Southern Oaks Golf Club closes unexpectedly
Burleson golf coach Ted Tomchesson said he was surprised by an email he received Monday regarding the closing of Burleson’s Southern Oaks Golf Club.
“I had a tournament there last Wednesday and didn’t hear anything about the club closing,” Tomchesson said. “They were making plans for a Black Friday sale.”
According to a letter obtained by the Burleson Star regarding the clubs closure and termination of employment, all employees were immediately terminated on Monday. The letter was signed by Mark Eddins, managing member Southern Oaks Golf & Tennis Club.
The letter stated that the facilities are “in the process of being sold to a company which intends to resume operations in the near future. They are aware of your employment and position and will be hiring many former employees to continue operations. They may be contacting you in that regard.”
The closure also came as a shock to Centennial golf coach Matt Dunn.
“I don’t know why they closed,” said Dunn, who hosted two tournaments at Southern Oaks this season. “Hopefully, they will reopen soon.”
Neither Dunn nor Tomchesson had any more tournaments scheduled there this year.
The real problem for Dunn and Tomchesson is that Southern Oaks is one of two courses where their teams practice.
Centennial practices Monday’s and Tuesday’s at Southern Oaks and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s at Burleson’s Hidden Creek Golf Course.
Burleson’s golf team practices at Southern Oaks on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s and practices at Hidden Creek on Monday’s and Tuesday’s.
The hardest hit program might be Mansfield Legacy which practices there three or four times a week according to Dunn.
Along with the golf course, the club also runs the Oaks Event Center.
The course at Southern Oaks, which was designed by pro golf Mark Brooks in 1999, is consistently ranked among the top courses in the area. The 7,302-yard, par-71 course has hosted major tournaments, junior championships, and high school tournaments.
According to golftexas.com, the signature hole at the course is No. 16, a 441-yard, Par 4 that requires a demanding tee shot. A creek runs across the fairway approximately 60 yards short of the well-bunkered green.
The real challenge of the course is dealing with the elevated greens, the sucker pin placements, and the deep-faced bunkers that guard them.
According to the University Interscholastic League’s website, the Class 6A Region championships were scheduled to be played at Southern Oaks on April 22-25, 2019.
Southern Oaks’ website is currently unavailable. Calls to the club were not answered.