Hard Rock to build hotel at Pointe Vista, giving boost to Chickasaw Pointe

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By Ken MacLeod

 Chickasaw Pointe, long one of the state’s top public access golf courses, will finally be getting the attention it deserves with the announcement this week that Hard Rock International is building a 189-room resort hotel in the Pointe Vista development on the shores of Lake Texoma.

 The hotel will be located next door to the existing West Bay Casino and Resort owned by the Chickasaw Nation, which itself has 40 rooms and a 9600-square foot casino. West Bay opened in May of 2023.

 “We’re excited to expand our award-winning hotel portfolio and bring our unique brand of hospitality and entertainment to Lake Texoma and the Pointe Vista development,” said Todd Hricko, Senior Vice President and head of Global Hotel Development for Hard Rock International, in a press release. “We’re especially thankful to Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt for his support of our new Hard Rock development in Pointe Vista.”

Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club At Pointe Vista in Kingston, Oklahoma.

“It’s my pleasure to welcome the development of the Hard Rock Hotel and Residences at Lake Texoma and create even more reasons for guests to visit this beautiful area and stimulate our local economy,” Stitt said in the release.

 “Our collaboration will be a great success with Hard Rock International and a very positive contribution to the Pointe Vista community,” said Mark Fischer, CEO of Pointe Vista Holding Company. “We’re thrilled to create a unique residence and entertainment destination.”

PGA professional Ryan Chapman, who has been overseeing both the golf course and the 320-slip marina while also supervising all aspects of the development for Pointe Vista since 2001, said it was a momentous day for the development and would mean good things ahead for the Randy Heckenkemper-designed Chickasaw Pointe, which opened in 1999 as the crown jewel in the state parks golf course system, replacing a previous mid-level state park course at Lake Texoma. That land is now the site of the casino and the planned Hard Rock Hotel as well as future developments to include an indoor water park and an outdoor amphitheater to seat close to 4,000 for concerts.

Pointe Vista, which acquired the shoreline land for the development and the course from the state of Oklahoma’s Commissioners of Land Office after long, protracted and convoluted legal back-and-forth, has also begun selling lots for housing and condos.

The hotel will be the second for Hard Rock International in Oklahoma, with the other being the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa owned by the Cherokee Nation.

Construction of the hotel will begin in March with a planned opening in 2026. The hotel will include an 18,000-square-foot conference center and event lawn, an 11-acre Oasis Spring with white sand beaches, featuring islands and cabanas, Rock Spa, Body Rock Fitness, rooftop bar, dining options and a Rock Shop featuring Hard Rock merchandise.

Chickasaw Pointe has been consistently ranked among the top five public-access courses in Oklahoma. It was closed much of 2023 to convert the ultradwarf Bermuda greens from Champion to TifEagle as well as add $300,000 in irrigation repairs. The new greens should be fully healed back in after a month or so of hot weather this spring/summer.

“This will be great for the course and we’ll be able to do some things to really help it as the hotel develops,” Chapman said.

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