By Ken MacLeod
The fate of Meadowbrook Country Club in south Tulsa remains uncertain. This writer contributed to the confusion on the Golf Fitness Systems Radio Hour Saturday by reporting that he and friends had played Meadowbrook on Friday and been told while there by employees and members that plans were to stay open through October but potentially close after that.
Co-owner Glenn Shaw said Monday that there is no firm date to close the course, that development plans are still in preliminary stages and that the ownership group would keep it open “for the foreseeable future” as long as revenues continue to align closely with expenses.
To recap, Meadowbrook was purchased in 2017 by Tulsa real estate developers Shaw and Chuck Ramsay from Arcis Golf with the announced intention of developing it for residential and commercial real estate.
The course has remained open since and booked tournaments through the end of October. It has remained in excellent condition. Membership naturally declined after the sale, but the course began special membership offers and offering tee times to the public through the GolfNow discount golf website in an effort to generate additional revenue.
Shaw said that experiment has only been partially successful and that determinations are still to be made regarding the future of the course.
Shaw confirmed some offers have been made by individuals and companies to purchase the course with the intention of it remaining a course, but none close to matching what the two developers paid Arcis, reported to be over $6.3 million.
Prior to the sale, Meadowbrook was what Arcis termed a “modest” income producer and a potential golf course owner would be hard pressed to offer the price Shaw and Ramsay paid for it as a potential real estate project and have a chance to recoup their investment for decades to come.
Meadowbrook Country Club began as a Jewish only club in 1954. Its original nine holes were designed by Press Maxwell and architect Don Sechrest later added nine holes.
“We don’t want to be in a hurry to shut it down,” Shaw said. “Development plans are still in a very preliminary stage. If we can get the play and revenue to where we’re not losing significant money, that would allow us to keep it open.”
If interested in playing Meadowbrook, tee times and prices can be viewed here.