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John Conrad Golf Course grand reopening celebration is Friday

Midwest City is hosting a grand reopening celebration for John Conrad Regional Golf Course at 7 a.m. on Friday. Photo provided

On Friday, July 22, City officials are inviting the public to help them celebrate the reopening of Midwest City’s most popular recreational facility, John Conrad Regional Golf Course.

To take advantage of the cool early morning hours, the event will begin at 7 a.m. with an open house at the course clubhouse located at 711 S. Douglas Blvd. A special ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 7:30 a.m. on the course driving range.

Originally built in 1971, John Conrad Regional Golf Course was closed for its first major reconstruction in March 2021. The goal of this first phase project was to replace equipment and provide a redesigned course with more open fairways and more challenging greens. Since reopening to the public on July 9, 2,273 rounds have been played.

“The course has really been turned upside down,” said Larry Denney, Director of Golf at John Conrad. “The feedback from the players has been amazing. We took a course that felt very tight and closed in and we’ve turned it into a whole new experience for our golfers.”

Though the layout is still generally recognizable to the regular players of John Conrad, the first thing
most of them notice is that the course has been flipped. Holes 1-9 are now on the north side of the
course, holes 10-18 on the south. Golfers have also commented on how the sight lines and the
approaches to the greens have improved. Reviews have been very positive about the openness of the fairways, the condition of the greens, the expansion of the driving range and the new cart fleet.

“We’re ready for our residents and visitors to come take on the new challenges that John Conrad provides them,” said Midwest City Manager, Tim Lyon. “Having seen the designs and watched this
project through construction, I feel like we’ve delivered on our promises to the community. We’ve given our residents even more to love about their city.”

The renovation of John Conrad Regional Golf Course was approved by Midwest City voters and funded by the 2018 Moving Forward General Obligation Bond Program. The total project cost was $5.1 million. Construction cost was $4 million. Program management was provided by ADG. The course design was completed by Heckenkemper Golf and PDG (Planning Design Group). Course construction was handled by United Golf.

There is currently no timeline for the second phase of construction that would include renovation of the John Conrad Regional Golf Course clubhouse.

 

The next project expected to open under the 2018 Moving Forward G.O. Bond Program is W.P. Bill
Atkinson Park. A grand opening celebration is currently scheduled for Oct. 1. Other G.O. Bond programs that are in process include the second phase of construction at the Midwest City MAC and the Police/Fire Training Center.

 

More information about these projects can be found at MidwestCityOK.org.

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