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Founded in 1993, DPS

Development Company
has spent the past 15
years creating communi-
ties that offer residents a
wide variety of sporting
options. These pages: The
Turks & Caicos Sporting
Club is set on its own
1,100-acre private island,
where every home will
have water views.
Activities at the club
include exploring the
coves and beaches in one
of the property’s fishing
boats or crystalline kayaks.

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Sports Authority
DPS sets new standards for sporting communities By Oliver Slosser

In 1962, the Turks and Caicos archipelago was the recov- see way beyond them and Area Hotel [Grand Turk] looks
ery site for the historic Mercury Friendship 7 mission, in excellent for recovery.”
which astronaut John Glenn became the first American The environmental conditions in Turks and Caicos
to orbit the earth. The site was chosen not only for the have remained just as pristine as Glenn found them in the
nearby military base, located on Grand Turk Island, but 60s, but getting to the islands is now a lot easier—at least
for the reliably great weather and crystal clear water that for members at DPS Development Company’s Turks &
would aid the USS Randolph in hoisting Glenn’s capsule Caicos Sporting Club. On the 1,100-acre Ambergris Cay,
out of the Caribbean. Upon his second of three orbits the company recently opened a 5,700-foot-long airstrip,
around the earth, Glenn commented to mission control, the longest private airstrip in the Caribbean, to accommo-
“This is Friendship 7 … I can see clear down, see all the date the residents of its new 550-home community. The
islands clear down, the whole chain from up here, can club is one of five DPS developments that together have

Courtesy Turks & Caicos Sporting Club at Ambergris Cay

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earned the company a reputation for building some of the the company’s properties allow them the opportunity to
most comprehensive sporting communities in the world. experience all aspects of the sporting life. “It’s not unusual
DPS founders—Chip Dolan, Peter Pollak, and Steve for one of our members to play golf in the morning, go
Schram—established the company in 1993, seeking to boating in the afternoon, play some squash in the early
create a different type of vacation home community. evening, and then finish the day with a great meal at one
“We wanted to get away from the trend we were seeing of our restaurants,” says Schram, who now is one of DPS’
of golf or beach communities that were limited to just managing partners.
one season,” says Pollak. “Instead we wanted to create a Although all of DPS’ properties offer a variety of ame-
multifaceted, year-round experience.” Indeed, rather than nities, each community is distinct and singular. Ford Plan-
focusing on just one theme, such as golf or beach sports, tation, one of the company’s first developments, is located
DPS emphasizes an array of activities and amenities. in Richmond Hill on Georgia’s coast, on the former estate
“Every one of our properties has a learning center where of Henry Ford. The community is anchored by Ford’s
members can discover, for example, how to cook, how to 1920s classical Greek Revival mansion, which serves
fish, or how to ski,” says Pollak. as the property’s main structure, where members can
Whether DPS members are learning a sport for the first enjoy dining, wine tastings, and special events. All of the
time, or enjoying an activity they have done all their lives, homes built on the property feature architectural styles

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similar to that of the Ford home. Ford Plantation also green building, including prefabrication, insulated foun-
offers amenities one would expect of a top-notch private dations, Timberpeg post-and-beam frames, and Energy
community, including a Pete Dye golf course, a marina, Star–rated appliances. Size restrictions on the new homes,
and a sports complex. a requirement that is implemented at all DPS develop-
DPS developed a similarly historic community on 1,350 ments, will further ensure that residences do not encroach
acres adjacent to the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur on the surrounding environment. Timber framing for two
Springs, West Virginia, which has been hosting guests since prototype homes will began this fall.
before the American Civil War. The Greenbrier Sporting In 2004, DPS began sales for the aforementioned Turks
Club, a private residential community of approximately & Caicos Sporting Club, which is located about 400 miles
500 homes built in 2001, grants homeowners the oppor- from the company’s Deep Water Cay project in the Baha-
tunity to live at a National Historic landmark and enjoy mas and is slated for completion in 2010. Unlike Deep
the amenities of both the private sporting club and the Water Cay, the Turks & Caicos Sporting Club is set on a
resort. The company’s latest addition to the sporting club private island available to DPS members only. An environ- Opposite: DPS’ Snake
is a collection of 56 homes, called the Green Homes at the mental learning center sits next to the airfield, on one of River Sporting Club, which
Greenbrier. Located on sites ranging from one to six acres, two large coves found on the island, and includes an on- is set on 554 acres in
these homes will offer the most innovative technology in staff naturalist. “The naturalists at our properties are in Wyoming, offers a variety
of activities, including golf
on a Tom Weiskopf–
designed course.

left: The Snake River,


located next to the club,
is home to some of the
best fly-fishing in the
area. below: In addition
to hiking and biking
paths, the club has an
equestrian center and
miles of trails.

