Creighton Farms is the result of extraordinary talent and vision, combining the vast experience and expertise of Nicklaus Design and Southworth Development.
In uncertain economic times, it’s important for home buyers to know that the development company behind a real estate community has a solid track record of success and a long history of keeping its promises. Southworth Development LLC is a privately held company based in Newton, Massachusetts, specializing in the development of residential resort and hospitality-branded real estate communities [read more about Southworth in the “Southworth Story” below]. Southworth’s philosophy is simple – to identify extraordinary sites and then create unique, high-end and personally nourishing communities. The company’s track record speaks for itself. In our many years in business, we are proud to have delivered on every project we’ve started. Creighton Farms is owned and managed by affiliates of Southworth Development LLC.
The Southworth Story
Founded by David Southworth, the company has grown to become one of the industry’s great success stories. During his career, David has developed over $2 billion in golf and hospitality projects. Today, Southworth Development is recognized as a leader in the field, known for its dedication to quality and consistency.
In 1991, David was one of the founders of Willowbend Development and served as its President & CEO. Over the ensuing fourteen years, Willowbend developed its namesake community located on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, as well as The Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort & Country Club in Puerto Rico, the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Arizona, and Liberty National, an exclusive golf club and residential community located adjacent to the Statue of Liberty on New York Bay in Jersey City, New Jersey.
In 2005, Southworth Development was formed, and David continued to develop award-winning golf and resort communities, beginning with Machrihanish Dunes on the west coast of Scotland. Opening in the summer of 2009, the resort’s Ugadale Cottages were named “Hotel of the Year” in 2010 and its golf course ranked in the top 30 courses in Scotland. The resort consists of a David McLay Kidd-designed seaside links course, two classic Scottish hotels, and the creation of single-family residential home sites and fractional ownership golf cottages.
In 2006, Southworth Development took a quantum leap forward when Joe Deitch, a longtime close friend of David Southworth, joined the company as a co-owner and visionary partner. Along with David, Joe has helped position the company to succeed in the dramatically changing world of real estate and resort development. Joe’s passion for the business and his many talents have helped create an organization that’s unique in the real estate development world – a veritable “dream team” of professionals from many different disciplines. As the Founder and Chairman of Commonwealth Financial Network, the nation’s largest privately owned, independent broker/dealer firm with over $100 billion in management, Joe’s financial acumen is well known. His expertise has strengthened the Southworth company on many levels. And his personal commitment to the ideals of quality, community, and integrity reinforces all that Southworth stands for.
Also in 2006, Southworth purchased a controlling interest in Meredith Bay, a remarkable new, multi-phased, gated community and marina on New Hampshire’s famed Lake Winnipesaukee, and assumed the role of developer and managing partner.
In 2008, Southworth purchased Renaissance Golf Club, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the first Brian Silva Signature Golf Course, and the 2006 Runner Up as Golf Inc.’s Private Club “Development of the Year.” The Club’s beautiful 30,000 square-foot clubhouse, which was nominated for a national “Clubhouse of the Year” award, opened in 2009.
In March of 2009, the company acquired Creighton Farms. This unique property features a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, recognized as one of the ‘Best New Courses in 2008’ by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, and Travel + Leisure Golf – one of only two private courses in the world to be recognized by all three publications that year. It was also recognized by Golfweek as one of the nations “Best New Courses” for 2009. Today, the vision that led Creighton Farms to become Greater Washington’s most extraordinary resort-lifestyle community has come to fruition, with a choice of homes and neighborhoods at several different price points for people of all ages, a club that is growing, and a future that looks brighter every day. Southworth is proud of its involvement with Creighton Farms, and looks forward to welcoming new residents and members to the community for years to come.
In March of 2012, Southworth Development announced it had come to an agreement with David’s long-term friend and former business partner, Paul Fireman, to purchase Willowbend on Cape Cod. Being the club where David began his development career, serving as President and CEO of Willowbend Development from 1992 to 2005, this was a unique opportunity to take over stewardship of the club and community that had always been like a second home. Featuring 27 holes of championship golf, luxurious estate homes and guest villas, a world-class tennis facility, Olympic-sized pool, state-of-the-art fitness facility, and spa, Willowbend has long been considered Cape Cod’s most prestigious and exclusive private enclave playing host to not only the rich and famous, but also celebrities and professional athletes from around the globe.
In 2014, Southworth acquired The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, an international, private, and secluded 534-acre island-oasis. Known as one of the world’s great sporting clubs, The Abaco Club is home to residences that rival the finest in any island setting. The Club features over 2 miles of white-sand beach; an acclaimed tropical links golf course, which has been consistently ranked as the #1 course in The Bahamas by Golfweek Magazine; tennis; a wide range of water sports; world-class bonefishing; deep-sea fishing; and boating off Abaco’s famed shores and surrounding islands.