Like planet Earth, a golf ball is spherical, possesses an undulating surface topography, and is stamped with the logo of its parent company. Send tiny copyrighted celestial bodies skyward with today’s Groupon: for $80, you get 18 holes of golf, cart rental, and range balls for two (up to a $169.76 value) at John Daly’s Murder Rock Golf and Country Club in Hollister.
Ranked 25th in Golfweek’s Best New Courses 2010, the site where Civil War–bushwhacker Alfred Bolin and his gang once ambushed unsuspecting travelers is now a luscious par 71 golf course backdropped by the Ozark Mountains. Like shaving your name into the back of your own head, each hole challenges the golfer to solve new puzzles—the 6,600 yards of greenscape mix and match the invigorating long haul of par 5s, tumultuous middle-child par 3s, and the enigmatic nihilism of par 0s. A motorized golf cart whisks you and your partner from shot to shot, and John Daly's lets you work all the hooks, shanks, and accidental ball pulverizations out of your system before your round with a bucket of range balls.
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John Daly’s Murder Rock Golf and Country Club
Celebrated by Golfweek as one of the 40 Best New Courses of 2010, the site where Civil War–bushwhacker Alfred Bolin and his gang once ambushed unsuspecting travelers is now John Daly’s Murder Rock Golf and Country Club. The 18-hole course plots an oscillating, 6,727-yard path over the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The first hole sets the tone for the round with an elevated tee box that looks out 363 yards downhill into the mountainous contours that ripple against the horizon. The par 71 course concludes at the daunting 18th hole—the course’s longest par four and most difficult hole—where an aggressive drive can cut off the corner of a dog-leg right on the way to a severely sloped green and portal into Space Jam.
Legs weary from ascending steep hills or squat-thrusting golf carts can take a load off at Glenn’s at Murder Rock. Amid dark-stained wood paneling and leather-upholstered chairs, the eatery serves an inventive grill menu including steak flatbread sandwiches and pitas stuffed with Cajun-seasoned chicken or shrimp.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course
Length of 6,727 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 72.0 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 129 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
1250 Golf Club Dr.
Hollister, Missouri 65672