Wedges – The Unsung Heroes of Your Golf Bag

They are the unsung heroes.
You can drive for show and putt for dough and stick the irons all you’d like.
Truth is, the wedge is arguably the most valuable club in the bag, used in a variety of situations ranging from necessary bailout to setting up a much-needed birdie to rescuing from bunkers and thick rough or saving a round-altering par.

And this crop of wedges is grooved and grinded and milled in dozens of manners, creating for a smorgasbord of customizations tailored specifically to whatever type of game each golfer players. There are wedges for swings steep and shallow, for diggers and pickers, for bunkers and deep rough, fairways and fringe.

Callaway MD3 Milled

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In a word, the Callaway MD3 can be described as groovy. Not in the Austin Powers sense, but in the sense that this wedge features three different types of grooves for three different lofts. The lower lofts feature more narrow grooves, while the middle lofts have steeper grooves to create spin on full swings, should you need one, and the highest lofts – think 56-60 degrees – are wide grooves to give you feel around the green.

Beyond the grooves, too, are what Callaway is calling three separate “grinds.” There is the “W-Grind” which is supposedly ideal for softer conditions, bunkers, or for players with steeper swings.
The “S-Grind” is, as Callaway states, “great for a wide range of conditions, shot types, and swings.” When in doubt, it seems, go for the “S-Grind.”

Last, there’s the “C-Grind,” which is the counter to the W. It’s made for firmer conditions and a variety of shots, whether it be opening the face for a little extra loft or closing it for a punch-and-run with some spin.

Cleveland RTX-3 Blade/CB

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No wedge list could be complete without an appearance from Cleveland, that bastion of short-game necessities. No company has dominated the wedge game like Cleveland, and its latest edition, the RTX-3, is another in a long line of fine short-game tools.

Consistency is key when it comes to touch around the greens, and Cleveland focused on manufacturing a club that produces consistent spin, distance and feel, doing so by moving the balance closer to the heel. Nine grams were removed from the hosel and redistributed to the head of the club, which shifted the center of gravity more towards the middle of the clubface.

As for the club’s eponym, the “Rotex” face – hence, the RTX – it is in its third generation, and Cleveland has rolled out a new micro-milling pattern, which it claims optimizes spin performance, not just in volume of spin but in its consistency as well.

Ping Glide

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Aside from Callaway’s Mack Daddy wedge, Ping may have the best name of the lot with the Glide. It has similar features to both the MT3 and the RTX, namely in that it offers multiple grooves and sole options, only in even more abundance than its two competitors.

The grooves have sharper edges, an improvement from the original Glide to the Glide 2.0, which produces more spin – reportedly up to 400 rpm. Generally, more spin is favorable to those who like putting a little finesse on the ball, and if spin is something you enjoy as a player, the Glide may be the wedge to put in the bag.

What differentiates the Glide from most other wedges not named Vokey is that it offers four grinds as opposed to three or even two.

Players can opt for the “SS Grind” which Ping describes as “ideal for moderate attack angles and divots. Fits most golfers.” It is, simply, Ping’s one size fits all grind.

Then there is the WS, TS, and ES grinds. The WS is catered to steep swingers, the TS for the shot-makers, and the ES for optimal bunker performance. Given that menu, it might not be the worst idea to carry a few different grinds.

Titleist Vokey SM6

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The Vokey series has been around seemingly as long as wedges themselves. The eponym of wedge guru Bob Vokey, this has been Titleist’s bread and butter when it comes to short game tools.
How much the Vokeys can continue to be improved is tough to say, but Titleist claims it has advanced its wedge game, improving in “precise distance gapping, shot versatility and maximum spin.”

One of the originals in spin-milled grooves, the SM6 features a new parallel face structure, which supposedly produces a sharper, more consistent edge in the grooves.

Of course, the Vokey offers an abundance of different grinds, which is why you can find a number of players with multiple Vokeys in a single bag. They have wedges for the shallow swinger, the steep swinger, the sweeper, the neutral. They have wedges for bunkers, wedges for finesse, wedges for the layman, wedges for the digger and divot maker.

There is, per usual, a wedge for every type of golfer in the Vokey arsenal.

Mizuno S5

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The first thought that comes to mind when standing over the S5 is, simply, round. Unlike the S4, the latest in the Mizuno wedges is a little larger, significantly rounder, and therefore more forgiving.

This is a wedge with mass appeal, as the size and forgiveness will find a market for high-handicappers, but let us not forget that this is a Mizuno club – the elite ranks can use it quite well, too.

There are up to 15 – 15! – different lofts, enough to make even Phil Mickelson, the man of many wedges, raise an eyebrow. Adding to the customization options are five grinds and grooves that fit each loft.

It’s a complicated way of saying that the S5 – however many of them you’d like in your bag – will be a fit for virtually all distances and circumstances in which you’d typically pull out a wedge.

The Top Utility (Hybrid) Clubs of 2017

Utility Clubs.  That’s what “hybrids” were once dubbed, in their infancy, when they seemed like more of a novelty than required equipment. The most memorable of the early versions was Cobra’s perfectly named “Baffler,” both for its looks and its wide range of uses.

Was it a wood or an iron? Could you really hit it out of the rough?

The answer to both was a resounding yes. Utility clubs could be used out of seemingly any length of grass, as a wood or as an iron. Heck, you could putt with one if you so desired.
These clubs are no longer known as “utility clubs” but as hybrids, and they are no longer novelties, but must-haves in the bag, regardless of handicap.

No brand, it seems, is passing on the trend to expand their lines of clubs to include at least one featured hybrid, if not more. Callaway leads the pack with three models while Cobra, Ping, and TaylorMade (all featured here) are among the dozens of hybrid manufacturers.

Callaway Apex

Callaway Apex
The first, alphabetically, of three Callaway hybrids, is the Apex. It is the most iron-like of the bunch – and that’s exactly what Callaway was going for. It looks like an iron, and it performs like one, adding a bit of distance and height to the ball flight, thanks to its Forged Face Cup, which aims for a faster response on contact – a pop off the face.

This hybrid is one of the few on the market that is tailored specifically to the lower-handicappers and pros. It boasts a center of gravity very similar to an iron, which results in the workability of one as well. Contrary to a number of hybrids, a controlled ball flight – as opposed to forgiveness and distance – was the focus of the Apex. If an iron-like, workable hybrid is on your wish-list, the Apex is the one for you.

