LAKE BROWNWOOD — More than just fireworks will be launched today at Feather Bay. At 10 a.m., former Dallas Cowboy Bob Lilly will help cut the ribbon and launch the golf course’s second nine holes (back nine) before a barbecue celebration for current and prospective property owners.

“Over the past four months, since we’ve been here, things have gone gangbusters. They’ve gone above and beyond expectations,” Gregg Brown, project manager at Feather Bay, said. He said the golf course would be open Saturday to members – with some tee times available to the public — and that the barbecue party would run from noon until 4 p.m. at the Sales Office/Information Center. Brown encouraged current property owners as well as prospective owners and golf course members to attend to learn more about what’s available at Feather Bay.

“If they want to learn more, or to tour the facility, we’ll take them out and show them around,” he said.

While the fireworks will highlight the evening’s activities, many area golfers have anxiously awaited the opening of the additional golf holes at The Hideout at Feather Bay – as the golf course is now known.

“There are all new fairways and greens and rockscaping,” Brown said. “It really has come along. We’ve put in a lot and work is continuing. We’re updating everything for a real challenging course.”

He said from the tips, it will play just under 7,000 yards.

“We laid it out through the community so that everyone feels close to it,” Brown said.

Work also continues on the residential area of Feather Bay. Phase II is nearly sold out, according to Brown, and plans for Phase III are under way. Most of those lots will lie along Lake Brownwood.

Brown said there are currently about 50 homes completed in the subdivision with plans for several to begin construction in the near future. He said that a road crew is ready to begin work paving the streets in the near future and that water and sewer lines are expected to be in place by September 2009.

“There’s a lot of variety – lake property, golf course property and interior lots – a nice choice for many budgets,” Brown said. “This isn’t your father’s Feather Bay anymore. It’s going to be the premiere lake golf community for the average person. We want the average person to be able to come in and enjoy it with his family.”

Brown said interior lots begin at $30,000.

“It’s one of the last affordable lakes in Texas. This beautiful lake is our best amenity,” he said.

Feather Bay’s owners, 3-D Resorts, is also developing communities at Lake Tawokani near Dallas and Lake Livingston near Houston, as well as one in Kentucky, according to Brown. He says the owner’s experience in developing golf-course communities sets it apart from previous owners.

“They’ve been doing it for 30 years. They have the experience and knowledge to get it done,” he said. “We know how to market and where and we’ve proven that in the four months we’ve been here. It’s been phenomenal. Everybody’s been so good to us.”

“We invite everyone to join us for the ‘most extreme’ fireworks show in Central Texas on Saturday, July Fifth at Feather Bay Subdivision,” Emily Crawford, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce’s director of tourism, said.

The land-based viewing will be in the same location as last year, just off Highway 2632 at the Feather Bay Subdivision. Admission is $5 per vehicle. There will be two gates for entry and exit this year. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the show is expected to begin at dark, around 9:15 p.m.

The main entrance, at the intersection of Highway 2632 and FM 3021, will be for the general public. The second entrance, located north of the main gate on Highway 2632, will be reserved for VIPs and property owners.

The water-based show will be fired off Feather Bay Point, which is across from the 4-H Center. The land-based show will be fired from a spot on the Feather Bay subdivision just north of the parking areas.

More information is available by calling either the Brownwood or Early chambers of commerce, or online at www.lakebrowwnoodfireworks.com.