Above, Forest Ridge owner Joe Robson, flanked by wife Hannah and son Davis, cuts the ribbon on the new Rocking R Ranch House restaurant Friday.
By Ken MacLeod
Forest Ridge owner Joe Robson cut one ribbon for the past and another for the future Friday as two new venues were introduced at one of Oklahoma’s premier golf development communities.
He honored his family’s ranching heritage with the opening of the Rocking R Ranch House, a completely renovated restaurant specializing in southern comfort food and utilizing many of the recipes Robson enjoyed as a child while growing up on the sprawling 18,500 acre ranch in Broken Arrow. It replaces the former Cafe Savannah.
The Rocking R Ranch was a working cattle ranch when Robson was growing up and is now famous as a refuge for wild mustangs. A good 1,000 acres was carved out as home to the highly-regarded Forest Ridge Golf Club, now 30 years old and surrounded by close to 1,400 homes.
Those homeowners and anyone in Broken Arrow or the Tulsa area can enjoy the restaurant and the other venue that celebrated its grand opening Friday, the Ridge Club, a fitness center and social hub that will be the equal of just about any facility, public or private, in the country.
The Ridge Club, located about ¼ mile from the clubhouse, is a new 11,000-square foot social epicenter surrounded by six lighted tennis courts, a resort pool, two bocce ball courts, a playground and a sand volleyball court.
Inside the building, the second story boasts an extensive fitness center with all manner of exercise equipment and free weights. Stone Creek Spa has a satellite office located there offering massages and spa treatments. The first floor offers lockerrooms, a bistro and a full service bar where seating can be opened up to host special events.
Robson stressed that social activities would be emphasized with nights for games, wine tastings, painting, poker and other activities.
Memberships will be available for residents and non-residents alike ranging from $99 to $199 per month. B.T. Wood, the director of operations who came to the club after Sky Fitness in south Tulsa, is excited about his new post.
“Very excited,” he said. “We’ll be at the forefront of the new social fitness center movement and there’s really nobody that’s going to be offering what we have.”
“When you look at the trends nationally, the social fitness center is what clubs and golf communities are going to,” Robson said. “This one is cutting edge and keeps Forest Ridge up to date. I think it’s something we’ve needed for a while.”
Outside the Rocking R Ranch House, the hallways are now lined with photos of the Robson family at work and play on the ranch which was founded by his grandfather Leland Stanford Robson in 1928.
“We’ve always had a great golf course,” Robson said. “Our goal was to have a great restaurant with a great golf course. This part of Broken Arrow needs a nice restaurant. There’s enough critical mass out here and we’re excited to open this up to the public. We want this to be a destination restaurant and have the staff and personnel to do it.”
Robson said his mother and grandmother were great cooks.
“Everything revolved around food. That was the hub of our social life,” Robson said. “We’re going to include a lot of our old family recipes but often with a twist.”
In addition, the menu will feature a variety of items, including hand-cut steaks, salads, and monthly specials. The restaurant will continue to serve breakfast and lunch daily and dinner on Wednesday through Saturday evenings.