Callaway Big Bertha OS

Callaway Big Bertha OS
Yes, Big Berthas come in smaller packages than the flagship driver…like the OS hybrid. The Big Bertha OS hybrid seems targeted to the exact opposite market of the Apex. Where the Apex is smaller, with a more iron-like feel, the OS looks and acts like a 5-wood. It has a massive face that wraps around the sole of the club, making for a forgiving surface, though with that forgiveness comes a higher price tag – $250 as compared to the Apex’s $210.

Distance, as it always has been, is one of the primary focuses of Big Bertha. The OS features what Callaway is dubbing a “next-generation” Hyper Speed Face Cup, which translates to higher ball speeds and a little extra pop off impact.

The overall forgiveness of the club, too, generally caters to added distance, as with a bigger club face comes an increased percentage of hitting the club flush. If the Apex seemed too focused for the low-handicappers, the Big Bertha OS may be the stick to add to the bag.

Callaway Steelhead XR

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It’s almost as if Callaway had the classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in mind when designing the line of 2017 hybrids. One is catered for crisp shots and feel, with the caveat that it is tougher to hit and has a more iron-like look; another is massive, forgiving, and made for distance; while the last, the Steelhead XR, is right smack in the middle.

Like the Big Bertha, it is big and massively forgiving, though unlike the Bertha, it has a pear-like shape to it, making it look less like a wood and more like a traditional utility. It has a low leading edge, which makes it easy to navigate through the rough, should you find yourself in it, but the head is also deeper, which produces a higher ball flight and a more forgiving face. Simply put: No matter the terrain, the Steelhead XR will find a way to make good contact.

Cobra King F7

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Cobra was originally known for its fantastically named utility, the Baffler. The Baffler ushered in the era of hybrids and utility clubs, and Cobra has only improved its products since, with the latest in excellent hybrids being the King F7.

Here’s how: Cobra went back in time and used the best elements of the Baffler, and upgraded them into what we see in the King F7. On the sole of the club are the traditional silver baffler rails, orange weight, and orange accenting. The point of the rails was the original use for hybrids: to be able to navigate thick turf and catch flush contact on a longer shot. The King F7 does exactly that. It may be the easiest hybrid to hit out of the rough, as it is the most effective at fighting through thicker grass.

The appearance is fairly basic: black, matte face, with a black, glossy head. No frills. Just a club, some grass to get through, and a ball to hit on the green.

Ping G

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Lighter seems to be the theme with the Ping G. The head is made from Carpenter 455 Steel that is both stronger and thinner, which cut off 8 grams of weight on the face from the prior model, the G30. The lighter face moved the center of gravity towards the back, which makes the club overall more forgiving to hit, which is, at the end of the day, the goal for the vast majority of hybrids on the market.

Like the Big Bertha and the Steelhead XR, it’s a bigger club, more 5-wood like than iron, so it’s appeal will reside mostly with mid- to high-handicappers, though low handicaps can certainly use a little forgiveness as well.

Like a good number of Ping products, the G hybrid was designed ultimately for forgiveness and consistent ball flight – even on misses, don’t expect the G to allow a ball to stray too far off the desired path. Where it might lag in distance, it atones for in consistency.

TaylorMade M2

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Given that this is a piece of TaylorMade equipment, one thing should be patently clear: This club’s goal is distance first, everything else second. As such, the M2 has a draw bias, so if a little movement on the ball flight is what you seek, the M2 is a good place to start.

In promoting distance, the clubhead is made of exclusively steel, and is more of a miniature wood than glorified iron. Because of that size, it may appear to some to be a tad bulky, but that’s also a product of the taller face, which produces forgiveness, which, you guessed it, improves distance – the more flush hits a player has, the more distance they’ll have.

On the bottom of the club is what TaylorMade is calling a Speed Pocket, which has a similar effect to the Cobra King 7 rails, which make it easier to maintain club speed through thicker rough.

TaylorMade M1

TaylorMade M1
Like with other manufacturers with more than one offering in the hybrid market, TaylorMade has an option with maximum forgiveness and one with more playability better golfers. The latter for TaylorMade is the M1.

It also features the Speed Pocket behind the face, but looks far sleeker and more iron-like at address. It is also adjustable, allowing for changes of 1/- 1.5 degrees across its twelve different settings. Add to that a moveable weight along a track and you have a very customizable tool in your hands, allowing you to adjust loft and draw/fade bias with a few quick adjustments.

Player’s Irons for 2017

Now that the 2017 golf season is upon us, the time has come to kick your game into high-gear. Before doing so, consider revisiting a few fundamentals to give yourself the best chance of success on the course this year. A typical golf bag is comprised of somewhere around 75% irons. On any given hole, the average golfer is nearly guaranteed to hit at least one iron shot.
The caliber of irons you put in your bag are, therefore, worth considering. Your ball-striking ability is a crucial component to your overall craft as a golfer, and like any craftsman knows, you are nothing without your tools. The article below outlines six new iron sets introduced this year in what many call the “Players” category – meaning single-digit handicaps would be the typical target audience for this lineup. Learn why the best of the best put their trust in these irons and why you should too.

Callaway Apex Pro

Callaway Apex Pro
Whether you’re a scratch golfer or a 20+ handicapper, your irons should provide an aesthetic that’s pleasing to the eye. Callaway built their Apex Pro irons with an artist’s touch, ensuring eye-catching appeal for golfers of all skill levels. More importantly, Callaway addressed the playability of their new irons by focusing on three specific components: feel, precision, and customization.
The Apex Pros are made from 1025 mild carbon steel and advanced quadruple net forging, which creates the soft feel off the face that players prefer.
The multi-material design optimizes each club’s center of gravity (CG). The longer irons (3-5) are more offset, with a tungsten insert that lowers CG for higher launch. The shorter irons (6-wedges) have a higher CG for a controlled, penetrating trajectory, further optimizing their playability.
For added customization, these irons are offered with a wide selection of steel shaft options at no upcharge. Speak with your local pro to decide on a shaft best suited for your style of play.
Retail Price: $1,200

