Location: Overland Park, Kan.
Course architect: Floyd Farley
Tee — Yardage | Rating / Slope:
Black — 6,404 l 70.9 / 127
Blue — 6,058 l 68.9 / 127
White — 5,660 l 67.3 / 120
Gold — 4,964 l 64.3 / 108
Red — 4,262 l 60.8 / 95
Saturday morning green fee: $ [Under $50]
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: Yes
Greens: Penncross bentgrass
Starter: Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Course is named in honor of two former City Council members, Ben Sykes and Wendell Lady, who had a vision of creating a recreational facility for the fast-growing Overland Park area, which in 1970 had a population of 70,000. Today, Overland Park has a population of nearly 200,000 and the Kansas City suburb is the second largest city in the state. With 1,800 acres of recreation space, it is also a health-conscious community.
Play because ... : You’ll enjoy a well-manicured golf course that will exceed expectations, and you’ll learn first-hand that the eastern part of the state is not flat. If you are walking, as about half of the golfers there do, the climb on the last four holes of the North Course will sap your energy, making the closing holes more of a challenge. After the round, relax in a new clubhouse was finished in March.
Takeaway: While the North and South combination is most frequently used, there are also nine holes on a West course a couple blocks from the clubhouse. Sykes/Lady welcomes 72,000 rounds annually, and it is the most-played course in the metro Kansas City area. Together with St. Andrews, its nearby sister public golf course that is also owned by Overland Park, they get 130,000 rounds. Overland Park is also rightly proud of having five women golf professionals on staff between the two courses.
THE RATINGS [1 to 10 scale; 10 being the highest]
Food | Beverage: 8.0
Pro shop: 9.0
Pace of play: 8.0
THE COURSE | Scorecard
Best par 3: No 8 South [177 | 169 | 147 | 113 | 109 yards]
The only trouble is to the left, where a greenside bunker and a water hazard are placed. You will want to be a little safe with the tee shot. If you miss to the right, then be careful in judging the chip to the green: the ball will run away from you on the downhill slope. But generally, anything on the right-hand portion of the green will leave a decent birdie opportunity. This hole is a bit of a breather before taking on a tough uphill finishing par 4.
Best par 4: No. 9 North [383 | 344 | 326 | 308 | 280 yards]
This finishing hole is not so hard that it becomes a round-breaker. Keep your drive down the left-hand side of the fairway for an open look at the green and a better chance to avoid the deep greenside bunker along the front. Stay out of the bunker, and don’t miss the approach to the right to have a look at par to finish the nine.
Best par 5: No. 6 South [543 | 541 | 531 | 510 | 303 yards]
This is a straight-forward par 5 that some big hitters just might reach in two shots. But even if you’re not a big hitter, you’ll likely have a short iron for a third shot to an unusually large green for a par 5. Pay attention to the hole location to have an accurate yardage to the hole, and don’t be fooled by the tricky breaks on the green. Stay out of the greenside bunkers to the left and right, and this will be a good chance for a par.
Rater: Craig Smith