Oklahoma’s Shangri-La Resort

by | Feb 20, 2024 | Where to Play

Spring Break at Oklahoma’s Shangri-La Resort

The mountains of northeast Oklahoma aren’t the first destination generally associated with Spring Break, but they definitely should be on the list. With that in mind, the terrific Shangri-La Resort – Oklahoma’s premier waterfront golf and outdoor recreation destination – has a full schedule of activities and amenities for Spring Break – March 15-23.

Located on three sides of Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees, Shangri-La will host Spring Break events and festivities for the entire family, including dueling piano entertainment, an exclusive hot-air balloon glow, live music, karaoke, TV-game-show fun, St. Patrick’s Day specials, a trivia competition, a three-day Kid’s Spring Break Camp – all topped off with a Food & Wine festival complete with the official roll-out of “Monkey Island Maker’s,” a special house blend whisky created exclusively by Maker’s Mark.

The resort features 27 holes of outstanding golf, along with the great new 18-hole par-three course called “The Battlefield,” as well as pickleball, tennis, basketball, and a unique mini-Fenway Wiffle Ball Park.

Special hotel rates are available throughout the week – and boat rentals will be available for those who want to explore the 46,500 acres of Grand Lake.

Shangri-La’s visionary owner, Eddy Gibbs, has transformed the resort into the pride of Northeast Oklahoma and put the lakefront vacation oasis on the map nationally with an investment of more than $100 million into the property’s accommodations and upscale leisure amenities since taking it over in 2010.

Here’s a closer look:


“Spring Break Kids’ Camp” at The Anchor will include four days of games for ages 6-13, Monday-Thursday, March 18-21. The $250 fee includes a four-day schedule (beginning at 9:30 Monday and Thursday and 10:00 a.m. Tuesday & Wednesday), including pickleball lessons, foosball, ping-pong, pool, shuffleboard, bingo, camp games, kickball, putt-putt golf, fishing, water balloons, a scavenger hunt, and free arcade play. Lunch is included for the kids daily, with camp ending at 3:00 p.m.


March 20 promises to be an incredible evening for the entire family. The festival fun begins at 6:00 pm on the resort hotel’s Grand Lawn with food & beverage offerings, concessions, music, and games for kids of all ages. As the sun sets, attendees will enjoy one of the nation’s most incredible hot-air balloon glows. The spectacle includes the colorful Champagne Cowboy balloon, among others, to top off an evening of special memories.

On March 23, the Food & Wine Festival on The Anchor Lawn will include vendors and live music by Rockwell. In addition, Shangri-La will utilize the festival to feature the public roll-out of “Monkey Island Maker’s,” a special whisky blend prepared exclusively for Shangri-La by Maker’s Mark. Admission is $50 per person for the festival and food & beverage sampling ($35 for Shangri-La members)


Sports fans are never left out of the activities at The Anchor. March Madness “Selection Sunday” will be televised live at The Anchor Sports Bar with coverage of the “First Four” games Tuesday & Wednesday and first and second round NCAA Tournament games Thursday- Sunday.

Shangri-La Resort’s hotel offers 9,000 square feet of versatile meeting and conference space, as well as a medical spa, steam room, sauna, fitness center, an indoor pool, and an expansive 6,500-square-foot outdoor pool with hot tub, tanning ledge, and splash pad. The resort has six distinct dining and cocktail venues to complete an unforgettable getaway for golfers, families, groups, corporate and association retreats, and weddings.


Photo Courtesy of Shangri-La Resort


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Steve Pike

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the PGA.com website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.