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Tap-Ins Local Golf News — • Mabry at age 33, qualifies for the 40th Assistant PGA Professional Championship Midwest Senior • PGA Professional Earns Birth in 28th Senior PGA Professional Championship

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Golf Equipment Reviews — Titleist Launches Its New 917 Drivers

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Reflections — Teetering Rocks — A Spectacular Mirage of Fall Colors

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KC Golf News — Finals Held for the Cable Dahmer Buick GMC Cadillac $100,000 Hole-In-One Shootout

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KCGA Golf News — KCGA Logs Record Season; Outstanding Golfers Capturing Headlines

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Featured Course of The Month — Eagle Bend Opens New Short Game Practice Facility

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KC Golf News — Stone Canyon Golf Club “Growing The Game” with SNAG Fundraiser

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KC Women’s Golf — WGKCPLA Celebrates 40 Years at Its Championship Banquet

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Playing Better Golf — Your Short Game Sets Up The Tee Ball

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From The Editor Bill Cromwell, Editor-in-Chief TEE TIMES GOLF GUIDE™ Magazine

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The Leaf Rule — What?

hen September 22 rolls around signaling the first day of autumn, once again, I feel like summer went by too quickly — I’m just not ready for winter and fewer opportunities for golf.

Regardless, October is here and that means leaves will soon blanket the fairways, rough and greens. Personally, I’m not looking forward to that either, but it’s fall and whether we like it or not, leaves are something golfers must deal with. Thus, we shall all invoke the “Leaf Rule.”

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On the bright side, fall can also be great for golfing. Cooler temperatures and fewer golfers frequently signal quick rounds — until we hear, “It should be right here,” or “There’s no way that ball is lost” as we search endlessly through a blanket of leaves for that family heirloom.

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Thank God, someone finally shouts out, “Leaf Rule — Take a free drop,” mostly because he’s ready to move on!

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We all know that the “Leaf Rule” isn’t a real rule. It’s an allowance for our sanity and for the golfers behind us to keep the round moving so we can all finish before dark. Have you ever noticed that the Leaf Rule is rarely declared when the ball is on the fairway or green? Oddly, it seems to only pop-up on those marginal bad shots that would likely be lost with no leaves on the course. Hmmm! When a ball is determined to fall under the fictitious Leaf Rule, another ball is dropped near the location we last saw the ball enter, which gives the player an opportunity to make a shot without penalty. In fact, the Leaf Rule falls under USGA Rule 13-1, which largely states the ball must be played as it lies, followed by USGA Rule 27, which addresses the rules surrounding a lost ball and the one stroke penalty associated with it. Meaning, if you can’t find it — it’s lost. However, the Leaf Rule, which we (golfers) created, exists for all of us to enjoy fall golf and have fun while doing so. We all understand why we do it — I get it. With that said, it’s probably not good to boast that you shot 78 when, actually, it was closer to 87 after we add in our Leaf Rule festival. Remember, when you “Play Golf with a Purpose,” counting all your strokes, not noodling, playing it as it lies and playing within the rules, only then can you determine if you and your game are truly improving. Regardless, get out and play this fall, it’s just as good as spring golf, only more colorful.

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Chris Mabry Captures National Car Rental Midwest Assistant PGA Professional Championship by Shannon Johnson, Midwest Section PGA

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hris Mabry of Prairie Village, KS, won the National Car Rental Midwest Assistant PGA Professional Championship August 15 at Hickory Hills Country Club in Springfield, MO.

Mabry posted a final-round 69 for the tournament (total of 141) with a seven-stroke victory over Bret Burgmeier of Overland Park, KS.

By winning, Mabry, age 33, qualifies for the 40th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship, October 27 – 30, at the PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, FL. The facility will be hosting its 21st consecutive Assistant PGA Professional Championship.

The Senior PGA Professional Championship brings together a field of 264 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections and features a total purse of $285,000. The first two rounds will be conducted on the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses. The Wanamaker Course will host the Championship’s final 36 holes. The Wanamaker Course, designed by Tom Fazio, is named in honor of Rodman Wanamaker, who, in 1916, inspired the birth of the PGA of America. A classic Florida layout, the Wanamaker Course plays to a par 72 and will be set at 6,725 yards. It is set against a backdrop of wetlands, palm trees and palmettos, and is considered one of Florida’s most beautiful courses.

The 132-man field for this year’s 40th edition of the Assistant PGA Professional Championship consists of the top four finishers from last year’s championship, if eligible, and assistants based on the average number of players in the last 5 years (using actual number of eligible players starting each Section’s Championship). The winner of the 40th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship earns $9,000 out of a total purse of $100,000. The top-70 finishers and ties after the second round will make the cut.

Mark Meacham Captures Midwest Senior PGA Professional Title Earning Berth in 28th Senior PGA Professional Championship

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ark Meacham of Overland Park, KS, won the Midwest Senior PGA Professional Championship, held August 16 at Hickory Hills Country Club. Meacham will lead four Section PGA Professionals to compete, November 17-20, in the 28th Senior PGA Professional Championship. The national Championship, presented by Mercedes-Benz USA, returns to the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL. Meacham turned in a winning total of 144 to capture the Midwest Senior PGA Professional Championship. Jeff Sheppard of Olathe, KS, finished one strokes back at 145. Meacham and Sheppard are joined by Rod Nuckolls of Shawnee, KS, and Rick Neal of Springfield, MO.

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Senior PGA Professional Championship Qualifiers (left to right): Jeff Sheppard, Mark Meacham, the winner of the Midwest Senior PGA Professional Championship, Rick Neal and Rod Nuckolls. The Ryder Course is named in honor of Samuel Ryder, the namesake and founder of the Ryder Cup, the pre-eminent event in golf. The par 72, 6,733-yard layout with rolling hills, majestic pine trees and challenging water hazards has a distinctive Carolina-feel. Created in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional Championship, with a field of 50-and-older senior PGA Professionals who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from July through September this year. The top 35 finishers in the national Championship earn a berth in the 78th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, which will be conducted in May 2017, at Trump National Golf Club – Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Virginia. The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2017 PGA Tour Champions National Finals. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a PGA Tour Champions career. 

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elcome to fall golf — my favorite part of the golf season. The weather is great and my teaching sessions with Butch (no, not that Butch) has my game in pretty good shape. There is still enough golf season left for me to accomplish a few things with my game, before I become a football and (hopefully) Royals playoff baseball couch potato. Fall is an exciting time for me and a few million more golf fans — it’s the time of year when new 2017 products are announced or released. Titleist is one of the first manufacturers launching its new 917 Drivers and Fairways. Five years in the making — they say! Titleist claims the 917s offer a significant leap in performance over their previous models. Titleist gave the world a sneak preview of their 917 design plans when they introduced their C16 concept driver earlier this year. Key features from that driver along with tour players’ input (a key component in Titleist product development DNA) has gone into action with its 917s, which promise to be their best drivers ever — we’ll see! Tour players already flaunt the 917s in their bags with exceptional results. Claiming improvements in distance, spin management, launch, feel, shot shaping and forgiveness. The Titleist 917 drivers and fairways October 2016 launch will make those same benefits available to us mere mortals — the golfing public. While fairway woods are no doubt very important, my main focus for the article will be on the 917s D2 and D3 driver performance. Titleist says the 917 drivers are “The standard for complete performance. The 917s provide consistent trajectory for every player. Ball flight, shot shape and spin customization provide all golfers a more consistent and repeatable shot from the tee. Distance with forgiveness in a full pear, 460cc profile, the 917D2 offers more forgiveness, a slightly higher launch and more spin versus the 440cc 917D3.

