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JUNE 2022

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CONTENTS

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Getting

It Done,

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38

16

Dana & Tom

Phillips

COVER STORY 20

WELCOME 6

THE CLUB 8 Message from the GM

TENNIS 12

CLUB HAPPENINGS 13

AUTO REVIEW 16

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH 18

CIGAR BLOG 28

ARTS & CULTURE 32

COMMUNITY - PFLAG 34

CULINARY CROSSROADS 38

GOOD READS 42

DAAG 44

HOME TOUR 46

GOLF 52

TRAVEL 54

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JUNE 2022 | VOLUME 9 ISSUE 6

PUBLISHED By

Compass Creative Texas, LLC

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WELCOME TO

THE DOMINION MAGAZINE

Dear Dominion Magazine reader,

Welcome to the start of summer in San Antonio!

It’s hot like is always expected, and attention is being turned toward summer vacations,

days at the Country Club, and all the fun activities that our area has to offer. With this in

mind, we’ve got some great content relevant to this time of year that we hope you enjoy.

From the ins and outs of finer hotels in the area to escape the heat, to a great pool-side

book review to much more.

We also have a great feature this month with Dana and Tom Phillips, Dominion residents

and realtors. Their story, from their marriage to their business ventures, is endearing and

hopefully reason enough for you to shake their hand the next time you see them at the

Country Club!

Speaking of the Country Club, they have had a lot going on in June and of course we

covered it. Many happenings and events are featured and we hope to see YOUR smiling

face in a future issue as you enjoy the many activities and events that the Club hosts month

over month.

Lastly, do you have an idea for this publication? A suggestion? Did you just meet your new

neighbors and learn of a great story about their life? If so,

reach out! So many of our content comes directly from you,

the readers, and we depend on you to point us in the right

direction as we seek out the best content we can provide

you month over month!

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LETTER FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

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The 2022 Renaissance Member / Guest

tournament was a fantastic success, and

special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors

and committee members than helped plan

the event. We cannot wait to start the

planning process to make 2023 even bigger

and better!

Our much anticipated driving range and

short game practice area renovation is

slated to start at the end of June and we

will have some interruptions in driving

range availability. We’re working with

our construction crew to finalize plans

and timelines and will share with the

membership as soon as possible.

Congratulations to Sarah Forsman, employee

of the month!

We’re looking forward to a very exciting

summer at The Dominion, and as always, I

look forward to seeing everyone at the club

very soon.

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TENNIS

CLUB HAPPENINGS

TENNIS STRINGS

POLYESTER VS SYNTHETICS

STEAKS & STOGIES

By Barry Mills, Director of Tennis, The Dominion Country Club

You have found the perfect racket. Now what? It is now time to find the perfect string.

For many, choosing a tennis string can be harder than choosing a racket. With hundreds of different

string types the task of achieving the right feel for your game can be challenging, There are four string

types. The four types are nylon, synthetic, natural gut and polyester.

Polyester Strings are the string type that

most pros are using on the ATP and WTA

tour. Rafael Nadal for example strings with a

full bed of polyester. Polyester strings have

low elasticity and feel stiffer when compared

to a synthetic string. As a result, polyester

string is significantly more durable and you

can use a much thinner gauge, which will

help produce wicked spin.

Polyester is a very stiff string. When

switching from synthetic gut to polyester

string, you will need to lower your tension.

For example, if you string your racket with

synthetic gut at 54 pounds, String with

polyester at 50 pounds.

Synthetic gut has a high elasticity and the

string produces a trampoline effect when

hitting. Players that hit with little top spin

and lack power will enjoy a good synthetic

string. Because synthetic strings have a high

elasticity, they are great for players that have

arm problems.

Nylon strings are very durable but lack

feel, performance and comfort. I do not

recommend stringing with nylon. Nylon

strings would be like putting a 1940’s Ford

engine in a 2020 Mercedes. Not a good idea.

Natural gut at one time was the elite string.

Natural gut has great feel but longevity is

an issue. Natural gut loses tension rather

quickly and the string does not assist in

creating maximum spin.

Polyester and high quality synthetic strings

are the tennis racket string of choice. Choose

your string that best suits your game. If you

use heavy topspin, polyester is your string

of choice. If you hit a lot of slice or hit a ball

with little topspin, synthetic is your string of

choice.

The leading synthetic string is Wilson NXT,

Wilson Sensation, Babolat Origin and Head

Synthetic Gut. Wilson NXT and Wilson

Sensation are both soft synthetic Strings that

provide maximum comfort. Babolat Origin

and Head Synthetic Gut are not as soft,

however, they will last longer.

Polyester tennis strings are the string of the

future and the string that most high-level

players are using. Head Velocity, Head Lynx

Tour, Babolat RPM Blast and Luxilon are all

premiere polyester string.

I hope the information provided is helpful.

Please come down to the shop and discuss

with one of our professionals. It will take

some experimentation but once you have

found your string every ball hit will feel as it

should.

Please visit anyone of the aforementioned

companies because all these strings come in

many, many different color. More decisions!

Good luck and enjoy.

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AUTO

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LUXURY ELECTRIC AUTO SHOWCASE

By Ben Schooley

Electric vehicles are a hot topic lately. From the basic Prius through the top of the line Tesla

models, electric cars have been increasing their hold on the automotive market in recent years

and for good reason. Maintenance, fuel costs, and environment reasons push many to consider

one for the next vehicle.

The all-electric 2022

Porsche Taycan offers

dynamic performance

and a well-appointed,

roomy cabin, but

some of its interior

controls can be overly

complicated.

As the market share grows, so does the diversity. Luxury electric vehicles are just now coming

to fruition and the options continue to grow.

Mercedes- Benz EQS

2022 Audi E-Tron GT

The brand-new 2022

Mercedes-Benz EQS

debuts with a top ranking

in the luxury electric

car class thanks in part

to its sophisticated and

roomy interior, graceful

performance, and large

cargo hold.

The all-new, all-electric

2022 Audi e-tron GT

finishes in the middle of

our luxury electric car

rankings. It’s engaging

and athletic, with a

great interior, but it isn’t

as spacious as some

competitors.

2022 Lucid Air

2022 BMW i4

The 2022 Lucid Air

ranks near the top of

the luxury electric

car class, thanks in

part to its exceptional

range, refined driving

dynamics, top-notch

interior, and intuitive

features.

The all-new, all-electric

2022 BMW i4 sits in the

bottom half of our luxury

electric car rankings.

That's due more to the

greater appeal of its rivals

than any innate weakness

of the i4. This car is fairly

sporty and offers decent

all-electric driving range,

but it has a small trunk.

