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From the Editor ....................................................... 6 KC Golf Course Guide & Location Map ........ 20 - 21 Lake of the Ozarks Course Guide ...................... 24 Branson Golf Course Guide .............................. 24 Golf Stores, Private Courses & Driving Ranges ... 28

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Long Live the KING s every golfer knows, Arnold Palmer passed on September 25, and our October issue went to press just prior to that date, which made commenting about the life of “The King” delayed until now.

Like many of you, I grew up watching Mr. Palmer play in the 60s and 70s, and remember his charismatic play in those days. His most memorable years for many were 1960–1963, when he won 29 PGA TOUR events, including five major tournament victories in four seasons. I recall watching him play golf on TV with my dad. Inspired, I asked my dad to buy me a set of clubs and a persimmon wood driver. Dad got those clubs for me, and at the age of 10, I was off playing golf — like Arnold Palmer, the golf superstar. Arnie was such an inspiration to everyone — even kids like me. I remain amazed at his talent, sportsmanship and love of the game. My admiration for him as a person and businessman is something I can only hope to model. He was the first PGA professional to sign with an agent and made more income from endorsements and commercials throughout his life than he did during his golf career. He designed more than 300 golf courses in 37 states, 25 countries and five continents. His famous rivalry during his playing days with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player — known as the “Big Three” — only added to Palmer’s mass appeal and eventually evolved into Arnie’s Army. Imagine having your own Army! I guess, it’s not easy to keep an Army happy— Arnie remains the only pro golfer to amass one. Did you know that until his death, Arnold Palmer wrote a handwritten note to every winner of every level of golf, PGA and LPGA? It is estimated that he had given his autograph to over two million people. When asked how many autographs do you sign after a tournament? He answered simply, “All of them.” “I did that naturally,” he once said, “because my father told me, ‘Those people in the gallery are all the same as you.’” He advised young upcoming players to sign autographs so they could be read. He so loved golf fans that his concern about keeping his autographs legible remained throughout his life — to the last that he signed. His golf career consisted of 67 victories, seven of which were major championships. From his aggressive swing to his magnetic personality, Arnold Palmer helped turn golf into a major television sport during the 60s and continued to help keep the game growing at age 87. Palmer won the U. S. Open at Cherry Hills, shooting a final-round 65 to win by two over Nicklaus with a persimmon wood driver. Imagine players of today golfing with small persimmon wood drivers that has screws in the face and shooting 65. “He was the king of our sport and always will be,” said Nicklaus of his passing. The game for both professional and amateur is what it is today because of him. Thank you, Mr. Palmer.

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he excitement surrounding Youth On Course (YOC) coming to Kansas City this past January was immediately felt within the golfing community. Youth golfers played 304 rounds between August and September alone.

taneously become YOC members simply by signing up for the Junior Tour. YOC not only offers subsidized green fees, but many more programs and initiatives benefiting youth golfers. Members who are high school seniors are eligible for a wide range of scholarships offered by YOC.

Now, nearly seven months since the initiative took off in the metro, the numbers are supporting that excitement.

In addition, YOC offers multiple internship and caddie programs to further grow the game of golf and provide golfers and students viable work experience within the golf industry.

(photo above) Tom Watson introduced the Youth On Course program this spring during a dedication of the Tom Watson Golf Academy at Heart of America Golf Course. Following the dedication he gave a golf clinic to kids of the First Tee of Kansas City. different regions, including northern and southern California, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Chicago and other surrounding areas.

The YOC initiative helps drive youth golfers between the ages of 6 and 18 to area golf courses through subsidized green fees of Kansas Courses: 1. The Oaks Golf Course – Leavenworth, KS $5 or less per round for YOC members. 2. Leavenworth Golf Club – Leavenworth, KS As of October 14, over 694 youth golfers 3. Oak Country Golf Course – De Soto, KS have obtained YOC memberships 4. St. Andrews Golf Club – Overland Park, KS throughout the Kansas City Metro area 5. Sykes/Lady OP Golf Course – Overland Park, KS and combined to play a total of 1,470 6. Sycamore Ridge Golf Course – Spring Hill, KS rounds (generating $7,350 at $5 per round) of golf through the program.

Subsidized green fees for example at $15 per junior less the $5 paid at course has a balance remaining of $10, which is paid to the member courses by the Golf Foundation of Kansas City and the Tom S. Watson Supporting Foundation. The impact in revenue for golf courses is 22,050 at $15 per round. In total, 17 Kansas City area golf courses offer YOC members the opportunity to play golf and enjoy the benefits of membership.

