The facility that now is Great Life Golf & Fitness — once known as the Arkansas City Country Club — is celebrating 100 years of existence.

The golf course and clubhouse are located at 8731 East U.S. 166.

Nonmembers can enjoy the course for the following prices:

  • Nine-hole cart — $7
  • Nine-hole green fee — $10 ($13 for weekend)
  • 18-hole cart — $13 per person
  • 18-hole green fee — $18 ($24 for weekend)

Today, the clubhouse has a fitness center located in the main level of the country club building.

The country club was leased to Great Life Health & Fitness in 2012.

Altogether, the course offers 6,826 yards of golf for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.3, with a slope rating of 117, according to the Great Life website.


Early country club

Manager Darrin McBride said the clubhouse grew from a one-room farmhouse.

The first nine holes of the golf course were designed by Perry Maxwell, who was known for forming courses around the natural terrain of an area.

In Arkansas City, the course wraps around the hill upon which the country club sits.

Maxwell worked as a banker in Oklahoma until he was in his 30s, when he began designing golf courses.

His design was developed after studying courses in Scotland, according to www.usamateur.org.

Maxwell helped to design more than 70 golf courses and remodeled 50 more in his lifetime, including several prominent courses around the country.

He died in November 1952.


Dick Metz

The front nine of the Arkansas City golf course was added later and was designed by Dick Metz in the 1960s or ’70s, according to McBride.

Metz was a native of the area who had a fairly successful career on the pro tour.

He had several major victories on the Senior Tour and numerous “good finishes” on the regular tour.

In addition to his golf career, he operated several ranches in Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Metz joined the Professional Golfers Association tour in 1930 and placed second in his first tournament, the Los Angeles Open.

In the next two decades, he won a total of 14 tournaments.

Though he devoted most of his energies to ranching in the 1950s, he still played on the circuits.

Metz won the United States senior title in January 1960.

The following July, he won the senior world championship. He died in May 1993.