Special to The Sun
A multi-million dollar reinvention of Oak Tree Country Club is now underway that will bring a new décor and expanded dining and social features designed to enhance daily life for the private club members of today.
“Most of the project is slated for completion in late spring including a new bar and media area and a reinvented grille and lounge where members can invite family and friends to dine on innovative cuisine,” said General Manager Matt Beroth.
“We hope to have the new covered patio with fire pit completed by June.”
The new patio will offer an al fresco setting to share stories over cocktails and appetizers while taking in the serene golf course view.
“The Country Club membership is based on 252 social members, 141 tennis members which also includes social membership and 714 golf members which includes everything,” Beroth added.
Oak Tree Country Club is a member of the ClubCorp family of clubs, and Beroth has worked for ClubCorp for the past eight years. He moved to Edmond July 10 to take over the leadership position at Oak Tree Country Club.
The golf course, built in 1981, has undergone numerous changes to improve and maintain its championship quality.
The most recent improvements to the golf area helped bring the course back to its original design. The renovations completed last year include all new fairways, irrigation, completion of greenside bunkers, new signage and tee-box renovations, plus new tee-line furniture and on-range music on the practice facilities.
The club also recently refurbished the fitness center and added all new state-of-the-art Precor and Cybex equipment and resurfaced the indoor tennis courts in U.S. Open blue.
“These recent renovations come at the perfect time for Oak Tree,” Beroth said. “These new amenities will bring members more opportunities to gather and entertain family and friends and, as the Oklahoma City metro area continues to grow, no doubt, will further establish Oak Tree as the centerpiece of the community.”
Oak Tree members have reason to be proud of their newly renovated golf course.
“Oak Tree members have always taken pride in the club and are looking forward to the renovations taking place to restore it to one of Oklahoma’s premier clubs,” said John Hood, chairman of the club’s board of governors. “The members are excited about these changes and being part of the new look at Oak Tree.”
In addition to the 65,000-square-foot clubhouse, amenities include a swimming pool, children’s wading pool, and a 75,000-square-foot sports facility with six indoor tennis courts, six outdoor tennis courts, an indoor jogging track, fitness center, aerobics studio, racquetball court, basketball court and additional locker rooms decked with saunas and whirlpools.
Located in Edmond, approximately 15 miles north of Oklahoma City, Oak Tree Country Club is the only private club in the metro area featuring 36 holes of golf. The East Course and West Course, meticulously designed by legendary golf course architect Pete Dye, both earned spots on the Golf Digest 2013 Top 10 “Best in State” ranking. The East Course will serve as the site of the 2014 Conference USA’s Men’s Golf Championships April 27-29 as well as — for the 29th consecutive year — the Oklahoma Open Aug. 22-24.
As a member of the ClubCorp family, Oak Tree members also can enjoy worldwide benefits, including complimentary green fees and complimentary dining at more than 200 private clubs and special offerings at more than 700 hotels, resorts and entertainment venues.
Oak Tree Golf and Country Club is at 700 Country Club Drive, Edmond. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information on Oak Tree, call 340-1010.