Tee time approaching? You had better hope you’re heading to one of these spectacular Missouri golf courses. Never sub-par, these local courses offer some of the best views and amenities to golfers—and have the rankings and professional events to prove it.
Bellerive Country Club
•Ranked as the No. 2 golf venue in Missouri by Golf Digest.
•Host to the upcoming 74th PGA Championship in May, which will make Bellerive C.C. only the third club to ever host the PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open.
•Scheduled to host the 100th PGA Championship in August 2018.
•“The greatness of these events is seen through PGA Reach,” says Mike Tucker, Bellerive's PGA head golf professional of the philanthropic aspect of the championships. The organization works to assist young people through goals such as decreasing the number of dropout students.
Boone Valley Golf Club
•Ranked as the No. 1 golf venue in Missouri by Golf Digest, a title it first earned in 2011 and has since retained.
•“Golf Digest panelists evaluate courses on seven criteria, from Shot Values to Conditioning. Boone Valley continues to get very good scores from our panelists in all these categories. It's been among Missouri's top 10 courses since 1995 and reached the No. 1 spot for the first time in 2011,” says Golf Digest senior editor Pete Finch.
•Host to five charity events in 2012, including the March of Dimes Real Golf Challenge and the Sports Commission Golf Classic for St. Louis Youth, both of which will be held again in May of this year.
The Country Club of St. Albans
•Home to two courses, both of which are ranked among the top 10 in Missouri by Golf Digest.
•The Tavern Creek course, ranked no. 7 in Missouri by Golf Digest, encompasses 160 acres and was designed to showcase the landscape.
•“These two courses are set up to challenge seasoned and casual golfers,” says Tom O’Toole, Jr., United States Golf Association VP. “This ranking for The Country Club of St. Albans is well-deserved as these courses are two gems for the St. Louis region.”
SIDEBAR: Coming soon…
The Top of the Rock Golf Course will bring a new level of aesthetic appeal to the St. Louis golf scene. Sitting atop a cliff, the course was designed by some of the game's legends to create an experience like no other. The nine-hole course was designed by Jack Nicklaus; the practice area by Arnold Palmer; and a 1-acre putting course by Tom Watson. Sure to be a hole-in-one, Top of the Rock Golf Course is set to open in 2014.