The word that comes to mind when describing Southern Hills is grand. The entrance drive, the clubhouse, the course, and the history are all superb.
We experienced this grandeur first hand in June when we sat down with Director of Golf, Cary Cozby, to learn a little more about the clubs’ inner workings, its history, and its preparation for the 2022 PGA Championship.
Living up to its name, the property has just the right amount of elevation. These hills are more than gently rolling, but manageable if you feel inclined to walk 18. The sprawling carnation-hued stucco clubhouse sits on the highest point of the property, providing expansive views of the entire 326 acres.
One of the most memorable shots of the day is on the first hole. The tee box is just steps from the golf shop, and the aiming point is downtown Tulsa to a downhill slight dogleg left par four. It’s a thorough opener and a microcosm of what’s to come.
During our visit, Cary gave us an in-depth look into the ambitious Gil Hanse renovation and restoration of Southern Hills. Hanse completed the project in 2019 and revitalized several original Perry Maxwell features including updated bunkering and green complexes. The course weaves in and out of mature oak trees that are meticulously placed throughout the routing. The renovation included a substantial tree removal project that really opened up the course, giving the player better views of the adjoining holes.
Inside the clubhouse, Southern Hills’ championship pedigree is on full display in History Hall. Vintage relics and trophies from eight major championships (four PGA Championships, one Senior PGA Championship, and three U.S. Open Championships) line the walls. One could spend hours traversing the hall to take it all in.
It was easy to see what sets this special place apart during the brief time we spent on site. From the daily operations to the long-term vision, Cary is running a top-tier club with top-notch service. We’re honored to be partners and excited about the future of this one-of-a-kind property in the Sooner State.