“Efficiently designed, adjustable Center of Gravity (CG) with Surefit® CG technology allows the CG to be moved from a back, heel position to a forward, toe position through interchangeable weights, optimizing spin and launch conditions for every player. Key benefits include more consistent impact, improved spin management, enhanced shot shaping and swing-weight adjustability.” 10

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Titleist says, “The Active Recoil Channel (ARC) 2.0 refined thickness through the expanded channel that includes thinner heel and toe regions, produce face flexibility for an improved more consistent deflection at impact. This produces increased ball speed across the face of the club. It delivers more distance by actively flexing at impact to launch the ball with lower spin, higher speed.” Its enhanced with a thinner perimeter face width called “Radial Speed Face 2.0,” to promote a greater off-center ball speed for more overall distance across the face. “Increased ball speed produces improved ball spin versus our previous 915 driver models.” Titleist says its, “TOUR Inspired Sound and Feel is targeted for specific acoustic frequencies to produce the TOUR inspired sound and feel that the world’s best players demand. Improved acoustics make this the best sounding woods we have ever produced.” Titleist says the 917 drivers are equipped with its Surefit® Hosel — 16 independent loft and lie settings create a more consistent and optimized ball flight through precision fitting. Here Is What Our Testing of the 917 Drivers Discovered: Hotter Face + Reduce Spin = Greater Distance: Our preliminary tests show that the club’s improved hotter face promised and delivered longer distance, even on mishits. The super-hot face was evidenced by a solid feel with slightly less feedback than the 915s. Titleist’s efforts to manage spin performance (particularly on off-center hits) is significantly improved over the outgoing 915s. Improved Performance With Greater Forgiveness: Not surprisingly, 917 reflects a continuing trend in Titleist woods — more forgiveness! We saw a noticeable improvement when our testers made good and not so good swings. No longer are Titleist woods an exclusive haven for better players. Meaning, Titleist has developed woods that should broaden their appeal to a wider range of golfers. We definitely applaud Titleist decision to keep its standard driver length at 45-inches. They continue to be more concerned about hitting good shots than simply producing good numbers. Professional Clubfitting Will Define Your Best Shaft and Club Set-Up Combo: A new family of shafts that offer weight and associated launch options

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come stock in the 917s. Plus, there are a seemingly endless list of custom shafts available. With 16 different club settings, you should strongly consider getting professionally fit to maximize the 917s performance.

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Improved Shot Shaping: We noticed an improved ability to achieve the shot shape we were looking to achieve. Dialing in the interchangeable Surefit® weights took a little extra effort to make sure they worked in concert with the shaft and hosel setting. Professional clubfitting input will help speed this process and will produce greater performance results.

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The 917s are strong examples of why Titleist continues to impress for both equipment and balls. They are definitely an equipment company on the rise. Again, I strongly encourage you to be professional fitted to make sure the interchangeable weights, hosel settings and shaft are all working in concert on the 917s to achieve optimal performance. Without that service, players run the risk of developing club configurations that may work against each other. Professional clubfitting makes sense to get the most out of today’s clubs. Titleist 917 drivers are available beginning October 21 through Titleist authorized golf shops at $499 MAP ($550 MSRP).

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Teetering Rocks — A Spectacular Mirage of Fall Colors by Alan Hoskins

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Photography by Bill Cromwell hile Teetering Rocks may not rank among the very elite of Kansas City area golf courses, it has certainly earned its place on the metro area golf scene.

The only par 66 golf course within the greater metro area, it ranks as one of Kansas City’s most improved golf courses, and when the leaves turn each fall, certainly one of the most colorful. Crammed with thousands upon thousands of every tree imaginable, the course offers a breathtaking mirage of red, orange, yellow and green made even more spectacular by the bluffs and rolling hills on the 137 acres on which Teetering Rocks sits at 12040 E. 86th, just off Highway 350 in Kansas City, MO. The tee box on the course’s most famous hole, the par-3, heart-shaped 3rd hole, sits on a bluff some 100 feet above the green and provides a fantastic panorama of the countryside stretching for miles, while views from the clubhouse and the tee box on No. 11 offers stunning panoramas in different directions.

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“It makes for a different golf course,” says General Manager Taylor Triggs. “We’re lucky we’re surrounded by all the trees. People really enjoy the change in colors. Half of the fun of living in Kansas City is the changes of the season. From the tee box on No. 3, you can see Unity Village and almost the whole town.” The improvements, however, are year around. Zoysia fairways installed four years ago have matured and are outstanding while native grasses now line many of the fairways. “Installing Zoysia fairways was the best decision we could have made,” says Triggs, “It provides plush lies and adapts much better to Kansas City temperatures.” The native grasses have been added on most of the par 4 and 5 holes. “It’s the first year and they’ve really changed the scenery,” says Triggs. “They provide a great contrast and make it more difficult on a course that has no sand bunkers and few water hazards.” The changes have come on the heels of the 2013 conversion of a rather mundane 130yard, par-3 8th hole into a dogleg par 4 that increased par for the course to 36-30-66. While only 251 yards from the back and 220 from the front, the challenge is the tall oak trees that stand directly in the path of the tee box and the green. Quite wisely, a rock formation was added at the back of the green to guard against shots going over the green and down a steep embankment of thick bushes and undergrowth — a lost ball indeed! “It’s definitely a risk reward tee shot,” says Triggs. “Big hitters can take it up and over the trees, but if you go too far right or hook it — you’ve lost it. On the other hand, you can lay-up to a plateau to the left of the green and have a short pitch shot to the green.” At 4,439 yards from the blues, 4,033 from the whites and 3,654 from the reds and a par 66, Triggs bristles when Teetering Rocks is referred to as an executive course. “I often

The new par-4 8th hole features unique teetering rock formations on both sides of the fairway. (photo by Bill Cromwell) challenge my PGA buddies to come out here and shoot par,” he says. “Because of all the trees, there are several risk reward holes.”

Addition of Zoysia fairways and native grasses make it one of KC’s most improved golf courses.

originally as a 9-hole course by the late Harold Vance, it is now owned by his son, Jeff, and his wife, Connie. “When Harold built the course, he wanted people to play happy and leave happy and that’s never changed,” says Triggs, who spent four seasons in various capacities culminating as manager at the former Golf Club of Kansas now Canyon Farms, before joining Teetering Rocks in April of 2013.

