Tulsa golf courses see spike in interest during PGA Championship

While the golfing world focuses on the Southern Hills Country Club, other courses in Tulsa are also reaping the benefits of the PGA Championship.

“You had to call early to arrange tee times because everyone is pretty busy for the week,” said golfer Michael Phelps.

The entire week of Tulsan Michael Phelps is all about golf with golf projects again Friday and Saturday.

“We went to Monday and Wednesday practice rounds, got some signings, did the thing, and now we’re in golf mode,” he said.

Tulsa County Golf Director Patrick McCrate said his staff are working harder than ever.

He said avid golfers book tee times, as well as beginners.

“It’s great for the golf, I think it’s great for the city, I remind all staff that you know, we are the stewards of the city, so we put our best foot forward,” a- he declared.

McCrate said it wasn’t just busy at LaFortune Park, but also at courses all over Tulsa.

“If you’re more than a foursome, it’s hard to get along not just here, but really anywhere in Tulsa County, almost every public courtyard is completely packed,” he said.

Although the courses are busier, Phelps said it was worth it and it was cool to have such a prestigious tournament in town.

“I wish it was here, you know, not every 15 years, I wish it was here every 3 to 5 years, but you have to share the wealth,” he said.

If you want to book a tee time, he said Sunday is pretty open. He also said it’s best to call because sometimes people can cancel.

Michael C. Ford