Swope Memorial Golf Course

4.4166666667 4.4 stars from 5 (3)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6274 yards
  • Slope: 128
  • Rating: 70.9
  • Layout

  • 6900 Swope Memorial Dr, Kansas City, Missouri 64132, Jackson County
  • (816) 513-8910, (816) 523-9081
  • (816) 513-8912
  • www.swopememorialgolfcourse.com
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Year built: 1934
Architect(s): A. W. Tillinghast (1934)
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round


Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes


Driving range: No
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6274 yards 70.9 128
White 72 5770 yards 68.3 124
Yellow 72 5000 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 72 4517 yards 69.2 107

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 5.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 3 Reviews
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recommend this course

3 out of 3 reviews


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"Swope Memorial is terrific test; must-play muni"

MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

I recommend this course

"Must play in KC"

Naftali9063056's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging

I recommend this course

"Good Shape for the Time of Year"

Jernest3030's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy

I recommend this course

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