The students of the CMAA Club in Hospitality Management visited the Oakmont Country Club on April 3, 2017.
IUP alumna Jamie Schmitt, events coordinator, graciously set up our visit, and it was fabulous!
The Oakmont Country club is a beautiful clubhouse and golf course and is ranked number four by Golf Digest in its most recent version of America’s Top 100 courses. Our students toured the clubhouse and golf course and shared in the storied history of one of the finest gold course in the United State. Every generation’s best golfers, from Bobby
Jones, Ben Hogan, and Arnold Palmer, to the stars of today such as Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, and Dustin Johnson, have walked the fairways of Oakmont. Our CMAA students were in the very place these golfers have been, and they even had the opportunity to putt in the Green.
Few venues in the world of golf have the championship tradition of Oakmont. Introduced in 1903 by designer Henry Fownes, Oakmont Country Club has hosted more combined USGA and PGA championships than any other course in the U.S., including eight United States Opens, five U.S. Amateurs, three PGA
Championships, and two U.S. Women’s Opens.
Oakmont remains perhaps the most difficult course in North America, with 210 deep bunkers (personified by the Church Pews), hard and slick greens that slope away from the player, and tight fairways requiring the utmost precision. Oakmont was the site of “the
greatest round of the 20th century”: Johnny Miller’s final round 63 at the 1973 U.S. Open.
There is more to Oakmont than just golf. Rich with tradition, yet a modernized atmosphere, weddings, celebrations, and corporate affairs take on an enhanced experience that their member’s guests will never forget. Oakmont offers elegant rooms to accommodate many different types and sizes of private functions. Whether it is a small business luncheon for
clients or a wedding of 250, Oakmont plans special events with expertise and attentiveness. They have a team of staff that works closely with every member to personalize private events, customizing menus, linens, floral arrangement, music, and entertainment. Hospitality is central to these types of venues,
Hospitality Management students gain this experience and knowledge to prepare them for a bright and successful future in the hospitality industry; and possibly in a masterpiece of rich tradition like the Oakmont Country Club.
All hospitality students of IUP are invited to join CMAA at the beginning of every semester. We encourage you to join this club and others to receive the experience and knowledge that only our members gain.
Come join us!