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Superclub Showdown

May 23, 2005
May 23, 2005

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May 23, 2005

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Superclub Showdown

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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 VaqueroIsleworth
OPENEDNov. 2001Jan. 1987
COURSEPar 71, 7,089 yardsPar 72, 7,426 yards
ARCHITECTTom FazioArnold 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
FACILITIESGolf, tennis, fishing campGolf, fishing, half-court basketball
CADDIESYesNo
PREVIOUS USEEstate of silver baronOrange grove
SECURITYEight-foot stone wallNine-foot stone wall
CLUBHOUSE30,000 square feet63,000 square feet
RANGE BALLSTitleist, CallawayTitleist
PGA TOUR MEMBERSTodd Hamilton, Justin Leonard, Brian WattsStuart Appleby, John Cook, Mark O'Meara, Tiger Woods
CELEBRITY MEMBERSAngie Harmon, Jason Sehorn and Terry BradshawKen Griffey Jr., Shaquille O'Neal
REALLY BIG GOLFER'S HOUSE10,000 square feet (Watts)14,000 square feet (O'Meara)
AT THE TURNCarving station with fresh menu dailyAppleby Burger, O'Meara Wrap
SALUTATIONSAlways Mr. or Mrs.Always Sir or Ma'am
NICE TOUCHDog and cat walkingPrivate beaches on the lakes
SWEET RIDESPickup at airport in luxury carMembers' customized golf carts
PERKSMembers' and guests' cars washed while they playFree use of watercraft

 

COLOR PHOTOCOURTESY VAQUERO COUNTRY CLUBCOLOR PHOTOAL MESSERSCHMIDT/WIREIMAGE.COM (ISLEWORTH)COLOR PHOTO BOB MARTIN (PALMER)COLOR PHOTOGETTY IMAGES (RACKET)COLOR PHOTO MARC SEROTA/REUTERS (HAMILTON)COLOR PHOTOLEE CELANO/REUTERS (HARMON)COLOR PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (WOODS)COLOR PHOTOCHRIS COLLINS/CORBIS (DOG)COLOR PHOTOSTOCKDISC/GETTY IMAGES (LIMOUSINE)COLOR PHOTOMARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES (WATERCRAFT)