After being closed for five years, new ownership of the 7,500-yard course that is bordered by the Bridger-Teton National Forest has spent $5 million to replace all greens with bent grass and restore all bunkers. As part of enlarging practice facilities, a new short-game practice green was created.
The Tom Weiskopf-designed championship golf course at Snake River Sporting Club in Jackson Hole, Wyo., has officially reopened for play, the property’s new owners, Atlanta-based Cygnus Capital Real Estate Advisors announced. The 7,500-yard course layout at the private club and residential community is set along the Snake River and bordered by the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
After acquiring the property last year, Cygnus Capital announced plans for reinvesting in the golf course and facilities (http://clubandresortbusiness.com/?s=Snake+River+Sporting+Club).
“With tremendous excitement surrounding a world-class golf course being back in operation after a five-year closure, our goal is to create a true Wyoming experience within a private club setting,” said Jeff Heilbrun, Snake River Sporting Club’s General Manager. “This magnificent wilderness offers members and guests the opportunity to play golf as well as engage in many other outdoor activities, like riding a horse, kayaking or throwing a line in the river.”
The Snake River Sporting Club’s was ranked second among new private courses in the U.S. after first opening in 2007. Weiskopf was then brought back to oversee a $5 million course rehabilitation that included replacing every green with bent grass and restoring all bunkers. Practice facilities were also enlarged to include a newly contoured putting and chipping green.
Weiskopf also designed a new 3,500-sq. ft. short-game practice green adjacent to the clubhouse and first tee, surrounded by several bunkers and multiple pitching and chipping areas. As an added feature, this green can be played as a par-3 from the first tee.
“With its beautiful setting overlooking the Snake River, this is one of my favorite courses I have had the opportunity to design,” said Weiskopf. “The practice amenities will certainly provide members a great place to work on their short game and bunker play in a quiet setting.”
The walkable golf course is lined with cottonwoods, aspens and native pines, and challenges golfers of all levels with two nines of varying character. While the first half winds through an extension of the 3.5 million acres of national forest bordering the property, the course begins to open up at the 9th hole for play along the natural river bottom.
The visually stunning par-3, 12th hole plays over water with a mountain backdrop and elevated cart paths traversing through the wetlands.
The Snake River Sporting Club also features a recently completed 26,000-sq.-ft. square log and stone clubhouse that includes a Sports Shop, restaurant and grill room, locker rooms and a furnished outdoor deck for dining and relaxing while admiring the beautiful scenery and native wildlife, including elk, deer, osprey and bald eagles.
Additional enhancements at the property included the unveiling of turnkey luxury lodge cabins this spring, available for purchase starting at $2.5 million (which includes a club membership).
In addition to golf, other recreational activities at the four-season property include fly-fishing, hiking trails to be traveled by foot or mountain bike, equestrian facilities, archery and shooting clays, children’s programs and more. In the winter, residents and club members enjoy snowshoeing, ice skating and cross-country skiing, as well as private après-ski and valet service at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.