It’s the dead of winter. Brown grass, bare branches on the dormant trees and frozen ponds remind us that we must suffer through this season in order to get to where we really want to be-the spring.

     The spring season means warm weather, green grass, blooming flowers and to golfers out there, more time on an Oklahoma State Park golf course.  

     However, there’s absolutely no reason to wait until the weather gets better to start working on your game. Right now is the time to start practicing for perfection.

     Cedar Creek Golf Course is tucked away in the tall pines of the Kiamichi Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma. The 6,582 yard par-72 has pines and hardwood trees lining the narrow fairways, with the calming waters of Cedar Creek flowing through. Recently, this course was named by Golf Digest Magazine as the top municipal course in the state.

     Kurt Adams, course manager at Cedar Creek Golf Course at Beavers Bend State Park has these words of advice: “Golfers should be working on their short game such as chipping and putting. This can be done at home on bad weather days. A coffee cup and a few feet of carpet make a great temporary putting green. When the weather is not bad outside, chipping at a five gallon bucket in the yard can really improve your distance control with your wedges.”

     Wesley Chaney, PGA Certified Professional at Lake Murray Golf Course agrees.

 “This is the perfect time to really improve your short game. Since putting and chipping require so much feel, those are the first parts of the game to suffer from a lack of playing. By spending one extra hour each week working on those parts of the game, your golf game can be really strong going into the spring."    

     If you haven’t played Lake Murray Golf Course in a while, now is the time to reacquaint yourself with this beautiful course. The number two, par-3 hole will be eliminated and a new par-3 at number six has been added at a new location. Also, construction on the new state-of-the art pro shop should completed in the early summer. The spacious building with tall, wood-beamed ceilings faces west toward the number one tee box, and promises to enhance the golfing experience for course visitors.

     Jim Ramsey, course manager at Arrowhead Golf Course on Lake Eufaula offers these words of wisdom: “Be prepared. Clean your clubs, inspect them, do you need to replace the grips? Clean up your shoes and golf bag; do they need to be replaced? Do you need gloves or golf balls? Also, now is a great time for beginners to take up golf. If you are a beginner, winter golf is slow so you won’t feel pressured to play too quick and keep up with the crowd.”

     The 6,800 yard, par-72 Arrowhead Golf Course offers an assortment of play areas for golfers. All eighteen holes at Arrowhead have bunkers guarding the greens, some with four bunkers to a hole. Two holes offer spectacular views of Lake Eufaula.

     PGA Certified Professional Ron Locke, manager at Fort Cobb State Park Golf Course has this recommendation: “Keep expectations low as far as scoring, until the spring.  This helps keep you from frustration due to the weather. This is a good time to work on flexibility.  Stay fit-so that when the weather changes, you are ready.  Play challenge games with another golfer or compete with yourself.  Hit it straight and seldom and your score will go down.”

     Every hole at Fort Cobb Golf Course can be challenging. The tight fairways of this 6,620 yard, par-70 course are lined by trees and if that’s not enough, add in the lake, the sloping fairways and greens, the bunkers, native grass and doglegs. If you don’t hit your ball in the fairway, you’ll be searching high and low trying to find it.

     Additional state park courses include Roman Nose Golf Course near Watonga, Sequoyah Golf Course in northeastern Oklahoma and Grand Cherokee Golf Course, located below the Pensacola Dam on Grand Lake.

     Now is also a good time to book a group outing or tournament at any Oklahoma State Park Golf Course.
 

     For information about the golf courses, or to book a tee-time call 866-602-GOLF (4653). Visit TravelOK.com for information about Oklahoma State Parks.