Missouri Golf Courses - Recent Reviews
Comments: River Oaks Golf Club is mature with many large trees and could easily be mistaken for a Lake of the Ozarks resort-style course, particularly if it was better groomed. The fairways are narrow and their medium-size greens are flat. Even though the course is fairly short and all of their grasses have trouble spots, there are many fun holes that will put your golf skills to test. It has good bones but is in need of a larger budget to bring out its best. River Oaks Golf Club is another GreatLife Golf and Fitness course. Their modus operandi seems to be that they put a lot of money into their premier courses, which are extraordinary, at the expense of the second tier courses, like River Oaks. While I often criticize the condition of GreatLife’s second-tier courses, they really do offer attractive pricing structures and, if I lived on the west coast of MO, I would definitely be a member.
Comments: Grand Summit Golf and Country Club in Kansas City, MO is a well maintained semi-private course located just east of Highway 47 in Grandview. The course was established in 2002 as a private country club and still has 300+ members but opened the course up to the public a few years ago. The green fees are very reasonable for a course of this quality and, if you play primarily public courses, it is worth the drive south of KC. The course is interesting and has a lot of personality. Most greens have one very large bunker guarding the front and there are a few strategically placed traps in fairways. The slope rating for the tips is 140, which is representative of the difficulty. Not many courses have that high of a slope. The back 9 is definitely more difficult but, if you can hit straight and shape your shots, you will enjoy the challenges. The front 9 is much more forgiving but you will need to carry the ball further. A few of the fairways have a significant slope to one side or the other and just adds to the challenge of the course.
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Comments: Quirkiest golf course in Kansas City? Teetering Rocks Golf Course is located in Raytown, MO, a suburb of Kansas City. This course may be one of the funkiest and quirkiest courses in our great state. First of all, it is a par 66, 36 on the front and 30 on the back. Secondly, it has several very oddly-shaped greens like the 3rd hole’s green which is shaped like a heart, even with the point at the bottom (see picture). Thirdly, it has some sort of Loch Ness Monster overlooking the 10th tee (see pictures). Then there is the 313 yard, fishhook-shaped par 5 (yep, you read that right 313 yard par 5) . . . and it really deserves to be a par 5 because there is almost no way to reach the green in 2. As you approach the green, the fairway fishhooks sharply to the right around thick woods. To have a chance of even getting on the green in 3 you have to leave your ball almost exactly 80 yards from the pin. If your second shot is not far enough to make the sharp right turn around the trees you will have to lay up again.
Quirkiness aside, the course is in fair condition but I wouldn’t let that stop me from playing here, at least once. It is a fun and challenging course but you had better bring your short A-Game; you’re going to need it to position your ball if you want to score well. As short as the course is, however, I would not recommend walking because of the extreme hills and the extreme distance between some of the greens and next tee.