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Spring 2015

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S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 | The LandReport 59 LANDREPORT.COM I t's been several years since our first visit to the Pine Creek Sporting Club in the heart of Central Florida. At that time, the effects of the global financial crisis were still reverberating across the U.S. as well as around the world. That did little to deter Pine Creek's developer, Stephen Myers of U.S. Cable fame. The cable entrepreneur is no newcomer to the great outdoors. In addition to his considerable Florida holdings, Myers also owns the renowned Silver Hilton Steel- head Lodge, which is nestled on the world-renowned Babine River in Northern British Columbia. Whether it be with a rod in his hand or gun to his shoulder, the New Jersey native walks the walk. And that's how he came across during our discussions in 2010: loud and clear as he articulated his vision for his 2,400-acre Central Florida upland game plantation. His mantra? If you build it right, the right people will come. By right, Myers meant the right balance of rugged and refined, the right blend of authentic sporting lifestyle and casual country living, the right measure of world-class service and Old Florida tradition. In his mind, Pine Creek needed to be a place where the simpler things stand out. And in a stroke of genius, Myers and his team made Pine Creek accessible at a variety of price points and ownership plans. For those who prefer a turnkey situation, fully furnished Florida cracker-style cabins are available starting at $750,00 and rising into the $1 million-plus range. Looking for a larger piece of property? Then consider buying 40 or 50 acres. Tracts of that size start at roughly $1 million. The less costly ones are ready to build. The more expensive ones are move-in ready, including groceries in the fridge. And for those who want to supersize it, there's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity available right next door to Pine Creek: the 2,209-acre Castaway Ranch. Currently on the market at $16.8 million, Castaway presents an ideal opportunity for a long-term buyer to develop a big-game plantation or to capitalize on existing upland bird habitat. Better yet, Castaway Ranch also comes with access to the same secret sauce served at Pine Creek: an enticing assortment of services and amenities, including an equestrian barn with plenty of mounts and miles of horseback trails, an outdoor pool and fitness center, and an 11,000-square-foot-lodge that offers fine dining indoors and out, a members' wine locker, and refreshments at the Covey Bar. "Pine Creek is run like a five-star country club," reported CNBC's Robert Frank in a profile that aired March 30. The man is right. "A lot of the families come to Pine Creek that first time thinking it's just going to be about the hunting," says Pine Creek's Membership Director John Reynolds. Along with Stephen Myers; his son, Steve Myers; golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Nick Price; and NFL great Tucker Frederickson, Reynolds is a founding member of Pine Creek Sporting Club. Reynolds has done more than just watch Pine Creek grow; he has played a major role in shaping it. "Want your refrigerator stocked before you show up? Bringing along a friend who has never shouldered a shotgun and might need a lesson or two? Someone in your crew need a massage after a long travel week? Our 24/7 staff are ready to get it all taken care of — and then some," Reynolds says. Thanks to neighbors such as Castaway Ranch, thousands of acres of grassy terrain spread out in every direction with sprawling motts of live oak, sabal palm, and loblolly pine.

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