Cobra King Forged Tour

Cobra King Forged Tour
The Cobra King Forged Tour Irons offer superior feel, accuracy, and consistency for the better player. Cobra also focused their attention on club-face center of gravity to ensure consistent shot-making. Strategically placed tungsten inserts in the heel and toe position put the center of gravity directly behind the impact zone on the club face for consistent distance and trajectory control. Consistency is key when it comes to improving your game.
Cobra also understands that feel, like club aesthetics, is a lesser known component that most players deem important. A Thermoplastic Polyurethane insert located behind the hitting zone on the club head medallion damps vibrations and improves feel like a muscle-back iron.
Consistent shot-making is half the battle. Getting your ball to stop on a dime, or release into an uphill hole-location is also crucial. CNC milling on the club face improves groove & face structures to deliver maximum spin control.
Retail Price: $1,000

TaylorMade P770

TaylorMade P770
The critique on TaylorMade irons in recent years has been the lack of Tour-caliber technology being introduced. TaylorMade answered their critics with their P770 irons, which received nearly 5 stars in the innovation/performance category. This innovative technology utilized an advanced forging process, which not only improves performance, but (like the Callaway Apex irons) offers more of an eye-catching aesthetic. The precision-milled faces and grooves offer that solid feeling off the club face that instantly turns a terrible round into something of beauty. Get used to the “sweet spot” feeling, because the club face offers phenomenal forgiveness.
When creating the P770 irons, TaylorMade wanted to offer a club fit for Tour players and amateurs alike. They specifically focused on two components: technology to optimize ball speed consistency (thus enhancing forgiveness) and a lower center of gravity (which creates a higher launch angle compared to older TaylorMade models). The result is a high-performance iron with improved ball-striking forgiveness and a memorable feel for players of varying skill levels.
Retail Price: $1,200

Mizuno MP-25

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The Mizuno MP-25 Irons are my top pick in the category of Innovation for 2017. These irons are made from boron-infused carbon steel, which is more durable than traditional steel. Furthermore, the boron allows for a thinner clubface and a slot behind the face that provides additional ball speed. In order to activate the boron, Mizuno designers added a micro-slot to the club face, which gives the club added flex for improved distance. I’ve seen these referred to as a suped-up version of traditional blades. What does this mean for you? Improved shot-shaping abilities and distance without compromising forgiveness.
If transitioning from an outdated set to new irons scares you, the Mizuno MP-25 irons may be the first set you consider. The clubs use traditional lofts, which regulates the distance gap between clubs. You’ll therefore be able to gauge shot distances much more easily/efficiently.
As someone who grew up playing Mizuno Irons, I’m the first to recommend this brand. Mizuno consistently pushes the envelope in terms of innovation without compromising playability.
Retail Price: $1,200

Ping i200

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Ping irons have been gaining more and more traction in recent years. Ping’s desire to offer forgiving irons at a great price is shown once again in their i200 irons. This new model has a smaller clubface compared to models from years prior. The weight saved from the smaller club face was redistributed to the hosel and toe areas of the club, which, amazingly, offers even better forgiveness compared to previous models.
The i200 irons are crafted from stainless steel for optimum strength and durability. While some clubs focus on one or two factors, like distance and spin (for example), the Ping i200 irons aim to offer a happy medium among power, precision, and feel.
Not only does the weight distribution (from the club face to the hosel/toe) offer better ball-striking, if you find yourself in the deep rough, you will have an easier time keeping the club square through impact.
Ping also utilized a hydropearl chrome finish on the club faces to repel moisture for improved surface interaction and crisper shot-making abilities.
Additionally, the irons are manufactured with a concealed soft elastomer insert that activates at impact, providing instant vibration damping for unprecedented feel off the club face.
Retail Price: $1,000

Innsbrook Public Golf Course review

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Those who haven’t visited the Innsbrook Public Golf Course for a few years tend to be in for a bit of a jolt when they visit now, thanks to the various upgrades the course has performed recently, including a renovated clubhouse.

“We did a major clubhouse renovation two years ago,” says Kevin Corn, PGA Head Golf Professional at Innsbrook. “Now when people come into the building who haven’t been here in a while, they say they feel like they’re in the wrong building.”

But once they hit the first hole, they quickly realize they’re in the right place, The numerous lakes, wildlife, and beautiful views that make this 18-hole course located 45 minutes west of St. Louis so appealing are still in place … along with the upgraded amenities.

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“Three years ago when I got here, there were a ton of problems course wide,” Corn says. “Now it’s back more to: What do we need specific to each hole?”

With the primary upgrades completed, golfers won’t have to worry about running into any major areas under construction during their rounds at Innsbrook. Players can just relax and enjoy their rounds and the scenery at the golf course.

“We’ve done so much work really leading up to this year, it’s more targeted projects now for small areas,” Corn says.

One of those targeted projects is reworking the course’s cart paths. Corn says many golfers have made mention of the new cart paths when they visit the course.

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“We’ve got seven holes done so far,” he says. “It was planned as a three-to-five-year project. We didn’t want to shut down the course, so we’re doing it a few holes each year.”

Ultimately, the golf course selected projects for upgrades aimed at making the course better from the player’s point of view, Corn says. The Innsbrook course was built in 1981, so the work has come at a good time, giving the course a nice refresh.

“The improvements were geared toward making the course more playable and enjoyable,” Corn says. “We were looking to improve pace of play, which ties right into making the course more playable. … If you hit a good shot, you get rewarded.”

Innsbrook’s par-70 layout doesn’t yield a long course, measuring 6,527 yards from the back tees and 5,765 yards from the middle tees. Players can pick from five sets of tees at Innsbrook.

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“It’s a shorter golf course, but it’s not easy by any means,” Corn says.

Corn says the course requires precise shot making because some of the fairways don’t offer wide landing areas. With plenty of wooded areas and with water hazards in play on 14 of the 18 holes, golfers need to make smart shots during the round.

“It’s a fairly tight golf course,” Corn says. “You’ve got to keep the ball in play.”

The most memorable hole at Innsbrook is number 16, a par-4 that plays 424 yards from the back tees and 389 yards from the middle tees. It is the number three handicap hole on the course. Number 13 is another memorable hole, as it features a lake along the left side of the fairway, which provides a challenge on the par-5 hole that plays 522 yards from the back tees and 478 yards from the middle tees.

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“Hole 16 is probably the one hole that really shows off what Innsbrook as a whole is about,” Corn says. “You can see number 13 from the tee. Two of the bigger lakes on the property are visible. There really isn’t an individual view that defines Innsbrook as well as that hole does.”

Innsbrook has multiple practice greens, a practice bunker, and a driving range, giving golfers plenty of options for working on their game before stepping onto the first tee. Additionally, lessons are available at the course.

