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 are precious, let’s not waste them on courses that see us as just another tee time.
What if you learned there was a course in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri that offers a private club experience at public course rates? A traditional course with modern amenities. A links-style layout that will take you back through time with a classic design complete with a rolling, undulating expanse of green grass that keeps golfers familiar with its special experience coming back time after time. Welcome to Links-style golf—Missouri style. Welcome to The Links at Dardenne.
The Links at Dardenne experience is welcoming to golfers of all skills levels. The isolated locale ensures a serene setting, so you can leave your worries in your car trunk. With a slope of 102, 110, 114, and 121 for the Red, White, Blue, and Black tees (respectively), low scores are up for grabs. And with the Red tees totaling 4,875 yards and the Black tees totaling 6,568 yards, you can leave the big stick in the bag and start focusing on the more important aspects of your game, like course management, scoring around the green, and enjoying yourself. But don’t completely discount the big stick. If you feel the need to let out some pent-up aggression, have at it. You’ll be hard-pressed to lose a ball (or at least an entire sleeve of balls) at this course.
What some players fail to consider is the effect our glorious game has on the world around us. Believe it or not, even the best courses in the world have their fair share of negative tradeoffs—namely, their impact on the environment. Think about the natural resources affected by all the golf courses in the world. And while a lot more attention is being paid to those impacts, with courses doing more with less water, fewer chemicals and the like, the long term effects are more than a bit frightening. It’s the duty of courses today to acknowledge and except responsibility for the harsh strains golf courses can place on our environment. The Links at Dardenne happens to be located in an environmentally sensitive area. As such, the course’s staff has made a conscious effort to promote the preservation of the surrounding natural habitat. With a plethora of waterfowl, deer, fox and other animals/plants indigenous to the area, sustainability is a constant focus and a constant struggle, but it’s clear that maintaining our Earth, as well as providing a memorable golfing experience, while striking an appropriate balance between the two is at the top of this course’s priority list. If the staff’s pervading candor doesn’t draw you in, perhaps their admirable mission will. Any course’s willingness to set aside valuable resources for environmental sustainability speaks volumes about their respect for the game.
(Content courtesy of LinksAtDardenne.com)
While the old adage “There is not a bad hole out there!” is certainly true, several key holes will define your round…
The 395-yard sixth hole is a par 4 that requires a great tee shot and approach. Your challenge starts with a semi-blind tee shot, with more room to the right and left than may appear off the tee. If you make it to the bottom of the hill you are only left with a short iron into a shallow green. However, most will be playing a 140-200 yard second from a downhill stance. Four is a good score on the sixth, especially with a right pin placement.
The 556-yard eighth hole is majestic par 5 that is considered our signature hole. The entire hole wraps around a marshy low land area, with long grass guarding the left side. Two good shots will leave a 125-100 yard shot to an elevated green, guarded in front by a deep bunker on the right hand side.
The 560-yard par 5 10th hole sets the tone for the backside. With Dardenne Creek running down the entire left side, and intersecting it roughly 300 yards off the tee, shot placement is crucial here. A good two shots will allow a short iron to another elevated putting surface. Beware of a front pin, as shots not hit deep enough into the green will come back 20-30 feet off the false front of the green.
At 168 yards, the 11th is the shortest hole on the course, but perhaps the most interesting par 3. With a deep creek in front of the entire green and a shallow putting surface, one must choose the correct club. Hit it long and you’re in a back bunker, short and your wet, it’s a very fun test of your game.
The 506 yard, par 5 18th hole is a classic risk reward an offers plenty of birdie opportunities on which to end your round on a high! Our home hole brings you back with a beautiful view of the clubhouse, as well as trouble down both sides of the fairway. Long grass and out-of-bounds await errant shots on this hole. Once approaching the green be very accurate, as dual water hazards guard the left and right. A great finishing hole to a truly great golfing experience!
Most weekend golfers reasonably weigh the benefits of playing a quality golf course with the financial requirement for doing so. Greens fees at the Links at Dardenne are based on a dynamic pricing model, which sets rates based on varying demand factors—everybody wins. This strategic pricing model optimizes affordability based on basic supply and demand. Special rates and tee time availabilities are offered on the Links at Dardenne website. Important to note, cancellations without penalty are permitted no sooner than 48 hours before tee times. The standard 18 hole rate is $34.00 for adults, with a 15% discount ($29.00) offered for seniors. Did I mention this stellar pricing is inclusive of a cart rental?
If you happen to lose that sleeve of balls, I’m sorry if I misled you; I’m also sorry for the spectacle your playing partners were forced to endure. That couldn’t have been easy for them, or you. There’s always tomorrow. For now, go grab another sleeve in the beautiful Links at Dardenne clubhouse. While you’re there, consider signing up for a few lessons, which are offered at Adult and Junior rates from an experienced LPGA teaching professional, Terri Boehm. The lesson rates breakdown as follows:
- Adult Private $70.00/hour
- 3 Lesson series $195.00
- Jr. Private (17 & under) $60.00/hour
- 3 Lesson series $165.00
Golf season is upon us, my friends. It’s time to expand our horizons and save some money in the process. Don’t waste any more time playing courses that see you as another slot in the starter’s lineup up. Take charge of the possibilities, and enjoy a memorable experience, compliments of the fine folks at the Links at Dardenne.