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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Energy FC kickoff

Energy FC Fans

Labor Omnia Vincit, or Labor Conquers All, is the motto central to the identity of the OKC Energy FC. The motto is a reflection of the hard working spirit of Oklahomans, and their flag contains elements of our own.

The OKC Energy, who had their inaugural season in 2014, play in the United Soccer League. The league features 29 teams in the United States and Canada. During their short history, the OKC Energy FC has already had a tremendous impact on the Oklahoma City sports scene and local community through camps, youth club partnerships and more.

OKC Energy soccer is a great way to spend time with family and friends as you cheer on a team that made it to the Western Conference Semifinals in 2016. Cheer on the OKC Energy FC in their home opener Saturday, April 8 at Taft Stadium against the Rio Grande Valley Toros FC. Be sure to check out their full schedule on their website.

live sporting events, OKC Energy, soccer, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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MAPS 3 update

MAPS 3 Health and Wellness Center ribbon cutting

Milestone is the word of the week as three MAPS 3 projects have recently hit major landmarks in development.

First, the MAPS 3 Streetcar groundbreaking recently took place, and construction is underway with service projected to begin by the end of 2018. The streetcar will connect residents and visitors to downtown Oklahoma City districts and attractions, including Bricktown, the Myriad Gardens, Chesapeake Energy, Midtown and Automobile Alley. The main line and Bricktown loop will encompass 6.9 miles of track.

Second, the first of four MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Centers recently opened, providing services that promote healthy and active lifestyles to Oklahoma City seniors. Construction on the second wellness center is underway and is set to open later this year with the third and fourth wellness centers set to open in 2019 and 2021 respectively.

Third, the preliminary design for the MAPS 3 Downtown Convention Center was recently approved, moving the project one step closer to its scheduled groundbreaking later this year. The convention center will be adjacent to the future MAPS 3 Park and south of Chesapeake Energy Arena with 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, 45,000 square feet of meeting rooms and a 30,000-square-foot ballroom.

Oh, and did we forget to mention the MAPS 3 Park will soon have its name? More than 3,500 name ideas have been submitted for the park, with a few already standing out from the crowd. The deadline to submit a name is April 7, so act now.

MAPS, public transportation, streetcar, downtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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MAPS

Chesapeake Energy Arena

MAPS stands for Metropolitan Area Projects and actually began 24 years ago in December of 1993 with MAPS I, thought to be the first large scale, public-facility enhancement project of its kind in the nation. The original MAPS project was funded by a temporary one-cent sales tax that lasted for 66 months, raising $309 million for MAPS I projects.

The original MAPS projects included iconic OKC facilities such as the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Bricktown Canal, Cox Convention Center, Chesapeake Energy Arena and the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library.

These landmark, iconic OKC facilities are so part of our daily lives today, that sometimes it is good to take a trip down memory lane and remember how it all began.

Bricktown, library, MAPS, Oklahoma City history, baseball
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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MAPS for kids

MAPS for Kids Elementary School

In November of 2001, the Maps for Kids program was established when Oklahoma City voters approved a new tax to fund public schools. The seven year temporary sales tax, combined with a $180 million bond issue, raised $700 million to fund transportation, technology and construction projects for the benefit of Oklahoma City’s public school students.

With many of the larger construction projects complete, work continues at some schools throughout Oklahoma City. When the program comes to a close, over 70 new and renovated schools totaling $470 million in construction will be completed.

MAPS for Kids also provided funding for 23 suburban school districts that serve Oklahoma City resident students. When the program ends, nearly $153 million in city sales tax will have been expended for over 400 projects in these 23 suburban school districts.

Like other MAPS projects, MAPS for Kids has played a fundamental part in improving the daily lives of Oklahoma City residents. By investing in Oklahoma City student’s schools and programs, MAPS for Kids has also invested in the future of Oklahoma City.

