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

Tomahawk

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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Golf At Winterstone – It Can Be A Blast

Winterstone’s unusual style of golf begins with its unique origin. The facility located off 291 Highway in Independence opened in 2003 as the only American golf course which sits atop an active mine, and they invite customers to “Feel the Thunder.” “Maybe the most unique thing about Winterstone is its creation,” said Head Golf Professional Kane Chapman. “When they opened they believed it was the only golf course with an active mine beneath it as part of the same project and property. That’s kind of an interesting start to the course.” Mining is no longer active directly beneath the course, but there’s still active mining across the street. “Our

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Enjoy A Walking Tour of Hodge Park

Hodge Park is one of the more popular public courses in the metro area. It is a course designed to challenge players but also to help improve their game. Ultimately, though, players want to enjoy their round of golf, and Tim Underwood, Hodge Park’s affable manager and Head PGA Professional, wants to help golfers do that by providing a hole-by-hole strategy guide to playing well at Hodge. The par-71/72 course plays 6,181 yards from the back tees, 5,707 yards from the middle tees and 5,293 yards from the red tees. Underwood’s strategy guide is designed primarily for players hitting from the middle tees, although it is generally applicable

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