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Par for the Course

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

With more than 3,000 hours of sunlight each year and more than 33 courses in metro OKC alone, golf is a hidden recreational gem in the Sooner State. From playing a round with your buddies to our local universities and major professional tournaments, Oklahoma City has a deep connection with the sport.

No matter your budget, you can find a quality course close by. The City of Oklahoma City operates five public courses located throughout Oklahoma City proper:

The metro is also home to one of the most prestigious courses in America. Oak Tree National, located in Edmond, opened in 1976 and was designed by Pete Dye. Oak Tree has hosted a handful of major tournaments, including the 1984 U.S. Amateur, 1988 PGA Championship, 2006 Senior PGA Championship and this year’s U.S. Senior Open. Oak Tree is a private course so to play you’ll need a membership or an invite from a good friend who has one (trust us, to play Oak Tree is worth it).

The passion for golf is also evident in the college ranks as both Oklahoma State and the University of Oklahoma have strong golf traditions. The Cowboys have won 10 national championships and finished runner-up 16 times. The Sooners won the national title in 1989 and have won more than 15 conference titles. Both programs have courses to fit their prestige (and both are open to the public).

Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club is located in Norman (home of the Sooners) and hosted the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, among other important amateur tournaments. Karsten Creek, just north of OKC in Stillwater, was designed by famous golf course architect Tom Fazio and was ranked as the best college course in America by Travel & Leisure Golf.

Looking for a more casual game? TopGolf is coming to North OKC in the Spring of 2015. TopGolf combines a first-class sports bar with a driving range. You and your friends can enjoy great food and drinks while engaging in fun and casual golf games day or night. Each ball you hit is equipped with a micro-chip that tracks how far you hit the ball. TopGolf is easy and appropriate for all ages and skill level.

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