Missouri Golf Courses - Recent Reviews
The Falls Golf Club is a beautiful and interesting public course in O’Fallon, MO. I have found that there is a direct correlation between the photogenicity of a golf course and its level of enjoyment and its quality. The Falls provides an endless supply of great photo opps. It is a lot of fun to play and is well-manicured. The plush zoysia fairways are very narrow in many areas so you will need to drive straight. If you don’t you will find the thick rough . . . or worse yet, hit one of the many $350k homes squeezed together bordering the course. The layout has some very interesting, even quirky (but I love quirky holes), holes, such as the 320 yard #16. To have a shot at the green in regulation you will need to drive about 170 to 190 and keep your ball to the extreme right side of the fairway. If you don’t, you will score at least a double bogey because a large tree on the left blocks your approach to the green and a lake in the middle of the fairway prevents you from driving further than 190 (not that I can drive further anyway). The gently rolling hills would generally translate into a good walking course, however, there is about a ¼ mile between the greens and tees of a couple of different holes. While the course is well manicured, a few of the greens are covered by pock marks, which I assume is caused by people not fixing their ball marks. Please people, always fix your ball marks! Overall, though, The Falls is a great golf course and I would be a regular here if it were a bit closer. It is worth driving at least 30 to 40 miles to play this course . . . particularly if you have never played this course and are wanting to play a new and unique track.
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The Links at Dardenne is a very playable par 72, 18 hole course located in O’Fallon, MO about 3 miles south of I-70 and 3 miles east of 40/61 (close to where 70 and 40 intersect west of the city). This course opens at 6:30 am and it is packed with individual and league play on most mornings. The course is flat and does not have lot of flash, just good basic golf. Most holes have one sand trap, typically protecting the green. There is some water and the medium-sized greens are sloped from one side to the other with minimal complexity. If you hit your shot dramatically off target you are likely to end up in the deep and thick natural Missouri grasses flanking most fairways. Thankfully, the fairways are wide and generous. Overall, The Links at Dardenne is a nice golfing experience with an equally nice customer base.
I have not played Bogey Hills Country Club in many years and, oh my, has it changed. This private course is likely the best kept golf secret in St. Louis. The course could easily compete with any of the top tier courses in St. Louis. But, because it is in St. Charles it does not get the recognition it deserves. Bad for St. Louisans; GREAT for St. Charlesians, and the surrounding communities. If there is not a long wait list to join this club something is wrong.
Bogey Hill Country Club is also as conveniently located as you will find, just to the south of I-70 and Zumbehl. The course has the look and feel of an old school country club with its fairways lined with large, mature trees and it is wonderfully manicured. The club house belies the its 60-year heritage since it was apparently rebuilt a few years ago because of a fire.
There are many white sand traps and mounds in the fairway and surrounding many of the greens. The roughs are a bit long but that could have been only on the day we visited. All of the grasses seem to be in wonderful condition. The large greens run true and have moderate undulation.