Getting To Know: Oakcreek Country Club
An Insightful Interview With Heather Risk, Head 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 Heather Risk 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
Arizona's Best Overall Golf Experience - Year Around, where guests are treated like members, and members are treated like guests. Open to the public, this 18 hole superbly manicured championship golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr. Host to the Sedona Open, Oakcreek Country Club is a delight to play for all levels of golfers with five sets of tees ranging from 4,419 to 6,824 yards. Come and enjoy the beauty of Sedona's red rocks and play an equally spectacular and entertaining golf course. Our professional staff is committed to exceptional service and to make your visit with us a pleasurable experience. If you are going to play golf in Sedona, don't miss playing Oakcreek Country Club.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Oakcreek Country Club, designed by the famous father and son team of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Jr., can truly be described as a work of art. The par 72, 18-hole championship golf course is nestled among the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona with views beyond compare and the golf course design a masterpiece.
Home to the Sedona Open in June each year, the golf course challenges the professional golfer, but is a delight to play for all levels of golfers. Immaculately maintained the course has five sets of tees and plays from 4,419 yards to 6824 yards. Oakcreek CC is a traditional layout similar to those that you may find in the midwestern United States. In the usual Trent Jones manner, the fairways are classic tree lined doglegs with fairway bunkers strategically placed in the landing areas and greens which are all slightly elevated and surrounded with large swirling greenside bunkers. Large practice range, putting green, and short game area are available. The Redstone Grill offers fine dining and a sports bar for after golf activities. Oakcreek Country Club offers full single and family memberships along with limited play Bell Rock memberships and special Twilight and Junior golfer memberships. To find out more or to join the Oakcreek Country Club family, please call the golf shop at 928-284-1660
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The golf course is a traditional layout similar to those that you may find in the mid-western United States. In the usual Trent Jones manner, the fairways are classic tree lined doglegs with fairway bunkers strategically placed in the landing areas, and the greens are all slightly elevated and surrounded with large swirling green side bunkers. The course is "player friendly", allowing plenty of room for error but always with an opportunity to recover and get errant shots back into play. The golf course consists of 145 acres, including three lakes. Water comes into play twice on the front nine between the #1 and #9 holes. On the back nine the water comes into play on holes #13, #15 and #16. Recent renovations to the golf course include brand new concrete cart paths and all the green side bunkers rebuilt under the watchful eyes of the Robert Trent Jones Jr. design firm.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Ranked 1st among the Ranking Arizona Public Golf Courses, 2016
Ranked 10th among the Top 25 Courses in Arizona by GolfAdvisor, 2014
Ranked 4th among the Top Courses of the Week by GolfAdvisor, September 2, 2015
Ranked 4th among the Arizona's Top 10 Hidden Golf Treasures by Colorado AvidGolfer, December 2, 2015
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Our Hole #13 is a majestic par three. The Sedona red rocks are so close you feel like you can touch them. Don't let the beautiful scenery fool you. This picturesque green is uphill all the way. Shots hit just on the green can roll all the way to the bottom of the hill. This hole is also a great setting for weddings.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Redstone is a bistro-style grill restaurant in Sedona, Arizona, located at the Oakcreek Country Club golf course. We provide indoor and outdoor dining that features a stunning view of some red rock cliffs.
With more than five years of experience, we regard food and dining as an art form. All our dishes are prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. Seasonal vegetables and fruits are served at ripe perfection. Meats are exquisitely prepared. Breads and buns are baked on the spot. For us, this is just the way wonderful meals are created. At Redstone, we don't simply cook meals, we serve happiness on plates.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Charlie Beljan, PGA Tour Professional. Score of 62 on 7/9/2010
Back Tee Stats
Oalcreek Country Club
255 W. Fort McDowell Camp
Verde, Arizona, 86322
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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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