An 18-hole championship course called The Covey is scheduled to open at Big Easy Ranch in Columbus, Texas, in fall of 2022. The course is being designed by architect Chet Williams. The plan has led to an increase in membership, according to Big Easy’s Nicole Scarbrough: “With a conservative limit of 300, more than 100 Legacy members have already joined. This is pretty significant.”
Big Easy Ranch, the private Colorado County retreat (just an hour from Houston, Texas) has unveiled the name and open date of its new, 18-hole championship golf course, CultureMap Houston reported.
Dubbed The Covey — which harks to the ranch’s wingshooting and upland hunting — the par 72 course will boast more than 7,400 yards with multiple tee boxes, Zeon Zoysia fairways and rough, and TifEagle greens, according to press materials.
Groundbreaking kicked off in September 2021 and The Covey is slated for completion this fall. Renowned golf course architect Chet Williams returned to design The Covey; he originally designed The Ranch’s 9-hole, par 3 course that he also designed.
Big Easy has already seen an uptick in members, Big Easy’s Nicole Scarbrough tells CultureMap Houston.
“With the announcement of the new 18-hole golf course in spring 2021, we introduced the Legacy Membership, a new level of membership providing access to the ranch amenities along with exclusive access to the … course,” Scarbrough said. “With a conservative limit of 300, more than 100 Legacy members have already joined. This is pretty significant considering The Covey will not be completed and open for play until fall 2022.”
Scarborough also noted that the retreat has seen new members from Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio — as well as across the U.S., CultureMap Houston reported.
Meanwhile, there are course plans for a second clubhouse that will provide sweeping, 360-degree views of the courses and neighboring foothills, plus lounge areas, a full service bar, dining areas, a wine room, and upscale locker rooms for both men and women, CultureMap Houston reported.
Big Easy Ranch spans some 2,000 acres of hilly terrain. Besides golf, members enjoy sporting clays course, fishing lakes, an infinity pool, wingshooting, whitetail and exotic hunting, luxury overnight accommodations, and a 12,000-square-foot lodge that serves up high-end dining and an award-winning wine program. Members can also take advantage of estate homesites that range from 2/3 of an acre to more than one acre, as well as shared ownership villas.