Thursday, July 21, 2005

Keystone Ranch to Celebrate 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed an 18-hole, par-72 course at Keystone.

Sunday, the Keystone Ranch Course will celebrate its quarter-century birthday with a tournament and barbecue.

Before the creation of the Ranch’s bunkers, fairways and greens, the rolling hills and alpine lakes were home to a cattle ranch and lettuce farm. At the center of the Ranch Course is an old log homestead, now called the Keystone Ranch, which houses the golf course clubhouse and a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant.

Luke E. Smith built the Ranch in the early 1900s with pine logs from nearby Keystone Mountain as a summer retreat for his family’s camping and fishing outings. Eventually, Smith added the large stone fireplace as a wedding present for his daughter.

In 1977, Ralston Purina Company purchased the 506-acre ranch and started building the resort’s first 18-hole golf course. The Ranch Course opened in 1980. Since then, the course has consistently ranked among the country’s best golf courses.

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