Missouri Golf Courses - Recent Reviews
Comments: Franklin County Country Club is located in Washington/Krakow, MO about 30 miles west of St. Louis. FCCC is as nice a rural country club as you will find in Missouri. Since Washington, MO is so close to St. Louis I am hesitant even calling it a rural club, but I expect that almost every member is from Franklin County.
The course was built on rolling hills with zoysia fairways and tees. The medium-sized greens have some pretty significant breaks and are faster than you typically see on a rural course. They are generally in excellent condition, rolling true. The only trouble spots on the greens are where air flow is restricted. The roughs are a consistent, thick fescue cut short enough that lost balls will be kept to a minimum. All grasses are in excellent condition. Portions of the fairways are very narrow but fairly well groomed. The sand traps, too, are in fairly good condition but, to compete with the nicer clubs in STL, need a little more edging. The course is in excellent condition and is a good value, particularly compared to STL clubs.
Comments: The first few holes at The Country Club at Loch Lloyd are some of the prettiest in the state. Like its sister course, The National, Loch Lloyd provides a difficult test of your golf skills and is immaculately groomed and maintained. The course is tough, with a 144 slope from the tips. Hazards and trouble abound: creeks, lakes, OB, many, many white fluffy bunkers and large, super-fast greens. The greens have a high level of complexity and if you are able to complete a round with NO 3-putts, you are a better man (or woman) than me. This is a very tough course but also a lot of fun. The beautiful roughs (rarely is “beautiful” used as a descriptor of roughs) are consistent and reasonably short so lost balls are kept to a minimum. Many spectacular homes surround the course which adds to its splendor. Like many finer clubs, there are no tee markers so I got lost a couple of times but this course is not open to the public and members know where they are going.
The original front nine was replaced many years ago but it is still available to members for play. It is called the Sechrest Nine and, if I belonged here, I would play this nine often particularly since it gets much less play. Sechrest’s fairways are bentgrass and it is much more narrow and has smaller greens than the 18.
If you know someone who belongs to The Country Club at Loch Lloyd, get yourself invited to play.
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Comments: After having not played Agonquin Golf Club in about 20 years, the course was much better than I remembered. While the course is narrow and fairly short, it is well laid out and you will not feel claustrophobic. As opposed to many courses with limited space, AGC has a driving range . . . and swimming pool . . . and tennis courts . . . and nice club house. The club, however, was still not able to lay the course out to avoid any blind shots to the green. But, even one of the premier courses in St. Louis, St. Louis Country Club, has a couple of blind approach shots, so AGC is in good company. The course is in spectacular condition. All tees, fairways and roughs were in excellent condition and the blue grass roughs were beautiful and mowed to a medium length, so that lost balls, and slower play, will be kept to a minimum. The medium sized-greens too are in stellar condition, have medium complexity with undulation and roll true, even if they are a bit slow. Even the bunkers were well manicured and edged. The layout of the course (short distance from greens to tees) is conducive to walking, however, the fairly steep hills will make it a bit more challenging of a walk. Overall, AGC is a first-class private club and, if you live in the area, you have two wonderful choices of clubs from which to choose, AGC and WCC.