It is difficult to look at the layout for Creekmoor Golf Course and not think that designer Tom Clark (of Ault, Clark & Associates) didn’t have A.W. Tillinghast in mind when laying out this challenging route. For one, the course can be stretched significantly, up to 7,400 yards. Secondly, the bunkers at Creekmoor give the distinct image of fingers, grasping at balls hit awry.
The most telling example is the club’s signature hole, a par five named the “Beast of Creekmoor,” which stretches 663 yards and features five significant bunkers (plus a pond at the dogleg off the tee). Ironically there’s not “more creek” at all during this round, but players will occasionally need to carry over the Creekmoor reservoir, such as at No. 7. This, the shortest par three, features a larger green accordingly.
The club makes sure to offer a less-daunting option for the more casual (and younger players), including a set of tees that cut the full yardage by more than half, down to 3,300 yards.
1. Layout - Tremendous layout that is a great test of golf. There is nowhere to hide at Creekmoor, you need to hit great golf shots all day. There are forced carries, bunkers lining most every fairway that somewhat limits your options off the tee as far as where you want to start and finish the ball. A decent amount of elevation change that is probably most prominent on the 1st and 8th holes. Number 1 is a great starter hole with a very hittable fairway but your landing area is somewhat blind from the tee. 8 is the opposite, an uphill beast where you can see your tee shot, but need to trust your numbers on the semi-blind approach. Some of the holes are a little repetitive but overall there is a great mix of holes and green complexes here. If you are looking to test your game, Creekmoor may be your best option in or around KC. It is routed through the Creekmoor housing development and not a fun walk at all, especially hole to hole. 4.5 of 6
2. Conditions - The course is in great shape. The fairways, rough, and tee boxes were spectacular, championship worthy. The greens, however, had a fair amount of old divots that were not fixed properly and have left a lasting mark on the greens that actually will affect your putts. 4 of 6
3. Value - Prices vary depending on when you play, but typically between 70 and 80 is what you'll pay to play here, thats a tad pricy, but Creekmoor has private club aspects to it as far as the conditions and outstanding layout. 4 of 6
4. Pace - The times I've played here the pace was fine, really never had to wait at all, marshalls are on it, no complaints here. 5 of 6
5. Amenities - Nice driving range, putting green, and short game area, clubhouse was very nice, tavern adjoining seemed nice place to grab some food and drink as well. Tennis courts and pool on-site. Carts were pretty basic, no GPS or club and ball washers on carts. Water and bathrooms in a few spots on the the course, very good overall. 4.5 of 6
6. Friendliness of Staff - Not overly friendly, but certainly not rude in anyway. 3.5 of 6