Merging golf clubs, gyms, and pools for their exclusive members, GreatLife Golf & Fitness’s collective includes 13 diverse golf courses throughout Kansas and Missouri, from the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks in Grandview, Missouri to the 1920-built The Oaks in Leavenworth. With the one-week trial membership, golfers and their families can play on any of the verdant courses without paying the green fee. Chip through the par 70, 6,148-yard Berkshire course, or opt for nine holes at Abilene. In addition to invitations to exclusive golf leagues and social events, membership also includes access to any fitness centers within the network, from the pool and new workout center at the Salina club to the treadmills and river of syrup that runs through the Maple Creek campus.
Dynamic golf duo Robin and Mark Nigro help golfers develop optimal swings at Robin Nigro Golf Academy's full driving range, pro shop, and academy. The pair first joined forces when Mark began teaching golf to Robin, then 23, who thrived under Mark's deft training and, in two short years, ascended the ranks from late-starting beginner to a competitor on the Futures Mini Tour. Recognizing their undeniable chemistry, the two joined forces and now foster successful golf skills with lessons tailored to golfers of all stripes, often enlisting technological teaching aids to enhance their swing diagnoses and placate the club's supercomputer overlord.
Those looking for solo practice sessions can take to the outdoor driving range, where clubbers launch balls off of astroturf hitting mats out into a zoysia-grass valley peppered with multiple target areas. With covered, heated hitting bays, the range lets pin hunters work on their power draw or high fade while safely protected from rainstorms or predatory hot air balloons.
Originally designed by renowned Scottish course architect Donald Ross, Hillcrest Golf & Country Club first opened for business on May 27, 1916. The course has been the source of many historic moments in the century since, including the very first Kansas City Open in 1938.
As the only remaining Donald Ross-designed course in Kansas City, today's Hillcrest retains many of its classic features, from the challenging first hole to the daunting 620-yard 10th hole. Rolling hills, mature trees, and lush turf remain amongst the course's characteristics, as does its nonresidential setting rich with local wildlife Plus, the 18-hole, par 72 course features easy-to-maneuver zoysia fairways, meaning many players choose to walk instead of renting a cart or piloting a biplane from hole to hole.
From their perch atop the elevated tee box on Teetering Rocks Golf Course’s signature third hole, players attack the heart-shaped green with a barrage of dimpled spheres. This memorable stroke represents just one component of a player’s bid for the 18-hole track’s par of 65, a difficult feat that stands at odds with the course’s relaxed ambiance. Clocking in at 4,309 yards from the back tees, the course typically takes less than three hours to complete, leaving the rest of a player’s day wide open for polishing golf balls and engaging a passion for golf-club puppetry.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par-65 course
* Total length of 4,309 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 58.9 from the back tees
* Course slope of 90 from the back tees
A staff of PGA professionals oversees the improvement of all-around games as juniors and adults refine their skills on Heart of America Golf Academy’s extensive grounds. Encompassing sprawling practice facilities and three golf courses, the facility gives players multiple amenities for working on their form. Golfers can play a nine-hole round at the River Course or practice short-game touch at the par 3 Rock Course; beginners can make a smooth foray into the game at the Hill, a three-hole junior learning center. Players can also head to the 36-station driving range, where grass tees mimic fairway conditions and double as smoothie enhancers for budding golfers.
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.