Historic North Texas Land Now The Bridges at Preston Crossings

picBefore becoming the master-planned community it is today, The Bridges was the polo playground for Texas oilman Bob Franklin. Franklin, owner of Costa Resources in West Texas, purchased the Gunter property in the ’70s and titled it Clearfork Ranch.

Bob joined Willow Bend Polo Club in Dallas, which was founded by Brinker International’s Norman Brinker, and wanted a place to practice his new interest in polo. Clearfork Ranch quickly became his weekend polo getaway where he could entertain friends including Prince Albert, son of Grace Kelly and now ruler of Monaco. Prince Albert is rumored to have scored his first goal on the property.

Double M RanchDallas architect Parker Folse, whose daughter owns Café Madrid in Dallas, built a contemporary home on the ranch. The 9-acre polo field was put in as well complete with an underground flush mount sprinkler system to accommodate the horses. The brown pillar entrance at the front of ranch was installed by Bob and was a popular site for Gunter High School senior photos for several years.

Over the years, Bob hosted many prestigious guests at the polo ranch including Ward Lay, whose father founded Frito Lay. Through his polo interests, Bob became friends with Norman and Nancy Brinker and became a supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, which was founded by Nancy.

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