Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department

News Release

October 5, 2010 



Contact:  Keli Clark

Phone:   405-230-8385

Email:  keli.clark@oklatourism.gov


Lake Murray Golf Course Celebrates Renovations

(ARDMORE, OK) – Today the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department marked the official grand opening of a brand new pro-shop and restructured 18-hole golf course at Lake Murray State Park.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated course improvements and the new pro-shop building that were funded by money set aside for projects through the Capital Improvement Program which was approved by the legislature in 2008.

“Lake Murray State Park is Oklahoma’s first state park and we are pleased to unveil a beautiful and energy efficient pro-shop, as well as course renovations which are sure to please golfers for years to come,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “This project is a great example of how the Capital Improvement Program is positively advancing our facilities, allowing us to better serve visitors in our state park system.”

The state-of-the art pro shop is a showcase for this picturesque course, boasting a natural stone and wood architectural style with features incorporated to blend in with the existing historic CCC structures located throughout the park. Large windows 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 pro-shop’s totally open ceiling exposes solid wood that lines and defines the main area. The outside patio on the west-facing side is open for visitors to relax and enjoy the beauty of the course.

The layout of the golf course has also been improved. The troublesome former number two hole; which was a short, tight par-three, has been relocated so the new green – now the largest on the course – allows for more pin locations while also playing longer than the hole it’s replacing. Course flow has also been re-routed so golfers will now finish near the new pro-shop. 

For more information about the course or to book a tee time online, visit www.TravelOK.com.

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) is working to advance the exceptional quality of life in Oklahoma by preserving, maintaining, and promoting our natural assets and cultural richness. The department is the steward of the state park system and also promotes Oklahoma as a travel destination through many award-winning programs. To learn more about Oklahoma’s unique events and attractions, please visit www.TravelOK.com or follow us at Facebook.com/TravelOK or Twitter.com/OklahomaTourism.