An Inside Look at the 2016 Kansas City Golf Show

Kansas City Golf Show

What’s the one advantage to Kansas City’s cold weather? The promise of warmer days, of course! What comes with those? Golf season! Like many golf enthusiasts throughout Kansas City, the anticipation of golf season is always an exciting one. Want to know the best way to gear up for another great season? How about attending the Kansas City Golf Show? That’s right, it’s that time of year again, and it’s right around the corner with tons of front door freebies. This year, we had the pleasure of catching up with the Dick Stephens, the CEO of Varsity Communications. As the host of the Kansas City Golf

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Drumm Farm Fitness

Drumm Farm Fitness

With the grand opening of the Drumm Farm Fitness Center in Independence, GreatLife Golf & Fitness looks to provide a quality fitness experience to golfers and non-golfers alike. Dozens enjoyed appetizers, prizes, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony as they viewed the new state-of-the-art fitness equipment and met with Drumm Farm staff and trainers from Elite Golf & Fitness. GreatLife owner Rick Farrant hopes the new facility will attract people with a wide variety of fitness interests, and maybe some of them will become golfers, too. “Essentially, we’re creating golfers, which is kind of hard to do these days, so it’s very exciting for us,” he said. “If we

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Piller Wins Web.com’s Digital Ally Open In Overland Park

The weather was certainly hot – as was the golf last weekend during the Web.com Tour’s Digital Ally Open at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.  The Overland Park country club again hosted the event for the PGA Tour’s “second tier” as Martin Piller, from Dallas, Texas, recorded his second win of the year with a record setting performance. Finishing at 26-under, he shattered the previous tournament record set by James Nitties in 2011 by five shots.  His week included a very strong bogey-free final day at 6-under, finishing with two birdies on the final two holes.  He said of his round, “I didn't have any

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Topgolf Opens To Deliver A New Golfing Experience

Topgolf

Topgolf, in the behemoth new building at 107th and Nall Avenue in Overland Park, looks nothing like a driving range from the outside - and for good reason. Topgolf is much more than a place to practice your drivers, irons, and wedges. In fact, more than 50 percent of the people who walk through the door of Topgolf facilities around the United States have never swung a golf club, said Marissa Olberding, marketing manager for Topgolf in Overland Park. “We cater to a very large demographic,” Olberding said. Families, young people, men and women of all ranges of golf ability or none at all play at Topgolf, which opened

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Historic Golf From Donald Ross: Hillcrest

Donald Ross was born in 1872 and served an apprenticeship with Old Tom Morris before coming to America where he quickly became the head professional at Pinehurst in North Carolina. He then went on to design and construct some of the game’s most famous and iconic golf courses – courses like Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 2014 US Open, as well as Congressional, Aronimink, Oak Hill, Inverness, and Oakland Hills, each of which has hosted the most prestigious amateur and professional golf events, including several of golf’s majors. He also designed a golfing gem right here in Kansas City that remained private for much of its

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Golfers Venture Indoors For The Kansas City Golf Show

Unseasonably warm weather outside didn’t keep thousands of golfers from heading indoors over the weekend of February 6, 7, and 8 for the annual Kansas City Golf Show at the Overland Park Convention Center. Golf enthusiasts formed long lines to get into the show each day, with early birds getting a free sleeve of golf balls and free rounds of golf at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club and Prairie Highlands Golf Course before they even got into the show itself. The show featured several high-tech hitting nets where golfers could test shot accuracy and driving for prizes. Bob LaPorte took a stab at chipping a ball through

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Kansas City Golf in 2015: What You Need To Know

Golf is never far from the avid player’s mind, even in the dead of winter. Fortunately, the start of the New Year brings plenty of golf diversions, including the upcoming Kansas City Golf Show. Local courses, meanwhile, are getting ready for the new season by setting their annual pass programs and other promotions. The newest addition to local golf is still taking shape and it’s hard to miss. Just drive down Nall Avenue on the north side of I-435 in Overland Park. That towering net surrounding a construction site is part of the new TopGolf entertainment complex due to open this summer. TopGolf will be a

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KC Golf Courses Worth The Walk

One evolution in golf course design is that new courses are usually not friendly to walkers. They are often built in subdivisions or in rugged terrain, necessitating holes to be spread out and with long distances from greens to tees. It's also a good source of revenue for courses to rent carts.  But, alas, Kansas City still has a lot of courses you can walk, some much less strenuous than others. We have played and walked all but one of the courses below. Based on that experience and chats with some of the pro shops, here is our rundown on walkable courses.

Fred Arbanas

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Swing Tips for Women to Generate More Power

Tips for women

Nearly every player wants to hit the ball farther. It is no secret, that, on average, women tend to hit the ball with less distance than their male counterparts.  What then happens is that women are often forced to place an emphasis on their short game and, in fact, often have very strong skills around the greens. However, distance can really help in several situations on the golf course, so rather than give up on hitting the ball farther there are a few simple techniques you can try first. In general, this requires a focus on swing fundamentals to ensure maximum energy is transferred to

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Tailgating Prowess: Just in Time for Football

Kansas City

What’s the difference between a picnic and a tailgate party? This question was put to me by Joe Cahn. If you don’t know, and probably you don’t, Cahn is the official Commissioner of Tailgating. Or as he prefers to be called, The Commish. It’s a position he’s held with honor since 1996, when he gave himself the title. Right after selling his cooking school in New Orleans and taking to the open road to promote and partake in what he calls, “the last great neighborhood of the American social.” Or what you and I call tailgate parties. Each year, Cahn says, he visits tailgate parties at 28 professional

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