado town of La Junta. College took Gerardo to Texas A&M University and then to Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) in San Antonio. Megan graduated from Texas Tech University and interned for Representative Larry Combest in Washington, DC which she says was clarifying. “It confirmed that a life in politics was not for me.” Instead, she attended the UTHSC in San Antonio where she met Gerardo. The couple headed to Denver where she did her residency in OB/ GYN at the University of Colorado and he did his residency at the renowned Denver Health Medical Center — the setting of the nonfiction book, The Knife and Gun Club — where he was immersed in the developing field of Emergency Medicine. Following their residencies, they moved to Pueblo, Colorado and Gerardo eventually became president of his Emergency Medicine Group while Megan had a private practice.

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On a family vacation to San Antonio in 2015, Gerardo had a fateful lunch with one of his former medical school roommates. The conversation turned to their shared frustrations with traditional Emergency Room medicine. “The problems include overcrowded waiting rooms and long waits for patients,” says Gerardo. But there are also challenges for practitioners, he says.


“Protocol-driven treatment plans prevented individualized care, and growing government-implemented demands made the red-tape medicine more time consuming than actual patient interaction.” The friends saw these issues were affecting patients. “We knew there was a better way to deliver medicine in emergent situations.” The lunch became the catalyst that resulted in the friends becoming partners in the establishment of Lonestar 24 Hour Emergency Room, and a relocation to Texas for the Ortiz family. The facility opened in New Braunfels in October of 2017 and encompasses eight physician partners serving the community and addressing the very concerns that led to its development. Gerardo says, “Lonestar 24 Hour ER solves two problems: It makes quality, top-notch healthcare available to the patients in a friendly, welcoming, refreshing environment. It also makes the job of being a healthcare provider more enjoyable.” Those seeking medical aid will notice a difference, says Gerardo. “For patients,

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there are much shorter wait times. In fact, there is no wait time. They are welcomed into our facility and not made to feel as if they are a burden or ‘just another number.’ The physician has time to listen to the patient, examine them and do what he/ she feels is right for the patient. We do not have to worry about checking boxes or satisfying hospital metrics. This translates into cost savings for the patient, lower radiation exposure to unnecessary imaging and personalized care.” Even children will find it welcoming. “We have television shows and games for the kids, to entertain them while a parent is being cared for.” Ensuring the patient is central to the experience is something Gerardo considers paramount. “I can spend time with the patient, laugh with the patient and care for the patient as I have always envisioned. My job is simply to do what is best for the patient... and I love that. All our physicians are board certified in Emergency Medicine. This is a key difference for our facility. We strive to provide the best care, and in my opinion, that can only be done by doctors trained and experienced in Emergency Medicine. We all have years of experience in major trauma centers, stroke centers, academic institutions and critical access facilities. We are capable of practicing Emergency Medicine in any environment but have found joy in our practice at Lonestar 24 Hour ER.” Open around the clock, Lonestar 24 Hour ER has advanced medical equipment to accommodate all areas of specialized emergency care. Gerardo appreciates not only the state-of-the-

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art machinery, but also the professional team. “I am also blessed to work with the best nurses, radiology techs and front desk staff in the business. There is nothing better than truly enjoying being with the people whom you work with.” This new approach to ER medicine is in step with the future of healthcare, says Gerardo. “I think I speak for most physicians when I say that the quickest way to help healthcare is to let physicians be physicians. Obviously, some regulations and oversight are necessary but over-regulating healthcare hinders healthcare providers from being able to put the patient’s best interest first. In the end, this hurts both the patient and the healthcare provider. This sentiment is what has led to the more recent ‘concierge’ models of healthcare. I want to continue to explore ways in which the highest levels of healthcare can be provided via these patient-centric models.” Megan took the opening of Lonestar as an opportunity to slow down her busy work life a bit and enjoy her young children. She now works as an OB Hospitalist where she helps manage obstetric emergencies in a hospital and care for the underserved in the San Antonio and Austin communities. Both Megan and Gerardo feel strongly about giving back to the community and honoring their faith. Megan explains, “My field of medicine reminds me daily of how blessed I am to have access to healthcare, a support system through friends and family, and financial stability especially when we were expanding our


family. The Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center (HCPCC) allows me to help women in crisis pregnancies as well as those who just need a little support whether it be through health screening, parenting classes, basic financial literacy or baby supplies. Through the HCPCC, the other volunteers and myself can do community outreach and education in our schools and other organizations serving the community. All of this while sharing our faith and the word of God.” Gerardo is a board member of Kingdom Ranch located outside of Snook, Texas. “It was founded by one of my college buddies, and I was honored to have him ask for my help on the board of directors. Kingdom Ranch is a Christian summer camp that serves special needs children and their siblings. Our goal is to enable our campers to experience an inspiring, activity-filled summer camp while building a better relationship with Jesus Christ. We utilize volunteers who desire the opportunity to assist and encourage our campers, especially by creating friendships that will help each other grow spiritually. We strive to have a one-to-one camper-to-counselor ratio to ensure that the needs of all campers are met.” The couple’s dedication to medicine and volunteering have them thinking about a special kind of vacation, says Megan. “We are hoping to visit family in Mexico and Guatemala soon. It has been a while since we have visited.” In the meantime, Gerardo says, “Annalise, age 10, is getting ready for middle school. Oliver is 8 and preparing for a professional football career with the New

Orleans Saints. We were robbed in the NFC Championship, by the way! Evelynn at 6 is just living and loving life. I look up to her for her ability to simply enjoy life no matter what she is doing.” At home in Cordillera Ranch, you can find the Ortiz family reveling in all things New Orleans. Crescent City native and Saints superfan Gerardo shares, “Our favorite parties with friends involve crawfish boils when they are in season. Let’s face it, there isn’t anything better than spicy crawfish and cold beer on a hot day. The kids love chasing each other with the live crawfish.” Megan tells of Gerardo’s legendary appetite for the tasty crustaceans and how they have become a family favorite. “Oliver has a goal of out eating Gerardo when it comes to crawfish, and he came close recently at a local restaurant when the waiter brought over one of his colleagues to watch the ‘little guy’ eat.” Gerardo impressed several neighbors at the Clays and Crawfish event last year when he ate 17 pounds of crawfish by himself. He won’t admit to eating that many, but what he will say is that he may not have won the clay shooting contest that day, but he definitely won at crawfish eating! In keeping with the Big Easy theme, Megan says, “I have gotten pretty good at bread pudding and creme brûlée. But King Cake is sacred to Gerardo so I don’t even attempt it!” When not feasting on Cajun delights, Megan says, “Gambino’s and Randazzo’s make frequent deliveries to the Ortiz household.” Just in time for Mardi Gras!

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GOLF

Spring is upon us and with that comes the bulk of our golf calendar. Our entire Golf Professional staff has been working hard to come up with new ideas to enhance our golf calendar. Our focus has been heavily placed on tee gifts and awards for each event. We are all very excited, and we hope you are anxious to get the season started and support the events. To kick off the season we have The Cordillera Cup on March 23-24. Team Hill is looking to defend the title and keep their bragging rights for another year. We are excited to unveil a new Cordillera Cup perpetual trophy that will be displayed in the Men’s Grille and highlights the current year’s champion. Best of luck to both teams! The Annual Masters One-Day Member-Guest event will be on April 12. I’m making a slight change this year from years past — I would like each team to be comprised of either one Member with three Guests or two Members with two Guests. We have some incredible tee gifts for this event and the trophies are very cool. The format will remain the same — two best balls of four plus each team picks two Masters participants and adds their score to their total. We have some other great ideas that are going to make this event special; you are going to have to play to see! El Compadre will be at the end of April, starting with an afternoon shotgun on April 26, followed by a mid-morning shotgun on April 27. One common theme I heard regarding this event was the format and the need for something different. We have decided to change the format to the following: 6 holes scramble, 6 holes shamble and 6 holes modified alternate shot. This event will be flighted as in previous years. The winner of each flight will participate in a shootout which will be played on holes 16, 17 and 18. The shootout will be a cumulative score over the three holes — scramble on 16, shamble on 17 and modified alternate shot on 18. As most of you know, the USGA and R&A have modified the rules of golf starting in 2019. We held two rules seminars in January to review these changes. I would like to highlight some of the changes that took effect January 1, 2019. In total there were 31 Rule Changes. I have detailed nine rules and how they changed from 2018 to 2019. I believe these highlighted rules come in to play most frequently. Happy Golfing! Daren Johnson, PGA

Daren Johnson is the Director of Golf at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at djohnson@cordilleraranch.com or 813.468.7444.

