Walters Golf Management ignores borders to bring great golf to the Greater St. Louis area — on both sides of the Mississippi.
We do well generally in recommending a golf course in any particular city or region. That’s “a” as in singular. Not in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Here we recommend one golf course management company – Walters Golf Management – and its many wonderfully unique, challenging and rewarding public golf courses sprinkled throughout the Greater St. Louis area in Missouri and Illinois, known as the St. Louis Golf Trail.
Meet Me in St. Louis – for professionally-managed public golf courses, and all of the “big-city” attractions and and diversions for after your rounds.
This is the “Show Me” state, so we’re showing you Walters’ wonderful courses.
For more details, rates, tee times, etc., on any of these courses, check out their individual websites. Or go to www.wgmgolf.com.
Emerald Greens is like playing two courses at once tucked away in North County, St. Louis. Each hole seems as if you’re on your own private golf course, away from the disturbances of modern day life. The wildlife on the par 70, 365-acre layout is astounding. Deer, fox and a variety of birds are as common as golf carts, sand bunkers and water hazards. Emerald Greens is not only a fun and challenging layout, but is also a beautiful and up-close view of the indigenous wildlife on the Mississippi River confluence. Emerald Greens has at its roots a relationship with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Eastern Missouri Local 562, as its leaders envisioned a campus-like setting for not only their work, but for recreational endeavors. It’s no coincidence Number 7 is 562 yards long from the back tee —the number for the local.
Twelve lakes, 30 sand bunkers. One Innsbrook. Innsbrook’s 18-hole championship golf course is carved out of the rolling wooded hillsides of eastern Missouri. It offers dramatic elevation changes and scenic views, challenging low handicappers from the back tees as well as high handicappers and ladies from the forward tees.
Built in 1901, historic Normandie Golf Club is the oldest public golf course still in operation in its original location West of the Mississippi River. Designed in St. Louis by Robert Foulis, a disciple of Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews, Scotland fame, the course is a true delight., with its unique routing and throwback style. The Bermuda fairways and undulating greens are always in top condition and ready for play. Normandie’s relaxing but competitive atmosphere makes it a unique golfing home. With a full service golf shop offering instructional programs for golfers of all ages and abilities as well as a nice selection of apparel and golfing essentials, Normandie’s clubhouse is chock full of value and options. The food is outstanding; choose from a wide variety of lunch offerings or your favorite cold beverage to take with you for the back nine. The professional staff runs some of the most fun and entertaining outings in the St. Louis area.
Pevely Farms Golf Club – Arthur Hills Design
This is a must-play in St. Louis, a scenic wonder with views that stretch for miles. Once-thriving dairy show farm, it’s been transformed into a world-class golf experience by one of the greatest names in golf course architecture, Arthur Hills. He has delicately sculpted this 18-hole championship golf course into the natural beauty of the Meramec River Valley. For any golfer visiting St. Louis, this is a must-play. The layout, (7,100 yards from the championship tees) features manicured Zoysia fairways and bentgrass greens. Hills’ layout will appeal to golfers of all skill levels, providing an excellent challenge for the scratch golfer as well as pleasure and fun for the occasional player. Pevely Farms is one postcard-worthy view after another — from the many challenges in elevation, to the carries over water, to the fir trees and oaks along the fairways, to the breathtaking vistas of the Meramec River Valley.
Located in Pevely, Missouri, this 18-hole course features 6,560 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.1 and it has a slope rating of 134 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Homer Herpel/Gary Kern, ASGCA, Union Hills opened in 1960. The course is wide open on the front nine, with a couple of dogleg left fairways, and narrow on the back nine because of the tree-lined fairways. The front and back nine play very differently due to the different terrain. There are water hazards coming into play on four holes.
One arch. Six Flags. Art. Food. Culture. Family excursions. If it’s fun you’re looking for, St. Louis is your place to play. And the shopping is world-class, too!
Great golf is only the beginning. St. Louis is home to a rich mix of cultures, culinary interests and entertainment options.
From Italian and German fare to Bosnian and Vietnamese cuisine, there’s something to satisfy every craving at the hundreds of one-of-a-kind restaurants dotting the city’s culinary landscape. Explore the listings below to find the best restaurants and dining experiences St. Louis has to offer.
St. Louis hosts hundreds of festivals and events throughout the year. Ethnic festivals, art fairs, theatrical presentations, sporting events and music festivals—all are included in the calendar below. Find out what’s going on during your visit, or plan your next trip to St. Louis around one of our unique events.
