Long peppered with prime green courses, both professional and amateur golfers flock to Edmond Oklahoma each year to enjoy some time on the fairway. Here’s a look at the top 5 places you can get your putt on this year.
#5 The Golf Club of Edmond
Nestled on the northwest corner of Covell Rd. and N. Sooner Rd., the Golf Club of Edmond has a vibrant green offset by several pristine water features. Renovated in 2014 by Mark Hayes, the layout challenges golfers while setting them up with a glorious view of surrounding upscale neighborhoods.
Before or after your game, enjoy a beverage in the Clubhouse (also known as the “Ranch House”) surrounded by HD televisions and a fully-stocked bar. To stock up on all your favorite golf accessories, stop by the gift shop to find the best brand-name equipment and apparel, including Oakley, Titleist, New Balance, Horn Legend, Under Armour, Cutter & Buck, Sunice and many more.
To get in some practice time, visit their short game area that includes a double-ended grass driving range with Titleist NXT Tour range balls. Online reviews highlight a friendly, conscientious staff, a clean facility, and high-quality food offerings.
#4 Lake Hefner Golf Club
This top-rated club features two challenging courses. The North Course, designed by Randy Heckenkemper, has a 73.8 rating and extends almost 7,000 yards. The South Course is the shorter of the two, coming in at 6,300 yards with a 70.5 rating. Enjoy a challenge on either green, with several water hazards and bunkered fairways. With competitive pricing and five-star reviews, this course on Lake Hefner attracts both novices and seasoned golfers.
#3 KickingBird Golf Club
As Edmond’s oldest (and one of its most beloved) golf courses, KickingBird has been challenging Edmond golfers for almost 50 years. Over the years, it has received dozens of accolades, including the title of Edmond’s Favorite Golf Course. It has previously hosted the Oklahoma Open, Oklahoma State Amateur, OGA Stroke Play Championship, and currently houses the Oklahoma Golf Associations Boys State Junior Championship.
As for the green, not only is KickingBird Oklahoma’s only municipal golf course, but its 18 holes can be enjoyed year-round (it only closes on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). With amenities that include a practice course, upscale grill (with top-rated cuisine) and extensive pro shop, it’s no wonder this facility has blossomed over the decades.
#2 Oak Tree Country Club
Ranking in the top 10 of Golf Digest’s best Oklahoma golf courses, Oak Tree Country Club provides a private, scenic way to golf away the afternoon. With traditional designs and natural landscaping, two 18-hole championship courses await. Golfers of all skill levels can enjoy meticulously-groomed fairways and surrounding greenery as they sharpen their skills and perfect their swing.
Although not open to the public, membership gives you more than a premiere golf experience. With it, you can enjoy benefits from renowned resorts, hotels and other entertainment facilities.
#1 Oak Tree National
With awards that span the decades and a ranking among GOLF Magazine’s 100 Greatest, Oak Tree National is well-known in professional golf circles. With 18 holes patterned by famous golf course architect Pete Dye, both amateurs and professionals consider this course one of the most challenging. Several water hazards, a hilly layout, and deep bunkers provide enough resistance, but strong Oklahoma winds confront even the most seasoned golfers.
The most prestigious on this list, Oak Tree National has hosted the Senior PGA Championship (2006) and the 2014 Senior U.S. Open. Along with an unparalleled course, it also offers the Oak Tree National Practice Center, a teaching facility with modern equipment and indoor facilities that let you gain knowledge and skills regardless of the weather’s limitations.
In addition, the Dye House, an on-site facility for your golf outing or corporate weekend, has housekeeping services and a business office to make your stay complete. As a bonus, enjoy Oak Tree National’s first-rate fitness center. Gain lean muscle and strength while you enhance flexibility and improve your golf game.