Prairie Highlands Golf Course in Kansas City
Situated just 30 minutes from Kansas City in Olathe, Ks., lies Prairie Highlands Golf Course, a 7,100-yard links course full of charm and lush greens and fairways that allow Midwestern golfers a chance to enjoy “a wee bit of Scotland…prairie style.”
“The great thing about our course is that it’s one where anyone can play,” said Jon Zenos, club manager at Prairie Highlands, adding that the course doesn’t just attract locals.
Zenos said vacationers from Minnesota and Wisconsin come every year because they know they will be able to play in the conditions they want. And despite being located in the Midwest where the winters are quite balmy, golfers can still come out in November and December and play 18 holes.
There are other attractive traits to Prairie Highlands, as well. Golfers of all ages and skill levels can play the course from different tee box locales, hitting from back tee boxes that are 7,100 yards to the front boxes at 5,100 yardsand challenge themselves to get as close to the par-72 as possible while still enjoying their round.
If you are off on your game, you could find one of the 60 sand traps along the course. Because of of its design, saving par can a rewarding experience, and the atmosphere is great for family getaways, novice golfers looking to work on their shots or golf buddies looking for a last-minute, leisurely round.
The goal of the course design was to keep it as traditional a possible. The course is walkable, it keeps a close distance between tees and greens and has fundamental strategies and abundant shot-making opportunities that are complimented by pristine zoysia fairways and bent grass greens.
Although reminiscent of Scottish links courses, Prairie Highlands’ Kansas roots run deep. The course is owned by Kansas City native David Francis and it was designed by renowned local golf architect Craig Schreiner. Since its inception in May of 2001 and has been growing in membership and earning honors ever since.
Prairie Highlands Golf Course has been ranked No. 3 among the state’s best public courses by both Golf Week and Golf Magazine.
Zenos attributes much of the course’s popularity to its accessibility and its affordability (average round is $75 per weekend on GolfNow.com including cart). Zenos said he and the club staff want this to be a destination people come to year after year.
With its proximity to the city scene (Prairie Highlands is just a 30-minute drive to Kansas City), evening or day excursions are not only easy, but there is much to enjoyabout this culture-filled Midwest metropolis. Kansas City offers amazing theatre, dance, entertainment hot spots, and live music of every genre including everything from jazz and bluegrass to classical or country.