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Heath Golf & Yacht Club, a $700 million master-planned resort community featuring 1,200 luxury home sites, officially announced the groundbreaking of its 18-hole championship golf course today. Grassing of the course will begin in August, and a summer 2019 opening is planned.




Located near Highways 80 and 67 and minutes from I-30 in Rockwall County, Heath Golf & Yacht Club is 20 minutes east of downtown Dallas and is near the Harbor Water Front Complex, a retail shopping, dining, and entertainment venue.




Designed by renowned Austin-based golf course architect, Roy Bechtol, who also master planned the community, the course will be one of just two built since 2010 in the Dallas area.




“This course was thoughtfully planned and will greatly increase the property values for our homeowners,” said Rob Whittle, developer of Heath Golf & Yacht Club. “Unlike most golf course communities, golfers will not see the homes along the fairways.  This is very appealing to golfers and residents alike. The idea was to make it look like it’s been here for a long time.”




Recognized for his creativity and use of natural spaces, Bechtol has carefully planned the fairways at Heath Golf & Yacht Club ( to highlight the babbling creeks, ponds, woodlands, and breath-taking views of Lake Ray Hubbard. The par 72 course is set on more than 200 acres and is a blend of a links and parkland design and offers wide corridors and a pastoral setting. The core of the course is six holes wide, and with its deep home setbacks, there will seldom be a rooftop in sight.




“The routing for Heath Golf & Yacht Club is very walkable and will have five tee boxes on each hole to offer a great golf experience and challenge for all levels of golfers,” Bechtol said. “It’s playable for juniors and less-experienced golfers but testing for the low-handicap players and professionals. Located in a wildlife corridor, the course has been designed to be fun and beautiful.”




Phase 1 of the 787-acre development includes 332 homesites with residences priced from the $300,000s.  Builders include Altura Homes, Castlerock Homes, Dunhill Homes, Gehan Homes, and Whittle & Johnson Custom Homes.




Heath Golf & Yacht Club is currently the fastest growing master-planned community in the city of Heath. Whittle has closed on more than 145 homes since inception and has more than 150 homes currently under contract to close in the next 12 months.  




In addition to the golf course, a lakeside 14,000-square-foot clubhouse and grill, swimming pool, children’s park, tennis courts, and fitness center are currently under construction and will be prime amenities for the burgeoning community.




Miles of walking trails extend from the neighborhood’s entrance all the way to the shores of the Lake Ray Hubbard, where residents enjoy boating, fishing and swimming. Students attend the highly acclaimed Rockwall ISD – including the newly opened, onsite Linda Lyon Elementary school that allows students to safely walk or ride their bikes to school.




The development team for the golf course consists of Rob Whittle, developer, Whittle Development; Roy Bechtol, course architect and community master planner, Bechtol Golf Design/Planned Environments; Robert Fleetwood, golf course construction: and Bob Bryant, irrigation consultant.




The groundbreaking ceremony for the golf course at Heath Golf & Yacht Club will be held at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 22, 2018 at 1700 Canal Street in Heath, just in front of the clubhouse.




Distinguished guests are expected to include Congressman John Ratcliffe, Heath mayor Brian Berry, former Heath mayor Lorne Lichty and golf course architect Roy Bechtol.



Heath Golf & Yacht Club Golf Course By the Numbers:

Par 72

18 holes

200-plus acres

Golf course: 7,169 yards

Front nine: 3613 yards, par 36

Back nine:  3556 yards, par 36



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