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
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.
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
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
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
Missouri Bluffs Golf Club has a photo gallery on its website. If you’re looking for one that represents a perfect summation of their golf course in Charles, MO, it’s best you click to No. 9. It’s a portrait of a single hole, enclosed by nothing but wildlife. Trees – miles and miles of them. Flowers blossoming every which way. Multi-colored leaves creating a natural, breathtaking frame for the hole to weave through. If not for the cart path, there would not be a single sign of human life – no houses, no roads, no cars or even a trace of a building in the background. Just
When it comes to old school golf, almost no one is interested in returning to the days of wooden shafts, leather covered golf balls stuff with feathers, and a complete lack of drink carts traversing the course. (Although, admittedly, few things feel quite as good as hitting a pin high shot with your mashie niblick.) One way you can harken back to the early days of golf, while still taking advantage of today’s modern equipment and drink carts, is to play at a course offering a vintage design. And perhaps the best place to do that in the St. Louis area – or even in the
All golfers know certain parts of the game are really a lot of fun – like big tee shots that seem to fly for miles or precise iron plays to escape from trouble and save a score. But when determining whether you have a successful round, it’s your performance on the greens that you’ll ultimately replay in your mind. That’s why when you play a course like The Landings at Spirit Golf Club with some of the most impressive greens in the area, you’re sure to play a round of golf to remember. The Landings is a links-style course located parallel to the runway at
When Steve Stricker gives a putting lesson, you listen. When Lee Trevino demonstrates ball-striking in windy conditions, you watch. When Ernie Els demonstrates swing mechanics, you practice. And when Jack Nicklaus designs a course, you play it. If you ask ten established hall-of-fame golfers to name the best player of all time, nine of them are likely to respond with “Jack”. The 10th is probably an imposter. Jack Nicklaus had an indelible impact on the game of golf; even to most non-golfers, this is common knowledge. Most people fail to realize, however, that Jack has continued sculpting the game over a decade after the dust settled from his extensive career.
A golf course worthy of your hard-earned money and valuable time must provide more than just well-manicured grass and an eighteen-hole layout; it needs to offer nothing short of an experience. The best courses will make an impression well before the first tee. It’s often not about beauty, or how well the course suits your particular style of play, if the ranger is breathing down your neck, asking you to keep the pace. . . when the group ahead just left the green, and the group behind is nowhere in sight, all of the aesthetics in the world won’t save you. Your time and money