(May 7, 2007) BOERNE, TEXAS – Members of The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch witnessed a legendary round of golf today, as the Golden Bear played 18 holes to inaugurate the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Cordillera Ranch, an 8,700-acre master planned residential community located in the Texas Hill Country, welcomed more than 500 members and select guests for this grand opening event. Nicklaus warmed up and played the course from the “Bear” tees while discussing the inspiration behind his Signature design and the strategy of the layout.
“The course’s design came naturally from the lay of the land and the elements that were present on this site when we first tackled this project. The property’s rolling hills and canyon walls produced a great mix of holes that make the course challenging for all levels of golfers,” Nicklaus said. “This is simply a beautiful piece of property that we were fortunate to come across and evolve into a spectacular course.”
The 7,464-yard, par-72 course, which is the centerpiece of the Cordillera Ranch development, takes full advantage of dramatic elevation changes that occur throughout the property. Golfers experience 25-mile views of the Guadalupe River Valley as they play along Zoysia fairways and immaculate Bentgrass greens.
Several holes play across and through the middle of 40-foot canyon walls, while six holes offer the strategy and beauty of water cascading along the fairways. Construction of the course concluded last summer, and the course opened for limited play to members in June 2006.
In addition to the remarks from Jack Nicklaus, today’s press conference featured David Hill, president of Cordillera Ranch Development Corporation, who discussed the decision to choose Nicklaus as the course designer and the vision behind Cordillera Ranch.
“From the very beginning, we made a conscious decision to make this a truly unique course by preserving the native surroundings,” Hill said. “Mr. Nicklaus was able to design a course using the property’s natural attributes, which allowed us to maintain the integrity of the land. By using the Hill Country’s natural elements, we were able to create a wonderful course that is not only great to look at but enjoyable and challenging to play. If you ask me, this course is simply unparalleled.”
There is arguably no name more synonymous with greatness in the sport of golf than Nicklaus. His competitive career spanned five decades, which included more than 100 professional tournament victories worldwide and a record 18 professional championship titles. But Nicklaus’ legacy as the Golfer of the Century is being rivaled by his reputation as one of the world’s most sought-after course designers. His design firm Nicklaus Design, the privately owned company of the Nicklaus family, is considered the world leader in golf course design firm, with 313 courses open for play in 30 countries and 38 states. Of those, Jack Nicklaus has been involved in the design of 256 courses worldwide. At least 52 Nicklaus Design courses have been ranked in various national or international Top-100 lists, and through 2006, at least 80 Nicklaus courses hosted a combined total of more than 500 professional tournaments worldwide or significant national amateur championships. Nicklaus Design currently has courses under construction or under development in 37 different countries. For three years in a row, the Golden Bear has been named by one publication as the “Most Powerful Person in Golf” for his global impact on the game, primarily through his design business.
The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is part of The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, a unique combination of seven resort-style clubs in one location, including: The Social Club, The Tennis and Swim Club, The Equestrian Club, The Rod and Gun Club, The Spa and Athletic Club, The River Club and The Golf Club. The diverse set of clubs allows members to enjoy everything from tennis and a state-of-the-art spa and athletic center to fishing, kayaking and horseback riding, all just minutes from their front door.
Cordillera Ranch is an 8,700-acre master-planned residential community located north of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. Cordillera Ranch offers its residents on-site recreational opportunities and boasts 1 to 10+-acre estates, including valley view, golf course, Guadalupe River frontage and hilltop homesites. Golf course homesites are nestled among acreage estates and set far back from the course, hidden by rolling hills, live oaks and native grasses, thus preserving the integrity and natural beauty of the course. Cordillera Ranch is being developed by Cordillera Ranch Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the Texas-based DH Investment Company.