A few weeks ago, in a post about Horseshoe Bay Resort, I wrote about stumbling across a notice on the Jack Nicklaus Design Web site several years ago regarding a Nicklaus Signature golf course (when you see "signature" used, it means that the designer himself - as opposed to design associates working for his company - is the lead designer on the project) being adding to Horseshoe Bay's existing collection of courses. But in the ensuing years nothing had happened and I'd been unable to find out anything else.
Well, something is happening now.
Horseshoe Bay already had the largest collection of Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed golf holes in the U.S., 54 of them on the Applerock, Ram Rock and Slick Rock courses. Soon, the resort will add 18 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus, a course named Summit Rock.
Summit Rock Golf Club is actually the centerpiece of a 1,600-acre residential development called Skywater over Horseshoe Bay. But once the course and its clubhouse are finished, Horseshoe Bay Resort will take it over, and resort guests will have access to the course just as they have access to the existing RTJ courses.
Summit Rock will be a par-72, 7,200-yard layout over 200 acres, and divided into two distinct sections – a lower, level playing area and an upper playing area of more rugged terrain.
The course and clubhouse are currently under construction, and expected to be completed in time to open in Fall 2008.
You can find more info about the Skywater development at http://www.skywatertexas.com/, and about Horseshoe Bay Resort at http://www.hsbresort.com/.