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EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

SARAH FORSMAN

Sarah is a team player willing to do whatever it

takes to enhance the member experience… and

always does it with a smile! She has become an

essential piece of our golf operation, and continues

to come up with new outside-of-the-box ideas to

service our members.

Thank you Sarah, and keep up the great work!

18 JUNE 2022



FEATURE STORY

DANA & TOM PHILLIPS

GETTING IT DONE, TOGETHER

Some of the best stories are

those in which two seemingly

divergent plotlines end up

converging with what seems,

in retrospect, to have been

inevitability. And that’s exactly

what I encountered when I

sat down to speak with Dana

and Tom Phillips in the dining

room of their Dominion home.

In fact, the very beginnings of

their stories are so far apart,

globally speaking, that it’s a bit

hard to imagine how they got

to where they are today at all.

Nevertheless, here they are, so

let’s start with Dana.

by Brian Kenneth Swain, Dominion Resident

photography by A Laugh Photography

Dana Phillips was born in Houston,

lived much of her young life in

Austin, and then ended up in the

little town of Weimer (about halfway between

Houston and San Antonio on Interstate 10)

when she was in sixth grade. As it happened,

that was not a random choice. Dana’s father

worked in the sprinkler fitter’s union and

spent a lot of time on the road going from

one building project to another. Turned out

he just got tired of all the driving and decided

on Weimer because it was about equidistant

between the two places where he spent most

of his time working.

Dana would stay there until she graduated

from high school, as salutatorian in fact. In

addition to being an honor society member,

she engaged in her share of track, tennis,

volleyball, cheerleading, and boy chasing,

that latter of which she assures us she was

“very good at.” Despite being excellent at

school, she confesses she didn’t much like

it, and upon graduation she opted to take

a year off, moving to live with her sister in

Austin. Soon thereafter she found herself

entering the world of finance, starting with

an interview at Norwest Financial (now part

of Wells Fargo). She describes the experience

as starting off badly.

“It was obvious the hiring manager wasn’t

going to give me the time of day,” she says.

“But, as it happened, the area manager

was also in the office and he asked me if by

chance I was from Weimer. When I told him

yes, he immediately instructed the hiring

manager to give me a position, seeing as how

I’d been a straight-A student.”

The position was an entry-level one as a

customer service representative. However,

Dana went on to become one of the youngest

managers in the firm by age 23. A year later,

a branch manager position opened up in Port

Arthur and she was given the opportunity to

see what she could make of it. Quite a lot, as

it turned out, because just one year later she

was moved to a position managing the bank’s

largest branch in Beaumont.

While working there, she happened to rent

out a small bit of office space to a mortgage

closing agent from Wells Fargo. She was

promptly offered a position managing a Wells

group known as Option One, an organization

that handled sub-prime mortgages.

“That basically meant moving from my desk

on one side of the bank to a different desk

at the other end of the building,” she says.

“It wasn’t long after that they asked me to

relocate to San Antonio to be the regional

manager for Green Tree Mortgage, covering

an area from Lubbock down to the valley and

nearly all the way to El Paso.”

This sort of upward movement and mobility

went on for a few more positions until

eventually she found herself back in San

Antonio with nearly thirty years of mortgage

experience under her belt.

Which is where we shift gears and move our

story to the town of Bitburg, near the border

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between Germany and Luxembourg,

where Tom was born and immediately

after which he was placed in an

orphanage. Three months after that, he

was adopted by a German woman and a

USAF guy from California.

“Adoption of German kids by Americans

was a pretty big deal back in the

seventies,” Tom says. “But my father had

a lot of high-level military connections,

including everyone from Chuck Yeager

on down. They wrote a few letters to

the government in Bitburg and soon

after that the deal was done, and I had

my parents.”

Tom’s mother owned a Porsche

dealership in Bitburg, and she met his

father while discussing the purchase

of a Model 356 (early predecessor to

the better-known 911). His father was

stationed there in Bitburg with the

USAF as navigator on the B-66 bomber.

Later in his career, Tom’s dad was flying

in Vietnam and was shot down, injuring

his back and ears. As a consequence, he

underwent numerous surgeries and other

medical treatment, which meant lots of

travel back and forth, much of it to Wilford

Hall, here in San Antonio. In 1984 he received

a medical discharge from Dyess AFB (near

Abilene) after twenty-one years of service

and the couple decided to settle in the Alamo

City, mainly to minimize

the subsequent travel for

medical follow-ups.

Because of his upbringing,

Tom spoke only German

for the first eight years of

his life. Only then came

the day in Dallas at his

father’s sister’s house

when the family went out

for an evening only to

return home several hours

later to discover that

their son was suddenly

proficient in English. Or

at least that’s the way

the (possibly apocryphal)

family story goes.

“I remember hating

Texas,” Tom says. “I was

this blonde German kid

who’d basically never

experienced temperatures about seventyfive

degrees. I thought for sure we’d moved

to hell. I was six when we came to Dyess and

eight when we moved down to San Antonio.

As a European kid all I’d played was soccer,

which of course no one here was playing. So,

in the end I struck a deal with my parents.

I stayed here during the school year and

then went back to Germany and lived with

my grandmother during the summers. Only

bad thing about that was that I never got

the chance to make close friends

here, so I always felt like the new

kid every fall when school started

again.”

Tom freely confesses to hating

school and doing as little as he

could to get by. Oddly enough, he

would end up graduating a year

early through the handy expedient

of testing out of classes rather than

actually taking the time to attend

them. He immediately enlisted in

the Air Force and was sent across

town to Lackland AFB for basic

training, following which he became

an air medical evacuation specialist.

“Things didn’t go as smoothly as

they could have however,” Tom

recalls. “For starters I wasn’t a

U.S. citizen, which causes all sorts

of problems if you’re a military

member. Soon as the Air Force

found that out, they threw me in a staff car

and drove me over to the San Antonio INS

office. I answered a few questions, signed a

couple of papers, and an hour later I was a

U.S. citizen. After that they promptly sent

me back to Germany and paid me an extra

$100 a month because I was fluent in another

language.”

His tour of duty would include service in

exotic locales like Sarajevo, Somalia, and the

Central African Republic.

But then, because—as

anyone can tell you who

has spent time in the

service—the needs of the

military always come first,

Tom got moved around a

bit, both geographically

and professionally, even

spending two years at

Keesler AFB in Biloxi doing

labor and delivery duty

at the base hospital. In

the end, Tom spent six

years on active duty, only

failing to reenlist because

he wasn’t offered the

opportunity to stay in his

original role as a Medivac.

