Quartet of Heckenkemper Course Rated Best You Can Play

A quartet of golf courses designed by Tulsa-based architect Randy Heckenkemper were lauded among the top in their respective states in Golf Magazine’s recently released list of "Best Courses You Can Play" for 2010.

Heckenkemper’s creation at Stonebridge Meadows Golf Club in Fayetteville was named top public course in Arkansas and his designs of Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club in Kingston and Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow garnered the No. 3 and 5 spots in Oklahoma. Heckenkemper’s total renovation of the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona was listed as 16th best public course in the golf-crazy Grand Canyon State.

“It is always exciting to see that people are enjoying the courses we design,” Heckenkemper said. “Accolades from the industry are very satisfying, and it means we are doing right by the golfer, the individual project and – most importantly – the land.”

Heckenkemper (heckgolf.com) is well-known for his innovative designs, attention to detail and environmental sensitivity and his unique hands-on approach and responsiveness to clients and players. He has designed or remodeled more than 40 private, resort and municipal golf facilities – many of which are considered among the best golf courses in the United States.
 
Opened in 1997 Stonebridge Meadows was quickly recognized as one of the best golf facilities in Arkansas, ranking as “Best Place to Play” by Golf Digest via a 4½-star rating. The par-72 golf course plays to 7,150 yards from its back set of five tees and Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens, and Heckenkemper’s layout blends a set of playable golf holes set atop rolling and varied terrain. Stonebridge Meadows has hosted the Arkansas State Golf Association men’s and women’s match play and senior men’s stroke play championships and is one of 13 courses on The Natural State Golf Trail.

Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club on Lake Texoma opened October 1999. Heckenkemper’s 7,085-yard par-72 championship layout has rolling hills, picturesque lake views and exquisitely manicured Bermudagrass fairways. The course – ranked as the 16th best golf course in America for under a $50 green fee by Golf magazine – will unveil new Champion Ultra Dwarf greens on Oct. 1 as part of its 11th anniversary celebration. The course offers four sets of tees that give golfers of all skill levels an enjoyable time.
 
Since its opening in 1989, Forest Ridge GC has garnered rave reviews from magazines, websites and players alike. Forest Ridge was the Tulsa area’s first upscale, public golf club, and, in 1990, the course pioneered the use of cool-region grasses planted throughout the fairways of the course that gave it the ability to offer an extended playing season. Forest Ridge – under the watchful eye of Heckenkemper – is currently undergoing a total greens replacement and will reopen in December.

The TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course offers the ideal desert golf experience. Built on the former site of TPC Scottsdale’s Desert Course, the layout was completely revamped by Heckenkemper in 2007 and flows seamlessly within the naturally rugged terrain, meandering between natural ravines and through picturesque foothills.  The Champions Course was crafted to balance strategy with design, so as not to favor any one type of play. Each hole can be played a multitude of ways – providing golfers of all skill levels with a challenging experience that can be significantly different each time they play. A quartet of challenging finishing holes adds an acclaimed ending stretch and an increased pulse rate. 

The Champions Course has been selected by the PGA Tour as the permanent host of the final stage of the Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament in even-numbered years, alternating with an East Coast venue.

 

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