Tom Watson, who developed his own game playing on the former Santa Fe Hills executive course in the city as a youth, says his new “Watson 9” in Maryville, Mo. is being “well-utilized,” especially by junior players. The Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Club par-3 has become “more popular recently,” reports General Manager Curt Nelson, thanks in part to a new unlimited-play-pass program.
Ninety-two percent of the club’s members voted to allow the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play competition to be held on its Pete Dye-designed course from 2016 through 2019. Masters champion and former University of Texas standout Jordan Spieth issued a statement expressing pride and excitement that the event was coming to the city he considers his “second home.”
A new 18-hole, championship course at the Ridgedale, Mo. resort property developed by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris will be designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.