MAPS, Oklahoma City history, education
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 28 - April 3, 2017

Lyric Theater

Tuesday, March 28
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, March 29
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

Thursday, March 30
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach; 11 a.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Oklahoma City Blue; Cox Convention Center; 208-HOOP; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 31
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach; 11 a.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
John Lithgow- Stories by Heart; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Community College; 682-7579; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 1
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach; 10 a.m. & Noon; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
MetroFamily’s Kids Fest; 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Kids under 18 are free.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.
Texas Legends vs. Oklahoma City Blue; Cox Convention Center; 208-HOOP; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 2
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach; 1 & 3 p.m. & Noon; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 3
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Dodgers are a Home Run

OKC Dodgers Baseball

As the grass begins to green and air starts to warm, that means one thing for a lot of people …baseball. The start of the 2017 is right around the corner for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

The Dodgers, the AAA affiliate for the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers, are stacked with talent and have been one of the most successful teams in minor league baseball the past two seasons. They are back-to-back divisional champions and last season they won the conference title.

AAA baseball is a great way to enjoy spring in Oklahoma with family or friends while seeing some of the future stars of baseball. Recent All-Stars including Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, R.A. Dickey, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Carl Crawford are just a few to have spent time in OKC. Even Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg spent a couple of seasons in the metro.

The first home game of the 2017 season will be April 6 against the Iowa Cubs. So check the schedule, buy your tickets and we will see you at the fabulous Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. We’ll be the ones enjoying the world famous Dodger Dogs.

Bricktown, Dodgers, family-friendly, baseball
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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America’s Pastime

Historical OKC Baseball Stadium

Did you know pro baseball has been played in Oklahoma City since at least 1903, and maybe even earlier? That’s right, just a few years after settlers ran for land to call home, players ran for home plate at Colcord Park, a baseball field near the current Farmer’s Market area in what was called Delmar Gardens. The Oklahoma City Metropolitans made the park their home until 1908, when the Oklahoma City Indians, managed by the too-apropos-for-an-old-school-baseball-guy-to-be-made-up-sounding Doc Andrews, joined the class C Texas League the following year and took up residence at the park.

After years of bouncing around lesser leagues, in 1962 Oklahoma City joined the ranks of AAA with the advent of the 89ers, who played in All Sports Stadium at the Fairgrounds and were the farm club of the awesomely-named Houston Colt .45’s. 1990 saw the advent of the much-heralded Robo Niner era. The ‘Niners and their mascot stayed there until the opening of the Bricktown Ballpark in 1998, when the team was renamed the RedHawks. (Local legend has it Robo-Niner escaped destruction by hiding in the basement of the Space Tower, but his plan was foiled when it flooded in 2010 and he finally succumbed to metastasizing rust.) The RedHawks, after becoming the Astros top farm team in 2011, switched affiliations to the LA Dodgers over the winter, and Boom! It’s Dodger time in OKC. If you’d like to delve further, a good read on the history of baseball in Oklahoma City would be the book Baseball in Oklahoma City by Bob Burke.

baseball, history, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Moving Made Easy: Transportation

OKC Downtown Skyline and highway interchange

One thing that might surprise newcomers to the 4-0-5 is just how big Oklahoma City is. The city covers 620 square miles, making it one of the top three largest cities in America by land size. In a city that size transportation is crucial.

The good news is that Oklahoma City sits at the crossroads of three major interstates. If your preferred mode of transportation is automobile…well you won’t spend much time there. Out of the biggest 52 metros in the U.S., OKC had the third-lowest commute time.

As the population of the metro continues to grow, public transportation is also key. EMBARK is Oklahoma City’s bus system and has recently won a trio of prestigious awards. We also have a popular bike sharing program called Spokies.

One of the most anticipated transportation projects (heck developments of any kind) is the upcoming MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar. The final route for the streetcar was recently approved, the streetcars are on order, and construction on the line is underway (please pardon our progress).

If you are looking to travel outside of the metro, come home soon, but check out Will Rogers World Airport and the Heartland Flyer. The airport boasts seven airlines with 22 nonstop flights and the train makes daily trips to Ft. Worth (with connections further south) with several stops along the way. 

