Golf Club to Open in Port of Catoosa

The Patriot Golf Club is scheduled to open later this year and if the breathtaking visuals are any indication, this course, which is situated on a bluff northwest of the Port of Catoosa, will be a stunner.
The 7,191-yard, par 72 course features four distinctive geographies, offering players an upland prairie with predictably windy conditions, lowlands where water comes into play, canyon holes where an errant shot off the tee forces players to lay up short for a shot over the stone canyon and a forested parkland.
“A golfer will play the course and not be concerned with how they played because it was such a great experience,” said David Bryan II, golf director and PGA professional. Bryan, at Southern Hills 12 years as PGA professional and assistant director, has been working on a part-time basis the last four months.
“The course is so peaceful and offers a lot of scenic beauty,” he said.
This Robert Trent Jones II-designed private course is still a work in progress but already is a feast for the eyes. Yet, the course will be relentless test of swing and stamina.
With views stretching for 30 miles and jagged limestone cliffs that reach more than 140 feet, the course meanders through tree-lined canyons and native grassland.
Touring the $10 million Patriot Golf Club in February makes it hard to picture how the private course will be ready in six months, but Bryan is confident. Landscapes Unlimited, based in Lincoln, Neb., a premier golf course construction company that has built courses for three decades, is more than capable to pull off the feat, he said. Led by Bill Kubly, the company has brought in several tons of topsoil for the 100-acre course, laid more than 70 acres of zoysia sod, plus an additional 30 acres of seeding on the perimeter of the sodding (which will be the native areas), and worked the stony plateau into shape.
Each hole will be named after an American patriot.
Stone Canyon
Stone Canyon development sits to the north of the golf course and features plans for an elementary school and shopping area. The school will be ready this summer, while the shopping center is on a longer timetable.
The Owasso Land Trust, a locally-owned real estate investment company, took on the role of developing Stone Canyon, a 3,000-acre slice of property that ranges from prairie to thick wooded forests, to rocky bluffs that overlook the river valley and, in the haze, downtown.
The development team includes David Charney, Pete Kourtis and Greg Simmons, who have jointly developed thousands of residential home sites.
The three will be the prime builders, but other builders are not excluded.
Jones made it a point to be as natural as possible with the land he was using. Thus, there are no man-made water features on the course, but in the development, near the elementary school there is a 100-acre lake and a park which includes a spiral-shaped hill and a four-mile riding trail for horses.
Lots will be two-thirds of an acre to a full acre.
Dan Rooney and Bryan manage the Patriot. Together, developers, architect, builder and management will produce a world-class facility, Bryan said.
There are 290 homes planned, but the homes will not come into play as careful planning keeps them well away or above fairways.
Lot prices start at $150,000.
The location for the private course is distinctive. Although the public Cherokee Hills is four miles to the south, the nearest private course is 15 miles away . The Tulsa Country Club just west of downtown along Edison Street.
“It could not be in a better area,” Bryan said.
The initiation fee for the club is $25,000.
“Our goal is to have 300 members,” Bryan said.
Owasso Booming
The location for Stone Canyon and the Patriot could not be better, Bryan said.
Owasso has been booming throughout the first decade of the 21st century. Even in the most recent reporting period, Owasso’s sale tax growth topped the Tulsa metro. Sitting between U.S. 169 and U.S. 75, Owasso has taken advantage of improved transportation, enjoyed the benefits of expansion at Tulsa International Airport and the Cherokee Industrial Complex. The 35,000 population has a projected annual growth of 5 percent. Housing permits mushroomed from about 40 permits 10 years ago to more than 600 through 2006.
The development is in the Owasso School district, which is in the top 10 percent of schools in the student test scores. The district is building a 95,000-SF, $15 million elementary school, which is set to open Aug. 20, said Superintendent Clark Ogilvie. The district’s eighth school, to be named Stone Canyon Elementary, will house the entire pre-four-year old program, plus grades K-5.
The number of the lots in the Stone Canyon development is planned to be more than 1,000, offering the potential for students in the area. To make the school blend with the development, the building will have a stacked rock appearance similar to the homes.
The opening-day population is expected to be 450 students, Ogilvie said.
“We are starting out small intentionally and plan to grow into the building,” he said.
Maximum capacity is 700 students.
Perfect Timing
Despite the uncertainty from the national economic picture, which throws a few shadows on the development, the booming area as a catalyst remains a perfect fit, Bryan said.
Bryan and the founders expect Stone Canyon and the Patriot to elevate the community to a position that the careful planning and leadership over the past two decades warrants.
“You hate to have to go through this time when you’re trying to open a new facility,” Bryan said. “But, I tell people that Southern Hills opened during the Great Depression, and it turned out OK.”
Bryan sees an opportunity to capitalize on the facility.
“It is a time to have a competitive product,” he said. “That is why I was so interested — it is a great foundation. A great golf course. A great piece of property and to get this all accomplished will be a terrific story.” ?′

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