One cannot describe the undeniable beauty of Comanche Trace without mentioning the splendor of its golf course! It’s hard to beat laughing with friends on a sunny day in the Hill Country while playing a relaxing game of golf. And the Comanche Trace Lady 9’ers take full advantage.
Founded only a few years ago, the Lady 9’ers organization is open to
beginning as well as experienced golfers who choose to play nine holes, instead of 18. While the primary goal is to improve their golf game, the group is so much more! They meet officially on Thursday mornings to play nine holes, occasionally enjoying a scramble or a shamble, just for fun. Tuesday morning is practice day. After golf, it’s not unusual to find many of the Lady 9’ers having lunch in the Pinnacle Grill, discussing scores, empathizing about common frustrations, and celebrating successes of the round. In fact, the Lady 9’ers have their very own lunch menu.
Current membership includes 39 women who have played golf for as little as a year or as long as 43 years and everything in between. Being the proud owners of over 150 pairs of golf shoes, 750 golf clubs, and 2000 golf balls of assorted brands and colors, it is not surprising that the Lady 9’ers help support the golfing industry. Lady 9’ers have left their “mark” on the fairways and greens of such illustrious golf courses around the world as St. Andrew’s in Scotland, Ballybunion in Ireland, Pebble Beach, Wailea Gold, Hilton Head, La Quinta, Jackson Hole, and Pinehurst. Two members have had the pleasure of shaking Arnold Palmer’s hand and another to be told by a caddy at St. Andrew’s that “there was a golfer just struggling to get out.” Also, three members proudly boast of getting the elusive “hole-in-one” and another hit an “eagle”… in a tree, that is!
Continually striving to improve their game, help is sought from spouses (one a former PGA pro) and also the Comanche Trace (CT) Golf Pros who offer boot camps, clinics, and lessons in which the Lady 9’ers eagerly participate.
Creativity, enthusiasm, camaraderie, and joie de vivre are most evident in the many different types of golfing events enjoyed throughout the year. Past events include a Spring Easter Egg Scramble complete with colored eggs hidden on the fairways, decorated carts, members wearing bunny ears and Easter bonnets. All of this followed by a potluck brunch. The Valentine scramble and dinner kept everyone guessing, trying to identify wedding photos of members (in their younger years) and then playing the “Not So Newly Wed Game.” The two-day Sadie Hawkins golf event brought much laughter as Sadie had to catch her man (after a blind draw) for the nine-hole tournament the next day. The Senoritas Fiesta, complete with strolling mariachis and a carnival of golfing games such as Frijole-in-One and Handicap Hombre, tested golfing techniques on a beautiful spring evening in the Hill Country. Members won’t soon forget the elegant evenings of dancing and enchantment at the annual signature event.
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Three members proudly boast of getting the elusive “hole-in-one” and another hit an “eagle”… in a tree, that is!
Last year’s theme, “Springtime in Paris,” transformed the Vista Room at Comanche Trace into a romantic Parisian street café. Lady 9’er artists and decorators created a charming ambiance complete with its own Montmartre walk and French champagne.
The kickoff for 2012 was a potluck luncheon and white elephant gift exchange at the home of a member. So far this year, the Games Committee has planned special golf games for the first six months which include Leap to 150, created especially for leap year; a St. Patrick’s Day game, Luck of the Irish; Bunny Brunch and Flower Power Golf (an event with spouses). A short-game clinic with CT Pros has also been scheduled. Throughout the year, birdies, chipins, eagles, holes-in-one, and scores under 50 are tracked. These individual accomplishments are recognized with awards presented at the annual year-end luncheon.
To date, the most important and meaningful golfing event the Lady 9’ers have undertaken was the 2011 inaugural Rally for the Cure. Collaborating with both the LGA (Ladies’ Golf Association) and the MGA (Men’s Golf Association), over $10,000 was raised for breast cancer research. This important fundraiser (held at the Clubhouse) included a golf tournament, lunch, and a silent auction. Because of its overwhelming success, Rally for the Cure is now on the annual Comanche Trace calendar of events!
