By Ken MacLeod
The Club at Indian Springs, Cedar Ridge Country Club and the Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, Meadowbrook Country Club in Tulsa, Muskogee Golf Club and White Hawk Golf Course in Bixby are among courses closed Friday to clean up from a fierce thunder and wind storm that went through the Tulsa area in the early afternoon Thursday.
Many courses were open Friday after quick clean ups of tree limbs and other debris, even some that did not have power fully restored. Courses open with only minor damage include LaFortune Park, South Lakes, Page Belcher, Mohawk Park, Battle Creek, Cherokee Hills and Forest Ridge. Courses farther north, such as Bailey Ranch in Owasso, were spared the brunt of the storm.
White Hawk reported numerous trees down and also damage to the roof of its cart barn and pavilion as wind speeds reached more than 70 mph. A date for reopening has not been determined.
At The Club at Indian Springs, teaching professional Michael Boyd said cleanup was underway on several large trees that had toppled as well as numerous limbs. He hoped the club would reopen to its members on Saturday.
Cedar Ridge lost at least six large trees and numerous limbs and crews were working their way steadily through cleanup today. It was not determined if the club would be able to reopen for Saturday play.
Golf Club of Oklahoma posted on its Facebook page that it was closed Friday and Saturday for cleanup. Meadowbrook Country Club is also closed until at least Sunday for cleanup of limbs and full trees felled.
Tulsa Country Club had two trees struck by lightning but otherwise only light damage and was able to reopen at 11 a.m. today.
A storm with winds ranging from 50 to 70 mph raged through Tulsa Thursday, causing massive power outages and wind damage. Many in the area remain without power today.