Missouri Golf Courses - Recent Reviews
The Falls Golf Club is a beautiful and interesting public course in O’Fallon, MO. I have found that there is a direct correlation between the photogenicity of a golf course and its level of enjoyment and its quality. The Falls provides an endless supply of great photo opps. It is a lot of fun to play and is well-manicured. The plush zoysia fairways are very narrow in many areas so you will need to drive straight. If you don’t you will find the thick rough . . . or worse yet, hit one of the many $350k homes squeezed together bordering the course. The layout has some very interesting, even quirky (but I love quirky holes), holes, such as the 320 yard #16. To have a shot at the green in regulation you will need to drive about 170 to 190 and keep your ball to the extreme right side of the fairway. If you don’t, you will score at least a double bogey because a large tree on the left blocks your approach to the green and a lake in the middle of the fairway prevents you from driving further than 190 (not that I can drive further anyway). The gently rolling hills would generally translate into a good walking course, however, there is about a ¼ mile between the greens and tees of a couple of different holes. While the course is well manicured, a few of the greens are covered by pock marks, which I assume is caused by people not fixing their ball marks. Please people, always fix your ball marks! Overall, though, The Falls is a great golf course and I would be a regular here if it were a bit closer. It is worth driving at least 30 to 40 miles to play this course . . . particularly if you have never played this course and are wanting to play a new and unique track.
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Sugar Creek Golf Course in St. Louis / High Ridge, MO is possibly one of the hilliest courses in the state, if not THE hilliest. But, with those hills comes: 1) some very interesting holes and 2) a very real potential of a heart attack if you try to walk it . . . no matter your age. Almost every hole is impacted by the steep hills to some degree but that just reinforces the course’s character. The fifth hole has got to be the steepest (straight) uphill par 3 in the state. While it is only 165 yards, it plays to almost 200 yards. Then #7 a 139 yard par 3 straight downhill plays to about 100 yards. It is definitely a funky course, but it sure is fun! The small to medium-size greens are flat with minimal undulation, except for the slope from back to front for drainage. Since no two holes are contiguous to any other hole, and the course has a lot of thick woods surrounding it, you WILL lose balls unless you are striking the ball well and straight. There is just not a lot of room for stray shots. Overall, the course needs a little TLC including the janky cart paths, but I would still recommend playing this course at least once. Plus, their green and cart fees are very reasonable, particularly for seniors.
I have not played Bogey Hills Country Club in many years and, oh my, has it changed. This private course is likely the best kept golf secret in St. Louis. The course could easily compete with any of the top tier courses in St. Louis. But, because it is in St. Charles it does not get the recognition it deserves. Bad for St. Louisans; GREAT for St. Charlesians, and the surrounding communities. If there is not a long wait list to join this club something is wrong.
Bogey Hill Country Club is also as conveniently located as you will find, just to the south of I-70 and Zumbehl. The course has the look and feel of an old school country club with its fairways lined with large, mature trees and it is wonderfully manicured. The club house belies the its 60-year heritage since it was apparently rebuilt a few years ago because of a fire.
There are many white sand traps and mounds in the fairway and surrounding many of the greens. The roughs are a bit long but that could have been only on the day we visited. All of the grasses seem to be in wonderful condition. The large greens run true and have moderate undulation.