There's still a limestone mine below WinterStone Golf Course in Independence, but there are no more rumbles under the feet of players in mid-afternoon as in years past. Mining has moved to an adjacent site, leaving only occasional faint sounds of blasting, according to WinterStone club professional, Kane Chapman. But having a golf course over an active mine was more of a novelty than anything else on a course that can hold its own to any in the Kansas City region for natural beauty, intriguing design and challenging golf. WinterStone, opened in 2003 in northwest Independence and unfolds over rolling, wooded terrain in a country setting. The holes
The grand dame of Northland golf, Liberty Hills resides in a comfortable countryside setting five miles north of Liberty. At 6530 yards and playing at par 70, it is one of the shorter courses in the Kansas City area, making it an especially easy course to walk. But don't mistake the distance for a lack of challenge. Opened in 1967 as the first country club north of the river, the course features unusually narrow fairways and, resting at the highest point in Clay County, is subjected to more than its fair share of crosswinds. The beautiful greens are protected by numerous pot bunkers with water hazard
The Fourth of July back in 2002 probably arrived with its own celebrations and excitement, but for the folks at Country Creek and the golfers that frequent their golf complex, that day held intense interest for other reasons. Hoot’s Hollow, the newest eighteen hole creation of Jeff McKee’s opened and began hosting golfers willing to take on its many challenges. The Rock and The Quarry, the other courses at the Country Creek complex, have long been known as the “Best Value” in Kansas City Golf by many metro golfers. However, Hoot’s added new features and a different kind of layout to create a unique and
Missouri has been kind to golf enthusiasts by sprinkling charming courses throughout the state. One of the more scenic golf clubs in the Kansas City area is Tiffany Greens, which has been voted as the No. 1 course in the Northland. Located on NW Tiffany Springs Parkway, this course is a gem right near the airport. Tiffany Greens earned its stripes as the former home to the Champions Tour and the TD Waterhouse Championship, which the club hosted until 2003. This par 72 course features lush zoysia fairways and tees, as well as manicured bent grass greens. Natural Landscape The soothing landscape offers
In the twelve years it has been on the Kansas City metro golf scene, Shoal Creek Golf Course has established a reputation as one of the finest public courses not only in the area but in the state. The 6,950-yard, par-71 layout was designed by Steve Wolford and rolls over and around a picturesque landscape just west of Liberty. In July, Shoal Creek will play host to the Kansas City Amateur for a fourth-straight year (sixth overall), and it also has hosted the PGA Midwest Section championships. The course has won numerous accolades, among them is recognition as the top public course in Missouri by
When it comes to standout sports venues in Wyandotte County, Sunflower Hills Golf Course is the golfing equal of the NASCAR track and the new soccer stadium. Opened in 1977, Sunflower Hills is among the most scenic and challenging golf courses in the Kansas City area. It is a rolling, wooded layout where no two holes are alike. The course will test a player's accuracy and distance, but it has five sets of tees to suit everyone's game. The course is set up virtually the same as it was 35 years ago, but got a makeover in 2003 with zoysia fairways, new cart paths and a new
Deer Creek Golf Club, located at 7000 W. 133rd St. in Overland Park, is one of the more challenging courses in Kansas City. Its location just south of 135th and Metcalf makes it a convenient stop for many of the area’s golfers. Additionally, the 18 hole, par 72 course serves as a very popular setting for special events such as weddings, anniversaries, and reunions. So before we discuss the beautiful golf course and its challenging layout, attention must first be paid to the fantastic event hosting at Deer Creek. Course Facilities The course’s facilities include two banquet rooms, each of which can accommodate up to 240 attendees.
In the northeast corner of Independence is a touch of the Ozarks sitting above an active limestone mine. Opened in 2003 by mining owner Harlan Limpus and designed by the Craig Schreiner, WinterStone Golf Course offers an up-and-down layout balanced with challenges for advanced regulars and fairness for average duffers. “I think the layout is unique to the area,” said course superintendent Daryl Pearson, who joined the WinterStone staff in November. “There are not a lot of flat lies. It’s kind of a rollercoaster ride, to be honest, and it’s playable for all levels.” Head professional Kane Chapman said some players tell him WinterStone reminds them of
Accuracy is a key attribute of any good golfer’s game. However, at Deer Creek Golf Course in Overland Park, KS, accuracy is a must. The picturesque course was designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. who utilized the heavily wooded land and wandering creek to create a masterpiece. The layout has always been described as exceptional, but the true allure of the course is that it doesn't rely on length to provide challenge. The course stretches to a modest 6811 yards from the tips and can play as short as 5126 yards, offering every golfer an option to find the right distance.
Great Life Golf and Fitness has made a name for itself in its efforts to re-define the country club experience. River Oaks in Gladstone is just one of its locations in Kansas and Missouri offering 18 holes of golf integrated with a full service fitness club and other amenities. The club is representative of Great Life’s ambition to provide the whole family a place to enjoy and be active at an affordable price. While the clubhouse features a full workout facility complete with treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, free weights and machines, it is the golf that is the centerpiece of River Oaks.