Oak Tree National

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Oak Tree National
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Club information
Coordinates 35°43′09″N 97°30′19″W / 35.71917°N 97.50528°W / 35.71917; -97.50528Coordinates: 35°43′09″N 97°30′19″W / 35.71917°N 97.50528°W / 35.71917; -97.50528
Location Edmond, Oklahoma,
USA
Established 1976
Type Private
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted 1984 U.S. Amateur,
1988 PGA Championship
2006 Senior PGA Championship
2014 U.S. Senior Open
Website Oak Tree National
East Course[1]
Designed by Pete Dye
Par 71
Length 7,412 yards
Course rating 79.3
Slope rating 155

Oak Tree National, formerly called Oak Tree Golf Club, is a golf and country club located in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, Oklahoma. The course was designed by Pete Dye, and it opened in 1976. It plays to a par 71.

The course[edit]

Like other courses in Oklahoma, Oak Tree is a very windy course and can often have winds of at least 30 miles per hour (48 km/h). It also is located on hilly terrain, and uneven lies are common from the fairway or rough. The greens are difficult to hit well, and are undulating enough to make any par tough.

In its 2015-2016 listing of the best golf courses by state, Golf Digest ranked Oak Tree National #51 in their Americas 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Also, they ranked it second in the state of Oklahoma. The course was redesigned by Pete Dye in 2002. The course measures 7,412 yards from the tournament tees and 6,873 yards from the championship tees.[2] However, for the 2006 Senior PGA Championship, the course played to 7,102 yards.[3] Oak Tree has Bent grass for the greens, and Bermuda grass for the fairways. Water comes into play on 13 of the 18 holes. The course and slope rating is 79.3/155 from the tournament tees and 76.4/153 from the championship tees.

Each hole has its own name, and some holes are named after famous courses or golf holes. The signature hole is the fifth hole (named Oak Tree), a 592-yard par five where players must avoid the oak tree that is used in the club's logo. Other notable holes include the eighth hole (named Harbor Town after Dye's Harbour Town Golf Links), par three with water down the entire left side. The tenth hole (named after the Prairie Dunes Country Club) is a long, tight par four. The 13th hole is named due to its size, after a postage stamp. Golfers liken landing a ball on the green to landing a ball on a space the size of a postage stamp.

Oak Tree is the home course of seven PGA Tour or Champions Tour players: David Edwards, Mark Hayes, Gil Morgan, Doug Tewell, Bob Tway, Scott Verplank, and Willie Wood.

Tournaments held[edit]

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

Year Tournament Winner
1984 U.S. Amateur Scott Verplank
1988 PGA Championship Jeff Sluman
2000 PGA Professional National Championship Tim Thelen
2006 Senior PGA Championship Jay Haas
2012 Trans-Mississippi Amateur Tyler Raber
2014 U.S. Senior Open Colin Montgomerie

Bolded years are major championships on the PGA Tour.

Oak Tree has hosted a major championship and a senior major championship in addition to numerous other Professional Golfers' Association of America championships and one United States Golf Association-sanctioned championship.

The first notable tournament to be held at Oak Tree was the 1984 U.S. Amateur which was won by Scott Verplank. In 1988, the PGA Championship came to Oak Tree. Jeff Sluman won with a score of twelve under par 272, clinched with a final round 65. In 2000, the PGA Club Professional Championship was held at Oak Tree; Tim Thelen won it in a playoff. Most recently, in 2006, the Senior PGA Championship was held at Oak Tree. Over the four days, gusty winds kept scores barely under par. Jay Haas defeated Brad Bryant in a playoff with a final score of 279, five under par.

Oak Tree hosted the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, won by Colin Montgomerie.[4]

Controversy[edit]

Oak Tree has been criticized for having a noose hang off of a tree to the left of the green on the par five sixteenth hole. A columnist from The Oklahoman criticized it as a possible symbol of racism in an October 2004 column. It was removed soon after, well before the 2006 Senior PGA Championship. It was originally placed there by a golfer who had struggled on the hole.[5]

Oak Tree was also to have hosted the 1994 PGA Championship. However, it was moved to Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa originally because of the club's filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 1990. Later on, it was publicized that Oak Tree had few or no minority or women members in its membership. This further caused the PGA of America to move the tournament to Southern Hills.[6]

Fitness Center[edit]

The Oak Tree National Fitness Center specializes in fitness programs for golfers. When Robert Stoner established the state-of-the-art center in 1996, the concept of fitness for golfers was still very controversial.

Now, many well-known PGA Touring professionals, club pros, college and high school golfers, as well as competitive amateurs, come from all over the country to take advantage of Stoner's comprehensive and innovative programs. Under his direction, the Fitness Center has become the #1 golf fitness and injury rehab center in this part of the country.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GolfLink:Oak Tree Golf Club
  2. ^ "Oak Tree Golf Club: Score Card". Oak Tree Golf Club. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2006-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Course Overview". PGA.com. 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-06. 
  4. ^ Oak Tree to serve as 2014 host
  5. ^ "The Bunker". Golf World. 2004. Archived from the original on November 7, 2004. Retrieved 2006-08-06. 
  6. ^ "Course Critic". Ron Whitten, GolfDigest.com. 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-05-09. Retrieved 2006-08-06. 

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