courtesy Snake River Sporting Club

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charge of keeping our members in tune with what is going


on in the environment around them,” says Schram. “For
instance, they will know when a particular type of insect
that attracts fish will hatch, or when members can witness
a migration of elk.”
For those especially interested in activities of that
nature, the company developed the Snake River Sport-
ing Club in Jackson, Wyoming, a 120-homesite enclave
nestled between six miles of private Snake River frontage
and 3.4 million acres of Bridger-Teton National Forest.
right: The Greenbrier The Teton County Planning Commission approved the
Sporting Club, which will first phase of the club in 2005, which is no small feat con-
feature the company’s sidering that 97 percent of the 3.8 million acres in Teton
first completely green County are federally owned or state managed. The club
homes, comprises a has preserved approximately 80 percent of its 554-acre
32,000-square-foot site as open space and has placed restrictions on con- members are the property owners.) All of DPS’ communi-
members’ lodge with struction to ensure that each home will not exceed 6,500 ties are member-owned, with management for the three
views of Howard’s Creek. square feet. The club is in the final stages of its first phase, newest communities—Greenbrier Sporting Club, the
which includes a Tom Weiskopf–designed golf course, a Turks & Caicos Sporting Club, and Snake River Sporting
below: Some of the heli-skiing program, and naturalist programs, as well as a Club—handled by the Greenbrier Resort & Club Manage-
club’s amenities include lodge, that opened in September. Phase two of the project ment Company. The same organization behind the resort
a sporting complex, a will add a spa, tennis courts, and a gym. component of the Greenbrier, the management company
full-service spa, and With the exception of the Turks & Caicos Sporting Club, has been a partner on all of DPS’ developments, though
a Tom Fazio–designed, DPS’ clubs offer memberships to both non-homeown- once a property has reached completion, management is
7,025-yard golf course. ers and residents. (At the Turks & Caicos club, the only taken over by a company of the members’ choosing.

courtesy The Greenbrier Sporting Club

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[ DEVELOPMENTS & RESOURCES ]

Deep Water Cay


Location: On a 120-acre island just
off the east end of Grand Bahama
Island
Residences: 50 homesites
Amenities: Bonefishing, sailing, ten-
nis, sporting clays, and a spa
Timeline: Completed in 2005. All of
the original parcels have been sold.
Approximately 25 properties are cur-
rently available for resale
Pricing: Current resale prices avail-

JOSH GIBSON
able upon request. Club member-
ship starts at $30K
843.815.8300, www.deepwatercay.com
912.756.5666, designed golf course, a shooting with 65 percent of phase one home-
Ford Plantation (pictured) www.fordplantation.com facility, an equestrian center, a lodge, sites sold to date. Golf, fly-fishing,
Location: On 1,800 acres in Rich- a sports complex with a pool, and and naturalist programs are now
mond Hill, on Georgia’s coast, about Greenbrier Sporting Club an Asian-inspired spa. Members also open. Phase-two amenities, includ-
18 miles southwest of Savannah Location: Next to the circa-1778 have access to all of the amenities ing the spa and tennis and paddle
Residences: 400 homesites Greenbrier Resort, the sporting available at the resort, such as white- courts, are still in development
Amenities: A members’ lodge, a club comprises 1,350 acres of the water rafting, hunting, and gourmet Pricing: $1.3M to $6.5M. Club mem-
sports complex, a spa, a deepwater 6,500-acre property in the moun- cooking classes bership is $150K. Annual dues have
marina, sportfishing, an equestrian tains of White Sulphur Springs, West Timeline: Sales started in 2001; 75 not yet been determined
center, and a nearby hunting pre- Virginia. Two thousand acres of the percent of the homes have been sold. 888.434.7772,
serve. The property also is home to a estate are set aside as open space All amenities are up and running www.snakeriversportingclub.com
Pete Dye links-style golf course for hiking, biking, jogging, and Pricing: Homesites range from $395K
Timeline: Completed in 2001. All bridle trails to $3.5M; prebuilt homes from Turks & Caicos Sporting Club
original parcels have been sold, and Residences: The Green Homes at the $1.35M to $6.5M. Club membership Location: On a private, 1,100-acre
all amenities are complete. Approxi- Greenbrier comprise 56 of the 500 is $140K, with annual dues of $11K island 575 miles south of Florida and
mately 25 homes are currently avail- total planned homes. Parcels range 888.741.8989, 18 minutes by private club plane
able for resale in size from one acre to more than www.thegreenbriersportingclub.com from Providenciales
Pricing: Resale prices range from six acres Residences: 550 homesites range
$200K to $2.9M. Club membership Amenities: Sporting club members– Snake River Sporting Club in size from one-third of an acre to
starts at $115K only amenities include a Tom Fazio– Location: On 554 acres bordering more than eight acres
the 3.4 million-acre Bridger-Teton Amenities: A 5,700-foot airstrip
National Forest in Jackson Hole, with a customs and immigration office,
Wyoming a 100-slip marina with 10 separate
Residences: A total of 120 home- megayacht slips for vessels exceeding
sites. The club is being developed 200 feet, a spa, a fitness center, horse
in two phases, with 68 homesites in stables, an environmental learning
phase one ranging in size from .4 center, and a members’ lodge
acre to 2.2 acres, and ranch lots in Timeline: Homesites were released
development for phase two that will for sale in 2004; 30 percent have
span more than 30 acres been sold. Completion of all com-
Amenities: A Tom Weiskopf­–designed mon structures is expected by 2010
golf course, a helipad for heli-skiing, Pricing: $600K to $6M. Club mem-
equestrian facilities, fly-fishing, a spa bership is $95K, with annual dues
with natural hot springs, and a ski-in/ of $6K
ski-out private lodge at Teton Village 877.815.1300,
Timeline: Sales commenced in 2005, www.tcsportingclub.com

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