Tulsa area golfers, if you would like to see an improved clubhouse and services at the city’s flagship public course at Page Belcher and improvements at Mohawk Park, now is the time to let your city councilor know.
A proposal to build a new clubhouse at Page Belcher and improve the functionality at Mohawk Park, which has a huge facility in which most of the space is ill-conceived, is one of the many proposals the council and city will be considering as part of the next round of Vision funding for capital improvements.
Tom Wolff, general manager of the city courses for Billy Casper Golf, which has a operational contract for both facilities, helped craft the proposal with the intent to make the outmoded clubhouse at Page Belcher better able to hold banquets, meetings and especially golf tournaments.
"We could double our golf events because that demand is there," Wolff said. "We’ve lost a lot of business because of the facility."
Neither Page Belcher or Mohawk Park are currently emphasizing merchandise sales so huge pro shops such as the one at Mohawk Park are not needed. Mohawk has very limited room for a tournament or group to meet, while the restaurant at Page Belcher comfortably holds fewer than 35.
The proposal currently ask for between $6 to $12 million to cover both and will be refined going forward.
Tulsa County recently opened a vastly improved clubhouse at LaFortune Park Golf Course, while the Oklahoma City public course system celebrated the opening of a deluxe new clubhouse at Lincoln Park. Wolff compared the potential at Page Belcher to Texas Star Golf Course in Euless, Texas, which built a 325-seat conference center at its course and last year did more than more than $785,000 in food and beverage sales.
The proposal can be viewed on the City of Tulsa website HERE.