Missouri Courses: 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. Liberty Hills Country Club – Liberty, MO 7. MariMack Golf Complex – Kearney, MO 8. Minor Park Golf Course – Kansas City, MO 9. River Oaks Golf Course – Kansas City, MO 10. Swope Memorial Golf Course – Kansas City, MO 11. Shoal Creek Golf Course – Kansas City, MO

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(To help grow the game, add your course to the YOC program by contacting the KCGA.) While the program was born and originates from the Northern California Golf Association, the program has expanded to twelve

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The YOC offers youth golfers between the ages of 6 and 18 to play golf for just $5 per round.

The program boasts over 330 total participating courses across the United States and has subsidized over 400,000 rounds to date by 14,443 members.

For additional information about Youth on Course, visit the Kansas City Golf Association’s website at www.kansascitygolfer. org or visit www.YouthOnCourse.org and find your nearest participating courses. 

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or years, Liberty Hills Country Club lived in relative anonymity. Once the only private club in Kansas City’s Northland, the course thrived with membership stretching all the way from Parkville to Excelsior Springs. “When I left in 1998, we had about 400-425 members,” said Tom Aikmus, the head professional from 1986 to the fall of 1998.

“The club really did thrive from the late ‘70s until close to 2000,” said Aikmus, now the head professional at Lake Quivira. “We had swimming and a lot of social activities. Ray Pettegrew was the first professional and then club manager. He and his wife really ran the club for so many years, and then, his son, Tom, succeeded him as the pro and another son, Bob, was club manager. After I left, Mike Winter was the long-time head professional.

But that was before the Northland openings of Shoal Creek, Staley Farms, Tiffany Greens and The National. Then, a devastating fire on January 6, 2012 destroyed the Liberty Hills Country Club $3.5 million dollar historic clubhouse.

“The club also had great membership. With our water supply limited to two or three small lakes, we always had to conserve on water. One year, we had a terrible drought so there was a big push for a more reliable water source. It took a couple of years, but the members were instrumental to obtaining easement to construct a pipeline to the Missouri River, about 3-5 miles away. John West was the right man for working the arrangements

Not damaged, however, was a charming and yet challenging 18-hole course — now open to the public since its 2013 purchase by GreatLife Golf and Fitness. Located about 4½ miles east of the William Jewell College campus in Liberty on County Road H, it’s a genuinely outstanding layout made even better a few years back by a total reconstruction of the front nine. Opened in 1967, the story goes that the course was built out in the country because of William Jewell’s presence in Liberty, alcohol was not permitted in the city. By moving away from the city, the course could offer all the amenities of a country club — including not only alcohol drinks, but also two dining areas, a bar, snack bar, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a full pro shop. 10

with the farmland owners to lay a pipeline and booster pumps. It was a huge project and undertaking.” In 1995, Liberty Hills hosted the Kansas City Match Play Tournament and was the longtime host of the Midwest PGA Pro Junior championship in addition to being the home course for William Jewell and Liberty High School. Designed by Jeff Klauber, total reconstruction of the front nine about 10 years ago included changes in many of the holes and laying of Zoysia fairways. The back nine remained much the same, tree-lined fairways with rye-bluegrass fairways until the purchase by GreatLife Golf KC in March 2013 when Zoysia was laid on the back nine. So, what can you expect from the Northland’s best kept secret? A par 70 with a course

Photo on left shows Liberty Hills historic clubhouse during its glory days. A devastating fire destroyed the clubhouse in 2012. Currently the club operates out of a temporary clubhouse with plans on the table to rebuild under the new GreatLife Golf KC ownership.

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But there’s also the temptation to try the direct route to the green with the distinct possibility of finding deep rough or one of the bunkers. “Trying to cut the corner is not the ideal way to play if you can’t hit it far enough,” says club professional Carmen Titus. Played early on a cool summer or fall day, the 150-yard par-3 4th hole and 455-yard 5th hole are two of the most scenic holes, followed by two of the course’s most difficult, the par 5 537-yard 6th, which is the course’s longest and the 435-yard 7th — the No. 1 handicap hole. That makes the course’s signature hole, the 199-yard par-3 8th, a most welcome relief. Located next to the course’s largest lake, the 8th is the most picturesque hole on the course followed by a 392-yard 9th that also has a pond running the length of the fairway.

rating of 71.2 and slope of 130, it plays longer than its 6,530 yards from the black tees — especially when the wind whips up, which is quite often. Boasting four tee boxes on every hole, its 6,043 yards from the blues, 5,645 from the more popular whites and 4,410 from the reds.

