Q&A with Jim Cowan
The Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City marks 40 years
Q: The Greens Country Club marks its 40th anniversary this weekend. Can you share some of its history?
A: The club was the vision of local developer Tom Morris. Its sprawling golf course was designed by golf architect Don Sechrest, who utilized the valleys surrounding the development. The club was eventually sold to Club Corp of America and, with this transaction, membership grew along with the clubhouse and tennis facilities. In 2005, a local partnership led by entrepreneur David Box bought the club.
Q: What are some highlights over the last four decades?
A: From 1987 to 2000, the IGA Women's Professional Tournament called The Greens home. Venus Williams won her first major here in 1998 and won it again in 1999. Along with six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts, we have three pools including an adults-only pool with cabanas and a poolside bar, a recently renovated driving range, par 3 practice facility, sand volleyball court and kids game zone. The Greens has hosted many charitable events and more than 1,000 wedding receptions, holiday parties and countless other special events.
Q: What does the future hold for The Greens?
A: We will continue to renovate and update our facilities. Capital spending will always be our biggest budget item. Constant innovation with our weekly events also will remain a priority, enabling us to create what we believe is unique fun.
PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER