For the serious player Sky Ranch is your ultimate destination for disc golf in Western Montana. Our premier 18 hole course wraps around the perimeter of the ranch while our Lodge and Glamping Sites are tucked into the heart of the property and overlook the fairways. We offer accommodations for groups up to 24. Stay with us and extend your fun into the Rock Creek Recreational Area. Enjoy blue-ribbon fly fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, rock-climbing, wilderness hiking and local country dining the Ekstrom’s Stage Station. Missoula, home of the University of Montana, is a short twenty-one mile hop west on Interstate 90.
I walked in looking to buy a snow plow. I told Dave, the salesperson who greeted me, that I owned a ranch at Rock Creek and was sure that over several winters I’d paid enough for snowplowing to have bought two plows. He laughed and started asking questions which turned into a friendly conversation about Sky Ranch. I said that I had spent three years cleaning up and restoring the health of our timbered ravines and hillsides and that the native grasses had come back, as had the Elk. I could sense his appreciation for hard work and the result.
We shook hands on a deal for a new snow plow, but as I turned to leave was caught by his “out-of-the-blue” question, “Ever consider putting in a disc golf course?” I turned around and replied, “What? You mean frisbees?” Dave met my humor with the sincerity of an avid player and went on to give me a lesson in the serious play of disc golf, including a proper use of terms. Bemused by it all, I thought his idea would dissolve as I went out the door but, instead, the idea began to germinate.
A month later, with snow up to our knees, Dave, Brian Bjortomt and others from Missoula’s Garden City Flyers Disc Golf Club walked the property to assess the potential for a Top Tier Disc Golf course. To their great excitement they discovered a groomed wilderness landscape already laid out naturally. A Disc Golf Course was a perfect fit for recreational enjoyment of the land, and I do believe that the land has a say in these things.
In the end, Brian (Montana Coordinator for the Professional Disc Golf Association) designed an 18 Hole PDGA Course across 70 acres of varied terrain and open fields. We took out two small fir trees and trimmed the lower branches from one Ponderosa pine. We cleaned dead fall from another slope and opened in June 2016.