St. Louis, Missouri
About St. LouisDistracted by the Gateway Arch in the comedy classic "Vacation," Clark Griswold takes a wrong turn and finds himself in a rough part of St. Louis. For visitors seeking quality public golf in the Mound City, there is no such thing as a wrong turn as there are excellent courses in all directions.
You want history? Go to America's oldest public course west of the Mississippi, Normandie Golf Club, which opened in 1901, or to Forest Park Golf Course, a still vital, 27-holer from the same era. Looking for a star-power design? In nearby Alton, Ill., Arnold Palmer created Spencer T. Olin Golf Course. Head east to Fairview Heights, Ill. for Jack Nicklaus' Stonewolf Golf Club. Gary Player's Tapawingo National Golf Club is a 27-holer rated by GQ as the toughest golf course in St. Louis.
For tracks by former PGA stars with local ties, try Fair Oaks Golf Club by Bob Goalby, or Quail Creek Golf Club by Hale Irwin. Gateway National by Keith Foster, five miles east and still within view of the arch, might be the area's best public course. Others up for the distinction are Missouri Bluffs Golf Club by Tom Fazio), Peveley Farms by Arthur Hills, and Drumm Farm Golf Course by Michael Hurdzan.
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In Branson, country music stars like the Gatlin Brothers; Shoji Tabuchi, who plays a mean fiddle; and "Mr. Banjo" Buck Trent of "Hee Haw" and "The Roy Clark Show," play to packed houses. Off stage, they trade in their cowboy boots for golf shoes to perform on another "stage," the golf course. The stars tee up at Branson Creek, Murder Rock, LedgeStone Country Club, Thousand Hills Golf Resort and other top Branson-area courses.
Dotting the surrounding countryside at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks are some 15 golf courses and more than three dozen resort properties that offer up some excellent stay-and-play packages. That helps make the Lake of the Ozarks -- the largest man-made lake in the Midwest -– one of America's great, unheralded golf meccas, Kiel Christianson writes.
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri is famous among anglers and boaters as an almost year-round mecca of aquatic fun. But golfers, especially in the Midwest, should consider it as an almost year-round golf destination, too. With some 15 courses dotting the countryside, there are as many golf holes to explore as there are fishing holes. And if non-golfing family members tag along, they'll have just as many off-course attractions to explore, Kiel Christianson writes.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Oaks course at Tan-Tar-A Resort, making the Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge design one of the most mature golf courses near the Lake of the Ozarks. It's also one of the best. Dense woods, multiple water hazards and a near-complete lack of flat lies demand precision from tee to green. A par-71 layout, it measures only 6,432 yards from the back tees, writes Kiel Christianson, but The Oaks plays longer than it appears.