Water also comes into play on the back nine’s 12th and 13th holes, which remains typical of the classic old courses with tree-lined fairways and strategically located fairway and greenside bunkers.

(Above) The signature hole at Liberty Hills, No. 8 requires both length (199 yards) and accuracy off the tee. (Photo top left) With the 8th hole as a backdrop, Liberty Hills Golf Club’s rural setting outside Liberty offers a mecca of Kodak moments.

At 460 yards with a half dozen bunkers, the par-4 11th is the No. 1 handicap hole on the back, while the par 5 481-yard 15th hole offers the big, big hitters a chance to reach in two. Not only is the 2nd hole at Liberty Hills one of three par 4s stretching more than 450 yards, it has a large bunker running the length of the green and more.

A well-placed tee shot is needed to take nine pothole bunkers out of play on Liberty Hills’ 342-yard dogleg 3rd hole, while any attempt to cut-off the dogleg, leaves the risk of finding deep rough on the right side. More important, you get quality golf holes starting with a gently sloping dogleg fronted on the left by one of the course’s 40 sand bunkers. At 455 yards into a north wind, the par-4 2nd hole boasts a narrow, but deep green with a bunker running the length of the green and to the rear. Followed by perhaps the most unique hole on the new nine. A huge dogleg right with no less than nine bunkers, the fairway runs left of a tree along the fairway and is the smart play on the 342-yard hole. www.TeeTimesMagazine.com

“It’s a great layout and not nearly as easy as it might look,” says Titus, a former golf standout at Lee’s Summit High School and Rockhurst University where she became a dental hygienist. “Keeping the ball in the fairway is definitely important. If you’ve never played it before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.” And it’s going to get better. GreatLife Golf KC already has plans for a new clubhouse on the drawing board. Several tee boxes were re-sodded this summer, the rest are planned

in 2017 along with new cart paths. “With 12 properties in the Kansas City area, along with Tallgrass in Wichita and Osage National at the Lake of the Ozarks, we’re able to draw from the expertise of 14 superintendents, as well as take crews and equipment from course to course and eliminate duplications,” says Doug Albers, one of GreatLife’s owners. “As we go into the winter, we’ll be addressing all the bigger projects.” At $30 with cart weekdays and $37 weekends, Liberty Hills is certainly one of the best bargains in all of Kansas City. Reservations are available by phone (816.781.3636) or on-line at www.libertyhillsgc.com. But, you may want to act quickly. Once the membership goes over the 300 mark, the intent is to return it to a private course. Maybe not the most centrally located course, but well worth the effort once there. 

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StateLine Amateur Tour Player Of The Year Champions Announced by Tony Botts, KCGA contributing writer

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ycamore Ridge Golf Course played host to the site of the StateLine Amateur Tour (SLAT) Championship and Player of the Year awards.

In all, seven players were awarded individual tournament championships and seven players took home SLAT Player of the Year honors on September 29 at Sycamore Ridge.

Year honors for the Legend’s Division. Seward shot a three-under, 69 and ran away with the Player of the Year points. On the Legend’s Net side, John Pawsat also won both titles. Pawsat’s two-under, 70 sealed his tournament and tour awards. Finally, Jettie Bezek took home the women’s Player of the Year honors and posted a five-over, 77 on the day.

Gregory Diederich won the Open Division tournament title, posting an even-par, 72.

For complete results from the SLAT Tour Championship, visit www. kansascitygolfer.org.

The Open Division Player of the Year went to Matt Kelley. Kelley, (photo on left) who appeared in nearly every SLAT event, captured individual titles at Loch Lloyd and Stone Canyon earlier in the year.

KCGA’s Boys Match Play Crowns a New Champion Swope Memorial Golf Course played host to the Boys Match Play Championship on September 23-25. Sam Parrott wasted no time taking the lead over No. 1 seed Joe Bultman.

To go with his two individual titles, Kelley added two runner-up finishes at Ironhorse Golf Club and Tiffany Greens Golf Club.

Out of the gate, Parrott took a one-up lead on the first hole and never trailed. He eventually built a 3-up lead through six holes. Bultman made two late pushes in the match, cutting Parrott’s lead to two holes on No. 7 and again on No. 14.

The Open Division Player of the Year went to Matt Kelley. Anticipated by many, Steve Groom not only won the tournament championship, but he also took home the Senior Division Player of the Year. Groom posted a one-under, 71 at Sycamore Ridge to seal his Player of the Year award. Adding to his Tour Championship victory, Groom posted wins at Stone Canyon and Tiffany Greens, as well as, tied for first at the Creekmoor Golf Club event. Steve Groom won the tournament championship and took home the Senior Division Player of the Year.

