Spring Creek Ranch Eyes Resort Status

By Amos Maki

The Spring Creek Ranch golf course is ready to tee off in a major way. The private golf club north of Collierville is aiming to become more of a destination “resort” and is seeking to build a new special events center with a culinary arts school and microbrewery, along with cabins and a day spa, to attract a much wider audience.

Spring Creek Ranch master plan

“I am trying to get our name out there outside of golf,” said Spring Creek Ranch general manager Robb Meyer.

The new events center would allow Spring Creek Ranch to double the number of events – weddings, receptions and parties – the golf course can handle now, while including a culinary arts school and microbrewery. Currently, Spring Creek Ranch, which features a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, hosts special events at its main clubhouse.

“I didn’t design the golf course to host events so we had to turn a lot of people away,” Meyer said.

He added that he is in the exploratory stages of bringing in an accredited culinary school, or creating a culinary school and getting it accredited, and creating the microbrewery, but the main idea was to maximize the potential of the new special events center.

“With the events center I said, ‘We’re not getting the most out of this we can,’” Meyer said.

The expansion would also include 16 cabins and a boutique day spa. Like the new special events center, members of the public, businesses or groups could make appointments to use the cabins and spa.

The Shelby County Commission is expected to vote on the project July 22. The Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board approved the proposal with conditions.

Ophthalmologist David Meyer, Robb Meyer’s father, founded Spring Creek Ranch.

In 2009, the Meyers sold half-ownership in Spring Creek Ranch to now-defunct Stanford Financial for $6.5 million and investments.

Stanford, the firm founded by financier R. Allen Stanford, pumped roughly $30 million in improvements into the property, which is at Raleigh LaGrange and Collierville-Arlington roads, before its Ponzi scheme financing brought the company down in 2009.

The Meyers regained total ownership of the ranch in 2010 for $3 million.

Robb Meyer said the planned improvements would maintain the quiet beauty and high standards set for what he often simply referred to as “the ranch.”

“I always try to keep the spirit and feel of Spring Creek Ranch in whatever I do,” he said.