Originally known as Oak Tree Golf Club, the par-71 layout routinely has been ranked among the top 100 courses in the country. As recently five years ago, the Pete Dye-designed course was selected the third hardest golf course in the United States.
* Ernie Vossler and Joe Walser Jr. ask Pete Dye to build “a championship golf course with no compromise” on 640 acres in Edmond. The widely acclaimed course opened on May 1, 1976.
* In 1977, Oak Tree became the youngest course in the country that Golf Digest ranked among its top 100 courses in the nation.
* Hosted the 1980 PGA Cup matches (United States vs. Great Britain)
* In 1983 Oak Tree was selected one of the top 50 courses in the world.
* The 1988 PGA Championship was such a huge success that Oak Tree was awarded the 1994 event, the quickest return trip for any course, but Southern Hills in Tulsa was forced to substitute after Landmark, Inc., which owned Oak Tree, filed for bankruptcy in 1990.
* In 2002, Pete Dye redesigned the first nine greens.
* In 2008, Oklahoma businessman Ed Evans purchased Oak Tree, changed the name to Oak Tree National and commits $6 million to a renovation project that turned the course back to its original design.
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