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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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Vaquero

Isleworth

OPENED

Nov. 2001

Jan. 1987

COURSE

Par 71, 7,089 yards

Par 72, 7,426 yards

ARCHITECT

Tom Fazio

Arnold 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

FACILITIES

Golf, tennis, fishing camp

Golf, fishing, half-court basketball

CADDIES

Yes

No

PREVIOUS USE

Estate of silver baron

Orange grove

SECURITY

Eight-foot stone wall

Nine-foot stone wall

CLUBHOUSE

30,000 square feet

63,000 square feet

RANGE BALLS

Titleist, Callaway

Titleist

PGA TOUR MEMBERS

Todd Hamilton, Justin Leonard, Brian Watts

Stuart Appleby, John Cook, Mark O'Meara, Tiger Woods

CELEBRITY MEMBERS

Angie Harmon, Jason Sehorn and Terry Bradshaw

Ken Griffey Jr., Shaquille O'Neal

REALLY BIG GOLFER'S HOUSE

10,000 square feet (Watts)

14,000 square feet (O'Meara)

AT THE TURN

Carving station with fresh menu daily

Appleby Burger, O'Meara Wrap

SALUTATIONS

Always Mr. or Mrs.

Always Sir or Ma'am

NICE TOUCH

Dog and cat walking

Private beaches on the lakes

SWEET RIDES

Pickup at airport in luxury car

Members' customized golf carts

PERKS

Members' and guests' cars washed while they play

Free use of watercraft

 

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