Steve Pace


I normally review more local venues. However, I recently played The Patriot Golf Course near Owasso last week and I feel compelled to urge everyone to go play this GEM. I went with a great group of guys from The Coves Golf Club in Duck Creek, hosted by Vinita’s Monty Hartley. (R.Thorton, R.Miller, Z.Hamilton, M.Rudolph, J.Turner, D.Brown, M.Lair, J.Gray, S.Pace, E.Shannon, C.Capps, D.Walker, H.Hartley, H.Harris, F.Kidd, D.Luke, M.Hartley, K.Kidd, S.Smiley, R.Bailey, J.Gottardi, J.Gottardi, C.Strickland and J.Strickland). This might be the best course I’ve ever played or even seen… and it is less than 90 miles from the Grand Lake Area. I highly recommend that you make arrangements to go play here. The first tee box is about 150 feet above the fairway. If you ever want to hit one of the really long drives here’s your chance. The drop alone adds 50 yards to your shot. You will ask yourself, “Am I really in Oklahoma?” This course is absolutely BEAUTIFUL.


This is the last week of July 2011. It is as hot and uncomfortable as I can remember. So, since we have lemons (weather), let’s make lemonade. The evenings are a great time to go practice and/or play. Ask your local golf venue how late you can go out. It is reasonable that they will accommodate later golf tee times due to the weather. I guarantee in three months (just 90 days) we will be missing the heat again….just like right now, we miss the cold.


PLEASE let me know if you or someone you know is having a golf tournament so that I may list it in this report. Also, I donate a lot of lessons, etc to tournaments for fund raisers. Contact me.

Patricia Island Golf Club – Grove

Pro Shop Manager Randy Warren reports that Patricia Island Estates and Golf Club member, Robert “Bob” Thomas aced the 114 yard hole number four, using a 7 iron on July 21. The shot was witnessed by Bill Duffield, John Geiger and Wayne Wiley. This was Bob’s third career hole in one.

Last week’s results of the 2011 Cotner Memorial, Integris Grove Hospital Tournament. A flight: Team Downey Trucking Company 1st - Steve Downey, Ron Miller, Hunter Harris, Pat Holderness, 55 (card off); Riggs Tree Service, 2nd - Jeremy Riggs, Jason Geer, Jr. Gierner, John Henry Ward (55) (card off); Grand Savings Bank; 3rd - Casey Bowers, Jared Perryman, Mike Blecha, Mark Tams (58). B Flight: 1st Place - Grand Lake Imaging, Dr. Michael Foster, Phil Thompson, Mike Thompson, John Winnie (61). 2nd – Integris Grove Hospital Greg Martin, Lendall Bass, Jamie Perryman, Jordan Cash (62). 3rd – Bank of Grove Barbara Smith, Lynn Stewart, Ileta Bray, Carrie Henderson (67).

Men long drive: Travis Bacon – Precision Wireless

Women long drive: Carrie Henderson – Bank of Grove

Close to pin no. 11: Jacoby Riggs – Riggs Tree Service

Close to pin no. 4: Pat Holderness – Downey Trucking

General Manager Andy Stewart and Superintendent Chris Buck have this place looking better than just good… and they want the public to come see. Contact Ileta Bray at 918-801-5912 for information on their membership as well as real estate over there.

Shangri-La report– Monkey Island

How many accolades can I throw at these guys? General Manager, Jason Sheffield has to be getting tired of being told what a good job he and his staff are doing.

The Day has finally arrived!!! The Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La is now open for Lunch and Dinner. Come taste the delicious items from the menu anytime from 11 a.m. until the last seating. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday and Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday through Monday. For more information or to make reservations, please call 918-257-4200. Public welcomed (with reservations).

If you are considering joining, now is the time. The NO initiation fee deal is about to be over. You could save yourself a lot of money.


“Helps the amateurs more than the pros!”

If you aren’t “SHAFT FLEX FITTED” you are at a disadvantage before you even tee up.

So, please read this…GRAND LAKE GOLF SCHOOL is now the official “Fitter” for in this area. This is a new fitting system in which we can measure instantaneously if you have the right frequency shafts in your clubs. The inventor and developer proved to me that 60 percent of all golfers are playing with the wrong shaft frequency. Simplified, this just means you either get the club face square back to the ball naturally or by force. Go to Naturally is of course best. We offer a fitting and swing lesson for $50; If you replace and order your shafts at $45 each including grip, we credit the $50 to your purchase. Or, ask us about our demo plan. Call Steve at 918-257-4967.


I have a Ladies Only Clinic every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Patricia Island Golf Club and Estates. Gregg Compton assists me and we simply give you tips and suggestions while you hit balls on the driving range. The cost is $10 per person. Anyone can come from beginners to low handicappers and you do not have to be a member at Patricia.


How many of you miss those easy three to four foot putts? Let me ask you, “Do you practice them?” How can we expect a good result if we haven’t done at least a little work? I have repeatedly suggested and will continue to do so, practice three to four footers with your eyes closed; learn the feel of the mechanics of the putt. If these tips don’t help, call me at 918-257-4967 or email me at


I have created a set of clubs that are from the Alpha Golf Company. ( These are for men or ladies. You can grow the set as you develop but for now they are everything a new player needs. More full sets are also available. Finally you can get quality at reasonable pricing. They also include a $50 credit toward lessons. $350 no Bag; $400 with Bag.

State of the Art ALPHA GOLF CLUBS; for Men and Ladies;

Driver; 5 Fairway Wood; 3 Hybrid; Irons 7, 8, 9, Wedge and Putter.

Call or email me and I’ll send you the info via email.


I did my friend Dan Kitowski over at Patricia Island (Grove) a favor recently and did not give him credit for one of his jokes that I included in this column. Nuff sed.

Now, for this week’s joke from my friend Suzanne Knott:

Ben Hogan’s advice for improving one’s golf score: “Get the ball closer to the cup!”

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove’s Patricia Island Golf Club. For information on lessons or equipment, or to pass along any golf-related news, contact Steve at 918-257-4967 or email him at