Here’s “25 things to do in St. Louis” – besides golf one of Walters Management’s many great area golf courses – http://explorestlouis.com/visit-explore/discover/25-things-to-do-in-st-louis/
For an over-arching (pun intended!) look at the exciting diversions and excursions that await you in the Great St. Louis area, go to http://explorestlouis.com
We’ve shown you the Walters “Show Me State” courses. They also have courses in The Land of Lincoln, just across the mighty Mississippi. Play the St. Louis Golf Trail and enjoy all that Walters Golf Management has to offer.
Just minutes from downtown St. Louis, these Missouri courses are considered part of the St. Louis golf scene:
This is a mature, classic style golf course with a rich history and tradition for the public golfer. Each nine has it own character and challenge. The front nine is longer and well bunkered. Water comes into play on seven of the holes on the back nine. The gently rolling tree-lined fairways are contoured to provide you with a pleasurable scenic golf experience. The greens are very large, challenging you to make the proper club selection for the approach shot. The multiple tee system enhances the fairness and playability of the course. Clinton Hill is a challenging course that requires you to play a variety of golf shots.
Enjoy fabulous playing surfaces on this par 70 golf course featuring Zoysia and Bermuda grass on the tees and fairways with Bent grass on the greens. It’s an enjoyable and fun place to play no matter your skill level or age. With superb conditioning, excellent greens, and lush fairways, you’ll be treated to an enjoyable round. Convenient to IL Highway 13, just minutes from Interstate 57, Crab Orchard Golf Club is easily accessible for daily play, a weekend away from the city, or your next outing.
Far Oaks Golf Club — Bob Goalby Design
Tee it high and let it fly into open fairways. The front nine is a Scottish-style links layout with native prairie grasses and wild flowers. Grand oaks line perfect fairways on the backside with truly one of the best 9-holes in the St. Louis area. Expect smooth rolling large greens that are consistently rated the best public course greens in the area. Complementing the golf course, the Clubhouse Grill features a casual club setting with delicious lunch options.
Gateway National Golf Links — Keith Foster Design
This is the # 1 public golf course in St. Louis. Enjoy golf as it was meant to be played at this stunning, links-style course in the perfect location for golfers who work in, or travel to the downtown St. Louis and Metro-East areas. Return to the rich traditions of the game, with rolling links separated by gentle mounds, meander through lush, green pasturelands. In view of the magnificent Gateway Arch, you’ll cross stone bridges, glide on raised boardwalks through quiet wetlands and enjoy play on the only public course with bentgrass fairways within hundreds of miles.
Lockhaven Golf Club
The spacious formal dining room offers a beautiful view of the golf course that’s complemented by an experienced chef and a friendly serving staff. Located just off the scenic Great River Road (Hwy 100), 10 minutes from historic Alton, Elsah, Argosy Casino, tourist-friendly Grafton and Pere Marquette State Park.
Stonewolf is out to transform itself into the premier golf destination in the greater St. Louis area. You have Walters’ word on it and you have Jack’s signature on it! Stonewolf is more than a Jack Nicklaus designed course, it’s a Jack Nicklaus Signature design course. That means the man, the legend himself, Jack Nicklaus took an active hand in the total design and construction of this magnificent golf course. This is one of only four Jack Nicklaus Signature designed courses in Illinois and Missouri. “Jack” golf means well-designed. Fun and fair. Picturesque. Stonewolf features Zoysia grass tees and fairways and bent grass greens. This is a shot-maker’s course; several of the holes have a lot of character. You’ll find distinct bunkers – real “Nicklaus” bunkers, known for their shape, design and placement.
Play the St. Louis Golf Trail and enjoy all the St. Louis area has to offer!
- St. Louis Cardinal Baseball – http://www.stlcardinals.com
- Ballpark Village – http://www.stlballparkvillage.com
- St. Louis Blues Hockey – http://blues.nhl.com
- St. Louis Rams Football – http://www.stlouisrams.com
- Visit the Arch – http://www.gatewayarch.com
- Lumiere Casino – http://www.lumiereplace.com
- Stay at the Four Seasons Hotel – http://www.fourseasons.com/stlouis
- Restaurants – Best Restaurants of 2013 – http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/dining/restaurants/off-the-menu/st-louis-best-new-restaurants-of/collection_930a1ff5-0b1d-5998-88ad-89c79807c3ab.html
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