Prairie Highlands Golf Course
Golf course in Olathe, Kansas
Prairie Highlands ranked 29 in the Nation in the “Top 50 under $50” categry. On a normal day, you can expect to fight strong breezes throughout, demanding a two, and sometimes a three-club swing.
The course was deigned ny well-known Kansas City golf architect Craig Schreiner and owne by Kansas City native David Francis. Prairie Highlands Golf Course opened in May of 2001 and it has been gaining honours ever since. It has also been ranked No. 3 among the state’s best public courses by both Golf Week and Golf Magazine and it was the only Kansas City course in either Kansas or Missouri to be ranked.
Prairie Highlands has a rolling landscape, skirted by prairie, on the western edge of Olathe, Kansas. Being consistently featured on Golf Digest’s top five “best places to play” list and it is rumored to be high on the list with Colbert Hills and Buffalo Dunes for No. 1 in 2005 after being No. 3 with a four star ranking in 2004. Prairie Highlands was also to host to 2004’s Kansas City Cup Finals and also hosted the 2004-2006 Men’s NAIA National Championship.
The par 72, 7,100-yard golf course was designed with the golfer in mind. Following the traditions of the game, the course was designed to be walkable, with short distances from green to tee. Fundamental strategies and abundant shot making opportunities are complimented by zoysia fairways and bent grass greens. Four tee boxes play from 7,100 yards from the back tees, to 5,100 yards from the front tees. Errant tee shots will likely find manicured rough or one of 60 strategically positioned sand bunkers, which makes saving par truly rewarding and a birdie nearly heroic. Only deft putting on subtly contoured bent grass putting greens rewards pinpoint accuracy off the tee.