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ABOUT ROYAL MEADOWS GOLF CLUB

Royal Meadows Golf Club is an 18-hole public golf course located near Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium and just 10 minutes east of downtown Kansas City. Built in the 1930’s and originally named Stayton Meadows, Royal Meadows was completely redesigned in 2002 by course architect Craig Schreiner.

This Kansas City landmark course offers large undulating greens, contoured bent grass fairways and three ponds throughout the club. Carts are allowed off the paths in the off-season when weather permits. With 4 different sets of zoysia tee boxes, Royal Meadows Golf Club can be a fair challenge for any level of golfer.

Hole Descriptions

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 354
  • 312
  • 274
  • 246
A short par four with a bunker guarding the left side of the green. The first hole is pretty open, particularly on the right side. You don’t need a driver; however, the more aggressive player can use the “big stick” to put the ball right in front or even on the green.

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 414
  • 376
  • 368
  • 346
The second hole is a longer par 4 with a bunker guarding the right side of the fairway.  The fairway provides plenty of room, but missing your approach shot to the right can create a large wayward bounce.  Missing long is also fraught with risk.

PAR: 3

DISTANCE:

  • 172
  • 154
  • 129
  • 110
The first of five par 3’s, the third hole requires a straight shot in order to avoid the trees on the right and out-of-bounds on the left.  At 150 – 170 yards, it’s not particularly long; however, the green has two levels and can penalize the player for placing the tee shot on the wrong level.

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 510
  • 495
  • 436
  • 365
The first of three par 5’s, hole #4 offers a significant risk, reward option.  At 495 – 510 yards with a generous fairway, plenty of golfers can reach the green in two. However, be mindful that missing left brings out of bounds into play, and the 2nd shot is a blind one.  Finally, missing your approach shot to the left or long creates a 1-2 shot penalty.

PAR: 3

DISTANCE:

  • 147
  • 140
  • 123
  • 96
At 140 – 150 yards, the second par 3 is a relatively benign design with room to miss short, right or long – at least to a certain degree.  Missing left brings a large bunker into play, and missing left of the bunker brings a wooded area into the picture for sure.

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 462
  • 436
  • 401
  • 356
The longest par 4 on the course measuring 436 – 452 yards, but at least it’s downhill.  Of course…it plays into a prevailing south wind that makes this hole play more like a short par 5.  The fairway is reasonably wide, however it slopes to the left and is protected by mounds and trees on the right.  You need to either hit the green or leave it right in front as trying chip from either side of the green brings some significant contour and slope into play.  A par here is like making a birdie at any other hole.

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 123
  • 111
  • 104
  • 92
The most difficult par 4 is followed by perhaps the easiest par 3…as long as you don’t try to get to cute with you tee shot.  At 111 – 123 yards it’s not long, but the green is guarded by bunkers on both sides and water in the front.  Be smart and aim for the middle no matter where the pin is located!

PAR: 5

DISTANCE:

  • 542
  • 530
  • 501
  • 469
An uphill par 5 measuring 530 – 542 yards but playing more like 545 – 560 yards.  You get a very generous fairway with which to work, but the green is protected by two bunkers in the front middle and front left of the green.  The safest play is to the right, but miss it too far to the right and you bound down a sloped embankment.

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 340
  • 317
  • 289
  • 259
You stared the front nine with a less stressful, shortish par 4, and you finish with a shortish uphill par 4.  You will be tempted to take the shortcut on the left side of the hole, but be aware that it’s protected by a bunker and out-of-bounds. The right side is the more open side, but if you “clock” one, you can still hit the other fairway bunker further up the hill.  Successfully navigating the tee shot leaves you with a very manageable approach shot and a good shot at par or birdie.

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 314
  • 291
  • 263
  • 226
Like the front, the back nine starts with a short par 4.  At 291 - 314 yards, you’ll be tempted to take a lash at it with your driver, but beware!  You have out of bounds on your left and the right side of the green is protected by a large Oak tree.  Unless you are exceedingly accurate with your driver or 3-wood, the prudent play is a middle iron off the tee and a short iron approach shot to a green that falls to the right.

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 422
  • 406
  • 376
  • 343
Playing up to 420 yards, #10 is a solid par 4.  Like most holes on Royal Meadows, the big trouble off the tee lurks on your left with out of bounds and s tree-lined fairway with which to contend.  While the trees run out at about the 150-yard marker, the out of bounds continues throughout the length of the hole.  Throw in a bunker that protects the left side of the green and a wooded area and creek that haunts you if you go long, and you’ve got to make a couple of very good swings to par this hole.

PAR: 3

DISTANCE:

  • 221
  • 203
  • 185
  • 164
Over 200 yards long from both the regular and championship tee boxes, this is the toughest par 3 on the course.  Don’t despair though – there’s room for error if you choose wisely.  There’s plenty of room on the right; however, deep woods lurk the entire length of the hole on your left.  Most players will be playing a hybrid or long iron and will favor the right side.  The green design allows you to miss short or right and there’s still a good chance to make par. Miss left and you will do well to make a bogey.

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 407
  • 380
  • 334
  • 295
Here’s the first hole where the primary trouble is on your right. A reasonable par 4 at 380 – 407 yards, it seems to play longer than the actual yardage.  The hole is protected by a fairway that runs to the right towards a creek running from the tee box to just short of the green.  Keeping the ball in the fairway requires you to either work the ball from right to left away from the creek and into the slope or requires you to aim at the fairway bunker on the left without hitting too big of a fade.

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 419
  • 388
  • 361
  • 320
#14 looks a bit like #13 in that it’s the only other hole on the course where the trouble off the tee is on your right.  Where number 13 doesn’t give you much room on the left either, its counterpart is a bit more forgiving on the left-hand side.  In fact, the trouble around the green is mostly on your right which is protected by a bunker and a sloping hill that takes you toward the same creek that protects #13.  Favor the left side to center and you should do well.

PAR: 3

DISTANCE:

  • 168
  • 147
  • 115
  • 90
The last of the par 3’s, this hole plays 147 – 168 yards but is protected all the way down the left side by a pond that tends to gobble up golf balls.  You must keep you ball in the center or toward the right to avoid the water.  If the flag is on the back, be careful as the green tends not to break the way you might think.

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 381
  • 363
  • 338
  • 313
A pretty straight forward hole measuring 363 – 381 yards, this is very much a “what you see if what you get” hole.  Trees line the fairway on the right and there is a fairway bunker on the left at about the 150-yard marker.  If you can avoid the large bunker on the right with your approach shot, you’ve got a reasonable chance at par

PAR: 4

DISTANCE:

  • 407
  • 374
  • 344
  • 323
At 374 – 407 yards and being slightly downhill, this hole does not play as long as the yardage,  But…crush the ball and pull it left and you’ll find the same pond that protects #15.  Push the ball too far right, and you’ll have to hit an approach shot under or over a long row of very mature trees.  Pull the ball too far left or hit it too long, and you’ll be getting wet again.  It’s best to make your mistake to the right side on your approach shot as the pond wraps the entire left side of the green.

PAR: 5

DISTANCE:

  • 573
  • 535
  • 407
  • 473
The longest hole on the course at 535 – 573 yards and the signature hole. The tee shot is largely wide open, but even a well struck tee shot  leaves you with a 3-wood or long iron just to reach the 150 yard marker.  The green is protected on the left by a deep bunker that runs ½ the length of the green.  It’s protected by mounds on the left and a steep bank on the back. Hit it to either of these places, and you’ll be contending with a difficult pitch off an uneven lie to a bi-level green that runs a way from you.  It takes three well-executed shots to have a chance at par or birdie.
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