Dornick Hills was built in 1914 by Perry Maxwell on what was previously the Maxwell's dairy farm. This was the first golf course he designed and built. The renowned golf course architect went on to design and build over 70 courses including Southern Hills and Prairie Dunes, both listed in the top fifty courses of the world. He also remodeled 50 other courses, including Pine Valley and Augusta National, both listed in the top ten courses of the world.
The Dornick Hills Golf Course was named from the Gaelic word "Dornick" meaning "small rocks." Thousands of these rocks had to be removed before the course could be built. There are still several outcroppings of the natural rock formations on the golf course, including the cliff at our famous signature hole, "The Cliff Hole".
Maxwell, the "Father of Dornick Hills," died in 1952 at the age of 73 and is buried in the family cemetery on the ridge north of the seventh fairway.
Dornick Hills is one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in Oklahoma. It boasts the first Oklahoma golf club affiliation with the United States Golf Association, as well as being the site of numerous tournaments including the Ardmore Open, a P.G.A. tour event, from 1952 to 1954. It is also home to the clubs signature event "The Oilmen's" since 1963, and the premier college event of the region "The Maxwell" for over 10 years.
The club also enjoys the distinction of being ranked in the top 5 golf courses in Oklahoma by Golf Digest on several occasions.