Duffy Martin, builder of Guthrie golf empire, passes away at age 98

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PGA Life Member, noted businessman, character and longtime professional at Cedar Valley Golf Club, Claude "Duffy" Martin, passed away Friday at the age of 98.

Martin designed Brookside Golf Course in 1952, and Broadmoore Golf Course in 1960. In 1973, Martin developed the Cedar Valley Golf Club, home to the Augusta and International golf courses, in rural Logan County, just west of Guthrie. Martin also developed Cimarron National Golf Course, which opened to the public in 1982, and Aqua Canyon Golf Course, which opened to the public in 1984. The City of Cedar Valley was incorporated in 1982, with golf being the primary business within the city limits.

Known for his genuine kindness, humor and appreciation for the game of golf, Martin was highly respected by his peers and was always a pleasure to be around.

Martin passed Friday evening peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Celebration of Life services will be Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at Life Church of Edmond located on I-35 and 2nd Street under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home. A private burial will be at another date.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 20 from 12-8 p.m. at Smith-Gallo Funeral Home in Guthrie. Obituary can be seen here.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Jim Riley Outreach Program, The First Tee or the charity of your choice.

Click here to read Golf Oklahoma’s 2011 cover story on Martin and his career.



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