Whitetail Club Blog

Featured Listing: Clearwater Cabin

Vacation homes are supposed to be the places you step away from it all and simply relax. To make the experience stress-free from the very start, Whitetail Club offers a line of turnkey cabin homes that combine that desired luxury with turnkey convenience.

One of the most popular in the collection is our 3,210 square foot Clearwater Cabin. Perfectly sized for year-round entertaining, the Clearwater includes a wide range of high-end custom amenities that underline the premier quality of living that so many of our residents have come to know and love.

Complementing the natural beauty of the mountain-lake environment, our Clearwater Cabin comes fully equipped with stone and cedar exteriors, a covered deck and front porch, Anderson Windows, Presidential lifetime roof and carriage house garage doors — and that’s just the exterior. There’s plenty more to enjoy inside. Featuring reclaimed trestle wood cabinets, hardwood floors and granite counter tops, each Clearwater Cabin offers a truly unique look that can only be found here in our Whitetail Club community.

The home also boasts three ground-floor bedrooms — each with its own private bath — and a cozy bonus room upstairs perfect for a home office, overflow guests or a game room and home theater. Not to mention, the gourmet kitchen features a breakfast bar, prep island, a freestanding wet bar and, of course, top-of-the-line appliances, perfect for entertaining and enjoying life in beautiful McCall.

A number of home sites situated within the heart of our private community are available, offering easy access to a long list of amenities, including our award-winning 7,200-yard championship golf course and renowned 6,000-square-foot Fish & Swim Club.

To learn more about real estate opportunities at Whitetail, complete our online guest […]

Golf Tips with Todd: Chipping

Golf game stuck in the rough, literally? Whitetail Club Head Golf Professional Todd Bindner has the trick for you. Check out the video below for a few quick tips on proper stance and swing to help your chipping be more effective than ever:


Idaho golf season is in full swing here at Whitetail Club. Members enjoy personalized instruction with Todd and his esteemed team among long, sunny days on the links. Stay tuned for more tips and be sure to visit Whitetail Club and experience this incredible course for yourself.

Customizeable Homes for Idaho’s Luxury Buyers

At Whitetail Club, we know that luxury is not a one-size-fits all concept. Each family is unique, bringing various tastes for adventure, leisure, comfort and amenities that combine to create their ideal concept of ‘home.’ As a purveyor of custom residential real estate, we know that finding that perfect blend for each individual lifestyle is what it’s all about.

We not only provide our members with exclusive access to a diverse list of award-winning amenities, but also offer a wide-range of home selections to meet any family’s specific needs. From our world-class showcase properties and custom homes, to the exclusive Locati Collection and the turnkey convenience of the cabin line, no possibility goes unfulfilled here.

Here’s a closer look at the best in Idaho luxury homes, available here in our private McCall community:

Lakeview Ridge Showcase Home: True to its name, this 5,000-square-foot home sits atop our Club’s upper ridge and features breathtaking Payette Lake views to the east. Imagined by architect Andrew Laidlaw, the uniquely designed home blends naturally into the surrounding mountain-lake environment. Toe-kick mood lighting, remote-controlled steam showers and heated tile floors are just a few of the countless amenities offered in this one-of-a-kind custom home.

Locati Collection: With three distinctive home plans created exclusively for the Whitetail Club community, the Locati Collection offers easily customized homes, designed to community guidelines by renowned architect Jerry Locati. Buyers can choose between smaller properties with level lots along Idaho’s top-rated golf course, larger hillside estates overlooking expansive outdoor areas or two-story homes offering commanding views of the glacially carved Payette Lake. After purchasing the plan of choice, buyers can either bring in their preferred architect, collaborate with a Whitetail Club preferred architect or call on Locati […]

Earth, Wind and Fire Rocks Whitetail Club

Well, Whitetail Club members, we have done it again. Each year, our club proudly hosts a series of invitational golf tournaments for both ladies and men. The events are always a wonderful time as our membership comes together in the name of friendly competition and enjoys sunny days on the golf course and long nights of socializing together. It’s the peak of summer fun in McCall and it all culminates with our signature event – the annual summer concert.

