Thursday, September 2, 2010

Where Huntsman Springs was born

View of the Grand Tetons from the Huntsman Springs golf course designed by world renowned golf architect David McLay Kidd, GOLF magazine's "Architect of the Year" in 2008. The championship course (named a "Course of Distinction" in 2009 by Golfweek magazine) is 7,666 yards long and shapes and defines the entire community, giving rich, windswept texture to the landscape.
Jon Huntsman was born in the tiny village of Blackfoot, Idaho in a house without indoor plumbing. As a boy, he grew up the son of a teacher who taught in a small schoolhouse. The boy grew up to attend the University of Pennsylvania and then went out into the world to build an enormous company with thousands of employees in more than 50 countries.

His great business success, which provided him with homes in many different places across the world, never quenched his yearning to return to the simplicity of his boyhood roots. Today those yearnings have been actualized by the creation of a world class gathering place in the Teton Valley where Huntsman Springs was born.
Located in Driggs, Idaho, a one stoplight town with a drugstore that serves the best old fashioned milkshakes, a drive-in movie theatre and an airport that can accommodate virtually all aircraft, it’s a little more than 90 miles from Yellowstone National Park, even closer to Grand Teton National Park and 40 miles from Jackson Hole.
The Karrs flew from LaGuardia to Denver and from Denver to Jackson Hole, then making the hour's drive to Huntsman Springs in Driggs, arriving on time for lunch (12:30 p.m. Mountain time). Travelers can avoid all this by flying private into Teton Aviation airport located directly across the street from the main Huntsman Springs entrance.
The community was developed as a unique spot for families who want to get back to the basics. Surrounded with the most spectacular natural settings offering opportunities for exploration and adventure they can share the excitement of outdoor activities that include golf, world class skiing and boarding, fishing, basketball, tennis, skiing, wildlife observation, bird watching, hiking, biking, hot-air balloon racing, fiddling contests, rodeos, parades, antiques fairs -- all within a true western environment.

Last month NYSD’s Sales Director Gail Karr and her husband Dennis and their son Justin Karr took a long weekend to visit Jon Huntsman’s dream come true. Here is her photo-journal of the trip.
The view disembarking on the tarmac at Jackson Hole.
Entrance to the Jackson Hole terminal.
The Karr family, Justin, Dennis and Gail, stop for a photo-op as they drove through Teton Pass, a high mountain pass located in the Teton Range in western Wyoming.
The God's country, unobstructed by human presence or creation.
On their way they stopped off at the local grocery store which in Gail's opinion, turned out to be better than Whole Foods or Stew Leonard's.
Welcome to Huntsman Springs.
Pulling into the front gate, the Karrs had the pleasure of meeting the founder, Jon Huntsman who had just flown in with a group of friends to play golf, fly fish and relax after visiting the Huntsman Cancer Institute which he and his wife founded in Salt Lake City. Mr. Huntsman has 9 children and 55 grandchildren. David Huntsman, CEO of Huntsman Springs, with Mike Stears, partner.
Huntsman Springs Operations Manager Tony Snoey and Hospitality Coordinator Amy Allen.
The Huntsman Springs Administrative offices and Reception area.
The temporary clubhouse, which includes the Golf Pro shop and a cafe.
The clubhouse terrace with its firepit.
Meeting the resident Bison.
Lucky Pierre, a male bison who carries the very rare albino gene.
An offspring of Lucky's, an albino Bison, born on May 2010.
The Model Homes. With a contemporary Western design, the Park Homes are 2459 to 2743 square feet of finished living space and two car garages designed by award winning Jackson Hole architect Larry Berlin. You can also create your own home with sites ranging from 1/2 to 1/4 acres with views of the mountains, golf course, wetlands or spring creeks. Seven family parks with separate themes offering picnicking, tennis, volleyball and basketball are planned for the Park Home area.
Garages are located on rear alleyways and guest parking is accommodates on streets in front of the homes. The Park Home streetscape emphasizes front porch living with generous sidewalks.
The David McLay Kidd-designed Huntsman Springs Golf Club. Whether you're a golfer or not, the setting is spectacular. The tee boxes and fairways are Kentucky bluegrass; greens are bentgrass and average 10,000 square feet in size. The course covers 300 acres with 153 bunkers on the 18th hole alone. There are four acres of native areas around the course, 48 acres of water throughout with irrigation coming from the snow covered Grand Tetons.
They cut the ribbon for the Huntsman Springs links-style golf course on last July 4th weekend.
Members of the USGA rating the course.
The SPUD Drive in Theatre in Driggs, one of the last of its kind.
The private Teton Aviation airport is located just across the street from the main Huntsman Springs entrance. The airport has more than two dozen hangers and the air field can accommodate G500s. Teton Aviation is fully equipped with the top of the line winter de-icing machines and engineers. The runway is longer than the Jackson Hole airport, which is an hour away, and where commercial flights are available.
Local resident John Hansford with his daughter and friends. John is a furniture maker and a member of the Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce, Teton Valley Hospital Foundation, Billiard Congress of America, and Porsche Club of America.
One day the Karrs visited the Grand Teton National Park in Moran, Wyoming.
Driving back from Grand Teton National Park, they spotted a family of moose.
On another day they had lessons in fly-fishing with John Pehrson in Teton Valley at Huntsman Springs ... and caught themselves some trout.
The 500-acre wildlife refuge on the Huntsman Springs property is home to pheasant, fish, foxes and other wildlife and is accessible to residents on a 2 mile long elevated boardwalk, purported to be the longest elevated boardwalk in the U.S.
One evening the Karrs ventured out to try a local restaurant and chose the Teton Thai. It was so popular they had to wait at the bar for 45 minutes, but well worth the wait.
One afternoon they took a drive across the border to Jackson Hole.
Back home in Huntsman Springs: the open sky surrounding Driggs, Idaho.
Grand Targhee Resort
Alta, Wyoming
Wells Fargo bank. Loved these chairs.
Grand Targhee recreation area.
Gail wrote: "During our week's stay at Huntsman Springs, we never turned on the TV. Our days were spent reading, watching the sun set over the Tetons, playing scrabble, and putting together a 1,000 piece puzzle. Family bonding at its best!"
Airport bound, we watched the storm clouds gather and lightning bolts illuminate the sky over the Grand Tetons. Home, home on the range, Home Sweet Huntsman Springs.

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