The toughest is the par-5 6th hole, which becomes something of a double dogleg when played from the back tees. “You really have to thread your tee shot like a needle,” says Triggs. “You have to get it up and over trees to a side-hill lie and then with the ball below your feet and trees on the right, the second shot is tough too, because you have to lay-up to where you have a good third shot to the green. It’s constantly the most double and triple bogeyed hole on the course.”

Teetering Rocks is a course that can be played in about three hours. The layout of the course allows Teetering Rocks to offer the unique opportunity of 3- and 6-hole rounds if time is a consideration. The course also offers some of the best rates in the metro area. Top price in-season is $17 to walk and $32 with cart, $15 and $28 for juniors and seniors over 55. The course and clubhouse are ideal for charitable and corporate events, wedding receptions, and special occasion parties. Frequent specials can be found on the course’s website at www.teeteringrocks.com and in Tee Times Golf Guide. For more information about tee times, events or clubhouse rentals, call 816356-1111.

Now in its 30th year, Teetering Rocks is also unique in that it is still family owned. Built

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field of over 32 finalist attended for a shot at $100,000 in the Inaugural Cable Dahmer Buick GMC Cadillac Hole-In-One Shootout held at Drumm Farm Golf Club on September 10.

We would like to thank the many players who donated more than the $5 entry fee to help raise funds for this very worthy cause and for sharing wonderful stories about how they, a family member or a friend has received vital care from Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Over the past three months, nearly 700 golfers came out to qualify at one of three courses (Stone Canyon, Deer Creek and Drumm Farm Golf Club). Each participant in the qualifiers paid $5 per shot as a donation with all entry donations benefiting Children’s Mercy Hospital. Participants also received one Free Round of Golf at Shamrock Hills Golf Course. The Shootout was produced and managed by the staff of TEE TIMES GOLF GUIDE Magazine in association with Toby Boschert of Boschert & Partners. The 12 qualifying dates raised $3,915 and General Manager Dan Boyer of Cable Dahmer Buick GMC Cadillac rounded up the donation to Children’s Mercy Hospital making the check an even $5,000.

Dan Boyer and Sherrill Bass (center) present a $5,000 check from proceeds raised in the Inaugural Cable Dahmer Buick GMC Cadillac Hole-In-One Shootout to Children’s Mercy Hospital representatives Lyndsay Burns (left) and Erica Austin (right). 16

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1st Place Winner Robert Martin with a closest-to-the-pin shot of 13’ 4”. Martin won a prize package that included: a Lake of The Ozarks Golf Package with an Old Kinderhook Stay & Play Package for Two Nights Lodging for Four golfers and Eight Free Golf Rounds at Old Kinderhook Golf Club, plus Four more Free Golf Rounds at Bear Creek Valley Golf Club, a TaylorMade Driver and the new Bushnell Tour V4 Laser Rangefinder (total prize package valued at over $3,000). (On right) Shootout helper and prize assistant Lauren Fouts.

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Leading up to the finals, four qualifying golfers in both the men’s and women’s divisions from each of the 12 qualifying days earned a position in the final September shootout event at Drumm Farm Golf Club for a shot at winning $100,000 and incredible prizes for first through fifth place shots landing closest-to-the-pin, which included golf trips, new clubs and many other fantastic prizes.

2nd Place Winner Dave VanBeeber with a closestto-the-pin shot of 22’ 6”. Winning Mizuno’s new JPX 850 3-Hybrid, a Bushnell Tour V3 Rangefinder and Four free rounds to Liberty Hills G.C.

3rd Place Winner Alan Jessup with a closest-to-the-pin shot of 23’. Winning Mizuno’s S5 Forged 56-degree wedge, a Bushnell GPS Watch and Four free rounds to Tiffany Greens.

“We want to thank all of the participants, prize sponsors and, particularly, the golf courses for making this fundraising effort possible,” said General Manager Dan Boyer (photo above) of Cable Dahmer Buick GMC Cadillac. “With this Inaugural Shootout, our goal was to first and foremost, raise money to help children in need. We also want to develop a solid relationship with the local golf community and help promote golf. My son and I are avid golfers, as are many of our employees. We hope to grow the shootout, making it bigger and better each year going forward.” A complete listing of finalist and course-by-course results can be found at www.TeeTimesMagazine.com. The Inaugural Cable Dahmer Buick GMC Cadillac $100,000 Hole- inOne Shootout was presented by Cable Dahmer Buick GMC Cadillac, located at 3107 S Noland Rd, Independence, MO. Call 816.252.9800 or visit them online at www.CableDahmerBGC.com.  We thank all of the prize sponsors and golf courses for making the Cable Dahmer Buick GMC Cadillac $100,000 Hole-In-One Shootout a success!

4th Place Winner Rick Hayslett with a closest-tothe-pin shot of 29’. Winning a Bushnell Tour V3 Laser Rangefinder and Four free rounds to Leavenworth Golf Club. This father and son team (son on right) did quite well in both the qualifiers and the finals.

5th Place Winner Rich Hayslett with a closest-to-the-pin shot of 32’. Winning Four free rounds of golf to Staley Farms Golf Club. Rich also had a HoleIn-One during the qualifier at Deer Creek and won a Bushnell Tour V3 Laser Rangefinder for the great shot.

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KCGA Logs Record Season — Outstanding Golfers Capturing Headlines by Tony Botts, KCGA contributing writer

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he Kansas City StateLine Amateur Tour (SLAT) nears the end of another great season.

With a full schedule of 10 tournaments, a StateLine Championship and, finally, a StateLine Cup Match event, golfers grind for event points in hopes of hoisting not only a StateLine Tour championship, but an Amateur Player of the Year title to go with it. Through nine events, as of September 19, a handful of players find themselves in control of their divisions or scrambling through the last few events to gain ground. The StateLine Tour Championship concluded the stroke-play portion of the season September 29 at Sycamore Ridge Golf Course. For the results of that championship, visit www.kansascitygolfer.org/ competitions/stateline-amateur-tour. The StateLine Cup matches consist of Missouri and Kansas golfers squaring off in a team match play at Firekeeper Golf Course. Team Kansas won last year’s SLAT Cup Matches event. Entering the final tour stop before the championship at Hillcrest Country Club on September 20, the tour standings were as follows: Open Division Matt Kelley-77 pts Michael Hillyard-68 pts Zach VanDolah-38 pts Senior Division Steve Groom-70 pts Ed Walsworth-47 pts John Scarsella-44 pts

Kansas City Masters The schedule of the Kansas City Golf Association is coming to a close with the onset of fall. The Kansas City Masters is the last remaining regional championship on the schedule. Wolf Creek Golf Club plays host to the much anticipated tournament this year, October 24 and 25. Ryne Fisher is the defending his 2015 KC Masters champion and looks to capture his first regional championship of the year, coming off a season ago, which was tabbed “The Fisher Slam.” Fisher suffered a quarterfinal exit in this year’s Kansas City Match Play and followed that up with a 12th place finish in The Watson Challenge. He rebounded with a runner-up finish to Preston Fleenor at the Kansas City Amateur Championship. A year ago, Fisher outlasted the field at Wolf Creek and won The Masters with a two-round, three-under, 141 effort. The KC Masters is an invitation only event for 25 golfers, which serves as the conclusion to the season’s golf schedule.

