By Ken MacLeod
Add Sapulpa to the growing list of Oklahoma municipalities currently investing in their golf courses.
This one even involves a name change. The former Sapulpa Golf Course is now know as Rock Creek Golf Course.
The name change was suggested by course manager David McBride and approved by the city. Rock Creek is the name of a stream that runs through the course and comes into play on 11 holes. The course is located on historic Route 66 and the new name and location will be tied together in future marketing.
Meanwhile, McBride and his staff have been making improvements so visitors to Rock Creek Golf Course will benefit from more than a change in name.
New golf carts are on hand, the bar and grill has been renovated, a new roof project is under way and the city is looking at adding a new irrigation system which will provide water to all the fairways and roughs for the first time.
McBride said the course has also invested in new tee markers, pin flags and other cosmetic changes.
Play at Rock Creek has been dramatically up in 2020 and McBride experts the surge to continue, as it has stayed up even with the recent reopening of the nearby and much improved Canyons at Blackjack Ridge in Sand Spriings.
“We’ve accomplished a lot and the name change will help with our identity as well going forward,” McBride said. “We’re going to be known as a fun course and a friendly course. When the new irrigation system is in, we’re going to be green and stay green. We’re becoming a better and better course and decided it was time for a rebranding.”