Club members and fans of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and University of Oklahoma Sooners football rivalry showed up to watch the game in the newly revamped clubhouse, which was pared down to 9,000 sq. ft. from 20,000 sq. ft., featuring oak, red walls and stone accents.
Dozens of club members and an intermingling of Oklahoma State University Cowboys and University of Oklahoma Sooners fans came to watch the Bedlam series game in the newly revamped clubhouse at Muskogee (Okla.) Golf Club, the Muskogee Phoenix reported.
Christy Hall, a 10-year-member and Cowboys fan, was in awe of the new facility, which includes Maxwell’s Irish Pub. “It used to be kind of drab,” Hall said. “It was unattended.”
The last time the golf club experienced serious construction was in the ’70s, said Mike Ross, one of the owners. Mark Barrett, the consulting General Manager for the club, said the impetus for the renovation was to abolish the old club, the Phoenix reported.
“The whole thing about the club is it needed some new energy to make it more relevant to the new members,” Barrett said.
The building, consisting of more than 20,000 sq. ft., has been stripped down to about 9,000 sq. ft. of mostly oak wood, red walls and stone accents, Ross said. Barrett said because most of the members, 90 percent by his estimates, are OU and OSU fans, the rivalry game was the perfect time to show the members, the Phoenix reported.
“The clubhouse needs to fit how good the golf course is,” Barrett said. “And now, it just fits.”
Diane Walden, a member who lives on the golf course, briefly reminisced about the former country club. “I loved the old club. But it had to be redone,” Walden said.