When the greatest senior golfers in the world gather in two weeks for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla., they will be testing their game on one of Pete Dye’s best courses, thanks to the recent renovation work by Tripp Davis and Associates.
“The golf course at Oak Tree National went through a variety of design changes over the years since Pete first designed it,” Davis said. “We were brought in to regain the best of its original Pete Dye character and we think the pros will be very pleased with the final outcome.”
Davis and his team worked to return the features of the course to its original form, adding a few enhancements for the modern game. All tees and bunkers were rebuilt and strategically restored.
“The greens and greens surrounds were what made Oak Tree so strategic and we like what we recaptured,” said Davis, who credits Scott Verplank, Bob Tway, Willie Wood, club owner Everett Dobson and project shaper Bill “Hollywood” Willingham as part of the team who provided ongoing input on changes throughout the course. “It can still be the toughest course in the country, but it is very strategic and option oriented."
The 2014 U.S. Senior Open will be the second USGA Championship to be played at Oak Tree National. The club previously hosted the 1984 U.S. Amateur, the 1988 PGA Championship, the 2000 Club Pro Championship and the 2006 Senior PGA Championship.