‘1st Pre-Summer Bash’ slated for May 1-2 at re-opened country club

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
‘1st Pre-Summer Bash’ slated for May 1-2 at re-opened country club

Pawhuska Golf and Country Club’s “First Annual Pre-Summer Bash” will feature an open-air concert on Friday night, May 1, and a golf tournament on Saturday, May 2.

Tiptons Family band is to be the musical entertainment for the Friday night concert/dance, which is scheduled to last from 8 p.m. to midnight. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. There will be hot dogs and snack specials as well as 10 percent discounts on club memberships.

The Burnt Ball Tournament on Saturday is a two-man scramble with a shotgun start scheduled at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $25 and balls will be provided. Cash prizes are to be awarded.

Built in the early 1920s, the nine-hole course was designed by the legendary Perry Maxwell. The facility closed in 2009 — ending more than 85 years of continuous operation — and it was hardly recognizeable as as a golf course when local businessman John Long purchased the property more than a year ago.

Following total renovatation of its club house and installation of temporary greens, the landmark course re-opened as a public country club last fall. Greenskeeper Ben Martin worked throughout the summer, fall and winter to rebuild the greens and re-establish Bermuda grass on the fairways.

Martin, a native Pawhuskan, had recently retired as course superintendent at The Canyon on Blackjack Ridge in Sand Springs. He started on the greens project May 26 and had five of the greens (with 007 bent grass) playable by October. The first full rounds were played there in early February.

Plans also have been discussed to restore the club’s tennis courts and swimming pool.

Local art instructor Michael Lynn has enhanced the appearance of the course by creating tree sculptures from storm-damaged oaks and hickories on the property.

Pawhuska Golf and Country Club is located at 474 S. Farrell Ave. The club was able to reclaim its former telephone number — 918-287-1965.