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

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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

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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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Paradise Pointe: Much More Than a Golf Course

Paradise Pointe

Lakeside holes and a resort feel are not the only features of Paradise Pointe Golf Complex that make it a standout venue for golf. Paradise Pointe is also renowned for the large selection of golf equipment and apparel at a time when pro shops at many golf courses are shrinking due to the competition posed from large sporting goods stores. “We’ve always emphasized customer satisfaction for the entire golf experience – not only on the golf course but in the pro shop itself,” said Eddie Hall, General Manager and Director of Golf. “We want to give our customers the best opportunity to find the things that will

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Shoal Creek – Standing Out Among Missouri’s Very Best

Shoal Creek

Shoal Creek stands out among public courses, not only in Kansas City but statewide. It is still rated the second best public course in Missouri by Golfweek's America's Best You Can Play. Why does Shoal Creek get such accolades? Assistant Pro Rhett Fregoe came up with some answers pretty quickly. “Maintenance is one reason it rates so high,” he said. “We are always in good shape – the fairways, greens, everything. You can’t beat it, especially for a public course.” The design of the course also distinguishes Shoal Creek, he said. “It’s a mixture of different layouts, basically,” Fregoe said. “A few holes are links style, a few

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Tiffany Greens – Tops in the Northland

Tiffany Greens

Tiffany Greens strives to make a good first impression and deliver a positive experience throughout. This is a notion with which many Kansas City area golfers agree, leading them to often choose the course as the best track to play in the Northland. The Robert Trent Jones, II designed course features zoysia fairways and bent grass greens. It measures 6,977 yards from the Championship tees, which is just one of five sets of tees players may choose to enjoy the spacious, par 72 course. “From a golf course-wise standpoint, we’re profiled by wide fairways and big greens,” said Head Golf Professional Ryan Burchett, PGA. “It gives you

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It’s Time to Play Kansas City’s Oldest Course


To discover what golf courses were like over a century ago, tee it up at Tomahawk Hills Golf Club in Shawnee. Tomahawk, the oldest golf course in Kansas City, was carved through the woods, over streams and into hillsides without today’s modern equipment and sophisticated design methods. The course was first established in 1910 as Elm Ridge Golf & Country Club. Tomahawk is a course that has to be played on its own terms. Fairways are sometimes flat, sometimes tilted. Greens tend to be small, turtle-backed, and unforgiving. The course puts a premium on landing in the right spot or risking a bounce into the woods. But there

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The Special Experience of Shoal Creek Golf Course

Shoal Creek

In its 15th year, Shoal Creek Golf Course in the Northland remains one of the premier public venues in Kansas City. But the quality of the experience is such that it can easily be mistaken for a private course. First, there is the drive into the course on Shoal Creek Parkway, a long and leafy boulevard. Then there is the handsome clubhouse, with a fireplace, banquet facilities, locker rooms and first-rate service. The golf course itself is meticulously manicured, offering players a pleasant yet challenging round over 18 wooded, secluded holes. And for good measure, there is a GPS on all carts – uncommon for public

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