My little corner of the world in Southeast Missouri is called “The Parkland.” The natives of The Parkland are spoiled in that we can hop in the car and in less than half an hour, we can be at one of Missouri’s beautiful and well kept State Parks. Summertime is the time for us Missourians to be outside enjoying many of the outdoor activities that many of us claim as our birthright. IN addition to having wonderful State parks, fishing holes, and beaches, The Parkland can also boast some of Southeast Missouri’s great golf courses.
The Crown Pointe Golf Club located on 4215 Hunt Road in Farmington, Missouri is home to The Parkland’s newest course. The Eagle Lake Golf Course opened in 1993 and features 7,093 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. This 18 hole golf course has a course rating of 73.9 and has a slope rating of 130 on Zoysia grass. The course was designed by Gary Kern, ASCGA and is managed by Ken Kunkel, the general manager. For more information, golfers can call The Crown Pointe Golf Club at: (888)-706-4682 or (573)-756-8121. Golfers can also check out Crown Pointe on the web at www.crownpointegolfclub.com
While The Eagle Lake Golf Course is The Parkland’s newest course, there is something to be said for tradition. I imagine that professional baseball players who are accustomed to playing in America’s newest and most technologically advanced stadiums must still feel the importance of tradition when they played a road game at the old Yankees Stadium or first stared out at the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston. Golfers will likely get that same feeling when they play at The Arcadia Valley Country Club in Iron County. This 18 hole course in Ironton, Missouri features 3,330 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The Arcadia Valley Country Club first opened up in 1930, back when there was a resort at Lake Killarney along Highway 72 and Arcadia Valley was a weekend destination for the rich and famous from St. Louis, Missouri. Barb Martin is the General Manager of the course located on Highway 72 between Ironton and Fredericktown. The phone number for the country club is (573)-546-9508.
Before The Parkland was called “The Parkland,” our little patch of dirt in Southeast Missouri was called “The Leadbelt” because mining was the major economic activity. Now that we have discovered that it’s not such a good idea to put lead in paint (or eat paint chips) and that it’s not such a good idea to put lead into gasoline to help clean the engine, mining, as an economic engine of our community, has become inconsequential. While lead paint, leaded gasoline, and lead mining has given way to tourism in “The Parkland,” there are still some charming anachronisms left over from our old mining days. One of those charming anachronisms is The Lead Belt Golf Club. The Lead Belt course is a 9 hole course in Bonne Terre, Missouri and features 3,172 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The Lead Belt Golf Course is the oldest course in The Parkland. The first tee time took place all the way back in 1922. The President of The Lead Belt Golf Club is Jerry Flesher and he manages the course as well. The Lead Belt Golf Club is located on 601 Berry Road in Bonne Terre, Missouri. The telephone number is (573)-358-3573.
While the Lead Belt course is the oldest course in the area (1922) and Arcadia Valley is the other pre World War II golf course (1930), Fredericktown, Missouri in Madison County boasts an 18 hole course that first opened in 1948. Can you see America’s GI’s returning from the war, going to college on the GI Bill, and then playing a few rounds of golf at the Southern Oaks Country Club in Fredericktown? The Fredericktown course features 3,007 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. Brent McMinn is the owner and the manager of the course. Golfers can find the course at 1157 Madison 502 in Fredericktown, Missouri and can call the Southern Oaks Country Club at (573)-783-6044.
The history books tell us that the 1960’s brought many changes to American society. In addition, the 60’s brought two more golf courses to The Parkland. In 1960, golfers could playing a round of golf at the 18 hole Saint Francois course at the Saint Francois Country Club in Farmington, Missouri. This course features 6,568 yards of golf from the longest tee for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.3 and it has a slope rating of 126. The General Manager of the course is Eric Ruhman. The Saint Francois Country Club is located at 4901 Hillsboro Road in Farmington, Missouri. Golfers can contact the country club at (573)-756-7574 and the web address is www.sfccgolf.com
The Terre Du Lac Golf and Country Club in Bonne Terre, Missouri is home to the Skyview golf course. Designed by Roy Albert Anderson in 1969, the Skyview features 6,275 yards of golf from the longest tee for a par of 72. The course rating is 70.1 and it has a slope rating of 131. The Terre Du Lac Golf and Country Club is located at 1424 Rue Riviera in Bonne Terre, Missouri. The telephone numbers for the club are (866)-562-7091 and (573)-562-1017. Readers can also check them out on the web at www.terredulac.com
Anyone can see that there are many options for golfers in The Parkland. However, those who have a little time to play golf here in The Parkland may not have to choose one or more of the many courses featured. The Parkland boasts six very different golf courses within an hour’s drive of one another. Golf enthusiasts can play each of these courses over the course of a few days. Those living elsewhere will find that The Parkland is an inexpensive place to visit with some of the friendliest people in Missouri. And for golf enthusiasts who live here in The Parkland? Why not try having a “staycation” this year and be a tourist in your own community?