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RUL E S O F G O L F FOR 2019 Time for Search Before Ball is Lost Old Rule – Player had 5 minutes to search for a “lost” ball. New Rule – Player now has 3 minutes to search for a “lost” ball.

Touching Line of Play on Putting Green Old Rule – When a player’s ball is on the putting green, the player is generally prohibited from touching his/her line of putt. There was a two-stroke penalty for touching line of putt or tapping down spike marks. New Rule – The prohibition of touching the line of play on the putting green will be eliminated. There will no longer be a penalty for touching the line of play on the putting green.

Ball Played from Green Hits Unattended Flagstick in Hole Old Rule – If a player made stroke while on green and the ball hit the unattended flagstick, the player received a two-stroke penalty. New Rule – There is NO longer a penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits a flagstick in the hole.

Procedure for Dropping and Playing a Ball from a Relief Area Old Rule – Player must drop the ball while standing erect and holding the ball at shoulder height and arm’s length. The ball must first strike the course in a specified place and must not strike any person or equipment before coming to rest. New Rule – Player must drop the ball from knee height and the ball must not touch any part of the players body or equipment before touching the ground. Ball must be dropped in and remain in the “Relief Area.”

Ball in Motion Accidentally Deflected Old Rule – If a ball in motion accidentally hits the player or his/her equipment or caddie, the player gets a one-stroke penalty and ball is played as it lies. If a ball hits an opponent or his/her equipment or caddie there is no penalty and player has the choice to play ball as it lies or cancel stroke and play again. New Rule – For all accidental deflections, including when the ball hits the player or opponent or their equipment or caddies, there will be NO penalty and the ball will be played as it lies.

Concept of “Penalty Areas” to Supersede “Water Hazards” Old Rule – Rule 26-1 allows relief with penalty when a ball is in a “water hazard” (marked yellow) or a “lateral water hazard” (marked red). These hazards are limited to areas with water or where water may flow. New Rule – “Water Hazards” will be superseded by the expanded concept of “penalty areas,” and Rule 17 will provide the same options for relief that exists under current rules. A “penalty area” will include (1) all areas currently defined in the Rules as a “water hazard” or “lateral hazard” and (2) any areas the Committee chooses to define as “penalty areas.”

Ball Moved During Search Old Rule – If a player moves his/her ball while searching, the player generally gets a one-stroke penalty. New Rule – If a player accidentally moves his/her ball while searching, there is NO penalty for causing the ball to move. Ball will always be replaced in the estimated original spot.

Touching Loose Impediments or Ground in a Penalty Area Old Rule – When a player’s ball is in a water hazard, a player must not test the condition of the water hazard, touch the water or the ground with hand or club, or move loose impediments that are in the water hazard. New Rule – There will no longer be any special restrictions when a ball is in a “penalty area.” A player will be allowed to touch or move loose impediments and touch the ground with hand or club.

Ball Accidently Struck Multiple Times During Stroke Old Rule – If a player accidentally strikes his/her ball two or more times when making a single stroke, the player receives a one-stroke penalty in addition to the stroke that was made and the ball is played as it lies. New Rule – If a player’s club accidentally hits the ball more than once during a single stroke, there will be NO penalty and the ball will be played as it lies. The Rules can be intimidating and the changes were meant to make it easier and more consistent. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact the Professional Staff.

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GOLF

Dell Technologies Match Play, Austin Country Club

STAR

STRUCK By Robert Rodriguez :: Photography courtesy of the PGA TOUR

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World Golf Championships Dell Technologies Match Play It all begins March 27-31, when the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play occurs at Austin Country Club. Much has been made about the revamped 2019 PGA TOUR schedule. This year’s World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play wasn’t greatly affected, although it occurs a week later on the calendar. There’s another storyline, however, that could have a greater impact. The resurgence of Tiger Woods. By virtue of his consistently strong play in 2018, Woods currently ranks among the top 64 golfers in the Official World Golf Rankings. That makes him eligible to play in the Dell Technologies Match Play, and all signs point to the 14-time major champion coming to Austin. Should Woods tee it up, it will be his first professional golf appearance in the Texas Hill Country since 1996. As was the case in ’96, galleries will be lined 10-, 20-deep to follow Woods. Only this time, Tiger will be the seasoned vet trying to keep pace and contend with the young superstars.


Similar to the scenario if Woods plays in Austin, a large gallery is expected to follow another person at the VTO. Only they likely won’t be in golf attire — rather, they’ll don dark suits with earpieces.

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Former President George W. Bush, photo by Jason Wesch

Defending champion Bubba Watson will have to stave off the best names in golf if he wants to keep the Match Play title. Among those expected to compete include American favorites Justin Thomas, 2018 U.S. Open Champion Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and former Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth. Expect a strong international contingent “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” headlined by World No. 1 Justin Rose, Spanish sensation Jon Rahm, and Ryder Cup heroes Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood. Tickets for the 2019 World Golf Championships–Dell Technologies Match Play are available online on the tournament’s official page on PGATOUR.com. For the first time, daily ground tickets ($120-$150 plus fees and taxes) will be available for each day of the tournament. Weekly grounds tickets ($405 plus taxes and fees) will remain on sale, but with total onsite attendance limited to 10,000 per day, daily and weekly grounds tickets are sure to sell out quickly. For more ticket information, visit www.pgatour.com/ tournaments/wgc-dell-technologies-match-play/tickets.html.

The following week, the PGA TOUR ventures down Interstate 35 to the TPC San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open. Similar to the scenario if Woods plays in Austin, a large gallery is expected to follow another person at the VTO. Only they likely won’t be in golf attire — rather, they’ll don dark suits with earpieces. Former President George W. Bush will be the special guest at the tournament’s Night to Honor Our Heroes event on April 5. Beginning at 6:00pm at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, the Night to Honor Our Heroes celebration is the marquee off-the-course event during Valero Texas Open week. President Bush (and his Secret Service agents) will join guests, active military representing all ranks and services, wounded warriors and corporate supporters to celebrate “Military City USA.” Rare collections of military artifacts will be on display, and engaging speakers will offer moving testimonials that will surely leave guests with a heightened sense of patriotism. Those interested in purchasing a table or sponsoring the Night to Honor Our Heroes event can call 210.345.3847 or email Sales@ValeroTexasOpen.com. Other special corporate and charitable events scheduled throughout Valero Texas Open week include Executive Women’s Day, a Dash to the VTO 5K run/walk, a Children’s GolfTexas ClinicOpen and 2016 Valero the 19th Hole Fiesta after Saturday’s round. On the course, the tournament, which occurs April 4-7 on the AT&T Oaks Course, is the final Tour event before the first major of the season, the Masters Tournament. It will hold that attractive spot on the Tour schedule for the next 10 years as part of a sponsorship extension Valero Energy Corporation signed with the PGA TOUR in October 2017. Preceding the Masters on the Tour schedule means some of the top names will be playing in San Antonio. Among those already committed to the Valero Texas Open: 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open Champion, Rickie Fowler; Cordillera Ranch resident and 2015 champion, Jimmy Walker; San Antonio resident and former Texas A&M golfer, Cameron Champ; and defending champion Andrew Landry and Jordan Spieth. General Admission, hospitality and clubhouse tickets, and sponsorship packages for the Valero Texas Open are available. Ticket prices start at $25, while hospitality packages start at $60. Military ID cardholders (Active, Guard, Reserve, Retired) and Bexar County First Responders receive special benefits, while children 12 and under are free. For more Valero Texas Open ticket information, visit www.valerotexasopen.com/tickets.

