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New Improvements at Lake Murray Golf Course

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ARDMORE, OK-- The director of The Oklahoma Tourism Department was in Ardmore, Tuesday.      He was there to show off the new improvements to The Lake Murray Golf Course. Meredith Saldana has more on this story.

All 42-state parks across Oklahoma are getting significant upgrades.     

They started with health and safety issues and are now improving other facilities.     

Lake Murray State Park is Oklahoma's first state park.     

The golf course, was originally built almost 50-years ago as a 9-hole course.      

Tuesday, The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department proudly cut the ribbon to the newly upgraded course.

Executive Director Hardy Watkins says, "It is a terrific day because we've upgraded a very outdated facility and we now have a very beautiful, very appropriate, very market competitive golf pro-shop facility."     

The $700,000 project was funded through the legislature through a capital improvement program.     

The result, a new state of the art facility.  

"We also really took an approach where it's very energy efficient," says Watkins. "So it meets today's competitive standards. We're really trying to control energy costs and yet we want people to understand that this is a worthy golf course and a great place to play."     

It's a change of pace from the small outdated pro-shop, something customers are sure to find more inviting.

Course manager Wesley Chaney says, "The part that I like most about Lake Murray Golf Course, this new pro-shop, is the fact that the customers love it. We get to interact with the customers more on a daily basis and get to see them in their environment."

The new upgraded facility could mean new business for the city.

"We see when we make an investment in our facilities, we see a renewed interest and so this is a great message to the golfers of Oklahoma to understand that we are investing in these facilities, that there will be caliber play here," says Watkins. 

Chaney adds, "Because of this facility, we now fit in with the rest of the park. It's very natural, with the natural stone and also overlooking the golf course. So it provides a very family oriented environment."   

Plans are still underway for the new Lake Murray Lodge.     

We were told, the developer is continuing to work on his financing and it's just a very slow process.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News