Texas Golfer | RSS Feed Thu, 14 May 2015 21:10:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.11 Big Changes at the A&M Traditions Club /big-changes-at-the-am-traditions-club/ /big-changes-at-the-am-traditions-club/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:51:46 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=215 By RJ Smiley

On October 11, 2014 the largest crowd ever to watch a football game in Texas, watched the Aggies battle Old Miss. That day, 110,633 rabid Aggie fans set an attendance record for the SEC- widely touted as the best college football conference in America. Anyone who has been to Aggieland can speak to the impact these record-breaking events and other booming achievements have had on the Bryan-College Station community. By leveraging and fueling the university’s permeating culture, Traditions Club seeks to provide a Texas golf club and resort experience as big as any other Aggie experience.

Adjacent to the new Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, the Traditions Club development features Texas-size views of Kyle Field and the A&M Campus skyline. As Traditions Club General Manager, Bill Horton explained, “Our goal was to revolutionize Texas Golf. So we started with Jack.” Jack Nicklaus that is, of course. In 2012 Traditions Club, owned and operated by Aggies, officially became the exclusive corporate partner of The (A&M) Association of Former Students. Working hand in hand, Traditions Club sponsor Game Day events, reunions and other activities while The Association provides a platform for the Aggie Network to learn about exciting new developments within the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course and community.

Newly constructed Game Day Cottages and Casitas, overlooking the golf course, supply a welcome alternative to hotels for overnight guests and short-term visitors to the area. The newly opened Club House has dining and recreational options for Club Members and guests who stay at the lodging facilities.

Ten years ago, the Nicklaus Design team of Jack and Jack(ie) Nicklaus II created a wonderful golf course as the centerpiece of a residential community in the heart of Aggieland. The private golf club and upscale community, contained within the 900 acres, provides a nearby escape from fast pace of campus life and the madness that Saturdays bring. The 7,146-yard track with a slope of over 150 has matured and is continually being improved. The course is it beautifully blended into the old, mature hardwood trees that shade meandering Turkey Creek. The fairways were created with extra width, to cater to players of all abilities, but every beautifully schemed bunker on the course has Jack’s fingerprint etched into the white sand. He demands that players properly play each hole. The course, one of only five Nicklaus designs in Texas, has received rave reviews and is considered one of the finest courses in Texas. The TGA 4-ball Championship will be played on this deserving venue in 2015.

From national recognition to local appeal, Tradition’s Club seems to have found the formula for marrying recreation and luxury with the strong Aggie culture.

A variety of real estate ownership options is available within Traditions Club. From the two bedroom Casitas to Large Lot Estate Homes the Club has something for every Aggie’s taste. The Aggies have spoken; they love the Game Day Cottages. “The popularity and red-hot sales of Game Day Cottages – Phase One made it an easy decision to unveil Phase Two,” says Lisa Boren, Real Estate Sales Manager/Realtor at Traditions Real Estate. “Game Day Cottages make for outstanding second homes or weekend retreats for members.”

Cottage owners have the option to join the Cottage Rental Program, similar to ski or seaside condos, that is managed by Traditions Club. Participating owners maintain priority so their Cottage will be available for big games and other special occasions. When not occupied by the owner, the suites are available to visitors, guests and other Traditions Club Members. All Cottage owners are automatically members of the Traditions Club and guests who rent Cottages or Casitas receive full use of Traditions Club amenities.

Team members of the Aggie men’s and women’s golf teams have the unique opportunity to improve their game on the James and Sarina Goodman Family Aggie Golf Complex. The 25- acre facility is a state of the art practice facility that is recognized as one of, if not the finest in the country. The facility includes locker rooms for the golf teams, coach’s offices, a players’ lounge, and individual study stations with computers. The teams have access to a double-sided driving range, three practice greens (two Bermuda and one Bent Grass), four covered hitting bays, and two indoor bays with state of the art computerized swing analysis equipment. With a wonderful Nicklaus golf course and a practice facility like the Goodman Complex as recruiting tools, the golf teams have a bright future.

Opened in 2011, the Club House is a social center for all occasions and ages. You don’t have to be an A&M Alum to belong at Traditions Club but you will be compelled to endure a treasure of Aggie history found in every corner. From weddings with remarkable receptions to casual dining by the pool, the Club House has it all. With three pools and a complete fitness center, the Club House will give non-golfers a great workout. The wine room has one of the finest wine selections found anywhere in Texas and the fine dining has something for every palate. The Club House, fitness center and swimming center are available for use of members and lodging guests as well.

