Former Blaketree Site to Become Luxury Lifestyle Club
After already announcing one of the most ambitious and newsworthy private club community developments to hit in Southern Texas in many years, Beacon Land Development sent the buzz off the charts in May by revealing that Tiger Woods and his company, Tiger Woods Design, will be designing the 18-hole golf course at Bluejack National. The luxury-lifestyle club and residential community are being constructed in Montgomery, on the site of former 18-hole daily-fee property Blaketree National Golf Club.
It would be difficult imagine a project more symbolic of the blossoming business climate and resultant growth emerging in the corridor northwest of Houston (between Spring and Lake Conroe). With developments like Spring’s 385-acre Exxon-Mobil campus, which is expected to be employing 10,000 people by 2015, indicators suggest upscale home and luxury recreational amenities will soon be in greater demand in the area. And Bluejack National’s developers are preparing to be ready when that happens.
Beacon Land’s founding partners Michael Abbott and Casey Paulson have a combined 50 years of experience leading the member and guest experiences in innovative directions at acclaimed upscale properties like Vaquero Club in Dallas, Madison Club in Palm Springs, California, as well as El Dorado Golf & Beach Club and Diamante in Mexico. Planned amenities in addition to golf include an area called The Fort, which will feature a bowling alley, movie theater, game room, pottery room and a classic American “burger joint.” Outdoors, members will have access to zip lines, a ropes course, an archery range, sport courts and additional outdoor fun. The Blake Fishing Dock will provide everything members need to enjoy catching bass and other game fish from the club’s private, stocked fishing ponds.
“Our goal is to create a truly distinctive environment where families and friends can reconnect, enjoy their time together and create lasting memories and traditions they’ll cherish for years to come,” says Paulson.
The championship golf course will be a completely new design on an excellent, mature expanse of pine forest. “With its changes in elevation, the beautiful pines and hardwoods, Bluejack National is reminiscent of the pinelands of Georgia and the Carolinas,” says Woods says. “The opportunity is here to create a golf course unlike any other in the Houston area, and our goal is for it to be among the best in the nation.”
So what is Woods’ design sensibility? What does he like to see in a golf course? “Spending time with Tiger, you’ll see he likes his golf courses large. Not long necessarily, but generous in the landing areas and very strategic,” says Paulson
Woods says the golf course will “require players to think and make decisions throughout their rounds. Green contours will be kept simple to allow for fast speeds, and the areas around the greens will be maintained firm and tight to promote shot options and creativity from the chipping areas.”
In addition to the 18-hole golf course, Woods will design a Short Course for Bluejack National, providing “a creative, high-quality alternative to the 18-hole golf experience.”
Construction of the golf course is expected to this summer with its completion slated for the fall of 2015, putting Bluejack National on pace to be the first golf course designed by Tiger Woods to open in the U.S. Bluejack National membership opportunities will be available by application and invitation only. For information about Bluejack National, visit www.bluejacknational.com.