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Cordillera Ranch rates No. 4 in Texas


Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course Remains Best in Hill Country; Par-3 16th Tabbed State’s ‘Best’ and ‘Most Beautiful’ Golf Hole

(BOERNE, Texas) – Cordillera Ranch – the Hill Country’s premier luxury and golf community – announces its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course moved up to No. 4 in the Dallas Morning News Texas Golf’s 2018 ranking of the state’s best layouts.

The two-spot ascent in the annual rankings once again makes Cordillera Ranch the top course in the Hill Country / San Antonio / Austin region. Since debuting in the 2009 rankings, Cordillera Ranch has been listed among the top seven layouts in the Lone Star State, including achieving top-4 status four times (2009-2010, 2014, 2018). 

Nearly 100 panelists from across Texas – PGA professionals, high-ranking amateurs, golf-design experts, golf journalists and other industry luminaries – evaluated 800-plus courses using criteria such as shotmaking, versatility, design, memorability, beauty, maintenance and enjoyment. 

“The Dallas Morning News rankings are held in high regard in the Texas golf scene, and we are honored its panel tabbed Cordillera Ranch the fourth-best golf course in the state,” says Marc DeWall, Director of Golf at Cordillera Ranch. “Our staff has done a remarkable job ensuring the golf experience rivals that of the most prestigious clubs in the country.

The par-3 16th hole at Cordillera Ranch also was listed among the state’s “Best” and “Most Beautiful” golf holes in the rankings – joining an exclusive few bestowed both honors in each of the past nine years. Playing 172 yards from the championship tees (131 yards from the member’s tees), the hole features a limestone gorge with natural waterfalls fronting a small putting surface carved out of a hill. Bunkers front and back protect the green.

“When you step onto the 16th tee, it’s as if you are in a theater of golf course beauty because of the way you walk slightly down into the canyon and hear the splashing water down the cliffs around the green,” says Charlie Hill, President and Chief Operating Officer for DH Investments, developer of Cordillera Ranch. “I remind people this was primarily created by Mother Nature, and that’s what adds to the intrigue. We merely ‘peeled back the layers of the onion’ as Nicklaus said during his meticulous design of the hole.”

Set on pristine land in the Texas Hill Country, the Cordillera Ranch layout meanders through valleys and oak-covered terrain. Many holes offer views of the Guadalupe River Valley and feature strategic bunkering, craggy limestone canyons and thought-provoking risk-reward shots. 

Situated 30 minutes northwest of San Antonio, Cordillera Ranch boasts 0.25-acre villas, one- to 10-plus acre estates, including valley-view, golf course and Guadalupe River frontage, as well as hilltop home sites. Cordillera Ranch’s seven on-site, resort-style amenity clubs – Golf, Tennis and Swim, Spa and Athletic, Social, Rod and Gun, Equestrian and River – are all available under one membership. This trailblazing model continues to attract a wide array of buyers from throughout Texas and the U.S.

Community honors continue to roll in as well, as Where to Retire Magazine named Cordillera Ranch one of the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.,” and San Antonio Magazine tabbed it one of the best neighborhoods in the area. 

Cordillera Ranch continues to grow at an impressive pace. Since Cordillera Ranch’s launch in 1997, nearly 800 homes have been completed (with more than 1,200 lot sales). At final build-out, Cordillera Ranch will total approximately 2,500 homes and preserve 80% of the land in its natural Hill Country state. 

Amenities opening in 2018 include the new Vista Visitor’s Center, housing the offices of Cordillera Ranch Realty, DH Investment Company, Pasadera Builders and the Cordillera Ranch POA administration. Additionally, the community is in its first phase of construction of the Lodges at Cordillera Ranch, boutique accommodations for property owners and club members’ guests. The initial phase of Lodges will be comprised of two units with a total of 10 available rooms. 

For more information:, 888.66.RANCH.

About Cordillera Ranch

Cordillera Ranch is an 8,700-acre master-planned residential community located north of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. It offers residents on-site recreational activities and boasts 0.25-acre villas, one- to 10-plus acre estates, including valley view, golf course, Guadalupe River frontage and hilltop home sites. 

Residents of the gated community can join The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, featuring seven resort-style clubs in one location – The Golf Club, The Social Club, The Tennis and Swim Club, The Equestrian Club, The Rod and Gun Club, The Spa and Athletic Club and The River Club. Cordillera Ranch is undertaken by Cordillera Ranch Development Corp., a subsidiary of Texas-based DH Investment Company.

For families with school-aged kids, the community is situated in the prestigious Boerne Independent School District. Newsweek recently ranked both Boerne ISD high schools among the top 3 percent in the country. Also, an education analysis group listed five Boerne ISD elementary schools among the eight best in the San Antonio area, including the top four spots.

And then there’s San Antonio – recently ranked 10th in the Milken Institute’s “Best Performing Cities” list, which evaluates small and large cities by tracking job growth, wage and salary growth, and the size and concentration of high tech industry. Also, the U.S. Census Bureau recently tabbed Boerne as one of the fastest-growing areas in the country and financial website LendEDU named Boerne the second-best town in Texas to start a small business. 


Robert Rodriguez
Liza Mencarini