Update 12:30 p.m., April 30
Bluejack National officials have confirmed that the 18-hole golf course, and a short course, will be designed by Tiger Woods and his company, Tiger Woods Design, making them the first in the United States designed by the PGA tour superstar.
"Bluejack National has one of the best natural settings for golf I have seen. With its changes in elevation, the beautiful pines and hardwoods, Bluejack National is reminiscent of the pinelands of Georgia and the Carolinas," Woods said in a statement. "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."
Officials said the course will be designed to challenge accomplished players, but will be accessible to golfers of all skill levels.
Dallas-based Beacon Land Development is building Bluejack National, a golf club and community on the site of the former Blaketree National Golf Club, company officials said.
The 755-acre Bluejack National development will feature an approximate 150-acre 18-hole golf course, a short course, a golf performance center and "The Porch," a place for visitors to relax after a round of golf. It will also offer corporate compounds, officials said.
"It will be a championship-level golf course that can challenge the very best players in the world, but at the same time we are looking for a place that is playable and fun for beginners and kids," said Casey Paulson, a partner with Beacon Land Development. "We think we are going to create a place that can really be suitable for all levels of players."
Bluejack National will feature estate home sites, Sunday homes, cottages and member suites dedicated for short visits. "The Fort," a recreational facility, will feature a bowling alley, movie theater, game room, pottery room and a variety of dining options.
"Our goal is to create a truly distinctive environment where families and friends can reconnect, enjoy their time together and create lasting memories," said Michael Abbott, Beacon Land Development partner. "At Bluejack National, we have the opportunity to build upon all of [our] know-how to deliver a lifestyle unlike any other to our members."
Estate home sites can range from a half-acre to an acre and a half, Paulson said, but no price points have been laid out at this point in the process.
"This is certainly a luxury product, it's going to be a very highly amenitized club and community experience, so the pricing will be commensurate with that," Paulson said.
Memberships will be separate from real estate sales and will be available by application and invitation only. Officials said members will be able to catch bass and other game fish from private stocked fishing ponds at the Blake Fishing Dock, and they will have access to a dedicated concierge staff.
While Paulson would not substantiate rumors that Tiger Woods would be involved with the golf course development, he said the company has been interviewing course designers.
"We haven't finalized our designer yet," he said. "We have interviewed some of the very best people in the country and we will be excited to announce that when it's the right time, whoever it may be."
The development is expected to increase the tax base in Montgomery County and will capitalize on the expansion of Hwy. 249, said Craig Doyal, Montgomery County Precinct 2 commissioner.
"It will be a real gem out there for us," Doyal said. "This is really going to be a special project With an upscale quality development like that, it's always exciting and encouraging to see."