The back nine of Stone Creek Golf Course at Page Belcher will be closed to play for at least two weeks beginning Monday to allow for select tree removal, grading and sodding as the first step in a renewed commitment by the City of Tulsa to the condition of its public golf courses.
Up to $500,000 in revenue made above expenses the past two fiscal years by the City of Tulsa courses will be used for improvements to Stone Creek and Olde Page, according to Tulsa Parks Director Anna America.
Other improvements needed at both Page Belcher and Mohawk Park will be looked at in the near future if a citizen’s golf advisory committee is able to raise $1 million to match an outlay of $1 million in American Rescue Act funds approved in January on a contingency basis by the Tulsa City Council.
For now, golfers who scheduled a time at Stone Creek will be allotted time to play the front nine twice, according to course manager Tom Wolff. Check with the pro shop in the coming weeks as to which nine holes may be closed at a particular time.
The first phase of improvements are to address large areas of turf grass that have withered due to either winter kill, lack of sunlight and water or a mixture of those conditions. Sufficient water once the areas are graded and sodded is part of the city’s commitment.