The rich heritage of the grounds of the Jimmie Austin Golf Club at The University of Oklahoma dates back to the early 1940's, when the land was home to a U.S. Navy recreational facility. Situated on what was once called the Navy Air Technical Training Center, NATTC or more simply "South Base", the facility served as an annex to the Norman Naval Air Station located north of town at what is now Max Westheimer Airport. In 1949, in coordination with the Navy and with the leadership of OU President George Lynn Cross, construction began on the OU Golf Course. At that time, famous golf course architect and native Oklahoman Perry Maxwell was commissioned to build the project, and in January 1951 the course opened for play. In 1996, thanks to the generous contributions from OU supporters, especially that of namesake Jimmie Austin, an extensive renovation of the course was completed. World-renowned course architect Robert Cupp was chosen for the redesign, which remained true to features envisioned by Maxwell some 50 years earlier.Today, the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club continues to reflect the level of excellence for which The University of Oklahoma is well known. Working with Tripp Davis, golf course architect and member of the 1989 OU Men's National Championship Golf Team, the club completed major renovations to the course, infrastructure and facilities in 2017.
In recognition of this excellence, the course has played host to the 1997 Oklahoma State Amateur and NCAA Regional, the Big 12 Women’s Championship in 1998 and 2010, and most notably the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2009. The course hosted the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and NCAA Regional Championships in 2012 (men's) and 2013 (women's) and is already scheduled to host more NCAA Regional Championships in 2018, 2019, ad 2020.Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. Our Norman golf course will challenge you while providing a relaxing, picturesque backdrop.