The Graves Golf Academy will remain open at its present location in Edmond for at least a year, despite the closure of Coffee Creek Golf Course following a sale.
Tim Graves, who along with brother Todd Graves are owners and operators of the golf academy located at Coffee Creek, said they had worked out a deal with the new ownership group headed by Kyle Copeland and John Pinard, who purchased the course from Millennium Golf Properties.
Graves said the academy will keep its building as well as the driving range and will maintain turf conditions on holes 1 and 8 along with the green on No. 7 for possible future use as an expanded practice facility. Details of that are still being formulated, but the academy has hired former Coffee Creek superintendent Jeff Gibson.
“We’re here for at least a year,” Tim Graves said. “There are some exciting possibilities beyond that.”
The new owners plan to build commercial properties along the property edge on Kelly Ave. and Coffee Creek Road. Eventually it is expected at least a portion of the former acreage for the golf course would be used for residential development but no plans have been announced and homeowner groups have expressed their opposition.
The Graves Golf Academy teaches golfers nationwide the one-plane swing popularized by Canadian golf legend Moe Norman, known as one of the most accurate ball strikers in golf history.
Notes: Rose Creek Golf Course in Edmond is no longer strictly private. Tee times are available to the public. Standard rates are $50 Monday through Thursday including range and cart and $70 Friday through Sunday.
Edmond’s other two public facilities Kickingbird and Golf Club of Edmond have noticed an uptick in play since Coffee Creek closed Jan. 16. Kickingbird reported new faces on the range, scheduling tee times and booking tournaments.