While play on the New Course has been ongoing during some of the renovation period, the New Course and the Old Course are now closed for the final steps in the process.
Per reports from the White Bluff POA and our Golf Courses Superintendent, Gregg Fjelland, we are getting closer to our golf courses reopening later this summer. We are completing the sprigging process of our greens. “From that point it’s usually 60-90 days before we would open them for play. With that being said, we are looking for a mid to late August opening as a best-case scenario. We will open them when they are strong and healthy enough to handle the traffic.”
What Has Been Done
*Our new irrigation central computer has been installed with an updated antenna system that has helped immensely. *Sprinklers are being raised and leveled and new nozzles being installed to help the sprinklers to be as efficient as possible. *Drainage projects are underway such as 17 on the New Course and are already working well. *Stump grinding was completed for the first go around as we eliminated 161 old stumps from both properties and POA areas. *40 greens have been reconstructed. *90 Billy Bunkers have been constructed. *161 dead and diseased trees have been removed. Oak wilt continues to be a problem. *2 pump stations have been renovated and new control systems have been installed. *14 forward tees have been constructed to date. *$1 million in new golf maintenance equipment has been leased for 6 years *The courses should open with the new greens in late August. *Projects including the sodding of debilitated turf areas will be completed while the courses are closed.
A very busy time for us begins now through the summer months as we work to get the best product for our homeowners as possible. We look forward to our courses again being some of the best in North Texas.
We are so happy to have our grill reopen on the New Course. Mulligan’s (formerly Trophy Grill) has been completely refurbished and is welcoming guests to White Bluff Resort.
With a totally new kitchen, including pizza oven, the grill sports a brand new look as well — fashioned after the famous St. Andrew’s in Scotland. There is plenty of room with seating for 70 inside and more seating on the patio overlooking the New Course. The bar has been redesigned with more seating as well. And a covered kiosk with pass-through was added outside for golfers to order from the patio.
Although owned and operated by the White Bluff Property Owners, Mulligan’s is managed and staffed by Arcis (arcisgolf.com), a company well versed in managing golf and dining facilities. The new chef, Matthew Lessing, was brought down from Dallas, where he was Line Chef at the Cowboys Golf and Country Club, Ring of Honor Kitchen & Bar. Chef Matt has a Culinary Arts degree from the Culinary Institute at Platt College. He is a registered member of the ACF (American Culinary Federation). Membership requires hours of training and on-the-job experience and means he is held to a higher standard of food service and preparation. He is looking forward to moving to Whitney in the near future.
Mulligan’s is currently open Thursday through Sunday. Thursday-Friday-Saturday for meals, 11am – 7:30 pm. (Bar stays open later). Sundays, it is open for dining 11 am – 3 pm.
A few new items to report on the progress being made to restore the amenities at White Bluff.
The Bluff Point Condos.
We recently received an update from the Board of Directors that these rental condos are now completely renovated (inside and out) and available for rental. $150/night for property owners and $200/night for non-property owners. Reservations can be made through the POA office – 254-694-WPBO. Here is a link to the letter we received and a list of improvements made to the units. They are beautiful, on the Old Course across from the Club House.
Besides the golf courses, pools, RV parks and tennis courts , the Property Owners Association owns dozens of amenities throughout the Resort. Many are open and available for use; others require renovation before they can be available. (Remember, the POA only acquired the Resort from the developer last fall. Much was in disrepair and is being taken care of at this time.) You can link to a page on the POA website that provides specifics as to what we own and whether it is open at this time.
Of course, we, who live at Lake Whitney, have known this all along. But it is still a well-kept secret up in the DFW metroplex and down in Houston. Property and homes at Lake Whitney are much more affordable than other lakes around Texas.
It is the rural environment of this lake that makes it most appealing for weekend homes — and for those who can move away from the city and enjoy a quieter, peaceful way of life. Lake Whitney is uncrowded — not overrun with homes, boats and traffic.
Best Outdoor Recreation in Texas
According to TexasOutside.com, Lake Whitney is the 4th largest lake in Texes — 23,500 acres with 225 miles of shoreline. “Lake Whitney offers some of the best outdoor recreation in Texas with excellent lakefront camping and lodging, good fishing, nearby hunting and perfect conditions for boating. The clear water, scenic bluffs, protected coves and unusually smooth water (primarily due to light boat traffic) are perfect for boaters.”
Cleanest Lakes in Texas.
USA Today lists Lake Whitney among the cleanest lakes in Texas. “Lake Whitney is one of the lesser-known lakes in Texas, which is hard to believe considering how beautiful it is….this is the perfect sport for swimming, camping, fishing and other lake activities.” March 15, 2018
Come out to Lake Whitney this spring. Enjoy its particularly beautiful sunsets and see how affordable living here can be. Call Emily Morris, Realtor, for a tour. 254-694-1111. LakeHomesLakeWhitney.com
Over the last couple of months, some new birds took up residence in the ponds at the entrance to White Bluff Resort. A pair of Egyptian Geese are sighted daily and they are unique in their appearance and presence.
According to birding sources, these birds originated in Egypt and were brought to this country for private collections. Apparently some escaped captivity and are thriving in the Houston area. We are lucky enough to now have a pair here at White Bluff.
Here are two links to learn more about these birds.
Just an update that the White Bluff POA office has officially moved into the Administration Building within White Bluff. It is no longer in the building across from Security.
The new address is 20022 Misty Valley Road — turn from White Bluff Drive at the White Bluff Chapel. Phone is 254-694-9276. To find all information about the White Bluff Property Owners Association (POA), go to whitebluffpoa.com.
The acquisition of White Bluff Resort by the Property Owners Association in September 2018 resulted in POA ownership of land and amenities within the resort. Here is a list of those properties. To access the links, go to this page on the POA website.
This is another step forward for White Bluff Resort. The POA Board has engaged Arcis Golf to manage the White Bluff golf courses, pro shops, restaurants/bars, lodging, marina and other amenities.
Arcis Golf is an industry leader in managing resort amenities and has incredible experience in establishing quality resort offerings, profitability of amenities and market expansion. Because of the unique nature of White Bluff, our POA Board believes an equally unique approach was needed to provide effective and proven management services.
Arcis is the second largest operator of golf courses across the country. It manages a number of Texas courses including eight in the DFW metroplex. Its Cowboy Golf Club earned “Best Overall Golf Club” in the metroplex by Avid Golfer Magazine. Details on the Arcis laurels can be found here.
In another positive move, the POA Board hired Associa, a leading provider of the financial aspects of operating a resort like White Bluff. This company is also an industry leader, with 40 years’ experience in managing community associations and property management. It can provide the growing technology solutions the resort needs.
With the recent transition of ownership of White Bluff to the property owners (from the developer), these two companies will provide the needed management services to continue the growth of the resort. Both will also help the resort generate profitability so that its amenities will generate a positive cash flow.
The POA Board issued a letter to White Bluff Property Owners on January 16, apprising them of these changes. You can find detailed information about the White Bluff POA and Board contact information at https://www.whitebluffpoa.com