Have Fun Chasing That Little White Ball


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golf , Golf Tournaments , Sports , outdoors
Golf: Whether you watch or play, it is always fun.
Author: Scott McCullough
Fore! That’s a word you’ll hear often on a golf course, usually yelled at the top of someone’s lungs. What does it mean? Well, simply put, it means people are having fun knocking the daylights out of a little white ball, but not controlling it’s flight very well ... it also means, look out.   

Golf is a major sport in Missouri. Whether you play alone or with a group, golf is relaxing, frustrating and always fun. For a real challenge, here are two (of many) amateur tournaments open to all players and spectators. Gather your team and go for the gold.  

Challenge yourself on a course designed by
one of the only five winners of golf's Grand Slam: Gary Player. Tapawingo National Golf Club in Sunset Hills is home to twenty-seven championship holes, in a spectacular natural setting; the Meramec River borders the low areas. Reservations are required. When talking about Tapawingo, Gary Player said: "Out of the 100 or so courses I've had a hand in, only four pieces of ground have really stood out, and this is one of them. ...”

The city of Carthage invites all golfers to experience the Carthage Golf Course and rediscover a passion for the game. Set against a wooded backdrop, along rolling fairways, this 18-hole course is a great spot to share the game of golf with friends and family. Services include a pro shop, snack bar, golf instruction, practice facility and cart rentals. Tee times available online.

Looking for something a bit shorter? Perhaps a 9-hole, par-3 course is more to your liking. Missouri has a lot of those. For example:
  • In Palmyra, twenty minutes northwest of Hannibal, the Jackson Park Golf Course is a 3,000 yard, 9-hole beauty that can be played quickly.
  • Across the state, in St. Joseph, the Golf Club of St. Joseph covers many bases: a 9-hole, par-3 course with a lighted driving range; lighted batting cages; lighted 18 hole mini-golf; a pro shop; and snack bar.
  • In the center of Missouri, in Jefferson City, Turkey Creek Golf Center includes a 9-hole lighted par-3 course (with electric carts); a practice range; an 18-hole mini-golf course; sand volleyball courts; a club house; and a pro shop. Plus, it is accessible from the Katy Trail.
Speaking of par-3 courses, get ready for spectacular golf at two golf venues in the Branson area: Top of the Rock, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Designed par-3 course and Buffalo Ridge Golf Course – both are part of the Big Cedar Lodge complex.

Mark Twain proclaimed: “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” It’s hard to disagree with one of Missouri’s favorite sons, but we think otherwise. Whatever your ability, whether you’re a player or a watcher, golf is always a good walk enjoyed. To find Missouri golf listings and events, search ‘golf’ on VisitMO.com. For a wide-ranging information about Missouri golf, check the Missouri Golf Association's website. 

Oh, yes. If you hear someone yelling “fore” at the top of their lungs —> duck and cover.

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