Proclaimed the national home of Oklahoma! by the children of Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1993, the Discoveryland! amphitheater hosts an annual run of the time-tested comedic musical. The national cast of Oklahoma! entreats audiences to song and dance numbers about a small-town community abounding with bidding wars, love yarns, and horse-drawn wagons filled with lost pit orchestra violinists. The show’s full outdoor sets and brightly colored period costumes set the mood for an evening of frontier festivities.
Roller derby has gained a reputation as a tough ladies' sport, but the Tulsa Derby League doesn't discriminate. Founded in 2007, the non-profit league hosts divisions for virtually everyone—men, women, and junior-level boys and girls—to join the fast-paced action, making it one of the largest roller-derby leagues in Oklahoma, just behind wild armadillos' lethal desert rumbles. Throughout the year, the league's teams—including the main men's and women's squads, the All-Stars and Militia, respectively—hurtle around the track during practices and bouts at Skates Roller Skating Entertainment Center in Sand Springs. Since the league operates as part of USA Roller Sports, professional skating coaches helm each squad, leading to a sense of discipline that landed the All-Stars a recent berth in the USARS Roller Derby Championships.
Just west of Tulsa along Keystone Lake lie the grassy hillsides of Keystone State Park. The year-round warm weather means that the premises’ popular outdoor activities, from fishing to water skiing and boating, never stop. Those with their own watercraft can access the lake via boat ramp, while others can rent a vessel and equipment from Pier 51 Marina, located inside the park. It also has a floating restaurant, fuel station, and grocery store.
A series of wooden one- and two-bedroom cabins loom on the shores, overlooking the lake and inviting guests to rent them. Each is fully furnished and treats visitors to many of the comforts of home, including a full kitchen and TV with cable.
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.
Championship Course at a Glance:
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Safety comes first at New Heights Rock Climbing Gym. Before strapping in at the gym’s top-rope climbing course, all guests have to complete a training lesson that teaches them the skills needed to safely surmount the gym’s walls. Students learn how to tie weight-bearing knots, help friends safely ascend and descend the walls using belaying techniques, and recognize the difference between rocks and Styrofoam coolers that just look like rocks. Once instructors deem them ready, students can then latch onto the colorful rocks sprinkled throughout the climbing space, using their upper-arm strength and path-finding skills to surmount the vertical obstacle course. The angled bouldering course rises over padded mats, allowing guests to safely climb the inclines while working against gravity pulling down their own body weight. The gym opens its doors to parties of all sizes, with one designated instructor for every eight partygoers to ensure climbers stay safe and agile.
Everyone should have a way to express themselves. That’s why the instructors at Tulsa Art Center are passionate about guiding visitors through a wide variety of art classes, ranging from watercolor to clay sculptures. The instructors firmly believe that artistic talent can be learned or easily purchased from a palm reader, and classes for all ages and skill levels welcome both burgeoning artists and established experts. Students can learn to illustrate comic books and build a foundation in storytelling during book-illustration classes, or pick up a pencil at the learn-to-draw class.