POSTED ON MAY 9, 2012:
We're Going to Play Golf
The weather is nice and the smell of Bermuda grass is in the air, so grab your golf clubs and go out and play!
Back in 2007, during a very scorching summer, Tulsa had the pleasure of hosting the 89th PGA Championship, which was held at Southern Hills Country Club.
Spectators, both in person and on television, watched as Tiger Woods hoisted up the Wanamaker trophy after he clinched his 13th major and his fourth PGA championship. Although Tulsa won't host a PGA tournament this year, there are plenty of beautiful courses and amateur tournaments for the enthusiast to enjoy. So lace up your spikes, grab your clubs and see what the metro has to offer.
If you're the type of golfer that enjoys rolling terrain, then the Page Belcher Golf Course will suit you well. It boasts two 18-hole courses, Olde Page and Stone Creek, and features an all-grass practice range, a putting green and a short-game area. It is also home to the Tulsa Golf School. The first 18-hole course, Olde Page, played host to the 1988 USGA Women's Pub-Links Championship. The second 18-hole course, Stone Creek, boasted the title of America's Top 50 New Public Courses its first year of operation. If you enjoy spectacular, yet demanding fairways, Page Belcher is worth it.
This course sits in north Tulsa in the magnificent Mohawk Park. The very historic and challenging courses, Woodbine and Pecan Valley courses, await your presence. Massive, yet spectacular oak and pecan trees line this course and with little water hazards, bogeys will not hinder your score. This course plays up to a par 72 and is very generous when it comes to its fairways. There are 3 par-three holes and 3 par-five holes. If you enjoy working the golf ball, then check out Mohawk Park's second course, Pecan Valley. If you are up for a challenge, this course has more water hazards and trees than its sister course. It should be noted that the front 9 was recently redeveloped into a 9-hole course full of par 4's and 3's.
Tournament: 2012 Jenks Football Booster Club Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 16. Check-in begins at 11:30am and with Shotgun starting at 1pm. Cost is $100 per adult and $75 per student (including college students).
Forest Ridge Country Club
Located in Broken Arrow, this public golf course has a very well-maintained golf course and a beautiful clubhouse. Golfers take note: This course plays to a par 72. Alongside their luscious green fairways, this jewel of a course is home of The Glass Veranda, which is truly a special place to host rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, and wedding showers. Up to 200 people can be accommodated for meetings and other events. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and a full service bar at Café Savannah's.
Tournament: The 3rd annual Rebuilding Together Tulsa Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, June 11. Registration and driving range opens at 11:30am. Shotgun Start is at 1pm and dinner and Awards are served at 5:30pm.
Meadowbrook Country Club
South Tulsa is home to several courses, but this private 18-hole golf course is worth checking out. With Bermuda grass under your feet, golfers will enjoy a medium-length layout that features 4 sets of tee boxes. The par for this course is set at 72. Besides golfing, members of this course enjoy year-round social events like themed dinners, wine tastings, member mixers and couples golf outings.
Tournament: Tulsa County Bar Association Golf Tournament is taking place on Monday, May 21. The proceeds of this tournament will benefit three veteran organizations including the OK DAV Chapter 32. Registration begins at 10am and shotgun starts at noon. Lunch will be served at 11am and dinner and awards will begin at 5pm.
Tournament: "T21" DSAT Golf Tournament takes place on Monday, July 30. This tournament is raising money to support, educate and train families and individuals with Down syndrome in the Tulsa area. Cost is $100 per player Registration and the driving range open up at 7am and the shotgun start is at 8am. The teams of four will enjoy a lunch, which is included in the registration fee. Non-golfers will be charged $10 per adult and $6 per child under 6 for the lunch service. The Meadowbrook pool will also be open, so bring the kids out!
Located in Owasso, the Bailey Ranch was styled by architect Bland Pittman. This 18-hole golfer-friendly course has four and five tee boxes per hole and features 6,753 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Serious golfers can accept the challenge of conquering the black championship tees or ease right into their game from the white markers. This course boasts a beautifully furnished banquet facility and the Bailey Grill offers up breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Tournament: The OEF Golf Benefit Tournament, which is limited to 144 players, will take place on Saturday, May 19. Registration begins at 6:30am, with the shotgun scheduled to begin at 8am. Complimentary continental breakfast, buffet lunch, range balls and tournament souvenirs will be provided to all players.
Oaks Country Club
The beautiful Oaks Country Club opened for business in 1923 and has been a special golfing haven ever since. Golfers are set to enjoy four sets of teeing areas, and an experience unlike any other. If it's a challenge you seek, this course will serve up tight fairways and small greens, which even the most talented golfer will find entertaining. The country club also has a pool, a restaurant, lessons to improve your tennis game and a place to play cards. It also provides full service practice facility allowing their members to practice on all aspects of the game.
Tournament: The 2012 For Paws Sake Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, June 18. Registration begins at 11:30am and Shotgun starts at 1pm. The cost is $600/team and $150/player. All players will receive 18-holes of golf with cart and range balls, a boxed lunch and hors d'oeuvers following golf, admission to the awards ceremony, a goodie bag and complimentary beverages and snacks.
Tulsa Country Club
The wait is finally over, as the recent renovation project at the Tulsa Country Club is finally complete -- and this club has a lot to be proud about. The club's resort-style pool and clubhouse looks immaculate. The golf course is covered with TYEE/007 bent and U-3 Bermuda grass. Also included in the renovation project are a state-of-the-art irrigation system, new ponds, laser-leveled tee boxes, greenside & fairway bunker complexes and cart path routing. Other amenities members will enjoy are a full-scale fitness center, tennis courts, adult game room, casual dining rooms, cocktail lounges and meeting rooms. The Tulsa Country Club invested a lot of money into this project and it is a sight to see!
Tournament: The 11th Annual Cascia Hall Athletic Department Golf Tournament will be taking place on Monday, June 11. This 4-player shamble format golf classic will begin registration at 11am; the Shotgun start will begin at 12:30pm. This tournament will benefit the remodel and renovation of Cascia Hall's Siegfried Fitness Center.
LaFortune Park Golf Course
Last and certainly not least, located in the heart of Tulsa, LaFortune offers golfers a variety of options to choose from. With an 18-hole Championship course, an 18-hole lighted par-3 course and a fantastic lighted driving range, golfers will be sure to have a great time at LaFortune. Serving Tulsa-area golfers since 1960, LaFortune has hosted numerous golf and dining functions throughout the years.
Tournament: Golfing for Grass Tournament will take place on Saturday, May 12. This tournament is benefiting Eliott Elementary School as they raise money to plant turf in front of their school. The event is set to start at 1:30pm.
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