At Craig Ranch, Great Golf Means Giving Back

by crblog - October 2nd, 2015

It’s not enough to be named one of the 10 best golf courses in Texas and rated one of the top private courses in the country by Golf Digest.

It’s not enough to be one of only two golf courses in Dallas-Fort Worth certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, guaranteeing a beautiful and natural golfing experience.

At TPC Craig Ranch, the golfers are driven to give back to their community – and their country – through multiple high-profile charity events each year.

The best example is Birdies for the Brave, which brings PGA Tour champion Phil Mickelson’s vision to TPC Craig Ranch. In 2005, Mickelson started donating $100 for each birdie or $500 for each eagle to Homes For Our Troops and Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Now, donations are made through annual benefit tournaments at TPC clubs like Craig Ranch.

Each year, service members attend the tournament at Craig Ranch – for free. As part of the program, the club also has given a lifetime membership to a service member.

The club shuts down for Birdies for the Brave and raises tens of thousands of dollars each year. TPC Craig Ranch launched its annual tournament in 2006. This year’s tournament was August 22nd.

Since starting up its annual tournaments in 2006, TPC Craig Ranch has raised nearly $500,000 for Birdies for the Brave.
This year’s Birdies for the Brave tournament was Aug. 17. Click here for photos.

5 Tips to Create the Perfect Fall Garden in Craig Ranch

by crblog - October 2nd, 2015

As North Texas transitions into the fall season of beautiful colors and cool breezes, so should your home’s garden.  Step out into the garden of your DFW master-planned community and dig into the rich soil of McKinney’s own Craig Ranch.

1. Prepare the soil

Pull out any of your summer plants that are no longer producing and any weeds or debris that may have gathered in your garden. The summer heat can be tough on soil, so it is best to wet the ground and cover it to allow the soil to rehydrate for a few days before replanting.  Once you have done that, you will want to lay down compost to help add the nutrients back into the soil that were used by summer plants.

2. Choosing the right plants

The plants could either be native or adapted to the McKinney, Texas climate.  While it will be easiest for the native plants to grow and thrive, plants that are from other regions of the country can also do well, but they may require more resources like water and fertilizer.  Here is a database that can be helpful when trying to find both native and adapted plants.

3. Proper planting

Know what the selected plants and flowers need in terms of sunlight, water and possibly even space.  Some fall plants will grow wide instead of tall, so avoid planting them too close to each other.  If they are planted too close together, that area can begin to look crowded as the plants mature.  Plan your placement around the plants’ needs and then around how you want it to look.

4. Maintenance

The biggest key for a successful fall garden, after everything is prepped and planted, is to be patient. The days are shorter in the fall, which means less sunlight.  Fall plants will take longer to mature, but once they do they will transform your garden into a fall masterpiece.

5. Get the whole family involved

It’s the perfect weather for the whole family to be outside and spend quality time together.  Enjoy the outdoors and breathe in that cool fall Craig Ranch breeze.  There are many activities that you can do with your children when it comes to preparing and maintaining your fall garden.  A fun activity can be making crop markers.

We hope these tips will help you with your fall garden in Craig Ranch! To learn more about our community, come visit our beautiful information center or contact us today.

Craig Ranch Has Unmatched Homebuilder Variety in Collin County

by crblog - September 25th, 2015

Craig Ranch homes offer residents a beautiful TPC golf course, the Copper Fitness Center & Spa, sports fields,  various parks,  walking and jogging trails and above all the  convenient location of living in  McKinney, Texas along Sam Rayburn/SH 121. Along with all these benefits, the homes in McKinney, Texas offer some of the best homebuilders in Collin County has to offer. Highly acclaimed homebuilders in Craig Ranch make it hard to want to live anywhere else in Collin County. Here is a list of homebuilders building in Craig Ranch, in addition to numerous custom builders in The Estates at Craig Ranch neighborhood:

Ashton Woods Homes

Beazer Homes

Darling Homes

David Weekly Homes

Huntington Homes

Landon Homes

Megatel Homes

Nathan Carlisle Homes

Our Country Homes

Several other new homebuilders will be announced  soon– so stay tuned!

From our many amenities to our homebuilders, Craig Ranch  has become a desirable and charming place to live. Our homes in McKinney, Texas are beautiful, located in exemplary school districts  as well as an easily accessible location, so  come out to see for yourself, or visit our website and learn more about what it’s like to live in Craig Ranch.

4 Ways to Celebrate the Beginning of Autumn

by crblog - September 18th, 2015

The best way to celebrate the beginning of autumn is to step outside into the beautiful DFW master planned community Craig Ranch has to offer and enjoy the scenery. But, if you are looking for something fun to do outside of the community, check out these upcoming events:

1. InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival

On September 18th- 20th watch as magnificent hot air balloons are released into the sky. There will be live music, a kid’s fun zone and sky divers! On Saturday 19th, there will also be a firework show. Another main attraction of this event is the Direct Energy Balloon Glow where some of the balloons that are released will glow when it gets dark. Talk about a sight to see! Follow this link for more information on the Plano Balloon Festival.

