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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
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.