City of Tulsa announces initiative to improve public golf courses

As the eyes of the golfing world prepare to focus on Tulsa next month, city leaders are making a new commitment to the sport in town. On Monday afternoon, Mayor GT Bynum and others announced new efforts to improve Tulsa’s four municipal golf courses; two at Mohawk Park and two at Page Belcher. “We’re immediately stepping up our game when it comes to maintenance,” Bynum said.

The new public-private partnership and capital campaign will use both donations and municipal funds. City Council has approved matching donations of up to $1 million for yard capital improvements.

This funding comes from the American Rescue Plan Act. “Our challenge to the community was that we wanted to make these two million dollars in improvements to our facilities,” Bynum said.

On Monday, the PGA of America, through its PGA REACH Foundation, announced it would donate $250,000 to kick off the campaign.

The organization’s goal is to provide inclusive programming and expand the game to new people. “We are thrilled to see this come to life here in Tulsa through this important project,” said Kenny Sims of PGA REACH.

The city said the renewed interest in golf during the pandemic has led to more business. In 2021, 111,000 rounds of golf were played on the four courses and, for the first time in a long time, the courses turned a profit.

These new funds will go towards major improvements to the grounds, including bunker repairs, cart paths, new turf, irrigation improvements and bridge repairs.

To donate, the city set up a page through the Tulsa Community Foundation. Click here to access the donation page.

Michael C. Ford