Kansas City Cup Match Finals Are Set The KCGA will crown two new Kansas City Cup Champions by the end of September (after this issue goes to press), watch here for the full story in the November issue. As of mid-September, the men’s semifinalists matches were set, Mission Hills versus Shamrock Hills at Mission Hills on September 24; Shadow Glen versus Canyon Farms at Shadow Glen on September 20.

Matt Kelley at Stone Canyon G.C. Players Division Logan Truninger-84 pts Steve Hammond-57 pts Bryan Meyer-49 pts Legends Division Jim Seward-85 pts Bob Bezek-77 pts David Hornaday-61 pts

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Womens Division Jettie Bezek-88 pts Addie Chapin-68 pts Janelle Krohn-42 pts

Will Shamrock Hills Golf Club take home their 6th KC Cup title?

The women’s semifinalists are Blue Hills versus Canyon Farms and Sunflower Hills versus Staley Farms.

Tony Botts is the P.J. Boatwright Intern for the Kansas City Golf Association. For more information about the KCGA, call 913.649.5242 or visit at www. KansasCityGolfer.org.

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or only being in existence for less than 20 years, Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence, KS, has quite the reputation and deservedly so! Eagle Bend, located by Clinton Lake, is owned and operated by the city of Lawrence, but this is NOT your typical municipal course. It is incredibly well-manicured and in excellent condition, making the course seem much more country club-like than “muni.” “What really makes this golf course fun is the consistent turf conditions,” said Ryan Cloud, assistant golf professional (photo on right). “Don’t get me wrong, there is trouble out there — the native grasses force you to hit the ball straight, just like any course. But, we feel like we have really provided the area with a fair golf course, for all abilities, which is what you really want for a public golf course.” “I think converting our fairways from rye grass to Zoysia allowed the grounds crew to concentrate on other areas of the course during the summer stress months and it really showed through the summer and into this fall,” said Darin Pearson, course superintendent (photo on left). Considering the blistering heat in July and the near-record rainfall in August, keeping Eagle Bend green required a Herculean effort by Pearson and his staff. Like all of us, he too is at the mercy of Mother Nature. “If we can control the moisture we are applying to the turf, we can be pretty successful and have a good product,” he said. “It’s those times when we have too much rain that make it really hard.” In case you recognize the Pearson name; Darin’s brother Daryl is the superintendent at WinterStone Golf Course, Independence, MO, (a Missouri’s Best Golf Course for 2015), so you can be sure the knowledge of how to maintain superior course conditions runs in the family’s DNA.

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Ranging from nearly 7,000 yards from the tips (gold tees) to just under 6,000 yards from the blue tees, Eagle Bend’s par 72 layout features few bunkers and lots of native grass areas, especially on the first six “tree-free” holes. “Now that the native grass is grown in spots where it hasn’t been before, it’s made the golf course tighter, which is a good thing,” Cloud explained. “You really have to think strategy now instead of bombing the driver all the time. The biggest thing now is hitting fairways and keeping it in play. Once you go in the native grass, good luck on finding your ball or being able to hit it, so there’s less room for error than on Ryan Cloud a tree-lined course.” Eagle Bend has several memorable holes, including the reachable in two — even for the average golfer — par-5 9th hole. There are bunkers fronting the green on the 9th and a ridge running through the putting surface, so while not easy, it is a birdie hole. “It’s really a risk or reward,” said Greg Dannevik, head PGA professional. “If you can step up with confidence and hit a straight drive, then do it and you’ll give yourself a chance to go for the green in two. Otherwise, save some strokes, hit a couple hybrids and leave yourself a manageable flip-wedge into the green.” Another risk/reward hole is the par-5 12th, a dogleg right with water left, bunkers right, trees in the middle — a pump-house off in the distance is your target line. Cloud said let the wind be your guide when deciding how to play the hole. “If there is a strong wind from the south, then I would definitely try to go over the trees; it’ll certainly shorten the hole,” he said. “That’s the first thing on my checklist. If there isn’t a strong south wind, I’ll aim at the pump-house.” Holes 16, 17 and 18 are among the finest finishing holes in the area. The par-5 16th features a split fairway divided by trees. If you can clear them, you’ll be fine. But if you don’t, Cloud said you could be looking at a big number on the scorecard. www.TeeTimesMagazine.com


“I always like to play it straight and not over the trees, because there is more room for error on the right side,” he said. “You definitely want your miss, if you do miss, to be a push. If you go left with a bad shot, you will be in ‘tree jail’ and at the mercy of the golf gods on your next shot.” The par-3 17th may be the most picturesque hole on the course. Playing across the Wakarusa River bed, it’s the course’s signature hole and features a beautifully landscaped rock wall fronting an uphill green. “It’s a beautiful look from the tee box,” Dannevik said. The green is deep and relatively flat, except for a collection area on the front right. The long par-4 18th has a fairway that funnels toward a normally dry creek-bed and forces the average golfer to hit a precise second shot to a shallow, elevated green with a bunker ready to swallow any shot that goes long. Par on 17 and 18, Cloud said, is a great score. And, if you are really serious about improving your score, Eagle Bend is the place. The course features a 30,000-square-foot short game practice facility. “This new facility lets you hit any shot around the green imaginable — from bunker shots to 100-foot putts to 30-foot pitch shots,” Pearson said. “The vision we had when we created the practice facility is really starting to come together. “We feel like Eagle Bend can be a great learning center that can help grow the game throughout this region.” If “birdies” are not in your future, maybe “eagles” are! Wildlife is abundant at Eagle Bend, including the bald eagle, and sightings are common, especially in the fall. While, an eagle may not show up on the scorecard, it’ll be memorable just the same!

The par-5 12th is a dogleg right risk/reward hole with water left, bunkers right and trees in the middle of the fairway. A good south wind can make the hole play shorter.

Eagle Bend Golf Course offers very affordable golf rates. Rates listed below include cart fees. Walking fees for 18 holes start at just $22 weekdays. Seniors weekdays only $17 and juniors just $9. Riding Fees Mon-Thurs Fridays Sat-Sun/Holidays Juniors Mon-Fri $17 Junior Sat-Sun/Holidays Seniors (Mon-Thurs) Seniors (Fri)

9 Holes $25 $27 $32 $22 $27 $22 $24

18 Holes $37 $39 $49 $32 $31 $33

Eagle Bend Golf Course is located at 1250 East 902 Road, Lawrence, KS 66047. For more information or tee times, call 785-748-0600 or visit online at EagleBend@lawrenceks.org.  Native grasses have grown in framing many fairways and greens offering picturesque looks, and making the golf course tighter.

