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3.7
140 Reviews (140)
5 Stars
34
4 Stars
65
3 Stars
27
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.4
87.7%
Recommend this course
117 out of 140 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.4
5 Reviews (5)
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.6
Layout
4.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
5.0
80.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 5 reviews
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3.7
17 Reviews (17)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.8
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
94.1%
Recommend this course
16 out of 17 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6763 yards
Slope 132
Rating 72.8

Previously known as Hillcrest at The Heartland Club.

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Course Details

Year Built 1916
Fairways Zoysia Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1916) Bill Amick (1984)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Tank tops, half shirts, cut off shorts & gym trunks are not permitted. Golf shirts/shirts with a collar are required.

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Missouri (2015 #1)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2015 #16)

Reviews

3.7
140 Reviews (140)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 13
Elevation Changes 12
Narrow Fairways 12
This course/club is great for:
Locals 12
Advanced Golfers 10
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 17
Worth the Drive 7

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Interesting, nothing flat about this course

We had fun playing this course. No houses and very hilly, both positives. Conditioning left a lot to be desired, probably due to Covid and the fact that several areas were being improved at the time (several bunkers being rebuilt and yet to receive sand; however, bunkers that had sand were great). Greens were on the small side with lots of slope and undulations (stay on the low side). Limited staff (Corona) was super friendly. $4 unlimited range balls was nice. Overall, they need to cut about 2” off the ruff and drop the fee by $10 in its current condition, and I would play weekly. Nevertheless, worth playing at least once. Maybe more when the conditioning matches the green fee.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Fun & Challenging

Great old school course. New owner starting to make many improvements. New riding & push carts, white sand in traps, open to the public. A MUST PLAY for golfers looking for a change of pace on a terrific & historic course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Thanks

Heard it's going private. Good luck. Nostalgic course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
2.0
First Time Playing

Not ready to be open

This course should be $15. Max. Shouldn’t be opened for play yet. No distance markers at all, no sand in traps. We still had fun but this place needs a lot of love. Heard they have a new owner. Hopefully that will being new life and I would try it again if they get the grounds better for spring.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun course to play

Really like the course design some different types of holes.

Only downer was Course condition. Several fairways have large bad spots- no grass, mud holes. Some bunkers are just mud with no sand. Greens were pretty good, played very fast which I like.

Overall OK but could be better.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great historic course to play. I was the first tee time out, finished in under 2 hours. Good value. Course still in great condition. A few wet spots in the morning. Cart path could use some love, but I’m not there to hit my shots off the cart path. Will play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course just needs new cart paths and some work around the paths.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice old course

Love the Donald Eoss design, really follows the lay of the land. Green complexes are toigh! Don't want to ne above the hole. Great value on Hot Deals.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Back in Kansas

Expected better course conditions...
Traps unplayable, fairways overall good condition, greens rolled true but had numerous unrepaired divots and cart paths horrible...
Good layout with rolling hills but this is the first course I have played in my life that starts with a PAR 3...
Course was not busy but play was very slow...A starter and course marshall could solve this problem especially with high handicap !!!!!!! members...
Pro shop staff outstanding and that alone may bring me back...

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Donald Ross Design

KC has 2 historic courses designed by class architects: Hillcrest by Donald Ross and Swope Memorial by AW Tillinghast. If you love to play golf, you need to play these.
Hillcrest is not maintained at its peak. It is maintained adequately enough for the golf lover to appreciate Ross’ design.
Swope is maintained by the City at a higher level and is a must to appreciate Tillinghast’s design. It is described as a junior Bethpage Black.
We are fortunate to have both of these classic turn of the century courses in our back yard.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Fairly good for been a 1st on this courae

I played yesterday 06/26 on a good Golfnow deal so the price was fairly good. 1st on this course, layout is nice lots of slopes and lies, not easy. Cart path need love but I would not judge the entire course by that. Some tee boxes need care ASAP. Fairways have hold fair even with the crazy amount of rain in KC, I’ve severe damage at other courses. Its good the course is available through GN and not only through GL. Green were tough and need care, not all had the same speed. Sand traps are awfully bad, this is a big fail on this course, only 2 traps were raked and in good shape. This is a no brainer to fix.
Staff was friendly
All in all fairly good and I was pleased with the day. On a good GN deal I’ll come back

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Visually the course is great

I enjoyed the course visually. The front nine had tired fareways with a large amount of thin, bare spots from water runoff etc. l would suggest aeration, over seeding and watering on a consistent basis. The back nine was in much better shape. The traps were thin, hard. Needs tic. Other than the golf rate on Golfnow rate , surprised no Senior rates and the rate of $40 is bit Pricey. I would play again based on golfnow $$$.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Course shape just ok. Lots of sand traps with no sand just dirt. Fairways awful thin.greens good. It seems like all great life courses have gone downhill since taking over. Green fees way to expensive for the shape the course is in.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Save your Money

One of the great layouts in Kansas City. Unfortunately the course maintenance is terrible. The fairways and rough have not been maintained.
It’s a course managed by Greatlife. I’m learning that a good rule of thumb is, if It’s a Greatlife course you should not expect much.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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