The 8,700-acre Boerne, Texas property has been named the National Golf Course Owners Association’s 2014 Course of the Year, demonstrating excellence in course quality, ownership and management. In addition to golf, the property also offers clubs that are focused on tennis, swimming, equestrian, fishing and hunting.
The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, which sits on 8,700 acres in Boerne, Texas, has been named the NGCOA’s 2014 Course of the Year. The award honors a member course demonstrating excellence in course quality, ownership and management, contributions to its community and to the game.
The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch is a Jack Nicklaus design that winds its way over 780 acres of rugged landscape. Cordillera opened in May 2007 and has taken a consistent position among the state’s top-ranked courses. The routing for the 7,450-yard course embraces the rugged beauty of the Hill Country while sidestepping native grasses and vegetation. The par 3 No. 16, which requires a shot to a green framed by cascading waterfalls, has been ranked the most beautiful hole in Texas for five straight years.
In addition to golf, The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch also offers members clubs that are focused on tennis, swimming, equestrian, fishing and hunting. Cordillera Ranch connects with its community north of San Antonio with a celebrity tournament that raises money for mortgage-free homes to military personnel.
C&RB will feature The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch in the April 2014 issue, with an in-depth look at the management and operation of the full breadth of what’s provided on the property.
Finalists for the Course of the Year Award included Miacomet Golf Course in Nantucket, Mass.; Jack Kramer’s Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills, Calif.; and Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Canton, Ohio.
The NGCOA also honored Troon North in Scottsdale, Ariz., with the 2014 Jemsek Award for Golf Course Excellence. The NGCOA also recognized Jack Nicklaus with its Award of Merit for long-term contributions to the game.
Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., won the Player Development Award for success in attracting new players to the game. The Paul Porter Award for commitment, service and leadership to a chapter or international affiliate was given posthumously to Tom Kern, owner of the Valle Vista golf club and conference center in Greenwood, Ind.
Mike Hughes, the current CEO of the association, received the Don Rossi Award for significant contributions to the NGCOA.