One interesting aspect of the Innsbrook Golf Course is that it is part of a larger resort property. At the resort, you can book conferences, weddings, and every event in between, while also allowing guests to spend the night on property. Resort guests are able to use the property’s lakes, as well as participate in activities such as horseback riding, canoeing, and hiking.

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Corn says that the golf course and resort work well together. Many golfers will stay overnight at the resort for meetings and other events, and squeeze in 18 holes – or 36 holes or more. With the resort portion of Innsbrook, Corn says the golf course itself doesn’t have to offer many special events to drive traffic.

“Our weekends stay so busy that we really don’t do a lot on the weekends as far as events,” Corn says. “We’re ideal for that group of 15 to 40 or so players that want to get away for a couple of days and play golf. You don’t have to go very far to enjoy your weekend here.”

Having the resort attached and having the golf course located inside a private property area does present one problem for Innsbrook, as Corn says some golfers don’t think they can play there. But the word public is in the name of the Innsbrook Public Golf Course for a reason.

Innsbrook

“It’s one of the tough things we fight, because we’re in a gated community,” Corn says. “People kind of assume we’re private.”

When you’re looking to book a tee time at Innsbrook, Corn says the best prices are available at the course’s web site. And if Innsbrook’s amazing views aren’t enough to draw you to the course, the views of the wildlife at the course very well could be.

“You virtually always see deer on the course and turkey,” Corn says. “Bald eagles are out there, and all kinds of birds of prey. There have been days where I’ve been out on the course and see the eagles circling. No matter how many times you see it, it’s pretty amazing.”

The Landings at Spirit

The links style layout at The Landings at Spirit Golf Club provides St. Louis area golfers with some interesting playing conditions. And, as regular visitors to the course can attest, those playing conditions may change from day to day, depending on the wind and speed of the greens.

Because of changes in the wind, there are days at The Landings where players may see a three club difference in approach shots on the same hole from one round to the next.

The wind also gives the par-72 course some bite, even though it plays only 6,788 yards from the tips and 5,898 yards from the middle tees. The wind forces players to be precise with club selection and ball placement. It also can cause the course to play longer on certain days, contributing to the feeling that golfers are almost playing a different course each time they tee it up at The Landings at Spirit Golf Club.

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But it’s those fast, impressive bent grass greens that draw players back to The Landings at Spirit.

The greens at The Landings are among the fastest in the St. Louis area, sometimes reaching a 10 reading or higher on the Stimp meter, depending in part on the heat of the day and whether the wind is drying the greens.

And the greens are large, making for some interesting approach shots. Players want to be precise with iron shots to avoid a challenging putt over a large distance on the fast putting surface, as many of the greens on the course have two tiers.

In total, the 18 greens at The Landings at Spirit occupy nearly five acres of space, which is close to double that of a typical golf course. Three of the greens on the course are double greens – holes 2 and 8, holes 4 and 6, and holes 3 and 7 – further emphasizing the feel of a Scottish links course.

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To prepare for the challenging greens at The Landings at Spirit, players can work on their putting on the course’s huge putting green. It occupies about 0.75 of an acre with features similar to what you’ll find on the course’s greens. You also can work at the chipping green, a bunker with a 6-foot depth, and a long bunker.

The Landings at Spirit Golf Club sits parallel to the runway at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri. And the course plays up its proximity to the airport and airplanes by naming each of the five sets of tees after different military planes: Hornet, Harrier II, Phantom II, Super Connie, and Super Cub.

The Landings has several memorable holes, highlighted by the par-5 11th hole. It measures 553 yards from the back tees and 513 yards from the middle tees, making it the second longest hole on the course. It has a three-tiered green with out of bounds on the right. A series of mounds provides protection for the green.

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You’ll find several high risk/reward holes at The Landings at Spirit too, as a handful of the par-4 holes are drivable, including the first hole. It measures 359 yards from the back and 300 yards from the middle tees. Other potential drivable par-4 holes include the sixth hole (320 yards from the back tees), 10th hole (358 yards from the back tees), 14th hole (340 yards from the back tees), and 15th hole (354 yards from the back tees).

In addition to its golf offerings, The Landings at Spirit also hosts a variety of events. Jaclyn Tripp, the Assistant Manager and Special Events Coordinator at The Landings at Spirit, says the course has greatly expanded its event hosting efforts in the past couple of years. The course hosts weddings, receptions, showers, banquets, and parties, as well as a variety of other events.

“We’ve broadened out to meetings, seminars, training sessions, and more,” Tripp says. “We have a lot of people who ask to do photo sessions too.”

The golf club can host events indoors as well as outdoors. Tripp says the course makes use of a 40-by-80-foot outdoor tent for gatherings that those who book the course often cite as their favorite aspect of the event.

“With a large event with 200 to 250 people, we can host that event [in the tent] and with the great lighting effects we have,” Tripp says. “And what’s better than being 10 feet from the golf course? It’s kind of like a little park setting. So you are literally right here by the course.”

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The Landings at Spirit has a bar and grill area that caters to golfers and that serves burgers, brats, and hot dogs.

“It’s a simple menu for the golfers,” Tripp says.

For catering for its events, The Landings at Spirit has an extensive menu of food options, including grilled chicken, salmon, and pork, as well as gluten free and vegetarian options. The catering menu includes full meals, as well as appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, and bar services.

“Last year we had six weddings,” Tripp says. “This year, we had doubled up on the marketing, and we have 24 or 25 weddings. We’re definitely growing and looking to expand. I am crossing my fingers that we can double and triple the following year too.”

Tripp says some renovations are planned on The Landings at Spirit course this year, although the timing is still unsure. She says the increased number of events that the course is able to host allows for making extra renovations, meaning golfers are able to benefit from the events too, even if they don’t directly participate.

For those who want to learn more about the latest golfing related events at The Landings, Tripp says the course’s Facebook page is a great place to check. She says the course even has themed weeks for golfers that are announced on the Facebook page. Additional information about the events at the course are available on the club’s main web site (www.landingsatspirit.com) and at its events site (landingsatspirit.wixsite.com/thelandingsevents).

Driver Tech for Your Game

When did golf become so darn… techy?

Sure, golf has always feigned the appearance of a sophisticated, erudite game, but check out the diction being used by some of golf’s most trusted names: “titanium Exo-Cage,” “ultralight triaxial carbon crown,” “acoustic engineering,” “turbulators,” “Vortect technology.”
The list goes on, all the way to biomimicry and “geocoustics.”

