Missouri Golf Courses - Recent Reviews
Comments: WinterStone Golf Course is absolutely a great public course, located in Kansas City. I think it is one of the best in Missouri and an excellent value. The greens, tees and fairway grasses are among the best in the state. The roughs are thick and lush but too long for my taste. Besides making it more difficult to find your ball, you will need to add one or two clubs distance for most balls out of the rough. As the assistant pro, Jeremey Bailey, said “Yep, they’re ‘healthy’.” Each of the of medium-sized greens are fast and are protected by a well-manicured large sand trap. WinterStone also has the widest cart paths I have seen which wind through the course and make it virtually impossible to get lost. WinterStone is another example of why KC boasts of the best public courses in the state. So far the tally is: Best Public Courses – Kansas City, followed by Branson. Best Private St. Louis.
Comments: Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas City, MO is a mid-century country club right off of State Line in south KC. The course doesn’t have a lot of “flash” but it is a good, solid course with a nice layout and design. The beautifully maintained and lush fairways are lined with mature trees so keeping it on the short stuff will keep your score down. The roughs are long and somewhat punitive but there is a first cut bordering the fairways, which is a touch only the nicest courses bother with. The greens are large with many subtle rolls and bumps, although they are a bit slow for a course of this quality. A few of the greens had some minor trouble areas but, as conscientious as the superintendent is, this is likely just a temporary problem. The tee boxes, greens and first cut rough grasses are actually some of the nicest in the state and, if we were rating it solely on the quality of the grass, this course would rate a 4.5 out of 5. But, factoring in the lack of hospitality from the course’s management and minimal accent landscaping, we are only able to give it an overall rating of 3.5. But, if you are able to ignore my pettiness Blue Hills Country Club is actually one of the nicer country clubs in Kansas City (MO – KS seems to have cornered the market, however, on elite country clubs). If you have the opportunity and can get by the sentry guards posted at the entrance, play this course. It is actually quite nice.
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Comments: It is actually quite amazing that Lockwood, MO - population of 936 - even has a golf course. I have noticed while traveling throughout the state playing every public and private course that the minimum population threshold for having a golf course is 1,000 . . . and that is typically a low quality course, such as one with a sand green course. While we rated Lockwood Municipal Golf Course in Lockwood, MO 2 out of 5 golf balls, it deserves 5 out of 5 for courses in cities with less than 1,000 residents. Even though it was raining and the course was closed, their superintendent, Darin Parker, met me at the course and was a knowledgeable and hospitable host. Lockwood Golf Course is an excellent value and layout. Considering the course's budget and current irrigation system, the grasses are in fairly good condition. The greens are small and flat but rolled fairly true. I also sensed that Lockwood residents take a lot of pride in their community and their golf course.