Logan Truninger followed Groom’s lead by making a clean sweep of the Players Gross Division at Sycamore Ridge. Truninger posted a three-over, 75 en route to wrapping up his Player of the Year award.

The Player’s Net Division honors also went to the same person. Greg Hillman posted a net one-under, 71 and jumped from fourth place to first to claim his title. Jim Seward also claimed both the tournament title and Player of the 14

However, Parrott would eventually take a 3-up lead on No. 15 and close out the match on No. 16 by halving the hole with Bultman. Parrott secured his title with a 3-and 2-victory. Parrott knocked off the No. 7 Doug Habel, KCGA Executive seeded Christian Ghilardi in the Director (left) presents Sam semifinals and defeated No. 3 Parrott the 2016 Boys Match Play seed Garrett Clark in the quarChampionship trophy. terfinals. Bultman cruised through the quarter and semifinals with victories over the No. 8 seeded Andrew Cunningham and No. 4 seed Jack Seiler, respectively. For complete results from the KCGA’s Boys Match Play Championship, visit www.kansascitygolfer.org. 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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Canyon Farms Golf Club — Upgrades an Already Great Golf Course Editorial and Photography by John Baccala

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alling Canyon Farms Golf Club in Lenexa a “Hidden Gem” is almost an understatement. But, it is and because of the surrounding landscape, Canyon Farms is unlike any course you’ll find on the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro.

Built over an old rock quarry, Canyon Farms (formerly the Golf Club of Kansas) features meandering streams, lakes and 140 feet of elevation changes. More than half the holes are doglegs. “Canyon Farms really is a hidden gem,” said Steve Specht, PGA professional and general manager. “If you are looking for a course that is challenging and fair, with every hole being a unique experience, I don’t believe any club in town can match Canyon Farms.” Canyon Farms features Zoysia fairways, Bentgrass greens and six different tee boxes — playing just over 7,000 yards from the tips to just under 4,900 from the forward tees. Built 9 years ago as a semi-private facility, Canyon Farms is one of GreatLife Golf KC’s newest properties and turned private earlier this year (GreatLife Golf KC members have limited play privileges). All sand bunkers received upgrades this summer and are filled with new Arkansas white sand, which is similar to a crushed marble. Zoysia was added around some of the new and improved bunker complexes. “GreatLife’s ownership really helped us land on our feet,” Specht said. Firm footing aside, Canyon Farms has some holes that can take your breath away — beginning with the par-3 3rd. Completely surrounded by a canyon, you need a precise tee shot to hit the long and narrow island green. It is already one of the most picturesque holes in the city, but Specht said, now the course’s signature hole has risen to “the next level,” beginning with restructuring the tee boxes, adding a waterfall (pumping 1,500 gallons a minute) and exposing a rip-rap rock wall (used to protect shorelines from erosion). “This will perfectly frame the challenging green that seems to be hanging off a rock ledge and the waterfall will create an unforgettable sight and sound,” he said. “It is, without question, one of the most challenging, intriguing and visually stunning holes in the city.”

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Several other holes at Canyon Farms, like the par-5 8th, challenge your ability and please your eyes. Hitting over a canyon, this dogleg left features a downhill second shot and an uphill approach shot to the green (I couldn’t get there in two) and several pristine, white sand bunkers ready to swallow any wayward shot. “The big hitter can cut the corner, challenging the OB stakes and reach in two,” Specht said. “But, the majority of us have to carry a large natural grass area and gaping bunker structure that lead to a layup to a putting surface that is slick and fair. Some days, it takes all your best shots to get through.”

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The par-3 3rd hole boasts one of the most picturesque signature holes in the city. Now, with the restructured tee boxes and adding the 1,500 gallons per minute waterfall, the upgrades will perfectly frame this challenging half island green hole. Not much room for error on this hole! Black 146 - Blue 139 - White 121 - Gold 97 Green 87 - Red 77

