The only state to host Olympic golf (1904 Summer Games in St. Louis) and the birthplace of the late Payne Stewart, Hale Irwin and Tom Watson. The Sioux Indians, who inhabited the area, named the state which translated means ‘town of large canoes’, an apt title as the three greatest rivers of the US, the Missouri, the Mississippi and the Ohio all meet here. There are also over 6,000 caves you can explore if you feel the need for adventure in ‘The Show Me State’.
What better a course to start with than a tribute to the previously mentioned Payne Stewart. The star of American golf with his signature plus-twos and old school look, Stewart died in a plane crash 1999. He was a huge hit with fans, a three-time major winner and his legacy continues through the Payne Stewart award which is given to a player that shows characteristics such as respect and tradition. Payne Stewart Golf Club, in the up and coming area of Branson, MO is a fitting tribute to a golfing great that was taken from us too soon. It has been very thoughtfully crafted to allow players to be a part of the legacy left by Stewart, this is one to savour.
Augusta is a name synonymous with golfing greatness but did you know that Missouri has its very own Augusta? Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, MO is a fantastic course that has hosted two Senior PGA Tour events and the USGA Junior Amateur Championship. The course was designed by P.B. Dye, son of the great Pete Dye and is regarded as one of the best courses in the state.
One of the best regarded courses in the St. Louis area is St. Louis Country Club. This tricky course was designed with Scottish, English and French holes in mind and has brought about a course that suits the tactical golfer more than the long-bomber. The course was created to use the natural rolling hills of the terrain on which it was built creating a naturally great course! Another great offering in the state is Buffalo Ridge which was designed by Tom Fazio. This is a naturally dramatic course that incorporates native grasses and has great views of the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, you may even see some free-ranging buffalo during your round!