The Rock Creek Cattle Company isn’t the only club in the Missoula area that has used former ranch land for establishing a fine golf course. Nor was it the first! Les Furber was in the region five years prior, establishing The Ranch Club’s 18-hole course. While the aforementioned club may currently be the top-ranked in the state, The Ranch sits closer to the urban confines of Missoula...and may be an easier tee time to get as well.
The course is a humble collection of manufactured links, with wide rolling fairways traveling between large bunkers and swathes of fescue separating holes from humanity (there is a real estate development tied into The Ranch). The ponds that dot the property are a less linksy feature, and the course stretches to just beyond the 7,000 yard marks for scratch players.
If you find yourself in the rare occasion that you’re waiting to take a shot, take a moment and look up instead...the central location of The Ranch gives credence to Montana’s nickname of the “Big Sky” state.