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More visually appealing holes await on the back nine, highlighted by the long, downhill par-4 13th and the narrow par-5 14th. You might be surprised, 13 is cart path only, until you get to the middle of the fairway and see the rock wall that bisects it. “The course doesn’t get any more picturesque than 13 and 14,” Specht said. “Your margin for error [on 13] is limited because you have to find the fairway from the tee; otherwise, hitting the green wrapped by a creek and two bunkers becomes problematic. Flanked by an exposed limestone quarry wall, the canyon on 14 can come into play from tee to green. With a good tee ball, you might get there in two, but if you are not on target, you may be wishing you had laid up to this memorable golf hole.” The dogleg right par-4 1st hole (photo above) shows the new Arkansas white sand (similar to a crushed marble), which Canyon Farms added to all its bunkers on the course this year. Many bunkers were re-sculpted and outlined with new Zoysia sod. If it wasn’t for the incredible par-3 3rd hole, Specht said the 18th could be Canyon Farms “signature hole.” This dogleg left par-5 features water left of the green and several bunkers surrounding it. Specht calls it the “ultimate” finishing hole. “The wide fairway [on 18] encourages you to drive as close to the edge of the lake as you can to set up your ‘go for it’ shot to the green hanging on the edge the water,” he said. “Going for 18 in two will test every bit of nerve you have left!”

Another view of the par-3 3rd hole (above) from the side of the green shows part of the lake to right of green and the cave opening. Part of the course runs through what was once a 50-acre open pit quarry with caves and 60-foot sheer rock walls as the one found on the par-5 14th (photo below).

Canyon Farms is challenging, visually appealing and, above all, fair and fun to play. But if you want to go low (and who doesn’t?), proper ball placement is key. “It’s not always about being a big hitter at Canyon Farms, it is about being in the right spot,” Specht said. “Find the fairways and you will find a fair shot to the green — and with some of the best greens in town, bringing a competent flat-blade is critical. The greens are fair, fast and true.” And, the Canyon Farms experience is only going to get better. Plans are underway now for a new clubhouse, member range and an on-course comfort station, which will be under construction in 2017. “Our new clubhouse will be as dramatic as the golf course,” Specht said. It truly is a unique golf experience and, in many ways, reminiscent of several resort courses I’ve recently played (you can read about those courses in upcoming winter editions of Tee Times Golf Guide™ Magazine). Canyon Farms membership currently stands in the mid 300’s and will max out at 400. You can book a preview round at the course by contacting Membership Director Leigh Ann Marshall at 913-5292235 or leighann@greatlifekc.net. For more information about the course or membership, visit www.canyonfarmsgolfclub.com. “We invite everyone to visit us and see what the future of golf holds at Canyon Farms Golf Club,” Specht said. “We are creating one of the top golf club experiences in the area!” I couldn’t agree more! 

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Golfers Live Five Years Longer —

Recently Released Research Unveils Even More Benefits by Bill Cromwell, Publisher

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n conjunction with the World Golf Foundation (WGF), a report released on October 11 by The Golf & Health Project aims to explore the many and varied health and well-being benefits of golf. The Golf & Health Project has a team of professional golfers along with other golf ambassadors from around the world. I Had No Idea Golf Offered So Many Health Benefits!

According to The Golf & Health Project (GHP), “Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, led by Dr. Andrew Murray and under the supervision of leading international academics, Professor Nanette Mutrie and Professor Helen Grant, have conducted the largest, most comprehensive study of golf and health, with the results shown in a Scoping Review published in the world’s leading sports medicine and science journal, The British Journal of Sports Medicine. In total, 5,000 papers were reviewed to provide a comprehensive view on the impact of the game on health, illness prevention and associated injuries.” The project also aims to show existing and future benefits identified that are applicable to individuals of all ages throughout society, not just a specific sub-section of the population. “Key benefits include improvements in life expectancy and quality of life, as well as physical and mental health benefits,” as reported by WGF. “Golf is expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, colon (30% less likely for golfers) and breast cancer (20% less likely). Current research shows that golf has positive impacts on cholesterol, body composition, metabolism, and longevity (golfers live five years longer than non-golfers).” www.TeeTimesMagazine.com

The Project launched with support from all of golf’s major organizations, along with an initial eight ambassadors from around the world: Aaron Baddeley (Australia), Annika Sorenstam (Sweden), Brooke Henderson (Canada), Gary Player (South Africa), Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Ryann O’Toole (USA), So Yeon Ryu (South Korea) and Zach Johnson (USA).

golf around the world,” said Steve Mona, CEO of the WGF. “This Project is something we can all get behind, as it is universally agreed that golf is good for you. It is going to provide real, tangible resources that can be used by governments and politicians, professional tours, governing bodies, golf businesses, PGA Professionals and more — all to the sport’s benefit.”

“I am delighted to be an ambassador for the Golf & Health Project and wholeheartedly support the work they are doing to prove the health and wellbeing benefits of golf,” explained Gary Player, nine-time Major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member. “The systematic and academic confirmation of the physical and mental benefits golf gives people will be of great use to us all to spread the word to institutions, governments and the entire world!”

