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The Territory in Southwest Oklahoma
The Territory, a golf and residential development near Duncan, Okla., has received several accolades of late, including its placement in the No. 10 spot in Golfweek�s 2006 ranking of the Top 50 Best New Courses in the U.S.
�The Territory is honored to receive this elite distinction and it is extremely gratifying as our goal from Day 1 has been to be a top-of-the-bell-curve golf club and residential community,� says co-owner Rick Braught. �When [wife] Barbara and I set out to build The Territory, our mandates were to build something that would stand the test of time and to be head and shoulders better than anything in the region and one of the finest clubs anywhere.�
Set amid rolling hills, native grasses and wildflowers, the Randy Heckenkemper-designed course features five sets of tees (ranging from 4,845 to 7,110 yards), a state-of-the-art practice facility and a three-hole short course. The greens are an A1-A4 creeping bentgrass blend, the tees, fairways and roughs are Tifsport Bermudagrass, and native vegetation frames the playing corridors.
�We were blessed with a terrific piece of land on which to work,� says Heckenkemper. �A number of the holes jumped out before we even began moving dirt. The rest fell into place better than anyone could have expected.�
The course was built and has been operating during one of the worst three-year droughts in Southwest Oklahoma history. Despite such dry conditions, The Territory has hosted the Oklahoma state amateur, state senior amateur and an NCAA Division II Super Regional. The Braughts envisioned a place of beauty, quality and substance where their children and future generations would want to live; the golf course has set a promising base for the future.
Located on the historic Chisholm Trail, The Territory is within a short drive of lakes for boating and fishing and minutes from schools, shopping, dining and churches. The private club is 2.5 hours north of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and just over an hour south of Oklahoma City.
About the Owners
Rick and Barbara Braught are lifelong Oklahomans and ardent �Boomer Sooners.� Barbara�s grandfather, T.H. McCasland, founded an oil company 75 years ago, made a fortune and became a huge OU benefactor; his name is on many campus buildings. Barbara serves as executive director of the McCasland Foundation, which has made financial commitments to the university�s Athletics capital campaign, the Fred Jones Museum of Art, the Sam Noble OU Museum of Natural History, the College of Engineering capital campaign and Bizzell Library. Rick oversees numerous companies, including Crimson Farms, Oil City Associates, Oil City Development, Oil City Enterprises, Oil City Golf and Oil City Management.
Unlike many golf and residential developers, the Braughts didn�t undertake The Territory project to make money as their prime motivation. Rather, they sought to build something of quality that would stand the test of time and have it become an economic-development engine for the region.
Looks like that mission is well on its way to being accomplished.
For more information about The Territory, call 580/475-0075 or visit www.territorygolf.com.