Texas Golfer | RSS Feed Thu, 14 May 2015 21:10:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.11 Texas’ Largest Golf Star Bluejack National Showcased During Lavish Media Preview /texas-largest-golf-star-bluejack-national-showcased-during-lavish-media-preview/ /texas-largest-golf-star-bluejack-national-showcased-during-lavish-media-preview/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 20:56:39 +0000 /?p=261 MONTGOMERY, Texas — Bluejack National, the world-class private club and community, achieved another important milestone toward its late fall 2015 opening as it was showcased during a lavish media preview to rave reviews during Shell Houston Open week.

The exclusive event, which included Bluejack executives and Tiger Woods Design team members, along with club members and course executives, showcased the progress of Woods’ first U.S. design which will be opened later this fall.

“This is a big milestone for us, because we are getting to share the concept and the dream of Bluejack National with a new group of influential media and decision makers. We are glad we were able have so many people out here,” said Casey Paulson, President of Bluejack National.

Among those speaking at the event was Houston’s Mark O’Meara, Bluejack National Ambassador and World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee and Bryon Bell, President – Tiger Woods Design.

Michael Abbott, President of Beacon Land Development, kicked off the evening which including a dinner and course tours, by saying it was another special night in what promises to be one of Texas’ most special family private courses.

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.53.12 PMScreen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.53.18 PM“For us, Bluejack National is real and living and it’s exciting to be sharing this great dream with so many people.”

Also present was Eric Bauer, Director of Agronomy – Bluejack National, Brandon Goodyk, Director of Development – Bluejack National and Andy Mitchell, President & CEO – Lantern Asset Management.

The evening also served as the introduction of newly hired head golf professional Rich Barcelo, a former PGA Tour player and teacher, who will oversee the golf operations for the par 72 course which will play 7,475 yards from the back tees.

I first saw this course in 2010 and I never knew a course in Houston could have this many elevation changes or interesting topography,” said Bell. “It’s come together really fast over the last several months and it’s really encouraging to see it this far along.

“Tiger feeds off the old style courses and this is a great site for that. This is something he’s wanted to do for a long time.”

O’Meara, who now plays on the Champions Tour and recently made the cut in the Masters Tournament as the 1998 defending champion, will carry a Bluejack logo on his golf bag and also represent the course in Texas and nationwide.

“The first time I came out here, I couldn’t believe the beauty of this site and it’s a thrill to see where it’s come to,” he said.

The large number of TV crews, local, Texas, national and international press, did a series of group and one-on-one interviews along with getting into course vans for an up-close tour of the project.

For more information, further media tours and information about Bluejack National, go to www.bluejack.com or e-mail jgovernale@bluejacknational.com or call 281-745-2163.


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Long Cove opts for unique golf option /long-cove-opts-for-unique-golf-option/ /long-cove-opts-for-unique-golf-option/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:28:17 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=89 By James McAfee

Long Cove developers believe they have come up with a solution to the problem many golfers have of not having the time to enjoy the game because of work and/or taking care of a family.

It’s the 17-acre Proving Grounds, an innovative blend between a quality practice facility and a family-friendly short par-3 course designed by Architect Tripp Davis that is part of a second home residential community built on six miles of pristine shoreline on Cedar Creek Lake on land that once was used for coal mining.

Dan McNamara, developer of Long Cove, indicated that the design drew inspiration from professional practice facilities where players can re-create every shot that they might encounter. “We wanted a low pressure environment where a father could actually enjoy teaching a daughter to play or a whole family could enjoy the game on a summer evening in bare feet with a cocktail.” he added.

The plan is to operate it as a practice facility, with a 40-yard wide, 340-yard long range and a full complement of greens, bunkers and water conditions, allowing players to work on all phases of the game in the morning. With nine greens on the outside edges, it then can be converted into to a walking-only short course, played either clockwise or counter clockwise in a 9-hole sequence with holes averaging 125 yards, for the afternoon and evening. The small greens that fall off on the front and back put the emphasis on accuracy. Instead of traditional tee boxes, players play from designated fairway areas. With limited play for owners and guests only, golfers can make up their own par 4s or even par 5s, too, when no one else is out playing.

“The goal in designing this course was to provide a kid-centric environment, but also something that is challenging for an experienced golfer if played the right way,” Davis said. “Angles have been set up to play very easily or very difficult, all depending upon the way the ball is played.”

McNamara at first envisioned a 18-hole course and residential community on the lines of The Vaquero Club back in 2006 and three holes of a Davis design along with the range was finished in 2007. Looking at the economical feasibility and talking with potential customers changed that plan.

Kelsey indicated the guys would get excited at first hearing about the possible 18-hole course, but the wives quickly expressed concerns, saying things like ‘if that happens, you’d be out playing with the guys and I would be at home with the kids.” So McNamara decided to retrofit what had already been done and had Davis back to come up with a different option.

“We are confident we made the right decision,” Kelsey added, especially after hearing words of encouragement from touring professional Hunter Mahan when he visited.

Long Cove offers special home sites for waterside cottages, lake front homes and family compounds. Besides the golf, other amenities include a boat valet and concierge, a swim club, a fishing and canoeing pond, hiking and biking trails, fire pits, tennis courts, a fitness center and an amphitheater. There’s no restaurant, but outdoor cooking areas are set up by caters on the weekends. www.long-cove.com

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