The community is invited to the grand opening for the new clubhouse at James E Stewart Golf Course at 1 p.m. April 8. The clubhouse is located at 928 Frederick Douglass Circle.

Speakers for the grand opening include Mayor David Holt, Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice and Golf Commission Chairman Mike Cassady.

The contemporary, 6,780-square-foot clubhouse features a full-service restaurant, pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers, an extensive patio with outdoor seating and art and memorabilia commemorating James E Stewart’s life.

New golf carts round out the improvements.

James E. Stewart served in World War II as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, worked 20 years at Oklahoma Natural Gas and was president of the Oklahoma City branch of the NAACP for 17 years. To honor his contributions to Oklahoma City, the golf course, previously named Douglass Golf Course, was renamed in Stewart’s honor in 1999.

Located three miles east of downtown, James E. Stewart Golf Course offers golfers an opportunity to play nine holes during their lunch break, after work and during the weekend.

The $3.8 million clubhouse was paid for through the Better Streets Safer City bond program passed by voters in 2017.