Golf Course Overview
Located near FireLake Casino in south Shawnee, Oklahoma, the FireLake Golf Course is ranked among the top ten daily fee golf courses in the state. Lined with pecan trees and native grasses, the fairways are tight and challenging, demanding much accuracy from players. Noted for having water come into play on 15 of the 18 holes, the course is reputed for its demanding play and for breaking with the flat Oklahoma terrain. With meticulously manicured fairways and greens, FireLake Golf Course has received three and four-star reviews from Golf Digest.
Designed by noted architect Don Seachrest, FireLake Golf Course is enjoying a renewed reputation for quality. Under the new direction of course manager Chris Chesser and course superintendent John Weddle, the course is reclaiming its position among the top courses in Oklahoma. Weddle, who graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in turf management, is credited for keeping the course terrain in such fine shape. The course barely sees its turf affected by winterkill, which allows for a season of plush grass. “It's well manicured and the greens are very, very good,” said Chris Chesser. FireLake features various species of Bermuda grass which are walk-mowed, causing less stress on the grass than riding mowers.
From the back tees, the course measures 6,335 yards, with a USGA slope of 121 and a USGA rating of 69.6. Tee boxes of varying lengths are offered to accommodate all levels of play. From the front tees the course measures 5,670 yards, with a slope of 114 and a rating of 66.9. Fifteen of the eighteen holes feature water, whether it is a pond or a creek, but the signature hole for the course is #17. The hole requires a hit over water, a lay up next to water, then a second shot to the green once again over water. With so much water coming into play, accuracy counts.
The clubhouse at FireLake features a snack bar, restaurant, locker facilities and a pro shop. Golfers can prepare for the course ahead by hitting the 20-station driving range, the putting green or the chipping green. Chesser and his employees have also spent the off-season building new golf cart routes from the pro shop to the tenth tee box, ensuring golfers will find it much easier to navigate the course. Lessons are also available at FireLake to help golfers improve their game.