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Board of Directors | Providence Montana Health Foundation | Providence Montana
Senior Vice President, Terry Payne & Co., Inc.
Owner, Rumour Restaurant
Camp Mak-A-Dream Staff & Board
Terry Payne & Co.
WCS Board of Directors
Colleen Powers • Senior VP, Terry Payne and Co; Owner, The Ranch Club
John and Colleen ...
John and Colleen Powers
The Ranch Club
2775 Bunkhouse Place
John and Colleen Powers
purchased the Scottish links-style Ranch Club golf course (formerly Phantom Hills) nearly two years ago from Washington Corp.
Since then, the couple has set about the task of turning the 18-hole championship course and surrounding land into a family-oriented community , complete with fine dining restaurant, fitness center, and saltwater pool and spa complex.
As part of this year's Holiday Home Tour, the Powers will be opening one of their newly constructed lodge-style homes to the public for a first look at progress on Ranch Club's exclusive family community.
The 5,300-square-foot lodge, a jewel of Western living and the good life, will feature a Tuscan Christmas theme, complete with Italian lanterns and Mediterranean-inspired appetizers.
"We chose a Tuscan theme because we want to convey a feeling of warmth and family," said Colleen Powers
"So we'll have garlands and greenery, and candles , lots of candles."
From a family of 13 children, Powers
equates the Christmas holidays with pricelss family moments spent in childhood.
"Even when John and I travel over the holidays, we still always put up a Christmas tree, because the holiday spirit is so fleeting and is such a special time," she
Powers said Red Rooster home boutique owner Kim Arnot will be decking the show home's halls especially for the upcoming December tour, and is putting "unique design touches" on new model homes.
The clubhouse will also be renovated ...
The clubhouse will also be renovated to accommodate expanded seating for the restaurant and a new bar and lounge area, Colleen Powers said.
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.