Traditions Club Golf Course is available to members and guests Tuesday thru Sunday – Monday is Tournament Day. “The overwhelming response from former students has been unbelievable,” exclaimed Bill Slade, new Director of Golf. “As I look at the schedule, it seems that every Aggie wants to schedule his tournament at our great course. The Traditions staff prides itself in providing exactly what each discerning tournament coordinator desires. The list of extras seems endless, but Aggie sportswear with individual tournament logos is a favorite. They wear those shirts and sweaters with pride. The thing I have noticed in my first week on the job – Traditions bClub does everything for its members.”

As Traditions Club and A&M rocket into the future, the sky is the limit.

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Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa – Old West meets luxury. /lajitas-golf-resort-and-sap/ /lajitas-golf-resort-and-sap/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:48:27 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=213 By RJ Smiley

Lajitas Golf Resort is wedged between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park, overlooking the Rio Grande River. For centuries Native American and early Mexican peoples crossed the Rio Grande at Lajitas where the river bottom is firm and smooth, carved through solid rock. In the early 1900s, Pancho Villa used the crossing at Lajitas to raid the settlers and miners moving into Texas. To protect the citizens in 1916, the U.S. government sent “Black Jack” Pershing, US Army General and 10,000 soldiers to Texas. Pershing’s soldiers used the crossing and chased Pancho Villa 350 miles into Mexico.

The elusive Villa was never captured. Black Jack’s Crossing Golf Course, named after Pershing, is the nucleus of the massive 27,000-acre resort. The golf course designed by Lanny Wadkins opened to rave reviews. In 2011 The Dallas Morning News named Black Jack’s Crossing the “#1 Course You Can Play In Texas” while Golfweek Magazine called it the “Best New Course in Texas. Photographs cannot reproduce the raw beauty of this series of 18 individual oasis carved into the Spartan high desert wilderness; each oasis is connected to the next – only by a cart path. Stretching to over 7,400 yards at the tips, The Crossing gives any golfer a sensational golf experience. The problem many golfers have–somewhere during the round a golf club is replaced by a camera–but again–photos don’t tell whole the story.

In reality Lajitas is a very small city (less than 100) with an historic “Old West” flavor. The Trading Post, built in 1899 serves as the pro shop for Black Jack’s Crossing and doubles as the Longhorn Cattle Museum. The river crossing city has always been a rowdy fun loving place where most conversations began with a beer. Therefore it seems only logical that the border town would have a beer drinker for its mayor. Lajitas has had a beer drinking goat for its mayor since 1986. Clay Henry and his dependents (current mayor, Clay More Henry) have entertained visitors and drank beer with them for years. The lodging options are endless at Lajitas, there are 101 lodging units, each uniquely designed and furnished with its own “Wild West” flavor. For those who want to bring their home with them, the RV park offers everything. The resort has a sparkling pool for sun bathing or cooling off after any of the resort’s outdoor experiences.

There are four dining options, but nothing close to formal. New General Manager John Price returns to his West Texas roots–head professional at Lost Creek Country Club in Austin from 1981 – 1987–with a few new ideas for Lajitas. The spring of 2015 will mark the opening of the longest zip line in the US. Thrilled riders will fly down the sun drenched mountains for almost 1,000 feet while white water rafters will experience the same adrenaline rush on a rafting adventure. Lajitas took the first step to becoming a Premier Live Music Destination in October, hosting the first Teringua Festival. Price, seeking more utilization of the newly resurfaced runway, has contracted with charter air services from Dallas or Houston to shuttle groups of 20 or more golfers to Lajitas. “Every package is custom made! Golfers can play golf all day long; they can play until their hands bleed,” laughed Price. Service began in November. As Architectural Digest claims, Lajitas “has been transformed into a luxury destination whose guests can enjoy … the same breath taking scenery that persuaded Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 to authorize the creation of Big Bend National Park.”

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Top 5 Indoor Golf Games /top-5-indoor-golf-games/ /top-5-indoor-golf-games/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:10:03 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=205 Golf is one of the best followed and participated sports in the world, but there is one factor that can ruin it in an instance – the weather. If it is belting down with rain, you might as well stay at home rather sitting in the club house waiting for the grey clouds to blow over. If you are still wanting to get your golf fix in, here are some of the best games to be released for consoles throughout the eras.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008
Arguably the best edition in the Tiger Wood series, PGA Tour 2008 bring a more realistic edge to playing on a console. Released at the back end of the 2007, gamers can hit the fairways as their favourite players such as Justin Rose, John Daly and of course, Tiger himself. With season modes, challenges and multiplayer options available, it is a game perfect for all occasions.

Wii Sports
The golf game comes as part of the overall Wii Sports package and offers gamers the most unique playing style. Using the Wii remotes, players can re-enact a fully golf swing to ping their ball around the course, with the slightest miss hit seriously hampering your game.

