Old Oakland Golf Club has a wonderful community history. The original architects were Charles and William Maddox (Chicago), who started the golf course development in 1964.
Dawson Development Company purchased the club in April of l987 and have also provided the management services since that date. The continuing efforts have since focused on improving and upgrading the course and the club facilities. In the spring of 1988, construction was completed on 3 new holes (#3 West, #8 West and #9 West) in the woods by Indian Creek. The 3 former holes were converted into Oakland Hills at Geist residential home sites on Royal Oakland Drive.
The 19,000 square foot clubhouse was opened in the fall of 1990. This beautiful clubhouse offers excellent golf and social facilities for club members, their families and guests, including the golf shop, locker rooms, dining room, lounge and outside deck.
An additional 9 holes were constructed to the south of the existing golf course on hilly and heavily wooded land adjoining Indian Creek. After opening in August of 1994, this expansion has made Old Oakland a 27 hole golf club (one of only 3 private golf courses with 27 holes in Indiana). Old Oakland now encompasses over 220 acres of land, held exclusively for this Championship Golf Course.
I asked Lyle Palmer, PGA professional and manager for Old Oakland, why 27 holes?
“The additional 9 holes gives the club flexibility to accommodate the members requests for tee times, and allows us to schedule more events during the course of the season. 27 holes is ideal for mixing things up and keeps a variety of options open for our golfers to enjoy,” he said, adding, “I’ve been here 21 years and I never get tired of playing this
The course is indeed challenging and beautiful in its emerald green lush setting. Green maintenance is excellent and certainly lives up to its reputation of a first-class, challenging and enjoyable championship golf course. For all the wonderful amenities, it is certainly reasonably priced with two types of memberships (Golf and Social). Members are invited and encouraged to give opinions and suggestions with monthly newsletters and regular questionnaires, which allows for continuing club improvements.
What does a social membership consists of? Social members enjoy the food services, the social calendar of events and the opportunity to host their own private parties at the club. Guests are always welcome to golf with a club member and enjoy either of the two dining areas. A wonderful Sunday brunch is a near perfect way for families to come together
and enjoy the beautiful window views of the golf course. “Old Oakland is also the home course for the Mt.Vernon girls’ golf team. Our ladies
golf camps are very successful and growing every year. We also sponsor the Lawrence Township School Foundation’s, “For the Kids Fundraiser,” Palmer said with obvious pride.
Old Oakland is indeed a treasure located in our own Geist backyard! Drop in and see for yourself. Don’t forget to browse the Pro Shop for top of the line golf equipment and golfing attire. It’s a golfer’s Nordstrom!
For more information on Old Oakland go to www.oldoaklandgc.com or call (317) 823-4791.
Old Oakland Golf Club
11611 E. 75th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46236
Clubhouse – (317) 823-5355
Golf Shop – (317) 823-4791
Current Dining Room Hours:
Tuesday – Friday:
11:00 a.m. until one hour after Sunset
Saturday & Sunday:
7:30 a.m. until one hour after Sunset