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 privileges at other GreatLife locations as well.
GreatLife took over Leavenworth Golf Club in 2010. The course was founded in 1920 and was previously Leavenworth Country Club, a private venue. Players have seen dramatic improvement in the condition of the course in recent years.
Credit for that goes to course superintendent Shane Dorsey, who had previously worked at Falcon Lakes, according to Chris Herrig, general manager at Leavenworth and The Oaks.
“He has come in here and really taken care of the course,” Herrig said. “People play the course once, and they want to come back. The biggest selling point is probably the greens. They are really good right now.”
Leavenworth is available for daily green fee play, but it doesn’t take many rounds to make a membership a much better deal. Singles can play, without a cart, for $49.99 monthly, families for just $69.99. Adding unlimited cart usage brings the rate up to $99.99 for singles and $149.99 for families. With that rate, comes the fitness center and outdoor pool.
“Membership has really taken off,” Herrig said. “We have gotten a lot of new members starting this year.”
GreatLife has other prices and packages at The Oaks and its other courses: Drumm Farm, Falcon Ridge, Liberty Hills, Painted Hills, River Oaks, Royal Meadows, Canyon Farms, Staley Farms and the St. Joseph Country Club. Information is available at greatlifekc.com or by calling 816-305-6242.
Leavenworth Golf Club, at 455 W. Eisenhower in Lansing, is a rolling, tree-guarded course that plays to 5,925 yards from the back tees, 5,580 from the middle and 4,916 from the women’s tees.
While not considered a long course, the par 70 layout puts a premium on accuracy and placement, especially on several dogleg holes. Lake Oliver, named after 1948 club president J.V. Oliver, poses a threat on the 9th and 10th holes. Another pond is on the 5th hole and a creek traverses the 8th fairway. The course also has 23 traps.
“Most people hit driver on most holes, but there a couple of doglegs where an iron is advisable off the tee,” Herrig said.
After the round, golfers can retreat to Jake’s Bar & Grill overlooking Lake Oliver. Burgers, chicken strips and other food and snacks are served inside or on a shaded deck.
The golf course hosts a number of leagues, including a Wednesday morning women’s league, a Wednesday evening 2-man best ball league, a Thursday 2-man scramble, and Friday couples league. There is also some tournament play. The golf professional is Josh Fisher.
The fitness center is equipped for beginner or advanced workouts and has a personal trainer. The bright, cheerful facility is surrounded by windows that look over the course and grounds. On the lower level, members can make use of modern, fully carpeted locker rooms with shower facilities and spacious wooden lockers.
To learn more or to inquire about membership, the clubhouse phone number is 913-727-6600 and their website is www.leavenworthgc.com