2. GrapeFest

September 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Historic Downtown Grapevine is hosting the 29th annual GrapeFest! Whether you are a die-hard wine-lover or looking to have a fun night out with your family, then you won’t want to miss out. GrapeFest offers thrilling and relaxing rides at the Carnival and Midway, wine tasting events, museums, galleries and so much more. Explore their website at this link, to find out what all GrapeFest has to offer. So you don’t miss out on the fun, you can buy your tickets here.

3. Addison Oktoberfest

Save the date for Addison Oktoberfest on September 17th-20th in Addison Circle Park. Some events include the German Spelling Bee, German Idol, Bier Barrel Rolling, Bier Barrel Bowling and Addison Oktoberfest Run for the Children 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, but the fun doesn’t stop there. There is even a family fun zone and a DAWG Pretzel Run Agility Course for your puppy to join in on the fun! For more information about these events, follow this link.

4. Autumn at the Arboretum

At this time of year, the Dallas Arboretum in Dallas is beautiful to take a stroll through. September 19th- November 25th, there will be thousands of pumpkins, petting zoos, face painting and tea samples your whole family is sure to enjoy. Click on this link to learn more about the fun Dallas Arboretum has available for you and your family.

Celebrate the beginning of autumn by taking a walk outside in your beautiful master planned community at Craig Ranch, and make sure to attend at least one fun event this fall. You won’t want to miss out!

4 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Kids During the School Year

by crblog - September 11th, 2015

McKinney, TX schools in Frisco ISD have started up, but don’t let that get in the way of quality time spent with your kids. Instead of letting work and school interrupt family time at home, here are a few ways to spend time with your kids during the school year:

McKinney, TX schools

Help your kids with their homework

Now this doesn’t mean do their homework for them, but sit down with them after school and help them with a few math problems or science projects. If you block off an hour every night to do some school work with your kids, you have the opportunity to teach them a few tricks you learned back in the day and spend quality time all at once.

Eliminate distractions

While technology is quite amazing and keeps improving every day, it can be a huge distraction to your kids. Whether you turn off the television or put the iPhones away for an hour, this can promote quality family time. During this hour of no distractions, play a board game with the family or go for a walk in one of the many Craig Ranch parks to admire the beauty of McKinney, TX. There are so many fun activities at Craig Ranch to participate in! Check them out by clicking here.

Have movie night

Maybe you and your kids deserve a good movie night. After your kids have had a long day at their McKinney school and you have had a long day at work, a movie night is a perfect way to wind down and relax with your family. Make some popcorn and ice cream sundaes while enjoying that family flick that just came out on Redbox. Have movie night at least once a week cause you and your family deserve it!

Throw the football around

Whatever sport your child plays, play with them at any Craig Ranch park! If your child plays the violin, have them give you a mini-concert at your Craig Ranch home. No matter what sport or extra-curricular activity your child participates in, you can be right there with them.

We hope these tips help you spend quality time with your kids in all of the hustle and bustle of the world!

Sand Between Your Toes

by crblog - September 8th, 2015
When your kids want to compete in sand volleyball and the only places to play have a bar as its main focus, it makes the decision to open your own sand courts a little easier.

That’s the back story for The Beach in Craig Ranch, a facility that offers not only 12 sand courts for volleyball, sand tennis and soccer, hover-ball and Zumba beach parties but also a large grassy area for non-sand activities such as bocce ball and cornhole.

Susan Hoelting’s two daughters started playing sand volleyball in 2007-08, and she
didn’t want them playing in a bar.

“I just didn’t like that particular atmosphere for my kids, so I knew I wanted there to
be more of a family friendly facility,” said Hoelting, co-owner of The Beach.

Her husband and co-owner, Dale Hoelting, is the one who found the location in Craig
Ranch. Hoelting said when she saw it, she was impressed by the area’s “healthy living

“We fell in love with McKinney, and Craig Ranch specifically, for The Beach home
because of all its focus on healthy living and its openness,” she said. “One of
reasons McKinney gets voted the best place to live is because of the activity level
and opportunities to participate in outdoor events. Being outside and near nature are great
for all kinds of mental and physical health benefits.”

The Beach primarily attracts sand volleyball leagues and tournaments for juniors,
adults and family throughout the year. They also host birthday and graduation parties,
charity fundraisers, corporate meetings, and low-impact sand training classes.

“Think of us as a big back yard,” Hoelting said.

The facility also has an on-site restaurant, Bermuda’s Grill & Bar.

What’s new at The Beach? A gymnasium to house indoor sports such as volleyball

So you can get your volleyball fix all year round.

McKinney Ranks as One of the Healthiest Housing Markets in 2015

by crblog - September 4th, 2015

It’s a great time to have a home in McKinney. The WalletHub recently named McKinney, TX one of 2015’s Healthiest Housing Markets and we are proud to say that our DFW master-planned community is right at the center of it all.

The unemployment rates across the U.S. have dipped and with new, large developments happening right here on our home front, we are seeing an immense amount of job growth and room for opportunities. McKinney ranked #7 overall, 21st in ‘Real Estate Market,’ and 4th in ‘Affordability & Economic Environment.’ For the full list, click here.

