Golfing in Oklahoma – Best Golf Courses In and Near Oklahoma City
Sep 13, 2019
Will there be golfing near me?
For avid golfers or casual players, this may be one of the first questions you ask when looking for a new place to call home in Oklahoma City. Fortunately, the answer is probably yes. The OKC metropolitan area is full of challenging and satisfying golf courses, both public and private. Some have won national awards and several are the brainchildren of renowned course designers.
The residents of Grand Tapestry at Quail Springs enjoy easy access to many of these beautiful courses. Here are just a few of our favorites.
#1: Lincoln Park Golf Course
Lincoln Park Golf Course is a leading public golf course conveniently located north of downtown, one mile off of I-35. Players at Lincoln Park have their choice of the East and West Courses, both of which are kept in tournament condition by the city. Both feature scenic layouts with oak-lined fairways and strategically placed water features.
Elevation changes on Lincoln Park’s courses are slight. The West course has a course/slope rating of 72.2/131 and the East course is rated 70.0/120. The West course is considered more challenging with a rated par 71. It has been used as a tournament venue for college events, state-level amateur tournaments and the PGA Tour.
The standard price is $29 for 18 holes or fewer, while players aged 62 or better pay a discounted price of $17.25 on weekdays. Junior golfers under 18 (or in high school) play for $7.25 each.
#2: Lake Hefner Golf Club
Like Lincoln Park, Lake Hefner Golf Club is a public golf venue with two 18-hole courses. The North Course is longer at 7,000 from blue pin to flag and is rated 73.8. The South course measures 6,300 and has a 70.5 rating.
Lake Hefner is a great course for new and experienced golfers alike. In addition to the North and South courses, the club offers a three-hole academy course, practice greens and a large driving range. On the course, the bunkers and water hazards at Lake Hefner will keep even experienced golfers challenged.
The course is located off of the Northwest Expressway, just 15 minutes from Grand Tapestry, and is known for its affordable prices. The cost is $27 for 18 holes or $16.25 for players aged 62 or over on weekdays. Junior players – under 18 or high school students – cost $7.25.
#3: Quail Creek Country Club
Quail Creek’s expertly designed and fully renovated golf course is located just 10 minutes away from Grand Tapestry by car along the John Kilpatrick Turnpike. It provides day and evening play for men and women, as well as summer opportunities for juniors. Features include:
• A driving range and putting area
• A chipping area with bunker
• Two rest stop areas
• Practice facilities
• Golf carts by ClubCar
Golfers have the opportunity to participate in springtime clinics and competitions throughout the summer and fall. The course’s professional team works under the leadership of Kyle Flinton, a PGA tournament champion and professional golfer for more than 25 years.
In addition to the professionally designed course, club members can take advantage of a clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, social events and more.
#4: Karsten Creek Golf Club
Located five miles north of Oklahoma City in Stillwater, Karsten Creek Golf Club has been called one of the country’s most challenging courses. When it opened in 1994, it received Golf Digest’s Best New Course award. It currently ranks third on TaylorMade’s list of the Top 100 Golf Courses.
Karsten Creek was envisioned and created as a “sanctuary for college golf” by Oklahoma State University Athletic Director Mike Holder. The ongoing home of OSU golf, the course also hosted the 2018 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf Championships. The playing surface is beautifully maintained to the benefit of members and guests alike.
The course is open from 7 am to dusk except for Tuesdays, when it opens at 12 pm. You can make a tee time a month in advance for Monday through Thursday or seven days in advance for Friday through Sunday. However, you should know the price before you schedule a tee time, as Karsten Creek is more expensive than many other golf courses in the Oklahoma City area. Non-members are welcome to play for a guest fee, which is $175 for accompanied guests of members and $400 for unaccompanied guests.
#5: Twin Hills Golf and Country Club
Twin Hills Golf and Country Club is located in the community of Forest Park, off of exit 131 on I-35 South. The course measures 6,857 yards from the longest tee and has a par of 72.
The Twin Hills golf course was originally designed in 1923 by Perry Maxwell, the “Father of Oklahoma Golf” and a 2012 inductee into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. His timeless design retains every bit of its charm and class, using the undulating terrain of Twin Hills to its best aesthetic and functional advantage. It has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top 10 places for golfing in Oklahoma.
Since Twin Hills operates on a membership basis, this is one course where you’ll have to have a membership in order to play. Members receive full club privileges including access to the club’s swimming pool and dining at the North Porch, Mixed Grille and Men’s 19th Hole. Twin Hills members may also sign up for private or group lessons with the club’s certified PGA professionals, who also offer equipment fitting in the Twin Hills Pro Shop.
Golf and the Grand Tapestry Lifestyle
At Grand Tapestry at Quail Springs, we believe that the pursuit of an exceptional life means having the opportunity to do what you love. Golf is a favorite activity for many of our residents and we are proud to provide our golfers with proximity to world-class courses and country clubs that offer well-stocked pro shops and certified PGA instructors.
We are thrilled that there are so many golf courses near Oklahoma City. From Grand Tapestry, our residents can continue to build their skills and enjoy time outdoors in Oklahoma’s open air. Contact us to learn more about our community, other area attractions and the on-site amenities we offer.