A league is competing everyday at Oakway.
When I arrived at the clubhouse General Manager, Jamaal Was a blur of motion. He was greeting customers by name, working the register and preparing activities for the day’s league participants.
I rode with him in his cart as he prepared the course for closest to the pin and longest drive competitions. During our ride he related to me the volume of work he does each day to prepare for league activities.
Golf at Oakway is all about leagues and having fun. The course is short, a mere par 61, so it isn’t the most challenging track. However; it is a great place for players to come and enjoy a relaxed round and for more experienced players to bring their less experienced friends. It’s a stepping stone course, a place where players can begin to hone their game and have fun experience which help a player improve.
Oakway has a lot of measures in place to help make new and improving players feel comfortable. There are no tee times, simply show up. The wait time before you can begin your round will be short. Also, don’t worry about the dress code, a T-shirt and jeans will be just fine.
Oakway offers a seemingly never-ending list of ways for players to improve their game in a fun, no stress environment. From leagues, to discounts, to tournaments and much more, if you like to play golf regularly, or want to improve your game, there is a league for you at Oakway.
When I arrived at the course it was 7:00 am on a Friday and Jamaal was preparing the course for the “Old Goats” league which meets every Tuesday and Friday morning. That league is mostly comprised former teachers and other retirees. During their round there are several closest to the pin and longest drive challenges for which an “Old Goat” may garner recognition.
The “men’s league” meets every Tuesday anytime between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. In addition to the weekly meeting the Men’s League also sponsors “Major Tournaments.” On the Saturday of each PGA Major Tournament, Oakway hosts a stroke play tournament open to all comers complete with prizes and trophies. Entry fees for the tournament are actually lower than daily greens fees, so in addition to being a fun competition it’s also a good value.
On Wednesdays Oakway hosts a Men’s and Women’s “Senior Open” league. All players draw cards from a deck of playing cards and play with people who have the same number card as them (for example: if you drew a King, you play with everyone else who drew a King). Essentially, this gives the player the opportunity to get to know new people by playing with a random group each week.
After 2:00pm on Thursday Oakway hosts its “Wine and Nine.” They close the front nine to accommodate the players. Players’ sample wine while they play their round with a different mix of wines is featured each week.
During the summer Oakway helps to develop juniors by offering free lessons each Monday. There are four lesson sessions offered between 10:00-11:00 am, each of which runs for fifteen minutes. After the lesson participants may play a complimentary nine holes. The lessons are open to all players ages seven to seventeen.
On Monday Oakway hosts a “Working Women” league. Women are welcome to play their round anytime between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. After their round they input their scores which are tracked by the league and used to determine league standings and recognition.
The last league at Oakway is actually the first. The Thursday Ladies Club has been established nearly since the course began operations in its current form in 1947. The league is huge, with between sixty and one hundred members participating each week.
The great thing about each of these leagues is that they are a true partnership between the course and the leadership of the league. The league presidents take ownership in the course and take great pride in helping the course improve in all aspects of its operations.
Oakway also hosts five-dollar Fridays. On the first Friday of each month the price for nine holes is five-dollars for all players. On the second Friday of each month Oakway hosts a five-dollar Friday for students only.
Oakway has been around for a long time. It began its life as a regulation length course in the early part of the last century. In 1947, with real estate prices skyrocketing to meet the post-war demand for housing, the course was shortened and much of the land was sold to developers.
The course in its present state is all par 4’s and par 3’s. The holes run through mature trees planted in rows. Accuracy is at a premium, making your driver redundant. With so many par 3’s Oakway offers an excellent opportunity to work on your short game and dial in your irons.
If you’re looking for a course which will help you have fun and improve your game in a structured but low-key environment, Oakway can help you fill that need.