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tone Canyon Golf Club of Blue Springs, MO, partners with the Midwest Section PGA’s SNAG (Starting New at Golf), an in-school golf instructional program, to host a fundraising golf tournament for the Blue Springs School District sponsored by the owners of Stone Canyon, D&D Golf.

Stone Canyon Golf Club wants to be a leading force to help grow the game of golf within the entire Kansas City Metro, but especially within the Blue Springs community, which is our home,” said Kevin Stallings, owner of D&D Golf (photo on left). “We were looking for a fund raising initiative that would help grow the game of golf and felt like the Midwest Section PGA’s SNAG program was the perfect fit for us because it’s Mission Statement is to introduce the game of golf to every elementary/middle school child living in the boundaries of the Midwest Section PGA.” The Stone Canyon Golf Club SNAG in School Golf Tournament. a four-person modified shamble, will tee-off Saturday, October 22, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Flight prizes, many contests, hole-in-one prizes, chucker throw, raffle, player gifts, plus great food and beverages are included with entry fee. How can SNAG grow the game?

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“SNAG, which stands for ‘Starting New at Golf,’ has a great curriculum that meets most Midwest Section PGA standards with great equipment that can be used in a school’s gym setting and is very safe,” said Rick Holtcamp, a PGA Quarter Century Member and GM-Director of Golf at Stone Canyon Golf Club. “With local PGA Professionals training PE teachers and the Midwest Section PGA Foundation providing the equipment, we can help make golf a key component of our elementary and middle school PE programs. Getting kids involved in the game of golf at an earlier age is key to capturing their interest in the sport

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and keeping it throughout their lifetime. It’s a great way to get kids learning that golf is a fun sport!” D & D Golf hopes that the October SNAG fundraising tournament will become an annual fundraising effort. “Our goal is to raise $15,000 for the SNAG equipment needed for the Blue Springs School District in Eastern Jackson County,” said Holtcamp. “D & D Golf has made a commitment to provide SNAG equipment, one District at a time, to assist the Midwest Section PGA Foundation in our own backyard. Currently, the Foundation has supplied equipment to over 208,350 kids within the Midwest Section, and we want to continue to grow introducing the great game of golf to all kids in our market.” A full field of 30 teams, a title sponsor and hole sponsors on all 18, is very important to the over-all success. “Getting area business leaders contributing to the tournament is the key to the financial commitment that D & D Golf has made to make our fundraising goal successful,” says Stallings. With hole sponsorships at only $200 each, it should not be a problem getting the community’s Oversized clubs and tennis support for the event, which will balls help kids learn the golf enable kids to learn more about the swing while hitting at targets. sport of golf. The Midwest Section PGA Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization, so businesses can make a donation to the event and receive the correct tax benefits. D & D Golf’s goal is to raise enough funds in 2016, to supply the Blue Springs District with four SNAG kits of equipment and set up a replacement fund for additional supplies as needed. Next year, another school district in the area will benefit from the proceeds. To enter your team ($100 per player or $400 per team) in the Stone Canyon Golf Club SNAG in School Golf Tournament, sponsored by D&D Golf, Midwest Section PGA and Blue Springs School District on October 22, sign up today by mailing your team names with check payable to Midwest Section PGA Foundation. Mail to: Stone Canyon Golf Club, 22415 E 39th Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015 or drop off at pro shop. Entry forms and more details can be found at www.stonecanyongolf club.com. For more information, call 816.228.3333. 

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KC Women’s Golf

WGKCPLA Celebrates 40 Years at Its Championship Banquet Editorial & Photography by Victoria Cromwell

Winners of the 2016 WGKCPLA Championship Tournament with 40 year banner (left to right): Judy Baltuska, Kim Grimes, Joyce Tatum, Karen Reynolds, Hannah Clark, Karen Bartz, Carol Traviglione and Kristi Dinneen.

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he Women’s Greater Kansas City Public Links Association (WGKCPLA) celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding at its Championship Banquet on August 17 at Hillcrest Country Club. The banquet followed the two-day championship tournament held August 15 at Canyon Farms Golf Club and August 17 at Hillcrest Country Club. In 1976, three public club professionals — Everett Vinzant, Overland Park; Vic Sirna, Southview; and Carl Pugh, St. Andrews — thought women who played at public courses should have an opportunity to compete with players from other public courses, as did 28

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members of private clubs through the Kansas City Golf Association. They involved club pros at two additional courses — Shamrock Hills Golf Club and the old Rockwood Golf Club — each named two or three representatives to organize the WGKCPLA. Today, the association hosts outings at over 25 participating public courses throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area from April through October. It offers fun and spirited golf for women of all skill levels.

ago — I’m going to turn 85 in October and my memory is not all that great. I don’t know how many are even left of the group that played at St. Andrews back in 1976.”

The WGKCPLA recognized Mary Spradlin, one of the 11 women who attended the very first meeting of the association, with a plaque. “It was so long ago that I really can’t tell you what went on,” said Spradlin. “It was 40 years

“We stopped going two years ago, but I had my only hole-in-one there [Arizona] at Westbrook Golf Club [Peoria, AZ] on hole number 8, a par 3,” said Spradlin. “The good part was that my son and daughter-in-law were playing

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Spradlin continued to play golf until last year. “I had been playing at St. Andrews — just nine holes with a friend of mine, who plays in the Nine-Holers there on Thursdays.” She and her husband spent the winters in Arizona after he retired in 1991.

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with us. You can’t ask for anything better than that. That was in 2000.”

1980: There were 143 members, which appears to be the peak. Members started paying green fees, but riding was made optional.

WGKCPLA also recognized three of the five courses involved in the first year of play — General Manager Eric Reisner accepted a plaque for Shamrock Hills Golf Club. Michael Tanner, PGA Head Professional at Skyes/Lady Overland Park Golf Club accepted plaques for Skyes/Lady Overland Park and St. Andrews. The other two founding courses — Rockwood and Southview — no longer exist. 

1984: Some things never change — there was an extensive discussion at a board meeting about how women are not treated well at the participating courses. 1996: At the fall meeting, one member received a gift for “least number of swear words this season” and another for “most creative language” on the course.

Winners of the WGKCPLA 2016 Championship Tournament. Net Medalist Karen Reynolds (left) and Medalist Hannah Clark (right).

2005: A major push to increase membership was successful with an increase from 50 to over 100 for the year. There were 17 member clubs. Board minutes contain the first mention of using something called email to reduce printing and mailing expenses. A website was established.

Winners of the WGKCPLA 2016 Championship Tournament Medalist: Hannah Clark 176 Net Medalist: Karen Reynolds 139 Eric Reisner, general manager of Shamrock Hills Golf Club, accepted a recognition plaque presented by Karen Blatz as one of the first courses to support the WGKCPLA.

