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TWIN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1923

Early Fall               Maxwell spends 2-3 weeks looking at potential sites in Oklahoma City for Twin Hills Golf & Country Club. [The Oklahoman, April 20, 1924]

1924

April 19                  Construction begins on Twin Hills in Oklahoma City. [The Oklahoman, April 20, 1924]                   

April 21                  Maxwell to return to Oklahoma City to take active charge of work at Twin Hills. [The Oklahoman, April 20, 1924]

                               

May 4                    Work is progressing rapidly at Twin Hills with five fairways cleared and planted and the remaining fairways expected to be ready for planting soon. [The Oklahoman, May 4, 1924]

 

August 3                “Work on the Twin Hills golf and country club continues to progress with speed, nearly all of the fairways having been cleared and some of the bases for the greens have been filled in.” [The Daily Oklahoman, August 3, 1924]

August 7                Dean Woods moves his family to Oklahoma City where he “has been in business there for several months.” [Daily Ardmoreite, August 7, 1924]  Editorial Note:  Woods was presumably working on Twin Hills. 

October 17-18      Seven holes are complete and ready for play at Twin Hills open house.  “The work of clearing the fairways and grading the greens will go right along” with grass expected to be planted in the early spring of 1925 and the entire course promised by July 1, 1925. [The Daily Oklahoman, October 19, 1924]

December 18        Maxwell is in Ardmore while “the country club in Oklahoma City” that he is “doing some work for” is covered with snow and sleet. [Daily Ardmoreite, December 18, 1924]  Editorial Note:  The referenced Oklahoma City country club is presumably Twin Hills.

1925

April 19                  Final work at Twin Hills “is progressing at an amazing speed”.  Fairways and greens have been completed and seeded.  “Practically all that needs to be done is conditioning of the fairways and greens.”  [The Daily Oklahoman, April 19, 1925]

April 27                  Work begins on the installation of an irrigation system and digging of a well at Twin Hills.  Work has started on sodding tees and greens and is expected to be completed “this week.” [The Daily Oklahoman, April 26, 1925]

September 3         The greens at Twin Hills are “of a finer vein of Bermuda” than the fairways.  [The Daily Oklahoman, September 3, 1925]

September 7         The front nine holes at Twin Hills officially open for play.  “The second nine was not thrown open for use because of the tender condition of the greens.”  [The Daily Oklahoman, September 8, 1925]

October 20            After directing the opening of operations of the golf course” at Lake View Country Club in Paducah, Maxwell “will return to Oklahoma this afternoon.  Enroute to Ardmore, he will stop over in Oklahoma City, where he is building a $100,000 golf course.  He will return to Paducah later to look over the progress of the work on the local course during his absence.” [Paducah News-Democrat, October 20, 1925]    Editorial Note:  Lake View is now known as Rolling Hills Country Club.  The referenced Oklahoma City country club is presumably Twin Hills.

 

December 15        Twin Hills is described as “white elephant” on Maxwell’s hands as the owner of the course due to the failure to organize a golf club.  [The Daily Oklahoman, December 15, 1925]

1926

January 25            Dr. Alister MacKenzie is in Oklahoma City as the guest of Maxwell and visits Twin Hills.  MacKenzie “was favorably impressed with the Twin Hills course” and says it “would rank with those on Long Island which were built by Charles MacDonald.”  Mackenzie declares that Twin Hills is “Better than the three American courses I have been hearing about all my life, The Links, The Lido and Garden City.”  [The Daily Oklahoman, January 26, 1926; The Oklahoma News, January 26, 1926]  Editorial Note:  In the January 4, 1953 edition of the Daily Ardmoreite, Maxwell’s longtime friend Charles Evans describes being introduced by Maxwell to MacKenzie at the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City, where MacKenzie said “Mr. Maxwell speaks of my ability to make a good fairway or develop a worthy green, but I wish to tell you that in laying out a golf course and to give it everything that the science and art of golf demand, Mr. Maxwell is not second to anyone I know.”  This meeting presumably occurred on the same visit as described in the referenced articles.

April 11                  Maxwell has completed sale of Twin Hills Country Club in Oklahoma City to Keefe Carter for just under $100,000.00.  [Daily Ardmoreite, April 11, 1926]

1927

 

April 23                  Plans for construction of a clubhouse at Twin Hills will necessitate moving the 9th green.  It is not clear whether Maxwell supervised this work.  [The Daily Oklahoman, April 23, 1927]

 

1930

June 9                    Maxwell is in Oklahoma City for the state amateur tournament at Twin Hills.  [Daily Ardmoreite, June 10, 1930]

1935

October 17            Maxwell “raced in from Tulsa” to attend the PGA Championship played at Twin Hills Country Club in Oklahoma City.  [The Daily Oklahoman, October 18, 1935]

October 17-23      The 35th PGA Championship is played at Twin Hills Country Club in Oklahoma City, with Johnny Revolta beating Tommy Armour in the finals.  [The Daily Oklahoman, October 24, 1935]

1937

August 7                Maxwell is in Oklahoma City to “make some needed repairs on Twin Hills’ No. 8 green.”  [The Daily Oklahoman, August 8, 1937]

1939

March 12              New owners of Twin Hills have had “conferences” with Maxwell and “he may be retained to restore the course to its former status.”  The course is “now a haggard and unkempt layout.”  [The Daily Oklahoman, March 12, 1939]

May 5                    Maxwell is “engaged to dress up” Twin Hills in Oklahoma City by the new owners.  The course will close “as soon as Perry returns from the east in a week or so, and not opened again until September” of 1939.  The course will be “completely re-done.”  [The Daily Oklahoman, May 5, 1939]

May 17                  Maxwell is “on the job at Twin Hills, reconditioning the course with full steam ahead.”  [The Daily Oklahoman, May 17, 1939]

November 26       Twin Hills re-opens as a par 71 “a stroke above the old figures, the No. 13 hole having been raised from a par 4 to a par 5 by setting the tee back.”  [The Daily Oklahoman, November 27, 1939]

AERIALS

Unknown Source and Date

August 26, 1937, Oklahoma State Archives

MAPS AND DRAWIINGS

October 9, 1935, Amarillo Globe

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