The GHP is planning various research-led activities to further prove areas of interest and also expand into currently under-researched areas such as the mental health benefits of golf, physical benefits in older players and the positive effects of spectating.

According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, “A landmark Scandinavian study of over 300,000 golfers estimated they lived a remarkable five (5) years longer than those who do not play golf, regardless of age, gender, or socio-economic status. Evidence also suggests that golf has a role in preventing and treating many chronic diseases and through regular use can help strengthen bones and prevent hip fractures.” A 2006 study (that is still relevant today) found that around 12,000 steps are taken per 18-hole round, exceeding the commonly recommended daily amount of steps for health. However, cart use reduces walking distance from an average 4.97 miles to 2.3 miles per round — so ditch the golf cart if you want the same benefits! The British Journal of Sports Medicine also mentioned the benefits aren’t only limited to physical health. With psychological benefits including improved mood, reduced anxiety and increased confidence. Likewise, golf is known to boost social and business connections, and self-esteem — meaning that you might be missing out of job and business opportunities if you’re not out on the course. “The importance of the GHP in the development of the sport is vital, not just for the WGF’s partners, but everyone involved with

“For a number of years we’ve felt we’ve underplayed the likely benefits of golf on peoples’ health,” added Golf & Health Project Executive Director and European Tour Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roger Hawkes. “Over the last two or three years, there seems to be an interest from various bodies and we’ve been able to bring together that interest to actually study this area.” The evidence is clear — regular physical activity, in the form of golf, increases life expectancy. Although the benefits can be accumulated by all players, research suggests that low handicap players tend to play more often and ensure the lowest mortality rates. It’s a good bet that encouraging friends, family and business associates to take part in the regular physical activity of golfing is time well invested. Current information from the The Golf & Health Project’s Scoping Review and future research findings are available at www.golfandhealth.org. The information is designed to be practical and usable by golf the industry and media to help develop and grow the sport around the world. Further information about the Golf & Health Project is available at www.golfandhealth. org, @GolfAndHealth on Twitter and “Golf and Health” on Facebook. Golf courses are encouraged download promotional materials, posters and fliers at the website for clubhouse and social marketing promotions.  Study data provided by The Golf & Health Project.

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ne of the best advancements in golf over the past 10 years is the evolution of the Hybrids. They allow you to easily hit the ball higher and straighter than the hard to hit 2-, 3- or 4long-irons of yesterday. What? “You can’t hit your Hybrids higher or straighter?” Well, here are a few pointers that will help you take full advantage of those beautiful hybrids. Hybrid clubs (or rescue clubs) are designed to help you get the ball up in the air very easily and quickly — when swung properly, they are far easier to hit well than long irons. You have to remember the “help” is built into the club — you don’t need to do anything but swing the club and make solid contact, the club does the rest. Here are three things most players do wrong when trying to hit hybrids. Hybrid tip #4 will help you save strokes around the green.

How to Hit Hybrids Well It’s Not a WOOD! You must visualize a hybrid as an iron. Yes, I know it looks like a wood, but it’s meant to replace a hard-to-hit long-iron, so you need to play it like an iron. Play the ball in the same place in your stance as you would a 5- or 7- iron. Try To Take a Divot •

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In a golf swing, everything is action reaction. If you swing down into the ball, the reaction is the ball goes up. A hybrid is designed to not make a divot, but you must try to make one for it to work the way it was designed. The hybrid will only work well for you if you strike down on the ball like you would with an iron. The design of the hybrid (with a non-sharp leading edge) won’t allow the club to dig into the ground — instead it will clip the ball off the turf. Go ahead and give it a try!

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Gap Your Hybrids • Hybrids come in all lofts and long-iron numbers. One of the biggest mistakes people make is getting a 3 and 4 hybrid. You need to make sure you have at least a 12–15–yard gap from hybrid to hybrid. • Try an every other club number approach. Meaning, gap your club choices with a 3 hybrid then a 5 — skip the 4 hybrid. Most of the time, we don’t see a large enough difference from one hybrid to the next in terms of yardage. Remember everyone is different. The best way to get the gapping correct for your game is to try them all. See what hybrid loft gets you the yardages you need to replace those hard to hit long-irons in your bag. Use It To Chip • Yes, that’s what it was originally made to do 20 years ago (I just dated myself on that one), but the first hybrid designs where for assisting with chipping the ball. • To improve your chipping with a hybrid, use a putting stroke and play the ball back in your stance a little. The hybrid imparts top spin on the ball when used in this manner and gets the ball rolling on the ground through longer grass. So, next time you’re in the fairway 5 – 6 yards short of the green — try chipping with your hybrid using a putting stroke. I bet it ends up closer to the hole more often than your shortiron chips will. Give those hybrid clubs another shot using these tips and soon you’ll be loving them. They’re easy to hit well, and with some practice, your confidence will soar as high and long. You’ll be saying, “I Can Hit Those Hybrid Clubs!” 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.

