Falcon Ridge Only Gets Better With GreatLife

Falcon Ridge Golf

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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Tiffany Greens – Beautiful AND More Playable Then Ever

Tiffany Greens has been one of Kansas City’s most compelling and beautiful golf courses since it opened in the Northland in 1999. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, Tiffany Greens gives golfers a new look on every hole over rolling terrain, zoysia fairways, and large greens. Built as a championship course that hosted the TD Waterhouse Championship, a Senior PGA Tour event during the first four years, Tiffany Greens is becoming more playable for a wider range of golfers. The course this year has moved up the forward tees so more golfers, such as juniors, seniors and women, can reach greens in regulation. Research showed that the forward (red) tees at Tiffany

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Prairie Highlands Eyes Return to Prominence

Prairie golf course

Regularly recognized over the years as one of Kansas’ best, Prairie Highlands is hoping to return to its place among top-tier courses. To accomplish that, General Manager Shawn McGuire was recently brought over from Hillcrest to help spruce up a course which consistently ranks among the top five Kansas courses. “Our main focus has been getting Prairie Highlands back to the prominence of when it opened,” he said. “I remember when I first came to Kansas City, this was one of the places to play. It was a brand-new golf course; it was in pristine condition.” Restoring some of the brand new feel is one of McGuire’s

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Leavenworth Golf Club

Leavenworth Golf Club

Imagine a place that offers a beautiful tree-lined golf course, complete fitness center, expansive locker rooms, swimming pool, and an on-site bar and grill for as little as $49.99 per month. No, it's not a belated April Fool's gag. Leavenworth Golf Club is a package of golf, fitness and fun that really isn't too good to be true. Located in Lansing just outside Leavenworth, the golf club is operated by GreatLife KC, which also runs The Oaks Golf Club in Leavenworth and nine other courses in the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas. Members at Leavenworth also have playing and fitness privileges at The Oaks and certain

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GreatLife Breathes New Life Into Liberty Hills

Liberty Hills

Golfers who give Liberty Hills a try will be pleasantly surprised. In over two years of new management by GreatLife, the 6,530-yard, par 70 course located a few miles east of Liberty, in a pastoral setting off Highway 69, has undergone important renovation. And membership is growing. “It’s definitely increased from last year,” said manager Carmen Titus. “We had a lot of Excelsior Springs members come down. It’s great. We’re growing every minute.” The affordable membership plans begin at $49.99/month and the family membership is just $69.99/month. “That will get you unlimited golf,” she said. “You can go to most any of the other GreatLife golf courses, basically

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Sunflower Hills Has It All

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When Kansas City-area golfers talk about a good place to play, Sunflower Hills is always in the discussion, and for a number of reasons. The friendly staff boasts more experience than any other course in the city and as a municipally-owned course, it has maintained a clientele-friendly pricing system. Most importantly though, the course offers plenty of challenges for a wide variety of golfers. “Most of the skilled golfers in town that play a lot of golf, they realize what a good test of golf Sunflower is,” said Head Golf Professional Jeff Johnson. “It’s the length, the difficulty of the lie, and because we have a

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The One Hundred Year Golfing Gem: Hillcrest

hillcrest feature

One hundred years have passed since Hillcrest Golf and Country Club, designed by famed architect Donald Ross, opened in southeast Kansas City. A century later, not much has changed as Hillcrest continues to provide golfers a classic, rolling layout surrounded by woods and without a house in sight. Ross, a Scot born in 1872, has designed some of the most fabled golf courses in America, including Pinehurst No. 2, Congressional, Oak Hill, Inverness and Oakland Hills – every one of them a host to major tournaments. It is no wonder Hillcrest embraces Ross as much as possible in promoting the course. “It definitely has become advantageous for us

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Learn to Enjoy the Game at Hodge Park

Hodge Park 2016

The game of golf can be a learning experience and there’s no place better to learn the game of golf than Hodge Park. Tim Underwood, PGA, is the Site General Manager and has been at Hodge for more than 12 years, most of it spent teaching the game he loves. “Mainly, I just enjoy improving people’s golf game,” he said. “I like to see people enjoy golf more by playing better golf.” Rather than focus on a set of specific techniques, Underwood has a holistic approach to teaching. “I don’t believe in a one-swing model,” he explained. “Golfers have limited time to work on their game. I believe in helping

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Shiloh Springs – Just Like Home (But With Great Golf)

Shiloh Springs

You can feel at home playing Shiloh Springs. The 6,339-yard par 71 course located a few miles east of Platte City prides itself on providing a small-town atmosphere. “I would say if you want to feel at home, play golf here,” said General Manager and Head Professional Jason Rudolph, PGA. “I got offered a great opportunity here and I was made to feel at home, and that’s what I want to do for everybody else.” Rudolph took over the GM spot in July last year, working with Kemper Sports. “The big question when Kemper Sports came last year was if they’re going to try to change, try to

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