GAILLARDIA COUNTRY CLUB

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GAILLARDIA COUNTRY CLUB

Gaillardia, the state of Oklahoma’s official wildflower, is named after Gaylord de Marentonneau, a French botanist from whom the Gaylord family are direct descendants.

In the mid-1990s, Edward L. Gaylord, former owner of the Oklahoma Publishing Company, selected a parcel of his family’s farm land to transform into a grand, Old World style clubhouse, golf course and community that would rival any in the Midwest. The Gaillardia development includes more than 250 acres of golf course, 240 acres of residential homes and 66 acres of perimeter business and commercial property.

Award-winning course architect Arthur Hills designed Gaillardia’s golf course. His natural approach, along with his reputation for being environmentally friendly and his unwavering commitment to excellence, all contributed to his selection for Gaillardia. The golf course opened in July, 1998.

The Gaylord Learning Center was constructed in 2003 to compliment the golf course amenities by allowing indoor golf instruction and short game practice areas. Gaillardia has garnered recognition from numerous publications including GolfWeek and Links magazine who named Gaillardia one of the Top 100 Best Residential Golf Communities in the U.S.

In 1997, ground was broken for the 55,000-square-foot French-Normandy style clubhouse. The three-story majestic clubhouse was designed by the renowned William Zmitowski Associates and opened in 1999. Soon Gaillardia was recognized as one of the top 100 clubhouses in the world. Despite the formal setting, Gaillardia features amenities for every walk of life. The clubhouse is home to both casual as well as formal dining rooms.

Elegant and spacious banquet facilities are the setting for hundreds of weddings, business meetings and other special events each year.

In 2001 and 2002 Gaillardia hosted the Senior Tour Championship. The season-ending competition was a gathering of the finest players on the Champions Tour formerly known as Senior Tour. Bob Gilder was the victor in 2001, with Tom Watson joining him in the winners’ circle in 2002.

In 2003 Phil Harrington from Harrington, Inc. based in Little Rock, Arkansas bought Gaillardia Country Club from the Gaylord Family and operated it until 2013.

In 2014 Concert Golf Partners based in California and owners of country clubs across the US acquired Gaillardia Country Club from Harrington, Inc.

Concert Golf Partners are a well capitalized owner-operator of country clubs, golf properties, and a buyer of loans secured by golf properties nationwide. As an all cash buyer of country clubs, Concert Golf Partners do not use debt to finance these investments because they believe top-notch golf clubs benefit from the stability and certainty that comes from long term debt-free ownership.

This philosophy allows Concert Golf Partners to re-invest in the country clubs and keep dues for current members at affordable rates, while at the same time attracting new members and building a vibrant community. Concert Golf Partners have the expertise from owning and operating over 100 golf properties across the US since 1990. Concert Golf Partners are committed to attracting the very best employees, providing a superior customer experience, and continuously investing in capital improvements along the way.

With all of this in mind 2015 is going to be the best year ever for Gaillardia Country Club and its members, guests, and friends. All of the renovations are finally coming to an end. Many of these new changes will elevate and enhance the Gaillardia Country Club experience to a new higher level than ever before” said Chris Watkins, General Manager.

For example, the new Gaylord Learning Center updates will include an interactive golf learning instructional software package that is going to be the first country club in the nation to offer this advanced technology. Flightscope X2, Trackman Launch Monitor, and Trackman Pro are far and away the leading instructional equipment in the golf industry and Gaillardia is proud to be the first certified facility in Oklahoma to offer its members the use of Trackman.

The Gaillardia Fitness Center has also been upgraded with certain new health equipment from the health industry that will make it known as one of the top health facilities in the state.

The Dining Room, Member Lounge Area and 19th Hole Lounge renovations are complete and will provide everyone with a different, friendly, and much improved use of these spaces.

In addition to the facility updates, Chris Watkins, General Manager and his staff are excited to announce many of the new services.

“Consistent quality, friendly hospitality, offering a variety of recreational sports facilities, and the very finest accommodations for host-catered events is our focus at Gaillardia Country Club,” says Watkins.

In 2013, there were approximately 11,600 county clubs in the United States.

At Gaillardia Country Club we offer something for everyone, golf, tennis, swimming, health and fitness, security, social events, etc.

Gaillardia programs include Culinary Kids Classes, Father-Daughter Dances, Family Fishing Derby, Wine Tour of the World Tasting events, holiday brunches, men’s golf development programs, men and lady golf clinics, tournaments, new and improved junior golf clinics, nutrition and exercise classes, Lady Spa Days, etc. These are just a few of the many events and programs planned annually for Gaillardia Country Club.

Starting in April the new 19th Hole Lounge will be scheduling live music every Friday evening for the members, guests, and friends to enjoy.

Please visit www.gaillardia.com and you will see for yourself the many new changes and membership benefits of Gaillardia Country club and how Concert Golf Partners have plans to make it one of the top country clubs in the US.

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