Help Dad Find the Fairways in Missouri

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No. 12 at Stone Canyon in Blue Springs is perhaps the course's signature hole.
Thousand Hills Golf Course is among the top courses in the Branson area.

Dad has been looking for any and every excuse to play golf, but he’s been pretty busy.

Today, though, he’s got a big smile on his face. That’s because the grass is mowed, the gutters are clean and the deck has a fresh coat of stain on it.

Yup, it’s time to hit the links.

From par- 3 tracks that test the short game to championship courses that emphasize shot-making skills, there’s a place for the special man in your life to have a fun golf outing in Missouri.

Here are just a few:

Pitch and Putt

Midway Golf Complex, Columbia – Located just west of the city, this par-3 has several water features that make club selection key.

Ken Lanning Golf Center, Jefferson City – This unique nine-hole course north of Missouri’s capital was designed for players with physical limitations or disabilities.

Top of the Rock, Ridgedale (Branson) – With Table Rock Lake as a backdrop, this course is part of the stunning Ozarks Heritage Preserve and one of the Show-Me State’s premier golf experiences.

Resort Golf

The Oaks Course at Tan-Tar-A, Osage Beach – The resort’s stay-and-play packages make it perfect for a weekend getaway and group outings, and the par-71 course is part of the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail.

Innsbrook Resort Golf Course, Innsbrook – Ample water features add to the fun at this course, which plays between 5,056 and 6,527 yards, depending on tee-box preferences.

Thousand Hills Golf Course at Thousand Hills Resort, Branson – Dad doesn’t have to be a long hitter to enjoy Thousand Hills, which was rated a four-star course by Golf Digest. It has one par-5 hole, eight par-4s and nine par-3s.

Crown Pointe Golf Club, Farmington – The 7,000-yard, par-72 course is one of Missouri’s hidden golf gems, while the on-site lodge offers a chance to unwind with a swim in the pool or soak in the hot tub after a round.

Golf in the City

Shoal Creek Golf Course, Kansas City – Ranked as the No. 2 public course in Missouri by Golf Week’s America’s Best, Shoal Creek plays at nearly 7,000 yards and par is 71.

Missouri Bluffs Golf Club, St. Charles – This 18-hole course starts and finishes with a par 5, so be ready to hit it long early and at the end of the round. It’s the only Tom Fazio-designed course in the St. Louis area.

Norman K. Probstein Golf Course, St. Louis – Situated inside sprawling Forest Park, the Probstein Course is a local and regional favorite. The original nine holes were designed in 1912.

Stone Canyon Golf Club, Blue Springs – Oversize bunkers, creative landscaping and beautiful water features highlight this course, which was designed by golf great Greg Norman.

Here and There

As Dad’s travels take him across Missouri, remind him about Fox Haven Country Club in Sikeston, Horton Smith Golf Course in Springfield, Shamrock Hills Golf Club in Lee’s Summit, and Ste. Genevieve Golf Club in Ste. Genevieve.

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