Oakwood Golf Club will go through a change following 2017.
At the club’s annual informational meeting Sunday, owner Bud Evans said next year will be the last that he and his wife, Linda, will own the facility.
“I will be looking for either local owners, city involvement or I’ll take it national,” Evans said. “If that doesn’t work, then I’ll close it after 2017.”
Evans cited his own health and that of multiple family members as a major factor in the decision.
“I’m 65 now, and I want to spend some time doing something other than sitting in a clubhouse,” he said.
Evans is hopeful that an individual or group will step up soon. He believes the City of Houston is a prime candidate.
“Golf has been in Houston since 1954 – it’s not like it just started 30 years ago,” Evans said. “I really think the city ought to look into it. It doesn’t have to make a profit for the city, it just has to break even. And it will break even.”
Evans has arranged to get on the docket at a city council meeting to at least discuss the situation.
“I want to explain where we’re headed and what we’re doing,” he said, “but I wanted to tell the members first.”
Oakwood will once again host a busy schedule of events, including fundraising tournaments for the City of Houston, Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation, Gentry Residential Center (of Cabool), Houston High School boys and girls basketball programs and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). There will be a junior clinic in July, and high school squads from Houston and Licking will again use Oakwood as their home course.
“We have all kinds of fun planned,” Evans said. “We have the same workers and we’re keeping up the course – we’re not going to walk away from it and let it go bad.”
Evans has owned Oakwood G.C. for eight years, after spending three at a course at Branson. He began golfing at age 15 and is a good friend of PGA professional Bruce Fleisher. Fleisher has conducted free clinics at Oakwood the past two years, and will again in 2017 (either in April or June, Evans said).
Prospective owners will receive plenty of help from Evans.
“I’m even willing to do owner-financing,” he said. “I want to make this thing happen. This would make a heck of a farm for somebody, but I don’t want that and I don’t think the property owners butted up against it do either. I want it to be a golf course.
“I’ve enjoyed all the people I’ve met out there and a lot of young kids have benefited. We’ve done a lot of good things, and hopefully it will carry on for somebody.”
To reach Evans, call Oakwood Golf Club at 417-967-3968. The course’s web address is www.theoakwoodgolfclub.com.