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AGRONOMY

SPRING

COURSE CARE By Jeff Eldridge The weather is beginning to warm, the grass is beginning to green, and the Golf Course Maintenance team has begun to transition from off-season project work to an in-season maintenance mode. We have had a good off season of projects including mulching, tree trimming, bunker work, greens drainage and general overgrowth removal/clean up. The mulching of the golf course was much needed and has really improved the aesthetics of the course. Tree trimming has been completed on several holes and has improved plant health as well as playability in several areas. In the bunkers, we have gone through and checked sand depth, touched up edges and added sand as needed. As far as greens drainage, we are in the process of verifying that all the drain lines are functioning properly to help provide the best possible growing environment for our greens. The overgrowth has been addressed on several holes and, again, has helped improve aesthetics and playability as we head into the growing season. As we move into spring, and thus into the mowing season, we are very excited to begin with some fantastic new pieces of equipment to help us care for the course. This month we will begin receiving several new pieces of equipment from Cushman速, Wiedenmann速 and John Deere速 including carts, aerifying and verticutting equipment, and many different types of mowers. The mower selection includes fairway, rough, green and tee mowers that will help with quality and efficiency when we are out preparing these areas. In addition to these new arrivals, one of the coolest equipment editions came last fall. This was the retrofitting of GPS spray technology to one of our existing Toro速 sprayers. Utilizing GPS signals, this sprayer automatically turns spray nozzles on and off as the sprayer travels over specific areas of the course. This results in reduced overlap, providing more accurate and safer applications of the many turf care products we apply to the golf course. This is our first foray into the exciting use of GPS technology on golf courses and although not completely autonomous, our sprayer is part of the growing movement towards self-driving golf course maintenance equipment. I know you will see the difference our new equipment will make on the golf course this year! See you on the course, Jeff Eldridge, CGCS

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


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By Joe De Luna :: Photography courtesy of GSE Worldwide On Friday, April 5 from 4:00-6:00pm, The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch will host the most successful men’s tennis duo of all time. That’s right — Bob and Mike Bryan, better known as the Bryan Brothers, will be at the Ranch to participate in a Pro-Am competition at the Tennis Club.

Bob and Mike Bryan are identical twins, born and raised in California. They played tennis at Stanford University from 1997-98, where Bob won the rare “Triple Crown” for Stanford, capturing the NCAA singles, doubles (with Mike) and team titles. The twins turned pro in 1998. The Bryans have won multiple Olympic medals, including the gold in 2012, and have won more games, matches, tournaments and Grand Slams than any other men’s pairing. They held the No. 1 doubles world ranking for 438 weeks — longer than anyone in doubles history. The Pro-Am at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch is part of a larger event as the Hill Country and Alamo City welcome Bob and Mike Bryan, along with 2017 French Open doubles champion, Ryan Harrison, and US Davis Cup Captain, Mardy Fish, to the San Antonio Pro Tennis Classic at Fair Oaks Ranch Country Club,

beginning Friday, April 5 at 7:00pm. The Master of Ceremonies will be the Bryan Brothers’ father, Wayne Bryan, who is known for his humor and enthusiasm. The format for the exhibition will include singles between Ryan Harrison and Mardy Fish, followed by doubles featuring World #1 Bob and Mike Bryan vs Harrison and Fish. Immediately after the April 6 exhibition, the Bryan Brothers Band will perform at the Grand Slam Jam, also at Fair Oaks Country Club. Silent and live auctions benefitting the Warrior and Family Support Center, the Bryan Brothers Foundation and the Bush ACE Outreach Program will be held during the exhibition and concert. There are eight Cordillera Ranch Pro-Am spots available for purchase, along with 22 Tito’s Terrace VIP courtside tables at the Fair Oaks Ranch event (VIP tables include four seats and the first round of Tito’s). Contact Tim Stallard from ProLink Live via phone at 512.576.4796, or email at tim@prolinklive.net. Please contact Joe De Luna with questions. Joe De Luna is the Director of Tennis at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at 210.363.9004 or jdeluna@cordilleraranch.com.

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FITNESS

FITNESS CENTER

RENOVATION By Shane Reynolds

Equipment choice, room size, program offerings — a lot of consideration has to go into creating a fitness facility that pays off for members.

With beautiful windows and doors facing east and looking across the 18 green, the Fitness Center at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch is being renovated to update the space and equipment. When the facility opened in 2009, there were fewer members. The Fitness Center has served The Club well for the past decade, but with our membership growing, the need to update the space was evident, and a renovation plan that will provide new equipment and facility changes was developed. This spring, The Club plans to renovate the Fitness Center by replacing the flooring, slightly reconfiguring the space and updating the paint in the facility. The center will gain some workout space with the reconfiguration and all the strength and cardio equipment will be replaced. The Club has had a great vendor partner in Marathon Fitness for the past 12 years and that relationship will continue into the future. They are the local Precor® dealer, and after a thorough review of exercise and equipment companies, we have decided to go with Precor again for their strength and cardio equipment. Marathon has earned a reputation for consulting with its commercial customers to assess their needs from all facets and angles, including usage patterns, safety, security, demographics and competitive analysis. Precor equipment delivers the quality, reliability and diversity fitness facilities need to attract and retain members. The company offers the finest high-end cardio and strength-building equipment and the market’s most advanced networked fitness software and entertainment systems which feature touch screen consoles and Bluetooth compatibility to help exercisers enjoy their workouts and better meet their fitness goals.

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The renovated Fitness Center will offer six Precor treadmills, four Precor AMT’s, three Precor ellipticals, three Precor recumbent bikes, one Precor upright bike, two Peloton® upright bikes, one Intenza Escalante stairclimber, ten pieces of Precor selectorized strength equipment, a Precor Smith machine, a Precor FTS glide multi-functional trainer, a Power Plate®, a Scifit® upper body machine, a Precor rower and the biggest piece of equipment that will probably become a favorite — the Precor Queenax®, a unique functional and suspended bodyweight training system. The center will also feature a free weight area with multiple benches and mirrored walls, dumbbell racks, an arc stretch trainer, an InBody body composition analyzer and several additional wall-mounted TV’s. Speaking of TV’s: we are overhauling the cabling and infrastructure to allow all of the equipment with TV monitors to broadcast in HD, presenting a much better display during your workout. One piece of equipment that seemed to be a popular request was the Peloton bike, which we are also adding. The Peloton bike brings a convenient and immersive indoor cycling experience, streaming daily live classes from their NYC studio directly into our Fitness Center. A well-designed fitness center should have a space set aside for functional training — exercises that allow

individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries. Functional training is a hot trend for both young adults and those over 50. Millennials gravitate toward vigorous activities using gear such as infinity ropes, heavy bags, pull-up bars and jump targets. For seniors, functional training means lighter activity using dumbbells, stability balls, balance boards and the like. People 60 and over are not into the fad aspect of fitness and wellness. They’re looking for functionality, ease of use, safety and time efficiency. The Precor Queenax provides this functional training space. The old goal of designing a fitness facility used to be to throw a lot of equipment into the center, but now it’s more about the functionality and diversity of the offering. It’s important to have not only enough equipment but also the right mix of equipment so as to minimize waits. We look forward to opening the new space for our members in late spring, and believe the newly renovated Fitness Center is another example of providing outstanding amenities for our members. Shane Reynolds is the Director of Recreation for The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at outfitter@cordilleraranch.com or 210.616.6051.

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DINING

CRAFTED DINNER

The Chef Culinary Experience March 9 and April 13 6:00pm to 9:00pm Cabana Dining Room Gastronomy, personally presented by Executive Chef Isaac Cantu, is a culinary performance with crafted courses that incorporate provisions and ingredients from local purveyors. Simultaneously, Wine Specialist Jeffrey Cohen will provide pairings at a personalized level to explore new horizons and enhance your experience for a total gastronomic delight. First, select your offerings from the prix fixe culinary menu, which offers two levels of dining. Choose between a three-course for $75 or the five-course food experience for $90. Then, Jeffrey Cohen will bring his expertise in pairing wines to complete your dining experience. Order by the glass, from the wine list or enjoy flights with special prix fixe wine tastings at $45 with the three-course dinner and $65 with the five-course dinner. Due to acquiring the fresh, local ingredients, along with limited seating, reservations are required in advance. No large parties over eight or walk-ins will be permitted. Seating times are available every half hour. To make reservations for these events, please contact The Club reception desk at 830.336.9000.

Members are praising The Crafted Dinner Experience It was a beautiful, romantic dining experience with first-class service, fabulous food and individualized wine pairings. We couldn’t have imagined how the Cabana could have been transformed into such an elegant venue — every detail was perfect. Every dish was beautifully presented, perfectly prepared and paired with incredible wine portioned as requested. Kris and Betty Campbell An amazing dinner experience! The food was presented in an exquisite manner and the taste was outstanding. We had such a fantastic time that we are going again with our friends. Constance Barone


DINING

Spring

ROUND UP Saturday, March 23 6:30pm to 9:30pm

It’s that wonderful time of year when we get to peel off the layers and jump into the spring sunshine. Join us at the Cabana Poolside for an evening of fantastic entertainment, culinary stations and great fun!