The Craig Ranch community currently has a population of over 9,000 people and is projected to grow to 20,000 within just five years. With land being sold on all sides of our community for companies like Sewell Automotive and Holiday Inn Express, you can definitely see how McKinney’s retail, commercial and residential growth has taken off.

However, McKinney doesn’t get all the growth credit. We are looking forward to new home models for homebuilders David Weekly Homes, Ashton Woods Homes and Darling Homes. With these openings, we will soon have the best variety of builders, price ranges and lifestyles available in Collin County, which of course includes our current builders Our Country Homes, Nathan Carlisle Homes, Landon Homes, Beazer Homes and Huntington Homes.

For more information about homes in McKinney and our DFW master-planned community, be sure to visit the information center and follow our blog.

Piazza on the Green Now Open in Craig Ranch

by crblog - August 28th, 2015

Wedding season is upon us in McKinney, TX and there’s no better place to get married in the area than right here in the Craig Ranch community. Our beautiful venue, Piazza on the Green is nestled right along the TPC golf course and is the newest venue in the metroplex.

Photo By: Piazza on the Green

As part of Piazza on the Village, which has a high reputation as being a premier wedding destination in DFW, you can expect signature décor such as crystal chandeliers, intricate architecture, world-class cuisine and more.

Piazza on the Green in Craig Ranch features two ballrooms, a wedding chapel with 325 seats, an outdoor wedding facility, and of course, great golf course views. With easy access to 121, 75 and the Dallas North Tollway this venue is great for guests coming from all different areas.

A wedding wouldn’t be nearly as fun without the reception though, and that’s why Piazza on the Green has two onsite ballrooms just a short walk from the chapel. The village ballroom is a gorgeous space equipped with professional lighting and a large dance floor so you and you significant other can boogie in style. Do you have a video you want to play? No problem. Two large screens in the ballroom will easily play any slide shows or videos you may have.

If you need something large for your wedding attendees, reserve the grand ballroom, which comfortably seats up to 275 people with plenty of room to dance, dance, and dance. Did we mention there’s a disco ball?

Learn more about Piazza on the Green in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX by following this link.

Having a (Soccer) Ball in Craig Ranch

by crblog - August 27th, 2015

Your afternoons and weekends already have become a rush of locating shin guards and chattering – maybe arguing? – about goal kicks and throw-ins.

For the uninitiated, that’s the language of soccer practice.

It’s fall soccer season, and McKinney Soccer Association youth league games starts Aug. 29.

Ah, soccer – if you have kids, then you know your fall weekday evenings are filled with practices and weekends are filled with games.

But in Craig Ranch, you won’t spend all day every Saturday commuting to and from the games — the soccer fields are right here, at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch. The facility has 12 full-size fields and a championship field, all lighted and with bleachers, concessions and restrooms. (Plus hiking/biking trails and a pond for between-game diversions.)

League play is managed by the McKinney Soccer Association, which coordinates games for children under 4 to under 19, and adult recreational coed teams. There’s also the Soccer Shots program for younger kids or children with special needs.

Tournament play at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch typically draws players from across the North Texas-Oklahoma region. And, although soccer is the biggest sport played at the fields, lacrosse and flag football team tourneys are growing in popularity.

Kids don’t play? You can still watch — all games are open and free to spectators.

Back to School Blues? Maybe We Have the Cure …

by crblog - August 26th, 2015

We hate to say it … but summertime is nearly gone, and the first day of school has since passed. Frisco ISD and McKinney ISD went back to the grind on Monday, Aug. 24.

Craig Ranch Community Association’s annual Back to School Celebration gave us plenty to be excited about. But getting back into school mode is hard. If you find yourself struggling, here are some top tips for getting ready for school this year:

  1. Plan a play date – This is important before school starts, but it’s just as important once school is in full swing! During the beginning of the year, help your child reconnect with a few friends, so there are familiar faces in the hallways and classrooms on that sometimes-scary first day of school. (Via
  2. Create Calendar Central – Let’s face it … coordinating schedules once school starts is a daily miracle. Cynthia Ewer, who wrote “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Organized,” suggests attaching all your vital info – school lunch menus, class assignment sheets, sports schedule, etc. – to your calendar, whether it’s a digital tool or a big whiteboard in the kitchen. (Via
  3. Turn off the TV – To transition your kids back into “quiet learning-time mode,” provide books, puzzles, games or simple arts and crafts projects for some daily focused learning. (Via National Association of School Psychologists.)
  4. Meet anxiety with information – If your child struggles with new situations, try to inject some fun into it – with silly goodbyes, for instance. If the problem persists, ask the teacher how he or she recommends you address the anxiety. (Via School Family.)
  5. Make a special breakfast and lunch for the first few weeks of school – Distract the kids with Frankenmuffins and pizza lollipops, and get them to help with the preparation. Pinterest is full of ideas … (Via

We hope these tips help get your family ready for a great school year.