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Established inside St. Louis Union Station in 2004, Galactic Glow Putt provides an interstellar arena for friendly and familial mini-golf competition. The sci-fi themed course is strewn with the trappings of space travel, including astral artwork, UV light, and Buzz Aldrin's memory-foam neck pillow. Ricochet angle shots under the glowing night sky, or play through a wire-strewn molecular teleporter, which miraculously and imperceptibly transports those who travel through it three inches to the left. The course opens its gates to Earthlings from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday–Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

1820 Market Street
St. Louis,
MO
US

Normandie Golf Club was built in 1901 according to the St. Andrews style, lending it a historic feel with unique routing and challenging, classic play. The par-71 course stretches across a bit more than 6,500 yards of hill-to-valley patterns. Elevated tees and greens on holes 7, 8, and 9 typify the Foulis layout, especially the par-5 right dogleg on hole 7 and the par-56 hedge maze on hole 13. Pinpoint accuracy is demanded by hole 12’s short downhill par 3, while the two-tiered green on the tame-looking 14th hole has deceived pro golfing legends such as Babe Didrikson and just plain legends such as Babe Ruth and Dizzy Dean, who both insisted on using bats instead of clubs. Unlike them, however, golfers can avoid distractions by zooming between holes on one of the course’s carts, and warm up on the driving range with a bucket of balls.

7605 Saint Charles Rock Rd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

The rolling Missouri countryside serves as the backdrop for Eagle Springs Golf Course, where players test their swings across a 27-hole golf complex. A par 72 when played from the back tees, Eagle Springs' 18-hole course stretches across 6,549 yards of undulating fairways, tricky sand-trap placements, and relatively large, hard-to-read greens. Though it has a predominantly parkland-style layout, ponds come into play on five holes, keeping golfers on their toes and tempting underused caddies to dive after balls in hopes of earning respect. Eagle Springs' nine-hole, par 3 course invites golfers to hone their short-game skills across a 1,270-yard layout.

Views of the course abound from the Clubhouse Restaurant, which serves a full lunch and dinner menu. For golfers hoping to snag a bite at the turn, a snack bar provides fairway smoothies and snacks including danishes, muffins, hot dogs, and egg sandwiches.

Championship Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Length of 6,549 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 71.4 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees
  • Four tee options
  • Scorecard
2575 Redman Rd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

GolfTEC has two convenient locations in Charlotte, both staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s PGA specialists point out your flaws, strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you’ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.

190 Carondelet Plz
Saint Louis,
MO
US

With the Gateway Arch towering in the background, Gateway National Golf Links tests players with 18 holes of rolling links and lush green pastures. Tall grasses, lakes, and soaring cottonwoods fill in the rest of the landscape, with stone bridges and raised boardwalks leading the way from one hole to the next. Several of the holes offer views of downtown St. Louis, including on hole three, where golfers can see the skyline and the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in the distance. Before taking on the challenges of the course, visitors can get some practice swings in at Gateway National's various practice facilities, highlighted by a spacious putting green and a driving range.

Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par-71 course * Total length of 7,178 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 75.0 from the back tees * Slope of 138 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * Click here to view the scorecard

18 Golf Dr
Madison,
IL
US

Since 1931, golfers have been hacking out divots and splashing golf balls into water at architect Robert Foulis's St. Louis masterwork, Ruth Park Golf Course. That, of course, was always the esteemed Scotsman's plan, though he may never have envisioned players continuing to play his 9-hole course almost 100 years in the future, at least without hovercrafts. Golfers can enjoy the abundant natural surroundings that frame the Zoysia grass tees, fairways, and bent grass greens. Before or after rounds, players can make use of the grass tees and 25 hitting mats at the driving range, which conveniently stays lit after dusk for some late night practice sessions.

Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 35 course * Total length of 3,023 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 34.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 115 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard

8211 Groby Rd
Saint Louis,
MO
US