Cover Feature – August 2007

We have uncovered a unique look at the Business of building Luxury Resort Communities. Our spotlight falls on a special Company, Devinshire Land Development, the parent company of Queens Gap.
Queens Gap in Rutherfordton NC is owned by a prominent family from Cincinnati and is set to become one of the most highly sought after addresses in the region. Here is a snapshot of what the community will include when completed:
• Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course which is currently under construction.
• Wellness Center/Spa and Indoor Pool
• Grande Club House with a variety of outdoor spaces for dining and enjoying the view.
• Hiking Trails which include one that changes 900 feet in elevation in just over one mile and is adjacent to a stream that creates a system of waterfalls that leaves the hiker breathless.
• Tennis Facility (The family that owns Queens Gap has four sons who are nationally ranked players.)
• Outfitter’s Lodge on the Broad River for Fishing and Kayaking.
• Equestrian Center
With this bold vision, we wanted to look at who sets out to build a club like this and why?
Devin McCarthy is from Cincinnati Ohio which is the headquarters to his previous company, Franklynn Industries. They have a 17 year history of providing key supplies to some of America’s greatest companies. Franklynn was recently purchased by ITW, a large corporate conglomerate. In the transition from the Chemical Industry to Luxury Real Estate, McCarthy has assembled a team of professionals to help build one of the top luxury communities in the region. His team is anchored by Jack Nicklaus who has been commissioned to design 18 holes of Signature Golf.
Devin McCarthy comments, “We set aside 750 acres in a valley so that Jack could use any portion of that land he sees fit. As one of the greatest players and designers the game has ever seen, I felt he was the right person to help me reach my goal.”
Troon Golf was selected to join the team to help chart the course for the membership and club structure.McCarthy explains, “I feel they are the perfect group to help me balance all of the variables that go into a club so we can take excellent care of the members and continue to be financially strong for generations to come.”
Also joining the team will be Course Doctors of Hendersonville, NC. This company is entrusted with the responsibility of building the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Course Doctors is a highly regarded firm with a number of courses in the top echelon and is one of only a handful of firms approved to do construction on the famed Augusta National Golf Club.
The rest of the Devinshire team are made up of award winning architects, a PGA Veteran, experienced marketing personnel and some of the regions’ best building companies. The General Manager, Burt Baine, comments, “I have had the pleasure of working for some great organizations like the PGA Tour, and I am extremely pleased with the team members involved and level of commitment that the McCarthy family has created at Queens Gap.”
More probing into McCarthy’s back-ground uncovered interesting insight into his business style. He was very candid and said, “In my previous business, we supplied products to the finest companies in the world including Titleist, Boeing, and General Motors to name a few. We distributed specialty lubricants and release agents through offices in nine countries on three continents. I am well accustomed to high standards and exceeding expectations.” Our research to support Devin’s claims showed that his company, Franklynn Industries, was given a prestigious vendor award by Titleist and other notable contributions. Other research showed virtually no debt on the 4,000 acres of land he has acquired and a well capitalized company. McCarthy commented, “We are quickly earning a great reputation in this area through the placement of key team members and from a well funded business plan.
When asked why McCarthy chose thislocation he responded, “After I experienced the beautiful views with easy access to the quaint town of Rutherfordton, I envisioned a 5 star resort/community being created here. I shared that vision with my family and moved forward to build one of the best private resort communities in the country.” McCarthy comments “Keep your eye on Western North Carolina and in time you will see why we choose the thermal belt as our location. It is a rare climate with mild winters that has only experienced a trace of snow in the last 4 years. This area is protected by the mountains to our west.”
If you are looking for a great private club, take time to investigate and visit Queens Gap. It is an excellent option for the individual who has time to watch the master plan unfold and prefers to take advantage of preconstruction values. The current property available offers elevated home sites with long mountain views. Coming soon will be the first release of property on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. For more information see Queensgap.com.