The Argyle Open
The Argyle Open is a slot game available at many mobile casino, which is inspired by the game of golf, and offers you images of golfers, tees, shoes, clubs, drivers and other golfing sights on the reels – with a course and a castle as the backdrop. It also offers you plenty of ways to win a payout, including no less than 40 pay lines, a $500 jackpot and free spins. You can get these extra spins if you manage to activate the Tournament bonus game, by getting at least three balls and holes on a reel, and the three rounds of this game can potentially add multiple bonuses to your eventual payout. With a great golf theme and plenty of cash up for grabs, The Argyle Open is a truly the golden slot.

Lee Trevino’s Fighting Golf
Being the oldest game on our list, Lee Trevino’s Fighting Golf first came out in 1988 for the NES console. With up to four players being able to play at one time, the aim of the game is to work your way around the course and amass the smallest amount of shots – just like in real  golf. Characters include Big Jumbo, Pretty Amy and Trevino himself under the alias Super Mex.

Cyber Tiger
Cyber Tiger was the first game to see the world’s greatest player Tiger Woods appear in a self-titled edition. The 2000 release was brought out on a variety of platforms ranging from PlayStation to GameBoy Colour. Starting in a career mode, players would work their way through the field taking on the crème de la crème of golf and eventually become the World Number 1.

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Interview with Pura Vida Tequila Founder Stewart Skloss /puravida/ /puravida/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:32:55 +0000 http://legacywebdesigners.com/golf/?p=94 By Scott  Talley

 

First of all, how did you wind up in business with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top?

Well, Billy and I have been friends for many, many years, and when I first mentioned the idea of building an ultra-premium tequila company he told me he turned his back on tequila when he was 20 years old because tequila turned its back on him!

(Laughing) I think I had a similar experience when I was about that age.

You’re not alone, that’s one of the biggest challenges we face here in America. Getting people to understand Pura Vida Tequila is nothing like what they remember from growing up. In fact, when Billy said what he did I told him all I wanted him to do was just smell the aroma of Pura Vida, and if he liked what he smelled then all I wanted was for him to just taste it. Like a lot of other people who thought they didn’t like tequila because of a bad experience, he quickly found out Pura Vida Tequila doesn’t smell or taste like any tequila he’d ever had.

How did you ever find yourself able to create such an unusually smooth and aromatic tequila?

To answer that question we have to roll back the clock about 25 years, that’s when I started my first tequila brand. I was in my early 20’s and back then I had the attention span of a Mexican jumping bean, so needless to say it didn’t work out. Since then I’ve owned several businesses and had a lot of success, but my heart has always been with tequila. Sometime in 2008 after a discussion with JP DeJoria (Patron) about an investment we shared, I decided it was time to quit thinking about it and just do it. I’ve got a lot of friends around the world and they were all very supportive. They knew how important this was to me. It wasn’t long before I found myself in the Highlands of Jalisco, where the blue agave grow best, and where I knew I would find the kind of man who could help me create the perfect tequila. I needed the best Agavero (agave producer) I could find, and I got lucky when I met the Vivanco family. I already knew what pieces I needed to create the company I’d always dreamed about, I just had to put them together. I knew a fourth generation Agavero would be instrumental in realizing my vision.

Known as the “best damn tequila you’ve ever tasted,” what makes Pura Vida Tequila stand apart from the other tequila brands on the market right now?

It’s a lot of little things, really, the details make a big difference when you’re making tequila, and of course having an ultra-premium tequila at such an aggressive price point doesn’t hurt either.

What are some of those little things you mentioned?

First we begin with pure spring water from deep underground, which we then filter through one of the world’s finest purification systems. Water is the foundation of all spirits, so naturally the first step in making a perfect tequila begins with a perfect foundation. Next, we use only 100% Blue Weber Agave specifically from one area within the Highlands of Jalisco. The agave in this one region produce a more robust flavor with a higher sugar content than the others due to the rich regional soil. The sugar content is critical, and each step is absolutely essential in creating a perfect tequila. The third thing we do might seem a little crazy to some, but it’s a tradition with our Agaveros and I don’t argue with success. During fermentation, we play classical music directly at the tanks, the Agaveros say it makes the tequila dance. I just know it’s one of the many things we do to create the ultimate tequila. Finally we use a specially crafted triple distillation process incorporating our unique combination of both copper and stainless steel distillation equipment. It all works together to create the finest tasting tequila I’ve ever had, and I’ve tasted them all, all over the world.

We all know your line of ultra-premium tequila is comprised of four labels: Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Extra Añejo, but what about this new product launch of yours, Naranja? Can you tell us about your secret ingredient to making the perfect Margarita?

