Saturday, March 10, 2007

Waterford Texas

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Waterford Texas is the name of a new, master-planned community alongside Lake Travis outside Austin. And the community announced a few days ago that its private golf course, known as The Waterford Club, is now complete.

The photo above shows Hole No. 3. There are many more photos on the Waterford Web site, but most of them are construction photos.

The course was designed by the Austin team of Randy Russell and Roy Bechtol. It's a par-72 that plays to 7,310 yards according to the scorecard, 7,350 yards according to the press release.

Here is an excerpt from the press release, with the usual this-is-the-greatest-course-in-the-history-of-the-world hyperbole you expect from a press release:

Waterford's private course, located along the banks of Lake Travis, offers a world-class golfing experience to serious and casual golfers alike. This 7,350 yard course features pristine creeks, oak-lined hillsides, and spectacular views of Lake Travis. Waterford's dramatic and challenging course creatively blends the Hill Country's authentic Texas terrain with bent grass greens, Zeon Zoysia fairways, and density buffalo roughs.

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"Randy Russell and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to design and develop for Waterford what we believe is arguably one of the most beautiful and interesting courses in Texas," said Roy Bechtol of Bechtol & Russell. "With water views from nearly all 18 holes, eye-catching elevated vistas, three holes playing along Lake Travis, five tee boxes at every hole, and a landscape that graciously combines the native Hill Country terrain with the highest-quality grasses, Waterford will provide all players a fun and memorable golfing experience."

Bechtol added that Waterford's golf site was especially unique for the Hill Country because rather than encountering rock, the site was lush with usable soil. While Bechtol credits SIMA Golf's crews for skillfully constructing the course, he says the
landscape allowed them to "gently lay in" every hole.

"Waterford's fairways, greens and bunkers follow the site's natural rolls, elevations and obstacles to create a course that seems to have existed there for decades," said
Bechtol.

The photo in the middle of the excerpt is of No. 5, the one below is of No. 6.

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