Oak Tree National is a notorious Oklahoma club where players can be battered by Pete Dye, but if they think that Oak Tree Country Club’s East Course will be a breeze...well, it’s all relative. Walk across the street from the aforementioned brute and you’ll learn that a “nice” Pete and Alice Dye are still quite something to deal with. The property’s water begins to set in on the final six holes, and the challenge ramped up accordingly.
Both Nos. 14 and 17 are par threes that require carries over water to expansive greens with many potentially dangerous pin positions. Pete constructed many dogleg lefts around lakes in his time, but No. 16 — the course’s signature hole — is among the most intimidating; its drive is manageable, but the entry to the green is frightening, with the lake wrapping around the left and back of the putting surface. The club hosts the Oklahoma Open, a state title that’s been won by Bob Tway among other Okie icons.