Oklahoma Golf Resorts

A view of a green and the clubhouse at WinStar Golf Course.

Oklahoma might not be well-known for its golf beyond a few major championship sites and Oklahoma State University’s dominant men’s program, but it does offer some fine resorts. The state’s golf resort scene is dominated by tribal casino resorts, headlined by the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville near the Texas border. The 36-hole resort is the largest casino in the world. Not to be overlooked are the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, a AAA Four-Diamond property with the classic Perry Maxwell-designed Cherokee Hills, and the Downstream Casino Resort owned by the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma. Its course, Eagle Creek, is across state lines in Joplin, Mo. The Falconhead Resort & Country Club has history on its side, hosting the LPGA and PGA Tours back in the 1950s on its Robert Trent Jones course. The Shangri-La Resort and Lake Murray Lodge are both lakeside retreats featuring golf.

    Ardmore, Oklahoma
    The new Lake Murray Lodge opened in 2017, adding a more refined place to stay at the popular Lake Murray State Park near Ardmore. The contemporary building features 32 guest rooms; the Blue Heron, a lakeside restaurant and patio; a fitness center; WiFi and coffee bar. For a more rustic experience, there are 56 small cabins with fire pits and…
    Quapaw, Oklahoma
    The Downstream Casino Resort, owned by the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma, is unique in that its golf course, the Bald Eagle at the Eagle Creek Golf Club, is located across the Missouri state line in Joplin three miles from the resort. The two towers house guests and offer an indoor pool and spa; an outdoor pool with a bar, jacuzzi, fire pit and…
    Burneyville, Oklahoma
    The Falconhead Resort & Country Club made a splash in the 1950s and early 1960s by hosting tournaments on both the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour on its Robert Trent Jones Sr. course, putting Burneyville on the map for golfers. The LPGA Tour’s “Opie Turner” from 1958-59 and PGA Tour’s “Waco Turner Open” from 1960-64 only had short stints on their…
    Catoosa, Oklahoma
    The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, owned by the Cherokee Nation, is a AAA Four-Diamond hotel of 454 rooms and suites that are sleek and stylish. The casino includes 2,600 electronic games, 40 table games and a poker room. A spa, business center, Body Rock fitness center, Rock Shop, and pools for families and adults-only are also available. The…
    Thackerville, Oklahoma
    The WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville started as a bingo hall on the Texas-Oklahoma border in 1991 but has grown into the largest casino resort in the world. Nowhere else features a larger collection of electronic games – more than 8,100, plus 100 table games, a 55-table poker room, bingo and more. The 1,399-room hotel complex houses…
    Monkey Island, Oklahoma
    The Shangri-La Resort on Monkey Island is a premier golf and conference getaway on the shores of Grand Lake, Oklahoma’s largest recreation lake. The 119-room hotel offers a large pool with a children’s splash pad area, luxury spa, restaurant, bar with roof-top patio overlooking the lake and 8,000 square feet of banquet space. The golf course…
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