Smoke Wagon

So, what can we do to put that spring back in our step? Smoke Wagon and a dance floor. We are excited to welcome back one of Texas’ Hottest Country Bands and Rising Stars. Smoke Wagon is a band dedicated to delivering edgy, but polished Texas/Red Dirt Country. Smoke Wagon produces an energetic sound all their own with incredible vocals, captivating lyrics and hard-hitting guitar riffs, all accompanied by a red-hot fiddle. Call The Club receptionist at 830.336.9000 to make your reservations. Please be aware of the 48-hour cancellation policy to avoiding billed. Graham House is the Clubhouse and Lodging Manager at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at ghouse@cordilleraranch.com.

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CELLAR CLUB

From Wine and Beyond…… By Jeffrey Cohen :: Photography by Kelsey Guzman It is great to see everybody back in force around the Clubhouse. We have had great attendance at our events and we have so many more events to come. One thing is growing apparent: All of the events fill up fast, as well as in the Dining Room; please check your e-mails often and call in to make your reservations.

CANARD VINEYARD I would like to send an additional thank you to all that attended the Adam Fox meet and greet. Adam was very informative and showed off his “World Class” portfolio. It was a great tribute to all of the Cellar Club members.

ROMBAUER VINEYARDS We had a sold-out Rombauer wine dinner. Chef Isaac and the Culinary Team just keep setting the bar higher and higher. Great wine, great food and the best members make for wonderful memories. Dave Zinni wowed all in attendance with his in-depth back stories of the Rombauer family, dating back to Irma Rombauer of The Joy of Cooking fame.

MEN OF BOURBON AND BEER Lastly, just a shout out to the MOBB. The Men of Bourbon and Beer met for the first time on January 29. They enjoyed Baladin ‘Isaac,’ a craft beer from Italy; Sixpoint Bengali IPA from Red Hook, Brooklyn; and Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout. The Bourbons that were showcased were Wild Turkey’s joint venture with Matthew McConaughey called Long Branch; Michter’s Small Batch; and an exclusive barrel strength bourbon from Elijah Craig that is 131.4 proof. It certainly packed a punch. CALLING ALL MOBB: The next event will be on March 26. Come one, come all and bring your friends. We will not disappoint! See you at The Club!

Jeffrey Cohen is the Wine Specialist for The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at jcohen@cordilleraranch.com. 54 | MARCH/APRIL 2019


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CREOLE STYLE By Shane Reynolds

Crawfish — also called crawdads, crayfish, and mudbugs in the south — are like freshwater mini-lobsters. They are the Official State Crustacean of Louisiana and the epitome of Cajun cuisine. Throw on some zydeco, bust out the beer and bring the party outdoors. An authentic southern crawfish boil is going to impress.

When I was a child, I lived in Baton Rouge before my family moved to east Texas on Lake Sam Rayburn. It was during my childhood that I learned to love crawfish and the enjoyment of cooking and eating them with family and friends. Unlike lobster, crawfish boils don’t come with small fancy forks and candlelight. The dress code is casual. It’s all about the food. And it’s going to be messy! Crawfish are boiled in a large pot, outdoors. The boil usually includes corn, potatoes, sausage (I’m not a big sausage fan in my boil… kind of like how I don’t like

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beans in my chili) and lots of spice. Did I mention lots of spice? The down-home serving style is poured onto a communal table covered with newspaper or a disposable tablecloth for all the guests to plunder. In the club business, I have to be a little more civilized and offer aluminum pans or cardboard boxes for our members and their guests to load up. Traditionally, this feast is a feature of springtime in the bayou. But if you have an outdoor space, a large pot and a few friends with great appetites, a crawfish boil is fantastic fun wherever you are.


H O W TO H O ST

A CRAWFISH BOIL CRAWFISH BOIL-THEMED DÉCOR You can make any crawfish boil extra fun for kids and adults by adding a Louisiana theme to the party. Toss around some décor to make your backyard look extra bayou-tiful. Have the kids dress up like alligators, Native Americans or 19th century smugglers like Jean Lafitte. String lights in a jar make a great substitute for fire flies. Go full-on French Quarter with some jazz tunes, fancy hats and frozen slushies. Or, add some southern flare by substituting a peach punch. CLEANING YOUR CRAWFISH If your lovable little mudbugs are not freshly delivered, keep them comfortably chilling in a cooler, waiting for the big day. Your crawdaddies should be as fresh as possible — and alive! Open up the sacks and clean off any grass, feed, mud and other filth stuck to your crawfish. You still shouldn’t soak your crawfish in water for too long. There is no need to salt or purge them, which only increases the risk that they’ll die before they make it into your pot. Do NOT cook dead crawfish. CLEANING TIPS • Keep your crawfish out of direct sunlight. • Empty the sacks into a clean cooler, or use what I like to use — a horse water trough. • Rinse your crawfish in the cooler with lukewarm water, leaving the drain open. The crawdaddies become much more energetic as the chill wears off! • Agitate the cooler to clean the crawfish and help the dirty water drain. • Rinse and drain the bugs again. • Remove any crawfish that float — they are dead. • Once the water runs clear, your delicious little mudbugs are ready for the big boil. CRAWFISH BOIL SAFETY TIPS • Floating crawfish are dead and should not be cooked. • Keep an extinguisher handy. • Do NOT position crawfish cooker near flammable scrub, plants or materials.

• Use caution in handling hot water, pots and food. • Keep children away from cooking area. (It’s tempting to peek.) • Designate one or two people to man the boil to avoid an overcrowded, dangerous space. There is a lot of information I will not publish here, but I will have it on The Club website at www.clubsofcordilleraranch.com. Other information includes: • How big your crawfish pot should be. • How to spice your crawfish. • How to choose a location for your crawfish boil. • What you need to set up for your crawfish boil. • How to prep for no mess. • Cleaning stations. • Boil away! How to cook your crawfish. • How to know when your crawfish are done. Bon Appetit and Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Shane Reynolds Shane Reynolds is the Director of Recreation at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at outfitter@cordilleraranch.com or 210.616.6051.

T W O C LU B E VE NTS F O R C R AWF I S H LOVE R S! Don’t miss out — contact Shane to sign up! March 30, 2019: Crawfish Boil at the Outfitter Center April 13, 2019: Clays & Crawfish at the Gun Club and Equestrian Center


MEMBER SERVICES

NEW CLUB

Auto Detail Service The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch would like to introduce our NEW Auto Detailing Services... back by popular demand — Elite Mobile Detail, owned and operated by Dillon Grady. Have your vehicle washed and detailed while you enjoy yourself in the comfort of your own home! The Mobile Auto Detailing services offered are exclusively for our Cordillera Ranch members and are customizable to your needs. Reservations are required and recommended 24 to 48 hours in advance for the best possible service.

AUTO DETAILING SERVICES All services are based on vehicle size. (Vehicle examples are representative of those comparable in size.) Service 1: Cars (two-door Coupes, four-door Sedans and Wagons) Service 2: Small SUVs (Durango, Benz M-Class, BMW X3 and X5- 2 rows of seats) Service 3: Medium SUVs/Small Trucks (Expedition, Navigator, Tahoe and Minivan) Service 4: Large SUVs/Large Trucks (Crew Cab 4250, Suburban, Escalade) HAND WASH (Estimated Time 1 to 2 Hours) Service 1: $45 (Normally $50) Service 2: $60 (Normally $65) Service 3: $75 (Normally $80) Service 4: $85 (Normally $90) HAND WASH AND WAX (Estimated Time 2 to 3 Hours) Service 1: $120 (Normally $130) Service 2: $135 (Normally $150) Service 3: $155 (Normally $170) Service 4: $195 (Normally $205) Additional Services Include: Carpet shampooing, stain removal, leather cleaning and conditioning, engine compartment cleaned and dressed, headlight and tail light restoration, scratch removal and finishing polish, clay bar, glass polishing, overspray removal, and chrome and aluminum polishing. Elite Mobile Detail also offers services for Aircrafts, RVs, Boats and Motorcycles. For Additional Service fees, please contact Elite Mobile Detail. To make a reservation for your auto detailing needs, please contact Elite Mobile Detail at 830.431.2088 or contact@elitemobiledetailsa.com.

