A charter member of the MLS, the San Jose Earthquakes played their first four seasons as the Clash before claiming the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. Though the team moved to Houston in '05, the franchise was reinstated in '08, bringing professional soccer back to the Bay Area. Buck Shaw Stadium serves as the team's current home, though a new stadium will shoot skyward in 2014, complete with luxury suites for fans and exhausted referees alike.
When course architect Roy Case designed the 36 holes that would become Wildcat Golf Club, he drew inspiration from two distinct styles by laying traditional Scottish links-style holes over the undulating Texas Hill Country topography. Players encounter lots of tall grasses but few trees as they eventually reach 100-foot elevations, where they?ll catch glimpses of Houston?s skyline, Reliant Stadium, and the Galleria. The Club is divided into two 18-hole courses?the Highlands Course and the Lakes Course?each blanketed in TifSport Bermuda grass fairways and TifEagle Bermuda putting surfaces so smooth that golfers have reported reaching into the cup and pulling out a single red rose instead of their golf ball.
Though situated next to one another, each course bears its own unique set of challenges. Deep ravines and strategically placed bunkers befuddle players on the Highlands Course, while the Lakes Course lives up to its name with water as its defining characteristic. A series of lakes comes into play on seven holes, nowhere more dramatically than on the twelfth hole, a unique par 5 configuration whose tee box, two fairway sections, and green are separated by intersecting water hazards, which double as watering holes for thirsty golf carts.
Highland Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,954 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 138 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
Lakes Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,016 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 135 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
Handyman Connection thoroughly vets each of its skillful technicians, only hiring candidates who pass a background check, boast more than 10 years of experience, and can handle a variety of the shop's handyman services. Technicians come to houses to tackle any project, from fixing the tiniest leaky sink to building enormous stone fences that spell out a nemesis's phone number when viewed from outer space. The renovating services help transform imperfect houses into dream dwellings or fix up minor problems before placing homes on the market.
The handymen at Mighty Does live up to the business's name with a hearty ability to take care of pretty much any job around the house. From fixing your washer to remodeling the entire bathroom, their home improvement services encompass a wide array of domestic chores and projects.
Using the fresh lavender grown on their own ranch, Craig and Dana Stewart share the aroma therapeutic benefits of their favorite scent with a line of lavender-infused household products. Each handmade bar of soap, jar of culinary rub, and soy candle boasts a generous helping of lavender oil or the raw herb itself, allowing the calming aroma to permeate homes.
Texas Air Care's licensed and insured techs have been keeping things cool for more than 22 years. Beyond installing new systems by American Standard, Ruud, Carrier, and Gibson, they can readily tackle repairs on HVAC units of all makes and models or offer tips on how to boost efficiency and trim cooling costs. The stewards of indoor climate health also command a Rotobrush air-duct cleaning system, which they use to rout dust mites, bacteria, and mold from home circulatory systems and can install UV purifiers that help kill airborne pollutants and identify incriminating fingerprints on empty cupcake liners.