Kansas City Journals

Kansas City area golf

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A travel journal to Kansas City by flyin_illini

Quote: The focus of this journal is golf. I grew up in Kansas City North, so most of my reviews are north of the river. There is a LOT of great golf to be found in the KC area!

Kansas City area golf

Overview

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The highlights in KC (other than the golf) are: - The riverboat casinos - Sports: pro football and baseball, college basketball 45 minutes away in Lawrence (U. of Kansas) - The Country Club Plaza - lots of fine dining and shopping - Westport: where the party is. Can get a little rowdy late, so be careful. - Crown Center: Shopping area with a couple of nice restaurants, including KC's only 5-star place (The American).Quick Tips: If you are staying in a hotel, you probably want to be in the Midtown to Plaza area. Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, and HHonors all have hotels from Crown Center down to the Plaza. You will probably enjoy this area more than you would staying ...Read More

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

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Hotel | "Hyatt Regency"

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I spent 2 weekend nights at this hotel earlier this year. The main purpose of the stay was to finish off the "Night After Nights" promo, but it ended up being a great, relaxing weekend. We were able to get a special rate off of the Internet for $99; usually this hotel prices a bit higher than that (winter weekend - not exactly peak season). The hotel is a nice, full-service hotel, like most of the Hyatts I''ve stayed in. The room was very basic, as I didn''t have any way of upgrading the room to anything larger on such a low rate. However, it was nice and clean as expected. There is a restaurant on the roof (Skies) that actually rotates, so you get to see the entire city from your ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2001

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
2345 McGee Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
(816) 841-1000

Hodge Park Golf Course

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Attraction

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This is the course to play if you are struggling with your game. The course is only about 6300 yards from the tips, and plays pretty wide open. Water comes into play on a few holes, and this year they are letting the rough grow high to at least penalize you a bit for missing the fairway. Even so, you can rip the driver on most holes. Signature holes: - #5 - a 430 yard par-4 with an uphill drive and then a mid-iron downhill to the green. - #10 - a 90-degree dogleg left par 4 that requires two near-perfect shots: a long iron or wood from the tee and a mid-iron through trees to the green. Some people like to try to cut off the dogleg with the driver, but that's a sucker bet...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2001

Hodge Park Golf Course
152 Hwy West of Liberty
Kansas City, Missouri 64156
(816) 781-4152

Paradise Point

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Attraction

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Posse Course: The posse is the older of the two Paradise courses. It is a pretty good test, especially if you play it from the tips. The course holds your interest well with a variety of different types of holes. My only complaint about the course is that a couple of the holes don't drain well, leading to muddy fairways. It seems to get more play than the Outlaw (possibly because they will let you play nine holes, whereas the Outlaw is out-and-back a la a links course). It also tends to play a little slower than the Outlaw. The Posse has several signature holes along the lake, including a very long par four requiring two huge shots to a green surrouned by sand, and an all-carry par three o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2001

Paradise Point
Smithville Lake
Kansas City, Missouri

Shiloh Springs Golf Course

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Attraction

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Shiloh is a newer course near Platte City. The front nine and back nine play like two totally different courses. What is currently the back nine (used to be the front until 2000) has a greater variety of holes, and more design character. The current front nine is more straight-forward, and is a less-creative design. (Not to say that it's boring, but it has several basic back-and-forth holes.) Over the past two years, this course seems to have grown immensely in popularity. It used to be easy to walk on during the week or on weekend afternoons; now there are tee times every day, so you have to call ahead, even during the week. The course is on the short end of things, and you can s...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 8, 2001

Shiloh Springs Golf Course
14750 Fairway LN Hwy 92, 1 mile east of I-29
Platte City, Missouri 64079
(816) 270-4653

Harrah's North Kansas City

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Attraction | "Harrah's Casino"

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This is my favorite KC-area casino. I get the sense that the Harrah's crowd is slightly more upscale than the Argosy or Isle of Capri crowd. Not that any of these riverboats draw the James Bond set, but the "redneck factor" seems a tad higher at the other places. Again, not that I have any problem with the 'necks... Harrah's game are, for the most part, a little tighter than they are at the Argosy or Isle of Capri. Although Harrah's used to advertise 10x craps, I haven't seen anything other than double odds in a while. Some dealers will let you go triple odds on the six and eight; some won't. I can't figure out exactly when they will or will not allow this. Blackjack is always dealt from ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2001

Harrah's North Kansas City
One Riverboat Drive
North Kansas City, Missouri 64116
(816) 472-7777

Cinemark Palace

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Attraction | "Cinemark Palace - on the Plaza"

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Why am I including a movie review? Well, I'm not reviewing a *movie*, but rather a movie *theater*. The Palace Theatre on the Plaza has recently opened KC's only first-run theater that serves a full bar and food menu. Fans of "brew & view" theaters in other cities can relate - except this theater is somewhat upscale and shows first-run flicks. The theater only seats about 40 people in large recliner chairs, so you must call ahead to reserve seats. (Cinemark also has other "normal" theaters at the Palace that don't require reservations.) Since there is only one VIP room, you don't have a choice of movies with the full-bar service. Usually, the theater is showing whatever the current big...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2001

Cinemark Palace
On the Plaza - near Seville Square
Kansas City, Missouri