The Takeaway: While across the street neighbor Oak Tree National garners most of the attention around Oklahoma City, Oak Tree Country Club’s East course is a worthy silver medal winner. While the course is solid for the first 12 holes, it is the final six that sets the East course apart from the competition. Pete Dye fans won’t be disappointed here. Grade B+
Designer: Pete Dye in 1982
Phone Number: (405) 340-1010
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Oak Tree Country Club (East)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 700 West Country Club, Edmond, OK 73025
Accolades: Ranked 4th in Oklahoma on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list. Annual host of the Oklahoma Open.
What to Expect: Located across Kelly Road a wedge shot east of Oak Tree National, Oak Tree Country Club is a 36 hole facility that gave Pete Dye a virtual monopoly on golf course design north of Oklahoma City is the affluent city of Edmond. After Dye completed his work at Oak Tree National in 1976, he crossed the street to work on Oak Tree Country Club with the West course opening in 1978 and the East in 1982. Both the West and East courses are routed through neighborhoods but is done in a way that doesn't feel too distracting to the golf. The East is the longer and better course of the two which is why it is no surprise that it is the annual host site of the Oklahoma Open. In similar fashion to Dye's famous Harbour Town design in Hilton Head, SC, the East course is solid for the first 12 holes but then really ramps it up for the final six holes which stand as some of the best holes at the complex. The West course is no slouch with a handful of memorable holes but the course plays two strokes softer than the East for sure. Both courses feature plenty of bunkers to contend with as well as some water hazards to avoid. The courses are very conducive to walking with mostly subtle terrain paired with a couple of drastic elevation changes that add character to the layout that is otherwise achieved through the artificial mounding Dye is famous for. In the summer you'll see plenty of players utilizing carts during their round and stocking up on the complimentary water in the coolers found on the course.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 17th Hole – 207 Yard Par 3 –
Best Par 3: 14th Hole – 236 Yards –
Best Par 4: 13th Hole – 398 Yards –
Best Par 5: 4th Hole – 560 Yards –
Birdie Time: 10th Hole – 374 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 16th Hole – 455 Yard Par 4