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Golf and Good Times: George Strait’s Tapatio Springs Resort

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The first sense to be awakened when you arrive at Tapatio Springs is that of smell. Stepping out of the car at the brand new clubhouse building to check-in, it’s the fragrance of golf course and the heady aroma of Texas Hill Country live oak. Once through the doors into the clubhouse, it’s the resort’s signature fragrance, which captures those woods and adds a hint of lime, evocative of a tangy margarita.

Sight takes over from here as guests take in their surroundings. A brand new clubhouse furnished in a distinctive, masculine Hill Country style with plenty of antler chandeliers, rustic-but-comfy furnishings and relentless waves of natural light through the picture windows overlooking the 9th hole green.

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Tapatio Springs is a resort development (that counts country singer George Strait as an ownership partner) in Boerne, TX, about a half hour’s drive from San Antonio. While it’s part of a larger community, the club is clearly a focal point. Long a membership club focused on golf, the surrounding lodgings grew as a natural progression of the club’s hospitality. Several two-story buildings house resort accommodations, surrounding some of the club’s original buildings that have been repurposed as the spa and resort pools.

The main draw, however, is the 18 hole Resort Course, which was first designed and built by Bill Johnston in 1981 and last refurbished by Tripp Davis in 2015. The course is public, so one needn’t be a member to play, although during our round it seemed clear the majority of other golfers were playing the course with the intimate familiarity of significant frequency.

The course itself is challenging, with a number of memorable water and terrain hazards to challenge even veteran players, and several holes with “hidden” pins. Overall both novice players and seasoned golf pros will find plenty to entertain on both the front and back nine. It’s also an affordable course, with non-member green fees for 18 holes from $75 in the summer.

When it’s time to refuel, La Cascada Table & Bar offers a variety of experiences for resort guests. Those just in from a round of golf can relax in the bar or on the patio with a selection of clubhouse and Central Texas favorites like Shrimp & Grits or a classic Clubhouse Sandwich. For dinner, there’s a dining room with plush leather booths, roll-up doors to take advantage of mild evenings and Hill Country cuisines like Wood-Fired Quail or Baby Back Ribs.

Guest rooms have exterior corridors and comfortable furnishings in an approachable country style without any hint of ostentation. All rooms have balconies or patios from which to take in countryside views. King suites are designed to entertain, with convivial seating areas and wet bars.

In fact, the entire resort seems designed for languid socializing. Fire pits with Adirondack-style chairs dot the property, and there are two resort pools, one with a water slide and expansive pool bar. Guests interested in wellness can peruse the treatment list at Puresol Spa and book treatments such as body scrubs or massages or take in the benefits of the salt cave (the minerals in the air are said to promote wellness). A massage is certainly welcome to the shoulders after a morning spent on the links.

When not relaxing at the resort, the scenic views of the surrounding environs and the charming antique shops and boutiques of downtown Boerne await. The resort is even close enough to San Antonio for guests to venture into town to taste the delights of the Alamo City.

The Takeaway

Solidly moderate in price and amenities with heartfelt hospitality and finely executed services, Tapatio Springs is a resort getaway to remember in one of Texas’s most scenic regions.

The Math

Winter weekday room rates start at $85 per night plus tax.

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Get out on the golf course, and there’ll be no shortage of them.

Loyalty

No loyalty program here, but country club memberships are available for purchase.

Good to Know

Guest rooms and suites are pet-friendly; cats and dogs are permitted.

Guest accommodations are “drive-up” with plenty of free parking. There’s a drive-thru porte-cochere for brief check-in/check-out visits to the clubhouse.

Pools are heated and are open year-round; some amenities like waterslides and pool bars may have seasonal closures.

Accommodations were furnished by Tapatio Springs in preparation for this story.

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Las Vegas Sands Donating Two Million Pieces of Personal Protective Equipment

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WHY IT RATES: With the Palazzo and Venetian shuttered in Las Vegas, parent company Las Vegas Sands continues to pay some 10,000 furloughed Team Members and provide full health-care benefits, and has just announced a fresh donation of two millions pieces of personal protective equipment to support the work of those battling coronavirus on the ground in New York and Nevada. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer


Las Vegas Sands today announced it will donate two million medical masks and 20,000 protective suits to help health-care professionals, first responders and nonprofit organizations in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Medical mask donations will be distributed in the company’s corporate headquarters of Nevada as well as New York, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Each state will receive one million masks. The 20,000 protective suits will be donated to hospitals and first responders in Nevada.

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“Hopefully our donations will help protect people on the front lines so they can continue their invaluable work, and we can start to see the numbers of people affected begin to diminish,” Sands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson said. “Our properties in Las Vegas may be empty right now, but our hearts are full of hope for the future. The determination and courage I have seen in our Team Members, which I know is the same throughout this country, gives me every confidence we will get through this unprecedented crisis.”

This contribution marks the second round of personal protective equipment donations Sands has made. The company previously provided 100,000 masks to the Las Vegas health-care community and 5,000 masks to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. It also donated 1,900 coronavirus test kits to the state of Nevada.

Mr. Adelson said the one million masks being sent to New York will help health-care professionals and first responders in the state currently with the most cases of coronavirus.

“People are looking to New York as a bellwether for what comes next, both in terms of the pandemic’s impact and for how quickly the region, particularly New York City, is able to recover from the aftermath of the virus,” he said. “It’s important we steer resources to the places where the need is the greatest and most urgent.”

In addition to the protective gear donations, Sands is fulfilling its pledge to give $250,000 to several important local organizations during this time of need. The company is making contributions to ‘Three Square’, Southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization; ‘Communities In Schools’, which is helping provide meals to students who would otherwise be participating in their school’s free and subsidized meal programs; and ‘Share Village Las Vegas’, a veterans assistance organization that also runs a community food pantry.

Sands also has donated 60 pallets of food and more than 55,000 bottles of water to local organizations. In addition, the company is currently paying each of its nearly 10,000 Las Vegas Team Members, along with providing full health-care benefits, while its properties remain closed.

For more information, visit sands.com.


SOURCE: Las Vegas Sands Corp. press release.

This post was published by our news partner: TravelPulse.com | Article Source

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