For 100 years from the late 1800’s, the 956 acres that now make up Whitehawk Ranch were occupied by various Mohawk Valley pioneers who over those years operated the property as both a working cattle ranch and popular guest ranch.
In 1979, Hugh (Al) White purchased this incredible acreage with his dream of someday converting it into a world-class residential and recreational community. As the development has unfolded, Mr. White’s dream is now being realized.
First on the agenda, after completion of the land plan and approvals, was to get the Equestrian Facility up and running. Mr. White’s love of horses comes from memories of his childhood in Texas, and spurred its completion in 1988. Many a trail horse ride and buckboard BBQ’s covered the Ranch for several years, until the much anticipated completion of all the amenities which included a championship Golf Course, Lodge and Guest Facilities, Pool and Tennis Courts all of which were part of the master plan.
The White family partnered with Highlands Management Group of Scottsdale, Arizona in 1995, bringing to fruition the much awaited completion of the golf course at Whitehawk Ranch. With their golf course development expertise, the already family
owned and passionately developed community was on a fast track for completion. The marriage, so to speak, brought to fruition Mr. White’s vision.
The Dick Bailey designed Golf Course’s premiere performance, opening in July 1996, was even better than anticipated. Most players were surprised to see how much water had been masterfully woven throughout the course, making for fun, as well as challenging play.
Once overheard by two top-level golf officials after the opening –
“This could be one of the best courses in northern California.”
“Are you kidding? This could be one of the best in the U.S.”.
This was a very proud moment for all owners and employees alike.
Mr. White passed away in 2006, leaving behind his amazing legacy, a piece of land responsibly developed, for so many families to enjoy. You just feel it when you drive down Whitehawk Drive – “I NEED TO LIVE HERE”.