Championship Flight 1st Low Gross: Kristi Dinneen 177 1st Low Net: Kim Grimes 143 First Flight 1st Low Gross: Joyce Tatum 1st Low Net: Judy Baltuska

2006: The current logo was introduced and extensive work done on the website. Pat Seber-Bradley did much of the work. Membership increased to 120. The championship tournament was changed to play at two different courses so more member courses could be played during the season.

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Interesting and Humorous History Tidbits about the WGKCLPA: 1977: There was no limit on membership, but only 60 players could play each month, because of the limited number of carts at the courses. No green fees were charged, but members paid for carts and all had to ride. There were specific instructions that members had to divide driving time on a cart. Karen Bartz (left) presents a plaque to one of the 11 original members, Mary Spradlin (right). www.TeeTimesMagazine.com

2003: Play dates started to be scheduled other than Fridays, because of lower rates during the week. LuAnn Riehle and Karen Reynolds (and two others) were honored for saving the life of a Claycrest (now Cardinal Hills) staff member when he had a heart attack just prior to the shotgun start of play. Both LuAnn and Karen are still active members in 2016.

A special officer meeting was held to discuss unsportsmanlike conduct of some members at the two-day tournament.

2015: A trial voluntary “skins game” was added to the competition each week. Members enjoyed the game and decided to continue it, as long as the sports chair was willing to do the work. The WGKCPLA season may be ending for 2016, but its spirit of comradery and fun will surely continue for many years to come. Plan to join the fun next year — you, too, could make history! For more information, visit www.wgkcpla.com or contact Karen Blatz, association president, at Communications@wgkcpla.com.

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Game Improvement Golf Tips

Your Short Game Sets Up The Tee Ball by John Richman, PGA

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his month we are going lower your scores and your handicap, while improving your consistency and shotmaking skills. Scoring well is not all about how far you hit your driver — there’s more to it than that.

Let’s rank the order of the most important elements of the game to help lower your scores: 1. Putting from 6-foot and in 2. Distance Control with Irons 3. Consistency and Accuracy 4. Total Shots from 150-yards and in 5. Getting the Ball in Play Off The Tee 1. Putting from 6-foot and in: That’s Good — Pick it Up!

That’s improving your score by three strokes without any improvement to your long-ball striking. So, better putting can be the key to lowering your scores. 2. Distance Control with Irons: When you play a round of golf, you need to know how far you hit the ball with each swing of a club. How far do you “carry the ball” in the air? Just because you hit a 7-iron 165 yards doesn’t mean that’s how far you “carried” it in the air. Airtime from point A to point B is all that matters, not the total distance. Let’s say you have 165 yards to the pin and there is a bunker 8 yards in front of the pin. The question becomes — is your 7-iron enough? Yes, if you hit 7-iron 165 yards, but how far did you carry it and how much does it roll to get that 165 yards of total distance? If you carry it in the air 157 yards or less, then it isn’t the club you need to use for this particular shot — you will not carry the bunker. When you practice don’t worry about total distance, just watch how far you carry the ball in the air (where it lands before rolling). When on the course, remember one more thing — your carry distance is based on a solid shot, most shots you hit on the golf course aren’t always going to be hit perfect every time, which leads us into #3 below. 3. Consistency and Accuracy: We all want more consistency with ball striking. Consistency is the ability to create the same shot shape with all your clubs. As an instructor, I see golfers during practice trying to hit a straight shot over and over. Well, that’s like chasing a ghost; straight shots are almost impossible. A consistent ball flight (left to right shots or a right to left shots) is what leads to better accuracy. We all have a natural shotshape based on what we do as we swing a club — don’t try to change something that is easy and natural for you.

Everyone knows that less putts equals lower scores, but it’s not the 15-20 footers that you make once or twice a round. The truth is, it’s the 6-foot and closer putts you miss during a round that quickly add to your scorecard. During an average round of golf, you will have a minimum of 14 putts from 6-foot and in. If you make 50% of those putts — you would average 21 putts from 6-feet during your round. We want you to make about 70% of those 6-foot putts during a round. If you convert at a 70% rate, you would save an average of three strokes per round. Example of 6-foot putts: 14 putts with 7 one-putts (50%) and 7 two-putts is 7+14 = 21 14 putts with 70% made is 10 one-putts and 4 two-putts 10 + 8 = 18 30

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When you know the way your ball curves (or flies), then you’ll know where to consistently aim. This will allow you to get the ball moving toward your target consistently and not moving away from it leading to more “Accuracy.” When you accept your individual “Shot-Shape,” you become more accurate, so don’t worry about making the ball fly straight — create a shot shape you can repeat and you’ll hit it closer more often. 4. Total shots from 150 yards in: If you improve on the three areas mentioned above, then you will naturally (without much effort) improve accuracy from 150 yards and in. When you have a ball flight you trust and you know how far you carry the ball in the air with each club consistently, then you will hit more greens from 150 yards and in. As you hit more greens and you improve your putting from inside 6 feet, then you will lower your scores dramatically.

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Your first goal should be to average four strokes from inside 150 yards. When you average four strokes — then raise your goal to 3.5 shots average. When you average 3.5 shots from inside 150 yards — your scores will continue to drop as your confidence builds. 5. Getting the Ball in Play off the Tee:

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Finally, your tee ball. Yes, your tee shot sets up how the entire hole will play for you, but it’s only one stroke. If you drive the ball into the fairway, it sets up your ability to score well. Of course, hitting your tee shot in play will make hitting the green (or close to) with your next approach shot on a par 4 or layup on par 5 much easier. Get your tee shot into a position that allows you to hit the green in two with consistency as we discussed with item #3.

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Your goal of a tee ball is simple — get it in play! It’s not about how far you Blast It! The distance won’t matter — if you hit your tee ball into a hazard or the trees only to waste another shot getting back into play. A driver may not always be the right choice of the tee. Remember, the fastest path to lower scores starts close to the hole with putting and then work on your shots backwards to the tee. Once you have a consistent ball flight (and know your shot carry), your accuracy improves. Lastly, just get it in play off the tee — then let all the work you’ve achieved from closer to the hole save you strokes. Putt with confidence! As always, if you are having trouble with any of these areas seek some guidance from your local PGA Professional.  John Richman is a PGA Professional at the Martin City Sports Center. He is a Midwest Section PGA past President, 2007 Teacher of the Year, the 2011 Golf Professional of the Year. His PGA National Awards include a five-time winner of President’s Council on Growing the Game. Contact John at 816-941-9000 or jrichtpg@gmail.com. www.TeeTimesMagazine.com

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Destination Golf ― Oklahoma

Shangri-La Island Golf — in Oklahoma? by Bill Cromwell

all levels of golfers the challenge that suits their game. In renovating the golf course at Shangri-La, special attention was paid to providing the player with a new experience with every shot. At Shangri-La every hole presents a uniquely beautiful picture. Integrating Grand Lake into the design, 14 holes utilize numerous creeks and ponds strategically placed to offer the golfer choices from shot to shot whether to be aggressive or play it safe. When redesigning the greens complexes at Shangri-La, the goal was to stay true to the original design by providing the most diverse putting surfaces possible. Although the extreme slopes of the old greens are gone, new and more exciting features have taken their place. No green design is the same as another. In reproducing versions of such classic greens as the Redan, Biarritz, Spine and Punchbowl. While Shangri-La’s complexes aren’t pure replicas, such as you’ll find at novelty courses like Tour 18 in Houston and Royal Links in Las Vegas; instead, Clark seized on a concept and adapted it to the varying conditions and topographies found in Northeast Oklahoma, and they fit perfectly.

