Column: Tulsa Grant Puts City on Equal Footing in Revitalizing Public Golf Courses | Columnists

Patrons of Page Belcher and Mohawk Park have reason to feel left behind in a golf craze that has swept the nation, and the game’s success in Oklahoma surpasses nearly every other state except this one. blatant.

Let’s take a look.

The May 19-22 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club will bring about $140 million in outside revenue to Tulsa, according to Ray Hoyt, president of Tulsa Regional Tourism. We’re hosting one of the most anticipated major championships of all time here, one that basically sold out its corporate opportunities and daily tickets, barring the practice rounds months ago.

Does Tulsans love and support golf? Next question.

Golf has been booming since the pandemic. The imbalance between supply and demand created when 14 courses opened in Tulsa and its suburbs between 1988 and 2000 was largely offset by the closure of seven of these courses.

Along the US 75 corridor near Page Belcher, courses that have closed include Clary Fields in Sapulpa, Cotton Creek in Glenpool, White Hawk in Bixby and Okmulgee Country Club. Page Belcher should serve all of these golf communities.

In Oklahoma, communities near Tulsa and across the state are investing in gambling. Locally, we’re seeing this with renovations at Bailey Ranch in Owasso, The Canyons at Blackjack Ridge in Sand Springs, and Heritage Hills in Claremore.

Michael C. Ford