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: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Course rating of 73.9 * Slope rating of 124 * Total length of 6,938 yards from the back tees * Four tee options * See the scorecard
Executive Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 3 course * Total length of 2,461 yards * See the scorecard
The Tulsa Shock traces its roots back to 1998, when they entered the second WNBA season as the Detroit Shock. In the following decade, the Shock established itself as one of the league's premier franchises, winning titles in 2003, 2006, and 2008. The team took its championship pedigree to Tulsa in 2010, where it fills a basketball-sized void in a city without an NBA team or at least a mayor capable of dunking.
Between them, instructors David Koehn and Mike Barnes boast more than 50 years of flying experience. Drawing upon that know-how, they teach students during ground school lessons as well as flight training in aircrafts and FAA approved flight simulators.
Friends Hannah Ekblad, Hannah Rogers, Brooke Payne, and Ashley Hamilton shared their disillusionment with the process of planning a modern wedding. Every bridal show they attended was a maze of clichés; the same identical vendors, the same pink cakes, the same hotel convention rooms spruced up feebly with black curtains. Seeking to equip brides who shared some of this dissatisfaction, they combined their own bohemian artistic sensibilities, and Hello Lovely, an indie bridal fair, was born. Deploying handmade personal invitations, they assembled a team of 40 vendors and sponsors based on past experiences and an eye for aesthetic individuality. The team selected only five florists and a comparable number of photographers, paper artists, and caterers, giving attendees time to explore vendors and quiz them on their favorite bridesmaids' speeches. Sun peeks between the rough-hewn wooden slats of the century-old barn at Vive Le Ranch as guests slowly filter into the event. Having held her recent wedding at the site, Hannah Ekblad prizes the restored interior, which blends refinement and a bucolic charm like Mr. Ed trying to read a subway map.
The gently tangled guitar and banjo notes of the Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, and Ingrid Michaelson twist around the rafters as attendees wander hay-covered floors, navigating tables designated with handmade driftwood signs by local calligrapher Victoria Hoke Lane. An area artist from Polypress Letterpress fashions unique invitations on a 1920s letterpress machine, designing each by hand and stamping them with a snowflake’s fingerprint. Edit Noveau's photographer Rustin captures nuptials in the warm colors of highly-exposed 1950s- and 1960s-style photography, and Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard's artisans craft paper garlands—one of which will be donated to an attending bride. Beneath tissue-paper chandeliers, a dessert-sample table groans beneath cakes, cookies, and cupcakes marked with the names of their respective bakers.
Zombies linger in dark corners, lunging out at unsuspecting patrons in masks. This isn’t a horror movie or a nightmare; it’s just another day at Viking Airsoft. An extreme-sports facility inside a 10,000-square-foot warehouse, Viking Airsoft specializes in airsoft games for players of all ages.
During 30- to 60-minute sessions, players dodge obstacles, hunt for food, or try to avoid a conversation with zombies, depending on the game theme. Before games, players suit up with rental masks, ammo, and airsoft guns—which run at a lower power to soften the sting of pellets—as staffers lead training sessions that go over the game rules. The fully air-conditioned space is rearranged every two weeks to keep teams on their toes, just as missions and objectives are regularly changed to ensure that players do not experience déjà vu during games.
The sun glints off a jet, the vehicle rolling slowly forward across the tarmac. Its engines aren't propelling it; rather, the pure power of 20 humans drags it along, inch by inch. This epic match of tug of war serves as the main attraction at Camp Fire Presents Just Plane Fun 2013, a yearly fundraiser for the youth-development organization.
In addition to its central man-versus-machine throw-down, the event also includes a family-fun festival complete with inflatable bounce houses, a silent auction with more than 100 items, and food vendors. Entertainers paint designs on kids' faces or twist and tie balloons into the shapes of kids' favorite animals or 1860s oil tycoons. All the event's proceeds benefit Camp Fire, helping them continue their mission to educate and entertain youths while helping them to tap into their leadership abilities and to appreciate their differences.