Most in your Sunday morning crew didn’t study astrophysics in college, so after parsing through that mumbo jumbo technological jargon, here’s what you need to know: The innovations Callaway, Titleist, Srixon, Ping, and Taylormade, among others, are introducing to golf technology are working immensely in your favor.

From 1980 to 1993, the average driving distance on the PGA Tour increased a whopping three yards, from 257 to 260. By 2017? That number was just 10 yards shy of the coveted 300-yard threshold – and that’s an average. As of the beginning of Masters week 2017, there were 35 players on the PGA Tour averaging better than 300 yards off the tee.

This can be attributed to a wide variety of factors – balls, player improvement, course maintenance, weather – but club technology is inarguably chief among them. So whether you’re a layman or one of the aerospace experts working with Callaway, all you really need to know is this: It’s easier to make a little white ball go a long, long way.

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Callaway Big Bertha Fusion

Perhaps the most reliable name in golf when it comes to the big stick, Callaway’s Big Bertha, is back and easier to hit than ever. How this is done is actually fairly rudimentary. Callaway simply restructured where the weight of the club would lie, moving the heavier materials to the perimeter of the club and the lighter aspects to the face.

What this allows is a driver that still maintains force – or that signature “pop” off impact – while being maneuverable along the face of the club, making for a bigger hitting window for the user. Essentially, it’s a mid- to high-handicapper’s dream, as the Big Bertha has always touted itself to be. What’s different is that the crown is made of a material – Callaway calls it a “titanium Exo-Cage and ultralight triaxial carbon crown” – that is 65 percent lighter than standard titanium, portending higher swing speeds yet also increased forgiveness.

The shape and look of the club is a bit wonky, far from the typical half-moon you would find on most drivers. It’s sharper, more of an egg-like look. Callaway claims this increases aerodynamics and a more efficient and faster movement through the swing.

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Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic

This isn’t just the Big Bertha. Nor is it the Great Big Bertha. It’s the Great Big Bertha Epic. A name can be just that – a name – but when adding a descriptor like “epic” onto one of the most successful club lines in golf, well, Callaway must mean business with its latest version of Big Bertha.

The Epic features what Callaway calls “Jailbreak technology.” There is a fair amount of scientific jargon in terms of what this technology does and how, exactly it does it, but what the average golfer needs to know is this: It “changes how the head and face behave at impact to promote more speed across a larger area of the face for increased average distance,” per Callaway’s website.

The Epic isn’t so much trying to differentiate itself from previous lines of the Big Bertha as it is from the XR 16, of which it is 64 percent lighter, a cut-down due to a carbon crown as opposed to titanium.

The end result is higher ball speed and a slightly higher launch, but with less spin – all of which promote more carry and more distance off the tee. Not bad, huh?

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Titleist 917 D3

Similar to Callaway, Titleist is touting a lighter club face for increased forgiveness without sacrificing power. But what Titleist seems to have focused on in regards to the D3 is reducing spin off of impact – which results in more distance – and a lower launch angle. With less spin, the ball will be more likely to cut through the air, and a lower launch angle will reduce the amount of drives that seem to balloon off impact.

Where Titleist differentiates itself is in its movable weight. Virtually every manufacturer offers a driver with customizable features, but the D3 has a neutral and a top-heavy setting that golfers can toggle between, depending on their preference, as opposed to the standard “draw, neutral, fade” options offered on most other drivers.

The neutral setting is designed for forgiveness, as the weight will be lower on the club. The top-heavy option is exactly as it sounds, keeping the weight back so the golfer can maximize control of the ball flight.

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Srixon Z565

Where Titleist zigged, Srixon zagged. Titleist sought a lower launch angle with its D3, and Srixon, in the Z565, aimed for a higher launch with a draw bias. Now, is the draw bias going to fix that massive slice that keeps calling out of bounds home? No. It’s simply a club with a heel-favored sweet spot, which encourages a nice, right-to-left (for righties) ball flight.

What appears to be the main objective of the Z565, however, is forgiveness. Srixon expanded the face of the club, creating almost a wrap-around effect, which provides better performance on off-center impacts. Four grams of weight, in fact, were removed from the crown and restructured throughout the club, lowering the center of gravity and thereby creating a more forgiving club face.

An appeal for the Srixon, for some, is that it went back to basics when it comes to club aesthetics. It has become vogue for drivers to be decorated with logos or designs, shapes, “speed tracks,” or any other visually pleasing appeal (we’re looking at you, Ping and TaylorMade). Srixon reversed course, going with the standard black top with a chrome face.
No frills. Just hit the ball and watch it fly.

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Ping G

Dragonflies and drivers. They don’t seem to be the most likely of duos, and yet that’s exactly what Ping has done with the G. PING claims that its engineers “analyzed the dragonfly’s intricate wing pattern to design ultra-thin crown sections for extreme CG and maximized MOI.”
To translate: Engineers took a look at how a dragonfly’s wings work and mimicked that movement with its driver to optimize its center of gravity and forgiveness.

As you might expect, a club that was loosely based off of an insect has a unique look to it, with curves and ridges on the crown that make the club more aerodynamic. As has been PING’s modus operandi, however, the latest model is one based on forgiveness, as its massive clubface suggests.

The G is light and large, with an emphasis on reducing spin and the launch angle, which should appeal to golfers of all handicaps.

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TaylorMade M2
It is no coincidence that the man leading the PGA Tour in driving distance, Dustin Johnson, plays TaylorMade. TaylorMade has long been synonymous with woods, and Johnson’s 316.2 yards per drive – four yards longer than No. 2 Luke List – are a testament to that.

Johnson, however, is bombing away with an M1, though it’s only a matter of time until he makes the upgrade to the M2, which offer a similar look with slightly different features. The M2 boasts what TaylorMade is calling “Geocoustic sole shaping,” in which the club’s “sunken sole shape enables a larger clubface,” and a larger clubface invariably leads to increased forgiveness. But where many drivers might sacrifice distance for forgiveness, the M2 kept power at the forefront.

The M2 has a lighter crown with a sturdy base, making for a low center of gravity and thereby increasing distance. Similar to the Srixon, the M2 also features a draw bias with its heel-based weight, another aspect designed to maximize distance off the tee.

Wedges

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You drive for show. You putt for dough. But what about those tricky shots around the green that, more times than not, we fail to get up and down? Why has this become such an overlooked portion of our game? The pros put in an incredible amount of time on their short game and greenside shots – some estimate well over 50% of their practice time – perhaps it should be a focus for you too. The next time you are left with a dicey pitch shot to salvage the round of a lifetime, you’ll be thankful you put in your time. Of course, a great short game requires the right tools and the information below provides a snapshot of the hottest new wedges available.

