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The Big Easy Ranch


BIRDS & BIRDIES – an unmatched combination of wingshooting and championship golf – all in one exceptional setting right here in the great state of Texas. And who better to help create the idyllic golf experience than Chet Williams, acclaimed course architect known for both golf course designs and re-designs across the country. It started as a hobby, the vision of owner Billy Brown to share his private ranch with a select few, just as he had done for years with close friends and customers. “I love spending time with friends and family in the great outdoors,” he says. In 2016, Brown made that dream a reality when he opened Big Easy Ranch, “A Sporting Club Like No Other.” Big Easy Ranch is a private club with a unique combination of a hunting, sporting, and country club complete with luxury lodging and the full-service Big Easy Lodge. With the recent addition of The Covey, an 18-hole championship golf course and luxury real estate offerings, Big Easy Ranch is one of the most coveted private memberships and ranch developments in the region. Whether it’s used as a weekend getaway with family or for client entertainment on the highest level, Big Easy Ranch’s fresh air and unlimited attractions provide the ultimate retreat from big-city drudgery.


A SPORTSMAN’S PARADISE

Located in Colorado County, centrally located between Austin and Houston, Big Easy Ranch provides its members with exclusive access to 2,000 sprawling acres of premier hunting grounds, sporting facilities, and luxury lifestyle comforts. Fishing lakes are stocked with large mouth bass, redfish, and seasonal rainbow trout.

Shooting enthusiasts can enjoy sporting clays, rifle and pistol ranges. Big Easy Ranch quickly became known as a premier destination for world-class whitetail and exotic game hunting, along with wing shooting that includes upland field hunts, European pheasant drives and flighted mallard duck hunts. The 12,000 square foot Big Easy Lodge is designed with rustic sophistication to provide casual fine dining and an award winning wine collection as recognized with a “Best of Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator™. Well-appointed meeting space is available for executive gatherings and private events, and luxurious overnight accommodations are offered in four onsite cabins and two fully furnished houses. Additional outdoor amenities include patios, firepits, several recreational lakes, infinity pool with poolside cabana and The Brown Plaza, a one-acre amphitheater for outdoor concerts and special events.“...so many families are seeking wide open spaces where they can share quality time in the great outdoors.”

BILLY BROWN, OWNER, BIG EASY RANCH

On the horizon lies a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse that features indoor and outdoor dining and lounge areas, full-service bar, locker rooms and a generous wine cellar, all with the same high-end design and décor as the original Big Easy Lodge. Adding to the ranch’s extensive list of amenities is a nine-hole par three golf course, golf practice facilities and The Covey, the new 18-hole championship golf course.


THE COVEY AT BIG EASY RANCH


As if the golf experience at Big Easy Ranch was not enough, The Covey, the18-hole championship golf course, opened this spring and with rave reviews. Like the club’s nine-hole par 3 golf course, Chet Williams designed the masterpiece that is

configured perfectly for the ranch terrain and topography.“One of the best things I can say about The Covey is that when it matures, the course will feel like it has always been there. It belongs. I like to say it fits ‘into’ the property, not on it,” stated Chet Williams. The exceptional topography of The Covey blends seamlessly with its surroundings, embracing the wooded, rolling terrain and rambling creeks of the landscape as it stretches across 7,500 yards of play. The 80-foot elevation changes, multiple tee boxes, Zeon Zoysia fairways and rough, and TifEagle greens aid in making The Covey one of Texas’s most anticipated golf courses, so much that the Texas Golf Association set its sights on The Covey for upcoming Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play in 2026 and 120th Texas Amateur Championship in 2029.


“We built The Covey to provide a next- level experience for our members. Just 300 memberships are available for this course; the fact that it is considered worthy of hosting prestigious golf tournaments is a bonus,” commented Brown. Although The Covey was named for its popular upland bird hunting, Brown said it might not be unusual to see a 250-class buck running along the course. Native grasses planted on the course provide a natural habitat for quail and pheasant and represent the ranch’s hunting aesthetic. At the center of The Covey is The Eagle’s Nest, a two-story halfway house set on a 60-foot hill between holes 9 and 10. This one-of-a-kind venue provides 360-degree views of the golf course and ranch with indoor and outdoor seating on both the first and second levels, along with a full bar, grille, and outdoor firepits.


RANCH STYLE LIVING WITHOUT THE HEAVY LIFTING


Along with the excitement of the expanded amenities, Big Easy Ranch is now offering estate homesites and shared ownership villas - both have been an instant success. “In today’s world, so many families are seeking wide open spaces where they can share quality time in the great outdoors,” said Brown. “Whether it’s a second home or a full-time residence, our members can now enjoy ranch living without the responsibility and maintenance of owning one.”With the added privacy and peace of mind of a guard-gated entry, estate homesites are thoughtfully situated with premium views of the lakes, natural creeks, wooded areas, waterfalls and the nine-hole golf course. Estate lotsaverage ¾ to 1- acre and start at $825,000. Four featured homebuilders have been carefully chosen to provide custom design and build services. Leitch Properties, MayBuilt, Metropolitan Custom Homes and Texas Casual Cottages by Partners in Building with Brickmoon Design as Architectural Designer. Custom homes start at 3,000 square feet and will take 12-18 months to complete.


For those seeking ranch living on a more part-time basis, shared ownership villas are available with 1/8 ownership and 42 nights per year. The houses are fully furnished with upscale ranch home décor and feature two master bedrooms each with a private en-suite bath; two guest bedrooms; study; bunk room; totaling 8 beds and 4.5 baths. Retractable screened porches with living and dining areas provide added space for entertaining with a view. Villas include private closets for homeowners and a four seater golf cart. Available in two floor plans with 3,900 square feet of living space, shared ownership villas start at $450,000.


“My dream is for Big Easy Ranch to be a utopia for people to escape the city and

enjoy the ranch life and all of its amenities with a relaxed country club feel. This is the perfect second home,” Brown says. Today, eight homes are under construction and

the first custom home is expected to be completed this October. Big Easy Ranch Membership is required for both estate lot and villa ownership. Membership is limited and applications are subject to approval. “A Sporting Club Like No Other,”Big Easy Ranch has quickly become known as the area’s premier destination for sporting, hunting, and golf enthusiasts. And now, home ownership is available for those who desire ‘Luxury Ranch Style

Living” with access to first class amenities, personalized services without the maintenance of full ranch ownership. For information about membership or real estate opportunities at Big Easy Ranch, visit WWW.BIGEASYRANCH.COM or call 979.733.8635.

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