For more information on transportation in OKC our website is a great start.

cycling, day-trip, MAPS, public transportation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 21 - March 27, 2017

NCAA Women\\\'s Basketball

Tuesday, March 21
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, March 22
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 23
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

Friday, March 24
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
The OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show; 12 to 9 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6704; Admission prices vary.
2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional; 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 25
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
The OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6704; Admission prices vary.
The OKCINE Latino Film Festival; 4:30 to 11 p.m.; CHK/UCO Boathouse; 632-0132; Tickets are $30.
Swope Park Rangers vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.
Classics 7- Vladimir Kulenovic; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 26
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
The OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6704; Admission prices vary.
2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Discovery 3- Machines, Motors, and Music; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 27
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick\'s Day Celebration

Remember in elementary school when St. Patrick’s Day was that holiday where you would pinch people if they didn’t wear green? Well, it’s a lot more than that in OKC (although, the pinching is still very important, too).

Join in on the St. Patrick’s Day fun by heading to the Myriad Gardens on March 17 to learn about Irish heritage with music and fun crafts for kids. Or, head to Bricktown for the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, where you can enjoy live music, great food and even a few surprises.

Feel like going to Midtown instead? Then head to McNellie’s for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Party for food, drinks and music. If you want to make a difference this St. Patrick’s Day, consider participating in the 7th Annual Run Lucky 5k on March 12. All proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Bricktown, holiday, live music, Midtown, Myriad Botanical Gardens, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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NCAA Tournament

NCAA Basketball

While the Thunder have helped put OKC on the international basketball map, the metro has been a hotbed of college basketball for decades. For the fifth time since 2008, Oklahoma City will be hosting an NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional from March 24-26. Four teams will compete, and one will advance in their quest to win a national title. Take part in the March Madness so you can witness who emerges victorious.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Where Quality Meets Affordability

Shopping Stockyard City

Want to save money this year? Guess what… You’re already doing it just by living in Oklahoma City! The quality of living in OKC has been ranked the highest in the nation, and the low cost of living works in your favor to save you money. Some might say that living in OKC is like finding a $200 shirt for $30… every time you go shopping. To achieve the same standard of living in OKC that $65,000 would get you in Seattle, you would only need $38,103, a difference of nearly $27,000.

And, since OKC is one of the top cities with the fastest wage growth, you can rest easy knowing OKC is an extraordinary, affordable place to live and grow. Check out our Cost of Living calculator to see how OKC stacks up against other top cities in the nation.

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Things to Do & See: March 14 - March 20, 2017

Energy FC Soccer

Tuesday, March 14
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Reno Bighorns vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 15
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

Thursday, March 16
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

Friday, March 17
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Charlie Wilson “In It To Win It Tour”; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Pops 5- Broadway’s Best with Joel Levine; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 18
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
BrickUniverse; All day; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Tickets are $15.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Nebraska-Omaha vs. OKC Energy FC; 3 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.
Reno Bighorns vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Pops 5- Broadway’s Best with Joel Levine; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 19
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
BrickUniverse; All day; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Tickets are $15.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Motown the Musical; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 20
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hole in One

Golfer

As the calendar changes to March it is time to get you up to speed on Oklahoma City’s golf scene. With an average temperature of 61 degrees and 350 sunny days a year, golf is pretty popular here.

The City of Oklahoma owns and operates five courses throughout the metro that offer great golf on any budget. Be sure to bookmark www.okcgolf.com for all the info you need to know about city courses.

  • Earlywine- Located on 11600 S. Portland, Earlywine offers 2 courses that show off the natural landscape of Oklahoma City. Earlywine has plenty of water features which make for a great view but challenging round of golf.
  • Lake Hefner- Right off scenic Lake Hefner, this golf course offers length and water hazards to challenge experienced golfers but is also enjoyable for all skill levels.
  • Lincoln Park- You’ll find two courses at Lincoln Park, both maintained at tournament conditions. Lincoln is located at 4001 NE Grand. A new $9.25 million clubhouse was opened a couple years back.
  • Trosper Park- An OKC favorite, Trosper is a heavily wooded, 6,660-yard layout located at 2301 SE 21st St.
  • James E. Stewart- This course has been providing enjoyable golf in the heart of the city for generations. Located at 824 Fredrick Douglas Dr., James E. Stewart also partners with First Tee of Oklahoma City to introduce new generations to the sport of golf.
golf, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Championship courses

