Oklahoma is roughly divided into two regions. The east and northeast part of the state is founded on rolling hills amidst ample lakes, rivers and watersheds. Heading west about halfway to Oklahoma City, one notices a change in the topography, and the soil becomes red. Hills begin to smooth out, and the watersheds come less frequently. The people are supremely friendly, and can be unexpectedly sophisticated. Whatever you thought of Oklahoma, if you haven’t golfed there before, be prepared for a pleasant surprise.
Coming in at number 15 in the top 100 courses is Southern Hills Country Club, right in the heart of Tulsa. The course is legendary, features 7,085 par-71 yards, and was designed by Perry Maxwell in 1936 and renovated by Keith Foster in 1999. Additionally, the West Nine course was designed by Ben Crenshaw in 1992. Southern Hills has been host to three U.S. Open Championships, three PGA Championships, and will be hosting their fourth PGA Championship in August 2007. Additionally, it has been the site of seven other major championships. Decidedly private, they open their doors to the championships and First Tee and First Serve youth programs exclusively.
The Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow has a National Membership available for those who do not have a residence within 200 miles of the Club. Initiation is minimal, and dues no more than one would expect to pay for a day or two a month, so if you travel to Tulsa with any regularity, it would be a good opportunity. The course has a surreal beauty to its 7,183-yard par 72 Tom Fazio design joins with a beautiful 27,000 square foot clubhouse, tennis courts and guest cottages make for a very appealing package.
Suffice it to say that Oklahoma has several other offerings available in all price ranges, ensuring that everyone can afford to make Oklahoma a part of their golf vacation destination plans.
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