Missouri Golf Courses - Recent Reviews
Comments: Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, MO is a very playable and fun course located just a Par 5 or so from the KC Zoo and Starlight Theatre. This course is no push over and there are many ways to get yourself into lots of trouble. All in all, Swope Memorial is a wonderful public course and should be on any Kansas City golfer’s list of courses to play consistently or periodically.
Comments: Established in 1881, Oakwood Country Club in Kansas City, MO is the oldest country club in the region and possibly the state. Many well known celebrities and golfing royalty have frequented this club over the years, including Harry Truman, who is known to have visited the club numerous times over his life. The course has the look and feel of an old school country club and it provides quite a test of your golfing skills. Tom Watson redesigned the course in 1991 and I’ve got to think he missed his calling as a prison architect. True to an old school country club course, the fairways are lined with mature trees and most greens are protected by 2 or 3 sentries, of the sand trap variety. So, keeping your ball in the fairways (and not in the trees or sand) is critical; one errant ball will add one or two strokes to that hole’s score. The course is very well groomed and maintained. The club house is beautiful and stately as you might imagine for a club with this pedigree. Interestingly, the front nine has few cart paths so, if it rains hard, members may be restricted to the back nine. Oakwood Country Club is one of the most notable clubs in KC. It is hidden in the 435/Holmes area so, if you can find it and know a member, ask them nicely to host you at this fine club.
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Comments: Fred Arbanas Golf Course in Kansas City, MO was a pleasant surprise. The course is owned by Jackson County and I thought it would be your typical muni course . . . but it is far from it. Fred Arbanas GC is likely one of the top muni courses in the state and one of the best golfing values in Missouri. Besides being extraordinarily well maintained and groomed, with great grasses, the course sits on Longview Lake with 2 or 3 greens overlooking this large lake. It felt like I was playing at one of the great courses at the Lake. Also, according to one of the three pros at the course, Fred Arbanas GC is a “Lesson Factory.” And, by the way they manage the course, I’ve got to think they are skilled at teaching too.