Since 1915, Excelsior Springs Golf Course has been challenging orb-smashing novices and professional putters alike with its championship, par 72 golf course, having hosted current PGA regulars Tom Watson, Payne Stewart, and Tom Pernice. Tee off toward 18 pins spread over 6,603 yards of rolling hills, elevation changes, and challenging obstructions, including fully grown trees, water hazards, and a seven-foot basketball center guarding the hole and ready to block any incoming shots. Cushy golf carts whisk club-carriers from zoysia-grass fairways to well-manicured greens, allowing golfers to breeze down the 475-yard tree-lined 15th hole. After playing through, ditch the cart and hone your home-run swing with a bucket of balls at the on-site driving range.
Since opening its fairways in 1967, Liberty Hills Golf Club has cultivated a golf environment that challenges all players with a versatile landscape that earned it hosting rights to the 2005 Missouri Amateur tournament and several Midwest Section PGA events. Starting out from the stately white clubhouse that anchors the club’s 140 acres of rolling terrain, golfers embark on a 6,530-yard jaunt that culminates at the highest elevation in Clay County. The fairways coil around two large central ponds that bear heavily on shot-making decisions, forcing them to choose between attempting to play a hook shot or hook a fish for lunch.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,530 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 130 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Shoal Creek boasts a verdant driving range of wide-open grassy landing areas. Golfers can whack 200 Top-Flite balls from one of six lit target greens or save some spheres for the short-game area, replete with sand bunker, wedge area, and golf-cart drag strip. With a complimentary pop (choose from a selection of Coke beverages) or Dasani bottled water, swingers can perfect their form at their own pace under the sun or beneath a heated covershot unit that shields clubs from frostbite.
Both awarded a Four Star rating by Golf Digest, the Outlaw and Posse courses at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex hug the jagged waterline of Smithville Lake, jutting out onto peninsulas to incorporate picturesque coves. Sculpted into the landscape in 1982, the original Posse course leads golfers over rolling bluegrass fairways that present multiple opportunities for golfers to appreciate the lake's grandeur and make bets with willing waterfowl. The Outlaw course, characterized by zoysia fairways, large greens, and ample opportunities to bask in the maritime surroundings, was added 12 years later. Wind makes for a formidable foe on both courses, placing a premium on proper club selection and choice of ball flight.
Posse Course at a Glance:
Outlaw Course at a Glance:
The Maple Creek Golf & Athletic Club's newly upgraded miniature-golf facilities offer two full courses of diminutive putting in an ample recreational complex. Players can direct orbs around angular obstacles or watch the action from a party deck situated next to the course. Recently replaced carpets on every putting fairway guarantee smooth breaks as golfers line up shots to bounce off of walls or gusts of wind for holes-in-one. Pairs can rest at tables alongside the links to enjoy the club's sylvan atmosphere or shoo away pintsize caddies trying to nibble on their shoelaces.
Rockwood Golf Club’s short but challenging par 70 course once attracted the putting prowess of Harry S Truman, a former member before he became president, and still entertains club wielders today. Twosomes of all skill levels will take pleasure in Rockwood’s 18-hole haven of short-game skill, negotiating tight tree-lined fairways and avoiding liquid hazards, such as plentiful ponds and the temptation to drink nonpotable ball-washer fluid. Short approaches to each green are offset by a reliance on accurate tee shots, quality chips, and smooth putts over quick greens. With a loaner from Rockwood’s cart corral, legs can avoid the tiring trek from shot to shot and focus more energy on an aspiring music career.