The East Course at Oak Tree Country Club is the championship test, far more exacting in its demands than the roomier West Course. The watery final stretch - the half-dozen holes heading toward the clubhouse - showcases the ferocity of the course. The East Course continues to serve as host venue for the highly-regarded Oklahoma Open, traditionally one of the most sought-after state titles in the land. Stalwarts like Bob Tway, Gil Morgan, David Edwards, Todd Hamilton and Lucas Glover are among the champions who have been crowned. The East Course is a tough slog from the outset. Forget the tips at nearly 7,100 yards; even from the 6,400 -yard middle markers, the half-dozen front-side par-4s average 410 yards. It's a bunker-strewn landscape, humps and hollows wreaking havoc with shots drifting from the short grass. It's a stiff enough challenge, but merely a preamble to the watery finish. Four of the final six, including a pair of distinctive par-3s are completely menaced by water (1).
The East Course's signature hole is #16, a 455-yard, par-4, with a water hazard down the entire left side of the fairway and requiring an approach shot to a deep green. The golf course plays to a par of 70, with a slope of 143 and course rating of 77.1 from the championship tees.
East Course Scorecard
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East Course Layout
Oak Tree Country Club is located in Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
(1) Excerpt retrieved from Joel Zuckerman's "Pete Dye Golf Courses - Fifty Years of Visionary Design." Published in 2008 by Abrams. For personal inscribed copies by author and subject, visit vagabondgolfer.com.