Saturday, December 10, 2005

HollyHills' San Antonio Vision

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.

9 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:40 PM

    I live in San Antonio, and I can tell you that the Eastside project is pure wishful thinking. That whole area is surrounded by industrial complexes - oil tanks, refueling depots and the like. No way you ever get from what it is now to a golf resort.

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  2. Anonymous3:19 PM

    If HollyHills can build it, especially with no/or little help from the city,,,,let them do it.. If you build it they will come!!!

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  3. CONRAD BORCHERS - PGA PRO1:24 AM

    I have seen some exciting new things out at the Golf Club of Texas golf course. New Vice President, new Sales and Marketing Team, new carts
    with GPS systems. The course plays great, the staff is new and professional. And the food is worth every dime.

    There is now construction on the course with new Time Share Development going on along with a Golf Academy team being headed up with a PGA Pro.

    I am excited at what I see going on out there.

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  4. Anonymous8:51 PM

    What is the downside of the Eastside Vision? That is what I thought nothing!

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  5. Anonymous7:01 PM

    HollyHills will never get this project off the ground, for one simple reason - they dont have any MONEY!!!!! If it does get built, it will be with the unpaid commisions owed to Briggs Ranch Grand Vacation Club employees!

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  6. Anonymous4:22 PM

    I spoke to Hollyhills sales VP and he was a pompus asshole......He is un trustworthy and creepy. If they ever do trick someone into buying into this project they would have to talk with this guy. that alone is not worth the hassle.

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  7. Anonymous9:17 PM

    Briggs Ranch Timeshare and the Golf Club of Texas is a beautiful property and facility...too bad it is plagued with problems. The employees pay checks seem to bounce all over town so often that even ACE and the Moneybox won't even take their checks. It would be a miracle if the first building gets built by 2050. So my question is...if the employees aren't getting paid and the building hasn't been touched in 4 months...where's all the money going from the maintainance fees and from the sales that they made?

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  8. I HAVE OWEND A TIME SHARE, PAYED CASH. I HAVE YET TO SEE ANY PROGRESS IN THIS BULLSHIT PROJECT. EVERY NUMBER THAT HAS BEEN THROWN MY WAY DOES NOT WORK OR HAS BEEN DISCONNECTED. I HAVE EVEN CONFRONTED THE BRIGGS RANCH GOLF COURSE MANAGER ABOUT THIS CRAP, HE HAS SAID ITS A WHOLE DIFFERENT PROJECT. THEY SURE DID NOT SAY THAT WHEN THEY SHOWED US AROUND THE GOLF COURSE FACILITIES!!!!

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  9. gabino10:16 AM

    gonzoz1man...have you heard anything lately...u can do a search on briggs ranch and there is still timeshare companies trying to sell units from people who have bought . i did back in 2006..still cannnot get a hold of anyone...any ideas?

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