Development of the Year winners announced
Golf Inc. announced it will honor five golf courses from four countries in this year’s Development of the Year competition.
The honorees in alphabetical order are: Al Zorah Golf Club in Ajman, UAE; Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas; Cabot Cliffs in Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada; Cape Wickham Links in Tasmania, Australia; and Rockwind Community Links in City of Hobbs, New Mexico.
The 15th annual contest highlights the best new private and public golf courses in the world. It judges new courses based on development vision, aesthetics, routing and sustainability, which examines the economic and environmental impact the courses will have for years to come.
“Development has slowed in America and year after year that is represented in the international representation of entrants and winners,” said Jack Crittenden, Editor-In-Chief of Golf Inc. “All honorees are of the highest caliber. Readers will see many familiar architect names like Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.”
The United States still made a good showing when it came to entrants, however most honorees were international projects. Other entries came from Singapore and several U.S. States including California, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey and Utah. In addition to open nominations, the Golf Inc. staff identified courses that received accolades and invited the developer and architect to enter the competition to ensure the best projects were part of the competition.
All five courses will be featured in the March/April issue of Golf Inc. Magazine. There will be a first, second and third place in addition to honoring two finalists.
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Six homebuilders have been chosen to construct hundreds of custom homes in Bluejack National, a new luxury resort community featuring the first Tiger Woods-designed golf course in the U.S.
The homebuilders are Dream Works Properties, based in The Woodlands; Jeff Paul Custom Homes, based in The Woodlands; Morning Star Builders, based in Houston; Texas Elite Custom Homes, based in Klein; Tipler Design and Build, based in The Woodlands; and Waterford Custom Homes, based in north Houston.
“These builders are consistent with the high quality standards we present here at Bluejack National,” Gary Short, Bluejack’s sales director, said in a statement. “They were specifically selected for their integrity, level of expertise within the custom marketplace and the exceptional personalized service they provide their clients.”
Prospective homebuyers can choose from among the six homebuilders to construct a custom home on 234 estate and homestead lots, which range in size from a half-acre to one-and-a-half acres. An estate lot can cost between the mid-$200,000s to the low $600,000s.
Some of the estate lots will offer views of the golf course, while others will offer views of the lush woodlands surrounding the resort community. The homes will have access to a trail system as well as family-friendly community amenities, such as a movie theater, zip line and fish camp.
Developers Beacon Land Development and Lantern Asset Management, both based in Dallas, have also partnered with Tipler to build 147 vacation homes for the resort. The luxury homebuilder will construct a mix of member suites, cottages and patio homes that can be rented out by owners to family and friends for short-term stays at the resort.
The rustic homes, which were designed by Montana-based Nick Fullerton Architects, will feature smart home amenities and range in size from 1,200 to 3,300 square feet and in price from the mid-$400,000s to nearly $1.5 million. These vacation homes have been selling quickly, according to developers.
Bluejack National held a soft opening for its championship-level golf course in November and will hold a grand opening for the resort and model homes this spring. The 755-acre development is located at the former site of Blaketree National Golf Club at 4430 S. FM 1486 in Montgomery County, about an hour northwest of Houston.
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Photo courtesy of Golf Channel
Tune-In Every Tuesday Night for the Next Four Weeks
In November, Bluejack National was honored to host Golf Channel as the setting for production of four Golf Academy episodes. Golf Channel crews produced the episodes over two days on holes # 1, #2, #4 and #5. Hosted by Houston native Dave Marr III and featuring World Golf Hall of Famer Mark O’Meara, the first of four episodes will air on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6PM CT, on Golf Channel. Subsequent episodes will air each Tuesday night through Feb. 2, at 6PM CT.
Set your DVRs to be sure to catch the action and instruction from beautiful Bluejack National on the Golf Channel.
Top Photo – Hole #6: A slightly uphill 454-yard par 4 with gorgeous bunkering guarding an elevated green with a false front. (Bluejack National / Aidan Bradley)
First-look photo previews of a few holes on the front and a time-lapse video of #18.
As of this week, Bluejack National members are now enjoying the entire front nine! The back nine is in final stages of grow-in and will be more than ready for our grand opening this spring. In the meantime, please enjoy first-look photos previewing Holes #6, #7 & #8, followed by a time-lapse video of building Bluejack’s finishing hole, #18.
Hole #7: A 159-yard par 3 over the water with a view of #1 on the left. This enticing hole leaves little margin for error. (Bluejack National / Aidan Bradley)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
Hole #8: A short par 4, measuring a mere 352-yards demands an accurate approach shot. A costly miss requires a delicate pitch to a severely sloped green, back left to front right. (Bluejack National / Aidan Bradley)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
From April 22, to October 15, 2015, here’s the time-lapse video of constructing Hole #18. 177 days, approximately 30,000 photos in just over one-minute.