Titleist Vokey SM6

Titleist Vokey SM6
Folks, Titleist did it again. There’s a reason their Vokey SM6 wedge is the preferred choice among PGA Tour professionals. The game of golf continues evolving, driven, in part, by equipment innovation. Titleist keeps pushing the envelope with their wedge technology and the SM6 wedges offer an array of benefits, which we can narrow down to three specific components: center of gravity (COG), groove design, and grind. The center of gravity is determined by a specific loft-to-weight ratio. There’s the lower-lofted wedges (PW, GW), mid-loft (SW), and high-loft (LW). This COG technology combats loft variations by realigning the club face’s center of gravity to promote consistent, predictable shot-making.
When it comes to delicate pitch shots, spin is king. The Vokey SM6 wedges feature TX4 groove technology. The low-loft wedges (46°-54°) are designed with narrower, deeper grooves. Whereas, the high-loft wedges (56°-62°) have wider, shallower grooves to help stick it close from anywhere around the green.
Furthermore, the SM6 wedges are offered with 5 different grind options: F grind, M grind, S grind, K grind, and L grind. Each one is designed to work with a golfer’s particular style of play and from various turf conditions. Consult with a golf professional to identify the best choice for your particular style of play.

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Callaway MD3
The newly designed MD3 wedges have three different grinds (W, S, C) as well as Callaway’s Progressive Groove Optimization. The W-Grind offers a wider sole, ideal for bunker play, soft course conditions, and players with steep swing planes. The S-grind is the most versatile of the three, created with just about every course condition in mind and recommended for both steep and shallow swingers alike. Finally, we have the C-Grind, meant for firm course conditions and players with shallow, around-the-body swing planes. The Progressive Groove Optimization is engineered with a 3-groove design to make spin consistency between irons and wedges more reliable. The Pitching and Gap Wedges include 30V grooves, which cater to steeper angles of attack; the 20V grooves are ideal for bunker play; the 5V grooves in the lob wedge caters to those delicate, short-sided greenside shots, when stopping the ball on a dime is imperative.

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Cleveland RTX2.0/CB
When Cleveland began designing the RTX 2.0 wedges, they aimed to solve a common pain point: Shots from 125 yards and in. With the likes of Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, and Hideki Matsuyama providing expert intel, the Cleveland RTX 2.0 wedges are considered the perfect antidote to a struggling mid-range game for golfers of all skill levels. Cleveland’s Rotex Face Technology continues to expand shot making possibilities to boot. With 15% sharper grooves compared to last year’s model, and the roughest face pattern permissible within USGA guidelines, you can rely on predictable spin, shot after shot. The grind design is engineered to provide a perfect combination of versatility and dependability, though I can’t say I would recommend this particular model for players with significantly steep or shallow swing paths. It is much better suited for players with neutral swing paths.

Taylor Made EF

TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF
Like all other wedge manufacturers on this list, TaylorMade emphasizes the significant effects of groove design on shot-making. In fact, this is where TaylorMade differentiates its wedges from the competition’s. By taking a different approach to the traditional groove design, TaylorMade has effectively created a niche in the wedge manufacturing market. For the most part, grooves are created on a clubface by milling (or cutting) them into the face or they have been cast with the grooves as part of the die, or mold. TaylorMade has gone against tradition and developed an electroforming process to create grooves. For non-chemists out there, this innovative “milling” technique translates into sharper grooves and increased club longevity. If you’re looking to improve your spin around the greens and want a long-lasting wedge, consider TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred EF model, the juggernaut of wedges.

Ping Glide Wedger

Ping Glide
Ping took a similar approach to TaylorMade when designing their Glide wedge, but instead of focusing on groove design, Ping created a fully custom club. From the grip, down to the club face, these wedges are a fully integrated “system” designed for greater consistency. In addition, Ping’s proprietary Gorge Groove Technology promotes consistent shot trajectory and spin for every loft. The Ping Glide wedges are available with four different soles: Thin, Wide, Standard, and EYE2. The thin sole caters to firm conditions and shallow swing paths; the wide sole was made for softer conditions and steeper swing paths; the standard sole provides the best of both worlds (soft/firm conditions, as well as a variety of swing paths); the EYE2, with its throwback name, also provides the best of both worlds and promises to improve bunker play.

Mizuno S5

Mizuno S5
Mizuno took a craftsman’s approach when designing their S5 wedges, which feature a unique Silhouette profile. With PGA professional Luke Donald providing expert input, these wedges offer two sole grinds to get up and down from all angles and lies. Mizuno’s technology offers Quad Cut CNC milled grooves to promote spin. S5 wedges come in 25 different loft and bounce options, ensuring all distance possibilities are accounted for. Furthermore, the S5 wedges offer grinds complimentary to their high and low bounce options: High bounce (15% sole grind) and low bounce (25% sole grind). The grind compliments the bounce by allowing the high bounce version to play higher and the low bounce to play lower.

The wedge technology is out there, no doubt about it. Now, it’s a matter of finding the right option for your game. Consult with your local golf professional to weigh the pros and cons for all wedge models. Once you find your wedge, practice, practice, and practice some more. Then, stick it close, tap it in, and repeat.

A Golfing Getaway – Innsbrook Public Golf Course

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At most public golf courses after the round, you and your buddies may hang out in the clubhouse or the bar and grill, reliving the perfect drive you had on number 11 … and then laughing about the four putt that left you with the unfortunate double bogey. After a bit, you’ll head home.

But at the Innsbrook Public Golf Course and Resort, the day doesn’t have to end at the clubhouse. You can relive the round back at the condominium with your friends before you take the family to a summer concert or to an evening of canoeing.

“It’s like going on vacation each time you pull through the gates here,” says Kevin Corn, PGA Head Golf Professional.

Innsbrook, located about 45 minutes west of St. Louis, offers a variety of activities in a vacation setting, along with condominiums for guest lodging. And included on the 7,500-acre property is an 18-hole public golf course.

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Corn says the course hosts 22,000 to 24,000 golf rounds per year. And the players represent both people who drive out for the day just to play golf, as well as those who are staying at or attending a meeting at the resort and choose to play golf as an activity during their free time.

