Former apprentice to Pete Dye and PGA Tour in-house architect, Bobby Weed, designed Spanish Oaks. Weed’s highly acclaimed, sensitive design was considered to be the most environmentally friendly in Texas.
The short par four 6th and 189-yard 7th are highlights on the front nine whilst the back nine positively bristles with standout holes such as the par fives at holes 11 and 17 and the extremely long closing hole where the home green is protected front left by water and a sentinel tree.
Unfortunately, the downturn in the real estate market led to the course and unsold lots on the 911-acre property being reclaimed in September 2010 by the bank that originally loaned developers nearly $35 million for the project.
The plan was to have 436 homes built around the course by 2012 but with only 125 houses built at the start of 2010, the lender decided to protect their asset and seek foreclosure. The future of the golf course became uncertain and for a while it closed. Happily we heard from John, a member at Spanish Oaks, who told us that the course has now reopened with more than one hundred new members having joined. The course and neighborhood are now doing well.
November 16, 2011