Sundance Golf Course in New Braunfels, one of the most-honored practice facilities and with an ownership whose involvement in junior golf was equally lauded, has closed. It's a big blow to junior golf in the San Antonio area.
There were rumors for quite some time that the husband-and-wife ownership team of Rob and Sue Puetz were selling. Those rumors came true when the San Antonio investment firm of Koontz McCombs purchased the course. No word on what plans Koontz McCombs has for the property - apartments or a retail center are my guesses - but Sundance was closed as soon as the deal closed.
The facility, which combined practice areas, a driving range, a very good 18-hole executive course, and two great instructors, was the host site for the Central Texas Junior Golf Association. Sue Puetz served on the board of the CTJGA and created many other junior programs at Sundance; she wrote a manual on starting and running junior golf programs that is recommended by the USGA.
Sundance opened in 1995 and every year of its existence was named one of the Top 100 driving ranges/practice facilities in the U.S. by Golf Range Magazine.
PGA Tour winner David Ogrin, now instructor of golf with Boerne-based Foresight Golf, and himself based at Foresight's course in New Braunfels, The Bandit, is the new leader of the CTJGA. Which bodes well for the future of that organization, at least.
But the late, great Sundance will be sorely missed.