On May 16th, 2013, with the re-opening of the Heritage Nine, the Golf Course Renovation project at Shangri-La is complete. What started out as a much needed facelift, turned into a total reconstruction of the entire facility. Following a three year renovation project, the Old Blue Course at Shangri-La is back with dramatic changes and the Heritage Nine is played as the front nine of the Old Blue. Tom Clark’s redux of the Old Blue has transformed it into a modern classic.
Countless hours and endless sweat have been spent to ensure an environment for premier conditions on what proves to be one of the best tests of golf in the four-state region. Although the classic Don Sechrest layout is still intact, the addition of fluid movement to the fairways, additional distinctive white sand bunkers, brilliant water features and diverse, pristine putting surfaces will present a modern contrast that has made Shangri-La the golf destination of the region. The layout and features of the Heritage Nine provide the perfect complement to the magnificent lake views visible from all points on the golf course. With five sets of tees, the golf course will be set up daily to offer all levels of golfers a challenge that suits their game.
The Layout: In renovating the golf course at Shangri-La, special attention was paid to providing the player with a new experience with every shot. At Shangri-La, unlike many golf courses, a diverse layout is evident as you manage your way through the course. Every hole presents a uniquely beautiful picture. Integrating Grand Lake into the design, 14 holes utilize numerous creeks and ponds strategically placed to offer the golfer choices from shot to shot whether to be aggressive or play it safe. The golfer will experience holes that shape to the right and others that shape left. They will have opportunities to approach elevated greens and also ones that are below the fairway. Enjoying a unique round of golf is assured.
The Bunkers: The 79 spectacular white sand bunkers throughout the golf course add a stark contrast to the plush green fairways and defined roughs. Great care is taken to guarantee that every bunker has consistent feel and playability. Regular shaping and prominent edging create intimidating bunker faces and challenging greenside shots. Crushed White Quartz Sand, the same used at Augusta National, was used to create dramatic framing at the greens complexes and in landing areas.
The Greens Complexes: In rebuilding the greens complexes at Shangri-La, the goal was to stay true to the original design by providing the most diverse putting surfaces possible. Although the extreme slopes of the old greens are gone, new and more exciting features have taken their place. A perfect balance of classic green styles and modern approaches has been struck to provide the golfer with a unique putting experience on each hole. No green design is the same as another. In reproducing versions of such classic greens as the Redan, Biarritz, Spine and Punchbowl; the Shangri-La complexes aren’t pure replicas, such as we find today at novelty courses like Tour 18 in Houston and Royal Links in Las Vegas. Instead, Mr. Clark seized on a concept and adapted it to the varying conditions and topographies found in Northeast Oklahoma. And they fit perfectly. Golfers will come away from their round with an experience unmatched at any other facility.
Tee Complexes: In an era where golf courses are getting longer and longer, some neglect the needs of their players. At Shangri-La, we have every level of golfer in mind. The tee complexes are strategically placed enabling every golfer the opportunity to play the course at a length providing them the challenge they desire.
We certainly hope you enjoy the changes to the course and hope to see you soon on the tee at Shangri-La!!!