7 fun facts about the Southern Hills restoration
The meticulously restored golf course — plus some additional new amenities — is slated to open June 1.
Designed by renowned golf course architect Perry Maxwell, the course at Southern Hills Country Club opened in 1936. The extensive work being done to the course now is rooted in restoring Maxwell’s original design.
Oilman Waite Phillips donated the land that became SHCC. Although initially skeptical, businessmen Bill Warren and Cecil Canary convinced Phillips there was enough interest in a country club to make the project salient.
SHCC has hosted three U.S. Opens and four PGA Championships, as well as two U.S. Amateur Championships, a U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. The club will host the 2021 PGA Senior Championship, which will bring the number of total major championships hosted to 16.
A new heritage
In August 2018, golf course contractor Heritage Links, under the watch of course architect Gil Hanse, began an extensive restoration of the course’s 18 holes and other golf facilities. Improvements include new U.S. Golf Association-spec’d greens, bunkers, tees, cart paths, drainage and a new irrigation system. A total of 70 acres of new sod was placed.
The new greens will feature an advanced hydronics system that heats and cools the subsurface of the greens, allowing SHCC to assist in controlling
growing conditions year-round. A new indoor golf performance facility will feature four driving bays, plus a golf simulator.
More to love
The restoration of the golf course is part of the $19 million first phase of the Facility Master Plan, which was announced three years ago. Extensive additions to the tennis facility also are included in Phase I.
Staying on course
Reinvesting in its facilities is crucial to SHCC in continuing and preserving its legacy. “We want to be recognized as one of the premier country clubs and golf courses in the world,” says Nick Sidorakis, general manager and chief operating officer. “We aspire to be the best of the best, in service of our membership.”