The state of Missouri is found in the Midwest region of the United States and it was the 24th to be admitted into the Union in 1821. Starting point for both the Pony Express Trail and the Oregon Trail in the 19th century, Missouri is certainly one of the trail-blazing states that helped shape the modern nation that’s now called the United States of America.
Founded in 1905, the Missouri Golf Association organises competitive golf for members of 170 clubs within the state. Interestingly, a glance at the association’s Hall of Fame shows entries as state Amateur Champion for Tom Watson (four times between 1967 and 1971) and Payne Stewart in 1979. The Gateway Section of the PGA covers professional golf matters in east/central Missouri as well as southern Illinois.
A couple of Robert Trent Jones Snr layouts to the west of St Louis are amongst the best offerings in the state: Old Warson debuted in 1954, hosting the 1971 Ryder Cup and Bellerive first opened for play in 1960, holding the US Open in 1965 and the USPGA Championship in 1992. C.B. Macdonald’s seminal St Louis Country Club course is a fine example of Golden Age architecture from before the First World War and fully deserves its position towards the top of the Missouri rankings.
big-budget courses at the Big Cedar Lodge Resort in the Ozark
Mountains of southern Missouri have been developed. The resort’s golf facility
(home to the Fazio-designed Buffalo Ridge Springs course,
Gary Player’s 13-hole Mountain Top short course, and a par-3 layout
from Jack Nicklaus named Top of the Rock) recently added a new Coore &
Crenshaw design called Ozarks National in 2019,
with the Payne’s Valley course from TGR Design opening the following year.
Our Missouri Best In State Rankings were last updated in October 2020. Click the link to read the story.