The clubhouse will also be renovated to accommodate expanded seating for the restaurant and a new bar and lounge area, Colleen Powers
They currently have a buy-sell agreement pending on a liquor license.
"That, we feel, is going to make a big difference here," Colleen
"Golfers like to have a beer, and it will enhance the overall dining experience."
They want their restaurant - which will remain open to the public - to become both a place for leisurely neighborhood gatherings and a convenient option for busy residents who prefer take-out.
Other plans include a training academy, a fitness facility and an events building that will closely resemble a large barn, Colleen
Everything will be built with an eye toward the property's ranching past, right down to the open-flame fire pits.
"Let's take this back to really what it was; it was a gathering place," she
"What we're trying to create out here is a lifestyle."
They want the entire community, they said, to maintain the safe and welcoming atmosphere they experienced when they first arrived on the scene and were greeted by well-wishers and housewarming gifts.
They have picked out a lot for themselves, Colleen
said, and will be building a cabin there shortly.
Colleen Powers was born and raised in Helena, and John's parents were raised in Butte, but they were living in Seattle when the opportunity to move to Missoula arose some 14 years ago.
flew 100,000 miles a year on business, John spent a lot of time on the golf course chasing the PGA Tour - until, that is, hand injuries and subsequent surgeries put an end to that dream.
They have not yet started their membership drive, Colleen
said, but have already compiled a list of 50 or so people who would like to be members.
They expect to sign 350 local members and 50 national members by the fall of '08, she
said, "and as soon as we sell enough memberships we'll go private."
"We feel that's what's going to make this work, is the team of people we have with us," Colleen
One of the things that will distinguish The Ranch Club
from other developments, they said, is the option to bring in individual builders.
As long as they meet architectural guidelines, residents are free to choose their own designs.
However, they do expect to offer a set of pre-designed cabins for their next development phase, Colleen
said, but the designs will be flexible, ranging from 1,600 square feet to 5,000 square feet or so.
and John expect to unveil their renderings and release their prices on March 31, to coincide with opening day of the golf course.
"This is huge for us," Colleen
"This is a dream come true for Colleen
and I," John added.