Like to hit the links? OKC has plenty of great options


There are so many positives about living in Oklahoma City, but if you like golf and enjoy hitting the links regularly or even just occasionally, then you are in the right place!

Numerous public and private golf courses are scattered across the city, meaning the chances of playing a round on any given day is quite high. If you desire the amenities that a private golf club offers either you or your family, Oklahoma City has lots of options, ranging from exclusive country clubs such as the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club and Gaillardia Country Club to high quality public courses.

Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club is the city’s oldest and arguably most prestigious private country club, offering dining and banquet facilities; indoor and outdoor tennis courts; a state-of-the-art athletic center; a full-service aquatics center, complete with diving boards, lap lanes, a baby pool, snack bar and several dining options; and its signature venue, a nearly 7,000-yard championship course designed by famed American golf course architect Perry Maxwell, the “father of Oklahoma golf.”

Another popular and exclusive golf course in Oklahoma City is Gaillardia Country Club. This private course, built by Oklahoma City publishing icon Edward L. Gaylord, opened in 1998 and sits on approximately 250 acres in northwest Oklahoma City. Gaillardia features an 18-hole links-like course, a three-story, 55,000-square-foot French-Normandy style clubhouse; junior Olympic-sized swimming pool; fitness center; and sports complex, complete with tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball court and playground area.

Other private courses in Oklahoma City are available to golfers who are looking for just the right place for them and their family, including Quail Creek Golf and Country Club, The Greens Country Club and Twin Hills Country Club. Although not located in Oklahoma City proper, other premier golf courses dot the landscape throughout the metro area, such Oak Tree Country Club and Rose Creek Golf Course in Edmond, and Belmar Golf Club in Norman.

Oklahoma City is not short on excellent public golf courses either, offering some of the most highly rated courses in the state, including several that are city owned. Leading the pack are three municipal courses that sport 36-holes each: Lincoln Park Golf Course, located northeast of downtown near the OKC Zoo, Lake Hefner Golf Club in northwest OKC and Earlywine Golf Course, which is on the southwest side of the city. Green fees for these municipal courses, as well as the other two city-owned courses – Trosper Golf Club and the nine-hole James E. Stewart Golf Course – are reasonably priced. Green fees vary by course and tee times.

If you are looking outside the Oklahoma City limits for other top public courses, you might check out Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman.