Warm and Welcoming with a side of Texas maverick spirit.

HORSESHOE BAY, TEXAS (45 minutes outside Austin): Escondido Golf & Lake Club is where the Old World flavor of Tuscany, Italy, is reborn in a pastoral setting on the shores of Lake LBJ in the Texas Hill Country.

Amenities include a Tom Fazio design (ranked a “Top-5” course in the state by The Dallas Morning News), a hand­some clubhouse with a broadstone veranda, and lake club with private pool cabanas and docks to moor members’ boats. The recently completed 20-slip dry dock allows Escondido valets to have your boat in the water within an hour to enjoy 21 miles of shoreline on one of the few constant water level lakes in the state.

Putting Pencil to Paper

Members Carrie and Scott Heitkamp bring an atypical analysis to Escondido. Their family owned and operated community bank based in Corpus Christi (over a three-hour drive from Horseshoe Bay) has deep roots in the Lone Star State. “I’ve been around my fair share of finan­cial spreadsheets,” said Scott. “Escondido has a lot of good things going for it. A low debt load, a strong brand, and an irreplaceable location with lake access in a booming area all bode well for the community. I am so bullish on the future growth of the Hill Country that we recently opened our first bank branch in the region.

“Escondido has become our family hub. Although Corpus Christi has fine beaches, we prefer freshwater over salt water and undulating topography versus flatlands. Maintaining a boat in saltwater requires many chores. At Escondido we are able to spend more time on the water versus preparing to get on the water,” revealed Scott.

“Coming home to Escondido just makes you feel good,” explained Carrie. “Our children live in different parts of the state, so I wanted to make sure we had a central meeting point. After all, my main concern centers on ‘how mama makes it easier to attract the grandkids!’

“We originally joined as non-equity members to evalu­ate how a weekly commute between Corpus Christi and Horseshoe Bay would fit into our busy lifestyle,” continued Carrie. “Soon, we both agreed this was for us. We upgraded our membership to an equity category to take advantage of generational access up and down our family tree.

“Even on the busiest of summer weekends, Escondido’s Lake Club docks provide easy access to Lake LBJ and an opportunity to order a freshly baked pizza and drinks while avoiding the crazy pande­monium found at public docks scattered around the lake,” smiled Carrie.

Friends and Family

During early stages of development, Chris and Jeff Bayer joined Escondido. “Our round-trip drive from Dallas to Escondido is about the same amount of time to finish an Audible book by Amazon,” revealed Jeff. “Several of our closest friends in Dallas also became members, creating the ultimate home away from home. While golf and lake access were critical musts during our evaluation, areas outside the club played a role in our decision. Everything from the quaint shops and restaurants in nearby Fredericksburg to hiking trails at Enchantment Rock State Park only enhance the lifestyle.”

“We, too, utilize generational privileges with our grown children. Since they have their own extended family account numbers, we don’t get surprised by how much fun they had at the Lake Club! A common refrain from visiting friends is, ‘I haven’t had this much fun in a long time.’ I will turn to Jeff, nod, and think, ‘We get to do this every day,’” exclaimed Chris.

“Whether it is hopping in our golf cart with donuts and camera in hand for a morning deer ‘hunt’ with the family or happy hour around a firepit with a membership that comes from all over Texas, Escondido is where magical moments matter.”

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