Foresight Golf Unveils Master Plan for The Valor Club
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Today (April 20, 2013) Foresight Golf, LLC, unveiled the master plan for The Valor Club at Pecan Valley, a multi-million dollar development on approximately 186 acres on the city’s Southeast side.
The Valor Club at Pecan Valley will be comprised of seven distinct components tailored for veterans, senior citizens, people with disabilities, working families and children, creating a special new place on the Southside where people of all backgrounds can live, play and thrive (www.THEVALORCLUB.com). Once completed, The Valor Club at Pecan Valley will be the only community of its kind in the United States.
Daniel A. Pedrotti, Jr., president of Foresight Golf, LLC, says, “The Valor Club is a tribute to the 46,000 returning wounded veterans, and to the 76,000 retired military personnel in San Antonio. We are attempting to provide a sanctuary where these men and women can live and play with their brothers and sisters who truly understand their circumstance.
“By providing them homes, rehabilitation opportunities and recreational facilities all in one place, we believe we can contribute to their overall well being, and in the case of those most recently back from war, we can aid in their transition back to civilian life. It was an act of Valor when each and every one of them signed up to defend our freedom; it was another act of Valor when they trained and, for some, it was a field of Valor when they engaged the enemy. Now it is our turn,” he says.
The center piece of the development will be a fully accessible, 9-hole golf course where wounded warriors and people with disabilities can enjoy the sport to its fullest. The general public will be welcomed as well. According to Pedrotti, “The Valor Club at Pecan Valley’s golf course is patterned after American Lake Veterans Golf Course (www.alvetsgolfcourse.com) in Lakewood, Wash., where the specialized design and equipment cater to those with special needs. Military City USA is ready for this opportunity and our veterans deserve it. It will be ‘their’ golf course where the competition will be fierce but the normal worries of pace of play and accessibility will be non-existent,” Pedrotti adds.
Also planned for The Valor Club at Pecan Valley are 252 affordable housing apartments, Masters Ranch, a gated community being developed by HomeSpring Realty Partners at an estimated cost of $24 million. Michael A. Hogan, president, says that 84 units will be constructed as fully handicap accessible. Construction should begin before the end of the year and will create 250 construction jobs with an estimated $10 million in direct payroll with a local economic impact of $50 million. HomeSpring Realty Partners recently opened a similar complex, Woodlawn Ranch, near St. Mary’s University. Today his company owns and operates over 4,000 apartment units.
A $20 million multi-sport complex centered around “The Valordome” is planned on the south side of Southcross Blvd. “The Valordome” will feature indoor sports layouts for a wide range of athletes, especially those with disabilities, where they can train to compete at the highest levels on an international scale. The facility also will include an indoor bicycle track (only the 2nd indoor Velodrome in the United States), an infield designed to suit virtually all wheelchair sports, a full complement of weight rooms, locker rooms and other sports related facilities, as well spectator seating and accommodations for meetings and other mid-sized community events.
Pedrotti adds that the opportunity to compete in these sports opens doors for would be athletes that would not exist otherwise. “We believe kids and veterans will be the primary beneficiaries. And we hope the greater Southside community enjoys the facility as well,” he says.
An outdoor BMX bicycle racing track is included in the sports master plan to complete the complex. He adds, “This component of the plan is about two simple ideas – 1. Kids need more reasons to get out and be active and 2. There are future international level athletes out there, and all we have to do is provide exposure, opportunity and training. Putting these facilities on the Southside makes it even more compelling,” says Pedrotti.
Russ Bookbinder, president and CEO of San Antonio Sports, says, “We are always interested in the addition of first class sports facilities that can enhance the city’s sports offerings for young and old alike and attract premier sporting events on a national level.”
For seniors, The Valor Club at Pecan Valley will offer a 250 unit “age-in-place” retirement campus estimated at $30 million. Pedrotti says, “This facility will not only welcome veterans, but also seniors who wish to remain on the Southside and stay near their family, friends and Church.”
The Valor Club at Pecan Valley is working very closely with The First Tee of Greater San Antonio to establish a new presence. This location will be only the second First Tee location in San Antonio. Mary Carriker, executive director of The First Tee, says, “We are excited to be partnering with The Valor Club at Pecan Valley to offer an additional programming site in San Antonio. This expansion will help us continue to use the game of golf as a platform to teach young people essential and enduring life skills that allow them to handle challenges at home, school and play in a constructive manner.” The First Tee is dedicated to impacting the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that build character, values and healthy choices through the game of golf.
A four story office building is planned for the development on the South side of Southcross Blvd. and will provide space for The Valor Club Pro Shop and Grill, a community center, as well as offices for The Valor Club Foundation, The First Tee and The Military Warriors Support Foundation. Pedrotti says, “Given the scope of The Valor Club, there is a need for a community center where folks can gather and discuss issues in and around the neighborhood as well as a place where they can get direction and help when the need arises. This is a natural extension of the purpose of The Valor Club at Pecan Valley, and it will support the Southside in general.”
In addition to the golf course, The Valor Club at Pecan Valley will have significant dedicated park space, which will retain the green belt beauty of the area. Pedrotti adds that the Salado Creek Greenway South hike and bike project, part of the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System, currently ends at the South Side Lions Park. The Valor Club plan provides for a continuation of the trail from Lions Park, through The Valor Club at Pecan Valley property, South under the Southcross Blvd. bridge and to “The Valordome” sports complex.
Pedrotti summarizes saying, “This plan has the potential to positively impact a very diverse range of people. From kids, to veterans, to the people with disabilities and to the retired, it is about hope and inspiration through community and competition. It is a much bigger idea than any of us, but we have the expertise, resources and conviction to make it happen. The Southside, the City of San Antonio and beyond will be better for it. Additionally, The Valor Club at Pecan Valley will be a significant economic generator for the Southside and the entire city. It is destined to become a one-of-a-kind crown jewel for the city and one all of us will be proud to call our own.”
ABOUT DANIEL A. PEDROTTI, JR. AND FORESIGHT GOLF, LLC:
Daniel A. Pedrotti, Jr., is president and founding partner of Foresight Golf, LLC, of Boerne, Texas, and he has been a developer for over 20 years. Today the company owns and operates golf courses in San Antonio, Comfort, New Braunfels, Houston, Corpus Christi, Kyle, Laredo and Pittsburg. Prior to relocating to Texas, Pedrotti was instrumental in the development of over 10,000 lots in master planned communities in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in finance from Texas A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from MIT.