Club History

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club is an established and vital part of the Quail Creek community and the northwest section of Oklahoma City.

The Club is situated on 158 acres with 125 acres devoted to the golf course. The vision of Quail Creek Golf and Country Club was that of the developer, John W. Johnston. Quail Creek was designed and organized to provide the ultimate in club facilities and services. The plans for Quail Creek Golf and Country Club began in 1960 and the golf course and clubhouse design and construction followed in 1961-1962.

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club has played host to many prestigious events in the past that include: the Oklahoma City Open 1962 to 1968 (won by Arnold Palmer in 1964 and Tony Lema in 1966), the Southwestern Bell Golf Classic from 1987 to 1990 and the Heartland Pro-Am (benefiting the Children's Daycare Center that Overview was devastated in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building) in 1995. The course was recognized in 1965 by Sports Illustrated magazine as having the "Best 17th Hole in America". In November 1999, a total course renovation was completed providing the membership a beautiful, distinctive and challenging golf environment.

It all began as a dream in the mind of developer, John W. Johnston, who envisioned turning pasture land into an exclusive residential area and a posh club. Quail Creek became more of a possible reality when a steering committee of businessmen headed by elected Chairman, Boston Smith, met on May, 6 1960. After much research the site the committee selected for the club was a 158 acre section of farmland which was a familiar landmark to Oklahoma Cityans, having been the country home of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Browne, a well-known civic leader. The committee agreed that four hundred members had to be signed in order to assure that the club could be built and plans began to unfold.

The contract to begin construction of the Club was awarded to Acme Construction Company and ground was officially broken on November 30, 1960. Oklahoma City Architects, Howard, Samis and Davies were commissioned to design a 40,000 square foot building at an estimated cost of $860,000. They came forward with a magnificent building built with more than 2000 tons of creamy beige, natural limestone rock, called Silverdale Stone brought from Silverdale, Kansas. The architects not only took advantage of nature's building materials and colors, but used large areas of glass to create the feeling of bringing the outdoors into the heart of the building.

As the Club finally approached completion and the gala opening was set for December 16, 1961, Mr. Boston Smith was serving as the first President of the Board of Directors; Mr. Jerry Caldwell was the Club's first manager; Mr. Victor Chevalier, Chef; Mr. Ernie Vossler, Golf Pro; and Mr. Ken Hubble, Grounds and Greens Superintendent. Quail Creek's beautiful 18-hole golf course was designed and contrasted by Floyd Farley and our olympic-size pool was designed and constructed by Paddock Pools, Inc.

Since 1960, Quail Creek Golf and Country Club has grown and gone through many changes. We have expanded, remodeled, repaired, redesigned, replaced and updated. The structural changes are evident. Others were brought about in order to provide the most modern, up-to-date equipment and improvements available.

When we stop and think back to where we were in 1960 - merely a dream and a section of farm land - and where we are today, we have much in which we can take pride. Our gradual growth requires that we keep pace with the present while preserving the past, which is an ideal transition, from one of the better Clubs - to the Best.