Missouri Golf Courses - Recent Reviews
Lake Forest Country Club is a beautiful country club in Lake St. Louis. The course is well manicured and is in wonderful condition. It was designed by renowned local architect Gary Kern and opened for play in 1985. If you are not hitting straight, you will undoubtedly find trouble in the form of 35 year old trees, very large sand traps a little smaller than the Mohave Desert protecting the wide and plush zoysia fairways and greens, lakes, creeks, OB, etc. If you are hitting reasonably straight you will have some success because all of the grasses are in excellent condition and you will have consistent lies. 3-putts will regrettably be common on the LFCC greens because some are very large, measuring up to 120 feet wide, with medium complexity and are pretty slick. On the day we played they were running at about a 10. Also, like many top-tier clubs, Lake Forest accentuates the course with many plants, flowers, natural grasses and landscaping. The club is also reasonably priced for a private club. If you live in the Lake St. Louis area and are looking for a golf, tennis, pickle ball and swimming home you need to visit the club.
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Heritage of Hawk Ridge is a Par 3 course in Lake St. Louis, MO. We rated it 2 out of 5 stars exclusively because it is a Par 3 course. But, if it were an 18 hole course, we would have rated it a 3.5. It is actually a nice and very playable course. This Par 27’s tees (Zoysia) and greens (Bentgrass) are in excellent and consistent condition. The fairways are irrelevant because it is a Par 3 course. Regardless, the fairways are comprised of a mix of short fescue/blue and are in reasonable condition. Heritage of Hawk Ridge is probably not worth too long of a drive to play . . . but, if I lived in the area I would love to play here, particularly if I wanted to work on my short game. Also, do not consider this a push-over Par 3. There are 7 traps and a you will have to hit over a fairly large lake at least twice (from the Blue tees).
Bear Creek Golf Club, designed by one of Missouri’s most prodigious courses architects, Gary Kerns, offers a spectacular value in Wentzville, just 30 minutes from Lambert International. They use a dynamic pricing model, but you can play for under $30 on weekdays, depending on demand. $30 for 18 holes on a course of this quality is an exceptional deal. Except for a few areas, likely caused by winter kill, all of the grasses (tees, greens, fairways and roughs) are in great shape. The course challenges you with huge bunkers (many heart shaped) guarding select greens and fairways, water hazards, OB and large greens. The greens are a tad bit on the slow side and have low complexity, thus minimizing 3-putts. Like many Ozark resort courses, most holes at BC, are lined by trees and/or houses and are not contiguous to any other hole. Also like resort-style courses, there is quite a distance between certain greens and the next tee, so walking the course would be challenging . . . although some hardy folk do it regularly. While all holes work together to create a wonderful golfing experience, each hole has its own personality. If you live in west St. Louis county or anywhere within a reasonable driving distance from the Foristell exit on I-70, make a tee time at Bear Creek.
A special thanks to Kirk Porter the PGA pro who manages two great courses, Bear Creek and Sun Valley in Elsberry.