Off the Beaten Path – Golf Day Trips

Some people enjoy the familiarity of playing their favorite golf course each week, allowing them to understand every undulation of the greens, even to know every blade of grass. Others though appreciate the challenge and excitement of visiting new courses. The Kansas City area has dozens of courses that are within a relatively short drive. These hidden gems are reasonably priced and provide a nice change of pace. We’re going to highlight five golf courses in the Kansas City area that you may not have visited recently, three of which fit under the Great Life KC membership package (the first three below). And to make the most

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Dave Pelz – Games To Make You A Better Putter

Find the Right Putter for Your Game

In a round of golf, more strokes are played with the putter than any other club. Most people know they need to practice putting, but the challenge is with how and what exactly to practice. In his book, Dave Pelz’s Putting Games, Dave Pelz outlines how golfers should go about assessing their overall putting skills and playing a number of games (or drills) focused on improving areas of weakness. For this edition of the KC Golfer Magazine Pro Tip, we spent some time with his book to give you a feel for how it can make you a better putter. His book starts off

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Kansas City Golf Show – Abundance

Kansas City Golf Show

A record number of free golf rounds and unprecedented numbers of golf equipment choices highlighted the three-day Kansas City Golf Show on Feb. 17-19 at the Overland Park Convention Center. At the door, visitors received whole host of gifts and giveaways including rounds of golf at the Lake of the Ozarks, a week pass to this year's Digital Ally Open on the Web.com Tour, and three local rounds of golf from Great Life KC, owner and operator of 18 area golf courses. Balmy weather all weekend put the 7,000 visitors to the show in the mood for golf. Some 100 exhibitors were on hand, including a

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Deer Creek and Falcon Ridge Join GreatLife

GreatLife

The GreatLife golf family just got bigger. The regional golf and fitness group has added Deer Creek, Falcon Ridge and Wichita’s Tallgrass to its group of fourteen (14) GreatLifeKC courses. During a July 29 open house, GreatLife owner Doug Albers explained why the addition of these courses made sense. “It’s a great addition to the courses we already have in our family,” he said. “Now we’re somewhat on the Johnson County side. We’ve had a heavy presence on the Missouri side of the state line, until we got Canyon Farms recently. Now we get to kind of round out this side of town. In the big 435 loop

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Digital Ally Open 2016 – Excitement from Start to Finish

The Digital Ally Open came to Overland Park August 4th through the 8th.  Champion Wesley Bryan prevailed in a three-man playoff that capped a week of fun and excitement.   Bryan actually ended up taking home three items during the award ceremony on the 18th green following play - his trophy, first place winner's check, and a brand new PGA Tour card by way of winning his third title this season on the Web.com Tour. To read more about the tournament, visit the PGA Tour's coverage of the event here.   What follows are our favorite images of a fun-filled week of professional golf right

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Whiskey and Golf – Enough Said

Whiskey and Golf

To quote the famous Mark Twain, who once claimed, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough” so do many think similarly of golf. In fact, it has been said, and often attempted to be confirmed, that it takes eighteen shots to finish off a fifth of Scotch and thus, why the Scottish invented the game to cover eighteen holes. Any more to a round of golf and a golfer would have to play dry over the last few holes. While that specific connection may or may not be true, it is true that Scotch and golf have gone together

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Sand Creek – Exceptional Golfing Worth the Trip

Sand Creek

There’s a story. Of course there’s a story - and it's one that makes for a good day trip, among other things. A single tree on a 613-yard par-5, the second hole on a links-style golf course, is not bestowed the honor of a nickname without a story. As trees tend to go on golf courses, this one was a problem. For starters, it was huge – a “goliath” as Sand Creek Station head pro Zach Frey described it. And it was also directly impeding architect Jeff Brauer’s intended design for the hole. Now, Brauer had dealt with trees well before he took on Sand Creek

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First Timer’s Guide to The Masters

[Editor's Note:  With the Masters approaching, we are re-publishing this article originally posted April 2015] Every golfer dreams of getting the chance to see firsthand the sacred golf ground that is Augusta National for the annual playing of the Masters golf tournament each April. And for those that have been, the dream quickly becomes getting the chance to go back. For me, my first trip was [last] year. I learned a lot in that trip and have a few tips I would recommend to any first-timer. But first, let me share a little about my first day at Augusta National. When I stepped through the gates and looked

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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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