A touch of class pervaded the air March 15 and 16 as Oklahoma City's newest country club opened with lavish parties for charter members and their guests.
Nearly 500 people attended the two opening parties at Westbury Country Club, south of Interstate 40 and Morgan Road.
"Friday night's party was a tremendous success, and Saturday night surpassed Friday night," Jim Mallory, club manager, said. "We wanted to do something special for our members who have been so supportive while waiting for the club to open. We wouldn't be here if it hadn't been for their support."
And something special it was.
Members and guests were greeted at the door by six tuxedoed attendants who offered valet parking service. Once inside the club, people were welcomed into the elegant surroundings by club personnel and invited to partake of the five different buffets prepared by the club chefs.
The buffets included a wine and cheese selection in the lobby featuring cheeses and assorted fruits and a majestic eagle ice sculpture; the main buffet in the dining room featuring a three-foot high shrimp tree, whole baked salmon, crab claws, scallops, stuffed mushroom caps, seafood coquille and three angel fish ice sculptures and an American buffet in the club's lounge offered carved beef, chicken strips, egg rolls, assorted vegetables and dip and a steer's head ice sculpture.
Two more buffets were found on the large patio overlooking Westbury Golf Course: A barbecue buffet offering baby back ribs and a Mexican buffet with all the makings for miniature tacos, an ice sculpture of a Mexican in his sombrero and numerous pinatas.
When members left, they were served cherries jubilee while waiting for their cars.
"This is just beautiful," said Carlene Boatmun of Mustang. "We've needed something like this for so long. Until now you either had to go to Oklahoma City or to Moore to find a country club. This is going to be a great boon to Mustang. The food is great. I'm really impressed with it."
"We've looked forward to this forever," said Jan Dungan, who has lived in Westbury since 1980. "We (the golf club) lived in a little shack for so long, and this is super. They really went first class on the club facilities."
New to Westbury are Bill and Jane Powers, who moved to the area from Fort Worth about four months ago. While in Texas, the Powers were members of Rolling Hills Country Club in Arlington.
Since moving here, they have become avid supporters of Westbury and were enthusiastic about the opening of the club facilities.
"We think the club is great," Bill said.
Westbury Country Club is managed by Club Corporation of America, a firm with more than 150 country and city clubs nationwide. Mallory said many times CCA management is brought in after a club is in operation.
"It's exciting for us to be involved in the birth of a new country club. It is the beginning of a new era for Westbury," Mallory said.
Because of CCA management, members of Westbury Country Club are provided with the advantage of associate club usage at other clubs under CCA management. That includes Indian Springs Country Club in Tulsa as well as three country clubs, four city clubs and two athletic clubs in Dallas.
Membership to Westbury Country Club is by invitation only, Mallory said. In the three weeks club memberships have been for sale, more than 360 have been sold. The club's goal is to reach 500 by the end of May.
In addition to golf, the club offers tennis, swimming and full dining facilities, beginning with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends.
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