Following his discharge

from the Air Force, Tom

moved around a good bit,

managing casinos, first in Vegas, then

later back in Biloxi, where he knew a

girl from his Air Force days and ended

up marrying her.

“She was still on active duty,” he says,

“and when she got orders to deploy to

Misawa AB in Japan, I went with her.

Best job I could find there, though,

was managing the base enlisted club.”

In the end the marriage didn’t

work out and Tom found himself

back stateside in search of his next

opportunity. Because he still had

his military GS status, he was able

to land a gig managing the Lackland

enlisted club for nearly a year. During

that time, he bought and flipped a

house and discovered that he had

both interest and aptitude for doing

that. A couple years after, he found

himself going to sheriff’s auctions and

buying houses to renovate. But he

says he gave that up the day people started

showing up with suitcases filled with cash

to obtain properties. Having built up a base

of experience in mortgage investment, he

obtained his license and started doing it full

time. By 2004 he was selling commercial real

estate. All of which catches us up to Dana

and her thirty years of mortgage experience.

“Tom and I met in 2005 at a Bob Schneider

concert at the Broadway Bar,” she recalls.

“I had had a bad divorce

a couple of years earlier

and I was in a pretty

serious funk. My friends

at work basically made me

go. I tried to argue that

I couldn’t because of my

young son Jordan, but my

boss made his wife go to

the concert with me. And

because I’m the superorganizer

type, we got

there really early and got

a table right in front of

where the stage was going

to be. But Schneider—

who apparently has a

reputation for starting

shows crazy late—didn’t

appear for hours, and

the couple that Dana had

come with had to leave,

which left her alone at her

table. As it happened, Tom had come to the

same show, and he had noticed Dana and

immediately concluded that she was pretty

and he was potentially interested.

“I saw her talking to this guy,” he says, “but

I thought she was on a bad date because of

how she was interacting with him. I had no

idea they were work colleagues.”

By the time the show finally started getting

going around 11:00, the manager tried to

move Dana’s table—the one she’d by

now been sitting at for hours—away

from the stage and toward the back of

the room. She was having none of it

and instead convinced him to put the

table right next to the stage,

“So that I could look right up Bob

Schneider’s nostrils,” she says.

However, because of the new close-in

location of the table, people started

hovering around her, including one

guy who tried repeatedly to initiate

conversation. By this time Tom had

come by and offered to buy Dana a

drink, an offer she recalls turning

down a couple of times until at last,

frustrated, he offered to “at least

get you a glass of water.” She finally

relented and the two ended up

talking for a bit while still waiting

for the show to start. At this point,

Dana asked Tom if he would put his

arm around her to discourage the other

fellow who had spent the better part of the

prior two hours hitting on her. Tom agreed,

sent the other fellow on his way, and—long

story short—he and Dana were married

ten months later. That was 2006 and in a

few months the couple will celebrate their

sixteenth anniversary.

Fast forward once again a couple of years to

2008, just in time for the real estate market

in the U.S. to collapse

entirely. Tom, still pretty

much a newlywed and

relatively new to the real

estate industry, found

himself with no work at all.

And Dana was just about

the only person doing

mortgage closings in San

Antonio.

“There were an awful lot

of mortgage applications

to sort out,” she says,

“young couples who had

qualified one day and then

been told a few days later

that they weren’t in fact

qualified, stuff like that. It

was nineteen hours a day

around that time.”

Tom suggested that

the two start working

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together, which they did for a few years, with

Dana becoming Keller Williams rookie of the

year in her first year with the company. Soon

thereafter, Tom made a fateful decision on

both their parts, calling her office at Keller

and tendering her resignation . . . without

her even being aware he was doing it. Later

that day, when she got a call from the office

expressing regret at her departure, she

recalls being utterly confused.

“It was certainly an interestingly

conversation that night over dinner,” she

says. “But that’s what we did. The original

idea was that it would just be the two of us

starting the new venture, but in the end

a few friends joined us. We started our

company in 2013, and nine years later, we’re

still going strong.”

rental business, and a host of other ventures

that keep them busy. And they’re keen to

create something new in the teaching and

seminar business. Their company, Phillips &

Associates Realty, is also active in a number

of area nonprofits, including Dominion

Animal Advocates Group (DAAG), Impact San

Antonio, Dress for Success, and others.

“We’ll never really quit working,” Dana says.

“We’re not very good at sitting still, always

going in different directions. The key to it

all is that we just love working with people.

Tom and I have very complementary skills

and we’ve always worked well together.

Some days I feel like I want to just sit back

in a cabin someplace and answer peoples’

questions on Zoom calls. Other times I feel

like we’re just getting going.”

Now their son Jordan, though initially

reluctant to join the family business,

is a full-fledged participant, and Dana

and Tom look forward to the day

when they can hand the reins to him

and spend more time traveling and

relaxing. The couple currently travel

a great deal, including trips back

to Germany to see relatives, to the

Mediterranean, or to their favorite

domestic destination, Lake Tahoe.

They golf regularly, with Dana

only just having taken it up. They

play not only here at the club but

also at her sister’s in Phoenix, or

maybe Cabo from time to time.

Tom also hunts occasionally,

during which intervals Dana

confesses to relaxing, watching

a movie on TV, and eating

popcorn.

Son Jordan will be marrying his fiancé

Kaitlynn in mid-June and so plenty of

activities are underway in

anticipation of

that big event.

But even the

prospect of

Jordan someday

taking over the

business doesn’t

automatically

translate to

Tom and Dana

siting back and

fully retiring. In

addition to their

real estate business,

they also own rental

properties, an RV

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CIGARS AND TOBACCO

CIGAR BLOG

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CIGARS

Growing conditions vary from one part of

the Dominican Republic to another. Thus,

a variety of tobacco grows here. Perfect

conditions and generational expertise enable

the Dominican Republic to cultivate many of

today’s top cigar companies and brands.

Piloto Cubano, Olor and San

Vicente are the main tobacco

types grown. Some Dominican

Republic cigars also use other

types of tobacco from other

regions throughout the world.

Yet, some brands are only rolled

in the Dominican Republic and

still considered Dominican

Republic cigars.

Piloto Cubano is bold and rich

in flavor and aroma. It contains

hints of cinnamon. Olor can

be dry and salty with a neutral

flavor. Finally, San Vicente grows

widely, and it’s used for binder

and filler. It’s lighter than Piloto

Cubano and slightly more acidic.

Quality control and effort don’t

vary depending on which tobacco forms the

filler. Company owners, tobacco blenders,

cigar rollers, farmers and processors all

place excruciating emphasis on quality daily.

