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Embrace the Serenity of the Texas Hill Country at Rockin' J Ranch

The Perfect Blend of Luxury Homes, Rolling Landscapes, and Award-Winning Golf

In the ever-changing world of business, real estate and homes have proven to be a valuable investment. Over the years, Rockin' J Ranch has solidified its position as a highly desirable private community, standing strong despite economic fluctuations. With its stunning Hill Country homes and homesites, lush surroundings, and renowned golf course, Rockin' J Ranch offers a unique blend of tranquility and luxury. Texas Golf Insider is excited to showcase this slice of heaven, where residents can experience the delicate Hill Country lifestyle five miles south of the town of Blanco while enjoying the comfort and convenience they desire. Join Texas Golf Insider as we explore this hidden Texas gem.

A Community Steeped in History and Vision

Rockin' J Ranch, spanning 1,064 acres set amongst rolling fields of flowers and stands of oak and cedar trees, was conceived by Colonel Lee Roper, a visionary with a deep appreciation for the Texas Hill Country. With over 35 years of experience in developing properties, Roper's commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the land has attracted families from all over Texas and beyond. The integration of century-old homes and landmarks into the community adds to its charm.

Located less than an hour north of San Antonio and just a half-hour further drive from Austin, the development stands apart from others in the area, surrounded by sprawling family ranches that offer a little something of everything and is made special by the serenity and isolation that’s becoming just a bit too scarce these days.

Non-stop Growth Amidst Economic Challenges

While rising interest rates have negatively impacted many communities in the region, Rockin' J Ranch continues to thrive. Ryan Brubaker, the sales manager, attests to the sustained interest in the community, with ongoing construction projects and recent lot sales. “There are about 80 homes under construction out here right now and we sold 30 more lots in the last couple of months,” said Brubaker. “The interest in this community and what Colonel Roper envisioned from the start has not waned and continues to grow. I literally sold three homesites this morning – people genuinely love and appreciate what we have here.” The beauty of the Hill Country and the allure of Rockin' J Ranch's amenities continue to captivate prospective homeowners.

One of the earmarks of Roper’s communities – including Rockin’ J Ranch – is its use of a centralized water and sewer system rather than the well water and septic fields used in the majority of other Hill Country developments. That matters because water is a precious resource and so scarce in the region – even more so now than when Rockin’ J Ranch first came online. Rockin’ J Ranch has become a melting pot of residents from across Texas and from coast to coast. “They are coming because of the beauty of the Hill Country,” Brubaker said. “Everyone wants a little piece of the heaven we have here, and we try to help them.”

Vaaler Creek Golf Club: The Jewel in the Crown

Vaaler Creek Golf Club is as firmly established as the community around it, grown up and grown in and one of the most popular courses in the area thanks to word of mouth and a bushel of great reviews that continue to entice golfers to the property.

Vaaler Creek GC is a place for great golf and a solid option that integrates challenge and fun in an isolated setting. It was voted the nation’s No. 19 Best New Course for 2010-11 by Golf Digest and has remained on the top of the region’s rankings because of its playability, its excellent conditioning, and the attention to detail by the facility’s staff. “Our rounds increased by 10-15 percent over the past year and that’s on top of the growth we enjoyed in the years before and then because of the pandemic,” said Adam Grosch, Vaaler Creek’s Director of Golf. “The course continues to improve and get better with age. It’s always fun hearing the comments of people who play Vaaler Creek for the first time – it’s always ‘why haven’t I played this place before?’”

Opened as a nine-hole track in 2007, Vaaler Creek expanded to a full 18 two years later plus an addition of a driving range. The course was the first signature design by Michael Lowry, who fashioned a much-tougher-than-its-carded 6,874-yard, par-72 track among live oak and cactus. Lowry routed the layout along the rolling, scrub brush-filled prairies and worked in all sorts of cool features: ponds, sand hazards of sundry sizes, elevated tee shots, and wavy, tree-lined fairways.

Both nines offer far-reaching views of the famed surrounding region and the generous homesite setbacks mean that the house near the course is mostly out of sight and unobtrusive, adding to the course’s isolated feel. Given its length, golfers might think they can overpower Vaaler Creek, but finding success here is not simple. The course has a rich variety of long and short holes, with shots involving strategically placed bunkers and occasionally requiring a carry over water.

The course’s true last line of defense is its lightning-quick, mounded, and sectioned putting surfaces, which can make even the most aggressive players timid and prone to second-guessing. It’s hard to find a better three-hole finish than at Vaaler Creek. The 515-yard, par 5 16th races downhill past a pond along the right before ascending to a green guarded front left by a cavernous bunker. The green slopes back toward you from the fairway and, if the pin is at the right front, there’s a backstop that might redirect your shot toward the hole.

The par-4 17th plays much shorter than its 425 yards as it moves off a slightly elevated tee. The approach is over a babbling stream to an undulating and elevated green lined laterally by trees. Though the first 17 holes provide their share of thrills and chills, nothing prepares you for the 405-yard, par 4 closer. The drive here is best played long and downhill along the left side, but too far to the starboard side brings a lake into play. The approach is all carry and downhill over the water hazard, finishing at a putting surface in the shadow of the golf shop. Vaaler Creek has become a real favorite for Hill Country golfers and continually draws players from the region’s bigger cities.

Amenities that Embrace Hill Country Living

Rockin' J Ranch offers more than just exceptional golfing. The community has expanded its off-course amenities to cater to every resident's needs and desires. From Stay & Play Offers at Vaaler Creek with stunning condos for rent overlooking the 10th tee to a sparkling pool, a nature park with trails, a pond for canoeing and fishing, and a pavilion for post-golf dining, Rockin' J Ranch strikes a perfect balance between the cherished Hill Country lifestyle and modern comforts.

Rockin' J Ranch embodies the essence of Texas Hill Country living. Its rich history, commitment to preserving the land, and exceptional amenities create a haven for residents and Texas Golf Insider enthusiasts seeking serenity and luxury. Whether it's the allure of its real estate, the thrill of golfing at Vaaler Creek, or the array of off-course activities, Rockin' J Ranch feels like a true home. Experience the beauty and tranquility that this remarkable community has to offer.


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