A. L. Gustin Golf Course

A. L. Gustin Golf Course

Location: Columbia

Address: 18 E Stadium Blvd, Columbia, MO 65203

Phone: (573) 882-6016

Type: Public

Holes: 18

Par: 70

Quality/Cost Ratio (1 -10): 6*

Course Condition: 7

Difficulty: 8

Fairway Grass: Zoysia

Green Type: Bent Grass

Rough: Reasonable length

Stimpmeter: 9

Club House: Full service and equipment

Walkability: 3

Slope: 109 to 122

Yardage: 4,662 to 6,492

Overall Rating:

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Comments: I have played Gustin many times since I went to school at Mizzou in the mid 70's, but the couse is as good as it has ever been. Gustin was built in the mid 50's but the University has made a concerted effort to improve the quality since 2007. This is the best public course in the area and it is very well maintained. The grasses are almost resort-like. And, A. L. Gustin has more personality than any other course in town. It is a lot of fun to play. *As noted above, I gave the quality/cost rating a mid-level ranking, but it would rank much higher for the public. I think the cost should be much lower for students and MU employees. $40 is simply too much for a college kid on a limited budget ($40 would pay for a used text book or 10 beers); there are much better deals at some of the other public courses in Columbia. This is probably why there were many walkers on the course. These loyalists have got to be part mountain lion (Tiger) to climb and traverse this particularly hilly course. Overall, though, Gustin is a wonderful course. If you are a golfer and traveling from KC to STL, allow for a few more hours to harken back to your college days and play a much improved and enjoyable A. L. Gustin. For more pictures of the course go to: www.facebook.com/mogolftour


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