A Sentimental Purchase
Interview With Joe Scott of Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho

In the rarified world of resort purchasing, a sentimental purchase is uncommon. Usually resort real estate transactions are made because the buyer can see a lucrative possibility in dollars and cents. This method is the norm, with few real exceptions.

One of these exceptions was the purchase of the Shore Lodge on Payette Lake, adjoining Whitetail Club and Resort, in McCall, Idaho. In late 2008 by Joe Scott, grandson of the grocery magnate Joe Albertson, and his partners, purchased both properties, and in 2010, Mr. Scott acquired sole ownership of both.

What makes these purchases so unique was Mr. Scott and partners’ scope of a social vision that led them to make changes in the resort for the benefit of all, especially the residents and visitors to this small mountain village. First, they revitalized the historic Shore Lodge, and made it once again available to the public. And then, they re-opened the Whitetail Club golf course, rated among the top 100 courses in American by Golfweek, to public play. Prior to Mr. Scott and his partners’ purchase, both were available only to a select few for nearly two decades. We recently interviewed Mr. Scott and discussed the consequences of his sentimental purchase.

Susan Kime

Susan Kime's career combines publishing, journalism and editing. She was the Destination Club/Fractional Update Editor for Elite Traveler, and senior club news correspondent for The Robb Report's Vacation Homes. Her work has been published in Stratos, Luxury Living, European CEO, The London Telegraph, Caviar Affair, ARDA Developments, and Luxist/AOL. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Travel Conno...(Read More)

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