Each year, we are honored to host some of the biggest names in music for an exclusive performance for our Whitetail Club members, families and friends. After some stellar shows in the years before, we knew 2014 would have to be legendary. So we called in the legends known as Earth, Wind and Fire! The dynamic group truly rocked the house, showcasing why they are undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed bands of the twentieth century. Here’s just a small look at their incredible performance:

Thank you to all who joined us for this truly memorable evening! The summer concert is just one of the many events and amenities Whitetail Club members have access to. To find out more about joining, complete our guest registry.

Sales Surge Continues with Second Quarter Results

As we sail through the summer, it’s hard to believe that half the year has already passed. And just as we thought, word continues to spread about the world-class amenities and exceptional lifestyle available here at Whitetail Club. Coming off of our peak sales season, our private 1,300-acre golf community recorded impressive second quarter sales of more than $2.9 million, bringing total home sales up to more than $6.7 million for the first half of 2014.

While our recent success is reflective of the growing market awareness of the value and year-round appeal McCall, Idaho offers, recent reports indicate we’re not alone. According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, the overall second home real estate market continues to surge. This is great news for Whitetail Club, as we are poised to reach record-breaking sales this year.

Whether choosing a Showcase property, custom home from our Locati Collection, or the turnkey convenience of the Selway and Clearwater cabins, residents have exclusive access to the myriad of amenities available at Whitetail Club. Tucked away in the heart of the Salmon River Mountains, just two hours north of Boise, we offer an award-winning 7,200-yard, par-72 golf course, a 14,000-square-foot indoor Tennis & Fitness Center, a 6,000-square-foot Fish & Swim Club, and a vibrant member activity program. Not to mention, all available home sites offer golf, lake, and/or mountain views.

To learn more about real estate opportunities at Whitetail, complete our online guest registry.


2014 Wooden Boat Show

Summer is abuzz in McCall, Idaho with perfect weather, plenty of visitors and an event calendar chock full of incredible happenings. For Whitetail Club members, we’ve just wrapped up our Ladies Member Guest tournament and are now on the cusp of this weekend’s Men’s Invitational.

Amidst all of the excitement is another annual event that’s not to be missed – the Classic Wooden Boat Show. Hosted each year on the Shore Lodge docks, this free-to-the-public event is hosted by the Payette Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. The weekend-long event showcases some of the most beautiful examples of craftsmanship and captures the Americana of summer on the lake just perfectly. The highlights from the 2014 event include:

Friday, August 1

3 – 6 pm Boat Show is open to the public on the Shore Lodge docks

3 – 6 pm Ships Store open in the Shore Lodge Mill Room

Saturday, August 2

9:30 am Boat parade to downtown McCall

10 am – 5 pm Boat Show is open to the public on the Shore Lodge docks

12 – 4 pm Live music on the Shore Lodge lakeside

Sunday, August 3

10 am – 3 pm Boat Show is open to the public on the Shore Lodge docks

11 am Waterski demonstration
Be sure to stop by the Lodge this weekend to take part in this time honored tradition. For more information, visit the Payette Classic Boats website.


Featured Listing: Williams Creek Court

Immaculate craftsmanship, vaulted ceilings and high-end finishes, each on their own have the potential to make a home unforgettable. But put them all together, and you have the blueprint for a truly luxurious, one-of-a-kind home that just so happens to be available right here in McCall.

Located on 4605 Williams Creek Court – perfectly situated within close proximity to all the amazing Whitetail Club amenities — this two-story, 9,900-square-foot custom home sits on more than three acres of lush landscape, offering both mountain and meadow views. Don’t let the convenient location fool you, either. This property offers a setting that’s remarkably private.

The home also boasts five bedrooms, eight baths, a gourmet kitchen, large office, and warm and inviting living areas. Not to mention, the basement takes entertaining to another level. With a two-lane bowling alley, game room, bar with multiple television screens, state-of-the-art music system, exercise room, steam shower, movie theater and much more, it seems no stone was left unturned when designing this masterpiece.

