One of 41 geographic sections that make up the PGA of America, the South Central PGA promotes enjoyment of golf and involvement in the game as the sport's ambassador to the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and much of Kansas. The association, which includes male and female golf professionals as well as a slew of courses, aims to spread the ideals of golf through high standards of professionalism, sportsmanship, integrity, and community involvement. A cornerstone of this mission involves introducing new generations to the sport through Junior Golf programs, which instill admirable attributes in youngsters to prepare them for life's rough patches and stealthy sprinkler heads.
In 1960, Floyd Farley and Randy Heckenkemper’s vision for the LaFortune Park Golf Course facility’s championship course came to fruition, bringing to life a picturesque design of rolling bermuda-grass fairways unfurling in front of bentgrass greens guarded by bunkers. Heckenkemper recently returned to renovate the links’ water hazards and grassy contours, which contribute to a layout that’s both unique and challenging enough to earn the title of Tulsa’s Best Golf Course from Urban Tulsa Weekly, an award that even Meryl Streep hasn’t won.
The same deciduous trees that shade the championship course’s greens also thrive at LaFortune’s 18-hole executive course, whose shorter fairways save time for postround drinks or lunch at the club’s North Dining Room. Even when the sun is vacationing in the Andromeda galaxy, golfers can still play through the par 3 layout thanks to the course’s ample lighting, which illuminates the streams that split seven fairways and demand strong carries from golfers, and the tricky bentgrass greens, most of which are hemmed by bunkers.
Before embarking on 18-hole outings or whacking balls from one of 80 hitting stations on the driving range, golfers can gear up at the golf shop. Named one of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters by Golf Digest, the shop’s team of experts includes Callaway, Titleist, and Ping specialists and a repair technician with more than two decades of experience in mending putters gnawed on by nervous caddies. To perfect their swings, players can attend lessons run by PGA teaching professionals that rely on a vector launch monitor and V1 digital coaching software to improve students’ form.
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Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified teaching professionals will point out flaws and strengths, as well as provide golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
The Hard Rock Casino Oklahoma Golf Expo assembles top instructors and showcases the game’s newest gear and technology for a two-day event. As guests explore the carpeted fairway of the Sequoyah Ballroom, they pass a gauntlet of displays offering discounted equipment, gear and golf travel. A 100-foot hitting net allows golfers to demo new products and glean free swing advice from PGA instructors. The first 200 guests to arrive each day get a $10 free play voucher for casino games, and all attendees receive a free 2013 Golf Oklahoma Travel and Course Directory as well as a subscription to Golf Digest, a monthly bulletin detailing new recipes for preparing and eating golf clubs. Get an early start to your Friday night at the Hard Rock with our Happy Hour party from 4-6 featuring live music, drink specials, and giveaways.
With iridescent miniature golf courses in malls throughout North America, Glowgolf adds elements of phosphorescent fun to shopping sessions. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent animals, and lush foliage reminiscent of the glowing trees on Neptune. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to get familiar with each hole's obstacles. Equipment is available on the spot, so players won't have to carry around personal clubs or seek out a bioluminescent caddie.
Since he was a youngster in Bristow, Oklahoma, Dynamic Golf Tulsa’s head instructor, Billy, has enjoyed a close relationship with the sport. In his father, a better-than-scratch golfer in his own right, he found not just a model for fundamental mechanics but also inspiration from which to draw love for the game. Billy learned tournament golf through competition in school which also led him to play professionally on a number of tours. Though other endeavors and chronic shoulder injuries led him away from the game for a few years, it never strayed far from his mind. In 2009, he returned to become an instructor.
Billy’s lifelong study of the sport has culminated in a well-rounded philosophy that balances the universal fundamentals of proper grip, stance, and posture with instruction tailored to each student’s unique skill set and physical limitations. From there, he imparts the importance of practice, persistence, and patience during each lesson inside his private indoor studio. Here, he uses V1 Video Analysis System to analyze swing mechanics using high speed video capture, digital graphics, and effects, and compare strokes with those of professional tour players. After the lesson, Billy sends the tape via email to his students, who can review the footage for further self-improvement.
SwingFit’s certified instructors Sean Riley and Ryan Smith offer professional-quality coaching that helps achieve a reliable, efficient golf swing and improve games and health. The 75-minute consultation begins with a screening that assesses physical condition through measurements of strength, flexibility, balance, and bending golf clubs with the mind. Backed by their US Open attendance, USGA Health and Wellness staff status and Titleist Performance Institute certification, Riley and Smith will monitor individual patterns of movement, determining the most efficient swing for your muscles and joints, with problem areas identified and forced to stand in the corner. The resulting depth of knowledge can be communicated by phone to swing coaches, in a written report, or by megaphone to all golf balls within earshot. After receiving tips for a more sturdy swing, participants can access a customized online fitness program with 18 golf-specific sessions.