Missouri

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.

We’re aware of two exciting big-budget courses opening at the Big Cedar Lodge Resort in the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri. The resort’s golf facility (already 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 ) will have a new Coore & Crenshaw design called Ozark National in play by the end of 2018, with the Payne’s Valley course from TGR Design unveiled the following year.

Our Missouri Best In State Rankings were last updated in July 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Missouri

St Louis

1st Missouri - Best in Area

Opened in 1914, the course at Saint Louis Country Club sits on a tight parcel of land in the suburb of Ladue, ten miles west of St Louis city centre...

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Description: Opened in 1914, the course at Saint Louis Country Club sits on a tight parcel of land in the suburb of Ladue, ten miles west of St Louis city centre... Rating: 5 out of 6

Bellerive

2nd Missouri - Best in Area

The golf course at Bellerive Country Club is routed round a winding creek, which is a feature on nine holes. With large undulating greens and bold bunkering this is certainly a firm tournament favourite...

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Description: The golf course at Bellerive Country Club is routed round a winding creek, which is a feature on nine holes. With large undulating greens and bold bunkering this is certainly a firm tournament favourite... Rating: 4 out of 6

Dalhousie

3rd Missouri - Best in Area

Featuring attractive Alister MacKenzie-style bunkers, the Gary Nicklaus-designed course at The Dalhousie Golf Club is quite a departure from what many would consider a typical Nicklaus Design layout.

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Description: Featuring attractive Alister MacKenzie-style bunkers, the Gary Nicklaus-designed course at The Dalhousie Golf Club is quite a departure from what many would consider a typical Nicklaus Design layout. Rating: 5 out of 6

Boone Valley

4th Missouri - Best in Area

Venue for the US Junior Amateur Championship in 2007, the course at Boone Valley Golf Club is a PB Dye layout that also hosted the Boone Valley Classic event on the PGA Senior Tour from 1996 to 2000.

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Description: Venue for the US Junior Amateur Championship in 2007, the course at Boone Valley Golf Club is a PB Dye layout that also hosted the Boone Valley Classic event on the PGA Senior Tour from 1996 to 2000. Rating: 6 out of 6

Old Warson

5th Missouri - Best in Area

Old Warson Country Club opened for play in 1954 and it’s one of Missouri’s finest layouts. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., this undulating, tree-lined layout is a classic...

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Description: Old Warson Country Club opened for play in 1954 and it’s one of Missouri’s finest layouts. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., this undulating, tree-lined layout is a classic... Rating: 5 out of 6

Buffalo Ridge Springs

6th Missouri - Best in Area

Located in the picturesque Ozark region of Missouri, the tree-lined layout at Buffalo Ridge Springs (formerly Branson Creek Golf Club) is a Tom Fazio design that’s rated as one of the best public access courses in the US.

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Description: Located in the picturesque Ozark region of Missouri, the tree-lined layout at Buffalo Ridge Springs (formerly Branson Creek Golf Club) is a Tom Fazio design that’s rated as one of the best public access courses in the US. Rating: 4 out of 6

Porto Cima

7th Missouri - Best in Area

The Nicklaus Signature course at the Club at Porto Cima on the Lake of the Ozarks is the centerpiece of a private residential development.

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Description: The Nicklaus Signature course at the Club at Porto Cima on the Lake of the Ozarks is the centerpiece of a private residential development. Rating: 5 out of 6

St Albans (Lewis & Clark)

8th Missouri - Best in Area

Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish established the Lewis & Clark course at the Country Club of St Albans in 1992 and it’s one of two highly rated 18-hole layouts to be found at the best 36-hole facility in Missouri.

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Norwood Hills (West)

9th Missouri - Best in Area

Host to the PGA Championship in 1948 and the US Senior Amateur Championship in 2001, the West course is the longer and tougher of two 18-hole layouts at Norwood Hills Country Club...

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Hickory Hills

10th Missouri - Best in Area

The layout at Hickory Hills Country Club dates back to 1926, when John T. Woodruff laid out eighteen holes for the membership. In the modern era, the course can be stretched to more than 7,100 yards from the back markers.

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