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 Greens were too far back, said General Manager Kyle Hurst. Reaching the green in regulation was difficult for golfers who played from these tees, he said.
“The complaint we have heard most often is that the course is too hard and there are too many forced carries,” Hurst said. “This is a game after all. We are supposed to be having fun. We are putting the forward tees in places to make the experience more enjoyable and fair so golfers with a wide spectrum of swing speeds and driving distances can reach greens in regulation and putt for pars and even birdies.”
The course has moved the forward tees to temporary fairway positions. After some period of evaluation, tee boxes will be built to accommodate the tees, Hurst said.
“The better players can still play back, and the course will give them all the challenge they could want,” Hurst said.
Ground crews at the course, under the guidance of Superintendent Randy Cox, have also made the course more playable by mowing rough shorter, Hurst said. The biggest change has been to cut formerly high native grasses back so that balls hit there can be found and played more easily. Changes in the tees and the rough are already starting to bring more players to Tiffany Greens, Hurst said. “Play is trending up,” he said.
The course was already known for its wide fairways, giving long hitters some freedom to swing away and have leeway if tee shots wander left or right. “That’s one thing that sets us apart, when you stand on the tee, you feel confident that you can swing away due to our wide mowed areas,” Hurst said.
Approach shots to the greens, often guarded by bunkers and water and with elevation changes, still make pars and birdies a challenge. Another change being made on the course this year involves the bunkers. Most of the 42 sand traps are being resized and redesigned to help prevent washouts during heavy rains.
“When it rains hard, the sand comes down and the mud comes down with it,” Hurst said. “Having the bunkers more clean and consistent is what golfers want.”
Tiffany Greens, near Kansas City International Airport at 5900 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway, is a par-72 layout that measures 6,977 yards from the furthest-back tees. It has five sets of tees in all. Few courses have a more dramatic opening hole, a par-5 that measures 510 yards from the back. The tee shot will be short of a small lake that the fairway bends around in a dogleg right. Players have a choice of laying up left of the water or going for the green or a landing area just in front of the green.
The first hole sets the tone for the rest of the course, which never gets tiresome because of the variety of layouts and often-present water hazards. The front nine traverses the quite countryside and does not take golfers back to the clubhouses like most front nine configurations, but food and drink are usually available from beverage carts.
Most of the back 9 winds through an upscale neighborhood of homes and six of the holes do not border any other back 9 holes. Tiffany Greens’ large clubhouse and deck overlook the golf course and make a popular 19th hole for players. The clubhouse has a bar and dining area surrounded by windows fronting the course.
Tiffany Greens has ballroom space that can host receptions and other events for up to 200 people, under the supervision of Food & Beverage Manager Krissy Power. The club also has a side room that can accommodate up to 50 guests and a pub that holds up to 90 people.
The course has a new PGA Head Golf Professional this year, Doyle Harris, who oversees the golf side at Tiffany Greens, including merchandise, tournament and league play. Harris comes to Tiffany Greens from Elgin Country Club near Chicago, where he was also the club pro.
Tiffany Greens has various levels of memberships, green fee rates and league competition that are detailed on its website, www.tiffanygreensgolf.com. Tee times are available online or by calling 816-880-9600. For more information about memberships, tournaments and leagues, contact Harris at 816-880-9600, ext. 206, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hurst at 816-880-9600, ext. 223, or via email at email@example.com