Lit?l Links Golf Club helps golfers groom all facets of their game with a grass-tee driving range, expansive practice green, and 18-hole, par 3 golf course. The course takes golfers careening across a short-links-inspired layout, where par 3 holes play into slick bent-grass greens that harbor gangs of rogue lawn mowers along with devious slopes and sudden breaks. Golfers sculpt rough-edged swings into fluid motions at the driving range as 14 target greens bathe in warm sunlight or bask in the glow of the facility's towering lights. For more structured swing honing, head golf pro Kyle Ingram calls upon more than 23 years of teaching experience in lessons that enlist modern teaching aids, such as video swing analysis and new drivers built by reverse engineering a mannequin leg.
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.
Many golfers will cruise the course at Emerald Falls Golf Club in a cart, but they could almost traverse the layout in a canoe. After the first hole—a player-friendly 548-yard par 5—golfers encounter a combination of ponds, streams, and sandstone waterfalls on every subsequent hole. Though each hole reflects a keen and calculated effort in course design, the fifth hole ranks among the more memorable. The 423-yard par 4 starts in a tree-lined chute that will encourage most golfers to play a conservative drive down the left side of the fairway—but it's the second shot that, like Jack Nicklaus's mood at the time of their birth, will determine golfers' fate. The hole doglegs sharply to the right as it approaches the green, which is perched on a peninsula and surrounded by water on all three sides. To prepare for the other masterfully designed holes that comprise the 7,148-yard, par 72 course, golfers can take a hole-by-hole tour or get the scouting report from their network of earthworm informants.
Course at a Glance:
The Randy Heckenkemper–designed layout of South Lakes Golf Course winds its way through seven lakes, resulting in a watery, 6,413-yard wonderland worthy of exploration. The course’s sinuous fairways slink around the lakes at many points, forcing players to aim carefully for the dry bermuda grass. Large bentgrass greens crown each hole, offering a welcome reward for golfers who manage to keep their balls dry or those who require a running start in order to give themselves a jumping high-five. And when the round is done, players can always head back to the clubhouse area to utilize the 13,000-square-foot practice putting green or all-grass driving range.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,413 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 119 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
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.
Tracy Phillips of Tracy Phillips Golf was a Rolex Junior Player of the Year—twice. This distinction earned him a spot in an elite club that includes such greats as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. He has competed in the Asian Professional Tour, and won myriad tournaments at the junior and collegiate level. As both a teacher and a student, he has worked directly with famed instructor Hank Haney, and even taught LPGA players. Tracy harnesses his wealth of experience and knowledge to teach players of all ages and skill levels, and uses advanced technology and video analysis to focus on swing alignment, ball flight, and the behavior and inaudible screams of the golf ball at impact.