A CEO’s Vision and a Family’s Dedication to Building a Community – and a Lifestyle
It all started at Utah’s Dixie College in the 1960s. Tony Burns had married a Heber Valley girl, Joyce, whose family was prominent in the valley. Together they watched the growth of neighboring Park City and saw potential.
“When I was working as an east coast-based CEO, I loved being able to get away to the Rockies for regular escapes to my wife’s family’s land in the Heber Valley – and to get there without the hassles of connecting flights or a long drive,” says Tony. “I could – and still can – leave the east coast at noon and be at our mountain home before dinner.”
Today, the community at Red Ledges offers a private sanctuary (with best-in-class amenities like Golf Magazine’s “Best New Private Course in America” of 2009) where you can get to Park City, Deer Valley, Soldier Hollow (Olympic cross country) and Sundance in 20-30 minutes and the SLC airport in 45, but can get away from the resort crowds when fun time turns to relaxing time.
“Red Ledges is my father’s brainchild,” states Mitchel Burns, Red Ledges’ COO. “He started acquiring the land 33 years ago. It took 27 different transactions to assemble this collection of property. Honestly, he’s been dreaming about it for 40 years.”
Tony, the long-time CEO of Ryder Systems, reached out to Nolan Archibald, who was both a fellow Dixie College alum and a fellow Fortune 500 CEO (Stanley-Black & Decker) to begin planning a community on the land he had acquired.
In 2017, Red Ledges celebrated a decade of success. Their Jack Nicklaus Signature course had debuted to national acclaim, winning Golf Magazine’s “Best New Private Course in America” award. Over 500 properties have been sold, there are over 160 completed homes, cabins and cottages, and nearly 100 more are in construction or design. The prudent plan has evolved over 10 years, and is paying dividends.
“I think the thing I’m most proud about when I drive through Red Ledges today is to see the total level of activity that’s taking place,” states Tony. “We’re building additional amenities, and beneath it all I like the attitude and the energy. And the excitement of the new Red Ledges families when they’re building their home, that’s a lot of fun to see.”
Red Ledges’ October, 2017 “birthday” was commemorated with the groundbreaking of a resort-style pool complex for the many families who have purchased in the community – a follow up to 2016’s opening of the Jack Nicklaus 12-hole Golf Park (a first of its kind). A new partnership with the master developers of Charleston, SC’s famed Kiawah Island resort community promises to bring more opportunities. And as always, the founding partners’ core philosophies – designing with nature, prudent development, family-focus – will continue to guide the community in Red Ledges’ second decade.