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STAR RATINGS ARE BY AREA & VOTED BY READERS. Forms available at www.TeeTimesMagazine.com — Complete and return your! 1. Bear Creek Valley Golf Club 573-302-1000 Rt. 42 Osage Beach Zoysia 2. Deer Chase Golf Club 573-346-6117 770 Deere Chase Rd Linn Creek Bermuda 3. Eldon Country Club 573-392-4172 35 Golf Course Rd Eldon Zoysia 4. Indian Rock Golf Club 573-372-3023 State Rd O Laurie Bermuda 5. Lake Valley Golf Club 573-346-7218 Hwy 54 & Lk Rd 54-79 Camdenton Bermuda 6. The Cove Golf Course 573-365-8532 State Rd HH Lake Ozark Bermuda 7. The Ridge Golf Course 573-365-3544 170 Seasons Ridge Dr Lake Ozark Zoysia 8. Tan-Tar-A The Oaks G.C. 573-348-8522 1524 State Rd KK Osage Beach Zoysia 9. Tan-Tar-A Hidden Lakes (9-hole) 573-348-8490 1524 State Rd KK Osage Beach Zoysia 10. Old Kinderhook Golf Club 573-317-3573 Lake Rd 54-80 Camdenton Zoysia Osage Beach Zoysia CLOSING 11. Sycamore Creek Golf Club 573-348-9593 1270 Nicholas Rd 12. Osage National Golf Club 573-365-1950 400 Osage Hills Rd Lake Ozark Zoysia 573-378-5109 13986 Country Club Rd Versailles Bermuda Not Rated 13. Rolling Hills Country Club 14. Redfield Golf & Country Club 573-498-011- Hwy 54 & 17 Junction Eugene Bentgrass 15. Triple Creek Golf Course 660-668-4653 333 Triple Creek Dr Cole Camp Zoysia NOTICE: Courses have the right to change rates at any time without obligation. ©2016 Tee Times Golf Guide™ Inc.

72 6796 125 $50 (wd) $66 (we) w/fee Yes 71 6544 129 $47 (wd) $56 (we) w/fee Yes 70 6373 124 $43 (wd) $48 (we) w/fee Yes 72 6380 124 $47 (wd) $55 (we) w/fee Yes 72 6373 124 $60 (wd) $69 (we) w/fee Yes 71 6553 136 $25 - $89 Adjustable w/fee Yes 72 6447 130 $25 - $89 Adjustable w/fee Yes 71 6432 134 $55 (wd) $75 (we) w/fee Yes 35 3015 N/A $30 (9 holes) $42 (18 holes) w/fee Yes 71 6821 137 $79 (wd) $105 (we) w/fee Yes No 72 6277 123 N/A CLOSING 72 7150 145 $49 - $89 Dynamic Pricing w/fee Yes 71 6590 120 $38 (wd) & (we) w/fee Yes 72 6720 125 $39 (wd) $52 (we) w/fee Yes 71 6029 119 $27 (wd) $32 (we) w/fee Yes Conceptual Designs Are Proprietary & Reprint Rights Reserved.

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1. Buffalo Ridge Golf Club 417-339-5430 1001 Branson Creek Blvd 2. Holiday Hills Golf Club 417-334-4838 2380 E Hwy 76 3. Ledgestone Golf Club 417-335-8187 11600 Ledgestone Way 4. Pointe Royale Golf Club 866-334-4477 142 Clubhouse Dr 5. Branson Hills Golf Club 417-337-2963 100 Payne Steward Dr 6. Thousand Hills Golf Club 417-336-5873 245 S Wildwood Dr 7. Top of the Rock Golf Course 417-339-5430 612 Devil’s Pool Rd 417-891-1645 2850 W Farm Rd 190 Not Rated 8. River Cut Golf Course 9. Deer Lake Golf Club 417-865-8888 554 W Hwy 266 NOTICE: Courses have the right to change rates at any time without obligation. ©2016 Tee

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] tournament and new top pro fisherman will be up for bid in a live auction. Any amateur can bid on any pro up for auction. The highest bid wins that pro. Amateurs and pro fishermen will fish two days and play 18 holes of golf together in an attempt to accumulate the highest score from all three days of the tournament. During the golf tournament, the pro fisherman and amateur are paired with a local pro golfer assigned to the team.

