Southern Hills Country Club

When the PGA Championship came to Tulsa in 2007, Howell & Vancuren ensured this historic golf course was ready for primetime.

Created site design, planting, and irrigation design for renovation before PGA Championship.

Southern Hills Country Club has been a fixture in the Tulsa community since before World War II. This iconic golf course is recognized among the top 100 courses in the world and has hosted 15 Major Championships since 1946. One of those majors was the 2007 PGA Championship. Southern Hills spent $20 million in total renovation costs and hired Howell & Vancuren to overhaul 15-acres adjacent to the clubhouse in preparation for this celebrated tournament.

The original construction plans called for a massive retaining wall to be built around a pond. By revising the entry drive alignment and parking lot layout and grading, this retaining wall was not required. The role of Howell & Vancuren was expanded during this project due to this kind of innovatitive thinking. 

Services included the site design, irrigation and planting design, outdoor dining terrace, member drop-off, and children's playground, and assisting with the redesign of vehicular access, parking, and relocation and grading of the first tee, turn house, and adjacent cart path. 

Today Howell & Vancuren still plays an active role in keeping Southern Hills beautiful, including a 2012 project to revise cart storage and staging, revise the walkway to the dining terrace and to reposition the first tee as part of another course renovation. 

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