Top Mountain Golf Community
Publisher: Private Air Daily
Date: August/September 2008
Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Cost: Homesites $1.2 million–$9 million
Nearest airport: Jackson Hole Airport (10 miles away)
Web site: 3creekranch-jh.com
Excerpt: ...given the recent development pressures and tangle of government land restrictions that hold sway here, these 710 acres at the southwestern corner of the most iconic valley in the cowboy west are nothing short of remarkable. Most of the property comprises the "lower ranch" (as distinguished from the "upper ranch" used to raise cattle closer to the federally owned summer grazing lands in the mountains) kept by a series of families dating back to the early 1900s as their private fishing camp. Now the fishing, from dozens of spring-fed creeks and ponds, all critical spawning habitat for native cutthroat, is shared with 136 other families -- still a pretty good fish-to-people ratio in this day and age. The same could be said for the golf course (a naturally contoured Rees Jones–designed 7,777-yard course, the first in Jackson Hole) and the abundance of natural beauty that greets you in every direction you turn. The homesites, ranging up to five acres, offer daily sightings of elk, moose, deer and bald eagles, with the jaw-dropping view of the Tetons always looming just beyond. The pièces de résistance, though, are the six, 35-acre parcels along the property's northern and western edges. These "ranches within the ranch," rife with miles of prime spawning grounds, bordered on two sides by conservation easements owned by Harrison Ford, are as close as a guy can get today to those early ranchers who jealously guarded this whole corner of the valley to themselves.