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POA

THE NEW SPRINGS

Springs has sprung! I know that’s not grammatically correct, but it’s true that we’re

SPORTS PARK

seeing The Springs of Cordillera Ranch come into

By Barry Denton

spring to feature the future of Cordillera Ranch.

The intersection of FM3351 and Rio Cordillera/Cordillera Springs is becoming a major crossroads for activity and development in our community. Near the geographic center of the KWW Ranch, it made sense to locate the recently opened POA Maintenance Facilities and The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch Outfitters Center in this vicinity. Since The Springs IS the future of Cordillera Ranch, having those services central to years of past and future development just made sense. Recreational amenities are also important to this developing area. The new Springs Sports Park is located just inside the entrance to The Springs and consists of a new football/soccer field and baseball/softball field. Via miles of improved trails winding through the community, the Sports Park connects to Panther Springs Park to the east. It’ll be great to see kids from all areas of Cordillera Ranch using these fields, just as it’s been exciting to

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its own. And what better time of year than this

see many of you using the trails for walking and jogging through the natural beauty of this neighborhood. Also nearing completion is the Guard House at the entrance to The Springs. This manned facility will not only serve The Springs, but will serve all of Cordillera Ranch with the monitoring of perimeter gates and additional guard coverage at the community’s second most active entry areas off of FM3351. Come visit our newest neighborhood and the future of Cordillera Ranch! Join us on Saturday, March 30 for a Block Party in The Springs. Experience the new Guard House, Sports Park, walking trails, Panther Creek Park, The Springs Visitors Center, Model and Spec Homes by Stadler Custom Homes and Garner Homes, music, food, drink and scheduled instructional activities for kids… of all ages! Immerse yourself in The Springs for a couple of hours… or a lifetime.


The Cordillera Ranch Property Owners Association Announces

TWO NEW MEMBERS

AMY SLOAN Amy Sloan is a familiar face to many of you already. She’s greeted our Cordillera Ranch family and friends on weekends at the Visitors Center for several years. Amy will take on additional duties during the week at the front desk of the POA office. Amy is married to everyone’s favorite at The Club, Phil Sloan. Amy taught Phil everything he knows, so ready yourself for a great front office experience at the POA office as well.

SARA GARCIA Sara Garcia joined us mid-January and will assist with daily operations as the POA’s Assistant Manager. Sara has an extensive background in Real Estate, Customer Relations Management and Member Services. She and her family reside in the Boerne area. Welcome Sara!

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COMMUNITY

“MORE THAN

A HOUSE”

The New Way to Protect & Customize Your Home

By Paula Novodvorschi, GVTC Communications Coordinator

“More than a house.” That’s what buzzes through most people’s minds when you first start house shopping. Everyone’s experience is different — and equally, so are their needs. But one resounding similarity we all share is the question of “How do I make this feel like home?” Typically, you may think of interior design, custom landscaping or adding touches of familiarity like photos or sweet keepsakes. But what about using automated home security to feel at home? Smart home security — the new way to protect and customize your home — gives you complete control over your household, from when you set your doors to lock at night to the song you program to play when you wake up in the morning. The trick is knowing your options…. Luckily for you, GVTC is the perfect start to making your home smart. We’ve partnered with Honeywell® to bring you connectHome®, the best in smart home security technology. We offer security monitoring, video doorbells, indoor and outdoor cameras, motion detectors and Lyric® controllers that all integrate with our connectHome® App to automate your home. Not sure what this has to do with making your house a home? Let’s discuss. You’ve heard about people turning their houses into smart homes before but maybe never received a full picture of what that means. With Smart connectHome® Security, you can control every aspect of your house from your smartphone — anywhere, anytime! Even set up “scenes” like opening your garage or turning on lights within the App that are triggered when you’re a certain distance from home. Your light bulbs. Your door locks. Your thermostat. Even your coffee maker! You have the power and creative space to personalize your home to fit your family’s needs. And with most industry standard Wi-Fi and Zwave smart products compatible with connectHome®, your choices are limitless.

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Here are our TOP 10 FAVORITES to get your creative juices flowing: 1. SKYBELL® VIDEO DOORBELL – This isn’t just any doorbell. This smart doorbell includes a camera and audio speaker so you can see and speak to anyone that approaches. Maybe you want to be notified when your kids get home from school. Or a pesky salesman wants to get five minutes of your time while you’re eating dinner. Through your connectHome® App, you can handle any situation that greets your door — literally. 2. HONEYWELL® SECURITY CAMERAS – These 1080p HD cameras catch even the details your devious dog at home thinks you won’t see… like getting on the couch the second you leave for work or sneaking into the treat bowl on the kitchen counter. You can connect cameras to your connectHome® App to monitor your home at all times. Expecting a package? Set up notifications to buzz the instant someone approaches your door! It’s one layer of protection you’ll be grateful you invested in. 3. SMART HOME HUBS – Think Amazon Echo® or Google Home®. GVTC’s connectHome® App integrates with


Honeywell® Lyric Controller

almost all smart home hubs to further extend your customization options. We won’t dare tell you which one to choose, but it never hurt anyone to have an assistant… or two around. 4. SMART LOCKS – We’ve all done it. You’re 20 minutes late to work, still need to drop the kids off at school, and haven’t even picked up a coffee to get you through the day… it’s no wonder you forgot to lock the door. That’s where smart locks save the day! You can schedule “scenes” to lock your door(s) automatically from your phone. Have a strict curfew for the entire family? Set all doors to lock at 10:00pm daily. Stop worrying about your safety; that’s our job. 5. SMART THERMOSTAT – It’s no secret Texas has two seasons: Winter and Summer. Neither is all that kind to your electric bill, but luckily for you, smart thermostats like Nest® or Honeywell® can also be automated, so you can regulate your thermostat no matter where you are! Save money and peace of mind. 6. SMART LIGHTBULBS – You may laugh, but the slogan “Clap on! Clap off!” had the right idea. We just think this option is less embarrassing and more efficient. Customize your home lighting’s brightness, color and energy use via smart lightbulbs. Why get out of your perfectly cocooned spot on the couch, when you can turn the lights off with a click of a button? Exactly. 7. SMART VACUUMS – Out with the old. In with the new! And by new we mean sleek, robotic vacuums you never have to push again. Save time doing less chores, so you can spend more time enjoying your home with the family. Smart vacuums run on a set schedule, too, so you never have to worry about Fido’s hair all over. Ever. Again.

8. SMART OUTLETS – Unsure if you left your straightener plugged in, and itching at work to see if your home’s still intact? Install smart outlets for the important rooms like the kitchen or bathroom to automatically cut power when needed from specific sockets. It’s the little things, we promise. 9. SMART SENSORS – You’ve heard the horror stories about coming home to a flooded kitchen. Turn that worry into confidence with GVTC’s flood sensors and get notified if something ever goes wrong. 10. SMART APPLIANCES – We can all appreciate a tight ship, but when you have three kids, work 80-hour weeks, and rely on a dishwasher to keep your kitchen breathable, we recommend going all the way with your smart home automation. From your fridge and coffee maker to your washer and dryer, automate your chores, not your free time! The best part about it all? From your connectHome® starter package, you can add compatible smart devices as they fit your family needs. Everyone’s needs are different, but at the end of the day we all want to feel special and safe in our homes. The sky truly is the limit on how “smart” you can get. And we’re here to test those limits. Optimizing our Smart Home Security package to be robust and affordable, GVTC’s connectHome® starter package includes either one (1) Skybell® doorbell or one (1) Honeywell® camera, one (1) motion detector, three (3) sensors and a connectHome® account that integrates your favorite smart devices to one mobile home-assistant, all for just $34.95/month! Take your family from a house to a home, with GVTC Smart connectHome® Security.

