Neither “Canyon” nor “Greg Norman” are common concepts when one thinks of Missouri, however both are on display at Stone Canyon Golf Club east of Kansas City. Even Americans argue over the true definition of the “Mid-West,” so it’s not so fantastic for Stone Canyon to claim being The Shark’s only design in that region; the next closest club that could make that argument is located in the vicinity of Chicago.
There is no debate, however, regarding the “canyon” nature of the property at Stone Canyon, as rocky walls are the prime source of aesthetic fascination at the club. The course’s signature hole is No. 3, a par four that ends with a green tucked into a natural stone amphitheater.
This is hardly a desert club, however, like Norman’s entries out West. When not facing canyon surrounds, players will be treated to rolling hills and trees as more commonly expected at a Missouri property.
Surprised to see this in the list for top courses in Missouri. The course is always in great shape and its a fun time but to me there are a handful of courses that should be higher than SC in my opinion. Winterstone, Fred Arbanas, and Adam's Pointe are all courses I would rather play than SC. Still a good course, just think it is listed higher than it should be.
I review golf courses based on the following criteria and weight them in this order...
1. Layout - I enjoyed the layout at Stone Canyon, unique bunkering tells you where you can't miss, but other than that, fairly straight forward tee to green, the par 3s have some good variety. The green complexes are the star of the show at Stone Canyon, each one bringing a unique and captivating challenge. It has a long routing going through some open areas as well as residential, course is not walkable. 4 of 6
2. Conditions - The course is in solid shape. People don't really fix their divots well in the fairways, greens are solid and roll true, rough is solid. 3.5 of 6
3. Value - I played after 3pm and it was only $50, peak time its at $68 which is still probably worth it, but $50 is a tremendous value for this course. 4.5 of 6
4. Pace - It was fairly slow on the day I played but the marshal was on top of it and did a great job keeping it moving and keeping us informed about what/who/why play was a bit slow. 4.5 of 6
5. Amenities - Nice driving range, nice putting green, short game practice area with multiple bunker areas, nice club house with a great bar. The carts are comfortable and come complete with GPS, pretty much everything you need at a course. Beveridge cart was supposed to be out but I did not see it once. 5 of 6
6. Friendliness of Staff - Everyone at Stone Canyon was very friendly and helpful. 6 of 6
Good course to play when in KC. Pretty wide open and in good shape. Nothing remarkable. Love the tiny shed clubhouse that gives it character.