It’s part of what makes Dominican Republic

cigars so special.

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

MAKES A NAME FOR ITSELF

The roots to Dominican Republic tobacco

growing and cigar culture trace back to the

early 1900s. Several generations of farms

by Gary Gootman, Managing Partner, Elite Cigar Lounge

The Dominican Republic is one of the largest producers of high-quality cigars in the world and has been for a

while. Through time and a tremendous effort, the growers and blenders created some of the best products in the

industry. According to industry experts, the Dominican Republic produces around 44% of the world’s cigars.

The core to cigar culture in the Dominican Republic is quality. In fact, it takes a mind-bending level of effort,

attention and quality control when creating each cigar. This same attention to quality also is sewn into the wider

Dominican Republic lifestyle and perspective. It represents their award-winning and world-renown tobacco.

and brands existed throughout that era.

Exporting the country’s cigars to the rest of

the world came later.

Fuente Fuente Opus X was the first fully

Dominican ultra-premium cigar. Before

the Fuente release in ’95, the cigar’s ability

to produce quality mainly went unnoticed.

Since the Opus X breakthrough, it’s been an

upward trajectory for cigar making in the

country.

The Dominican Republic also is home to

Arturo Fuente, Cohiba, Macanudo, Partagas,

and Montecristo — all high-quality cigar

brands known for their excellence. The high

scrutiny and quality control embedded in the

industry never fails to astound.

Quality of Dominican Republic tobacco easily

matches and exceeds its Cuban rival. It’s hard

to ignore that nearly half of the world’s cigars

are from the Dominican Republic, but it’s

easy to understand why.

A large part of the country’s cigar history is

linked to the Cuban situation with the US

and the ensuing embargo. Tobacconists and

farmers migrated to the supple regions of the

Dominican Republic that were comparable to

those in Cuba. Santiago is one of the largest

tobacco growing regions in the world.

The magnitude of the tobacco

farming and processing efforts

in the country supplies a

percentage of its economy. It’s

easy to understand why cigars

became part of the overall

lifestyle and culture of the

country. The extreme detail in

every facet of cigar making is

magical and inspiring.

CIGAR CULTURE

AND COMMITMENT

TO QUALITY

One Dominican Republic

cigar goes through about 170

individual steps in its creation.

This takes place over a fiveyear

period. Meticulous and

painstaking attention to detail exists at every

step and turn of the process.

Within this world of incredible passion and

quality, there’s also the connection between

an aficionado and their cigar. Dominican

Republic cigar makers successfully capture

the quality of relaxation and gratitude in

each premium smoke they create. It might be

the rich history or maybe it’s part of ancient

tobacco history that expert tobacconists tap

into. Either way, it makes for one of the best

cigars any cigar enthusiast can appreciate.

Modern farming and production techniques

have changed little over the last hundred

years. Cigar rollers sometimes favor

traditional cutters and equipment even if it

slows production. Many consider the rollers,

like the blenders as the best, so no one

argues with them.

It takes about ten years to become a cigar

roller for premium quality cigars in the

Dominican Republic. This dedication and

loyalty to the craft is present across the

country’s entire cigar industry. In fact,

loyalty plays a large role in the mentality of

the larger cigar industry and community

here.

THERE’S NO SECRET TO

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CIGARS

Enthusiasts and experts already know about

the rich flavor profile and depth that comes

with a fine Dominican Republic cigar. Many

claim that the tobacco is smooth and mild

compared to that of other global tobacco

producers. Yet, some Dominican Republican

cigar companies compete with their own

Cuban brands.

Davidoff has cigar farms and other facilities

in the Dominican Republic and offers tours

of them. There is a really great YouTube

video that shows the cigar production

process. Check it out.

If you take a tour, you’ll notice that most of

the employees are women. This is because

of the extreme attention to detail and gentle

pressure and touch required for processing

the leaves. Cigar factories employ thousands

of women to handle multiple stages of the

cigar creation process.

The shade-grown, hand-wrapped 100%

Dominican Republic stick released by

the A. Fuente Company in the ’90s grew

in popularity. In fact, it helped spread

commitment and loyalty to quality that’s

core to the country’s way of life today.

A FINAL WORD

The Dominican Republic tobacco rose from

its humble beginnings as filler tobacco.

From there, it has taken the entire world

and cigar industry by storm. It takes the

perfect combination of heritage, climate,

experience, passion, dedication, loyalty and

knowledge to produce some of the finest

cigars in the world.

Tobacconists have perfected their farming

and processing techniques over the past

100 years. In fact, entire generations of

families have engaged in perfecting the cigar

making process. Dedication to the process

has paved a path to one of the best smokes

available today.

The city of Santiago is the second largest

city in the Dominican Republic and the cigar

capital of the world. Subsidiary businesses

flourish in Santiago to support the tobacco

industry. Here, cigars are bigger than

the moments taken to share and enjoy.

They carry cultural significance, and they

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ART AND CULTURE

Forbidden Exiles

Jun 17, 2022, 7:30 pm

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Jun 10, 2022, 8:00 pm, Jun 11, 2022, 2:00 pm, Jun 11, 2022, 8:00 pm

Majestic Theatre

224 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78205

Long before she was Carole King, charttopping

music legend, she was Carol Klein,

Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She

fought her way into the record business as

a teenager and, by the time she reached her

twenties, had the husband of her dreams

and a flourishing career writing hits for the

biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until

her personal life began to crack that she

finally managed to find her true voice.

University of the Incarnate Word

4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209

Classical Music Institute presents Forbidden

Exiles, featuring Paul Hindemith's Sonata

No. 4 for Solo Viola, Kurt Weill's Four

Walt Whitman Songs, and Erich Wolfgang

Korngold's String Sextet in D major, Op. 10.

This concert will take place in Bennack

Concert Hall at University of the Incarnate

Word.

AMOS LEE With special guest Neal Francis

Jun 9, 2022, 7:30 pm Tickets: $39.50, $54.50, $69.50, $84.50

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Cir. San Antonio, TX 78205

With one foot in the real world and the

other in a charmed dimension of his own

making, Amos Lee creates the rare kind of

music that’s emotionally raw yet touched

with a certain magical quality. On his eighth

album Dreamland, the Philadelphia-born

singer/songwriter intimately documents

his real-world struggles (alienation, anxiety,

loneliness, despair), an outpouring born

from deliberate and often painful selfexamination.

“For most of my life I’ve walked

into rooms thinking, ‘I don’t belong here,’”

says Lee. “I’ve come to the realization that

I’m too comfortable as an isolated person,

and I want to reach out more. This record

came from questioning my connections to

other people, to myself, to my past and to the

future.”

