Rich in history, the legacy of this land is distinctive, appreciated and showcased throughout the resort.
As you stroll the grounds, the history comes alive through historic site plaques, old photo displays and an organic garden where we grow our interpretation of the famous Thurston melons. Our partnerships with Laguna Beach conservation groups provide a wide array of programs to expose, unlock and reveal all that is Laguna.


History of The Ranch - Golf and country club



1871 – George and Sarah Thurston lay claim to a 152-acre homestead and a one-room wood shack.
1940s – William “Bill” Bryant purchases an 87-acre site within Aliso Canyon and begins the construction of the golf course.
1950 – The 9-hole golf course is established as "Laguna Beach Country Club."
1956 – Ben and Violet Brown purchase the golf course and make plans for a destination resort.
1963 – The "Laguna Beach Country Club and Village" is introduced.
1967 – Ben Brown's Restaurant and a new Golf Shop open.
1970 – The property is renamed "Ben Brown's Motel & Golf Course."
1978 – The name changes to Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course.
2003 – The inn is purchased by Aliso Creek Properties, retaining its former name.
2013-14 – The Ranch at Laguna Beach arrives.