Cherokee Hills Golf Club
|Red (W)||71||4931 yards||69.4||120|
|Black M: 73.8/129||435||628||456||169||440||478||189||406||432||3633||282||192||402||157||572||403||183||467||386||3044||6677|
|Blue M: 71.0/121||410||606||446||151||417||469||178||370||420||3467||269||169||387||139||555||382||167||389||374||2831||6298|
|White M: 68.3/117||368||480||456||131||400||434||162||346||386||3163||263||153||338||135||534||359||138||427||339||2686||5849|
|Red W: 69.4/120||322||475||422||109||316||364||111||311||348||2778||242||129||287||106||367||316||123||342||311||2223||5001|
Very well designed course
I’ll preface this all by saying I am not going to address the condition of the course beyond this paragraph. Tulsa was hit by a major storm system (multiple systems actually) yesterday (when I was supposed to play). The course was closed due to rains yesterday (the same rains that caused major flash floods throughout the region). So, while there were some elements of the course that weren’t great from a condition standpoint… none of that was the fault of the crew or staff. Frankly, it’s pretty amazing they had it in shape to play today. I will say that given the conditions, the course does appear to be in great shape, outside of the water on it as a result of the storm.
Ignoring the condition and focusing on the layout of the course is a pleasurable exercise. This is a well-designed course featuring plentiful elevation changes, fantastic tee locations and some fairly complicated approach shots if you don’t leave yourself in good shape off the tee. Course knowledge is a plus (the carts are handy as they display the holes, with distance and even have a “fly over” feature), I didn’t bother to check out the layout of the fairway on #2 and was hurt by thinking the fairway would open up in an area it doesn’t.
Shot placement really matters on some of the holes as greens can be quite protected by mature trees if assaulted from the wrong angle. The course only plays 6298 from the blues, but it feels considerably longer than that due to the judicious use of doglegs to control distance off the tee. I don’t often hit a driver, but I’m not sure (even if I were more inclined to do so) that I’d hit many on this course. It does lengthen out to a healthy 6855 from the tips; however, there is plenty of challenge from the blues. Even the 5894 whites are not a pitch and putt because the course is so well crafted.
The greens at Cherokee are worth mentioning as well. They were healing from a good sanding (the rain probably helped me there, actually), but I thought they were still rolling well. There is quite a bit of contour and flow to them though, and I found myself quite capable of misreading a putt here and there. Do take your time and read them carefully before your putts, of you could give a few strokes back that you shouldn’t.
Again, this is the kind of course you can play just to enjoy the views. Playing up, down and around a hill on the property there is no shortage of photo op moments if you want to make your buddies back home envious of your round. A couple of the greens are protected by rock outcroppings as well with #6 being an absolute beauty of a hole from tee to green (ruining my recently conceived notion that #5 was my favorite hole on the course).
I rode today, mostly because of the recent rains and the wetness of the course; however, with the elevation change it might not be a bad idea in general. Not that it can’t be walked (and, in fact, I would if the weather leading up to my round was a little better), but there is enough of a hike that it’s worth mentioning.
The staff was friendly and accommodating in the pro shop. Usually I exchange at least a few words with the grounds crews of the courses I play; however, that Cherokee Hills they were far too busy restoring the course from the storm for me to interrupt their work.
Overall I had a great time at Cherokee Hills and would certainly come back again.
Good Resort Course
A challenging course offers water hazards as well as bunkers. Several dog legs and contours. Many sloped greens test your putting skills. Cherokee Casino bought this mature course formerly called Spunkey Creek, some alterations and improvements were made.