Designed by David McLay Kidd, who describes it as his ‘greatest architectural achievement’ to date - Huntsman Springs is located close to the ski resort of Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park.
Huntsman Springs, an acclaimed golf course designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd, situated in Idaho, is launching in the UK market.
The course, which McLay Kidd describes as his ‘greatest architectural achievement’ to date, is part of a new resort and nature reserve located close to the ski resort of Jackson Hole and within a short drive of Yellowstone National Park. The golf resort offers a natural retreat where families can enjoy the serenity and beauty of the undiscovered Teton Valley.
With the stunning Teton Mountains as a backdrop, Huntsman Springs blends seamlessly into its native lands with graceful contours, fishable ponds, aspen trees, willow and Irish Links features. Players have a sense of vast open spaces with views in every direction. The course lends golfers an array of options and strategies to get the most out of their game, including split fairways and a multitude of bunkers.
McLay Kidd, winner of US Golf Magazine’s 2008 “Architect of the Year” Award, says: “When asked what are my greatest achievements in golf design so far, most expect me to say Bandon Dunes. Huntsman Springs is, to me, my greatest golf architectural achievement. We seek to take golfers on an adventure marked by nuance, subtlety and unpredictability. My design philosophy is to embrace nature’s imperfections.”
The par-72 course provides championship conditions throughout the season, which runs from May to October. The fairways average 80 yards wide, greens are on average 10,000 sq. ft.; there are 153 bunkers and 450,000 cubic yards of sand which maintain contours and promote drainage.
The resort offers complimentary and unlimited golf tuition to its guests and has a thriving junior golf programme.
Eric Lyman, Director of Golf at Huntsman Springs, says: “The course is built with replay value in mind, and lends golfers an array of options and strategies to get the most out of their game, including split fairways and a multitude of bunkers. It’s a good test of golf but the views are pretty, the course is in pristine condition and the hospitality is second to none. It’s a total experience in the Teton Valley.”
A four-season destination, activities in the area vary throughout the year, from discovering the natural wonders of nearby Grand Teton National Park, to world-class fly fishing on the Snake and Teton Rivers. Activities include hiking and rafting through canyons, waterfalls and the surrounding mountains, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking and horse-riding. Previously populated by cowboys who herded the region’s wild horses in the early 1900s, the area is still teeming with wildlife such as wild buffalo, moose, elk, wolves and bears.
Guests can stay in luxurious residences with expansive views of the Big Hole Mountains and Teton Mountain Range. Each four to six bedroom home comes complete with professional grade kitchen, large master suite and junior suites, spacious living room and rustic-style interiors. The resort and properties are perfect for families, and the whole resort philosophy is geared towards getting families to participate in activities together.
Rates start at £300 per night plus tax for a luxurious four bedroom Park Home (sleeps 8) and at £475 per night plus tax for a larger four bedroom Mountain View Lodge and £600 per night for a six bedroom Lodge.
Homes currently for sale include Mountain View Homes with prices range from $1.69 million / £1 million to $1.89 million/ £1.125 million including all furniture and furnishings estimated to be worth approximately £180,000. Park homes range from $749,000/£450,000 to $769,000/£463,000 including furnishings. Also available to individuals and builders are custom home sites overlooking the golf course and nature reserve.
Huntsman Springs is located in the picturesque Western town of Driggs, Idaho, just 35 minutes from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Residents and guests from Europe arrive via scheduled flights into Jackson Hole Airport, with United, Delta and American Airlines with routes connecting through New York JFK, Newark, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City, while smaller aircraft are accommodated at Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport, two minutes from the resort.
For more information visit www.huntsmansprings.com
Or call +1 208 313 5222
Top photograph features Scottish course designer David McLay Kidd.