“We actually get a pretty good mix,” he says. “Players from the local area drive out for the day and play too.”

The par-70 course plays 6,527 yards from the back tees. Five sets of tees are available, with the forward tees yielding a course that plays 5,056 yards.

“It’s fun to play regardless of the skill level,” Corn says. “The superintendent and his crew have done a great job prepping the course, and it shows.”

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One of the most memorable stretches of the Innsbrook course runs from holes 13 through 16, where the course’s number one, three, and five handicap holes reside. But it’s the view and layout of those holes that will stick in your mind.

“Number 13 has the lake along the fairway,” Corn says. “And then number 16, when you’re standing on the tee box, you can look at Lake Aspen in the distance. In that spot, the view from there really defines Innsbrook, at least while you’re on the course.”

Number 13 is a 522-yard par-5 from the back tees, challenging players with the water hazard along the left. Number 14 is the number one handicap hole, a 417-yard par-4 from the back tees with a slight dogleg to the right. Number 15 is a par-3 where players must play over a lake to the green, ranging in distance from 162 yards at the back tees to 102 yards at the front tees. And the gorgeous 16th hole is a 424-yard par-4 from the back tees.

“I don’t know that we have a signature hole,” Corn says. “We have a signature view really.”

Innsbrook

Players who haven’t visited Innsbrook lately will be impressed with the updates made to the course and the resort. Two years ago, course management remodeled the Aspen Center, where conferences, weddings, and other events occur. Last year, they remodeled the clubhouse, the bar and grill, the patio deck that overlooks the 18th hole, the course’s irrigation system, and the golf shop. Further remodeling is scheduled this summer at the course.

“The course is really a primary focus with all the changes we made,” Corn says. “It hasn’t been all about improving the overall condition of the resort. We wanted to increase the playability and make it more fun for the average player.”

Corn says Innsbrook has more water on the course than most St. Louis area courses, although not all of the water is in play.

“There’s more than 100 lakes on the property, and plenty of water all around,” he says. “A good portion of the lakes are in play, although there’s quite a bit that don’t come into play. The water ties into the whole Innsbrook theme. It fits in well, especially when you think back to number 16 and the view that you see there. It’s so pretty.”

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The resort’s non-golf activities make full use of the lakes that aren’t in use on the golf course. Guests can participate in canoeing, horseback riding, sailing, hiking, a lazy river, a children’s playground, and many other activities. Resort guests choose to come to Innsbrook for a variety of reasons, but Corn says many of them end up playing golf at some point.

“Sometimes they’re here for golf,” he says. “Sometimes they’re here for a family trip. Sometimes they’re here for weddings. Sometimes it’s for meetings. But when you look at the diversity of what we have to do on the property, there’s just so many different things people can do, it really broadens who can enjoy their time at Innsbrook.”

Holding a wedding at Innsbrook is a popular endeavor for guests, Corn says. The area for weddings offers Lake Aspen in the background, creating an amazing setting. Wedding guests can spend the night on the property, which is convenient.

Business meetings are common at Innsbrook too, as meeting organizers enjoy giving attendees plenty of options for enjoying their free time at the resort.

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“When a group has meetings in the morning at Innsbrook, it’s not like a lot of places where there’s only one thing to do in the afternoon,” Corn says.

For those golfers not staying at the resort, Corn says the best way to make a tee time is through the course’s web site, where dynamic pricing is in effect.

Those who want to play more often can take advantage of Innsbrook’s various season pass programs. Options include weekday play annual passes, one where golfers only pay a cart fee each time they play and another one where the cart fee, greens fee, and range balls fees are all covered by the annual pass fee. Season passes that include weekend and holiday play are available for single players, couples, and families, as well as for players who prefer to walk versus having a riding cart.

For more information, check out their website at http://www.innsbrook-resort.com/golf or call 636-928-3366 ext 9203.

Golf Club of Wentzville

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If you’re someone who perhaps doesn’t play as much golf as you’d like to play because of the time required to play a full round, the Golf Club of Wentzville can help you overcome this problem. The course consistently is known for its pace of play, allowing golfers to move at a steady pace throughout the round without feeling rushed.

The course’s layout is one of the keys to the steady and quick pace of play at Wentzville. You won’t have to deal with blind shots here, meaning you’ll spend less time looking for balls and walking or driving ahead of your ball, trying to see the target area.

“You can see the ball land on almost all of your shots,” says Ryan Scharnhorst, head golf professional at Wentzville.

Another reason why Wentzville allows players to move at a steady pace is because of the layout of the holes. Although you will find some challenging aspects at Wentzville, much of the course is designed to be what Scharnhorst calls “user friendly,” meaning golfers of all skill levels can find something to appreciate about the layout.

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“It’s not an overly long course,” he says. “You can roll the ball up on most greens. … It’s a straight forward course.”

Wentzville is a par-71 course that measures 6,344 yards from the back tees and 4,929 yards from the forward tees. Only two holes measure 500-plus yards from the back tees, which makes the course very playable. The tee boxes and fairways consist of zoysia grass, while the greens are bent grass.

One of the most recognizable aspects at Wentzville is the large silo that’s visible from many holes on the course. It’s a key landmark at Wentzville that’s left over from the days when the grounds where the golf course now resides was a working farm, the Hepperman Farm. As part of the agreement to build the golf course on the property, the silo had to remain in place. There’s also a family cemetery near the 18th green.

Scharnhorst says the par-3 16th is one of the most memorable holes for players at Wentzville. Although it only measures 135 yards from the tips, this par-3 requires a precise tee shot to avoid trouble around the green. And the uphill design of the 16th means you must be careful with club selection.

“There’s mounding to the left, and the silo is visible in the back left,” he says. “On the right side, the grounds drop into a ravine. But it’s a short iron shot for most.”

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Scharnhorst says one of the best three-hole segments at Wentzville is holes seven through nine. The seventh is the longest hole and the number one handicap hole on the course, measuring 546 yards from the tips. It’s followed by the longest par-3 hole on the course, the 225-yard eighth hole. The front nine then closes with a 413-yard par-4 that is a dog leg left, uphill layout.

After the turn, you’ll find another challenging hole in number 10, which is a par-4 that measures 416 yards from the tips and 298 yards from the forward tee. It is the toughest handicap hole on the back nine.

One aspect of Wentzville that sticks out for players is the amount of wildlife that resides on the course. Scharnhorst says players have seen deer, turkeys, foxes, and owls on the tree-lined fairways of the course at various times.

