Missouri Golf Courses - Recent Reviews
Comments: Family Golf & Learning Center in St. Louis, MO is a Par 3, driving range and practice facility. With Tower Tee closing, this is now the only public practice facility in SW St. Louis. Family Golf is not the most pristine course in the region, nor should it be but, if you need to improve your short game, this is the place to go. The current owner, Adam Betz, is a PGA teaching pro and he has big plans for the Center. The facility is a little off the beaten path but it is just off of Big Bend a little west of 270.
Comments: Missouri Bluffs Golf Club in St. Charles County is one of the premier courses open to the public in the entire St. Louis region. It’s flat out gorgeous, but it isn’t flat. It’s also quite intimidating because if your ball’s not in the fairway . . . it’s going to be in some thick Missouri forest and, though you might find it, you’ll likely emerge with a one stroke penalty and an engorged tick stuck to your sun burnt, freckled head (wear a hat, you pasty, bald moron).
If you play the Bluffs, keep the ball in play or you’ll risk Lyme Disease and spending the winter in a wheelchair. The good news here is that the course is not as hard as it looks. Tom Fazio — and it’s the only Fazio design in the region — created a track with a clear path to every green, and most fairways funnel the ball either to the middle and a flat lie, or towards the woods, the ticks, and years of crippling joint pain. So all you have to do is identify the correct path to the hole from the tee box, and hit the ball where you aim it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
The Bluffs offers gorgeous, scenic vistas, dramatic elevation changes, outstanding course conditions, moderately quick greens and all the golf challenge you’ll ever need.
And ever since it opened back in 1995, the Missouri Bluffs has been an island of tranquility on a large, undeveloped tract of land. That is about to change. Monied real estate developers are preparing to build a subdivision around the golf course. Hearings are being held and, despite vocal opposition by concerned citizens, it appears that the project will move forward.
So the time to play the Missouri Bluffs is now. If you go, bring plenty of balls, a wide-brimmed hat…and maybe a pair of tweezers…just in case.
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Comments: Sunset Hills Golf Course in St. Louis, MO is right across the street from one of the top public courses in the state, Tapawingo. However, the courses could not be any more different, starting with the typography. Tapawingo is hilly and Sunset Hills is as flat as my middle school girl friend. BUT . . . Tapawingo’s greens fees are over twice as expensive as Sunset Hills’. So, each course has its place and compete for a very different golfer. Sunset Hills’ grasses (tees, fairways and greens) are not in pristine condition, but for what it costs they shouldn’t be. SHGC is a well laid out public course that is easy to play. I have never had the opportunity to play the course and I am very happy I did. I look forward to playing it again, hopefully during the fall since there is an abundance of trees bordering two sides of the course.