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May 5, 2012

New greens installed at The Trails

NORMAN — Towering trees, lush fairways and scenic “Lowland River” landscaping offer an oasis for golfers and their families at The Trails Golf Club in Norman.

The 18-hole championship golf course designed by award-winning architect Leon Howard recently completed a major rebuilding of the front 9 greens, and club members tell PGA manager Jim Hess, they are pleased with the results.

“The new greens are terrific,” Hess said, “They are true contours.”

Golf course contractor Mike Chambers did the work, and he mobilized his workforce and completed the project in record time. He did the heavy work with smaller and lighter equipment. Workers were careful not to disrupt the turfgrass surrounding each green.

Hess, and his wife Kathy, and their partners Charlie and Darlene Bowline, bought the Trails Golf Club in 2003, and immediately set out to hire a superintendent to revive the course.

“I hired Chris Randolph from Oak Tree National,” Hess said. “In 60 days I knew I had hired a winner. He was excited to have the challenge, and he is still here.”

The new owners remodeled the 8,500 square foot clubhouse, and the men’s and women’s locker rooms. The clubhouse features a casual dining area with full-service restaurant and bar.

The scenic course measures 6,650 yards from the championship tees, but also offers alternative tee locations to test the skills of golfers of all abilities. Water hazards come into play on 12 of the 18 holes.

Extensive practice facilities, including a fully-equipped driving range with complimentary range balls, chipping area and large practice putting green are available to golfers.

The primary surface of the course is Bermuda combined with Bent Grass greens. Concrete cart paths run throughout the course.

“We are in the process of rebuilding membership now that the new greens are completed,” Hess said.

There are a variety of memberships ranging from family to seniors, and non-golfers.

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