Swope Memorial Golf Course
|Red (W)||72||4517 yards||67.6||117|
|Blue M: 70.9/128||372||317||267||368||451||172||330||167||477||2921||384||361||504||235||416||349||134||566||404||3353||6274|
|White M: 68.3/124 W: 70.2/126||344||301||226||345||429||148||307||162||465||2727||370||340||463||189||375||287||116||538||365||3043||5770|
|Red M: 67.6/117 W: 68.3/122||235||215||183||294||380||126||244||100||346||2123||233||274||398||141||286||241||101||374||346||2394||4517|
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.
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.
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.