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LIFESTYLE Birding & Wildflower Show features free exhibits at the Burnet public library on Friday and Saturday, with local master naturalists and native plant personnel on hand to answer questions about local flowers and provide maps to the best roadside spots for viewing and picturetaking. Admission to the festival grounds and Friday night concert with Gary P. Nunn is free. Tickets for the Saturday night headliner concert with Shotgun Rider and Mike Ryan Band are available at the gate. Highland Lakes Squadron Commemorative Burnet Chamber of Commerce Air Force Museum, Burnet www.highlandlakessquadron.com :: 512.756.2226 This small but impressive museum is located at Burnet Municipal Kate Craddock Field and filled with authentic WWII artifacts from the United States, Germany and Japan, plus uniforms, weapons, newspapers of the day and more. Dedicated to preserving vintage By Julie Catalano WWII aircraft, the working hangar holds a fascinating array of restored planes including the T-6/SNJ Texan. The museum’s annual air show An easy day trip from Cordillera Ranch, every September brings aviation enthusiasts and history buffs the Highland Lakes region of the Texas Hill Country from all over. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Note: The museum’s Douglas C-47 Skytrain “Bluebonnet Belle” was becomes a blooming hotbed of our state flower every destroyed in a crash in July 2018 with 13 passengers and crew spring. A charming spot year-round, the area boasts aboard; miraculously there were no fatalities. The museum’s website states in part: “... we will move forward and our misfamily-friendly activities like leisurely river cruises, sion remains the same. We will strive to preserve our aviation a thrilling cavern, a first-class resort and six freshwater history by continuing to restore and maintain the old War Birds and tell the story of the Greatest Generation and avialakes. In March and April, the famous blue flowers move tion in general.”

BLUEBONNETS

IN BLOOM

front and center with justifiable pride — in 1981,

the Texas Legislature designated Burnet the official Bluebonnet Capital of Texas®. There’s even a State Wildflower Day on April 24th. Bluebonnet Festival, Burnet, April 12-14, 2019 www.bluebonnetfestival.org :: 512.756.4297 Now in its 36th year, the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet (pop. 6,000) draws upwards of 30,000 visitors to the annual festivities held in the historic town square. With three days of events and more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, a food court, children’s activities, a pet parade, a grand parade, a bluebonnet biergarten, 5K and 10K runs and much more, the festival promises something for everybody. The Highland Lakes

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Longhorn Cavern, Burnet www.visitlonghorncavern.com :: 512.715.9000 Part of the Texas system of state parks, Longhorn Cavern — carved by ancient underground rivers — is located on a chain of limestone hills called Backbone Ridge. The most popular tour is the Cavern Walking Tour, on the hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm, first come-first served (groups of 20 or more can request a group booking). The 90-minute guided tour takes visitors through the Underground Ballroom, Indian Council Room, Hall of Diamonds, Moon Room and more. The Wild Cave Tour is a two-to-threehour primitive wriggling, crawling, caving adventure (you will get dirty and wet!). It’s for booked groups of 4-12 guests, ages 8+ and scheduled on Saturdays at 9:30am — see the website or call for required and recommended caving safety equipment and girth restrictions (shoulders, hips).


points of interest as the boat glides past. The Original Scenic Wilderness Cruise operates from March 1 through November 14 in an 18-mile journey across Lake Buchanan to the mouth of the Colorado River. Sunset Cruises are from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Eagle Cruises are from November 15 to end of February. Note: All cruises are entirely dependent on water levels on Lake Buchanan and the Highland Lakes River Chain — too much or too little rain can result in cruises being canceled or changed to accommodate the existing water level. Keith Vandivier

Canyon of the Eagles, A Calibre Resort, Burnet www.canyonoftheeagles.com :: 512.334.2070 Rustic comfort in a great outdoors setting, the resort is a 940acre nature park on the shores of Lake Buchanan. Cabin-style buildings house 61 comfortable standard-to-deluxe nonsmoking rooms with outstanding views through large windows or from front porch rocking chairs. You just might spot an American Bald Eagle if you’re lucky. Enjoy signature dishes and cocktails at the Eagles Nest Lounge and the Overlook Restaurant. Better yet, get out and about for a hike on more than 14 miles of park trails, attend hands-on programs on reptiles or birding, or enjoy the pool. This pristine spot is also one of the best places in Central Texas for stargazing. Talk to the resort staff about booking a private group trip up the hill to the Eagle Eye Observatory where an on-site expert astronomer conducts an informative “tour” of the night sky. Other amenities include primitive camping and RV park, a fishing pier, arts and crafts, a park store, and meeting and banquet facilities. The property is pet friendly, parking is complimentary and amenities are free for resort guests. For the public, a $7 per person day pass provides access to the resort’s amenities (except the swimming pool).

Julie Catalano

Vanishing Texas River Cruise, Burnet www.vtrc.com :: 512.756.6986 Reserve your spot aboard a double-decker Texas Eagle II for a variety of popular cruises. These serene cruises offer excellent opportunities to view regional and migrating birds, including the wintering Bald Eagles, as well as views of native Texas wildlife, cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs. Friendly, knowledgeable tour guides discuss history, geology and natural and manmade

Inks Lake State Park, Burnet www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks-inks-lake :: 512.793.2223

Earl Nottingham, © TPWD

Just six miles north of Longhorn Cavern State Park on historic Park Road 4 is Inks Lake — a 1,200-acre gem of a state park with pink rock “islands,” ample wildlife and camping from primitive to cabins, along with boat rentals, kayaking, canoeing, a nine-hole golf course, wildlife viewing stations, a park store and more. “There are plenty of things to see and do, including nine miles of hiking trails featuring a visit to the popular Devil’s Sinkhole swimming area,” says Cory Evans, superintendent. “That’s a beautiful hike.” The park is open daily with seasonal hours and a $6 day-use pass for ages 13 and up; free admission for ages 12 and under. Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Marble Falls www.fws.gov/refuge/balcones_canyonlands :: 512.339.9432 More than eight miles of hiking trails (from easy to strenuous) with scenic overlooks and photo blinds await the nature lover at this 72-square-mile national wildlife refuge founded in 1992. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise with spoonbills, red-tailed hawks, sandpipers, cranes and more. Even the endangered goldencheeked warbler songbirds know a good thing when they see it; the oak-juniper woodlands of Central Texas are their exclusive nesting grounds upon arrival from Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala and until they head south at the end of July. A true wildlife refuge, there is no camping or fishing, no pets, no firearms and no collecting or disturbing of plants, animals, fossils or artifacts. Admission is free and the refuge is open Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, year-round except federal holidays. For more information, visit www.burnetcountytexas.

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HOME TOUR

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STADLER CUSTOM HOMES


COLLABORATION IS KEY

By Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen :: Photography by Joy Bottjer

When Rod and Donna Gibbs contemplated their retirement, it meant leaving the San Francisco Bay Area. After considering the West Coast, Seattle and Austin, they found the winning location in Cordillera Ranch and the winning builder in Stadler Custom Homes.

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The community, ensconced in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, met all of the couple’s requirements for relocating and building their dream home. “My top priority was acreage to build a woodworking shop,” says Rod. For Donna it was a trifecta. “There was proximity to the city for doses of civilization, good schools and no snow.” In finding a custom home builder they did their research, met with several and ultimately made their choice. Established 24 years ago by Ray Stadler, Stadler Custom Homes — a leading

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custom home builder in San Antonio and the Hill Country — is known for their superior quality, workmanship and attention to detail. “We were most impressed with Ray Stadler. He had a great reputation, ideas, experience and a vision that complemented ours,” says Donna. The couple found the ideal nearly seven-acre, wedge-shaped lot at the end of a cul-de-sac. “This affords plenty of privacy from our neighbors on both sides,” says Donna. Heavily treed with oaks and persimmons, Donna adds, “There is a perfect


balance of trees and openness.” The natural downward slope provides seclusion and an elevated long view of the backyard with its open meadow and dry creek bed, a favorite grazing area for herds of deer. The Gibbs cite Stadler’s expertise in developing an advantageous plan to use the slope for privacy, water runoff, dimensionality, view and as a guide point for a tiered outdoor entertaining area that includes a deck around an infinity edge pool and courtyard. The Gibbs came with a wish list of ideas they hadn’t had but

desired in former homes including more space in their garages, laundry room, master bath, closets and storage rooms, but also technical features like insulation and soundproofing. They also gave thoughtful consideration to the future, “We incorporated features in anticipation of our increasing ages. A single level was a given. We included wide halls and doorways with an open floor plan especially in the important rooms like the kitchen and family room. Most bathrooms and some showers are large enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Also, some small but