By Bradley S. Klein of Golfweek
In a year when I’ve been on the road (as usual) 150 days and seen maybe 100+ golf courses, some for the first time, a few moments stand out. Here’s my list, in chronological order rather than in some ordinal (ranking) sequence:
1. Bluejack National Golf Club, Montgomery, Texas. Tiger Woods’ first U.S. design effort is surprisingly understated, with wide-open ground game options and a lot of restraint. I even went back later in the year just before completion to double-check and had my initial sense confirmed.
2. Quivira Golf Club, Los Cabos, Mexico, 5th tee. Surely the dopiest hole I played all year, a 310-yard, downhill, fish-hook left par-4 overhanging the Pacific Ocean, but the thrilling, three-quarter mile long cart path ride over a 255-foot ascent from the fourth green to the half-way house behind the back tee made the journey worthwhile.
3. ASGCA meeting, San Diego. Got to give a nice talk/roast to the assembled members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects upon receiving its Donald Ross Award for lifetime achievement. No apologies for gloating; it meant the world to me.
4. Augusta National 10th hole. Every Monday of Masters week, I get to take a group of Golfweek’s Best raters on a three-hour walking tour of the back nine. I never lose the thrill of walking down that 10th fairway and talking about that stunning, magisterial par 4.
5. Dooks Golf Links, Kerry, Ireland. Lots of fine old courses, but this quiet gem at the mouth of Dingle Bay, established in 1889, is a reminder of the beauty of quaint, low-key links golf. And I love the frog logo.
6. Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash. What a wild concatenation of images and emotions from the 2015 U.S. Open – many of them controversial. Bumpy greens, exaggerated by HD TV, plus a faux links on a stunning setting overlooking lower Puget Sound that was shockingly unsuitable to handle championship crowds.
7. Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis. So much better in person than on TV; and that rarity in golf, a championship club that is first and foremost maintained for everyday member play.
8. Cabot Cliffs, Inverness, Nova Scotia, 2nd hole. I never have any expectations; that way I can’t be disappointed. I waited all the way until the 2nd tee before I had my socks knocked off – a 401-yard, double carry, multiple options, split fairway uphill par 4 with a partially blind approach shot that is one of the most visually striking holes I have seen anywhere in the world. All the attention will focus on the waterfront holes, but this one is the gem that tells you the place is special.
9. Dick Youngscap. The curmudgeonly owner/developer of Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb., stole the show at a Golfweek architecture summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., honoring Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, when he talked modestly and about what he intended with his club and how surprised he was by its widespread impact on design.
10. Puerto Plata/Playa Grande, Dominican Republic. It wasn’t just the sharp aesthetics of Rees Jones’ redo of his dad’s course on the country’s northeast coast that was so impressive. It was also the jarring images of the 50-mile ride from the airport to the resort property along the cluttered two-lane “highway” and all of those school kids riding helmet-less on motorcycles as they clung to daddy’s (or mommy’s) shirt. It was another powerful reminder of contrasting worlds and the far-flung places golf takes us.
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Homes are selling quickly at Tiger Woods’ luxury golf resort northwest of Houston.
Although the first homes have yet to open, 43 home sites have been pre-sold at Bluejack National, a new residential community anchored by the first championship golf course designed by Tiger Woods to open in the U.S.
Tipler Design and Build LLC is under construction on the first 10 of some 147 resort homes planned for Bluejack National. The Houston luxury homebuilder will offer a mix of member suites, cottages and patio homes around the golf course at the 755-acre development, located at 4430 S. FM 1486 in Montgomery County.
“Sales have been great,” said Casey Paulson, president of Bluejack National. “We only have one golf course slot left, although we’ll have more in phase two. We’ll have people living here in not too long.”
Bluejack National developers Beacon Land Development and Lantern Asset Management, both based in Dallas, partnered with Tipler to build to the resort homes.
The rustic homes, which were designed by Montana-based Nick Fullerton Architects, will feature smart home amenities and range in size from 1,200 to 3,300 square feet and in price from the mid-$400,000s to nearly $1.5 million.
In addition to the 10 resort homes already under construction, about 20 to 25 more homes are expected to break ground within the next two months, Paulson said.
Bluejack National also will offer 234 estate lots for custom homes for owners to select from six Houston-area custom home builders. The first custom lots are expected to begin construction soon, Paulson said.
The resort and custom homes will cater to Houstonians and out-of-towners looking for a vacation home, golf retreat and family fun for the weekends and holidays, Paulson said. Most of the buyers so far are from Houston — particularly within the 610 Loop — but there are buyers from as far away as Chicago and Milwaukee looking to snowbird in Houston.
Bluejack National hopes to attract both serious golfers and their families to the resort community. While golfers can enjoy Tiger Woods’ 18-hole championship golf course, their non-golfing family members and children can enjoy the resort’s amenities, which will include a movie theater, zip line and a fish camp.Developers held a soft opening for the first seven holes at Bluejack National in November.
“We’re very pleased and happy to see how far we’ve come in 18 months,” Paulson said. “I think people still want to buy a great quality, high-end experience. You can drive out here in under an hour and be in the middle of the country.”
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