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells

the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable

rise to stardom, from being part of a hit

songwriting team with her husband Gerry

Goffin, to her relationship with fellow

writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and

Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most

successful solo acts in popular music history.

Along the way, she made more than beautiful

music, she wrote the soundtrack to a

generation.

The musical features a stunning array of

beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/

Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil,

including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine

Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural

Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title

song.

Don McLean:

American Pie 50th

Anniversary Tour

Jun 24, 2022, 7:30 pm

Tobin Center for the

Performing Arts

100 Auditorium Cir., San Antonio, TX 78205

Don McLean comes to San Antonio as part

his 50th Anniversary "American Pie" tour.

McLean launched into international stardom

in 1971 with the release of “American Pie,”

and in the 50 years to follow, the song

was voted No. 5 of the 365 “Songs of the

Century” compiled by the Recording Industry

Association of America. McLean was also

inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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COMMUNITY

TAKING PRIDE

IN EQUALITY

by Brian Kenneth Swain

Dominion Resident

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month across the country, and we could think of no better way to honor

the tireless commitment of the leaders and volunteers of the national PFLAG organization

than to introduce readers to its San Antonio chapter and to describe the mission and reach of

this nonprofit as it nears its 50th anniversary nationally and its 30th in San Antonio.

My first exposure to the PFLAG

(Parents, Families, Friends, and

Allies United with the LGBTQ+

Community) organization came at a recent

support meeting I attended with a friend.

But the organization was first conceived in

1972, the year that founder Jeanne Manford

marched in a parade alongside her gay son

Morty in New York City’s Christopher Street

Liberation Day March, a precursor to today’s

Pride parade. After being approached by

numerous gay and lesbian people asking

that she speak with their parents, Manford

decided to convene the first formal meeting

of the group on March 11, 1973 at the

Metropolitan-Duane Methodist Church.

About twenty people were in attendance.

Speaking with PFLAG’s national/regional

representative and San Antonio local chapter

board member Chad Reumann instantly

reveals the passion this group has for its

mission of providing support, education,

and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community

throughout the Alamo City.

“Our job is to promote awareness and to

provide support to the LGBTQ+ community,”

Chad says. “We have about 600 supporters

and 50-60 active members who work with

our board to advance our organizational

mission and vision.”

In addition to regular support meetings,

the organization has operated a support

help line for more than twenty years. It’s a

resource that provides access for people

who are being discriminated against and

need information on who they can go to.

“We also get calls from those wanting

to become part of the network, seeking

counseling or other services. It’s mainly

people looking to get in touch with anyone

who can assist them,” Chad says. “We

provide information tables for events at

schools, colleges, and universities, and we

occasionally get invited into companies

to provide education to employees on

resources that are available to them. With

all the recent increases in anti-trans and

non-binary laws and orders, it has become

extremely important for these families to

have resources to support and advocate for

them.”

As a 501c3 nonprofit, PFLAG cannot actively

become involved in political campaigns or

support candidates. However, members

and volunteers do routinely participate in

local and state rallies and other activities

that advocate equality for members of the

LGBTQ+ community.

An active leader and volunteer with PFLAG

since 2012, Chad assists thirty chapters in

four states—Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and

Oklahoma—providing support for their local

chapters and helping to keep their activities

and goals aligned with the national ones.

“I was able to travel around the region

often, “he says, “but that of course was

pre-Covid. For the past two years it’s been a

lot of Zoom calls. A big part of my role is to

demonstrate how we can all stay connected

while remaining as safe as possible. We

promote self-care for volunteers within the

organization who sometimes tend to focus

so much on helping others that they forget

to make sure they are taken care of.”

He points out the diversity of challenges—

financial, cultural, and educational—

throughout the region, noting that a big

role for the local chapters is stepping up to

these challenges while also celebrating their

successes.

Asked to characterize the inclusivity and

culture of the San Antonio chapter, Chad

highlights his work with the mayor’s LGBTQ+

Advisory Committee.

“The pendulum definitely swings back

and forth here—and everywhere for that

matter—regarding community acceptance

of LGBTQ+ issues, depending on who’s in

office and what the national culture is like

at any given moment. I would describe San

Antonio as center-left on issues affecting

our community right now. The mayor’s office

has been very receptive to our message and

our work in recent years,” he says. “They

are very engaged in diversity, equity, and

inclusivity (DE&I) issues. Nevertheless, there

is still much to be done, like, for example,

improving access to healthcare and housing.”

Through his role on the mayor’s LGBTQ+

advisory committee, Chad has seen firsthand

the ways in which these challenges have

been handled at city hall and other city,

county, and state bodies. He notes that in

his work with smaller, more rural affiliates,

the local members have to put in a good deal

more effort to locate and work effectively

with their communities.

So what’s on the horizon for PFLAG in San

Antonio?

“Well, of course, with June being Pride

month, we’re prepping for the big parade on

June 25th. I’m also continuing to work with

our president Julene Slora and with the city

to evaluate the creation of an official board

or commission that focuses on the LGBTQ+

community. We currently are meeting only at

the request of the mayor.”

Chad tries to remain optimistic about the

future, a challenging task given that the

times in which we live include books bans,

‘Don’t say Gay’ laws, and transphobic laws

and orders that target trans and non-binary

kids.

“We need to make sure,” he says, “that we

are all supported in mind, body, and spirit.

“When our executive director Brian Bond

started a few months ago,” Chad says,

“he asked regional directors across the

country what we needed, and the topic

of more support for the chapter network

kept coming up. Brian worked toward

building that up, and the trajectory of the

organization has improved ten fold as a

result.”

PFLAG—nationally and in local chapters—

relies on donations of all sizes. As treasurer

of PFLAG San Antonio, Chad is tasked with

managing these resources. And with his

multi-level volunteering—locally, regionally,

and nationally—he sees how vital these

donations and other resources are in

sustaining the group’s mission.

PFLAG articulates its vision as helping

to create a world where diversity is

celebrated and all people are respected,

valued, and affirmed inclusive of their

sexual orientation, gender identity, and

gender expression. They strive to achieve

this vision by building on a foundation of

loving families united with LGBTQ+ people

and allies who all support one another

while educating themselves and their

communities to act as advocates until all

hearts and minds accept, value, respect, and

affirm LGBTQ+ people. PFLAG believes we

should all be measured by our words and

actions and that we should empower the

people in our communities to transform

the places where we live and work, with the

end goal of advocating for changes that can

bring about dialog, equality, and respect.

