August 10, 2015
Boyle to Develop Unique Residential Community at Spring Creek Ranch
Boyle Investment Company has entered into an agreement with the owners of Spring Creek Ranch to develop a unique, upscale residential community on 500 acres surrounding one of the nation’s premiere golf courses.
Located in eastern Shelby County and designed and built by Jack Nicklaus, Spring Creek Ranch golf course opened in December 1999 on farmland owned by world-renowned eye surgeon, Dr. David Meyer. This back-to-nature course, master-minded by Dr. Meyer, is environmentally sound and built within the woodlands and wetlands, supporting the abundant wildlife that are within the 820-acre property. Spring Creek Ranch was designated as the first Audubon International Golf Course in 1999 by Audobon International president Ron Dodson.
“This land is rare for our area,” said Robb Meyer, project manager for Spring Creek Ranch. “When people think of Memphis, they think delta flat. But this property has gentle, rolling hills with significant elevation changes, and the mature trees — oaks, gum, sycamore and willows — during the changing seasons are breath-taking. We wanted to explore new ground and to do something different than done before as it relates to ecological research and as a monitoring facility,” explained Meyer. “What we have been privileged to create at Spring Creek Ranch by the hard work of many is a tournament-level golf course that incorporates within a nature sanctuary a a tremendous amount of natural wildlife, abundant and diversified flora, native grasses, creeks, and marshes and includes numerous insect groups, native birds and migratory waterfowl populations, and a diverse small mammal population.”
Now that Dr. Meyer’s goal of building a world-class golf course has been achieved, he has turned to Memphis developer Boyle Investment Company to develop a residential community in this natural setting.
“Now we are ready to create a unique residential community unlike any other in the area, and so we have turned to Boyle, a company with a long track record of developing quality communities,” Meyer continued. “We are confident Boyle will develop a carefully planned community that maintains the aesthetic value and integrity of this special piece of property. We feel so privileged to have their leadership, guidance, and support in fulfilling our dream at Spring Creek, which was for so many years our family farm.”
“We’re pleased to be working with the owners of Spring Creek Ranch to develop an upscale residential community uniquely suitable to adjoin a course with this degree of excellence,” said Russell E. Bloodworth, Jr., executive vice president of Boyle Investment Company. “Our experience in projects such as River Oaks and The Cloisters will be particularly helpful. Additionally, we will be visiting similar communities across the nation to gather information and ideas that will be incorporated into an overall plan for the 500 acres surrounding the golf course.” “A number of the members have demonstrated substantial interest in building a home close to the golf course at Spring Creek Ranch,” said Paul Boyle, vice president of Boyle Investment Company. “There are some wonderful vistas on the property, as well as some significant features in the terrain that will create very unique home sites.”
Located approximately five miles north of Collierville on Collierville-Arlington Road off Highway 57, Spring Creek Ranch is a championship golf course unlike any other in the nation. Dr. Meyer has succeeded in preserving the land’s natural environment. The front nine is heavily wooded with dramatic changes in elevation, and the back nine has a more open links feel with wind and wetlands more prevalent. There are three creeks that flow through a series of rapids, waterfalls, and reflecting pools that add to the natural beauty of the course environment.
The golf course at Spring Creek Ranch is unique in a number of other ways, as well. Unlike a traditional golf club, there is to be no ballroom, swimming pool, or tennis court. Memberships at Spring Creek Ranch are intentionally limited to 300. There are no tee-times, which allows members and guests to play at any time they desire and at a comfortable pace. An outstanding caddie program provides for an enjoyable walk through this sanctuary during one’s play. The golf service personnel have been trained to ensure that once a member or guest arrives on the property, their needs are fulfilled. Two unique comfort stations are located wihtin the golf course, allowing players to take a break during their round and enjoy the setting. A new golf house is being designed on the highest elevation overlooking the course by James Cutler, the same nationally acclaimed environmental architect who designed Bill Gates’ home complex near Seattle, Washington.
Founded in 1933, Boyle Investment Company is a Memphis real estate development, management, and leasing firm specializing in office, retail, industrial and residential properties.