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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.
READ ARTICLE HERE on Golfweek.com
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.”
READ ARTICLE HERE on Houston Business Journal
Golf Channel visited Bluejack last week to produce four episodes of Golf Academy with World Golf Hall of Famer and Mark O’Meara. Stay tuned, episodes will air in early 2016!
MONTGOMERY, Texas — As of late November, only seven holes were open at the new Tiger Woods-designed Bluejack National Golf Club, north of Houston, but that hasn’t prevented the exclusive private club from making a favorable early impression. So much so, in fact, that it provided a perfect setting to host a few segments of Golf Channel Academy.
Golf Channel crews spent two days at the club filming the episodes, which will feature two-time major winner Mark O’Meara, who lives in Houston and serves as the club’s playing ambassador. In the segments, which are hosted by Golf Channel’s Dave Marr III, O’Meara discusses and demonstrates every aspect of the game — from putting and short game to driving and iron play.
That they were able to shoot the episodes at Bluejack National, the first U.S. design by Tiger Woods Design Group (El Cardonal opened in Mexico Dec. 16, 2014), signals that the course is coming along nicely. By January, the rest of the front nine is expected to open (members are currently playing holes 6 and 7, then 1 through 5), and the club is planning to have all 18 holes of this 7,552-yard par 72 open sometime in the spring. A grand opening with Woods is tentatively scheduled for late April after the Masters. (Woods was originally scheduled to appear earlier this month but canceled due to a follow-up procedure on his ailing back.)
Bluejack could probably open all 18, but there’s no rush
As it stands now, all 18 holes are nearly fully grassed. The fairways, surrounds and tees were sodded with Zeon Zoysia, a very player-friendly grass with a bright green color that provides a stunning contrast to the Premier White bunkers. The greens are Tif-Eagle, and the ones that are open are already Stimping around 10 or 11 feet. It doesn’t hurt that Bluejack National hired one of the country’s most respected superintendents, Eric Bauer, formerly of nearby Carlton Woods, another high-end club known for its outstanding conditioning.
“By this time next year, with a nice summer of grow-in, this course will look like it’s been here for 10 years,” O’Meara said after the second day of shooting Golf Channel Academy.
Marr, seeing the course for the first time, said Bluejack National is “beautiful.”
“If they continue what they’ve been doing so far, this is going to be a real special place,” said Marr, whose father, 1965 PGA Champion Dave Marr Jr., grew up and lived in Houston before he died in 1997.
While the course can certainly play long from the Tiger (back) tees, there are five other sets, including the front tees that allow golfers to play Bluejack from as little as 3,000 yards. And since there’s no rough, golfers won’t lose many golf balls, unless they hit into one of the four lakes on property.
Additionally, most of the greens have openings so golfers can play a variety of shots. In fact, O’Meara, during the short game segment of Golf Channel Academy, demonstrated short-game options from the same spot off the first green that ranged from lob wedge to putter and everything in between, including using a hybrid.
“Bluejack National is a course that everybody can play if they play it from the right tees,” O’Meara said. “You can run the ball in on some of the greens, where at some of these other golf courses it’s all forced carries. I’m a fan of having options, different shots you can play, not just one shot.”
Starting to feel a little like Augusta
Most southeast Texas golf courses are relatively flat, but Bluejack, built on the former site of Blaketree National, sits on hilly terrain with tall pines that have been thinned out to open up the course. There are points on Bluejack, ala Augusta National, where you can see several holes at once. And while it’s not quite as hilly as Augusta, there are elevated tees and greens, which is rare in this part of the state.
Couple that with fast, flawless conditioning (it’s not far from flawless already), no rough, and pine straw, and you can see why people are comparing the experience to that of Woods’ favorite venue.
“There are multiple places on this property where people have told me, ‘this reminds me of Augusta,'” said Rich Barcelo, who played professionally for 12 years and now serves as one of the club’s head golf professionals.
The first hole, with its elevated tees, bright white bunkers and lake to the left, certainly gives an Augusta-like impression. But the par-3 12th, which is Woods’ tribute to Augusta National’s “Golden Bell,” is more obvious.
“It’s just a bigger version of the 12th at Augusta,” Barcelo said.
And while Bluejack is an elite club, it is designed as a family club that eschews some old school golf traditions. There will be no tee times — at least in the short term — and members will be free to play as many or as few holes as they like. There’s also a 10-hole short course (The Playground), a learning center, expansive practice facilities, 35 acres of lakes for fishing, hiking and biking trails and other luxury-lifestyle aspects in the works, including tennis, a spa, a wellness center and indoor and outdoor recreational activities for families.
READ ARTICLE HERE on GolfAdvisor.com
Hole No. 4:
Hole No. 4 is a medium length par-4 that plays uphill to a wide fairway. It’s challenging, and players will have many options around a green with subtle contouring.
Hole No. 5:
A long par-5 that doglegs right, Hole No. 5 requires a strategic approach into an undulating green. From the tee, a breathtaking view where every hole on the front nine is visible.These are two of the seven holes Bluejack opened for members earlier this month. While the rest of the course continues to grow-in, we are very encouraged and gratified with the member feedback and response to our design philosophy. It’s delivering exactly what we envisioned: challenging yet fun, fast and playable for all golfers.