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Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.9
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6274 yards
Slope 128
Rating 70.9

Course Details

Year Built 1934
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Missouri (2019 #7)

Reviews

4.5
5 Reviews (5)
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Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
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5.0
Previously Played

KC December Golf

Ladies—This is a 4500+ experience. The course was clean even with trees everywhere shedding leaves. Bunkers were clean but because of time of year hard and untended. Undulating fairways (old school) makes this a fun diffèrent play. Par 3s are doable but don’t underestimate your club selection. Fairways are still in great shape. Elevated tees, blind shots, and side slopes make this a first play an ‘oh, man’ experience (my suggestion is online search of course layout). Tillinghast design makes this unique compared to modern course layout.
Walkable but using cart keeps play moving.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 373
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Swope Memorial is terrific test; must-play muni

This isn't your everyday muni. And don't let the yardage (6,224) from the back tees fool you. This is a really good test. Originally designed by A.W. Tillinghast, the holes go up and down, with elevated tees, elevated greens and some terrific views (you can even see downtown Kansas City at one point). It's also in really good shape. And while there are some very short par 4s, you have to be pretty accurate if you're going to try to hit driver on them. The course also has an excellent finishing stretch. The par-5 17th at 566 yards is no joke, and the 404-yard par-18th plus longer than its yardage.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Must play in KC

This is a really great course that needs to be played when you're in the area. Its really a classic Tillinghast course. What it lacks in length is more than made it for with its challenges. Fairways are narrow and tree lined. Fairways are rolling and often creates uneven lies. Greens are undulating and often multi-tiered. Loved that like most Tillinghast courses, the greens are elevated from the fairways and are always a little offline from the fairways. Do not look at the 6300 yard back tees and think it'll be easy. With the elevated greens, it probably plays closer to 6500-6600.
You need to be accurate off the tee to set up your second shots which usually aren't long if you managed to stay in the fairway.
The fairways and greens were in great shape. Didn't love a few of the tee boxes that I thought weren't totally flat.
Staff was friendly.
All in all, a great golf experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Walked

Good Shape for the Time of Year

As a new KC resident, I took advantage of what seemed like the first nice day of the year to try out Swope Memorial. Considering that we were coming off of a few weeks of consistently sub-freezing weather, this course was in better shape than expected. The one real negative that can be said about the course conditions was that many of the bunkers seemed to have been seriously neglected and many were in unplayable condition.

It is easy to tell that this is an older style course as many of its holes meander through hills and present the golfer with anything but flat lies. This is not a long course, playing just under 6300 yards from the tips, but with its tricky lies and elevation changes it is still a good test.

The beauty of the golf course itself will not blow you away, but the scenic downtown KC skyline views that are presented for a few holes make up for this fact.

Overall, this course is a good value, and its ease of access for anyone in Metro KC makes it a worthwhile round.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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