HollyHills is a California-based development company that has some big plans brewing in San Antonio. So big that I can't wait to see how they play out. Or, more accurately, whether they play out.
One thing HollyHills is doing is developing the Briggs Ranch area west of Downtown, about halfway between San Antonio and Castroville via Highway 90. Briggs Ranch is probably a familiar name to many of our readers. The Briggs Ranch Golf Club is an ultra-exclusive private course; The Golf Club of Texas, an adjacent public course, was originally named The Golf Club of Texas at Briggs Ranch.
HollyHills recently purchased the public Golf Club of Texas, plus a lot of land adjacent to both GCT and the private Briggs Ranch Golf Club. The developer plans to build another golf course on part of its new land, as part of a resort that will also include a hotel and high-end housing. (GCT would remain a public course.)
And that's the easy part of HollyHills' plan. Here's the hard part: Turning the depressed Eastide area around the SBC Center (home of the Spurs) into a huge sports and resort complex.
Part of that plan calls for the city-owned Willow Springs Golf Course - directly across the street from the SBC Center - to be purchased by HollyHills, refurbished, and re-opened as a resort golf course. Around it will be, the company claims, resort hotels, shopping districts, and various sports venues: a NASCAR-caliber speedway; an NFL-caliber stadium; perhaps an MLB-caliber stadium as well.
And HollyHills claims it can do all that with little or no public money. This all sounds terrific. But put me firmly in the "I'll believe it when I see it" camp, at least on the Eastside project.