Hillcrest Golf & Country Club in Kansas City, Missouri, USA | GolfPass
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4.1
321 Reviews (321)
5 Stars
110
4 Stars
139
3 Stars
50
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.3
87.6%
Recommend this course
279 out of 321 reviews
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4.2
38 Reviews (38)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
86.8%
Recommend this course
33 out of 38 reviews
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4.1
73 Reviews (73)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
34
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
86.3%
Recommend this course
63 out of 73 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6763 yards
Slope 132
Rating 72.8

Previously known as Hillcrest at The Heartland Club.

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Course Details

Year Built 1916
Fairways Zoysia Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1916) Bill Amick (1984)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Tank tops, half shirts, cut off shorts & gym trunks are not permitted. Golf shirts/shirts with a collar are required.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Missouri (2015 #1)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2015 #16)

Reviews

4.1
321 Reviews (321)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 14
Narrow Fairways 13
Elevation Changes 12
This course/club is great for:
Locals 12
Advanced Golfers 11
Walkers 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 18
Worth the Drive 7

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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 45
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Greens and routing are great

Has the bones to be spectacular. Great routing, greens were in phenomenal shape and the right speed for a public course. They could definitely speed them up if they wanted and you'd have your work cut out for you. Longer hitters have the chance to score well on some of the short par 4s, some almost drivable from the whites. The bunker renovation in 2020 was money well spent. Pace of play was not a concern, no one ahead of us for 2 holes or behind. Teed off at 4:02 and it was somewhat steady with other golfers but not packed like some courses currently in the metro. Seem to be understaffed or lack the budget on the maintenance team. Some trees need to be trimmed or taken down and there is overgrowth on some long grass one hole onto the cart path that just needs to be trimmed back. Small attention to detail things that could make it great. Clubhouse is old and has seen better days. Driving range they have let go and looks to be closed. Hope this course stays open, a 1916 Donald Ross was a treat. Will definitely be back, had a blast

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 25
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Shot placement is key

Played with a local who knew the course which really helped. Liked the layout and course in good shape despite the heat of summer. One annoying thing was the carts and no travel areas - off fairway is off limits for some reason so the cart locks up and you have to reverse in a big circle for the electro-death-grip to be released. That was annoying and directly opposite of all other courses in CHI

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Positioning matters

Course was dry but the greens were in excellent shape. Fairways were dry due to hilly terrain which forces water to the lowest points but playable. This is more of a shotmaker’s course for positioning to have a good approach. I enjoyed myself and plan to return.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 62
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

A Donald Ross Gem Undergoing a Great Transformation

This course, I understand, was purchased in 2020, and has been getting a lot of improvements since. The greens, fairways, and tee boxes were in great shape. As the guy in the shop said, "It's a Donald Ross course, so there's not a lot of flat lies out there."

This used to be a private club, and after the renovations are complete, will probably go private again, so play it while you can!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

A Donald Ross Gem

I played Hillcrest 7 and 8 years ago, and I don't remember much of the rounds then, and I also don't remember being impressed by the course. This time, we found the fairways, greens, and tees were in very good shape. Some of the tees, I didn't even use a tee on them because the grass was so thick and lush.

I'm told this is the only Donald Ross course in Missouri/Kansas, and the new owners have put a lot of effort into improving the place. Lots of variations in the fairways, a few two-tiered greens, several blind shots.

Shot placement will improve your score. You just can't put the ball in the fairway every time...sometimes it must be on the left or right. Sometimes, you may want to hit a shorter tee shot so that you've got a level lie.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Enjoyed it

For the price. Definitely get your money out of it. Nice carts. Course taken care of as best they can. Only down side is. Players not fixing their friggin ball marks on greens. The white sand was gorgeous. The course was beautiful and fun. Will be back a lot. The guy who cleans the carts is hilarious. Great day overall at this course. 10/10 recommend it

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

I enjoyed the round. I’m not used to playing on a hilly course so that made it a little more of a challenge. Overall great experience.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice design

I enjoyed the round. Volume was low so I played as a single.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hillcrest

This course was very hard to find balls in the rough which caused people to look for there balls forever and made pace of play slow

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 94
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 62
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Classic and interesting

Beautiful course with tremendous history. Greens in pretty good condition. Fairways overall pretty good.
Cart paths another story. Very poor condition overall. Need lots of repair.
No Ranger to keep things moving. No driving range.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

We loved playing Hillcrest. The new cars with GOS were great. The overall condition of the course was awesome. The green speeds were a little quick which is what I love to play. It’s a great course with a fun layout at a very affordable price. Will be back soon

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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