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Beer bill passes just in time for golf


Separated for months, a round of golf and a beer soon could be reunited on Oklahoma City's municipal golf courses.

The Legislature has approved and sent to the governor a bill to allow sales in the clubhouse of beer meant for drinking on the golf course.

The measure is among Oklahoma City's top priorities for the 2019 legislative session.

Senate Bill 728 addresses a quirk in last year's revisions to regulations governing sales of liquor, beer and wine.

Under the old rules for 3.2 beer, clubhouse sales for consumption on the golf course were allowed.

The changes that took effect in October broadened availability of stronger beer, but limited consumption to the premises licensed for sales.

So, no more sales of a six-pack for the cart.

The Senate passed SB 728 last month and the House approved the measure last Thursday — both by wide margins.

The bill now awaits approval by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

Alcohol sales regulations were revised after voters adopted State Question 792 in 2016.

Among the changes, retailers were authorized to sell stronger beer.

Under SB 728, golf courses, country clubs and marinas licensed for on-premises sale and consumption of beer and wine now will be allowed to sell beer and wine to go.

Golf courses will have to wait on the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission to adopt rules for a special off-premises permit, then obtain a permit before sales can begin.

Oklahoma City has five municipal golf courses.

The Legislature adopted SB 728 with an emergency clause, declaring it was "immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health or safety" that the measure take effect as soon as the governor signs it.

William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›