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hangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina is the ultimate golf escape destination. It’s island golf in Oklahoma and strategically located at the tip of Monkey Island in the center of northeastern Oklahoma’s beautiful Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.

Its prestigious 27-hole renovated championship golf course reopened the spring of 2013, which includes an elite level clubhouse with a golf shop, the Buffalo Bar and the Summit Restaurant. The Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina offers award-winning dining, yacht charters, boating, parasailing, luxury lodging, and the most unique and comprehensive getaway packages in the heart of America — all making it the ultimate golf escape. In May 2013, with the re-opening of the Heritage Nine, the golf course renovation project at Shangri-La was complete. What started out as a much needed facelift, turned into a total reconstruction of the entire facility. Following a three-year renovation project, the Old Blue Course at Shangri-La is back with dramatic changes, and the Heritage Nine is played as the front nine of the Old Blue. Tom Clark’s redux of the Old Blue has transformed it into a modern classic, although the original and classic Don Sechrest layout is still intact. The championship golf course features diverse green complexes with pristine putting surfaces that are framed by distinctive white sand bunkers. In fact, 79 spectacular crushed white quartz sand bunkers (the same used at Augusta National) are sprinkled throughout the golf course, adding a stark contrast to the plush green fairways and defined roughs. The classic tree-lined layout utilizes doglegs, elevation changes, and numerous creeks and ponds strategically placed to offer the perfect complement to the magnificent lake views visible from all points on the golf course. Each hole has five sets of tees and is designed to offer 36

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Shangri La features 79 crushed white quartz sand bunkers using the same as found at Augusta National. Tee complexes are designed in an era where golf courses are getting longer and longer; however, some neglect the needs of today’s players. At Shangri-La, you’ll find they have taken every level of golfer in mind. The tee complexes are strategically placed enabling every golfer the opportunity to play the course at a length that suits them, while still providing the challenge they desire. After your round relax at the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La. It has become the gathering spot for golfers, sports fans and friends who simply want to relax in an atmosphere of casual elegance. When you’re ready for dinner, Shangri-La’s Summit Restaurant offers Grand Lake’s finest dining experience with unbelievable views from the highest point on Monkey Island. Shangri La also offers a first-class marina if you want to take to the water. Parasailing, personal watercraft rentals and yacht charters are also available through the marina. Located conveniently mid-lake at the tip of Monkey Island. Shangri La Marina is Grand Lake’s favorite stop for fuel, food and supplies. Pack up your golf clubs and hit the fairways (and lake) at the all-new Shangri-La.  For more information about Stay & Play packages at Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina, visit www.shangrilaok.com or call 1-888-9778998. Shangri-La Club House is located at 31000 S. Highway, 125 Monkey Island, OK. (Fifteen miles from I-44 “Will Rogers Turnpike” midway between Tulsa, Oklahoma and Joplin, Missouri on Highway 125 South.

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Hollister Zoysia 71 7036 133 $99 (wd) $110 (we) w/fee Yes Branson Bermuda 68 6501 113 $60 till noon $46 after noon w/fee Yes Branson Zoysia 71 6891 132 $89 till 1 p.m. $75 until dusk w/fee Yes No Branson Bermuda 70 6501 128 $54 (wd) & (we) w/fee Branson Zoysia 72 7324 135 $94 till 11 a.m. $104 after 11 a.m. w/fee Yes No Branson Zoysia 64 5111 125 $59 (wd) $45 (after noon) w/fee Branson Bentgrass 27 1420 N/A $135 (9 holes) Replay $65 & $90 w/fee Yes Springfield Zoysia 72 766 134 $39 (wd) $48 (we) w/fee Yes Springfield Bermuda 72 7001 128 $35 (wd) $42 (we) w/fee Yes Times Golf Guide™ Inc. Conceptual Designs Are Proprietary & Reprint Rights Reserved.

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The par-4 10th hole at LedgeStone Country Club.

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he beauty of Branson in the fall provides nature’s explosion of color only found in the Ozark Mountains.

People travel from around the country to watch the mountainsides transition from vibrant greens — to yellows — to oranges — to reds and every eye-popping combination between —all framing the bright green undulating fairways and greens to create a truly unique golf experience. The show of fall colors begins in early October and “peak” foliage viewing is typically in late October and early November, which is also the perfect temperatures for golf. There are seven of the country’s top rated golf courses with top-shelf designers such as Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus and ties to golf legends like Payne Stewart — all in close proximity, and all offer reasonable rates. “October is an incredible time to play golf in Branson,” says Dan Davis, General Manager and PGA Golf Professional at Branson Hills Golf Club (formerly Payne Stewart Golf Club). “The rush of the summer crowds has thinned, and the show of color and ideal temperatures makes it an ideal time to tee it up. And most courses in the area offer good deals on golf during the fall.” Branson has quickly become a top golf destination in the country. The national exposure of the PGA Champions Tour, Big Cedar Lodge “Legends of Golf” Tournament, played on Big Cedar’s Top of the Rock Par-3 course and Buffalo Ridge Springs course over the past three years, has help boost Branson’s claim to fame as a world-wide golf destination. Branson offers a huge variety of lodging options that include affordable stay-and-play golf packages, and from Kansas City, it’s an easy three-hour four-lane highway drive through the Ozark Mountains. Although the area has long been known for its overabundance of entertainment shows on the Famous 76 Highway, it also offers an incredible array of quality shopping experiences and dinning options — most notable, the Branson Landing. 40