And they’ve also seen a dog … the course dog, that is. Scharnhorst says Wentzville has had a course dog for several years. The new course dog is Brittany, who has been on site for a little more than a year.

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“She really took to the course,” Scharnhorst says. “She’s a great dog and good with the customers. She likes to run everywhere, and has really turned out to be a good course dog.”

One of the reasons so much wildlife is present on the grounds is because of the limited number of residential homes on the course.

“We have homes on the left side of five holes,” Scharnhorst says. “The Peruque Creek runs through the course, which prevents more homes from being built.”

Wentzville hosts 31,000 to 32,000 rounds per year, Scharnhorst says. Lessons are available, including individual and group lessons, as well as lessons focusing on a particular aspect of your golf game.

The clubhouse at Wentzville has a small pro shop and snack bar area. The pavilion area seats about 200 people, while there’s another patio area with seating for 40 people.

Wentzville

The course and its facilities can handle tournaments of varying sizes, Scharnhorst says, including accommodating up to 178 golfers in a single tournament. The course hosts numerous leagues – corporate, ladies, and men’s – too.

Wentzville uses a dynamic pricing model for golfers when booking tee times, allowing you to see real-time pricing, based on demand, for the time and date you want to play. All dynamic pricing information is available through the Golf Club of Wentzville web site.

Season pass options are available at Wentzville as well. You can pick from passes for singles, couples, or families, and you can choose to add a cart to any season pass if desired. Season passes cover green fees for an entire year, as well as allowing a 14-day advance tee time reservation benefit.

The Golf Club of Wentzville has reciprocal privileges with The Links of Dardenne and The Missouri Bluffs golf courses.

For more information, check out their website or give them a call: 636-332-0500.

Far Oaks Golf Club

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There’s no question the St. Louis sports scene is best known for the Cardinals and the team’s extensive list of great baseball players: Brock, Gibson, Ozzie, and Musial to name a few. But when it comes to the St. Louis golf scene, Masters champion Bob Goalby’s name jumps to the forefront. And if you’re looking for a Goalby designed course in the St. Louis area, you’ll have one choice: The Far Oaks Golf Club in Caseyville – just about 20 minutes east of downtown St. Louis.

Goalby, a Belleville, Ill., native, shot 66 on the final day of the Masters in 1968 to win the tournament by one shot. He also had runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open and in the PGA Championship during his career, which included eight Top 10 finishes in major professional championships. Goalby and his grandson designed Far Oaks, which opened in 1998 and went through a redesign in 2002.

“It’s cool that they did it together here,” says Doyle Moffitt, Director of Golf and Operations at Far Oaks.

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Goalby had plenty to work with in the natural layout at Far Oaks, designing a course that has a distinctively different look on the front nine and back nine, while taking advantage of elevation changes on the back nine to create some memorable holes.

“We’re really a tale of two nines,” Moffitt says. “The front is a links style, and the back in the trees is a more traditional American style course. We’re consistently one of the top five public facilities in the area.”

The front nine features a pair of par-5s within the first three holes, including the course’s second handicap hole and longest hole, #3, at 590 yards from the tips and 479 yards from the forward tee. It’s a dogleg to the right, where golfers have to avoid a fairway bunker before an uphill approach to the green.

Another challenging par-5 is #14, which is the number one handicap hole at Far Oaks. It measures 541 yards from the tips and 450 yards from the forward tee. Although it plays downhill, a marsh in front of the green makes getting home in two extremely difficult.

“It’s a three-shot hole, unless you can really smash it,” Moffitt says. “It goes back into the trees and really flows well.”

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Perhaps the most well-known hole at Far Oaks is the par-3 #16, which measures 185 yards from the tips and 120 yards from the forward tee. While the 16th hole may play shorter than some other challenging par-3 holes, a significant elevation change from tee to green will make the golfer think about club selection. The extreme downhill angle also gives the hole a unique look that’s sure to stick with you after you leave the course. The wind at the tee box can play differently than the wind near the green, which is sheltered by trees. The 16th hole fits well into the design of the back nine, Moffitt says.

“Number 16 is really our signature hole,” he says. “It has a 200-foot drop from tee to green. It’s kind of a cool, pretty hole. Our back nine is one of the best in town.”

Far Oaks Golf Club hosted 31,000 rounds in 2015 and 29,500 rounds in 2014, and Moffitt says numerous aspects of the course draw players, including the interesting layout and scenery.

“Our philosophy here is playability and having the course in good condition,” Moffitt says. “We’re a senior friendly facility, and a good tournament facility. We’re a junior friendly course too, offering a junior academy.”

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The par-72 course features five par-5s and five par-3s. Both the front and back nines finish with a par-5, providing the opportunity to end the round with a birdie. Far Oaks plays 6,847 yards from the tips and 5,090 yards from the forward tees.

“We have five sets of tees,” Moffitt says. “The course plays about 5,800 [yards] from what we call our senior tees. Having different tee options just goes back to our playability philosophy.”

If you’re looking to enhance your playability by fixing problems with your golf game, Far Oaks offers a variety of options for lessons, including private and group lessons. Far Oaks hosts summer junior golf camps too. A fully stocked golf shop is available at the course.

Those seeking multiple play options at Far Oaks have plenty of choices. The family season pass allows two family members to play any time, while other members of the immediate family can play after 1 p.m. at any time (other than during booked events). A single person season pass is available, as is a weekday only season pass. And most season pass packages include unlimited greens fees, cart fees, and range balls. For those who might only have time for nine holes, Far Oaks offers open leagues on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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For more information on any of the season pass choices or lesson options at Far Oaks, visit the course’s constantly updated web site at faroaksgolf.com.

The best way to obtain a tee time at Far Oaks is to visit the course’s web site and book online, Moffitt says. Far Oaks makes use of dynamic pricing through the web site, which provides real-time pricing for greens fees and carts that take into account weather conditions and course demand to determine prices at different times of the day. Daily promotional prices can be found on the web site too.

Information on the course’s banquet facilities and menu options are available through the web site too. The clubhouse has a log cabin design, and Moffitt says it hosts numerous weddings, meetings, and banquets with extensive food and beverage service options.

“We also have a huge deck space that overlooks the property,” Moffitt says.

And the look that patrons have from the deck is an impressive one, whether they’re seeking the links-style views on the front nine or the tree-lined fairways of the back nine … or both.

For more information, check them out at www.faroaksgolf.com or call 618-628-2900.