Houston Chronicle: “What does it feel like to be on vacation all the time? The people who live in this resort-like community could probably tell you.”

Houston Chronicle: “What does it feel like to be on vacation all the time? The people who live in this resort-like community could probably tell you.”

Construction is full speed ahead at Bluejack National, the sprawling 755-acre golf club and residential community in Montgomery designed with the help of Tiger Woods.

Morning Star Builders, which produces custom homes in the greater northwest Houston area, broke ground on its first home in the golf course community. Morning Star is one of six homebuilders at Bluejack, and about 400 homes are included in the community master plan.

 “It was a great opportunity, great exposure. This is our market so to speak. This was right up our alley,” said Jay Schimpf, project manager at Morning Star.

The homeowners, Nate and Amanda Peterson, fell in love with the scenic, rolling hills, towering pine trees and family-friendly amenities that Bluejack National offered residents. While Nate is an avid golf player, Amanda and their three children, Tessa, Luke and Brooke, hope to enjoy the spa, orchards and The Fort, which includes zip lines, ropes courses, tennis, bowling, archery and more.

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Houston Business Journal: Southern Living Showcase home to rise at Tiger Woods’ Houston-area golf resort

Houston Business Journal: Southern Living Showcase home to rise at Tiger Woods’ Houston-area golf resort

A luxury homebuilder will break ground this month on a Southern Living Showcase home at Tiger Woods’ golf resort north of Houston.

Morning Star Builders Ltd. is scheduled to break ground Sept. 19 on its latest Showcase home at Bluejack National, Tiger Woods’ first golf resort in the U.S. The 755-acre development is located at the former site of Blaketree National Golf Club at 4430 S. FM 1486 in Montgomery County, northwest of Houston.

The Houston-based custom homebuilder plans to build a 5,500-square-foot home off the second hole of Bluejack National’s championship golf course. The Country Estate-style home will feature five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, a three-car garage and a guest house.

Bluejack National officials spoke with Ted Cummins, Morning Star Builders’ principal and owner, for more than a year about building a Southern Living Showcase home. The home, which is already sold, will take several months to construct.

“It’s something we were very interested in and Morning Star wanted early on in our development,” said Gary Short, director of sales for Bluejack National. “It’s great to have Morning Star building a Southern Living home here. It fits our vision for this resort as a destination for families.”

This will be Morning Star Builders’ fourth Southern Living Showcase home in Houston. The homebuilder has been operating in Houston for more than 15 years and is one of a handful of local builders selected to participate in Southern Living magazine’s custom builder program. Morning Star Builders’ previous Southern Living Showcase homes include one in Willowcreek Ranch, an equestrian community north of Houston, and another in Towne Lake, a lakefront master-planned community in Cypress. Both communities are being developed by Houston-based Caldwell Cos.

Bluejack National has selected six luxury homebuilders to build 234 custom homes on estate lots, ranging from a half-acre to one-and-a-half acres in size. These Houston-area-based builders are: Dream Works Properties, Jeff Paul Custom Homes, Morning Star Builders, Texas Elite Custom Homes, Tipler Design and Build, and Waterford Custom Homes.

Since sales began about 16 months ago, about 80 resort homes and custom home lots have been sold within the 386-home development, Short said. About 60 percent of the buyers plan to use their home as their primary residence, while the remainder are planning to use their home as a secondary or vacation home, he added.

Bluejack National is nearly sold out of its first sections of custom home lots surrounding the golf course. The resort is now opening up sales in its latest custom home section, which will sit across a 5-acre lake from The Fort. The new amenity center, which will begin construction in several weeks, will feature a wiffle ball field, a 60-yard soccer and football field, a Burger Barn with bowling lanes inside, a camp site, an adult lap pool with cabanas and bar service, a kids pool with a lazy river, a skate park, a tree house and a fishing, kayaking and canoeing dock.

The 18 estate lots in this new custom home section will range in size from a half-acre to three-quarters of an acre and will start in price from the mid-$200,000s. Buyers can selected among the six custom builders to construct their home on the lots.

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Robb Report: Tiger Woods – Fresh Off His First U.S. Course Design

Robb Report: Tiger Woods – Fresh Off His First U.S. Course Design

Fresh off his first U.S. course design, the golf superstar sets his sights on the sport’s next generation.

Tiger Woods has been breaking records on the golf course for nearly all of his 40 years. But the 14-time Major champion is a relative newcomer in the world of golf-course design. His first course, El Cardonal at Diamante, opened at a private resort community in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at the end of 2014. More recently, this April, he was on hand at the Bluejack National club outside of Houston to unveil his first design in the United States. Following a brief exhibition on the back nine with his friend and fellow PGA Tour star Mark O’Meara, Woods sat down with Robb Report to discuss his nascent career and how golf-course design can preserve the sport’s popularity.

Why did you pick Houston as the setting for your first U.S. course?
There are two reasons that I had to be a part of this project: the land and the people involved. Bluejack does not feel like a typical Houston-area course. The terrain features significant elevation change and is more like something that you’d find in Georgia or the Carolinas. Aside from the land, the team behind Bluejack National—Mike Abbott, Casey Paulson, and Andy Mitchell from Beacon Land Development—has truly delivered a special place.

How does this course compare with El Cardonal?
At first glance, El Cardonal and Bluejack National appear extremely different. El Cardonal is set in a desert environment with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Bluejack National, which plays through towering pines and large oaks, has a very different look. But as people play both courses they will find similarities in the design. The landing areas are wide, neither course has a rough cut, and cross hazards are avoided when possible. We’ve also cleared a lot of the ground cover outside of the turf on both courses, making it easier to find errant shots and advance them back into play. Both are meant to be fun and playable for golfers of all skill levels.

How do you keep the course challenging for low-handicap players?
To score, players will need to hit their approach shots from the preferred angles into the greens, which will force them on their tee shots to challenge bunkers, take risks, and play smart. The firmness of the greens and green surrounds will also add to the difficulty for better players.

Of all the courses you’ve played, which do you look to the most for design inspiration?
My favorite course is the Old Course [at St. Andrews]. I love that there are so many different shots that can be played, especially shots along the ground. It’s a very strategic golf course, and choosing the correct angle of approach is critical if you want to score. While there are definite spots you don’t want to be, generally you can always find your ball and have a chance to recover. What I find so appealing at the Old Course are the same principles that we try to incorporate into our design efforts.

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