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Branson’s after-golf activities make the destination great for the entire family. “The variety of courses definitely makes Branson an appealing golf destination,” says Bill Hasler, General Manager at LedgeStone Country Club. “It’s a great trip for your everyday foursome, couples, families and large golf groups. If you are looking to play three or four rounds during your stay, the variety of courses we have can accommodate the needs of anyone. And there’s plenty of things to do when you get done playing golf for the day.” For Kansas City area golfers, Branson is just far enough South to offer a milder fall season climate, and according to Hasler, “You’ll be playing mountain golf — something you don’t really think of with golf in the State of Missouri.” Another great thing about Branson is the lodging. “We have something for any budget,” says Hasler. “Whether you’re looking for an economy room at bargain rates or something spectacular, we have rooms available at all price points.” The golf courses in the Branson area include Buffalo Ridge Springs Course (formerly Branson Creek), Holiday Hills Golf Resort, LedgeStone Country Club, Branson Hills Golf Club, Pointe Royale, Thousand Hills and Top of the Rock. Pick two or three of these courses to play and you’ve got a great golf weekend getaway. Oh, don’t forget to pack your camera and snap-off a few good shots of the explosive fall color views while you’re golfing. An Up-close Look at the Branson Area Golf Courses Buffalo Ridge Springs Course — Matching the beauty of Top of the Rock is the Tom Fazio designed Buffalo Ridge Springs Course (formerly Branson Creek Golf Club). It reopened in 2014, after a complete course renovation, plus — at last, a new clubhouse. Already acclaimed as the region’s top golf course, Buffalo Ridge has been transformed by the guiding hands of visionary conservationist Johnny Morris and renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio. Adding new approaches, water features and bunkers. Morris and Fazio have redesigned the course layout to bring players in close contact with nature, native grasses and free-ranging buffalo from nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. www.TeeTimesMagazine.com


Holiday Hills Golf Resort — Originally built in 1938, before Table Rock Lake was created. The course was rebuilt from tee to green in 1997, making it more user friendly with rolling to flat terrain. It features a variety of holes to challenge the low and high handicapper alike. The fairways are wide and the Bentgrass greens are large and undulating. The course offers four tee boxes on each hole to accommodate every level of golfer. This is a very forgiving course. Beautiful landscaping, lakes, creeks, several waterfalls and massive trees bordering many of the lush Bermuda fairways.

LedgeStone Country Club — Called “A masterpiece of mountain golf architecture” and awarded the facility a 4-Star rating in their 2008 - 2014 Best Places to Play category by Golf Digest. LedgeStone’s spectacular scenery accentuates the hilly terrain and dense forests that border virtually all of the narrow Zoysia fairways. Water is in play on 10 holes. Five sets of tees are available to choose from — the furthest tees play at 6,879 yards, and the closest plays at 4,928 yards. Choosing the correct tee can mean the difference between an enjoyable round of golf and a frustrating day at the links. If it is your first time here, you might want to consider playing the next closer set of tees until you get the hang of it. Ozarks style courses are unique, and it does take a little while to get used to playing them. Branson Hills Golf Club — Originally built as a tribute course honoring the late Payne Stewart, the course is located in the area’s newest development — Branson Hills. The course utilizes five sets of tees with a par of 72 to accommodate most players’ abilities. The longest tees (Gold) are stretched out to 7,324 yards, while short tees (Orange) play to 5,323 yards. The golf course is a resort-style course open to the public. Not only does the golf course use the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains to create a stunning golf experience, it also uses the career of one of the game’s most colorful players to further that experience. Pointe Royale Golf Resort — The Pointe at Pointe Royale Golf Village was Branson first premier golf destination. In 2008, the golf course was renovated and reopened to rave reviews. Nestled along Lake Taneycomo, Pointe Royale offers a challenging golf course in a beautiful setting at an affordable price. It’s the home course of many Branson entertainers — don’t be surprised to see a few celebrities playing alongside of you. Pointe Royale also offers condominiums on the course for nightly rentals and attractive stay-and-play golf packages. Thousand Hills Golf Resort — This golf course is a “Must Play,” while in Branson. Located in the heart of Branson, only minutes from anywhere in the Branson Tri-Lakes area. This award-winning golf course is one of the most unique and challenging in the area. Built around a meandering creek www.TeeTimesMagazine.com

and large rock outcroppings, you can truly experience the beauty of the Ozarks. With dramatic elevation changes and plenty of water and sand, Thousand Hills is a challenge second to none. Tournament conditions every day, a relaxed family atmosphere and great service make for a great day of golf in Branson. Beautiful landscaping, nightly rentals on the property, and central location make this a must play course during your visit.

The beauty of the Thousand Hills course is second to none in Branson. During the fall season, the scenery is spectacular! Top of the Rock Golf Course —

Top of the Rock, known as the first-ever Par-3 course to be included in a professional championship, features nature and golf at its finest. Perched high above Table Rock Lake, the peaceful waterfalls, wandering creeks, bass filled ponds and pristine lakes of Top of the Rock complete a true celebration of nature, the Ozarks and the game of golf. The experience includes Top of the Rock, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, an Arnold Palmer-designed practice facility, Tom Watson’s 70,000 square-foot putting complex called the “Himalayas,” and Arnie’s Barn, a magnificent 150 year old barn re-located from Arnold Palmer’s backyard in Latrobe, PA, complete with historic photos and memorabilia from Palmer’s career achievements. For more information, see the Branson course guide on page 40. To explore fall golf packages in Branson, visit www.golfbranson.com. October 2016

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n January, Youth On Course (YOC) partnered with the Kansas City Golf Association (KCGA) and local golf courses to offer young golfers ages 6-18 affordable golf for only $5 per round.

Youth on Course, Born in Northern California is a non-profit organization providing rounds of golf for $5 or less, college scholarships and caddie programs, and will implement programming in the greater Kansas City area following an agreement with the KCGA. The initiative will be reinforced by the Golf Foundation of Kansas City and the Tom S. Watson Supporting Foundation. “Youth On Course provides an inexpensive opportunity for young Kansas City golfers to play a multitude of courses,” says 39-time PGA TOUR winner and World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson. “This will open the door for kids to play new courses and to connect with other junior golfers outside of tournament settings.” “With junior golfers come parents, friends and family to the course, helping these properties develop lasting relationships with new guests,” says Youth On Course Executive Director Adam Heieck. No YOC member ever pays more than $5 for a round at a partner course.

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Here are the courses that have signed on within the Kansas City Metro area to date: (See location map on page 21.) 1. Adams Pointe Golf Club – Blue Springs, MO 2. Cardinal Hill Golf Course – Liberty, MO 3. Drumm Farm Golf Club – Independence, MO 4. Heart of America Golf Academy – Kansas City, MO 5. Hodge Park Golf Course – Kansas City, MO 6. Leavenworth Golf Club – Leavenworth, KS 7. Liberty Hills Country Club – Liberty, MO 8. MariMack Golf Complex — Kearney, MO 9. Minor Park Golf Course – Kansas City, MO 10. Oak Country Golf Course — De Soto, KS 11. River Oaks Golf Course – Grandview, MO 12. Shoal Creek Golf Course – Kansas City, MO 13. St. Andrews Golf Course – Overland Park, KS 14. Swope Memorial Golf Course – Kansas City, MO 15. Sycamore Ridge Golf Course – Spring Hill, KS 16. Sykes/Lady Golf Course – Overland Park, KS 17. The Oaks Golf Course – Leavenworth, KS (Visit www.KansasCityGolfer.org for additions and updates.)

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