July 2016 - Vol. 12 No. 7
JENKS, Okla. – When we got the press release for FlyingTee, I had no idea. Let’s leave it at that. No idea. FlyingTee is an enormous enterprise, located on the Arkansas River in Jenks. It stands three stories tall; not your ordinary stories though, ones that are more like a story and a half. Pulling into the parking lot, it was more like being at a Space Center or something. It is a center with golf at its core.
Each floor has its own bar and restaurant, as well as covered driving bays where you can play games, practice your swing and/or play any of 30 master golf courses via the magic of big screens and ultra-modern technology. Play alone or with friends, and have a drink, a snack or a meal. You don’t even have to be a golfer. You can enjoy a cool drink and a meal you’ll never forget; outside on any of the floors where there is always a river view.
We were treated to a fabulous tour of the facilities by the COO,Ryan Tawwater. He showed us the open bays, conference rooms and private bays up on the third floor. With an extensive background in the food industry, his vision for the FlyingTee has left nothing out.
Each floor features a different dining experience. On the main floor you will find the Sports Bar. It features a casual atmosphere with big screen TVs and comfortable bar seating. The menu offers appetizers, sandwiches, hamburgers, soups, salads and pizza. We chose to go with the Shrimp Salad, which was out of this world. There was a huge pile of plump shrimp tossed in a “cocktail sauce” that was similar to a spicy remoulade. The shrimp were sitting atop fresh salad lettuces, along with slices of avocado, pieces of perfectly cooked, tender asparagus and hardboiled egg. Similar to a Shrimp Louie, it was even better. If you are playing golf you are welcome to order from the Sports Bar menu and enjoy a meal while you play.
On the second floor, you’ll find Ironwood, a little more intimate; perfect for date night. It also has its own bar, dining room and outside balcony. The menu features rotisserie items, beautifully displayed behind plate glass, turning and roasting in three distinct pits. Whole salmon, skewered vegetables, chicken, duck, beef and more are visible, slowly spinning, teasing your taste buds.
Appetizers, sandwiches and entrees are available on this level, including the fantastic Prime Rib Burger we enjoyed. Thinly sliced, smoked prime rib was layered about two inches thick on a fresh brioche bun with two thin beef patties, cheese and aji amarillo sauce, made from Peruvian peppers. The crunchy, pickled onions provided the perfect a tangy contrast while the generous portion of golden brown hand-cut French fries put the whole meal over the top. We also enjoyed two distinct barbeque sauces with our fries – one a spicy hot one with a hint of orange and the other, a white vinegar-based Alabama-style sauce. Both were made in house, of course, and both were excellent. Ironwood also serves brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The restaurant on the third floor is Flite, a truly unique dining concept, which is only open for dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The menu offers “flights” of both food and beverages; wine, beer or cocktails. Our flight was stunning, presented ingeniously, on an “F”- shaped elevated shelf. Placed there were rotisserie duck; leg and thigh as well as sliced, cast- iron-seared breast of duck with maple bacon hash, hoisin sauce and onion jam. Below were baskets of crispy, fried spring roll wrappers and wonton wrappers with which to scoop up the sauces, jams and duck slices. Imagine Maple bacon hash, sweet and salty with the richness of hoisin, which reminds me of a thick plum jam, topped with the slightly sweet onion jam all together on a crispy chip with smoky duck. The combination was a gastronomic delight! We also enjoyed a flight of seared Beef Strip Steak, as tender as could be, served medium rare, with maple shallot bacon, rich bone marrow and tarragon aioli. Again, the flavor combinations were inspired genius.
FlyingTee is a wonder. There are so many entertainment options; from playing golf games to watching sports on their big screen TVs, to just sitting outside enjoying the river. You must go there hungry. No matter what you order you will find it to be first rate. And that’s the point; they want you to be amazed at the world class dining experiences they have to offer. With three different dining menus, you’ll find yourself going back again and again. Located at 600 Riverwalk Terrace in Jenks, you can find out more by visiting www.flyingteegolf.com or find them Facebook.