L. A. Nickell Golf Course

L A Nickell Golf Course

Location: Columbia

Address: 1800 Parkside Dr, Columbia, MO 65202

Phone: (573) 499-4653

Type: Public

Holes: 18

Par: 70

Quality/Cost Ratio (1 -10): 8.5

Course Condition: 8

Difficulty: 8

Fairway Grass: Zoysia

Green Type: Bent Grass

Rough: Mix of grass but reasonable length

Stimpmeter: 9

Club House: Good muny club house, but not a lot of amenities/equipment

Walkability: 8

Slope: 103 to 121

Yardage: 4,771 to 6,335

Overall Rating:


Comments: L. A. Nickell is a great municipal course. This course has a lot of personality and is a lot of fun to play in a sadistic kind of way. The layout, particularly on the back nine, can be quite challenging. Luckily, I was hitting the ball fairly straight and long (for me) . . . otherwise I would have lost a bunch of balls on the last few holes. The 11th hole is a 174 yard uphill (to an elevated green) par 3 with a VERY small opening in the trees to reach the green. They should call this hole: "Threading the Needle." If I thought this hole was tough (which I did), you'll have to buckle up for 15, an uphill 377 yard par 4 through an even more narrow chute with a blind approach shot. And, then I came to #17, an impossible 377 yard par 4. Your tee shot, again, has to thread the needle AND carry about 170 yards of woods. The course's slope rating is fairly low because of the lack of bunkers and other non-tree hazzards. But, it will test all aspects of your game, especially your accuracy. Although there are many reasons to join a private club L. A. Nickell provides a reason to play public. I've got pictures of each of these holes. Go to MoGolfTour's Facebook page to view them: www.facebook.com/mogolftour

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