Just as golfers in the Northland come in all shapes‚ sizes and skill levels‚ so do the places where they choose to play.
Regardless of what a golfer might be seeking in a golf course or country club‚ the region delivers. From new to old‚ from public to private‚ dozens of courses dot the area.
In fact‚ finding a tee time can be almost too easy.
“With all the courses they’ve built north of the (Missouri) river in the last 10 years or so‚ it’s always a challenge” to stay busy‚ says Brian Silcott‚ clubhouse manager and golf pro for Shiloh Springs Golf Club in Platte City.
Shiloh‚ which opened in 1995‚ is one of four public 18-hole courses in the area. One of the shorter courses‚ “it is set in the rolling hills‚ with a lot of elevation changes and a lot of interesting holes‚” Silcott says. “I call it a sporty golf course.”
Paradise Pointe Golf Complex is the area’s only public golf facility with two 18-hole courses; it also offers a four-hole practice layout. The complex is built along Smithville Lake‚ and its two courses are named to commemorate legendary outlaw and area native Jesse James. The Posse course is the original course from the early 1980s‚ and the Outlaw was added in the mid-1990s.
Shoal Creek Golf Course is the area’s newest public course‚ having opened in 2001 on Shoal Creek Parkway. It has garnered an impressive reputation for having been open such a short time.
The National Golf Club is perhaps the most notable of the Northland’s many private courses. The 18-hole championship course was designed by local product Tom Watson and is considered one of Missouri’s top-10 courses. The National also includes a second course‚ The Deuce.
One of the region’s oldest courses is Liberty Hills Country Club‚ which has been open since 1967. Members enjoy its established charm‚ as well as its “walkable” features. “It’s easy to play‚” says Mike Winter‚ general manager and head golf pro. “Members can get around in about three hours pretty easily. It’s a very walkable course.”
Staley Farms Golf Club is the new kid on the block‚ having opened in June 2002. “I guess our claim to fame‚ so to speak‚ is we have bent grass on our tees‚ greens and fairways‚” says Mike Montague‚ general manager. “That’s unique in the Kansas City area‚ as most have zoysia.”