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4.1
336 Reviews (336)
5 Stars
114
4 Stars
145
3 Stars
54
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.4
87.0%
Recommend this course
291 out of 336 reviews
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4.1
48 Reviews (48)
5 Stars
17
4 Stars
22
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
85.4%
Recommend this course
41 out of 48 reviews
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4.0
72 Reviews (72)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
34
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
84.7%
Recommend this course
61 out of 72 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
336 Reviews (336)

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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4.0
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Old School Golf!!!

Wanted to play for sometime. Growing up in Michigan, this had the feel of a mature,tree lined Michigan course. Visually intimidating. There is not a time I felt like I had a flat lie or feet level. Very challenging!! Donald Ross design is a must play. Not long but you must play to the terrain of the hole. Whether it is rolling right or left, you better hit it to the appropriate side. Greens were fast!! And if people would fix their ballmarks, they would be perfect!! And don't get me started on why people drag golf spikes across greens. Pace of play was extremely slow on a late Saturday afternoon. We were a twosome and playing behind Woods, Nicklaus, Palmer and Spieth didn't help matters. They took forever off the tees and even longer on the greens checking the line from every angle. If they broke 90, I'd be surprised. Other than pace of play , it is somewhere we want to go back to. Staff was GREAT!!! If you like elevation change,challenging greens,sloping fairways and Old School layout, what a great challenge!! PS Leave your driver in the bag!! Placement will serve you well!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Reviews 23
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Fun golf course

Tee boxes were good
Fairways were mostly good thin in spots
Rough was I inconsistent, some nearly bare areas
And some very thick ares
Bunkers in very good condition
Greens were very good and consistent.

Tree lined fairways. Very fun layout
Really enjoyed playing the course

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem in Kansas City

I played Hillcrest for my 4th time over a few years and every time I'm surprised its not more popular. The staff is extremely friendly, drink prices are some of if not the best in KC and given the time of year (early September) conditions were great especially with how dry its been. Will play again hopefully sooner than later

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 3
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
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First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Fairways need help but challenging

Enjoyed the layout of the course. I felt it was very challenging. The greens were in great shape. The fairways were not in good shape. It was tough to find a good place to hit from on the fairway. I felt it was too much for what poor shape the course was in.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played

Donald Ross design equals great layout.

Has with most courses Hillcrest is staffing issues. The pro was great, got me off early so I could make an appointment. It appears they maybe putting some $ back into the coarse,. Just be patient.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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3.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 27
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played

Course Needs Work

Greens are in excellent shape and very fast. Fringes and fairways are poor. Lots of bare ground.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Overall, the course was in good condition. Some of the grass edges along the cart part need some work, but, sand traps, greens, and most of the fairways were in excellent shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 49
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 28
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
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