Often overshadowed by its neighboring state Texas, Oklahoma has a rich history itself and offers tourists plenty of attractions to make their stay in the Sooner State unforgettable. During the 19th century Native American tribes such as the Choctaw and Cherokee were relocated to Oklahoma, creating a unique culture that still exists today. In fact, the state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people". Besides its rich Native American culture Oklahomans, or Okies, are known for their passion in sports and golf is no exception. Both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University boast formidable golf teams with notable alumni playing on the PGA Tour in Rickie Fowler and Anthony Kim.
Kartsen Creek G.C. is home to the Oklahoma State golf program. Mike Holder, a former Cowboy golf coach and current athletic director at Oklahoma State, convinced famed golf course architect Tom Fazio to design the course in hopes of creating one of the most challenging courses in the United States on the Oklahoma plains. In 2003 and again in 2011 Karsten Creek G.C. hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. After a round here make sure to check out the famous Eskimo Joe’s restaurant and bar, a local hangout which features concerts and cold refreshments.
Not to be outdone by their counterparts Oklahoma’s home course is another must play, after all you are in the Sooner State. Ranked right behind Karsten for top public courses in Oklahoma, The Jimmie Austin Golf Course has hosted two USGA national championships, one state championship, and three NCAA Regional Championships in the past 4 years. If your swing is in need of a quick tune up, PGA Head Professional Tyler Woodward was voted Best Golf Instructor!
Oklahoma golf is more than just these two courses, Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa and Oak Tree National Golf Club in Edmond are both respected public courses. See what other courses Oklahoma has to offer on your next golf trip!