Lady 9’ers have competed in various CT golf events such as Couples Twilight Golf, the Big Cup Member/Member tournament, the Sparkler Golf tournament and the Kings and Queens Couples Member/Guest event. Though fair weather is always preferred, 100-degree heat or a day with near-freezing wind chill does not deter the more hearty members from playing.
Comanche Trace Lady 9’ers hail from across the United States – as close as Texas and as far as Idaho, Florida, the Northeast, and Iowa. Proud grandparents of over 100 potential golfing grandchildren, some of whom participate in Kid Comanche, not only love their grandchildren, but also their pets and grandpets. The Westminster Best In Show is not too far a cry for a ribbon-winning puppy who is being shown by a Lady 9’er member. In the broader community, individually Lady 9’ers are involved in the Canine Literacy program, Bark for Life (one member is the CT Team Leader), pet therapy, and the Freeman Fritz animal shelter. The first Comanche Trace Bow Wow Bash is currently being planned by two of their very own.
This diversified group of executives, professionals, mothers, and grandmothers possesses a multitude of talents. They are musicians, singers, quilters, ice skaters, painters, photographers, gardeners, hikers, cross-stitchers, chefs, snow skiers, dancers, birders, Master Naturalists, and rock collectors. They have competed in (and completed!) a triathlon and hiked through many national parks – even Preikestolen in Norway. Whether dancing with Patrick Swayze, shaking hands with Arnold Palmer, being photographed with Troy Aikman, or appearing on the front page of the Kerrville Daily Times, several Lady 9’ers have had their moments with the stars. In addition, members participate in many CT activities such as Topless Convertible car outings, Bridge Club, Garden Club, Road Rallies, Mahjongg, Book Club, and neighborhood bible study groups.
Volunteerism and community involvement extends to people and the environment outside the Comanche Trace community. Many local organizations receive countless hours of dedication from members on an individual basis. Some Lady 9’ers chair or are on the boards of local groups such as KPAS, Arcadia, Kerrville First United Methodist Church, Kerrville Presbyterian Church, Community Foundation, Riverside Nature Center, Hill Country Chorale, KACC, Hill Country Cares, and the Symphony of the Hills. Habitat for Humanity, the VA Hospital, the Salvation Army Kroc Center, Raphael Community Clinic, UGRA River Clean Up, Cailloux Foundation, Schreiner University, the Red Cross, Christian Women’s Job Corps, NODA, Meals On Wheels, Hospice, AARP Tax Preparation, and Tivy PTO are only some of the organizations to which members have made deep commitments and contributions. They are also mentors and tutors in the local schools.
Extremely active within the CT community as well, Lady 9’ers help organize many CT activities including the Christmas Cart Parade and the Annual HOA Residents Party. When help is needed, the Lady 9’ers overwhelmingly step up to the task. Recently, a call to action was put out to the Lady 9’ers for assistance with the MGA’s Wounded Warrior event. In the blink of an eye, two sub-committees of Lady 9’ers were formed and the jobs were enthusiastically undertaken. Along with the LGA and the MGA, the Lady 9’ers are represented on the Comanche Trace Board of Governors.
In times of need or celebration, the Lady 9’ers take care of their own members. Always demonstrating a strong sense of fellowship through its unique Caring Committee, members reach out to other members who may be experiencing a joyous event, a sorrow, or an illness. Since its official inception in the fall of 2009, the Lady 9’ers have enjoyed a rapid growth in membership. Providing a warm and inviting milieu, the Lady 9’ers offer an entrée into the golfing community at Comanche Trace for newcomers and beginning golfers. Golf, fellowship, and camaraderie have brought these women together creating a sisterhood that many members say is unparalleled to anything they’ve ever experienced.