Like painting a portrait or fixing a computer, completing a round of golf is always more impressive when it’s done in the pouring rain. Enjoy equally impressive fair-weathered fores with today's Groupon: for $40, you get one round of golf for two on the championship course, range balls, and a cart at LaFortune Park Golf Course (an $86.12 value).
Gratifying golfers since 1960, LaFortune Park challenges players with an 18-hole championship course, recently upgraded with renovations by architect Randy Heckenkemper. Club-wielding duos can swing their way across lush, bentgrass greens, and a profusion of water hazards, sand traps, and fairway-dwelling grain silos present challenging obstacles. Tally a few practice tee-offs on the practice range, or garner gear upgrades at the pro shop, whose free custom fittings (with purchase) helped LaFortune Park become one of Golf Digest ’s “100 Best Clubfitters 2011.” An onsite grill, meanwhile, provides nourishment and cheese-sculpted club grips for post-, pre-, and mid-game hankerings. Neither food nor retail purchases are included with this Groupon.
LaFortune Park Golf Course
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