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Stonebridge Near Tulsa Opens for Play


Stonebridge Golf Club opened on July 1st in Claremore, Okla. The course was designed by Randy Heckenkemper, who has three courses on TulsaWeb.com's top-10 list of public layouts in the state.

Heckenkemper has fashioned another enjoyable test of golf with Stonebridge. Rolling fairways, subtly undulating putting surfaces, strategically-placed hazards and a mix of holes varying in length and difficulty place a premium on course management.

Stretching 6,510 yards from the back tees, Stonebridge requires accuracy and feel rather than brute length. Contoured bunkers with a bright white sand give the course a unique look and help define the shape of Stonebridge's holes. The course's Penn A-1 bent grass greens are impressing players and already rolling in the double digits on the stimpmeter. The superior condition of the new course is a credit to superintendent Scott Schurman, who has been overseeing maintenance and grow-in of the layout since late 2004.

"We are getting nothing but praise from players," says general manager Rob Overgard. "Stonebridge Golf Club is a premier layout for golfers in the Tulsa area."

Each nine at Stonebridge has its own distinct characteristics the front is generally open while every hole on the back side is tree-lined. Both nines open with short par-4s. The third hole is a classic par-3 measuring 180 yards that involves all carry over a lake which runs the entire length of the hole.

At the 17th, the tee shot must avoid a gaping bunker along the right and a hazard all the way down the left of the fairway. Like a number of holes on the back nine, No. 17 also utilizes an old oak tree right-front of the green, which is further guarded by a creek.

Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Tulsa at the intersection of Highway 266 and Route 66, Stonebridge offers a number of annual memberships for families and businesses. The facility is operated by Bill Casper Golf. For more information about the course, call 918/266-5000 or visit www.stonebridgeclub.com.