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CULINARY CROSSROADS

Goat cheese and jalapeño jam burger

Burger

Magic

by Elaine Perusquia

Few delicacies conjure up the summertime foodie

feels like the hamburger. Backyard burgers take

center stage at most cookouts, barbeques and

picnics for good reason . . . they’re delicious!

Wherever a grill can be toted, so can the fixin’s for a

great burger. Burgers have even reached legendary

gourmet status, with many celebrity chefs, both

local and lofty, trying their hands at elevating this

humble food. So what makes a great burger? The

answers will give us plenty to chew on.

The history of the hamburger is muddled

and long. In fact, minced meat scraps served

between pieces of bread likely date back to

ancient times. I won’t bog us down too much

with the origin story of the burger, because

honestly, there aren’t many verifiable truths

where burger lore is concerned. From

Genghis Kahn’s army placing meat under

their saddles in order to mince and tenderize

it, to Delmonico’s in New York City claiming

to have served the first hamburger steak,

there really isn’t a clear view to how this

food came to be. While many cities claim the

origin of the hamburger (Hamburg, Germany

loosely declares parentage of the hamburger

steak, but even then it’s not a straight road

to the actual modern burger), suffice it

to say that no one really knows who first

served hamburgers. This beloved sandwich is

legitimate gourmet-level fare, however, even

if the Mongols were wholly unconcerned

with food safety.

I thought long and hard about writing

a piece on hamburgers, thinking it might

be a bit like writing about chili (polarizing

enough to pit neighbor against neighbor

at a level akin to the beans versus no beans

debate). There are as many great burgers as

there are chefs and home cooks, though, so

let’s all agree to remain friends. I prefer to

look at it this way: so many burgers, so little

time. I do hold fast to a few principles of

burgerdom, but that being said, I am a fan of

most burgers.

The bun is as good a place as any to start.

Whether you like an artisanal brioche bun,

a classic sesame seed bun, a pretzel bun, a

sweet Hawaiian slider bun, or even if you’re

making your own buns from scratch, one

thing needs to happen in order for your

bread of choice to adequately host a juicy

patty of ground meat: the bun itself must

be toasted or griddled. Butter the buns and

place them on a griddle or under the broiler

until toasted and golden brown. The object is

to make the buns themselves less permeable

to meaty juices that would otherwise render

them a soggy mess.

Where meat is concerned, a great

burger can really be made from any protein

source. Bison, beef, turkey, lamb, and even

chicken are all great choices. I’ve even

eaten a commendable salmon burger or

two! If you’re using a lean meat, adding in a

little fat helps keep the burger patty from

drying out. For a chicken or turkey burger,

for example, searing the patties in a skillet

with a little olive oil might be preferable to

cooking them on a grill, where they would

tend to become dry. Lamb, beef and bison

can be served slightly pink in the middle, but

poultry burgers should be fully cooked. If

you are into grinding your own meat, I’d love

to hear about your go-to ratios and meat

combinations.

Once you choose your protein, bit of

technique goes a long way. How you treat

ground meat matters. For a standard burger,

I like to use grass fed ground beef with 10-

20% fat content. Handle the meat as little as

possible, forming it gently into patties (size

and thickness is a matter of personal choice,

but since most meats will shrink somewhat

during cooking, making patties a little larger

than your bun is a good idea). Season the

burgers well with salt and pepper (plus any

other seasonings you like), place them on a

preheated cast iron griddle or outdoor grill,

and cook to desired doneness, turning once.

While a burger can be “smashed” right after

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it’s put into the pan, resist the urge to press

down on the meat once it’s begun to cook.

You want all those tasty juices to stay inside.

Add your cheeses right as the patties come

off the heat, letting them melt as the meat

rests for about five minutes.

Grill or stovetop? If I have the choice, I

much prefer burgers cooked on a flat top,

cast iron skillet, or griddle, but to each his

own. The flat cooking surface accomplishes

several things: it allows the burger to cook

in its own juices (which would otherwise

drip through the grates on a grill), it creates

a tasty crust on the meat, and it allows for

more control over the heat source. If you

like a griddled burger but the grill is your

heat source, a cast iron skillet or griddle can

easily be placed directly on top of the grates

of an outdoor grill. Some people truly love

the flame-kissed taste of a grilled burger, and

grills do have a few advantages. They mean

one less mess in the kitchen, and they impart

a smoky flavor sometimes missing from

indoor cooking methods. Viva la differénce!

Here it is. The question that causes

perfectly civil human beings to give each

other the side eye. Cheddar or American?

Each, in my humble opinion, has its place.

If we’re talking a good old regular burger

with mayo, mustard, lettuce, and pickles, I

have to say American cheese. It’s melty and

classic and conjures up childhood memories.

It’s burger stand cheese. It’s burger drivein

cheese. It’s American. Switching gears a

bit, if we’re talking about a gourmet burger

with unusual ingredients, sauces, relishes or

jams, I say cheddar or any number of other

cheeses work best.

The best burger I ever ate (thus far) was

at the Hotel de Haro at Roche Harbor, San

Juan Island, Washington. I’d been ocean

kayaking that day and was lucky enough

to see a pod of wild resident killer whales.

Maybe it was the perfect day, or maybe I

was sunburned, tired, and hungry . . . but

that burger with Beecher’s white cheddar,

caramelized onions, bacon, tangy homemade

burger sauce, and a perfectly toasted brioche

bun was magical. So yes, I love cheddar on

a burger. Any cheese, really, can crown a

burger. Goat cheese, feta, smoked Gouda,

Monterey jack, Swiss . . . cheeses are a great

place to get creative and can definitely add

to a burger’s wow factor.

a great canvas for jams, chutneys, pickles

(sweet, spicy, or dill), crispy onions, and yes,

potato chips. Raise your hand if you smashed

layer upon layer of potato chips on your

burger as a kid. As a child of the 80’s, I freely

admit it.

While a good burger is less of a recipe

and more of a procedure, recipes for things

that go on a burger aren’t in short supply. I

hope you’ll try the burger with goat cheese

and spicy caramelized onion and jalapeño

jam pictured. And the classic turkey sliders

with burger sauce and white American

cheese. Or how about a lamb burger with

field greens, feta and bacon? I’m happy to

give a shout out to some of my favorite local

burger joints as well. Tycoon Flats, Sam’s,

Bobby J’s, Chris Madrid’s, and The Cove all

come to mind. If you’re headed to downtown

New Braunfels, I can attest that an upscale

little joint called Muck & Fuss also has some

great burgers, as does Iron Horse Grill and

Tin Top.

