The new owners of The Oaks Golf Club renovated the nine-hole Oaks course by expanding greens and adding dimension, resulting in 2,573 rolling yards with elevation variations as high as 50 feet. Take to the par 35 course with a fellow divot devotee and launch dimpled orbs through the air in spirited re-creations of the Apollo 12 moon landing. Each green on the course is now an average of 5,000 square feet in size, with recently built mounding around the holes adding nuance and difficulty to each putt and slice. A recently installed irrigation system helps playing surfaces stay fresh for birdies and impromptu company picnics.
Though Robert Trent Jones himself never stepped foot on Tiffany Greens Golf Club—it opened in 1999, three years after his last course design—his fingerprints are all over the par-72 links. That's because the course was designed by Robert Trent Jones II International, a firm started by the legendary architect's son and the torchbearer of his legacy. In true Jones fashion, the course's zoysia-grass fairways wind through rolling hills and past tree-lined creeks, presenting golfers with numerous opportunities to take calculated risks and show of their mid-range control. As players check off each leg of their round, they can make use of the Prolink GPS yardage and scoring system installed on every cart, which assists in nailing down yardages to the pin and finding the shortest route around a recently crashed UFO.
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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.
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.
With a 4.5-star rating from Golf Digest, Falcon Ridge is a pristine public golf course with impeccably manicured zoysia tees and bentgrass greens. The emerald hills of western Lenexa make an ideal template for the par 72 course, which pits players against 18 holes rife with quicksand traps and reinforced bunkers. As pairs blast a blitzkrieg of pearly projectiles, they can track their shots in a golf cart designed to handle the course’s variegated terrain with ease. Before navigating the sprawl of fairways and flag markers, golfers can dispose of their range balls at a practice area complete with driving range, two-tiered putting surface, and chipping station.