Old Kinderhook to Host 2nd Annual $25,000

Fish & Golf Pro-Am Tournament by Bill Cromwell, Publisher

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he Missouri Invitational Fish & Golf Tournament at Old Kinderhook, November 15 – 18, was created by Bob Renken, Executive Director of Old Kinderhook and Bob Bueltmann, Owner of Bassing Bob. As tournament fishermen and golfers themselves, they created the concept of combining the two sports, but with a twist.

Pro Fishermen leave their bass boats for golf carts during the The Missouri Invitational Fish & Golf Tournament at Old Kinderhook, November 15 – 18. fall of 2015. It was a huge success and the second year is shaping up to be bigger and better. In fact, as of October 15, the amateur registration is already full. However, if you wish to complete the registration form on www.bassingbob.com, you will be put on a wait list. How the Fish & Golf Pro-Am Works:

“We wanted to come up with something to showcase two of Lake of the Ozarks’ major draws — fishing and golf,” said Renken, executive director of Old Kinderhook. “This is the perfect way.” The Pro/Am teams of fishermen and golfers will compete for a guaranteed pot of $25,000+ with $10,000+ awarded to the winning team and many other pay-outs and prizes for golf and fishing. The top seven teams will get paid and this year, $1,000 goes to the amateur with the biggest bass. Renken and Bueltmann knew this type of tournament had been done before, but not with the combination of the region’s top pro fishermen matched up with amateurs. This type of spin on the event would be just what was needed to interest people from all over the region participate. The first Old Kinderhook Fish & Golf tournament was held in the 26

How Winners are Decided:

2015 Missouri Invitational Fish & Golf Tournament Winners Mark Weise, pro fisherman (left) and Jared Williams, amateur.

Pro fishermen from all over the region participate. Amateurs can pay to fish and golf with one of the pro fisherman. Last year, as soon as the event went public, all the amateur spots filled up within days. Amateurs can participate by paying $1,000 to secure one of 26 total spots in the tournament. Amateur fishermen are paired with a pro during the pre-event auction and pairings party. The top three pro’s from last year’s

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The payouts for the event will be determined by an accumulated points system. The total points accumulated from the two days of fishing total weight and 18 holes of scramble golf. Golf will be scored at 1/2 pound for a par, 1 pound for a birdie and 2 pounds for an eagle, with a 2 putt maximum format per hole. There will be two teams playing the same holes, the golf pros will switch teams after the front 9 or back 9 holes are complete. The pay-out will include a guaranteed $10,000+ to the winning team (possibly up to $15,000 based on auction funds raised), $5,000+ 2nd place team, $3,000+ 3rd place,

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$2,000+ 4th place, etc. A total of seven places will be paid. Final pay-out money amount will be determined based on the incremental money collected from the auction. The amateur with the biggest bass will win $1,000. Cash and prizes will be provided for the biggest team bass, day one fishing top weight, day two fishing top weight, the best golf score, closest to the pin and the longest drive. A Ranger Bass Boat will go to the amateur of a team scoring a hole-in-one on a par 3 hole.

The Lodge at Old Kinderhook will have golf carts zipping through it during summer months. But, once November 15th rolls around, pro fishermen fill the parking lot preparing their bass boats for the biggest bass pay day. What a cool idea Old Kinderhook has created. With the many lakes throughout the Kansas City area; Smithville, Blue Springs, Jacomo and Longview to name a few, this is an idea that any local KC golf course could develop. What a unique opportunity to unite fishermen and golfers in a common cause — outdoor fun. It might even help grow the game of golf. All Participants in the tournament are encouraged to bring their family and friends to Old Kinderhook as spectators for weigh-ins each day at 3 p.m. at the Old Kinderhook stage by the ice-skating rink. The event also showcases the Old Kinderhook complex, which includes the award-winning golf course, a luxury lodge, fine dining, a spa, volleyball courts, an ice-skating rink, and dock and boat ramps for water sports. Old Kinderhook and Bassing Bob invite anyone who would like to meet and rub shoulders with pro fishermen to attend the opening night’s dinner on November 15. There is a cost to attend the event, but it includes the opportunity to meet the region’s top pro fishermen all in one place. For more information, visit www.oldkinderhook.com. 

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