Getting To Know: The Oakcreek Country Club
An Insightful Interview With Micah Filice, Assistant Golf Professional
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Micah Filice who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
The Oakcreek Country Club is Sedona, Arizona's original golf course. Founded in 1968, this stunning Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr. collaboration offers a golf experience unique to the state. Play a championship-level layout under the cool shade of mature pine trees all while enjoying continuous up-close views of Sedona's red rock formations. On-site amenities include a double-sided practice range, the area's most well-stocked golf shop, a full-service restaurant, and large banquet facilities. As a semi-private club, there are also numerous membership options.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Great golf intertwined with great views! Oakcreek Country Club offers the most fair and well-maintained course layout of any Sedona-area golf course. There are no gimmick holes at OCC! We currently have the best greens the area has to offer. Our semi-private status allows us to continue to fund course-improvement projects and keep our course very green throughout hotter times of the year. Our pricing for guests is always extremely competitive and we offer discounts to guests staying at local resorts.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The course is traditionally-routed through trees, and almost every hole doglegs one direction or the other. The ability to shape the ball off the tee to both the right and left is a valuable skill for success at Oakcreek. Out-of-bounds areas are found on the left side of every hole--so watch out for the dreaded duck-hook! On the greens, watch out for the "Valley Effect"--every green slopes to the south.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
The Oakcreek Country Club is known as "The Home of the Sedona Open". The Sedona Open is a major professional tournament held every July and hosted by the PGA Southwest Section. This tournament draws over 100 players and many spectators and showcases the challenging layout and great playing conditions Oakcreek is known for.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Our signature hole is Hole #4, a mid-length par-3. From an elevated tee box, you look upon a green that has been nestled against a red rock canyon wall. This hole may be one of the most photographed holes in the country, and for good reason.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My personal favorite hole is Hole #9. This hole is the most-difficult on the scorecard. One reason for that is the length, long for a par-4, measuring 450 yards. A nasty fairway bunker guards the left hand side, and a thick row of cypress trees borders the right. A tee ball hit too straight may find its way into a lake that runs from the 150-yard marker all the way past the green. This water feature juts out near the green, and will catch any shot landing short-right. To succeed on this hole, think about hitting a 3 wood down the center of the fairway and be prepared to play a wood or long iron toward the left of the green. A second shot landing short-left will bounce up and roll to the center of the green, offering a chance at a two-putt par.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
In our on-site restaurant, Redstone Grill/Bar/Patio, the signature dish is the Pesto Marinated Chicken Sandwich, featuring savory chicken breast, grilled tomatoes, carmelized onions and Montoro cheese on a fresh-baked Kaiser bun. Wash it down with an Alaskan Stout poured ice cold from the draught.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
The course record is shared by Jerry Norquist (2005) and Charlie Beljan (2010), both shooting 62 (-10). Both of these scores were posted in tournament rounds of the Sedona Open. Beljan shot 27 on the front-nine enroute to his record score, and now plays on the PGA Tour.
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The Oakcreek Country Club
690 Bell Rock Blvd
Sedona, Arizona, 86351
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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