Golf. The game you can play your whole life. The game you can clap so timidly at, the game you still have to dress up for. The game that Robin Williams famously said (minus a few expletives) was invented to have you whack away at your ball, and each time you miss you feel like you’re going to have a stroke. And we love it. Golf on vacation? A big yes, but finding great public courses can be difficult. Luckily, in Overland Park you can find several non-members-only courses to enjoy and challenge your game.
Sykes/ Lady Overland Park Golf Club
A beautiful park-like setting with 27 regulation golf holes that accommodates skill levels from “beer me” to “green jacket,” and has an additional challenging 9-hole, par 3 course. Golfers (and non-golfers) can break for food and drinks at the Club 27 Restaurant’s big patio while taking in gorgeous views of the course. There’s also a driving range, and chipping and putting greens to practice your swing, and of course a full-service pro shop to keep you looking the part.
St. Andrews Golf Club
St. Andrews is one of the most popular choices among locals. The 18-hole golf course brings Ozark vibes with tree-lined scenery and five sets of tees. It has a driving range with extended hours, chipping and putting greens and of course a pro shop full of the finest gear and apparel. Golfers can also wet their whistle with pub style food and drinks at the Greenside Grill.
Deer Creek Golf Club
A par 72 course with 18-holes rolling along scenic woods and creeks. It’s known for being difficult but exceptionally beautiful and also has a putting practice area. The course draws a penalty if you hit a deer with your ball (just kidding) but you might see some there. The Clubhouse has two dining areas and a pro shop for refueling.
→ Special Mention: Let’s not forget about Topgolf. While not the full golf course experience, it’s a great place for any skill level to have a great time.