A sprawling, 7,000-square-foot Texas ranch is up for auction with Concierge Auctions (opens in new tab), and it comes with its own world-class golf course (it's ranked as one of the top 147 courses in the world and is dubbed 'the St. Andrews of Texas'), a 2,000 square foot club house with a bar, games room and his and hers locker rooms, plus 1,688 acres of land including a 12 acre lake, and it even comes with it's own private airport, runway, and temperature-controlled hangar for storing private planes.
The private, world-class 18-hole golf course was installed by the owner, Al Stanger, whose dream was to to play golf every day on his doorstep. A 4-handicap whose built his fortune manufacturing jet engines parts, Stanger hired aerospace engineer turned course architect Mike Nuzzo to build it, together with golf course designer Don Mahaffey, and apparently Stanger did play here almost every day, just him and a buddy.
Completed in 2008, the 18-hole golf course landed a slot on a couple of Golf Club Atlas’ top 150 in the world course rankings (opens in new tab) lists and was also lauded by renowned architect Tom Doak as having the best greens in the state. The track’s expansive fairways, deeps swales, and fearsome bunkers helped earn it the illustrious nickname, “The St. Andrews of Texas.” Yet fewer than 200 people have ever had the chance to play golf here.
The build cost £2.3 million, with nearly a third of that sum allocated towards irrigation. The golf course also comes with a 7,200-square-foot clubhouse complete with bar, card game tables and his and hers locker rooms.
Since Stanger’s passion for golf was exceeded only by his wife Dianna’s passion for flying, the couple also built an impressive airport, runway and hangar for her flying hobby.
The Stangers—who built up Electro-Methods Inc., a jet-engine parts manufacturing company in Connecticut—spared no cost in the construction of the truly private airport.
The runway was built to full Texas Department of Transportation specifications, and the hangar serves up two types of aviation fuel.
Open the hangar doors and chances are you’ll still see her impressive collection of planes. “My late husband and I had a deal. He could only buy me gifts with an engine,” she said in a recent interview.
The 13,000 square foot climate-controlled hangar also houses a large office space.
With a private hangar and airstrip, Wolf Point Club is an easy flight from most major metropolitan cities in the U.S., averaging about 3.5 hours to arrival. The 5,000-foot runway is long enough to land a 737 jet. Wolf Point has everything you need to be able to whizz off for a spontaneous getaway...
The ranch itself is a 7,200-square-foot, ultra-modern mansion that sits on an elevated plot overlooking an infinity pool and a man-made, 12-acre lake.
The steel-frame building, with three dramatic arched roofs, is constructed to withstand the powerful hurricanes that have been known to rattle this part of the Texas Gulf Coast.
The ranch comes with a chef's kitchen and expansive living spaces for entertaining guests.
Ceiling height windows flood the space with light.
Despite its size, the home has just two en suite bedrooms, with most of the spacious, open-plan living areas laid out beneath vaulted wood ceilings and exposed curved beams.
The expansive wilderness around the ranch is perfect for hunting, hiking, camping, and horseback riding, plus the coast is less than an hour’s drive away.
In fact, the property has direct access to the gulf with frontage on Carancahua Bay, where there's even space for a fishing pier or boat ramp.
Plus, nearby Matagorda Bay Nature Park (accessible by boat from Carancahua Bay) offers a relaxing day trip with uncrowded beaches, windblown dunes, and gentle waves coming ashore from the calm bay.
The property's private grounds are filled with mature trees, including live oaks, as well as plenty of wildlife including whitetail deer, doves, ducks and others.
There's even a couple of camels that live on the property, though sadly they're not included in the sale as they're Dianna Stanger's personal pets.
Although, with the amount that's on offer, we're sure that's hardly a deal-breaker.