Several public golf courses in Oklahoma City have been pushing for the right to serve higher-point beer and other harder alcoholic beverages to players on their courses. A new law that will allow the courses to make that change is set to take effect on October 1, but courses will need to be rezoned as a planned unit development to be able to upgrade what they can serve.
Several public golf courses in Oklahoma have been pushing for the right to serve harder drinks to players on their courses, reported KMTV News 9 of Oklahoma City. While customers can already drink beer as they play, the courses want to take their alcoholic beverage service up a notch, and that could soon be a reality, KMTV reported.
Four courses are on board with the plan, and only one Oklahoma City public golf course isn’t pushing for the change, KMTV reported.
The four courses advocating for change—Lincoln Park, Earlywine, Trosper and Lake Hefner—already offer low-point, 3.2 percent beer, KMTV reported.
“Traditionally at public golf courses we do have a serial malt beverage license, a low-point beer license,” Doug Kupper, Director of Parks and Recreation for Oklahoma City, told KMTV.
“What we’re trying to do is make sure we get geared up in anticipation of those laws changing on October 1st,” Kupper added.
That date is when new liquor laws in Oklahoma will go into effect, KMTV reported. Clubs that want to sell higher-point beer can get their new licenses now and will not have to get property rezoned, the station reported. But when it comes to hard liquor, it’s a different story.
In order to allow liquor sales in the same manner as a restaurant, the golf courses will need to be zoned as a planned unit development (PUD), KMTV reported. And getting that PUD zoning requires a few months to work through public meetings.
But while Kupper told KMTV there are still some issues to work out, he thinks the city courses that want to make a change should be ready to sell higher point beer and wine come October 1.
KMTV’s full report and interview with Kupper can be viewed at http://www.news9.com/story/38802353/oklahoma-golf-courses-prepare-for-new-liquor-law
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