 I’d love to, it’s something margarita lovers need to know, and it’s the best news they’ve ever had. We all know the best margaritas come from Mexico, but the thing is if you want to make a perfect margarita, you need more than just an ultra-premium tequila, what most people don’t know is you also have to stay true to the same orange liqueur they use in Mexico. It’s made from all Mexican ingredients, the company’s been around forever, in fact, it is the very same orange liqueur that was used in the first margarita ever made at Husong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico by Don Carlos Orozco back in 1941. It’s sold under a different name over in Mexico, but now we have the distribution rights here in the U.S. so margarita lovers everywhere can finally have the last piece of the puzzle in building the perfect margarita. There’s no longer any need to substitute any ingredients, it was a long hard battle but NARANJA is finally here to stay!

Now I understand Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is just one of the many celebrities who back your line of tequila.

That’s true, Billy is an investor, not a spokesperson. Another huge name in rock and roll that’s part of the Pura Vida family now is Sully Erna, Godsmack frontman and rock icon. Then we’ve also got Mike Hampton (MLB Retired), US Ambassador Tony Garza (Retired), Chester Pitts (NFL Retired), Tom Wood (Retired INDY Car Driver), etc… All are investors, not paid spokespersons.

Investors, not spokespersons, I guess that says a lot about how much they actually believe in this tequila?

Absolutely it does. Anyone can endorse a product when they’re picking up a check, but to put your money where your mouth, so to speak, says a lot more about the quality of Pura Vida Tequila than any amount of paid endorsements ever could.

How did you get such an eclectic group of celebrities to come together like this?

In the liquor industry today, it takes about $10MM to start a liquor company and even with that much money, there’s no guarantee it’ll succeed. We decided to grow our brand organically through six degrees of separation, that’s why we have investors from different professions, geographies and demographics. The one thing that ties everyone together is a passion for perfection. From lawyers to rock stars, doctors to IT legends, each of our investors are perfectionists in their own right, that’s part of what made them famous to begin with. Pura Vida is just another way for them to enjoy their passion for perfection and living the good life. Which is what it’s all about.

Can you tell us a little bit about Radio Pura Vida.mx? I understand it was the first radio station owned and operated by a liquor company, is that right?

It is, and I have to tell you this has been such a fun project. We were first approached by Pat Fant, the DJ that first played Billy Gibbons first single in Houston, to do these stations. These guys have built radio stations for NASA, Ford Motor Company, and now us. It’s the first time they’ve ever done anything like this, we were the first liquor company to have their own radio station. We’ve had fantastic feedback, so much so we even had to add an extra station, a double shot, if you will, of Pura Vida radio. People love it, and it’s just another way we bring the good life to our customers.

I know Pura Vida translates to “Pure life” in Spanish, but can you tell us how this name for your tequila came about?

 Pure life is a direct translation, but it’s more than just that. It’s also the good life, living life to the fullest, enjoying and appreciating every day for what it has to offer, that’s what Pura Vida means, and I wanted a toast other than just “Cheers” and by saying “Pura Vida” when a glass is raised, it’s truly a toast to life. Pure Life says it all to me, it means so much in so many ways. It’s something I strive for personally and professionally, living the good life, the pure life, Pura Vida!

Tell us about the bottle design, I know there’s some backstory there.
Well I first wanted to create a bottle that was a true piece of art, something that totally represented Mexico and Tequila to me. The colors remind me of Mexico as I remember it when I was a kid. I always loved the cobalt blue glass and shiny silver balls in so many stores. The lower shape represents the part of the Pina (Agave) that the tequila comes from, the part that’s underground, similar to a pineapple. That’s the art part, but I’ve been on both sides of the bar so I also wanted a bottle designed specifically with Bartenders and Mixologists in mind, it’s shaped so it doesn’t slip out of your hands, no matter how big or small they may be. I also had the glass made twice a thick as your typical bottle, you can feel the quality when you hold it. If you happen to accidentally drop one, no biggie. Precious cargo deserves an appropriate package. Industry insiders appreciate it on a professional level, regular people enjoy the aesthetic quality. Something for everyone.

I see Pura Vida has won an awful lot of awards, taking the industry by storm a little, huh?

Well the awards are important, no doubt about it, we couldn’t get this far without the experts agreeing Pura Vida is one of the best, but what means more to me, and the average consumer, is that we crafted a line of tequilas that are truly the smoothest I’ve ever tasted. And perhaps more importantly we’ve done it for such a great price. Our Silver retails nationally at an average of just $32 a bottle, $34 for our Reposado (Gold) and $38 for our Añejo. Where a lot of tequila companies go wrong is by charging $40 or more for something that costs them next to nothing to make, just because they can hammer their suppliers down through volume. I’d rather produce better tequila for less profit than make more money on an inferior product. Not everyone agrees with how we do things but I’ve always believed in a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. In the end, it’s all about customer experience in our market segment. You can get cheap tequila anywhere, but most people won’t order it twice. If you want an ultra-premium tequila at a fair price, we are hands down the best damn tequila you’ve ever tasted.

 

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