Catching up with a few stories that have come across the news wires lately:
• Construction of Concan Golf and Country Club at Mountain Valley is well under way in the Hill Country near Garner State Park. The 18-hole layout was designed by the Austin team of Randy Russell and Roy Bechtol. Construction should be finished soon, with grand opening currently expected to take place in the fall of this year. The course is being built around 98 home lots and the development is planned to include a spa and a 4,000-square-foot clubhouse. "Spa casitas" will be available for spa and golf vacations. A map of the course and scorecard can be seen here.
• Golf Inc. magazine has named Brian Dees, director of golf at Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, one of golf's "20 Most Admired Operators" for 2006.
• The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, the former longtime home of the Champions Tour event now called the AT&T Championship, has been sold to a group of Austin investors.
• And here's a look at the First Tee in Longview, where the organization reaches out to kids through programs such as golf classes in elementary schools.