Spicy Caramelized Onion

and Jalapeño Jam

1 large red onion

2 large green jalapeños, sliced

2 large red jalapeños, sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Cut the root and stem ends off the

onion. Carefully remove the core

from the root end using a paring

knife. Cut the onion in half through

the root and stem ends, not across

the onion’s “equator.” Slice the onion

pole to pole into ¼ inch slices. For

heat, do not discard the jalapeño

seeds.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a

nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Add the onions, jalapenos, salt,

and pepper, and sauté, stirring

occasionally, for about five minutes.

Once the onions begin to soften,

reduce the heat to low and continue

to cook, stirring occasionally until

the onions are very soft and begin

to caramelize, about 20 minutes.

Add the sugar and stir, cooking over

low heat for another 5 minutes. Add

the cider vinegar and stir. Taste and

adjust seasonings.

Summer is burger season, y’all! Whether

you’re grilling or cooking indoors, whether

you prefer American or cheddar, mayo or

ketchup, lamb or beef, you can’t go wrong

with a good burger. Experiment with

different proteins, cheeses, toppings, and

condiments. Burgers are a great canvas for

so many interesting flavors. Happy cooking,

everyone!

Homemade Drive-in

Burger Sauce

½ cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons ketchup

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon relish (sweet or dill)

few dashes each, Tabasco and

Worcestershire

pinch salt and pepper

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl

and whisk well. Refrigerate until ready

to use. If you like a sweeter sauce,

add more ketchup. The Dijon and

Worcestershire give this burger sauce

a kick!

About the author:

Elaine Perusquia is an artist, mother of

two and graduate of The Culinary Institute

of America. She has been a long time food

enthusiast and is also an artist-in-residence

with Hearts Need Art: Creative Support

for Adults with Cancer. After raising two

children, she decided to follow her passion for

cooking by pursing a degree in the Culinary

Arts. Follow her on Instagram at chefelaine.

culinarycrossroads to see what's cooking

between issues.

Like cheeses, condiments add to the

infinite appeal of the hamburger. While I

am a mayo lover through and through, both

my kids prefer their burgers dripping with

ketchup. My mom is a mustard gal. Hey, it’s

all good. Spicy mustard, tangy burger sauce,

buffalo sauce, you name it. Burgers are also

This sweet, spicy, tangy “jam” is

incredible on burgers. It’s also great

inside quesadillas or served on

top of goat cheese with crackers.

Refrigerate any leftover jam, and

bring to room temperature before

serving.

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GOOD READS

THE DUCHESS COUNTESS

by Marlene Neslund, Dominion Resident

Catherine Ostler’s THE DUCHESS

COUNTESS is a fascinating portrait of

an eighteen century woman who was

impulsive, witty and beautiful. Elizabeth

Chudleigh was filled with a lust for life. Her

scintillating story is told with remarkable

visual detail of royal society with cinematic

quality.

The only daughter of the lieutenant

governor of the Royal Hospital,

Elizabeth Chudleigh had an

idyllic childhood in Chelsea,

a village outside London. She

was an indulgent, fearless

child, filled with ease among

peers and elders.

At the age of twenty-two,

Elizabeth was appointed maid

of honor to Princess Augusta,

the wife of Frederick, the

Prince of Wales. Elizabeth

fit into court life naturally.

She had a “quick wit and

intelligence, easy French and

an ability to dance.” And her

face was not only beautiful,

but fascinating. “She had

loveliness lit up by strength of

character.”

Elizabeth was wooed by a

youthful, dashing officer in the

Royal Navy, Augustus Hervey,

an heir to an earldom. Their

fast and impulsive courtship

ended in a clandestine

marriage, which was a semisecret

for years to come. Long

separations, the early death of

their only child and financial

insecurity weakened their

relationship and they went about their

individual lives as singles.

Years passed before Elizabeth met the

next love of her life, the Duke of Kingston.

Her marriage to him was an elaborate

celebration in royal society and written

about at length. The duke died at sixtyone

and his lavish funeral was described

with vivid detail. Soon after, his family

challenged his will because they claimed

Elizabeth was a bigamist and took her to

court.

Her salacious trial is dealt with over

many chapters. This trial was more

interesting than dealing with the American

colonies and rebels. It also took up more

space on the London newspapers. Elizabeth

was found guilty but was unpunished. She

pleaded for “the benefit of the Peerage,”

and thus escaped being branded on her

hand. She had lost her name, her identityduchess

no more. Afterwards she sailed

to the Continent in her luxurious private

yacht. At fifty-three, she was in quest for a

new court.

Eventually Elizabeth found herself in

St. Petersburg. She thrived amidst the

conspicuous opulence of Russian royalty.

In her last years, she was out of control,

pouring money she did not have into

schemes of impossible luxury. She built a

lavish estate in remote Estonia on the Baltic

Sea and also a wildly expensive property in

Paris. Her final departure from Russia took

her to Paris. In her mid-sixties, she still

entertained on a grand scale and impressed

all with her great wit and imagination which

gave a “brilliancy to her conversation.” She

died alone, in rented accommodations in

a foreign land, surrounded by those who

stole as much as possible.

THE DUCHESS COUNTESS is not only

a well written biography,

it is a book filled with

historical facts and

tidbits. Gout was the

all-purpose diagnosis

or excuse for any kind

of physical or mental

discomfort among the

Georgian nobility. Also,

England in the first half

of the eighteenth century

was horse racing mad.

Most of the upper crust

enjoyed the “adrenalinepumping

intoxication”

of race days. At this

time, male infidelity

was a trifle, but female

infidelity was significant

and punishable. Some

may argue this hasn’t

changed much in some

places. Only the richest

English tourist made it to

Rome. Aristocracy and

royalty mingled on the

Vatican steps where Pope

Clement XIV reigned

supreme. Elected in 1769,

he was the most talked

about man in Europe; he

was an urbane and humorous Anglophile.

“His Holiness played billiards and bowls,

rode out in lay dress and liked to be liked.”

This book will delight readers who

thrive on detail. Not only the style of dress

is described, but information on where

the fabric came from and who designed

it has been researched. THE DUCHESS

COUNTESS is scrupulously documented

with fourteen pages of select bibliography

and eight pages of interesting illustrations.

Elizabeth Chudleigh’s life story is made for

the screen. Look out BRIDGERTON!

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DAAG

A Tisket, a Tasket,

Three Kittens in a Basket!

These tiny cuties started out looking

like baby polar bears—cute enough

already, right?—but have grown into

mind-meltingly adorable kittens.

