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By Oklahoma Tourism Staff
While driving along the roads that lead you through Lake Murray State Park near Ardmore, you’re treated to a visual palette of splendid colors. From the grays and browns of the limestone rock walls that line the roadway, to the tan sand beds on the edge of the lake shoreline that disappear into the pristine aqua waters. However, most dominant on this color wheel is green, as noted in the forests of shade trees and prairie grasses; but a sea of green is most evident on the fairways of the golf course.
Lake Murray Golf Course was originally built as a nine-hole course almost fifty years ago and over the years, has gone through several updates and renovations. Today the 18-hole course remains a popular southern Oklahoma destination. The newest addition is a state-of-the art pro shop that is the showcase of this picturesque course.
The new building boasts a natural stone and wood architectural style with features incorporated to blend in with the existing historic CCC structures located throughout the park. But in this case looks are deceiving because once you step inside you are treated to a modern, clean and spacious area that overlooks the tee box on number one.
Huge picture windows all around the building offer natural light while allowing visitors a first glimpse of the course. The inside light fixtures are fitted with compact fluorescent light bulbs that are easy on the eyes and energy efficient as well. In another energy saving effort, a geothermal heat and air system has been installed, making this building the first in a state park facility to be built with this feature.
The totally open ceiling exposes solid wood that lines and defines the main area. In this room, golfers will appreciate the tables and seating areas where rest and relaxation in the cool air is welcome after a long day on the course. The patio on the west-facing side is also a comfortable outdoor spot where visitors can gather to compare scores, enjoy a beverage and reflect on the day’s game.
“The new pro shop is one of the nicest around the area, and is very complimentary to this unique park,” explains Lake Murray Golf Course Manager Wesley Chaney. “It offers a very natural and peaceful setting, with a great area overlooking the golf course. And now we have more space available for tournaments and outings.”
Golfers who frequent Lake Murray Golf Course will see a visible change in the weeks to come. Familiar players will recall a troublesome number two short par-three. That hole will be relocated to another part of the course.
Manager Wesley Chaney explains, “The new par-three is really going to make a difference in improving the layout. The green will be the largest on the course which will allow for more pin locations, and it’s going to play longer than the short hole it’s replacing. By eliminating number two we will create enough space to lengthen number nine to make it more playable and ease up congestion around that area. When the new par-three opens, our plan is to flip-flop the nines so the finishing hole will be near the pro shop. This will allow players to enjoy watching other groups finish up their rounds.”
In addition to changes at the golf course, more improvements are taking place at Lake Murray State Park. Cabins are being updated with new furnishings, linens and kitchenware and the restaurant at the lodge has new breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in place that offer a variety of delicious food choices for guests.
For more information about Oklahoma State Parks, Lodges and Golf Courses visit TravelOK.com or call a travel counselor toll-free at 800-652-6552.