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Superclub Showdown
Art Stricklin
May 23, 2005
Whenever the PGA Tour comes to Texas, players scramble to get in a round at Vaquero Country Club, the gated community outside Dallas that has become the state's golf hot spot. With its celebrity members and residents, and luxe services, Vaquero begs comparison with another posh development, Isleworth, outside Orlando.
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May 23, 2005

Superclub Showdown

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Vaquero Isleworth
OPENED Nov. 2001 Jan. 1987
COURSE Par 71, 7,089 yards Par 72, 7,426 yards
ARCHITECT Tom Fazio Arnold Palmer (Renovation)
INITIATION FEE $175,000, plus lot $95,000, no lot required
LOTS $200,000 to $1 million $400,000 to $2 million
ANNUAL DUES $10,500 $16,000
FACILITIES Golf, tennis, fishing camp Golf, fishing, half-court basketball
CADDIES Yes No
PREVIOUS USE Estate of silver baron Orange grove
SECURITY Eight-foot stone wall Nine-foot stone wall
CLUBHOUSE 30,000 square feet 63,000 square feet
RANGE BALLS Titleist, Callaway Titleist
PGA TOUR MEMBERS Todd Hamilton, Justin Leonard, Brian Watts Stuart Appleby, John Cook, Mark O'Meara, Tiger Woods
CELEBRITY MEMBERS Angie Harmon, Jason Sehorn and Terry Bradshaw Ken Griffey Jr., Shaquille O'Neal
REALLY BIG GOLFER'S HOUSE 10,000 square feet ( Watts) 14,000 square feet ( O'Meara)
AT THE TURN Carving station with fresh menu daily Appleby Burger, O'Meara Wrap
SALUTATIONS Always Mr. or Mrs. Always Sir or Ma'am
NICE TOUCH Dog and cat walking Private beaches on the lakes
SWEET RIDES Pickup at airport in luxury car Members' customized golf carts
PERKS Members' and guests' cars washed while they play Free use of watercraft

Whenever the PGA Tour comes to Texas, players scramble to get in a round at Vaquero Country Club, the gated community outside Dallas that has become the state's golf hot spot. With its celebrity members and residents, and luxe services, Vaquero begs comparison with another posh development, Isleworth, outside Orlando.

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