The Heath (Texas) Golf and Yacht Club, an 800-acre real estate development on the eastern shore of Lake Ray Hubbard that has been two decades in the making, will officially open on October 17. The property, on land that was part of former Texas Gov. Bill Clements’ ranch, includes a par-72 golf course designed by Roy Bechtol and a 14,000-sq. ft. clubhouse with a fitness center and restaurant. Boat slips, a swimming pool, seven tennis courts and a sand volleyball court are nearby.
Heath (Texas) Golf and Yacht Club will make its debut October 17 with a grand opening nearly two decades in the making, The Dallas Morning News reported. The opening of a new golf course has become a rare event in North Texas. The Heath property will be followed by two PGA Frisco courses in 2022.
The Heath Golf and Yacht Club course is the centerpiece of an 800-acre real estate development on the eastern shore of Lake Ray Hubbard, The Morning News reported. The land was part of former Texas Gov. Bill Clements’ ranch, which developer Rob Whittle purchased in 2001.
“It’s a labor of love,” said golf course architect Roy Bechtol, who has been with the golf course part of the project since the beginning. “It turned out a lot better than I was hoping, and I’ve got a high hope level.”
Bechtol told The Morning News he believes the course will improve as it matures and native plants in the rough grow in. He said he designed the course with wide, forgiving fairways and put an emphasis on approach shots.
“The second shot is where you have to pay attention,” he said. “I tried to make it so that what you see is what you get. The greens are fair, but they have some roll to them.”
The course has four sets of tee boxes and measures 7,068 yards from the tips, where it should challenge the better players, The Morning News reported. The course rating and slope for the par-72 course are 75.1/142.
The 14,000-sq. ft. clubhouse includes a fitness center and restaurant overlooking Lake Ray Hubbard, The Morning News reported. Boat slips, a swimming pool, seven tennis courts and a sand volleyball court are nearby. The course itself is a core golf course with only a few homes visible from the course.
“I’m smiling from ear to ear,” Whittle said by phone this week as he prepared for the opening. “It’s exhilarating.”
Part of Whittle’s enthusiasm may be influenced by his success in luring new members to write checks for the private club’s $20,000 initiation fee, The Morning News reported. He said 41 memberships had been secured after 44 tours of the property. Whittle is the president of Heath Golf and Yacht Club and developed the property with his wife, Sara, brother Mike Whittle and Randall Noe.