The Greens Golf Course

The metro also offers a plethora of golf courses both public and private not run by the city. Whether you are a beginner who wants to learn the game or a scratch golfer who wants to challenge themselves on courses that have hosted major championships for the best players in the world, a course for you is nearby.  For a more comprehensive list check below but here are some local courses that have made national headlines:

  • Oak Tree National- Oak Tree National is not only one of the most prestigious golf courses in our state but also ranks as one of the top courses in the country. The course opened in 1971 and was designed by the renowned Pete Dye. The private course has hosted multiple major golf championships including the U.S. Amateur, PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open. The course is also home to no fewer than seven championship golfers from the PGA and Senior PGA.
  • Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club- Designed by Perry Maxwell and opened in 1920, this 6,947-yard course is located in the heart of Nichols Hills.
  • Gaillardia Country Club- Opened in 1998, Gaillardia has become a nationally recognized private country club and residential community. The expansive links course, designed by architect Arthur Hills and later renovated by famed player Tom Kite, can play from 5,100 yards to well over 7,300. The manicured course features generous fairways but requires precision iron play which challenges every level of skill from the astute to the beginner. The clubhouse is world renowned and has many recreational amenities including tennis, pool, fitness center, and an indoor golf learning facility.
  • Jimmie Austin Golf Club- One great advantage of having powerhouse college golf programs is they also offer top-notch courses to test your skills. You can play the same courses that have helped shape some of golf’s biggest names. In Norman, the University of Oklahoma won the 1988 NCAA Championship and has produced 16 conference titles and 50 All-Americans. Their home course is the Jimmie Austin Golf Club. This top-rated course has hosted multiple amateur golf championships in its history. Best of all, the course is open to the public.
  • Karsten Creek- This course is home to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and Cowgirls. The Cowboys are widely regarded as one of the top programs in all of collegiate sports. The Cowboys have won 10 NCAA titles, 8 individual champions, 160 All-Americans and more than 50 conference titles. Karsten Creek was named the best new course by Golf Digest when it opened and was also named the best college course in the country by Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine. The course has hosted multiple NCAA Championships and is also open to the public.  

These are just a small sampling of great courses in the metro. For more public courses click here. To find more private courses click here. Also check out the Sporting Life on our website.

golf, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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More fun than stress

Brickopolis Putt Putt

Golf takes many forms. Long gone are the days of yore when golf required a club and ball. Today you can play a round of disc golf in a public park or show off your skill when it comes to putting a ball through a clown’s mouth.

Looking for a fun place to take your date after enjoying a cold Coke? Or maybe just want to have a relaxing afternoon with the family? Head out to one of OKC’s popular miniature golf courses. These establishments offer 18-holes of the finest mini-golf around and the best part is that balls and putters are included:

TopGolf is also a great way to have some fun swinging the club without the stress of exploring for your lost ball. Never been to a TopGolf? The concept is simple, you hit golf balls towards certain targets to score points. The great thing is the balls have computer chips in them so the score is totaled by a computer. You don’t have to break out your math skills. That is a good thing because you can enjoy TopGolf while eating and enjoying your favorite adult beverages. The three-story complex allows even the most novice golfers to hit the ball a mile (not literally). TopGolf is fun for everyone in the family, from those who think they are the next Jack Nicklaus to those who don’t know the difference between a birdie and a bogey.

family-friendly, golf, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Golf without a club or ball?

Frisbee Golf

Like the idea of golf but don’t want to mess with clubs, golf carts and green fees? Give disc golf a try. Never head of disc golf?  It is actually quite simple: think golf with a Frisbee. All you need is a Frisbee because the courses are free. Central OKC is home to several courses:

 

golf, outdoor recreation, parks
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Things to Do & See: March 7 - March 13, 2017

Live! on the Plaza

Tuesday, March 7
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Motown the Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 8
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Reading Wednesday Celebrates Dr. Seuss; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Long Island Nets vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 11 a.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Motown the Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 9
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Motown the Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 10
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Motown the Musical; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 11
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Motown the Musical; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 12
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Motown the Musical; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 13
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kaleidoscope of Colors; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

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