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sometimes overlooked aids like higher counters in kitchen and bathrooms to prevent backaches from bending over and comfort toilets, too.” Very experienced with a variety of home styles, Stadler Custom Homes encompass traditional, contemporary, eclectic, French country, transitional, Mediterranean, and farmhouse designs. “We toured several of Stadler’s completed homes and we were impressed by the high quality and upgraded finishes,” says Rod. “We gravitated to the Mediterranean style because of the finishes and openness. We liked the relaxed, simple, romantic and rustic feel. We also focused on a central courtyard to bring the outdoors inside with views of bright floral colors, our pool and sunlight,” says Donna. Wrapped in richly hued, locally sourced natural stone and hand-troweled stucco, the beautiful luxury home includes four bedrooms and six bathrooms. Other amenities serve the family well, “With kids still at home, the game room and screened outdoor patio get lots of use. We love to entertain so we use our kitchen, dining room, butler’s pantry and outdoor patio much more as our kids get older. We both have offices for a little bit of our own space and privacy,” says Donna. Rod’s coveted woodworking shop is separate with its own kitchen and bathroom. Rod’s love of cooking influenced the kitchen design and appliances. “We wanted to emulate a ‘caterer’s kitchen’ with side-by-side ‘armoire’ paneled SubZero® refrigerators and freezer drawers and a Scotsman® ice maker. There’s a Wolf® range with six burners and a grill cooktop, two ovens and a supplemental Wolf wall oven, and microwave unit and warming drawer. A pair of KitchenAid® dishwashers and a Kohler® pot water filler round out the meal preparation space,” he says. Cabinets made by Michael Edwards Custom Cabinetry are custom stained with a clear coating. A circular kitchen nook showcases a 12-facet ceiling and matching tile floor and affords a view of the backyard and pool. Woodworker Rod used his talents to create the wainscoting in the dining room. The family room opens to the kitchen and

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features a natural rock fireplace, stained bookcases and a barrel ceiling. A rock wall with stained glass cabinets highlight the bar area of the game room. The Gibbs had assistance with finishes, materials and furnishings. “We needed guidance and resources for our first custom home. I was especially intimidated by all the overwhelming construction selections, so we worked with a wonderful designer, Class, Covers & Color, Inc., referred by Stadler. Our steady working relationship with both of them in building and designing homes made the process easier,” says Donna. The house has been all that they hoped for says Donna. “It was certainly meant to be our dream home. It kept growing to fit in all of our dream amenities, so we ended up upsizing. We still have kids at home for at least another five years so having additional space is not a bad thing! We will re-evaluate downsizing once we’re empty nesters.” In the end, both parties describe the process as collaborative and enjoyable. “Ray was very involved in meeting with us on each visit before and during the building processes. He shared his thoughts and vision with obvious care about meeting our needs and managing costs. He attended all of our architectural design meetings to help that process as well. He often proved to be a great problem solver to make an idea a reality,” says Rod. Donna concurs, “He was able to talk to me in layman terms to make me feel part of the process, and was well versed in the industry. He was always friendly and a pleasure to interact with on site and in meetings.” Delighted by the Gibb’s experience and kind words, Ray says, “We tailor our communication approach to each client’s needs, with face-to-face interaction and collaborative technology. Our process meticulously evaluates each home from start to finish with extensive checkpoints throughout all stages of construction. We take great pride in the quality of our homes and the happiness of our customers. Details truly make the difference.” STADLER CUSTOM HOMES

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DEVELOPER’S CORNER

Cordillera Ranch 2018 MARKET RECAP

By Charlie Hill

For the fourth straight year, Cordillera Ranch real estate sales transactions (including all lot sales, home sales and new home starts) exceeded $100MM. Driven by a 25% increase in lot sales in 2018 versus prior year, the $106MM in real estate activity equaled the most in Cordillera Ranch over the past 10 years. Through three quarters, 2018 was on pace to be an all-time record but two straight months of rain as well as declining oil prices in the fourth quarter slowed the sales pace towards the end of the year. Fortunately, some of the pent-up demand from late 2018 led to a very strong start to 2019 with a record January of sales activity to kick off the New Year. Combined lot and home sales totaled 124 in 2018, up slightly from 110 in 2017. There were 43 home sales in 2018, compared to 45 the year before. Tighter home inventory in Cordillera Ranch in the past couple of years has somewhat constrained

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home sales; however, the 43 home sales this past year were still well above the historical average over the past ten years. HOME SALES TRENDS Average home sales price in 2018 was $1.1MM, up 10% from prior year (average home sales price only includes resale/spec homes, not new custom starts). The following chart illustrates the number of homes sold yearly since 2005 (blue line) and average home prices yearly (bar). Average home sales price in Cordillera Ranch during any par-


ticular year can be a little misleading due to the wide variation in property prices based on some key pricing factors. For example, golf course frontage, river frontage and premium view properties carry significant premiums over their counterparts and thus in years where we have a higher proportion of sales of homes with those attributes, the average price will be pushed higher, whereas when non-view/non-golf, Ranch community homes are a much higher proportion, the average home price may skew down slightly. In 2018, 74% of home sales were in the Ranch community versus other areas, down from 80% and 84% in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The following chart helps illustrate the wide variation between the Ranch community average home price sales over the past three years versus the rest of the neighborhoods in Cordillera Ranch.

Three other major factors in prices of resale homes in Cordillera Ranch are: 1) whether the home was built by a Preferred Builder, 2) when it was built and 3) whether it has a Master Full Golf Membership to The Club. Homes originally built by our Preferred Builders re-sold in 2018 for 30% more than those not built by Preferred Builders. Year-after-year, Preferred Builder homes sustain the best resale value versus their competitors. Also, The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch were opened in 2006 and homes built after that period resold for a 37% premium in 2018 compared to homes built prior to The Club opening. Finally, as illustrated below, the value of a Master Golf Membership is becoming an increasingly impor-

tant factor in the marketability of properties, as evidenced by the 42% price premium for homes sold in the past two years with a Master Golf Membership versus those without. As more buyers recognize the long-term importance of having a golf membership that won’t be recalled, the value of one with a property purchase becomes more impactful. The only way to acquire a Master Full Golf Membership is to purchase one with a home or lot that has one (such as a developer lot). Cordillera Ranch Realty continues to be the leader in real estate sales in Cordillera Ranch, with 155 lot and home sales over the past three years: more than double the sales in the community by any other broker. With unmatched market knowledge, access to the largest list of prospective Cordillera Ranch buyers, and the most sophisticated real estate professionals located in the community and ready on short notice to open and show a home, Cordillera Ranch Realty listings have sold for an average of 30% higher per square foot than listings by other real estate agents over the past five years. Furthermore, with the addition of the new Visitor Center showcasing a modern setting complete with high-tech touches, Cordillera Ranch Realty is set for the future to continue to be the leader in sales. LOT SALES (including developer and resale lots) Lot sales in the community continued to increase in 2018 with a total of 81 lots sold in the community (up 25% from 2017) at an average price of $261k per lot (9% increase). As with home sales average price, the average price per lot can be somewhat misleading because lot prices vary widely in various areas of the community. The following chart shows average lot prices by area along with the number of lots sold in each area (all lot sales figures in this report include both resale and developer lot sales).

INVENTORY Due to the continued strong lot and home sales activity, inventory in the community has dropped significantly in the past few years. The majority of the home demand in recent years is in the $750k to $1.5MM price points and, as the following chart shows, inventory remains tight with only five homes in each of the three price bands in that segment, representing a six-month supply of homes (which at these upper-end price points is considered balanced or even tight supply). Note: inventory is based on 1/31/19 MLS data.

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activity for 2019. Approximately onethird of the homes under construction are in Clubs Village, and Garner Custom Homes leads the way with Preferred Builders handling approximately twothirds of all home construction.

