Missouri Golf Courses - Recent Reviews
Comments: Green Hills Golf Course in Chillicothe, MO is top tier rural, public course. While this beautifully-maintained and groomed course doesn't have a lot of Bermuda or Zoysia, the type of grass that they use on the tees, fairways and roughs is conducive to great round of golf. Your ball will sit up nicely and are consistently good. The greens, too, are very nice, particularly for a rural course. I really enjoyed playing the course. EVERY hole has one or two massive sand traps protecting the fairly large greens, which putted very true. If you are in the Chillicothe area, play Green Hills Golf Course. You're welcome.
When you picture an idyllic country club in rural Missouri, you're thinking of Chillicothe Country Club in Chillicothe, MO. The course is very typical of rural country clubs: mature tree-lined fairways. relatively small greens and built within a square plot of land. The club takes wonderful care of their course. It is well maintained to offer consistent play. There are sand traps, a few lakes and creeks running throughout the course. For a population of about 10,000, Chillicothe has 2 great courses which could not be more different. This is a great golfing community. I wish I lived here.
Restaurant tip if you are visiting: Boji Stone Cafe, right on the square in the historic square. Their chicken salad is the best I have ever had. And, they have an extraordinary coffee bar.
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Comments: Plattsburg Country Club in Plattsburg, MO is a very unusual course. The course is in terrible condition all of the way up and down the line. It is in disrepair and is need of a major renovation in every aspect. I would argue, as well, that it is potentially dangerous. There are several bridges that look like they are ready to collapse at anytime. That's the bad news.
The good news is that it was in foreclosure and a few members of country club purchased the club in August, 2017. They know better than anyone of the challenges facing this new public course. I understand that they have big plans for the course and started with the changes immediately after closing. The course seems to have really good bones for an excellent and FUN course. It could be a top tier course in Missouri with a dedicated and well financed team. Look at the pictures accompanying this listing. They make the course look like one of the finest courses in the country. Plattsburg Country Club has several very interesting holes, many of which could be a signature hole at any course. The greens, too, are crazy . . . in a good way (if you like out-of-the-ordinary features on courses). The green on #5 is probably 120' long and 12' to 15' wide. What makes it even more unusual is the extremely severe hill in the middle of the green. My ball was on the back side and I literally could not hit it hard enough (with my putter) to make it up the hill. But, in the greens' defense, they were wet with morning dew and were all fairly long, probably to expedite the healing process. They were among the slowest Bent grass greens I have played. Whatever the reason, these could be a lot of fun to play if repaired. As a side bar, the greens on the front are different, for the most part, than the back because the front nine was designed and built many years after the original 9 was built.
Side bar #2. The course shares a parking lot with the Plattsburg High School and the football field abuts the first hole. As I was playing 18 I was treated to the music of the marching band practicing for an upcoming parade.
Right now, I can only dream about this course and what it can be. But, I am excited to see what the new owners have in store.