Whether you play golf with pals from work or aspire to be the next PGA winner, experience the delight of Missouri's rolling fairways. Throughout the state, public and semi-private courses welcome players of all skill levels. If you like to accompany your golf game with a bit of good-natured competition, check out one of the public-friendly tournaments taking place in Missouri.
September 14, at the Lake of the Ozarks, the Blue Moon Golf Tourney and Silent Auction pairs a fun day with a great cause. Now in its ninth year, the Blue Moon Animal Sanctuary Golf Benefit and Silent Auction raises funds to help animals in need throughout the Lake area. There are prizes at each hole and several contests; plus the $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one. Entry fee includes lunch, drink tickets, post-tournament snacks, entrance to the awards ceremony and — best of all — a beautiful round of golf at the Arnold Palmer designed Osage National Golf Club. You do not have to play golf to attend the auction.
Want to brush up on your game? Our state boasts dozens of excellent courses for play and practice. In the historic Mississippi River town of Hannibal, the course at Norwoods Golf Club stretches more than 6,600 yards, with bluegrass fairways and bentgrass greens.
A great game of golf is easy in Chillicothe, at Green Hills Golf Course. You'll find a perfect spot to send your ball soaring toward the green, thanks to four sets of tees, set at varying distances. The pro shop stocks golf supplies, clubs and apparel; while the snack bar offers plenty of treats for hungry players.
The Indian Rock Golf Club, in Laurie, rolls across more than 300 beautiful acres of Bermuda grass fairways and bentgrass greens. As you play the course's legendary 17th hole, stop to admire the crystal-clear lake at the front of the green and the “Indian head” rock formation at the back. After a successful 18 holes, step into Mulligan's Sports Bar and Restaurant for a bite to eat and a refreshing cocktail.
If you're vacationing with the family, be sure to check out Brookside Mini Golf. This super-fun Branson course stays open late (until 11 p.m. throughout August and September), so you can play a round, or two, whenever you like. Even in the summer temperatures, Brookside keeps it cool with plenty of shaded seating areas, waterfalls and fountains.