First opened for play in 1992, the course became a fixture on the PGA Champions Tour four years later when it hosted the Boone Valley Classic. Hale Irwin and Larry Nelson certainly enjoyed playing here at that time as they each won two editions of the competition during its six-year stint on the senior circuit.
Hale Irwin – three-time US Open champion and native Missourian – then modified the course when he carried out substantial alterations to the 15th and 18th holes prior to the course being used for the 2007 US Junior Amateur Championship.
Just before that national event, the following was written in a USGA report about the course:
“Its beauty lies in its rustic appeal and natural turf setting that consists of rye, fescue, bent grass and native grasses. It resembles something you might play in the northern regions of the country, or in this case, a desolate locale.
However, the tranquil setting is worthy of a mirage. With the exception of generous fairways, the course is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Many of the bent grass greens look as flat as a pancake but there are dips and contours that don’t initially register until it’s too late.”
Boone Valley is a beautiful, challenging course located 45 minutes west of St. Louis. I've been fortunate enough to play the golf course 4 times now.
Pros: P.B. Dye did a great job here of creating 18 unique holes that all fit together as one great golf course. The layout keeps a player on his toes, as you can usually hit driver but you may not want to. Boone Valley is located in a beautiful setting where you will only see, hear, and experience pure golf.
Cons: Boone Valley is almost always wet. Three of the four times I've played the course, the tees and fairways were over watered. The bent grass tees and fairways simply cannot stand up to the St. Louis weather.
Amazing setting - check. Amazing golf course - check. Unbelievable staff - check. Privacy - check.
I could go on endlessly, but this is hands down the best golf club in Missouri and one of the best in the world. A wonderful, well-kept secret. Shhh.