At the first light of day on October 30, 1999, the Honorable George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, hit a drive straight and true down the middle of the first hole to commence the first round played at Shadow Hawk Golf Club, eighteen holes designed by preeminent architect Rees Jones on two hundred and forty acres of property winding through old Pecan trees and several large lakes. This land in Richmond, Texas, which is approximately twenty-five miles southwest of downtown Houston, was chosen because of its native character. The vision, several years in the making, is a straightforward concept: create and operate a small stand alone private golf club offering a rare golf experience: a peaceful refuge from the city, but still close by, where one can quietly entertain friends, be with family, or just get away to enjoy a more reserved environment than that of a fast paced town. Shadow Hawk’s distinguished membership is capped at 325 total members. Accessibility to the course, even on Saturday mornings, is a given and rounds of four hours are considered too slow by most members even by those who walk with a caddie or carry their own clubs. A service minded staff is at the ready, and the clubhouse space comfortably fits the understated yet elegant feel of the Club.
Shadow Hawk’s property is an immaculately maintained natural setting. In keeping with the owners’ and Mr. Jones’s mutual respect for the tradition of the game, the course design is a throw-back to old style architecture with small greens slightly elevated and a very well defined presentation of where to play, although many of the challenges are subtle and appreciated more over time after multiple rounds. Along with generous landing areas off the tee and a variety of tee and hole locations, the course has proven to be a very enjoyable member’s course in that it retains a freshness for the repeat player. And, although University of Houston junior Andy Sanders set the course record of 62 strokes in 2000 on his way to picking up one of two berths in sectional qualifying for the USGA’s United States Open Championship at Pebble Beach, the course has held its own as a test for the expert player when it is set up for that challenge. Those tests have come most notably during the three other sectional qualifying events for the U.S. Open Championship held at the club in 2002, 2004, and 2008 as well as during the 2005 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and the 2011 U.S. Mid- Amateur Championship. Shadow Hawk has been operational for 18 years, the Club strives to maintain and refine its founding concepts to offer its Members and their Guests a rare golf experience on a daily basis.