Paradise Pointe Golf Complex in Smithville is like a golf version of an impeccably run full-service hotel. It has everything and one visit is all it takes to make you want to come back over and over again.
The golf is there – twice over – as the complex is the rare public venue that offers two 18-hole layouts. That not only results in double the public tee time opportunities, but makes league and tournament play easier to accommodate.
And golf, by the way, is just the start. Paradise Pointe added a 4,000 square-foot banquet room overlooking the course in 2007. The room can seat up to 225 people for weddings, receptions, large parties or public events, such as the annual Eagle Days sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
“The banquet room opened up a lot of possibilities for us,” said Eddie Hall, general manager and director of golf at Paradise Pointe. “And the tournament players love it because they have a nice facility they can end up in after the round.”
The banquet room is for meals, drinks, golf talk and awarding prizes after tournaments, of which there are many at Paradise Pointe. Charitable tournaments, corporate events and other organized golf outings can be booked for 16 to 144 players or more.
“We do well over 100 tournaments a year,” Hall said. “And those tournaments are for all causes, groups, and reasons.”
Leagues are also an option for golfers of all ages and abilities. The course has men’s leagues on Mondays and Thursdays and a senior league on Wednesdays. A men’s association and women’s association also have regular playing dates each month.
“We are like any business – the more customers you generate, the better off you are,” Hall said. “But we are fortunate in that our leagues are not to the detriment of the everyday golfer because we have the two courses.”
Those two courses are named the Posse, which opened in 1982, and the Outlaw, which came along in 1994. They derived their names from the era of outlaw Jesse James, who roamed the region with his gang in the late 1800s.
Even people not especially adept at golf, or who don’t even play, would enjoy going to Paradise Pointe to enjoy the panoramic views of Smithville Lake. The blue water, often dotted with sailboats and sport boats and bordered with the natural beauty of woodlands and open meadows, lends a serene feeling.
“The condition of our courses is excellent and then you have the added beauty of nature,” Hall said. “You’ll see deer, turkeys, bobcats and some beautiful views.” In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear several tom turkeys gobbling throughout the spring.
The course is about 20 minutes north of downtown Kansas City and can be reached more quickly than most people realize, Hall said. It’s much closer than driving to the Lake of the Ozarks, but has that same lakeside resort feeling.
Hall manages Paradise Pointe under a contract with the owner of the course, Missouri’s Clay County. Hall also operates the pro shop, which has a reputation for its selection and quality.
“We try to offer everything that is available in golf equipment, clothing, and other items at an affordable price,” Hall said. “We don’t believe you should have to go to three or four different places to pick up what you want.”
Paradise Pointe offers club fitting, lessons, demo days, and golf clinics, including junior clinics held each summer. The course is the permanent home of the Missouri Junior Amateur tournament played each July, while also hosting several area high school golf teams for practice and events.
As for the courses, the Posse and Outlaw have their similarities and differences. Both have fairways bordered mostly by woods and meadows, with few homes in sight. The terrain is rolling and several holes on each course have lake views, with water at times coming into play.
Holes on the Posse are relatively close together, but the Outlaw is links style, more remote, and the 9th hole does not return to the clubhouse.
The lake provides a dramatic setting for several holes. On the Posse, the lake juts into the 4th fairway, while the green is placed on a peninsula.
The next hole, a par 3, requires a tee shot over the water. On the Outlaw, the lake borders the left side of 9th hole and nearly surrounds the 10th green. The lake runs along the lake on the left of the 11th hole.
Each course is about 7,000 yards from the back tees, but there are four sets of tees on each hole. The Outlaw has zoysia fairways, the Posse has bluegrass. Favorable weather this spring has helped put the fairways and greens in top condition. Players differ on which course is tougher, but the
Posse carries slightly higher course ratings on most of the four tees, including 74.3 from the back tees. Both courses can be walked.
The course has a variety of green fees, discounted for seniors and juniors and during certain times of the day. It also offers membership plans for unlimited play, some including carts.
Complete information is available on the course website, www.paradisepointegolf.com. The phone number is 816-532-4100.
Hall is convinced that anyone who plays at Paradise Pointe will return.
“The number one thing is that people are going to have an enjoyable experience when they come out here – from the time they walk up until the time they leave,” Hall said.