Missouri Golf Courses - Recent Reviews
Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Missouri has a wonderful reputation and for good reason. This is one of the most enjoyable golfing experiences in Missouri. I would rate it in my Top 10 Favorite Courses in the state. If not for the long, patchy and inconsistent roughs I would have given this club 5 out of 5 “golf balls.” Besides the roughs, the course’s grasses are very well maintained and were almost perfect . . . befitting of a top tier club. The multi-tiered greens were large and had a medium level of complexity. And, the Zoysia tee boxes and fairways were immaculate. Typically, houses on the parameter a golf course are distracting. Not at Highland Springs. The houses are almost worth the price of admission by themselves, selling up to $4 million. There were many that seemed to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and had a mid-century modern vibe (I obviously watch too much HGTV). I loved this course and will definitely play it again; this time to savor every moment.
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Paradise Pointe Golf Complex, in Kansas City, Missouri (Smithville) has two courses, The Posse Course and the Outlaw Course. Think of them as maternal twins. While their DNA is very similar, there are some fairly significant differences . . . much like a red haired boy and brown haired girl set of twins. Same parents but different chromosomes. The biggest difference in the two courses is that The Posse has Blue grass tees and fairways. The Outlaw has Zoysia. I actually prefer Blue grass if it is nurtured and maintained properly, as The Posse is. Both courses have a few prime real estate holes that are adjacent to the lake (although I prefer The Posse’s lake holes) and both have plenty of fairway and green-side bunkers. For whatever reason, The Outlaw’s sand seemed to be more consistently well maintained. Now for the similarities. Both courses are a Par 72 that are just over 7,000 yards from the tips. Both offer a great test of golfing skills that will require using every club in your bag. Both have a thick rough that are a bit too long for speedy play. Both have medium-size greens that are a little slow but roll true with a low level of complexity. Both have a few holes that offer sweeping views of the lake and course (I give the edge to Outlaw here). Both have pot bunkers guarding many of the greens. The comparisons can go on and on. But, make your own comparisons. Both courses are worth playing. So, take a little drive into the country of Clay County and enjoy two rounds of great golf.
If you only want to play pristine and perfect golf courses, you probably shouldn’t travel to west central Missouri to play Redneck Country Club. It is located about 15 miles southwest of Warrensburg in Holden, Missouri. But, this course definitely knows its brand, starting with its name. Frankly, Redneck Country Club is now one of my favorite courses in the state. It is all about providing a product to a great rural community (Holden, MO). And, its just not golf. The inside of the clubhouse looks more like a a rural dance hall (or at least my perception of what a farming community dance hall would look like). It has a very rustic look, smell and vibe. Apparently many types of local events and activities happen here. There was even a box of poker chips on one of the tables. Outside, there is a horse shoe pit, a stage for live entertainment and other non-golf activities. The golf course itself is a very short layout with sand greens. Not ideal golfing conditions but at least it is a nice sand green course, as far as sand green courses go. If you want a very different golfing experience, I think it is worth the drive, if you are in the general area. I mean, it is worth playing there just so you can say you played Redneck Country Club. Only in Missouri folks.