Sunflower Hills – A Mainstay in the Middle of it All

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A lot has changed in western Wyandotte County in the last four decades, but not when it comes to championship golf. Sunflower Hills, opened 1977, has been a mainstay during the development boom just to the east that includes the Legends shopping center, a casino, NASCAR track and stadiums the Kansas City Sporting and T-Bones. Visible from Interstate 70 just east of Highway 7, Sunflower Hills is carved into rolling, wooded landscape that stretches over 7,000 yards from the back tees. You won’t find houses on Sunflower, one of its appeals, just a very engaging 18 holes of golf. “The things we hear most about the course is

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Relaxation and Easy Access at Clinton

Comfortable and relaxing, Clinton Country Club can be the perfect respite for travelers to or from the lake. The small, semi-private club is located just outside of Clinton off 7 Highway as you head towards Truman Lake and Lake of the Ozarks. The club is approximately two miles east of town, then north about a mile along NE 201st Road. “As you turn east and head towards Truman Lake out of Clinton, we’re just off 7 Highway,” explained Tom Browning, Vice President of Clinton Country Club. “There’s a sign that say ‘Clinton Country Club’ with an arrow to where to turn off.” As the town of Clinton grew to

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Prairie Highlands -Scottish Links Golf in Olathe

Prairie Highlands Golf Club, already a destination course in Olathe for its links-like feel, is becoming even more attractive as one of the newest members of the GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness group of courses in the Kansas City area. Prairie Highlands became a GreatLIFE course at the start of the year and is in good company in the Classic Plus tier of courses that includes Deer Creek, Falcon Ridge and Hillcrest. All four courses can be played for $179.99 per month, including cart. Classic Plus members can play nine courses in two lower tiers and have access to the four courses in the Legend group. "It's a

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Hodge Park Brings Fun and Beauty to the Game

As the old adage goes: A bad day on the golf course beats a good day in the office. If you disagree, you’re either playing the wrong sport, or (much more likely) you need to revisit your course(s)-of-choice. Because, for every time this fickle game brings us to the brink of insanity, there’s a silver-lining waiting to be seen. In golf, this silver lining comes in the form of perspective. Without perspective, the beauty that this game exudes will never be realized. This is where the old adage rings true. No matter how poorly you’re playing, take a moment to enjoy the beauty of your

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Deer Creek: Premier Golf in Overland Park

Long considered one of the premier golf courses in Kansas City, Deer Creek Golf Club at 133rd and Metcalf in Overland Park can now be joined for $179.99 a month as part of the GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness group. “There isn’t a better time to join GreatLife at Deer Creek,” said General Manager, Chris Fink. “To play Kansas City’s top tier courses, at that price, you just can’t beat it!” Deer Creek and three other Kansas City area courses are in the GreatLIFE Classic Plus tier - Falcon Ridge, Hillcrest and Prairie Highlands. Membership also includes fitness and social privileges, and the ability to play 12 additional

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Tallgrass – Worth the Trip to Wichita

For those who haven’t visited the Tallgrass County Club in Wichita in a while, general manager Aaron Calderon has just one message: Take a fresh look at the club and course. Changes are occurring at Tallgrass following GreatLife KC’s acquisition of the course last year, when Tallgrass was placed in the Legend Collection tier of the GreatLife KC courses. (GreatLife KC is based in Overland Park.) Tallgrass members now can play other Legend Collection courses – Canyon Farms, Staley Farms, and St. Joseph CC – with membership privileges. Tallgrass members receive playing privileges and special pricing at other GreatLife KC courses too. “Tallgrass is in the top

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Paradise Pointe: Beautiful Scenery, Challenging Golf and Maybe a Bit of History

When naming its two championship golf courses – The Outlaw and The Posse – Paradise Pointe paid homage to Clay County’s famous James brothers: Frank and Jesse. While it’s possible the James boys may have once roamed the rolling hillsides which now surround Smithville Lake, they wouldn’t recognize the terrain today as the manmade lake was created in the 1970s with the damming of the Little Platte River. Today the area is home to a wide variety of wildlife. “That’s one of the beauties of our operation,” said General Manager Eddie Hall. “You’ll see deer, you’ll see wild turkeys, you’ll see eagles, you’ll see all types of wildlife

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The Best of the Northland and One of Kansas City’s Best

There’s a good reason everyone raves about Shoal Creek. The beautifully-designed Northland course has been ranked by Golfweek in the top five in Missouri each year since 2006 and ranks among the top 25 courses in the U.S. as rated by layout on GolfAdvisor.com. On top of that, it’s always been one of our favorites here at KC Golfer and KCmetroGolf.com, too. Besides the great layout and wonderful design, Shoal Creek is a local favorite also because of their superior service. “I always tell my staff, when people are here it’s their vacation day,” said Brett Plymell, PGA General Manager, who began as the Head Professional at Shoal

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Falcon Ridge Only Gets Better With GreatLife

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It’s not hard to come up with three reasons golfers are drawn to Falcon Ridge Golf Club in Lenexa: Location, design and service. That’s the way Regional Director and General Manager Steve Price sees it. Those attributes, along with Falcon Ridge now being part of the family of GreatLIFE golf courses, help explain why more balls are flying off the tee there. “This place is as busy as I have ever seen it,” Price said. “It’s a very positive experience.” Price has been with Falcon Ridge for four years and is a PGA professional. Falcon Ridge is among four courses in the Great Life Classic Plus category, along

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GreatLife Promises Face Lift to Venerable Blue Springs CC

GreatLifeKC has added Blue Springs Country Club to its roster of area golf courses, with the anticipation of restoring the club while also bringing their philosophy of combining golf and fitness to the Blue Springs area. While the quality course itself is unchanged, the GreatLife acquisition has re-invigorated management of the club, which is now under the direction of former Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Larry Marshall. Marshall, who relocated to the Kansas City area after his NFL playing days, describes himself first as a businessman, but also as someone who enjoys the game. “I’m an avid golfer,” he said. “I love to play.” Marshall’s business

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