Furthermore, an analysis of the comp inventory in the area reflects that the month’s supply of homes by price point in Cordillera Ranch is below the comp market at every tier. A few highlights regarding current inventory levels: • Historically, available home inventory has ranged from 40-60 homes on MLS at any given time; home inventory on MLS is down to 30 homes as of 1/31/19; • The median home price per square foot on MLS is $291/sf, up from $254/sf 12 months ago; • Four years ago, there were 25 homes on MLS below $250/sf; today only 9 homes are below $250/sf; • Overall average on MLS: $325/sf, which is driving more buyers to see the value in buying a lot and building a custom home; • Only 1 home available under $750k; • Lot inventory reflects 63 lots on MLS with a median of $250k and average list of $305k; ranging from $135k to $1.5MM NEW HOME STARTS There were 25 new home starts in 2018 and there are currently 40 homes under construction, of which 39 are sold. Additionally, there are another 43 homes in architectural review committee, indicating continued strong home construction

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NEW DEVELOPMENT With all of the lot sales and new home construction activity in the past few years, we are in the process of developing several new expansions to Cordillera Ranch. Current home site development includes: the construction of the 21-lot addition along hole number 12 of the golf course (Unit 207F) — representing the final release of Golf Frontage estate lots on the Nicklaus Signature Course and the 15 large estate view lots at Cordillera Ridge near the Highway 46 entry. Both units are scheduled to be paved this spring and lot sales are currently under way. In late 2018, we moved into the new Vista Offices on Cordillera Trace near the Highway 46 entrance. These upgraded offices provide ample meeting spaces for several operations include Cordillera Ranch sales and development, DH Investment Company, Cordillera Ranch Property Owners Association management and Pasadera Builders. Additionally, Jim Terrian of J. Terrian Designs and Mac Northington have offices in the new facility. With strong sales activity in the Springs this year, we’re in planning on the next phase of lots in this 2,000-acre section of Cordillera Ranch. Lots in the current phase generally range from just under an acre to four acres and provide central water and sewer service. Also, the Springs Sports Park is now completed and open for use by all Cordillera Ranch property owners (not just Springs property owners). We’ll be hosting a “Springs” Fling on March 30th at the new Sports Park with games, sports clinics, food and beverage and other fun activities, so stay tuned for emails with more details and RSVP info. It will be a great way to come see how nice these new sports fields are. Lastly, as you may have noticed the Lodges at Cordillera Ranch are under construction and the first Lodge (6-unit) is scheduled to be complete in June 2019 with the second Lodge (4-unit) slated for completion in 4Q19. These will offer a great way to host your friends and family in the community — without the hassle of preparing and cleaning up your home! Or if you’ve not yet completed your home in the Ranch but want to enjoy the amenities, they’ll be a great place to spend a long weekend, within walking distance from the clubhouse. If there are any real estate needs that CR Realty can help you with, please feel free to give us a call at 830.336.3570 or stop by the new Vista Offices and speak with one of our Cordillera Ranch representatives. If you’re interested in a more detailed market report that was presented to Club members and residents, you may go to this webpage: www.cordilleraranch.com/market-report/.


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38 VAQUERO PASS $859,000

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4,003 Square Feet

MLS# 1307387

A family home placed within majestic Live Oaks on a level, one-acre lot, this Hill Country transitional design is complete and ready for immediate move-in! Exterior materials include a metal roof, metal siding accents and native stone with brick accents. Clean architectural lines follow to the interior, where simplicity is intentional and appreciated. This home has four bedrooms, including a downstairs master, guest suites and game room. Upstairs features two full bedrooms and a bonus room that can be adapted as a playroom or media room. Additional areas include a dining room, spacious study, laundry room, upstairs study alcove, covered outdoor living space and side-loaded, three car garage. • • • • • •

4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 car garage 2 bonus living areas Transitional finishes Covered outdoor living 1.02 acre tree covered lot Upscale appliance package

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Stone, stucco and metal exterior elements Large windows for natural light Generous landscaping Master Full Golf Membership Available

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46 LEDGESTONE $1,330,000

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3,702 Square Feet

MLS# 1318480

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

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

116 SENDERO RIDGE $2,745,000

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5,881 Square Feet

MLS# 1349027

A stunning Hill Country Contemporary home by award-winning Todd Glowka Builder rests on a private 13.38-acre estate in the exclusive large-acreage enclave of Sendero Ridge. Single-story living with clean, contemporary lines is highlighted by soaring ceilings, massive wood beams and Texas Hill Country finishes, and the well-appointed open kitchen/dining/living combo features reclaimed timbers and overlooks the exquisitely designed outdoor living area and custom pool. The luxurious master suite includes a fireplace, plenty of natural light and floating cabinets. A home office/study is located just adjacent to the master suite and features oversized barn doors for additional privacy. The media/game room includes a full bar and adjacent, climate-controlled, all-glass wine room…all with entertaining in mind. • 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 3 car garage • 8,800 square feet of covered living space • On property gate and perimeter fenced • Master Full Golf Membership Available • Covered outdoor kitchen • Three linear-styled fireplaces

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206 RIVERWOOD $1,299,000

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4,914 Square Feet

MLS# 1330184

Quality abounds in this warm and sophisticated home located on a cul-de-sac with close proximity to Cordillera Ranch private parks and the Guadalupe River. The interior boasts custom millwork, reclaimed wood beams, interior stone elements and walls of glass maximizing natural light from covered patios. Other features include a dramatic fireplace, multiple living areas, a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, premium appliances and an adjoining spacious dining area. Two Master Suites feature spa-like baths. The 3.1 acres draws you to the outside to enjoy the pool, spa and park-like grounds. Covered patios provide the perfect space for entertaining and outdoor family living. • • • • •

4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 car garage Open concept with dramatic fireplace, beamed ceilings and multiple sitting areas Gourmet kitchen with premium appliances • Walls of glass bring the outdoors in Pool spa and park-like grounds • Great cul-de-sac location Master Full Golf Membership Available

535 CORDILLERA TRACE $999,000

4,467 Square Feet

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MLS# 136156

Views and value are yours with this Mediterranean home placed on five-acres with views of the Twin Sisters and close proximity to the clubhouse, amenities and main entrance. This four-bedroom, fourbath, single level estate is conducive to indoor/outdoor entertaining with a generous island kitchen, spacious rooms, high ceilings and a family room with wet bar and fireplace. The master suite has a bonus room perfect for an office, reading room, exercise or nursery. The separate home office has its own entry to the patio. The outdoor living area boasts a massive patio overlooking the pool, a waterfall and views across the Guadalupe River Valley. An additional building is suited well for a potential workshop, pool cabana or guest house. • Private setting with mature Live Oaks • Spacious, oversized rooms • Neutral color palette • Great windows and abundant natural light • Cantera stone mantle and fireplace surround • Custom cabinetry, built-ins and wood work • Plantation shutters in most rooms • Veranda across back of home provides expansive outdoor living

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LOT 13 OAKLAND HILLS Contact for Pricing

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4,837 Square Feet

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

1838 CLUBS DRIVE $1,275,000

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4,267 Square Feet

MLS# 1346016

A perfect blend of Spanish and Texas Hill Country styles in the desired Clubs Village, this 1.13acre estate features four bedrooms, including a spacious master suite with a luxurious bath and oversized walk-in closet. Each of the three additional bedrooms has its own en-suite bath. Gathering areas feature soaring ceilings in the great room with a gorgeous stone fireplace; wine room with built-in refrigerator; separate dining room; large game room with attached home theater; gourmet island kitchen with Viking stainless steel appliances, including gas cooking. The inviting outdoor living space includes a fireplace, outdoor kitchen, beautiful Live Oaks and privacy. Additional areas include a sizeable home office, breakfast area, pantry and utility. • • • • • •

Newer construction – one owner Convenient to Joe Klar Gate Private Golf Cart allowed Convenient to Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course Each bedroom has en-suite bath Home sited near back of lot for additional privacy

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522 CLUBS DRIVE $1,125,000

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3,788 Square Feet

MLS# 1335405

This Texas Tuscan classic in coveted Clubs Village provides great access and convenience to The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch clubhouse and amenities via golf cart. Single story, open floor plan living with large rooms and neutral colors provides for immediate move-in. The bonus room is great for exercise, play, music, media or game room. Live Oaks pepper the property and, along with mature landscaping, provide total privacy from Clubs Drive and neighboring homes. • 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2 car garage • Spacious family room accented by stone fireplace • Private, generous covered outdoor living • Masterfully equipped kitchen with pro appliance package • Serene master suite with luxurious bath • Secondary bedrooms with private, en suite baths • Master Full Golf Membership Available

25 AUGUSTA $2,295,000

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7,300 Square Feet

Model shown by appt.

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

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Cordillera Ranch Realty Homes for Sale 1 - 38 Vaquero Pass 2 - 46 Ledgestone Trail 3 - 116 Sendero Ridge 4 - 206 Riverwood 5 - 535 Cordillera Trace 6 - Lot 13, Oakland Hills 7 - 1838 Clubs Drive 8 - 522 Clubs Drive 9 - 25 Augusta


1499 S. Main Street

830.331.1391


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808 Hwy 46 East Boerne, Texas 78006

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