The long-awaited opening of Westbury Country Club this spring will mark the coming of age for the popular west Oklahoma City residential development of the same name.
Westbury a project of Crow Development, a subsidiary of the Dallas based Trammell Crow Co. was started about 10 years ago.
The development was the answer for people who wanted the quiet elegance of suburban, golf club living with convenience to Oklahoma City. Located 15 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City at Morgan Road and Interstate 40, Westbury was set apart from other residential areas by vast expanses of undeveloped land and its own 196-acre golf course.
The opening of a new clubhouse will transform Westbury Golf Club into Westbury Country Club, the first new country club to be built in the Oklahoma City metro area in several years.
The 19,640 square feet of club facilities include the clubhouse, a cabana, a swimming pool and tennis courts.
"We're real excited about getting the clubhouse open. We feel like this is one of the things that will help the whole area," said Tom Walker, senior vice president of Crow Development. "The clubhouse is a large investment in west Oklahoma City and in Westbury."
Walker said Westbury Country Club will be a "family type" country club tailored to meet the tastes and preferences of the Westbury community.
"We wanted to make it a really neat place for families," Walker said.
The club is accented throughout with light oak woodwork, brass fixtures and the rich colors of wine, deep green and gray. Also featured are men's and women's locker-lounge areas, a pro shop, a dining area and a lounge.
Meals may be served inside or outside on a patio enhanced by brass fans and plants. The dining room and covered patio overlook the 18-hole golf course.
Light meals will also be served at the smaller cabana, which features covered patio areas on the swimming and golfing sides, Walker said.
Walker said the country club was designed by the Benham Group, an Oklahoma City architectural firm. The builder was Bill Fields, an award-winning builder, a past president of the Oklahoma City Homebuilders Association and a representative of the National Homebuilders Association.
The trim work inside the faciltity was done by Tom Hoch, an Edmond resident who is nationally known for his cabinetwork, woodwork and clubhouse furnishings designs. Hoch also did the trim work for Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond and the remodeling of Quail Creek Country Club.
Walker said the kitchen facilities in the clubhouse and in the cabana were designed by the Trammell Crow group in Dallas in conjunction with their kitchen consultant firm. Kitchens designed by the group include those at the World Trade Center and the Anatole and Wyndham hotels.
"We've paid strong attention to being able to expand the clubhouse as our membership grows and still make it light and airy with a lot of volume in the ceilings," Walker said.
The golf course, opened in 1974, has been operated as a public golf course, allowing both members and non-members to play the course.
With the opening of the clubhouse, the club will become a private country club.
Jim Mallory, membership manager of Westbury Country Club, said tentative plans are to offer several different types of memberships, including full privilege, which will include use of all club facilities; social, which will include use of all but golfing facilities, and house, which will be a dining only membership.
Steve Baker, Westbury's golf pro for more than five years, said the par-72 golf course is a challenging course divided by a meandering tree-lined creek. Following the natural layout of the land, the narrow fairways twist through 196 acres.
"Our greens are the thing people comment on most when they play the course for the first time," Baker said. "The greens are our strong point. They are well-manicured and are excellent putting surfaces very smooth and true."
About 6,300 yards in length, the course can be stretched to 6,800 yards, he said. BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 222093