MADILL, Okla. – While legal battles continue over "Area C," regarded as instrumental to the development of a resort at Lake Texoma (link), developers have begun work on four new golf holes at Chickasaw Pointe. The removal of four current lakefront holes will clear the way for infrastructure work for the 1850-acre development master-planned community on the shores of Lake Texoma.
Dirt work has begun as part of the relocation of four existing holes at the Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club to make way for lakefront home development. Pointe Vista initiated right-of-way centerline clearing for this change earlier last week. The four new holes will be located west of the clubhouse in a previously undeveloped area. Having officials see the location firsthand and make final determinations of the new hole placements was an important step in moving this process forward.
Randy Heckenkemper of Heckenkemper Golf Course Design in Tulsa, the original architect of the Chickasaw Pointe golf course, was thrilled with the terrain selected to build the new holes. He said the best aspect of the holes being lost was the lakefront views, but the new holes will actually be stronger golf holes.
"The new hole placements will be on better terrain than the holes they will replace," Heckenkemper said. "In particular, the new number six hole will include topographic elevation differences and iconic land features that are going make it one of the most challenging and scenic in the state."
"This is an exciting time for the golf course and development as a whole," said Ryan Chapman, Chickasaw Pointe Director of Golf. "We are thrilled to have Randy involved with the design of the new holes – he has incredible vision that will make these better than the existing, original ones. The funds Pointe Vista has allocated to redevelopment give us the opportunity to make this course one of Oklahoma’s best."
Gone will be holes 4-7 on the existing course, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary in October. The numbering of the new holes is not yet determined, but Chapman said it is likely the current hole No. 8 will become the fourth hole, with the four new holes plugged in on the back nine as holes 14-17. Chapman said the four new holes would include an elevated level of landscaping and finish work that would be extended to the rest of the course upon completion of the new holes.
The new holes are expected to be grassed in early summer and open by late September. The current holes will be left in play until the completion of the new holes.
Frank Murphy with Wynne-Jackson, the master developer of the Pointe Vista project, said the remaining structures of the old lodge are scheduled to be demolished mid-summer, and infrastructure work for the planned residential development is scheduled for October.
The site visit also gave officials the opportunity to review the site of the proposed residential single family home development and the townhome development on the bridge point. As proposed, 59 lots for residential homes and 52 lots for townhomes are planned for phase one. Several of the lakefront townhomes will be available for stay-and-play packages for golfers.