Not Houston, not tech-savvy Austin, but Dallas.
This week principles marketing the exclusive Snake River Sporting Club in Jackson, Wyoming, will be in town to introduce the newest lineup in its real estate portfolio: a future homeowner’s lodging program available in late 2017 that could be as many as 62 units when completed. This will allow buyers of vacation/second home properties to place them in a revenue-generating program completely run by the Snake River Sporting Club when not in use. It is the ONLY program of its kind in a private club community in uber hot Jackson Hole, and was made possible by recent approval from the Teton County Board of Commissioners for new developments on the club’s land. This will include the rezoning of parcels to allow short-term and overnight rentals on property.
“Snake River Sporting Club‘s plan for overnight accommodations significantly expands the destination’s hospitality offering and allows more guests and members to visit and enjoy the rugged wilderness of Jackson Hole,” says Dan Collins, partner and Chief Marketing Officer of IMI Living, the South Carolina-based firm marketing Snake River. “This is similar to a very successful program in one of our Hawaii properties, Kukui‘ula.”
Basically it’s a way to have your cake and eat it too with a vacation home: rather than let it sit idle when you are NOT in town, the property is leased, and someone is there to maintain it. That they chose Dallas as the launch site proves how strong our second home market is.
The County’s approval also permits the property, recently purchased by an Atlanta investment group, to restore the regionally-loved hot springs adjacent to the Club, on the northernmost edge of the property.
The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit conservation organization, will soon be reopening Astoria Hot Springs Park, a favorite Jackson Hole recreational spot that has lain dormant for 17 years. Operated for more than 40 years as a public swimming pool, the springs closed in 1999.
“The restoration of Astoria Hot Springs as a public park, solidifies the club as a development that is not only willing, but excited to work with the community in many ways,” says Jeff Heilbrun, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Snake River Sporting Club. “We look forward to creating more lodging opportunities for visitors seeking an authentic Jackson Hole experience.”
Currently, there are a few cabins available for overnight stays on the property, all within walking or horseback riding distance to the Sporting Club. Those would be a rustic Sporting Cabin or designer-furnished, four-bedroom Tall Timber Cabins.
The properties are reserved for members and prospective real estate clients.
Membership at the Snake River Sporting Club runs $35,000 for a full golf membership with annual dues of $11,900.
Like most five star shared ranch developments, the Club and Ranch embrace the natural surroundings and beauty, working the ruggedness of the wilderness into every day, every experience.
The club is reviving a long term relationship with Orvis and the Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School, a series of one and two-day intensive classes that combine classroom programming with on-stream instruction on the Club’s six-miles of the world-famous Snake River. Hence the Sporting Club offers four brimming seasons of living. with hiking, fishing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, and skeet, all with brilliant verdant topography 24/7.
The Tom Weiskopf-designed championship golf course is the crowning glory. Ranked by Golf Digest as the “No. 1 Golf Course in Wyoming” and “No. 2 Best New Private Course in the U.S.” in 2007, the world-class course is delicately woven among the natural terrain and along the river, offering more than 7,500 yards of stunning western landscape. Weiskopf has called this course his best work.
If golf and world class fly-fishing are not enough to keep you busy, there are hiking trails for foot and mountain bike, beautiful equestrian facilities and trails, archery, shooting clays and skeet. There is rafting, kayaking and paddle boarding on Club waterways. Jackson Hole is one of the fastest growing art communities in America, with more than 35 galleries, including monthly tours and fabulous restaurants.
In the winter, there is helicopter skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and cross country skiing. Jackson Hole is home to the largest vertical drop in the world — more than 4000 feet. In 2014, it was named the top ski resort in North America. Ski runs are about 40 minutes away and known for tremendous snow with average temperatures 0 to 20 degrees.
The Sporting Club offers a 23,000 square foot clubhouse with pro shop, dining room, bar, lockers and exercise facilities — even a rock climbing wall for the ladies, one for the men. There are 350 members, including celebrities such as Peyton Manning, Lyle Waggoner, and others. Sandra Bullock, Harrison Ford, and Judge Judy all have vacation home retreats in Jackson Hole, as do Ross Perot and Dick Cheney. Even Governor Greg Abbott was in Wyoming recently on a family vacation where he somehow scalded his feet — poor guy!
Many Texans are finding that Wyoming is the perfect complement to a Lone Star State home: when it’s scorching in Texas, the mercury is just right in Jackson Hole: the high today in Jackson is 80 degrees.
Representatives from the Snake River Sporting Club will be in Dallas this Thursday evening, for a special invitation-only event at The Mansion on Turtle Creek: send us an email if you have an interest in attending.