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Golf lovers, here’s a tip: the Cherokee Hills Golf Club at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is waiting for you. It’s one of the unique golfing spots in Green Country, and once you get to know the course and its history, it’s easy to understand why. Cherokee Hills, as its name suggests, is a hilly course, offering beautiful views and challenging holes, as well as the stellar service that guests of the Hard Rock have come to expect.

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“In the Tulsa landscape, there are very few golf courses with the elevation we have here,” says Jeff Jarrett, golf operating general manager for Cherokee Nation Entertainment. Jarrett oversees the Cherokee Hills Golf Club. “You can see the Tulsa skyline. And the elevation changes throughout the golf course, which challenges golfers when they come out here. It’s not flat. It’s not surrounded by developments.”

Cherokee Hills Golf Club is more than a golfing location; it’s a historic landmark. Built in 1924, it was the first prominent golf course in the Tulsa area, designed by the legendary Perry Maxwell, renowned for his natural, challenging golf course layouts. Maxwell was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 in recognition of his contributions to the sport. (Maxwell designed Southern Hills Golf Course as well, in 1935.)

Like many historic landmarks built in the 1920s, Cherokee Hills fell into disrepair, in part due to the damaging impact resulting from the F4 tornado that came through the Tulsa area in 1993. “It had just fallen on hard times, like many golf courses do,” says Jarrett. In 2004, the Cherokee Nation/Hard Rock took over the golf course and brought in Tripp Davis, an NCAA All-American from the University of Oklahoma and well-known golf architect, to

April 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 4)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...

April 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 4)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...