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Accuracy over length at Milburn Country Club

The oldest original golf course in the Kansas City area, Milburn Country Club, in Overland Park, Kan. opened its doors in 1917. The firm of Smith and Harrison redesigned the original 9-hole layout, stretching it to 18-holes.

The opening hole at Mulburn Country Club.
The opening hole at Mulburn Country Club.
Photos by Steve Wilson
The MIlburn Country Club in Overland Park Kansas.
Photo by Steve Wilson

A massive fire in November of 2010 destroyed the clubhouse at the prestigious country club. Three years later in the spring of 2013, the membership unveiled the new state-of-the-art 30,000 square-foot clubhouse. The design provides magnificent views of the golf course, meeting facilities and a variety of dining choices.

The par 72 18-hole championship course measures about 5,819 yards on the forward tees, while the championship tees stretch to 7,054 yards. Tee shots on the course demand accuracy over length, with narrow fairways guarded by trees, fairway bunkers, and water. The fairways and tees are planted with Zoysia grass, the rough with Bluegrass, and the greens with high-density A-4 Bentgrass.

Hole 1: This par 4 dogleg left is protected on the right at the dogleg by two bunkers and scattered trees lining both sides of the fairway. The right side of the fairway short of the bunker allows for the best approach to the green that has bunkers on the front left and right and back left and right.

Hole 2: The first of three par 5’s on the front nine has a fairway lined with trees on both sides. A small fairway bunker on the left can come into play from the tee. The best approach to the medium sized green is from the right side of the fairway.

Hole 3: The par 3 third hole has greenside bunkers on the front left and right and only scattered trees on each side of the approach.

Hole 4: A sharp dogleg right greets the players on the par 4. A long drive with a fade can set the long hitter up for a short approach to the green, but also brings the thick trees on the right into play. A shorter shot to the beginning of the dogleg takes those trees and the fairway bunkers at the end of the fairway out of play. Protected by bunkers at the left and right front the green is an uphill strike from the fairway.

Hole 5: The second of three par 3s on the front nine is also the first hole to bring water into play. Added pressure for the players are the two greenside bunkers.

Hole 6: The tee shot for the par 5 begins with a blind tee shot uphill to a fairway with a slight dogleg right. Scattered trees line both sides of the fairway and the best approach to the green is from the left side of the fairway. Three bunkers protect the front of the green.

Hole 7: This par 3 has bunkers on the left and right side of the green. The best tee shot would be down the right side to avoid the trees on the left short of the green.

Hole 8: The par 5 begins with a dogleg left and finishes with a slight turn to the right. A fairway bunker on the left and heavy trees on the right protect the first dogleg. A second shot to the left side of the fairway sets up the best approach to the green, which is protected ty two bunkers.

Hole 9: The par 4/5 finishing on the front nine is a dogleg right, with a bunker at the dogleg. Bunkers on the front left and right protect the green, with the best approach coming from the right side of the fairway.

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