Priced at $3.4 million, the property was built in 2007 and is situated in one of our most prized locations. Residents have easy access to the Whitetail Club golf course, fitness center, Fish & Swim Club and a long list of outdoor adventures just beyond the home’s doorstep. Additionally, Whitetail members enjoy ease of access to the Shore Lodge marina, Payette Lake and beach as well as the full-service spa, The Cove and dining at the resort’s three restaurants.

For more information on this property and other featured listings from Whitetail Club, contact Director of Real Estate Sales Joe W. Carter at 208-315-0213 or visit WhitetailClub.com.

Vacation Home Buying Tips

With the second home market trending upward, many people have begun to entertain the thought of owning a dream vacation home of their own. Whether in the mountains, near the water or even in the desert, vacation homes can offer more than just a refuge from the rush of daily life; they can provide lasting memories, offer a place to retire and even pay dividends as a rental property.

However, purchasing a second home is, of course, not something to take lightly. There are many important aspects that come into play when deciding on whether a vacation home is right for you and your family. The real estate experts at Forbes gathered a few key questions to ask yourself before making the big decision. For example:

Can you afford it? While buyers may be able to afford the actual price tag of the vacation home, there are other costs that need to be considered. A good rule of thumb is to budget at least one percent of the home’s purchase price for annual maintenance. So, if a vacation home cost is $500,000, the property owner should set aside $5,000 per year for common pop-up costs like plumbing repair or a new furnace. Also, buyers shouldn’t forget about insurance costs. Typically, a vacation home can cost about 20 percent more for insurance when compared to a primary residence.

Why are you buying? Is this an investment property or a place where you hope to see your grandchildren grow up? Are you hoping to rent the property or use it exclusively for your family? Do you think it will simply save you on those cumulative hotel costs? It’s important to examine your own logic and weigh out […]

Whitetail Club Welcomes Director of Sales

Joe_Carter_webAfter seeing unprecedented sales activity in the winter and spring seasons, we are pleased to welcome Joe Carter as Whitetail Club’s new director of real estate sales. A 20+-year veteran of luxury club operations and real estate sales of Whitetail’s Idaho luxury homes, Carter will join our team of sales professionals to continue the momentum through our peak summer season. In his role, he will oversee all sales activities as a designated broker as well as act as an active sales agent.

Carter began his career working in club operations for a variety of luxury clubs, including the prestigious Piedmont Driving Club, the Marietta Country Club and the High Point Country Club, where he cultivated a strong foundation for his real estate career.

His experience isn’t just limited to club operations, either. Carter has led a team of 10 sales agents managing more than 400 listings at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. While leading his team, Carter negotiated 148 sales contracts totaling more than $80 million. Additionally, he is certified both as a community association manager and property owner association manager.

We can’t be more thrilled to work with Joe and look forward to many successful seasons with him taking the sales helm. Welcome to our team!

LINKS Magazine Features Whitetail Club

James Frank, editor of LINKS magazine, recently crossed into McCall, Idaho, while touring the Pacific Northwest, catching a glimpse of all the beauty and recreation that so many of us Whitetail Club members have come to love. While his stay was short, Frank did get a chance to see for himself why everyone keeps talking about the amazing golf experience offered here at Whitetail Club. He had much to say about our celebrated championship-style course in a detailed online article appropriately titled “Whitetail Club: A Mile-High Hub Of Activity.”

After a day on the links, Frank describes the award-winning 7,200-yard course as offering “spectacular views” that made it difficult for him to keep his head in the game. While the course, he said, isn’t too difficult, it does offer a great deal of movement from side to side along the base of the mountain and finishes with four challenging holes that run alongside, across and around water. Not surprisingly, he called the course “very playable,” “entertaining” and “a most enjoyable golf experience” — a few descriptions that we could easily agree with here at Whitetail Club.

Not only taken aback by the beauty and layout of the course, Frank was also impressed by the countless amenities and recreation available throughout our 1,300-acre community. From the variety of recreational choices, including tennis, a fitness center, spa and a full slate of activities, it appears Frank was thoroughly impressed with his visit here to Whitetail Club. But don’t take our word for it. Click here to read the full article yourself.