These babies have been bottle-fed by

a DAAG volunteer since being rescued

at only a few days old. Now, they are

rambunctious, wrestling, tumbling soft

little furballs of energy, ...when they are

not cuddling and loving, that is. Soon,

they will be available for adoption!

Contact DAAG at daagadoptions@gmail.

com to put your name on the wish list

for one or two of these sweeties!

All DAAG cats are vaccinated, spayed/

neutered, tested for FIV, feline

leukemia, and heart worms, and are

microchipped.

Follow us on Facebook!

www.facebook.com/DominionAAG

Dominion Animal Advocates Group

(DAAG) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) rescue

group that assists with lost and found

pets, and abandoned pets and feral cats

in the community.

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4 EDEN PARK

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HOME TOUR

This extraordinary single story in The Dominion offers the best

of form and function. The open floor plan wraps around a private

exterior courtyard with a huge stone fireplace; owners will also

have multiple outdoor patios to enjoy. Outstanding features include

massive wooden beams, high ceilings, lots of natural light, and

a superstar kitchen. This home has a private study, three living

areas, and a three-car garage. The Dominion provides a true resort

experience with an acclaimed country club and 24/7 guard gated

security. It's located near some of the finest shopping and dining

San Antonio has to offer.

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HOME TOUR

4 Eden Park

3 bed

3.5 bath

3,475 square feet

0.27 acre lot

Offered at $975,000

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GOLF

DOMINION GOLF NEWS

by Doug DeSive, PGA, Head Golf Professional at The Dominion Country Club

6th

Dan Monroe made his

Sixth Hole in one at

Dominion country club on March

15, during the Renaissance member

guest golf tournament. Even

more rare is that this is Dan’s third

HIO on the fifth at The Dominion.

Dan used a three hybrid, to cover

the 218 yards need it for his Ace.

Congratulations!

We are scheduled to have our golf course rerated on June 13th.

It's always a good to have your course rerated after improvements. The bunker renovation will have some

effect on our course rating and slope rating. Let’s look at both.

What factors are used in Course

Rating?

Yardage is the predominant factor in

determining a USGA Course Rating. The

effective playing length of a hole may be

substantially different from its actual length,

which includes roll, elevation, dogleg/forced

lay-up, prevailing wind and altitude.

Obstacle factors (bunkers, water trees, etc.)

are considered separately on their effect on

the play of scratch and bogey on each hole.

Course management and maintenance must

be consistent from day to day, and month to

month, so that the USGA Course Ratings will

remain valid. Minor construction or moving a

teeing ground can impact course rating.

What do the numbers mean?

Question:

Which golf course is more difficult?

Answer:

Easy… at every handicap level, the answer

is Course A! Surprised? Many, if not most

golfers probably would have guessed

Course B. It just goes to illustrate the many

myths and misunderstandings that abound

regarding the subject of Slope.

Course Rating

Slope

Course A 71.3 121

Course B 69.2 132

What is Slope?

Slope merely tells how “proportionately”

more difficult that a golf course (by tee set

up) plays for higher handicapped golfers as

opposed to lower handicapped golfers. The

more difficult the play proportionally for the

higher handicappers, the greater the Slope.

That’s it! Slope doesn’t tell you how the

course proportionally plays from any other

set of tees, let alone tell you how it compares

with other courses.

We look forward to having to new slope and

course ratings that will be reflected on our

new scorecards.

MAKE A LASTING IMPRESSION

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HOTEL EMMA

San Antonio, TX

TRAVEL

TEXAS LUXURY HOTELS

With its many restaurants and retailers,

the historic Pearl district is one of the most

popular places to hang out in San Antonio,

and Hotel Emma puts you right in the heart

of the action. There is great attention to

detail, from the industrial, repurposed

chandeliers to the luxurious Persian rugs,

leather couches and throw blankets. The

building was originally a brewery in 1894 and

was once the tallest building in San Antonio.

The suites combine Southwestern, Vintage

and other design styles, and some come with

their own fireplace, wet bar and terrace. If

you needed any more reason to stay, Hotel

Emma was listed as one of the top hotels

in Texas in Condé Nast Traveler Readers’

Choice Awards in both 2019 and 2021.

COMMODORE

PERRY ESTATE

Austin, TX

Considered a historic landmark, the 10-acre

Commodore Perry Estate features a beautiful

mansion designed in the Italian Renaissance

Revival style.When staying here, you can

decide between a room at the inn, a onebedroom

suite at the inn, or a mansion suite.

Located in the original mansion, the latter

are really the stars of the show, and each

one is completely unique—from the LaVerne

Suite, which is decked out in floor to ceiling

florals, to the Hal Thomson Suite, which is an

eye-catching mix of vintage and modern.

ROSEWOOD MANSION

ON TURTLE CREEK

Dallas, TX

It’s grand living at Rosewood Mansion, a

luxe, five-star hotel in a former mansion

built in the early 1920s. It’s no surprise if you

feel a little like you’re in a European palace

seeing as the architecture was supposedly

inspired by estates in places like Spain,

Italy, and France. Come here, and you can

add your name to a guest list that includes

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Tennesee Williams.

While staying at Rosewood Mansion, you

can also make use of the hotel’s swimming

pool (which is conveniently temperature

controlled year-round) and fitness studio

(which has a sauna). Another unusual perk:

Hotel guests can also test-drive a new Lexus

here.

THE LANCASTER HOTEL

Houston, TX

This historical 1920s-era boutique hotel in

the heart of Houston’s Theater District melds

contemporary flourishes with 100 years

of history. From the street, its classically

derived architectural style, complete with

Italian Renaissance detailing, stands as a

neighborhood icon; inside, an art collection

of over 200 works by noted contemporary

Texas artists and rooms awash in light and

soothing earth tones with archetypal touches

like Carrara marble, Frette bedding and

towels and Bulgari bath amenities ensure

elegance and sophistication. Together, it

feels at once like a living museum and a

modern Texas hotel – a textbook twosome in

the hospitality game.

THE FAIRMONT HOTEL

Austin, TX

Located downtown, next to the Austin

Convention Center, this new 37-story,

1.4-million square-foot hotel is the thirdtallest

building in the city. With 1,048

four-star rooms and several luxury suites,

the hotel offers first-class amenities and

panoramic views of Lady Bird Lake and the

surrounding area. These amenities include

ballrooms and meeting spaces, a rooftop pool

deck, a high-end spa and fitness center, a

three-meal restaurant, and several bars and

lounges. Four lower levels accommodate

parking, administrative offices, and service

areas. A sky bridge connects the tower’s

second level with the Convention Center

across Red River Street.

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