Dubbed the “Beast of the East,” the par four 18th is a tough closing hole - surrounded as it is by salt marshes - at the Eagle’s Landing Golf Course.
Featuring elevated tee positions on many of the holes, the 18-hole layout at EagleSticks Golf Club is routed across an undulating landscape where elevation changes occur with great regularity.
Set within a vast 600-acre property, the golf course at Erin Hills only opened in 2006 but it has already hosted the US Amateur Championship in 2011 (won by Kelly Kraft) and the US Open in 2017 (won by Brooks Koepka).
Designed by Dr Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, the course at FarmLinks Golf Club opened its tees for play in 2003 and has never looked back.
The course at Fieldstone Golf Club lies on something of a heaving landscape, so the fairways rise and fall with regularity on this Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry design.
Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry set out the course at Glenmaura National Golf Club in the early 1990s and its most celebrated hole is the 18th, where a split fairway plays to pair of stone-fronted greens.
The Hickory, Hamilton Farm Golf Club’s short 18-hole layout, is a wonderful complement to the main course. Challenging holes measure between 127 and 229 yards on the only USGA-rated par three course in the country.
The Highlands course grabs the attention at Hamilton Farm Golf Club and the best is kept until last on the front nine as the 559-yard 9th (“Waterjump”) is a wonderful par five that culminates in an approach across a wetland area.
Owned by the city of Leawood and operated by Troon, the 18-hole layout at Ironhorse Golf Club has recently had its bunkers re-lined, with new white sand installed. Off the course, a clubhouse extension has also just opened.
The River course at the 36-hole Keystone Ranch golf facility is a new millennium offering from Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. The front nine is routed around the Snake River, with the back nine carved through a dense pine forest.