Keven J. Stratton, Proprietor
Keven J. Stratton is the proprietor of Cascade Golf Club in Orem, Utah. Stratton
has managed the golf course since 1986.
Stratton is also a partner at Smith and Stratton Law Firm, which specializes in
business law, real estate and estate planning. In addition, he is a managing member
of several Utah Valley-based real estate development companies and manages a farm
that is a major supplier of Strattonís Country Store in Orem.
Keven is a fifth generation Stratton in Utah. He was born in Orem on Feb. 12, 1962
and graduated from Orem High School in 1980, where he was student body president
as a senior. After serving as a missionary in England for the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints from 1981-1982, Stratton returned to Utah and earned his bachelors
degree at Brigham Young University. He graduated in 1987 with a major in business
finance and minors in accounting and economics.
He attended BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School beginning in 1989 and was awarded a
J.D. degree in 1993. In 1994, Stratton co-founded Smith and Stratton Law Firm.
Stratton is very involved in commerce and community activities in Utah County. He
serves on the boards of several community organizations. He has served on the board
of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce since 1994 and was elected chairman of the
board in 1997. He is the present chair-elect for Healthy Utah Valley, an organization
dedicated to promoting health and wellness in the community, and is a current board
member of Kids on the Move, an organization that provides early intervention for
children with disabilities. He also served as a member of the board for the Kiwanis
Club of Orem from 1995-96. In 1995, he was appointed by Utah Governor Mike Leavitt
to serve on the Consumer Protection Advisory Board of Utah.
Stratton is involved in the Boy Scouts of America and has received several awards
for his service, including the Second Miler Award. He is married to Orem native
Laurie Ann Miller. They have seven children - four girls and three boys.
Randy W. Anderson, PGA Professional
Randy Anderson has been the head professional at Cascade Golf Center in Orem, UT,
As head professional, Anderson teaches golf to children and adults of all ages on
beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. His experience with the golf course
goes back to 1979 when he began working on the grounds and in the pro shop.
Anderson is a certified professional and a member of the PGA of America. He was
elected a member of the PGA in 1993, after passing the playing ability test and
apprenticing at Cascade Golf Center for five years. While most apprentices work
under a mentor, Anderson achieved his professional status on his own, carrying all
the responsibilities of a head professional during his apprenticeship.
Anderson was born in 1964 in Castro Valley, California. He was raised in Orem and
graduated from Mountain View High School in 1982. After serving a mission in West
Virginia from 1983 to 1984 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
Anderson returned home to Utah and continued working at Cascade Golf Center. He
later earned an associate’s degree from Utah Valley State College in business
management in 1993.
Anderson is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. In 2002 he won the Merchandiser
of the Year Award for the Utah Section of the PGA. Also in 2002, Anderson began
serving a 3 year term on the Board of Directors for the Utah Section of the PGA.
He and his wife, Cari, have three girls.
Three brothers, Herbert B., Vern A., and Franklin K. Stratton, were the primary
people responsible for the beginning of Cascade Fairways.
In the mid 1960s, longtime Orem residents Richard Nimer, Cliff Pyne, Earl Farnworth,
Dexter Wilberg, Rex Kofford and Herb Stratton made a proposal to the Orem City Council
suggesting that Orem City needed its own golf course.
"We felt building a golf course would help the City of Orem grow. It was our desire to
provide the residents of Orem with a nice golf course."
Orem City organized a committee headed by Parell Peterson, sports director at Lincoln
High School, with Herb Stratton serving as one of the committee members. After several
months of research, the committee recommended that Orem City conduct a study to
determine if Orem could sustain a golf course.
Nolan Waltham, head professional at Mick Riley Golf Course in Murray, was hired
by Orem City to conduct a golf course study. The study, which cost $1,800, concluded
that Orem City could support a nine-hole golf course. Based upon Walfun's study,
the committee recommended that the city build a golf course. Understanding the associated
risks involved, however, Orem City Council voted unanimously not to build a course
and opted instead to focus on plans for a new city center.
Although the committee disbanded, Herb Stratton maintained a vision for a golf course
in Orem and approached his brothers and other family members about building a course
on their property. The Stratton family owned 85 acres beginning at the corner of
800 North and 800 East and continuing north into what is now Canyon View Junior
When Orem City Councilman Harley Gillman heard the Strattons were considering using
their own land to build a course, Gillman suggested that arrangements might be made
with the city to purchase the land near the mouth of Provo Canyon. Orem City had
purchased the land for its culinary water rights. At the time, the property was
being used as a gravel pit and a portion of the land served as a city dump.
The Strattons desired to purchase the land but the city preferred a lease agreement.
The city and the Strattons agreed on a 100-year lease.
Having obtained a lease on the land, the Stratton's set out to obtain their own
financing. After being turned away by every local bank, Herb Stratton flew to New
York, Los Angeles and San Francisco in an attempt to find a financial backer for
the course. After more than a year of unsuccessful attempts to obtain financing,
in 1966 Stratton approached the Small Business Administration, where he was initially
turned down. However, Ren Smith, director of the Salt Lake City office of the Small
Business Administration, contacted the national office in Washington D.C. and was
able to help Stratton arrange for a 15-year loan. The terms of the loan required
that 10 percent of the funds be financed through a local bank. In order to obtain
the 10 percent local financing, the Stratton brothers had to offer their homes and
farms as collateral. After five years of satisfactory payments, the bank released
the mortgage on their homes and farms.
"They [the Stratton brothers] morgaged their butts off while we just sat back and
held our breath," said Earl Farnworth, one the original members of the research
committee. "About all we did was pat them on the back and say, 'you can do it.'"
Construction began on Cascade Fairways in the Spring of 1967. William H. Neff Sr.,
a Salt Lake City golf course architect, designed the course. The course opened in
May of 1968. Green fees were $1 for adults, $0.75 for seniors and $0.50 for juniors.
The first clubhouse and equipment shed consisted of a World War II POW barracks.
In 1970, the present day clubhouse was opened to the public.
In 1971, the Strattons opened a driving range south of 800 North and finished blueprint
designs for Cascade's second nine holes, also south of 800 North. In response to
the Orem City's request to obtain the land so the Osmonds could build Osmond Studios,
the Stratton's expansion plans south of 800 North were changed when they sold the
lease on that portion of the land back to the city.
The Stratton's received no profits from the Golf Course during the first 10 years
of operation. In fact, the Stratton family subsidized the course to keep it going
during this period.
During Cascade's 30 years in operation, the course has gone through a series of
modifications. These changes included moving the tee box on hole No. 1 to the west
to make room for the present day driving range, adding a fourth set of tee boxes
and additional water hazards and bunkers and planting hundreds of trees.
Herb's son Keven, who began managing the golf course in 1986, became the proprietor
Mike Smith served as the PGA Golf Professional from 1968-1969 followed by John Evans
Randy Anderson, who has worked at Cascade for 16 years, began his current job as
the course's golf professional in 1987. In 1992 he became a Class A PGA Golf Professional.